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Last updated: 2003-10-20

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

The latest Rachel Weisz film has taken a healthy $12.1m at the US box office in its first weekend on release. The Runaway Jury, based on the John Grisham best-seller, sees Weisz co-starring with John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman in the story of a corrupt jury presiding over a case in New Orleans. Weisz attended the premiere of the film in Los Angeles last week. It is due to open in the UK early next year. However, fans of the actress will be able to see her before then as an art student in the black comedy The Shape Of Things, which is showing at the London Film Festival and opens on November 28. Weisz also produced the film, based on the 2001 play of the same name in which she also starred.

Legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan has added an extra date to his already sold-out UK tour. The 62-year-old will now play London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on Sunday November 23, in addition to a gig at London's Wembley Arena on November 15 and Hammersmith Apollo on November 20. Dylan's UK tour will also take him to Sheffield and Birmingham. He is currently touring Europe, with dates in Finland, Norway, Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Ireland.

Gaby Roslin is to return to the West End production of Chicago for an eight-week stint. The daytime TV presenter turned actress will reprise the role of prison warder Mama Morton, which she originally played eight months ago, when current star Anita Dobson leaves in December. Roslin will continue to co-host the Terry And Gaby alongside Terry Wogan, during her run in the show. The programme is shown on Five every weekday morning.

Mel Gibson has renamed his controversial film The Passion after it became apparent that distributors Miramax owned the rights to the name for one of their projects in production, a historical romance based on a novel by Jeannette Winterston. Gibson's film, which focuses on the last hours in the life of Jesus, and is in Aramaic and Latin, will now be called The Passion of Christ. The film has attracted a storm of complaints from Jewish leaders in the US, who claim that it portrays the Jews as responsible for the death of Jesus.

In Brief…

  • Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are set to make a film about Daniel Pearl, the Jewish Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan last year. The pair have bought the rights to A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life And Death Of My Husband Danny Pearl. The book was writtn by Mariane Pearl.
  • Jerry Springer has hinted that he might re-enter politics by running for the post of governor of Ohio. The TV presenter told students at the state's Akron University last week that he might put himself forward for the vote in 2006.

Happy Birthday this week to: Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher (47 on October 21), actor Jeff Goldblum (51 on October 22), actress and model Caprice Bourret (29 on October 24)