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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-11-17

Dani Behr

Dani Behr

Dani Behr has returned to TV, presenting the show Boy Meets Boy on US TV station Bravo. The show is a reality gay dating series, in which contestant James has to find his idea male friend.

The twist in the show is that some of the men are not actually gay and so the show explores how society considers what is gay or straight behaviour. Expect the series to come to the UK in 2004. Dani is also a correspondent for Extra, a syndicated entertainment news magazine on TV. She says of Boy Meets Boy: "It kind of takes all your preconceived notions of what is gay and what isn't, and kind of jumbles it around and throws it out of the window."

It has been revealed that veteran comedian Jerry Lewis has checked himself into a hospital in Las Vegas to try and wean himself off steroids he has been taking for a lung condition. The 77-year-old, who has been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, continued to take the drugs even after being told by doctors that he no longer needed them.However Candi Cazau, a spokeswoman for the Orleans hotel-casino in Las Vegas where Lewis is under contract for the next 17 years, said he was doing well. "He's not hospitalised, he's in rehab," Cazau said, adding that Lewis was continuing to work and hold business meetings from his room. She said that he was expected to remain in hospital until March, when he is due to begin a show at the resort.

Fans of the Broadway hit The Producers have been queueing round the block for a chance to see original cast members Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane return to the show. The pair, who spent two years starring in the show, are set to reprise the roles of Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock from December 30 until April 4. Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the two in action can expect to pay anything from $30 to $480 a ticket for the best seats in the house.

A set of Barmitzvah party photos from the 1950s of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren are to be auctioned this week at Bonhams in London. The photos come from a collection from his older brother Stuart and were taken at his 1958 Barmitzvah in London's Cumberland Hotel. The pictures feature the then 13-year-old McLaren with other members of the family as well as one of him wearing a tallis and holding a prayer book. McLaren went on to become one of the most influential music svengalis of the last 30 years, having brought punk to the mainstream as well as introducing hip-hop to the UK. He now lives in Paris.

In Brief:

  • Jerry Springer has attended the West End opening of Jerry Springer The Opera, the musical inspired by his outrageous TV talk show. The show opened at the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden last Monday, and featured former Dempsey and Makepeace star Michael Brandon in the title role.
  • Ali G is set to fight it out with the likes of Del Boy and Avid Merrion for one of the top prizes at this year's British Comedy Awards. The most recent show to feature Sacha Baron Cohen's character, Ali G in the USAiiiii, is in the running for the People's Choice Award, alongside Only Fools And Horses, Cold Feet and Bo Selecta.

Happy Birthday this week to: Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who starred in the movie Secretary earlier this year (26 on November 16), French actress and former Bond villainess Sophie Marceau (37 on November 17), former Big Brother housemate Justine Sellman (28 on November 17), designer Calvin Klein (61 on November 19), actress Goldie Hawn (58 on November 21),