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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-01-07

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Jerry Seinfeld has made a cameo appearance in the US comedy show Curb Your Enthusiasm. According to the show’s star, Larry David, Seinfeld filmed the scene after making a surprise visit to the set one day; producers decided on the spot to include him in the show, but the nature of his role has yet to be revealed. Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which David takes an offbeat look at his life, has become a cult hit in the UK since making its debut on the Freeview channel BBC4 last year. The fourth series, which has just started in the US, also includes guest appearances from Mel Brooks and Ben Stiller.

 

The latest film from Rachel Weisz has finally secured a release date in the US. Envy, which might possibly be the most Jewish production of 2004 – Weisz’s co-stars include Jack Black and Ben Stiller, while the director is Barry Levinson – was originally supposed to open last summer, but is now set to make its debut on April 2. It stars Black and Stiller as best pals whose friendship is threatened when Black makes a fortune from a new invention; Weisz plays Stiller’s long-suffering wife, who becomes caught up in the pair’s feud as it spirals out of control. It’ll be on UK screens later this year, but fans of Weisz can catch her before then in The Runaway Jury, which opens across the UK on January 16.

 

In Brief:

Natalie Portman has said she would be keen to do a sequel to Leon, the 1994 film that turned her into a star. The actress told US magazine People that she was considering making the film after she finishes work on Star Wars Episode III.

David Blaine has been voted the biggest loser of 2004 in a new survey. The illusionist, who hit the headlines for his Above The Below stunt, in which he spent 44 days suspended in a box above Tower Bridge surviving only on water, beat the likes of former Tory Party leader Iain Duncan Smith and Eurovision losers Jemini to head the list…

 

Happy birthday this week to: veteran actor Ron Moody, last seen in EastEnders (80 on January 8), Sex And The City star Evan Handler, who plays Charlotte’s husband Harry Goldenblatt (43 on January 9), actress Amanda Peet, best known for the films The Whole Nine Yards, Identity and Igby Goes Down (32 on January 11)