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by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-10

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

A German theatre company has expressed interest in bringing Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit The Producers to a stage in Berlin.

A group of German theatregoers will visit New York next month to see the show, and their reaction will determine whether or not the company decides to go ahead with the production. “"They will decide whether or not this is just too unspeakably rude for the Germans," Brooks said, adding that the show would open in the German capital if given the go-ahead as it was more “sophisticated” than the rest of the country. The UK production of the show, which will star Richard Dreyfuss and Lee Evans, will open in London in November.

Rap trio The Beastie Boys are to return with a new album this summer – the first since 1998’s Hello Nasty. Band member Mike Diamond, aka Mike, D, said: "The record that we're making is like a hip-hop record, but that doesn't mean we're only checking for hip-hop right now. Everything we like, that's cool, is going to enter the arena." He also revealed that the album would have a British influence but remained sketchy on the details. "We actually have a British song on our album, a very British-centric - whatever you'd call it - type of song."

 

Actress Rachel Weisz is being tipped to star in The Constant Gardener, the next film from Oscar-nominated City Of God director Fernando Mereilles. Weisz, currently at cinemas in The Runaway Jury (alongside Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman), is one of a handful of actresses being considered to star in the film after Mereilles’ original choice, Naomi Watts, decided to star in the big-budget remake of King Kong instead. Weisz will next be seen starring alongside Jack Black and Ben Stiller in the dark comedy Envy, released later this year.

 

In Brief:

 

Alicia Silverstone’s TV show Miss Match is set to make its debut on UK screens. The show, which sees the Clueless star playing a lawyer turned matchmaker, will be screened on digital and cable channel Living from 11 February.

 

Singer Barry Manilow is recovering after being hospitalised last week with chest pains believed to have been caused by stress. The 57-year-old is currently involved in a court case over the rights to his musical Harmont.

 

Happy Birthday this week to: children’s author Judy Blume (66 on February 12), historian Simon Schama (59 on February 13), talk show host Jerry Springer (60 on February 13)