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Leon loses in life and art

Date: 28/06/1997
Words: 725
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Time Out
Page: 3
POOR old Carlos Leon. Soon to be Madonna's ex and can't get a film part because of her influence. Madonna reportedly nixed the father-of-her-child's movie role in Sydney private investigator Frank Monte's film, The Private Eye. And all because art was encroaching seriously on life. Monte had cast Leon as a Cuban gigolo who romances a rich woman. Madonna read the script and thought that it was all a bit too close to home.

BRIGITTE Nielsen has slammed reports that she had a 12-hour sex romp with a member of the Saudi royal family for a $2 million fee. Last night she said: "I wouldn't have sex with a stranger for #10 million." Her lawyers are looking at what may yet be the libel action of the decade.

NICKY Buckley has made her own sale of the century, broking the first photos of her new baby boy for a rumoured $15,000. Buckley, whose pregnancy caused a storm among Sale Of The Century viewers who were divided over whether she should show off her blossoming belly, delivered baby Cooper Alan last week. Even hardened chequebook proffering types were amazed her management asked for so much. Still, it should go towards a very comfortable nursery.

REBECCA Gibney's latest Halifax f.p. telemovie is in production in Melbourne with Guy Pearce and rising star Travis McMahon. Recent NIDA graduate McMahon portrayed a Tourette's syndrome-afflicted dry cleaning assistant in Good Guys Bad Guys, opposite Marcus Graham, who dated Gibney until recently.

KATHY Lette has taken a swipe at motherhood in a program on the subject to be screened in the UK next month. In it the very vocal Lette says she envies "single, childless women" and that "motherhood as fulfilment for women is the last sacred cow and it's about time it was whacked on the barbie". Her husband, Geoffrey Robertson, may be surprised to hear her declare "motherhood is hideous".

ACCLAIMED chanteuse k.d. lang performs a one-off, invitation-only show at Sydney's Basement nightclub next Thursday to promote her new album Drag. The Canadian is a regular visitor to Sydney - Australia ranks as her second-biggest market, per capita, outside the US. Also reportedly heading this way soon is original shock rocker Alice Cooper, these days better-known for his role in a TV commercial for a stomach-settler and for his love of golf.

HOME And Away's Tempany Deckert is expected to join the tidal wave of people leaving the show. So far this year the series has lost three regular cast members - Isla Fisher, Katrina Hobbs and Shane Ammann. But the Home And Away office is tight-lipped about whether Deckert will depart the sunny shores of Summer Bay. "I can neither confirm nor deny that so read into it what you will," said the series' spokeswoman.

BATMANIA swept Britain with a 5,000-strong mob held back by crash bars at the film's premiere on Monday night. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his pregnant wife Maria Shriver and George Clooney slipped out from the back of the theatre for dinner at La Famiglia where they sent the manager into a spin as Arnie called for bottles of Dom Perignon at $120 a time. The restaurant has a minimal cellar, so staff had to hotfoot it around the local bottle shops fearing Arnie's table would run dry.

WITH every other relic from the 70s making a killing on nostalgia, it's no surprise Fleetwood Mac decided to dust off the fairy clothes and join in. The original line-up - Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Lindsay Buckingham - has recorded three new songs for a greatest hits album called The Dance (to be released in honour of the 20th anniversary of its famous Rumours album) and the band's world tour is expected to, gulp, hit Australia sometime next year.

FOR Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, read Pierce Brosnan and Cameron Diaz. Yes, a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair is on the way. Everything old is new again with television series My Favourite Martian being adapted by Walt Disney Pictures for a movie starring Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd.

The Hitlist

1. Album Of The Year, Faith No More (-)
2. Savage Garden, Savage Garden (1)
3. Songs From The South, Paul Kelly (2)
4. Destination Anywhere, Jon Bon Jovi (-)
5. Spice, Spice Girls (3)
6. Still Waters, Bee Gees (4)
7. OK Computer, Radiohead (-)
8. Middle Of Nowhere, Hanson (7)
9. Flaming Pie, Paul McCartney (-)
10. Pieces of You, Jewel (-)
Previous week's position after title
Source: ARIA

1. The Liver Cleansing Diet, Sandra Cabot (1)
2. Birds of Prey, Wilbur Smith (5)
3. Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah (3)
4. London - The Novel, Edward Rutherfurd (-)
5. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (8)
6. The Tailor of Panama, John Le Carre (4)
7. American Visions - The Epic History of Art in America, Robert Hughes (-)
8. The Bible Code, Michael Drosnin (10)
9. Follow Your Heart, Andrew Matthews (7)
10. Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (2)
Previous week's position after title
Source: Dymocks

1. Liar Liar (1)
2. Volcano (-)
3. The Lost World (2)
4. Jungle 2 Jungle (-)
5. Paradise Road (3)
6. The Castle (5)
7. The Fifth Element (4)
8. Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion (7)
9. Double Team (6)
10. Microcosmos (8)
Previous week's position after title
Source: Motion Picture Distributors Assoc. of Australia
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