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Danes To Make TV Return

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Danes To Make TV Return
Claire Danes is set to return to TV for the first time in 15 years.

The actress found fame in hit teen show My So-Called Life, which ran between 1994 and 1995, and she went on to make her mark in movies with a notable appearance in 1996's Romeo + Juliet.

Danes hasn't been seen in a small screen series since the end of My So-Called Life, but she is now set to return in a new drama called Homeland.

She has signed up to star as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer in the show, which focuses on the story of an American soldier taken prisoner during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Homeland will be executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the brains behind hugely popular TV series 24, according to Deadline.com.

Efron Joins Influential Stars List

Efron Joins Influential Stars List
Zac Efron has been named one of the world's most influential people by a U.S. magazine - and the teen idol is in good company alongside U.S. President Barack Obama, George Clooney, Bono and Oprah Winfrey.

Efron, who shot to fame in Disney's High School Musical franchise, has made his first entry in Time magazine's annual list of the planet's top 100 influential figures.

And Efron's Me And Orson Welles co-star Claire Danes is adamant the 21 year old is worthy of the honour, comparing him to Leonardo DiCaprio.

Danes, who starred with DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet, tells the magazine: "(Working with Zac) I couldn't help being reminded of the time I had spent with another gifted idol, Leonardo DiCaprio, about a decade before. I saw the simmering ardour of the teenage masses turn into unbridled hysteria after Titanic was released. But this was even more intense. The difference, I realised, was that Zac is not only an actor but also a musician, a bona fide song-and-dance man. We ladies are defenceless against such a combination.

"But I suppose we all know that Zac is a song-and-dance man. What is less known - and what I had the privilege of learning firsthand - is that he is a performer capable of great subtlety and vulnerability. It seems Zac is not only an entertainer but also an artist. He is going to make us swoon for many years to come."

Other stars on the list include rapper M.I.A., actors Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks, sports star Tiger Woods as well as actresses Kate Winslet and Tina Fey.

Swayze Tops Valentine's Poll

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Swayze Tops Valentine's Poll
Ailing Patrick Swayze is the king of romantic movies - his hit film Ghost has topped a poll of the best love films ever, with Dirty Dancing coming in second.

The 1990 blockbuster starred Swayze as a spirit who communicates with his sweetheart, played by Demi Moore, through a medium.

The film came first in a St. Valentine's Day survey, carried out by retail giant HMV, to find the most romantic film of all time.

Swayze's 1987 movie Dirty Dancing was second, with The Notebook - starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling - coming third. Titanic and Pretty Woman rounded out the top five.

Also making the the top 10: Love Actually, Romeo + Juliet, An Officer and A Gentleman, Moulin Rouge!, and Amelie.

Danes' Engagement News Was 'Best Birthday Present' For Mum

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Danes' Engagement News Was 'Best Birthday Present' For Mum
Claire Danes' mother is overjoyed by the actress' engagement to longterm love Hugh Dancy - calling the wedding news the "best birthday present ever".

The Romeo + Juliet star, 29, has been dating 33-year-old Dancy for over a year after meeting on the set of their 2007 movie Evening.

Dancy proposed to Danes over the festive season during a romantic holiday in France - and it was a welcome gift for mum Carla as they broke the news to her over the phone on her 29 December birthday.

She says, "It was the best birthday present a mother could ever get. Hugh is such a wonderful man and we are so pleased for them.

"We were at the Museum of Modern Art (in New York), and Claire called me and said, 'There's something we want to talk to you about.'

"To be honest, I was a bit worried, but then she said Hugh had just proposed! Her father and I were both over the moon and went off to the St. Regis hotel to celebrate with champagne."

And Carla reveals the impending nuptials will be a family affair: "Claire and Hugh want a quiet wedding. They have enough publicity in their work. They don't need it in their private lives."

Osment's Broadway Bosses Battle To Keep Him On The Straight And Narrow

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Osment's Broadway Bosses Battle To Keep Him On The Straight And Narrow
Haley Joel Osment's Broadway bosses are trying to save him from more embarrassing headlines, two years after he was caught drunk driving - by keeping him away from alcohol during his stint in the play American Buffalo.

At a star-studded launch party for the production in New York on Monday night each of the play's lead actors, directors and producers were presented with a bottle of whisky.

That's everyone except for the 20-year-old child star, who was given an XBox360 games console instead - presumably to keep him busy and away from Manhattan's notorious party scene.

A red-faced Osment had to pick up the gift from party host Cedric the Entertainer, who told the crowd, "Well, he hasn't quite crossed the threshold yet but I'm gonna save him a few bottles for when he does."

Osment hit headlines in July 2006, when he flipped his car while driving drunk in Hollywood. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana, and was sentenced to probation, rehab, a course of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a hefty fine.

Theatre bosses are obviously keen to keep the still-underage star out of the gossip pages for the wrong reasons - but they'll have his American Buffalo co-star John Leguizamo to contend with.

The 44-year-old Romeo + Juliet star reveals, "He's only 20 but he can't wait. We'll try to lead him astray. And there are other vices besides drinking."

Danes Thanks Rodriguez for "Cover Up" Advice

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Danes Thanks Rodriguez for
Actress Claire Danes has thanked fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez for insisting she "dress her age" at the 1995 Academy Awards ceremony. The Romeo + Juliet actress admits she wanted to wear a sexy outfit for the Oscar bash, but was advised by her clothing mentor to "cover up." Under the advice of Rodriguez, Danes ended up choosing a stylish cashmere t-shirt and skirt ensemble for the ceremony - which was praised by fashion critics across the world. She says, "At 17, girls are so confused about sex. Maybe they've just started to have it, and they think full exposure is what they're supposed to aim for, and, of course, it's not. So I wanted to be sexy for the Oscars! And Narciso said: 'No, you're a girl. You should look age-appropriate.' It seems pretty fundamental, but it was important for me to hear that at the time."

DiCaprio Flew to Australia for Free

DiCaprio Flew to Australia for Free
Leonardo DiCaprio was so committed to making cult movie Romeo + Juliet he flew coach to Australia for no money just to shoot promotional scenes with director Baz Luhrmann. The Titanic star treated the week-long trip as a holiday and paid for six pals to join him down under while he shot scenes intended to convince 20th Century Fox executives to make the movie. Luhrmann reveals, "People don't realize Leonardo had to come to Australia for no money. He wasn't paid." The film was eventually made on location in Mexico.

Etheridge, Stone score on panels

Etheridge, Stone score on panels
The subtleties of dealing musically with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and the threat of global warming were addressed by director Oliver Stone and musician Melissa Etheridge, respectively, during panel discussions Tuesday at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference.

Discussing his feature World Trade Center on a panel at the Beverly Hilton with his composer, Craig Armstrong, and music supervisor, Budd Carr, Stone said that Armstrong was not his first choice to score the picture. "John Williams turned us down", the Oscar-winning writer-director said. "I listened to dozens and dozens of composers."

However, Armstrong -- best known for his work with Baz Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! -- ultimately impressed Stone with his delicate approach. "It was very, very subtle music", Stone recalled. "The very first piano theme was right on."

Surprisingly, though shooting was well under way when the Scottish composer joined the project, Armstrong wrote his key theme on the basis of the script.

"It's very helpful to write away from picture, to get the emotional truth," Armstrong said.

The sensitive nature of the subject matter in "WTC" -- the struggle to rescue two New York policemen trapped in the rubble of the towers, and the impact of the search on their families -- was addressed by the filmmakers.

Etheridge, Stone score on F&TVM panels

Etheridge, Stone score on F&TVM panels
The subtleties of dealing musically with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and the threat of global warming were addressed by director Oliver Stone and musician Melissa Etheridge, respectively, during panel discussions Tuesday at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference.

Discussing his feature World Trade Center on a panel at the Beverly Hilton with his composer, Craig Armstrong, and music supervisor, Budd Carr, Stone said that Armstrong was not his first choice to score the picture. "John Williams turned us down", the Oscar-winning writer-director said. "I listened to dozens and dozens of composers."

However, Armstrong -- best known for his work with Baz Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! -- ultimately impressed Stone with his delicate approach. "It was very, very subtle music", Stone recalled. "The very first piano theme was right on."

Surprisingly, though shooting was well under way when the Scottish composer joined the project, Armstrong wrote his key theme on the basis of the script.

"It's very helpful to write away from picture, to get the emotional truth," Armstrong said.

The sensitive nature of the subject matter in "WTC" -- the struggle to rescue two New York policemen trapped in the rubble of the towers, and the impact of the search on their families -- was addressed by the filmmakers.

The Vine: Beattie penning Luhrmann epic

Australian screenwriter Stuart Beattie, who offered moviegoers a new view of Los Angeles in Collateral, is returning to more familiar turf and will pen an Australian-set, period epic for helmer Baz Luhrmann. The project, a romance that is being compared to Gone With the Wind, is being kept under wraps. It looks, however, as if it could be part of a new trio of films that Luhrmann envisions. The director famously dubbed his three musical films -- 1992's Strictly Ballroom, 1996's Romeo + Juliet and 2001's Moulin Rouge -- his Red Curtain trilogy. He then began talking about a trilogy of epics, which would include his film about the life of Alexander the Great as well as a Russian epic and an Australian epic. Luhrmann had been developing Alexander as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman, but that film now appears to have been shelved. Luhrmann -- who has close relations with 20th Century Fox and is repped by ICM -- has not said what film he will tackle next, though he has begun meeting with actors about the various film projects he has in mind, and the Australian epic appears to be among the active possibilities. Beattie, who is repped by Innovative Artists, has written such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl as well as such upcoming projects as Derailed, 30 Days of Night and Truce, which Vadim Perelman is directing for Warner Independent Pictures.

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