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Leonard Whiting & Olivia Hussey To Reteam In Romeo & Juliet Revamp

The stars of filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 Shakespeare film classic Romeo & Juliet are reuniting to play the tragic heroine's parents in a modern take on the romantic tragedy.Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey haven't acted...

Elizabeth Taylor Was 'Beautiful Beyond Pornography'

Elizabeth Taylor was ''beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography'', according to Richard Burton's diaries.The actor's private writings are to be published later this year, and extracts reveal his intimate thoughts about Elizabeth, whom he was...

Juno's Ellen Page To Take On Jane Eyre

Ellen Page is to star as Jane Eyre in a new adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte novel.The Juno star will put her headstrong talents into the role of Bronte's governess heroine in the BBC Films...

By on 07 May 2008

Zeffirelli Honoured By Met

Veteran director FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI has been honoured for helping to "shape the history" of New York's Metropolitan Opera with the 12 productions he created for the legendary institution. The Metropolitan Opera House will be staging...

Zeffirelli Becomes Pope's Image Consultant

Italian moviemaker FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI is to help revamp the reputation of POPE BENEDICT XVI - having accepted the offer of becoming his 'personal image consultant'. The Jesus of Nazareth director is aiming to show the...

Zeffirelli Fears For Taylor's Health

Filmmaker FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI has expressed his concern for the well-being of veteran British actress DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR. The star celebrated her 75th birthday at a lavish ceremony in Las Vegas last month (FEB07), but the...

Zeffirelli 'Doing Well' In Hospital

Italian movie legend FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI is recovering after being rushed to hospital suffering from an irregular heartbeat yesterday (22JAN07). Despite the initial scare, the ROMEO AND JULIET director is now "doing well" after undergoing tests...

Alagna Threatens To Sue Opera Bosses

LATEST: Tenor ROBERTO ALAGNA plans to sue the bosses of Milan's famous La Scala opera house if his offer to return - after he was booed offstage - is refused. The French opera star stormed...

Zeffirelli Had Homosexual Experiences At Catholic School

Italian movie legend FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI first became aware of his homosexual orientation when he became the object of a priest's affection while attending Catholic school in Florence. The ROMEO AND JULIET director insists he wasn't...

Zeffirelli: 'Callas Was Murdered'

Opera legend MARIA CALLAS was murdered for her $9 million (GBP5 million) fortune, according to film director FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI. Zeffirelli, who has made a film of the soprano's last days called CALLAS FOREVER, is...

Zeffirelli To Become First Italian Knight

Italian director FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI will become the first Italian to be honoured with a knighthood, at a lavish ceremony tomorrow (24NOV04) at the British Embassy in Rome, Italy. The TEA WITH MUSSOLINI film-maker is...

Gibson Petitioned For St Francis Bio-pic

MEL GIBSON is being petitioned by New York friars who loved his religious epic THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST so much they want him to follow it up with a bio-pic of SAINT FRANCIS OF...

Zeffirelli: Mel Gibsons' Movie Will Flop

Legendary director FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI has attacked MEL GIBSON's upcoming biblical movie THE PASSION. Zeffirelli, who was responsible for the seminal mini-series JESUS OF NAZARETH, is convinced the movie will flop because it's being filmed...

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