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Elton John Names Son After Church


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Sir Elton John's son is named after his favourite church.

The flamboyant musician and his husband David Furnish, 48, became parents to Zachary Jackson Levon through a surrogate mother on Christmas Day (25.12.10) and the pop star has revealed the meanings behind the baby's moniker.

In an interview on British station BBC Radio 2, he said: "Zachary is one of my favourite names. Our favourite church is in Venice where we have a home, San Zaccaria. It was John The Baptist's father's name. And John the Baptist was born three days before Jesus Christ. His birthday was anyway. And Jackson is a name I've always liked and David's dad is called Jack. It's an old English name that means son of Jack. It's just going to be Zachary Jackson and then as he was born on Christmas Day and the song Levon says, 'He was born a pauper to a pawn on Christmas Day,' I chucked that in for a bit of rock star influence."

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Aghdashloo's Elizabeth Inspired By Grandmother


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Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo based her portrayal of SAINT ELIZABETH in THE NATIVITY STORY on her kind-hearted grandmother.
The Iranian actress admits there was very little written about her Biblical character - the mother of John The Baptist - to help her with her research, so she decided to conjure up memories of her grandma.
HOUSE OF SAND + FOG star Aghdashloo says, "During the first day of shooting, I realised how much she (Elizabeth) reminded me of my grandmother.
"When I was five or six years old she used to take me shopping for rice, chocolate, sugarcubes, and so on.
"Then we would get in a cab, go to the slum areas, and randomly knock on the doors to offer up these things.
"My grandmother has a Bible in Farsi that she would read to me, and I remember it had pictures of gardens like paradise."

Castle-Hughes To Play Virginal Role


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Keisha Castle-Hughes is set to play the lead role in NATIVITY, a new film which will explore the life of THE VIRGIN MARY before the birth of Jesus Christ. The film will follow Mary and JOSEPH on their travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem and includes other well-known biblical figures including KING HEROD and John The Baptist. New Zealander Castle-Hughes was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award in 2002, for her role in Whale Rider, aged just 11 - making her the youngest nominee in the category's history. Shooting for Nativity will begin on 1 May (06) in Morocco.

Hopkins' Tequila Hallucinations


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SIR Anthony Hopkins became so hooked on alcohol he suffered severe hallucinations.

The Oscar winner has been clean and sober for 30 years after battling alcoholism.

During darker times, in the early 1970s, Hopkins developed a particular penchant for strong Mexican spirit tequila - which stirred up strange side-effects.

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