Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Showbiz Gossip

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Cameron Diaz has joined the rush to go to war.

Tom Cruise already has two Second World War dramas in the works and now Diaz, the world's highest-paid actress, is on the runway with WASPS, a drama about the first female pilots recruited by the US military in 1942.

"This will be a classic war movie in the tradition of From Here To Eternity or The Dirty Dozen," writer-director. JAN ELIASBERG tells Daily Variety.

"The twist is that this is the story we haven't yet seen: women bonding during wartime, women who are very bit as brave, as flawed and as heroic as their male counterparts."

Diaz will play a hotshot pilot and Tom Cruise's ex-wifeMIMI ROGERS, who is a co-producer of the project, hopes to co-star as JACKIE COCHRAN, the founder of the WASPS.

MEL GIBSON'S controversial film The Passion has received the support and endorsement of a high-ranking Vatican official.

CARDINAL DARIO CASTRILLON HOYOS praised the film as a faithful account of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ and rebutted allegations the film could stoke a new wave of anti-Semitism.

The cardinal's praise is the latest step in Gibson's quest to find a US distributor for the pounds 17 million film, which he financed himself.

Castrillon Hoyos told the Italian news service ACI Prensa: "As I watched this yet-unfinished version of the film I experienced moments of profound spiritual intimacy with Jesus Christ."

He added: "In fact, as I told Mr Gibson after the screening, I would gladly trade some of the homilies I have given about the passion of Christ for even a few of the scenes of his film."

The cardinal's comments do not amount to an official Vatican endorsement of The Passion but go a long way towards clearing Gibson of heresy charges.

BIANCA JAGGER is suing the landlord of her swish New York apartment for pounds 16 million, claiming she was forced to flee because of mould.

The 53-year-old former wife of MICK JAGGER contends in papers filed in Manhattan Superior Court that water leaks and an outbreak of mould at her Park Avenue apartment caused "property damage and personal injury". …

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