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I was just a small part of the Harry Potter franchise When I got the audition to play Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince six years ago, I'd only done a few ads before, including one for Veet hair-removal cream. Winning the part felt like winning the Lottery.

Film: Truth is the drug

You've got to hand it to James Toback. Few film-makers have gone so far in the name of research and lived to tell the tale

Film: Rushes from the london film festival

IF NOTHING else, director James Toback practises what he preaches. His 1989 feature, The Big Bang, rested upon its interviewees' willingness to tell all, and that's exactly what Toback did when, at an LFF masterclass at the weekend, he dished the dirt on Robert Downey Jr. The troublesome ex-brat-packer stars in Toback's latest release, Two Girls and a Guy, and in a forthcoming Toback film, Black and White.

Tennis: Wimbledon - Agassi back chasing the dream

THOUSANDS OF young women in Britain had a bad time yesterday. How could they explain to younger sisters that the balding, portly figure on the television set is the same person whose poster used to adorn the bedroom wall? "He was gorgeous once." Pause. "Honest."

Done with a flick of the writs

No gentlemanly fencing for Keith Schilling. Make way for the media lawyer at the sharp end.

Letter: 'Mail' apology

Sir: Your report (1 June) about the damages The Mail on Sunday is to pay the actress Brooke Shields was way off the mark.

A `Mail' exclusive: the decade's biggest apology

THE Mail on Sunday used much of its front page yesterday to publish the largest newspaper apology since the Sun ran "Sorry Elton" as its front- page lead 10 years ago.

Will this girls' night in make the boys switch off?

In America, 'Ally McBeal' has proved to be a hit with all audiences, writes Janine Gibson. But British men may not want to watch another 'chick flick' show

Why, despite everything, I could never mind the Gap

Was it the party invitation that did the trick? Not really. No, it was the photograph of course. To you it may just be a baby. To Gap it may just be a customer. But to Rosie Millard it is a world superstar.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

The arrival of a Hollywood tell-all book - the most notorious example of which would have to be Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again - has always been a major event in the movie industry, inspiring outrage from those slighted and outright glee from everyone else.

Kiss-and-sell frenzy over Diana photographs

A bidding war has broken out in Paris over what have been touted as "sizzling" new photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, in the company of her latest male friend, the Harrods heir Dodi Fayed.

Agassi on attack after falling to Flach

Andre Agassi's return after a 70-day lay-off began inauspiciously when he lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to the unseeded Doug Flach in the second round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington DC on Wednesday.

Obituary: Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace was a talented vulgarian. His clothes appealed to the type of woman - or man - who could make a Faustian deal in return for a one- way ticket to Hollywood. And Hollywood was the appropriate venue for his louche offerings.

Dumb and dumber

`Simpsons' and `Beavis' fans rejoice, the new `adult animation' hit is yet another excursion into the simple mindset of middle America. By David Usborne

Tennis: Agassi to miss Paris

Andre Agassi has pulled out of the French Open because of a recurring injury to his right wrist, organisers said yesterday.

'79-'97: Anything but the Boy

In 1979 Boy George was living in a squat - and preparing himself for a fateful night with Kirk Brandon. John Lyttle shudders at the thought
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