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Boxer Frank Bruno's appearance in the Spice Girls' movie has been scrapped.

Every scene the heavyweight boxer had filmed with Emma, Geri, Mel C, Victoria and Mel B has been left on the cutting room floor.

Tomorrow the girls will begin re-shooting the scenes in which millionaire Frank played the driver of their Union Jack bus.

His place has been taken by another heavyweight star - tubby rock singer Meatloaf. Bruno's big screen debut disappeared after a furious row between the boxer and the film's producers last week.

The 35-year-old former world champ said he flipped when a security guard stopped his two-year-old son Franklin from posing for pix with the Fab Five.

At the time senior sources on the set of Spice: The Movie were convinced Frank's scenes would be included in the film.

He had already shot three days worth of material, and only had two scenes left to do when he quit.

A film insider said: "Frank is calm now, but he no longer wants to continue with the film.

"So we've had to start all over again. We were delighted that someone as big as Meat could be found in time."

Chunky Meatloaf - real name Marvin Lee Aday - will film his bus driving scenes around London this week.

The 49-year-old American singer has millions of fans world-wide. Tory leader William Hague recently confessed to being addicted to Meat's top selling Bat Out of Hell album.

Mel B's secret hideaway

This is the fabulous mansion Spice Girl Mel B has just moved into.

It's the surest example yet of the Fab Five's astonishing success during the past 12 months.

Mel B, 22, moved into a rented flat in the property in one of the country's most exclusive locations last week.

But I won't reveal exactly where - so Scary Spice can enjoy a few moments of peace when she's not working.

Sadly not everyone is as respectful as yours truly - I caught Mel's removal man clowning around trying on one of her wigs.

All the Spice Girls have been looking at properties. Baby Spice Emma Bunton wants to rent a pad in London for around pounds 1,000 week.

While Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell has been visiting country estates in the Home Counties.

I want more young dudes says Bowie

David Bowie has vowed to start a family as soon as he finishes his current tour.

The space age rocker says his model wife Iman's biological clock is ticking away as she approaches her 40th birthday.

David, 50, who married Iman in 1992 and already has a son by his first wife Angie, says: "We'd like to have them soon."

Robbie's court in the act..

Talk about art imitating life - the posters hyping Robbie Williams's new single show the troubled star dossing down on a pavement.

So it was nice to see him yesterday, smartened up and looking fit and well after his recent spell in rehab.

The only trouble was the former Take That hunk was on the steps of the High Court...

Babs sees Ender her cash worries

Eastender Barbara Windsor was celebrating last night after learning she was just pounds 980,000 in the red.

A few hours earlier Babs was devastated when so-called financial experts said she owed a million pounds!

But after opening her heart to a downmarket newspaper she found her cash crisis improved significantly...

Fiennes' brother is praying for a big hit

Ralph Fiennes is one of our snootier actors - but his brother Magnus has a fruitier job.

Magnus Fiennes is a musician and composer whose credits include a Spice Girls number.

But his latest LP is rather amusingly titled Preaching To The Perverted - and is for S&M freaks.

I wonder if he's sent his brother a copy?

Harry Hill celebrated the end of his Channel 4 comedy show with a party - and a surprise present. "He's a huge Dr Who fan, so we gave him an original BBC Dalek," a pal tells me.

Poshmag Vogue asked Oasis star Noel Gallagher's wife Meg Matthews if she wore glasses. Supercool Meg's answer: "Yes, but not for medical reasons." Are there any others?

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Stars strike it unlucky at Phoenix

Two stars got the order of the boot at the Phoenix Festival.

Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq ended up in hospital with a broken arm after saving a shot by Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan in a celebrity footy match.

And Richard Driscoll, who plays EastEnders vicar Alex Healy, was also carted off to casualty with a badly gashed foot after a soccer tumble.

The footy wasn't up to Premier League standard, but I'd give the stars - including Damon Albarn, Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor and comic Bob Mortimer - 100 per cent for effort.

The atmosphere at the four-day event near Stratford-upon-Avon was good, despite the 30,000-strong crowd being 10,000 down on last year. But it wasn't the same buzz as at the Glastonbury mudfest.

Top attractions were Sinead O'Connor, the brilliant Black Grape and Jamiroquai. Orbital - brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll - produced over an hour of spellbinding techno tracks including their version of The Saint theme tune.

But the highlight for me was David Bowie who made the atmosphere electric.

LUCY ROCK
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Date:Jul 22, 1997
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