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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Jimmy Page reveals talks are underway for a Led Zeppelin film

Eager to repeat the blockbuster success of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John movie Rocketman, film producers are searching for the next colourful story of rock excess.

And who better than Led Zeppelin, the band with a history of outrageous exploits.

Guitarist Jimmy Page has revealed that talks have been held about Led Zep’s story being turned into a big-screen drama. 

Guitarist Jimmy Page (pictured has revealed that talks have been held about Led Zep’s story being turned into a big-screen drama

‘It’s been discussed,’ he confirms. ‘There are always people trying to make money out of Led Zeppelin. In Siberia and LA, there’s probably a meeting going on right now.’

The musician is, however, hardly brimming with enthusiasm for the project. ‘What would I want to do a film for? Listen to the albums — it’s all on there.’

Formed in 1968 with Robert Plant as their singer, the band went on to sell more than 200 million records, including Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

Why Prof Cox is D:Reaming about a call from Corbyn 

When he was with the band D:Ream, physicist Brian Cox played keyboards on New Labour anthem Things Can Only Get Better.

But he’s still waiting for Jeremy Corbyn to invite him to perform an encore for the next election.

‘I’ve not been asked about a new anthem,’ Professor Cox tells me at the Royal Society Science Book Prize ceremony in St James’s, London.

‘I suppose no one’s got the nerve.’ Surely, under loony Leftie Corbyn it would be Things Can Only Get Worse? 

When he was with the band D:Ream, physicist Brian Cox played keyboards on New Labour anthem Things Can Only Get Better

When he was with the band D:Ream, physicist Brian Cox played keyboards on New Labour anthem Things Can Only Get Better

 Oarsome! Sir David Tang’s widow to row 2,400 miles

Society mourned the death of Hong Kong tycoon Sir David Tang, who died two years ago after a battle with liver cancer.

Now his widow, Lucy, below with her husband, is taking on a daunting challenge to give back to the team who looked after her late husband in his final days at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

The 51-year-old is taking part in the Great Pacific Race next year, which entails rowing 2,400 nautical miles from San Francisco to Hawaii.

Society mourned the death of Hong Kong tycoon Sir David Tang, who died two years ago after a battle with liver cancer. Now his widow, Lucy, below with her husband, is taking on a daunting challenge to give back to the team who looked after her late husband in his final days at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London

Society mourned the death of Hong Kong tycoon Sir David Tang, who died two years ago after a battle with liver cancer. Now his widow, Lucy, below with her husband, is taking on a daunting challenge to give back to the team who looked after her late husband in his final days at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London

A friend tells me; ‘She is valiantly rebuilding her life after the shock of his death. Lucy wanted to give back to the Marsden palliative care team who looked after her husband so well.

‘I think she is terrified as this is outside her comfort zone. But knowing her she will rise to the occasion.’

Lady Tang wed the founder of fashion brand Shanghai Tang in 2003 after his first marriage to Susanna Cheung,

with whom he had two children, Edward and Victoria. She stayed by Sir David’s side at the hospital until he died and has received plaudits from friends including Lady Annabel Goldsmith and interior designer Nicky Haslam for embarking on such an audacious adventure.

Despite being nervous about the forthcoming expedition, she is no stranger to such a gruelling odyssey.

She proudly holds the title of being the first woman in Hong Kong to have completed the Four Deserts Grand Slam — four 155-mile marathons across Atacama, Gobi, Sahara and Antarctica.

She is also a qualified yoga teacher specialising in Ayurveda.

Friends of Sir David will be supporting her along the way, including the Duchess of York who said when he died: ‘We laughed, we cried, and we lived every moment. He made castles in the sky for my girls and I, we travelled the world together with him and his steadfast and devoted Lucy by his side always.’

‘I’m going off-grid in my country hideaway’: Jo Wood 

They say if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. Jo Wood, ex wife of Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie, is relocating to deepest Oxfordshire.

‘I’ve had enough,’ she tells me. ‘I’m going off-grid. I want something completely different. I’ve bought a Grade II-listed farmhouse in the countryside where nobody can find me — miles away from anywhere. It’s got its own water borehole and solar power and it’s going to be fabulous. I’ve seen it all before and now I want a quiet life.’ Since her divorce in 2009, Jo took pride in converting a Camden house from three flats into her dream home, which she dubbed ‘rock ‘n’ roll meets Mare Antoinette’. ‘It’s sold and I’m off. I can’t wait,’ she adds gleefully.

Indeed Jo is so keen for solitude not even her boyfriend, rugby coach Carl Douglas will be moving in: ‘He will be a regular visitor.’

£8.2 million Helena’s crowning achievement  

It seems Helena Bonham Carter has been royally rewarded for starring as Princess Margaret in The Crown.

The actress, who takes on the role in the third series which kicks off in November, has seen her fortune rise to more than £8.2 million after joining the cast.

Bonham Carter has posted accounts for her company Orlando Limited which reveal that her reserves shot up by £800,000 from £7.4 million in 2018.

The 54-year-old is currently dating author Rye Dag Holmboe, 32, after splitting with Tim Burton, father of her two children, five years ago.

It seems Helena Bonham Carter has been royally rewarded for starring as Princess Margaret in The Crown

It seems Helena Bonham Carter has been royally rewarded for starring as Princess Margaret in The Crown

 Madonna’s bra is star of Kate’s book

Kate Moss is carving out a new career as an author. 

The 45-year-old was centre stage at Paris Fashion Week launching her book, Musings on Fashion and Style: Museo de la Moda, with her 32-year-old boyfriend, Count Nikolai von Bismarck, by her side. 

The former party girl, who has swapped alcohol for green smoothies and salads, has curated her favourite couture and costume pieces from the Museo de la Moda, the fashion museum in Santiago, Chile from rare outfits by Balenciaga to Madonna’s conical bra. 

Kate Moss is carving out a new career as an author. The 45-year-old was centre stage at Paris Fashion Week launching her book, Musings on Fashion and Style: Museo de la Moda, with her 32-year-old boyfriend, Count Nikolai von Bismarck, by her side

Kate Moss is carving out a new career as an author. The 45-year-old was centre stage at Paris Fashion Week launching her book, Musings on Fashion and Style: Museo de la Moda, with her 32-year-old boyfriend, Count Nikolai von Bismarck, by her side

 

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