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Sai has two new films, so shut up

Inthira "Sai" Charoenpura has a nice comeback to lurid rumours that she had an abortion. The gossip, she says, is as plausible as reports that she's walked on the moon.

But having some great news to announce certainly helps to keep spirits high. First, the long-awaited premiere of "The Legend of King Naresuan Part III", in which she stars, has been confirmed for March 31. "I'm so happy," the actress says. "I even saw the poster in front of the cinema, so they can't postpone it again now!"The press instantly senses that it's time to start bugging her about Part IV. "Please don't pressure me about that!" Sai laughs. "There'll be another one soon."Sai's other good news is that she's won a "challenging" role in a new movie from Phawit Panangkasiri, who directed last year's hit "monks-with-guns" heist drama "Nak Prok" ("Shadow of the Naga"). She played a prostitute who wanted to keep the robbers' loot for herself.She's playing a hooker in Phawit's new project too, but she has different motives."I'll be playing a prostitute who wants to build a temple." Sounds okay, but hopefully it won't be an epic in four parts.

'A' is for avariceWe're not sure it's good for your career when your manager reveals that your fee has quintupled in a year. But, yes, that's apparently the case with actor-model Nadech Kukimiya, according to his handler, Supachai "A" Sriwijit. The manager says 20-year-old Nadech now gets Bt120,000 per appearance, up from Bt20,000 a year ago. And he doesn't think the high cost will curtail demand for his boy.In an even bigger stunner, A said Nadech won't be doing any more charity work - because it doesn't put money in their pockets. Reached for comment, Nadech said he didn't know the details, respected his manager's decision and otherwise had nothing to say. However, he added, "I'm not that serious - surely I could attend some events for free." We'll see if A lets him make any freebie appearances, then. Meanwhile, if you want Nadech, have the big baht ready, because his boss is adamant that there will be no discounts, period.

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