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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Weaver may reprise Alien role
Actress Sigourney Weaver said she has been in talks with director Ridley Scott about making a fifth Alien movie.

The star could reprise her role as Ripley in the Alien films which have been huge hits since Oscar-winner Scott made his first in the late 70s.

There had been rumours among movie buffs that she could return in the role.

In an interview for a Channel 4 documentary Alien Evolution, Weaver said: "We'll have to see how the elements come together."

Anthrax dismisses name change

Thrash metal rock band Anthrax will not be changing their name in the wake of Florida's anthrax cases even though they admit it is now "not so cool".

The band say on their website that they hope "no further negative events will happen and it won't be necessary".

Anthrax chose their name 20 years ago because they thought it sounded "cool" and aggressive.

But following events in Florida they admit to being in a "strange and stressful" situation as their name symbolizes "fear, paranoia and death".

Ex-Five singers 'sorry' for brawl

A former member of boy band Five has been ordered to pay money to a children's hospital following a bar room brawl in Ireland.

A Dublin District Court dropped charges against Jason Brown, 25, who agreed to pay IR£5,000 (£4,000) into a fund to help children born to drug addicts at the city's Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children.

He apologised for punching a customer during an exchange of words in Dublin's Palace Bar last December.

A second band member, Ritchie Neville, was charged in connection with the incident in March, and ordered to pay IR£3,000 (£2,400) into the court's poor box.

Houston's charity record tops US charts

Whitney Houston has claimed the number one spot in the American singles chart with the country's national anthem.

Houston's rendition, which originates from her 1991 Super Bowl telecast, was reissued as a charity record following the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11 September.

Sales of The Star Spangled Banner reached 60,000 units in the week ending 7 October.

The CD, which also features America The Beautiful, has raised more than $1m (£700,000) for the New York police and fire departments.

U2 webcasts concert

Irish supergroup U2 performed live over the internet from America on Wednesday night.

The two-hour gig from the University of Notre Dame marked the third leg of U2's 2001 Elevation tour.

The band has already performed more than 100 shows to more than two million fans this year.

The European Internet service provider Tiscali, which hosted the event, is reporting an online audience of more than one million.

Mousetrap stars gather for reunion

Stars from the world's longest-running stage production have met for a cast reunion.

Lord and Lady Attenborough, who were among the original stars of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, joined in the celebrations at the Savoy Hotel in London.

More than 300 actors have taken part in the whodunit which reaches its 50th anniversary next month.

The show reached its 20,000 performance less than a year ago.

Reeve sets up paralysis centre

American actor Christopher Reeve is using $2m (£1.4m) of government funding to set up an educational facility for people with paralysis and their families.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Centre will aim to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis by offering information, educational materials and referral services.

"One of the greatest fears that people with disabilities have is that we will be pushed to the margins of society," said Reeve.

The Superman actor was left paralysed from the neck down after a horse riding accident in 1995.

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