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Thursday, September 3, 1998 Published at 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK


Sinatras rage at Rat Pack film

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra in a 1970s Rat Pack reunion

Frank Sinatra's family is furious at the way the late entertainer is portrayed in a new movie premiered on American television this week.

The Rat Pack - which will be shown in Britain on Sky - deals with Sinatra's backing for John F Kennedy's presidential election campaign.

It stars Ray Liotta as Sinatra, Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin, Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr and Angus Macfadyen as Peter Lawford.

Sinatra's daughters Nancy and Tina have denounced the way their father is portrayed, while the late Peter Lawford's son Christopher described the film as "a work of pure fiction".

Dean Martin's daughter Dina added: "There was a lot more love and respect, and a lot more class, than was portrayed in The Rat Pack."

She is hoping to get her side of the story on screen soon - she is acting as a consultant on Dino, a film about the crooner's life being made by Martin Scorsese.

[ image: Billy Joel: Still suffering from throat problems]
Billy Joel: Still suffering from throat problems
Billy Joel postpones tour dates

Billy Joel has been forced to postpone the autumn leg of his world tour because of recurring throat problems.

Earlier this year, he was forced to cancel several dates, including an appearance with Elton John in London, because of an upper respiratory infection.

The 49-year-old has spent the summer recuperating at his home in Long Island, New York, and has rescheduled all his September and October concerts for November and December.

[ image: Gary Coleman: Pleaded innocent to assault charge]
Gary Coleman: Pleaded innocent to assault charge
Former child star charged with hitting fan

Former Diff'rent Strokes child star Gary Coleman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of hitting an autograph seeker at the shopping mall where he now works as a security guard.

Bus driver Tracy Fields has also filed a $1m lawsuit against the 4' 8" actor, who is now 30.

Coleman's lawyer pleaded innocent on his behalf to the assault charge at a California court and a pre-trial hearing has been set for October 20.

Coleman shot to fame as Arnold Jackson in the in the series, which began in 1978, but his fortunes plunged after the show was cancelled in 1986.

[ image: Elton John: Partnership with Jim Carrey]
Elton John: Partnership with Jim Carrey
Rocket man meets rubber man

Elton John has found a new act to team up with on stage - funnyman Jim Carrey.

Carrey joined him on stage at a show in Anaheim, California, to rip through a duet of Rocket Man.

The crowd's yells and applause turned to laughter as Carrey then started to play the piano - with his head.

Sir Elton said he "wouldn't forget" the duet.

Mission over for Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will end its run next spring, the sci-fi show's producer has announced.

"Like Star Trek: The Next Generation, we had always intended to tell the story of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the span of seven years," creator and executive producer Rick Berman said.

The Emmy-winning series has been running since 1993. Its seventh and final season will begin in the US later this year.

Patrick Stewart's Conspiracy theory

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart has bought the film rights to a best-selling novel with an eye to taking the lead role in the thriller for himself.

The British actor - who plays Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek - intends to take the lead in A Conspiracy Of Tall Men, despite being much older than the character he wants to play.

Noah Hawley, the book's author, says he doesn't mind the 58-year-old playing his young hero.

"I'm always a fan of against-type casting," he said.

Citizen Kane Oscar fight

Orson Welles' daughter is battling one of the acclaimed director's friends for possession of the Oscar the movie legend won for his 1941 classic Citizen Kane.

Beatrice Welles claims cameraman Gary Graver stole the statuette from her father.

But Mr Graver, who wants to sell the award abroad, maintains the best original screeplay award, now in the custody of a US court, was a gift from the director.

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