Friday, June 5, 1998 Published at 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Lisa Marie signs for Morissette label
Lisa Marie Presley has signed a recording contract with Java Records
Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, has signed a recording contract with Java Records. She's one of the first artists to be signed for the label formed in 1996 by Glen Ballard. He produced and co-wrote the tracks on Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album. The other major act on Java is Terence Trent D'Arby. It's thought 30-year-old Lisa Marie will go into the studio to record tracks later this year.
A collection of previously unseen photographs by the late Linda McCartney has gone on show in New York. The exhibition, Wide Open, displays her nature, landscape and still life works. Ms McCartney, who died of cancer in April, selected the final images shortly before her death at the family's ranch hideaway in Arizona. The show opens just a few days before a memorial service for her in London.
Frank Sinatra's widow has reportedly upset his daughter Tina by inviting an actor from the upcoming 'Rat Pack' film to one of her charity parties. Ray Liotta who plays Sinatra in the controversial movie was asked to attend a fundraising event for the Barbara Sinatra Children's Centre. Tina, who was not invited, has slammed the film for "raping" her late father's memory. She says that Liotta's role is nothing more than a "caricature".
George and Ira Gershwin, two of America's most gifted and prolific songwriters, have been honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The star's unveiling was attended by family members, fans and friends, including film stars Jack Lemmon and Angie Dickinson. It was part of a two-year tribute honouring the 100th birthdays of the brothers, whose hits included Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy And Bess.
Actress Julie Andrews has said that reports of her singing voice's death are greatly exaggerated. When the star of The Sound of Music had surgery last year to treat painful nodules in her throat, reports followed that she would never sing again. But Andrews, 62, whose speaking voice is part of the musical Dr Dolittle, which opens in London next month, said damage to her voice was not irreparable she was merely taking a year off.
Sir Elton John and Billy Joel's two Wembley Stadium shows are to go ahead after illness led to the scrapping of Thursday's concert in Manchester. US singer Joel suffered an acute asthma attack performing a show in Glasgow on the first night of the British leg of the duo's Face To Face tour. Promoter MCP said Joel's asthma attack was brought on by a respiratory infection. They insisted that tonight's and tomorrow's shows would take place.
Mayor of Toronto Mel Lastman has said he sent a letter to Ginger Spice this week pleading with her to stay with the band, for the sake of the young people. But Lastman's critics have hit back at him for having nothing else to do with his time. Others are cringing at the publicity the letter's created. Lastman wrote to Geri Halliwell on Tuesday, urging her to remain with the Spice Girls and perform with them at a sold-out concert in Toronto next month.
Larry Sanders star may fill Gerard role
American comedian Gary Shandling is being wooed to take on the film role left vacant by Gerard Depardieu after his recent motorcycle crash. Shandling, who has just finished his celebrated TV series The Larry Sanders Show, has been asked to replace the French actor in Town and Country. If he accepts the job, the comedian will star alongside Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Andie MacDowell in Peter Chishom's upcoming movie.
Footie single fails to score with fans
England's official World Cup anthem, On Top of the World, could prove a flop with sales suggesting it may only reach No 10 in next week's chart. The song by England United could chart even lower if the sales of other tracks pick up before Sunday. Despite soccer fever, the official song does not seem to have won over fans. Del Amitri's Scottish anthem looks set to enter the charts at No 16.