Friday, September 4, 1998 Published at 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Arnie files $50m libel lawsuit
Globe story "implied doctors had warned Schwarzenegger he was a 'ticking time bomb'"
Arnold Schwarzenegger has filed a $50m libel lawsuit against a American newspaper which made allegations about his long-term health.
The 51-year-old actor, who insists he is fully recovered from heart surgery last year, is angry with an article printed in the Globe tabloid on August 4.
The story maliciously implied specific doctors had warned Schwarzenegger that he was a "ticking time bomb", said a spokesperson for his publicists.
The original Avengers star Patrick Macnee, who played bowler-hatted John Steed in the 60s TV series, has slammed the new "charmless" movie version.
Macnee, 76, says Ralph Fiennes, who plays his character in the Hollywood movie, "resembles a humble bank clerk and plays the part in a muted whisper".
The veteran actor, who has a voice-over role, also thinks it lacks a "big comic villain" or "genuine sexual perversity", he tells the Los Angeles Times.
While the video release of Titanic is achieving record sales in the US, a less sexually explicit edition is being offered by Mormons in the state of Utah.
One video shop is offering to edit the nudity and sex scenes from the blockbuster, making the film more acceptable to the tastes of the strict religious order.
But movie moguls at Paramount, who co-produced the film, are not impressed. "It's not with our blessing and it's illegal," said a spokesman.
Yolanda King, daughter of murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, will appear in a movie about the struggle for racial equality.
The Disney film - Selma, Lord, Selma - is based on two girls' experiences during the 1965 voting march led by Dr King.
Shooting for the TV movie will start this month in the southern states of Georgia and Alabama. It will be shown in the US in January.
Singer Chris de Burgh is to flick the switch on Friday to illuminate the half-million lightbulbs that form Blackpool's Illuminations.
Upholding the 119-year-old tradition is a dream for the songwriter. He said: "This is something I've always wanted to do and it is a great privilege to be asked."
He will be joined at the 9pm switch-on by former Coronation Street heart-throb Matthew Marsden and singer Tina Arena.