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Thursday, September 10, 1998 Published at 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK


Come play with Jacko

Michael Jackson gets to grips with a rival

Michael Jackson has confirmed plans for a $700m theme park in a Rio De Janeiro suburb, according to reports in the Brazilian press.

The 250-acre park, if it gets the go-ahead, will generate nearly 12,000 jobs in the area, according to Rio-based newspaper O Globo.

A team representing Jackson is expected in the city next week to make a final decision on the site, which has been chosen ahead of locations in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico City.

He already faces competition - the Walt Disney corporation is reportedly planning a $3.4bn park in Rio das Ostras, a coastal city 100 miles northeast of Rio.

He has also been linked with plans for a theme park in Poland.

[ image: Tommy Lee: Still on probation]
Tommy Lee: Still on probation
Tommy Lee out of jail

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has been released from jail early for good behaviour after serving less than four months of a six-month sentence imposed for assaulting wife Pamela Anderson.

"He didn't get in any trouble. He's got a long way to go, but he's done with jail," said his attorney Charles English.

He will be on probation for three years and must donate $5,000 to a shelter for battered women, avoid drugs and alcohol, stay at least 100 yards away from Ms Anderson, attend anger management classes and undergo random drug tests as well as performing 200 hours of community service.

Ms Anderson has filed for divorce following the attack.

Lee is set to rejoin Motley Crue for their next tour, which starts on October 27.

[ image: Sigourney Weaver: Cleaning up after fire]
Sigourney Weaver: Cleaning up after fire
Fire hits Sigourney's new place

Alien star Signourney Weaver is clearing up after a fire severely damaged her new apartment in New York.

Builders had been working flat out to make sure the work on the apartment was finished this week, but a spark from an old refrigerator started the blaze.

Repairs won't begin for several months, so Ms Weaver and her husband, Jim Simpson, have had to put off their moving-in plans until next year.

[ image: Stanley Kubrick: Takes his time over his work]
Stanley Kubrick: Takes his time over his work
Eyes wide open

Warner Bros has finally announced the release date for Stanley Kubrick's long-awaited film Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

The story about sexual jealousy and obsession - originally due out at Christmas - will now hit US cinemas on July 16 next year, and will be released worldwide soon after.

The couple spent 15 months working together on a Hertfordshire set under the tough instruction of the reclusive director.

[ image: Akira Kurosawa: Famed for strong men]
Akira Kurosawa: Famed for strong men
Director working on first female film

Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was working on his first film about women before his death on Sunday, it has been revealed.

Kurosawa, famed for his movies focusing on strong male characters, was keen to film a script he was developing about 18th century Japanese prostitutes.

The Oscar-winning veteran was finding it difficult to secure funding for The Ocean was Watching - his tale of a seaside brothel.

[ image: Celine Dion: Trying for a baby]
Celine Dion: Trying for a baby
Celine gets broody

Singer Celine Dion's mind isn't on music right now - it's on making babies.

The 30-year-old singer - who comes from a family of 14 children - has been trying to start a family with manager and husband Rene Angelil, 56, for over a year now.

"If we have one child, that would be incredible. I'd be happy with two, three, four, nine! I want to retire. I can't wait to go grocery shopping and drive my car."

[ image: Diana Ross:
Diana Ross: "Belongs in movies"
Ross set for film comeback

LA Law star Blair Underwood is working on a new movie for singer Diana Ross about an older woman who becomes involved with a younger man.

She will also sing on the soundtrack of the movie, her first since The Wiz in 1978.

"It was an idea I had and pitched it to Diana as a way to bring her back into the movies, where she belongs. She loves the idea," said Underwood.

[ image: Dennis prepares for a new arrival]
Dennis prepares for a new arrival
Old Dennis, new menace

The Spice Girls' babies had better watch out - they've got competition in the celebrity baby stakes.

The current issue of the Beano reveals Dennis the Menace is about to get a baby brother or sister - with his mother being driven at high speed to a maternity hospital.

The Beano has just celebrated its 60th birthday while Dennis' fan-club is 1.5 million-strong.

"We get scores of letters each week about Dennis and his Abyssinian wire-haired tripehound Gnasher. The arrival of a new character on the Dennis the Menace scene will turn everything upside down," said a Beano spokesman.

The sex of the new arrival will be revealed next week.

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