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Friday, September 25, 1998 Published at 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK


Entertainment

Anderson's angelic TV role

Anderson: Leaving Baywatch behind her

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is to appear in a new TV show, described as a 1990s version of Charlie's Angels.

The actress - whose estranged husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was recently released from jail after assaulting her - wore a broad smile and a silver sheath dress at the show's launch in Los Angeles.

She heads the cast and is executive producer of the programme which is based around an agency that provides security for the famous.



[ image: Elvis memorabilia often sells for six figure sums]
Elvis memorabilia often sells for six figure sums
Jailhouse rock for Elvis thief

A man who allegedly stole one of Elvis Presley's black leather jackets and tried to sell it for $100,000 has been arrested in Dallas, Texas police confirmed.

Robert Louis Rodgers is accused of taking the black leather motorcycle jacket from the Elvis Automobile Museum, opposite the King's Graceland mansion in Memphis.

"It's a great jacket. We're glad to be getting it back," said Todd Morgan, a spokesman for the museum.

Elvis used the jacket in the early 1970s but otherwise it was just a standard design, said Morgan: "The only thing special about it is that it was his."



[ image: Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars]
Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars
Star Wars prequels coming soon

Director George Lucas has whetted the appetites of sci-fi fans with the promise of three Star Wars prequels to the smash hit 1977 original.

Star Wars: Episode One is "kind of upbeat and it's fun" says Lucas, who likens it to the laser-blasting action film which began the famous saga.

The film - which is due for release in May - will star Ewan McGregor as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Liam Neeson and Samuel L Jackson as Jedi masters.

The two films which follow Episode One will be darker and more complicated, according to the director.



[ image: Zeta Jones: Fame is growing in Hollywood]
Zeta Jones: Fame is growing in Hollywood
Darling Bud to bloom with Neeson

Catherine Zeta Jones is set to star alongside Liam Neeson and Lili Taylor in a remake of the 1963 chiller The Haunting, according to film pundits.

The former Darling Buds of May actress, who has been in great demand since her performance as a swash-buckling beauty in the upcoming Mask of Zorro, is set to play a ghost hunter.

The new film is called The Haunting of Hill House.



[ image: Mel: keen for comedy role]
Mel: keen for comedy role
Gibson keen for PoW role

Lethal Weapon star Mel Gibson looks set to take the lead in a movie remake of Hogan's Heroes, the zany 60s sitcom set in a German PoW camp.

The 42-year-old Australian heart-throb is no stranger to updating TV classics - he played the title role in the 1994 western adventure Maverick.

Hollywood's Daily Variety paper also reports that Gibson intends to produce the new film.



[ image: Geri: supporting breast cancer awareness]
Geri: supporting breast cancer awareness
Geri launches cancer TV advert

Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and a host of other celebrities have launched a breast cancer awareness TV advert that warns "It Could Be You".

Actresses Sheila Hancock and Ruthie Henshall, athlete Sally Gunnell and presenter Gloria Hunniford are among the many stars who also appear.

Breast cancer survivor and former Talk Radio broadcaster Nancy Roberts founded the UK Breast Cancer Coalition which is backing the awareness campaign.


Heartbeat hero punched on set

TV star Nick Berry is recovering after being punched in the face by a man he believed was an autograph hunter.

The former EastEnders and Heartbeat actor was left with a bloodied nose and a cut lip after the attack on the set of Harbour Lights, his new BBC series.

Berry is understood to have been told to rest until Monday to get over the ordeal and allow the cuts to heal. The delay could cost the show 60,000.


Osmonds to reunite for TV show

America's favourite brother and sister act of the 1970s, Donny and Marie Osmond, are to hit US TV screens again after a 20-year absence.

The toothy twosome, who were beamed into American living rooms every Friday night between 1974 and 1978, will reunite for a gentle daytime talk show.

The two most famous members of the Osmond clan will offer an alternative to rival "depressing" day time shows and may throw in an old song or two.


Montserrat gigs blown out by hurricane

Hurricane Georges has destroyed the plans of a group of British musicians to stage a concert for volcano-struck Montserrat next week.

Many Happy Returns 2 was intended to boost the morale of Montserrat refugees and highlight a return to normal life with shows on the island and nearby Antigua.

But the hurricane has forced Virgin Atlantic airlines to postpone its inaugural flight to Antigua which had offered free transport to the musicians.



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