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Thursday, October 8, 1998 Published at 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK


London première for Titanic exhibition

Exhibition will be a 'totally immersive movie going experience'

A touring exhibition based on the box office hit film Titanic is to have its world première in London.

Titanic : Official Movie Tour, thought to be the first exhibition of its kind, will be staged in Wembley Exhibition Hall in December.

Around 40,000 visitors a week are expected to see the special effects and costumes and even tour the opulent ball room.

There will also be the opportunity to have their picture taken in the famous "King of the World" pose on the edge of the ship.

Jon Laudau, the film's producer said: "What we are trying to do is create a totally immersive movie-going experience,"

Fans will be able to purchase film merchandise ranging from a crew T-shirt to a full Titanic uniform and during the evening the exhibiton will be transformed into a first class dining experience using authentic Titanic menus.

"One thing that we are very sensitive to is the fact that this was a tragedy. We are not historically talking about the actual event.

"We are talking about the making of this film and the magic and the romance behind it, " said Tim Elwell, vice president of Special Entertainment Events, organisers of the exhibition.

The Titanic: Official Movie Tour will open in London with a party on December 15.

The multi- million show will tour Amsterdam, Paris, Dusseldorf, Milan and 16 other world cities, including South America and Singapore.

New Elvis Presley footage uncovered

[ image: Fans will be able to see a young Presley gyrating]
Fans will be able to see a young Presley gyrating
Sightings of Elvis Presley have been reported not on Mars but in the first known film of the singer performing on stage.

The footage shot in 1955 by Jim and Louis Robertson of Houston features the 20-year-old Presley performing before around 25 people in a park.

Twenty-one years after his death the rare footage has been transferred to videotape. But fans will only be able to see him gyrate as the film was shot on 8mm film without sound capability.

The video released by Tapeworm Video Distributors Inc from October 20 is expected to be a big hit among Presley fans.

Search for a new All Saint

[ image: Melanie Blatt will be back after baby is born]
Melanie Blatt will be back after baby is born
The chart-topping girl-group All Saints have revealed that they are looking for a replacement for band member Melanie Blatt, while she has her baby.

Ex- Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, Jenny McCarthy and Robbie Williams are all contenders tipped by industry insiders to appear alongside All Saints at the European Music Awards later this year.

But their label London Records confirmed to Radio 1 that the band had approached a US rapper and a female singer to temporarily replace Melanie.

And they stressed the mother-to-be would be back.

Bankrupt Burt strikes deal

[ image: Reynolds looking to quality time with family]
Reynolds looking to quality time with family
Actor Burt Reynolds, who hit hard times three years ago, has struck a deal to balance his accounts.

A bankruptcy court in Florida has approved a reorganisation plan for the actor under which he should emerge from financial ruin within the next month.

The deal states that Reynolds, 62, will keep his ranch home in Florida and all of his personal property.

The actor has agreed to make payments to his creditors over three years.

"I'm pleased that this matter is behind me and now I'm looking forward to focusing on my work and enjoying time with my family and friends," Reynolds said in the statement.

Saving Private Ryan stuns Germans

[ image: Saving Private Ryan anti-war rather than anti-German]
Saving Private Ryan anti-war rather than anti-German
Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie Saving Private Ryan left German preview audiences in stunned silence ahead of its general release in the country.

The World War II epic was viewed by a selected group of German dignitaries, many of whom were deeply moved by its graphic portrayal of battle.

Some queried the anti-German bias of the film, but economics professor Heinz Moll dismissed such criticism, saying it is anti-war rather than anti-German.

Lloyd Webber loses latest battle

[ image: Lloyd Webber plagiarism trial plays on]
Lloyd Webber plagiarism trial plays on
British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has lost the latest round in an eight- year plagiarism battle over the melody for Phantom Of The Opera.

The US Supreme Court refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by composer Ray Repp, who claims the Phantom theme was stolen from a religious ballad he wrote.

Lloyd Webber's lawyers unsuccessfully argued that Repp's lawsuit should be thrown out because he failed to prove Lloyd Webber had even heard Till You, before he wrote Phantom Of The Opera.

Kylie denies pop exodus

[ image: Kylie Minogue still going strong]
Kylie Minogue still going strong
Singer Kylie Minogue has denied reports that she is giving up her pop career.

"How often do you believe what you read in the papers?" she asked at the unveiling of her new waxwork at Madam Tussauds.

"I'm simply going back to Australia to work on a feature film and I've got a small part in another film.

"I'm taking a few months to take my baby steps back into films again. It's been a long time before I consider going back to films."

Cold reception for Casablanca sequel

Movie buffs have given a frosty reception to a new novel which is set to take up the story of Casablanca where the screen classic finished.

Diehard fans and film critics object to the idea of As Time Goes By, written by former Time magazine music critic Michael Walsh.

He jokingly likens his book to a literary suicide mission, but says it is true to the characters played by Bogart, Bacall and Claude Rains.

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