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Thursday, October 15, 1998 Published at 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK


Ally McBeal star sued by real-life lawyers

Calista Flockhart: Lawyers are demanding a cut of her earnings

Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart is being sued by her solicitors who claim she owes them 5% of her earnings from the comedy about a neurotic lawyer.

The real-life legal team at New York-based Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Seltz claim she owes them the money for their work in negotiating and reviewing her contracts for the series.

The lawsuit claims that by the end of last week Ms Flockhart had earned £460,000, and owed them at least £23,000.

"We've tried and tried to resolve this amicably," said the firm's Maura Wogan, "but we've been paid absolutely no money."

Pavarotti Spices up charity album

[ image: Luciano Pavarotti: Singing with the Spice Girls]
Luciano Pavarotti: Singing with the Spice Girls
The Spice Girls' collaboration with tenor Luciano Pavarotti is to be released as part of a new charity album.

The girls' appearance at the concert in Modena, Italy in June was their first official date after the departure of Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell.

Pavarotti And Friends For The Children Of Liberia also features the heavyweight tenor in duets with Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion and The Corrs.

Profits from the album, due out on October 26, will help build a village for war orphans in Africa.

Janet keeping mum about Jacksons

[ image: Janet Jackson: Catches up with the family on TV]
Janet Jackson: Catches up with the family on TV
Janet Jackson says she has given up her role as the Jackson family's unofficial spokesperson - because she can't keep up with what her brothers and sisters are up to any more.

"I just don't want to answer for them," she said. "I just don't think it's my place. Besides, a lot of the time I don't even know what's going on. I learn by watching the news."

But she loves her nephew Prince - son of Michael Jackson and wife Debbie Rowe. She met up with her brother last winter for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

"He's absolutely such a happy baby," she says of Prince. "He was beautiful and he became attached to me very quickly."

De Vito comes to dinner

[ image: Steven Spielberg: Company making comedy remake]
Steven Spielberg: Company making comedy remake
Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks company is hiring Danny De Vito to direct and co-star in a remake of the 1941 comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Originally a stage play, the story is a satire about a bombastic talk show host who returns to his school to accept an award, only to wreak havoc on the lives of the family with whom he is staying.

The original film - regarded as one of the greatest comedies of all time - starred Monty Woolley, Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan.

Throat problem hits Kravitz tour

Rock star Lenny Kravitz has had to cancel a string of dates on his American tour because of a recurring throat problem.

On Tuesday he abandoned a show in Cincinatti 3 just 35 minutes into the set, while earlier this month he had to cancel two other dates completely.

There is no word yet on whether the shows will be rescheduled or if more dates will have to be scrubbed.

The tour is currently scheduled to end in Miami on October 30.

Dr Who veteran goes to Chicago

Former Doctor Who star Peter Davison is hitting the West End stage with a lead role in the musical Chicago.

The actor will take over as Amos Hart in one of several cast changes in the award-winning show.

Also joining the cast on November 16 is Diane Langton who has appeared in TV shows like Only Fools and Horses, The Rag Trade and Heartbeat.

Acclaimed actress Ruthie Henshall will be leaving the show, to be replaced as Roxie by Maria Friedman, who won a Laurence Oliver Award for her part in Steven Sondheim's Passion.

Chicago has been a sell-out since it opened at London's Adelphi Theatre 11 months ago.

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