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Monday, November 16, 1998 Published at 12:04 GMT


Entertainment: Roundup

All Saint Mel set for motherhood

Melanie Blatt opting for a caesarean

The All Saints Melanie Blatt is due to give birth later this week, leading the way for the next batch of pop mothers.

The 23-year-old singer is expecting a baby girl on Thursday.

The All Saints star has opted to give birth by caesarean section because of a back condition she suffered as a youngster.

Melanie and her boyfriend, musician Stuart Zender, revealed in a magazine interview that they intend to name their daughter Lily Ella: Lily after the first flowers he bought her during their courtship and Ella after the music legend Ella Fitzgerald.


Jacko raising a packet in bonds


[ image: Jackson trying to raise some money]
Jackson trying to raise some money
Pop superstar Michael Jackson is considering raising $100 million or more by selling bonds that would be backed by future royalties on his and other music he has acquired.

Among other music Jackson has bought the rights to 250 Beatles songs over through the years.

According to the New Yorker, Michael Jackson needs to raise a substantial sum of money in order to sustain his lavish lifestyle, as he faces a declining income resulting from legal costs following alleged child molestation charges.

Jackson would follow rocker David Bowie who managed to amass $55million in a lump sum after selling bonds backed by income from earlier albums.


Star Trek fans in for a feast


[ image: William Shatner is back or rather his alter-ego]
William Shatner is back or rather his alter-ego
Fans of the cult series Star Trek are in for a tasty treat as the definitive Star Trek Cookbook is released next year.

The co-author Ethan Phillips who also brought the world The Brady Bunch Cookbook promises a "smorgasbord of galactic cuisine for the Earthbound" and "recipes behind all those exotic dishes and drinks".

There are also more Star Trek books in the pipeline. Essential to every respectable fan will be a Quotable Star Trek, a Bartlett's Quotations for the next century.

Also Captain Kirk's alter-ego William Shatner is back (well, his ghost-writer is) with Star Trek: Dark Victory released next April. Apparently, Kirk ends up battling an evil Kirk from a parallel universe.


Travolta returns to the musical


[ image: Travolta discovering rock and roll in the 1950s]
Travolta discovering rock and roll in the 1950s
John Travolta is considering the title role of Francis Ford Coppola's new musical The Big Kahuna.

The offer was made shortly after Travolta announced his desire to work on another film musical. Coppola has written the words music and recorded a CD of the songs for The Big Kahuna, which is about teenagers discovering rock and roll in the 1950s.

The title comes from the character played by Cliff Robertson in the 1959 surf musical Gidget which starred Sandra Dee and James Darren.


Streep going back to her roots


[ image: Streep settling in Ireland is
Streep settling in Ireland is "a possibility"
Meryl Streep is considering buying a house in Ireland after finding out more about her family roots there.

Streep, 49, discovered details about her great-grandmother on her mother's side whilst filming Dancing in Lughnasa in Donegal last year.

Her great-grandmother, Grace Strain, was born there in 1865 and later emigrated to Pennsylvania, according to recently unearthed records.

The actress said: " We had such fun there while making the movie. I feel a need to do some real scientific work on my great-grandmother's ancestry " she said.


Spielberg bids to get Oscars in the bag


[ image: Saving Private Ryan to be re-launched in the US]
Saving Private Ryan to be re-launched in the US
It has been rumoured that Steven Spielberg's plans to re-launch his hit film Saving Private Ryan just before the Oscars in a move to bag lots of nominations, it has been reported.

According to Empire Online, the World war II epic will be pulled from the cinemas in the US and then re-launched before the Oscar nominations on February 9.

The film is expected to get a number of nominations, but Spielberg faces tough competition from forthcoming war drama The Thin Red Line, by Terrence Malick.


American role for Fiennes

Actor Joseph Fiennes, younger brother of Ralph Fiennes, is to make his first American film. The actor is currently gaining recognition for his role as Dudley in Elizabeth.

He is planning to spend the early part of next year in Miami making Forever Mine, a drama directed by Paul Schrader.

"I have to age up 15 years and get shot in the face," says Fiennes. "It's character acting - you can't beat it."



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