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Friday, January 8, 1999 Published at 13:34 GMT


Police arrest woman in Pitt's house

Brad Pitt: Not at home when police made arrest

Los Angeles police have arrested a woman they say slipped into actor Brad Pitt's home, stayed there for 10 hours and dressed up in his clothes.

Athena Marie Rolando, 19, was arrested in an upstairs bedroom of his home after entering through a window in the early hours of Thursday.

Pitt, who has appeared in A River Runs Through It and Seven Years in Tibet, was not at home at the time.

She was allegedly found wearing a blue hat, green sweatshirt, black tracksuit trousers and shoes belonging to Pitt, whose latest film Meet Joe Black is about to be released in the UK. Police said she put the clothes on because she was cold.

Ms Rolando could face a trespass charge over the alleged offence.

Channel 4 wakes up to Kelly

[ image: Kelly Brook: No more late nights]
Kelly Brook: No more late nights
An 18-year-old model is to take over from Denise Van Outen as presenter of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast.

Kelly Brook starts work on 1 February, beating off competition from stand-in host Melanie Sykes, model Caprice and Fully Booked presented Gail Porter.

Production company Planet 24 chose her after screen tests showed she had a strong chemistry with co-host Johnny Vaughan.

She got her first break in modelling aged 15, after winning a local newspaper competition. So far the former pupil of the Italia Conti stage school's biggest role on TV has been in an ad for deodorant with Jonathan Ross.

Bee Gees still staying alive

[ image: The Bee Gees: Artists still using their Words]
The Bee Gees: Artists still using their Words
Bee Gees songs are set to dominate the top of the singles chart this weekend, taking two of the top three places.

Covers of Tragedy, by Steps, and You Should Be, by Blockster will be at numbers two and three, according to midweek sales figures.

You Should Be is a cover of You Should Be Dancing by DJ Brandon Block.

Steps' Tragedy - the current number one - is the 10th Bee Gees-penned song to make it to number one. In 1996 Boyzone's cover of Words made the top.

In 1998 three other covers hit number two in the charts - N-Trance's Stayin' Alive, Pras' hit Blue Angels - based on the song Grease - and 911's version of More Than A Woman.

Chart expert Jason Legg, from retail chain HMV, said: "They have had phenomenal success recently. I suppose it's because they're classic songwriters and they write great tunes. It's as simple as that."

However, the Bee Gees revival is set to be put in the shade by dance supremo Fatboy Slim, whose song Praise You is outselling its nearest rival by around two to one. The DJ - real name Norman Cook - helped Cornershop to number one last year with Brimful of Asha.

Fans urged to give their Best

[ image: George Best: Film tribute to football legend]
George Best: Film tribute to football legend
Producers filming the life of Manchester United football hero George Best are asking fans to set rivalry aside for the sake of their movie.

Scenes from the 1994 memorial tribute match to legendary manager Sir Matt Busby are being re-created at United's home match with West Ham this Sunday.

The fans will be unpaid extras for the film, which stars John Lynch and Linus Roache. They will be asked to sing Abide With Me together, but there are fears the away fans won't co-operate.

"The idea is that 50,000 fans sing Abide With Me, but it's just a question of what the West Ham fans think about it. I think they hate Man United!" said Roache.

Fans are being asked to arrive half-an-hour early for the match to take part in the film.

Fijian flak over raunchy hit

T-Spoon's 1998 summer hit Sex On The Beach has drawn strong criticism from religious and social groups on the South Pacific island of Fiji.

The song has already been banned by Fiji's national radio network but a rival station, FM 96, plays it several times a day.

Critics see the lyrics as socially, culturally and religiously offensive but it is has proved popular with Fijian youth.

New dates for Another Level

Pop band Another Level have been forced to postpone their first UK tour after a massive overdemand for tickets.

Ticket sales for the scheduled January tour were so strong the British R&B group decided to add some extra dates.

But the band, who had a hit with "Freak Me" in 1998, were unable to slot the added shows into the original schedule.

Instead, they have drawn up a brand new itinerary, moving the tour back a couple of months, to kick off in April.

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