Thursday, February 11, 1999 Published at 12:16 GMT
The King of Star Trek
King Abdullah with his late father, King Hussein
Jordan's new ruler King Abdullah has been revealed as an avid fan of the science fiction show Star Trek.
The king, who succeeded his father King Hussein after his death on Monday, even had his aides arrange for him to make a cameo appearance in Star Trek: Voyager in 1995.
The then-Prince Abdullah bin Hussein got on so well with the show's stars Ethan Phillips and Robert Picado he invited them to visit him in Jordan.
When they arrived, they were delighted to find their host had not only arranged tours of the country's historical monuments, he had also laid on a mini-convention of the programme's fans.
Phillips recalled: "He's just about the friendliest, easy-going guy. Very engaging, very warm."
Babe star fights for pigs
Cromwell has narrated a video film which shows employees at the farm in North Carolina beating pigs and killing them illegally. In one scene, a worker kills a lame hog by dropping a cinder block on its head.
He told a press conference: "Pigs are sensitive, intelligent animals. If you are moved at all by this film, please do your part. Stop eating pigs."
Management at the farm say the film is a distortion, and insist they follow strict and humane practices.
Madonna set for cinema comeback
The singer-turned-actress, last seen in successful musical Evita in 1996, will star in Ton 80.
In it she will play a hungry tabloid reporter sent to dig the dirt on a reclusive author of self-help books - but she falls in love with him instead.
She is also making The Next Best Thing with British star Rupert Everett.
Bringing up baby - the Posh way
Posh Spice told Vogue magazine that the couple want a big family but plan to look after their children themselves.
She said: "I have the kind of job where I can do that - I'll just take it into the studio with me in a back-pack."
The baby is set to be delivered at the Portland Hospital, London.
Adams also told the magazine how she deals with fans when she is out shopping.
She said: "If anyone wants an autograph I say 'Not until we've finished' and then I get all the children to line up and tell them that if they don't say 'please' they're not going to get one."
"David and I want children who are very well behaved," she added.
Cruise aide sues couple
Judita Gomez claims she received "good or excellent" evaluations during her five years with the couple, doing chores and helping them select clothes.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, stating that Gomez "is now unable to obtain employment-related benefits at the same salary she was earning".
Three-year order on Brad Pitt fan
Pitt had previously been granted a temporary restraining order against 19-year-old Athena Marie Rolando.
Rolando was charged with a trespassing offence after being found in Pitt's home last month while the actor was away.
The judge said Rolando had caused - "terrible intrusion".
After the hearing Ronaldo said she had lost respect for Pitt because he had not attended the court hearing.
"After holding a man in high regard, I have a little bit different opinion of someone who can't defend themselves or even show up for their own hearing. Now, he's not even worth my breath," she said.
Mayall back at home
The 40-year-old actor, who suffered severe head injuries in a quad-bike crash last year, went into hospital for further tests on Monday but has now been allowed to go home.
The Sun quoted the former Young Ones star as joking: "All this snow has made me ill. But I'm OK now and I'll go back to work as normal".
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