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Monday, February 15, 1999 Published at 12:51 GMT


Hutchence daughter in legal battle

Michael Hutchence: Committed suicide in November 1997

The late rock star Michael Hutchence's two-year-old daughter is claiming funds from his estate, according to documents lodged in an Australian court.

Through her godmother Belinda Brewin, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence is seeking money for maintenance, education and "advancement in life".

Hutchence's will states Tiger Lily is entitled to half of his wealth, but her carers say she has not received any money.

It is the latest in a series of legal battles following the INXS singer's suicide in a Sydney hotel in November 1997.

Lawyers for his estate claim he had £720,000 in assets when he died, but family members claim as much as £10m is held in trusts and shell companies around the world.

Belinda Brewin said Tiger Lily's mother, Paula Yates, had been forced to take out a large mortgage to help meet her daughter's expenses.

Streep honoured in Berlin

[ image: Meryl Streep: Grateful for staying popular]
Meryl Streep: Grateful for staying popular
Meryl Streep has been honoured at the Berlin Film Festival with a special award for her contribution to cinema.

The actress was presented with the Berlinale Kamera - a small, gilded camera made by a Berlin jeweller.

The festival organisers said Streep was "one of the most exceptional actresses in the international history of film".

Streep is in Berlin for the screening of her latest movie, One True Thing, for which she has been nominated for an Academy Award.

She said: "I am very, very, very happy that the actor's branch of the Academy is not sick of me and did not think, 'Well, this time we'll give it to somebody else.'"

Kravitz drives to number one

[ image: Blondie: Knocked from number one after just one week]
Blondie: Knocked from number one after just one week
Rock star Lenny Kravitz, whose career was all but written off by many critics, has stormed straight to number one in the charts with his latest single.

His song, Fly Away, knocked last week's chart-topper from Blondie off the top spot, after heavy exposure in a TV ad for Peugeot cars.

It follows in a long line of singles boosted by appearances in TV commercials, most notably Levi's jeans spots featuring Shaggy, Babylon Zoo and Freak Power.

Kravitz was last in the UK Top 10 in 1993 with Are You Gonna Go My Way. Since then he has only had one Top 40 hit, Rock And Roll Is Dead, in 1995.

Streisand in Mame adaptation

[ image: Barbra Streisand: Mame could be the most expensive TV movie ever]
Barbra Streisand: Mame could be the most expensive TV movie ever
Barbra Streisand is to produce and possibly star in a film version of the hit musical Mame in what is expected to be the most expensive TV movie ever.

Mame first opened on Broadway in 1966 and ran until 1971 starring Angela Lansbury as an eccentric aunt. Written by Jerry Herman, the project for the ABC network will be Streisand's first TV musical.

The project marks Streisand and Herman's first work together since she starred in the 1969 film adaptation of his musical Hello, Dolly.

Star Wars single announced

[ image: Star Wars Episode One: Released in the UK in July]
Star Wars Episode One: Released in the UK in July
A Star Wars promo single will be in the shops well before the film is in the cinemas, according to Sony Classical, which is releasing the soundtrack to the new Star Wars movie.

No date has been set for the single or the album, but both will precede the movie release in the US and Canada, which is set for 21 May. Sony says it may make a music video too.

The score for Episode I: The Phantom Menace is by five-time Academy Award winner John Williams, who composed and conducted the original Star Wars films.

The film is due for release in the UK on 16 July.

Damon and Affleck team up again

[ image: Matt Damon with his Good Will Hunting Oscar]
Matt Damon with his Good Will Hunting Oscar
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, are to be the executive producers of a World War II film, War Journal.

Based on the memoirs of Major Damon 'Rocky' Gause, it tells of his escape from the Japanese in the Philippines and his 53-day sail to freedom across the Pacific amid enemy fire.

Gause was killed a year later during a routine air manoeuvre over London. His journal of the trek lay undiscovered for more than 50 years.

Driving motorists crazy

[ image: Louise: Top choice for male drivers]
Louise: Top choice for male drivers
A survey of motorists reveals that singer Louise is the most popular dream passenger for male motorists, while Robbie Williams is the women's choice.

X-Files star Gillian Anderson was the second choice for men, while wives and girlfriends came third, Madonna fourth and model Caprice fifth.

Actors Brad Pitt, Sean Connery and George Clooney took second, third, and fourth places in the list of female choices, according to the poll, which was carried out for an insurance firm.

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