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Tuesday, April 6, 1999 Published at 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK


Lawsuit filed over country star's death

No autopsy was performed after country music's leading lady died

Country star Tammy Wynette's daughters have filed a $50m lawsuit blaming her death in April 1998 on negligence by her husband and doctor.

Daughters Tina Jones, Jackie Daly and Georgette Smith claim Dr Wallis Marsh failed to monitor her condition closely and over-prescribed her medication.

They also say Wynette's fifth husband, George Richey, did not seek medical care for her after being urged to do so by Marsh on the day of her death.

Nashville's medical examiner said on Monday he would reconsider the daughters' request to have Ms Wynette's body exhumed and an autopsy performed.

The Stand by Your Man singer died on 6 April, 1998, at her Nashville home aged 55.

New career in movies for Sir Elton John

[ image: Sir Elton John: New career as a movie mogul]
Sir Elton John: New career as a movie mogul
Pop superstar Sir Elton John has launched the first project of his new career as a film producer.

The veteran singer is involved in new film Women Talking Dirty, starring Helena Bonham Carter.

A comedy set in Edinburgh in the 1970s and adapted from a book by Isla Dewar, the film also stars Waking Ned's James Nesbitt and TV star Richard Wilson.

Sir Elton is writing the score, as well as acting as executive producer for the film through his company Rocket Pictures.

He told GMTV it was time to "do other things, not just sit around and play the piano".

The film is directed by Coky Giedroyc, who worked with Trainspotting star Kelly MacDonald in Stella Does Tricks.

Dylan and Simon to join forces on tour

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Paul Simon: Returns to touring after seven year break
Folk-rock legends Bob Dylan and Paul Simon will perform together for the first time in June when they launch a US tour.

"We have been great fans of each other for years and are really looking forward to touring together," the artists said in a joint statement.

Simon has not toured since 1992, spending much of his time in recent years on the disastrous Broadway production The Capeman, which opened to scathing reviews and poor ticket sales last year.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriters, both 57, will play separate sets with their bands and a few duets on the tour.

The 32-date tour starts on 6 June in Colorado and ends on 31 July in New York City.

Costner realises his baseball dream

[ image: Kevin Costner: Dropped the ball and lost the game]
Kevin Costner: Dropped the ball and lost the game
Field of Dreams star Kevin Costner has realised one of his biggest dreams - by playing in a big league baseball game.

But Costner, who was playing for Cal State Fullerton in the game on Sunday, also realised one of his biggest fears as he dropped the ball and lost the game with the Anaheim Angels by 2-1.

"It was a really great day, but it would have been better without the error," said Costner. "I felt really bad about making us lose the game."

The 44-year-old has starred in baseball movies Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, and performed his own baseball stunts in both.

Costner plays a pitcher in the upcoming film For The Love of The Game.

Injured TV presenter in hospital transfer

[ image: Sheena McDonald suffered serious head injuries]
Sheena McDonald suffered serious head injuries
Channel 4 newsreader Sheena McDonald is being transferred to a hospital in her home city of Edinburgh more than two months after being knocked down by a police van in London.

Ms McDonald, who suffered serious head injuries, is to be moved to the Astley Ainslie Hospital in the Scottish capital.

The 44-year-old broadcaster is also suffering from memory loss as a result of the accident. Doctors hope being at a hospital in her home city, with her family close by, will help her recovery.

She was injured in the collision with the police van when it was answering an emergency call near her home in Islington, north London, on 27 February.

Reports later suggested the police van had a faulty speedometer, low tyre pressure and defective flashing blue lights.

The Metropolitan Police is investigating the incident.

Keanu speeds to top of the movie charts

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Matrix breaks Easter records
The new Keanu Reeves thriller, Matrix, has set a new Easter weekend record at the box-office in America.

The Warner Bros film - co-starring Carrie Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne - took an estimated $27.6m (£17.3m) and went straight to the top of the charts.

Written and directed by brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, the futuristic techno-thriller received rave reviews for its use of new visual technology.

Now the Wachowskis are working on two sequels, according to producer Joel Silver.

The film is seen as a welcome boost for Keanu Reeves, whose career had been on a downward spiral since 1994's Speed.

No plans to Bale out of movie

[ image: Bale to play psychopathic yuppie Patrick Bateman]
Bale to play psychopathic yuppie Patrick Bateman
British actor Christian Bale says he's not fazed by the furore surrounding the film American Psycho in which he plays a serial killer.

"There's something nice about all the red flags this project sends up," says Bale, who took over the lead role after Leonardo DiCaprio pulled out.

"It's not that I want to do something shocking - this is not an in-depth psychological analysis of what drives someone to become a serial killer.

"I found the script really funny."

Anti-violence groups have tried to stop the film being shot in Toronto, the scene of a gruesome series of murders allegedly inspired by the Bret Easton Ellis book on which the film is based.

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