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Entertainment: News In Brief


Thursday, April 29, 1999 Published at 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK

Pam and Tommy Lee back together

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has said in a US television interview that she and ex-husband Tommy Lee are attempting a reconciliation.

The couple divorced after Lee attacked her at their Malibu home. He was later sentenced to six months in jail with three years' probation.

"We're working on rebuilding our family." Anderson said.

Lee's assault was "an isolated event... he's worked so much in anger management. He's also evolved as a person," she added.


Ewan dreams of a motorbike movie

Star Wars star Ewan McGregor says he's hoping to indulge his passion for speed and make a film about motorcycling.

The 27-year-old is a keen biker and sees himself playing a champion racer in the track racing world.

"It's a passionate place. It's full of speed and excitement and danger. It would be hard to pull off, but I'd like to give it a crack though," he said.

McGregor was speaking at the launch of the BT Phonecards Yamaha Racing Team, where he helps out behind the scenes.


Disney accuses Katzenberg of losing money

Former film studio boss Jeffrey Katzenberg was accused of losing the Walt Disney company hundreds of millions of dollars, in court on Wednesday.

On the third day of the trial, Disney company lawyer Lou Meisinger said that live action films Katzenberg had approved did so badly that he did not deserve the $250m bonus he is seeking.

However, Meisinger did not question Katzenberg about animated movies he oversaw, including The Lion King, which made hundreds of millions of dollars.

Katzenberg, who was head of the entertainment giant's movie studio from 1984 to 1994, is suing Disney for a bonus he was denied after he resigned.

In the first phase of the trial, settled in 1997, Disney agreed to pay Katzenberg some money, but the parties have been unable to agree on how the figure should be calculated, leading to this second trial.


Chili Peppers plan teen tolerance show

Rock stars the Red Hot Chili Peppers are to play a six-city tour in the US, to promote "teen tolerance", following the school shooting in Colorado.

Fans at schools along the tour route are being asked to submit suggestions to end school violence. The best entries win tickets to the concerts.

The dates will be the band's first gigs for two years. Singer Anthony Kiedis said they were excited about hitting the road and playing songs from their forthcoming album Californication.


Pop artefacts in online charity auction

Amnesty International is to hold a fundraising auction via e-mail for a collection of pop star memorabilia.

Items in the sale will include Elton John's platform boots and a Genesis drum skin.

Offers for the memorabilia will be taken via e-mail in a month-long bidding process during May.

The auction site can be found at: http//www.musicmetropolis.com.


Ally McBeal star denies anorexic claims

Actress Calista Flockhart, TV's Ally McBeal, has denied she is anorexic and says she is happy with her appearance.

Her recent appearance at the Emmy Awards caused concern when it was clear she had lost weight.

Her explanation was: "I've lost about 4lbs because I've been working out."

She told the US TV show 20/20: "The irony is that I'm in better shape than I was last year... I don't think my weight is a problem."


Donny and Marie host Miss America show

One-time pop idols Donny and Marie Osmond have agreed to host this year's Miss America contest.

The beauty pageant has had a rapid turnover of hosts since the retirement in 1980 of Bert Parks, who had compered the show for a quarter of a century.

The event will take place in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Osmonds, who reached the pinnacle of their success in the 1970s, reunited last year for a syndicated talk show.


TV Texan Rory Calhoun has died

US western star, Rory Calhoun has died in hospital, age 76.

Calhoun whose real name was Francis Timothy Durgin, had been admitted 10 days ago with advanced stages of emphysema and diabetes.

The Los Angeles-born star, who was discovered in 1943 whilst horseriding in the Hollywood Hills, appeared in such westerns as Massacre River, Yellow Tomahawk and Four Guns to the Border.

He went on to star in How to Marry a Millionaire, Meet Me After the Show and With a Song in My Heart but really made his name as Big Bill Longley in CBS television Western, The Texan.





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