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Thursday, 3 June, 1999, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Beatles producer to lead bowl tribute

Sir George Martin is to conduct an all-star orchestra in a special tribute to the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.

The concert later this month comes 30 years after John, Paul, George and Ringo played at the venue.

Beatles producer Sir George will be joined by an orchestra including British violinist Pip Clarke and a rock supergroup including Trevor Rabin from Yes and Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

The gig takes place on 25 June.


New Star Trek series to replace DS9

The Star Trek spin-off, Deep Space Nine, will end with a two-hour episode featuring most of the characters who have appeared in its seven-year run.

But co-creator Rick Berman says he plans to develop a new Star Trek series within the next three years.

Berman said the new series "will be dramatically different but it will still embody all the visions of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's idea of the future."


Eamonn signs 1.5m deal with GMTV

GMTV presenter Eamonn Holmes has become Britain's highest paid anchorman thanks to a new three-year deal which is said to be worth 1.5m.

The 39-year-old Holmes has been with ITV's breakfast show for seven years. His on-screen rapport with co-presenter Fiona Phillips has played a large part in boosting the show's ratings.

A GMTV insider was quoted by The Mirror as saying "The size of the deal illustrates how much faith GMTV has in his talent."


"Good Samaritan" hoodwinks star Bates

Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates has been hoodwinked by a "good Samaritan" who offered to help her with her car.

The star of Misery and Fried Green Tomatoes was waiting for a tow-truck after suffering a flat tyre in Los Angeles when a motorist pulled up.

He waited with her until the recovery services arrived, but when she went to pay them she found both the stranger and her purse had gone.

Police are investigating the incident.


"Lost weekend" film launched in London

A film tipped to be the "Trainspotting of rave culture" has been given a low- key launch in London attended by former jailed drug trafficker Howard Marks.

The film, which is released this week and stars The Lakes' John Simm, has already been acclaimed for its portrayal of two days in the lives of clubbers and their pursuit of pleasure.

Actor Shaun Parkes said of the film's inclusion of drugs: "It shows the good side, it shows the bad side. It's not promoting it, it just shows life."


Rare 007 "toy" car sold for thousands

A rare model of the famous amphibious Bond car from The Spy Who Loved Me has been sold for more than 6,000.

The white Lotus Esprit was driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 film, which also starred Barbara Bach.

The 14 inch scale Corgi model of the car - one of only 10 ever made - was found as an unsold lot at Sotheby's and quickly sold on to a Bond collector.

The cars were handed out to cast members and VIP's at the film's premiere.


Catatonia added to Reading/Leeds bill

Catatonia have been confirmed as very special guests on the main stage at this year's Reading/Leeds festival.

The band will be playing at Reading on Friday August 27 and Leeds the following day.

The Donnas and Sleater-Kinney are other new additions.

Among the bands already confirmed for the Bank Holiday weekend double-header are Blur, The Charlatans, the Chemical Brothers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Aussie fans plagued by phantom Menace

Hundreds of Australian Star Wars fans were left fuming when malfunctions delayed a Sidney premiere of the much- awaited prequel, The Phantom Menace.

The 700 fans, many of whom had queued for hours in costumes of their favourite characters, were annoyed when a film projector broke down at the beginning and at the end of the film.

One fan said: "It killed the momentum. People were throwing things at the announcer, anything they could get their hands on."


TV's Dr Quinn goes splat in new series

Jane Seymour and husband James Keach are to produce and provide the voices for an animated TV series based on their children's books Yum and Splat.

The show, to be called This One 'N That One, will focus on frisky twin kittens in a large family of cats. The books and show were inspired by the couple's own experiences with their twin boys.

Video releases and merchandising are also planned to support the production.

Seymour reprised her Dr Quinn role for a TV movie last month.


It's a sitcom, but that's not important

The creators of Airplane and The Naked Gun movies have been signed by NBC TV in America to develop new sitcoms.

David Zucker and Gil Netter are joining the network for a seven-figure sum and are promising to avoid typical sitcoms.

"We have a bunch of ideas and none of them is traditional TV," said Zucker. "If it's too weird, we won't do it but I don't think you'll see sofas facing forward and people cracking jokes."

The Naked Gun movies were based on Zucker's cult 1970s sitcom Police Squad

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