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Entertainment: News In Brief


Thursday, September 16, 1999 Published at 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK

Broadway comeback for Minnelli

Superstar Liza Minnelli is set to make a comeback in a new musical about her father, director Vincente Minnelli.

The New York Post says Minnelli on Minnelli is likely to open at Broadway's Palace Theatre, where Minnelli's mother, Judy Garland, staged her comeback in 1967, after a series of health and drug problems.

The show, scheduled to open in December, will see Minnelli perform songs from musicals her father directed, including Gigi, An American in Paris and Meet Me in St Louis.

Minnelli, 53, has battled voice problems over the past two years, and has also struggled with alcoholism, drug addiction and weight problems.


Hong Kong to honour Kung Fu star Lee

A memorial gallery for the late Bruce Lee and a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame are to be opened in Hong Kong in a bid to boost tourism.

The Bruce Lee Memorial Gallery will form part of the Hong Kong Film Archive, a museum for the city's world-renowned film industry.

Lee, director John Woo, and Hollywood star Jackie Chan are expected to be among those honoured in the Hong Kong Tourist Association's Walk of Fame.


Stones set to roll on for 2001 tour

The Rolling Stones are being tipped to drag their weary bones back on the road again for a 2001 tour.

The ageing rockers, who only recently completed their mammoth Bridges To Babylon world tour, are said to be planning a series of summer stadium gigs in the US, followed by winter dates in the UK.

The Sun quotes a source as saying: "They love going on the road."

Mick Jagger will be 58 in 2001, while drummer Charlie Watts will be 60.


Ford and Crowe vie for hostage drama lead

Harrison Ford and Russell Crowe are both candidates for the starring role in the latest film from The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford.

Hackford, who is married to the award-winning actress Helen Mirren, has met with Meg Ryan about the female lead in the hostage drama Proof of Life.

The story of a Casablanca-type romance set in Latin America against the fast booming practice of hostage-taking is set to be filmed in Europe this winter.


TV Stars unite to save village theatre

Stars Des Lynam and Jimmy Hill and actress Greta Scacchi are set to join an 80-hour Shakespeare marathon in a bid to save their local theatre.

The celebrities will join fellow residents of Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, in the mammoth reading to include all of the Bard's 37 plays.

Together with local children, teachers, actors and artists they hope to raise the estimated £15,000 needed to revamp the crumbling Players Theatre.


Baby girl for Ryan and Reese

Young Hollywood couple Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon are celebrating the birth of their first child.

The 7lb girl was born on 9 September, the day before Phillippe turned 25.

Phillippe and Witherspoon, 23, starred together in the recent hit movie Cruel Intentions. They married in June.

Phillippe is best known for his role in I Know What You Did Last Summer and 54, while Witherspoon shot to fame in Pleasantville.


BBC proposals for new digital services

The BBC has announced plans to branch out into new digital areas, including providing headline news to mobile phones and personal organisers.

"News, travel and information services for people on the move" are part of the latest phase in BBC digital plans unveiled for public consultation.

Other services planned include a digital children's channel, an online news service for schools, interactive content for BBC Knowledge, and services for Scotland, Wales and N Ireland.

The consultation site can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/consult.


Sitcom is first casualty of US TV year

New US sitcom Then Came You has become the first series to be dropped from the screens in this year's high-pressure season of new programmes.

Remarkably, this new comedy romance was pulled before any episodes were aired.

According to the New York Post, ABC Television has pulled the sitcom and may later bring it back if another series doesn't perform well either.

Then Came You was created by Betsy Thomas, best known for the short-lived My So-Called Life series.



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