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August 02, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW


Beam Me Back, Scotty: Using technology similar to that which enabled "Forrest Gump" to interact with the late President John F. Kennedy, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" will honor the 30th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series by bringing the current "Deep Space Nine" crew face to face with the original U.S.S. Enterprise personnel. In an episode planned to air the week of Nov. 4, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his cohorts are sent back in time by a Klingon thief bent on taking revenge on the Enterprise's Capt. Kirk (William Shatner), who once exposed him as a spy. The "Deep Space Nine" crew lands in the popular 1967 "Star Trek" episode that featured soft, cute, rapidly reproducing animals known as "tribbles." . . . In other news, the estate of the late "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry won a major victory on Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Roddenberry's first wife, Eileen Roddenberry, who had sought to reap profits from various "Star Trek" spinoff series.


Singing for Bill: Barbra Streisand will once again lend her vocal talents to the Democratic cause. She is set to perform along with the Eagles and Neville Brothers at a Sept. 12 gala at the Los Angeles estate of supermarket mogul Ron Burkle. The $2,500-per-person (and up) benefit for Bill Clinton's reelection bid and the Democratic National Committee's Victory '96 Fund is chaired by Burkle, DreamWorks SKG partner David Geffen and the Hollywood Women's Political Committee. The president and first lady are both scheduled to attend.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Monday August 5, 1996 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 55 words Type of Material: Correction
Daytime ratings--NBC and CBS actually tied in household daytime ratings last week, contrary to an item in Friday's Calendar reporting that NBC had won the week outright. In addition, because of Olympics coverage, NBC's ratings did not reflect that network's usual daytime schedule. Only two programs--the soap operas "Days of Our Lives" and "Another World"--were reflected in the ratings.

Local Grosses Strong: Several local venues are among the top 10 in their size categories in terms of grosses reported for the first half of 1995, according to Performance magazine, which tracks box-office receipts through voluntary reporting from venues from across North America. The magazine said Universal Amphitheatre ranks No. 1 among all amphitheaters, with six-month grosses totaling more than $3.8 million, while the Greek Theatre ranks sixth at $2.2 million. Other local venues with top 10 performances are West Hollywood's Troubadour (fourth among clubs that accommodate less than 800), Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (fourth among indoor venues that seat under 3,000) and the Orange County Performing Arts Center (seventh among indoor venues that seat 3,000 to 4,999).

Aerosmith Manager Fired: Aerosmith has fired its longtime manager Tim Collins, who led the group out of a drug-wracked tailspin in the mid-'80s to become one of the most highly paid rock bands. Collins, who arranged the group's $50-million Sony recording contract, said band members told him that they didn't share his "vision" and no longer wanted to be urged to support his social causes, including lobbying for sobriety and 1st Amendment rights. Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton said the group wasn't ready to comment yet on Collins' firing, but laughed when asked whether it means that members are using drugs again. "No. You can say everybody in the band is healthy," Hamilton said.


Hammer Sues Attorneys: Rap singer Hammer filed a suit Wednesday against his former lawyers--the firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips--claiming they mismanaged his money, sabotaged business deals, committed legal malpractice and forced him into bankruptcy. Hammer--whose real name is Stanley K. Burrell--also claims the lawyers released royalties without permission to his brother, who squandered the money. A spokesman for the firm could not be reached for comment.

Jackson Watch: A Los Angeles judge on Thursday ordered freelance journalist Victor Gutierrez to answer questions from Michael Jackson's lawyers concerning the writer's in-progress book, which includes allegations of the existence of a videotape showing the singer engaging in sexual relations with a 13-year-old boy. Jackson has repeatedly denied that such a tape exists.

Mission: Virility: Tom Cruise has filed a $60-million defamation lawsuit against the German magazine Bunte, which he claims fabricated a story alleging the actor--who has adopted two children with wife Nicole Kidman--is sterile. Cruise contends in the suit that he has a normal sperm count and that the article could damage his career. A magazine spokesman said it stands by the story.


NBC's record Olympic ratings have helped propel the network's regular (ie: non-Olympics) daytime schedule (including "Days of Our Lives" and "Another World") to its first weekly win since 1975. CBS, led by its soap opera "The Young and the Restless," had won the daytime race for 385 consecutive weeks. . . . Radio station KUSC-FM (91.5) has turned its weekly 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday programming into "Film Day Fridays," featuring samplings from film soundtracks, news about film-related events and movie-ticket giveaways. . . . Madonna's baby is a girl and will be named Lola, according to published reports quoting unnamed sources who attended a Los Angeles baby shower for her last weekend.

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