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Showbuzz

April 9, 1999
Web posted at: 4:22 p.m. EDT (2022 GMT)

Today's buzz stories:

"Hawaii Five-O"

'Hawaii Five-0' film in the works

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- "Hawaii Five-0" is paddling its way from the beach to the big screen.

The car chase over the rights to the show is over. So the 1968-1980 police drama about detectives in Honolulu now can ride that popular TV-to-movie wave and be made into a film, according to producer George Litto. He and the estate of Leonard Freeman, the show's creator, have prevailed over CBS in a 21-month arbitration battle with the network.

The show portrayed the island adventures of no-nonsense cop Steve McGarrett, played by Jack Lord with the signature line "Book 'em, Danno."

Litto says he plans to approach studios and stars about getting a big-budget project off the ground, with an eye toward starting production as early as this fall.

In a statement, CBS says it regrets not winning control of the material. But the network goes on to take the high road: "We wish Mr. Litto all the best with his project."

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Wynette

Wynette doctor wasn't negligent, lawyers say

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- Attorneys for the late country singer Tammy Wynette's doctor says a negligence suit against him is baseless.

Wynette was found dead at her home in April 1998 by her fifth husband, George Richey, also named in the suit. Dr. Wallis Marsh signed the death certificate and listed the cause of death as a blood clot in the lungs.

Wynette's three daughters sued Marsh on Monday, claiming the physician didn't follow her condition closely enough. The $50 million wrongful-death suit also accuses Richey of failing to seek medical care for the singer the day she died.

The suit, which accuses Marsh of overprescribing medication for Wynette, has "no basis in fact," his lawyers say.

Marsh and his colleagues "provided extraordinary medical care to a person who suffered extraordinary medical problems," a statement from Marsh's attorneys says.

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Jewel

Jewel, Metallica, Morissette headline Woodstock '99

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Dave Matthews Band, Jewel, Metallica and Alanis Morissette will headline for Woodstock '99, promoters have announced.

They've come out with a 31-act lineup geared to teens and 20-year-olds. So far, there's not one performer listed from the festival's namesake event in 1969. The list does include six acts that played the 25-year anniversary show in 1994: Metallica, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Live and Collective Soul.

The show is scheduled for July 23-25 in Rome, N.Y., about 50 miles west of Albany. Ticket packages, which include bus transportation, are to go on sale April 18, with prices starting at $249.99.

"Three more days of mud, noise and logistical nightmares?" says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. "Wouldn't miss it for the world."

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Pavarotti

Pavarotti concert to benefit Kosovo children

ROME (CNN) -- Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti says he'll donate the proceeds from a July concert in Croatia to help children from Kosovo.

"The concert is already planned, but I have decided to sing for free and to give my fee to the Kosovo cause," Pavarotti tells ANSA news agency from New York. The concert is to be given in the Croatian resort of Split.

Pavarotti has staged a series of charity concerts for the victims of the Bosnian war and Liberia's civil war. His work in support of Sarajevo has raised more than $5 million in association with the British charity organization War Child.

Funds raised have helped build a music center in the Bosnian town of Mostar and a school and medical facilities for children in Liberia.

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DiCaprio

Library's computer center named for DiCaprio

LOS ANGELES (CNN)-- A library built on the site of Leonardo DiCaprio's family home has named its computer center for the actor.

DiCaprio movie posters cover the walls of the computer center at the new Los Feliz Branch Library.

The center contains seven terminals with software to help students with math, language and study skills, library spokesman Peter Persic says. The "Titanic" actor didn't show up at the center-opening ceremony. But he and his family, longtime residents of the Los Feliz neighborhood, donated $35,000 to fund the computer center.

"There are lots of books about Leonardo DiCaprio on the shelves," Persic says, "but I doubt they'll stay there for long."

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