Planet POP


Mon, Jan 23, 2006 - Page 13

US rockers Bon Jovi escaped injury early Saturday when their private Boeing 707 jet skidded off a runway at Hamilton airport, west of Toronto, in a severe rain storm, officials said.

"It was about 1am, they were landing and the aircraft went off the runway about 15m. The nose gear was off in the grass, but the back tires stayed on the edge of the asphalt," airport president Richard Koroscil said.

Oscar-nominated actor Anthony "Tony" Franciosa, part of a

generation of intense Italian-American performers who took Hollywood by storm in the 1950s, has died at age 77 after suffering a stroke, a family spokesman said on Friday. Franciosa, who won a Golden Globe award for his performance in Career, a movie about an actor who gives up everything for success, died on Thursday at the University of California at Los Angeles medical center with his wife of 38 years, Rita, at his bedside, the spokesman said.

Notorious British rock star Pete Doherty, famed for his on-off affair with supermodel Kate Moss, admitted four drugs charges Friday, just over a week after appearing in court over similar offences.

The 26-year-old Babyshambles frontman admitted possessing heroin, crack cocaine, morphine and cannabis when he appeared before Thames Magistrates' Court in east London.

Sentencing was adjourned until Feb. 8 when he will also hear his fate for separate drugs charges, which he admitted at Ealing Magistrates' Court in west London, on January 11.

Moss has ditched the troubled singer for a younger model.

Also in trouble with the law, former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett was released from jail Friday following his arrest last week on heroin possession charges after he agreed to enter a court-ordered rehabilitation programme.

The 44-year-old actor and singer on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to heroin possession and fare evasion after being arrested last Saturday in a Los Angeles underground railway station, allegedly being under the influence of a drug.

Garrett has been detained without bail for six days following his arrest in downtown Los Angeles.

A British reality television show contestant could be prosecuted after tests found that a coat he said was made of gorilla fur was actually made from monkeys, police said Friday.

Hertfordshire Police announced that experts from the Natural History Museum in London had discovered the fur on Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns' coat originated from black and white colobus monkeys.

Officers investigated the garment after the silicon-enhanced trans-vestite -- famous for his 1985 British number one hit You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) -- boasted on Celebrity Big Brother that it was made from gorillas.

The claim, made under the 24-hour scrutiny of Channel Four's cameras, sparked outrage from several viewers and concern from Britain's Biodiversity Minister Jim Knight.

A judge ordered Friday that a civil trial over the alleged attempted distribution of a steamy homemade sex video starring Hollywood bad boy Colin Farrell will go ahead on July 17.

The trial date comes after the Irish actor last July filed a lawsuit over alleged plans to commercially exploit the 15-minute video that he claimed had been circulated against his will.

The raunchy video, made about three years ago, shows the heartthrob movie star romping in bed with his then girlfriend, former Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain, court papers showed.

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday granted Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie's request to change the last names of her children to reflect Brad Pitt's status as their adoptive father. Superior Court Judge Linda Lefkowitz granted Jolie's petition during a brief and routine name change hearing that was not attended by either parent, a court clerk said.

Oscar-winning Australian movie star Russell Crowe is to become a father for the second time, his publicist said last week.

The 41-year-old winner of the best actor Academy Award for Gladiator and his wife Danielle Spencer will welcome their second child into the world in July, his spokeswoman Robin Baum said.