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November 27, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ The crew of the original Starship Enterprise will probably beam up for the last time when ″Star Trek VI″ hits theaters next month, says Leonard Nimoy, who plays Mr. Spock.

″Can we be trusted that ‘Star Trek VI’ is the end? I sincerely believe so,″ Nimoy said in the forthcoming edition of USA Weekend magazine.

But Trekkies needn’t fret. When the original Star Trekkers finally retire, Nimoy said, it will ″clear the way″ for the cast of television’s ″Star Trek: The Next Generation″ to begin making their own movies.

″Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country″ opens Dec. 6.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has thrown out a $200 million lawsuit against Merv Griffin by a man who claimed that he was Griffin’s lover and that the entertainer reneged on a promise to support him for life.

Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne dismissed Brent Plott’s breach-of-contract case on Monday.

Griffin attorney John Ruskey would not say why the case was dismissed. Plott’s lawyer, Ellis Rubin, did not immediately return a phone call.

″It was obvious from the start that this was a totally baseless suit from a guy trying to make a quick buck,″ said Griffin spokesman Charles Perkins.

Plott, 39, of Kendall, Fla., said he lived with Griffin for nine years, beginning in 1981, and was his lover, confidant, secretary, driver and adviser.

He said he helped Griffin develop ″Wheel of Fortune″ and selected Vanna White to be the show’s letter turner.


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Angry ballet fans said Rudolf Nureyev’s goodbye show wasn’t good enough, and they want their money back. The show’s promoter said they should realize the ballet legend is getting old.

″Nureyev looked tired and moved with some apparent difficulty,″ Jenny Brown of the Sydney Telegraph-Mirror said in a review of Saturday’s performance.

After the show, which was part of Nureyev’s farewell tour, callers flooded radio talk shows with complaints.

″We’ve had 16,000 people see the performances in Sydney and the majority have loved it, but it’s always a matter of personal taste,″ said promoter Michael Edgley. ″They obviously don’t appreciate that the man’s 53 years of age and has reached the end of his career.″


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Don Rickles says his brand of insult humor never seems to go out of style.

″A lot of young people hear their parents talk about me and come and see me out of curiosity. It keeps me replenished,″ said Rickles, 65, who is appearing at Bally’s Grand this weekend.

Rickles started out as an actor, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

At night he did stand-up comedy in clubs filled with ″exotic dancers and drunken sailors.″ He said he told jokes and did impressions so badly that he took to ridiculing his hecklers as a last resort.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Don’t expect the folks of Evansville to extend a lot of Thanksgiving dinner invitations to Madonna.

The city is still smarting over a TV Guide story last week in which Madonna said that Evansville was boring and that she couldn’t even watch MTV when she was there to film the movie ″A League of Their Own.″

″Most of our listeners, all but one, said that they are glad Madonna doesn’t like Evansville because it would kind of scare them if she did,″ Joseph Blair, program director for radio station WIKY, said on television’s ″Entertainment Tonight.″

Geri Garrison, the real estate agent who rented the house where Madonna stayed, said the cable hookup brought in MTV just fine.

And Allen Johnson, who appeared as an extra in the movie, said he didn’t like Madonna’s attitude.

″I found her to be unpleasant and arrogant much of the time, unlike the other actors,″ he said.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans stayed up late to buy his new album, ″Dangerous.″

″We stayed open an extra hour - from midnight to 1 a.m. - and sold about 300 copies. There was quite a crowd,″ said Allison Shifke, operational manager for Tower Records in West Hollywood.

Jackson’s first album in four years went on sale on Tuesday.

At Wherehouse Records, about 100 copies were sold between midnight and 1 a.m., said manager Ken Grassel. The local Music Plus store also reported a steady stream of late-night shoppers.

″It’s not bad considering Michael appeals to younger kids,″ Grassel said.

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