plus, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon may team up for a tour, and the Elvis Presley estate loses its lawsuit

By Sandra P. Angulo
Updated March 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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PHANTOM FRENZY ”Star Wars” fans woke up Friday with one thing in mind: watching the second ”Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace” trailer. Thanks to a joint effort from Lucasfilms and Apple Computer, the 2-minute 30-second preview can be found at Apple or Star Wars. Apple chairman Steve Jobs called the online preview ”the biggest video downloading event ever on the Web.” For those who can’t get connected, various networks will show the trailer in its entirety throughout the day.

TOUR ALERT Bob Dylan and Paul Simon may tour together this summer. Although neither will confirm reports (including a mention on Dylan’s own website) touting the tag-team concert, Dylan and Simon are expected to hit the road in June and July.

UPDATE Asylum Records president Evelyn Shriver announced Friday that country singer George Jones has developed pneumonia and is back on a respirator. His condition is listed as critical but stable. Despite reports linking Jones’ accident to an open vodka bottle found in his car, Nashville investigators say doctors did not find evidence that Jones had been drinking prior to the crash.

LEGAL BRIEFS Macaulay Culkin‘s family is being sued for $80 million over a fire that began in their high-rise Manhattan apartment last December, killing four people. The lawsuit claims Culkin’s mother, Patricia Brentrup, was grossly negligent when she left the apartment door open and allowed smoke to spread throughout the building. The building’s owners, managing agents, and various other building partners are also named in the suit…. Britain’s Court of Appeal settled a 17-year battle Friday when it ruled that Elvis Presley‘s estate cannot stop Sid Shaw, a London businessman, from operating a memorabilia store called Elvisly Yours. After the ruling, Shaw said: ”I’ve proved that Elvis belongs to all of us — Elvis is part of our history, part of our culture.”

NOMINATED Soap queen Susan Lucci has earned her 19th Best Actress Daytime Emmy nomination for playing sassy vixen Erica Kane on ”All My Children.” Lucci, who has become famous for losing all her previous nominations, will find out if her lucky day has come at this year’s ceremony on May 21, which will air on CBS.

TV WATCH Just days after Joe DiMaggio‘s death, TV producers are developing a movie about the Yankee Clipper’s brief and stormy marriage to screen legend Marilyn Monroe. Larry Thompson, who produced last month’s popular ABC movie “And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story” is reportedly in talks with two networks to make a two-hour biopic called “Joe and Marilyn.” No actors are yet attached to the project…. ABC’s all-women gabfest “The View” may face some competition. Ron Howard’s Imagine Television is developing a similar morning talk show — “Girlfriends” — with a largely African-American cast. The pilot includes actresses Robin Givens and Kim Whitley, who recently starred in the sitcom “Sparks.”

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