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Clooney signs Craig for film

JAMES Bond star Daniel Craig and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville have been signed up by George Clooney to appear in his new Second World War film.

Clooney will direct and co-produce The Monuments Men, as well as star in it alongside the British stars and a number of major Hollywood names.

The period drama will also star The Artist's Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban, according to movie website Deadline.

The film is due to do into production on March 1.

Book firms set for merger

A NEW chapter in the 77-year history of book publisher Penguin has been written with a deal to merge the business with rival Random House.

The new venture, which will be called Penguin Random House, will have an estimated one-quarter share of the market for English language book sales and generate annual revenues in the region of £2.5bn.

Penguin's owner Pearson will have a 47pc stake with Random House's German owner Bertelsmann holding the rest.

Frankenstein wins film poll

FRANKENSTEIN'S Monster has been named the top classic horror movie creature in time for Halloween.

In a poll by SFX magazine, the creation drew almost a third of the votes, leaving Dracula in second spot.

Fans were given a choice of vintage monsters which feature in a new Blu-ray collection of horror classics, entitled Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection.

Del Boy's ex heads to Holby

FORMER star of Only Fools And Horses Tessa Peake-Jones is joining long-running medical drama Holby City as the "tricky, fastidious, complicated" new boss of the hospital.

The actress, who played Del Boy's put-upon partner Raquel in the sitcom, will play chief executive Imelda Cousins.

Viewers will see her arrive next month to take over after current boss Henrik Hanssen, played by Guy Henry, leaves the hospital in the lurch.


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