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Thursday, 2 July, 1998, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Jurassic Park III emerges
Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs are coming back
Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs are coming back for more
Steven Spielberg is working on a third Jurassic Park film, which he wants to release in the summer of 2000. This time Spielberg will produce, but not direct, the dinosaur epic. Jeff Goldblum, star of the first two, is expected to return. Sir Richard Attenborough will have a cameo role. Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park have grossed more than 1.5bn worldwide.


Last time it was Val Kilmer
Last time it was Val Kilmer
Kurt Russell invited up for Batman role

Reports from America suggest that Kurt Russell has been approached to take the lead as the comic-book hero in another of the series of Batman films. Joel Schumacher, who directed the last two of the four previous movies, is said to be interested in signing up the 47-year-old star as the Caped Crusader. If Russell accepts the central role in the still untitled project, he will follow in the footsteps of Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton and George Clooney.


Rap star checks out of ER

No, not the award-winning TV show, the real ER. Chart-topping American rap artist, ODB, discharged himself from a New York hospital after treatment for a gunshot wound. OBD, whose real name is Russell Jones, sustained a single "superficial" back wound after intruders burst into his Brooklyn home to steal his jewellery on Tuesday. Jones, who founded the top-selling rap group The Wu-Tang Clan, ignored medical advice to remain in hospital. His band is currently at No 4 in the UK Top 40


Dirty quartet reunite as cartoon troops

Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks studio reassembled members of The Dirty Dozen cast to provide the voices for its new movie, Small Soldiers. Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, George Kennedy and Clint Walker, who acted in the classic 1967 war film, were signed up to play computer-animated soldiers. Tommy Lee Jones also lent his vocal talents to the project that blends live action with state-of-the-art animation.


A classic role for Mr Hopkins
A classic role for Mr Hopkins
Hopkins and Lange set for Titus movie

Oscar-winning stars Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange are to team up for a film version of the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus. It will be filmed in Rome this autumn, with Hopkins in the title role. The director will be Julie Taymor, who won two Tony awards for her work as director and costume designer for the Broadway version of The Lion King.


Twiggy: back in those days
Twiggy: back in those days
Twiggy joins with namesake shock rocker

Modelling legend Twiggy has joined with a member of the world's most controversial rock bands to record a movie soundtrack. The 1960s star has linked up with Twiggy Ramirez, bass player of US shock band Marilyn Manson, who claim to be Satan worshippers. According to the New Musical Express, Ramirez, whose stage name was inspired by the model, and Twiggy will perform Dusty Springfield's I Only Want To Be With You on the MTV-funded Dead Man On Campus film.


Tom Hanks is still Hollywood's hot property
Tom Hanks is still Hollywood's hot property
Hanks goes for latest King film

Tom Hanks is to star in a film version of Stephen King's novel, The Green Mile. Hanks will play a guard who befriends a convicted killer on Death Row. The prison drama is being written and directed by Frank Darabont. Darabont's previous outing, the Oscar-nominated Shawshank Redemption, was also based on a King story.


Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof wants younger ears
Geldof and Wets join for radio bid

Bob Geldof and Wet Wet Wet have joined ranks in a bid for Scotland's newest radio franchise. The Central Scotland franchise covers an area from Fife to Ayrshire with a potential audience of almost 3m. Geldof's consortium, which includes businessman Brian Dempsey and the pop group Wet Wet Wet, wants to run a music station for younger listeners. Another 20 bids are expected including an easy listening station.

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