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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Ninja Turtles set for comeback
Film director John Woo is to make a new animated version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Chinese director, who made Face/Off and Mission Impossible 2, promises to return the turtles to their "darker, edgier comic book roots."

Woo told trade newspaper Variety the film is likely to cost up to 43m, but has yet to gain a title.

A cartoon series of the turtles was a big hit during the late 80s and early 90s, and several live action films were also made at the time.


Oscar-winner injured on set

Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro has broken his wrist while attempting his own stunts.

He was injured while diving to pick up a knife in a fight scene opposite Tommy Lee Jones on the set of The Hunted.

There were just five days left of filming but director William Friedkin is confident the production will not be delayed.

Del Toro won a best-supporting actor Academy Award for Traffic at this year's ceremony.


Actors to entertain shoppers

Asda has launched a search to find 100 talented actors to entertain shoppers in its stores across the country.

The supermarket chain is recruiting budding thespians through the theatrical publication The Stage.

Hopeful candidates are being asked to submit a video or tape showing how they would entertain customers as they walk around the store.

The greeters must also be able to deal with customer enquiries and update them on the latest deals.


New Poet Laureate for US

Billy Collins has been named as the new Poet Laureate in the US.

The 60-year-old English professor has such a wide following that he is able to command fees of up to $2,000 (1,414) for a reading.

His new role will net him a $35,000 (24,746) salary and an office in the Library of Congress in Washington.

Collins succeeds Stanley Kunitz and Robert Pinsky, whose lasting project was a collection of Americans' favourites poems, which included a choice by former president Bill Clinton.

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