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Monday, October 5, 1998 Published at 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK


Frankenstein gets the Star Wars treatment

Frankenstein waits for his George Lucas makeover

Star Wars director George Lucas is to team up with Universal Studios to make an animated feature film based on the studio's old Frankenstein films.

The as-yet-untitled film will be Universal's first venture into full-length animation.

Set in 19th century Eastern Europe, the movie will follow Dr Pretorious as he seeks out the electrode implanted in the neck of the monster, which was supposedly killed 40 years earlier.

Lucas' prequel to the Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars: Episode One, is released in May.

[ image: Pierce Brosnan: Can't wait for Christmas]
Pierce Brosnan: Can't wait for Christmas
Bond 19 starts in January

The next James Bond film, called The World Is Not Enough, begins filming in Istanbul in January.

The 19th Bond adventure, which again stars Pierce Brosnan as 007, involves the kidnapping of a female tycoon by an international terrorist.

Bond's love interest this time will be a girl called Christmas, an expert in nuclear weapons' technology.

[ image: Ash: Flying on Nu-clear power]
Ash: Flying on Nu-clear power
Come fly with Ash

Pop stars Ash are joining the jet set on Monday by playing a concert in the capital of each country in the UK - in the space of a few hours.

Each performance will be at a Virgin Megastore and the four-piece will fly from venue to venue in a specially converted plane repainted with the band's logo.

The trip is to promote their new album Nu-Clear Sounds.

Their timetable includes London at 1000 BST (0900 GMT), Cardiff at 1430 and Edinburgh at 1930, finishing off in their native Belfast at midnight.

[ image: Sharon Stone: One of the Antz voices]
Sharon Stone: One of the Antz voices
Antz fill the cinemas

Computer-animated comedy Antz, which features the voices of some of Hollywood's top stars, has gone straight to the top of the US cinema charts.

Early figures show the movie raked in around £10m at the box office in its opening weekend.

Antz, which is made by Steven Spielberg's production company, Dreamworks, features the likes of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone reading the parts.

[ image: Nicole Kidman: Looking forward to a testing time]
Nicole Kidman: Looking forward to a testing time
Kidman gets her Cut

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has signed up to appear in new movie In The Cut, based on an erotic thriller by novelist Susanna Moore.

Kidman will also produce the film, to be directed by Jane Campion.

"Jane will push to the limit, she will ask me to do things I've never done before," said Kidman.

She is currently attracting rave reviews for her role in the steamy West End play The Blue Room.

[ image: Kenneth Branagh: Fulfilling ambition with Love's Labour Lost]
Kenneth Branagh: Fulfilling ambition with Love's Labour Lost
Branagh's Labour of love

Kenneth Branagh has will be directing and producing a musical version of Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost.

Branagh will also star in the film, which he says will be "sexy, entertaining and accessible." It has been a long-held ambition of his to make the film.

It will be updated to the 1930s and filmed as a Hollywood romance, featuring music from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

X-Files man in book deal

The X-Files creator and producer Chris Carter has signed a contract believed to be worth several million pounds to write two original suspense novels.

Several publishers were in the running, including HarperCollins - the sister company of X-Files producers 20th Century Fox.

But Carter, who recently signed a new and exclusive development and production deal with Fox, will write the books for rival Bantam.

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