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Last Updated: Monday, 23 August, 2004, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Mash star Alda 'joins West Wing'
Alan Alda, who made his name on 1970s and 80s TV comedy Mash, is to join the cast of political drama The West Wing, The Hollywood Reporter has said.

Alda, who played Captain "Hawkeye" Pierce in Mash, will appear as a Republican senator, the report said.

The role is Alda's first regular TV job since Mash, which ran from 1972-83. He also appeared in several Woody Allen films plus movies like What Women Want.

He will appear in the next series of The West Wing, the show's sixth year.


Jimmy Page opens UK Walk of Fame

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has become the first celebrity to be included in the British Walk of Fame.

The 60-year-old opened the attraction, based on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, by casting his handprints in cement.

Page said its location - outside Virgin Megastore, formerly Tower Records, on London's Piccadilly - "has always been a prestigious site for music".

The rock star added: "It is a real privilege and a great honour to be the first. I am really chuffed."


Record shopping 'should be fun'

Legendary music mogul Clive Davis has urged record shops to make shopping for music "more exciting".

Davis, who launched the career of Alicia Keys among others, was speaking at a music industry conference.

He said "seismic shifts in music consumption" are being caused by the popularity of digital music players, such as Apple's iPod.

The chief executive of BMG North America urged shops to change in order to halt the industry downturn.


X-Men star divorces actor Stamos

US actor John Stamos, star of TV series Full House, has filed for divorce from X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

The couple, who met in 1994, announced in April that they had separated after five years of marriage. Publicist Lewis Kay said the split was amicable.

Romijn, 31, played Mystique in the two X-Men films and has starred in Femme Fatale, Godsend and Rollerball.

Stamos, 41, appeared in family sitcom Full House from 1987-95. The couple have no children.


Deayton to host holiday game show

TV presenter Angus Deayton is to host an ITV1 game show called Bognor or Bust, where contestants compete to win a dream holiday.

Contestants will choose two celebrities to help them answer topical questions - the loser will be sent to Bognor Regis.

Actor James Dreyfus, who appeared in Hell's Kitchen which Deayton also hosted, will take part in the first show on 2 September.

Deayton admitted he had never been to Bognor Regis in West Sussex.


Firth in Edinburgh for film debut

Actor Colin Firth made his first trip to the Scottish capital on Friday, for the UK premiere of his new film Trauma at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

"I'm ashamed to admit, it is the first trip to Edinburgh in my life."

"I have spent the last 20 years feeling like I have missed a party, so it is making up for a lot," said Firth, 43.

Firth, who plays a man who wakes up from a coma and discovers his wife has been killed in a car crash, stars opposite American Beauty's Mena Suvari.


Spider-Man 2 set for DVD release

Spider-Man 2 will be released on DVD and video on 30 November, with 10 hours of additional footage.

The hit comic blockbuster, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, has raked in more than $700 (385m) across the world since it opened in July.

The two-disc DVD will include a 12-part 'making of' documentary and a behind-the-scenes look at the climactic fight sequence between Spider-Man and Doc Ock.

DVD sales generate annual sales of more than $16 billion for film studios.



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