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THE NEXT Star Wars film is scheduled for release on 4 May. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith will doubtless be the blockbuster of the summer. There may be many reasons why the producers and distributors want to release it on May the fourth. It is a bank holiday weekend so there will be an extra day when schoolchildren will be able to crowd into the morning and afternoon performances. It will also still be in the multiplexes for half term a few weeks later.

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James Herbert was born in 1943 in east London. After leaving art college, he worked as art director in an advertising firm. In 1979 he published his first book, 'The Rats', which became a bestseller. Nineteen books on, he has sold more than 42 million novels worldwide. He lives in West Sussex with his wife, Eileen. They have three daughters

Pursuits: Creativity

WOULD WEATHERMEN be isobarred and vicars taken out of service? (JR Gore). And still they flood in, those appropriate sackings. So much excellent material was omitted, I will be self-publishing a Creativity Extra (magazine) to give it all a platform. Watch this space.

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On Air: Ultra scary with a modern bite

Blood-sucking fiends are back on our screens - the undead are out to get us all.

Film: Pagan bangs and twangs

`The Wicker Man' soundtrack is available after 25 years.

Talk of the devil

This week sees the release of Alex The Crow Proyas' latest film Dark City, starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland and William Hurt. An ambitious, futuristic fantasy with a neo-noir feel, it shows Sewell's character Murdoch begin to question the very nature of reality, as he discovers a fiendish Underworld deep below the earth, inhabited by a people known as The Strangers.

People: Child prodigy of chess grows up

Ten Thousand pounds a minute is not a bad rate of pay in any sport. For a chess game, however, it is extraordinary. Yet that was the rate at which Michael Adams added to his prize money when he defeated Nigel Short in the quarter-finals of the World Chess Championship in Groningen in the Netherlands on Christmas Day. With this victory, Adams has established himself as England's leading player, nudging Short into second place.

Arts: Horror of horrors! It ain't over till the tall, dark and gruesome guy sings

It's 26 years now since Christopher Lee last made a horror film. But that won't stop Marianne Brace saying `fangs for the memory' to cinema's own Prince of Darkness.

Choice: Film: The Wicker Man, Pictureville Bradford

The Wicker Man, Pictureville Bradford (01274 732277)

Preview: Scream hammer horror

Brace yourself for a hair-raising experience at the Museum of the Moving Image from next Wednesday. "Hammer Horror" promises a grisly, yet light-hearted look at the film classics created by Hammer, and says fangs for 40 years of vampires and werewolves to the well-loved British film studio.
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