Arts and Entertainment Shia LaBeouf appears on a poster for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac

The actor has revealed he is 'not extremely well-endowed' in past interviews

Siebe seals pounds 511m Unitech takeover

Siebe yesterday sealed agreement with rival engineering group Unitech for a pounds 511m takeover. The two sides have been talking since Siebe announced last month it had bought a 25 per cent stake in Unitech from Electrowatt of Switzerland and had an option over the Swiss group's remaining 4.1 per cent holding.

Investor backing for AIM float

FLOTATION of medical technology firm Creos International has won a vote of confidence from its venture capital backers, with most agreeing not to cash in when it hits the Alternative Investment Market on Wednesday.

Grid to defy toxin ban

MINISTERS are planning to give the National Grid and the privatised electricity companies another pounds 230m windfall - by letting them continue to use some of the world's most dangerous chemicals in defiance of an international agreement.

Never mind the money, make me a movie

1995 is a bumper year for Britain at Cannes, and yet no homegrown film-maker showing on the Croisette had more than pounds 3m to spend, an eighth of the average Hollywood budget. So, what if money were no object? Ryan Gilbey asked four of the British directors

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This wolf boy, this child of god, this myth

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Balkans conflict leaves toxic legacy

AN environmental disaster of epic proportions is one of the least publicised aspects of the Balkans conflict, according to a British scientist who has completed a report on pollution for the United Nations.

CINEMA / France's most wanted: From Gabin to Depardieu, French cinema has produced some great baddies. Robin Buss, author of a new book on French 'film noir', picks his 10 best

ONE OF the first films ever made - in France or anywhere else, and two years before the American Great Train Robbery - was Fernand Zecca's Histoire d'un crime (1901). Although French critics invented the term film noir for a Hollywood genre of the Forties, crime has been one of the great subjects of French cinema, and there has never been any shortage of actors to play the villains. Only, when you look at their films, with very few exceptions these villains turn out to be a remarkably likeable bunch.

Constable mill painted as site for power station: National Trust warden puts forward plan to install discreet turbine driven by the Stour

FLATFORD MILL, immortalised on canvas by John Constable, may become a power station.

BBA calls for pounds 126m via rights: Issue to fund two purchases

BBA Group, the automotive, industrial and aviation group, launched a pounds 125.9m rights issue yesterday to help to fund its bid to become one of the world's leading suppliers of high voltage electrical power equipment.

Obituary: Eddie Constantine

Eddie Constantine, actor, singer, writer, born Los Angeles 29 October 1917, died Wiesbaden 25 February 1993.
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