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In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

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NORA EPHRON'S cyberspace movie You've Got Mail is not the perfect romantic comedy which was its inspiration, The Shop Around the Corner. There are good touches: an allusion to the musical version, She Loves Me; Tom Hanks, a chain-store-owner, uses an IBM lap-top, Meg Ryan, an independent shop-owner, an Apple; and men's close knowledge of The Godfather, as in the advice "go to the mattresses" - sleeping on the floor before an offensive.

The dream factory: A paint-by-numbers `Psycho'

God knows there is nothing new about remakes in the film industry, so Gus Van Sant's decision to redo Psycho doesn't, on the surface, look like anything out of the ordinary. True, he could have picked a film with rather less searingly memorable images, a film with more obvious room for variation or improvement, but these are questions of taste and judgement that Hollywood has negotiated many times before. Looking at the current crop of Christmas movies in the United States, Psycho appears to fall right in line alongside Meet Joe Black, a heavily reworked version of the Fredric March comedy, Death Takes a Holiday, and the Tom Hanks- Meg Ryan vehicle, You've Got Mail, which is to some degree a remake within a remake: a rerun of the on-screen chemistry of Sleepless in Seattle, and also an Internet-era update of the Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner.

Tom Hanks regrets donation to Clinton's legal defence fund

TOM HANKS, one of the film world glitterati who gave money to President Bill Clinton's legal defence fund, said yesterday that he regretted his $10,000 (pounds 6,000) donation now that the American leader had admitted having a relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

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A new initiative promises greater insight into children as consumers, says Roger Trapp

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Tom Hanks sparks US invasion of Normandy

THIS WAS the fourth visit for Joe Daniels, but the emotions were still excruciatingly fresh. Standing under a huge map of the Normandy landings he apologised as, mid-sentence, he convulsed in grief and the tears ran freely down his nose.

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Letter From Hollywood: Sympathy for the movie moguls

Spare a thought for Hollywood. Here is an industry with monopolistic designs on the popular imagination, and for once it is utterly upstaged by real life. The Bill and Monica show has stolen all the ratings, dominated the magazine covers and - in the tradition of the biggest box-office smashes - generated a whole sideline in spin-offs from videos to book tie-ins.

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