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Posted on Fri. Sep. 05, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Clooney to helm hacking movie

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Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of “Hack Attack,” reporter Nick Davies' book about the British phone hacking scandal.

Clooney said in a statement the account has “all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London.”

Guilty plea

Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in upstate New York.

Cassidy was charged last summer in the town of Schodack, near Albany. The Times Union reports that he pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a tentative sentence of a conditional discharge that includes 50 hours of community service in Florida, his home state.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 5 and depends on a pre-sentence report.

In March, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cassidy to three months in rehab and five years of probation in a drunken-driving case stemming from a January arrest for an illegal turn.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 85. Actor William Devane is 75. Actor George Lazenby is 75. Actress Raquel Welch is 74. Movie director Werner Herzog is 72. Singer Al Stewart is 69.

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