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Ron Burgundy, the legendary newsreader from the Anchorman movies, is to release tell-all autobiography.

'Let Me Off At The Top!: My Classy Life And Other Musings' will be published on November 19

"I don't know if it's the greatest autobiography ever written. I'm too close to the work," Burgundy said in a press release. "I will tell you this much: The first time I sat down and read this thing, I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank."

The longest career as a television news broadcaster record belongs to Hal Fishman (USA) who anchored television news in the Los Angeles area without interruption from 20 June 1960 until his last broadcast on 30 July 2007, a total of 47 years 40 days.

American grand piano makers Steinway has been sold to hedge fund firm Paulson & Co in a $500m (£322m) deal.

The 160-year-old American instrument manufacturer's owners have agreed to the deal after struggling to maintain profit margins in recent years.

The highest price ever paid for a piano was established at an auction held at London's Hard Rock Cafe on 17 October 2000, when a Steinway Model Z upright, once owned by John Lennon (UK), sold for £1.45 million (then $2.1 million) to George Michael (UK).

The piano, seen in video footage recorded during the sessions for Lennon¹s Imagine LP, and on which he wrote the album's famous title song, has been labelled "one of the most prestigious items of pop memorabilia to ever go on the market". It was bought by Lennon in 1970. Prior to the sale it had been on loan to the Beatles Story Experience in Liverpool by a private collector.

Finally, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has responded to press reports linking him to the sequel to Man Of Steel.

The actor, who is best known for his role as bald drug dealer Walter White, is rumoured to be the leading contender to play another follically-challenged character, Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor.

In an interview with Metro, when asked about the role, Cranston replied, apparently with a grin: "Give me a call." He then added: "I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a loveable, sweet man."

With his small part as Jor-El in the Superman (1978), Marlon Brando became the first actor to paid more than $3 million for a movie; he also negotiated a share of the profits, thereby earning $14 million ($46 million or £32 million today) for just 10 minutes of screen time.

Brando had previously set the record for the first actor to break the $1 million threshold after being paid $1.25 million (£400,500) – equivalent today to $8.8 million; £6.1 million – for his starring role as Fletcher Christian in 1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty.

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