Popcorn: Fincher makes chess film his next move
Director David Fincher (Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), has chosen his next opus behind the camera. After he puts the finishing touches to The Social Network (which charts the birth of Facebook), he'll begin work on Pawn Sacrifice, about legendary chess player Bobby Fischer.
Fincher is also considering an English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Bafflingly, the lead role of a feisty, tattooed, multiple-pierced computer hacker may be played by posh English actress Carey Mulligan.
Robert Downey Jr feels Gravity's pull
Busy Robert Downey Jr has found something to do between his Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes films: he's in negotiations to star in Gravity for Alfonso Cuaron, a 3D science fiction adventure.
Cuaron, whose last film was the excellent Children of Men, wrote the story with his son, Juan.
Peter Graves RIP
Actor Peter Graves has passed away, aged 83. His name may not ring a bell, but you would know his face: Graves starred in the original (and still quite fresh) Mission: Impossible series, and appeared in dozens of films, including at least two classics -- Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter and David Zucker's Airplane!
Jason Segal to star in Muppets movie
Jason Segal, the writer and star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, will be taking a relatively straight role in his next project; as the human lead in the next Muppets movie. The actor will also be on board as screenwriter and producer and the story will involve Segal's character tracking down each muppet (above) for a reunion. Sounds like fun!
Julia Roberts is Gleeful
Julia Roberts (right) is set to cameo in white-hot TV show Glee. The actress, who's currently working on Eat, Pray, Love with Glee creator Ryan Murphy, is rumoured to be on the verge of signing up for an appearance on the show.
This wouldn't be the first small-screen cameo for the actress; she also made a guest appearance in Friends some years ago.
Zonad selected for Tribeca Film Festival
Robert de Niro's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival will be showing Irish comedy Zonad this year. The film will be shown as as part of Tribeca's Cinemania section, which offers (according to the press release) "exciting & eclectic films that push the boundaries of creativity & genre".
John and Kieran Carney's entertaining science fiction comedy stars Simon Delaney as a man who may or may not be from another planet.
Dingle honours Frears
Director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen) is set to receive The Gregory Peck Award at the Dingle Film Festival next week. Gabriel Byrne and Jim Sheridan are previous recipients of the award, which was established in conjunction with Peck's family. The festival runs from March 20 to the 21.