Popcorn: Is the green hornet feeling the blues
It's still in production and it's not out until January, but The Green Hornet has already had some bad omens: some online sources claim that the film shoot as directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is a "disaster".
Now the release date has been moved from Christmas to the following January and it's being changed to 3D. I imagine the once-attached Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) would have been a much better fit than Gondry. But time will tell whether the action comedy, starring Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz, is the next Kick-Ass or Catwoman.
Polanski lawyer lashes out at the US
Roman Polanski's lawyer has gone public for the first time since the director's controversial arrest in Switzerland last year. "One gets the feeling that there's the desire to see him arrive in shackles, when there's no reason why Roman Polanski should be extradited, none at all," Herve Temime told Europe 1 radio. The film-maker fled the US 30 years ago after he was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He served three months while awaiting trial.
Which actress will fill Sigourney's shoes?
Ridley Scott has been dropping details of his forthcoming Alien prequel: it will take place over two films, 30 years before the original and, tantalisingly, will have a female lead. The female hero/villain dynamic of the franchise has always been appealing, but who's fit to fill Sigourney Weaver's combat boots? Online fans have asked for Summer Glau, bottom left, (Serenity, the Terminator series), but I dare say Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, SWAT) or Naomie Harris (Miami Vice, White Teeth) would be ideal choices.
Neil Marshall turning Professional
Readers of a certain age might be familiar with the classic British series, The Professionals. Now Neil Marshall, director of The Descent and Centurion, is taking a crack at a big-screen remake. "It's going to be a hard-hitting action movie," Marshall told Empire online, "I always loved the show. It has one of the greatest theme tunes ever and a really great central premise."
Woody Allen season in the IFI
To tie in with the arrival of his (get this) 40th film in Cannes this year, the Irish Film Institute is holding a lengthy retrospective of Woody Allen's work. The three-month season will kick off on May 1 with two humdingers: Bananas (in which Allen (above left) plays a revolutionary) and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex but were too Afraid to Ask (in which he plays a sperm). June sees the Irish release of his new film, Whatever Works, starring Larry David.
Paramount to put a 3D Ring on it
Just in case you're not tired of horror sequels or 3D, Paramount have decided to make the new Ring film in 3D. David Loucka, who wrote the now-shooting thriller Dream House, will be writing the new opus. The first Ring film came out of Japan in 1998 and was remade surprisingly well by Gore Verbinski (who went on to make Pirates of the Caribbean). It's unlikely that Naomi Watts, star of the American versions of Ring 1 and 2 will return.