Thursday 27 July 2017

Popcorn: Romance lives on as love spin-off planned

Joe Griffin

Although the film is only opening this weekend, the makers of Valentine's Day are already planning a spin-off film centred around another pain-in-the-neck milestone, New Year's Eve.

Valentine's Day features a stellar cast (including Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and Taylors Lautner and Swift) and is a fluffy romantic comedy that echoes Love, Actually. Variety reports that New Line plans to make the spin-off with the director of Valentine's Day, Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman).

Sam Worthington heads to Texas

This sounds interesting: Fresh from starring in the biggest film of all time, Avatar's Sam Worthington will soon begin filming Texas Killing Fields. The story will involve two detectives investigating decades of disappearances and murders and will be produced by the great Michael Mann (director of Heat and Public Enemies) and directed by his daughter, Ami Canaan Mann. Worthington will next be seen this summer in a skirt and sandals, starring in Clash of the Titans.

Alan Partridge, the movie?

Aha! Could it be? Steve Coogan has said that it's make-or-break time for an Alan Partridge film. Although a Partridge film has been mooted numerous times over the past decade, this time Coogan (above) has had meetings with former Partridge co-writer Armando Iannucci (In the Loop) to discuss possible plot points. It's curious that Coogan is considering a return to the Partridge well now, especially considering how many Hollywood films he's appeared in (including Tropic Thunder and Night at the Museum).

Kevin Smith wants your money

Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and last year's Zach and Miri make a Porno, is asking fans for funding for his next film, the horror movie, Red State. The film's villains will be loosely based on the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church and its leader Fred Phelps, who featured in a now-famous Louis Theroux documentary. Of the unusual financing system, Smith said: "God bless them. [They] want to see the movie so badly that they're willing to pay for it with their own money? Absolutely, put their name in the credits and that movie will be a reality." Smith has just finished work on the Bruce Willis (below) comedy, Cop Out.

Soderbergh's Contagion spreads to an all-star cast

Scott Z Burns' script for Contagion must be good. It's good enough to attract Steven Soderbergh to direct and a stellar cast that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard. The virus-themed story takes place over four continents and will be multi-strand like Soderbergh's Traffic, with filming expected to begin in autumn. Busy, busy Soderberg will soon be in Dublin to direct the spy movie Knockout and will next year make a movie about Liberace.

Dolph Lundgren, awards host

Swedish action star Dolph Lundgren proved a good sport when he hosted the Melodifestivalen music awards in his homeland last week. For his opening number, Lundgren sang A Little Less Conversation (in English) in a performance that included a drum solo, karate-chopping and dance moves. Google it now. Lundgren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier) will next be seen in The Expendables, which will also feature Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Irish Independent

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