Popcorn: Simon Pegg eyes Mission Impossible 4
Verifying that the film is moving ahead, the wonderful Simon Pegg has confirmed that he'll be appearing in Mission: Impossible 4. Some readers might remember his small, Q-like role in part three.
The film isn't officially green-lit yet, which is strange because it seems to be coming together nicely. The always awesome Brad Bird (who directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille) will be holding the megaphone, and Tom Cruise, who needs a hit, will be couch-bouncing his way to the set shortly. Hot property JJ Abrams (Mission: Impossible 3, Lost) has co-written the script and will be producing.
Tim Robbins to record solo album
Writer, director and actor Tim Robbins has announced plans to record a solo album. Wait, come back. The 51-year-old actor said in a recent interview: "It's when you pass 40, inherently we double our age when we think about life. You start thinking about how many years you've got left. 'What the hell am I doing here?' I asked myself. 'What is it that will make you happy?'" Robbins' fans might have noticed that he sang and played guitar (with mixed results) in both Bull Durham and Bob Roberts, and that he also produced the excellent soundtrack to Dead Man Walking.
Clean-cut actress to play Janis Joplin
Amy Adams (pictured right) has confirmed she's set to play rock legend Janis Joplin in a new biopic directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God). Adams seems a little sweet for the role, but she can act and sing, so that's a start. But don't hold your breath: Meirelles will first be directing 360 for BBC films, and Adams (as always) has a number of films in the pipeline. It's a shame the proposed Lili Taylor-starring biopic wasn't made a few years ago. That actress is a ringer for Joplin.
Carrey's comeback comeback in Pierre Pierre?
Two years ago, Jim Carrey and director Jason Reitman (fresh from the latter's hit, Juno) were set to make Pierre Pierre, a politically incorrect comedy about a nihilistic, painting-smuggling Frenchman. The script was reputedly fantastic. However, studio money problems arose and the project was frozen. Redemption might be on the horizon, though, in the shape of director Larry Charles. The Borat director, along with the original producers, is hoping to resurrect the project. The film has potential, not least because Carrey had a great return to form this year in I Love You, Phillip Morris. So, here's hoping it gets made.
Mark Wahlberg gets busy
In a promotional interview for The Other Guys, his forthcoming Will Ferrell comedy, Mark Wahlberg outlined his slate of films set for the next couple of years. In December, there's boxing movie The Fighter for director David O Russell (Three Kings), which Wahlberg says is "the best thing I've ever been in". Then he'll be making two sequels with bad titles: The Brazilian Job, a follow-up to his remake of The Italian Job, and Five Brothers, which continues his character's story from Four Brothers. Wahlberg is also producing and starring in The Raven, a sci-fi thriller that (like District 9) began life as a nifty short film. See it on YouTube.