Popcorn: Stars come to town for the Jameson Film Festival
Plenty of Irish cinemagoers (including this writer) are tingling with anticipation for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which kicks off on February 18. Colin Farrell and Neil Jordan will visit the festival for the European premiere of their new film, Ondine, on opening night.
Tilda Swinton will attend the Jameson Gala screening, which will unveil her new film, Cairo Time. Audiences will also be treated to a season of Russian and Korean films and, in a tribute to the late film critic, a Michael Dwyer season.
Forbes ranks Hollywood's biggest flops
Forbes magazine's list of the biggest flops of the past five years is a feast of schadenfreude. Duds include the Dennis Quaid sports film The Express (budget $40m, box office take $10m) and the Ewan McGregor/Naomi Watts thriller Stay (budget $50m, box office take $8m).
Higher-profile misfires include Tarantino's Grindhouse, Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James (a gorgeous film) and the Mike Myers disaster, The Love Guru. Top of the list was All the King's Men, which starred Sean Penn and Kate Winslet (below). The political drama cost $55m and grossed a paltry $8m.
Planet of the Apes to rise again
According to New York magazine, Fox are "determined" to have another stab at Planet of the Apes. It's a return to the script that Tim Burton abandoned for his (quite rubbish) version of the story in 2001. In fact, producer Peter Chernin (who's now top banana at Fox) says that the rejected script was "one of the best [he'd] ever read". We'll see.
Nicholas Cage still strapped for cash
You might have heard in recent months that Nicholas Cage is facing serious financial difficulty, following troubles with his financial manager and Cage's squandering of millions on castles, rare snakes and (in fairness) charities. Now he has sold his Las Vegas home for $3.5m less than he originally paid for it. Many of his film choices were dubious before this all happened, so I shudder to think of the type of projects he'll do next.
IFI seeks Ireland's favourite arthouse film
To celebrate its recent refurbishment and forthcoming open day, the Irish Film Institute is holding an online poll to choose the best film they've shown. The open day will take place on February 6 and will include free screenings of a dozen films, including two that are suitable for all ages. The final film is yet to be decided, and voters can choose from 18 IFI classics, including The Crying Game, Boys Don't Cry and, my favourite, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. For more information see IFI.ie/vote.
Along with the rumours that the whole ghost-busting gang will come back for a superfluous 3D sequel, it seems that the scaly little critters in Gremlins (above) might be getting a part 3 as well. The reasonably reliable website Cinema Blend reports that a new Gremlins film is in the works.