Thursday 23 November 2017

Popcorn: Star's comic capers at New York convention

Joe Griffin

Filmmakers and movie stars discussed their forthcoming work with throngs of fans at last weekend's New York Comic Con.

Adrien Brody said that a sequel to the recent (and pretty decent) Predators might well happen; a follow-up to cult comedy The Pineapple Express is also going ahead, with Seth Rogen and James Franco returning and the action possibly moving to the Miami coke scene; and Justin Theroux, one of the screenwriters of Zoolander, said that the Zoolander 2 script is almost complete.

Al Pacino to play Phil Spector

Goodness, the world is a richer place for having HBO. The American TV station has not only made The Sopranos and Deadwood, but it's pretty good at poaching major talent for their made-for-TV movies.

For example, Al Pacino will be playing disgraced musical genius Phil Spector in a HBO movie directed by David Mamet.

Spector's career ended in disgrace recently when he was convicted of murder. Pacino, at 70, is the same age as Spector, so presumably this will mostly be about the murder trial.

David O'Russell is Uncharted

The hugely talented writer/director David O'Russell has lined up his next project; an adaptation of the videogame Uncharted.

With Three Kings, O'Russell brought wit and intelligence to the standard action movie, so this new project definitely has potential. I'd put Aaron Eckhart in the lead role, but I bet O'Russell will hire his regular leading man, Mark Wahlberg (below). By the way, anyone who wants to see a serious movie-set tantrum should Google 'David O'Russell, Lily Tomlin'.

Horrorthon returns the IFI

The good old Horrorthon is returning to the IFI from October 21 to the 25. Along with classics such as Night of the Hunter, Carrie and (yes) Gremlins 2, the programme will also boast new shockers including Paranormal Activity 2, the remake of I Spit on Your Grave and The Reef. There will also be screenings of kitsch classics such as Plan 9 from Outer Space and Birdemic: Shock and Terror. I plan to see alien invasion flick Monsters and the Australian thriller Red Hill.

Japanese Film Fest announced

War, punk music, fish and bullying make up some of the subject matter for films in this year's Japanese Film Festival. The event was a hot ticket last year (with sell-out screenings in all locations), and I'm assured this year's programme is even better. The event kicks off in Cork on October 29 before moving to Limerick, Galway and Dublin. See

'Another' Film Fest treat

One more piece of film screening news: The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is organising a preview screening of Mike Leigh's Another Year. Lesley Manville, the star of the film, as well as Leigh will be in attendance and they'll be doing a post-film Q&A with the audience. The screening is in Cineworld on October 27 and tickets are available at The film festival itself runs from February 17 - 27 2011.

Irish Independent

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