Monday 19 March 2018

Popcorn: Wayans‘ready’to take on Prior role

Joe Griffin

Marlon Wayans, star of White Chicks, Scary Movie and (in fairness) Requiem for a Dream, says he's ready to play his idol, Richard Prior.

Unsurprisingly, there has been some scepticism about the casting of such a broad comic actor, but Wayans told the LA Times: "I think I've proven to some people -- the ones paying attention -- that I can do more. Everybody else, well, they can wait and see and make up their minds." When asked about winning the much-coveted role, he told the paper: "You need to be lucky in life, but it's also what you do with your luck. I'm ready."

Written and directed by the talented Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls), the Prior biopic will begin shooting this autumn.

Wilson, Allen and Bruni, together at last!

We'd already heard some months ago that model, musician, singer and France's First Lady Carla Bruni (above centre) is set to join Woody Allen's next (as yet unnamed) film. Now we've got confirmation that Owen Wilson will be the leading man.

Wilson and Allen, both neurotic, laconic, distinctive talents, seem like a match made in heaven, but we'll find out for sure early next year. 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona was Allen's biggest hit in years. Since then, he's worked with Larry David on Whatever Works, which is yet to open on these shores.

Natalie Portman's fun phase

Harvard graduate and multiple award-winning Natalie Portman (right) has a slate of comedies on the horizon. She has just finished filming the medieval stoner comedy Your Highness in Northern Ireland opposite James Franco, she's about to start work as Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and after that she's starring in Best Buds, another stoner comedy, reportedly in the vein of Harold and Kumar. Anyone in doubt of Portman's sense of humour should Google 'Natalie Portman raps'.

Final weekend of Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

The best is yet to come, it seems ... Tilda Swinton, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall will all be in town for the closing weekend of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which finishes up on Sunday night.

Swinton will turn up for the closing gala, I am Love, and will also be taking part in a public interview on Sunday in the Lighthouse Cinema at 12.15pm. Sheen and Spall will be attending the screening of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, also on Sunday. And we'd recommend you check out the highly acclaimed war movie Lebanon tonight.

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