Festival fever hits city as Sarah Greene steps out with Jack Reynor

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Sarah Greene

Actress Sarah Greene and Jack Reynor are to launch the programme for this year's Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The glitzy launch will take place in The Academy this Wednesday and is predicted to be a highlight in any social butterfly's calendar.

Greene is one of six ingenues in the running to star in Ryan Reynolds' X Men spin off Deadpool.

She is generating quite a buzz over in the US - both Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour are big fans - and a role in Deadpool could be the box-office break Greene is looking for.

The 2015 JDIFF is shaping up to be one of the best festivals to date with Russell Crowe and film icon Julie Andrews flying in for the occasion.

Sex and The City star Kim Cattrall will also attend the festival which runs from March 19-29.

Gate opens for lovers

The Gate Theatre's production of The Caretaker has been a hit, but it looks like Michael Colgan and the gang are already thick in rehearsals for their next show, Romeo and Juliet.

Fra Fee who played the part of Courfreyac alongside Anne Hathaway in 2012 film Les Miserables will play hopeless romantic Romeo, while Lauren Coe will play Juliet.

Directed by acclaimed theatre practitioner Wayne Jordan, this is will be a production like no other. Thinking of summer

Debenhams presented its Spring Summer Collection in the Morrison Hotel last week and a gaggle of fashionable ladies made a bee-line for the joint.

Model Madeline Mulqueen and TV3's Elaine Crowley checked out the beauty bar, while models stalked around in bikinis and swimsuits - making those of us tucking into moreish canapes feel very guilty.

Guests were treated to glasses of white wine as they perused the rails and discussed this season's must-have splurge.

Thinking picnics

The organisers of Electric Picnic are having the launch party this Thursday in Dublin's trendy Chocolate Factory.

It's already got us thinking about the tent, wet wipes and wellies.