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The Insider: 27/01/2010

A spate of premieres has hit the capital as the movie awards season gets under way. Fresh from last night's glitzy screening of The Lovely Bones, it's the turn of new Irish drama 8.5 Hours.

A gala screening will take place in southside venue Movies@Dundrum this evening, with several of the well-known cast and crew in attendance. Among those expected to be tripping down the red carpet are Victor Burke of Fair City, Lynette Callaghan of Cold Feet fame, director Brian Lally and Geraldine Plunkett of the Clinic.

The flick tells the complex story of an average working day that turns out to have extraordinary implications for the four characters whose lives are linked by working together in a small software company.

wwwThe real-life couple who have the best job on Irish TV will be trekking in to The Exchequer bar in Dublin's city centre this evening. Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery, who have been together for six years, will be presiding over the invite-only bash as they unveil details of the second season of TV3's The Holiday Show. Guests at the bash will be checking out the hot new destinations for 2010. The various themes for this season include family outings to Disneyland Paris and Lapland, romantic trips to Cyprus and India, sun holidays in Croatia and a feature on city breaks.

wwwStylish artist Nina De Vito will be putting her best foot forward this week for the launch of her latest exhibition. The glam girlfriend of Krystle's Brian O'Malley is putting the finishing touches to her first shoe collection. Given that the talented painter concentrates mainly on producing pictures of gorgeous stilettoes, it was only a matter of time before she turned her attention to creating new footwear. To mark her debut collection, she has also painted a limited selection of watercolours of her designs, which will also be unveiled at the swish beano on 15 St Stephen's Green tomorrow night.

wwwKeep an eye out for Boyzone's Keith Duffy, who'll be reprising his role in Corrie next Monday. The Dublin crooner, who plays barman Ciaran McCarthy, will return to the hit programme on February 1, in what should prove must-see viewing for fans of the star. A source has revealed how his character will be teaming up with his old pal Peter Barlow in a gastro-pub venture which looks set to provide some stiff competition for The Rovers.

  • These are exciting times for the Abbey Theatre, given that it's presenting its acclaimed production of Ages of the Moon play in the Big Apple this evening, written especially for the venue by the Pulitzer Prize-winning director/actor Sam Shepard.

Treading the boards in the American play at the Atlantic Theatre are Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, directed by Jimmy Fay. The costumes have also been designed by Emmy-winning Irish designer Joan Bergin.