Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Here’s your latest arts and entertainment round-up with Des O’Driscoll.

FILM TIPS: Despite its exalted status, Scarface isn’t a film that has aged well. So, perhaps it’s a good thing that a modern-day is in the pipeline, with Rogue One star Diego Luna in the lead role.

Variety has reported that Universal is about to appoint a new director, after Antoine Fuqua dropped off the project due to scheduling conflicts. The updated version will get a contemporary twist, with Luna playing a Mexican drug-dealer moving to LA, rather than Al Pacino’s Cuban immigrant in Miami.

The biggie for Irish cinema-goers this weekend is Loving, starring Ruth Negga in the tale of an inter-racial marriage in 1960s

America. Rings will tempt horror fans. Triskel in Cork has Mathieu Amalric in Son of Joseph, while Cork Cine Club at St John’s College on Thursday is showing the Irish-made Love And Friendship, Whit Stillman’s take on Jane Austen’s comic novella, Lady Susan.

MUSIC NEWS: While the US president has already become the whipping boy for the world, at least Mr Trump has one major achievement under his belt: he’s responsible for a pop star dispute over a real issue.

After years of being subjected to inane Twitter spats over disrespecting, or not calling round, or making eyes at my woman/man, perhaps we should be thankful that Azealia Banks and Rihanna have heralded in this new era of consciousness. It all began when RiRi referred to Trump as an “immoral pig”, and her American counterpart then took to her Twitter account to tell the Bajan she should “shut up and sit down”.

And so it descended to a point where both stars seemed to post each other’s phone numbers. Just to save you checking — both numbers are no longer operational. Perhaps the situation needs a Nobel prize winner like Bob Dylan to intervene.

In fairness, the former Mr Zimmerman is quite busy himself at the moment putting the finishing touches on a new three-disc album that we’ll get in the spring. Triplicate is comprised of covers of American songs such as ‘These Foolish Things’, ‘As Time Goes By’ and Frank Sinatra’s ‘I Could Have Told You’.

GIG WISE: You’d imagine being the singer on Frozen was both a blessing and curse to Idina Menzel. A million records sold, a 100m young girls singing her tunes ... but moving beyond that could always be an issue.

Presumably, she’ll be in old age and there’ll be grown-ups in Elsa dresses showing up at her concerts. In the meantime, a summer tour by the 45-year-old will take place in the Marquee in Cork on June 25.

The other big announcement was The 1975 for a show at Malahide Castle in Dublin on June 17. In Cork, the Quarter Block Party has plenty on offer over the weekend, and Belfast duo Exmagician also return to Cyprus Ave on Sunday.

COMEDY CAPERS: Russell Brand is back on the stand-up circuit, and if you’re a fan with a penchant for planning way ahead, tickets for his shows next year in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick are already on sale.

Presumably, they’ll sell out in all venues long before he reaches these shores. For those who can only plan in the shorter term, Tommy Tiernan has announced a show at the Marquee in Cork in June, and the Rubberbandits are at the Academy in Dublin tomorrow.

ON THE TELLY: After the fun of the Trainspotting crew last week, the Graham Norton Show tonight has a more sedate guestlist with the likes of Annette Bening, politician Harriet Harman and a song from Elbow.

Laurie Anderson is John Kelly’s guest on The Works on RTE One on Tuesday, and among the subjects she discusses is the death of her husband Lou Reed.



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