Screen Talk: A royal salute

The British Royal family continue to fascinate, delight and seduce the biggest movie players in America. Even Harvey Weinstein, a producer oft cited in the industry as having a hard-nosed approach to the business of film, has been "humbled" by a recent royal nod.

It seems the Queen rather enjoyed a private screening of The King's Speech. It tells the story of Her Majesty's father, King George VI, struggling to overcome a stutter. Weinstein issued a statement saying he, the other producers and, of course, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter (above left) and the ensemble cast are "deeply honoured and humbled by Her Majesty's appreciation of the film." The notoriously tough-talking Weinstein gushed that the film "was a labour of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed." Of course, such royal endorsement will also draw Oscar voting attention to Weinstein's campaign.

Trouble in Mexico

Mexico and Mexicans are certainly hitting the headlines right now. But while the Top Gear team's comments may have caused a bit of a stir in the US, the discovery of brutally beaten legendary Superman producer Ilya Salkind in a Mexico City hospital was the talk of the town in LA. Salkind mysteriously disappeared for four days after flying to his native Mexico City to oversee work on a property he inherited from his late mother. His daughter, Anastasia, thinks he has been the subject of a kidnapping. Mexican officials have not confirmed or denied her suspicion. Anastasia says her father, 64, who had strike marks on his head, is currently recovering in a hospital.

Duo don't follow the yellow-brick road

Audiences now know that Robert Downey Jr and Johnny Depp will not be the wonderful wizard of Oz. The two actors, both in talks at one point or another to star in Oz: The Great and Powerful, are not in the running any longer. The movie, backed by Disney and billed as a prequel of sorts, is being directed by Sam Raimi and now has James Franco (above centre) in its sights to star. The script tells the tale of a young illusionist, with a grandiose attitude, forced to flee a travelling circus. His hot-air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, which is run by two magical, wicked witches. Franco and Raimi worked last time with one another on Sony's Spider-Man movies. Insiders say Franco and Raimi have yet to meet to discuss the project. The movie doesn't have a start date, but Disney hopes it will roll in the second half of the year.

Fantastic Mr Foxx

Jamie Foxx (above right), the Oscar-winning actor, singer, comedian and general dude, is lending his brand of cool to music documentary Thunder Soul. Foxx, who exec produced the doc, will present the film for distributor Roadside Attractions ahead of its September release in the US. Foxx's shout out gives it more noise in a crowded market place. The movie tracks the alumni from Houston's famous 1970s Kashmere Stage Band as they return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their old bandleader, 92-year-old Conrad "Prof" Johnson. Foxx also counts being a music-education advocate in addition to everything else he does.

Bulk up, Hugh

With Black Swan showing nimble footwork in the ongoing Oscar race, the film-maker Darren Aronofsky has polar opposite desires for his next star in Wolverine. While Swan star Natalie Portman trained and lost weight for her ballet part, Aronofsky is asking Wolverine star Hugh Jackman to bulk up. It seems in the previous X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Jackman looked too tall and thin. Comic fanboys shared the opinion with Aronofsky that, per the source material, Wolverine is meant to be short, stocky and powerfully built.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Arts and Entertainment
Place Blanche, Paris, 1961, shot by Christer Strömholm
photographyHow the famous camera transformed photography for ever
Arts and Entertainment
The ‘Westmacott Athlete’
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tv Some of the characters appear to have clear real-life counterparts
Brooks is among a dozen show-business professionals ever to have achieved Egot status
Arts and Entertainment
A cut above: Sean Penn is outclassed by Mark Rylance in The Gunman
film review
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight

Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the movie 'Get Hard'
tvWill Ferrell’s new film Get Hard receives its first reviews
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: David Cameron (Mark Dexter), Nick Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve)
tvReview: Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown... this is the kinder version
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the first look picture from next year's Sherlock special

Arts and Entertainment
Because it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without people kicking off about the headline acts, a petition has already been launched to stop Kanye West performing on the Saturday night

Arts and Entertainment
Molly Risker, Helen Monks, Caden-Ellis Wall, Rebekah Staton, Erin Freeman, Philip Jackson and Alexa Davies in ‘Raised by Wolves’

TV review
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special

Arts and Entertainment
Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones
Arts and Entertainment
Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth (Heida Reed) and Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) in the BBC's remake of their 1975 original Poldark

Poldark review
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    No postcode? No vote

    Floating voters

    How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

    By Reason of Insanity

    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
    Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

    Power dressing is back

    But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
    Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

    Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

    Caves were re-opened to the public
    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

    Vince Cable interview

    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
    Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
    Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

    The only direction Zayn could go

    We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
    Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

    Spells like teen spirit

    A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
    Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
    Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

    Licence to offend in the land of the free

    Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
    From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

    From farm to fork in Cornwall

    One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
    Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

    Robert Parker interview

    The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor