Warship snoopers: The latest rumours from the US suggest that Steven Spielberg is developing a film with Robert Zemeckis based on the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following Spielberg's heavyweight but controversial historical films, Schindler's List and the forthcoming Amistad, the 1962 Cold War conflagration looks like being a no less contentious subject.

Racy stuff: Quentin Tarantino has once again been publicly attacked on the issue of race. A young woman approached the director while he was dining in a restaurant with the actor Michael Keaton and berated Tarantino for the liberal use of the word "nigger" in his films. The incident garnered an angry reaction from Tarantino according to a New York Daily News report: ` "You're wrong! I have a great affinity for black culture. Ricki Lake and I are the most admired white celebrities in the black community."

Bruce bonus: Bruce Willis is to star in a film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. Filming is due to start at the end of this month, with director Alan Rudolph at the helm and Willis as co-producer. The pair have $9million to spend on the film, in which Willis will play the book's protagonist Dwayne Hoover, a car dealer, who goes berserk after reading a novel.

Bottom up: Romeo and Juliet has recently had the treatment successfully now it looks as if A Midsummer Night's Dream is to be the next big-screen Shakespeare adaptation in the recent rush to commit the bard to celluloid. Variety reports that filming is to begin at the end of March and that Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline and Rupert Everett are likely to star.

Mike Higgins