Pandora: Love sets her sights on Iannucci for biopic

Here's a bit of unlikely casting: Armando Iannucci, directing a biopic of Kurt Cobain.

He is, it seems, the choice preferred by Cobain's erratic widow Courtney Love for the film, which is provisionally titled Heavier Than Heaven.

Love, currently promoting a comeback with her Nineties band Hole, claims that she is pushing for the brains behind The Thick of It to take control of the cameras on the film.

"You know who I'm into?" she tells Clash music magazine in a forthcoming interview. "The Thick of It guy, Armando Iannucci. This is a big A-list movie. This is when someone goes and gets an Oscar for it."

Quite what Iannucci, who is hard at work on a new series for the American network HBO, makes of the flattering news remains to be seen; his spokespeople insist he knows nothing about Love's preferences.

Though were he to take up Love on her offer he could be sure that a suitably big-budget team would be behind him. The film is being produced by Working Title's Eric Fellner, the producer of Sid And Nancy, with Wolverine writer David Benioff having been linked to the screenplay. Over to you, Armando.

Boy George fails to see the funny side

*Out of prison and, apparently, humour, we hear that Boy George upped and left a performance of La Clique last week. The show, which aims to get the audience involved, paused to respond to a punter's request to "sing a Queen song". The Clique band smoothly broke into a chorus of the Culture Club classic "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", much to the audience's amusement. Says our source: "Everyone in the audience seemed to find it hilarious. He was the only one who didn't find it very funny. So, he – plus posse – left."

Scotland speaks from experience

*How charitable of Baroness Scotland to agree to address parliamentary employees on the pressing issue of fraud later this week. And topical, of course – after all, it was only yesterday that the Attorney General's former housekeeper, Loloahi Tapui (now represented by showbiz svengali Max Clifford), appeared in court charged with using a fake British visa for more than two years. No doubt the Baroness is particularly well-placed to hold forth on the dangers of deception.

Rider considers his options

Steve Rider famously jumped ship from the BBC to ITV some years ago. But could another leap be on the cards?

Pandora readers were given the chance to submit a question for the sports presenter, to be posed by golfing legend Peter Alliss at Cancer Research's Turn The Tables event yesterday.

"Actually, I'm tempted to go to Channel 5," said Rider, gamely. "ITV sport is still a powerful organisation. I have a lot of affection for the BBC and if the phone rang I would engage in a conversation." Don't say you haven't been warned.

The name's Bryant ... Chris Bryant

*Chris Bryant lets slip in the most recent edition of The House Magazine that he was once buddies with James Bond star Daniel Craig. "From the age of 14 I acted with the National Youth Theatre," purrs Bryant. "I knew Daniel Craig relatively well – but I quickly realised I was an awful actor." We can't comment on his thespian skills – though Bryant famously posted a photo of himself in nothing but his smalls on the internet. From what we remember, he might look rather striking in a pair of Craig-esque swimming trunks.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

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

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Geography Teacher

£24000 - £33600 per annum + pre 12 week AWR : Randstad Education Manchester Se...

E150/2014 - English Language Checker (Grade B3)

On Application: Council of Europe: The European Court of Human Rights’s judgme...

Marketing Executive

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Charter Selection: A professional services company ...

Project Manager - Bristol South West

£400 - £450 per day: Orgtel: Project Manager (PM), Key Banking Client, Retail ...

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?