* Last year it was Joss Whedon’s pseudo-horror film Cabin in the Woods, but this year’s opening night of the South by Southwest Film Festival will be a little more humorous, thanks to the Steve Carell magician comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which also stars Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey.
* 10 Reasons To Exist could be a fab new name for a biography, especially for someone like, say, Bono. For now, it is the working title of U2’s 13 studio album, due for release…sometime.
* Zero Dark Thirty director Katheryn Bigelow has, in the face of all the controversy surrounding the film’s depiction of torture, written a piece in the LA Times that tries to, once and for all, address the issues that have been raised. So far, the film has done well at the US box office, scoring around the $24 million dollar mark in its opening weekend, and lead actress Jessica Chastain’s recent awards mean it hasn’t affected the film in that department either. Question is, will it – come Oscar day?
* A petition to re-name a square in Granada, Spain, after the Clash’s Joe Strummer has been approved, so the late lead singer of the British punk band will be honoured for choosing that part of the world as his safe haven, after the legendary group begin to fall apart in 1984.
* And while other outfits are re-forming, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have dashed hopes that OutKast may have been heading in the same direction, even though a remix of Frank Ocean’s Pink Matter kind of made it sound that way.
We live in hope.