* US President Barack Obama hosted a private screening of Lincoln at the White House last night, before the film officially opens this weekend.
* It’s a big movie weekend – Keira Knightley stars in Anna Karenina, which the NY Times calls a “brilliant gamble”, and the final installment of Twilight hits the big screen, after midnight screenings on Thursday.
* Sending good health vibes to The Killers – the band had to cancel England gigs after the lead singer lost his voice.
* He’s honed his skills behind the mic, now Dave Grohl will be honing his skills behind the camera, directing a documentary about the legendary Van Nuys studio where Nevermind was recorded.
* The man who helped Elvis Presley establish his style at the start of his career, Bernard Lansky, has died at the age of 85.
* The remaining members of Led Zeppelin were in New York on Tuesday to give a press conference (in which they tried to dodge reunion questions) , and premiere their concert movie, Celebration Day.
* Cementing a year that looks set to culminate in an Oscar nod for his performance in Arbitrage, Richard Gere will be honoured with a Hollywood Career Achievement Award in a few weeks.
* As part of a global publicity tour, the Twilight stars will head to various countries around the world this month – Robert Pattinson heads to Australia, Kristen Stewart to Japan, Taylor Lautner to Brazil + Kellan Lutz & Nikki Reed head to Scotland & Ireland, while Ashley Greene gets to go to South Africa – lucky gal!
* In the market for a new car? Tom Petty is auctioning off his favourite convertible in aid of MSF.
* The remake of Clint Eastwood’s A Star is Born has stalled with the news that Beyonce, who was set to play the role made famous by Barbara Streisand, will not be featuring in the movie.
I’m in San Diego! For the first time! And for the first time, I’m going to Comic-Con, along with about 100 000 other fans, authors, actors, publicists, Wonder-Woman-lookalikes, and fellow journalists. I’ve been told to expect a whole lot of wonderful madness, crazy costumes, and long lines that test patience levels far beyond the usual film-festival fare.
While at Comic-Con I’m looking forward to finding out first-hand what’s coming in the next season of The Walking Dead. After visiting the set in Georgia last year, I, like so many others, am eagerly waiting for the next episodes of the hit show. At this year’s Comic-Con, there’ll be a Walking Dead Escape event, which is an obstacle course where players will get to be chased by zombies while trying to climb over cars and cargo nets – just like in the show.
The comic book series celebrates its 100th issue during Comic-Con, and apparently this issue is a harrowing game changer. In the meantime, writer and creator Robert Kirkman will be unveiling some never-before-seen footage from Season Three. Can’t wait!
There are so many other big film panels taking place – Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley will talk about Eylsium, their next project working together after District 9; Quentin Tarantino is due to present his thoughts on Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, and of course the Twilight cast will be taking over Day 1 as they gather for the last time, to bid farewell to the franchise, ahead of the final film releasing in November. That’s not even mentioning the names Stan Lee or Joe Quesada yet. It’s going to be a fun-filled four days!