* Ahead of May the Fourth this Sunday, the Star Wars Episode VII cast was finally revealed on Tuesday. There will be, and there are, many, many opinions about who isÂ there (original main cast!), who isn’t (where are the women?) and the value of the franchise today. It’s great to see John Boyega, from Attack the Block, and also, more recently Half of a Yellow Sun, and Oscar Isaac, the wonderfully woeful folk singer from Inside Llewyn DavisÂ as part of the cast.
* Film stars and finance ministers walked the red carpet for theÂ Time 100 gala, which took place last night. Cover star Beyonce wasn’t there, but plenty of influential women were. Pharrell performed for the audience, which included model runner Christy Turlington, Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams, Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and South Africa’s very own Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
* If you missed it, like I did,Â Courtney LoveÂ dropped the singleÂ You Know My NameÂ last week. This week, you can play catch-up and give yourself a good head-banging session by listening to the track sheÂ justÂ released Wedding Dress,Â which is full of the trademark Love-gusto we’ve come to know, and,Â er, love.
* Sir Patrick StewartÂ will star in Seth McFarlane’s new TV series, Blunt Talk, in which he’ll play a British newscaster who goes to America to conquer cable news and apparently advise everyone there on how to live. (If he starts talking about gun control, we’ll know who this was modelled on…rhymes with Fierce Horgan).Â But, sadly, Â as one show is ordered, another gets cancelled. Sci-fi dramaÂ Almost Human,Â with Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, has been axedÂ after just one season, despite getting off to a promising start in November.
* The thing about living in New York is, it’s not out of place to have a friend’s apartment be used for a film set. So it was for They Came Together, the new movie with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. It’s touted as a parody of all those romantic comedies we’ve been subjected to over the years, and that, next to trying to spot how my friend’s place has been used, makes me want to see it.