Couples That Weren’t >>> Warren Beatty-Lana Turner: The Graduate. Sean Connery-Steve Railsback, The Stuntman. Johnny Depp, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, River Phoenix and Jennifer Aniston, Sophie Marceau, Gwyneth Paltrow: Titanic. Paul Newman-Joanne Woodward, Oklahoma! Denzel Washington-Emma Thompson: Pretty Woman. As for Thelma & Louise, take your pick: Carrie Fisher-Kim Basinger, Nicole Kidman-Diane Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer-Jodie Foster <<<


Everybody wants to work with the #1 2023 star and producer. But Margot Robbie is keeping faith with her pals. She’s rejoining Ken Gosling, as George Clooney’s parents in an Ocean’s 11 prequel – and marrying Brad Pit in a modern-day re-tread of the delightful 30s/40s Thin Man six-film franchise. (Pitt already did that, in a way, with Mr and Mrs Smith – now Hulu series with Donald Glover and Maya Erzkine). The title might well be changed to be all socially correct: The Thin Couple? (More likely: Nick and Nora). Actually, in the 1933 original the title referred to their quarry and not the detective Nick Charles, helped by his rich wife, Nora, and their terrier, Asta.

Margot’s two projects are inter-connected… While shooting the Smiths (and they were assassins, not private dicks), Pitt had to leave for three months to make… Ocean’s Eleven. And Ryan has a likely winner ready for March – his version of the old Lee Majors 80s stuntman series, The Fall Guy, directed by David Leitch… who helmed Brad in Bullet Train in 2020 after having been his stunt double din the Smiths; adventure in 2004.  Neither one seems a day older.


Christopher Nolan says  “No, sadly no – no truth to those rumours” about making the next the Bond. So, no Cillian Murphy as Jimbo, then…

As  the new 007 search continues, other Bondian heroes are being bred. Jason Statham is Levon Cade in Levon’s Trade, first of eleven books by Chuck Dixon – now the first script by Stathamate, Sylvester Stallone, since Rambo: Last Blood in 2018. Why not  Sly as Cade? No “r” in the name. As in Rocky, Rambo and Ross (the Expendables chief).

And Pierce  Brosnan is Charlie Swift in Fast Charlie, less hit man than “problem  solver.” Or as Victor Gischier‘s book called him, Gun Monkey. All vey reminiscent of The November Man, but instead of Luke Bracey Broz is with the delish Morena Baccarin. 

Oh, and Jason  Bourne – whose film birth in The Bourne Identity in 2001, changed 007 for evermore – is due back for a sixth gig. With – or without – Matt Damon is entirely up to Matt Damon.


Year of the Daisy

2024 is the Year of the Dragon in China. For the rest of us, it’s The Year of the Daisy…  Ms Ridley has five films awaiting release. Women in the Castle, the Magpie thriller, Young Woman and the Sea as Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim across the English Channe