Grapevine - showbiz news
Plucking fruits from the cultural bush
Expect many cries of ‘there’s been a murder’ with news that more episodes are to be filmed of ITV ScotCop dramas Taggart and Rebus. Four new 90-minute mysteries of the former start filming in April and further adventures for Ian Rankin’s world-weary rozzer are also scheduled, with the excellent Ken Stott continuing in the saddle . . . Roman Polanski is to direct Pompeii, an adaptation of the Robert Harris best-selling novel about a young engineer who has to repair the Roman Empire’s greatest aqueduct following the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 . . . Frank Skinner has just announced his first stand-up dates for umpteen years. His sole Scottish night is in Aberdeen this September but more dates might trickle out soon . . . Travis have confirmed that their new album The Boy with No Name will be out in May . . . Ex-Bond lassie Famke Janssen is to play the lead in a new female US cop show. The as yet untitled series comes from House creator David Shore . . . Jaunty Avril Lavigne is to release a new album in mid-April entitled The Best Damn Thing . . Spanish maverick Pedro Almodovar is working on his next movie, La Piel que Habito, about a plastic surgeon who seeks horrible vengeance upon his daughter’s rapists . . . A bizarre bunch of cover versions have been knocked up for a compilation entitled Sounds Eclectic which is due for release in March in the US, and shortly after in the UK. Where else would you get Magic Numbers being ‘Crazy in Love’, Damien Rice crooning ‘Creep’, Paul Weller ‘Wishing on a Star’ and The Flaming Lips getting their ‘Knives Out’? Nowhere, that’s where.