Plucking fruits from the cultural bush
Odd couples certainly make for entertaining viewing (whether in the arts or in life) but does a pairing get any stranger than Robert De Niro and 50 Cent? Very unlikely. Talks are ongoing for them to appear as cops in New Orleans, in which Bobby thinks his partner has died in Hurricane Katrina, only to discover he was actually murdered. Fiddy plays the part of his new sidekick . . . Kirsten Dunst has agreed to star in A Jealous Ghost based on the thriller novel by AN Wilson. As well as helping to produce the movie, she will play a young woman studying in London who starts seeing demons after beginning a relationship with one of her professors . . . Rod Stewart will start limbering up for a stadium tour next summer which stops off at Hampden Park at the beginning of July . . . Fellow rock totems Genesis are set to reform (minus Peter Gabriel of course) for a European tour but for those so inclined, Manchester is the nearest venue . . . Some marginally less embarrassing comeback news is that Inspiral Carpets will play Glasgow’s ABC next March . . . Ewan McGregor has signed up to appear in Franklyn, a British movie whose story is split between contemporary London and a future metropolis ruled by religious fervour . . . Ugly Betty looks like being the My Name is Earl for 2007: ie an American comedy to save Channel 4’s Friday night ass. Extras’ Scottish lady Ashley Jensen is in the show about a hard-working but not especially attractive secretary at a fashion magazine.