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Plucking fruits from the cultural bush

Christopher Walken has played some pretty crazy guys in his time but he’s in for the challenge of his career in The Dirt. In the film based on the book about Motley Crue, Walken will make a cameo as Ozzy Osbourne while, equally as intriguing, Val Kilmer is tipped to play David Lee Roth . . . A very different member of rock’s awkward squad is Mark E Smith, who publishes his autobiography next April. The book is entitled Renegade: The Gospel According to Mark E Smith . . . The third version of sci-fi horror movie The Thing is set to go before the cameras. While cast and director are yet to be revealed, scriptwriting duties will be taken by Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D Moore . . . Amy Winehouse has clearly been hanging out with some unlikely men of late and the results are an imminent duet with Pete Doherty and a new version of her tune ‘You Know I’m No Good’ with Ghostface Killah on the studio knobs . . . Colin Firth will be getting smoochy with Uma Thurman in romantic comedy The Accidental Husband. The New York-set movie also features Sam Shepard and Isabella Rossellini . . . Speccy soloist Jarvis Cocker is rumoured to be appearing on Air’s new album. The follow-up to Walkie Talkie from 2004, Pocket Symphony, is also tipped to include Divine Comedy front guy Neil Hannon . . . Eva Longoria and Beyoncé Knowles are in talks to play lovers in Sofia Coppola’s forthcoming movie. Sarah Waters’ ‘steamy’ Victorian novel Tipping the Velvet has already been made for the small screen but the cinema version looks like it’ll be a very different kettle of fish.

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