By Jenny Priestley
★ Antonio Banderas is to star in the new film from the director of Chariots of Fire, Hugh Hudson. It's called Altamira and is about an amateur archaeologist and his daughter who discover early cave art. To begin with the family is feted for the find but soon face a backlash from the Catholic Chuch, scientists and other forces. Filming begins on September 29 in Spain.
★ Bill & Ted star Alex Winter says the planned third film is moving forward – slowly. Winter says the storyline is all worked out: “The conceit is really funny," he says. "What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?” The film's been in development since 2010 with Keanu Reeves on board and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot expected to take the reins. But still no sign of a filming date...
★ Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Dominic West and Guy Pearce are among the cast of a new film from acclaimed theatre director Michael Grandage. It's about the relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, played by Firth. Pearce will play F Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. Filming begins in October at Shepperton Studios.
★ Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will join Sir Michael Caine at a special evening looking back over his career. The event will also feature performances from Joss Stone, Quincy Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra. It takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on October 1 and more tickets have just been released. It's all to raise money for the NSPCC.
★ Russell Brand will also be at the Royal Albert Hall on November 14 for an event to launch his children's book, a new take on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. In Brand's version Hamelin is "a pompous and ugly town, where the grown-ups are all stuck up their own backsides and their greedy, bum-scratching offspring are usually squirrelling up their own noses" – until it is invaded by a "badass band of anarchic rats". The launch event will include "an interactive and unpredictable dramatised reading of the tale featuring other live performance elements". Tickets are on sale now.
★ Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner will help pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey at the American Cinematheque Award gala next month. The event is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and takes place at the Beverly Hilton on October 21.
★ In case you missed it: Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell have been confirmed in the two male leads I'm True Detective 2. Rachel McAdams is believed to be in talks for one of the female leads.
★ Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain's new film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, has been added to this year's LFF line-up. The film follows the trials and tribulations of a couple's relationship and has been released in the US in three versions: Her, Him and Them. Chastain's co-star James McAvoy will attend the screening on October 17.
★ Peter Dinklage is to star in new thriller, The Thicket. The story is set in East Texas in the early 20th century and follows a a young man who goes on a quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer. He enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave and a street-smart prostitute to help him on his mission. No further casting has been announced yet.
★ Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is to star alongside Robert De Niro in Bus 657. The cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gina Carano. It's about a father unable to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. He joins forces with a co-worker to rob a casino and when the two hijack a bus the plan starts to give wrong. De Niro will play Frank “The Pope”, owner of the casino. Filming begins on October 13.
★ Jacki Weaver is to star alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in a new TV series from Seth MacFarlane. Blunt Talk will also feature British actor Adrian Scarborough. The show follows cable news anchor, Walter Blunt, who never quite makes the right decision.