By Jenny Priestley
★ It looks as though two of the big franchise movies for 2015 have found their bad guys. Vincent D'Onofrio and Irrfan Khan will join the raptors in Jurassic World. Khan was last seen playing the older Pi in Life of Pi and D'Onofrio was in the first Men in Black. Plus Adam Driver looks like being the baddie in Star Wars Episode VII.
★ Meanwhile, Ted 2 – also due out next year – has cast Amanda Seyfried as its female lead. She's replacing Mila Kunis in the film which will see Mark Wahlberg and his talking bear return to the screen.
★ Eddie Izzard is also heading back to the big screen, starring with Dustin Hoffman in musical Boychoir (who knew either of them could sing?). Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas and Glee's Kevin McHale are also among the cast. The story follows a choir at a boys' boarding school, with Hoffman as the demanding choirmaster.
★ I admit I'm excited about this: David Fincher is in talks to direct Sony's Steve Jobs biopic. And to get me even more excited, it's being written by Aaron Sorkin. Apparently Sorkin wants the story to play out in just three single-take scenes, which could make it a real challenge for director and stars (and make it very different from The Social Network).
★ Josh Gad, who I think completely stole Frozen, is set for a voice role in another animated movie. He's expected to join Adam Sandler and Kevin James in Pixels, about four gaming champs who are called on to save the world when aliens attack by staging versions of 1980s Space Invader games.
★ Fancy some celeb spotting? The UK premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be at Westfield Vue on March 20 – expect most of the cast to be there. The day after there's a special screening of The Machine with stars Toby Stephens and Denis Lawson due at the Vue in Piccadilly. And if you're in Singapore on March 29 (you might be),The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx will be helping to promote Earth Hour. They'll be switching off the lights across Singapore's Marina Bay skyline.
★ Actor/director Richard Ayoade is turning author. He's signed a three-book deal with Faber to write about film (lucky thing!). The first book is called Ayoade On Ayoade and is described as a celebration and a recognition of the myth of film. It should be out in November.