Plucking fruits from the cultural bush
A busy boy is old Brad Pitt these days. Among his many ongoing projects are a movie about Richard Nixon entitled Dirty Tricks in which he is joined by Sharon Stone, Jim Broadbent and Gwyneth Paltrow while Mr Jolie is also set to star in a movie version of the BBC drama State of Play. He is down to play the role of journalist Cal McCaffrey, as portrayed so Britishly by John Simm . . . Also no stranger to long working days is Brad’s bud George Clooney who has agreed to star in new movie Burn After Reading. This will be his third collaboration with the Coen brothers/ and is to be loosely based on a novel by Admiral Stansfield Turner, the man who served as a director of the CIA during the 1980s . . . A short story from Ian Rankin is set to be made into a BBC4 drama starring Alastair Mackenzie, Laura Fraser, Richard Wilson and John Sessions. The non-Rebus Acid Test has a detective investigating a century-old murder case . . . Come mid-January and Bloc Party will be heading our way with shows at Glasgow Barrowland and Edinburgh Corn Exchange. The dates will take place around the release of the band’s no doubt glorious second album, A Weekend In The City . . . You might be of the opinion that there should be no more Davina McCall (pictured) on the telly. So, it’s good to see that she’s branched out to the book world. Let’s Talk Sex comes out in February and will see the three-times mum scribble about how to deal with your bairns when they want to know your thoughts on the thorny subject of sauce.