The fine British actor Idris Elba has become an international star thanks to his performance as a gangster in the American TV series, The Wire. In Takers, he gets to use his real accent as Gordon, the leader of a team of absurdly up-market, high tech bank robbers - though it is typical of this fast-moving heist flick that the presence in LA of an English professional thief remains unexplained.
When Harry Met Sally star Billy Crystal has been described as “a real mensch” after he made a large donation to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.
The American Jewish actor, 62, has given a “substantial” amount to the institution’s Peace through the Performing Arts programme, which has run projects uniting Israeli and Palestinian students for more than a decade.
Sacha Baron Cohen is to take on the role of the legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury.
The Ali G comedian will star in a film scripted by The Queen writer Peter Morgan.
Queen guitarist Brian May said Mr Baron Cohen had been interested in the role for some time
The film’s producer Graham King said: “With Sacha in the starring role, coupled with Peter's screenplay and the support of Queen, we have the perfect combination to tell the real story behind their success”.
If, like the writers of The Other Guys, you have seen and enjoyed scores of Hollywood action flicks featuring pairs of mismatched cops, you will probably find this movie a rich source of laughs and references. If you are not a fan of the genre that it lovingly and often cleverly spoofs, you are less likely to appreciate its virtues.
Directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, The Other Guys begins as straightforward parody then evolves into something more unpredictable and bizarre. Its jokes do not always work but when they do, they are very funny indeed.
Edgar Wright's exuberant film is aimed almost exclusively at young people who have grown up playing video and computer games with pumped up sound effects and extreme but unrealistic violence.
But unlike similarly inspired movies, it aspires to the sweetness of the John Hughes romantic comedies for teenagers. And it is an extraordinary attempt to create a film language that evokes and mimics (and occasionally even makes fun of) not just comics but also the various electronic entertainments of today's texting, twittering youth.
It started as an obsession with his grandmother's romantic teenage years in pre-revolutionary Russia. But it grew into a desire to make good on his great-grandfather's pledge to do right by the village where he lived and prospered.
Documentary-maker Dan Edelstyn has revived the vodka business his family once owned to breathe new life into a down-at-heel Ukrainian village, and at the same time discover his own roots.