Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Buzz

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Buzz

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Cruise on a Mission NEVER mind the Channel 4 prankster, Kenneth Branagh and Jimi Mistry have every reason to pour cold water over Tom Cruise.

They were cast alongside him in Mission: Impossible 3, until Cruise put the project on the back burner last year, to star in War of the Worlds. Now he has revived his next Mission, with a new director, JJ Abrams, but Mistry and Branagh are out. Now cast in MI:3, due out in summer 2006, are Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Eminem as Adolf?

Eminem hasn't been seen on screen since his semi-autobiographical 8 Mile in 2002. So, I'm amazed to hear that he was recently on the brink of signing up to a film chronicling the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1920s. "The movie is called Clicking Heels, it's a great script and Eminem desperately wanted to do it," I'm told. "But his advisers wanted more money than was possible ..." Producer's Cashback THE precarious state of the British film industry leaves most aspiring film producers drowning their sorrows, but brewery heiress Daphne Guinness is bucking the trend. She is making her producing debut with Cashback, directed by former fashion photographer Sean Ellis, and currently on location in London with Emilia Fox and Harry Potter's Sean Bigerstaff.

Let's hope that the film's title proves prophetic.

Tom Teodorczuk

LONDON'S TOP TEN FILMS

1 Batman Begins (12A) 2 Mr and Mrs Smith (15) 6 The Consequences of Love (15) 7 We Don't Live Here 3 Sin City (18) 4 Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (12A) 5 Bombon - El Perro (15) Anymore (15) 8 Parineeta (12A) 9 Kings and Queen (15) 10 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (15)

LONDON'S TOP TEN RENTAL DVDs

1 The Aviator (12) 2 Assault on Precinct 13 4 Meet the Fockers (12) 8 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG) (2005) (15) 3 Creep (18) 5 Closer (15) 6 Ocean's Twelve (12) 7 Ladder 49 (12) 9 Team America: World Police (15) 10 Sideways (15)

100 GREATEST FILMS TO BUILD YOUR DVD LIBRARY Dire: Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1952, 89 mins.

(Moviemail) DE SICA described his film as "a word in favour of the poor and unhappy". The same could also be said of his Shoeshine and The Bicycle Thief. …

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