News round-up: Venice Film Festival, The Beatles, Adele and Clarkson

A digest of the entertainment news stories making a splash this weekend

Venice Film Festival


The Guardian are tipping “clammy and classy” spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for a Golden Lion, but it was “all-too-plausible” pandemic disaster movie Contagion that got the flashbulbs going this weekend. 

While Contagion’s film-a-year director Steven Soderbergh denied rumours of early retirement and looked forward to a sabbatical, the movie’s star Gwyneth Paltrow appeared far from peaky on the red carpet in pink and show-stopping orange.

A little less pretty, but wowing screaming fans all the same, Al Pacino collected a special award and presented his new film, Wilde Salome.

The Italian sun seemed to have forgotten gritty Brit filmmaker Ken Loach. In his latest interview from Venice he warned against false optimism and worried about the riots.

Let’s hope Ken’s next project, The Spirit of 1945, will cheer him up. This is England producer Kate Ogborn will be co-producing the archive documentary film with Samantha Morton.

Beatles video comes to light

A video of the Fab Four playing an unscheduled gig has been found after 44 years in a drawer.

Adele to sing for spy movie

Adele let slip to Jonathan Ross – and an estimated 4.3 million viewers of his new ITV show – that she may be working on a theme tune for a James Bond movie.

In the meantime, a chest infection has forced the singer to cancel the first two shows of her UK tour.

Doctor Who vs Red or Black?

The lure of instant cash proved all too much for Saturday night viewers, with Ant and Dec’s new roulette-themed game show, narrowly beating Doctor Who in the overnight ratings.

And those hoping for high drama got lucky when bricklayer Nathan Hageman picked a red and bagged a million.

But what was Daniel May’s son watching? The Ashes to Ashes star revealed that he wanted to impress his son Mylo by guest starring in Night Terrors – Saturday’s latest Doctor Who episode.

Jeremy Clarkson to voice sat nav

may have knocked it in the past but Jeremy Clarkson has reversed his
thinking on sat nav and will now be barking orders at drivers as the voice of new sat nav gadgets from TomTom.

Imogen Thomas touted as Bachelorette

The title may not exactly trip off the tongue but it looks like a female version of Channel 5’s dating show is taking shape with Big Brother ex, Imogen Thomas, as its star.

X Factor – I love you, I love you not

Another show, another box of tissues. This week it was the turn of Louis Walsh and Kelly Rowland to blub – with joy on this occasion – over Jade Richards’a emotional rendition of Someone Like You.

With so much love in the air, it was no surprise Tulisa felt the need to land a wet one on wannabe Luke Lucas’s cheek after his performance of Who’s Loving You.

The morning after however, it was business as usual, with reports that the show’s bosses had told Jade to drop her Goth image if she wanted to win.

Anyone else wanting to get close to an X Factor judge will have to make do with the opening of east London’s new Westfield shopping centre where US X Factor’s Nicole Scherzinger is cutting the ribbon this Tuesday.

Celebrity Big Brother  – friends and foes

Celeb BB evictee Tara Reid has dark tales to tell of Darryn Lyons and Kerry Katona


…but would love to visit The Only Way Is Essex‘s Amy Childs on her home turf.