Russell Brand gave US cinema what for this weekend as two of his movies clinched the top two spots at the box office. CG animated Hop held firm in first place ($21.7m) after last week’s BO win, proving that holiday-centric movies (this one being timed for Easter) will always be big draws for audiences. Meanwhile, Brand’s other film – the far more adult-oriented remake Arthur – also came up trumps, sliding in behind Hop to bag second place and $12.6m.
The first trailer for Russell Brand’s Arthur remake has landed online. Following the exploits of drunken playboy Arthur (Brand), the film sees him mollycoddled by his nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) and set to lose his fortune. With its David Bowie soundtrack, Batmobile cameo and raunchy-crazy Jennifer Garner, this remake seems to have thrown in everything it can think of.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will appear in The Dark Knight Rises
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is increasingly one of the most interesting actors working in Hollywood, which would explain why Chris Nolan wants to keep him close by casting him in The Dark Knight Rises. The pair have just worked on Inception, and Deadline report that Gordon-Levitt “will be in [Rises] when Nolan starts production this spring”. Who’ll he be playing? Nobody’s talking yet, though internet speculation has long been rife that Gordon-Levitt could tackle the role of cheeky villain The Riddler.