Monday's News Round-Up (March 26)

Grindhouse, Daywatch, zombies, Paisley


The press junket for Grindhouse is officially over, and reports about the film have started to spring up all over the place. Predictably, reactions have been mixed, but Empire's representatives have given it the thumbs up and word has it from our persons on the ground that the thing which really brought the (Grind)house down was Edgar Wright's trailer for a non-existent Euro-horror, entitled simply "Don't!". You heard it here, and keep your eyes peeled.


And it kicks all kinds of bottom. To be fair, we've seen it before, but now it's in glorious hi-def quicktime, we thought we'd better let everybody know. There's more about the armies of darkness and light, and some gubbins about the 'chalk of fate' (chalk?!). But there's also a crow turning into a ninja, a bus running into that guy with a removable spine, some more of that cool red-eye effect, and car sports car driving along the face of a multi-story building. Less talk, more Watch (see what we did there?) here.


If everyone else and their dog is having a crack at the genre (first dog to direct zombie movie yet to be confirmed), why shouldn't Corbin Bernsen. Last making a proper impact in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Bersen has signed on to make Dead Air, about a radio station trying to warn the general public about an incoming pandemic of zombie-ism headed towards Los Angeles.


Granted, this broke late last week, but in case you hadn't heard, there are plans afoot to bring the life story of preacher and ultra-Unionist politician Ian Paisley. Belfast playwright Gary Mitchell is penning a screenplay about the turbulent times of the leader. Which is all fine - the part that made us laugh was someone's pondering Liam Neeson for the lead role. Come on – there's dramatic licence, but there's a line. More sensible suggestions are, according to the Guardian, Brian Blessed, Robbie Coltrane and Richard Griffiths.