Tuesday's News Round-Up (May 22)

Turturro, Craig, Scorsese...


We’ll next see him propped up against the Autobots and Decepticons in Michael Bay’s Transformers, but having already impressed us with his melodic prowess in 2005’s Romance & Cigarettes, the man they regularly call John Turturro is once again set to hit all the right notes as he joins the cast of Nutcracker – The Untold Story. And yes, it’s a musical. Turturro will star as the evil Mouse King, while Elle Fanning (Dakota’s little sister) and Nathan Lane (someone’s younger brother) have also signed up to the $65million production. Andrei Konchalovsky will direct and Britain’s very own musical lyricist extraordinaire, Tim Rice, will be providing eight new songs to join the ballet’s score. The first shells will be broken when filming begins in July.


He's currently promoting a new film (The Golden Compass) and a new beard (on his face) at Cannes 60th birthday, but that doesn't mean Daniel Craig isn't already looking to the future. The British actor has got four projects on the boil, including, of course, his second outing as 007. Now news has flown in that he's adding a fifth to the slate. Flashbacks Of A Fool will be directed by music video maestro Baillie Walsh, and will see Craig play a British star whose Hollywood success rapidly fades as he reaches his forties. Helen McCrory, Olivia Williams and Emilia Fox are set to join him when shooting begins next month.


Martin Scorsese has made his first mark on this year’s Cannes Festival by announcing the formation of the World Cinema Foundation - an organisation dedicated to preserving and restoring films that are no longer available. The director has stated that he wants the organisation to maintain its international appeal by getting as many filmmakers as possible on board. And he’s not off to a bad start, as Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Wim Wenders and Wong Kar Wai are among those who’ve already joined the Foudnation’s group of advisers.