x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Today's entertainment news: Pitt and Jolie plan big screen reunion

Plus: Tom Hardy to drive across Siberia for charity; Charlie Sheen's new sitcom arrives June 28; Lady Gaga to appear in Men in Black 3 and Abhishek Bachchan says don't compare Bollywood with Oscars.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have said they have plans to return to the big screen together in the near future. AP
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have said they have plans to return to the big screen together in the near future. AP

The Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning to do a film together, reported E! News.

At the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, Jolie told E! about a possible collaboration: "We're talking about it. We have an idea."

The couple met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005.

Jolie insisted, however, that the new film will not be a romantic comedy.

"We don't know how funny we are," Jolie said. "And you never know what you want to see an actual couple do. Sometimes it's better if they're not a couple."

Actor Tom Hardy to drive across Siberia for charity

The British actor Tom Hardy will drive across Siberia to raise money for Flack, a homeless charity.

The 34-year-old star of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is aiming to raise US$48,000 (Dh176,310) via his journey across the isolated Russian region.

Hardy has set up an online donation page on JustGiving.com, where he writes: "I've been supporting Flack since it first started … So please do cheer me on as I brave the Siberian Steppes by donating whatever you can afford.

"I hope to send the odd pic from along the way if I can work out how to use my phone without taking my gloves off!"

Avril Lavigne wants to judge X Factor

The Canadian musician Avril Lavigne says she wants to be a judge for The X Factor.

"I would be a good addition to the show," she told TMZ.

Lavigne has reportedly approached Simon Cowell about taking one of the vacant judging seats, following the exits of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger last month.

Lavigne, who appeared as a guest performer during the show's season one finale last December, is the latest personality rumoured to be contending for the judging role.

Us Weekly reported last week that Britney Spears and Janet Jackson are also being considered.

Abu Dhabi Festival begins March 11

There's just over a week left before the start of the month-long Abu Dhabi Festival, which will bring a plethora of musicians, artists, performers and cultural ambassadors to the capital from March 11 to April 6.

Partnerships between the festival organisers Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and organisations including the Royal Opera House, Manchester International Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Carnegie Hall feature strongly on the 2012 programme.

Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW will be leading the Festival's Young Artists' Day, and the ROH will be making its debut visit to the capital.

The performance of Beloved Friend, the story of Tchaikovsky and his muse and patron, Nadezhda von Meck, is the ROH performance slated for April 2.

Visit www.abudhabifestival.ae for details.

* Hala Khalaf

Charlie Sheen's new sitcom arrives June 28

FX has announced that Charlie Sheen's new sitcom, Anger Management, will debut on June 28.

Loosely based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, the series returns Sheen to weekly television, after his noisy exit last year from Two and a Half Men.

The network has ordered 10 episodes for the show's first season.

* Associated Press

Lady Gaga to appear in Men in Black 3?

Contactmusic.com reported yesterday that during a promotional trip to Rio de Janeiro, the Men in Black 3 lead star Will Smith let slip to a Brazilian entertainment website that Lady Gaga would appear in the third entry in the sci-fi comedy film series, set for release on May 25.

"We have a couple of celebrity cameos, but I cannot reveal who they are. We must keep as a surprise that Lady Gaga appears," Smith told ElCorilloRD.com.

Bachchan: don't compare Bollywood with Oscars

The actor Abhishek Bachchan thinks the Indian press should stop comparing Bollywood film awards to the Oscars.

"Interesting to see and read a lot of the media comparing … Most seem to think that we need to improve, raise our standards … Wait a minute … Aren't most of our awards run and held by media houses?" Bachchan posted on Twitter Monday. "Take the initiative, we shall follow."

Russell Peters Abu Dhabi tickets delayed

Fans eager to buy their tickets for Russell Peters's Abu Dhabi show on March 22 were disappointed yesterday when Think Flash moved the opening of ticket sales to midday tomorrow. The company did not immediately explain the delay on its website.

Peters is performing at Abu Dhabi's Flash Forum and at Dubai's World Trade Center on March 20. Tickets for the Dubai show, however, are already on sale at www.timeouttickets.com and www.ticketingco.com.