"What a superb week! Not only did it see Michael Portillo utterly humiliated in the Tory leadership election but Jeffrey Archer has finally got his comeuppance and been banged up for a couple of years. Thatll wipe the smirk off his smug little features. I met him once, you know. Didnt trust him. His eyes were too close together. Anyway, Im celebrating! Garcon! Whats the most expensive thing on the menu? Chateau La Tour '48 eh? Hmm, well Im not especially enamoured of Frog aristocracy but what the hell. Ill have two, and don't waste my time decanting them or I'll have your giblets, fried on brioche.
Talking of throwing large amounts of cash around did you see that they auctioned off Bette Davis Oscar this week? It eventually sold for £400,000 pounds more then twice the top estimate. Now I dont mind spending money on the essentials of life - good food, fine wine and high-class prostitutes but is it really necessary to spend that much money on a mere trinket? Its not even like they have the satisfaction of having won the thing, they just flashed their chequebook. Mind you if theres money to be made at this game then perhaps I should get involved more actively. After all, Im not a stranger to the glittering world of the award ceremony. In fact, Ive got a slightly battered Royal Television Society award knocking around the house somewhere. That must be worth at least a fiver surely?
Im also taking bets on how long itll be before somebody decides to make a film about Jeffrey Archers life. With the minimal amount of development that British scripts seem to undergo these days, I reckon well see the first one green lit in about six months. As for casting, thats a great deal trickier. It needs to be somebody who can portray that slightly shifty yet charming quality that Archer exudes from every pore. For some reason Timothy Dalton springs to mind. I always found his James Bond slightly shifty yet charming. Of course seeing as the British Film Industry doesnt know its arse from its elbow theyll probably try and shoehorn Hugh buggering Grant into the part. Let's face it hes in every other bloody thing going.
Talking of idiotic trends its taken Hollywood an unusually long time to decide that the historical epic is the new black. But theyve finally caught up as Francis Ford Coppola is working on a huge Roman epic and Ridley Scott is teaming up with Dino DeLaurentiis on a film about Alexander the Great. Im still waiting for some half-witted coked-up executive to decide that what the film world really needs is yet another remake of Ben Hur.
Celebrity is a strange thing. It seems to turn perfectly ordinary people into monsters who dont realise that there is a limit to their abilities. Take Victoria Beckham for example. Anybody who has had the misfortune to sit through Spiceworld: The Movie will be well aware that she possesses all the acting ability of a concrete bollard. Here is a woman who is so wooden in front of a camera that she doesnt need an acting coach - she needs a tree surgeon. Yet nobody ever seems to point these things out to these people. Thus when it was announced that she wanted a part in the film version of Charlies Angels the gales of laughter could be heard ringing from every newsroom in the land. You would think that eventually she might get the hint. But youd be wrong. It seems that the footballers wife now has designs on producing and starring in a remake of The Red Shoes as shes reportedly a big fan of ballet. Oh dear God. Did the world decide to go mad overnight and everybody forgot to mention it to me or what?
Kim Howells has managed to annoy just about everybody involved with British film by suggesting that we should be more like the production line system of film development they use in Hollywood. Ive got a suggestion for him BUGGER OFF YOU CRETINOUS LITTLE COCK-WEASEL!!!!! I suggest that we strap Mr Howells to a chair, pin back his eyelids Clockwork Orange style and make him watch an endless loop of Pearl Harbour, Tomb Raider and as many other soulless, empty-headed blockbusters as we can find until he agrees never to say anything so bloody stupid ever again. Harsh but fair. Its the only way to deal with these people."