EXTRA, EXTRA: January 14

* He’s multitalented, but my God, don’t he know it…Mike Skinner, aka the conversational rapper The Streets is now officially turned to the world of film. Having directed his own music videos, he’s currently working on an untitled script with his longtime associate Ted Mayhem. According to Skinner it will be “a punchy thriller” set in a hospital that will likely be released via his website skinnermike.com.

* Director Scott Rudin has claimed that Angeline Jolie’s portrayal of Cleopatra in his upcoming biopic will not be that of a sexy seductress and is instead “a completely revisionist Cleopatra…She’s not a sex kitten, she’s a politician, a strategist.” Makes perfect sense – political women can’t be attractive! Sure everyone knows the second Jolie got involved in the United Nations she instantly turned into an absolute minger.

* According to Kevin Smith, film critics and movie blogs are the root of all evil and so he’s gonna take us all down…via, em, Twitter. Fed up with getting bad reviews, Smith is now refusing to participate in interviews or junkets, instead deciding to advertise upcoming movie Red State via a website that provides a 12 hour audio press release so that he doesn’t have to waste time talking to us heartless demons who are just going to slate him anyway. Another option would be, you know, just making a decent movie…

* Robert DeNiro is set to head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Eh, really? Sure he did The Godfather Part II, but that was in 1974 people! Since then he’s gone on to star in Little Fockers, Machete, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Analyze That – are we sure he’s still mentally equipped to judge films?