WHO Russell Brand
THE MOVIE "Arthur"
THE DEAL The 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore as a wealthy drunken playboy who falls for a waitress (Liza Minnelli) is being remade with Brand in the title role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original film stoked controversy by playing alcoholism for laughs but became a box office smash and a perennial favorite on cable television and home video. The role of Arthur's unflappable valet, Hobson (which earned John Gielgud his first Oscar), has not yet been cast. Nor has the waitress part.
THE MOVIE "Mid-August Lunch"
THE DEAL Gianni Di Gregorio, co-writer of the brutally violent Mafia film "Gomorrah," switches gears by writing, directing and starring in this comedy about a middle-age man who reluctantly takes in a group of loopy geriatrics. Advance reviews have been strong; the film opens in Manhattan March 17 but is having a local sneak preview thanks to the Great Neck Arts Center.
INFO Tonight at 7:30 at Clearview Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck. Tickets are $15. 516-829-2570; greatneckarts.org.
THE EVENT Long Island Biennial
THE DEAL This inaugural event, split between Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre and the Heckscher Museum of Art, will showcase movies, paintings, prints, drawings and all manner of creations from Long Island artists beginning July 31. The Cinema Arts Centre is now accepting film submissions through April 30; the jury includes filmmaker Alexandra Brodsky and Livia Bloom, programmer at Manhattan's Maysles Cinema. (The Heckscher is accepting separate submissions for other art forms.)
INFO Go to cinemaartscentre.org to download a submission form or call 631-423-7611.