... and four other things you need to know about this week, including the last of the Hobbit, the second to last of Lil Wayne and Elvis at the O2More
You all remember Dan Kavanagh, right? The mysterious Irish writer whose colourful biography includes petty crime, steer-wrestling and bouncing at a San Francisco gar bar, and whose only known photograph is a blurry black and white photograph on his website? Kavanagh wrote a series of detective novels in the Eighties about a bisexual ex-copper called Duffy, who found misdeeds and misadventures in Soho, Heathrow Airport, a country mansion and – in Putting the Boot In, the third of the series to be reissued – a low-ranking football club.
Only it turned out, to those who bothered to investigate, that Kavanagh was actually Julian Barnes, winner of the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and never known to have wrestled a bullock. And actually if you look closely at that black-and-white photograph, the schnoz does look somewhat familiar. Gotcha.
Putting the Boot In by Dan Kavanagh is out on 11 December
Director Peter Jackson has said he won’t be making any more films based on the work of JRR Tolkein (at least not unless his estate coughs up the film rights), so as things stand The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, which comes out on Friday, will be your last chance to enjoy Martin Freeman’s hairy feet, Orlando’s lovely blonde hair and Benedict Cumberbatch’s fiery breath. Sadly there’s no Golem in this one, though Andy Serkis has got himself a gig as second unit director.
The good news is that it’s being described as the strongest part of the trilogy, and essentially it’s one big old fight scene as all the various plots strands of the previous two films are (more or less) resolved in bloody style at the foot of the mountain of Erebor. Once more unto the breach, dear cinema-goers.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on 12 December