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Preview by: Jack Foley

HARD to believe, but it's been ten years since John Travolta first delighted audiences with his portrayal of smooth-talking mobster, Chili Palmer, in Get Shorty, so it's with some trepidation that we find him reprising the role for the sequel, Be Cool.

Based on another book by Elmore Leonard, the sequel finds the loan-shark turned movie-producer tiring of Hollywood and setting his sights on the music industry instead, in a desperate search for new film ideas.

Always one to seize a good business opportunity, Palmer hooks up with the recently-widowed Edie (Uma Thurman), setting himself up as a business partner at her independent record label and taking on a promising new pop star, in the form of Christina Milian.

But the path to musical success is as tricky to negotiate as getting a film made, as Palmer has to juggle Milian's urban manager, Vince Vaughn, with her gay, wannabe-actor bodyguard (The Rock), more Russian mobsters and a gangsta music producer, played by Cedric the Entertainer, as well as dodging his own bullet.

All the components are in place for another feel-good blast of gangster-cool, but for all of the plus points, there are also some negatives. Original director, Barry Sonenfeld, has not returned, while notable co-stars, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman, are not among the main players.

Replacing them, instead, is F Gary Gray, in the director's chair, and the likes of Thurman and The Rock. A strong support cast is, however, rounded out by returning cast members Danny DeVito and Harvey Keitel, as well as another notable figure from the music industry, OutKast's Andre 3000.

And the trailer suggests a lot of fun, with The Rock, especially, guaranteed to generate some big laughs courtesy of his camp performance and over-sized Afro wig, and Travolta back to his smooth-talking best. There is even a photo of Travolta and Thurman back on the dancefloor, in reference to their memorable sequence in Pulp Fiction, to keep the genuine movie buffs enthralled.

But given the mix of pop stars and actors, there is obvious cause for concern, not to mention the length of time it has taken to get the sequel in the works.

Be Cool isn't due until March in the US, but it's certainly one to keep an eye on as the countdown to the spring/summer blockbuster season begins. While it probably won't give the super-cool criminals of Ocean's 12 much cause for concern, it should still be hip enough to draw its own fair share of the box office.

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