April 23, 2014

Miley Cyrus missing UK premiere; Is “Iron Man” sequel next?


The Icelandic volcano that wrecked havoc on last weekend’s Coachella music fest has claimed another victim, while other headaches appear to be on the horizon.

Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend/co-star Liam Hemsworth can not get to London for the UK premiere of their film “The Last Song” because of ongoing travel disruption caused by massive amounts of volcanic ash in the air, according to Sky News.

Travels problems started last week when a volcano under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland erupted.

Multiple acts had to cancel appearances at Coachella in California this past weekend as flight restrictions to and from Europe remained in place. Sky News says Demi Moore also had to cancel promotional appearances for her film, “The Joneses.”

Restrictions are expected to remain in place for at least one more day, forcing Hollywood promoters to look ahead. What’s unclear is the status of next week’s “Iron Man 2″ premiere, which is scheduled to be held in London. Sky News says that star-studded event is “still planned to go ahead” but that organizers are monitoring the situation as stars Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johannson are all in the States.

Hundreds of journalists also are supposed to travel to London for press junkets for both “Iron Man 2″ and Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchette. At press time, it’s uncertain whether the volcanic ash will delay or disrupt those events.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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