5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT ARMOND WHITE

NEW YORK – The New York critical fraternity were in uproar last night following Armond White‘s jeering of Steve McQueen as he received an award from New York Film Critics Circle last night for his film 12 Years a Slave.

Mr. White – formerly a chair of the association – called McQueen ‘a garbageman and an embarrassing doorman’. But who is Armond White? And what are the FACTS!

1. Armond White doesn’t believe a single word that he says or commits to print.

2. Armond White denies that Stanley Kubrick wore a beard in his later years, claiming that his hairline was incredibly low and he had a bald patch where his mouth, nose and eyes were.

3. Armond White believes Grown Ups 2 to be better than Tarkovsky, Kieslowski, Kurosawa ‘and any other motorcycle you care to name.’

4. Armond White has a succubus that lives in his armpit and is made only happy by provoking leering attention and contrariness, otherwise it bites him.

5. Armond White secretly wishes he had made 12 Years a Slave and has spent quite a lot of time since drunk and weeping.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT CUBA GOODING JR

HOLLYWOOD – For years people have asked the question: what is the point of Cuba Gooding Jr?

Why is he famous? And what exactly is he for? The Studio Exec FACT SQUAD is on his tail and will shout ‘Show me the FACTS’! until he does.

1. Cuba Gooding Jr. was born in New York, not Havana, not even Miami, but New York. No where near Cuba. His name comes from his father who was called Cuba Gooding Sr. Cuba copied the name almost word for word but changed the last word from ‘Sr.’ to ‘Jr.’ and nobody knows why. 

2. His first work was as a break dancer for Lionel Richie at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic games. Other early jobs including body bopping on CNN’s cancelled early evening show ‘Body Popping the Headlines’.

3. Cuba won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire and during his acceptance speech caused controversy for claiming that dogs never looked up.

 4. More recently Cuba has preferred to work in the straight to DVD genre, claiming he is freer to express himself. 

5. Although a committed born again Christian, Cuba was never actually born again. This is a metaphor that is sometimes used in the evangelical community and does not mean what it misleadingly seems to, as the ‘born again Christian’ does not have to literally climb back through the vagina and into the womb only to be once more expelled.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT KEN LOACH

NUNEATON – Ken Loach, the veteran British filmmaker, is a character surrounded by enigma and mystery. What are his politics? No one knows.

What does he think about the Israeli/Palestinian question? You’ve got me. When’s Sex and the City 3 coming out? Who can say? Well actually, the Studio Exec FACT SQUAD can! So here are 5 FACTS to rain like Kes stones upon your Land and Freedom.

1. Ken Loach began his career in British television where he made a name for himself creating and directing the shocking social realism of Bagpus. A drama that stunned British viewers with its explicit depiction of a young girl seeking advice from stuffed cat and a factory full of slave mice workers

 2. Ken’s first film was the hugely successful film Kes, but according to novelist and screenwriter Barry Hines the film was almost ruined by Loach’s experimental approach. Hines told the Radio Times: “Ken was convinced that Colin Welland should play the kestrel. I disagreed, Colin disagreed, but Ken insisted. It was only on the first day of filming when Colin – dressed in a feather suit – perched gingerly on David Bradley’s arm, that Ken took one look through the viewfinder and realized it wasn’t going to work.”

 3. Loach has always maintained that most of his films including Riff Raff and Raining Stones have been inspired by his deep hatred of the Working Class. ‘They are stupid, smelly and all they ever do is watch X Factor,’ he recently remarked. (Click Here for a full interview).

 4. Although a vocal critic of the Israeli treatment of Palestinians, what many people don’t know is that Ken Loach once played in goal for Israeli national football team. It is believed that Loach’s hostility to Israel only began when he was dropped from the team on discovery that he was actually born in Nuneaton and had British citizenship.

 5. Although speculation is rife that his next feature film Jimmy’s Hall may well be his last, Loach has in fact already film Sex and the City 3 (Click Here for more), but the studio is holding it up because of ‘tonal inconsistencies and an ambivalence towards the benefits of free market capitalism’, whatever that means.

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5 HISTORICAL INACCURACIES IN ROCKY IV

HOLLYWOOD – Everyone knows that Sylvester Stallone‘s 1985 boxing film Rocky IV was based on a real fight that took place in 1982 but despite writer/director/ star Stallone’s commitment to authenticity there are a few inconsistencies spotted by the eagle-eyed Studio Exec FACT squad.

1. Rocky’s Russian opponent, Ivan Drago, played in the film by Dolph Lungren, is portrayed as a muscle bound 6 ft 5 giant with blond hair and a wife called Ludmilla, played by Sylvester Stallone’s then wife Brigitte Nielsen, but in real life Ivan Drago was actually married to a woman called Ivana. 

2.  When Rocky initially refuses to fight Drago, old enemy turned friend Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) takes on the challenge and is killed in the ring [Spoiler].  The pre-show has James Brown performing ‘Living in America’. In reality, James Brown sang a cover version of the Rolling Stones hit ‘Brown Sugar’.

3. Rocky’s brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) owns a comedy robot called Sico. Although not an inaccuracy as such, the film neglects to mention that this robot was developed by Skynet and would later be instrumental in taking over the world.

4. During the training sequence, Ivan is shown using high-tech equipment to supplement his training and Rocky by contrast goes running in the snow. In actual fact, Rocky Balboa occasionally punched computers as well, but only to destroy them because he feared that one day Skynet would take over the world. 

5. The conclusion of the film shows Rocky winning the fight and also winning over the affection of the Russian audience. He gives an inspirational speech which is applauded even by the General Secretary of the Communist Party, and which includes the passage ‘If I can change and you can change, then everyone can change.’ In actual fact, the real Rocky Balboa said: ‘I beat your best man you dirty commie bastards!’ and was chased from the stadium by an angry mob, almost unleashing nuclear Armageddon on the world.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

HOLLYWOOD – Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most popular Christmas films ever made, telling the story of how much difference one man’s life – George Bailey (James Stewart) – can make to a small town, Bedford Falls.

But very few people know the truth about It’s a Wonderful Life. Today, Studio Exec can exclusively reveal the 5 facts that nobody knows about one of the most popular Xmas films ever made.

1 . In the original cut of the film, Bedford Falls looked like it does after George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he’d never been born – with noisy juke joints and neon lights – and then changed to the more sedate boring Bedford Falls after Clarence makes like he’d never existed, but the director – Frank Capra – said that ‘it made no sense’ whatsoever and insisted that it be swapped. 

 2. Donna Reed hated James Stewart so much she would bring a thin bladed flick knife on set and during their scenes together would stab him repeatedly about the upper thigh and torso out of shot. Stewart was such a gentleman about it, he made as if nothing was happening and limped away bleeding.

3. In the scene in which the pharmacist Mr. Gower hits Young George – played by Robert J. Anderson – on the ear, the elder actor hit the boy too hard and a few minutes after the scene Anderson collapsed and was taken to hospital where he died. Fortunately, it was his last scene and the heart-warming classic continued shooting. 

 4. Frank Capra is Italian for Frank Goat.

 5. ‘Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings’ became a code phrase in the times of the Vietnam war which was used to order US aircraft to launch napalm attacks on innocent Vietnamese children. 

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT PETER O’TOOLE

HOLLYWOOD – Peter O’Toole was one of the best actors of a brilliant generation. In honor of him and his passing, we’ve dusted off some FACTS from the Lawrence of FACT-abia.

1. Although Lawrence of Arabia is quite long at 228 minutes, it actually took longer to film. Almost a half day in fact.

2. Peter O’Toole is often seen as one of a generation of great drinkers who have sometimes been accused of wasting their talents by occasionally being distracted by acting jobs.

3. His most famous roles have been historical personages: Henry II in The Lion in Winter, Henry IV in Becket and Zaltar Supergirl.

4. When Wolfgang Petersen hired O’Toole to play Priam in Troy, the actor was so impressed by the script that he made the film for free. 

5.  Peter O’Toole made much of his Irish heritage, but he’s actually Swedish and his real name is Pol Heplestoom.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT EMILY BLUNT

 
How many facts must a fact walk down,
Before you can call it a fact?
1. Emily Blunt is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘Overrated Actress’.

Example: “That Natalie Portman is a right Emily Blunt

 

2. Emily starred opposite Jack Black in the film Gulliver’s Travels. A film that was officially declared a war crime by the UN in 2012.

 

3. She is often compared to her Salmon Fishing in the Yemen co-star Ewan McGregor who also makes you want to gouge your own eyes out with a red hot poker every time he appears on screen.

 

4. Emily was Joss Whedon’s first choice to the play Black Widow in The Avengers .“I was strung out on Hillbilly heroin for a while and made some weird casting decisions,” said Whedon at last year’s Comic-Con.

 

5. Blunt has obsessive compulsive disorder. She obsessively and compulsively stars in crappy films.

 

5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT JUDD NELSON

 Some facts are fat, some facts are thin and some facts are medium sized. Food for thought.

1. Judd recently started his own Breakfast Club but nobody turned up.

2. Sometimes Judd weeps uncontrollably for days and days on end.

3. A street named after Judd in his home town of Portland was recently renamed Tonya Harding Street.

4. Judd was told by Martin Scorcese that he wanted him to play Henry Hill in Goodfellas but it turned out to be an exceptionally amusing April Fool’s joke.

5. Judd came 2nd in a Judd Nelson lookalike contest even though he was the only contestant.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT DOCTOR WHO

The BBC TV show Doctor Who is 50 years old and so come and enter the Tardis of TRUTH and we will whirl through a vortex of time and space until all the FACTS have been revealed. 

1. Doctor Who is for children.

2. Doctor Who is a children’s television program, for children.

3. Most of the time travel is actually faked using costumes and sets.

4. The best Doctor was Sean Connery.

5. The original Tardis was actually smaller on the inside and bigger on the outside but they changed this around for making sense reasons.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT MONTY PYTHON

FACTLAND – In anticipation of the eagerly awaited stage-bound reunion of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the Studio Exec provides 5 ‘zany’ FACTS about everyone’s favorite comedy team, after the Benny Hills.

1. The Parrot sketch was, is and never will be funny.

2.  The name Monty Python was initially thought up as a combination of Eric Idle’s favorite sexual position ‘Mounting’ and Michael Palin’s pet name for his penis ‘Python’. Flying Circus was the pet name for John Cleese’s arse flaps.

3. Monty Python are all American except for Terry Gilliam who is English.

4. Graham Chapman was murdered by the other Pythons and then his ashes were thrown about the stage during an interview as part of a sick joke. His death was deemed necessary to placate the comedy gods who John Cleese had angered by making Fierce Creatures

5. All the Pythons have had successful solo careers, except for Terry Jones. 


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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT MILEY CYRUS

HOLLYWOOD – The Studio Exec FACT machine turns its attention to Miley Cyrus, star of the VMA awards, twerker extraordinaire and the Wrecking Ball herself smashing the musical establishment to ‘sexy’ smithereens!

1. Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana are in fact the same person! Although she tried to keep the identities separate for years – with the help of her friends Lily and Oliver – the double life finally became insupportable and her secret was revealed to the world with tragic consequences. 

2. Although only relatively young, the pop star and actress has already had a biopic made about her. The 2010 Duplass Brothers movie Cyrus, however, was a flop after the directors took the bizarre decision of casting Jonah Hill as the waif like singer!

3. It was a surprise that Miley Cyrus showed an inclination towards music as her father is Billy Ray Cyrus. However it was less of a surprise that she’s not very good at it. 

4. Angered by Miley Cyrus’ use of the word ‘literally’ to mean ‘figuratively’, Sinead O’Connor once got the Pope to tear up a picture of Miley Cyrus on Saturday Night Live, or something. 

5. Robin Thicke is actually Miley Cyrus’ grandfather. And what many people saw as OTT provocation was actually a very sophisticated j’accuse and a coded cry for help. Teddy Bears? Hmmmm?

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT JAMES FRANCO

HOLLYWOOD – Everybody thinks they know James Franco – the novel, the Nobel prize for everything and the crazy narcissism – but what do we really know?

I mean, really? Well here are five facts you never knew about James Franco.

1. James Franco is not only an actor who wowed audiences with his range in such films as Spider-man 3, Spider-man and Spider-man 2, he’s also a novelist, a poet, an artist, a film director and a model. 

2. James Franco is not only a novelist, he’s also a poet, an artist, a film director, a model and an actor who wowed audiences with his depth in such films as Spider-man 3, Spider-man 2 and Spider-man.

3. James Franco is not only a model, he’s also a novelist, a poet, an artist, a film director and an actor who wowed audiences with his chameleon like abilities in such films as Spider-man 3, Spider-man and Spider-man 2

4.  James Franco is not only a film director, he’s also a novelist, a poet, an artist, and a model and an actor who wowed with his subtlety audiences in such films as Spider-man 3, Spider-man 2 and Spider-man 2

5.  James Franco is not only an artist, he’s also a novelist, a poet, a film director, a model and an actor who wowed audiences with his ability to inhabit a role in such films as Spider-man 2, Spider-man 2 and Spider-man 2

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5 FILMS WITH LONG NAMES

HOLLYWOOD – Here are five films with long names.

1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Brilliant existential Western starring Brad Pitt, which bombed at the box office because by the time people had finished asking for the ticket the film had already started. 

2. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain: Hugh Grant.

3. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Too Afraid to Ask): Woody Allen. Long title followed by a little bit in brackets.

4. Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb): Stanley Kubrick. Short title then a long bit in brackets.

5. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Benefit Glorious Nation of  Kazakhstan: Masterful use of the comedy colon. 

You are welcome. 

5 FACTS ABOUT THE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

LONDON – So Festivals come and Festivals go but what are the FACTS! Well, the Studio Exec in anticipation of his British sojourn has polished off his best Dick Van Dyke and cor’ Blimey Guv’ if these aren’t the FACTS! behind the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.

1. The London film festival originally took place in New York. It was called the London Film Festival due to the fact that the organiser was famous novelist and wolf channeller Jack London. But when he became disinterested in the world of cinema due to his death, they moved it to London so that it would make more sense.

2. Although there have been 57 editions of the festival, they only began to actually show films three years ago. Festival organiser Billy Connolly said that screening films was considered a waste of valuable drinking time.  

3. The BFI stands for Big Friendly Idiots.

4. The opening film of the festival this year is called Captain Phillips and stars Tom Hanks as the inventor of the screwdriver.

5.  As the festival takes place in Britain booing or applauding at the end of screenings is discouraged and audiences are asked politely to restrict their reactions to a quiet clearing of phlegm from the back of the throat.

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