HOLLYWOOD – The first image of Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is astounding in its verisimilitude.
The new film – entitled The Darkest Hour – has begun filming and the first image of Oldman was released earlier this week. Anthony Eden who was close pals with the former war leader spoke to the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
It’s amazing. He’s not only captured the physical Winston, there’s also the glimmer in the eye. It is truly captivating. It’s like seeing my old mucker. Are you absolutely sure this isn’t just a picture of Winston Churchill?
The new film directed by Joe Wright and will also star Lily James, John Hurt and Ben Mendelsohn.
The Darkest Hour will be released in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – The new trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One has hit the internets and we have learned five FACTS and five FACTS alone.
Many Bothans died so that they could bring you these FACTS:
1. Aggravated assault is a crime a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
2. Ben Mendelsohn is playing Ian McEwan in the X-Men movies. Felicity Jones is playing Katniss Ever-rebel. Forest Whitaker is playing Grumpy Grump-Face.
3. The Butler from the White House is a really pessimistic soldier. ‘What will you do when they catch you? What will you do when they break you?’ Jesus Christ! Nice pep talk Bird. How about don’t get caught? How about: kick some ass out there? Do some aggravated assault!?
4. Even though this is a prequel, the word prequel has become so toxic in the Star Wars marketing universe that it has been replaced by the much more exciting word ‘story’.
5. There is another Death Star! Okay, I know it’s a prequel… sorry, a story, a story. I mean a story. But I do hope this is the last time we see the Death Star or the Star Killer or whatever else. I mean they surely won’t make another one will they? The insurance premiums alone…!
HOLLYWOOD – Former Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen will not only appear in Star Wars: Episode 7: The Force Awakens, but will also star in spin off movie Rogue One.
Hayden Christensen – the star of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith – will appear in Gareth Edwards’ anthology Star Wars movie Rogue One, it was revealed today. Although very little is known about the movie, beyond the basic concept, Hayden Christensen’s participation came as a complete surprise. Hayden Christensen will join the cast which includes Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Diego Luna in a space opera epic which relates the stealing of the plans of the Empire’s new planet destroying battle station: the Death Star.
The Studio Exec had the opportunity to talk to Gareth Edwards at the bathrooms of the Disney D23 conference at Anaheim this weekend.
The Godzilla director said:
Morning one, Hayden turns up and says J.J. sent him. I was quite nervous but I couldn’t send him back. I mean I couldn’t risk alienating anyone. Not after what happened with Josh Trank.
Does he play Anakin Skywalker?
No. You see, there wasn’t actually a role for him, but he would just sneak into the background of the scenes and try to strangle people with his mind grip.
That can’t have been fun.
No, but in the cafeteria one day, Forest Whitaker was choking on a taco and Hayden freed his airway with a mind Heimlich maneuver. So he was very popular after that.
Hayden Christensen will also appear in The Force Awakens, as reported earlier this weekend.
Star Wars: Rogue One will be released in December, 2016.
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HOLLYWOOD – Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn admitted today that he is fundamentally untrustworthy and likely to cause harm and/or discomfort to anyone around him if it would promote his own self-interest.
Ben Mendelsohn first came to prominence in the brilliant Australian crime film Animal Kingdom where he played the elder brother in a family of criminals, an untrustworthy psychopath who is willing to sacrifice anyone to his own survival. Hollywood soon beckoned and Mendelsohn found himself mixing with some of the biggest stars in the industry. Starring alongside Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly, Mendelsohn was the shady armed robber who was most likely to blab and spill the beans. In The Dark Knight Rises, Mendelsohn played the first of many shady businessmen. In Exodus: Gods and Kings, he plays a corrupt Egyptian bureaucrat, exploiting slaves and robbing from the pharaoh and in Black Sea, he is the least trustworthy crew member of a submarine salvage crew whose dangerous mission to find millions of dollars worth of Nazi gold will be rendered even more dangerous, perhaps ridiculously so, by the untrustworthiness of one of the crew.
Xavier Poulis, Swiss cinema expert and Mendelsohn expert, spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about the actor:
Most the time you would see an actor like this getting typecast and it’s simply because of the lack of imagination of casting directors who see one element of his performance and want that. But in Ben’s case his untrustworthiness in life is legendary. He’ll steal the sandwich in your hand that you’re eating. I once interviewed him at the Locarno Film Festival and he stole my shoes and persuaded me that Ryan Gosling would grant me an exclusive interview if I met him at a popular cafe in the square wearing only cycling shorts.
Ben Mendelsohn will betray you later this year.