RICHARD LINKLATER’S 24 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE FAILS

HOLLYWOOD – Boyhood and Before Midnight director, Richard Linklater has failed in his attempt to script, shoot, edit and release a feature film within 24 hours.

Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, Linklater complained:

There simply wasn’t enough time. I mean twenty four hours to write a script is already pushing it, but to film the script, edit it and have it show in movie theaters…? It was a foolhardy attempt to say the least.

Why did you accept the challenge?

I was drunk and it was Michael Haneke who told me I couldn’t do it. He kept saying ‘Linklater’s a slowdy coach.’ His English isn’t great. And anyway I’m not having the asshole who made Funny Games twice tell me what I can and cannot do.

Is it true he also made disparaging remarks about your hair?

Yes, it is. And he’s Austrian for crying out loud. Austrian! The country that invented bad hair.

What was the film going to be about?

It was called Day Care and it was a bout this young guy (Chris Pine) who is working in a day care center and there’s this old lady, played by Judi Dench and a kind of gentle unlikely friendship evolves over the course of the day.

How far did you get with the film?

Well, I decided that if I was going to do it, I needed to cut out some parts of the film making process, so I dumped the script once I had the synopsis and decided the whole thing would be improvised. Luckily Chris Pine doesn’t have much experience acting so he was fine with that. And Judi was very game. We filmed for eight hours and I though we had it in the bag so we rushed over to the editing suite. Everything was digital and I had a minimum of takes, mostly just the one take for each scene.

And so you stalled in editing?

No, we put together a rough assembly and then watched it through tweaking her and there. And at the same time I was adding music that our composer was improvising on a range of instruments we’d brought in for him.

So the film was completed?

No, unfortunately not.  You see, as soon as I saw the film in its complete form I realized that the story was incomplete. Yes, we know what happens to Chris and Judi on this day, but for us to be true to the characters I wanted to know what happened to them for the next twenty years and given our limitations – imposed on us by Haneke – I decided to surrender rather than release something I couldn’t live with.

So you’re going to take the time and complete the film?

No, I deleted all of it. And I have to wear a t-shirt that Haneke sent me which has writing saying ‘I’m a foolish head’ with an arrow that points up to the wearer, that is me.

Day Care will never be seen. 

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE 2015 OSCARS

HOLLYWOOD – So the Dolby Theater has been hosed down and returned to its daytime occupation as headquarters to the International Illuminati, but what did we learn from the 2015 Oscars?

We sent the Studio Exec FACT squad into the after parties and green room to see what we could see.

1. Filling in for the Beastmaster, Neil Patrick Harris is truly a talented entertainer. A funny comedian – although some of his joke writers need firing – , a wonderful song and dance man and a disturbingly good magician. How else but by magic could he have managed to make me laugh at Jack Black?

2. Patricia Arquette is one cool lady. Not only is her body of work impressive, but her acceptance speech spoke of something real. Along with Reese Witherspoon and her #AskHerMore stance, it’s good to see the sisters doing it for themselves. And while we’re at it good on Melanie Griffith for not mouthing platitudes about her daughter Dakota Johnson’s success in Fifty Shades of Grey. Surely tone deaf red carpet reporters can understand she might not to watch her daughter’s BDSM scenes? Perhaps not.

3. Terrence Howard might find himself replaced by Don Cheadle next year.

4. Following Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar victories Hollywood bookshops are going to have to stock up on diagnostic manuals as stars starting looking for the next big disease.

5. Boyhood and Birdman both deserved recognition, as did Selma, Snowpiercer, Get On Up , The f*cking LEGO Movie and a whole bunch of others. We’ve become a list crazed culture and so the Oscars have become if anything more important. Sure it’s meaningless; sure it shouldn’t matter. But meaninglessness is hardly a disqualifying factor in our twitterverse culture. Long may it reign.

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OUR OSCAR PREDICTIONS

HOLLYWOOD – Just in case you haven’t noticed, the Oscars are almost upon us, which I’ll be live tweeting, but until then the Studio Exec would like to offer 5 Oscar predictions.

Here are our Five Oscar Predictions in order of likelihood:

1. Pompeii will probably not win as many awards as I have hitherto predicted.

2. The team up of Kanye West and the Beastmaster will make for an electrifying show that will be blown even further into out of space by the arrival of Hawk the Slayer, Flash, the floating head from Zardoz and the planet Krull.

3. Birdman and Boyhood will be revealed to actually be brothers. Whiplash‘s J.K. Simmons will use his acceptance speech to criticize the orchestra. The Imitation Game will come out and the Theory of Everything will be disproved.

4. American Sniper will shoot Selma in a tasteless and ill thought out montage sequence.

5. Meryl Streep will win another Oscar and Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike, Patricia Arquette, Marion Coutillard, Julianne Moore and Felicity Jones will kill her on stage and eat parts of her body to try and ingest her magic charm. (Then we’ll cut to commercial).

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ETHAN HAWKE RELEASES BATHROOM

HOLLYWOOD – Filmed over seventeen years, Richard Linklater’s new film Bathroom, starring Ethan Hawke, is a life-affirming portrait of a man as seen by his bathroom mirror.

The Purge star spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about the long drawn out and arduous process of making the film and the hardships he had to endure:

It was really easy. All I had to do was let Richard put a one way mirror in my bathroom and every couple of weeks he’d come round and change the memory card. He had the camera hooked up to a motion detector and so it would only film when I went to the bathroom.

What was… the point?

Most of us go to the bathroom at least a couple of times a day. Maybe a lot more in certain cases. We go there to brush our teeth, urinate, defecate, shower, check our hair in the mirror, clip our toenails or nasal hair, and bathe. Some of us even masturbate in there. And yet movies almost totally ignore the bathroom. I mean, unless it’s Psycho or some shower sex in Breathless, then we really don’t see this part of our lives.  It is criminally underrepresented.

Right.

Let me tell you, you can go a hundred years without having sex and nothing will happen, but try going two weeks without having a shit.

I see.

Richard Linklater is committed to a cinema which includes all aspects of life and so am I. Including the toilet.

So do we get to see…?

You see everything. The good times, the hard times, when my marriage is on the rocks or when I’ve not been getting enough roughage. You see it all. And in the European cut of the film you’ll even get to see the bidet.

Bathroom will be released in 2015.

KEVIN FEIGE ON MARVEL PHASE 3: ‘NO SUPERHEROES’

HOLLYWOOD – Following the successes of Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel revealed yesterday that Phase 3 of the plan to take over the Movie universe will lack one ingredient most audiences would have thought essential: superheroes.

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RICHARD LINKLATER PREPS BERNIE 2

AUSTIN – School of Rock and Slackers director Richard Linklater announced that yesterday he is prepping his new film Bernie 2 which will star real life murderer Bernie Tiede subject of Linklater’s 2011 film Bernie.

The director of the Before Sunrise trilogy said:

Though now a documentary, Bernie 2 is an unofficial sequel if you will. I want to show how Bernie is just an ordinary person with a story to tell. He committed a crime and has served his sentence and I want to see how he reinserts himself back into society.

An evidently annoyed Jack Black commented:

This is bullshit. I nailed that character and then they come in with the actual guy…? How am I supposed to compete with that. It’s just bullshit man. [Mimes frustrated guitar solo] Didddley diddley deeeeeeee.

Richard Linklater outlined plans of filming the real Bernie for a number of years and denied reports that Bernie Tiede had actually requested to be taken back to prison.

‘I get more privacy there,’ he allegedly complained. 

Bernie 2 will be released in 2025, 2020 with good behavior.