JESSE PLEMONS ON BOARD FOR GOOD MATT DAMON HUNTING

HOLLYWOOD – Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons has signed on to play Matt Damon.

Jesse Plemons to star in the upcoming Gus Van Sant film Good Matt Damon Hunting, documenting the behind the scenes tensions which launched Matt Damon’s career.

Plemons spoke of his approach to the role EXCLUSIVELY to Studio Exec:

Throughout my career people have said to me that I resemble Damon. Add to this the fact I’ve studied Damon. I watch what he does in Ocean’s 13 and I take notes. I study The Informant! and he blows me away. So to go back to where it all began is almost like an actor’s pilgrimage for me. 

Gus Van Sant, who directed the 1997 drama from a script by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, commented:

My career has always been one for the studio, one for me. Good Will Hunting despite being my most critically and commercially successful film was for the studio. And so is this one. 

What insight can we expect to see into the making of a modern day classic?

 None. None whatsoever. What insight did you want?

Kenneth Branagh will be play the role of Robin Williams and Chris Pine is currently in talks to take on the Ben Affleck role, scotching rumors that Affleck would appear as himself following huge internet backlash.

Good Matt Damon Hunting will be released in 2020.   

BRYAN CRANSTON IS THE NEW DOCTOR WHO

LONDON – After much speculation, the BBC are due to announce that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will replace Peter Capaldi as the lead in Doctor Who.

“We looked at many potential candidates,” said the new showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Michael Caine expressed an interest but no company would insure him and for a while we toyed with the idea of Jean Dujardin but discovered to our surprise that he was French. Personally I like the idea of a European doctor but under British law everyone who plays the role must be able to trace their English heritage back to Alfred The Great. Fortunately we discovered a clause which allows an American born Doctor as long as his name is Bryan Cranston.

Chibnall went on to say that Cranston was never considered for the part until a late night brainstorming session in March.

We were throwing around ideas about how the regeneration would work and couldn’t figure it out. Then somebody mentioned Breaking Bad and what a great show it was and suddenly it clicked. What if Walter White was a Time Lord? He could use the Tardis as a mobile meth lab, he already has an assistant in the shape of Jesse Pinkman and they could both travel in time, doing drug deals and murdering their rivals. I mean the series practically writes itself!

Chibnall immediately got in touch with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to ask his advice:

Vince gave me some great tips. Obviously I can’t reveal what will happen but it’s going to blow people’s minds. What I will say though is that if you’ve ever wondered what Gus Fring/The Master would look like if he was resurrected from the dead using Dalek DNA, then you’re in for a treat.

Asked what the BBC’s reaction was to the idea of turning their flagship family show into a violent crime drama, Chibnall laughed:

A few concerns were raised in a meeting but then I scratched some figures down on a piece of paper estimating how much money they could make by syndicating the show. 24 hours later, they gave me 10 million pounds and bought me a yacht.

The 13th Doctor will be revealed on Sunday

BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 3

REVIEW – BETTER CALL SAUL – With Season 3 of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad spin-off over, we ask what we learned and where are we going.

So what did we learn in the third season of Better Call Saul? Okay, SPOILERS, but not really. We discovered Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is still Jimmy McGill and still not Saul Goodman. And I’m not sure he ever really will be Saul Goodman. Having got through three seasons, I’m also wondering if this is even the same character. The outright rogue of Breaking Bad keeps desperately trying to second guess the audience’s prejudices so that he’ll never do anything too bad. He does something bad and then repents. But the cards are so stacked against him that we’re bound to sympathize.

All those cards for the whole season seemed to be passing through the hands of his brother Chuck (Michael McKean).  Chuck and his space blanket became a central story strand of the whole season and there’s no delicate way of putting this, it was a pain in the balls. I love Michael McKean as an actor. And his performance here was wonderful but his trajectory was just so grindingly predictable. When a tragic decline and demise of a major character is your big finale of the season, you really shouldn’t have the audience shriek ‘Finally!’ but that’s what I did.

Rhea Seehorn as Kim is always fun. She’s smart but she was given so little to do except have the other office. Her legalling could be snappy, but when did this become legal eagles? Especially when we get on to oil wells and property rights. She says herself ‘I made a local bank into a regional bank’. Not exactly a thrilling ride.

And then there’s Mike (Jonathan Banks) who is visibly aging before our eyes. Mike was never a spring chicken exactly but given this is a prequel, I hope Gustav Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) sends him to a health farm or something. Waiting for someone to get a stroke is not the tensest denouement and this gangster story was almost as uninteresting as the shenanigans in a photocopying shop.

This sounds very negative. I don’t hate it at all. And everyone is so talented that this is obviously quality all the way through. But the story – which was the strongest element of Breaking Bad – has given way to simply waiting for shit to go down. And the wait is going on forever.

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BARB TO GET A SPIN OFF SHOW

HOLLYWOOD – Stranger Things star Barb Holland is to get her own Netflix show.

Everyone’s favorite mum jeans wearing best friend Barb Holland is going to get her own show on Netflix. Little is known about the new series though rumor has it that it’s going to be a prequel. Shannon Purser, who plays the character in the first season of Stranger Things, was coy:

We know that Barb disappears halfway through Stranger Things but it’s never certain whether she’s actually dead or not. However, I am interested in what happens to Barb beforehand. How di Barb become Barb?

The showrunners – the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy – won’t be overseeing this one as they are busy with the next season of the show. But don’t despair. Veteran TV genius Vince Gilligan is stepping into their shoes.

I loved the original. It really felt like a breath of eighties style fresh air. It was so original. The show reminded me of Stephen King and Spielberg and Dean Koontz novels as well. I’m going to try and put a little of the Gilligan magic in there. A sprinkle or two at least.

What do you think? Will this be a wonderful adventure in the Upside Down? Or will the show break and be bad?

Better Call Barb will show early next year.

5 THINGS THAT ARE WRONG WITH BETTER CALL SAUL

HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad spin off show Better Call Saul is entering its second season and there are precisely five things wrong with it.

Season 2 of Vince Gilligan’s Better Call Saul is underway and I think the time has come for me to get some things off my chest. First of all let me say that I loved Breaking Bad and I really liked Season One of Better Call Saul, and there’s not that much wrong with Season Two either. Except for five things.

  1. It isn’t called It’s Still Jimmy F*cking McGill. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is a wonderful character and Jimmy McGill just seems a less interesting version of him. For all his attempts to be a good guy, the character feels like he’s moving glacially towards his later manifestation. Already from the first season we got the basic conflicts and issues, but here he is back again, trying to be agood guy, trying to be a solid lawyer, trying to impress his brother. Oh and…
  2. Chuck his brother, played by the marvelous Michael McKean, is somewhat stuck. His phobia in a way representative of the show in general, with its morbid reluctance to move forward. Everyone tiptoes around Chuck and does their best to make him feel at his ease, but I don’t quite see why everyone is so understanding and yet there is no sense that Chuck is receiving any professional help. I mean I get that he’s a great lawyer but he’s not exactly Howard Hughes. Oh and about the lawyer thing…
  3. Lawyers and law firms and civil suits and all of that stuff is just so boring. I mean I keep seeing people talking about the document recovery (poor Rhea Seehorn and her shitty post it notes) and stuff like that but ultimately I don’t care. Watching Jimmy desperately trying to be a good lawyer, those meetings, those conference calls, it’s all so desperately dull. I mean the main case this season is about an old persons retirement home! I get that they’re setting up the dullness of the straight life so we can see the attraction of Jimmy becoming Saul, but even Mike has a more interesting job and he’s a car park attendant.  Talking about…
  4. Mike was one of the highlights of Season One and his backstory was amazing. Truly great performance by Jonathan Banks. We’ve set up his allegiance to his daughter in law as motivation for him moving to the dark side but again there’s a slowness to this, an incremental slide and his story is completely disconnected from Jimmy’s. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the pace of the show. I get that every episode is based around three or four long scenes. And I like the writing and the performances, but the overarching story is becoming repetitive and uninteresting. As if they actually only had a two season story line and this season is the buffer between the two. But the worst thing is the …
  5. Breaking Bad cameos. Every time one happens it takes me totally out of it. They’re unnecessary and not helped by the fact that the actors have visibly aged since the originals that are supposed to have happened after this takes place. They’re distracting and only diminish the separate shows.

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5 THINGS THAT WENT WRONG WITH VINYL

NEW YORK – The new HBO show Vinyl is awful, but why?

We sent the Studio Exec FACT squad into the heart of the music business to find out what went wrong with the Martin Scorsese, Terrence Winter and Mick Jagger drama.

  1. Martin Scorsese, Terrence Winter and Mick Jagger are too in love with their subject. What should be the background to the drama – the music – is actually foregrounded. The drama of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) and his wife Devon (Olivia Wilde) is so uninteresting that the show runners have no compunction in interrupting whatever is happening with a beautifully shot but essentially irrelevant music video. When the artists aren’t interested in their own characters, how can we expect the audience to give a shit?
  2. The building collapse that ended the way too long pilot might have happened in reality – read about the true story here – but if God was a screenwriter I would have fired him. It was a lazy grab at a visually interesting WTF! moment which beggared belief and gave the feeling that Terrence Winter had decided he didn’t have a kitchen sink to throw at the pilot, but he’d throw anything else he could lay his hands on.
  3. Famous people clutter the scene. Vinyl is set in the hay day of the seventies as punk begins to rear its dirty head on the horizon. The legendary groups such as Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull are about to give way to the New York Dolls and The Stranglers, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. The cultural shift takes place in episode two. But we also get to see The Velvet Underground in flashback. This is essentially the same arc as Mad Men, but whereas advertising features famous brands rather than people, the constant name dropping and cameos of rock gods and punk godfathers is distracting and kind of irritating. I’ve seen the documentary footage of Led Zeppelin’s famously incendiary manager yelling backstage and it was better than the glimpse we had.
  4. The Seventies. Sorry to mention Mad Men again, but that shows pristine production design was entirely in keeping with the shiny lines of its historical moment. In comparison Vinyl looks to CD or MP3. It’s too glossy. The women are millennial beauties; the musicians are talent show handsome. The punk band look like Coldplay cosplaying punk. In fact this whole venture feels like a very expensive, dramatically arid cosplay.
  5. Enough of the Don Draper shit already. US TV has been dominated now for years by protagonists who are all powerful men who do bad shit but we end up rooting for them regardless. From Tony Soprano and Walter White, to whoever Steve Buscemi was playing in Boardwalk Empire and Don Draper, so Richie is another such. His back story demands we take him seriously as the genuine article, but he is essentially another male power fantasy, surrounded by assholes – the Germans in the Polygram subplot has to go down as the easiest kowtowing to audience prejudice ever – who gets to be at the center of things. Like with Don Draper, we are supposed to respect the machinations and ‘creative genius’ of someone who is basically a business executive. He’s honest about ripping off the artists, but we’re supposed to like him. The musicians are seen as feckless dandies who need forming by the solid acumen of Richie. This is the Steve Jobs version of history and as much as I admire the promotion of Executives as ‘the unacknowledged legislators of mankind’, answer me this. If they were so all powerful, why did they put up with Ray Romano’s supremely irritating voice?

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HUGH LAURIE OWNS A HOUSE

HOLLYWOOD – In a remarkable coincidence the star of medical drama House, Hughe Laurie, it was revealed today, owns a house.

Hugh Laurie told stunned reporters that he had owned several houses throughout his career, but the latest one was a beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds, England. Although a well known face in England for over a decade, Hugh Laurie only became famous in the US for his portrayal of cantankerous medical genius Dr. Gregory House in the television series House.

Laurie watcher Jace Windu told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

Of course you can be disappointed that Hugh owns a house, but personally I just think it’s so Hugh. I mean this man is so talented. He can act in drama and he is a wonderful comedian and to add to that he is a truly special musician. So he owns a house? So what? Is that linguistic determinism? Is it hypocrisy? I don’t know. Should he rent? All I know is that he has given pleasure to millions of people and so if he wants to own a house why in the hell not?

However, the New York Times criticized Laurie for his property holdings.

Noted opinionista Paul Krugman writes in this morning’s newspaper:

Hugh Laurie is a man of many talents to be sure. But for him to have a house having become famous in this country for portraying someone called House sets a dangerous precedent. Next we’ll learn that the Dukes of Hazzard are actually aristocrats, or that Bryan Cranston has Broken Bad, or that Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke actually play musical chairs during breaks in filming. Laurie, for the sake of his fellow actors, should rent, preferably an apartment.

House: The Motion Picture will be released in 2017.

VINCE GILLIGAN REVEALS NEW PROJECT

HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan has announced his new project, a TV show based on the Studio Exec.

Vince Gilligan spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec (who else?) about the project:

This is going to be the darkest thing I’ve ever done. When I first thought up Breaking Bad, I pitched it as Mr. Chips becomes Scarface. Well, this is more like Scarface becomes … I don’t know, but something a lot worse than Scarface by gum!

Can you give us an idea of the plot?

Sure. I mean broad strokes. The Studio Exec is a Hollywood producer with deep ties to the Colombian cartels…

He’s a dealer?

No, but he has a loyalty card. He gets into trouble when he starts to make a movie about Pablo Escobar starring Benicio del Toro. His dealers are none too pleased by the portrayal of a man they consider a local hero and so some how the Studio Exec must square them, make the movie, deal with a difficult star and at the same time come to terms with the fact that his daughter wants to marry Val Kilmer.

You’ve been reading my f*cking diary!

I’m ashamed to say I have.

Breaking Exec will be broadcast in the Fall.

 

BETTER CALL SAUL: REVIEW

BETTER CALL SAUL: REVIEW – AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul just got better and better the more it relaxed and forget about Breaking Bad.

I must admit at first I was nervous. There were the visual echoes from Breaking Bad – the close ups of making Cinnabuns echoing cooking meth. There as the early cameo from a Breaking Bad baddie. And then there were even the plot similarities – Jimmy McGill being given the opportunity for financial freedom by the big law firm but sticking by his own amoral guns and pride. But as the season went on my nervousness relaxed and the show began to forge its own identity and its own particular delight.

One thing I noticed is that each episode was essentially three scenes. There were scenes around those scenes of course, but there were usually three moments, one of which was extended. The rhythm was different. There was a slow burn that worked well – a narrower more intense experience as if Breaking Bad had been the panorama and Better Call Saul was the sketchbook.

Then there was the shift of focus. Although called Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) – the proto Saul Goodman – often gave room to other characters, Rhea Seehorn as Jimmy’s ally/rival, his agoraphobic brother Chuck (a fantastic Michael McKean) and grump-bags Mike (Jonathan Banks) who served up the stand out moment of the whole series. Of course, Odenkirk was magnificent even when called upon to play his younger self in a series of increasingly unconvincing hair pieces, but sometimes with the depth he gave to the character came a paradox. I always thought that Saul – in Breaking Bad – hinted at depth that he resolutely refused to display. Better Call Saul resolutely gave you a sense of how deep Jimmy was, and left you wishing for the more flippant delights of Goodman. By the end of Season One, it has become apparent that the show is to be another character arc of a man behaving badly with his own specific motivations. Now these motivations have been laid out baldly, the arc predestined by the previous show, one hopes that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould can keep us interested in what we know is going to happen anyway. On the current evidence, I’d say it’s a safe bet.

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WALTER WHITE REGRETS SUPERBOWL COMMERCIAL

HOLLYWOOD – It was the highlight of Superbowl Sunday for many, Walter White returning to their TV screens for a short spot advertising Esurance car insurance.

The ‘hilarious’ spot features a woman going to a pharmacy to be greeted by the Breaking Bad star who gives her a prescription. He repeats his famous line ‘Say my name!’

However, the former Meth cook revealed that he deeply regretted making the advert. He spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec:

You know the thing is whether I’m Walter White, Bryan Cranston or Heisenberg, the fact is I have a reputation to maintain. Sure they gave me enough money to retire for the rest of my life, but a car insurance commercial? Seriously? I used to be the one who knocks, now I’m the one who k’chings. It’s frankly embarrassing. I used to cook meth and kill people, consort with neo-Nazis and destroy families, but I had standards, an ethos. And now this. Whoring myself for a lousy million dollars. And I can’t even blame it on my cancer because I’m in remission/dead.

Walter White will be next seen in Better Call Saul and a Pizza Hut Commercial.

 

BETTER CALL SAUL TO FEATURE ZOMBIES

HOLLYWOOD – Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will feature zombies, AMC confirmed last night.

The show – which is due to broadcast early in 2015 – stars Bob Odenkirk as the eponymous lawyer Saul Goodman prior to his involvement with Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. Show creator Vince Gilligan told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

We really wanted to differentiate it from the original show, Breaking Bad, but at the same time we know that it needs to be big. So I was watching The Walking Dead and I thought, ‘Hey! What if we had zombies in the new show?’ I came into the writer’s room the next day and when I told them my idea they were all so happy they literally fell around laughing. I went and rewrote the pilot straight away.

But how will the zombie apocalypse fit in with the rest of the plot?

At first it didn’t, but then I was talking to Damon Lindelof and it was really liberating because he just said, ‘How do you know they’re not ALL already dead, from the very beginning?’ I had never thought that you could do something like that but once I realized they could all be dead and the only thing would be a kind of dream like in Jacob’s Ladder then you don’t really have to worry about consistency or logic or anything.

But does that mean Breaking Bad…?

Yep, they’re all dead.

That’s sh…

Shockingly good. I know.

Better Call Undead Saul will be broadcast in 2015.

SCRIPT LEAK:BILL & TED 3

 
The year is 2020. Bill and Ted are the biggest band on the planet. Statues have been built in their honour and cities named after them. Mount Rushmore has been re-sculpted with their faces and their philosophy of ‘Be excellent to each other’ is the basis for the dominant global religion.

Int: The Rufus Hotel Penthouse.
 
The suite is a wreck. Alcohol bottles, room service trolleys, broken TVs, exotic animals and various drug paraphernalia litter the room. Ted is lying on the bed wearing shades surround by nude models. He removes a cigarette from a packet.
 

Ted

 
Hendrix. Light!
 
A monkey wearing a fez bounds onto the bed and lights Ted’s cigarette.
 
Ted
 
 Bill!
 
Bill
 
 What,dude?
 
Ted
 
Where are you dude?
 
Bill
 
I’m cooking dude. What do you want?
 
Ted drags himself out of bed, wanders through the suite and opens the door to the next room. Inside is a meth lab and two people in Hazamat suits.
 
Ted
 
Hey dude. We’re supposed to be giving a speech to the United Nations in an hour.
 
Bill
 
I like totally forgot dude. Big John, can you finish up here?
 
The other person in the Hazmat suit nods his head. Bill and Ted leave the lab and Ted removes his suit.
 
Ted
 
Hey dude. I just have to use the bathroom first.
 
Ted tries to open the bathroom door but it’s locked.
 
 
Ted
 
Hey Bill, I can’t open the door.
 
Bill
 
Try forcing it,dude.
 
Ted runs at the door but it doesn’t open.
 
Ted
 
Hey Bill. Give me a hand dude.
 
Bill and Ted both run at the bathroom door and it bursts open. Inside is a naked man in the bathtub covered in blood with a bullet in his head.
 
Bill & Ted
 
Argh!
Ted
 
Wait. That’s big John.
Bill
 
That can’t be big John we just left him in the Meth La….
 
Bill and Ted turn around and see a figure in a Hazmat suit. He removes his helmet. It’s Bryan Cranston
 
Cranston
 
Nobody tries to muscle in on my turf.
 
Cranston pulls out two guns.
 
 
Bill & Ted
 
Bogus.
 
Cranston shoots Bill and Ted repeatedly and they slump to the floor. He removes his mobile phone and makes a call. Bill and Ted’s Telephone box time machine appears in the bathroom and Cranston steps into it.
 
Cranston
 
Wyld Stallions…
 
 
Bill and Ted are groaning in agony on the floor. Cranston shoots them again
 
Cranston
 
Ruled!
 
 
FIN
 

DAVID LYNCH OPENS A DRIVING SCHOOL

HOLLYWOOD – Times have been hard for David Lynch, director of The Elephant Man, Dune and Blue Velvet.

He lost all his money in the great Transcendental Meditation scam of 2006 and was even reduced to directing a concert movie for eighties revival band Duran Duran, but luckily hope is on the way and the Lynchster (as he prefers to be known) is bouncing back in his own inimtable Eraserhead-ish way by opening a Driving School in Scotland.

The Mulholland Drive Driving School opened for business earlier this week in the city of Glasgow in Scotland, which is north of Great Britain in England. 

When we spoke to Mr. Lynch, he seemed cheerfully keen on his new venture:

I got the idea from watching Breaking Bad. He gets a car wash. And I get a driving school. Of course, I don’t have a meth lab yet, but that’s only a matter of time. 

Customers seemed to be bemused by their unconventional instructor. Tam Holloway (19) said: 

We were practicing my emergency stop and all I can say is I’ve never been so unnerved and unsettled while at the same time effective. 

Sally McParland (21) said:

He asked me if I wanted to go for a ride and I said ‘That’s why I was here’. And he said, ‘why are you here?’ And I said to go for a ride and he said ‘A ride! What a great idea! Let’s hit the effing road!’

Nancy Barstow (41) said: 

He’s very patient. I’m an adult learner and so I get nervous but he’s very relaxed and then somehow when we were doing parallel parking he dipped into my inner most nightmares. Which was nice.

David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Driving School is open for business Mondays to Saturdays.

BETTER CALL SAUL WILL FEATURE HAN SOLO

HOLLYWOOD – Han Solo will be a returning cast member to AMC’s Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan today confirmed.

Speaking exclusively to the Studio Exec show runner, Gilligan commented live via Skype from his own private island that he has named Vince’s Island:

We were unsure about having cast members return. But Bryan Cranston I know is keen to come back and appear as a cameo, as is Aaron Paul.  

Have you had an opportunity to talk to Harrison Ford?

What about?

About appearing in Better Call Saul as Han Solo, possibly one of everyone’s favorite characters from the original series. 

But you mean the original series of Star Wars, not Breaking Bad? That’s a whole different…

I heard he broke his ankle.

What? 

Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the set.

Oh yeah. Yes that’s true.

‘Yes. That’s true’. There we have it. 

But I didn’t mean….

[End of Transmission]

So it’s confirmed Han Solo will feature as a recurring character in Better Call Saul.

Better Call Saul is due to be broadcast this Fall.