MOVIE NEWS – The long-mooted The Odd Couple reboot gets the green light after spending years in development hell. The Neil Simon classic comedy that originally starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau has a fresh script penned by Damien Chazelle and will be directed by Sofia Coppola. The Odd Couple reboot will star Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.
The Odd Couple Reboot Casting
Fans of the original Neil Simon comedy classic will be surprised to see Lady Gaga take on the Walter Matthau role. She will play Maddison Oscar, a divorced journalist enjoying the single life. Driver will play the Jack Lemmon role of Felix Unger, a sensitive soul who has just been dumped by his long-standing partner and is struggling to come to terms with single life. Maddison agrees against her better judgement to take in her best pal until he gets back on his feet. But there are hilarious consequences when chalk and cheese live together. The Exec spoke to Lady Gaga and Adam Driver about their new roles.
Lady Gaga And Adam Driver In The Odd Couple? How Did That Come About?
(AD) ‘We had such a blast working together on Ridley’s House Of Gucci, we knew we simply had to get together on a project as soon as possible.’ (LGG) – ‘Uh, yeah, I guess. The money was right, so I thought, fuck it. Why not?’
Adam, You’re Taking On The Jack Lemmon Role?
(AD) ‘That’s right. We thought it would be such a gosh-darned hoot if we played around with what everyone would expect. People think of me as a bit dour and straight-laced. But what if I played the more liberal-minded Felix role? Wouldn’t that be a whole heap of fun? (LGG) ‘Plus I found it so much easier acting like you constantly annoyed me. That just came real natural to me, you fucking douche-bag.’
I’m Sensing Some Friction Between The Two Of You?
(AD) ‘Oh, that’s nonsense, because we get on like a house on fire. Don’t we GeeGee? (LGG) ‘How many times have I told you not to FUCKING CALL ME THAT?’
The Odd Couple Reboot Starts Shooting In The New Year
BREAKING NEWS – Wunderkind writer / director, Damien Chazelle’s next film will be a Benny Hill musical biopic. The Exec caught up with Chazelle to discuss his magnum opus.
Damien, what was it about Benny Hill that drew you to the project?
I’ve always loved that sophisticated English humor, y’know? There’s just nothing funnier than watching a middle-aged, fat, white guy chasing after scantily-clad young women. Especially if you speed it up slightly and put that funny saxophone music over the top. It’s a winner every time.
Do you not think that kind of humor is problematic these days?
Look, if chasing around after young women with hardly anything on is problematic, then I’m a wrinkly little old man. And you can keep slapping the top of my wrinkly, bold head. Plus, you don’t know who I have playing Benny Hill.
So, who is playing Benny Hill?
Well, I really wanted to capture that cheeky, everyman spirit that Benny had. Y’know what I mean? So I thought who is around currently who can bring all that. But I also need them to be able to dance. The movie has huge dance sequences, just like La La Land. They also need to be able to carry a decent tune.
Come on, who is it?
Ok. I’ll tell, But you have to promise to keep it to yourself. Lady Gaga.
Trust me. She has the acting chops to do it. We’ll stick her in a fat suit. Just like the one they used in Shallow Hal. It’ll be fucking dynamite. She’s going to write the music, with lyrics by Tim Rice. It can’t be sexist if we have a woman playing him.
Are you sure about that? You’ll still be depicting the same sexist jokes?
All we’re going to be doing is objectifying women as play things for middle-aged lecherous white men. How can anyone have a problem with that? We’ve questioned lots of focus groups in England, Florida, Alaska and Texas. They all loved the idea.
The Benny Hill Biopic Musical Begins Filming In The Fall.
New cut of First Man shows flag planting scene.
Following right wing outrage, a new cut of First Man will show Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong planting the American flag on the Moon. Whiplash and La La Land director Damien Chazelle told the Studio Exec in an EXCLUSIVE interview:
“It’s petty and dumb but if they want they’re fricking flag it’s easier to give it to them than to listen to all this bullshit all over scene.”
When the film first showed at the Venice Film Festival, critics spontaneously vomited when they realized there wasn’t going to be a scene where someone stuck a flag pole in the lunar soil. Jake Stink tweeted: “This is bull crap. We didn’t go to the moon for the hell of it. We went there to put a flag there and stick it to the god darn Rooskies.”
The new scene shows Ryan Gosling screwing in the biggest American flag you’ve ever seen, and the beautiful stars spangled banner ruffling in the stern space winds. Donald Trump has welcomed the news.
First Man will be in theaters now.
VENICE – Damien Chazell’s follow up to Whiplash is like the interesting B-Side to all the Hollywood musicals you know and love.
La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as a pair of starry eyed dreamers who must negotiate a path to success and fame while stay true to themselves and, as romance develops, each other. It’s about… wait a minute. The way I saw it at the festival I knew nothing about it and that added to it. The surprise and the joy are great. So I’m not going to give you the story or any of that crap. All I’m going to do is point you in the direction. It’s funny and smart and moving. Chazelle knows how to put music and images together and this makes the usual off the rack Broadway adaptation look like just that. It has the wow of a Stanley Donen film but the emotional complexity and wit of middle period Woody Allen. Romance is alive and well and living at the movies.
WHIPLASH: Review – A young student of Jazz drumming accidentally finds himself in Full Metal Jacket.
‘I’ve got blisters on my fingers,’ screamed Ringo Starr towards the end of a poundingly murderous version of Helter Skelter. Anyone watching Damien Chazelle’s new film will know exactly how everybody’s second favorite Beatle felt.
Andrew (Miles Teller) is the young hopeful at a prestigious New York music school, who is called to join the band of acerbic but brilliant teacher Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). Here he is summarily ripped to shreds by the teacher in a series of diatribes which are hilariously nasty and spiteful. The overhanging question is whether this is all at the service of a relentless pursuit of perfection, or if the hate is there just for the sake of it. Perhaps, Fletcher’s sadism is more basically rooted than his high minded appeals to musical elitism. However, Andrew is sold on the idea and becomes increasingly complicit in his own self-destructive single-mindedness.
Following a superb turn in The Spectacular Now, Miles Teller has definitively arrived and with Whiplash arrived with a bang, crash and wallop. But not to be outdone – and mimicking some of the generational angst of the film, CK Simmons has now belatedly gone from being ‘oh him, I like him, he was in [sound of fingers clicking]’ man to CK SIMMONS.
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