FIRST LOOK AT BILLY ZANE AS BRANDO IN MAKING APOCALYPSE

HOLLYWOOD – First photographs of Billy Zane as Marlon Brando in Todd Haynes’ new movie ‘Making Apocalypse’ released.

Billy Zane stars as Marlon Brando in new movie Making Apocalypse. The film tells the story of the filming of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now. Director Todd Haynes spoke with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

We focus on the arrival of Marlon Brando. Coppola had shot much of the film but he needed Brando for the third act. He’d only managed to secure the actor for a number of days and at huge expense. When he arrived Brando was out of shape and didn’t know his lines, so Coppola sat with him and read him Heart of Darkness the Joseph Conrad novel that the film was based on.

How did Billy approach the role?

In many ways, Billy Zane is our Brando. If you look at his work in Titanic or Dead Calm, basically any of the films when he’s in a boat and he is superb. Take him onto dry land and I agree he struggles.

Right.

Here the challenge was obviously enormous. But Billy wanted to respect Brando and so he decided to follow in Brando’s footsteps.

He employed the method?

He ate a lot, refused to learn his lines and charged us an arm and a leg.

The film also stars Seth Rogen as Francis Ford Coppola and James Franco as Dennis Hopper. Although Charlie Sheen was originally cast to play the role of Martin Sheen, the role has since gone to British actor Michael Sheen.

Making Apocalypse will be released in 2020.

SIR EDWIN FLUFFER REMEMBERS DORIS DAY

HOLLYWOOD – Sir Edwin Fluffer once again delves into his personal memoirs – soon to be published as ‘Not THAT Kind of Fluffer!!!’ – to recall Doris Day.

It was Doris Day who first introduced me to cocaine. Except it wasn’t actually cocaine, it was M&Ms. And it wasn’t Doris Day, it was young Jack Nicholson. I don’t know why I said that now. 
Anyway, the year was nineteen hundred and sixty something and I found myself at a party hosted by that lovely old darling Dennis Hopper. This came as quite a surprise to me as I thought I was meeting Fred MacMurray for pancakes, but that’s Hollywood!

Jack showed me into a dimly lit room and invited me to take a seat. That led to some confusion, but I brought the chair back and sat down. He had that look in his eye and I knew that mischief wasn’t far behind. ‘Whaddaya think of these then Neddy?’ he drawled, and with that Jack removed the napkin that was covering a bowl in the middle of the table. I couldn’t believe my eyes! There must’ve been three or four packets of M&Ms in there, and all the colours of the rainbow! Apart from indigo and violet, they don’t make those.

And these weren’t peanut M&Ms, we were talking 100% pure chocolate! 
Jack picked one up and popped it in his mouth, his eyes rolled back in his head and he let out a long ‘damn that’s good’. I’d never tried them before myself, so ‘when in Rome’ I thought, and I did the same. It was delicious! 
‘Fill your boots man,’ laughed Jack. He could tell I was enjoying it, so I had another. And another. And another… I didn’t like the orange ones, they seemed to taste a bit funny to me, but before I knew it I must’ve had half a dozen or more. 
Just then Dennis walked in! He saw Jack and I exchange guilty glances. 
 
‘You guys ain’t hogging all the M&Ms are you?’ he said, and with that he picked up a whole handful and shoved them all in his mouth at once! Two hours later the bowl was empty, the party was over and I went home. 
John Carradine said he’s give me a lift, but I walked. 
And now whenever I’m in a store and I see a packet of M&Ms I’m always reminded of that night.
I tried Shelley Winters once as well, but that’s another story…

WILL SMITH DIVORCES REALITY

HOLLYWOOD – Will Smith has confirmed via his Facebook account that he is officially divorced from reality.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and the time has come to leave this plane of existence and explore other dimensions.”, said Smith.

Smith went on to say that he was intent on finding a parallel universe where After Earth swept the board at the Academy Awards, but Professor Stephen Hawking has claimed that Smith could be searching in vain.

“I’ve done several complex equations that only I am clever enough to understand,” said Hawking:

According to my calculations, even if there were infinite dimensions After Earth hasn’t won an Oscar in any of them. However, I did find a strange and frightening dimension in which Will won the MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance in I am Legend.

Smith is not the first Hollywood star to transcend time and space. Dennis Hopper is rumored to have spent the majority of the 1970s living in a parallel universe were he was a living God worshiped by animal/human hybrids. It was only when he accidentally sobered up whilst sexually assaulting an Anteater in the middle of the Amazonian jungle in 1980 that he finally returned to the planet of his birth.

Meanwhile proud feminist, Jada Pinkett Smith, has welcomed her husband’s decision to leave this earthly domain:

My King has spoken. The King of the World. The King of Kings. King Kong, Martin Luther King, Ben E. King, The King and I, The King of Queens, The…

Will Smith will be released in 2016.

TOM SELLECK TO REMAKE WATERWORLD

HOLLYWOOD – In what is being seen as an outrageous excess of gall, former Magnum PI star Tom Selleck is to remake Kevin Costner’s hit movie Waterworld.

Three Men and a Baby star Tom Selleck is to remake Kevin Reynold’s 1995 movie Waterworld. Although originally considered a massive flop at the time, plagued with a number of logistical and ego-derived problems, Waterworld actually went on to make a modest profit in ancillary sales. Tom Selleck came around to the Studio Exec bungalow to speak about what he called his dream project:

I love the original. I love the scale of it. Kevin Costner and Kevin Reynolds were both coming off a massive hit, but even so their combined vision is unbelievable. I’ve always been considered a TV actor and that’s okay with me. But at the same time I’ve longed to have a true break out movie on the big screen and I mean big. A real four wall blockbuster. So This is what I hope to do with Waterworld.

What attracted you to Waterworld in particular?

It combines two themes I am really interested in. First of all the future. I care about the future as anyone who has seen my hedge fund portfolio can tell you. But the other passion I have is water. I love water. I love drinking in it, swimming in it, taking baths and showers and God, watering my lawn. That is a genuine pleasure. I am a firm believer also in the health benefits of water. I think you should drink it down. I really do. So to make a film in which water has become the entire world… That’s a dream come true.

But what do you say to people who say that – considering the water shortage – this film choice is tactless, perhaps even a provocation?

I don’t understand how people could even dream of thinking like that. I’m not a scientist bu the California water shortage is exactly that: a water shortage. I water my crops and fill my pool. I’m using water. How is that a shortage? I’m drinking water right now, look [glug glug]. See!

But the shortage means the more you use the less everyone else has?

I don’t understand that. Surely if there’s a water shortage we should encourage people to use as much water as possible and I am for that. But this is all by the by. In the future the world will be water and my film Waterworld will show the way. In the film an evil government tries to stop rich individuals from using all the water they want to water golf courses and the like. They want to steal rich people’s water and give it to all these so called ‘thirsty’ people. But Magnum (that’s me) part man, part fish, comes along and saves the day.

Waterworld will be released in 2016.

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DAVID LYNCH TO DIRECT SHIA

HOLLYWOOD – Until recently it was Ron Howard’s dream project but a falling out with the studio about budgeting and disagreements on set with lead actor Daniel Day Lewis has led to Ron Howard being replaced by David Lynch as the director of Shia, the biopic based on the life of Shia LaBeouf.

With his interests in transcendental meditation and his new career as a recording artist, many inside Hollywood had given Lynch up as having gone into early retirement. His last film Inland Empire came out in 2006 and divided both critics and audiences. Since then the weirdness himself has been concentrating on promoting his meditation centre and making his hair approximate a question mark. So why the change of heart? Studio Exec asked when we caught up with David at the Chick-Fil-A at Venice Beach.

 

In Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

‘For Shia,’ Lynch says, tucking into his homophobic bucket. ‘Shia LaBeouf isn’t just a man. Nor is he simply an actor. He’s the universe. He’s talking forwards, talking backwards, the Elephant Man, the dancing dwarf, the lady with the log, Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rosselini. He’s those big willy-looking worms from Dune. He is America. He is the Universe.’

But isn’t he quite young…?

‘He is youth, he is wisdom,’ says Lynch. ‘Shia is an actor who has galvanized a generation, mesmerized a nation, unified the universe. Did you see him in Lawless?’

But what about Daniel Day Lewis?

‘He’ll do,’ smirks Lynch.

For more on the early stages of Shia click here.

Shia will be released in 2015.

THE JACK NICHOLSON COOKBOOK 2: Steak Tartare
















Hi, I’m Jack Nicholson.

People often say to me – Jack, they say, what was it like working on Easy Rider?

Well, I’ll tell you folks. Fonda is a straight shooter. You could set your watch by the son of a bitch, but Hopper was one of the craziest bastards I’ve ever eaten Chinese food with.
I remember we were holed up in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and Hopper appeared at the bar dressed as a Voodoo Witch doctor with a pair of octogenarian hookers on each arm. He said he’d rented a boat and was going to spend the afternoon entertaining these fine ladies on the river and could he take a couple of grams of blow to tide him over.

When Rip Torn casually informed him there was no blow left, Hopper produced a monkey Skull from his JuJu bag and waved it in Rip’s face claiming he was putting a curse on him. Now back then old Rip had what you might call an underdeveloped sense of humour; and he pulled a blade from his boot threatening to slice off the larger of Hopper’s testicles.

I have no recollection of what happened next but, when I woke up the next morning, I was lying face down on the deck of a Mississippi paddle steamer heading for Missouri, clutching a bottle of Jim Beam and a stuffed walrus.

You know as much fun as we had on that movie what sticks in my mind was the Steak Tartare I had aboard that Steamer. It’s one of the quickest and tastiest meals a man could ever wish for, and here’s how you do it:
  1. Get a raw steak
  2. Chop it up
  3. Eat it
There you go folks. No frills Steak Tartare the Nicholson way. Come by next week, when I’ll be revealing how to make a four bird roast with only three birds.

Hasta Luego.