HOLLYWOOD – The Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY reveals the first sneak peek of Joaquin Phoenix in the new Smokey and the Bandit remake.

They’ve planned a Smokey and the Bandit remake for years. But only now does it look like an actual movie is going into production. A director has finally signed on and a cast is coming together. The first English language film by acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan promises to be a hit. He’s famous for the action packed Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Winter’s Sleep. He told the Exec:

I’m stoked. Smokey and the Bandit was a huge hit in Turkey. Except it was called The Mustache Goes Manly.

The Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again will also star Joaquin Phoenix as the Bandit originally played by Burt Reynolds. It will also feature comedy actor as Charlie Sheen fill in fame Ashton Kutcher as Cletus.

The official synopsis reads thus:

The Bandit agrees to come out of retirement to help his friend Cletus ferry a truckload of illegal Mexican immigrants across the border and through Arizona. Sheriff Buford T. Justice (John Goodman), however, knows that they are coming. When a runaway nun, Carrie (Elizabeth Olsen), hitches a ride all sorts of thrills and spills, chases and crashes and mishaps are promised… nay guaranteed!

Considered an affectionate reboot of the Burt Reynolds’ 1977 classic, the new film promises to be Fast and Furious meets The Hangover.

Smokey and the Bandit Rides Again will be released in December, 2020.

Image courtesy of @ThePixelFactor.


HOLLYWOOD – The new trailer to Captain America: Civil War dropped and with it the first sight of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but what did we really learn.

The Studio Exec FACT Squad is currently being ripped asunder (which is not good) by a civil war about which side to support on Captain America: Civil War, so we sent both halves of the warring squad into battle to find out five FACTS about the new film from watching the trailer once on a phone with a poor Wi-Fi connection.

1. It is historically inaccurate. Although the characters wear ‘costumes’ they are not correct to the period from 1861-1865 in which the Civil War took place.

2. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner,Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl are in it

3. Tony Stark loves Captain America’s perfect teeth but there’s an edge there.

4. New York, Washington and Skikky-lovia have been destroyed. Everyone looks serious, including William Hurt who is playing Michael Douglas, Robert Redford and Jeff Bridges.

5. Black Panther isn’t actually a panther. And Spider-Man isn’t actually a Spider.

For more FACTS click HERE.


HOLLYWOOD -The 9,593,421 population of Sweden were confirmed to all have roles in the upcoming Avengers movie, Avengers Civil War.

The entire Swedish population will join Paul Rudd, Martin Freeman, Daniel Bruhl, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Frank Grillo, William Hurt and Don Cheadle in Avengers Civil War, the third movie in the sequence. The Russo brothers popped in to the Studio Exec bungalow to explain EXCLUSIVELY their thinking behind the move.

Anthony Russo: We want this movie to have a genuinely epic scale. Civil War! You know it gives you that feeling of size, of magnificent hugeness. In the past Avengers movies have concentrated on teams and cities, but now we’re into armies and nations. So Sweden seemed like the perfect choice. They speak really good English and we picked up some nice tax breaks.

But when you say cast, you mean extras, right? I mean nine million people here.

Joe Russo: Well, the positive thing is they come with their own infrastructure and a system of government. Ha ha! No, but seriously, we are talking about speaking roles here. Not just what we used to call Background Artists.

That’s crazy!

AR: Is it? Terrence Malick used the entire population of France to make To the Wonder.

No he didn’t.

JR: Did so! But in the end he cut most of them. To their immense relief, it has to be said, once they saw the movie.

Avengers: Civil War will be released in 2016.


HOLLYWOOD – The internet went literally/metaphorically crazy today as Marvel/DC Comics announce that Ben Affleck/Elizabeth Olsen/Christian Bale/Bryan Cranston/Hugh Jackman will/will not play Lex Luthor/Batman/Batman/the Scarlet Witch/the Hulk in Man of Steel 2/Batman Vs Superman/The Avengers 2/ untitled Hulk stand alone movie/Thor Dark World/X-Men.

Batman/Gotham/Iron Man 4 has long been awaited as a new Pepper Pots/Hulk/Captain America: Winter Soldier/Guardians of the Galazy/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series is already being moved forward to complete the Marvel/DC Comics Universe. Spiderman/The Amazing Spiderman/The Amazing Spiderman 2 is already completed and Andrew Garfield/Hugh Jackman is already in talks to renew his contract to make another seventeen films of the same multicoloured yawp! Kevin Feige told the Studio Exec exclusively:

Spiderman X-Menned but when you Batman Batman then Affleck X-Men Avengers Iron Man Avengers 2. It’s going to be darker and deal with serious issues such as is it the man or the suit, Iron Man, and asks how does our love of superheroes square with our supposed liberal democracy when it has its roots in an immature and potentially fascist form of wish-fulfillment, Captain America

The Studio Exec will be dedicated to giving you all the vital superhero/comic book movie news until we stop making this infantile crap and get back to the serious cinema of Howard the Duck.  


HOLLYWOOD – The long awaited sequel to the cult hit about cults Martha Marcy May Marlene starring Elizabeth Olsen looks like it is finally – after two long years of waiting – about to become a reality.

Sean Durkin the film’s writer and director announced that Fox Searchlight have picked up an option, John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen are both eager to return and a script has already been finalized.

Durkin told French cultural magazine Chapeau:

We already had a story because basically if you watch Marth Marcy May Marlene very carefully you’ll notice that it doesn’t really end properly. Many people assumed that we were going for some sort of ambiguous ending, but the fact is we ran out of money and couldn’t shoot the final act. Now that final act has become the basis of Martha Marcy May Marlene Margaret Maureen Megan Millicent Michela Martina and Martha Again

Elizabeth Olsen who will first be appearing in Godzilla said that she was pleased the project was going ahead. ‘I loved the original film, but the end was confusing,’ she told reporters. ‘Now I think everyone will be pleased with the resolution. The meaning of the title for instance will be much clearer.’