FIRST LOOK: MCCONAUGHEY’S FREE STATE OF JONES GETS TITLE CHANGE

HOLLYWOOD – Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War time travel comedy previously known as the Free State of Jones has got a change of name and direction: Home Alone: Origins.

Although originally billed as a serious drama, director Gary Ross said the change of direction had been motivated by the star himself. He spoke with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

Matthew was very concerned that he had done perhaps one too many gritty role. He’d got his Oscar and it had served him well and his roster looked just a gritty with the the new Reese Witherspoon drama Gritty Mud coming up. So we got together and we thought what can we do to return Matthew to the zone of Failure to Launch and Fool’s Gold. The glory years as we call them.

And?

Well, we had the rights to the Home Alone series and we decide wouldn’t it be fun to do a kind of Lost in Time prequel. What if Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) was staying at his mad scientist uncle’s place, played by McConaughey, and he accidentally got trapped in a time machine and left behind at the time of the Civil War. The uncle has to go back in time to find his nephew. Meanwhile, Kevin goes from bloody battlefield to bloody battlefield, playing a key role in victories and defeats, using improvised cartoon-like weapons, bowling balls, tennis rackets and buckets of cold water.

Sounds hi-lar-ious. Will Culkin be age appropriate though?

Don’t worry we’ll Serkis him. We’ll need to use a lot of CGI anyway. What we first shot is still quite dark and gruesome. But there was always a darkness to Kevin’s story. And Andy Serkis will be perfect in bringing the out.

And what about the Terminator connection?

I’m glad you asked me that. Of course, that is the other great time travel franchise, so we thought why not tie it in? It’s not as if anyone is actually paying attention anymore to continuity or logic. So yes a T2000 will feature in the film, voiced by Joe Pesci!

Home Alone: Origins will be released in 2016.

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: ON SET REPORT

HOLLYWOOD – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most eagerly awaited sequels of this year.

Due out this Fall, Studio Exec got exclusive access to the set when cameras started to roll. Based on Suzanne Collins’ best selling trilogy, filming began late last year and we caught up with the production in Hawaii where I greeted the director, ‘Hi Gary! Sorry Francis, Francis.’
‘Don’t sweat it,’ Francis said and slapped me on the back. ‘I get that all the time. It’s my own fault. I’m very superstitious and I’m proud of what Gary did with the first film. So I decided I’d wear his clothes as a good luck thing. I even had plastic surgery to make me look a bit more like him. What do you think?’
‘You look great,’ I told him.
During a breaking from filming the Arena fight scene, Jennifer Lawrence is relaxing, listening to her iPod but she smiles when she sees me and manages to walk all the way across to where I am without once falling over or any of her clothes falling off. She explains the plot quickly to me.

The Hunger Games are over for the year and Catnip Evergreen – that’s me – and Peet Malarkey, Josh’s character, we go on a victory tour of Pamdiddley and sense that there is rebellion brewing in the Snicks, especially in the district I’m from, District 12. The Quack is declared by President Snow and Catnip and Malarkey with help from Haymitch AbernathyBeetee and Plutarch Heavensbee… What?

I’m sorry but you’re just making this stuff up. Those aren’t the real names.

Yes, they are. Stanley Tucci returns as Ceasar Flickerman … What?

No sorry. Go on. 

Look, this is an important piece of young adult literature and we’re telling a tale that is a political allegory, as well as the story of a young woman coming into her own. 

Catnip Evergreen.

That’s right. I’ve just won a Goddam Oscar.

The rest of the interview was largely unusable but during the shooting of the subsequent scene Ms. Lawrence revealed her emotional state by breaking the jaw of a stunt double with a well timed head butt.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire  is out in November, 2013.