MELISSA MCCARTHY SIGNS ON FOR ROSEANNE

HOLLYWOOD – Melissa McCarthy is to take over as Roseanne Connor following the firing of Roseanne Barr.

Season two of the groundbreaking sitcom Roseanne will star Melissa McCarthy in the role of the Roseanne Connor, the working mother who keeps her blue collar family together with her sharp witty tongue.John Goodman is on board to play her husband Dan.

McCarthy had this to say about the project:

I’ve always been a huge fan of Roseanne Barr. For me she was a hero and a role model. She broke a lot of ground as a comedian for women and when ABC came to me with the idea I thought it sounded amazing. I agreed straight away.

How will your approach differ?

I’m not going to take Ambien. That’s for starters.  I think my version is going to be less angry and bitter. She’s going to spend less time on Twitter and more time investigating paranormal activity. In order to lighten the mood a little, I’ve also introduced a concept I’d like to call ‘Ghostbusting’.

Ghostbusting?

Having lost her job, Dan and I start up a new business where they investigate and capture paranormal activity and amusing CGI apparitions.

That sounds…

Absolutely amazing. I know, right?

Roseanne returns to ABC in 2021.

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HIDDEN GEMS: 27. GHOSTBUSTERS

Hidden Gems brings to light little known film gems which have somehow slipped through the collective cinematic consciousness. You’re welcome.

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters.

Everybody loves Ghostbusters.

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones starred in the iconic 2016 supernatural comedy, packed with thrills and chills. But did you know that the movie is actually a ‘remake’?

No? Don’t sweat it nobody does.

Released in 1984, the original Ghostbusters starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as three paranormal investigators. They enter the private sector as ‘ghostbusters’ and Sigourney Weaver is a client who finds herself possessed by an ancient deity.

Although the special effects are very dated and the acting doesn’t stand comparison, the film does has a certain 80s charm. This is mostly due to Rick Moranis, an actor who bestrode the decade like a comic colossus. And then mysteriously disappeared to dedicate his life to being Canadian full-time.

Nowadays, it is very difficult to watch without making comparisons with the later definitive version, but the caper has more than a curiosity value. It is worth rediscovering as a ‘hidden gem’.

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LESLIE JONES IN THE RUNNING TO PLAY JAMES BOND

HOLLYWOOD – Ghostbusters and SNL star Leslie Jones could be the next 007, James Bond.

The  name’s Jones, Leslie Jones! Yes, comedian and actor Leslie Jones could be the next James Bond. According to sources close to the franchise, producers are looking to update and diversify the British secret agent. Daniel Craig told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

I’ve been trying to get out of it for ages, and so I told them, why not ask Leslie Jones. At first they expressed bafflement but I convinced them. She’s funny, she’s tough and she put up with so much bullshit on twitter for Ghostbusters, she’s ready for anything.

However, Jones herself has remained silent about the possibility. Craig, however, sees that as positive.

She’s smart. She won’t tell anyone until it’s announced. The producers know this as well. They get so much free publicity by not saying who the new Bond is, they’ll string it along. I wouldn’t be surprised if no publication except for the Studio Exec prints this story.

Bond 25 will be released in 2018.

YOUNG GHOSTBUSTERS GETS ITS FIRST IMAGE

HOLLYWOOD – The new ghostbusters franchise Young Ghostbusters got its first image today.

Following on from the all-female Ghostbusters reboot last year, Young Ghostbusters stars Stranger Things stars and looks set to capture a whole new audience.

A spokesperson for the studio had this to say:

We’ve always watched Ghostbusters as an adult comedy which appeals to kids because of the cartoon character and the music. But we’ve never fully played to a young audience either in the original films or the Paul Feig remake. This time round we’re doing just that. As the kids of the original Ghostbusters take on their mother’s and father’s jobs.

Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin star in the new movie which will be set in the late eighties, before everything went to shit.

Young Ghostbusters will be released in 2018.

BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT SEQUEL POSTPONED

HOLLYWOOD – Sequel to Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of the Architect has been indefinitely postponed.

Cult classic The Belly of an Architect starred Brian Dennehy as Stourley Kracklite, an American architect who travels to Rome to curate an exhibition of his hero’s work. Ever since it’s release in 1987 rumor has been rife about a follow-up, tentatively entitled The Ribcage of an Architect. Peter Greenaway tells the story:

We were very keen to strike while the iron was hot. No one believed that Belly would become the phenomenon that it became. Remember this was this small European art film about an esoteric subject. But something touched the nerve and we sold more tickets than Stallone’s Cobra. I wrote a script called Ribcage of an Architect but over the years different problems conspired so it didn’t happen. Brian was unavailable, or the backers pulled out. We thought a producer from Amsterdam was investing but he wanted to call the film The Penis of the Architect and so that was out.

What was the final problem?

I think people have forgotten the film. I don’t think people remember how big it was. Brian’s not interested anymore, so I was going to do one of those female remakes, but then I saw what happened to Ghostbusters and I thought, no thank you!

The Belly of an Architect 2 will not be released in 2018.

MELISSA MCCARTHY SIGNS ON FOR ROSEANNE

HOLLYWOOD – Melissa McCarthy is to star in a remake of the late 80s early 90s sitcom Roseanne for Netflix.

The new Netflix version of Roseanne Barr’s groundbreaking sitcom Roseanne will star Melissa McCarthy in the role of the Roseanne Connor, the working mother who keeps her blue collar family together with her sharp witty tongue. Kevin James is on board to play her husband Dan.

McCarthy had this to say about the project:

I’ve always been a huge fan of Roseanne Barr. For me she was a hero and a role model. She broke a lot of ground as a comedian for women and when Netflix came to me with the idea I thought it sounded amazing. I agreed straight away.

Will the show be updated?

Absolutely. The original Roseanne was very much of its time. It was a show that spoke to the Clinton years really. Aspirational and working class. There was an optimism despite all the hardship and hard times. Nowadays, things have changed. We have a Trump presidency to look forward to and I think my Roseanne is going to be angrier and more bitter. She’s going to spend a lot of time on Twitter rants and working out why the bank are foreclosing on her house. In order to lighten the mood a little, I’ve also introduced a concept I’d like to call ‘Ghostbusting’.

Ghostbusting?

Having lost her job, Dan and Roseanne start up a new business where they investigate and capture paranormal activity and amusing CGI apparitions.

That sounds…

Absolutely amazing. I know, right?

The Netflix original series will drop twenty episodes some time early in 2017.

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MELISSA MCCARTHY TO STAR IN ROCKETEER SEQUEL

HOLLYWOOD – Melissa McCarthy is to star in the new ‘sequel reboot’ of the Rocketeer, the studio announced today.

Star of Ghostbusters, The Boss and Spy, Melissa McCarthy is now to star in the new version of The Rocketeer. It will be a follow up to the 1991 Disney movie starring Billy Campbell. McCarthy is to play Cliffette Secord, in a twist from the original 1980s comic book. Tentatively titled “The Rocketeers,” the film has been classified as a ‘sequel reboot’ and is set some years after the activities of the first film.

Cliff Secord has vanished while on a mission to fight the Nazis. His sister Cliffette (McCarthy) has taken over the job of Rocketeer to prevent a corrupt scientist from selling the technology to the Soviets.

The film will represent Melissa McCarthy’s move away from comedy into straight drama. She spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about the film:

What attracted me tot he script was how political the story is. Although it is obviously set in a different period, the concerns of technology being used to create terrible destruction resonated even today. Of course there have to be some light shades and those will be provided by a new character called Otis, the comedy Kangaroo. He’s a kind of genetic experiment.

Timothy Dalton is to return as Pieter Sinclair, the evil twin brother of Neville Sinclair the role he played in the original movie.

The Rocketeers will be released in 2017.

REVIEW: GHOSTBUSTERS:

 

Hello

Hello!

 

Are you interviewing yourself again?

Yes. Yes I am.

 

Why?

Because writing reviews is extremely dull, pointless and unsatisfying.

 

True dat. So what did you think of Ghostbusters?

It was alright. Entertaining enough for the first hour then it ran out of steam. Kate McKinnon was exceptionally charismatic and she was by far the biggest positive.

 

What did you think of the cameos?

Pointless, wasted, uninspired.

 

Anything else to add?

I’m pleased that it wasn’t the disaster a lot of people expected it to be but some of the generous reviews floating around are ridiculous. I still don’t understand the appeal of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy has been better. I can’t comment on Leslie Jones as I don’t know her previous work, but a lot of her jokes fell flat. Yes, there were some amusing moments but generally, the script was weak. I have no idea how many drafts were rejected before they settled on the one they shot but they chose…poorly.

 

So it’s not worth seeing?

You should see it for Kate McKinnon’s star-making turn alone. Also, it’s worth remembering that I am a man. If I was a woman watching four female action stars on the screen, my joy could easily overwhelm my critical faculties. I appreciate that. There are not enough female roles of this ilk and hopefully, this will lead to more.

 

What about men giving it four and five star reviews?

A bunch of f*cking idiots overcome with liberal guilt. If a reviewer on my staff gave Ghostbusters four stars, I’d slap them about the head. If they gave it five, you’d never find the body.

 

Anything else?

The final ghost was very poor and aiming the proton cannons at his crotch…well. Let’s just say there were little swipes at men all the way though and I look forward to the day a female driven movie doesn’t feel it has to play that game.

 

Great. Is that it?

Did I mention how good Kate McKinnon is?

 

Several times.

I think I’m in love with her.

 

Well that’s going to piss off the militant feminists. Also, she’s a lesbian.

Can’t a hetrosexual man be in love with a lesbian?

 

Er…let me check the rulebook.

What rulebook?

 

It’s like an unofficial social media rulebook that changes on a daily basis. So, it looks like a hetrosexual man professing his love for a Lesbian is not okay.

What if I just say that I like her very much?

 

Sorry, people will still think you’re weird and creepy.

What if I say I admire her because she’s very talented?

 

Hmm, they’ll think you’re just saying that.

So what can I say?

 

Absolutely nothing. You’re a straight man. A relic of a bygone era. Little more than a primitive beast.

But…

 

Sorry. Now go back to your cave, jerk off and pretend you’re still relevant. Oh, and if you’re going to throw your own shit around, try not to get any in your eyes. 

 

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MAN ANGRY AT GHOSTBUSTERS REMAKE STARTS CRYING

HOLLYWOOD – A bunch of men who are furious at the all female remake of beloved mediochre comedy Ghostbusters have started weeping, it was revealed today.

As the day draws close that will see the release of the Ghostbusters remake starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, men very angry have started to go to the bathroom to have little cries.

Ted Nungent told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

It’s not fair. They ruin everything, with their dresses and periods. It’ll probably end up being like some kind of tea party.  I know that if I catch myself having a few sniffles it isn’t my fault. So sometimes I just go somewhere quiet all by myself and bawl my eyes out.

Stephen Baldwin was also furious, but frustrated as to where he put his anger his voice broke into a tremulous whisper and he blinked away the streaming tears:

Ghostbusters for most men of my generation was our Vietnam. And to remake it with ovaries and vulvas and useful nipples… it’s like you’re spitting on the memory of all those men who died making Ghostbusters and Ghsotbusters 2.

Dan Aykroyd, who starred in the original film, said that he sympathized with the reactions of some men.

I’ve seen the movie and I know it is really good, but I understand how meaningful Ghostbusters is to many men and anyway we all need to cry. I remember when we made Dragnet – I cried all year. I was dehydrated I cried so much.

Ghostbusters will be released in July.

5 EASTER EGGS IN THE GHOSTBUSTERS TRAILER

HOLLYWOOD – The new Ghostbusters movie got its first trailer this week and the internet did a back flip and two treble double nelsons in delight.

The Studio Exec watched the new Ghostbusters remake with some trepidation and was ready to find all the Easter eggs and other goodies hidden in Paul Feig’s take on the classic 80’s paranormal comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. We discovered the secret Easter Eggs and here they are. All five of them.

  1. The Ghostbusters are WOMEN! This is unbelievable. I mean… women! Talk about crossing the Goddamned streams.  Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s particle physicists join with Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the latter is not well educated but brings sass because she is ‘black’.
  2. There are no men Ghostbusters, but just women. Thor is a nerdy janitor!
  3. The women Ghostbusters get puked on by the Slimer, just to show that women can do the same sort of brain dead comedy gunk as the men.
  4. They drive an extremely similar car; the black actor is still the only non-scientist and graffiti is used to consign some sort of ‘street’ legitimacy to the whole proceeding. And I know this is not strictly legitimate and we haven’t seen enough to properly judge, but good Christ it really does look like comedy by committee and as funny as a very small coffin. These are talented people who are very creative and I’m sure that the film is going to be wonderful, but I do wish they were making their own film, their own idea, which would then be rebooted twenty years from now.
  5. There are no Easter Eggs. Easter Eggs are made of chocolate and there is often a gift or something inside. I watched the trailer three times and I’ll be buggered with a rusty rod if I found even one.

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WALTER PECK ENDORSES LARRY VAUGHN

NEW YORK – The former minor functionary of New York and leader of the Tea Party Walter Peck has endorsed Larry Vaughn in a move which looks likely to strengthen his candidacy.

Walter Peck first came to national prominence during the ‘Ghostbusters scandals’ of the mid-Eighties in which large parts of downtown New York were infested by paranormal entities which were busted by a crew of unlicensed undead pest control merchants. Peck was then working for the Environmental Protection Agency. Although his role in the affair was unclear, Peck soon began to climb the ladder of the civil service before moving into politics and finally becoming a spokesperson for the Tea Party movement.

He spoke with the Studio Exec about Larry Vaughn and his endorsement:

What you have in government at the moment is a complete unbridled usurpation of power from the citizens of this country. We need to take back the country and Larry Vaughn is the man to do it. He is the man who is not afraid to do the risky thing if it means promoting the economic welfare of his people. He is the man who in crisis thinks about the concerns of the bankers and the businessmen before he does the safety of the people and the children. He is a man who’s not afraid to yell barracuda, but who will never yell shark.

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CHRIS PINE TO STAR IN ALL MALE WONDER WOMAN

HOLLYWOOD – He’s been Captain Kirk and, allegedly, Jack Ryanbut now Chris Pine faces the biggest challenge of his career: playing Wonder Woman in a new, all-male film version of the celebrated DC comic.

Chris Pine has been cast as Diana Prince in a new, all-male version of “Wonder Woman,” which will go head-to-head with Gal Gadot’s take on the character appearing in “Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice.”

We had an opportunity to talk to Chris Pine when he dropped by the Studio Exec bungalow, and he seemed really excited to have work:

I’ve been a huge fan of the comic book and of course the TV series starring Lynda Carter. We are looking to take this in a totally new direction and I’m pleased that we have a director of the stature of Pedro Almodovar, who has come in with the script as well.

Isn’t this a large risk for DC to take with such an iconic character?

Yes and no. I think there is a risk—it is useless to deny it—but if films aren’t about taking risks now and again then what are we even doing here? But I think also that the culture is ready to see the end of gender and a new fluidity to these characters. We have an all-female “Ghostbusters.” Thor will be a girl next time around. Caitlyn Jenner is, well, Caitlyn Jenner. So my Wonder Woman will very much play into that.

What about late reports suggesting that you are actually not playing Wonder Woman, but playing rather Steve Trevor in the Gal Gadot film?

Well, that’s obviously some piss-poor film parody site trying to get clicks by publishing the most outrageous nonsense it can think of. Come on, look at me. I can’t play a guy called Steve with my new breasts.

Wonder Woman starring Chris Pine will begin shooting in October.

NOT LIKING BILL MURRAY TO BE MADE ILLEGAL

HOLLYWOOD – Anyone who doesn’t like Bill Murray could face a maximum fine of $15,000 and up to six months in prison, according to a new law currently being considered in Congress.

The legislation would criminalize ‘indifference, criticism of and/or contempt of Mr. Bill Murray, including comments that he has “lost it” or “gone off the boil”‘. Congressman Eddie Vargas (D) says that the legislation has been made necessary by a number of lackluster Bill Murray movies which have tested the love for the cult film actor:

Bill Murray is like a protected species. He has an ineffable charm, a weary hangdog expression and he can be both dryly witty and deeply tragic in the same shot, so it is important that we remind the nation of Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Lost in Translation and try to encourage them to forget about Saint Vincent.

Opponents of the bill say that coercing people to like Bill Murray will be counterproductive. Jean Backalore spokes EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

I like Murray. He’s a fine comic actor and a charismatic presence. But the internet worship of the actor as an icon has gone too far and does him a disservice, leading to Comic-Con appearances among other things. We have to be honest. Ghostbusters great, Ghostbusters 2 not so much. Groundhog Day great, Meatballs not so much. Rushmore, great. The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou not so much. But that sentence that I have just said would be considered illegal and I might find myself deprived of my liberty. This goes beyond George Orwell’s 1984.

Do you support the No Bill Murray Left Behind Bill? Speak your Brains!

5 FILMS WITH EGGS IN THEM

HOLLYWOOD – I know what you are thinking. It’s Easter but what egg themed film am I going to watch?

Well, the Studio Exec FACT squad has been out on the prowl and has carefully selected five EGG themed films for your viewing pleasure. ENJOY.

1. Cool Hand Luke. During this prison drama Paul Newman’s eponymous inmate eats 50 eggs in one hour for a bet. However, because they needed to film from different angles and use different lenses and in addition because the light was failing, in actual fact Paul Newman had to eat 176 eggs in little over twenty minutes causing an explosive flatulence and lifelong bad breath. As a way of compensating for the bad breath, Newman invented salad dressing!

2. Alien. Possibly the film which gave eggs a bad name to such an extent that the International Egg Consortium called for a boycott of Ridley Scott’s film using the slogan, ‘In Space No one Can Hear You Defame a Genuinely Delicious Source of Protein.’ It was not a success. When asked about the famous egg sequence, actor John Hurt who played Kane, the unfortunate astronaut answered simply that he had never enjoyed Easter since.

3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The word bad egg has a long history dating back to the Chinese emperor Boi Eg who was so tyrannical that the entire food stuff – eggs – were made illegal for three entire generations. But Veruca Salt in the original and only adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a bad egg and gets her comeuppance and is appropriately murdered off screen.

4. Sleeper. Perhaps the most erotic use of an egg ever committed to celluloid, Woody Allen’s 1973 futuristic comedy was the first film to use the egg as a substitute for scenes of oral sex, soon to be joined by Rocky and Ghostbusters. By the nineties it was such a common practice that the MPAA began to consider egg use as a rate-able offence.

5. Airplane. Nothing is funnier than an egg coming out of someone’s mouth and this 1980 comedy spoof delivered the classic egg/mouth joke first invented by Fatty Arbuckle with zany aplomb.

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