ALFONSO CUARON’S ROMA ACTUALLY SET IN MEXICO

HOLLYWOOD – The new Netflix movie Roma by writer director Alfonso Cuarón is actually set in Mexico and not Italy.

Alfonso Cuarón, writer-director-producer of the anticipated Netflix film Roma, last night revealed that his new film was set in Mexico and not Italy, as its title suggested.

Speaking with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY the Children of Men director said:

We set it in a neighborhood in Mexico City which is called Roma. I liked the sound of it as well because of the confusion. I thought there would be some cognitive dissonance which would make people perhaps think of places and how they relate to them.

But it’s called Roma?

Yes.

But Roma is in Italia.

Yes, but this one is in Mexico.

Not Italy?

No. I was inspired by my childhood. I grew up in a relatively affluent part of the city. As a child, I was brought up like many of my compatriots…

It’s set in Mexico. 

Yes.

Roma will have a limited release before arriving on Netflix.

NEW JAWS MOVIE TO BE FROM SHARK’S POINT OF VIEW

HOLLYWOOD – Following its recent 40 year anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is to be remade with an interesting twist: telling the same story but entirely from the shark’s point of view.

I, Jaws will be directed by Alfonso Cuarón and will be an exact retelling of the original film, set in the waters surrounding Amity in the early seventies, but taken entirely from Jaws’ perspective.

The swimmers will be menaced and the Chief Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint will try to kill the shark but we will see all the action from the water. Cuarón came down to the Studio Exec bungalow to discuss the project:

I’m very interested in telling familiar story from a different perspective. And once you start thinking about it, this terrifying tale of the unknown and unknowable becomes totally different if you take Jaws as our main character and try to understand his experience and his feelings and motivations. Maybe he just wanted to be friends. Maybe every time he tried to grab someone, the naked swimmer, the guy in the little boat he was just trying to say hello and then they’d start screaming and hollering and the water would turn red.

But how will it work? I mean a lot of the original film takes place away from the shark.

Exactly. We think the killing is at the center of the shark’s life but of course it isn’t. The shark has other issues. He doesn’t remember his father. He was abandoned and feels this immense loneliness. But he also has the wonderful capacity to appreciate the beauty of the ocean. The starry nights. The shooting stars. The humans, with their splashing and their dogs and their floating mattress… they are the invaders and polluters of his realm. He sees them kill an innocent shark and hang it up on the dock. But despite this our ‘monster’ is forgiving. When he hears the men singing on the Orca, he bangs on the side of the boat with his snout, in rhythm with the song. He wants to sing with the men, bond with them.

I, Jaws will be released in 2016.

MOONRAKER 2 GREEN LIT AFTER LONG DELAY

HOLLYWOOD – It’s the sequel everyone wanted but which was delayed for over three decades: Moonraker 2 is happening.

Made in 1979, the Science Fiction spy movie Moonraker was a commercial and critical success on its release and plans for a Moonraker 2 were quickly made.

A studio insider explains what happened next:

Everyone wanted to make number two but there were some problems. First of all no one really made sequels in the seventies. They weren’t considered viable financially and the head of the studio at the time wasn’t keen on the main character – James Bond. He wanted Roger Moore to be replaced by James Coburn. He kept yelling, ‘Who believes in an ass kicking limey?’ Next Jaws (Richard Kiel), who had been an unknown when he appeared in the film, was now super busy because everyone was mistaking him with the shark from the Spielberg film. It was an obvious mistake but his agent was ruthless and had him signed up before anyone realized the error.

A script had been written but it was shelved indefinitely.

It was a really pity. I thought that we could have done something with this character. I said it could have been a new Our Man Flint, but they wouldn’t have it. Roger went off to do other things and time passed. It was only because I was eating in a small restaurant on the Cote d’Azure that I just happened to bump into Roger. We got talking, and drank some wine and what do you know? We’re back in production.

What will the new film be like?

We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel here. It will have exactly what appealed so much about the original. And older man ogling some young beauties, some espionage, a glass shop getting smashed, a motorized gondola and a battle in space. I’m pitching it as Gravity meets Jason Bourne meets Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Moonraker 2 will be released in 2017. 

INTERSTELLAR: FIRST REACTIONS

HOLLYWOOD – Following the first screenings of Christopher Nolan’s new science fiction epic Interstellar the first reactions from the internet are in and we have collected them.

Generally speaking the reaction from the celebrities who have seen the film have been overwhelmingly positive. For example, Gordon Ramsey tweeted ‘F*cking great f*cking science f*cking fiction film, Chris!’ and Fox News’ Doctor Manny tweeted ‘Interstellar cures cancer AND herpes’.

Here are some other responses gathered EXCLUSIVELY by the Studio Exec:

Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar was so good it made me want to JUMP!

Dave Lee Roth

WTF! Casey Affleck is in  this? When did that happen?

Ben Affleck

One of the funniest films I have ever seen. Nolan is a master.

Adam Sandler

Interstellar is a deeply religious film. Truly spiritual and Christopher Nolan must be applauded for actually spending so much time in space to make this.

Sarah Palin

Interstellar sh*ts on Gravity. From a height!

NASA

Matthew McConaughey is awful. Embarrassing really.

Woody Harrelson

I should have used more tuba.

Hans Zimmer

Good to see it done well and not have to think about Ghostbusters 3. Which will be out in 2016.

Dan Aykroyd

Okay Chris. I give up. You’ve got the job.

God

5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE BAFTAS

LONDON – The Studio Exec is at the BAFTAs this evening which is kind of like the Oscars if the Oscars said ‘pavement’ and ‘fancy a cup of tea vicar’.

Here are 5 FACTS in an envelope and ‘I wish to thank….’

1. A BAFTA has suffered from inflation in recent years. In the forties a BAFTA was worth three Oscars but now you need seventeen BAFTAs to get an Oscar on the open market.

2. BAFTA stands for British Affable Fellows for Tea Association. It was formed in the 1930s to promote tea etiquette following the 1927 cup and saucer riots of Old London Town, which was actually destroyed in the riots to be rebuilt into the London we know today. BAFTA promoted affable tea drinking until it got bored and turned its attention to the ‘flicks’.

3. Celebrating British film has been difficult because the most of the stuff is ‘frightful tosh featuring spotty oiks in stiff collared shirts’ The New Yorker. However, due to new rules if a film is touched by a British person it immediately becomes a British film, (see Gravity).

4.  Many people are celebrating this year as a vintage one in British cinema with such film as The Selfish Giant, Gravity and Philomena competing this year. Next year will see the release of a film which combines characters from each film as a young child rescues fallen space debris to attract his long lost Irish mother who keeps saying ‘fecking eejit’ in an amusing way.

5. Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Chiwitel Ejiofor are all actually German except for Fassbender who’s Welsh.  

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ALFONSO CUARON GRAVITY FOLLOW UP A DENTIST THRILLER

HOLLYWOOD – Following the success of Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron‘s new film comes down to earth with a bang in a new Dentist Thriller starring flavor of the moment Matthew McConaughey.

Although the setting is going to be a little more mundane the director has promised that it will be just as engrossing as the space walk joyride of his previous Oscar nominated effort.

Cuaron spoke to Studio Exec earlier today:

What I want is exactly the same sense of excitement and immersion. In the story Matthew McConaughey is a Beverly Hills dentist, the best of his kind and William H. Macy is a Mafia Godfather who has the worst toothache because he likes eating candy. And so he kidnaps the dentist who has to fix his teeth without causing any pain. The whole thing is done in one take. We go inside the mouth, outside, into the drill, out of the drill, around the surgery, into the tooth and round and round. It’s going to be like Rope. But better.

William H. Macy said he was looking forward to the shoot though it would call for him to keep his mouth open for three weeks. ‘I’m dedicated to my craft,’ Macy said. ‘But still I’m not looking forward to it.’

Cavity will be released in 2015. 

AWARDS SEASON TO BLAME FOR DROP IN FILM PRODUCTION

HOLLYWOOD – The major Studios have come out in a united front to combat the menace of Awards Season, which they say is severely hampering actual film production.

An insider at Fox said, ‘We just can’t get films made at the moment. It starts in November and goes all the way through to February and it’s non-stop.’

A colleague from Universal agreed:

We’re constantly fighting to get actors to clear their schedules. Matthew McConaughey, since the McConaughey-eissance, is impossible to get on the line. Ditto Tom Hanks. And it isn’t just actors, Alfonso Cuarón took seven years to make Gravity, but it’ll be another  seven years before he gets onto his next film, he’s so busy walking around collecting gongs for this one. 

Paramount also butted in:

Why can’t everyone be like Woody Allen? NO, not in THAT way! I mean… Oh Jesus. When Ronan Farrow sees this, he’s going to Twi-zerk. 

Independent analysts, however, responded that although there is a definite drop in production over this period, the Studios easily make up for the losses by churning out material that will never bother the attention of the Academy. An insider backed up this conclusion with the observation:

Around this time of year, there’s always a drop off and people are wandering around the back lots a bit with nothing to do. Except for Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler, Owen Wilson and Kevin James. Those boys just keep their heads down and knock out hit after hit after hit of un-award-worthy bilge.

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OSCARS NOMINATIONS FOR 2014

HOLLYWOOD – It’s the Nominations for the something something Acadamy Awards of Motion Picturish Things. Thank god for cut and paste.

Look what we just did. We just cut and paste it from IMDb complete with a brilliant mistake we’ve left in for comedy purposes. Urm. Yadadadadada Oscars yadadadadadadadada tough to predict yada-yada.
Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees:
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Gravity (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Her (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
Philomena (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominees:
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Christian Bale for American Hustle (2013)
Bruce Dern for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominees:
Amy Adams for American Hustle (2013)
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)
Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)
Judi Dench for Philomena (2013)
Meryl Streep for August: Osage County (2013)
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees:
Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips (2013)
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle (2013)
Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees:
Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine (2013)
Julia Roberts for August: Osage County (2013)
Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle (2013)
June Squibb for Nebraska (2013)
 
Best Achievement in Directing Nominees:
Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
David O. Russell for American Hustle (2013)
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Alexander Payne for Nebraska (2013)
 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees:
American Hustle (2013): Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine (2013): Woody Allen
Her (2013): Spike Jonze
Nebraska (2013): Bob Nelson
Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
 
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Nominees:
Before Midnight (2013): Richard Linklater
Captain Phillips (2013): Billy Ray
12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Terence Winter
Philomena (2013): Steven Coogan
 
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nominees:
The Croods (2013)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
Frozen (2013)
The Wind Rises (2013)
 
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Nominees:
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012): Felix Van Groeningen(Belgium)
The Missing Picture (2013): Rithy Panh(Cambodia)
The Hunt (2012): Thomas Vinterberg(Denmark)
The Great Beauty (2013): Paolo Sorrentino(Italy)
Omar (2013): Hany Abu-Assad(Palestine)
 
Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominees:
Gravity (2013): Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska (2013): Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners (2013): Roger Deakins
The Grandmaster (2013): Philippe Le Sourd

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2013 ROUND-UP

2013 London Film Festival
So that was the London Film Festival. We drank, we sang, we swapped germs, fluid and business cards. Apparently there were some films on too but when you’ve spent two weeks at the bottom of a Martini glass they all blur into one. Still, being a professional it’s only right that I rack my brains and try and remember some highlights and thanks to the miracle of Ritalin, the memories are slowly creeping back.

The Parties

I did the fox trot with Emma Thompson and danced the Tango with Sophia Coppola. I jumped around with Billy Zane and did the Hustle with Steve McQueen. I moonwalked with Bullock and Mamboed with Dench. Basically, I did a lot of dancing but when Tom Hanks got his floor keyboard out, I had to draw the line. The man carries that damn thing everywhere and it’s high time he got another gimmick.
The Films

12 years without Gravity was exceptional, especially Steve Coogan’s performance as Walt Disney. Saving Captain Phillips is a new classic of the martial arts genre and leading man Jesse Eisenberg is a shoe-in for the Oscar. As for the rest. The Selfish Lunchbox, Under the Parkland andThe Armstrong Lie: The Story of Antarctic Cowboys all had their moments but for me, the stand out picture was Don John. I’ve been waiting for a Don Johnson biopic for years and Joe Gordon-Levitt was bang on the money. Scarlett Johansson was also great as Melanie Griffith.

The Aftermath

I’m booking myself in for 7 days of colonic irrigations and blood transfusions. If anyone mentions the word festival until 2014 they’re going in a hole in the desert. 

NASA SLAM GRAVITY: ‘NOT FILMED IN SPACE’

HOLLYWOOD – NASA have come out and slammed Alfonso Cuarón’s new film Gravity, saying that ‘it obviously was not filmed in space, as the director has repeatedly claimed.’ 

Professor Humbert Less gave a Powerpoint presentation which involved clips from the film to which he pointed with a long white stick to prove factual inaccuracies and what he called ‘give-aways that conclusively proved that some kind of special effects trickery was used.’   

Prof. Less further stated:

I find it highly unlikely that Mr. Clooney and Ms. Bullock ever went into orbit, Mr. Clooney certainly did not challenge anyone for a record space walk. As for the ‘story’ of the film, the exploding shuttle and the satellites must somehow have been made via models or a computer, because it just looked too dangerous and we would have noticed that amount of activity going on on our special scanners.

 Cuarón responded by saying that NASA:

Should shut its fat f*cking face. I did it in space. Clooney did it in space. So if you’re saying I didn’t you’re also calling my son a liar and George Clooney a liar. And Sandra Bullock from The Blind Side a liar! 

 Gravity is in theatres now.

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL DIARY: DAY 2.



LONDON – Now generally speaking if I see three words on a movie poster I tend to run in the opposite direction and those words are ‘Starring Sandra Bullock’. That sound you hear are the thumping footfalls retreating into the distance of a hefty Studio Exec.And yet the perhaps the most amazing thing the big spectacular 3D space extravaganza Gravity does is not the outrageous space, the 12 minute single takes, but the fact it makes me run willingly toward precisely those three words.
I had an opportunity to talk to the Bullock about the filming and she revealed some of the secrets:

People think that we did it all in computers but that what the producers said to get the health and safety brigade off their backs. What they did was fire me and George into space using giant catapults and then film the scene in twenty minute segments before we fell back to Earth. People think it’d be dangerous but the facts if me and George are both made of Teflon and it was actually a lot of fun.

Before I could get any more details, she was bustled away by security, leaving me to ponder the wonders of a universe that has just produced a great film starring the woman from The Blind Side.

 

GRAVITY: REVIEW

VENICE – Buzz Lightyear and that chick from Speed manage somehow to fall off Space.

I’m not sure how they’re doing it, but Alfonso Cuaron has made a 3D film that isn’t shit! It’s a roller-coaster ride, but imagine the roller-coaster was in space and then after a few minutes the roller-coaster started falling apart and exploding and being utterly wrecked and all that. And George Clooney is there to help us out but Miss Congeniality is nowhere near as good an astronaut and we’re flying and we’re drifting and we’re inside the helmet and we’re outside the helmet and it’s all one shot. There’s a bit of philosophical Contact/2001/Solaris guff about is there a God or not, but this film definitely answers NO, because Alfonso Cuaron makes films but once ever blue moon, while Gore Verbinski poops one out every year.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PANS CUARON’S GRAVITY






















CAMBRIDGE – The Chancellor of Cambridge University expressed his outrage this morning during a press conference in Venice proclaiming Alfonso Cuaron’s critically acclaimed film Gravity an “Aberration”.


Lord Sainsbury, who attended yesterday’s star studded premiere, has supported the project since it was first mooted back in 2008, but he now claims the draft of the script he saw bears no resemblance to the finished product.

When I read the script is was a straight-up biopic of Isaac Newton. It had everything from the apple falling on his head to the writing of Principia Mathmatica and the formulation of his Laws of Universal Gravitation, and yet the film I saw is about two people messing about in Space.

Sainsbury said he was particularly distressed as he had convinced the Royal Society to invest 10 million pounds to finance the picture.

It looked like a safe bet. Warren Beatty as Newton had box office blockbuster and Academy Award (TM) winner written all over it, but now we’ve got the chap from Return of the Killer Tomatoes and this unknown actress called Sandra Bullock, who nobody has ever heard of. Not only that but I’ve been told that she is into Speed and the Royal Society does not condone the use of amphetamines.

Sainsbury went on to say that he is also becoming  increasingly worried that another film he is involved in, a biopic of the famous industrialist Isambard Kingdom Brunel, will not turn out as he hoped.

I’ve just heard they’ve changed the title from Brunel to Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron but hopefully the script itself hasn’t been tampered with.