MOLLY RINGWALD TO STAR IN ANNE OF GREEN GABLES REBOOT

HOLLYWOOD  – Breakfast Club and Pretty Pink star Molly Ringwald is to star in the new reboot of Anne of Green Gables.

Based on the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables has been widely acclaimed as a classic novel of friendship and childhood. A new Netflix sequel to the novel will star 80s icon Molly Ringwald in the title role. Molly spoke to the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY about her return to acting:

I’m a huge fan of both the novel and the original TV show. It’s a role I’ve always wanted to have a go at.

So are you going to play her as a grown woman?

No, you’d think so wouldn’t you? But we’re simply remaking the original story. I’m playing her as a thirteen year old girl. I know that sounds a little weird but they’ve got great make up now and we’re using forced perspective like they did on the Hobbit. Oh and Ally Sheedy will be playing my best friend Diane.

That sounds…

Exciting I know. I think it’s time to return to some innocence on TV. People have had enough of meth dealers and gangsters.

Anne will drop on Netflix in 2017.

ASK ALLY SHEEDY 3.

HOLLYWOOD – Following fellow Breakfast Club attendee Molly Ringwald‘s success over at The Guardian, we’ve recruited Ally Sheedy as our agony aunt and consultant on all things emotional, psychological and financial.

Reader Jeb Bush writes:

Hello Alexandra, please bear with me, for the past…3 years I’ve been subjected to a rather unusual degree of distress to the point where I would like to just combust into ashes. You see the thing is, I’ve been worrying about an old friend who…went off to become an actress and I have lost all contact with her. I have never been so confused in my entire life. I worry because I feel as though she may be susceptible to being taken advantage of by these…greedy, sleazy Don King types, these “accountants”, “lawyers” and “business graduates”. I can’t tell from my couch as to what she is doing, who she is getting involved with, what she is going through, what she has seen, if her and most importantly what she has been exposed to. My greatest fear is whether or not her heart has been corrupted in any sort of way. Or if she went insane and became some kind of evil sociopath.

Okay. Buy a bottle wine. Sits down. Drink a glass. Now get out your phone. And phone your friend. If she doesn’t answer, have a glass of wine. If she does answer, celebrate and have a glass of wine. Hell, finish the bottle. The thing you have to understand is that actresses are essentially extremely tough people. They have to be. They get so much shit on a daily basis and only the very top of the pile get anything like the compensation they deserve.  And even then you can’t really envy them their lives. Look at Renée Zellwegger. Is there any money that is going to be compensation for the kind of degrading bullsh*t she’s been put through? And before you tell me, she chose to have work done, take a second to walk in her shoes and be subject to the kind of scrutiny and criticism she was getting on a daily basis. I’ll never forget what Judd Nelson told me when we were filming The Breakfast Club. He said, ‘In some ways you are not only the greatest actress ever, Ally, you’re wiser than Buddha.’ I can’t argue with that.

If you have any questions to put to Ally just leave them in the question box below and she’ll get back to you.

ASK ALLY SHEEDY 2.

HOLLYWOOD – Following fellow Breakfast Club attendee Molly Ringwald‘s success over at The Guardian, we’ve recruited Ally Sheedy as our agony aunt and consultant on all things emotional, psychological and financial.

Reader Ruth Philips wrote:

I’m very bored at work and home lately. I’m too old to hang in bars and too young to hang at the senior center. What fun things can I do? I am a 49 year old who has a school bus driver job and do not have to work full time, yay!
I have hit the gym, and the women are pretty snobby. Well, hope you have interesting stuff I could try so I don’t end up staring at the fire dept guys when I just take my dog out walkin. Husband is now home most of the time.

Ally Sheedy writes:

Hey RUTH!

I wrote that in CAPS LOCK because I’m shouting at you. Yeah, girl this is like a wake up call. First up, you are NEVER too old to hang out in bars. You never when we were young and we’d hang out in bars and there’d be that sad character, an old gal weeping into her umpteenth gin sling? Well, she was old right? And all she ever did was hang out in bars. That could be you. But as for the Senior Center, you’re right. Avoid. Even when you’re old.

Okay. You said about hitting the gym. Also not a good move. That’ll just lead to longevity. And no one wants that. And I sympathize with the fact your husband is home more often. The secret of a good marriage is to see each other as little as possible.

But it seems to me your solution is staring you in the face. ‘Fire Department Guys!’ There you go. Between those fellas, and getting wrecked at the bar, get yourself an electric toothbrush and you’re away.

As Molly Ringwald always used to say to me while we were filming The Breakfast Club: ‘You’re a much better actress than me Ally. You’re more beautiful and way more talented!’ So use what you’ve got.

If you too have a problem and wish to seek Ally’s advice, please leave your questions as a comment in the box below.

ASK ALLY SHEEDY

HOLLYWOOD – Ally Sheedy has joined Molly Ringwald her fellow Breakfast Club alumni in offering our readers the benefits of her advice as the new Studio Exec advice aunt.

Dear Ali,

Whenever I go to the supermarket I always end up buying a lot of stuff I don’t need and forgetting essential items such as sugar, milk, toilet rolls and M&Ms. I’ve talked with close friends and they’ve told me that I should write a ‘shopping list’, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit to such behavior. And if I did, I’m not even sure if I really know how to. Please help me Ally.

Yours Affectionately

Tasha

Hi Tasha,

Listen. Shopping lists are for people who like table manners and correct minor points of grammar and probably secretly hate Jews. F*ck those assholes! What is the problem here is not your so-called ‘memory’, but something much more basic and interesting. You refuse to buy into the corporate model so good for you. Plus the strip lighting that can be found in most big stores is really distracting. If I were you, I’d wear shades, but black ones, wrap around, think of Lou Reed circa Velvet Underground. Or Mo Tucker. That chick rocked. Mo Tucker drummed standing up. Do you think she wrote shopping lists? no. She forgot the milk and she invented punk.

 

If you have a problem for Ally pop it in the comment box below and she’ll get back to you.

ASK MOLLY RINGWALD

LONDON – Hi I’m Molly Ringwald. You might know me from such films as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.

What you didn’t know is that I’m also an agony aunt! Ha ha, I know. The British newspaper The Guardian has made me one, because… well, actually I don’t know. They’re basically star f*ckers with very little journalistic integrity I suppose!

So when best pal The Studio Exec asked me if I could basically do the same job for him, I thought ‘Hell, what was copy and paste invented for if not for this!’

So here we go:

Dear Molly,
Last year my husband died. We were married for fifteen years and it was one of those marriages like in the story books. We loved each other thoroughly and were so happy together. However, he had a massive heart attack while playing five aside football one day and died. It was like a bomb fell and destroyed my world. Since then the only thing I have to numb the pain is alcohol. I always enjoyed a drink, but now it has become my only refuge. I have lost my friends over it and my mother has taken our children into her home because she believes my house is not a good environment for them. I no longer go to work. I just stay in and drink. I know that I am damaging everything and that my husband would be appalled at my behavior, but the grief is overwhelming and the only viable option I have to alcoholism is suicide.
Please help me Molly.

Dear Grieving Alcoholic,
Hmmmm. Your situation is a little grim. But there is hope. Take the situation of my character Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club. Yes, she was a beautiful girl, a ‘princess’ as Judd Nelson calls her repeatedly. But she had problems too. She was expected to conform to what everyone expected and she wasn’t free to hang out with people who were different from her peer group. She even got a detention because she was what we would call nowadays ‘acting out’. And yet that detention, that seemed like a bad thing at the time (like your husband’s sudden death) actually meant she made friends and for once had a good honest look at herself – not to mention I got to kiss Judd Nelson, every girl’s dream. So I think you’ll find although things look dark now things will change and you too will walk away from your old life to the strains of Simple Minds playing over the end credits!

If you have a problem write to editor@thestudioexec.com and mark clearly in the subject box ASK MOLLY.

COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO 2014 OSCARS

HOLLYWOOD – The day is almost here and it’s time to preview the rapidly approaching 86th edition of the Oscar awards announcements  which is set to take place in February, 2014. Studio Exec – as ever – is first with the predictions and the results and the gossip.

Hosted by Paul Rudd after the disaster of Seth McFarlane’s on stage bong smoking last year, the ceremony is a pared down version of the usual razzmatazz and is sponsored by K-Mart and JC Penny. And the award goes to…

Best Actor – Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man 3 

Not because of the acting but the fact he has managed to maintain his reputation as a great actor while at the same time not acting, and making the least amount of effort. Whether it’s playing Tony Stark, a performance he Skypes, or playing Sherlock Holmes and being basically Tony Stark in different clothes, Downey Jr rakes in the cash in a very entertaining fashion. He will be amusingly self-deprecating in his speech (but not enough). 


Best Actress –  Molly Ringwald for Pretty in Purple 

No one saw this coming. The upset of the year with a daring re-imagining of the Eighties favorite. Molly will cry and thank a long series of names who will later turn out to be her cats. 

Best Director – Jon Favreau for Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Foetus

Again a surprise career resurrection, after the disaster of Cowboys and Aliens Favreau will shout ‘I’m king of the world (as well)’ and then host Paul Rudd will vomit on him prodigiously.

Best Film – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

No surprise here. Peter Jackson was told by the academy if he agreed to make this film his last they would give him an Oscar to go with the seventeen he has already.