HOLLYWOOD – Paul Giamatti is to retire from all managerial and agency activity in the music industry effective immediately.

Paul Giamatti has announced that he is retiring from the music industry and severing all ties with the business. He popped into the Studio Exec Studio to explain his decision:

I feel I’m getting a really bad rap. I’ve done my best by everyone but I don’t know what it is, I always seem to be on the wrong side of every argument. I mean it seems to start out okay. I find talent and I believe in it when no one else will but then all of a sudden, I’m the bad guy. I really don’t get it. Music has always been my first love but maybe I should simply stick to acting.

Aside from being a celebrated movie actor, Paul Giamatti has represented a series of musical acts propelling them to great success. Ultimately, however, his relationships always seem to sour with accusations of exploitation and manipulation frequently leveled at the gravelly voiced impresario.  Ice Cube said that although he has had run ins with Giamatti in the past when Giamatti discovered NWA, those wounds have healed.

I was angry with Paul for a long time. I felt he had basically moved me out of the group. He had a particular vision. But I recognised as well as I got older that we would ahve got nowhere without him. So when Ic ame to put together Straight Outta Compton I told everybody, we got to have Paul come in and play himself. We changed the name so it wouldn’t be jarring but I was overwhelmed by how well he did. He didn’t sugarcoat it or nothing.

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys was another musician who Giamatti has represented to controversial results.

Many feel that I was dominated by Paul, but I was also a very vulnerable person and in the end I do think he wanted what was best for me. Ultimately, he wanted what was best for Paul as well. And so…

Paul Giamatti has decided that he will be concentrating mostly on acting, but with more free time on his hands he is also eager to continue with another hobby: studying seismic activity.


HOLLYWOOD – The new extended version of hit movie Straight Outta Compton released today, features extended scenes of contract negotiations.

Director F. Gary Gray promised that his new director’s cut of Straight Outta Compton will feature over an hour’s extra footage of contract negotiation and detail legalese about the career of iconic rap group N.W.A. Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, Gary Gray, or the Negotiator as he prefers to be known, had this to say:

We put as much about the different contracts in the film as time would allow. Obviously people wanted to see the music being produced in the studio and performed live and we were very concerned about capturing the excitement of all that but we were also really interested in getting the sense of N.W.A as a legal entity and how the percentages were divided. Who got what? And what were the tax payments maybe at the end of the fiscal year? We also wanted to show clearly how Ice Cube’s solo career allowed him to diversify his investments and make some very interesting decisions with a new brokerage firm that he employed, none of which made the theatrical cut. Rachel Weisz, who plays the hedge fund manager, was super pissed.

 She was cut out of….

To the Wonder. I know. Paul Giamatti wasn’t crazy about the theatrical release of the film as well and I don’t blame him. Some of his best work was Jerry explaining the intricacies of the deal he had made with Eazy Z and the boys. And there’s a scene where he just shows Ice Cube (played by O’Shea Jackson Jr) a copy of the contract. We cut it down for running time and pace, but in the new version they read through the whole contract together and go over it clause by clause.

Wow. That actually changes the meaning of the story. 

Every film has to have a villain and Jerry became outs, but in reality those boys spent more time talking about tax deductibles and creative financial solutions than they did about hitting the pipe and popping caps in asses.

Straight Outta Compton: The IRS Edition will be available from all outlets and digital media from today.


NEW YORK – Today Shia LaBeouf came first in the inaugural Shia LaBeouf movie marathon, winning the gold medal in a varied field.

Shia LaBeouf watched all his films back to back at the Angelika Film Center in New York, with a live stream of his reactions being broadcast on the internet. The event entitled #ALLMYMOVIES featured all twenty nine of his films being shown back-to-back in reverse chronological order. A camera on the back of his seat has captured all of his reactions and him sleeping through some of them.

Robert De Niro was one of many celebrities who turned up to cheer the young actor along the road of his entire ouvre. He spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec at the awards ceremony:

I think it’s entirely appropriate that Shia won the gold medal. This is a race he’s been training for his whole life and he had to be the favorite even though I know Paul Giamatti and Aaron Paul were also in the field.

Paul Giamatti was actually a surprise inclusion in the field though rumor has it he was training in Estonia for five months. He came in second with Martin Freeman beating Aaron Paul to the bronze medal. The Hobbit star said that he was delighted with the result but would be hoping to beat Shia LaBeouf next year.

I was way ahead of him but Nymphomaniac Volume 2 really screwed me.

Image courtesy of @thePixelFactor

Shia LaBeouf will be appearing at a shopping mall near you throughout the Holiday Season.


YORKSHIRE – Only hours after news that Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of Downton Abbey for Season Four, it was also revealed that the ‘Muscles from Brussels’, Jean Claude Van Damme will also be appearing, although it is as yet unclear as to whether he will be making a permanent addition, or a special one off appearance.

The action star spoke excitedly to Studio Exec this morning:

My character is Alphonse DuBois. I am a member of the Belgian aristocracy but I have fallen on hard times and I arrive at Downton as part of a troupe of entertainers. I’m the clown Monsieur Chuckles. Unbeknownst to the Earl the house has been surrounded by dirty thieving Ninjas, intent on stealing the family silver, and this is where my character really comes into his own, cheering up the family once the Ninjas have gone with all the silver.  

Julian Fellowes, the creator and producer of the show, said that they were very pleased to have Monsieur Van Damme aboard.

He really is the most charming of chaps, and when he has a couple of drinks he comes out with the funniest stories about Kylie Minogue and Roger Moore. Really ripping stuff.  

But aren’t you worried the influx of Hollywood faces will compromise the dramatic believability of the show?

What what what what? Oh, dramatic believability! Ha! Yes, quite.

Downton Abbey: Season 4 begins this Fall.