HOLLYWOOD – Amy Adams – the versatile Hollywood actress of Arrival, The Master, Man of Steel and American Hustle – came into the Studio Exec office to give us her top 5 toothbrushes of 2016.

Amy Adams! Toothbrushes! Go!

1 The Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush is the Amazon no. 1 bestselling toothbrush. With a thin, flexible easy grip and a good head, the stern bristles ensure that every tooth gets a thorough clean. The thing which stands out for me though is the cleaning tip, which is particularly good at getting spinach out from between your teeth.

2 Mila Kunis once told me the most important part of your smile is your gums. And the Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex medium Toothbrush is the toothbrush for you. Two flexing sides gives the discerning mouth a powerful working over. Your gums will shine like Jessica Chastain.

3 When working with the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman we would often speak about acting. He said it all began with the teeth. The Dr. Collings Perio Toothbrush gives a flossing effect that Philip would have loved, penetrating with its innovative tapered filaments even between the most stubborn molars.

4 Directors Paul Thomas Anderson and Denis Villeneuve have radically different styles but one thing they have in common is their adoration of the GUM Technique Deep Clean Toothbrush. The 45-degree angle ensures thorough cleaning without irritation.

5 The Nimbus Microfine Toothbrush has a whitening effect and is cheep. I once saw Leonardo diCaprio stick it up his ass, but that’s another story.

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HOLLYWOOD – Everyone is doing a top ten, so I’m doing a top ten, but I don’t know if it’s a top ten of the best films, the worst films, the most middling films: it’s a top ten of something. That’s all.

1. A Most Wanted Man. This is the top of the ten films that came out this year featuring a final performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. If you weren’t pissed about PSH dying watch this and you’ll be pissed once more and depressed. A fantastic John Le Carré adaptation. Perhaps even better than the sprawling and unfocussed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Read the review here.

2. Boyhood. Richard Linklater’s weird sociological/anthropological experiment is a kind of epic Seinfeld episode, essentially a film about life itself and nothing at all. The bildungsroman is epic, rich and beautiful, and this from the man who brought us the wonders of the Sunset/Sunrise trilogy. And School of Rock. Read about Ethan Hawke’s new project here. 

3. Whiplash. Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a Picture! Miles Teller is brilliant as the young drumming student and so is J.K. Simmons as the sadistic teacher. For the review, Click Here.

4. Birdman. Michael Keaton is back and he is kicking ass in this superlative satire on the film industry, acting, theatre, journalism, YouTube, oh Jesus, everything. Read the review here. 

5. Pompeii. I didn’t see it but it’s supposed to be brilliant and there’s a chance it will win all the Oscars. Read about that here.

6. Interstellar. Christopher Nolan not only makes a film complete with worm holes, black holes and plot holes, he also spectacularly illustrates the uncertainty principle, how can someone so clever, in such a clever film, occasionally do things which seem so stupid. I went with it. Read about that here.

7. The Interview. I haven’t seen the film, but I’m going to have to. So thanks for that Kim Jong-un. I think you won round one. Read some of the stuff we wrote about it here.

8. The Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel are now following the Pixar model of basically making old fashioned Studio era comedies dressed up as films for kids. Funny and clever and a bench mark for the Marvel house style. Click here to read about Chris Pratt’s celebrations.

9. The Nightcrawler and The Babadook and ’71: three cracking movies, all feature débuts, all fantastic with the promise of great things to come. Also all genre films. Here are the reviews of Babadook and Nightcrawler.  

10. Leviathan, The Look of Silence and Mommy: Just to prove I can read, these are the films that are in foreign which you might want to have a look at.  I saw them at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. Here are some reports from them.  

Happy Xmas, Happy Hanukka, Happy mid-winter atheism for those who still enjoy food and giving. 


HOLLYWOOD – As Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One hits cinemas, the Studio Exec FACT squad rappelled into Panem, fired FACT arrows into the  Capitol and sounded the clarion call for revolution in all the districts.

1. The Hunger Games are based on a real life fight to the death that takes place ever year in the Netherlands, a country in Northern Europe which most Americans believe to be mythical. Dutch children are starved until they are willing to kill each other for the prize. Proceeds from television rights pay for socialized medicine. Endemol, the company responsible for running  The Hunger Games, also produce Big Brother.

2. Katnis Everdeen is played by Jennifer Lawrence, an actress.

3. The author of the original novels, Suzanne Collins is an avid collector of Germans. So far she has a little over 17,000 which she keeps in a special compound.

4. Although Suzanne Collins only wrote three novels – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, following a suggestion from Peter Jackson Lionsgate have decided to split the final novel into three films: Mockingjay Part one, Mockingjay Part One (b) and Mockingjay Part Two (at least at time of publication).

5. Although Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly finished his scenes before his untimely death, some scenes showing his character Plutarch Heavensbee will be played by Oliver Reed from Gladiator.

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The director of The American films a book by the guy who did Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring the guy from Doubt and the gal from Mean Girls who isn’t Lindsay Lohan.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last performances, plays Gunther a world weary secret operative who runs a small team of spooks in Hamburg, Germany, tasked with spotting Islamic terrorists before they can put together a plot similar to that hatched in the same city in 2001 and which brought down the World Trade Center. A young Chechen refugee Issa (Grigori Dobrygin)  enters the country illegally, seeking the help of an idealistic young lawyer Annabel (Rachel McAdams) and a dubious banker (Willem Dafoe) to access millions of Euros his Russian father has hid away. Gunther’s team stealthily circle their prey hoping that the Chechen might prove bait to an apparently moderate Islamic leader who might however be a front for terrorists. Gunther will have to contend not only with the terrorists but also with the hawkish elements of his law enforcement rivals and the smiling duplicitous presence of Robin Wright’s CIA operative, an observer  with all the strings held lightly in her hand.

Anton Corbjin’s film looks wonderful. He has a particular talent for placing his characters in startling settings and Hamburg becomes a character in itself with its 1960s architecture all modernist angles and concrete, blessed by the occasional park and laced with ancient sex shops and sea port dives. Hoffman looks perfect in the role and in the city. He shambles about smoking cigarettes as if they are his only form of nutrition and helping himself to generous servings of whisky. He is a man who refuses to look the world in the eye, except when he has to compel that world to do something potentially terrible. As with The Lives of Others, the spooks live half lives somewhere between shabby Olympic Gods and peeping Toms, although Hoffman is such a charismatic screen presence that we are as manipulated and compelled as his stooges are.

The film subsequently suffers whenever we are asked to care too much about Issa or Annabel and their feelings for each other. Rachel McAdams looks out of place, though that is also the function of her character and Issa scrubs up a little too well to be credible. That said A Most Wanted Man is a solid addition to the filmography of John LeCarré adaptations and another sad reminder of what we lost when Philip Seymour Hoffman took his final bow.

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Johnny Cash meets Truman Capote, author of Battlefield Earth, who tries to get Cash to believe the kind of crap John Travolta and Tom Cruise believe. Unsuccessfully.

After the brilliance of Alien Versus Predator Paul Thomas Anderson returns to the screen with The Master.  Wacky Phoenix physicals it up with a Daniel Day-Lewis stoop, while Hoffers does the verbals. Magnificent lack of 3D and digital, with 70 mm camera work and genuinely beautiful visuals to a score by the guy from Coldplay or Radiohead. Idiots will be bored, but an ambitious and truly cinematic piece of work, as well as a vast improvement on The Three Musketeers.