HOLLYWOOD – Denis Leary announced he is going to play Bill Hicks in Richard Linklater’s new biopic.

Actor and comedian Denis Leary today announced he would be playing cult comic Bill Hicks. Boyhood director Richard Linklater’s new film will chart the short career of the influential stand up who died in 1994 at the age of 32.bill hicks

Denis Leary spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec about his new film:

I’ve always admired Bill from afar. He’s a real icon for guys like me. We came from different places. I’m from Boston. And he isn’t. And of course, our careers took different trajectories. I became massively successful and he died.

How did you prepare for the new role?

Well, it isn’t exactly a new role. I’ve been playing Bill Hicks for pretty much my whole career. No Cure for Cancer, that was basically a rehearsal for this film. I even said to Richard, rather than shoot new scenes for the parts where I’m doing stand up as Bill, we can just edit in excerpts from my shows. Cut out the bits that are Louis CK and we’re good.

Are you excited to work with Richard Linklater?

Definitely. You see he’s the kind of director who always likes to have a touch of the authentic in his movies. The way he uses time in the Sunset films and the Boyhood and all that. And he’s also good at those films which you’re not sure are supposed to be funny or not, like Bernie. And that’s a bit like my stand up as well.

Bill Hicks will be released in 2020.


HOLLYWOOD – Boyhood and Before Midnight director, Richard Linklater has failed in his attempt to script, shoot, edit and release a feature film within 24 hours.

Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, Linklater complained:

There simply wasn’t enough time. I mean twenty four hours to write a script is already pushing it, but to film the script, edit it and have it show in movie theaters…? It was a foolhardy attempt to say the least.

Why did you accept the challenge?

I was drunk and it was Michael Haneke who told me I couldn’t do it. He kept saying ‘Linklater’s a slowdy coach.’ His English isn’t great. And anyway I’m not having the asshole who made Funny Games twice tell me what I can and cannot do.

Is it true he also made disparaging remarks about your hair?

Yes, it is. And he’s Austrian for crying out loud. Austrian! The country that invented bad hair.

What was the film going to be about?

It was called Day Care and it was a bout this young guy (Chris Pine) who is working in a day care center and there’s this old lady, played by Judi Dench and a kind of gentle unlikely friendship evolves over the course of the day.

How far did you get with the film?

Well, I decided that if I was going to do it, I needed to cut out some parts of the film making process, so I dumped the script once I had the synopsis and decided the whole thing would be improvised. Luckily Chris Pine doesn’t have much experience acting so he was fine with that. And Judi was very game. We filmed for eight hours and I though we had it in the bag so we rushed over to the editing suite. Everything was digital and I had a minimum of takes, mostly just the one take for each scene.

And so you stalled in editing?

No, we put together a rough assembly and then watched it through tweaking her and there. And at the same time I was adding music that our composer was improvising on a range of instruments we’d brought in for him.

So the film was completed?

No, unfortunately not.  You see, as soon as I saw the film in its complete form I realized that the story was incomplete. Yes, we know what happens to Chris and Judi on this day, but for us to be true to the characters I wanted to know what happened to them for the next twenty years and given our limitations – imposed on us by Haneke – I decided to surrender rather than release something I couldn’t live with.

So you’re going to take the time and complete the film?

No, I deleted all of it. And I have to wear a t-shirt that Haneke sent me which has writing saying ‘I’m a foolish head’ with an arrow that points up to the wearer, that is me.

Day Care will never be seen. 


HOLLYWOOD – Filmed over seventeen years, Richard Linklater’s new film Bathroom, starring Ethan Hawke, is a life-affirming portrait of a man as seen by his bathroom mirror.

The Purge star spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about the long drawn out and arduous process of making the film and the hardships he had to endure:

It was really easy. All I had to do was let Richard put a one way mirror in my bathroom and every couple of weeks he’d come round and change the memory card. He had the camera hooked up to a motion detector and so it would only film when I went to the bathroom.

What was… the point?

Most of us go to the bathroom at least a couple of times a day. Maybe a lot more in certain cases. We go there to brush our teeth, urinate, defecate, shower, check our hair in the mirror, clip our toenails or nasal hair, and bathe. Some of us even masturbate in there. And yet movies almost totally ignore the bathroom. I mean, unless it’s Psycho or some shower sex in Breathless, then we really don’t see this part of our lives.  It is criminally underrepresented.


Let me tell you, you can go a hundred years without having sex and nothing will happen, but try going two weeks without having a shit.

I see.

Richard Linklater is committed to a cinema which includes all aspects of life and so am I. Including the toilet.

So do we get to see…?

You see everything. The good times, the hard times, when my marriage is on the rocks or when I’ve not been getting enough roughage. You see it all. And in the European cut of the film you’ll even get to see the bidet.

Bathroom will be released in 2015.


HOLLYWOOD – Following the successes of Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel revealed yesterday that Phase 3 of the plan to take over the Movie universe will lack one ingredient most audiences would have thought essential: superheroes.



HOLLYWOOD – Following the commercially and critically successful release of his movie Boyhood, writer director Richard Linklater has confirmed that he is already working on the sequel, provisionally titled Manhood.



AUSTIN – School of Rock and Slackers director Richard Linklater announced that yesterday he is prepping his new film Bernie 2 which will star real life murderer Bernie Tiede subject of Linklater’s 2011 film Bernie.

The director of the Before Sunrise trilogy said:

Though now a documentary, Bernie 2 is an unofficial sequel if you will. I want to show how Bernie is just an ordinary person with a story to tell. He committed a crime and has served his sentence and I want to see how he reinserts himself back into society.

An evidently annoyed Jack Black commented:

This is bullshit. I nailed that character and then they come in with the actual guy…? How am I supposed to compete with that. It’s just bullshit man. [Mimes frustrated guitar solo] Didddley diddley deeeeeeee.

Richard Linklater outlined plans of filming the real Bernie for a number of years and denied reports that Bernie Tiede had actually requested to be taken back to prison.

‘I get more privacy there,’ he allegedly complained. 

Bernie 2 will be released in 2025, 2020 with good behavior.


PARIS – Stars of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy were today found guilty in a French court of having ‘defrauded the public’, a charge which could lead to a hefty fine and a short custodial sentence if the ruling is upheld.

The pair instantly lodged an appeal. 

French Magistrate Pierre Fantin stated in his judgement that:

M. Hawke and Madame Delpy have consistently and with malice of forethought raised our expectations as to what to expect when a stranger starts talking to you on a train. Untold damage has been done, with young French women in particular being made vulnerable to danger of assault, when – believing they are at the start of a life long romance – they fall for any old line from a pubicly hirsute backpacking American now. There has been an astronomic rise in the amount of semi-funny babble and meandering anecdote telling, and as heart warming as that is, it also deserves punishment.

The White House today took the unusual step of commenting on the judgement, saying that ‘It was no more damaging than When Harry Met Sally.’  The director of the films – who was not named in the original charges – Richard Linklater said that the case was preposterous and would not deter the team for reuniting for a prequel that was currently being planned. ‘This is a story many have grown to love and I think we will do justice to that,’ said Linklater. ‘Unlike the French court.’

Before Before Sunrise, Sunset and Midnight will be released in 2015.