LOUIS CK FLAKES A HIT

NEW YORK – Popular comedian and actor Louis CK launches breakfast cereal.

Louis CK has a new stand-up special on Netflix and a nutritious breakfast cereal: Louis CK Flakes. The occasionally shocking comedian spoke to Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY about his new line in breakfast foods.

I’ve always been interested in breakfast cereal ever since I was head writer on the Dana Carver Show. That didn’t last long. We actually got cancelled after seven episodes. We made eight but they only showed seven. What are you going to do? But it was then that I had already been bitten by the breakfast cereal bug. Me and Steve Carrell would talk about our favorite cereals all the time. I remember he really liked corn flakes and I did too. So we bonded.

So tell us about Louis CK Flakes.

They’re essentially like cornflakes. I mean store brand cornflakes. And we just put my face on the box. But they’re delicious. I went around the whole country eating cereal and I think I found the best for quality price ratio.

So what’s next?

A milk-based beverage. Something you drink hot. With just milk. We’re calling it Louis CK Hot Milk.

How does this relate to the comedy?

No connection whatsoever. It’s more like Horace and Pete.

Louis CK special is on Netflix.

ADAM MCKAY PROMISES PROFITS OF BIG SHORT TO CHARITY

HOLLYWOOD – In a move that has shocked and delighted Hollywood Adam McKay director of financial comedy The Big Short has promised that all profits of the movie will go to charity.

New comedy The Big Short starring Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt has a lot of fun with the financial crisis but director Adam McKay has decided to put something back:

It’s very simple. Thousands of people lost their homes as a result of the chicanery that we are portraying. It is great that people will know more about it because of our movie but the important thing is that satire and laughter lines cannot put a roof over people’s heads. So we’ll be taking every penny we make from The Big Short and giving it to the people who suffered from the financial crisis. Those who had their homes foreclosed. Those who lost their jobs.

That’s amazing.

I know. Brad, Steve and Ryan are joining suit. But it isn’t the first time we did this. When we made The Other Guys which is my answer to Serpico we used the profits to fund an organisation that investigates police corruption. When we made Anchorman 2 the only reason we did that is so that we could raise funds to build a home in new Mexico for unemployed men with mustaches.

Wait, is this a joke?

And when we made Step Brothers we used the money that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly donated to buy Africa and fill it with food.

This is bullshit Adam. So you didn’t give the money to charity? 

Are you kidding? I’m taking all the money I make and I’m giving it to my fund manager. This economy is going to crash and burn and I’m set to profit twice over. First with the shorts I’m paying for now and second with The Big Short 2: You F*cking Idiots.

The Big Short 2: You F*cking Idiots will be out shortly.

HOW MICHAEL BAY GAVE THE OFFICE MOVIE ‘A DIFFERENT TONE’

HOLLYWOOD – John Krasinski has described the tone of the new movie version of The Office as ‘totally different in tone and scope’ to the popular comedy series.

Directed by Michael Bay, the long awaited movie spin off of the popular TV show The Office has stumped many viewers with its complete change in direction and tone. But star John Krasinski, who plays Jim in the show, popped into the Studio Exec office (I know) to calm fears and assure fans of the now defunct show:

As soon as Michael Bay comes on board you know that things are going to be different. We knew that we would have difficulty because already Steve Carrell had made it clear that he would not be returning to play Michael Stott. So no matter what we did, it would never be the same as the show. When we sat down with Michael to do a table read of the script, he just kept making machine gun noises with his mouth and like explosions. All his notes to the writers were things like ‘What if he threw a hand grenade?’ and ‘Where’s Pennsylvania?’

He didn’t like the original setting?

Right. And he also felt that the show needed to be more topical and he watches a lot of Fox, so he said ‘Hey what if Jim went to Libya?’ Once Jim goes to Libya and has a new job as a CIA operative then it’s a very small step to him being involved in the Benghazi embassy attack. And that who,le story line basically wrote itself. It had the bonus of allowing me to really broaden my range.

But it’s still as funny as the show, right?

Have you seen Four Lions? That’s what we’re hoping to get. This is very dry humor. The idea is we show things as extreme as we can, like a real right wing fantasy, but underneath it all is this hilarious dry humor. I mean it’s all ironic.

Are you sure?

I think it is. If you ask Michael, you might get a different answer. As you can tell from the lighter moments in the Transformers movies, Michael doesn’t really get comedy.

And the title change?

Yeah, right. Well, once we go the Benghazi route then I’m no longer in the office, so calling it The Office: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was just not going to work. But it is still an Office movie. I mean at least I think it is. That’s what I tell myself when I wake up at three o clock in the morning, crying.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is on general release.

5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT PAUL RUDD

HOLLYWOOD – Paul Rudd will soon be appearing in ANT-MAN, but what do we really know about the man?

Now, 5 FACTuals about Paul Rudd, actor and nice guy.

1. Paul Rudd made his name as the inventor of the popular tabletop game Jenga, which he developed with Steve Carrell, but then he gave away the patents to a children’s charity, because he didn’t think anyone should profit from humanity’s need to play stupid games way past the age when it makes sense.

2. Paul Rudd writes and directs all of Judd Apatow’s films, but he refuses to take any credit because a) he’s just such a nice guy and b) they’re all shit.

3. Paul Rudd is a fruitarian, but he won’t eat grapes because ‘they’re so cute.’ While preparing for Ant-Man, Paul ate nothing but watermelons, leading Edgar Wright to nickname him ‘Watermelon-Man.’ When a Marvel exec heard this, they assumed it was racist and fired Wright.  

4. To prepare for his role in “I Love You, Man,” Paul Rudd murdered fifteen homeless people.

5. Paul Rudd’s father was an airline pilot, and Paul traveled frequently with him. Once, when his father was drunk, Paul put the Boeing 747 into a spin, an event which became the real-life inspiration for the Denzel Washington film “Flight.”

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FOXCATCHER: REVIEW

FOXCATCHER: REVIEW – Steve Carrell plays Mr. Burns from The Simpsons as he uses his money and influence to help build a wrestling team with Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) and his brother, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller continues his love of single word titles and his forensic exploration of the behind the scenes of competitive sport. Based on a bizarre true story, Carrell is John duPont, a multimillionaire whose taste for wrestling  sees him finance and increasingly manipulate the lives of Mark (Tatum) and then Dave Shultz (Ruffalo), two wrestling champion brothers. Mark is the impressionable dolt, raw power, jutting jaw, a decent guy, but exactly the sort of tabula rasa that duPont can lord over. Dave, on the other hand, is a man who knows himself, a  keen study of character blinded only by his wish to see the good in everyone.

Miller’s film is ultimately about the corrosive effect of too much money on almost everything. DuPont is the unhappy man Goethe warned us about, capable of poisoning everything, plagued by delusions of grandeur but with the wealth to bankroll those delusions into traps for other people. The acting is superb, Carrell finds an older, richer variation on his Mike Scott persona, and Tatum shows himself to be a fine character actor and Ruffalo is as charismatic and watchable as ever, as everything DuPont would like to be.

Come Oscar season there will be talk, but that’s trivia. Foxcatcher’s dark satire needs no glitz or affirmation. By they way, [SPOILER ALERT] there is no fox and no one catches it.

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RICKY GERVAIS TO REMAKE THE OFFICE

HOLLYWOOD – Following the success of Steve Carrell starring US version of The Office, Ricky Gervais has announced that he is going to go full circle and remake The Office (US) itself a remake of the British The Office as a new series called The Office for the BBC. 

Gervais spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec this morning, sporting a tight black t-shirt!

The last thing I want to do is repeat myself. People were always saying when will you bring David Brent back? When? When? And I always thought never but then I thought, what if I approach The US Office as if it were a totally new series and I could remake it in England with Michael Scott as the character.

Starring Steve Carrell?

No, starring me as Michael Scott. It will be relocated back to England obviously and it will have a British cast.

So you’ll be doing an American accent.

No, I can’t… I’m not very good at American accents. I don’t want to do one.

But won’t people be confused that you’re the same… how is this…

Look it isn’t that complex. I’ll be playing David Scott and we’ll have the other characters from the American show, but as British actors.

But you just said David Scott.

Did I? Oh f*ck it. Right I’ll play David Brent. There. Happy?

No. 

The Office will be broadcast on BBC 3 in the Fall.