GRUMPY OLD MEN REBOOT: FIRST LOOK

HOLLYWOOD – The new re-imagining of the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau classic Grumpy Old Men gets its first poster featuring stars Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington.

Famous for their more serious dramatic/action roles in films such as Malcolm X and Taken, Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington both expressed their delight at being involved in the Grumpy Old Men remake.

They spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec.

So what attracted you to the project?

Liam Neeson: We’ve both done remakes in the past. I’ve done The A-Team and Denzel did The Equalizer and…

Denzel Washington: The Taking of Pelham 123.

LN: Right. But we don’t get much opportunity to do comedy. People look at us killing people in our films and they don’t connect that with comedy for some reason.

DW: Cameron Crowe has been trying to get a remake of the film off the ground for years and the script has been circulating. I was looking for something to do with Liam because I’ve admired him as an actor ever since I saw Krull.

LN: For me, I became a big Denzel fan after watching Ricochet. That was one hell of a movie. I pointed at the screen and said ‘I want to do that’.

How did you divide the roles?

DW: Liam was already attached to play John Gufstafson, which was Lemmon’s role. But that was perfect for me because I’ve always seen myself more as a Walter Matthau man. I’ve got the same hangdog looks.  So I took to the role of Max really well.

LN: When I was re-watching the original I noticed that John was kind of a handy man and I thought, I too have a particular set of skills. And so that made my mind up really.

How will the new film differ from the old film?

DW: No one wants to see a carbon copy. What’s the point of that?

LN: Right. In the original, John and Max are both basically bitter old men arguing about the affections of an attractive neighbor Ariel. They spy on each other and try to sabotage each other’s plans.

DW: In our version I’m ex-CIA.

LN: And I’m ex-Secret Service.

DW: And we both love Ariel, playing by Melanie Griffith.

LN: But terrorists have kidnapped her.

DW: We need to forget our differences and team up to kill the terrorists, evade the police commanded (as ever) by Forest Whitaker and save Ariel.

Wow. It doesn’t sound like a funny premise.

LN: Funny? Why on earth would it have to be funny?

Because it’s a comedy.

DW: Comedies don’t have to be funny.

LN: Look at This Means War.

Yes, but...

DW: Or anything with Vince Vaughn in.

LN: He’s made hundreds of comedies and not once have I laughed.

DW: Good point Liam.

LN: Thanks Denzel.

Grumpy Old Men will be in cinemas in 2016.

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5 FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT TOM HARDY

HOLLYWOOD – We all know that Tom Hardy is one of the most exciting talents to come out of Great Britain since the old days of Benedict Cumberbatch, but what do we really know about him?

We sent the Studio Exec FACT squad into Tom Hardy Country to see what we can find out.

1. Tom’s dad was a novelist. He wrote Tess of the D’Urbevilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Far from the Madding Crowd. All popular yarns in their day. Tom Sr. wrote under the name Thomas Hardy and Thomas Jr. chose to go by the diminutive Tom in order to avoid confusion. Thomas Hardy claims to have never seen any of his son’s films on account of being long dead.

2. Tom Hardy is famous for his detailed preparation to roles and commitment to the method. Inspired by Daniel Day Lewis, Tom first becomes Daniel Day Lewis and then imagines Daniel Day Lewis playing the character. Many see this Deep Lewis version of acting as tantamount to body swappage. So for instance his new film Rocketman will feature Hardy playing Daniel Day Lewis playing Elton John.

3.  When Tom played violent criminal Bronson for the film Bronson, Tom prepared by becoming a violent criminal and killed several people before he was arrested and banged up. The next morning the authorities discovered Tom Hardy had somehow got into one of their cells and released him without asking any questions.

4. Tom Hardy will soon appear in Mad Max: Fury Road which was once called Nutty Norman: Miffed Drive. The title was changed to bring it more in line with the Mel Gibson trilogy which made the character famous. George Miller claimed he had only been joking about the title, but a large box of t-shirts with the original art work was found in George Miller’s caravan along with unheard of amounts of bacon.

5. Perhaps Tom’s most famous role to date, Bane saw the enigmatic star play Winston Churchill as a villain. However others prefer Locke where Tom drives a car and not particularly quickly either. He’s also had turns in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Drop, Warrior and Lawless. On one thing everyone agrees and that is This Means War was donkey crap.

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WILLIAM SHATNER REPLACES CHRIS PINE IN STAR TREK BEYOND

HOLLYWOOD – It is the news ever Trekker/Trekkie has been waiting for: William Shatner will take over from Chris Pine in Star Trek Beyond.

Rumors had been circulating about Star Trek Beyond casting problems for months with a source close to the production claiming that William Shatner had been spending a lot of time on set, ostensibly helping Chris Pine.

Subbing on directing duties from J.J. Abrams who made both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Roberto Orci was quick to defend the decision:

Chris has done a wonderful job for us with the first two films, but basically everyone was missing that old Shatner magic so I ‘beamed him up’. Ha ha! Well, I telephoned him and offered him the gig. Initially it was going to be a cameo. A time travel kind of thing with Chris and Bill meeting up and having a discussion about life and it was a really touching moment on the script. People warned me that Shatner was an egotistical maniac but he was the sweetest guy. In the first meeting he was so concerned that Chris would be overworked he insisted that he take on the whole part himself and so we rewrote the script to fulfill that vision. Chris was so happy, he was in tears.

Orci was also forthcoming about some plot elements.

Yes, there will be Tribbles.

Meanwhile, Chris Pine is eyeing his post-Trek future.

He told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

Oh, I have a lot of options. I mean Kirk was a great opportunity for a young actor like me, but I’ve got the Jack Ryan franchise which if anything is bigger than Star Trek and I have the sequel to This Means War, which everyone has been clamoring for me to do. And I have… Oh God. Oh God no. [Sobs uncontrollably]. WHY? WHY!!!??

Star Trek Beyond: The Trouble with Tribbles will be released in 2016.

CHRIS PINE DEEPLY REGRETS

HOLLYWOOD – Chris Pine deeply regrets not getting Jack Ryan’s latest iteration in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit right, but what else does Chris Pine deeply regret.

Chris Pine deeply regrets…

telling Steven Spielberg what he really thought of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

investing his savings in flatulenthousewives.com

starring in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit by the director of Thor, Kenneth Branagh

what he did to your mother’s first cousin when he was drunk on mescal last April

going to the cinema with Pee Wee Herman

that he had a surname which was low hanging fruit for film critics reaching for a pun to describe his acting skills

being in Star Trek: Into the Darkness and not Star Wars: The Force Awakens

eating the mushroom and chives omelette with a side salad when he wanted a steak and fries

meeting William Shatner, getting drunk with William Shatner, getting that tattoo with William Shatner, of William Shatner

asking Meryl Streep if a dingo had really eaten her baby

buying a gym membership that he never intends to use

taking a sneaky leak in in William Friedkin’s Jacuzzi and then realizing there was some kind of dye that was activated by urine

This Means War

This Means War

This Means War

This Means War

TOM HARDY CLONED FOR NEW FILM

HOLLYWOOD – Tom Hardy has been cloned in order to tackle the remake of Harold Ramis’ 1996 comedy Multiplicity.

The new version, directed by Christopher Nolan, sees Tom Hardy cloning himself ‘for a laugh’, but all is not plain sailing as the clones all come out as versions of Tom’s previous movie characters. In this EXCLUSIVE interview Tom Hardy expands on the unique challenge of playing himself and all of his other movie roles in one movie:

I’m not gonna lie, I’m on the edge of having a serious psychological breakdown right now. Chris says it’s  playing really well on screen so far but I’m not sure what’s real any more. What is Tom? Why is the moonlight? Are fish metaphors? How many are the raspberries? 

I’ve seen some of the dailies, Nolan is right, it looks fantastic, just go with it. How does it feel revisiting all of your previous characters? 

Like I’ve been eaten alive by snakes, each snake has a different piece of my body and I can still feel myself, disembodied in the bowels of the legion of serpents. I scream to be whole but there is no answer, only the dead circular void of the camera silently pulling me towards it like the all powerful maw of a malevolent black hole.

Cool! So just to recap the premise. You’re playing yourself and you have all these clones who are all these great characters you played in all your films and they end up all having to live together under one roof right? And you’re trying to keep it a secret with what I’m assuming will be hilarious comedy consequences? 

That was the plan, but the reality of having Bane, Bronson and Shinzon from Star Trek: Resurrection sharing a bed in the basement has taken the narrative in a different direction. Chris likes to have as much realistic logic as a story can hold so there simply had to be a liberal amount of murder in the movie. It is played for laughs but that basement section of the movie is pretty much just an orgy of the worst human debasement and vile transgressions before it settles into broad domestic comedy. 

Who has been your favourite character to revisit?

Tuck from This Means War is probably the closest thing to the real Tom so that has been nice. It’s like pulling on your old favourite flesh suit. I particularly enjoy the sections where I get to play Eames from Inception because he literally spends the whole movie in a dream state and Chris let me really sleep for all of those takes. But now that I think about it, I think playing  Andie Macdowell is really the thing that keeps me going.

Oh, but that really IS Andie Macdowell in the movie though, isn’t it Tom?

There is no Tom sweetheart, only Iill’ old me Andie sugar. 

Jesus that’s creepy…

Come sit a lill’ closer child, momma won’t hurt you none.

Oh hey Listen Tom I think that’s my call to go…

Theatricality and deception; powerful agents to the uninitiated. Are you sure you wouldn’t like to stay and tinker with my soldier?