HOLLYWOOD – Zach Snyder today revealed that the aliens from the popular TV show V almost featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Talking at the premier of his new film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zach Snyder dropped the bombshell that aliens from the popular TV show V almost featured in the new movie. Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec red carpet reporter, the 300 director said that the concept of using the aliens had been in the script from an early stage:

I think it was kind of a joke at the first. The idea would be that the aliens from V would be there because we had the letter V in the title of the film, so if anyone complained we could say, ‘look, it was in the title all along’, but after we cast Ben Affleck we thought if we put too many jokes in it, we’d be pushing the audience beyond the limits, so we decided to cut them, as we did all references to the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

What role would the aliens have played?

They were going to be the second string villains. You would have them as the heavies and then Lex Luthor would be revealed to be behind everything. And you have them guzzling rats and tearing their faces accidentally and what have you. I’m a huge fan of the original show, not so much of the remake.

Is there a chance they might appear in a future episode in the franchise?

Funny you should mention that. After all the research I did and all the fun I had writing for the aliens I did start a treatment for the next movie and brought them back to play a fundamental role.

Tentatively titled?

Batman and Superman v V.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is on general release.


INHERENT VICE: REVIEW – Paul Thompson Anderson remakes the Big Lebowski, but without the wit.

First things first: Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those directors who – any movie of his I’m watching, that becomes my favorite movie, his Alien Vs Predator movies aside, which are bafflingly poor.  Magnolia is a masterpiece; Boogie Nights, a masterpiece; There Will Be Blood, obviously a masterpiece; Punch Drunk Love, a small quirky masterpiece and The Master is so much a masterpiece he even put half the word in the title. So what the f*ck is Inherent Vice?

Oh, and an addendum to that, I also love Thomas Pynchon and think V is a masterpiece; Gravity’s Rainbow is a masterpiece… okay? Yeah, you follow me. So again what the f*ck is Inherent Vice?

It’s not bad, it looks handsome and sounds fantastic, the performances are all good, Wacky Phoenix a likable comic lead. And PTA does TP justice, but that might just be the problem. Pynchon’s dialogue in the novel is a gag filled delight, taking from Chandler both plot and raison d’etre and giving us Marlowe played by Elliot Gould via the ‘Dude’ Lebowski, with Wolverine’s sideburns. But in PTA’s adaptation, the scenes are simply too long and too similar; one feels he’s too in love with his source material. More bothered about being true to it than creating a good movie.

At the behest of an ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterson), private investigator ‘Doc’ Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) investigates a pair of linked disappearances. Doing so, Doc comes across a parade of semi-crazy characters from a hopped up dentist (Martin Short) to a flat top cop called Bigfoot (Josh Brolin). The lugubrious narration is given by a beach babe astrologer Sortilège (Joanna Newsom) not so much to clear up the intentionally complicated plot, but to read out chunks of the novel. Pynchon’s prose is good, cinematic even, but it does not need to be here. Just as his wise-cracking dialogue crackles on the page but burns up way too much screen time. What should be snappy comes across as gassy. And people tells us too much that sounds more interesting than what we are seeing. A dentist dies in weird vampiric trampoline accident? Let’s see it.

Again Inherent Vice is not bad. It’s just – and it pains me to say it – not a masterpiece.

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HOLLYWOOD – Hit CBS sit-com Two and a Half Men will have a new pair of regular stars next Fall when renowned novelist Thomas Pynchon and film director Terrence Malick make their acting debuts, joining Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the award winning show.

The long time Two and a Half Men fan and author of Gravity’s Rainbow, Pynchon said:

I watched it from the very beginning and I loved it. I must admit when Charlie Sheen got hit by the train I was sad and I wasn’t sure the show could maintain its highly hilarious comedic output, but on reflection and with everything that is now available, all the information I mean, Ashton Kutcher has been a revelation. And who would have thought it? He was shit in What Happens in Vegas.

Pynchon and To the Wonder director Terrence Malick will play Harvey Schmidt (Walden’s uncle) and Joey Harper (Alan’s uncle) respectively. ‘We move in to the house in Malibu with the guys and at first we’re like chalk and cheese,’ said the New World director. ‘But then, and here’s the genius, we click.’ 

Chuck Lorre – the show’s creator – said:

The idea had been kicking around. I was a huge fan of Tom and Terry’s work. I thought it was just great, if not particularly funny. But when I met them both at a party, I was knocked out by how funny they were in real life. It was like watching Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon sparring. They had the room in tears. I was in the shower the next morning when the idea came to me. I called them up and they were initially reluctant but you know a little numbers flew around and you don’t get that kind of money winning Palme d’Or or shifting hardbacks.

Lorre added that if the 12th season was a success he fully envisioned a spin off movie. ‘We’d like to do an Odd Couple kind of film with Tom and Terry. Hey Tom and Terry! There’s your title.’

Season 12 of Two and a Half Men will broadcast in 2014.  


LOS ANGELES – Paul Thomas Anderson‘s follow up to The Master is no easy job, an adaptation of post-modernist novelist Thomas Pynchon’s psychedelic private eye comedy Inherent Vice.

The film has been shrouded in mystery but the Studio Exec can exclusively reveal on set photos from the production which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jena Malone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short. 

The images excitingly reveal a long 400 mile dolly shot set up, something which fans of PTA’s work will surely recognise as the birthing place of a trademark bravura shot. 

Next we have what looks like a ‘ladder’. This is a technical piece of equipment, often employed by set designers and people who generally want to get higher and gain altitude without waiting to grow the required inches. 

Another photograph from the set reveals a shocking incidence of carelessness on the part of the ‘gaffer’ who has left his light meter and tool box just lying around. Paul Thomas Anderson will not be happy about that. It is well known he runs a tight ship which has led to him being nicknamed by all gaffers ‘the shit’.


Finally, a remarkable photograph shows the lighter side of production: a cup of tea, left to cool, milk, two sugars. This is no doubt Joaquin Phoenix’s tea – the peculiar shade comes from the fact Joaquin takes soya milk rather than regular because he is what scientists call a ‘vegan’. 

Inherent Vice will be released sometime in 2014.