HOLLYWOOD – In an attempt to explain the recent spate of whitewashing, film screenwriter Max Landis argued that ‘racism was the new black’ and that everyone should ‘just get over it.’
Speaking on a YouTube clip, Max Landis writer of Chronicle and American Ultra addressed the criticism of the casting of white actors in non-white roles, such as Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and Tilda Swinton in Kung Fu and Doctor Strange. Landis spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec via the YouTube video:
People are upset and they’re blaming everyone, but those people do not understand how this industry works and I know this is going to sound like mansplaining or white ‘splaining or whatever but I feel that it has to be said. Today if you want a big budget movie to have any chance of making back its money you need a white person or Will Smith to star in it. Maybe two white people maybe more. Because simply, Hollywood is racist and I’m not talking about a few bad apples, I mean the whole industry. But look so are the audiences. China is so racist it doesn’t even know what the word racism means. It just thinks that its racism is factual. Europe is racist. Africa is racist central. There was a time that racism was a white thing but now everyone is racism. It’s basically the new black.
Following the release of Max Landis’ video, everyone agreed with what he said and then started talking about Game of Thrones.
Max Landis is currently working on a musical version of Roots starring Justin Bieber.
HOLLYWOOD – Following the female remake of Ghostbusters 3, Tilda Swinton is to take on the iconic David Carradine role of Caine in Kung Fu.
Kung Fu, the shortlived cult TV show that broadcast from 1972-1975, is to be remade as a motion picture starring Tilda Swinton in the role of Caine.
Caine leaves China when her master is assassinated. She wanders the Wild West in search of her sister, but also righting wrongs and using her skills as a Kung Fu master to bring wrongdoers to justice.
Swinton spoke to Studio Exec about her role.
I’m very pleased because I had already shaved my head for my role in Doctor Strange, so it was a twofer. I loved the TV show and I feel that the time is right for this sort of story. And why not a woman? I don’t even feel that’s a question anymore.
And what do you say to people who say that this is another example of white washing?
Well, yeah, guilty as charged. I like that! Except I’m not sure Caine was ever supposed to be Chinese in the original, but we wrote that he was Chinese in this one just so that we could do a bit of extra whitewashing.
Kung Fu will be released in 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – Popular video game heroine from the 1990s Lara Croft originally played by Angelina Jolie is to be revived in a new film of Tomb Raider starring Chris Pratt as the pneumatic adventurer.
Chris Pratt has confirmed that he will be playing Lara Croft in a new film starring the Tomb Raider.
Chris Pratt spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about the new film:
Initially, Alicia Vikander was tapped to play the role but following the success of the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and the girl power Ghostbusters, the filmmakers thought they would go with a revolutionary new choice. Me! I was great in Jurassic World and fantastic in Guardians of the Galaxy and so Lara Croft was like a slam dunk with my affable way.
Director Roar Uthaug told the Studio Exec, ‘We’re really pleased to have Chris. Originally, we were thinking of Daisy Ridley and Alicia Vikander. They’re great, they’re women, and the British accent wouldn’t be a problem, but Chris took a piece of shit like Jurassic World and made that baby fly.’
Lara Croft will be released in 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – The Despicable Me spin off Minions is itself getting a series of spin offs with the first ‘stand alone’ Minion film: We Need to Talk About Kevin.
The first Minions ‘stand alone’ film We Need to Talk about Kevin is due to be released early next year and will star Tilda Swinton and Kevin Spacey will voice Kevin the Minion.
Director Pierre Coffin described the concept EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec earlier this week:
It’s very simple. Throughout the two Despicable Me films and then with Minions, we have observed as a creative team how the characters of the individual Minions have emerged. At first they were just this mass of yellow raspberry blowers and the joke was they were all pretty much the same. But then it became apparent that they each had individual characters and once we noticed that we decided we wanted to really explore those characters. We wanted to show the world that these little guys had feelings and problems and the ‘stand alone’ movies will do that in the way the Star Wars movies are doing it. We are expanding the Minions universe.
Tell us about the first film.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is an origin story. We think we’ve gone far enough with the humor that has kept the films very jolly and fun. Now we wanted to do something dark. I was really influenced by Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins when I did this. So Kevin (Kevin Spacey) is a young minion who simply won’t fit in. He has a very hard time relating to his mother, played by the wonderful Tilda Swinton, and he has an allergy to all food that isn’t bananas or ice-cream. There’s a kind of Columbine subplot as well.
Sorry, a what?
It is dark. The idea is that Kevin is planning something terrible, but it is only when he latches on to his true identity that things begins to go better and I think people will watch this film and then hopefully go back and watch Despicable Me 1 and they’ll see it in a totally new light.
We Need to Talk about Kevin will be released in 2016.
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LONDON – He was Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and even David Robert Jones, but now David Bowie is the subject of a new biopic entitled Starman, to be directed by Robert Redford and starring Jessica Chastain as the Thin White Duke himself.
The news came just days after Chastain lost out to Scarlett Johansson to play the First Lady in the new Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham (for more on that story CLICK HERE). With a photograph released showing Chastain in the guise of the Ziggy Stardust crack’d actor himself, the fan world is delirious at the prospect of the film.
Director Robert Redford spoke exclusively to Studio Exec about the project:
Starman has been in the works since the eighties, but the script was never quite right. I’ve always been fascinated by Bowie and especially his androgyny, his drug taking and his willingness to push the boundaries to often dangerous degrees. In those respects I think we’re very, very similar.
Has Bowie collaborated on the project?
I know that he knows about it, because we obviously had to approach his people about rights and what have you, but I feel both camps have been respectfully wary. We don’t want to get too close and they are interested in seeing what we’ll come up with.
And what about the rival Tilda Swinton project [entitled Moonlight Daydream Oh Yeah]?
I can’t really comment on that, except to say that Bowie is a big enough player for there to be many films about the man.
What is your own personal attachment to Bowie?
As I said earlier, I think our careers are very similar. When I did Butch people were saying ‘Woah! Gay cowboys?’ but then Brokeback Mountain comes along and well … Nowadays I listen to his music all the time, I often go to parties dressed as Bowie and people are like ‘When’s Redford coming?’ Ha ha! Ha ha, ha.
Starman is due to be released in 2017.
NEW YORK – Actress and beloved British odd ball Tilda Swinton was arrested on Sunday Evening at the MoMa in New York on a charge of vagrancy.
The Michael Clayton Oscar winner had been sleeping in an empty exhibit case on and off for weeks, despite the fact that museum spokeswoman Margaret Dufflecoat had told Ms. Swinton on more than one occasion to ‘Piss off!’
Officer Barnes of the NYPD said that, ‘A Caucasian 50 year old woman Oscar winner was arrested on Sunday afternoon when she refused to vacate the MoMa premises, claiming she was part of an installation called The Maybe. I advised the female of her rights and escorted her from the building.’
George Clooney – co-star and good friend of the Oscar winner – said:
Winning an Oscar is meaningless, it’s not that important. And Tilda – although she did win an Oscar – hasn’t been doing too well of late. I think the least the MoMa could do is go with her story that this is some sort of nut-job art thing. Like Marina Abramovich, or something. And that way Tilda will keep some of her dignity.
We have just found out that that is exactly what the MoMa is opting to do.
HOLLYWOOD – The amount of nonsense written about Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – star of such films as The Scorpion King, Journey 2 and Fast and Furious 6 – is frankly irritating.
So let the Studio Exec inject the steroids of truth into the flaccid muscle of weak falsehood that surrounds the abs of wonder.
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson got his famous nickname – the Rock – because of his love of the 1996 Michael Bay action picture The Rock starring Sean Connery and with Nicholas Cage. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a massive devotee of the film, literally building his identity around it and has seen it twice.
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson did not start out as a professional actor. No. He started his career translating epic Swedish poetry from the middle ages, including a translation of The Chronicle of Duke Erik (Erikskronsikan) which was deemed revolutionary in Swedish medieval epic poetry translation circles. Coincidentally the Rock in Swedish is ‘berget’!
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is famous in Hollywood for stealing sequels from Brendan Fraser. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has hated Brendan Fraser ever since Brendan Fraser in the Swedish Medieval Literature Review (1998) referred to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s translation of The Chronicle of Duke Erik as ‘merely adequate’. Johnson has stolen The Mummy franchise and the Journey franchise from Fraser, and appeared in Fast and Furious 6 under the mistaken impression that Vin Diesel was Brendan Fraser’s young brother.
- Gibraltar is also occasionally known as The Rock, but Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Gibraltar are unrelated.
- To prepare for his role in GI Joe: Retaliation, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson took to sleeping in a cardboard box with a perspex lid, a perfect mock up of the boxes that the toys which serve as the inspiration for this latest art house feature come in. Tilda Swinton has copied this idea for her recent activity at MOMA.
NEW YORK – Wes Anderson in possible quirk overdose.
The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom director, Wes Anderson was rushed to the Cedar Pines intensive care unit on Long Island in the early hours of Sunday morning, suffering from an overdose of quirk.
Anderson had apparently been working on his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel which stars Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Soairse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, as a sadly hilarious figure.
Production Assistant Jennifer Tulls witnessed the director’s collapse:
We were filming a cross section of the hotel and in every room one of the characters is doing something unexpectedly weird and at the same time wryly amusing: someone’s painting Shetland ponies with blue stripes, Willem Dafoe is wearing a monocle and teaching Polish children the flute, someone else is making a pyramid of champagne glasses and Bill Murray is being a sadly hilarious figure. All of a sudden Wes just kind of started to vibrate.
|Bill Murray earlier today
The Syd Barrett song that was playing on the soundtrack was switched off and Mr. Anderson was briefly exposed to a newspaper, detailing growing tensions between Israel and Syria. ‘He seemed to be coming round but then Tilda Swinton leant over to ask how he was and he keeled over again,’ Ms. Tulls said.
The hospital issued a statement saying that:
Mr. Anderson is recovering from levels of quirkiness well above the maximum that the human body can tolerate. It is apparent that he has been taking a very high dosage for a sustained period of time. However, he is young and strong and should be able to make a full recovery provided he relents from people talking directly to camera, stories within stories, a mix tape soundtrack and Bill Murray playing a sadly hilarious character.
The French Dispatch out soon.