TOM HIDDLESTON AND TAYLOR SWIFT REUNITE FOR SISTERS OF MERCY BIOPIC

HOLLYWOOD – Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift are teaming up to play Andrew Eldritch and Patricia Morrison in a new movie about the Sisters of Mercy.

Although no longer a romantic couple, Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift will be appearing again in a new film, directed by Duncan Jones. This Corrosion tells the story of iconic goth band The Sisters of Mercy. Andrew Eldritch formed the band in the 80s in Leeds, England and had a break out international success with the album Floodland in 1987.

Hiddleston told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

I’ve always been a huge fan of The Sisters of Mercy. Especially First and Last and Always. So I jumped at the chance to make the film. I’d already played a musician with Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, so it was not difficult to get back into it again. I read the script while I was still seeing Taylor and it was natural that we look for something to work together on. She wanted to play Patricia and so that’s what is going to happen. We’re both pros so I don’t see there being any difficulty. And anyway, the relationship between Andrew and Patricia was also quite difficult so that can just feed into it.

Duncan Jones was equally sanguine about bringing Hiddleswift back together:

Tom is a great actor. And Taylor is supremely talented. I’m sure if we have any difficulty we can just ‘shake it off’. Ha ha.

This Corrosion will be released in 2022.

SNEAK PEEK AT TOM HIDDLESTON IN SHINING PREQUEL

HOLLYWOOD – The first image from Mark Romanek’s Shining prequel starring Loki star Tom Hiddleston has hit the internets and caused a stir.

Tentatively entitled Delbert: A Shining Story, the film starring Tom Hiddleston will tell the backstory to the most infamous butler in movie history.

Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, the Loki star explained the idea behind the prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s famous masterpiece:

I don’t know about you but when I first saw The Shining I was absolutely fascinated by Philip Stone’s amazing performance as Delbert Grady. We had already heard about the butler before we met him and we knew the story of the murders he had committed but then we meet this mild mannered Englishman, so in contrast to Wolfman Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance. Chilling indeed. With the new film, we will go back and find out how Delbert Grady became the butler at the Overlook Hotel.

Wow! Amazing.

I know it is. We see Delbert coming over from England after the war and getting a series of jobs in hotels up and down the country. He meets and falls in love with chamber maid, Doris and Delbert and Doris marry and both find work at the newly built – on an Indian burial ground – Overlook Hotel. Here Doris gives birth to two beautiful twin girls. This is the happy times for the family but when one of the girls fails to use an apostrophe correctly Delbert becomes infuriated and ‘corrects’ them.

You mean he kills them because of punctuation. Thats stupid.

What did you say?

I said…

You said ‘thats stupid’ and you should have said ‘that’s stupid.’

How can you tell I didnt use an apostrophe just by listening?

I know your site of old.- You must be corrected!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo argggggghh!

Ha ha!

Image courtesy of @GetHill.

DANIEL CRAIG’S LAST BOND FILM GETS TITLE

HOLLYWOOD – Daniel Craig will appear in his last appearance as James Bond, 007 in Never Say Never Again Again.

So Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Tom Hiddleston will have to cool their heels a little longer. Daniel Craig has confirmed he will be donning the tuxedo one more time. He came to the Studio Exec bungalow to talk about it.

So here we are again. How’s it going?

Fine, Dan, fine. Tell me about the new Bond film.

We have a title. As you know we’ve run out of books, so we’re going back to remake Thunderball again. We’re calling it Never Say Never Again Again, because that sounds like the situation I’m in.

Why do another one? You obviously didn’t enjoy Spectre.

Fair question. Yeah, I was a bit grumpy about Spectre, because it is very physically demanding. Also the film itself turned out to be quite dour. This one we’re going for a whole new effect. I want it to be as funny as the Roger Moore films and as well put together as On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Sam Mendes doesn’t want to direct anymore, so we’re currently searching for a director. I like Jim Jarmusch, or failing that David Lynch.

That would be a change.

Yeah I know. Ultimately, Bond needs to change if he’s going to survive. Fior instance, I also want the film to recognise that I’m older now. So I’m going to be doing a lot of sitting in comfy chairs and instead of foot chases, we’re going to have a chase on segues.

What about Christopher Nolan as a director?

I don’t know. He feels a bit young and untested.

Never Say Never Again Again will be released in 2020.

REVIEW – KONG: SKULL ISLAND

REVIEW – KONG: SKULL ISLAND –  Loki and Captain Marvel explore Peter Jackson land but discover that the main enemy might be comparisons with Apocalypse Now.

For big dumb fun, you might do no worse than a big dumb movie. Everyone’s favorite monkey returns with Kong: Skull Island, a visually sumptuous and occasionally darkly witty piece of entertainment. Jordan Vogt-Roberts does a great job of orchestrating the various action scenes, which feature a nice variety of over-sized creatures emerging from the depths of the hollow earth.

Having had such a good time, it seems churlish to wish that equal care could have been exerted to make the characters similarly life-like. Alas Brie Larson‘s photo-journalist has as much three dimensionality as a character from Cluedo. She’s a photographer, with a camera and she takes pictures ALL the time. The only character to go further than cardboard is John C. Reilly’s Hell in the Pacific leftover. He’s funny and occasionally exhibits the only emotion that isn’t simply awe or terror.

This is a promising beginning to a new monster universe which is set to include Godzilla. Hopefully, it will stave off the beginning of any new or original idea for some more years to come.

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KUBRICK’S DAUGHTER DENIES DIRECTOR’S INVOLVEMENT IN HIDDLESWIFT

LONDON – Stanley Kubrick’s daughter has denied that her father had any involvement with the Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston romance known popularly as Hiddleswift.

Using her twitter account Vivian Kubrick put to rest the conspiracy theories that claim the late director Stanley Kubrick faked Hiddleswift, the love affair between singer Taylor Swift and actor Tom Hiddleston.

My father was devoted to artistic integrity. Again and again in his motion pictures you can see that he was a keen observer of reality with a finely tuned moral and social conscience. So the idea that he could somehow be involved in faking a tawdry celebrity romance is absolutely preposterous.

However, Gianni Carmichael, author of the book Kubrick Did Everything, argues that Vivian Kubrick’s denial is in fact proof that Kubrick is involved.kubrick

He says:

What is the most compelling argument for Kubrick not being behind Hiddleswift? The most obvious? Surely, it’s that first of all Stanley Kubrick ‘died’ in 1999. And yet in her statement, his daughter doesn’t even allude to that. Surely that’s the slam dunk. Now, why is that?

I don’t know.

Well, it’s simple, isn’t it? He didn’t die in 1999. He’s a live today and he’s spending his time in a bunker somewhere in the Surrey countryside faking celebrity romances and filming news clips that will be shown as if there really is a space probe called Juno going around a planet, supposedly called ‘Jupiter.

Hiddleswift: The Animated Series will drop on Nickelodeon later this year.

TAYLOR SWIFT OKAY WITH TOM HIDDLESTON’S SWAN KILLING PAST

HOLLYWOOD – ‘I don’t care if he killed a swan,’ says Taylor Swift, defending her new love Tom Hiddleston.

The whiz-bang romance of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston hit a small bump in the road when the pop singer had to confront the fact of Tom Hiddleston’s record of swan killing. Although the event occurred several years ago, Hiddleston has been branded a swan murderer – perhaps the most heinous of crimes – in his native Britain and has been unable to return to the ‘Sceptred Isle’ except to pick up some stuff or drop in for a cup of tea (but no biscuits). Swift opened up about her lover’s dark history (click here for the details) EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

I know people said to me, don’t get involved with a swan murderer. They said once someone has the taste of swan murder in their mouth they never let it go. But I think that people exaggerate this stuff. They’re always trying to get between you and what is good. After all, haters gonna hate, hate, …

Yes, but it must affect you.

If he’d you know killed the swan violently, yes it would, but he just kind of drowned it peacefully. And Tom told me the swan was in a lot of pain.

The swan was fine, just swimming and he kicked its head off. 

Well, yeah maybe. But are you sure that it wasn’t the swan’s fault?

What do you mean?

Well, maybe as Tom was trying to help the swan and the swan started to thrash around and its head came off.

You mean to say the swan…

Shook it off. Yes.

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston will be appearing in Las Vegas, August.

QUENTIN TARANTINO TO DIRECT NEXT BOND

HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino today confirmed that he will be directing the next James Bond, although it is still unclear who the next Bond might be.

Following the news that Sam Mendes won’t be directing the next James Bond outing, speculation has been rife as to who will take over the job of helming the most successful and long running cinema franchise in the history of film.  It looks like today that question has been answered with an EXCLUSIVE interview with Quentin Tarantino.

So Quentin, it looks like you got the gig.

I did indeed. It’s no secret that I wanted to direct a James Bond film since the very beginning of the Daniel Craig years. I laid out my ideas very clearly: Casino Royale but done in period and very faithful to the novel. They took on half of that idea but since then I’ve not stopped talking to Barbara [Broccoli] and the 007 team and when it became clear that Sam Mendes wasn’t coming back then I thought I could step in once more.

So what will be the story and who will be Bond?

Let’s be clear about this. Barbara runs the show. I’m gonna throw in my suggestions and I’m gonna write the script but the direction of the story, the casting and all of that is out of my hands. I’m pitching a remake of Thunderball. It’s the film that was done a couple of times and for various copyright reasons it was never really resolved. And as for Bond I like the suggestion of Idris Elba and I love Michael Fassbender, but if I really had carte blanche I’d have Samuel L. Jackson. He’s so good. I mean suave and dangerous.

What are the chances that Daniel Craig might stay on?

I don’t know. We need to have that conversation and I know that he’s really all about the script so I’d be eager to sit down and talk him through my ideas. But I can also tell him right now that there’ll be a lot more swearing and a bit less violence. But the violence will mean more if you know what I mean. And I want to put in the humor again, like the old Roger Moore Bonds.

Thundermotherf*ckingBalls will be released in 2018.

DANIEL CRAIG TO BE PART-TIME 007

HOLLYWOOD – In a ‘turn up for the books’, James bond 007 actor Daniel Craig has revealed that he is to go ‘part-time’ as the most famous British secret agent.

Daniel Craig spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about his decision to dial down his commitment to James Bond.

I’ve been a full time James Bond for eleven years more or less. The hours are killing me. So I talked to Michael Wilson and Barbara Brocoli and we decided that I could ease off a bit.

How does that work?

I’m going to do three days a week and that will leave me more time to write my Scandinavian crime novels, do a bit of gardening and start prepping Cowboys and Aliens and Pirates with Jon Favreau.

Sounds great.

The screenwriters are going to put in a new character called Timmy Mallet and he’ll take up the slack for me. He has a large mallet and hits people on the head with it to hilarious effect.

That explains the title.

Yeah. So I’m sorry Mr. Hiddleston and Mr. Elba. You’re going to have to wait a little while longer.

Bond Meets Mallet will be released in 2018.

SIMON PEGG: ‘THE JOLLY BASTARDS ONCE MORE AT LARGE’

HOLLYWOOD – The British Ex-Pat actors club – The Jolly Bastards – is once more active, according to Simon Pegg.

Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec the Star Trek and Shaun of the Dead actor Simon Pegg has revealed how the British ex-pat bad behavior club ‘The Jolly Bastards’ has once more been reconvened:

The Jolly Bastards is meeting once more in Los Angeles and has opened branches also in New York and Toronto. They get together and spread mayhem, sometimes leading directly to the damage of property and the loss of life and then escape any kind of punishment because they have such lovely accents.

Historically the Jolly Bastards were at the height of their powers in the 1980s with the likes of Rupert Everett, Charles Dance and Helena Bonham Carter ruling the Den as den mother. Following several high-profile murders in which members of the Jolly Bastards were actually found at the crime scene their hands ‘dipped in ruby gore’, as the police report stated, no one was charged due to ‘a great way with words’. More recently however fears have grown that the Jolly Bastards have returned. Benedict Cumberbatch is suspected of JB activities and when Tom Hiddleston kicked the head off of a swan in London two years ago, the Jolly Bastards were once more blamed. Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones is supposed to be the new den mother with her lackeys committing crimes at her villainous behest.

Simon Pegg has long been outspoken about the activities of compatriots but ‘only because I want to join’ as he admitted to the Studio Exec.

CRIMSON PEAK – REVIEW

CRIMSON PEAK – REVIEW – Loki and Alice in Wonderland get together and go to Tim Burton’s Winter residence in the company of the chick who smoked Bin Laden.

Mexican director, Giullermo Del Toro has had the ‘roller-coaster’ type career with financial and critical highs HellBoy and Pan’s Labyrinth as well as the odd misfire and the protracted disaster of his involvement with The Hobbit movies. Back with regular collaborator Matthew Robbins, Crimson Peak is gore-geous pastiche, a finely wrought and beautifully transcribed love letter to an eclectic bunch of horror influences, written in deep red calligraphy. The Shining Fall of the Hammer House of H.P. Lovecraft, if you will. And you must.

Mia Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing – her name an immediate call back to Hammer regular and Grand Moff Tarkin Peter Cushing – a wealthy young woman with literary aspirations who is doted on by her bootstraps wealthy father (Jim Beaver). When a visiting Baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) comes in search of investment for his mining project, he is rebuffed by the father but despite her initial suspicion of aristocracy, Edith is won over by the handsome stranger who makes the sharp move of praising her writing. Events occur and Edith finds herself whisked away by her new husband to Cumberland in the North of England and a crumbling pile that sits atop a clay mine that stains the snow red and gives the film its title. ensconced with Tom and his mysterious sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) – a reference to the Dolly Parton song… no wait maybe I’m getting carried away – Edith is haunted by ghosts and begins to believe that her life might be in danger as the snow falls through holes in the roof, herbal tea makes her increasingly drowsy and her fortune is signed over to her husband to finance his clay mining in the garden.

Crimson Peak demands that you are engulfed by the sheer visual luxuriousness of its shots, the fluid camera movements, the sumptuously detailed sets, the richly embroidered costumes and the elfin beauty of its actors. We are tangled in a web of references – Mary Shelley and Arthur Conan Doyle are name checked and a ball rolls from the corridors of the Overlook Hotel to the landing of the Sharpe family mansion – and yet at the same time this is pastiche, not parody, and everyone plays their parts with utmost seriousness: Chastain and Hiddleston are particularly riveting. And for all the cleverness on display and sharp wit, Del Toro is not afraid of a little essential stupidity. Edith sleep walks into her situation, having been warned by her dead mother on several occasions, and those around her including the young opthalmicist Dr. McMichael (Charlie Hunnam) seem almost wilfully blind to the machinations of the Sharpes and Hunnam has two long reaction shots of looking puzzled while viewing something incredibly obvious in its suspiciousness. But none of this really matters, or perhaps, more accurately, is part of the genre. This kind of horror is not based on shock revelations or surprise twists but ratehr the dawning realization of what you always knew, succumbing to the fate that was always there before you, as the old house of dark history breathes around you and slowly sinks into the blood red mud.

Crimson Peak is a deliciously dreamy tale of macabre horror.

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ASIA ARGENTO TO STAR IN LIVE-ACTION THE LITTLE MERMAID.

ROME – Film-maker, actress, singer, song-writer, philanthropist and raconteur, Asia Argento, is in talks to play the lead role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming remake of The Little Mermaid.

“I identify with Ariel. She likes the sea, I like the sea. She is woman, I am woman.”, said Argento.

The script has been in development hell for over thirty years and Drew Barrymore was once the front-runner to play the lead role with Steven Spielberg on directorial duties. But Argento insists that this version will differ from that original screenplay:

I read that script. It was like death. It hurt me as an artist to see those words on the page. Words are like magic, they can kill or they can cure, they inspire, or they dissuade. Yesterday I spent two hours staring at a full stop. It was so heartbreakingly final. I want to live in a world without full stops. Blissful infinity. No tears, just stars.

Tom Hiddleston is rumoured to be circling the role of Prince Eric and Zach Galifianakis has beaten off stiff competition to snag the coveted role of Sebastian the crab:

“This won’t be the first time I’ve played this character.”,  said  Galifianakis:

Back in 1995 I did a benefit gig in Harlem in a Sebastian costume and sang ‘Under the Sea’. I say costume, I just blacked myself up with shoe polish but it was probably the best gig I’ve ever played. The crowed went absolutely wild and I’m only glad the security guards held them back otherwise I’d have been signing a lot of autographs that night.

The Little Mermaid is due in 2016

CLICKBAIT: THE MOVIE TO STAR BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

HOLLYWOOD – Benedict Cumberbatch is the latest star to sign up for Clickbait: the Movie, which combines the Marvel, DC and Star Wars universes featuring the music of One Direction.

The movie – directed by Twin Peaks director David Lynch and Steven Spielberg – is based on a George RR Martin‘s lost book in his Game of Thrones saga. The large cast features Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hiddleston, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey, Angelina Jolie, Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale, Jared Leto, Gywneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt. George Clooney is in talks but Bruce Jenner looks set to take on his role. The official synopsis reads:

Based on the life of Justin Bieber,  Miley Cyrus and the 5 most outrageous facts, you’ve ever heard about anything, Clickbait: the Movie was originally conceived when a twelve year old asked Noam Chomsky and Stephen Hawking what is the meaning of life. You won’t believe what happened next!

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Rihanna! Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr!

ClickBait: The Movie will be released in 2018.

LOKI GETS STAND ALONE MOVIE

HOLLYWOOD – After another movie-stealing turn in Thor: The Dark World, Tom Hiddleston has confirmed that he will be playing Loki in a new stand alone Marvel feature provisionally entitled Loki: The Darker World

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is one of the names currently in the running but some have even suggested Oliver Stone might be the surprise choice. Stone was at pains to say he had heard nothing officially but did suggest that he would be willing to take the job if it was offered. 

I’m a huge fan of the Marvel universe and Tony Hopkins told me that Thor was a lot of fun to make and I believe him. As for Loki, sure why not?  He’s by far the most interesting character and I love the way Tom plays him. 

Hiddleston himself said he would be delighted at the opportunity to fill a whole movie with Loki. “There’re a lot of issues to explore, so yeah sure,” said the English actor. 

However, some believe the maverick actor would be a risk for the studios, given his recent history of swan killing and his membership of the British ex-pat club The Jolly Bastards.  
One thing is for sure: with his huge online army of Loki fans to placate, Marvel will have to pull out all the stops to make it a good one. Here’s Loki-ing at you kid!

Loki: The Darker World will be released in 2016.