MALIBU – Miley Cyrus – former child star and pop sensation Hannah Montana – is taking a further step to artistic maturity and critical acceptance by remaking the Ingmar Bergman classic of female suffering Cries and Whispers, which she will be writing and directing as well as appearing in.
The original is set in turn of the century Sweden and tells the stories of Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullman), two sisters coming to terms with the imminent death by cancer of their third sibling Agnes (Harriet Andersson).
Miley Cyrus, speaking exclusively to Studio Exec, revealed that there are going to be some changes in the remake.
Obviously I want to keep the spirit of the original. A meditation on suffering and death, and specifically of how women address these deep philosophical questions. But it can’t be Sweden, so I changed that to Malibu and made it contemporary.
And you’ll be playing the role of…?
Right. I’m Karin and Selena Gomez is going to be Maria and Vanessa Hudgens is going to be the gal dying of cancer. Though I’ll probably make it something else because cancer’s so the noughties if you know what I mean. Maybe she can get a head injury after a jet ski incident.
What attracted you to the project?
Oh, the themes. Definitely the themes. And I’m a big Bergman fan. My pappy, got me into Bergman in a big way. I like Godard, and he said to me one day, “Girl, you gotta get some Bergman in you!” I watched the Virgin Spring and I never looked back.
Do you think people will take you more seriously?
I sure as hell hope so, though at the same time I don’t want to lose my fans, who’ve stood by me through thick and thin. So I won’t just be slavishly copying Bergman. I’m going to do a lighter Miley version of the film. So everyone can enjoy it. For example the title is a bit miserable so I’ve come up with a version I think the master would be proud of.
Shits and Giggles will be released in 2022.
HOLLYWOOD – Vanessa Hudgens is in hot water again with an Instagram pic appearing to show that she has defaced the Mount Rushmore monument.
Authorities in South Dakota have stated that they wish to question the High School Musical and Grease Live star Vanessa Hudgens in regard to a photograph posted on Instagram revealed she seems to have vandalized the national monument.
The former Disney star has already been in trouble this week after a Valentine’s Day Instagram she posted earlier seemed to show that she had carved a heart into the red rock of an Arizona national park, a park protected by law.
Hudgens told Studio Exec:
Me and Austin are going around the country leaving a trail of destruction in our wake. I mean, if you think about it, it’s hilarious. Last month w e went to the Statue of Liberty and I took a crap in her crown. It was fantastic.
Mr. Rushmore the owner of Mount Rushmore said that he was disgusted by the actions of Ms. Hudgens.
First she’s sending pics of herself with her dirty bits hanging out, then she’s defacing our cultural heritage. Where does it stop?
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush however applauded Hudgens for her patriotic fervor.
That little gal has moxie. She managed to plant her name and the name of her loved one right on the forehead of George Washington. Now that’s America.
Vanessa Hudgens will next be seen in court.
HOLLYWOOD – The Grease Live television special broadcast last night on Fox to almost universal critical acclaim has been accused of plagiarism, by none other than John Travolta.
The TV spectacular Grease Live has been accused of plagiarism by former star John Travolta. Starring Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, the musical haled back to the old fashioned rock n’ roll of the 1950s with songs like ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ and ‘Greased Lightning’, but John Travolta has issued a statement threatening legal action:
It was clear to me last night as I watched ‘Grease Live’ that I’d seen this somewhere before. The songs were familiar. At first I thought that this was because they were so good. The way when you hear a Beatles song for the first time you feel you’ve already heard it a thousand times before. But then imagine my horror when I realized I remembered these songs because I had sung some of them. Yes, Grease Live bore an uncanny resemblance to the film Grease that I starred in sometime in 1978! In fact even the title was almost exactly the same with the additional word Live barely camouflaging the subterfuge.
A legal representative to Fox told the Studio Exec:
We bought the rights to the show. We’re totally covered. We’ve made no secret of this being a revival of an original property.Far from it, we’re depending on a certain nostalgia from the original musical.
Despite his accusations, John Travolta had nothing but praise for the stars:
They were all great especially Vanuppa Humunigeners.
Grease Live was broadcast on Sunday 31st of January.
HOLLYWOOD – Zac Efron hits the screens in Neighbors, but what do we really know about him? Here, courtesy of the Studio Exec FACT team, are the FACTS.
1. Before becoming an actor, the High School Musical star created the financial services, commodities and energy company Enron, the failure of which in 2001 presaged the credit crunch to come.2. Before setting up Enron, Zac Efron, at the age of 2, 1989 was instrumental in crashing the Exxon Valdez while drunk and causing the 54th biggest oil spill in world history.
3. Following the collapse of Enron, Zac Efron got a starring role in the Disney movie High School Musical, impressing the producers with his ability to sing, dance, act and handle complex financial instruments. ‘He was one of the first insiders to really understanding CDAs,’ says girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens. ‘He was a top flight manager and a quant. But Enron took it all out of him.’
4. The character Troy Bolton was initially based on the Anglo-American poet T.S. Eliot, but the part was completely rewritten to fit Efron’s baritone voice and many of the parallels were lost on the largely pre-teen audience.
5. Neighbors co-stars, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron hate each other in ‘real life’ mainly for reasons of political differences. Zac Efron is a fascist whereas Seth Rogen is a neo-fascist.
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REVIEW: SPRING BREAKERS – Harmony Korine shows us what Russ Meyer’s world would like if populated by the less endowed stars of Disney and Nickelodeon.
Showing a frenzied urge to break the constraints of their clean teen profiles, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine play a quartet of girls gone wild, who in their desperation to hit the beaches for Spring Break decide to turn their hands to armed robbery.
The partying proves as rough as their means of getting there and, after a run in with the law, they are bailed from jail by local musician and wannabe gangster Alien, played with grinning aplomb by Hollywood’s resident goof ball, James Franco, who has his own plans for the bikini clad waifs. Korine’s film is a hysterical and at times hallucinatory joyride of candy-colored tastelessness and cussed amoral hedonism. A generic hybrid, for the young lasses it’ll be a pussy riot Clockwork Orange, for the young fellas it’ll be a dribble fest and for their parents it’ll be the scariest horror film they ever seen.