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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay Loves 'West Side Story' & Scarlett Johansson Calls Him "Surprisingly Sensitive"?

    10 Things We Learned From The Recent GQ Profile About The Mega-DirectorIs solaris-sized blockbuster director Michael Bay the antichrist? This is sort of the posit brought up by GQ's most recent self-explanatory titled article "Blow Up: The Oral History Of Michael Bay." While whether he is a blight on cinema or not is something the Playlist is going to examine closer to the release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," there are plenty of high-profile defenders of his style in said GQ piece (not all of it is online, but the new Megan Fox "controversy" naturally has appeared here).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

    Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

    Who could possibly play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Furious Love? They are iconic roles and the field of thesps that could play them is limited by age, ability, celebrity and physicality. We've scoured the web for casting chatter. Many names have been thrown in the mix. Some we like, some we don't. We've added some of our own picks for who could pull off these roles.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Erotically Charged Trailer For David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    After a pretty crap bootleg briefly appeared on the web, the first proper trailer for David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" has arrived and yes, it looks pretty damn good.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Facebook Censorship and Me

    I logged into Facebook this morning to find this fun little message. Likely the result of a Facebook "friend" with no sense of humour reporting the photo (which was staged and taken by my friend Matt and I have no qualms announcing how brilliant I think it is), I quickly screenshot-up the notification and made it my profile picture. I'm playing with the fire of the Facebook gods, I realize, and could be headed for removal. But at least I'd be in good company, and frankly: Maybe it would be a serious blessing in disguise.

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    More: Annoyances
  • Shadow and Act
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    Naomie Harris On Her "Top secret" Audition For Next James Bond Film

    "All I can say is I've met the Bond team, I've met Sam Mendes, they're all wonderful. I've auditioned for Bond... My audition was really great actually because it's so top secret, the whole Bond thing. I hadn't realised how top secret it was... I've auditioned for a lot of things before but never for something where you can't see the script, it's that secret... I auditioned with a scene from Quantum of Solace... You don't know what role you're going up for either, so everybody gets given a scene from a previous Bond movie.. I don't know whether it's true or not that I'm going to be an intelligent Bond girl. I don't know at all but I'd like it!"

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    SEPTIEN's NYC Premiere Tonight at BAMcinemaFEST (Tuesday, June 21st)

    It still hasn't been 365 days since we rolled the first frame of celluloid, yet tonight carves another momentous notch into the headboard of Septien. Not only is it our NYC premiere as part of BAMcinemaFEST—on a more personal note, this means that our movie will be projected in my very favorite cinema room in the whole wide world: BAM's theater 3! I have very fond memories of sitting in this theater and having some of the best movie-going experiences of my life: sitting two rows in front of Robert Altman during McCabe & Mrs. Miller; watching Dead Man with Jim Jarmusch in attendance; the dance party that broke out at the BAM UP ALL NIGHT screening of The Wiz at midnight just days after Michael Jackson passed away (then sticking around for a 2am viewing of Mahogany); James Gray's post-film discussion of Two Lovers; the David Gordon Green programmed Tango & Cash; last month, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life; and, within just the past two days, Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel and Dustin Guy Defa's tour-de-force short film Family Nightmare.

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    More: Indie Film
  • Leonard Maltin
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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: 'Drawings From The Film Beginners By Mike Mills' Book & Soundtrack

    Easily one of favorite films of the year, Mike Mills' "Beginners" stars Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent and Christopher Plummer, and is a winning tale of love, life and grief with sweet compassionate heart that explores the humanity that allows the heart to mend. Needless to say, we loved it. And we're happy to share our enthusiasm about the film as we've got one grand prize of the book, "Drawings From the Film Beginners By Mike Mills," and the excellent soundtrack to the film to give to one lucky reader. Three runners-up will also a receive a copy of the soundtrack.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Best Films Of 2011...So Far

    Well, today is the first day of summer, more or less the midpoint of the year, and looking back over the the first six months of 2011, it’s definitely been a bit more of a scattershot movie year compared to the arthouse heavy start of 2010. We'll be honest, compiling this list wasn't exactly easy, the year has been uneven so far, but that said, it's certainly not without highlights: Terrence Malick finally delivered his long awaited film, Woody Allen flexed some of the old magic we love him for, and Michael Winterbottom found life and heart from a familiar comic pairing, while Joe Wright moved completely in a new, exciting direction. Over at the multiplex, big summer entertainment has already made that overpriced, greasy bag of popcorn worth the price with J.J. Abrams proving that genre thrills don't have to be empty, while one of the year’s best efforts unfolded beautifully on the small screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Kasi Lemmons Blogs About Her Sundance Director's Lab Experience

    Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, The Caveman’s Valentine, Eve’s Bayou) attended this year’s Sundance Director’s Lab as an advisor, and here is a blog report about her experience.

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    More: FYI