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    Why Did Michael Bay Recycle "The Island" Footage for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"?

    As we headed into the holiday weekend, I caught the video proving that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" recycles two shots from "The Island." I was stunned that Michael Bay, who directed both movies, had the nerve to cheat us this way, even if the reused material is only about 1/2000th of the whole. Did he assume so few people had seen "The Island" it would pass unnoticed? Many people quickly joked how fitting this discovery is, given that -- as we saw with College Humor's recent one-minute summation of all of Bay's movies -- the blockbuster auteur is always repeating himself anyway. And it's nothing new to point out his consistency (with, say, a montage of his use of shots rotating around the hero) or his other known instance of reprocessed material (the aircraft carrier that appears in both "Pearl Harbor" and the first "Transformers"). Plus, if Disney can get away with something very similar in its animated classics (watch below), surely it's nothing for someone of lesser artistic prestige to recycle.

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    More: Remakes
  • The Playlist
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    Still Alive? Hayley Atwell Says She's Eyeing A Role In Jimi Hendrix Biopic With Andre 3000 To Star

    There's probably no project more difficult to mount in Hollywood than a music biopic. Not only do you have to distill the life of a musician into a reasonable running time, there is also a web of music clearances, estate approval and other myriad legalities that need to be navigated before you can get a film off the ground. And no musician has faced a rockier ride to the big screen than Jimi Hendrix.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Malkovich Is Getting A 'Siberian Education'

    John Malkovich is anything but predictable. Who would've thought that the two time Oscar nominee for "In The Line Of Fire" and "Places In The Heart," the memorable star of such films as "The Killing Fields," "Dangerous Liasons" and of course, "Being John Malkovich" would wind up as an eccentric throwaway bit player in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon"? (And wind up being the best thing about the movie in the process). Even though the actor has been taking some steps toward the mainstream lately with middling results -- "Red," "Jonah Hex," "Beowulf" -- and slumming it in C-pictures like "Eragon" and "Mutant Chronicles" (geez, who do you owe money to?) it looks like the thesp is lining up something worth his talent.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sapphire's “Push” Sequel ("The Kid") In Stores Today! Movie Adaptation Coming?

    As reported last fall, Sapphire sold a sequel of sorts to her first novel, Push, titled The Kid, to Penguin Press, scheduled to be published this summer. Its official release date was set for July 5th 2011.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Noel Clarke Prepping MMA Feature & "High Profile" Sci-Fi Project - Will Write & Star In Both

    Maybe one of the hardest working showmen in the UK right now, love him or hate him... he has at least 2 new films I can immediately recall that are currently in circulation - the dramedy Huge, and the prison drama Screwed; he's also shooting (or may have already wrapped production on) the marriage romcom, The Knot, and is in pre-production for an upcoming drama titled Bliss!.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    American Black Film Festival 2011 Preview - "Sole Of A Hustla"

    Sole Of A Hustla is a film competing in the "Documentary" category of the American Black Film Festival (July 6-9) this week. Directed by Adam Raney and Chad Heeter, the movie examines the essence of the word "hustle" as it follows a rising inner city businessman.

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  • The Playlist
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    Book Review: 'Shock Value' Is The Must-Read Film Book Of The Summer

    Much has been written about the film revolution that took place during the 1970’s – when the studio system crumbled in inconceivable ways and a brood of bold young filmmakers, most of them wily, many of them bearded, forever changed the landscape of the film industry. But far less has been written about the seismic shift in genre films during the same period. Thankfully, Jason Zinoman, a crack film writer for the New York Times (he did last weekend’s great John Carpenter profile), has come forward to present a compelling and well researched look at those films in “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2nd AFFRM Release (Film Title And Date) Announced! A 2011 Sundance Award Winner.

    UPDATE 7/5/2011: Officially confirming yesterday's video announcement, I added the press release which I received yesterday. Watch the clip, and then read the press release.

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    More: FYI
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Zhang Yimou's Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto

    Zhang Yimou's Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto

    Zhang Yimou, the premiere director in China, commands top budgets; he produced the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and directed Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Now Zhang has erected a massive city and full-scale Cathedral in Beijing for his latest period epic, Heroes of Nanking, which recently wrapped principal photography after 164 days. The movie cost $100 million, more than John Woo's Red Cliff, Zhang's usual producer/financeer Zhang Weiping revealed in Cannes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay Reuses Shots From 'The Island' In 'Transformers 3,' World Shrugs, Continues With Day

    "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is sitting pretty at the top of the worldwide box office at the end of the long weekend, having taken a staggering $400 million worldwide in 7 days. But poor Michael Bay can't return to the aircraft carrier that he lives on and get on with planning his next picture, the low-budget crime flick "Pain and Gain" because in an EARTH-SHATTERING CONTROVERSY, Bay has been accused of plagiarism. And true to the director, it's alleged that he's ripped off the one helmer that Michael Bay loves most: Michael Bay!

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