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Michael Bay, reviled by critics and beloved by fanboys, couldn’t care less if you hated Transformers 3.
“My films always get a bad rap critically,” he tells us. “It’s like, ‘OK, whatever.’ Say what you want about Transformers 3, but 120 million people saw it. There’s a point where you just have to stop caring because you know your audience and you got to do what you do. Some people like it, some people hate it.”
His new movie, “Pain and Gain,” is out today. Check out Marlow Stern’s interview with the director as he dishes on on Roger Ebert, George Lucas, and easing up a bit.
Julian Mora: “The overall story, I didn’t love,” says Mora, 42, who has been dancing for 23 years. “I’ve had so many friends in this industry who are able to make their dreams come true because of the people they meet at their shows. You never know who’s in the audience.”
President Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course since the start of their political careers. Director Jacob Septimus and Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart uncover exactly how the two men developed their world view and explain why this fractured friendship is so crucial to the future of the middle east—and the world. This installment of the Doc Incubator is an adaptation of an excerpt of Beinart’s controversial book: ‘The Crisis of Zionism.’ It’s about 10-minutes long, and you can watch it right here in the dashboard, for absolutely free!
A subject in ‘Sexy Baby’ on Lady Gaga’s positive messages being sold through sex. The film is an eye-opening documentary that explores the oversexualization of girls and women in the cyberage, premiering this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In Search of Skrillex: A short documentary that investigates one musician’s very human struggle to bring electronic music into the mainstream. Director, Jacob Septimus.
Ramin Setoodeh reviews “One for the Money” in real-time on his BlackBerry:
Midnight. Rain. Cold. Sleep. Which of these things did I not experience last night? On Friday morning at 12:01 a.m., I went to the movies to see One for the Money, the new Katherine Heigl crime caper that’s so lousy the studio wouldn’t screen it early for critics. I had to watch it at the first public showing in a Manhattan theater, with all of Heigl’s groupies, if they exist. Here’s what happened, as recorded in real-time on my Blackberry.
Christopher Plummer has been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in Beginners. He had some harsh words for fellow nominee Terrence Malick, director of Tree of Life.
A Strange Animal: The U.S. troops are leaving, but the journalists are staying in Iraq, working under deadlines and death threats. In a short documentary special for Newsweek & The Daily Beast, filmmaker Richard Pendry reveals the new techniques — more John LeCarre than J-school — reporters have devised to get the story in Iraq. Fascinating viewing for anyone interested in the intersection of war, conflict, and journalism.
I don’t know, the sheer madness of Tarantino’s idea to remake Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! with Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Eva Mendes sounded kind of amazing.
…And it was bound to be better than Crossroads.