Director Michael Bay Says No "Transformers 3" for Him! 

So yesterday, Paramount and Dreamworks announced the release date of "Transformers 3" to be July 1, 2011.

When I went to the franchise director Michael Bay's website, he's saying there's just no way that can happen with him on the helm! Uh-oh...

Bay writes:

I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 - they asked me on the phone - I said yes to July 4 - but for 2012 - whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.


That can be a blessing for the film! The "Harry Potter" franchise benefits from the ever-changing gallery of directors, not that I'm comparing the boy wizard with huge robots :happy

But I did enjoy the first "Transformers," looking forward to the sequel, then we'll talk threequel after.

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Say What? Bruno Offered Ron Paul Hot, Passionate Gay Sex!  

Oh the things Sacha Baron Cohen will do for the sake of art! And, oh the things a politician will do for the sake of getting elected!

When the two meet, well, gay sex galore! Well, not quite.

As you may have heard, Cohen is busy adapting another character from his HBO show, this time, it's the gay Austrian Bruno! Picture "Borat" as a gay Austrian and you'll get the drift.

So the 20 minutes of the film was screened at South by Southwest, and apparently, there was a five-minute scene where Bruno seduces Texas congressman and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The premise of the film, which is being released July 10th of this year, tells the story of Bruno, a flamboyant TV host whose show gets canceled in Austria, so following his own version of the great American dream, he heads to the US to try to resurrect his career.

Sounds very "Borat-like" right? But I'm a big fan of Cohen, and his characters' misadventures, so I'm so there!

You want to read the scene-by-scene spoiler of what happened when Bruno meets Ron Paul? Take a lookie here.

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"Dante's Inferno" -- from Videogame to the Big Screen 

Dan Harris, the guy who co-wrote "X-Men 2" and "Superman Returns," has been hired by Universal Pictures to adapt the videogame "Dante's Inferno" for the big screen!

The Electronic Arts game gives players the opportunity to journey through the depths of hell. HA! So expect to see a hell-inspired theme with this live-action film version.

And just FYI, another videogame Universal is also developing is "Army of Two." Have you played this game? It was a bit confusing, I got stuck in just the first phase :huh

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South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival Winners 

The SXSW Film Festival explores distinguished filmmaking from provocative documentaries to subversive Hollywood comedies. The event is going on right now until March 22nd in Austin, Texas.

Check their official website right here.

Here's the not-so-complete list of the SXSW film festival winners (some winners will not be announced until Friday):

Feature Jury Awards


Winner – 45365
Director: Bill Ross

Honorable Mention – The Way We Get By
Director: Aron Gaudet

Winner – Made in China
Director: Judi Krant

Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast – That Evening Sun
Director: Scott Teems

Audience Awards


Winner – Motherland
Director: Jennifer Steinman

Winner – MINE
Director: Geralyn Pezanoski

Winner – That Evening Sun
Director: Scott Teems

Winner – To Be Announced on Friday, 3/20

Winner – To Be Announced on Friday, 3/20

Special Jury Awards


Best in Show – The Dungeon Masters
Director: Keven Macalester
Designer: David Plunkert, Spur Design, LLC


Winner – Made in China
Director: Judi Krant

Winner – Sister Wife
Director: Jill Orschel

Shorts Jury Awards


Winner – Thompson
Director: Jason Tippet

Special Jury Award – Happy 95 Birthday Grandpa
Director: Gary Huggins

Winner – Shaman
Director: Luc Perez

Special Jury Award – Sweet Dreams
Director: Kirsten Lepore

Winner – Cattle Call
Director: Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk

Special Jury Award – The Idiot Stinks
Director: Helder Sun


Winner – Thunderheist, “Jerk It”
Director: That Go-Noel Paul & Stefan Moore

Special Jury Award – Fleet Foxes, “White Winter Hymnal”
Director: Sean Pecknold

Jury Special Mention – New Pornographers, “Myriad Harbor”
Director: Fluorescent Hill

Winner – Performance Evaluation
Director: Breannah Gibson

Special Jury Award – TIE
Fresh Fruit
Director: Edward Kelley & Brenden Cicoria


A Hospital Bathroom
Director: Miguel Johnson

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Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Team Up for a Movie with the Longest Title...Ever! 

The title of the book by Leanne Shapton is a tongue-twister ""Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry." It has just been published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Well, the book rights was auctioned off Tuesday night, and Paramount won! So now, Pitt's Plan B shingle is producing the adaptation with Portman's Handsomecharlie Films.

The plot, according to Variety, is:

The book takes the form of Sotheby's-like estate auction catalog, with 325 entries and photographs depicting items that reveal the private moments and the rise and fall of a four-year relationship between the fictitious couple Hal Morris (a 40ish photographer) and Lenore Doolan, (a New York Times food columnist in her late 20s).

Aw, tracing one couple's love through auctioned items. Pitt is attached to play Hal and Portman is going to star as Leonore. Hal and Leonore, in a romantic comedy!

And isn't it ironic that Paramount won this auction-inspired book at an auction?

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