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10 Super-Embarrassing Moviemaking Typos

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Your Flavorwire was excited, very excited, to talk about Alfred Hitchcock this week, because the release of Universal’s big new Blu-ray box set of Hitchcock masterpieces was slated for tomorrow. Note the use of the word “was”; it’s been pushed back until next month, in order to correct some unfortunate issues with the transfer and, hilariously, some rather insane typos in the re-rendered opening credit sequence for Frenzy. So we’ll talk about Hitchcock when the set shows up next month — in the meantime, inspired by this embarrassing (and certainly costly) gaffe, we’ve assembled ten other instances of unfortunate cinematic typos. Some came at the marketing stage, some in DVD mastering; some even show up in the titles, which is the kind of thing you’d think someone would notice. Check out these goofy screw-ups after the jump.
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Baz Luhrmann’s 3D ‘Gatsby’ Gets Booted to Next Summer

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It’s rare that a movie gets moved back on the release schedule because it’s just so amazing that studio executives want to savor their time with it. It’s also rare that a 3D movie doesn’t totally suck. So, while we can’t say that we’re completely surprised to hear that Warner Bros. has decided to move Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby from a prime awards season spot (Christmas Day!) all the way to an unspecified date next summer, we are curious what it could possibly suggest about the finished product.
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Timeline: The Life and Death and (Maybe?) Rebirth of the Hollywood Musical

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In spite of all our best efforts, Rock of Ages — currently sitting at 38% fresh among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes — is out this Friday, because if the multiplexes were missing anything this summer, it’s painfully earnest renditions of “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and Tom Cruise in assless chaps. Yes, the movie musical has fallen on rather hard times, but if we can learn anything from tracking its ebbs and flows of popularity, it’s that you can never count the genre out; after the jump, we’ve put together a brief but educational timeline to illustrate the many beat-downs and comebacks of the movie musical.
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10 Ingenious Shakespeare Adaptations on Film

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The best of this week’s (admittedly lean) DVD releases is Coriolanus, the sleek and muscular Shakespeare adaptation from star and first-time director Ralph Fiennes. He’s been angling to bring the play to the screen for nearly a dozen years now, since he first played it on the London stage, and when the time came to do so, he did what many a filmmaker before him has done to make Shakespeare tenable to today’s audience: he modernized it. But the text is so open, and his staging is so robust, that the interpretation works; it couldn’t feel more timely and appropriate, with (perhaps intentional, perhaps accidental) allusions to the Tea Party, Congressional dysfunction, and the Occupy movement that land without the clumsiness that so often batters political cinema.

In honor of a job well done, we’ve assembled ten other films that altered the Bard’s plots and texts in a similarly entertaining fashion. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments.
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This Week in Trailers: ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Gatsby,’ ‘The Master,’ and More!

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Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got a boatload of new trailers this week — many of them from Cannes, which is after all not just a film festival but a film market, where foreign rights are sold and trailers are thus trotted out. So we’ve got new films from name directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Sam Mendes, and Baz Luhrmann, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Carey Mulligan, Jackie Chan, Joaquin Phoenix, and his late brother River. Check ’em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. The Afghan Whigs made their first public appearance in 13 years last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing a cover of “See and Don’t See.” Watch them play that song, as well as a web exclusive, “I’m Her Slave,” here, and get even more excited about the reunion tour!

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and The Backstreet Boys are among the many pop artists whose songs have recently been banned by China’s Ministry of Culture for containing “vulgar content.” The offending tracks must be removed from Chinese websites by September 15, or their owners will face prosecution. [via Guardian]

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Was The Great Gatsby Always Destined for 3D?

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Everyone’s favorite overly ambitious Aussie filmmaker has made a startling claim about his most recent project. At a consumer electronics conference last week, Baz Luhrmann suggested that his new screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby might be best suited for 3D. Indeed: That would mean that Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, Gatsby, and the rest of the gang would explode out from the screen in more than just brilliant literary prowess and symbolic resonance.

While Luhrmann hasn’t decided whether to go forth and conquer this chestnut of an idea, we dove deeply into the pages of Fitzgerald’s masterwork, and discovered passages that suggest that the author — no stranger to Hollywood’s whims — may have had his eyes on a 3D film adaptation when he first wrote Gatsby. You know, even though such a thing didn’t exist yet. Click through to examine the evidence, along with a few of our production notes to ensure a healthy box office.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Salma Hayek is teaming with ABC to develop an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which already inspired an incredibly successful Broadway musical. Any casting suggestions? [via TVLine]

2. Last night Julian Casablancas inexplicably tweeted fake cover art for The… Read More