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Gus Van Sant Films 'Fifty Shades' Sex Scene Starring Alex Pettyfer

Gus Van Sant is no stranger to sexually provocative subject matter. His 1991 film "My Own Private Idaho" explored the personal lives of male prostitutes played by Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, and he took Nicole Kidman to new depths of depravity in 1995's "To Die For." Now the director is so invested in being tapped to helm "Fifty Shades of Grey" that he's shot an unsolicited audition scene starring "Magic Mike" hottie Alex Pettyfer -- more specifically, the scene in which the titular fantasy-man takes the heroine's virginity. I know what you're thinking: where can we watch this bit of speculative filmmaking? Nowhere yet, but if nothing else I'm sure it will end up on a bonus disc somewhere eventually. Even if he doesn't get the job as a result of this, it's possible that Pettyfer might!

I know the subject matter's a little heavier, but don't you wish the recaps for "A Game of Thrones" were as entertaining as the ones for shows like "RuPaul's Drag Race"? Now they can be, thanks to Funny or Die's "Gay of Thrones," an offhand, tongue-in-cheek look at the show through the not-too-observant eyes of a talkative hairstylist (whose enthusiasm makes up for his general lack of comprehension). Now I really wanna catch up on the show, so I can appreciate why this is all kinds of enjoyable wrong.

While we're indulging in crude stereotypes, why not go full Streisand? As in, Babs took a moment this weekend to answer questions submitted by New York Times readers, and both the Q's and A's are all over the map. My favorite? When asked what the biggest public misconception about her is, Streisand replied, "It takes a lot of time to answer a question like that. At the moment, I’m not that interested in myself."

Animators don't work in a vacuum. Traditionally actors often stand in so that the nuances of composition and characterization will be captured. Here's a gallery with a few examples, superimposing the live actors into the familiar shots (and vice versa). The stand-in costumes are adorably homespun -- imagine Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" as a high school play and you're not too far off.

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