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Deep Water: Film Shelved Over Similarities to Missing Malaysian Flight News

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Editor's Note: "Deep Water" gives cause for belief in the humanity of Hollywood, a quick course in Lars von Trier, and more in our daily roundup.

"Deep Water" is an upcoming Aussie disaster film about a flight that crashes on its way to China, leaving the survivors to fend off killer sharks. In an admirably classy move, Arclight Films has suspended production of the film in an effort to show sensitivity and solidarity toward those fretting over Malaysian flight MH370, which is still missing. The article also points out that a 3-D action thriller called "Last Flight" is also toning down its marketing campaign in response to the real-life disaster. While finding the passengers of the lost flight is still the main priority, it's satisfying to know in the meantime that the film industry hasn't entirely lost its humanity.

Okay, so you've heard plenty about Lars von Trier's controversial career -- but perhaps you aren't terribly familiar with his films. Don't be ashamed; catch up with this zippy recap of the director's adventures behind the camera, as well as his misadventures in the public eye. Remember, in order to sound intelligent in your opinion of "Nymphomaniac," you only have to have seen one other LVT film as a basis for comparison: "It was fine, but I liked [insert other film here] better." Now you're talking shop like a critic!

The history of women in the Young Adult genre overlaps roundly with the history of banned or challenged books. Here you can read "A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction," which explains in plain terms why this is. Here's a taste of it: "[Judy] Blume has more titles on the most-challenged list than any other author -- even Robert Cormier could only muster three -- because being female and writing about issues girls face are challenge- and ban-worthy actions indeed."

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow..." This famous speech from Shakespeare's Macbeth is commonly quoted, but perhaps underanalyzed. No longer -- Ian McKellen delivered a heartfelt lecture on this very subject back in 1979, demonstrating the philosophical tools needed for an actor to properly convey the Bard's thoughts about death and "the whole complex of time." Watch and marvel below.