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Last week Megan Fox left Transformers 3 and it now appears that Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is Michael Bay‘s top choice as Fox’s successor.

Heidi Montag, star of the MTV reality series The Hills, has recorded a video audition for Michael Bay, which she has posted online. Montag does have some acting credits on her resume: appearing as herself on an episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in January 2009, and a cameo role in the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It. Okay, her acting credits are pretty slim.

The audition, which can be watched after the jump, features Montag firing guns and running around. Something tells me that how an actress looks firing a gun plays very little in Bay’s casting decisions. Montag probably would have had better luck modeling some skimpy clothes or, gasp, reading from a sample page of script sides.

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Last week Megan Fox left Transformers 3 (or was not asked back, depending upon which report you believe) and immediately rumors began to swirl about her replacement. Names of a few actual actresses were floated as vague rumors (like Gemma Arterton) but then speculation focused on models, with one Victoria’s Secret model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, as the most possible successor. (Michael Bay, don’t forget, has directed Victoria’s Secret commercials, so he’s had time to estimate various models’, um, acting chops.) Now it seems like the job is hers. Read More »

Reports that Megan Fox left Transformers 3, and not the other way around, are looking more plausible now. The Wrap has a source “close to the actress” who claims that Fox walked away from the film because Michael Bay was “verbally abusive.” Fox “had enough and decided to get out early.” This squares with previous statements that Fox has made about Bay, calling him a “tyrant” and a difficult director to work with.

The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider speculates that “it’s highly plausible that Paramount studio chariman Brad Grey’s well-known relationship with [Deadline] editor-in-chief Nikki Finke played a part in how the story was initially spun.” Deadline was the first to break the news this past Wednesday that Fox was out of the sequel.  For its part, Paramount is still claiming agency in the decision. Said the studio: “Paramount had the unilateral right to exercise an option for Megan Fox to appear in ‘Transformers 3.’ Paramount at its sole election allowed the option to lapse.”

So Megan Fox is out of Transformers 3 and her replacements are already being discussed. But it seems that Fox is not willing to let movie studios or film journalists write her narrative. Proving that she will not go quietly into that good night, representatives for Fox told People magazine that it was in fact her idea to leave the franchise that made her a star: “Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3…It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”

Seems like a dubious but understandable attempt at damage control by Fox. Deadline has a pretty good rundown of the history of Fox’s PR tussles, but I think the most incisive point is that Fox’s post-Transformers career hasn’t exactly lit the world aflame. Jennifer’s Body only took in $16 million domestically, while Jonah Hex looks like it could be a hit or miss, probably the latter. Would anyone in her position really turn down a cash cow like Transformers, even if it meant working with Michael Bay?

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That was fast. It’s been only hours since the first report surfaced that Michael Bay and Paramount had decided against bringing Megan Fox back into the fold for Transformers 3, and already there are recasting rumors. Some might be a slight bit premature. But decisions can happen fast, especially with only weeks left before the film shoots, which means relatively little time remains to lock down whatever script changes would be necessary to accommodate a new character.

All that being the case, who gets to be the new love interest for Shia LaBeouf in Transformers 3? Gemma Arteron is said to be high on the list, and she’s actually a damn good choice. Read More »

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Briefly: Note to actresses: might not be a great idea to refer to your directors as Hitler. We don’t have a lot of info right now, but Deadline is reporting that Paramount will not be picking up Megan Fox‘s option to appear in Transformers 3. Reportedly, the decision came down to Michael Bay, and he decided not to pull the trigger on hiring Fox.

Deadline’s source says Bay and his writers will be “giving Shia [LaBeouf] a new love interest makes more sense for the story.” Make your predictions about the implications for the future of Fox’s career, and the real reason for this decision, in the comments below.

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Those of us who live in major cities may have been fortunate enough, at one point or another, to happen upon a movie in the process of being filmed. The near-universal reaction is understandable: most people will whip out a camera and try to take a picture or shoot a short video. If you’re lucky, you may get footage of an action scene or a major star.

You might think that it is perfectly legal to film an event taking place in a public place in broad daylight. But after an innocuous video of the Transformers 3 shoot was abruptly pulled from Youtube, it is clear that according to Paramount Pictures’ legal department, you are violating copyright.
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Briefly: More Transformers 3 news is coming in, but this is not quite  as much fun as Shia LaBeouf‘s comments from yesterday. But Firefly and Dollhouse fans will be happy about the fact that Alan Tudyk has now been cast in the film. His role hasn’t been revealed, but we don’t know much of anything about the plot at this point, so that’s no surprise. We do know that the film features the likes of John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Patrick Dempsey in addition to LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson and hopefully John Turturro. [The Wrap]

Meanwhile, spy photographers continue to catch  snaps of two Chevy Sparks, detailed green and orange, that are reportedly part of the production. That leads to the suspicion that Skids and Mudflap, the awful caricature Autobots, are in fact in the film, despite Bay’s insistence to the contrary. Or, since these are different versions of the cars, could they be revamped versions of the characters? Given that Michael Bay claimed that Megatron would not be in the second film before the character was a rather large part of that movie, there’s the suspicion that Bay is throwing up a smokescreen, Spy Hunter style, about the twins.

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