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Michael Bay Could’ve Made A Good Year With Both Arms Tied Behind His Back

“It’s easy to go shoot an art movie in a winery in the South of France. But people have no idea how hard it is to create something like Transformers.” &mdashMichael Bay [IGN]

“I saw Sufjan Stevens last year, and I was like, how is his singing that good? The band Grizzly Bear, I think they’re excellent. There’s a beauty and a musicality there that I wish would have been in vogue in the late ‘80s, when I was forming bands. The aesthetic I was tuned into was a more dumbed-down kind of thing. Sometimes listening to stuff like they’re doing makes me feel irrelevant. That’s a nice, healthy kick in the ass. And it’s interesting to see there’s room for that in what’s considered hip these days.” &mdashTrent Reznor [Newsweek via Fluxtumblr]

“At first, I was a little scared because I had gotten comfortable in being a bit of an ass, if you will, and just playing that side of the character, I really enjoyed. I was a little nervous, and was like, oh no, am I going to use the edge of the character by actually having a relationship and trying to be a leader? I was a little nervous.” —Lost’s Josh Holloway on the new Sawyer [EW]

“I wake up in the morning, I brush my teeth, I go to the studio, I work, I go back home, I eat, I sleep.” —Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter on his exciting rock-star life [Guardian UK]

“‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ became a song that was quite deeply embedded in the culture; it was played after September 11, it was even played at Ronald Reagan’s funeral. It became a song that was almost hymn-like and it was a reassuring song. It used to be played at lots of weddings, and now it’s played at a lot of funerals.” —Paul Simon [Age]

“Words like fey, twee, and precious have become these little nuggets of coded disdain, but they are really just useless self-congratulatory gestures on the part of the reviewer. What is the opposite of twee? Muscular? It all reminds me of the insane misogynist critiques of Jane Austen’s novels.” —Nico Muhly [Muhly’s blog via Sound of the City/VV]

Michael Bay Could’ve Made A Good Year With Both Arms Tied Behind His Back