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Weekend Worksheet: See “Wild,” Listen To VÉRITÉ & Roast Some Parsnips

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Can We Stop Applauding Actresses Who “Go Ugly” For A Movie Role?

Can We Stop Applauding Actresses Who "Go Ugly" For A Movie Role?

Last week, the trailer for Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming film “Cake” was released online. The movie, which is already generating significant Oscar buzz, is about a woman (Aniston) who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with the suicide of her friend and fellow support group member (Anna Kendrick, as a chirpy, impossibly high-cheekboned ghost).

In all honesty, however, the trailer for ”Cake” is far less interesting than the response to it online, where bloggers and commenters are applauding Aniston for her “shocking” “transformation” into her role—which, if the trailer is any indication, basically involved her wearing the wrong shade of foundation and not washing her hair for a few days. Some critics, like Vulture’s Jada Yuan, have compared Aniston’s turn in Cake to Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning transformation into killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster”:

Aniston isn’t just sans makeup in this movie; she’s caked in a foundation that makes her face look greasy and jaundiced. White, puffy scars run across her chin and her cheek and her forehead, hinting at a trauma that will slowly reveal itself. Her hair is unwashed, her clothes the baggy khaki-linen variety of a woman who’s just given up.

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Watch The First Teaser Trailer For “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

I Watched It Three Times In A Row

I’ll admit to giving serious side-eye to the thought of JJ Abrams reviving the “Star Wars” franchise again by directing Episode VII (which comes after “Return of the Jedi”) — especially since he directed the new “Star Trek” movies and I tend to believe people should pick a damn side. BUT! The casting for Episode VII — called “The Force Awakens” — has been pretty on point AND the teaser trailer that dropped today looks aight. Okay, it looks great. I watched it three times in a row and got a little bit of a shiver when that lightsaber made it’s “wooshing” sound. Okay, and maybe a tear sparked in my eye when the Millennium Falcon appeared, whatever. Watch above!

Disney Releases Official Trailer For “Cinderella”

Disney Releases Official Trailer For "Cinderella"
Let Me Guess: She Loses A Glass Slipper?

I didn’t even know this movie was happening until about five minutes ago, but now that I do know, I’m happy about it. Even though the story of Cinderella has been made into a movie several times already (who could forget the Rodgers and Hammerstein version with Brandy and Whitney Houston?), I can’t help but get a wee bit excited about Disney’s upcoming, live-action version, starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett. In life, there’s always room for fairy tales. Check out the trailer and let us know if you’ll be seeing it in theaters come March 2015!

Oh My! Watch The Official “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Trailer

Watch The Official "Fifty Shades Of Grey"
So Much Drama Over A Little Spanking

Seriously, all the hype leading up to the Valentine’s Day 2015 release of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is giving me major lady blue balls. Last night during “Scandal,” the first official full-length trailer for the movie debuted, and shit, y’all, I’m genuinely hyped up. At the very least, it’s going to be so bad it’s good. Actually, at the very most it’s going to be so bad it’s good. So much drama over a little spanking and a couple of nipple clamps. Watch above!

If You Got Lost During “Interstellar,” This Timeline Has You Covered (Spoilers!)

When we walked out of the theater after seeing “Interstellar” this weekend, the first thing my mom said was, “OK, you’re going to have to explain that whole movie to me.” She enjoyed the movie, and understood the science, but the logistics of the plot got lost in a wormhole somewhere.

Thank goodness for designers! If, like my mom, you lost track of who was where when and why, designer Dogan Can Gundogdu (of Turkish design firm Frametale, which works with film production houses to create destruction sequences — can I have this job?) has created a streamlined, easy-to-read timeline illustrating the plot of “Interstellar.” Spoilers ahead, obviously. Keep reading »

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