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Frisky Q&A: “What If” Star Zoe Kazan Talks Femininity & Feminism

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I guess, in our post-”Harry Potter” world, a lot of people would be really excited when a new movie comes out starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Alas, I am not one of those people.

When I heard about the cast for the new rom-com “What If,” I was more excited about Zoe Kazan. The Yale graduate does things like tweet about Criterion films and how “Boyhood” reminded her of Truffaut’s Doinel stories.  She a star of stage and screen, appearing in shows like “The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie,” and films like “It’s Complicated,” “Revolutionary Road” and ”Ruby Sparks.” In fact, it’s “Ruby Sparks,” which she wrote herself, that made me a Zoe Kazan fan — there’s something very badass about writing yourself a lead role in a movie.

In “What If,” Kazan is a leading lady once again, playing Chantry, a young woman with a boyfriend (Rafe Spall) who befriends her cousin’s aimless pal, Wallace (Radcliffe). As their friendship gets closer and closer, Chantry and Wallace both start to wonder whether it’s possible to remain friends when you’ve got romantic feelings. It’s super emotionally realistic in a way most rom-coms usually aren’t.

Earlier this spring, I met up with a bubbly Kazan to chat about “What If,” rom-coms, feminism, and femininity. Our conversation is after the jump:

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Deadline Hollywood Columnist Whines That “Ghostbusters 3″ Won’t Have Enough Testosterone

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  • Some asshole is worried that “Ghostbusters 3” — rumored to be directed by “Bridesmaids“‘s Paul Feig — is going to suck because it’s said to focus on an all-female cast. GROSS, women ghostbusters? Everyone’s childhood memories are RUINED!  ”Signing Feig would be great news for Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and maybe Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Rebel Wilson, but what about the rest of us?” writes Mike Fleming, Jr. What about the rest of us indeed? Oh, cry me a river of Slimer tears, dude. [The Hollywood ReporterThe Mary Sue via Deadline Hollywood]
  • Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay was profiled this weekend while shopping at Best Buy and of course people on Twitter had to be racist about it. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Huffington Post Wows With These “Garden State” Infographics

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The much-loved movie “Garden State” turned a decade old on Monday and to celebrate the Huffington Post put together some epic charts to demonstrate what solid life lessons we can take from the film. “Garden State” is pretty damn great (or at least easy to poke fun at), so let’s reflect on the infinite abyss with these giggle-worthy images after the jump … (You can see the full set at the link!) [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Trailer For “Batkid Begins” Will Have You Bawling Your Eyes Out

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A True Hero

Remember last November when San Francisco transformed into Gotham City so a little boy with leukemia could be Batkid for a day? And how nobody could stop crying a million tears about how touching it was? Batkid made such an impact that he’ll be getting his own documentary. “Batkid Begins” takes a look at what went into making five-year-old Miles Scott’s dream come true and why it struck a chord with so many people. The film will be released in select theaters on November 15 and quite possibly  restore your faith in humanity. [US Weekly]

First Look: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ Gets A Teaser Trailer

First Look: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Gets A Teaser Trailer
Is Katniss Ready To Take On The Capitol?

The first teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ debuted at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, further whetting fans’ appetites for the movie’s premiere later this year. Only a minute long and featuring only four words from Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, the teaser focuses primarily on Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Coin (Julianne Moore), the leader of District 13, discussing whether Katniss is ready to lead a revolution against the Capitol. Watch above!

Gal Gadot Looks To Be A Pretty Bad Ass Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot Looks To Be A Pretty Bad Ass Wonder Woman

Batfleck may look like he just came off a major bender in Las Vegas, but “Superman Vs. Batman”‘s female heroine, Wonder Woman, clearly has gotten her beauty rest. Israeli actress Gal Gadot plays the bracelet-ed bad ass in the upcoming film and director Zack Snyder tweeted out this first photo of her in costume during San Diego Comic-Con. Where can I get those boots? [Hypeable]

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