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In Hollywood Breakup Ritual, Ben Affleck "Trashes" Ana De Armas

In a mysterious Hollywood custom, a cardboard cutout of Ana De Armas was placed in ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck's trash.

For decades scholars from around the world have been studying the minutiae of social life within the unspoiled and oft-misunderstood culture known as "Hollywood."

The strange locals we have come to know as "celebrities" defy our understanding with their alien customs — moving in with estranged spouses, joining cults, drinking blood. And yet we are constantly reminded how much these exotic and beautiful creatures are "just like us."

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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN | What's coming to theaters this weekend?

MARCH 16TH-18TH | Romance and thrillers and more coming to a theatre near you

Unconventional love stories are making their way to the forefront of the movie scene this weekend.

In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about have your pants scared off? Maybe just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have it.

Take a peek at our top picks for this week...

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What's on NETFLIX? "Butter" stars Jennifer Garner and dares to go beyond the first taste.

REVIEW | Butter is the great equalizer in this delightful film.


Butter makes everything better.

Butter takes place in the Mid-West where family, tradition, and butter competitions hold the highest of the townspeople's priorities. As soon as the film starts, we immediately meet a cacophony of rich characters. The film though delightful and sweet at face value, makes you think about many deeper, richer themes; much like butter, enhancing something with amazing substance and making it taste good.

We initially follow Destiny played by Yara Shahidi through her endless circuit of foster care. As we see her trials and tribulations with the absent-minded elderly foster parent, the drug-addicted foster parent, and more, we make certain discoveries about how a person of color's interaction is different with a white community all through the innocent eyes of an eleven year old. Often, we see Destiny tokenized and treated like a victim in school settings. Even the family that she ends up with seems to tip toe around race which is something many white people do with the intention of being racially sensitive but actually making the whole situation even more awkward. Luckily, her new foster parents quickly relax and Destiny, who isn't used to staying put eventually lets her guard down and gets comfortable with Jill and Ethan. Destiny's hope throughout the film is that she finds something she's really good at. After watching local butter carving prodigy Bob Pickler's success with butter carving, Destiny decides to give it a try. When she goes to sign up for the contest, both her age and her race raises skepticism and a general discomfort of her competing with Laura Pickler, Bob's ambitious-to-a-fault wife.


Jill, Ethan, and Destiny in Butter Kiss My Wonder Woman

Another deep rooted theme of the film is validation and that what you see isn't always what you get. Laura Pickler played brilliantly by Jennifer Garner, has lived her entire adult life for Bob, painting the picture of a perfect family for her community. She thrives on the notion that they are the ideal all-American family. They receive praise from their community, while in Laura's forced efforts to create this picture perfect image greater problems are created. When Bob decides to sit the year out and judge instead, Laura feels like he is sacrificing their family name and decides to enter the contest herself.

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Her intensity over the butter competition causes a lot of tension in their relationship and Bob ends up sleeping with a stripper named Brooke hilariously portrayed by Olivia Wilde. Frustrated and hurt by Bob's actions, but undeterred, Laura prepares for the competition like a true professional sneaking in the theme that women are just as capable as men, because often, we're helping our men accomplish their own goals and learn a thing or two in the wake. Laura's major downfall is that she has validated her entire life and identity on her husband's ability to carve butter well and the All-American exterior that it comes with, but in reality her life is crumbling beneath it. When she looses the competition to a child, she just about looses it.

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Another interesting relationship in the film is Brooke's relationship with Destiny. It's hard to believe a stripper and an eleven year old become friends but in a way they do. Brooke falls for Bob setting her on a mission to humiliate Laura Pickler who in blind ambition seems unfazed by her husband's infidelity. When Brooke sees that Destiny is the only contestant that has a chance at beating Laura at her highly valued butter carving competition, Brooke buys Destiny some new tools to give her the same advantage as the affluent Pickler family. Destiny ultimately just benefits from Brooke's belief in her and the new tools. Brooke and Destiny are treated like outsiders the entire film and seeing them come together at the end to shake up the norm of this very traditional community really makes this film unique and interesting.

Olivia Wilde as Brooke Kiss My Wonder Woman

While I was just looking for a background noise type flick to put on while I got some work done, Butter drew me in and is definitely one of my favorite films as of lately. Stream the film on Netflix now.

Watch the trailer right here:

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Now that sourpuss Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner have filed for divorce, can he please lose that angry glare and learn to relax?

I don't know about you, but when I think of Ben Affleck, I picture him angry. If you watch him expound on politics, his face is contorted with rage. If he's walking down the street, his body language says, 'God I am furious.'

Even when he accepted his Oscar for Argo, Ben Affleck couldn't conceal his resentment of the Academy.

He is one tense ball of rage, let's face it. I'm glad I wasn't around when he got busted for trying to conceal his slave-owning ancestors.

Perhaps his demeanor is an expression of his unhappy marriage. If that's the case, he can start learning to relax his facial muscles. His tight-lipped smile is scarier than Jack Nicholson in The Shining. It bespeaks an anger so immense that it scares even him.

I'm hoping for the best but who knows, maybe Matt Damon is the only means of soothing Ben Affleck's tortured soul.

Meanwhile, enjoy Ben's explosive temper in this self-righteous outburst on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are to divorce after 10 years of marriage.

In what has been the worst kept secret in Hollywood, TMZ are reporting that the couple have finally confirmed what surely the moving trucks outside their house gave us a big hint about.

The couple says;

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding."

Sources tell TMZ that they will file papers but won't complete the divorce until all the property and custody issues are resolved—with the help of a mediator and business managers.

Apparently the divorce is amicable and the couple will share joint custody of their 3 young children.

Hollywood thrusts perfection down your throat so much you could gag on it. But it’s also a land of make believe and often times people don’t start off as perfect as they seem.

Cosmetic surgery has been honed to a fine art—the Michael Jackson nose job and trout pout have ushered in an era of plastic fantastic. A nip here, a tuck there, some filler here and voila!-you’re starring opposite Shia Labeouf or strutting down a runway.

Some stars will immediately 'fess up to getting a little work done—others will go down the well worn Kardashian route and just deny, deny, deny......insisting it's just down to weight loss.... or, aging, or careful makeup application—even when it is blatantly obvious that their face is drastically different.

See how 20 famous faces went from girl next door to drop dead gorgeous—and make your own mind up whether they're plastic fantastic or au naturel.....