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Everyone You Love Is in Adam McKay's "Don't Look Up"

A film about the end of the world? It's hitting a little too close to home right now

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If Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio warned you the world was ending, would you listen?

Considering the fact that Leo has been crusading about the environment for years — okay, Climate Crisis King — between switching out his various 20-year old girlfriends and not much has changed, the answer is probably no.

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The only thing more American than apple pie is a nip slip.

Or in this case, bottom slips. On August 29th, Farrah Abraham of Teen Mom fame accidentally showed more skin than planned on the red carpet for the screening of Ad Astra. Her floral-print ball gown by French designer Christophe Guillarme featured a thigh-high slit that made it clear Abraham had opted to attend the premiere sans undergarments. You might think that in this age of sexual freedom, skimpy outfits, photo leaks, and body positivity, we'd be past making a big deal out of something as run of the mill as a skirt revealing more than intended. But the incident immediately made headlines, overshadowing the premiere and causing a stir on social media. She later posted a picture on Instagram.

Interestingly, the reality star had a similar "accident" at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and video later showed that the crotch-shot was intentional. Commenters on Abraham's Venice Instagram were not going to let her forget it.

One person wrote: "So you had to flash your vag just like you did at the Cannes? Pretty sad that's how you choose to keep your name in the tabloids. At each event you were clearly pulling your dress to flash everyone your vag." Another said, "Farrah 101 for when you're an irreverent wannabe...of course we flash our cooter...oooops I mean 'wardrobe malfunction'...you've got to be one of the most desperate people I've ever seen...and all in the presence of poor Sophia...such a roll model."

If the "malfunction" was in fact intentional, one has to admit that if the goal was free publicity, it was a savvy move. If you Google "celebrity wardrobe malfunction," 32,100,000 results appear immediately. Admit it, you can't name who won the 2004 super bowl, you probably can't even say for sure which teams played, but you absolutely remember the exact instant during the half time show when Janet Jackson showed America more than her killer dance moves.

The iconic wardrobe malfunction made headlines everywhere, throwing the game into the background. Or maybe you remember when Chrissy Teigen didn't account for the breeze and accidentally showed off her immaculately waxed undercarriage. Or the famous instance of Britney Spears exiting a car without any underwear on. So why are people vilifying Abraham for merely giving the people what they want?

Why do we care so much about glimpses of usually covered human anatomy? Why do we find nip slips and accidental cr*tch shots more titillating than images of bare bodies that are readily available online or even in movies? What is the undeniable appeal of an outfit going rogue?

The truth is that we love seeing someone's body without their explicit consent.

People are so riled up about Abraham's manufactured malfunction because knowing it was intentional takes away much of the appeal. And that's pretty f*cked up.

As we take baby steps towards becoming a society that prioritizes consent, we have to realize that reveling in wardrobe malfunctions can't be a part of that better future. The human body isn't inherently sexual or scandalous, and it's never okay to look at someone's naked body if they don't mean to show it to you. It's 2019: Aren't we a different society than we were when n*pple gate shook our worlds? Isn't it time to stop treating the human body like a spectacle? Maybe, instead of shaming Farrah Abraham for merely capitalizing on an American perversion, we should take a look inwards and think about why we're still so fascinated by wardrobe malfunctions—and what exactly that says about us.

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Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of June 7

Dark Phoenix turns one of Marvel's greatest stories into typical blockbuster jargon.

20th Century Fox

Welcome back to "Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend."

This week, Dark Phoenix turns one of Marvel's greatest stories into typical Blockbuster jargon.

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Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix | Final Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX www.youtube.com

"The Dark Phoenix Saga" is still regarded as one of the best X-Men runs by many long-time comic book fans. The story revolves around Jean Grey's absorption of and corruption by the Phoenix Force: "The embodiment of the very passion of Creation—the spark that gave life to the Universe, the flame that will ultimately consume it." The transformation is dark, jolting, and ultimately tragic, resolving in one of the greatest character moments in Marvel's history. The new Dark Phoenix movie, on the other hand, looks very, very generic. The trailer is practically indistinguishable from every other run-of-the-mill, big explosion superhero movie from the past five years. Aside from the brilliant casting of Sophie Turner (she was born to play Jean Grey), there's nothing exciting to see here. What a shame for such a great storyline to burn out like this.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 - The Final Trailer [HD] www.youtube.com

If you wagged your tail for the first The Secret Life of Pets, then you'll be sure to howl at the moon for A Dog's Purpose 2. What else is there to say about this movie? You know exactly what it is––86 minutes of animated animals to shut your kids up. Except now the main dog, Max, is being voiced by Patton Oswalt instead of Louis C.K. because you know exactly why.

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Late Night

Late Night Trailer #2 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers www.youtube.com

Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in Late Night, a movie about a long-running late night talk-show host who hires an inexperienced, minority female writer to round out her all-white male staff. The script was written by Kaling, and initial reviews suggest the movie is both funny and culturally prescient. Kaling is ridiculously talented, so if you're looking for a dose of socially conscious comedy this weekend, Late Night is your best bet.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco | Official Trailer HD | A24 www.youtube.com

The cinematography in this trailer is absolutely gorgeous. Shots frame characters amidst gorgeous sets filled with rich history. This is fitting as the plot follows two men, Jimmie and Mont, as they try to reclaim an old house built by Jimmie's grandfather in San Francisco. It won the Best Directing award and a Special Jury Prize for Creative Collaboration at Sundance this year, so it's most likely very good.

Itsy Bitsy

Itsy Bitsy (2018) Official Trailer www.youtube.com

Itsy Bitsy is a horror movie based on the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" nursery rhyme. This is honestly one of the worst horror movie trailers ever. The premise is awful, the acting looks awful, and heck, even the spider looks rubber. I kind of love it. In fact, screw it, this is my number one must-see movie pick for this weekend.

"A legend can't be explained by science," says an old man in the trailer. Seriously, please support this film.

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5 Movies to Make You Appreciate Your Mother

To celebrate Mother's Day, kick back and watch these moms from hell, so you can feel better about your own.

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We're very sorry that your mother has a Twitter account, but that's not the worst attempt a mother has made to destroy her children's dignity.

When it comes to horror canon, there are abundant examples of deranged mothers and their spooky boys, from Rosemary's Baby (1968) to Psycho (1960). But modern film keeps up the tradition of cursed, possessed, psychotic, or generally wicked mothers who fill us with terror by supposedly signifying society's moral decay.

To celebrate Mother's Day this May 12, kick back and watch these moms from hell, so you can feel better about your own.

1. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Michael Chaves isn't winning any awards for his directorial debut, but his film adaptation of the Mexican folklore of La Llorona is a terrifying depiction of what happens when Linda Cardellini is assigned to be your social worker. A single mother takes drastic measures to protect her two sons from the ghost of Llorona, but when Anna (Cardellini), their caseworker, takes her clients away, she inadvertently puts her own two sons at risk.

The Curse of La Llorona - Official Trailer [HD] youtu.be

2. Oculus (2013)

Sometimes, parents get buried under their work and lose sight of their priorities, like having a healthy, supportive marriage and spending quality time with the family. At other times, mothers become possessed by a demon living in an antique mirror and try to drive their children to suicide. Oh, moms!

Oculus Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Karen Gillan Horror Movie HD youtu.be

3. Hereditary (2018)

As terrible as it seems, sometimes it's common sense not to like your mother. Annie (Toni Collette) is a wife and mother of two teenagers when her reclusive mother dies. Afterward, her mother's mistakes, and maybe her demonic spirit, wreak havoc on her family. No, seriously, imagine the worst thing a true crime addict could imagine and then add fire and a dead deer.

Hereditary | Official Trailer HD | A24 youtu.be


4. Mother! (2017)

Obviously, Darren Aronofsky's 2017 psychological horror film isn't the best choice for celebrating motherhood. But viewing its violent gore and Jennifer Lawrence's intense suffering for the sake of keeping a nice house might just inspire you to call your mother back.

MOTHER! Trailer (Extended) 2017 youtu.be

5. Lyle (2015)

Gaby Hoffman stars in this trippy indie flick about a mother grieving the death of her toddler. She moves into a neighborhood of well-kept brownstones where it seems a bizarre number of toddlers have died. Director Stewart Thorndike adds to Rosemary Baby's tradition of paranoid mothers who may or may not be in grave, sickening danger. Or, you know, she's nuts.

LYLE Trailer (2015) | Breaking Glass Pictures | BGP Indie Movie youtu.be



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Update: Harvey Weinstein is still a Tremendous Piece of Shit

The producer allegedly bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence while sexually assaulting an unnamed victim.

Yesterday, a new lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company was made public by TMZ in which the unnamed plaintiff claims that Weinstein followed her into a bathroom stall at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and masturbated in front of her. Weinstein then allegedly invited the actress to a number of movie premieres at which he repeatedly groped her and whispered lewd comments. At a separate event in March of that year, the suit claims that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on the actress while she begged him to stop. While she was crying, he proceeded to lecture her about his role as a producer, stating "I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar." At a later date, the producer discussed the incident with the unnamed woman, saying "don't be such a prude. I didn't even fuck you" and threatening her career.

A spokesperson for Weinstein had this to say:

"This lawsuit was filed and updated strategically with no notice given or any attempt to reach out to Mr. Weinstein's attorneys for one reason; It was meant to embarrass Mr. Weinstein and garner unchecked media attention. There is absolutely no truth to the malicious claims made in this lawsuit, and we are reviewing our options with an eye on filing for an immediate dismissal."

The statement continues, "Mr. Weinstein is embarrassed for Ms. Lawrence with whom he has only had a professional and respectful relationship, who has sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation. This filing further proves that anyone can say whatever they want in a lawsuit for maximum shock value, to defame and debase, without having to offer any facts or reality."


Matt Clibanoff is a writer and editor based in New York City who covers music, politics, sports and pop culture. He currently serves as Lead Editor for Gramercy Media. His editorial work can be found in Inked Magazine, Pop Dust, The Liberty Project, and All Things Go. His fiction has been published in Forth Magazine. -- Find Matt at his website and on Twitter: @mattclibanoff


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Follow an ex-ballerina in her work as a spy, explore with a garden gnome, or maybe find another thrill at your local cinema.

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.

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