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Jennifer Aniston Is Ready for Her Triumphant Return to TV in "The Morning Show"

"Watching a beloved woman's breakdown is timeless American entertainment."

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Almost two years ago, Apple TV announced their plan to launch a streaming service, along with an epic project—a show starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

On Monday, The Morning Show released its first official trailer. The highly anticipated show will dive into the interpersonal drama of broadcast journalism: the network politics of a newsroom, strong-willed executives, and anchors' struggles against ageism, all the while vying for America's hearts.

The trailer begins with Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) sitting alone at her desk and announcing that her co-host of 15 years, Mitch Kesser (Steve Carell), was fired for undisclosed allegations, suggesting that the show will unpack the effects of the MeToo movement. Then, insert Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), a hard-hitting, on the ground reporter recruited to join the show's staff and ready to shake things up. Cue the drama between a younger, rising star and a seasoned, beloved host as they're pitted against one another. Throw in a couple of male showrunners and executives (played by Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass) to exasperate those tensions, and you've got Apple TV's first hit show!

Watch the first trailer below:

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HBO has just dropped the first teaser trailer for the upcoming second season of Big Little Lies featuring a new character, Mary Louise Wright, played by Meryl Streep.

In the first trailer for season 2 of HBO's Big Little Lies, the Monterey five are back. Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), Renata Klein (Laura Dern), and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) speak in hushed tones in a parked car as Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) announces, "we're kidding ourselves if we think people have stopped talking." Celeste is referring to the events that transpired last season, resulting in the death of her abusive husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgård). Bonnie Carlson (Zoe Kravitz) is also worried: "it's going to get us, it's going to get us all," she asserts. "The lie."

Things grow even more tangled as Perry's grieving mother, Louise, (Meryl Streep) arrives in Monterey looking for answers.

"I want to know what happened that night," she says to Madeline. "I'm very tempted to ask you, but I don't think I would get the truth, would I?"

Season 2 will premiere June 9th on HBO. Watch the trailer below.


Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.


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Elle Woods is Making a Comeback – Legally Blonde 3 is in the Works

Reese and the Gang are Coming to a Theater Near You

Can you believe Legally Blonde was a hit 17 years ago?

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The always adorable actress Reese Witherspoon played the role of Elle Woods with personality and pep, and her pretty-in-pink popularity became iconic ever since. So much so that a sequel (Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde) came out in '03 and even a Broadway musical based on the movie was created. It seemed to be the end of Woods' run (aside from catching regular reruns on Bravo or E!), but Witherspoon isn't yet finished wowing us with more of Woods' wonderment, wisdom, and whimsy.

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Hold on to your popcorn because thanks to a deal with MGM, Legally Blonde 3 is happening! With the original film's producer and Witherspoon joining forces with him both behind and front of the camera, fans of the female-fronted franchise will be sure to flock to theaters to find out what Woods will do next in the current climate and whether she's still clutching her chihuahua and Chanel bag. And as Complex reports, "The story will be "more about female empowerment" than Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde." Fierce-meets-fabulous.

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The plot for movie #3 has not been released nor has the opening date, but just like the first two Legally Blonde flicks, the third is destined to be a charm. Surely, fans of the original and a new slew of young moviegoers will bolt to the box office to unleash their inner blonde bombshells and brush up on "legal matters." Witherspoon is always a treat as is the rest of the Legally Blonde cast which hopefully makes their return in the third installment of this feel-good franchise.

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Stay tuned for more info about Legally Blonde 3.

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

MARCH 9TH-11TH | "A Wrinkle in Time" has finally arrived in cinemas!

The Academy Awards are finally through, but that doesn't mean your time at the movies has to end for the year.

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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Big Little Lies finale: 'Sometimes you have to talk about it'

For every woman who has laid on a bathroom floor in tears protecting everyone else, and the tribe who protects her.

"It's not fair. If she keeps getting hurt, we have to protect her, right?".

On the final episode of HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies, Monterey mom, Jane (Shailene Woodley), asks her son a final time who is hurting the little girl he was accused of strangling the first day of school. Even after knowing that her son was being mistreated by some kids at the bequest of their parents and hitting Renata (Laura Dern), the mom of the bullied girl in a defiant act of frustration, Jane was relentless in the pursuit of truth in discovering who is abusing her son's classmate. This wasn't just to clear her son's name, or to protect the little girl, though both are valid and primary reasons. No, Jane had to assure herself that her kind, meek, honest son who was a product of rape would let nurture win and not nature. Jane moved to that beautiful, catty, affluent town to start over and escape her fears. Constantly moving from city to city at the first sign of trouble for her son, we weren't sure if Jane was going to stay long enough to find what she was searching for–answers, peace, and stability.

"He's ill, but you're ill too."

We are introduced to the ladies in all of their imperfectness and are immediately ready for the judgement and drama that comes with moms, husbands, affairs, divorces, and dreams unfulfilled. In all of the drama, it's easy to ignore the overarching theme of the series, women protecting women. This isn't a story of petty drama, it's the story of the uniting strength of women. Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) is introduced as an obnoxiously perfect, over bearing wife and mother who can control everything but herself, and still, nothing at all. She trips and Jane, an new mom in town, stops to help with a little bit of prodding by her son. It's obvious then that living right for her son and being a good example is paramount for her. From there we meet stay at home mom Celeste (Nicole Kidman). She's smart,pretty, and thought to be in a perfect marriage as a kept wife to a handsome, successful and charming husband. The perceived passion between her and her husband is brought up several times in the detectives' witness interrogations, which is even more shocking when we find out that the witnesses know that Perry died after violently abusing his wife and "tripping" down the steps. Renata's passions are described as being solely in the boardroom by her neighbors, though her passion for her career and her family leaves her feeling judged by stay at home mothers, and Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) is the young, attractive step-mom who is married to Madeline's ex and is into a holistic lifestyle and active kindness. With a lineup like this, you know the drama is coming, and the six episodes before last night lead to the perfect ending.


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"I hate everyone but Jane, believe it or not"

By last night's episode we identified everyone's secrets and the pettiness has taken back seat to the realities that the dark pasts and presents of our characters have illuminated. Madeline is cheating on her husband and feels like she is losing her teenage daughter, Jane was raped and wants to confront her unknown rapist who is also the father of her child, Renata is struggling between the corporate and family worlds and hasn't found the unrealistic balance of perfection she set up for herself as a success metric, and Bonnie, well she's actively nice but alludes to a troubled past. She goes out of her way to live in love and peace, with a quiet strength and beauty that is, admittedly, envy inducing. She lives on the other end of the spectrum of what happens to hurt people. She doesn't hurt others, she saves them–teaching self defense classes, encouraging therapy, and battling social injustices. One thing all of the women have in common is desiring qualities or aspects of life that another mom possesses, finding perfection in the very things that cause misery. As secrets are exposed, the bonds become tighter and the theme of protecting women is intensified in all of the wrong ways. Madeline's daughter wants to auction her virginity for Amnesty International, Ed, Madeline's husband, warns Bonnie not to offend Madeline by being,well, perfect and helpful, Renata's husband confronts Jane for hitting his wife in a school spat and Tom kicks him out of his establishment, Perry is concerned with Celeste's stress levels (but not the bruises he leaves her with), and Celeste is one beating closer to death, though we see her making plans for an escape, but not with the urgency it requires.

"Can you just help me, help myself"

The final installment of the miniseries ends just like it begins, with Madeline being distressed and Jane running to her rescue. This time, the problems are bigger than the petty trifles that Madeline have made the center of her world instead of confronting her real issues. Everyone's secrets are coming out full force at a school function, of all places. While men are dressed up as one of American symbols of cool, Elvis Presley, and women are dressed up as one of the symbols of prim and proper, Audrey Hepburn, people are confronting their deepest issues. Celeste is finally understanding the severity of her abusive husband and that it also is affecting her kids. Each secret being exposed is like a dose of kryptonite to the facade of her marriage. You see her husband Perry weakening with each show of brute "strength" to the point that in his final moments he is kicking Celeste outside of his son's school while the woman he raped, her best friend, and the mother of the child his son is abusing because of what he hears at home, are fending him off until sweet Bonnie runs behind him and pushes him to his death. Confession time, other than Stringer Bell in The Wire, I have never been so happy to see someone die (sorry Idris Bae, you just played spineless and conniving user so well). As wrong as that is, doing the best thing and the right thing aren't always the same. Domestic violence and rape are serious issues that are way too common in the world, but particularly for a country that uses moral high ground to justify actions and inaction.

"I should have left you a long time ago...and now I have to leave."

Women have a habit of protecting others at all expenses. As much as the supporting characters like to pit the women against each other in their police interrogations, the solidarity exemplified for each other even while combating their own demons is unmatched. Renata sees Celeste in pain even after discovering that Celeste's son is abusing her daughter and places that to the side and in what is without a doubt the most well acted scene in the series, all of the ladies place their feelings and safety aside when Jane is paralyzed with fear and the connection is made that Perry is her rapist. How ironic is it that the costume party is when all of the masks come off. Contrary to what the show initially has you believing, each woman is more than willing to run to the aid of another woman in pain. They are not family, but they are a tribe. They chose each other and at the weakest hour, combined to be an impenetrable force. Secrets were slowly draining these women. They were able to put on a good face, be who they thought people need them to be, but they weren't fulfilled. They weren't completely happy until they started telling their truths, relying on each other, and standing up for right. It took the death of Perry to serve as a reminder that even though someone can be hurting you, sometimes you still need an extra push to remind you that you need to use that strength to protect your most important asset, yourself. The ending is perfect and although we would love to see the girls come back for another season, it ends perfectly, with Ituna singing sweetly, "You can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need."

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Reese Witherspoon may be America's sweetheart but there's a reason she's one of the most powerful women in Hollywood—Reese is a type-A control freak.

It's no secret that the Wild star has to micro-manage every aspect of her life—from her career, to her love life, to her children.

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Reese's stunning look-alike daughter, Ava, turned 16 on September 9, and since Reese told her she needed to wait until her sweet 16 to date, the boys are now beating down her door.

Reese, however, has taken it upon herself to subject suitors to a rigorous screening process before they are even in consideration.

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“Ava is a gorgeous girl and guys are going crazy over her," a source tells Popdust exclusively. "But Reese wants to have a say over who she dates. She wants to meet the guy first, then basically interview them to make sure they are up to par."

Naturally Ava is less than thrilled with this arrangement. “She'd love to tell her mom that she's being ridiculous, but that's not really an option. And it's not like she can get away with lying to her—Reese has spies everywhere, and Ava is starting to get paparazzied every where she goes."

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Of course the 16 year-old stunner and her 39 year old mom have completely different ideas of who she should be dating.

“Ava likes surfers and bad boys, but Reese wants her to date members of the debate team and the boy's choir!"

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And what does dad Ryan Phillippe have to say about the situation? “If it was up to her father, Ava would have to wait until she was 30 to start dating!"

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Good luck boys!