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‘Life’ Director on the Ending He Insisted Couldn’t Be Changed

Daniel Espinosa told the film's producers if they "couldn't see eye to eye with the ending, we should part ways."read more

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WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization

Talks with the studios have resulted in too many "noes," and the negotiating committee wants the union to have the right to call a strike.read more

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Is Beauty & The Beast Racist?

One of my favorite internet rabbit holes to get lost down is the secret history and meaning of Disney classics. Of all of my elementary school friends, I was the one with the most impressive collection of Disney movies on VHS; I was enchanted by the stories of young girls from faraway places. It’s a fascination that I haven’t shaken, even in adulthood. So when I’m presented with a more mature way to still obsess over my favorite fairy tales, I’m all in. With the recent live-action release of Beauty and the Beast, I thought it would be interesting to revisit an interesting theory about this love story: that it’s subliminally racist.Disney has a checkered past when it comes to depicting any kind of otherness. It took the franchise over five decades to introduce a non-white princess in the form of Aladdin’s Jasmine. And there is a valid critique to be made about many of Disney’s characters of color: the further back you go, the more offensive the caricature. Sebastian in The Little Mermaid is a lazy Jamaican. Pocahontas romanticizes Native American genocide. And Dumbo features a group of “jive-talking” crows, the leader of whom is named Jim. Yes, Jim Crow.For Beauty and the Beast, the theorized racism is more subtle. It plays on assumed biases about about whiteness and femininity in relation to Blackness — specifically, the notion that white women need to be protected from Black men who are uncivilized and violent. In this fairy tale, the symbolism of a big, dark beast pervades Belle’s perilous captivity. It’s the same symbolism that has been used in franchises like King Kong, and even the sci-fi thriller Alien. The idea is that if it’s bigger and darker than a white woman protagonist, then it’s a threat.The new live-action of version of Beauty and the Beast has been intentional about positioning itself as a product of a more progressive Disney. They’ve been touting their first openly gay character and applauding Belle as a feminist character. There is diversity in the form of Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as people turned into household items under the castle's curse. Their ensemble roles represent an intentional decision to add some diversity to the cast. As an adult lover of Beauty and the Beast, these are the updates that keep me hooked.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Exciting Heist Movies Of All TimeAn Open Letter To The Barbie Movie Producers: Please Don't Be PredictableThe Best Coming-Of-Age Movies

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The Most Exciting Heist Movies Of All Time

One staple of heist films is that, unlike in other genres, you often find yourself rooting for the villain. These movies are usually framed so that by the climax, you hold the conviction that the criminals deserve their multimillion dollar payout. Laws be damned!This is partially a result of the setup of these movies, which often give viewers a glimpse into the mastermind behind the crime. You feel like a brilliant badass helping to orchestrate the plan of a lifetime. As viewers, we’re taken on a wild ride and we’re invested in seeing it through to the end. And there will certainly be bumps in the road. Things can get bloody, and you could end up risking it all for a nice payday.All this makes heist movies more engaging than idealistic rom-coms or straight-up horror flicks. It’s like if YouTube hair tutorials actually included a reel of all the things that can, and do, go wrong.Here are some of the most exciting heist movies you should check out, if you haven’t already.Read These Stories Next:Refiner29's Shatterbox Anthology Is Lighting Up The Sundance Film FestivalOur Favorite Saturday Night Live Clips Of All Time32 Movies That Will Remind You What It Truly Means To Be Cold[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXdPolca5w]The Usual Suspects(1995)In a small police office, Roger "Verbal" Kint tells his interrogator the long-winded story of how his group's involvement with a mob boss named Keyser Soze led to a dramatic massacre. Verbal's story is told through flashbacks and narration; the longer it goes, the more convoluted it becomes. But when it comes to shifty conmen, how much can you really believe?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkguK4F8KqA]Nine Queens(2003)More entertaining than Ocean’s 11 and with more twists than The Usual Suspects, this Argentine crime drama is the kingpin of heist movies. At first, the conceit is deceptively simple. Two con men team up to sell fake stamps. But in Nine Queens, nothing is as it seems. Buckle in and enjoy the ride.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj5NHXDvKKM]Blue Streak (1999)Not all heist movies are intense and serious. Martin Lawrence is a riot in this movie where he plays a jewelry thief who, upon his release from prison, returns the building where he'd hidden a diamond two years prior — when it was still a construction site. Much to his dismay, a police precinct has been built there, so he goes undercover as a cop to get back his loot.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imm6OR605UI]Ocean’s Eleven (2001)The first of the Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s Eleven is one of the more popular heist flicks ever. It involves a pre-Amal George Clooney orchestrating a massive heist at three Las Vegas Casinos. In addition to the two sequels released in 2004 and 2007, an all-women version starring the likes of Rihanna and Julia Roberts, plus a cameo from Kim Kardashian, is currently in production and will be released next year.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb5jq3doQa8]Set It Off (1996)Truth be told, Set It Off is more than just a heist film. It’s a critical commentary on how race, gender, and class intersected to create the circumstances of four Black women in Los Angeles. With Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett leading the cast, the four chicks pull off a string of bank robberies in one of the greatest action-dramedies ever.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ACCpXaA-MU]Bonnie & Clyde (1967)In addition to doubling as a tragic romance, this vintage flick is based on the true story of the infamous, eponymous couple that robbed about a dozen banks in during the Great Depression and killed some people in the process. It also provided the inspiration for Jay Z and Beyoncé’s 2012 “Bonnie & Clyde” collaboration.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44v8NhVEL5A]Inside Man (2006)The thing that makes this heist movie so great is that it’s not actually about a theft, at least in the traditional sense. But the criminal plan is executed with amazing precision. As the movie progresses, both viewers and Denzel Washington, who plays the cop trying to figure this whole thing out, learn that the plan is bigger than anyone expected.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OtM9j2lcUA]Now You See Me (2013)Is there really any better ruse to cover up your bank robbery than with magic? That’s the premise of this movie about four Vegas style magici— excuse me, illusionists who shower their guests with stolen money. The magic rose to new heights when Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe was hired for the sequel in 2016.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB3JtJJZJG8]Dead Presidents (1995)In this Black cult classic, a group of Vietnam veterans, scorned by their country after a hellish tour of duty, go rogue. They plan to rob an armored car making a stop at the Bronx’s Federal Reserve Bank. Not everything goes as planned, though. But then again, does it ever?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeK_bjCg5BY]Takers (2010)T.I., Paul Walker, and Idris Elba lead the star-studded cast of this run-of-the-mill heist movie. A group of criminals that you grow to love want a lot of money that’s inside of a moving truck. But most importantly: T.I., Paul Walker, and Idris Elba. Zoe Saldana plays a cute girlfriend, too.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9kCb0E4O3g]Bandits (2001)Just because you're breaking the law doesn't mean that you have to be rude about it. Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton broke the mold when they used non-violent, courteous tactics to rob a string of banks. They even fall in love with one of their hostages which makes things a little awkward.Like this post? There's more. Get tons of celebrity news, fun takes on pop culture, and trending stories on the Refinery29 Entertainment Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!Like what you see? 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An Open Letter To The Barbie Movie Producers: Please Don't Be Predictable

As a child, I was told that Barbie would die if her proportions were translated onto a real-life body. Her tiny waist-to-hip ratio would crush her internal organs; her delicate wrists would be incapable of lifting objects; her swan-like neck couldn’t support her head. Real-life Barbie would be crippled by beauty.In 2016, Sony and Mattel announced they were doing the impossible: bringing these outrageous proportions to a live-action film.With the announcement of Amy Schumer as Barbie, the movie studios pleasantly surprised me. Schumer, a paragon of body-positivity, was just the person to give the Barbie doll the 21st-century makeover she needed so desperately.In the film script, Barbie gets booted out of Barbieland for not being perfect, and lands smack dab in the middle of the real world. Think Enchanted but with more Ken and less Prince Charming. Unlike the doll, Schumer’s Barbie would certainly be able to lift her head and hold it high. That’s something Amy Schumer has been doing her whole career.When word got out that the actress and comedian was in talks with Mattel and Sony for the role, Schumer had a swift response to the skeptics. She took to Instagram to post a photo of herself in a swimsuit, along wth a pointed message directed toward the haters. Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you're not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don't think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where's the shame? It's not there. It's an illusion. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I'm a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I'm fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It's that kind of response that let's you know something's wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can't hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will" #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo A post shared by @amyschumer on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:10pm PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js The caption read, “I am proud to lead by example. "I say if I'm beautiful, I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”And what better way to lead by example than starring in the Barbie film?All of this makes today's announcement such a bummer. In an official statement, Schumer announced she was dropping out of the Barbie film due to scheduling conflicts.With her self-proclaimed nickname “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, ” Schumer has molded a career from body positivity, self-acceptance, and fearlessly shutting down haters. Her casting was a statement in itself. It seemed to be a promise, on part of the studios, to say — "We’ll try to make things better."Now that Schumer has backed out, though, the studio is faced with a critical choice. When searching for a replacement, casting directors could find an actress with eerily Barbie-like proportions in about a heartbeat. And yet I can’t help but hope they choose someone whose proportions are closer to real life than to Barbieland.Barbie’s been propagating unrealistic beauty standards since the 1960s, though Mattel's made some positive changes, like their line of dolls with different body types. Here’s hoping the Barbie film is still a step in the right direction, even without Schumer's involvement.Read These Stories Next:The Problematic SATC Scene No One Talks AboutThe Viral Words You Need To KnowHappy Songs That Will Instantly Put You In A Good MoodLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Is Beauty & The Beast Racist?The Most Exciting Heist Movies Of All TimeThe Best Coming-Of-Age Movies

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The Best Coming-Of-Age Movies

Growing up is hard to do. Before "adulting" — that is, clumsily impersonating our role models and pretending we have our lives together — became a buzzword, we "came of age." The action is still the same: staying out too late and trying to "find ourselves," or building a new life in a strange city.The best thing about coming-of-age movies is that you can watch them and get a better understanding of yourself today. The awkwardness of getting older is more than acne and puberty, and more than the milestones of academic life. Growing up is about looking around and piecing together what you want and don't want, who is and isn't worth listening to, where you do and don't feel safe. Whether you're working through these internal dilemmas in someone else's house — in a family home or with a band on tour — or in your first apartment, it's all tough.These are the best coming-of-age movies we can think of. And while many such stories are about love, we've culled a list of films that have a little more to offer than a traditional romance, because you don't have to fall in love to find yourself. "Coming of age" isn't about meeting the person you're supposed to spend the rest of your life with, but deciding what you want to spend the rest of your life as.Keep checking back before your next movie night. We'll be adding new movies to this list regularly.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJAP8q_iPOw]Mr. NobodyThis mind-bending movie is unlike any other coming-of-age film ever made.Nemo Nobody is 118 years old, and the last mortal member of the human race. In honor of his birthday, he tells a reporter of his childhood and looks back at the pivotal moment in their childhood. A boy is on a train tracks. He can choose to go with his mother on the train, his father on the tracks, or run away. From there, Mr. Nobody sees the infinite trajectories of his life.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qoaVUdbWMs]The Way Way Back (2013)14-year-old Duncan’s summer down the Jersey shore with his mom and her skeevy boyfriend is not shaping up to be any fun at all. Desperate to get out of the house, Duncan takes a job at Water Wizz water park and finds a friend in the park’s overly friendly manager. The trials and tribulations of young teenage-dom have never been so endearing. Plus, seeing Steve Carrell play a villain is worth the watch.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qg6n7V3kO4]Y Tu Mamá También (2001)Alfonso Cuarón directed what is now considered a seminal classic coming-of-age film. The title roughly translates to "and your mother, too," a version of an insult tagline. (Think: "your mom ____.") The film follows Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael García Bernal), two teenage boys, as they take their life on the road. The friendship gets knotty when they invite Luisa, a beautiful mysterious woman — there's always one of those — to join them, sowing discord in their friendship.Elvis Mitchell, writing in The New York Times, called the movie, "fast, funny, unafraid of sexuality and finally devastating."[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvY24Qj6b78]Whale Rider (2002)Keisha Castle-Hughes received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the plucky Paikea, a young Maori girl struggling to come to terms with her patrilineal tribe.Paikea, called Pai, is a direct descendant of the current chieftain. The only problem: she's a girl. To make matters worse, Pai had a twin stillborn brother. By tradition, her late brother should be chief. Pai's grandfather won't acknowledge her — until she rides the whale, that is.Whale Rider succeeds by taking the harrowing process of growing up and transposing it onto the strict rules of tradition. In order to grow, Pai must subvert tradition. Breaking the boundaries of her tightly-wound society is Pai's coming-of-age ordeal, and every moment of this New Zealand film will have you on edge.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0oX0xiwOv8]Boyhood(2014)Boyhood is the coming-of-age film that literally came of age. Filmed over 12 years, the movie follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he traipses through adolescence. At the conclusion, Mason leaves for college, his "boyhood" coming to a close as the credits roll.Richard Linklater's film is remarkable because it danced between fiction and reality. We are watching a fiction, but the actors — including Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Lorelei Linklater — are subject to the very real effects of time.Nothing truly remarkable happens in the film, which lasts a generous 3 hours, but that's exactly the point. This bildungsroman is about the slow churn of self-discovery and the patience that it requires.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk0XnyrENrE]Almost Famous (2000)Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) said it best: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.”William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is very, very uncool. So when the precocious teen gets a chance to profile an up and coming rock band for Rolling Stone, he jumps at it. There’s the obvious career boost, of course, but also the thrill of the road paired with the rock’s outlaw fantasy.Cross crossing the country, director Cameron Crowe’s protagonist gets a lesson in reporting — no one is ever a reliable source on their own life — but also in friendship. He’s quickly smitten with Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a young blonde fangirl who is low key sleeping with the band’s lead singer. Penny is troubled and flighty, and William is the only one who really cares about her. But even he tries to consume her free spirit. "I always tell the girls, never take it seriously," Penny explains once. "If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt, if you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends. "[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfHnykLOjH4]The Fits (2016)Toni (Royalty Hightower) is an 11-year-old tomboy that doesn't know how to be a teenage girls. As girls her age have their first awkward crushes, she hangs out with her brother, watching him flirt with girls, laugh with his friends, and train to be a boxer. She's modeled her life after his, until now: Toni is transfixed by the cool girls, ones who seem unbothered by insecurities like her own.So Toni skips her brother's boxing lessons, and instead tries out for the local rec center's dance team. She watches them, and mimics their femininity. When an eerie sickness starts to spread other girls on the team, she hopes she's not affected by the same convulsions.There's a certain amount of suspense to this movie — what disease causes these girls to shake and shiver without warning? Where did it start, and how is it being transmitted? But its heart is in Toni's coming of age story as she begins to understand gender performance, and her place as a young woman in her community.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15syDwC000k]Brooklyn (2015)Brooklyn is a 1950s immigrant story that starts out simple enough: Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) has just moved from Ireland to the borough (against her mother’s better judgement) for a better life. She leaves the ship that brought her to America’s shores, ready to find the American promise she’s heard so much about. In a strange city with rowdy Americans, she’s lonely enough to sob into her own sheets. She might not have left a full life beyond, but it was a satisfying one.Soon enough, she meets Tony (Emory Cohen), a boyishly handsome Italian guy at a Catholic mixer. For a while, Brooklyn masquerades as a love story: The pair sweetly fall in love and plan a life together. Then a tragedy at home in Ireland requires Eilis to return to her sleepy hometown.And this is when Brooklyn gets really great: It takes meeting a boy at home (Domhnall Gleeson) to put in perspective how much Eilis has accomplished. She’s built herself a life in Brooklyn, through long days and lonely nights. The crux of the movie is the crossroads of coming of age: Looking in the mirror and deciding between the self you’ve grown out of and the self you’ve grown into.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWDkdsZQq_c]Splendor In The Grass (1961)This classic, directed by Elia Kazan, is most famous for being the first American movie to feature French kissing onscreen. Outside of the Natalie Wood-Warren Beatty lip action, though, it’s a touching story of desire, resistance, and how jarring it is to realize your parents are imperfect — and maybe even deeply flawed.The story is set in 1920s Kansas, and Bud Stamper (Beatty) and Deanie Loomis (Wood) are in love. He’s the football hero, heir to an oil fortune; she’s a good girl, dutiful daughter to a humble grocery-owning family. There’s no way (or reason) to put it delicately: Kissing isn’t enough anymore. These high school seniors are ready to do the thing they’re taught good girls aren’t supposed to want and good boys aren’t supposed to ask for: have sex.The central conflict is that Deanie and Bud are trapped within puritanical conventions about sexuality and womanhood that no one can explain, but that are rigidly abided by. Some of what the movie has to say about sex isn’t as potent so many decades later. But the larger questions about parents who love you but can’t listen or raise or relate to you — and how we’re tasked with loving them through it — remain.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUeYKwxTCGQ]An Education (2009)When Jenny (Carey Mulligan) meets David, she’s a small-town girl with dreams of Oxford. She’s clever, accomplished, and bored. He’s older, curiously smooth, and fun. The pair doesn’t have a lot of natural chemistry, but the idea of the relationship is alluring, and David brings her into a world of luxury, teasing her with a trip to Paris. Jenny trades her textbooks for kitten heels. “My choice is to do something hard and boring for the rest of my life,” Jenny tells her teacher, choosing to set aside her studies, “or to go to Paris. And have fun!”But the adult relationship requires Jenny to grow up in ways she didn’t expect. Loving David might not come saddled with Proust or Saussure, but their life together still has strings attached. As the girlish cello-playing student, Jenny saw past them. As the woman Jenny grows into, she sees through them.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an7-gDMOe4s]Girlfight (2000)Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez) is a troubled teen climbing her way out of the disorder of her high school life. She has a problem with fighting. In school and at home, her temper is always dragging her into trouble. After spending a few moments in the boxing ring by chance, she’s hooked. The aggression is exciting, and the discipline of the sport anchors her in the midst of the chaos of her life.It’s important that boxing is what wins Guzman’s interest. The sport is ruled by testosterone and physicality. To the men and boys who surround her, Guzman's entrance into the boxing gym upsets their masculine power. “This is a story about a girl growing up in a macho society and, far from being threatened by its values, discovering she has a nature probably more macho than the men around her,” wrote Roger Ebert at the time of the film’s release. “Since the movie (written, directed, and produced by women) is deeply aware of that theme, it's always about more than boxing.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9LNsSjnqBM]The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)Minnie Goetze just had sex for the first time in her life. That’s not a secret — it’s one of the first lines in the movie. Her excitement is infectious as we watch her life play out and listen as she confides to her tape-recorder diary. Her commentary details the smallest, most intimate moments with a boy she likes.The boy in question, however, is a man: Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) is the boyfriend of Minnie’s lonely, wayward mother (Kristen Wiig). Their love isn’t pure, but Skarsgård strikes a balance between creepy and coyish. We don’t realize he’s a bum until Minnie does. The movie ultimately belongs to Minnie, because every scene is anchored by Bel Powley’s performance. The camera watches her explore her sexuality without exploiting her teenage lust.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdDSqgZ87fM]The Kids Are All Right (2010)By the time we meet parents Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), the fractures in their family have bubbled to the surface. Only on the surface is this a movie about a family with two moms, or about what happens when an “unconventional” family opens their doors to their sperm donor. A coming-of-age story is at the root of the plot: Nic and Jules's kids, two California teens in most respects — one headed to college, the other trying to define his life outside of “jock” and “kid brother" — are piecing together their origin story, and their entire family is growing past it.Like this post? There's more. Get tons of celebrity news, fun takes on pop culture, and trending stories on the Refinery29 Entertainment Facebook page. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Is Beauty & The Beast Racist?The Most Exciting Heist Movies Of All TimeAn Open Letter To The Barbie Movie Producers: Please Don't Be Predictable

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Can We Talk About Ryan Reynolds' Story Line In Life?

Warning: This post contains spoilers about the first half of Life. I won't spoil the rest. Although, if you see it, you will probably guess the ending halfway through.Life, out March 24, is the year's horror-space-thriller that we all asked for (I guess?). It is about six young, attractive astronauts from around the world working together in perfect harmony aboard the International Space Shuttle. They have a very simple what-could-go-wrong mission: to see if there is life on Mars. And boy, do they find out about the life on Mars.From the moment he enters the screen, it's clear that Ryan Reynolds' character, Rory Adams, the crew's mission specialist, is going to be the comic relief in an otherwise unfunny movie. (Although there are some cinematically rich moments that feel almost campy, thus providing a bit of lightheartedness in between bloody death scenes.) Rory heroically retrieves the samples from Mars in the first scene by putting on a space suit and physically grabbing the rover that collected them before it passes the ship, saving the entire mission (which ironically sets up some of the characters to die). The sample, which turns out to be some kind of microorganism, is groomed and pampered by one of the scientists and even given the name Calvin. At first, it's like a cute little blob — a first cousin of the adorable Flubber.Then, about 20 minutes into the film, it kills Reynolds.Yes, Reynolds dies not even halfway through the film — and his death is fucking gross. It's gory, disgusting, long, and brutal to watch. It made me nauseous. But more so than being queasy — at the sight of the now-evil Flubber entering Reynolds' mouth, then visibly sliding down his throat into his stomach, Alien -style, while crunching and destroying his insides — I was pissed that he was ALREADY DEAD. This is some false advertising. I don't want to see Rebecca Ferguson, as microbiologist Miranda North, until the last minutes of the film. I don't want to sit through an hour's worth of closeups on a moody and sickly Jake Gyllenhaal as David Jordan, who has been in space for 437 days! I want Reynolds and his scruff and his humor to carry me through this sci-fi film about an alien organism with no body and no brain, destroying all of life on Earth by blobbing people to death and feeding off our insides.Reynolds is featured in every promo, has attended every press event, and even appears as one of the three faces on movie poster. The only other time we see him is at the tail end of the film, when another astronaut is trying to escape Calvin and stumbles upon Reynolds' lifeless, bloodied body wrapped in foil. I felt very cheated by this. I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you, but the biggest twist in Life is that Ryan Reynolds loses his when there's still two hours to go.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuA-xqBw4jE]Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Ghost In The Shell’s Original Director Doesn't Think It Has A Whitewashing ProblemWhat's Up With These Pitch Perfect 3 Cast Photos?The Funniest Movie Quotes Of All Time

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Ghost In The Shell’s Original Director Doesn't Think It Has A Whitewashing Problem

Ever since the news came out almost a year ago that Scarlett Johansson would star in the live-action Ghost In The Shell adaptation, fans have implored both the movie and Hollywood in general to stop giving Asian roles to white actors. When Johansson was approached with these accusations, she was quick to justify the role by saying that it was actually a good thing because it was a franchise starring a female protagonist — so we should just focus on that. Now the original director of the anime movie, Mamoru Oshii, has come forward to say he also doesn't believe the upcoming adaptation is whitewashing."What issue could there possibly be with casting her?" he said in an email to IGN. "The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name ‘Motoko Kusanagi’ and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her."This echos Johansson's comments to Marie Claire last month. "I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person," she said. "Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive."Oshii actually took it one step further, saying that "even if her original body (presuming such a thing existed) were a Japanese one," her assumed physical form could still be played by anyone.These comments come after a particularly disappointing week for Asian diversity in Hollywood. New Netflix series Iron Fist has similarly been accused of whitewashing, and in an interview with Inverse, director Roy Thomas made things even worse.“Don’t these people have something better to do than to worry about the fact that Iron Fist isn’t Oriental, or whatever word?” he said. “I know Oriental isn’t the right word now, either.”Nope, it's not! And if you're directing a movie with an already offensive premise that a white billionaire learns kung-fu to defeat actual Chinese people, that's the bare minimum of things you should keep in mind.However, it kind of doesn't matter whether or not the people involved in these movies think there's an issue. If the movies keep offending people, it's time for Hollywood to listen.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Can We Talk About Ryan Reynolds' Story Line In Life?What's Up With These Pitch Perfect 3 Cast Photos?The Funniest Movie Quotes Of All Time

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Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Sued by Family of Man Depicted in ‘The Great Debaters’

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What's Up With These Pitch Perfect 3 Cast Photos?

Any news about Pitch Perfect 3 is good news, but these Instagram photos have us scratching our heads.Rebel Wilson shared a photo of herself alongside costars Brittany Snow and Chrissie Fit in outfits we're assuming are connected to the movie. ( Pitch Perfect 3 was filming in Atlanta this month, according to Atlanta magazine.) It's a super cute pic — but as my colleague Ariana Romero first discovered, there's a detail about the trio's shirts that seems off. Sailing through the day #PitchPerfect3 A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson) on Mar 24, 2017 at 7:47am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsSnow and Fit are sporting striped halter tops — but Wilson's version is a short-sleeved scoop-neck.We're wondering why Wilson's character, Amy, isn't wearing the same top as everyone else. Of course, she could have requested to wear a different shirt — but it does seem suspect that the plus-size cast member is the one who's more covered up.A commenter on Wilson's Instagram post noticed the wardrobe difference, too. "Your top should be the same. We all know you are the most delicious chick there," the user wrote.Other Instagram photos show stars Anna Kendrick and Kelley Jakie wearing the same striped halter tops. Kendrickkkkkk aghhh I swear I don't know how I'm gonna survive seeing this scene with these outfits on the big screen aaaaghhhhhh #annakendrick #pitchperfect3 A post shared by Ice ❤️🌟 (@adorkabealekendrick) on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:57pm PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Sactown girls in da house! w/ @kelleyjakle 😘😝🤘🏽#pitchperfect #norcal #sacramento A post shared by Andy Allo (@andyallo) on Mar 20, 2017 at 5:57am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsMeanwhile, a different photo shows Ester Dean wearing the same short-sleeved top as Wilson, while the rest of the Bellas, including Anna Camp, appear to be wearing the halter tops. New Bella look at Averee!!! A post shared by Ester Dean (@esterdean) on Mar 19, 2017 at 10:09pm PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsI don't want to be too negative here — Wilson and Dean both shared the photos on their own Instagram accounts, so they're clearly happy with the costumes and excited for the movie.Still, the image recalls the controversy Vogue endured when plus-size model Ashley Graham appeared to be wearing a more conservative bathing suit than her fellow models on the magazine's March cover. Plus-size bodies are sexy — there's no reason all of the Bellas couldn't have worn the same top. We're curious what the decision process was behind the look, but either way, we're glad the cast is having fun on set.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Can We Talk About Ryan Reynolds' Story Line In Life?Ghost In The Shell’s Original Director Doesn't Think It Has A Whitewashing ProblemThe Funniest Movie Quotes Of All Time

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