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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]Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Coming-Of-Age MoviesGhost In The Shell’s Original Director Doesn't Think It Has A Whitewashing ProblemWhat's Up With These Pitch Perfect 3 Cast Photos?

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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?The Best Coming-Of-Age MoviesCan We Talk About Ryan Reynolds' Story Line In Life?What's Up With These Pitch Perfect 3 Cast Photos?

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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 // 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 // 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 //, 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 // 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?The Best Coming-Of-Age MoviesCan We Talk About Ryan Reynolds' Story Line In Life?Ghost In The Shell’s Original Director Doesn't Think It Has A Whitewashing Problem

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