Things We Saw Today: Watch the First 6 Minutes of Booksmart Now

If you’re anything like us, you’re counting down the days until Booksmart hits theaters. The SXSW breakout comedy follows Molly (Lady Bird‘s Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Last Man Standing‘s Kaitlyn Dever) as two nerdy high schoolers who spent all their time focused on getting good grades. Now on the last night of high school, they decide to blow it out by partying for the first time ever.

The film, billed as the female Superbad, is the directorial debut of actor Olivia Wilde, and features appearances by comedy legends like Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, and Lisa Kudrow. While the film won’t hit theaters until May 24th, you can watch the uncensored first six minutes right now on YouTube.

The opening introduces us to our two nerdy protagonists, giving us a glimpse of the great comedic chemistry between Feldstein and Dever. We also get to meet several of their classmates, as well as Sudeikis as their apathetic principal and Williams as their beloved New York Times crossword-loving teacher.

There’s a lot to be excited about here: multiple queer characters, including Dever’s Amy, snappy smart dialogue, and a welcome mini-dance party. Booksmart has all the makings of a TMS favorite: after all, nerdy girls are basically our wheelhouse. We’re excited to share our thoughts with you once the film is released.

What did you think of the opening of Booksmart? Are you excited to see it?

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  • Turn your eyes to the skies: it’s a Blue Moon tonight, astronomers! (via LiveScience)
  • The documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, which premieres at Cannes, details how sound designers came up with Chewbacca’s signature roar. (via Syfy Wire)
  • #SquadGoals:
  • Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers is headed to the big screen with The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer directing. (via io9)
  • Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that went into the upcoming live-action Aladdin. (via /Film)
  • Tough but fair:

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Rest in Peace to the Biggest Mood of 2019: Grumpy Cat

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We all related to Grumpy Cat, especially in 2019, and now, gone way too soon, we have to say goodbye. A meme that turned into a legend, Grumpy Cat was all of us, and we were Grumpy Cat. Apparently a very happy kitty in reality, Grumpy was known throughout the internet for having the meanest of expressions.

What’s not to love about Grumpy Cat? Angry scowl? Check! Clearly done with the world? Especially now in 2019! But also, we love a famous pet. So to hear of Grumpy’s passing hurts, and many are reflecting on the joy we got from seeing this lovely cat.

 

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And, in true Grumpy Cat fashion, the memes were lit.

Rest In Peace, Grumpy. You and your sad face will surely be missed.

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“How It Should Have Ended” Takes on The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer With Hilarious Results

SPOILER ALERT: This video and post contain spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, which, if you haven’t seen it by now, honestly what are you even doing?

The How It Should Have Ended team is back with an all-new video that pokes fun at the recent Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. Specifically, it focuses on the pressure that Nick Fury puts squarely on the narrow teen shoulders of Peter Parker, as he demands that the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man step into Iron Man’s boots and lead the team.

HISHE focuses on what I found most ridiculous in the film’s trailer, namely that there are now dozens of Avengers more qualified and mature to save the world, yet Fury is putting all this pressure on Spider-Man. He does remember the kid is like, 17 right? And if anyone is going to step in to lead the Avengers, maybe it should be someone who has gone through puberty?

The trailer has Parker listing heavy hitters like Thor and Captain Marvel, both of whom are unavailable. But in HISHE’s video, he runs down the long list of Avengers who have more experience than he does. But Fury has an excuse for every single one. Black Panther? Running a country. Hawkeye? He’s got a family. Captain America? Retired. And Hulk is around, but he hurt his arm and doesn’t want to smash things anymore. “What kind of Hulk doesn’t like to smash?” an exasperated Parker wonders.

And he’s right. Parker rattles off several more names: Bucky, Falcon, Ant-Man, the Wasp, Doctor Strange, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie and her flying horse. And he didn’t even list any of the Guardians of the Galaxy! All of these Avengers are experienced adults capable of dealing with multiverse baddies. And speaking of multiverses, the Spider-folks of Into the Spider-Verse swing in for a cameo at the end of the video.

The only things qualifying Spider-Man to be the next Tony Stark are that Stark was his mentor and he has Stark-designed super suit of his own. I can’t help but feel that Fury is putting way too much pressure on this poor kid. I mean, at least let him eat a crepe in peace before he has to save the world again.

The trailer is very funny, but it also leaves me wondering who the de facto head of the Avengers will be. Tony Stark was always the obvious choice—he was the first one recruited after all. And the MCU got plenty of mileage out of the power struggle between Tony and Cap. But now that both characters are retired, who takes on the mantle?

The options are less clear cut. Captain Marvel is the most powerful, but there’s still Thor and the Hulk, who have been around since the start. It’s unclear whether this will all fall on Peter Parker’s shoulders, but the ensuing drama around seniority and rank promises plenty of complications for the next phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Internet Reacts With Horror and Outrage to Alabama’s Draconian Abortion Bill

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I don’t know how to put how angry I am into words. I don’t know how not to growl while reading articles and Twitter takes about the Alabama abortion law. I’m furious, I’m outraged, I want to scream “I told you so” at the men who told me I was being “dramatic” about the threat of women’s rights under a Trump presidency.

Alabama’s near-total ban is the most extreme to be introduced in the United States—it makes no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. For many of us, Alabama’s bill, on the heels of Georgia, feels like the 2016 election night all over again.

It’s hard not to feel trapped in a kind of fugue state comprised of equal parts frustration and fury. It’s hard to know what direction to go in or what to do with our anger. Many out there in Twitterland are, thankfully, extremely informed and eloquent about their feelings on this issue, and we thought we’d draw them together here to amplify the message.

It’s a terrifying time to be in this world and I’m angry and I’m going to let everyone know how mad I am and so should you.

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Milla Jovovich Shares The Story of Her Emergency Abortion in Solidarity With the Women of Alabama

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In the wake of the Alabama senate passing the nation’s cruelest, most restrictive abortion ban, celebrities and activists are speaking out on social media and sharing their personal stories of abortion.

Alabama’s bill would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions at any stage, with no exemptions for rape and incest. The only allowed exemption is when the fetus endangers the life of the mother. The bill, which is headed to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk, joins Georgia’s recently signed abortion ban as part of a concerted effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In an emotional Instagram post, Milla Jovovich came forward about her own emergency abortion:

 

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I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times. If someone doesn’t want to continue reading, you have been warned. Our rights as women to obtain safe abortions by experienced doctors are again at stake. Last Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a draconian bill into law that outlaws all abortions after six weeks — before most women even realize they’re pregnant — including in cases of RAPE OR INCEST. This makes Georgia the sixth state to pass such a restrictive six-week abortion ban, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota. These laws haven’t been passed yet, but lawmakers in these states are trying. Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions. I myself went through an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4 1/2 months pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe. I went into pre term labor and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns. I spiraled into one of the worst depressions of my life and had to work extremely hard to find my way out. I took time off of my career. I isolated myself for months and had to keep a strong face for my two amazing kids. I started gardening, eating healthier and going to the gym everyday because I didn’t want to jump into taking anti depressants unless I had tried every other alternative. Thank God I was able to find my way out of that personal hell without turning to medication, but the memory of what I went through and what I lost will be with me till the day I die. Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to. I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake. #prochoice #prochoicegeneration

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“I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times.”, Jovovich wrote. “I myself went through an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4 1/2 months pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe. I went into pre term labor and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through.”

She continued, “When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns … Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to. I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake.”

Jovovich’s story is one of countless stories of the trauma and pain of mid and late-term abortions. These types of abortions are not cavalier or based on whims—they are a devastating loss to the expecting mothers, made all the more difficult by the arduous process of attaining a safe and legal medical abortion.

While the GOP is content to villainize these women, the truth of their circumstances is far more horrific than most people know. Jezebel did an in-depth interview with a New York woman who underwent a 32-week abortion, and was forced to fly to Colorado and back for the sole purpose of getting a shot that would begin the abortion process.

Jovovich is brave to share her personal story, which will hopefully shed some light on the suffering of women who need medical abortions. Unfortunately, I doubt any of the men in power are listening. It never ceases to amaze me how these so-called “pro-life” advocates have so much compassion and empathy for a fetus and extend none of that to living, breathing women.

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Exclusive: Check Out a Brand New Video From The Doubleclicks, “Super Beatrice”

The incredible geek music comedy duo of the Doubleclicks is back with a new album, The Book Was Better. We’re thrilled to be able to premiere the exclusive debut of one of the album’s music videos: “Super Beatrice.”

“Super Beatrice” stars Geek & Sundry’s Amy Dallen as the titular superhero, who has many superpowers, ranging from flight and super strength to effective list-making and always having correct change for the laundry machine.

This sort of character is right in line with the Doubleclicks’ longstanding focus the importance of self-care and giving ourselves the praise we deserve for our own individual gifts, as small or personal as they may be. Sure, Super Beatrice can fight crime but she’s also really good at listening. Who’s to say what’s more important?

“This year, we’ve realized that radical self-care and general preparedness are extremely powerful and also, things that we’ve not been very good at. But recently we’ve started bringing earplugs to loud parties, going to bed early—and it feels like a superpower,” says the band’s Laser Malena-Webber. “That’s what Super Beatrice’s power is, she’s always ready and she takes care of herself.”

As the song says, “She can see through walls/And travel at the speed of light/But most problems are small/And she doesn’t like to fight.”

The video was written by screenwriter Rick Budd (creator of the webseries Future Girl) and directed by Jay Frosting and the Doubleclicks (siblings Laser Malena-Webber and Aubrey Turner). Super Beatrice’s look was designed by actor Gina DeVivo. The band is releasing videos from the album in a “Weekly Song Wednesday” series. The first video from that series, for the song “Panic,” debuted last week.

“We’re making videos with a bunch of rad people this year, and this was one of the best — Rick Budd came up with this concept to make a video in the style of the opening credits for a superhero TV show, and our director Jay Frosting did amazing work making Amy fly!” says Malena-Webber. (You can see a behind-the-scenes look at that flying process here.)

The Book Was Better is currently #1 on the Billboard comedy chart. It’s also #13 on the Heatseekers Chart and #27 on the Independent Albums Chart, and the band just kicked off a U.S. & European tour. Information about the tour, videos, and album can all be found at thedoubleclicks.com. And make sure to check back here next week for an interview with the band where we discuss things like empathy, gender identity, and the awesomeness of cats.

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Things We Saw Today: But Is This Jake Gyllenhaal’s Cat or Not?

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Meet Ms. Fluffle Stilt Skin.

 

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Try to take a pic of me right now without laughing… impossible

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Imagine browsing through Instagram, seeing this sad cat, and falling in love. That’s what happened to me, and then I fell into the conspiracy theory that the cat is, in fact, Jake Gyllenhaal’s cat.

Sure, the tweet misgenders Ms. Fluffle Stilt Skin and says for certain that she is Jake’s cat, but we don’t have complete confirmation. What we do know is that the cat has been making fans fall in love and has quite a following. Does she actually belong to Jake Gyllenhaal? Does he spend his free time just taking fun pictures of her? If so, maybe I love Jake Gyllenhaal?

 

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Do you have any books that are written in meow?

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Want to see some other stories from today? Here are some you may have missed!

  • Jessica Chastain adds Sebastian Stan to her cast for 355. (via DEADLINE)
  • Van Helsing, something I didn’t realize was happening until this moment, adds cast members. (via DEADLINE)
  • Trump’s tariffs are already causing consumers to see a spike in prices. (via LA TIMES

Did we miss anything out there today? Let us know what you saw, Mary Suevians!

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Alyssa Milano’s Sex Strike Idea Is Bad but These Guys’ Reactions to It Are Unintentionally Hilarious

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Over the weekend, Alyssa Milano drew some much-deserved criticism for sincerely proposing a “#SexStrike” as a response to the recent attacks on reproductive rights in multiple states across the country. The suggestion to go full Lysistrata is a terrible idea for a number of reasons, which our own Chelsea already broke down for us. Not only is the idea rooted in cis & heteronormative ideas of sex, but it reinforces the outdated notion that sex, at its core, is for men, and that it’s a commodity for women to give to or withhold from them as a prize or punishment.

The belief that sex is more important and more enjoyable for men is ingrained into a lot of people from a young age and it can lead to unhealthy sexual and emotional relationships. It’s also a self-fulfilling prophecy that can cause women not to think about their own pleasure or learn how to get the most out of sex.

Men, too, aren’t taught how to think about women’s pleasure as being equally important to theirs in heterosexual encounters. And right now, a lot of men are outing themselves on Twitter, making it clear that they’ve never evolved past that way of thinking and remain 100% bad at sex.

A tweet from Brad Anderson reading 'I get the point you're trying to make, but I have yet to meet a hetero woman who enthusiastically participates in sex.'

Poor Brad there had his account suspended, presumably for his own protection, to shield him from the fallout from such a massive self-own.

Obviously, every person has their own unique relationship with sex. Some people do not have an “enthusiastic” interest or any interest at all in sex; some partners just don’t spark together; but if your opinion is that women, in general and as a whole, do not enjoy sex–well, buddy, it’s pretty obvious that there is a problem here and women are not it.

Remember when the Washington Post let us all know that celibacy in men has risen at a much higher rate than it has for women? Now, why could that be? Why are women “tolerating” so much sex, as our friend Scott up there says? According to The Economist, it’s the fault of “female empowerment.”

I think a more likely answer is that a lot of women are tired of all the Brads and Scotts who are more interested in inserting themselves unnecessarily into conversations about reproductive rights than they are in exploring the interests and needs of their female sexual partners. I suppose we could call that a form of empowerment.

Rather than a blanket sex strike, let’s just all not have sex with people who want to strip us of our bodily autonomy and also not with people who come from the position of assuming you’re not going to have a good time.

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Things We Saw Today: Emma Thompson, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler Interpret MomSpeak on SNL

The Mother’s Day episode of Saturday Night Live is usually one of its best, where the host is usually joined by special guests, and the moms of SNL cast members often pop in for a cameo. Last night’s episode was no exception, where host Emma Thompson was joined during her monologue by SNL legends and moms Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The trio offered a language lesson in decoding momspeak, explaining the meaning behind classic mom quotes and phrases. When your mom says that all she wants for Mother’s Day is “to relax in the backyard and maybe get a massage”, she’s really saying “how does one buy weed?”. Other translations include “you look tired” meaning “you look bad”, and “let’s not talk about politics” becomes “please don’t ruin Joe Biden for me, he’s what I picture.”

The three moms effortlessly cycled back and forth between quotes, delivering gems like “son, I love you just the way you are” meaning “I’m bored of waiting for you to tell me you’re gay, just do it so I can buy rainbow stuff!” The trio are delightful together, and there’s nothing better than Thompson describing “book club” as “getting turnt at Linda’s.” We also get Fey and Poehler rolling out their respective Philly and Boston accents.

Honestly, if the entire show was just Thompson, Fey, and Poehler riffing I would have been happy. Other Mother’s Day shoutouts included Pete Davidson bringing his mom onto Weekend Update, and later introducing her to Jon Hamm during the closing credits. Thompson’s monologue is sure to become an SNL Mother’s Day classic.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all, and in the meantime enjoy one the all-time great Mother’s Day sketches:

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Like a Mother: Our Favorite Pop Culture Maternal Figures That Aren’t Moms

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There is no one way to be a mother. Motherhood is a path that can be at once universal and wholly unique. And motherhood isn’t simply limited to creating a life. The world is filled with women and folks providing the love, care and support of a parent to the children who need them. These bonds can often be more powerful than those determined by DNA.

Pop culture is filled with strong maternal figures who, while they may not be mothers in the strictest sense of the word, do the work of moms. And they should get some love on this holiday too. So here are some of our favorite strong maternal figures rocking some Big Mom Energy.

Ripley and Newt, Aliens

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When Ellen Ripley returns to LV-426, she finds the terraforming colony of Hadleys Hope completely decimated by the Xenomorphs. The sole survivor is a traumatized young girl, Newt (Carrie Henn) who quickly becomes attached to Ripley. Sigourney Weaver delivers one of her strongest performances as Ripley grows closer to Newt and rescues her from the alien queen, delivering the iconic line “Get away from her you bitch!” Their heartfelt relationship provides an emotional cornerstone for the best film in the franchise, one that subsequent films have failed to capture.

The Crystal Gems and Steven, Steven Universe

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Rebecca Sugar’s whimsical and brilliant animated series Steven Universe has broken barriers in LGBTQ representation in childrens’ programming. And at the center of it all is an unconventional family unit: Steven (Zach Callison) and the three Crystal Gems: Garnet (Estelle), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), and Pearl (Deedee Magno Hall). The Crystal Gems nurture and love Steven, helping him learn more about his mother Rose Quartz and how to harness his gem energy. And while Steven has a father in the van-living Greg Universe, Steven’s home is truly with his Gems.

Aunt May and Peter Parker, Spider-Man

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It isn’t easy being your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. But if there’s one constant in Peter Parker’s tumultuous life, it’s the love and support of his Aunt May. May Parker has been a comics mainstay since the 1960s, and has been portrayed on screen by the likes of Rosemary Harris, Sally Field, Marisa Tomei, and Lily Tomlin. Tomei, who currently plays a younger Aunt May in the MCU, brings humor and struggle, as she navigates raising a teenager with a secret. In the final moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming she catches Peter wearing the suit, and we’re excited to see what she does with this revelation in Far From Home

Izumi Curtis and the Elric Brothers, Fullmetal Alchemist

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Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist is a massively popular manga series, which has been adapted for film and television. The story follows two alchemist brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, as they search for the Philosopher’s Stone so they can regain the bodies they lost in a failed attempt to bring their dead mother back to life. Along the way, they are taken in and trained by alchemy teacher Izumi Curtis. Izumi’s methods may be harsh, but beneath her gruff exterior she loves the Elrics like her own sons.

Minerva McGonagall and Harry Potter, The Harry Potter Series

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Minerva McGonagall, Hogwarts’ professor of transfiguration, is one of the school’s most formidable teachers. But she has long held a soft spot for Harry Potter, watching out for him since his infancy. It was McGonagall who scoped out the Dursleys and found them to be “the worst sort of Muggles”. And it was McGonagall who took Potter under her wing in Gryffindor, encouraging him to join the quidditch team, and anonymously gifting him with the Nimbus 2000. McGonagall has always remained steadfastly on Harry’s side, and was willing to overlook his shenanigans because she cared so deeply for him.

Matilda Wormwood and Miss Honey, Matilda

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Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary young girl who had the misfortune of being born into a family that doesn’t appreciate her. But there is one person who does: her teacher Miss Honey, who encourages Matilda to read and be herself. If there’s one thing the wicked Wormwood family does right, it’s letting Matilda’s favorite teacher adopt her. No, I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Who are your favorite maternal figures in pop culture? Share your picks below!

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