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Weekend Movies: The Fault in Our Stars (and a little Maleficent)

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Ubiquitous Shailene Woodley. This time with cancer. 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

MV5BMjA4NzkxNzc5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzQ3OTMxMTE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Shailene Woodley is everywhere. Which... well, I hope you like looking at her face. Not content to be the face of the post-Hunger Games YA dystopia fever (Divergent), she's also continuing that other everygirl thread in her career. She reads more like a girl next door, someone you know, than a STAR!; pretty but not intimidatingly gorgeous, relatable not charismatically mysterious.  She's specalized in earnest portrayals of ordinary teens getting their first taste of the tough stuff in life: death and desertion (The Descendants), disease and disappointment (The Spectacular Now). Hazel Grace Lancaster, her character in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, doubles down and has to deal with all of it. 

Hazel is a 16 year old with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. She needs an oxygen tank to breathe, which she drags behind her like a depressing carry-on she wishes she could check. Though she's outlived the initial prognosis she's acutely aware that she'll never grow old. Inbetween flashes of well earned self-pity and sarcasm, she worries about her parents and how they'll survive her death.

She attends a cancer support group for teenagers, at her mother's prodding (Laura Dern, reliably excellent). Mrs Lancaster hopes it will lift Hazel's depression and help her make friends.

Enter the Dreamboat Boyfriend...AFTER THE JUMP

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Angelina Jolie Would Be 'Thrilled' If 'Maleficent' Inspired Drag Queens: VIDEO

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During a UK press conference for the upcoming Maleficent film, Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning were asked their opinions on possible influence that the movie could have on drag queens. Jolie replied,

"I would be thrilled if it's embraced by the drag queens. I think we all share a love of this kind of costume."

Disney villains do seem to have a certain synergy with drag queens. After all, Ursula from The Little Mermaid was inspired by Divine, and vector artist Justin Kohout drew a short series of Drag Race contestants as various villains. 

You can see the clip of Jolie's interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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Angelina Jolie Showcases Her Wicked Ways in New 'Maleficent' Trailer: VIDEO

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Disney gives Angelina Jolie's soaring cheekbones some Gaga facets in Maleficent, which seems to be a perfect showcase for her offbeat persona.

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Angelina Jolie is 'Maleficent' in New Trailer: VIDEO

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Disney's Sleeping Beauty villain steps out of the shadows in a new trailer for the forthcoming film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie.

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NEWS: Manning, Dolan, The NSA, Josh Hutcherson's Penis, Baby Puffins

Road A verdict for Bradley Manning should be announced later today. 

Road Thanks to controversy surrounding his most recent escapades of online "sex messaging", Anthony Weiner has dropped to fourth place in a poll published by the Huffington Post. HuffPost also quipped: "Carlos is in danger..."  Josh_hutcherson_nude_leaked_nsfw

Road Meanwhile, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has no problem judging gay people, but he refuses to judge Anthony Weiner.

Road Debate has emerged online over a nude photo currently making the rounds in various gossip blogs. Life Of The Rich And Famous claims that the member-in-question belongs to celebrity straight-ally Josh Hutcherson. Others remain unconvinced. 

Road A teacher who recently appeared on an episode of Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island will now be losing her job thanks to an anti-gay slur she used while being filmed. 

Road Home prices are continuing to rise, and this most recent year-to-year jump is the highest that the housing market has experienced since March 2006. Experts cite a drop in foreclosures and fewer houses being left on the market among the chief reasons. 

Road The NSA has announced that it will be declassifying more documents regarding their controversial surveillance programs. 

Road Miley Cyrus released the 'director's cut' of her video for "We Can't Stop". Why do they need a director's cut? To get rid of the product placement, of course!

Road Lea Michele has spoken out for the very first time since the death of Cory Monteith. 

Road Matt Damon stopped by Univision's Despierta America to promote Elysium. Apparently, he doesn't really speak Spanish, but he seems to at least understand it very well...

Road They created a Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino. Seriously...see for yourself. Diana-goop-vf-30jul13-01

Road Neil Patrick Harris took his hubby and kids to the premiere of Smurfs 2. Naturally, the whole family was absolutely adorable.

Road Angelina Jolie topped the list of highest-paid celebrities.

Road Politico recently posted a rather unfortunate typo about Hillary Clinton on its website. 

Road Princess Diana will be gracing the cover of September's Vanity Fair, thanks to her new infant grandson and her upcoming biopic with Naomi Watts. 

Road Drivers in the town of North Berwick, Scotland, are being advised to keep an eye out for young puffins that could be hiding under their vehicles. Scientists say the young puffins settle there after leaving their burrows for the first time. The Scottish Seabird Centre has issued a statement...but who cares?! Baby puffins!!!


NEWS: Weiner Mistress, Zimmerman Juror, Kidnapping Sentence, Gaga, Backtreet, More Boycotts, Mind Control

Road Leathers InterviewUS Citizenship and Immigration Services posted an FAQ page for those looking for answers on same-sex marriage, and how the recent ruling on DOMA affects petitions and benefits for same-sex spouses. 

RoadSydney Leathers, one of the women with whom Anthony Weiner engaged in expicit exchanges online, tells Inside Edition that she feels "manipulated"

RoadWhen asked about his newborn nephew, Prince Harry promises to "make sure he has fun". Given some of his prior escapades, we're not sure whether to be supportive or worried.

RoadAriel Castro, abductor of the three women in Cleveland who escaped earlier this year, plead guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping, among others. As part of a plea deal, Castro has agreed to serve life in prison without parole, and all of his assets will be forefited. Said Castro: "I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me."

RoadZimmerman juror B29 gives an interview to ABC News, and agrees that he "got away with murder"

Road The cast and crew of Glee gather to hold a memorial service for Cory Monteith. Those in attendance include Ryan Murphy, Lea Michele, Harry Shum, Dianna Agron, and Jacob Artist. Glee will also be airing a tribute episode to Monteith this season. 

Road Lars Von Trier released some VERY work-unfriendly teaser materials for his upcoming film Nymphomaniac. Let's just say that Shia LaBeouf is doing everything to leave his family-friendly, post-Disney reputation behind. 

Road Lady Gaga will reportedly be releasing her first single from ARTPOP at the MTV VMAs.

Road Adult entertainment entrepreneur and gay news columnist Michael Lucas comes out as HIV-negative and as a user of theantiretroviral drug Truvada in Out magazine. He also asks why the drug and other forms of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) aren't playing a larger role in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

Road  Dump StoliThe Backstreet Boys debut their new song "Make Believe".

Road New Jersey United for Marriage held a launch rally for its campaign to bring marriage equality to the Garden State. They were joined by "Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action Fund, American Unity Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, and Garden State Equality." 

Road Garrett Hedlund reportedly passes on the chance to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation for Fifty Shades of Grey, since he did not want to be locked into a trilogy. He's not the first young leading man to turn down the role, either. 

Road A man reportedly broke into Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's car and tried to steal their iPads. Police were called and were able to retreive the stolen items. 

Road Gay bars in San Francisco are currently participating in a boycott on Russian vodka to protest the country's recent human rights atrocities. The most recent of these bars are Hi Tops and Moby Dick Bar

Road The Lincoln Memorial has been vandalized with green paint

Road Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being held thanks to allegations that plotted attacks with the help of Hamas

Road Scientists at MIT have reportedly found out how to create artificially implanted memories, and have already successfully tried it out on mice. 


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