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Spoiler alert: Justin Theroux is playing one sinister husband in the new thriller The Girl on the Train. But he’s not concerned about his wife Jennifer Aniston seeing his portrayal. Instead, he revealed to HipHollywood that it’s his mother who will be most critical of the role.

“I don’t know what’s she going to say,” laughed Theroux. “She’s actually very critical. She’ll probably say she likes it, and then slam me like a mom does, thinking she’s giving me a compliment. Like, ‘I don’t think it was your best work.'”

In the film (based on the bestselling novel of the same name) Emily Blunt plays Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who is reeling from a divorce and finds herself entangled in a missing persons investigation. Theroux plays her former husband, Tom, and let’s just say he’s not that loyal.

“It’s hard to kind of talk about it without giving too much away,” said Theroux. “But what I like about the film, in general, is that it’s kind of told through the lens of these three strong female characters  … and it’s kind of like this slow burn; they lay one card down at a time.”

Blunt revealed that she and Theroux have been pals for years and enjoyed the chance to work with him for the first time. “It was great having him on set because he brought this sort of levity that I think you kind of need with a film like this. But it also was kind of surreal doing certain scenes with him, as well.”

Theroux also admitted that he figured out Blunt was pregnant right before they started filming, and helped her keep the secret from the crew. “She came over and we were just hanging out,” recounts Theroux. “I was like, ‘Do you want a drink, a beer?’ and she was like, ‘No, no, I’m good,’ and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ We hadn’t even started shooting yet. And she was like, ‘I’m pregnant, and I can’t tell anyone because I don’t want the production to know.'”

 

 

 

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.

In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.

“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”

What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.

“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”

Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.

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