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Trailers You Missed: Friends Don't Let Friends Party With Octavia Spencer

By Tori Preston | Film | February 13, 2019 |

By Tori Preston | Film | February 13, 2019 |

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Danny Boyle lets some dude rip off The Beatles, Anne Hathaway has a bitchin’ accent, and parents should be reaaaaaal wary of letting their kids play with Octavia Spencer. No, this isn’t a recitation of my sexual fantasies — this is a mid-week trailer dump!

Ma — In theaters May 31
Produced by Blumhouse Productions, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up), and written by Scotty Landes (Workaholics), this movie’s already got an interesting pedigree. Then you add in Octavia Spencer as a super cool lady who lets teenagers party in her basement, only to turn out to be less cool and more creepy? SOLD. I am always here for an Oscar winner playing a deranged psycho in a horror movie. Oh! Remember how Kathy Bates won an Oscar for Misery? Maybe Ma will be Spencer’s Misery! Octavia deserves all the interesting, unexpected, badass roles. Also, Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans play parents!

Yesterday — In theaters June 28
If you thought Ma had some pedigree, check this sh*t out: Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting), written by Richard Curtis (Love, Actually), and loaded with a bunch of songs by a little band called The Beatles, Yesterday basically can’t fail. And if you watch that trailer and think “Oh, I dunno, looks a bit sappy for my tastes” — BAM, Kate McKinnon’s there to reel you back in. Himesh Patel plays a struggling musician who finds himself in a world where The Beatles never existed… so duh, naturally he starts playing Beatles songs and rockets to stardom, because those tracks are timeless. Lily James plays the love of his life, while Ed Sheeran plays an idiot who thinks “Hey, Dude” sounds better than “Hey, Jude.” Goddammit, Sheeran. Get your sh*t together.

The Hustle — In theaters May 10
This female-centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels lets Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson team up to scam “dirty rotten men” for a change. And while the trailer seems to be trying reeeeally hard, I can’t hate it because Hathaway’s fake fancy-pants accent just straight up does it for me. Is this a new subgenre, just dropping Anne Hathaway into female-centric reboots? Because that’s fine. Also, fun fact: the director, Chris Addison, previously worked on several episodes of Veep… and also starred in Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It!

Tolkien — In theaters May 10
Oooh, so The Hustle is going head-to-head against a biopic this May! Tolkien explores the formative years of J.R.R. Tolkien, and the events that inspired him to write “The Lord Of The Rings.” But more importantly, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien — and as we all know, more films ought to star Nicholas Hoult. That’s just, like, a given. Tony Stonem 4eva.

Shrill — Coming to Hulu March 15
A starring vehicle for SNL’s Aidy Bryant! Based on the book by Lindy West! And Exec Produced by Elizabeth Banks! About a fat woman who is NOT trying to lose weight, but IS trying to live her damn life and be a successful writer and stuff! GIVE IT TO ME NOW!

Did you like Derry Girls on Netflix? Here’s a look at Season 2!

And finally, here’s a trailer for the return of Queer Eye… featuring a new track from Carly Rae Jepsen! And yes, this could have been a paper towel commercial and I’d still include it if it featured and new track by Carly Rae Jepsen, because this is my rodeo and that’s how I ride. To CRJ bangers. Always.

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Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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