Considering the staggering amount of love that’s been made to “Forever,” it makes sense that Chris Brown’s film career would eventually head out into romantic territory. As of this week, Brown has officially joined the production of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the rom-com based on the Steve Harvey‘s best-selling relationship book. We haven’t read it ourselves, but we have to assume most of the advice has to do with dating men with thick, luxurious mustaches.
Headed our way April 6, 2012, the film reportedly follows “four interconnected and diverse friends [that] have their love lives shaken up after the women they are pursuing buy Steve Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers find out that they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire to use the book’s teachings to turn the tables.” Some of the stars appearing alongside Brown include Meaghan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union. Actually, this whole film sounds like one gigantic, big-budget commercial for Harvey’s dating book. Fine with us; we’d always rather just see the movie.
[Photo: Getty Images]
The best part of new rom-coms typically isn’t the movie itself (Something Borrowed, we’re giving you the side-eye here). No, it’s all the embarrassing relationship secrets the stars feel compelled to spill during their press junkets. Mila Kunis has already explained how she accidentally seeing her co-star’s bathing suit area. Now Justin Timberlake’s Friends With Benefits role has him sharing the kinds of details that we’d rather fake our own death over than admit in public. For example, how Justin’s mom walked in on him having sex. “I was caught one time,” Timberlake confessing in Elle. “My mom wasn’t cool about it. I was too young to be in bed with a girl, so she was upset.” We would love to know what age is old enough for your mom to see you in bed with a girl; we’re sure Timberlake will get around to revealing it before the movie comes out.
It makes sense then, if Justin’s mom didn’t like the idea of her son getting it on in real life, she’s almost certainly not going to like seeing a giant 40-foot-tall version of her son getting it on movie screens around the globe. “I’m still trying to get into the editing room and cut down on my ass time,” Timberlake admits, describing the nude scenes in his upcoming film. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, my mom’s gonna see that!'” Luckily Kunis reassured him, “You’ve got a fine ass.” And since Justin’s mom is genetically responsible for his ass, technically that’s really a compliment for her. See? It’s way less creepy that way.
Somebody’s snarking on Jennifer Aniston, and surprisingly its not about her empty womb or lack of a man-friend. In an interview with BBC4, actor Rupert Everett criticized Jennifer Aniston’s “tasteless rom-coms.” Everett wasn’t really concerned that The Bounty Hunter was so terrible it sent 75% of its viewing audience into a coma; instead he wondered how Jen can keep making putrid movies like The Switch and still get cast in major motion pictures. “Okay, something will go wrong. Like Jennifer Aniston will just have one too many total flops. But she’s still a member of that club. And she will still manage to Ã¢â‚¬â€ like a star forming in the universe Ã¢â‚¬â€ a whole lot of things swirling around and suddenly solidifying into yet another vital tasteless romcom: a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula,” Everett complained. We love Jen, but we agree: girlfriend must have made a deal with the Devil to be starring in anything more dramatically challenging than Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch.
Rupert is nothing if not out-spoken, and he is more than willing to also call out Hollywood for what he as a gay actor sees as a hetero bias. “Show business is ideally suited for heterosexualsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ It’s a very heterosexual business. It’s run mostly by heterosexual menÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and I think the position of women in show business is quite difficult.” Particularly if you’re Jennifer Aniston, we guess. Though with all the jokes about her Cathy-like dating history, maybe an insult aimed at her acting ability will seem like a nice change of pace!
While most actresses over the age of 19 are scheduling their yearly face lift (we’re look at you, practically everyone in Hollywood), according to a 34-year-old Reese Witherspoon, aging makes her feel nothing but the sexy. Says Reese in the January issue of Glamour, “I think as a woman, you get older, you feel more confident in your sexuality. You’re not as intimidated by it, not as embarrassed by it. Sexuality and femininity is an accumulation of age and wisdom and comfort in your own skin. I feel better–so much better now than I ever did in my twenties. I am calmer; I know who I am. And as a result, I feel much sexier.” Being thin, blond and gorgeous can’t hurt, but then again, we’ve never been 34. Well, once, but that was a really long time ago.
As for furthering her career with rom-coms like the upcoming How Do You Know, Witherspoon assures us, “There’s always going to be somebody younger or sexier. That’s why I like to say, and it’s become my famous line, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.'” Thank god! If it did we’d all look like basset hounds. Well, more so than we do now, which is A LOT.Ã‚Â