TIME movies

10 Audition Tapes That Made Now-Famous Actors’ Careers

See Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rogen and Rachel McAdams in action

Before they were famous, Hollywood’s A-list stars had to audition for their breakout roles. From Rachel McAdam’s infamous Notebook audition to the screen test for the role that made Matthew McConaughey a star, here are 10 famous audition tapes.

Warning: These videos may contain graphic language.

  • Rachel McAdams’ audition for The Notebook

  • Aaron Paul’s audition for Breaking Bad

  • Matthew McConaughey’s audition for Dazed and Confused

  • Hugh Jackman’s audition for X-Men

  • Emma Stone’s audition for Easy A

  • Russell Brand’s (improvised!) audition for Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • Rose Byrne’s audition for Get Him to the Greek

  • Steve Carell’s audition for Anchorman

  • Seth Rogen’s audition for Freaks & Geeks

  • Ellen Page’s audition for Juno

TIME Syria

Watch Angelina Jolie Call on the U.N. to Save Lives in Syria

The actress and U.N. special envoy pleaded with the security council to take action

Angelina Jolie called for immediate action to help people in Syria in an address to the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

“We are failing to save lives in Syria,” the actress and U.N. special envoy on refugee issues said in her briefing on the Syrian refugee crisis.

The U.N. estimates that about 3.8 million people have fled Syria and 7.6 million others have been displaced in the last four years. Some 220,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011. Jolie shared the stories of some of these survivors, including an 11-year-old girl in a Lebanon camp who is responsible for feeding her five orphaned siblings.

Meanwhile, others fleeing the conflict have drowned trying to reach Europe in overcrowded boats that sink. “It is sickening to see thousands of people drowning on the doorstep of the world’s wealthiest continent,” Jolie said. More than 1,300 refugees have died in the Mediterranean in the past three weeks.

Jolie pleaded with the council to “work as one and end the conflict” by first imposing sanctions and an arms embargo on Syria. Russia has vetoed such efforts in the past.

Later on Friday, at a Women of the World Summit event at the U.N., Jolie spoke specifically about the abuses of women in the conflict.

“Who among us would have thought we would see, in Iraq and Syria, images of women in cages, sold into sex slavery,” she said. She went on to assert that the U.N.’s efforts to protect women in war have fallen short. “Crimes against women are still treated as secondary issues,” she said.

Jolie served as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.’s refugee agency before being promoted to special envoy in 2012. She has gone on 50 field missions to more than 30 countries, including Syria.

TIME Television

Grief Counselor Says It’s OK to Mourn a Fictional Character’s Death

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Ten
ABC via Getty Images ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Ten

How fans can cope with the deaths of their favorite characters on Grey's Anatomy and other shows

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Spoilers for Thursday night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy ahead, plus spoilers for past episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife and The Wire blurred out.

Last night, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the dreamy doctor and main love interest for 11 years on Grey’s Anatomy, died in a car crash. Fans took to social media to express their shock, outrage and sadness. This death was more than a plot twist: it was a personal affront.

Those feelings are completely normal, said Christiane Manzella, the clinical director of the Seleni Institute for Women, who provides grief therapy. “We see this all the time,” Manzella told TIME. “Human beings love stories and making connections, even if it’s to fictional people. We create meaning and then experience actual grief when that connection is broken.”

And while some might dismiss grief for a fictional character, Manzella said what Grey’s fans are likely feeling is something called disenfranchised grief. “Disenfranchised grief is grief that’s not considered ‘OK’ by other people. Sometimes people have this strong feeling of loss or sadness but don’t know if it’s strange to feel that way,” she said. “But the connection is real, and loss is loss.”

Some characters’ deaths are felt more deeply than others, she explained. While people like Stringer Bell on The Wire or Walter White on Breaking Bad may have been fan favorites, they were bad guys. It’s the good guys—the ones who don’t deserve what’s coming—that audiences mourn the most.

Fans fantasize about certain characters: they think of them as their dream boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses or parents. People feel the deepest connection to those people and therefore take their loss the hardest. Just last year, The Good Wife fans cried over the loss of Will Gardner, in many respects the dream boyfriend. And a few months later, Robb Stark’s Red Wedding death on Game of Thrones felt particularly cruel because he had made great sacrifices for love.

If it’s possible, Derek Shepherd was even more perfect—at least in the audience’s minds. After all, his nickname was McDreamy. “He’s the fantasy boyfriend,” said Manzella. “People pictured themselves with him. They cared about him and thought about him for 10 years. Of course they’re going to feel a sense of loss to this person they not only grew attached to but maybe even imagined themselves with.”

So fans can take their time getting over McDreamy’s death. The show will likely spend the next several episodes exploring the ramifications of the accident, which Manzella said could help the audience find some closure.

TIME Education

University of Florida Suspends Fraternity Over Alleged Insults to Disabled Veterans

"There is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior"

The University of Florida suspended one of its fraternities on Friday, after several fraternity members were accused of disrespecting wounded military veterans during an event at a Panama City Beach resort last weekend.

Members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, which was already on probation for hazing during the fall semester, are accused of spitting on veterans, throwing bottles of beer over a balcony and urinating on the American flag, according to a letter sent to University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, the Gainesville Sun reports.

University officials said the chapter was accused of a series of offenses, including obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft, damage to property and physical harm. The fraternity will be suspended from participating in all university activities until the investigation has concluded.

“I am personally offended and disappointed by the behavior that has been described to me,” said student affairs vice president Dave Kratzer, also a retired U.S. Army major general, in a public statement. “This is not representative of our students or of the university.”

Fuchs and the fraternity have apologized to Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat, who had organized the gathering of about 60 veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Zeta Beta Tau also posted a statement to its website condemning the frat members’ misbehavior.

“While the details of their actions are still under investigation, there is no doubt that some of our members engaged in ugly and unacceptable behavior,” it reads. “Their actions have no place in ZBT or anywhere, and they will not be tolerated.” The fraternity chapter has suspended all its activities and is cooperating with the investigation, the statement added.

The University of Florida also issued a separate apology earlier Friday:

The University of Florida is extremely concerned about reports of illegal behavior involving our students last weekend in Panama City. Our policies establish standards of conduct, and we are investigating this matter.

We are deeply sorry for any hurt caused to veterans and their families. This is not representative of our students or our university.

Cope told the Gainesville Sun that she is looking forward to the university’s response.

“Nothing else is going to teach these men and women that you don’t treat these heroes with disrespect,” she said.


[Gainesville Sun]

TIME Culture

DC and Mattel Team Up to Create Superhero Action Figures and Comics for Girls

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The minds behind Wonder Woman and Barbie team up to create action figures for girls

Ahead of the Wonder Woman movie, set for 2017, DC Comics has teamed up with Mattel on a new initiative focused on reaching young girls. Beginning this fall, the two will create teen versions of DC’s most famous female characters—from Wonder Woman to Supergirl—and bring them to comic books, action figures, LEGO building sets, TV specials, digital content and apparel for children aged 6-12.

The animation and consumer products division of Warner Bros.—the studio that has produced DC Comics films like The Dark Knight and the upcoming Batman v. Superman—has already created concept art for characters like Batgirl, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman.

The move is part of an ongoing effort by DC and rival Marvel to broaden their fan base, especially as their studio branches face accusations of sexism.

MORE: The New Wonder Woman Director Means Warner Bros. Is Listening

Responding to the demands of a growing female audience—47% of comic books fans are women, according to Comics Beat—Marvel has made headlines the past two years for re-imagining their most popular heroes as women. A woman took up Thor’s hammer last year. The Spider-Man writers created an alternate universe in which Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacey, is the one who gets superpowers from a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Gwen. And they launched a new all-female Avengers-like comic called The A-Force. For its part, DC revised Batgirl last year to appeal to more female readers and launched a new young adult title Gotham Academy.

“DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” said DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson in a statement. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.”

Still, there’s no guarantee that DC diversifying its comics means we’ll see these ladies on the big screen anytime soon. DC and Marvel have female superhero films planned for the next few years, beginning with Wonder Woman for DC in 2017 and Captain Marvel for Marvel in 2018. But both franchises have encountered their fair share of controversy. Just today, actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner of Avengers: Age of Ultron, a series Captain Marvel might very well join, called Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow a “slut” and a “whore” during an interview. Black Widow is currently the most well-known female character in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and the backlash online was swift. Fans wondered if Captain Marvel writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve will encounter the same sexist attitude while working on their script.

Meanwhile, DC and Warner Bros. came under fire last week for the Wonder Woman film. Director Michelle MacLaren, who would have been the first woman to direct a major superhero film, left Wonder Woman citing “creative differences.” The vague excuse led to accusations of sexism: Though there have been almost 50 superhero movies in the last decade, none have been directed by a woman. Warner Bros. quickly hired Patty Jenkins—who was originally supposed to direct Thor 2 but left over, you guessed it, “creative differences”—to replace MacLaren.

It was these sorts of sexist issues that drove smaller toy makers to create their own female action figures before DC entered the market. Last Christmas a successful Kickstarter campaign launched the IAmElemental action figures for girls designed to look powerful, not sexual (like, for example, Barbie). “The few female action figures that are on the market are really designed for the adult male collector,” Dawn Nadeau, co-founder of IAmElemental told TIME last year. “The form is hyper-sexualized: The breasts are oversized; the waist is tiny. When you make the figures sit, their legs splay open in a suggestive way.”

Now DC hopes their new characters can similarly act as a powerful role model for girls.

Whether DC’s new characters can similarly act as a powerful role model for girls has yet to be seen.

MORE: The Female Superhero May Finally Take Flight

TIME Chile

See the Eruption of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Paint the Sky

The Chilean Calbuco volcano seen from Puerto Montt, located 600 miles south of Santiago de Chile, Chile on April 22, 2015. The eruption caused a column of smoke over ten miles high. Authorities declared a red alert and ordered the evacuation of around 1500 residents in the area surrounding the volcano.
Alex Vidal Brecas—EPA The Chilean Calbuco volcano seen from Puerto Montt, located 600 miles south of Santiago de Chile, Chile on April 22, 2015. The eruption caused a column of smoke over ten miles high. Authorities declared a red alert and ordered the evacuation of around 1500 residents in the area surrounding the volcano.

Its last known eruption was in 1972

The Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted for the first time in more than four decades on Wednesday, prompting officials to issue a red alert for the city of Puerto Montt. Authorities evacuated around 1,500 residents within a six-mile radius of the volcano after it spewed ash into the air, according to the Associated Press. The volcano, located some 600 miles south of the capital, Santiago, last erupted in 1972.

This is the second eruption in Chile this spring. In early March, the Villarrica volcano expelled ash and lava. Chile has the second-largest chain of volcanos in the world, following Indonesia.

TIME movies

Legally Blonde and Inglourious Basterds Coming to Netflix in May

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde

But be sure to watch Airplane and Skyfall before they're dropped from the streaming service

Here are the movies and TV shows that are coming to Netflix in May—and what you should watch before it leaves the streaming service.

Netflix Originals

Grace and Frankie: A TV show starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin who become friends when their respective husbands come out as gay (May 8)

Between: A TV series about a mysterious disease that wipes out everyone in a town over the age of 21 (May 21)

Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine): A Netflix comedy special featuring Jen Kirkman of Chelsea Lately (May 22)


Legally Blonde (May 1)

Legally Blonde 2 (May 1)

Inglourious Basterds (May 22)

Fruitvale Station (May 12)

The Boxtrolls (May 23)

Girlhood (May 19)

Before I Go To Sleep (May 27)

TV Shows

Royal Pains, Season 6 (May 3)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 4 (May 14)

Dance Moms (May 14)

Duck Dynasty (May 14)

Last Chance to Watch Before May 1



Life Is Beautiful

Along Came Polly

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Funny Face


Red Dawn

TIME Television

Jodie Sweetin Is ‘Incredibly Grateful’ for Full House Netflix Spin-Off

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Michael Bezjian—Getty Images Actress Jodie Sweetin walks the red carpet at Scleroderma Research Foundation's Cool Comedy–Hot Cuisine at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 30, 2013, in Beverly Hills

The beloved '80s and '90s show gets a new chapter next year

Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner on Full House during its original run in the 1980s and 1990s, has been waiting decades for an opportunity to return to her TV family. Now, she’s getting her chance with a spin-off scheduled to premiere on Netflix next year.

“Now that it’s actually happening, it’s almost too good to be true,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “To be able to do a series with people I love — who are like family — to play a character I loved so much and to be able to do that in this point in my life when things are going so well for me and I have a completely different perspective on things … I’m really, incredibly grateful.”

Read the full interview at EW.

Read next: Netflix, Full House, and the Temptations of Nostalgia

TIME movies

E.L. James’ Husband Will Write Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Sequel

Dakota Johnson (L) and Jamie Dornan (R) in "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Focus Pictures Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey

The director and screenwriter of the first film will not return for the second

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James has enlisted her husband to write the script for the film based on her book’s sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Niall Leonard, who has two sons with James, is an author and a screenwriter and worked on the first Fifty Shades film, though he was not credited.

E.L. James earned a reputation for demanding total control over her material during the filming of the first movie in the trilogy. She reportedly clashed with director Sam Taylor-Johnson over the adaptation. Neither Taylor-Johnson, nor screenwriter Kelly Marcel, will return to the franchise for the second film.

Though the first installment in the Fifty Shades series grossed $568.8 million at the global box office, plans for the sequel have stalled. The departure of Taylor-Johnson sent the studio scrambling for a replacement, and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are reportedly both negotiating for more money.

Read next: Fifty Shades of Grey Director Didn’t Enjoy Working With Book’s Author


TIME women

The Grass Ceiling: Women’s Changing Role in Weed Culture

Eliana Dockterman is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME in New York City.

Marijuana's stereotypes and gender issues evolve

For years, the world of cannabis has been associated with bros. From The Big Lebowski to Seth Rogen movies, popular culture has depicted the common weed smoker as a lazy dude. While all pot smokers have been caricatured, the female smoker has been particularly marginalized and infantilized—when she shows up in movies and TV at all. And, overwhelmingly, the marijuana industry has taken a similarly sexist approach to try to appeal to men: trade shows abound with so-called “booth babes” hocking wares, and trade magazines like High Times feature women in bikinis with strategically placed marijuana leaves smoking large, phallic bongs.

“One of the problems marijuana culture has had is sexism that is built into the industry —everything from product labeling to product advertising,” says Bruce Barcott, author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America (recently out from Time Books).

But as the legalization movement has begun to pick up steam, women are finally coming out of the cannabis closet. In just this last year, Sarah Silverman has shown off her pot stash on the Emmys red carpet, the women stars of Broad City were regularly shown smoking weed and an all-female dealer team featured in an episode of the online show just picked up by HBO about a New York dealer called High Maintenance.

As the pop culture versions of female smokers have expanded, women have proved to be serious and quantifiable marijuana users. The marijuana industry is quickly realizing it needs women’s support to succeed in legalizing the product building a viable business. They are even changing their strategies to attract female consumers.

“In the not-so-distant future, women are going to become the dominant purchasers of cannabis products,” says Jane West, who co-founded a networking and trade association for women in the industry called Women Grow just last summer. She believes women will fuel the market by buying wellness products to replace prescription anti-anxiety medications, anti-depressants and sleep aids.

But to tap that market, the industry will have to convince women to feel comfortable picking up a habit that has stereotyped all users as deviant and lazy.

The Cannabis Closet

“Women are more often than not the primary caregiver or parent, and even for a woman who doesn’t have kids yet there is a stigma that you would be encouraging your children to use drugs, things like that,” says Cheri Sicard, author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women.

In popular culture, the stereotype of a stoner endures, and he’s nearly always been a he: Cheech and Chong, Bill and Ted, Dazed and Confused. Comedies like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and This Is the End double down on the stereotype (often embodied by Seth Rogen) by questioning how stoners will deal with disasters like murderous drug dealers, the apocalypse or fatherhood.

Examples of women casually smoking in films — Annie Hall, Nine to Five — have been the exception rather than the rule. They have quickly discovered that responsibility and weed don’t mix: Lindsay on Freaks and Geeks learns she can’t indulge like her male friends can because she has responsibilities as a babysitter; Nancy loses her perfect suburban life after she starts dealing on Weeds; even the girls on That ’70s Show knew to keep their smoking habits to the basement, unlike their male counterparts.

Whether cultural depictions of weed affected women’s choices, or these examples were simply mimicking real life, it’s a fact that many more men than women use marijuana. Almost twice as many men as women (9.6% vs. 5%) consistently consume weed, according to a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. And while 47% of American men have tried marijuana at least once, only 30% of American women have done the same, according to a 2013 Gallup poll.

But now that medical marijuana is legal in four states and D.C. and decriminalized in an additional 14 states, the cultural gap may be closing. Last year, Comedy Central successfully paired Broad City, which follows two unabashed female weed smokers’ shenanigans in New York City, with its more stereotypical stoner show, Workaholics about three slacker dudes struggling in the workplace. High Maintenance, the Vimeo-turned-HBO show about a weed dealer, also pushed the conversation by quietly proposing that first-time smokers, casual tokers and full-fledged potheads come in all types. Even the last Seth Rogen summer blockbuster, Neighbors, featured a female character (Rose Byrne) just as reluctant to put down the bong and pick up the baby toys as Rogen.

In real life, stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus have spoken openly about their pot use. A group that calls themselves the “marijuana moms” in L.A. are working to reverse the stereotype that smoking weed automatically makes for bad parenting. Even Martha Stewart half-joked she knows how to roll a perfect joint.

“I think women have always used it, but now thanks to pop culture, they’re just more comfortable actually talking about it,” says Sicard. “Now you’re seeing accomplished women — both on television and in real life — using it like it’s a glass of wine. It doesn’t make them a failure. It doesn’t make them a bad parent. Things like that will educate people.”

Ladies Legalize

Women openly discussing marijuana has had a major impact on the legalization movement. According to recent research, women have been the deciding vote in most states where marijuana has become legal.

Data collected by the Global Drug Policy Observatory shows that female support of the 2012 amendment to legalize marijuana in Colorado went up seven percentage points in the last month before the vote, while support from men decreased in that same time frame. Female support of Washington’s marijuana ballot shot up from 48% to 53% in the last few days before the vote.

“Society seems to take notice more when women say it’s okay,” says Sicard. “So I think marijuana use in general is gaining more acceptance because of powerful women driving the movement.”

A Budding Business

Traditionally, marijuana has been packaged for men — think beautiful babes adorning little baggies — but as more states legalize marijuana, savvy business owners are beginning to recognize that they can gear new products to women.

“Some of the best retail shops are those that are very aware they both have male and female customers, and changed that culture over just over the last year or two,” says Barcott. As he researched his book, Barcott ran across several dispensary runners in Denver who refused to stock any product that had skin on the label, for fear that it would push away female customers.

The change can be spotted in one of the first public ads for marijuana in Seattle. Instead of advertising in what Barcott calls “the old stoner way,” the ad for Dama Oil showed a healthy couple hiking together. “It could have been an R.E.I. ad,” he says, referring to the outdoor gear company. “That’s a huge difference from the way people advertised just a few years ago.”

Dama Oil is just one of the many companies aiming to sell weed to women as a healthy lifestyle choice. “Many women use marijuana differently than men,” says West. “They’re not using it to get high, but for its therapeutic effects. They use it for relaxation, pain management and think of it more as a wellness addition.”

“Previously, inhaling combustible cannabis was really the only way you could consume marijuana, but now the wide variety of products out there — from sublingual strips to pomegranate sparkling beverages to skin creams to vaporizing pens that really minimize any negative health benefits — more and more women are going to start trying it when there’s more product options,” she adds. It’s just about marketing — West uses the term “flower” instead of “leaf” to refer to the plant.

West estimates that only about 10% of industry workers are women, with those numbers dropping drastically at higher-level positions. After months of attending industry events at bars where she felt outnumbered, she decided to create a network for women.

“We want women to be designing those products, creating those companies, building the facilities and running the grows that all of the flowers are coming from,” she says. “For women, by women.”

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