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Aniston is a stripper in We’re the Millers. Paltrow pretends to be one in Thanks for Sharing. Are actresses losing more than their clothes?

The comedy We’re the Millers made $100 million this summer, buoyed in large part by the promise of Jennifer Aniston’s glistening abs and a hardworking set of shell pink lingerie. The talented comedian plays a stripper nobody much respects early on. Jason Sudeikis’ character (who’s pretending to be her husband) writes her off thusly: “My wife, she’s just a cheap stripper.” And when bemoaning her dirtbag boyfriend, even Aniston’s character herself seems resigned to her second-class status: “That’s what you get for dating a guy who dates strippers.”

Some male critics gave Aniston a hard time as well. “For young actresses to disrobe in exchange for attention is tradition,” Kyle Smith wrote in the New York Post‘s review. “For 44-year-olds, it’s desperation.” Mick LaSalle was a little more forgiving in the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s not that she doesn’t look good — actually, she looks great — but there’s an age at which silly and flamboyant display makes emotional and aesthetic sense, and whatever that age is, it’s really, really young.”

First of all: gross. Secondly, I’m not sure Miley Cyrus, who basically played a stripper at the VMAs, was worried about making emotional and aesthetic sense. Yes, I feel for a 20-year-old who wants to take charge of her identity and sexuality after breaking out of the stifling Disney box, but grinding on a foam finger is neither new nor truly rebellious. READ FULL STORY

'We're the Millers': Were you (s)tripping balls?

Despite a lukewarm reception from critics, the Jason Sudeikis/Jennifer Aniston R-rated comedy We’re the Millers made over $26 million in its opening weekend, finishing just shy of Giant Cylinder Malibu (Elysium). Millers has its flaws, but it’s easy to see why audiences had so much fun. Theaters were packed all weekend with young herds looking for boobs, raunch, and Nick Offerman (not necessarily in that order) and by all means, We’re The Millers delivered. It’s the kind of movie that’d play better in a crowded theater when you’re not exactly sober than it might if you Redboxed it eight months later on a quiet Tuesday. There are plenty of movies like that. I remember enjoying last summer’s Ted much more in the theater thanks to an infectious audience vibe; then when I saw it alone on cable all I wanted to do was pick it apart. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Aniston also wishes 'Friends' was still on ... so wait, why did it end again?!? -- VIDEO

When Matthew Perry guest-hosted Piers Morgan Tonight last month, he and guest Lisa Kudrow waxed nostalgic about Friends, the sitcom that made them TV megastars and went off the air in May 2004.

“I find myself sort of reminiscing about how much fun the show was,” Perry said at one point. “If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped, you know?”

Oh, we know! And, surprisingly, so does Jennifer Aniston — the most famous and consistently employed member of the Friends sextet. When asked by Access Hollywood about Perry and Kudrow’s second thoughts, Aniston said she, too, is sorry the sitcom came to an end.

“We’re all sorry,” she admitted on the We’re the Millers red carpet, while also acknowledging, “I think it ended at the right time, and it ended when people still wanted more.” But would she go back in a time machine? “I would too, probably.”

See the interview below:
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PopWatch Planner: Matt Damon fights in 'Elysium,' 'The Bachelorette' finale, The Civil Wars return, and more

Ah, the first full week of August is upon thee! Let’s see what pop culture has in store for us this week. READ FULL STORY

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