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Bird Box has become one of the biggest movies of the last few years, with 80 MILLION people watching it on Netflix in the first month of its release.

It's safe to say pretty much the entire world has seen it, except for one lady, who is actually in the movie itself.

The iconic Sarah Paulson pairs up with her BFF Sandra Bullock for the flick following their Ocean's 8 collab, and Paulson plays Bullock's sister in the infamous apocalyptic horror.

During a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Paulson explained that she actually never watches her own work, and hasn't done so since American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Colbert reminded her that she's potentially missed out on some incredible movies and TV shows, such as The Post, which was Oscar-nominated, but she maintains that she's never actually seen Bird Box.

“You didn’t see you in The Post?!” Colbert asked. “It’s such a brilliant, beautiful scene, you were so good.” Paulson then made Colbert act out the scene so she could see the impact.

Imagine being in a movie which sees the entire population die if they open their eyes, and she won't even take off the blindfold to watch the performance and check who survived in the end?

“It’s so exciting that the movie is resonating with people, and I hope that people find a way to continue to enjoy watching the movie," she said, about the #BirdBoxChallenge.

“But I really hope people would not try to re-enact the most dangerous parts of it. It is a movie, and you shouldn’t try it at home. We don’t want anything tragic to happen.” Sensible words from Sarah.

It's a shame she won't get to see Sandra fight her way through the film blindfolded, we wonder how she feels about all the memes which have been inspired by the flick


Ocean's 8 is not just a great film. Nor is it just a feminist film. It's so, so much more than that.

There's a theory in film called the Bechdel test. Basically, you listen to the amount of conversations a female character has with another on-screen female. By figuring out how many conversations are centred around men, you can figure out whether or not women were involved in the making of the film. 

Basically, fewer decent female conversations = less women being involved in the production.

Ocean's 8, this summer's most hotly anticipated film, takes the Bechdel test and smashes it. The cast itself is enough to get us excited, we talking Sandra Bullock, Cate Blancett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy  Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway and Awkwafina the film has already smashed the US taking in over $41.5 million (£30.8 million) in its first week. 


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Over the last year feminism and representation has been a hot topic. Thanks to the Time's Up and Me Too movements world-wide, women are standing up and demanding equal and fair representation. Stereotypes are no longer acceptable. The women are here, the spotlight is ours and we refuse to apologise for it. 

That's exactly what Ocean's 8 does. The film starts with Deborah Ocean (Bullock) providing the parole board with a sob story of how she had changed since prison, complete with mention of her dead brother Danny Ocean (George Clooney from the original series) and tears. 

But that's the thing, it's an act. She serves them with the narrative they want to hear. Successful, she then struts out in an evening dress and proceeds to set herself up thanks to a high-end shoplifting spree. She's smart, she's sharp, she's fearless, but most of all she's human. We eventually find out her plan to get revenge the man that framed her and put her in jail, much to her right hand woman's, Lou (Blancette), annoyance. 


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But that's only part of the plan, they're going to steal a $150 million necklace off the neck of film star Daphne Krugler (Hathaway), right in the middle of the met Gala. Could the stakes possibly get any higher? 

In typical heist movie fashion, the leader goes about assembling her crew. First they get the struggling fashion designer (Carter with an inexplicable Irish accent), to get them close to the target – by designing her dress for the gala. Then they need the diamond expert (Kaling), desperate to move out from under her domineering mother, followed by a slouchy pickpocket (Awkwafina), an ice cool hacker (Rihanna) and a bored suburban mother who never quite got out of the game (Paulson). 

While each member of the heist team has a different function, none of them fall under stereotypes so often applied to women in any type of action film. Blachette's character could be the typical leather-clad club fixer, but she has a heart of gold,  Eight ball (Rihanna) has a touching moment with a little sister and Bonham Carter struggles with ageing. Even Hathaway's petulant and spoiled antagonist has surprising depths. 


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The high point of the plot is definitely the glitzy Met Gala, where big stars like Kate Holmes and the Kardasians make cameo appearances. Just when you think the heist is pulled off, it isn't, keeping you guessing in typical heist style. The dialogue is flows with the trademarked wit of the series as does the sharp cinematography. 

So seriously, ladies, go see it. Bring your friends, your sisters, your mothers, your daughters and any woman on the street that looks like she might need a bit of female empowerment. 

As Debby Ocean says in her pre-game speech: "We're not doing this for ourselves. We're doing this for the 8-year-old out girl there dreaming to herself at night about becoming a criminal."

Okay we're not condoning robbery here, but as girl gangs and positive messages go, this is unarguably one for all ages. 

Ocean's 8 is released on Monday June 18th in cinemas nationwide. 


While we loved the 2001 heist film Ocean's Eleven, there was a little something missing from it: an all-female cast of our favourite actresses.

Ocean's 8 is set to remedy that, and we are absolutely buzzing with excitement.

This film follows Danny's sister, Debbie Ocean (the inimitable Sandra Bullock), as she plans to steal $150 million in diamonds, right off an actress' neck at the Met Gala.

She's joined by a top-notch team on this action adventure: her right-hand woman Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett), jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), street con Constance (rapper and actress Awkwafina), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), and fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson). 

The gems they're stealing will be worn by actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), and the plan will have to go off without a hitch if they're going to get away with it.

Needless to say, we can't wait for this film to come out!

We'll have to wait a bit longer to get our heist film fix, as Ocean's 8 will be in cinemas on June 22.

Think you'll be watching this movie with your own partners-in-crime?


We all saw it happen with the all-female remake of Ghostbusters, and Sandra Bullock is refusing to see it happen with Ocean's 8.

Discussing the spin-off movie of the Ocean's Trilogy, the Oscar-winner, who will play Danny Ocean’s ex-con sister Debbie, urged critics to suspend their cynicism and wait for the movie's release before casting aspersions on it.

Paying tribute to her co-stars, Sandra told Entertainment Weekly: "I mean, I’ll tell you, we’ve got some feisty women that will fight right back. It’s like, let’s just take a breath and let’s just see if we come up with something fun."

"There should be a moratorium," she argued. "There should be a rule, you’re not allowed to say anything nasty until after it comes out. Obviously that’s never going to happen."

Sandra is keen to remind film-goers that she is not attempting an all-female remake (although, kudos if she was), but instead creating a whole new story – an endeavour which shouldn't warrant criticism.

"We’re not a reboot," she explains of the movie which will star Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna. "We’re just a 'this is what’s happening in 2017'."

"It’s not even a passing of the torch. It’s a parallel story of another family member that was raised in the same family Danny Ocean was and what happens when Debbie steps out of jail with all of these amazing, powerful women."

Sandra has taken great solace from the all-female cast, telling the publication: "We all were like, okay, let’s just take care of each other for these six months and relish this opportunity we’re being given."

While Sandra certainly sees the merit in the approach, she refuses to be pigeonholed by lazy critics.

"We don’t want it to be just for women. This is not a man-hating. We love the men. There’s men in this movie. We love them. But this one heist needs women."

Hear, hear!

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Ocean's 8 is not hitting cinemas until summer 2018, but today we got our first official look at what's in store!

Rihanna shared a tweet with her 69 million followers, which included a photograph from the film. 

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The picture shows the stars of the all-female movie on a subway in New York, looking glamorous AF. 

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Sarah Paulson all star in the highly-anticipated motion picture. 

If that's not a dream cast, then we don't know what is! 

Warner Bros. released a brief, explaining the plot of Ocean's 8… and it sounds CLASS. 

"In summer 2018, the tide will turn as Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala."

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"Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (RiRi); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson)."

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We cannot wait to see this!