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In "The Help," Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard play Skeeter and Hilly, 1960s women of the deep South, each with very different perspectives on the social climate of the era -- while Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, playing domestic servants Abileen and Minny, endure and strive while trying to build a future out of the challenges of the past. We spoke with Stone, Howard, Spencer and Davis in Las Vegas in March at Cinema Con (alongside Katey Rich of Cinemablend.com) about heat, social justice and the challenges of releasing a classic drama in a summer full of superheroes. Directed by Tate Taylor from Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel, "The Help" is getting -- and earning -- raves from critics and audiences alike.
Having been on the set, and having been sitting in that air-conditioned tent in the back yard and watching you all melt sitting outside, you feel so much of that watching the movie. You see the footage from that, and you feel the Mississippi setting and the greenery. Does that excite you guys, that all the sweat you put into Mississippi is going to make it onto the screen?
Emma Stone: Literally. There's so much sweat in the movie. We went out the other night -- everyone's sweating.
Bryce Dallas Howard: Crotch sweat.
Viola Davis: Underarm.
How was crotch sweat made in the movie? I don't want to get too graphic.
Howard: (Laughing) Organically.
A lot of (Cinema Con) seems a bit more gladiatorial, a bit more of people rustling their 3D glasses before clips from 'Thor' or 'Green Lantern.'. Does it feel a little bit weird to show up at Cinema Con going 'Please, enjoy our classy literary adaptation with social themes?' Did that feel like a disconnect?
Viola Davis: No, it makes us feel special.
Octavia Spencer: And pretty women.
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Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker spice things up on the set of the masculine 'Battleship'
Let's answer one question right away: Yes, Rihanna can rock naval fatigues and still look sexy enough to make your head explode.
We're sitting on the U.S.S. Missouri, docked in the middle of Pearl Harbor, just when you think it can't get any more beautiful, in walks Brooklyn Decker and then, a bit later on, Rihanna. Let's discuss the pop star first and specifically the outfit she is wearing as she rolls up to the press table.
This is not the Rihanna we are used to seeing: The provocative spreads in Maxim or the sexy stuff she wears while performing on stage. No, she's in navy fatigues, covered head-to-toe, complete with a baseball cap. This is Rihanna's first movie role and what has she chosen? A military badass.
"She doesn't like boys. She doesn't like girls either," Rihanna explains. "She's just about her weapons and her work."
And how does the uniform fit?
"It's really cool, it's easy," she says. "You don't have to think about what you want to put on, or how cute you look."