Mae Whitman

Technology tears Martin Starr and Mae Whitman apart in Operator exclusive clip

“I would like to go back to being your wife,” Mae Whitman says in an exclusive clip from Operator, a new film starring the Parenthood actress and Silicon Valley’s Martin Starr. “And not your science experiment.”

The movie follows a computer programmer (Starr) who enlists his wife, a hotel concierge with an exceptionally soothing demeanor (Whitman), to help create a new voice for his company’s automated call system. It’s fun at first — until Joe starts favoring the robotic, pre-recorded version of Emily over the real her.

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Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman team up to adapt The Royal We

Parenthood mother-daughter duo Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are teaming up to adapt the novel The Royal We for the big screen, EW has confirmed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report the news, Graham will write the script for CBS Films, while Whitman is being eyed to star. The pair will also produce the film.

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A brief history of high school movie DUFFs (who aren't really DUFFs)

Fictional high schools have long been cruel to attractive actresses. Take the adorable Mae Whitman, for instance—she stars as the title character in The DUFF, which opens today. The acronym stands for “designated ugly fat friend.”

Now, as Todd VanDerWerff writes over at Vox, DUFF doesn’t exactly mean what you think it does. “The film goes out of its way to argue that anybody can be a DUFF in pretty much any situation,” VanDerWerff explains. “It’s all about confidence and projecting that you’re comfortable in your own skin.” Even so, it seems strange to stick Whitman with the label—and as EW’s Kevin P. Sullivan notes, “In some ways, Bianca (Whitman) is your typical ‘different’ high school heroine. She wears flannel, edits her school’s paper, and has weird interests in unpopular things like zombies.

So yeah: Teen films have a tradition of implying that beautiful movie stars are dowdy high-schoolers. And even when they don’t call those characters “ugly” or “fat,” they do imply they’re somehow in need of improvement—which is so not the case. For example:

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