So There’s a Butter Movie Starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman and — I Mean What?

For a R-rated flick featuring Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Wilde and possibly the best tasting kitchen-based lubricant imaginable, Jim Field Smith’s “Butter” seems almost disappointingly straight-laced. No, it’s not a porno, and from the trailer, it doesn’t look like any of the female leads get to make out, but what the year-old film does promise is a dark comedy with an all-star cast exploring the slimy underbelly of the competitive butter sculpting community.

Now there’s a sentence I imagined writing exactly never.

In lieu of raunchy baking escapades, “Butter” tells the story of small-town politician Laura Pickler (Garner) combating an unfaithful husband (Ty Burrell), a homewrecking stripper (Wilde) and the efforts of a young African American orphan girl (Yara Shahidi) determined to steal away her competitive butter sculpting crown. Yes, really.

We also get Jackman as a pudgy used car salesman and a butter-based Last Supper, Schindler’s List and Harriet Tubman.

Boiled down, “Butter,” like its namesake, is probably not the greatest thing to put in your cinematic system. Rob Corddry, who plays Shahidi’s adopted father, says it best:

“You people are ridiculous. It’s butter, you put it on toast. Oh, and news flash! It’s bad for you.”

Which we all already know. But it just tastes so, so good.

“Butter” opens in limited release in October.

Watch the trailer (and a bonus shot of Olivia Wilde giving a lapdance), here:

Fast Food

Steve-O, Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel & Others Write a Strongly Worded Letter to McDonald’s

You know if celebrities say it, it must be true, and it must be important.

In this case, a collective of celebrities, including Ryan Gosling, Emily Deschanel, Alicia Silverstone, Kristin Bauer, Bryan Adams, Zooey Deschanel, Wendie Malick, Maria Menounos, Steve-O and Ed Begley, Jr. have pieced together a rather letter of concern to McDonald’s about their egg suppliers.

Less than a month ago, McDonald’s dropped one of their largest egg suppliers after a report by ABC News shed light on the unsanitary conditions and animal abuse occurring at Sparboe Farms. Following that unnerving report, Target also dropped Sparboe Farms as a supplier.

And now? It’s time for the celebrities to bat cleanup. OK, I’m sensationalizing. Their letter puts their hearts at the right place, and uses their platform as a vehicle for change. It’s a worthy read, and here it is in full, adressed to Mr. Skinner, the current CEO of McDonald’s:

Dear Mr. Skinner:

After visiting and learning from my friends at Mercy For Animals that McDonald’s egg suppliers routinely torture egg-laying hens and their baby chicks, I have to tell you: “I’m Hatin’ It.”

On behalf of compassionate people everywhere, I implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by adopting strict and meaningful animal welfare policies worldwide, including the commitment to prohibit the purchase of eggs produced by hens who spend their miserable lives crammed into tiny wire cages.

While McDonald’s has already established a 100% cage-free purchasing policy in Europe, your U.S. restaurants continue to support egg factory farms that confine hens for most of their lives in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings.nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Common sense tells us that animals with legs and wings should be given the basic freedom to move.

Sadly, there is not a single federal law to protect hens from cruelty from the time they hatch to the time they are killed. While McDonald’s brags about the “billions and billions served,” millions of hens exploited for your restaurants are being grossly underserved. In fact, these animals are being abused in ways that would land your egg suppliers in jail, if dogs or cats were the victims.

In MFA’s investigative video, McDonald’s egg suppliers are shown burning off the beaks of baby birds without painkillers, chicks are shown trapped and mangled in cage wire suffering from untreated wounds, live chicks are slowly suffocated in trash bags, and dead and rotting corpses are left in cages with hens still laying eggs for McDonald’s Egg McMuffins.

While all of these abuses are unconscionable, perhaps the worst form of torture forced on these innocent animals is the use of battery cages. As you should know, battery cages are considered so cruel that leading animal welfare experts condemn them, and the entire European Union, as well as California and Michigan, have banned their use. A growing number of your competitors have already committed to only buying eggs from cage-free suppliers. It’s time for McDonald’s to stop clowning around and help put an end to some of the most abusive factory farming practices.

It’s a good time for some great changes at McDonald’s. As the largest egg buyer in the entire country, McDonald’s has the power – and the moral responsibility – to ensure that the eggs in its Egg McMuffins don’t come from rotten egg suppliers.

As a civilized society, it’s our moral obligation to prevent cruelty to animals – including those used in food production. Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

Ryan Gosling
Emily Deschanel
Alicia Silverstone
Kristin Bauer
Bryan Adams
Zooey Deschanel
Wendie Malick
Maria Menounos
Ed Begley, Jr.

[via TheConsumerist]