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Trailer Thursday: Interns, Purging and the Rapture

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Welcome to Trailer Thursday, where we help you decide what to do with your Friday night (and when to stay home). Here’s what’s coming out tomorrow.

The Internship

Salesmen Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, whose jobs have become rather obsolete, manage to get themselves internships at Google. They find themselves battling against millennial techies for full-time jobs with the company.

See it if:

- You love the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn overgrown frat boy thing, no matter how many times you see it.
- You can't resist a good cameo. (Will Ferrell! Rob Riggle!)
- You really want to see Google HQ but doubt you'll ever get there in person. They really filmed there!
- You don't mind when movies feel like one giant advertisement.

The Purge

In a horrific version of what 2022 might look like, all criminal activity - including murder - is legal for a 12-hour period (the Purge) every year. When a family takes in a man who is about to be a victim of the Purge, they have to deal with repercussions from the people who were trying to kill him.

See it if:

- You always liked that Star Trek episode "The Return of the Archons," where people on planet Beta III get to be violent and destructive once a year.
- You want to hear Lena Headey, AKA Cersei Lannister and Queen Gorgo, try on an American accent.
- You've always thought the Roomba had a higher purpose than sort-of cleaning floors and getting stuck in corners.

Much Ado About Nothing

A Whedonian twist on the Shakespeare classic.

See it if:

- You want to pretend that you've been invited to a party at Joss Whedon's house. It was filmed there.
- You want to pretend that you've been invited to a party at Joss Whedon's house and you're friends with all of his buddies. The movie is a huge who's-who of Whedon film and television.
- You love a fresh take on an old classic. It's 80 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and critics are calling it the best modern take on Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet.

Rapture-Palooza

A couple deals with the aftermath of the apocalypse, including blood rain (not BloodRayne) and locusts. Then the antichrist shows up, and it's Craig Robinson, starring in his second apocalypse movie in as many weeks (look for This Is the End next week.)

See it if:

- You'll see anything if a Freaks and Geeks cast member is involved.
- You'll see anything if Anna Kendrick is involved.
- You appreciate the weird and sometimes juvenile humor of the Bill and Ted movies. Rapture-Palooza writer Chris Matheson is the guy behind the Wyld Stallyns as well. I think I just figured out why this is appealing to me despite the terrible title and bad reviews.
- You've really been missing Ana Gasteyer.

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Animals
Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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Big Questions
Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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