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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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25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog
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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are Born
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If you compare the scary stories you heard as a kid with those of your friends—even those who grew up across the country from you—you’ll probably hear some familiar tales. Maybe you tried to summon Bloody Mary by chanting her name in front of the mirror three times in a dark bathroom. Maybe you learned never to wonder what’s under a woman’s neck ribbon. Maybe you heard the one about the girl who feels her dog lick her hand in the middle of the night, only to wake up to find him hanging dead from the shower nozzle, the words “humans can lick too” written on the wall in the dog’s blood.

These ubiquitous, spooky folk tales exist everywhere, and a lot of them take surprisingly similar forms. How does a single story like the one often called “Humans Can Lick Too” or "The Licked Hand" make its way into every slumber party in America? Thrillist recently investigated the question with a few experts, finding that most of these stories have very deep roots.

In the case of The Licked Hand, its origins go back more than a century. In the 1990s, Snopes found that a similar motif dates back to an Englishman’s diary entry from 1871. In it, the diary keeper, Dearman Birchall, retold a story he heard at a party of a man whose wife woke him up in the middle of the night, urging him to go investigate what sounded like burglars in their home. He told his wife that it was only the dog, reaching out his hand. He felt the dog lick his hand … but in the morning, all his valuables were gone: He had clearly been robbed.

A similar theme shows up in the short story “The Diary of Mr. Poynter,” published in 1919 by M.R. James. In it, a character dozes off in an armchair, and thinks that he is petting his dog. It turns out, it’s some kind of hairy human figure that he flees from. The story seems to have evolved from there into its presently popular form, picking up steam in the 1960s. As with any folk tale, its exact form changes depending on the teller: sometimes the main character is an old lady, other times it’s a young girl.

You’ll probably hear these stories in the context of happening to a “friend of a friend,” making you more likely to believe the tale. It practically happened to someone you know! Kind of! The setting, too, is probably somewhere nearby. It might be in your neighborhood, or down by the local railroad tracks.

Thrillist spoke to Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, a researcher in the UK who studies urban legends, who says the kind of stories that spread widely contain both social information and emotional resonance. Meaning they contain a message—you never know who’s lurking in your house—and are evocative.

If something is super scary or gross, you want to share it. Stories tend to warn against something: A study of English-language urban legends circulating online found that most warned listeners about the hazards of life (poisonous plants, dangerous animals, dangerous humans) rather than any kind of opportunities. We like to warn each other of the dangers that could be lurking around every corner, which makes sense considering our proven propensity to focus on and learn from negative information. And yes, that means telling each other to watch out for who’s licking our hands in the middle of the night.

Just something to keep in mind as you eagerly await Jezebel’s annual scary story contest.

[h/t Thrillist]

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