In the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's book-club favorite Water for Elephants, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson spend a lot of time rubbing up against elephants, and a little bit of time rubbing up against each other. The fictional story of the "greatest circus disaster of all time," it's framed as a cozy flashback (think League of Their Own, Titanic, Fried Green Tomatoes), with an old timer remembering to way back when he looked like Robert Pattinson and was the new guy at the circus. In those days, he fell in love with the beautiful lady (Witherspoon) who did the surprisingly sensual elephant act (seriously, check Reese laying out on Dumbo), and the two of them stroked elephant trunks (not euphemistically!) while avoiding her mean, horrible ringmaster boyfriend (Christoph Waltz). Based on the evidence, it's hard to tell if this is the movie that will prove Pattinson can act when not playing Edward Cullen, or if he and Witherspoon have any chemistry. (We're dubious: Witherspoon's persona is nothing if not adult. She seems like she'd be way too grown for him if they were the same age, and she's actually a decade older.) Certainly, though, this will be the movie that attempts to make elephants sexy.
Most Viewed Stories
It Has Been a Very Long Time Since a Monologue Joke Bombed As Hard As the One Seth Meyers Tried Last Night
Stephen King Confirms Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Are in Talks for That Dark Tower Adaptation
Archie Comic Reveals Jughead Is Asexual
Macklemore, Hillary, and Why White Privilege Is Everyone’s Burden
The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
20 Intimate, Behind-the-Scenes Moments From Oscars Past
The Complete Guide to Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’
The Bachelor Recap: Baywatch of Pigs
Beyoncé Rejected Chris Martin’s ‘Awful’ Song
Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl Is the Year’s First Must-See Show
Latest News from VultureKanye West Says Bill Cosby Is Innocent
He hasn't deleted the tweet yet.New York City’s Only Country-Music Festival Has Been Canceled
It was run by the same organizers behind Governors Ball.Frozen Is Coming to Broadway in 2018, Giving You Just Enough Time to Conceive a Child Who Will Beg You to Take Them to Frozen on Broadway
Let it go ... to Broadway!New High-Rise Trailer: Tom Hiddleston Has Lost His Clothes
Grab your water bottles.Second City Launches the Harold Ramis School for Making Movies As Funny As Animal House
It will be the first film school specifically focused on comedies.8 Best New Songs of the Week
Let's get in formation.The Suite Life’s Cole Sprouse Will Play Jughead in the CW’s Archie Pilot, Maybe Get a Wikipedia Page of His Own Now
Cody Martin no more.Beyoncé Is So Powerful, She Can Single-handedly Lift Red Lobster’s Sales
One lyric leads an entire nation to crave popcorn shrimp and cheddar biscuits.Like Sands Through the Hourglass, the Divergent Series Has Lost Another Director
To lose one director is a tragedy; to lose two looks like carelessness.Stephen King Confirms Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Are in Talks for That Dark Tower Adaptation
“It’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point.”
Get to reading!What Defines a Showtime Show?
Plus, we're joined by Malcolm-Jamal Warner to discuss The People v. O.J. Simpson's Bronco-car-chase episode.Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter to Join JT LeRoy Biopic ... or Are They?
Stewart would play Savannah Knoop, who played LeRoy in public.Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal Follows in The Daily Show’s Footsteps
A more feminist-oriented take on the format.Bryan Fuller Will Helm the New Star Trek TV Revival
Set phasers to stun.Your First Look at the Cover of Tig Notaro’s Memoir, I’m Just a Person
Coming out June 14.Leonardo DiCaprio Will Be Pleased to Hear There’s a Vape in the $200,000 Oscars Swag Bag This Year
It's not Academy-approved.Macklemore Finally Performed ‘White Privilege II’ Live, Delighting Comments Sections Around the Land
He brought Jamila Woods, Nikkita Oliver, and Danez Smith.Get a Little Emotional Listening to Ewan McGregor Performing David Bowie’s ‘Heroes.’ It’s Okay.
At L.A.'s Celebrating David Bowie tribute concert.It Has Been a Very Long Time Since a Monologue Joke Bombed As Hard As the One Seth Meyers Tried Last Night