By Jessica Marshall
Ahhh birth. The miracle of life. And one of Hollywood's favorite plot points.
Birth scenes in movies range from shouty and grunty to creepy and gooey and often leave viewers with the highly philosophical question: What is that baby really covered in?
You'll get birth scenes in spades when you catch "What To Expect When You're Expecting," the new star-studded rom-com opening today. Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Chris Rock and Anna Kendrick are just a few of the celebs who bring to life the wacky rollercoaster ride that anticipating a brand new bundle of joy can be.
It's loosely based on the bestselling self-help book by Heidi Murkoff (there's probably a well-worn copy stashed somewhere in your parents' house), and focuses on five couples as they anticipate parenthood. There are lots of preggo bellies, raging hormones, slapstick humor and moments of sheer terror — err, joy.
But just like giving birth in reality, you should be prepared. There are many different types of cinematic births. Here is a smattering of a few of the more notable ones to get you ready for "What To Expect." Think of it like taking a pre-film Lamaze class.
Anita Lindblom, prepare to get the "Twilight" treatment under the hands of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."
Director Catherine Hardwicke will direct Noomi Rapace's as-yet-untitled biopic of '60s Swedish pop culture icon Anita Lindblom. To make things even more interesting, Rapace's real-life husband, Ola Rapace, will play boxing champion Bosse Hogberg who ends up marrying Lindblom.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Rapaces have been developing the flick for several years, and it's slated for a Scandinavian release in 2012.
In the news after the jump, "World War Z" loses its leads, a comedian joins Ben Stiller in "Neighborhood Watch," and Chris Rock teaches fathers "What To Expect When You're Expecting."
Megan Fox is ready to return to comedy, this time to lend a hand in Sacha Baron Cohen's dictatorship.
According to THR, Fox and John C. Reilly will be making cameos in Cohen's latest flick, "The Dictator." They will be joining Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley in the movie, which tells the heroic story of "a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." "The Dictator" is set for release on May 11, 2012.
After the jump, find out what films Jennifer Lopez is circling, who else joined "Snow White and the Huntsman" as dwarves and what project Jason Momoa has decided to star in.