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Halloween: Rate And Discuss With Spoilers

Halloween is no longer just the night Michael Myers came home, it’s now the night Laurie Strode came to fight! After much hype and the sequel slate being wiped clean, the direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic has finally landed. Which means it’s time to rate and discuss this new contender to the horror throne.

Of course, this isn’t Critic’s Corner, it’s Rate and Discuss. Which means we want your thoughts about what Halloween did right, what it did wrong and what it should do going forward. Keeping that in mind, we’d like you to review the following discussion questions pertaining to the film. Provide your answers in the comments section below to the following:

In addition to the questions we’ve provided above, we’d like all of you in the audience to provide us with a star rating for Halloween, on the traditional scale of 0 to 5. Using the poll below, please log your rating. Don’t forget to share your score, and the reason behind it, with your comments at the end

How Many Stars Would You Give Halloween (2018)?

Finally, as we lay Michael Myers to rest yet another time, let’s honor his career of infamous murders with some further reading. In particular, we were able to score some remarks from Halloween creator John Carpenter and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum about how they feel the recent horror boom will eventually pan out.

Next, if you’re looking to refresh yourself about what to remember from Halloween 1978, we’ve got you covered with a handy list that plays to that very subject. Plus, we’ve taken a deep dive into the ending of Halloween 2018 and provided some thoughts on where the series could go next.

Happy Halloween to all of you out there reading Rate and Discuss! Have fun with whatever you choose to watch this weekend, but don’t forget to be extra careful out there. There’s no telling where or when The Shape will return, and you need to be ready.

An Outlander Spinoff Series? There’s Been Interest

The long wait for the fourth season of Outlander on Starz is almost over, and fans will finally get to journey back to the 18th century for more Claire and Jamie action. Claire and Jamie are obviously the main characters, and they’re not going anywhere, but there are plenty of other characters with enough depth that they could definitely anchor a series of their own. Could an Outlander spinoff happen? Here’s what novel saga author Diana Gabaldon has to say about the possibility:

Diana Gabaldon not only did not rule out a spinoff via her Twitter post; she also revealed that there has been interest expressed in the possibility. Given how much of a hit Outlander has been for Starz, it’s not altogether surprising that the idea of a spinoff of the series would have been floated. Jamie and Claire wander in and out of some intriguing places and away from compelling people. Why not a show that focuses on some of them, especially one produced to air during Outlander hiatus?

The response from Diana Gabaldon is directed at somebody who inquired about a spinoff revolving around Lord John Grey, and book readers know that a John Grey spinoff is one that could easily work. Unlike the other side characters of Outlander lore, John Grey got his own series of novels and novellas that explore his own story independent of the Frasers. Fans have every reason to want to watch a show starring him.

Sure, he was introduced as a British officer in charge of a prison filled with suffering Scots — including Jamie and Murtagh — but he’s not just another Brit who wants to squash every Scot. He fell in love with Jamie and didn’t lash out after Jamie rebuffed him, leading to a genuine and unique friendship between them. John Grey even endeared himself to Claire, who wasn’t initially overjoyed to have somebody else in the mix who’s in love with Jamie. Give John Grey a spinoff!

Of course, John Grey is due to appear in the Outlander narrative more in the future if the show continues to follow the plots of the books; if he does get a spinoff, it would be either somewhat beholden to the parent series or force changes to the parent series’ arc. That wouldn’t necessarily be the worst thing in the world. While it’s always enjoyable for readers to see major book scenes translated almost exactly from page to screen, some divergences are great. That’s how Murtagh is still alive!

There are other possibilities for a spinoff, if not one revolving around John Grey. Jenny and Co. at Lallybroch could lead a spinoff, or elsewhere in Scotland as the Scots try to recover from Culloden. A Geillis Duncan series could be interesting, or even a prequel to the generation before Jamie. There are plenty of options.

We’ll have to wait and see if Outlander does get a spinoff. The very good news is that Outlander will be back for its fourth season in only a couple of weeks, so we can finally learn what happens next for Jamie and Claire in the aftermath of their shipwreck in the American colonies. The trailer hints that we’re in for some exciting twists, and the opening credits already give away a decent amount about what to expect.

Is Quicksilver Returning For Avengers 4? Here’s What Aaron Taylor-Johnson Says

Although there have been plenty of casualties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last decade, on the hero side of things, the body count was relatively light until the events of Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, since Agent Phil Coulson was revived for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., arguably the biggest death of this bunch that had stuck was Pietro Maximoff’s, a.k.a. Quicksilver, who perished in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Earlier this year, it was rumored that Avengers 4 might bring the speedster back into play, but according to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, that’s not in the cards. When asked if he’d show up in the Phase 3 capper, the actor responded:

Like most actors playing important characters in the MCU, Aaron Taylor-Johnson signed a multi-picture deal when he joined Avengers: Age of Ultron, but just becomes someones signs such a contract doesn’t mean it will be used in full. The door is technically open for Quicksilver to somehow return to the MCU, and when Johnson was reportedly spotted on the Avengers 4 set back in May, that re-triggered conversation about Wanda Maximoff’s brother being involved in the story. But as Johnson told Metro, currently there are no plans for him to participate in any future MCU projects, including Avengers 4.

Quicksilver was killed during the Battle of Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron when he rushed in front of a hail of bullets that were about to hit Hawkeye and a child. Given how death is rarely permanent within the pages of Marvel and DC comic books, there’s been on-and-off chatter in the years since then about how Quicksilver could possibly be resurrected. Or, given the speculation about time travel in Avengers 4, maybe we’d see an Age of Ultron-era Pietro again. Alas, it sounds like we can shelve those theories, though maybe things will change later down the line.

While Quicksilver is staying six feet under (for now), his sister Wanda, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, survived Avengers: Age of Ultron and went on to play important roles in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Unfortunately for her, she was among the half of people in the universe wiped off the map by Thanos at the end of Infinity War. It’s expected that she and the other disappeared heroes will be brought back in Avengers 4, but how that will be accomplished is still a mystery.

All our questions will be answered when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more coverage. Don’t forget to also look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else this superhero franchise has in development. And if you’re really itching for a Quicksilver fix, you can watch Evan Peters reprise his version of the speedster in Dark Phoenix on June 7, 2019.

Meghan Markle’s Hair Looks Like She Wore a Bump-It

As charming and as smart as Meghan Markle is to watch, I try not to hyperventilate over her every move. Yes, she makes winning outfit choices and her blazers sell out at the drop of a hat and she apparently makes homemade banana bread for the people of Australia, but she’s also a regular person who—in many ways—is generally pretty predictable. Which is why her newest hairstyle (a… surprising pivot from her signature messy bun) caught my attention.

While visiting a girls high school in Sydney during the the Australian Royal Tour, Meghan debuted a half-up style that was so round and so full at the crown, I’m pretty sure Snooki, wherever she may be, felt a chill. I’m not mad about it though, and Meghan’s clearly pulling it off. Behold the style from every angle:

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PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

Like…it’s so large. Just a statement of fact.

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PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

But how cute is she? So animated for Australia.

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

Side view:

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PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

And the light bouncing down on her doesn’t hurt.

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Doing the work for both of them, in this one:

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PHOTO: Stephen Lock / i-Images

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

About to touch her hair. Classic.

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PHOTO: Stephen Lock / i-Images

Alone, together, with a girl who is making the most of this third-wheel situation:

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I’ll leave you with this sequence, which grabs your heart and squeezes.

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PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4

PHOTO: Pool/Samir Hussein

In addition to the voluminous bump, everyone’s favorite tendrils were left loose to frame her face, which is a pretty look I, for one, am glad she’s rescuing from prom hell. (The key to making them look cool, FYI, is to bend them away from your face, according to celebrity stylist Mark Townsend (who’s also been resuscitating tendrils on Dakota Johnson)).

And in case you’re so inclined, this spray is the gold standard for volume. Other than the Bump-It, of course.

Shop It: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $46, amazon.com; Bump It up Volume Hair Base Styling Insert Tool, $2, amazon.com

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Travis Scott Teaches Math And Drake Flies Through Space In ‘Sicko Mode’ Video

“Sicko Mode” is simply one of the biggest songs of 2018. It might be the song of 2018 for how it captures the power of two rappers with strong gravitational pulls joining together to occupy as much space in pop culture as they possibly can. We’re talking about one dude whose entire promo campaign was based around massive golden statues of his own head, and also Drake. It doesn’t get much bigger.

Fittingly, the “Sicko Mode” video, which dropped Friday (October 19), is also huge. Directed by Travis Scott himself and Event Video go-to man Dave Meyers, the clip renders Scott’s vision of his city, Houston, in fully chaotic and stylized splendor. It’s a dream, but it’s also real life. It’s pure Astroworld.

There’s so much to unpack in this video that the best way to experience is to, well, just watch it. But look out for some choice moments, including Scott appearing briefly as what looks to be a math professor and Drake flying through space like a freaked-out cat with a flower on its head. There’s also a sly joke when Scott raps, “I might take all my exes and put ’em all in a group,” where three women then appear styled like a ’60s girl group.

What’s not in this video is any trace amount of Ricky Martin, but it probably wouldn’t have worked with the overall aesthetic anyway.

As he said on Twitter, Scott was eager and anxious for the vid to drop, hyping himself up on caffeine and not sleeping. Now that it’s out there, I hope he can relax with a nice cup of chamomile! Watch the video above, then watch Scott talking about Astroworld with MTV News ahead of his VMA performance back in August.

Watch Bella Thorne Critique People Re-creating Her Makeup

Name a daring beauty decision, and Bella Thorne has been there and done that. The phrase “comfort zone” doesn’t figure into her universe, between the rainbow eyeliner, body hair, and glitter that she wears both on the red carpet and on any old day on Instagram. The beauty inspo is there for the taking, and YouTubers are all for it: Search “Bella Thorne makeup” on the video platform, and the first result has 1.7 million views. Switch to Google, and 162,000 results greet you in a second. So we decided to get meta with it, and watch Bella watch beauty vloggers recreate her makeup. Knock over your spinning top, it’s the latest installment of Glamour‘s beauty Inception-style series.

What’d Bella think? As she watches women create their own versions of her signature looks, it’s fascinating to hear firsthand about her makeup strategy. Think fast, loose, and wise beyond her 21 years—the red carpet veteran does all her own makeup, so she’s well-versed in analyzing the advantages of tiny beauty moves. She goes deep on her list of eye-opening liner techniques, her own beauty line, and what she’d add to her collection based on the vloggers’ takes. Helpful tips, funny asides, and, of course, some mutual fangirling ensue.

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Watch Bella Thorne Critique People Recreating Her Makeup

Name a daring beauty decision, and Bella Thorne has been there and done that. The phrase “comfort zone” doesn’t figure into her universe, between the rainbow eyeliner, body hair, and glitter that she wears both on the red carpet and on any old day on Instagram. The beauty inspo is there for the taking, and YouTubers are all for it: Search “Bella Thorne makeup” on the video platform, and the first result has 1.7 million views. Switch to Google, and 162,000 results greet you in a second. So we decided to get meta with it, and watch Bella watch beauty vloggers recreate her makeup. Knock over your spinning top, it’s the latest installment of Glamour‘s beauty Inception-style series.

What’d Bella think? As she watches women create their own versions of her signature looks, it’s fascinating to hear firsthand about her makeup strategy. Think fast, loose, and wise beyond her 21 years—the red carpet veteran does all her own makeup, so she’s well-versed in analyzing the advantages of tiny beauty moves. She goes deep on her list of eye-opening liner techniques, her own beauty line, and what she’d add to her collection based on the vloggers’ takes. Helpful tips, funny asides, and, of course, some mutual fangirling ensue.

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Losing The Captain America Role Was The Hardest Moment In Wilson Bethel’s Career

Depending on how Avengers 4 goes, Chris Evans may potentially be saying goodbye to his iconic role as Captain America after almost 10 years as the first Avenger. In the strenuous casting process that ended in Evans’ favor years ago, there was another actor neck and neck with him before he nabbed the role: Wilson Bethel. The actor makes his debut today on Marvel Television’s Daredevil season 3 as the classic villain Bullseye, but there was a time when he felt he lost out on the role of a lifetime. Bethel auditioned, screen tested, screen tested again and even wore Cap’s suit, leading him to believe he might be the leader of the MCU’s Avengers, but you know what happened instead. In Bethel’s words:

At the time when Wilson Bethel auditioned for Captain America, he was a relative newcomer to the industry with just a few acting credits, so his ability to get so close to nabbing the role is quite impressive. But Chris Evans had already lead quite a few successful films, so he was likely a better bet for the studio still in the early days of forming their expansive MCU. In Bethel’s interview with ComicBook.com, he explained the casting process in depth, detailing how he screen tested with many other guys for the role, who they all ended up being released at the end of it except for him, making him a close contender for Steve Rogers.

To lose out at such a high-profile role when he was so close sounds like a tough break, but Wilson Bethel has kept busy, primarily in the realm of television since Chris Evans has played Captain America on the big screen. Bethel is best known for his role on the CW’s Hart of Dixie from 2011 to 2015, and has also been on the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, The Astronaut Wives Club and How to Get Away With Murder.

Eight years later, he makes his way back to the MCU as a compelling villain on Netflix’s most successful television series, Daredevil. Wilson Bethel plays FBI Agent Benjamin ‘Dex’ Poindexter, a.k.a. Bullseye, now available to binge on Netflix.

As for the movies side of the MCU, look through our handy guide to learn what’s coming up.

John Krasinski Originally Wasn’t Going To Do A Quiet Place 2

Given A Quiet Place‘s performance at the box office, a sequel was inevitable. What was in doubt though was whether or not writer-director John Krasinski was going to return. Although we now know that he will be returning to write the sequel, John Krasinski originally wasn’t going to do A Quiet Place 2, preferring to leave the original as a special experience he had with wife Emily Blunt, as he explained:

Beyond just being a critical and commercial success, A Quiet Place was very personal for John Krasinski because he and his wife were in it together, so you can see how he might want to leave it as this singular, special experience. The first film was unlikely to get made in the first place, and even in the wake of its success, John Krasinski didn’t expect to be involved in the sequel.

Yet despite having no intentions to return, the director did have an idea for the sequel swimming around in his head, but as reported by THR, he dismissed it and told the studio to move forward without him. So Paramount did just that and listened to pitches for A Quiet Place 2. But John Krasinski hadn’t shut his mind to the sequel entirely and he told one of the producers his idea:

Ideas do not leave the mind so easily, and John Krasinski‘s sequel idea was percolating around in his head until he told producer Drew Form. Once it was out of his head, he began thinking about it some more and now he’s writing A Quiet Place 2.

He may have started not wanting to be involved in such a hands-on way with the sequel, but a having a good story in your head and the option to tell it is powerfully persuasive. That’s part of what makes John Krasinski’s return as writer for A Quiet Place 2 so exciting.

Although we had heard that John Krasinski would be involved in the sequel, we did not know in what capacity. He could have just taken a producer credit and sent the project on its way. The fact that he came back specifically because he had an idea for the story is encouraging.

We know that John Krasinski’s ideas are a big part of what made A Quiet Place the movie and success it was. The film originally included flashbacks and a different opening, but Jim Halpert adjusted the script to give it a different structure, less dialogue and added other little details that made the film so great.

As far as what John Krasinski has in store for A Quiet Place 2, it is too early to say and I imagine things will be kept quiet (pun intended) for some time. He has spoken in the past about exploring what is going on elsewhere at the same time in the story, perhaps following different characters.

A Quiet Place 2 tiptoes into theaters on May 15, 2020. That’s a long ways off, but there is plenty of big movies coming out to hold you off until then. Check out next year’s lineup in our 2019 release schedule.

The Earliest Twilight Script Was Crazy Different, According To Catherine Hardwicke

Mention the word Twilight, and the image of pale yet glittery vampires with a Pacific Northwest backdrop immediately comes to mind. But if the studio originally got its way, the word “Twilight” might have conjured images of Jet skis, CIA agents and an all-star athlete named Bella. Wait, what? Original Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke recently explained to CinemaBlend:

The [initial] script that I read had gone through the whole development process at MTV and Paramount. And you get all these notes — nobody’s fault or anything — but you get notes, and you try this, you try this. So it had veered very far from the book, and so I did not like it at all. And no studio wanted to make it. And so Paramount put it into it turnaround.

[Bella] was a track star in the first scene, not an every-girl kind of awkward and clumsy [kid]… she was like a bad ass, and then it escalated into this whole thing where there were CIA agents on jet skis trying to find the vampires, you know. It really went, ‘Whooooo!’ She was not working for the CIA, but it was a different movie.

This sounds something more in line with the Charlie’s Angels reboot that Kristen Stewart currently is filming, and not at all in line with Twilight, the story of a shy and reserved teenage girl named Bella who finds her voice in a relationship with a vampire, Edward. And certainly not in line with what Twilight author Stephenie Meyer conceived in her initial book.

Published in 2005, Twilight introduced readers to the star-crossed couple of Bella and Edward, soul mates destined to met even though she was a timid high schooler and he was a 104-year-old vampire. The series, over the years, has sold more than 120 million copies, proving that Meyer’s vision for this passionate romance had support.

What would that fan base have thought if the drastic changes made to the Twilight concept had remained in the initial script? Likely, there would have been rights, and instant rejection of the feature-film adaptation. And that would have instantly unplugged a five-movie franchise that totaled a whopping $3.3 billion in global ticket sales.

This can all be traced back to Catherine Hardwicke, who stood firm and fought to return to script for the original Twilight to the roots of Stephenie Meyer’s novel. During our exclusive chat, she told CinemaBlend:

When I read the book, I said, let’s go to the heart of why people love his book, you know? It’s this romantic, crazy, out of control, you know, the first time you fell in love, stupid passion that you have for somebody that’s totally wrong, but she doesn’t give a shit! And that’s what makes us alive. Let’s find that life force, where you will do reckless, crazy things because you know, you’re somebody. So that’s what I wanted in there. So we got rid of the jet skis. [laughs]

That was the right decision. Twilight connected with a massive audience, leading into numerous sequels including Twilight: New Moon and a two part Breaking Dawn. When did Catherine Hardwicke realize that she had touched a nerve? She tells CinemaBlend that it happened on opening weekend, as she recalls the reaction of the audience, and of a famous fan. Said Hardwicke:

I just heard from Eli Roth, because I’m working on a project with him, that Quentin Tarantino, on camera, said in an interview that Twilight made him feel like he was like a 13 year old girl, and that he loved it. That is awesome. That’s kind of funny and hilarious. And that’s exactly what I was trying to do. …

Opening night, I was in Austin [on opening weekend] at the Ale house and they were like, ‘Oh yeah, just pop in to the different screenings.’ And so I started to pop into one, and then I was mobbed. I mean, I’m not even an actor. I’m like, ‘Why am I being mobbed?’ A girl fainted in my arms, that I was there. I was like, ‘Oh Gosh. Oh Wow. Okay. This is a big deal!’

And it continues to be a big deal. We spoke with Catherine Hardwicke as Twilight was returning to theaters in celebration of its 10th anniversary. As such, Twilight will play in more than 450 movie theaters nationwide Sunday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 23, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time). Want to go, and be reminded — like Tarantino — how it feels to be a teenage girl? Tickets for the 10th-anniversary screenings can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Bring your own glitter, though.

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