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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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How Sarah Paulson Feels About Ocean’s Eight Having Haters

Ocean’s Eight got a lot of grief for being a gender-swapped edition of an existing franchise, but one of the actresses involved has a response to the hate. Sarah Paulson has a response, but what she doesn’t have is much of an opinion, because she doesn’t really care what the haters have to say about the movie she was in. At the end of the day, she apparently had an absolute blast making Ocean’s Eight and nobody really has that much control over whether or not a movie is a financial success. According to Paulson…

A lot of parallels were drawn between Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot and Ocean’s Eight. Both movies were additions to franchises that swapped out entirely male casts for entirely female casts. This resulted in both films receiving backlash. To what degree the backlash impacted the box office is far from clear, but Sarah Paulson isn’t losing any sleep over the question. She had a blast making the movie, nothing else really matters to her.

For the record, Ocean’s Eight did fine at the box office. It made almost $300 million globally on a budget reported to be around $70 million. It only came in about $15 million behind the previous entry in the franchise, Ocean’s Thirteen, so it doesn’t really look like the movie suffered. The Ghostbusters reboot fared somewhat more poorly. The film only made about $230 million and had a much higher budget due to the post-production digital effects.

According to Bustle, the stars of Ocean’s Eight had a text chain going where they all communicated with each other on a regular basis, certainly confirming that the co-stars have remained close since making the movie together. For Sarah Paulson, the personal relationships are clearly going to be a bigger takeaway than the box office receipts. Why in the world would she waste time caring about how full the theater was?

Sarah Paulson is too busy to care about such things. In between filming series like American Horror Story and American Crime Story, the actress has been making movies like the upcoming Bird Box for Netflix and Glass for M. Night Shyamalan. And she’s up for making an Ocean’s Eight sequel, if only so she can hang out with her friends again.

The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.

AT CLOSE to 1.5 million people, San Antonio is bigger than Austin, bigger than San Francisco or Seattle, bigger than New Orleans. Yet it’s forever overshadowed by those celebrated food cities. Move along. Nothing to see here but endless enchiladas and the Alamo.

That postcard stereotype of the city is changing at Mixtli, where two of the country’s best young chefs are creating 10-course travelogues of Mexico’s culinary history. It’s changing at Cured, where a brass-trimmed curing cabinet harbors trussed-up sausages, ham and mystery bits to dress charcuterie plates.

And it’s a picture that began to change for me in 2011, with an anniversary trip from Austin that included chef Andrew Weissman’s Italian showcase Il Sogno and chef Steve McHugh’s New Orleans cooking at Lüke on the River Walk, the city’s winding concourse of restaurants and hotels. Il Sogno and Lüke are gone now, lost in the churn of a restaurant scene in full surge, a scene that brought me here two years ago as the new restaurant critic for the San Antonio Express-News. I’m still a tourist in a sense, commuting from Austin five days a week.

Prix-fixe Mexican gastronomy, served in a boxcar, at Mixtli.
Prix-fixe Mexican gastronomy, served in a boxcar, at Mixtli. Photo: Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

MEAT AND GREET / A Cook’s Tour of San Antonio, Dish by Dish

The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.
Photo: Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

The chef: Geronimo Lopez, Botika

Local favorites: 2M Smokehouse for barbecue (2731 S WW White Rd., 2msmokehouse.com); Niki’s Tokyo Inn for sushi (819 W Hildebrand Ave.); Outlaw Kitchens for the cooking of former Culinary Institute of America colleague Paul Sartory (2919 N Flores; outlawkitchens.com)

The chef: Esaul Ramos, 2M Smokehouse

Local favorites: Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery for crab mac and cheese (136 E Grayson St., southerleigh.com); Garcia’s Mexican Food for chilaquiles and brisket tacos (842 Fredericksburg Rd.); Maria’s Cafe for Mexican food (1105 Nogalitos St.); Taquitos West Ave. for tripas tacos (2818 West Ave., taquitoswestavenue.com); Pollos Asados Los Norteños for chicken al carbon (4642 Rigsby Ave.)

The chef: Brooke Smith, the Esquire Tavern and Downstairs at the Esquire

Local favorites: Clementine in Castle Hills for updated Southern cooking (2195 NW Military Hwy., clementine-sa.com); Mark Bliss’s contemporary American Bliss (926 S. Presa St., foodisbliss.com)

The chef: Elizabeth Johnson, Pharm Table

Local favorites: Teka Molino for Tex-Mex (7231 San Pedro, tekamolino.com), Ah Dong for Vietnamese (5222 De Zavala Rd.); La Boulangerie for quiche and pastries (207 Broadway St.); Botika for Peruvian-Chinese food (303 Pearl Pkwy., botikapearl.com); Cured for charcuterie (306 Pearl Pkwy., curedatpearl.com); chef Johnny Hernandez’s Fruteria for tostadas: “He grows his own corn.” (1401 S. Flores St.)

What I’ve seen at more than 600 trattorias, bistros, steakhouses, sushi bars and craft-driven cafes in that time is a city taking a seat at the chef’s table without losing respect for the Tex-Mex, tacos and barbecue that got it here in the first place. In the past year alone, I’ve seen the San Antonio that Unesco designated as a world-wide Creative City of Gastronomy for upholding its culinary heritage as well as the progressive city that supported the openings of new Jamaican, Indian, Japanese ramen and American Southern restaurants.

Creative new energy shaped by a strong sense of the past makes San Antonio one of the most compelling under-the-radar food destinations in the country, even if you won’t see it on those hyperventilating lists of America’s best food cities. Not yet. But that’s about to change. “For a long time, we were playing catch-up with Austin, Portland and San Francisco,” said Brooke Smith, executive chef at San Antonio’s Esquire Tavern, citing those cities’ focus on craft and quality. San Antonio is “slowly turning” in that direction, she said.

That turn is a long time coming, but not without remaining grounded in tradition. “We’re this confluence of cultures. We’re Native American, we’re Spanish, we’re Mexican, we’re German, we’re Czech, we’re Polish. A lot of San Antonians are falling in love again with our own backyard,” said Elizabeth Johnson, the chef behind the vegetable-centric downtown cafe Pharm Table. It might help that the backyard is more affordable than many others: “It’s still a place where a person with humble means can open a restaurant for under a million dollars,” said Ms. Johnson. (She opened Pharm Table with just $510, starting out as a meal delivery service.)

Ms. Johnson credits a good part of the food scene’s modern energy to the restored Pearl Brewing Co. compound just north of downtown. The Pearl, as it’s called, is home to more than 20 places to eat, drink and get coffee, along with some of the city’s most expensive rental property, the retro-swanky Hotel Emma and—here comes the boom—a Culinary Institute of America campus.


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The charcuterie platter at Cured, one of the best restaurants at the Pearl complex, a resuscitated collection of stately industrial buildings now housing dozens of restaurants and shops.
Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

If you’ve ever had Pearl beer, I apologize. It’s not good. But the brand was built on solid bones in the late 1800s, and after Pearl brewed its last San Antonio beer, billionaire investor Christopher “Kit” Goldsbury swooped in with a vision in 2002 to resuscitate the stately industrial buildings. It’s part steampunk amusement park and part culinary mecca. One of the best restaurants at the Pearl is Cured, which Mr. McHugh opened in 2013 as a testament to the hearty food of his Midwest upbringing. He’s been a James Beard Award finalist three times with dishes like pig-cheek poutine and a Red Wattle pork chop with spoonbread. But he’s not too fancy to work Pabst Blue Ribbon into a cheeseburger.

Across the complex at the original brewhouse, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery brought beer back to the Pearl when it opened in 2014, with as many as 14 styles. The beer complements the Gulf Coast cooking of chef Jeff Balfour, whose fried snapper throats could be called chicken of the sea. His fried chicken, meanwhile, takes on a Southern charm with golden biscuits and crab macaroni and cheese.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery. Photo: Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

The Pearl also attracted Venezuelan-born chef Geronimo Lopez and his restaurant Botika, where he cooks the Chinese- and Japanese-influenced food of Peru. It’s a place for sushi, ceviche and a gloriously messy union of steak, fries, gravy and eggs called lomo saltado. “There’s a core of San Antonio taste, whether it’s Tex-Mex style or Mexican style cuisine or more of the Texas meat and potatoes or barbecue,” Mr. Lopez said. “At the same time, there’s a huge taste for new things.”

Those new things sometimes wear a vintage veneer. Chef Michael Sohocki revved up the time machine downtown in 2011 when he opened Restaurant Gwendolyn, where his mission to party like it’s 1849 means holding true to methods and machinery available 150 years ago. Think hand-cranked mixers and a positively medieval arsenal of tools for cutting, pounding and kneading.

And down on the raucous River Walk, the 80-year-old Esquire Tavern, long famous for day drinkers and misdemeanors, didn’t even have a kitchen until 2011, when Ms. Smith came aboard. Seven years later, she and her staff are curing their own charcuterie, making short-rib empanadas and running a stylish cocktail speakeasy called Downstairs.

The historic Esquire Tavern.
The historic Esquire Tavern. Photo: Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

A few blocks from downtown in the city’s artsy Southtown neighborhood, the Italian restaurant Battalion has transformed a 1920s firehouse into a cross between a modern osteria and a European disco. Co-founder Andrew Goodman preserved the firepoles and painted the wheelchair lift fire engine red, and chef Stefan Bowers curated a menu of 10 pastas for $10 each that’s one of the city’s best fine-dining values.

The 80-year-old Esquire Tavern, famous for day drinkers, didn’t have a kitchen until 2011.

In the middle of San Antonio’s culinary tumult, even the city’s traditional foods are getting a second wind. 2M Smokehouse energized and frustrated San Antonio barbecue fans with equal intensity when it opened in 2016. They lined up for juicy brisket with a volcanic bark, handmade sausage with serranos and Oaxaca cheese, and mac-and-cheese spiked with chicharrones. Then they complained about everything else: the long lines, paying $20 a pound for brisket and the chance that everything would be sold out by the time they got to the front.

“Ten years ago, I would agree” with all the gripes, said pitmaster and co-owner Esaul Ramos. “But barbecue’s not what it used to be. You can’t use the cheap cuts of meat anymore. You can’t shortchange yourself.”

San Antonio is still one of the country’s best cities for tacos, something I explored in 2017. Reporting on a taco joint a day, I drove 6,000 miles, saw a priest take a parking lot confession, got threatened at a strip club taco trailer, sat through some bad karaoke and ate 1,387 tacos.

The best of those taquerías opened only last year. Carnitas Lonja, named for the love handles you might get from eating there, emerged as a new favorite by keeping it simple: pork boiled in lard until it’s crispy at the edges, then shredded for carnitas tacos on fresh corn tortillas.

Carnitas tacos at Carnitas Lonja.
Carnitas tacos at Carnitas Lonja. Photo: Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

With the opening of Mixtli in 2013, Mexican food has evolved from San Antonio’s symbol of its storied past to the food that will help define its future. Working from a converted railcar, chefs Rico Torres and Diego Galicia take deep dives into regional Mexican cooking with multicourse prix fixe menus. A meal might include sweetbreads with coffee mayo from the Sierra Nevada or a beggar’s purse with duck carnitas to represent colonial influences.

With one seating on most nights, Mixtli is changing the way Americans think about Mexican food—and San Antonio’s restaurant landscape—12 people at a time.

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The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.

McNay Art Museum Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, Renoir, Warhol—the big names call this patrician, 1920s Spanish Colonial mansion and its modern art collection home. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., mcnayart.org

Mission San José The city’s five Unesco World Heritage missions—built by Spanish Franciscans in the 1700s—sometimes get lost in the glare of their most famous member: San Antonio de Valero, aka the Alamo. Explore the others, starting with Mission San José, a breathtaking stone citadel that still holds Catholic Mass on weekends. 6701 San José DR., nps.gov/saan

San Antonio Museum of Art Housed in the restored Lone Star Brewery, the museum devotes a wing to Latin American art from pre-Columbian to contemporary. Exhibits also span the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian worlds, plus an extensive Asian collection. Celebrity chef Jason Dady operates Tre Trattoria on-site, with a terrace view of the River Walk’s idyllic Museum Reach. 200 W. Jones Ave., samuseum.org

Brackenridge Park Bisected by the San Antonio River, this 343-acre park offers the oldest municipal golf course in Texas, a Japanese Tea Garden carved from a former stone quarry and easy access to the Witte Museum and its natural history exhibits. Most important? The San Antonio Zoo, for when the kids need to see a baby hippo more than they need a culture fix. 3700 N. St Mary’s St., brackenridgepark.org

Hotel Emma At the heart of the lively Pearl Brewing Co. complex is the 146-room Hotel Emma. New York design studio Roman and Williams imaginatively preserved the turn-of-the-century industrial accents—like the mottled network of pipes and valves in the lobby. Even if you’re not a guest of the hotel, take in the cinematic space with a drink at the Sternewirth, the hotel bar, or an upscale dinner at the Supper American Eatery on the ground floor. Rooms from $357 a night, 136 E. Grayson St., thehotelemma.com

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Busy Philipps Is ‘Bummed’ at How the Media Is Covering Her Story About James Franco

Busy Philipps‘s brand-new memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, has earned rave reviews from countless friends and fans since its release earlier this month. But on Thursday night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, the actor expressed some dismay at the level of coverage a certain excerpt is receiving.

In one section of her memoir, Philipps details the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of James Franco when they both starred on the show Freaks and Geeks as teenagers. Philipps told Cohen that she was disappointed by the media’s incessant coverage of the story, not only because it overshadowed the rest of her book, but also because it put so much attention on a man’s story rather than on the woman who wrote that story. “It really bummed me out because I felt like, I’m a woman in this industry who wrote a very personal book about my experiences in life and in this industry,” she said, “and the headlines were all about a man. I was like, that was my point the whole time.”

The incident in question allegedly happened on the Freaks and Geeks set, during a scene where her character hit Franco’s character in the chest. That action, she wrote, prompted him to scream, “Don’t ever touch me again” at Philipps before allegedly throwing her to the ground. Philipps told Cohen that Franco had apologized and that she hasn’t spoken to the actor in some time. She added that she was particularly surprised by the reaction to the Franco story because she’d actually already told the story on, coincidentally, a previous episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Philipps also addressed the issue on Instagram earlier this month. “My book is 308 pages, not one paragraph,” she wrote. “The Franco story is used to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life. There are no ‘allegations’ and no ‘accusations.’ It’s a story that I have been telling for years. James apologized. I accepted.”

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Busy Philipps Is ‘Bummed’ at How the Media Is Covering the James Franco Story in Her Book

Busy Philipps‘s brand-new memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, has earned rave reviews from countless friends and fans since its release earlier this month. But on Thursday night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, the actor expressed some dismay at the level of coverage a certain excerpt is receiving.

In one section of her memoir, Philipps details the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of James Franco when they both starred on the show Freaks and Geeks as teenagers. Philipps told Cohen that she was disappointed by the media’s incessant coverage of the story, not only because it overshadowed the rest of her book, but also because it put so much attention on a man’s story rather than on the woman who wrote that story. “It really bummed me out because I felt like, I’m a woman in this industry who wrote a very personal book about my experiences in life and in this industry,” she said, “and the headlines were all about a man. I was like, that was my point the whole time.”

The incident in question allegedly happened on the Freaks and Geeks set, during a scene where her character hit Franco’s character in the chest. That action, she wrote, prompted him to scream, “Don’t ever touch me again” at Philipps before allegedly throwing her to the ground. Philipps told Cohen that Franco had apologized and that she hasn’t spoken to the actor in some time. She added that she was particularly surprised by the reaction to the Franco story because she’d actually already told the story on, coincidentally, a previous episode of Watch What Happens Live.

Philipps also addressed the issue on Instagram earlier this month. “My book is 308 pages, not one paragraph,” she wrote. “The Franco story is used to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life. There are no ‘allegations’ and no ‘accusations.’ It’s a story that I have been telling for years. James apologized. I accepted.”

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Halloween Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The New Michael Myers Movie

The Halloween franchise is one that seems to be as immortal as the primary antagonist of the series. However, rather than making just another sequel, the new Halloween takes the novel approach of ignoring every film that’s been made except for the 1978 original. How well does this strategy work? Well, we here at CinemaBlend think it works pretty well. Our official review was written by Eric Eisenberg and he thinks it works very well. Eric gave the movie 4.5 stars and says…

With the exception of the Michael Myers-less Season Of The Witch (which I will staunchly defend), the legacy of the Halloween franchise has not been a strong one. And yet, in one fell swoop David Gordon Green has managed to both clean the slate and redeem the brand. It’s a frightening and fun homage to the original that also breathes on its own – wonderfully subverting expectations and tropes on its path. It further intensifies the on-going horror boom, and is nothing short of a marvel.

Those are some pretty strong words of praise, but Eric’s not the only one that feels that way. The main thing the new Halloween needed to be was something more than “just another sequel” and it seems that it largely succeeded. CinemaBlend Managing Director Sean O’Connell has pretty similar feelings about Halloween, saying that the movie is as likely to make new fans as it is to satisfy the old ones.

What Halloween pulls off isn’t quite impossible, but it’s very difficult. It revives a classic horror series — one that has been beaten and exhausted by its own sequels — and makes it feel fresh, relevant, original and vital. It continues, and satisfyingly closes, Laurie’s journey. But it also serves as a thrilling slasher throwback in its own right. Halloween plays to die-hard fans, but also remembers it needs to create new ones. It is terrifying and funny, tense and shocking. It’s the Halloween sequel loyal fans have been waiting for.

Needless to say, the new Halloween had a lot of responsibility. There were surely many different people who wanted many different things from it. While the film might not acknowledge any of the previous sequels, there are fans of the films that still want this movie to feel distinctly like a Halloween movie. There are also younger fans of horror that may not be as familiar with the original film, but have expectations for what a modern horror movie should be. The good news, at least according to CB’s Braden Roberts is that the film delivers all of it.

Halloween manages to walk the line between nostalgia and fresh scares. There’s something for everyone, from truly disturbing horror to dark comedy. Halloween is a compliment to original and is a great addition to the recent uptick in quality horror films.

While there really isn’t a dissenting voice at CinemaBlend, project manager Cody Beck at least doesn’t speak of Halloween in quite as glowing terms. While he admits it’s the best Halloween sequel to date, that may be somewhat faint praise. While the film eventually finds its groove, Cody felt it took its sweet time getting there…

Halloween opens with a not-quite-convincing-enough scene of terror and continues to roll slowly for the first 30 min- even through some pretty brutal stuff. It definitely isn’t shy about what it is, with numerous callbacks to the original as well as a quick jab at the sequels. A little bit of humor throughout, a few nice twists and some very violent kills, it’s easily the best follow-up to John Carpenter’s original.

It seems quite clear that Halloween will do well appealing to fans of the franchise, but just how well does it do with people who aren’t necessarily all-in for Michael Myers? There are a couple of us who weren’t necessarily looking for a new Halloween movie, but are still glad we found one. CinemaBlend Sr. Movie Contributor Mike Reyes admits that the Halloween franchise doesn’t mean the same thing to him that it does to many moviegoers, but he was absolutely a fan of this movie.

As someone who didn’t grow up idolizing John Carpenter’s original, 2018’s sequel to Halloween made me see just why the series, in its best form, has had such a lasting impact. David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley have created a tense roller coaster of a film that not only stands out as a horror hit, but also qualifies as an exemplary family drama/thriller in the process. Let’s hope the franchise stays on this path and never let’s down its bad ass trio of female leads or its audience.

I’m very much in this same boat. Horror really isn’t my genre if I’m being honest. Jump scares will get me literally every single time and I end up spilling my popcorn and getting annoyed. Also, I find the original Halloween to be a bit too slow in its build and most of the characters to be less than interesting, and thus their deaths less than tragic. Having said all that, I enjoyed the new Halloween more than I expected to. While it clearly pays homage to the original, it’s not married to do doing things the way that movie did, which helps a great deal.

If you’re a serious horror or Michael Myers fan I’m not the guy to tell you if Halloween is worth your time, but I enjoyed it well enough. It’s not as streamlined as the original and it doesn’t take itself 100% seriously, (like 80-85% seriously) but to me, that’s a benefit.

Overall, it seems clear that if you’re looking for a horror movie to watch this Halloween season, you could hardly do better than the new Halloween. It works if you’re a big fan of the original, it works if you’re not. It may or may not go down in history as the best Halloween sequel or a particularly great horror movie, but you could certainly do worse. It’s in theaters now.

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