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Yes, You’re Supposed To Enjoy Rebecca Ferguson Getting Her Hand Crushed In Doctor Sleep

Not counting all of the blood that comes pouring out of the elevator doors at the Overlook Hotel, Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep really has two primary gore scenes. The first is the death of the Baseball Boy, which sees Rebecca Ferguson’s Rose The Hat and other members of the True Knot slowly killing a purely innocent Jacob Tremblay in a deserted lot. The other is the nice bit of revenge executed by Kyliegh Curran’s Abra, who is able to set up a trap for Rose in her mind, and slams the villain’s hand inside of a filing cabinet filled with memories.

The two scenes are ultimately very much linked, as they are not only the most intense bits of violence in the film, but also it’s because of the death of the Baseball Boy that Abra seeks vengeance in the first place. This is important to recognize, because if you found yourself with a gleeful smile on your face watching Rose The Hat try and free her hand, you should know that the graphic nature of it all is very intentional. It’s designed as a nice bit of catharsis for the audience after watching Rose and the rest of the True Hat do such awful things early in the movie.

This was a subject that came up during my recent interview with writer/director Mike Flanagan at the Los Angeles press day for Doctor Sleep late last month. I asked about the scene where Rose The Hat falls into Abra’s trap following a discussion about the filming of the Baseball Boy sequence, and the filmmaker explained that the film is very much structured for you to really hate the True Knot as you get deeper into the story:

What’s also funny about the Rose The Hat trap sequence, however, is that it has solidified what at this point could be called a “director’s trademark” for Mike Flanagan: his tendency to completely mangle hands. The first instance of this can be found in his 2014 movie Oculus, where the narrative’s central supernatural phenomenon manages to trick Rory Cochrane’s Alan Russell into peeling off his own fingernails with a staple remover during a flashback sequence.

The second previous example of Mike Flanagan’s hand destruction can be found in 2017’s Gerald’s Game – and three makes a pattern. Like the case with Doctor Sleep, the precise mauling was originally detailed in the book of the same name by Stephen King, but in this case has the story’s protagonist, Carla Gugino’s Jesse, performing a de-gloving operation on herself (slicing open her wrist and palm) so that she can escape from a pair of handcuffs.

I specifically brought this up in my interview with Mike Flanagan, who laughed at the assertion that he might have something against hands before suggesting that he may now work to include some extremity mutilation

You can watch Mike Flanagan discuss the Rose The Hat trap scene by clicking play on the video below!

Jane Fonda Says Greta Thunberg Inspired Her to Step Up Her Climate Activism

In the year since 16-year-old Greta Thunberg started striking to demand action on climate change, the movement has grown fast. Young people all over the world have started walking out of school once a week to call on the grownups to do something in an action called #FridaysforFuture. And when activists talk, Jane Fonda listens.

Fonda has been an outspoken advocate for most of her life, protesting war, violence, discrimination, and now our collective inaction when it comes to saving the planet. And last month, Fonda launched her Fire Drill Fridays campaign, promising to protest in Thunberg’s spirit each Friday through the end of 2019. (It’s led to her getting arrested at the U.S. Capitol on a regular basis.)

At Glamour‘s Women of the Year Awards on November 11, Fonda continued to honor Thunberg’s example. She accepted Thunberg’s WOTY Award on the teen’s behalf as Thunberg continues to travel the United States to draw attention to the issue of climate change. With her at New York’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the occasion were activists Xiye Bastida, 17, Alexandria Villaseñor, 14, and Jade Lozada, 17. “When I saw Greta Thunberg strike for climate, I knew I had to mobilize my school and our city. Greta’s views match my own, that you take care of the Earth, and the Earth takes care of you,” Bastida said ahead of Fonda’s remarks.

Fonda delivered a passionate speech, reminding the audience of the power of activism. “I have not met Greta Thunberg, but Greta Thunberg changed my life,” Fonda said.

Fonda asked the crowd to become “warriors for the climate” on Thunberg’s behalf and take greater, bolder risks to save our planet. Read Fonda’s entire call-to-action on behalf of Greta Thunberg, below.

“I have not met Greta Thunberg, but Greta Thunberg has changed my life. I’d been feeling anxious and depressed, because I knew I wasn’t doing enough in the face of the catastrophe that is looming.

I drive an electric car. I’m stopping the use of single-use plastic in my home. I eat a lot less meat or fish. Yes, and fish, because fish stocks are plummeting because the ocean is becoming acidified and the climate is warming. These things are wonderful, they’re all very important, and we should all do them. But it’s a good place to start—it’s not a good place to stop. Because individual life choices like these can’t be scaled up in time to get us where we need to be.

But what do I do? I thought, I wondered, I asked myself in the comfort of my Beverly Hills home. And then I read about Greta.

I read that she’s on the spectrum. She has Asperger syndrome, and that means that unlike the rest of us, you see, people with Asperger see and learn things that are not clouded by the rationalizations and obfuscations of the rest of us. They don’t worry about being popular or fitting in. What they see, they see, pure and direct. And I knew that what Greta had seen was the truth.

When she realized what was happening and looked around and saw that no one was behaving like it was a crisis, it so traumatized her that she stopped speaking. When I read this, I decided that I needed to do something more than what I’d been doing.

Greta said, today we use 100 million barrels of oil every day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep the oil in the ground. And so we can’t save the world by playing by the rules, right? Right? Right? Greta knows that.

Tory Burch Has a Message For Women Everywhere: ‘Embrace Your Ambition’

“It’s amazing isn’t it, how difficult it can be for a woman or a girl to simply be ambitious,” The Walking Dead and Black Panther star Danai Gurira said as she presented designer Tory Burch with her 2019 Glamour Women of the Year award on Monday, November 11. “To have her eye on the prize without apology. How many times do we diminish ourselves, our voices, our abilities, even our opportunities, to stay comfortably within the status quo? To not ruffle any feathers or draw attention unto ourselves? How much greatness has been lost through this pervasive type of oppression?”

She continued, “Tory is unapologetic with her brand. The bold way she adorns women with class, flair, and fun all at once, and with the way she is working to leave no woman or girl behind. To popularize feminine ambition. From the millions of dollars she invests in female entrepreneurs to her awareness campaigns, arming people with education on the grotesque gender gap that still exists in so many ways. Tory is a champion for change, using the fruits of her ambition to nurture and empower the ambition of others.”

And when Burch took the stage, she had a poignant message on how to accept being told “no” in business. (Spoiler: don’t.) After all, anyone who manages to transform a small creative concept—her debut collection was based out of a Manhattan kitchen—into over 250 boutiques worldwide knows a thing or two about ambition. In addition to that, her charitable organization, The Tory Burch Foundation, was built to empower aspiring female entrepreneurs. The designer has clearly gone above and beyond in terms of achieving her dreams—and others’.

“When I was first launching the company, I presented my business plan to a group of men, they were the investors. I told them I was going to build a business that focused on purpose. They very concretely said to never mention the words ‘business’ and ‘social responsibility’ in the same sentence,” Burch said in her speech. “Of course, that only furthered my resolve. What they called ‘charity work,’ I called a business plan.”

She continued, “It was then that I realized that women are criticized for being ambitious, for exhibiting the exact same traits that men are praised for. And that is simply unacceptable. The reason we launched our Embrace Ambition initiative is to create a new paradigm, to change the conversation and to spark real and meaningful change around this topic. I’ve learned a few things since we started. First, women and men need to do this together. Men need to be part of the conversation. Second, women are the best investments. One stat I looked up this evening, is that if women entrepreneurs participated equally in the economy, the GDP would go up by $5 trillion. That is good for business, that is good for our economy and that’s common sense. And third, we must combat the unconscious bias at the root of all inequity. And we believe that starts with embracing ambition. I believe that starts with embracing ambition. Whether that means being a stay-at-home mom, a business executive or an activist, whatever ambition means to you.”

She concluded her speech with a moving quote. “I’m a big fan of quotes. Shakespeare once said, ‘The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.’ My dream—my ambition—is to move the needle, to help create the equality our world so desperately needs right now. To all the women that are here tonight, all of you that have a dream, I want you to remember that the world will say no to you in so many different ways. Your job is to keep saying yes to yourself. And know that you have women, you have me supporting you all along the way. Because I feel like we’re just beginning, and the conversation is so important, so thank you so much for this honor.”

Find out more about Glamour’s 2019 Women of the Year here.

Read Every Word of Chanel Miller’s Powerful Poem at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards

In September 2019, 27-year-old Chanel Miller told the world that she was Emily Doe, the young woman who was sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner. Her case rocked the nation in 2016 and started necessary conversations about assault on college campuses. Shortly after Miller came forward, she released her memoir, Know My Name, sharing even more of her story. Miller has become a beacon of hope for sexual assault survivors everywhere, and—after being honored in 2016 as Emily Doe—she was recognized tonight at Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year Awards.

“There’s a leader here tonight who changed the way our society sees assaults against women on college campuses,” Glamour‘s editor-in-chief Samantha Barry said before Miller joined her on stage. “She told the story of her rape at Stanford with a courtroom impact statement that vibrated around the globe. She also shared her story anonymously in the pages of Glamour. Back then she was known as Emily Doe, and she became a real-life hero to assault survivors and justice-seekers everywhere.”

Barry continued, “We honored Emily as a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2016, but she couldn’t collect her award herself. To protect her privacy she had a representative accept on her behalf, reading a note she had written, reminding us that our stories are our power. What we didn’t know then was that Emily was actually in the room that night, sitting silently in the back, listening to every word. In September this year, she finally felt safe enough to bravely and publicly share her identity. Now everyone knows her name: Chanel Miller.”

In lieu of a speech, Miller recited a poem she had written called I Don’t Give A Damn. Read it, below:

I don’t give a damn / What you were wearing / I don’t give a damn how much you drank / I don’t give a damn / If you danced with him earlier in the evening / If you texted him first / Or were the one to go back to his place. / People may continue to come up with reasons “why it happened” / But the truth is, I don’t give a damn.

But I do / give a damn / How you’re doing / I give a damn about you being okay / I give a damn if you’re being blamed for the hurt you were handed / If you’re being made to believe you’re deserving of pain

The only reason I am standing here / Is because people gave a damn about my well being / Even when I did not / They reminded me that I carry light / and I deserve to be loved / Even when I forgot

They gave a damn / That’s why I am who I am today

So here’s the takeaway / When we step up for survivors / when we stop sealing them off in shame / *When we quit interrogating them with stupid questions *

Look what happens

Books are written, laws are changed / We remember we were born to create / To not only survive, but look hot and celebrate

Tonight you must come away knowing / That I will always, always give a damn about you / The way you gave a damn about me.

Find out more about Glamour‘s 2019 Women of the Year here.

Read Every Word of Chanel Miller’s Powerful Poem at the ‘Glamour’ Women of the Year Awards

In September 2019, 27-year-old Chanel Miller told the world that she was Emily Doe, the young woman who was sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner. Her case rocked the nation in 2016 and started necessary conversations about assault on college campuses. Shortly after Miller came forward, she released her memoir, Know My Name, sharing even more of her story. Miller has become a beacon of hope for sexual assault survivors everywhere, and—after being honored in 2016 as Emily Doe—she was recognized in person at Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year Awards.

“There’s a leader here tonight who changed the way our society sees assaults against women on college campuses,” Glamour editor in chief Samantha Barry said before Miller joined her on stage. “She told the story of her rape at Stanford with a courtroom impact statement that vibrated around the globe. She also shared her story anonymously in the pages of Glamour. Back then she was known as Emily Doe, and she became a real-life hero to assault survivors and justice seekers everywhere.”

Barry continued, “We honored Emily as a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2016, but she couldn’t collect her award herself. To protect her privacy she had a representative accept on her behalf, reading a note she had written, reminding us that our stories are our power. What we didn’t know then was that Emily was actually in the room that night, sitting silently in the back, listening to every word. In September this year, she finally felt safe enough to bravely and publicly share her identity. Now everyone knows her name: Chanel Miller.”

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In lieu of a speech, Miller recited a poem she had written called “I Don’t Give A Damn.” Read it, below:

I don’t give a damn / What you were wearing / I don’t give a damn how much you drank / I don’t give a damn / If you danced with him earlier in the evening / If you texted him first / Or were the one to go back to his place. / People may continue to come up with reasons “why it happened” / But the truth is, I don’t give a damn.

But I do / give a damn / How you’re doing / I give a damn about you being okay / I give a damn if you’re being blamed for the hurt you were handed / If you’re being made to believe you’re deserving of pain.

The only reason I am standing here / Is because people gave a damn about my well-being / Even when I did not. / They reminded me that I carry light / and I deserve to be loved / Even when I forgot.

They gave a damn. / That’s why I am who I am today.

So here’s the takeaway. / When we step up for survivors / when we stop sealing them off in shame / When we quit interrogating them with stupid questions

Look what happens.

Books are written, laws are changed, / We remember we were born to create / To not only survive, but look hot and celebrate.

Tonight you must come away knowing / That I will always, always give a damn about you / The way you gave a damn about me.

Find out more about Glamour‘s 2019 Women of the Year here.

Doctor Sleep Went Old School Instead Of Relying On CGI, And That Was Awesome

Doctor Sleep Danny looks at mirror

Warning: SPOILERS for Doctor Sleep are in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you’ll probably want to come back once you’ve seen the second chapter to The Shining legacy, as it will be discussed in detail.

Throughout the story of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, and the Mike Flanagan adaptation of that very 2013 novel, there’s a running thread that connects the next installment in the Torrance family saga to its roots in both cinema and literature. Specifically, that connection is through the presence of characters that Ewan McGregor’s Danny Torrance remembers from his traumatic childhood.

Three figures, Danny’s parents Jack and Wendy Torrance, as well as his psychic mentor Dick Halloran, all play important parts in Doctor Sleep’s narrative, and when it came time to tell that story, Flanagan recast the roles with current era actors instead of using the typical CGI de-aging process. To me, not only was that a pretty big surprise, it was a well-played strategy that helped cement the entire point of the movie for several key reasons.

All aboard the last train out of Spoilerville, as I’m about to throw open the doors to The Overlook Hotel, pour myself a drink and explain why the old school approach made me love Doctor Sleep even more.

Doctor Sleep The Grady twins stand in the middle of the hallway

Using Practical Effects Helps Ground The Shining Sequences In Doctor Sleep’s Lore

As we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even in this fall’s Gemini Man, digital technology has come a long way in de-aging and completely recreating actors’ likenesses into younger versions of themselves. While CGI is used to augment more modern segments Doctor Sleep’s cinematic narrative, mostly to enhance/portray the supernatural frights and astral projection portions of the film, there’s always a limit to how much digital trickery the audience will accept.

Bringing the performances of Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers back as CGI actors in Doctor Sleep would have been officially crossing that line where the film became too much. I think if those characters showed up exactly how you saw them in The Shining, the portions that connect to those characters automatically would have belonged to Stanley Kubrick’s film alone, and would have thrown off the balance Mike Flanagan deftly incorporated between Kubrick’s film and Stephen King’s novel. He wanted to make a sequel that fulfilled the story to both sides, and he got it.

Doctor Sleep Dick Halloran talks to Danny in a dark room

Recasting Characters From The Shining Retains Their Emotional Weight

In the story that is being told throughout Doctor Sleep, we see Ewan McGregor’s Danny Torrance literally haunted by his past, until he decided to deal with it head on. Seeing McGregor and his younger counterpart, Roger Dale Floyd, acting against Alex Essoe’s version of Wendy, Carl Lumbly’s sublime incarnation of Dick, and especially Henry Thomas’ haunting portrayal of Jack Torrance, all hammer that point home effectively.

By having actual actors on set, without having to imagine any CGI enhancements in those roles, this allowed both people playing Danny Torrance to sell the emotional weight of those performances. Also, that method allows the audience to soak the total package Doctor Sleep is offering more effectively than gasping at a really impressive de-aging job. No one in the audience is taking time to think of how it was done, and how good/bad the effect is, but they’re actually enjoying these moments in the film.

Doctor Sleep The Overlook ghosts overtake Danny

Nailing The Essence Of The Characters Is More Important Than The Look

Much like how it’s important for the audience to see a believable character on screen, getting the essence of Doctor Sleep’s echoes of the past correct makes more sense than having a photorealistic recurrence of that person. Were Mike Flanagan to have used a digital performance in crucial roles like Jack Torrance, it would have still looked impressive; but it would have felt hollow if the acting couldn’t live up to the image being used.

All of the actors playing characters from The Shining inject the spirit and the essence of those classic haunts into their portrayals, and that helps keep me and the audience rooted in the film. If I can believe that Danny Torrance is talking to his father’s spirit at The Gold Room’s bar, I don’t care that Henry Thomas isn’t a spitting image of Jack Nicholson. Thomas, as well as co-stars Alex Essoe and Carl Lumbly, all inhabit their Shining characters perfectly in Doctor Sleep, and as an added bonus, they resemble their predecessors quite closely. But again, without having the heart and spirit of those roles in their performances, nothing would have been able to convince me those characters were there.

Doctor Sleep Danny Torrance walking down an Overlook hallway

Seeing An Actual Human Best Sells Doctor Sleep’s Plot

Every point above rolls into one, overarching belief that I’d previously mentioned: if Doctor Sleep went the de-aging/digital performer route, it would have been a distraction that would have collapsed the entire enterprise. From the moment the film began, I was glued to the screen and eating up every frame I was being shown. Considering that The Shining’s characters sort of bookend the film, the slightest miscalculation would have started the movie off poorly, and ended everything on the worst note possible.

Should any of the key factors above have been lost in Doctor Sleep, the audience wouldn’t believe in the characters on the screen. And if no one was to believe in those characters during the crucial setup and callback to the spirits of Danny’s parents and mentor, then the entire plot to Mike Flanagan’s film would have been done for.

No matter how good the section was where Ewan McGregor mentors Kyliegh Curran’s Abra in her battle against Rebecca Ferguson’s Rose The Hat turned out to be, the message would have been lost to folks picking apart whether reusing Scatman Crothers’ likeness was in good taste or how Jack Torrance looked a little too much like plastic.

If Doctor Sleep had taken the more trendy route of filmmaking, you can bet there’d be tons of think pieces about those arguments above, and plenty more we haven’t dreamed of. But instead, we live in a world where Mike Flanagan’s directing skills allowed him to call on his old-school instincts and recast those Shining characters we hold so dearly with living, breathing actors.

The result is not only breathtaking in how much the film sticks the landing without CGI enhancement, it also binds Doctor Sleep perfectly to the cinematic and literary canon it’s vindicating. Which only asks the question, would Stephen King have approved of the movie so warmly if things went differently? Thankfully, that’s more of a hypothetical than an actuality, as the right choices were made and the best version of this very film was created.

Should you have read this story without seeing the film, or even if you’re looking for a return trip to the Overlook Hotel, Doctor Sleep is in theaters now, ready for you to check in. If you’ve already had your limit of spectral spectacle though, you can check out our other coverage on the film or head over to the 2019 release schedule to see what other offerings are out there for your perusal.

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Megan Rapinoe: ‘Lending Your Platform to Others Is Cool’

So while I’m enjoying all of this unprecedented—and, frankly, a little bit uncomfortable—attention and personal success, in large part due to my activism off the field, Colin Kaepernick is still effectively banned from the NFL, for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of known and systematic police brutality against people of color, known and systematic racial injustice, and known and systematic white supremacy. I see no clearer example of that system being alive and well than me standing before you right now. It would be a slap in the face to Colin, and to so many other faces not to acknowledge, and for me personally, to work relentlessly to dismantle that system that benefits some over the detriment of others, and frankly is quite literally tearing us apart in this country.

While we all have injustices we are facing—for me personally, a very public fight with our [US Soccer] Federation over why we don’t deserve to be paid equally; some people even say we do our job better. I don’t know! It’s crazy!—I still know in my heart of hearts and my bones that I can do more. And that we can do more. And I know that because we just have to. We must. It’s imperative that we. do more.

My mom, who’s here today, looking stunning, by the way—shout-out to mom—impressed upon me and my twin sister at a very young age, ‘You ain’t shit cause your good at sports. You ain’t shit cause you’re popular. You’re gonna be a good person. You’re gonna be kind. And you’re gonna do the right thing. You’re gonna stand up for yourself, always. You’re gonna stand up for each other, always. And you’re damn sure ‘gonna stand up for other people. Always.

She taught us that in kindness and in caring and in giving a shit and sharing—that’s abundance. That’s the kind of culture we want to live in. I feel like we live in this scarcity type culture; one of my best friends always says that. That’s not the world I wanna live in. I think we can move on from losing alone to the belief in winning together.

With that abundance in mind, I want to re-imagine what it means to be successful, what it means to have influence, what it means to have power, and what that all looks like.

I’ve gained this incredible platform in such a short period of time, but I’m not gonna stand on it alone. I refuse to do that. There’s gonna be ladders on every side, all over the place. And I’m not gonna act like it wasn’t Colin Kaepernick, Tarana Burke and the #MeToo Movement, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi of Black Lives Matter, the women of Time’s Up, Harvey Milk, Gloria Steinem Audre ‪Lorde, Travon Martin, Sandra Bland, and the injustices that so many others face that have put me in this very position. And I’m not gonna act like my whiteness has nothing to do with me standing before you now. I don’t want to live in that kind of world. I don’t think that kind of world is the world that suits everybody and is gonna move us forward in the direction that we need to go.

We’ve gotta switch the game up.

Caring is cool.

Lending your platform to others is cool.

Sharing your knowledge and your success and your influence and you power, is cool.

Giving all the fucks is cool. Doing more is cool.

I don’t need to say that to all the other women who are being honored tonight. Everyone is doing that. But to everyone else in this room, we have such an incredible opportunity to redefine what power and influence and success looks like. From the looks of it, this looks like a room full of powerful and influential and successful people. So share that platform. Throw your ladders down. It’s our time. We’re ready for this. And it needs to happen. This is such a pivotal movement for us. There’s so much momentum, but we have to move forward and we have to be better. So everybody: We have to do more. We’re here. We’re ready. Everyone’s ready to do more? Good!

Thank you so much for this amazing award. Thank you, everyone.

Find out more about Glamour‘s 2019 Women of the Year here.

Let Margaret Atwood’s Women of the Year Speech Inspire You to Keep Rising Up

Margaret Atwood‘s work needs no introduction. She’s the prolific writer of the eerily prescient The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel, the newly released The Testaments, as well as 60 other literary triumphs. Still, at the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, she admitted to the audience that she’s still experiencing some firsts: “This is my very first pair of false eyelashes,” she said.

In her acceptance speech, Atwood spoke about what questions she’s asked most often, what gives her hope, and why the kids are alright.

“I’m often asked what words of encouragement I might have for young women especially at this moment, with so many countries trying to roll back women’s rights, with many female politics subjected to vicious attacks, and with uncertainty everywhere,” she said. “What’s encouraging to me is seeing how women come together—in journalism, to research and expose abuses, in business to invent their own companies, in politics to defend and to extend democracy, and in health and welfare to help other women around the world.”

Atwood highlighted the work of fellow 2019 Women of the Year Greta Thunberg as an example of how the next generation inspires her. “You hardly need my words of encouragement, young women, because you are creating your own words and encouraging one another,” she said. “Because of you, we oldies have hope for the real world. So go for it.”

Atwood went on to talk about what it means to her to receive the award later in life. “It’s encouraging for someone over 70 to still be considered ‘glamorous,'” she said. “When I was 20 and just beginning to publish, I believed life ended at 40.” To present our 2019 Lifetime Achievement winner—and hero to women everywhere—with her award, we called upon one of the women who knows her best: Samira Wiley, star of Hulu’s adaptation of Handmaid’s.

Wiley shared her first memory of Atwood with the audience. “I first met the literary goddess Margaret Atwood at a dinner in Toronto before we started shooting The Handmaid’s Tale. I was super nervous. Her characters are so iconic, and here I was about to bring one to life. I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, will she approve of me?’ Then Margaret walks in, and it’s like a wave of reverence washes over the restaurant,” she said. “She’s pretty much Canadian royalty, with this energy that draws you to her. She quickly pegged me and Lizzy Moss as the cool kids—rightfully so—treating us like that hip aunt with so much wisdom…who also gives you a bit of a hard time. I’m proud to report that by the end of that magical night, I had wrangled both her seal of approval and the confidence I needed.”

She also went on to describe the impact of Atwood’s work. “What’s so powerful and awe-inspiring about Margaret’s work—not just The Handmaid’s Tale and her brand new sequel The Testaments but her entire body of brilliant, subversive, multi-genre writing—is that she creates art that elicits real change in our society. She makes you look. She makes you terrified, particularly about reproductive rights. And then she makes you brave. Along with millions of fans around the globe, she has expanded my idea of the impact that I can make in this world. And I am certain that we all dream bigger because of Margaret Atwood.”

Find out more about Glamour‘s 2019 Women of the Year here.

Why Leia Being A Jedi Would Be Good For Star Wars

Leia Organa Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

As we march closer to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, more rumors are surfacing about what the movie contains. There have been teases about the Emperor and even news from Carrie Fisher’s brother that Leia Organa was set to be a full-blown Jedi in the trilogy capper. Some are calling the news a “what if” scenario, though it’s worth noting there’s still a chance Leia’s Jedi status could come into play in the upcoming movie.

Which could be met with a mixed response given the volatile state of the Star Wars fandom. While we still have yet to see if it will happen, I’m taking the stance that if Star Wars does plan on making it known Leia is a Jedi in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s actually a good thing for the sequel trilogy and the franchise in general.

Leia Organa Star Wars The Force Awakens

Jedi Leia Can Still Totally Happen

Before Carrie Fisher’s brother came forward with the plans for Carrie Fisher‘s Leia Organa to be “The Last Jedi,” he mentioned that Star Wars had a decent amount of unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi that featured Leia. That too was mentioned by J.J. Abrams, who confirmed they found a way to work in old Carrie Fisher footage into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In my mind, if there was a plan to make Carrie Fisher’s Leia “The Last Jedi,” then it feels extremely likely there was footage shot that implied the general was a Jedi. I could be wrong, but considering there was no indication of this in the prior trilogy, Leia being a Jedi just feels like one of those reveals you couldn’t really hold off. Remember, people flipped when Leia used the Force to fly through space in The Last Jedi.

So now imagine fan reaction if, two movies in, Leia started chucking around a lightsaber? We can’t really speculate if that would’ve changed things for fans too much, though it’ll certainly be interesting to see peoples’ reactions if she wields a lightsaber in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Leia Organa Star Wars: The Last Jedi

How Leia’s Jedi Reveal Would Help Strengthen The Last Jedi

What’s funny about the news from Carrie Fisher’s brother is that the originally discussed Jedi storyline explains Leia’s sudden insane Force control. That feat, while still incredibly impressive, would’ve at least made a bit more sense had the audience known she had Jedi training prior. Would the same still be true if this information was revealed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

I say yes, because it means that Luke trained Leia before he went off and trained Ben. If Leia had her brother teach her the ways of Jedi and the Force, then it isn’t so crazy to think she’d gather a quick and powerful understanding of the Force. I mean, we all know that bloodline can produce some crazy strong Force users with enough training.

Will it fix every problem some people have with The Last Jedi? That’s probably impossible at this point, but legitimizing Leia’s command of the Force would be some progress. It’s not Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s responsibility to do this, but if the opportunity presented itself while giving Carrie Fisher a curtain call and bulkier role in Episode IX like she wanted, than more power to Star Wars for being able to pull it off.

Leia Return of the Jedi

Leia Dedicating Herself To Force And Lightsaber Training Is Within Her Character

Leia may be billed as the damsel in distress in Star Wars: A New Hope, but she proved herself to be more capable down the stretch. For example, her attempt to rescue Han in Return of the Jedi, while ultimately unsuccessful, took some real guts. She later strangled Jabba to death and played her part in getting everyone out of what seemed like the end for our heroes.

If Leia ever thought there was any chance of an entity/organization with the strength of the Empire coming back, she’d want to be ready. If you have a brother who’s strong with the Force, and you’re in tune with it, why the hell would you not hit him up about being trained in the Force as well? This just seems like common sense, and Leia is always the one using common sense in Star Wars.

Now, I’m not saying Leia has to be one of the best Jedi in existence, but considering the gap between the end of Return of the Jedi and the start of The Force Awakens, it’s not too wild to think she’d be capable of some pretty impressive Force abilities. Still, she’s no Luke, and taking on her own son would be insanely difficult. Therefore she sits on the sidelines and only utilizes her Force powers when absolutely necessary.

Leia Star Wars: A New Hope

Leia’s Jedi Status Would Be A Nod To Past Legends Canon

As some of the Star Wars community may be aware, the pre-Disney Star Wars canon story for Leia post-Return of the Jedi included her becoming a Jedi. Not just any Jedi either, as Leia trained with Luke and Saba Sebatyne and became a full fledged Jedi Knight. She also gave birth to twin children who became Jedi, so we’re well aware only parts of the Legends continuity will ever make a comeback.

There are elements of Legends Leia that may never enter the official canon post-Carrie Fisher, but making her a Jedi is still one that can happen. Of course, I’m still speculating that Star Wars shot some footage of Leia using the Force and possibly wielding a lightsaber or something, but that’s just going off stuff we’ve heard.

If Leia becoming a Jedi was cool with Star Wars fans then, I can’t imagine it’d be out of line now. Confirming Leia’s Jedi status in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker would be a fantastic send off to the character in actress, who we’ll likely never see on camera in a Star Wars adventure again. Han and Luke got major exit scenes, so shouldn’t Leia get her big chance to shine?

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Tell Us What’s Going On With David Spade’s Face During Noah Centineo’s People’s Choice Awards Win

noah centineo accepting award people's choice awards e! 2019

Well, if you weren’t aware, last night saw the reveal of this year’s People’s Choice Award winners, and, as one might expect, there were a lot of surprises, touching moments and laughs to be had from the ceremony. But, there is one instance in particular which has captured the hearts and minds of award show viewers everywhere. The internet’s current favorite boyfriend, Noah Centineo, won an award last night for his work in the Netflix film The Perfect Date. While everyone loves to ogle them some Centineo, it turns out he may have gotten some unexpected attention from another star in attendance.

Now, we know how these awards shows work, right? Noah Centineo was announced as the winner and as he made his way slowly to the stage (due to an injured knee) we were shown different members of the audience applauding the hot young rom-com superstar’s win. Well, just take a look at what happened when an unsuspecting cameraperson gave us a shot of comedian / actor / talk show host David Spade:

Oh, my, Mr. Spade! We didn’t know you had it in you! In case you couldn’t see the clip clearly, David Spade was caught, as Noah Centineo walked to the stage with the help of presenter Sarah Hyland, licking his lips with an intensity normally reserved for, well, movies that come on streaming services. Bow Chicka Wow Wow!

So, this has led to some big questions from many fans who watched the show. Namely, what exactly the hell is David Spade doing? As I see it there are only three real potential answers, so let’s run down each of them. First, isn’t it possible that Spade had no idea what was going on and didn’t even realize someone was accepting an award right then? I mean, who among us hasn’t spaced out during an awards ceremony? Those things are looooong, friends. He could have just had…dry lips and no lip balm. We’ve all been there!

Secondly, let’s remember that David Spade is a comedian. This is the man who helped keep Saturday Night Live relevant in the early 1990s, and went on to star in Tommy Boy, The Emperor’s New Groove, Just Shoot Me, 8 Simple Rules, The Benchwarmers and Grown Ups, among other big and small screen comedies. This is Joe Dirt, people! Can we really put it past him to see a camera and respond with something funny, no matter how odd and out of left field it seems?

Third, and, of course, most importantly, we have the option that everyone is hoping for (as noted in the above tweet). It’s not impossible that David Spade has the hots for Noah Centineo. Honestly, just look at the guy. He was partially broken when he accepted his People’s Choice Award, not wearing anything fancy, and his full head of beautiful, man-curls were shaved down to military standards, yet he’s still an adorable dream-scenario hottie.

And, not only did Noah Centineo continue to fuel fantasies with his award show look, he also seemed so surprised and humble, admitted he was nervous about being in front of so many people and said really nice things about helping others. It’s all enough to make me…uh, us stay at home and binge The Perfect Date and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before five more times. But only five more times, because we keep saying we’re going to cook dinner on Wednesday and we’re really going to do that this week, dammit.

It’s not impossible that David Spade was thinking the same thing in that moment at all. Noah Centineo is about to be He-Man, after all. Who can resist the beauty and magnetism that’s capable of that when it’s right in front of them? This thirst might just be real, friends.

Noah Centineo can next be seen in Charlie’s Angels, which hits theaters on November 15. David Spade can be seen in the upcoming film The Wrong Missy, and for more of what you can watch on the big screen this year, check out our 2019 new movie release guide. In the meantime, vote in the poll below and let us know what you think was going on with David Spade!

What Was David Spade Doing When Noah Centineo Accepted His Award?

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