Jamie Lee Curtis believes the latest Halloween film is more than just another installment in the horror franchise: she sees it as a direct reflection of what’s happening in our culture when it comes to sexual assault.
"The movie was written in January 2017 and it was a movie about trauma," Curtis told Page Six at the film premiere Wednesday night. "We never make movies about what happens after the violence. We make movies about violence, we glorify it, but we never ask what happens after."
"And in the asking what happens and seeing what generational trauma looks like, all of a sudden on Oct. 10, 2017, that first article came out in the New Yorker," she continued. "All of a sudden, women started talking about stories of violence perpetrated against them, sexual violence perpetrated against them, oppression perpetrated against them by powerful men in powerful positions who stole their innocence."
"And now all of a sudden, this idea of women — you see, a bunch of those perpetrators are in prison today. And the women who helped put them there are relieved, a little bit, of that trauma. And that’s what our movie is going to bring to people on Friday."
Halloween, which as Curtis notes, premieres today, picks up 40 years after the events of the original Halloween. In it, Curtis stages a final confrontation between herself as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.
Kendall Jenner is furious with TMZ, and she took to Twitter to vent her anger. TMZ published a story about her alleged stalker showing up at her pool (with details about the home's location), and she tweeted: "and how do you guys think these terrifying people know where my house is? cuz you release not only photos but my location. it is so beyond unsafe. is this not our one ounce of privacy we can get???"
She continued in a second tweet: "i understand what i’ve signed up for but when you release the exact location to where i live THAT is when you’re putting my life in danger."
"Your home is your safe haven, but for me, cuz of outlets like you, my home is anything BUT. you should be ashamed of yourself," Jenner wrote.
This is not the first time Jenner has dealt with a stalker. In 2016, a man was followed her into her home, and she later received a permanent restraining order against him. The man who was busted stalking her this time also previously targeted her twice, TMZ reports.
"I literally once a week have a stalker, maybe more, twice a week," Jenner said on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians last year. "Someone shows up at my house, every single day."
Members of her family, including her sister Kim Kardashian, who was famously tied up, held at gun point and robbed of $10 million worth of jewels, have also been targeted in the past.
JASON BLUM APOLOGIZES FOR REMARKS ON FEMALE DIRECTORS: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum is apologizing for claiming that a woman has never directed one of his films because "there are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror." Blum’s mea culpa on Twitter: "Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too quickly about a serious issue—an issue I am passionate about." He added: "We have not done a good enough job working with female directors and it is not because they don’t exist. I heard from many today. The way my passion came out was dumb. And for that I am sorry. I will do better."
ROSIE O’DONNELL SELLING $6M MANSION AMID ENGAGEMENT RUMORS: Rosie O’Donnell is making some serious changes in her life. She put her country estate in Saddle River on the block for $5.9 million amid rumors that and girlfriend Elizabeth Rooney are engaged. Rooney is a police officer in Worcester, Mass., but they aren’t necessarily looking to move in together (they’ve been dating for about a year). A friend of The View cohost tells PEOPLE that, "she’s selling because she is living in New York City full-time now and most of the kids are grown and did not need the big house."
GIGI HADID DOES NOT LIKE NAKED BODY: Gigi Hadid, 23, may get paid big bucks to flaunt her curves, but she still doesn’t like the way she looks in the buff. "I loved my body when I was curvier and then as I lost it people were still mean. Yeah, I know I’m skinny," Hadid said at a Vogue conference. "I’m looking in the mirror, I’m trying to eat burgers and do squats. I want an a**, too. I get it, I got it, thank you." She continued: "Some people are empowered and excited to be naked, and that is amazing. I wish I was one of those people, and I’m not one of those people, and I’ve accepted that about myself and that’s OK."
TOBEY MAGUIRE STEPS OUT TO SUPPORT EX-WIFE JENNIFER MEYER: Tobey Maguire and his ex-wife Jennifer Meyer are still buddies. The 43-year-old attended the launch of Meyer’s jewelry boutique in L.A. Wednesday. The pair announced their split in 2016 after nine years of marriage. They reportedly looked like two peas in a pod at the event. Reese Witherspoon, Kris Jenner, James Corden, Demi Moore, Sara Gilbert, Rachel Zoe, Rachel Bilson, and Erin and Sara Foster were also in attendance.
WATCH JULIA ROBERTS GIFT FAN WITH RODEO DRIVE SHOPPING SPREE: Julia Roberts ripped a page out of one of her most beloved character’s playbooks and gave a fan a wad to spend on Rodeo Drive, baby! The 51-year-old Roberts partnered with Omaze to gift a fan with a Viv-sponsored spree and lunch with her in L.A. The campaign is in support of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), a non-profit working to ensure safe and inclusive schools for all. It is also launching in conjunction with the GLSEN Respect Awards, set to take place today (Friday) in L.A.
You read that right, Bella Thorne has 19 cats! In a sprawling new interview in the Los Angeles Times, Thorne admits she’s to blame for the cat situation by refusing to spay her first cat Lola. She also weighed in on everything from her Instagram following to her previous experiences with sexual abuse.
Her cat food, and her $2 million home, is largely funded via her Instagram fan base. As she tells LAT, she gets paid $65K to blast ads to her 18.2 million followers. From the funds she has accrued, she painted the exterior of her home violet, purchased a hand-painted 12-foot unicorn statue and built a castle for her cats.
Her bathroom features notes on her ceiling that read: "Follow your instincts, Bella" and "Your worst mistake is your best advice."
ON HER JOURNEY:
Thorne got her start on Disney’s Shake It Up, then went on to land roles in The Greatest Showman and Spider-Man: Homecoming. This year, she will appear in five movies, four of which are out now (Assassination Nation, I Still See You, Ride and Conrad & Michelle).
But it wasn't a fairy tale: she claims the House of Mouse body-shamed her, and even once threatened to fire her.
ON MARIJUANA AND MAKEUP
Per the piece, Thorne took a break from smoking her "blunt" to pick up a makeup pencil and dot faux "freckles" over her "blemishes."
ON BEING ABUSED
Thorne has spoken out previously about being abused as a child. Here’s what she has to say this time: "I always think, ‘Maybe you could have done something.’ It kind of makes me mad, because I read these stories that are really awful — I mean, really awful ... it’s really something getting ripped and taken from you. At least those girls tried. I just laid there, comatose."
Kristen Bell may play a princess in the astronomically popular Disney insta-classic Frozen, but she is not above throwing down with some of the other heroines from the House of Mouse.
Bell reserves special derision for Snow White, who she fears may be sending the wrong message about strangers and consent.
"Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?' I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?'" Bell tells Parents of reading with her children. "And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'OK, I'm doing something right.'"
She is also concerned about the unrequested physical attention. "Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?" Bell recalls asking her daughters. "Because you can not kiss someone if they're sleeping!"
Louis C.K. made his comeback at the Comedy Cellar and several other New York venues, and now Cellar owner Noam Dworman is speaking out about the reaction his welcome has prompted. Predictably, many in the comedy world were thrilled when C.K. made his post-#MeToo return, while others were disgusted.
Nine months ago, C.K. famously admitted to sexual misconduct, saying at the time that he would "step back and take a long time to listen." Time’s up it seems. At his first appearance at the Cellar, C.K. did not address the misconduct at all. At the most recent one, he did, saying because of the scandal, he lost "$35 million in an hour."
On the New York Times’ podcast The Daily, the Cellar’s owner said: "I don’t know when he’ll be back. He’s not banned by any means. I think he will be back. That’s why we have the ‘swim at your own risk’ policy."
Dworman also broke down the dual perspectives in terms of forgiveness and redemption in the wake of #MeToo. "People who feel that he should never work again, when they hear the ovation that has been recorded and released of him going onstage, they will feel repulsed by a society that seems to not take what they feel seriously enough," he said. "Other people who believe in redemption, who believe in forgiveness, in second chances and these kinds of things, they might take the message that ‘Good, we have a society that manages to dole out punishment while at the same time forgiving sinners.’"
On The Slate’s podcast The Gist, Dworman spoke on stand-up comedian Ted Alexandro’s disparaging reaction to C.K.’s return: "I looked at him and I said ‘Ted, if you were to look me in the eyes right now and tell me that "Noam, 15 years ago I did something like what Louie did – I don’t do it anymore, I’m ashamed – but I did it,’" I said ‘Ted, would you expect me to say "Get your crap and get out of here, you don’t work here anymore"’? And I think the answer to that is obviously no. That doesn’t happen in the real world. Somebody admits something or confesses something, a boss gets wind of it – if it doesn’t concern his current behavior, you don’t throw somebody out for that. Now interestingly, he would not engage on the question. He looked away like a dog looks away when there’s danger. And that has been telling to me – that when I make an argument like that, they don’t refute it, or they don’t acknowledge it in some way and then integrate it ‘Yes you’re right, but however…’ like I could make the argument. But because everybody’s looking, we have to worry about the impact on #MeToo. That wouldn’t occur if nobody knew about it."
THE FAVOURITE & FIRST REFORMED LEAD GOTHAM AWARDS: The Favourite (starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) and First Reformed (starring Ethan Hawke) nabbed three nominations each for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Both are up for best feature and screenplay. The Gotham Awards are seen as the start of the Oscar season. Recent winners have included eventual Oscar nominees and winners, including Call Me by Your Name, MoonlightandSpotlight. The 2018 Gotham Awards will take place on Monday, Nov. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
ARE YOU THERE GOD? GETS MOVIE TREATMENT: Judy Blume has repeatedly turned down requests to turn her groundbreaking book, Are Your There God? It’s Me, Margaret into a film. But she finally agreed to grant rights to James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig. Fremon Craig will write and direct, Deadline reports.
NETFLIX DROPS NARCOS TRAILER: The fourth season of the drug-trafficking drama Narcos: Mexico has dropped. It features Diego Luna and Michael Pena and follows the origins of the modern drug war circa the 1980s, and the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel. Narcos premieres November 16th.
RACHEL BROSNAHAN TO NARRATE PARIS TO PITTSBURGH: The Emmy Award and Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Brosnahan is set to narrate Bloomberg Philanthropies’ climate change documentary, Paris to Pittsburgh. The film will debut on National Geographic on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 9PM ET/PT. "Paris to Pittsburgh shines a light on the many forgotten communities and people who have been affected by climate change in our country, as well as solutions for how we can fight back and reduce our carbon footprint," said Brosnahan. "I’m proud to be part of this poignant and powerful documentary, and admire the pro-active approach Bloomberg Philanthropies has taken with this project and this issue; we need meaningful change."
HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS TO HONOR GLENN CLOSE, HUGH JACKMAN: Damien Chazelle will receive a Hollywood Director Award for First Man, and Glenn Close and Hugh Jackman will also be honored for their career achievements at the ceremony, which takes place November 4that the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Close can currently be seen in The Wife and Jackman can be seen in The Front Runner.