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How The Sisters Brothers Convinces You To Sympathize With Murderers, According To John C. Reilly

Westerns come in all shapes and sizes. But traditionally, the heroes of that particular genre ride into town wearing white, while they stave off a threat that’s dressed head to toe in black. Over the years, the conventions of the Western genre have been twisted and tweaked by talented filmmakers, but few have been manipulated quite the same way that Jacques Audiard does for The Sisters Brothers. Take, for example, the siblings of the title. They are hired killers, men trained to hunt down prey for their despicable boss, The Commodore (Rutger Hauer). And yet, Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are borderline likable, and you even end up rooting for them as the movie jogs along. We asked John C. Reilly about that, and he opened up by saying:

In The Sisters Brothers, which is preparing to open in more theaters after a limited release in select markets, John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play squabbling siblings who work together as a murderous team, even though Phoenix’s character likes their jobs as bounty hunters way more than Reilly’s character does. Their latest assignment is to hunt a man (played by Riz Ahmed) who has invented an unusual chemical substance that can aid in the gold-mining expeditions of the Old West. Only, travel in that day is slow, and the Sisters brothers run into conflict every stop of the way. Plus, Ahmed has met with Jake Gyllenhaal, and they have plans of their own.

Here’s John C. Reilly, talking about the reputation of the siblings in The Sisters Brothers, and why he finds them sympathetic:

The Sisters Brothers is an unexpected journey through some soulful storytelling, digging far below the surface of four interesting men who come across as out of touch with their own time. Photographed beautifully by cinematographer Benoit Debie (Enter the Void), it’s both an homage to classic Westerns, and a reinvention of this type of storytelling.

The Sisters Brothers should be playing in a theater near you as we speak.

Dark Phoenix Director Simon Kinberg Explains Why The X-Men Film Was Delayed

The X-Men movies started back in 2000, and has withstood the test of time as cinematic universes and comic book movies have become commonplace. But the iconic franchise is now in a state of flux, as a few movies’ release dates were recently adjusted. Additionally, the impending merger between Disney and Fox makes the future of the X-Men unclear. These unknowns were highlighted when the release date for Dark Phoenix was delayed a series of months, just one day after the film’s first trailer finally arrived. Producer Simon Kinberg is attached to direct, and recently explained why Dark Phoenix‘s release date was delayed, saying:

It looks like there are some big picture reasons for the Dark Phoenix‘s delay, as well as some logistical issues, like having the time to render all of the CGI needed for the project. So while fans may have some trepidation, Simon Kinberg and the folks at 20th Century Fox seem to be in control of the situation. Or at the very least, the narrative of the schedule change.

Simon Kinberg’s comments to Collider make a ton of great points, which help to illuminate the process of filmmaking and marketing. Fans have been eager for footage of Dark Phoenix, which the studio eventually delivered last week. But information has been limited for a reason, including when it comes to a release date. And since Gambit hasn’t even begun filming, 20th Century Fox had a slot to put Dark Phoenix that allowed for work to be completed on Simon Kinberg’s upcoming directorial debut. Plus, the delay will allow a concentrated release in both domestic and international markets.

That being said, the reshoots are going to inspire some dread by comic book fans, who aren’t sure if Dark Phoenix will be up to snuff. X-Men: Apocalypse ended up being a disappointment, so the pressure is on to for the franchise to deliver a win. It’s unclear if Marvel will keep the same cast when it eventually gains access to the X-Men characters, so there’s a lot to figure out.

Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters on June 7th 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Of Course Jersey Shore’s Vinny And Pauly Know Each Other’s Weirdest Sex Location

Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly D’s bromance could be clever editing by the Jersey Shore Family Vacation crew, although, if so, everyone is pretty committed to pretending it’s a genuine friendship between two reality show pals. The two actually put their relationship to the test recently via a “Bromittment Game,” for MTV, and it turns out they know a lot of crazy stuff about each other. This included birthday dates, biggest pet peeves they have about each other, and of course, the weirdest location they’ve ever had sex.

First up to guess was Vinny, who, without hesitation, guessed Pauly D’s weirdest hookup location was inside of an airplane. The Jersey Shore Family Vacation member looked surprised when he was right, and later admitted it was a guess that he “pulled out of his ass.” That almost makes it more impressive, considering Vinny was just going off his instincts and what he knows about his friend to get the correct answer. Or, maybe he just figured Pauly spends so much time on tour he’s had to join the mile-high club at least once over the years.

Pauly D was up next, and while his initial guess of an elevator was wrong, he managed to correctly determine Vinny’s spot was a club bathroom on his second try. It wasn’t quite as impressive as Vinny’s hail mary guess, although Pauly D does get a pass, considering he was able to answer more correct questions about Vinny than vice versa. The two also tackled questions that involved knowing each others birthdays, middle names, and their biggest pet peeves:

Some of those answers were a little obvious, as many in the Jersey Shore Family Vacation cast take issue with Vinny’s Keto diet. Pauly was particularly weirded out by his pal’s new lifestyle change in Season 1 of the revival, as he watched a drunken Vinny pull the cheese and meat from a pizza and leave the crust behind. On the flip side, everyone is definitely annoyed by Pauly’s hyperactivity, which he often displays in the morning when he wakes up his friends by screaming.

MTV’s video offers some pretty compelling evidence Vinny and Pauly are just as tight as the Jersey Shore franchise has led audiences to believe, but is it just another piece of propaganda to convince viewers the two are closer than they actually are? Even if it were, it’s hard to believe the duo aren’t that close after serving as each other’s wingmen since the original show first aired back in 2009. Whatever the true nature of their friendship is, we doubt we’re going to see these two best buds splitting up anytime in the show’s near future, because viewers love their bromance.

Time’s Up Announces Lisa Borders As Its First-Ever President And CEO

The Time’s Up initiative, launched by women in the entertainment industry to end sexual harassment and gender inequality, has found its first-ever president and CEO. Lisa Borders, who has been leading the WNBA since 2016, will step down from her current position and begin her role at Time’s Up on November 1.

Borders has more than 30 years of experience in operations, marketing, public service and more. She previously served as vice president of global community affairs at Coca-Cola and was the chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation. Her extensive resumé even touches government relations, as she was the former Vice Mayor of Atlanta under Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration. Borders will be in charge of guiding the direction of Time’s Up, which in just nine months has gone from a movement born out of solidarity among women in Hollywood to a full-fledged organization promoting women’s rights and equal opportunities across industries.

“Time’s Up is both a natural extension and a bold advancement of the work I have been doing for the last four decades,” Borders said in a press release. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to combine my experience working across all three sectors, as real, systemic change will require collaboration from each of these arenas. To disrupt and reinvent the ingrained status quo, we will need all hands-on deck to create and sustain enduring change. I’m thrilled to lead TIME’S UP and I am convinced that together, we will shift the paradigm of workplace culture.”

Time’s Up gained national attention following the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Harvey Weinstein, and it’s since had the backing of high-profile celebrities and industry leaders, including Oprah, Emma Watson, and Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes actually formed part of the search committee to find a president, and praised Borders’ work in a statement.

“The pursuit of safe, dignified and equal treatment in the workplace as a solution to the abuse of power is a mission that can be fulfilled. With Lisa’s skills and leadership, Time’s Up is now in the best position to achieve what we all started – to create a more positive future for workplace culture and a more powerful network for working women of all kinds,” Rhimes said.

During her time as president of the WNBA, Borders is credited with helping to increase television viewership and attendance. The WNBA has announced that a search for a new league president will start immediately.

In addition to drafting an action plan and launching a legal defense fund with the National Women’s Law Center, which received more than $13 million in initial donations, Time’s Up has also used its platform to call out other instances of misconduct in Hollywood. Last month, Time’s Up wrote an open letter to CBS and urged the network to do more for women in the wake of the misconduct allegations against its former CEO Les Moonves.

In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Borders acknowledged the ambitious goals of Time’s Up, which come at the height of the Me Too era.

“I expect it will be more intense,” she said. “The iron is hot.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow Shares A Romantic New Image Following Her Hampton Wedding

Gwyneth Paltrow is once again a married woman. The Academy Award-winning actress and the founder of the lifestyle brand Goop tied the knot to Brad Falchuk, the co-creator of Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens, over the weekend during a private ceremony in the Hamptons. And while it was a celebrity-filled occasion, it was an occasion that was notably away from the public gaze. There have been only a few photos taken at the event, and most of them are away from the actual wedding. But to confirm the news and share her joy, Gwyneth Paltrow posted a picture of herself holding the ringed hand of her new husband, and proving to the world that it is official. Check out the photo yourself, courtesy of social media, below.

While Gwyneth Paltrow is typically an open and conversational public figure, to the point where she’ll talk about disparaging retorts made against her that claim that she’s “the most hateable celebrity in the world,” the actress/lifestyle brand founder opted not to make a public spectacle of her nuptials. That’s not to say that the wedding was small, by any measure. But it was secluded enough that the press wasn’t in attendance, and it was only meant to be seen the bride, the groom and everyone who attended the ceremony firsthand. But with this photo, Paltrow offers her followers a glimpse into her newfound married life, which is the first time she got married since she got divorced from her first husband, Chris Martin, the father of her two children.

As it was reported earlier, the Hamptons-based wedding was attended by a steady slew of celebrity personalities, including (but limited to), Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Cameron Diaz, and Robert Downey Jr., her regular Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star and love interest inside those films. While the details about the recent wedding are limited at the moment, we expect that will change in the days, weeks or months to come. Paltrow will likely provide a few more details about her feelings re-entering marriage and how her shared life with Brad Falchuk is going, swimmingly or otherwise. The actress has a podcast and several other resources to provide her thoughts and feelings about the momentous occasion, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the details that might arrive.

It has been difficult to get past her previous marriage to Chris Martin, particularly with their young children involved, but this newest marriage shows that Gwyneth Paltrow is finally moving forward and happy doing so too. Divorce is never pleasant, and it can be very difficult on a family. But marriage can often be bliss, and that seems to be the case here. It seems like the newfound marriage life is treating Paltrow well, based on these new photos. Of course, we’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest news and updates with Gwyneth Paltrow and more right here at CinemaBlend.

Two New Network Shows Have Totally Dominated In Live+3 Gains

As many networks tend to do, NBC has been working to build up its repertoire of high-rated hits for the fall season. As the ratings battles are already heating up, the network can proudly affirm two of its new shows not only made notable bows with their series premieres, but also blazed trails in Live+3 delayed viewing stats. In particular, the Lost-lite thriller Manifest has broken a ratings record, and it is not the only one winning over late-coming viewers, as the medical drama New Amsterdam is also scoring big in Live+3.

Following the addition of Live+3 day calculations, NBC’s mysterious new drama Manifest handily landed above the 16 million-viewer mark with its current totals topping out at 16.13 million. Manifest made NBC history with its debut episode, which brought in the biggest delayed-viewing TV audience for any premiere in the network’s history, with more than 5.7 million viewers. As well, that total ranks third among all Live+3 gains in all of the broadcast and cable debuts on record, and is fourth overall among every single telecast where Live+3 stats were measured.

With its overall viewership totals, Manifest also delivered NBC’s most-watched series premiere in six years, following Live+3 calculations being tallied. The actual record was set by The Blacklist in 2013. And speaking of that crime drama, its series alum Ryan Eggold’s new series that also got off to a strong start for NBC.

Likely benefitting from the lead-in audience provided by This Is Us, NBC’s new medical drama New Amsterdam scored solid premiere numbers that saw another 3.9 million viewers added in Live+3 day totals. Bringing those that have watched the series’ debut from 8.4 million to 12.3 million. Following Live+3 day tabulation, the tearjerker This Is Us added 4 million viewers for its Season 3 premiere, per Deadline, putting its current total at 14.6 million viewers. That means New Amsterdam came just shy of matching the number of total viewers added by one of the biggest shows on TV,

So, it is safe to say that NBC got some excellent news with its ratings report. Given the later time slots for both Manifest and New Amsterdam, it makes sense that some people would have to put off the excitement of watching them until the next day. Both Manifest and New Amsterdam air at 10 p.m. ET on their respective nights.

NBC’s slate of new programming was not the only one to do well in delayed viewing. The much-anticipated Season 3 premiere of Fox’s Lethal Weapon also made quite an impression, seeing a 63% increase in total viewers following Live+3 day numbers, going from 3.4 million to 5.6 million. Not bad at all. And consistent DVR winners like The Big Bang Theory and others are also keeping even with previous years. Overall, network television got off to a big start with a heavy week of new content.

You can tune in for the next chapter of the ratings hits, with wew episodes of Manifest airing Mondays on NBC at 10 p.m. ET. New Amsterdam airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, also on NBC. All of the NBC dramas join a slew of series making their returns and premieres this fall on NBC and other networks.

10 Ways to Support the Women in Your Life

I was genetically bred to be an unruly woman. I was raised in Los Angeles by a Jewish, French Moroccan father and a Serbian mother in a Brady Bunch family of strong female figures—four sisters, two stepmothers, three godmothers, and a mom who dedicated her life to bringing up independent daughters. These were all women I aspired to become—ones who co-existed despite marriages, divorces and different backgrounds; who supported one another unconditionally, and taught me that being soft-spoken was not an option. Not at our dinner table.

When I was two, my parents enrolled me in ballet, which I stuck with until the age of 18. I practiced after school and on weekends, toured every summer and performed as often as I could. Being a ballerina was like living in a state of constant adversity. I woke up every day and dressed to blend in with my class—pink tights, black leotard, hair in a tight bun — but then dance under the immense pressure to outshine. I worked as hard as a professional athlete but was expected to appear delicate and feminine–frail even. As a young woman, I was trained to demand attention and never question my place as a woman at center stage.

Today, I live with that same demand for the world’s attention because there is no space I will ever accept less for women than center stage. All the opportunities in the world are ours for the taking and ours to be shared. I’ve made it my mission to be an ally to the women in this generation and to and create a community grounded in supporting one another. Because I’ve learned that being a feminist isn’t so much about your own voice, but how you use your stage to encourage and support other women to find theirs. Here are some of my favorite ways to do this:

Show up for women, physically and emotionally. Whether it’s sending your girls a daily text to check in, being a shoulder to cry on, calling your mother, supporting female-founded companies, or smiling at a woman on the street, be an advocate in any and every way.

Create environments for women to take up space. In my experience of hosting panels, events, talks, interviews, or a girls’ night, there’s nothing more gratifying than watching women thrive in an environment where they feel able to be themselves and use their voice.

Be transparent with each other. Be open about jobs, salaries, relationships, sex life, hardships, successes, Botox, everything. Secrecy breeds jealousy because the unknown makes us insecure. By having these conversations with each other, we empower our experiences, good or bad, and create a foundation of shared experiences that make us feel supported rather than alienated.

Collaborate, don’t compete. Competition thrives on insecurities. Identify those women you feel you’re sitting across the table from and sit next to them. Find a common ground. Wanting women to succeed without jealousy is the definition of grace.

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Strive to say more than ‘You look pretty’. Remind the women in your life that the space they take up in your life and the world is not dependent on physical attributes.

Never miss an opportunity to facilitate moments of learning between men and women. It’s easy to fall victim to stereotypes by saying a man is “just being an asshole” or “men will be men” when helping women to cope with gender issues, whether it’s in the bedroom, the boardroom, or beyond. Be an active ally for both genders by advocating accountability and a level playing field.

Hire women, train women, mentor women. Be the vehicle that turns a young woman with big dreams into the badass women she is destined to be.

Carry lipstick, Tylenol or Aspirin and Tampons, always. Save a sister, make a new friend!

Step up to the spotlight. Not just as an example for others but for yourself. Take every opportunity, challenge and risk that comes your way without questioning your worth, ability or place as a woman. And once you find your light, don’t be afraid to be a little unruly.

© Olivia Perez 2018

From “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies)”, curated by Scarlett Curtis, to be published in the United States by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Watch Alessia Cara Review Her First YouTube Covers

Alessia Cara is one of the brightest new stars in music right now, but it took her years of hard work to get there. That hard work, more times than not, took place in the form of making and uploading YouTube cover videos.

Yes, like Justin Bieber before her, Cara was discovered on YouTube after posting several clips that showed off her impressive pipes. YouTube fame quickly turned into a full-fledged pop career: Cara released her first album, Know-It-All, in 2015, and she has a second one on the way. Her song with Zedd, “Stay,” was one of the most popular songs of 2017, reaching number seven on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Oh! And let’s not forget the fact she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2018. All of this stemmed from the groundwork she laid down on YouTube, dating as far back as 2011.

In many ways, these videos are like Cara’s yearbook photos, so she doesn’t revisit them often. That’s where we came in: Cara stopped by Glamour‘s office a few weeks ago, and we had her watch her old YouTube covers and give us some backstories. No surprise: She cringed several times.

“I hate this,” Cara said about her first cover video from 2011, in which she sang “Price Tag” by Jessie J. “I hate it so much! I’m playing the guitar 20 times louder than my voice. I’m just, like, strumming and screaming over the guitar.”

Watch Cara watch more of her own covers in the video, above.

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Hocus Pocus’ Thora Birch Didn’t Love Her Cat Co-Star

There are many holiday fans out there for whom October 1st marks the beginning of Halloween season. And aside from the candy and costumes, this includes plenty of annual TV and movie watching. For many cinephiles, there is no Halloween movie quite as beloved Hocus Pocus. The 1993 Disney classic has gained a cult fandom in the years since its release, with every line of dialogue becoming a quotable part of the autumnal experience. American Beauty actress Thora Birch played young Dani Dennison, who was often seen looking out for magical cat Binx. But the actress actually didn’t get along with her feline co-star, both machine and real. As she tells it,

It looks like Thora Birch was never able to truly relax with Binx, despite sharing so many scenes with the talking cat. Instead, she had to either worry about the technology of the robots, or hope that she got along with the myriad live cats on set. Binx really did have nine lives.

Thora Birch’s help to paint a more realistic picture of Hocus Pocus. Because its been playing on TV annually for years, the Kenny Ortega classic has a special place in viewer’s hearts. The nostalgic feels and childhood memories make Hocus Pocus exciting every single Halloween, and it’s hard to imagine what it was like on set. Birch was just a young girl at the time, but her memories regarding Binx seem to be clear.

Thackery Binx served as the provider of exposition for Hocus Pocus, after living as a black cat in Salem since 1693. And because it was the 90’s and everyone loves talking animals, Binx was able to retain his ability to speak in cat form. Binx instantly formed a bond with Thora Birch’s Dani, protecting her from the Sandersons as he couldn’t with his sister Emily. But he wasn’t so well put together IRL, and Thora Birch had a hard time with her cat-focused scenes in Hocus Pocus.

In her same conversation with ABC, Thora Birch also expressed how much she still loves Hocus Pocus, and cherishes her time on set as a young actress. While she went on to star in projects like American Beauty, she claims Hocus Pocus was the most fun she ever had on set. But what’s not to love? There’s Bette Midler, special affects, and musical numbers. And while Dani didn’t end up keeping Binx as her house cat, her relationship with her brother Max ended up stronger by the film’s end.

Hocus Pocus will get some new love this year, as Freeform is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash. The special will air October 20th, featuring interviews with the cast, including Thora Birch. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Best Hand Lotion for Dry Hands, According to Surgeons

Asking a beauty professional—whether it’s a celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist, or Instagram influencer (hi, 2018)—for advice is always a safe bet. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find there are plenty of other women out there who are legitimate authorities in their own right. In our new column, Unlikely Experts, they’ll give real reviews and recommendations. Whether it’s surfers on the best conditioners, bikers on the best cleansers, or ballerinas on the best foot creams, it’s fair to say these women know best.

If you ask a room full of surgeons—regardless of their specialty or status—what their most important tool is, there’s a good chance each and every one will tell you it’s their hands. And how could they not be? Their hands are behind every incision, stitch, and decision they make, so it only makes sense that surgeons would know all that there is to know about keeping them in good shape.

“Surgeons are battlefield experts in hand care because, whether we want to be or not, frequent hand washing, dryness, chapped joints, and need for full function are real parts of our lives,” says New York City surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan. “I wash my hands hundreds of times a week—sometimes more than 50 times a day—so I’m always thinking about how to best take care of them.”

Considering the average person isn’t performing dozens of surgeries a day, we figured any hand cream a surgeon swears by is good enough for the rest of us. From drugstore favorites to luxury treatments, check out their recommendations on the best hand lotions and creams ahead.