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October 19, 2018

Kangaroo meat served to Nebraska school students, superintendent says

A Nebraska superintendent is apologizing for "anxiety and any harm" caused after a school chef served — without disclosing — kangaroo meat to students.
October 18, 2018

Hailee Steinfeld’s New Netflix Movie Is A Star Is Born Meets The Roommate

In the wake of A Star Is Born making everyone bawl over Lady Gaga riffs, Deadline has announced a new potential Netflix movie that could be the thing you need for when you finally stop playing "I'll Never Love Again" on repeat.

According to the outlet, Netflix is in early talks for Idol, a new music-centric movie starring Hailee Steinfeld that sounds like part A Star Is Born and part Leighton Meester horror movie The Roommate.

Per the site, the film — to be produced by Matt Reeves and written by Matt King — is about an assistant to a major pop star, who eventually attempts to "morph into" her music icon boss. It will feature original music, which Steinfeld — a pop star as well as an Academy Award-nominated actress — will reportedly be heavily involved with. Just as Gaga was involved in the performing and writing of the tracks on the Star Is Born soundtrack, including Steinfeld in the soundtrack production should help give Idol a sense of authenticity.

Though we don't know much about the movie or Steinfeld's involvement in it (for example, we're still in the dark about whether she'll portray the pop star or the assistant), the film has been compared to All About Eve, the iconic Bette Davis film about a fan who inserts herself into the live of one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Whether the assistant in this story will simply try to gain fame for herself (a la Anne Baxter's titular character) or do something more sinister to actually hurt the pop star, is thus far unclear. All we know is that the dynamic between these two is sure to be juicy.

A Star Is Born and Idol aren't the only musical movies in the zeitgeist. Bohemian Rhapsody, a Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek, hits theaters this November. Vox Lux, in which Natalie Portman plays a pop star, is arriving in December, just in time for Oscar season. Actor Max Minghella's musician drama, Teen Spirit, was released in September with Elle Fanning as the central rocker.

Yes, it's awesome to have so many movies to see, but just as importantly, the prevalence of these music-centric flicks means lots of exciting new soundtracks to download.

Refinery29 has reached out to Steinfeld for comment.

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The Most Badass Witches Of All Time

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October 18, 2018

The Most Badass Witches Of All Time

It's officially witch season. With both Charmed and Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina coming back from the dead, magical women have never been hotter. It's time to dig out your pointed hat and the Teen Witch Handbook you got in high school after you discovered The Craft. The best Halloween movies are full of great sorceresses, and supernatural TV has no shortage of women cooking up spells.

So this spooky season, make sure you're assembling a real nightmare team of witches to help you through the cold nights. These are all the witches who you'd want on your side in an epic struggle against the dark side. Or, in some cases, who might convince you to j oin the dark side. Either way, they've got grade-A wizardy and stellar outfits in spades.

Sabrina Spellman, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina(2018-present)

This dark take on Sabrina from the Archie comics presents her as a headstrong, feminist witch determined to use her powers for equality and justice.

Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer(1997-2003)
Tara is the Wiccan who truly helps Willow level up, and Tara maintains her powers without going over to the dark side.

Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus (1993)
Because she can fit in some karaoke, even on a busy night of sucking the life out of children.

Bonnie, The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)
Bonnie saves everyone. Whether they're worth saving is debatable, but she has the power, and she has the witty comebacks (and perfected death stare).

Davina, The Originals (2013-present)
Don't mess with Davina. She'll torture you in a very specific way, making sure she gets in some quality psychological pain as well.

Sally Owens, Practical Magic (1998)
Because it takes a lot of guts and power to constantly come to the rescue of her equally magical sister.

Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown (1998)

It's all about the sweeping witch dresses. And leaving a live chicken in the fridge for her daughter. Aggie Cromwell will not be intimidated by Tupperware.

Sarah, The Craft (1996)
You have to be super brave to stand up to a high school clique. And even braver when that particular clique is schooled in dark magic.

Marie Laveau, American Horror Story: Coven (2013)
Laveau is actually a voodoo priestess, but she's still is 10 times cooler than any of the other spell-casters on Coven.

The White Witch, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
She's not particularly nice, but she has serious flair.

Hermione, Harry Potter(2001-2011)
Honestly, her witching skills were cemented by the time she was 11. Own that swish and flick, Hermione.

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October 18, 2018

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October 18, 2018

Freeform Is Throwing A Hocus Pocus Party, You’re Welcome

The horror genre may lend itself easily to the October 31 celebration of spooky, but for many, it’s not movies like Friday the 13th, Scream, or even Halloween that reigns supreme over the fall holiday season. Though it was released in July of 1993 (rather than the much more sensible October), Hocus Pocus has earned its place as the not-so-frightening Halloween movie that pretty much everyone can enjoy.

And why shouldn't we wax poetic about the Kenny Ortega flick? It’s spooky but funny; nostalgia-inducing but not dated; campy but not overly cheeze. For all these reasons and more, Hocus Pocus is the perfect movie to watch in anticipation of Halloween — and now, Freeform is throwing a much-needed party in order to honor it.

In celebration of Hocus Pocus ’ 25th anniversary, Freeform (who recently stepped up its game by expanding its annual 13 Nights of Halloween into 31 spooktacular nights) is inviting fans to a party.

Okay, so the cable channel is inviting fans to watch a party, which — if Hocus Pocus is your holiday go-to — you’ll definitely want to do.

Titled Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash, the event will be hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Hamilton ’s Jordan Fisher, and feature exclusive interviews with all of the witchy Sanderson sisters. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najima will be in attendance, hopefully to answer all of our burning questions about that virgin candle theory.

In addition, the special will feature musical performances by stars like Descendants ’ Dove Cameron, Jordin Sparks, and upcoming Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists actress Sofia Carson. A costume contest will also be held, and ideally, someone will go as my dream Halloween costume: Billy the Zombie.

Midler appeared in a promo for the event, evoking her spellbinding Sanderson sister character Winifred.

The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash airs on October 20 at 8:15 p.m.

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October 18, 2018

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