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James Mangold Admits Ford V Ferrari Should Have Been Called ‘Ford V Ford’

Spoilers for James Mangold’s new racing movie starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon can definitely be found in this story. If you haven’t caught the flick yet, get your engine revving and get to the theater.

Ford v Ferrari blew past the competition at the box office this weekend. Its true-life story about the men behind the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race is the type of holiday story people love to eat up, thanks to its story and its action sequences, and it’s no surprise its already found a box office niche. However, what may surprise you about Ford v Ferrari is that much of it is actually a movie about bureaucracy rather than car racing. Director James Mangold has revealed it was by design.

In fact, he admitted in a recent interview that while Matt Damon’s character may work to get a few digs in at Ferrari during the famous Le Mans race, much of the movie is really about Damon’s Shelby Carroll and Christian Bale’s Ken Miles trying to gain the competitive advantage while a Ford bureaucracy slows them down time and time again. Per James Mangold:

In the film, both Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles are tied up time and time again thanks to big business. There’s also a sneaky suit (played by Josh Lucas), who is out to undermine Shelby at every turn.

The two men also have to deal with the reality of competition from other Ford teams and business decisions outside of their control, which is why James Mangold admitted to Uproxx that a good portion of the movie could and maybe should be called ‘Ford v Ford’.

He went on to explain that he has a little bit of both Matt Damon and Christian Bale’s characters inside of him, the “wheeler-dealer” that was Carroll Shelby and the uncompromising Ken Miles. It’s how he could make Ford v Ferrari empathetic to both points of view, and keeps the film from being boring, despite its big business themes.

If you know anything about the way the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race panned out, you’ll know even the final moments in the movie came down to Ford bureaucracy and not competition from Ferrari. There’s ultimately enough competition in the story thanks to Ford’s attempts to buy Ferrari down to Matt Damon sneakily nabbing Ferrari equipment to justify James Mangold’s preferred title, but at the end of the day, this is a movie about companies and about getting stuff done in the face of a large business that already has wheels in motion in other arenas.

It’s also a story about friendship and about what it takes to balance work and family and what it means to seek perfection. If any of those things seem striking to you, you can catch the film out in theaters now, or see what’s coming around Thanksgiving with our round-up of holiday movies.

Local Joker Fan Filmed Joaquin Phoenix’s Iconic Stair Dance In Real Time

Can you imagine peeking out of your window in the Bronx and there’s Joaquin Phoenix in full Joker clown makeup doing a little dance down the stairs? After thinking “WTF?” you probably wouldn’t be thinking “This is going to become an iconic scene in the first R-rated movie to reach $1 billion, and possibly get Joaquin Phoenix his long overdue Oscar and turn these stairs into a tourist trap.” Or maybe you would think that.

Several people must’ve had that experience in real-time, but only one of them taped this particular video of the stair dance. The video has now gone viral, letting fans see the dance scene from an entirely new angle — through a murky screen as a baby gives commentary in the background. Put it on the DVD, Todd Phillips!

What would you be thinking if you saw that out your window? Presumably, the people in the vicinity of these stairs — which connect the Bronx’s Shakespeare and Anderson avenues at West 167th Street — knew that the area was blocked off for the filming of a movie. They probably even knew that clown was Joaquin Phoenix.

We all probably have stories about movies we’ve seen being filmed here or there. In a city like New York, it has to be pretty common. But Joker turned out to be anything but common.

Joaquin Phoenix danced down those stairs as Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” played on screen, and the stairs have never been the same since. You can see how crowded the stairs have become now, much to the frustration of the locals.

Joker was reportedly made on a production budget around $55 million, and as of this past weekend it has made $1,016,599,593, per Box Office Mojo. That makes Joker the most profitable comic book movie of all time. Joaquin Phoenix’s salary was revealed for the movie, but you have to imagine his agent negotiated some kind of back-end deal — and whether Phoenix cares or not his agents must be popping champagne as the money rises and rises.

(And I’ve asked this before, but I’ll ask it again: How much is Bradley Cooper making from this? He’s listed as one of the producers. I’m just curious. I know you can’t tell me, but his behind-the-scenes role in this just tickles me.)

What happens from here? Well, we’re heading into awards season. Joker‘s combination of cultural imprint and box office have given it a lot of attention, and despite the reservations of some Academy members, I have no doubt Joker will receive several Oscar nominations and probably a few wins. (And Golden Globe awards too, but … eh?)

Nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced Monday, January 13, 2020. The Oscars 2020 will air February 9, 2020 on ABC. Always keep your phone handy to tape any future classic movie moments. It could happen at any time.

These Are the Products a Beauty Editor Reaches for in Winter

While I find myself looking forward to the holidays, I can’t say I’m excited for winter itself. Despite growing up in New England, I’ve never liked the cold, and the shorter days certainly have an effect on my mood. But the worst thing about the cold—even worse than being married to my puffer coat for the next five months—is the havoc it wreaks on my skin. Suddenly I’m dealing with dry, flaky patches, irritation, and redness on top of my usual acne. Festive!

Instead of digging through my usual product stash, I’ve been playing with new makeup and skin-care products from IPSY that have soothed my cold-weather complexion and almost has me ready for Arctic temperatures.

IPSY is a customized service that sends you five new products to play with each month. Unlike some other beauty boxes, IPSY’s bags are personalized to you through an in-depth quiz, so you’re only getting products that work for you. In addition to the Glam Bag, which sends you five deluxe sample-size products for $12 a month, and the Glam Bag Plus, which gets you five full-size products for $25, you can also shop all the items from current and past bags online.

This month was all about winterizing my beauty routine: swapping in skin-care products that are better-suited to the season, and—ahead of the holidays—transitioning to makeup that feels a little festive. From the perfect body cream to the most natural-looking highlighter, scroll on to see the products I’ve been loving from this month’s bag.

The deluxe sample-size products below are from the IPSY Glam Bag. The full-size products are from the Glam Bag Plus. All prices below are for full-size products.

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Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream

It’s easy to neglect body care, but once it gets cold it’s crucial to treat everything from the neck down with the same TLC your face gets. This yummy cream has a plush, whipped texture and that instantly hydrates and leaves your skin baby soft. Did I mention it smells like fresh coconut cream? Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream, $45

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Gigi Gorgeous Less is More Lip Gloss

I’ve embraced the return of lip gloss with open arms, and I love that this one is made by one of my favorite Youtubers, Gigi Gorgeous. It’s crazy shiny without being sticky, and the subtle shimmer makes my lips look fuller. It’s been a go-to for the office and nights out alike. Gigi Gorgeous Less is More Lipgloss, $16

The Crown Season 3 Is Finally Here, and People Are Obsessed

It’s been almost two years since we’ve had new episodes of Netflix’s The Crown—but that all changed Sunday, November 17, when the streaming platform dropped season three into our feeds.

The show picks up in the 1960s with Olivia Colman stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth, taking over for Claire Foy. There’s a nod to this change in first episode, when the queen is looking at postage stamps of her younger self and then calls herself an “old bat.” The rest of the cast is new, as well, with Helena Bonham Carter as the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies (of Outlander fame) as her husband, Prince Philip. “It’s a bit like changing contact lenses,” creator Peter Morgan told Entertainment Weekly about adjusting to new actors in the roles. “I think it takes you about five minutes to get used to it.” And Colman joked about taking over for the very popular Foy. “It’s horrendous,” she said. “Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment. You’re saying all the worst things, thanks!”

In the first few episodes, we see Queen Elizabeth facing a crumbling British economy, a new prime minister, the death of Winston Churchill, feelings of inadequacy when compared to her “dazzling” younger sisters, and a heartbreaking national tragedy in Wales. And that’s before we get into the lives of her two oldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

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Needless to say, fans are stoked about The Crown‘s return, and they took to social media to rave. “I binge-watched #TheCrown and I have no regrets,” one person tweeted. “And Princess Anne! Unapologetically loving casual sex, giving zero f&%ks, throwing all the shade at her family, saving reputations, and giving her grandmother the public adoration she deserved.”

The Crown is currently in production on season four, which is when we will first meet Princess Diana. We can hardly wait.

How Sheinelle Jones Chose What to Wear When She Became a ‘Today’ Show Anchor

Broadcast journalist Sheinelle Jones moved her family to New York from Philly for her dream job on NBC’s Today show. Five years later she’s the cohost of the beloved morning show’s third hour, the co-anchor of the Saturday edition of Weekend Today, and a correspondent for all platforms of NBC News. When she came in to record her episode of Glamour‘s new podcast What I Wore When,—during which I talk to women about an outfit they chose during a pivotal moment in their lives—she chose to talk about the dress she wore to her first day on the job.

If you think picking out a dress for work can be stressful, imagine having to do it with the knowledge that millions of people will be seeing—and maybe judging—it. The dress she chose: A floral, fitted Cynthia Rowley stretchy sheath that she got at Nordstrom. The dress, she told me, still holds up.

“You know what’s crazy, is that when I close my eyes to think about how I would look, and I opened my eyes to what I had on. I looked better than I imagined I could look.”

Jones’ first day as a ‘Today’ anchor five years ago—and the Cynthia Rowley dress she still loves. (Courtesy of Sheinelle Jones)

I was particularly excited to talk to Sheinelle. Growing up, my family always had the Today show on as we got ready in the morning and so, as an adult, I’ve remained loyal, even during the show’s ups and downs. One of the program’s bright spots, for me, is the number of women broadcasters they’ve introduced during the last few years.

When she came in for our interview, Sheinelle, 41, was in the process of booking parent-teacher conferences straight from her phone—I have a 10-month-old, so didn’t know that was a thing—and talked openly about the challenges of working six days a week while raising three children. Even though I was the one asking the questions, I felt comfortable talking to Sheneille—especially when she put her interviewer hat on and turned some questions back on me.

She was cool and real and we bonded over our love of shopping at men’s stores in the ‘90s (shout out, Structure), she explained how “news girls” (her words) choose their outfits and why the Today show trusts its talent to dress themselves, aging, and the fact that she still doesn’t own an “I’m successful!” handbag despite being, in fact, quite successful. She also broke into song four times which I found highly enjoyable.

Toward the end of our conversation, Sheinelle shared with me a particularly special part of her morning routine that involves her young daughter, and also casually said I should come on the Today show for a fashion segment. Sheneille, you have my number.

Perrie Samotin is the digital director of Glamour and the host of What I Wore When, produced by Glamour and iHeartRadio, the team behind our earlier podcasts, Broken Harts and She Makes Money Moves. Follow her on Instagram at @perriesamotin, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or where ever you listen to your favorite shows.

Zoey Deutch Wore Silver Ruffles to Her Bat Mitzvah

The Rosie Assoulin dress Zoey had on when we met.

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Actress Zoey Deutch has been on my radar since 2011, so when I heard she was in New York promoting her Netflix series The Politician, I couldn’t have been more excited to have her on Glamour‘s new podcast What I Wore When, during which I talk to women I find fascinating about an outfit they wore during a pivotal moment in their lives.

Zoey’s pick? Her bat mitzvah dress because—as she put it—”when I was thinking about my bat mitzvah or a premiere or people’s wedding day or these markers in your life. I think it’s so funny that we tend to move away from what we actually look like. The most important days of our lives—and the most photographed and documented days of our lives—we’re wearing things and doing things that look nothing like us.”

Zoey Deutch before her bat mitzvah, ladies and gentlemen.  (Courtesy of Zoey Deutch)

The dress in question was a ruffly silver BCBG dress worn with heels she says she couldn’t walk in, skinny waxed eyebrows she begged her mom for, and “wax figure makeup.” When I asked her how she felt that morning—a bar or bat mitzvah is a seminal moment in a Jewish 13-year-old’s life—she was honest: “I was just trying to look like an adult so I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t feel good because I didn’t feel like myself.”

Twenty-something episodes later, I can say with certainty that of all the women I talked to for the project so far, the 25-year-old surprised me the most. In addition to her willingness to describe an outfit that made her cringe (and provide pics!), she wandered into our recording session alone—no publicist, no manager, no entourage. “Wait are you here by yourself?” is the first thing I asked her, before even shaking her hand.

Your Horoscope for the Week of November 18, 2019

Drop out of stealth mode as the Sun swings into Sagittarius for the next month. The preholiday run-up is fueled by the optimism, faith, and largess of this fire sign, expressed through parties, expanding friendship circles, and excess. Enjoy the whirlwind of the present moment with an eye on the bigger picture, your finances, and the long-range goals that inspire you to be the best version of you. Read on to discover what’s in store for your sign during the week of November 18 through November 24, 2019, and double down by getting to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

Itchy feet? That’s because the Sun has your travel zone lit around this time every year, urging you to expand your horizons for a broader perspective on life. You’re surfacing from a cave of feels thanks to the highs of merging—or the lows of separating. Cut the last tendrils, or book a ticket for two. Whatever you do, make it about personal growth. You have a renewed lease on collaborative life, so drive forward with ideas and back it up with action. Asserting yourself around the give and take of shared assets will be easier from Tuesday as you’ll be clear on which approach to take. Let love expand and inform your belief system for a renewed outlook on life.

Taurus | Taurus rising

Activity continues in your relationship zone and you’re motivated to engage. Make sure your co-driver is putting in as much effort as you do. If you’ve revisited friends or lovers from your past, now is the time to move forward with what you’ve learned or gained from the interaction. What was the message they had for you? Taking things to the next level is on the cards as the Sun has your sex and shared resources zone lit. It’s all about collaboration for you this month; set your intention, ground it with a ritual, and reel it in! You have an eye for quality, so breathe life into something, or someone, whose value others missed. If you’re looking for or taking on a new project, be sure it (or they) will amplify your efforts.

Gemini | Gemini rising

The Sun in your opposite sign of Sagittarius suggests partnership and collaboration are on the cards. Opposites attract, so look out for a special someone who can put the dynamic into your duo and get traction on ideas you’ve been working with. In other areas, health and fitness have had a boost, so teaming up with someone who shares your interests will keep you on track with healthy habits and routines. If your work zone has had any upsets or changes over the Mercury retrograde period, take stock. Things should straighten out as Mercury moves direct midweek, and you can course-correct or even change tack. Consider your needs, your pay, and what you bring to the table before brokering contract changes.

It’s Not ‘Weird’ to Be an Adult Woman Who Loves Disney

Patty Holliday, who’s attended three D23 Expos now, says her first visit to Walt Disney World was on her honeymoon—but after the loss of her son, Jacob, in 2005, the resort took on a deeper meaning. For her, visits to Orlando help keep his spirit alive. “It’s the last place that my entire family can be together, in a sense,” she explains. “I cherish the park visits with the kids because of those early visits with Jacob.” Now a full-time Disney blogger, Holliday is particularly passionate about the seasonal RunDisney events through Walt Disney World. She’s completed nearly two dozen and credits running through Cinderella Castle as her motivation. “Disney means pretty much everything to me,” she says. “It’s where the stories are told, the memories are made, and my bravery was found.”

When I talked with Lisa Basilio, she was wrapped in swaths of sea foam green tulle in homage to Moana’s Te Fiti. It was so elaborate I found it hard to believe she’s never done this before; Basilio has always been a fan—she even got married at Disneyland—but D23 Expo 2019 was her first foray into wearing intricate costumes in public. “It’s such an amazing place where people feel safe,” she says of Disneyland. “They let go of their stress from the real world and adults become kids again. It’s an amazing transformation, and I love to be a part of that.”

For these women, and most people at D23 Expo for that matter, being a Disney fan is more about friendship, community, and sisterhood than any love of the mouse. Below, we talk with more women at the fan convention who break down why Disney is so important to them. Turns out it’s not such a small world after all.

Sarah Sterling and Tiff Mink

Best friends and fixtures of the Disney community, Sarah Sterling and Tiff Mink are an example of how Mickey and co. have helped women discover their creative outlets as well as a chosen family. Shortly after they met five years ago, the two collaborated on a YouTube channel called ThingamaVlogs—a play on The Little Mermaid’s underwater trinket collection—which featured a mix of planning tips, comedy videos, and travel vlogs that clocked over 70,000 subscribers. ThingamaVlogs is no longer active, but the women now have their own individual YouTube channels devoted to all things Disney.

The two are like anthropologists of post-’90s Mickey Mouse culture, and they do so flawlessly. “Instagram truly changed everything for the Disney community,” Sterling says, crediting the platform’s explosive growth and easily accessible format for making Disney cooler than ever before. “Park culture,” as she calls it, has snowballed in turn, yielding its own trends, styles, and subcultures. The more the merrier, Sterling says. “All I ever wanted in middle school were people to talk to about Disney Parks, and now there’s hundreds of thousands of people,” she adds. A life-long goal was finally realized earlier this year when she began working for Walt Disney Imagineering on the Star Wars global portfolio.

Mink, a content creator, says she didn’t visit the theme parks frequently growing up but held a prevailing passion for all things Disney, including an obsession with Disney Channel films that extended through college. As self-described “ride-or-die Disney fans,” as Mink puts it, these friends say they love every aspect of Disney: the history, lore, design, animation, all of it. At D23 Expo, Mink even served as something of a litmus test for in-the-know fans. She dressed as legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter, complete with rolled-up ride blueprints in a leather satchel. While we talked, several stopped her to rave about her appliquéd mustache and Imagineering hard hat. Others strolled past without a word.

Tiff Mink is wearing a costume inspired by legendary Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter.

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But though it’s not exactly niche to be an adult who’s into Disney anymore, Mink and Sterling still feel some judgment come their way. “People just think it’s weird because they have this idea that Disney is for children,” Mink says. But for her, it’s no different than a football fan traveling to see the Super Bowl in person. “Just because you don’t get it doesn’t mean it’s weird.”

Gal Gadot And Ben Affleck Join Justice League Co-Stars To Support Snyder Cut Release

Two years. It has been two years today since Justice League came out and disappointed almost everyone. On the 2nd anniversary of that mess, fans got #ReleaseTheSnyderCut trending as part of an organized push to get Warner Bros. to release director Zack Snyder’s original vision for the DC movie. But fans were’t alone. Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, finally joined the chorus — and later on Sunday she was joined by DCEU Batman Ben Affleck himself.

Gal Gadot picked the perfect time to show her support for the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, posting a photo of Diana Prince on Twitter:

Ben Affleck is no longer playing Batman in the DCEU, with Robert Pattinson currently filming the role. But Affleck still responded to the call of the Batginal, simply tweeting the hashtag to show his support:

Their Justice League co-star Ray Fisher (Cyborg) has posted in support of The Snyder Cut release before, and he did it again on the anniversary of the November 17 movie debut:

Christina Wren played Major Carrie Farris in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She shared her support for Snyder’s Justice League cut:

Actress/martial artist Samantha Win was in Man of Steel and played Euboea in Wonder Woman and Justice League. She too showed solidarity for the movement:

Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa has been the most vocal of the group about getting the Snyder Cut released. He said he’s seen it and it’s very different from the theatrical version finished by Joss Whedon. Momoa already posted this image a week before the two-year anniversary event:

What about Henry Cavill, and Ezra Miller? Miller still supposedly has his The Flash movie coming, but he’s not on social media. Cavill’s status as Superman is still unclear. Cavill did address The Snyder Cut last year in an interview:

Apparently The Snyder Cut does exist, ’cause Jason Momoa recently confirmed he’d seen it. Zack Snyder’s preferred social medium is Vero, where he has been dropping more Justice League photos and intel than ever in the past couple of months. Snyder just recently posted a new shot of Superman’s resurrection.

Zack Snyder said he was “speechless” from the support of fans at New York Comic-Con, and I can only imagine his heart is growing several sizes from the support of his own cast and fans today. Last month, he did return to Twitter to show support to fans, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did something like this in honor of today:

But now what? How long is this going to continue? I saw fans tagging both Warner Bros. and the upcoming streamer HBO Max on tweets, perhaps with the hope that WB will drop The Snyder Cut on the new service. It would certainly make a splash. But will that ever happen? I don’t see why Snyder would keep teasing fans with images if he didn’t want it to be released. But will it? I’m trying to find the endgame (sorry!) in this campaign that works out for everyone involved.