The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day

(CNN)Fear not, Halloween purists: Your beloved holiday will probably remain on October 31. But what’s better than one day of witches and vampires roaming the street? Two days of treats! The association will partner with Party City to launch #ALLoween, a campaign to promote the new holiday that — fittingly — hits stores on Friday, September 13, according to the petition. The association’s campaign to shift Halloween to a Saturday began in 2018. Organizers claimed that the change would make the holiday “safer, longer and stress-free.” After a year languishing on the petition website, it began picking up steam this month. The group didn’t specifically outline just how a Saturday spookfest would make for a better Halloween, but in theory, …

Rachel Roddys recipe for cannoli | A Kitchen in Rome

The perennial Sicilian favourite confection, the recipe straight from the kitchen of a master of the art After two disappointments, it was a relief to arrive in Cantunra had not closed or been renovated beyond recognition since our last visit two summers ago. Parking has not changed either; it is tricky in the meandering centre. Then, when you do find a spot, it is often so awkward that getting into it is like trying to lever a hot foot into an undersized shoe. Eventually we park by the Aragonese castle and walk back towards the main square of the town before turning right into Via Giuseppe Di Vita and the reason we have come here: dinner. I have Caltanissetta) where …

Virginia black caucus, state Democrats boycott commemorative events over Trump’s attendance

(CNN)Black state lawmakers in Virginia are planning to boycott an event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the western hemisphere because President Donald Trump plans to attend. “The VLBC will not in good conscience sit silently and support his inclusion in this event. It is impossible to ignore the emblem of hate and disdain that the President represents,” the 20-member caucus said, adding, “Those who have chosen to attend and remain silent are complicit in the atrocities that he incites.” Trump on Tuesday appeared unbothered by the boycotts, downplaying it as “all a fix.” “That’s OK. Well I think if that’s the case I’d be shocked, but if that’s the case, they’re fighting against their …

From Thelma and Louise to Animals: how female friendships on screen got real

Animals is the latest film to explore womens lives in a refreshingly realistic way. Why did it take Fleabag and Girls for cinema to realise there is more to a narrative than marriage? When did you last see a film with a friendship between two women that felt real, a friendship that didnt play second fiddle to romance in the narrative arc, that was not trampled over or cast aside in the quest for true love? Love stories about female friends are vanishingly rare. But this summer, Olivia Wildes gorgeous coming-of-age story Booksmart arrived on screen. Now comes Animals, the director Sophie Hydes hedonistic Irish comedy about two best friends, underemployed graduates in their early 30s working as coffee-shop baristas. …

Olivia Jade Is Back On Instagram & I Have A Theory About Why Betches

You guys. It’s happening. I thought this day might never come, but Olivia Jade Giannuli has officially returned to Instagram. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Olivia Jade is Lori Loughlin’s daughter, and she was one of the biggest players in the infamous college admissions scandal that broke earlier this year. After Olivia Jade’s time on the USC rowing team was exposed as a total scam, she went totally dark on social media. Her YouTube channel has been dormant for months, and before today, her last Instagram post was in February. I didn’t care much about Olivia Jade before the scandal broke out, but it’s fair to say that her whereabouts have become sort of an obsession …

A Mini ‘The Office’ Reunion Happened In Honor Of B.J. Novak’s Birthday! – Perez Hilton

B.J. Novak celebrated his 40th birthday with longtime friends on Wednesday, including several costars of The Office! The Ryan Howard portrayer rung in the milestone with a few of his former castmates — Mindy Kaling, Jenna Fischer, and Angela Kinsey. Novak wrote on Instagram alongside a carousel of photos from the mini-reunion: “What a wonderful birthday to celebrate with so many people who make my life what it is – thank you to literally everyone in it for your ❤️ in @‘s and IRLs. Grateful.” All smiles from Pam and Angela!! / (c) B.J. Novak/Instagram Cute!! We love exes that are able to remain friendly with each other! / (c) B.J. Novak/Instagram In May, the Late Night star revealed her ex …

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Might Be Canceled This Year Betches

Well ladies, hang up your wings, because apparently the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is not happening this year. That’s right, Kendall Jenner and her crew of insanely attractive friends will have to find something else to do this fall. Sad! The news of the fashion show’s cancelation comes from Shanina Shaik, who has walked in the show several times. While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, if Shanina is correct, this will be the first time in over 20 years that the angels won’t be walking the runway. Shanina Shaik shared the news when speaking to The Daily Telegraph, an Australian publication. She said, “It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an Angel.” It’s …

The cast for Joss Whedon’s show ‘The Nevers’ sounds very Joss Whedon

HBO just announced the main cast for Joss Whedons new showThe Nevers, and it sounds extremely Joss Whedon. The Nevers is Whedons first original TV project sinceDollhouse in 2009, and its packed with familiar ideas from his filmography. Set in VictorianLondon, its an urban fantasy drama about a group of superpowered women called the Touched. Lead actress Laura Donnelly (Outlander) was cast back in April, playing the reckless, emotionally damaged heroine Amalia True, and now we have a longer cast list including Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Dollhouse actress Olivia Williams.Longtime fans will certainly recognize some elements of HBOs character descriptions,especially if you pay attention to Whedons controversial treatment of women. Whedon is one of the most successful …

How to watch ‘Jane the Virgin Retrospective’ online

After five seasons and 100 episodes, is quickly coming to an end. Like many big hit sitcoms throughout history, a simple finale wont do as a send-off. No, like the Seinfelds of old, the finale will air after a one-hour retrospective celebrating the five seasons, before putting the series to bed. The celebration will cover Jane the Virginfrom conception to birth and beyond. Its a good time to look back at the boyfriends, drama, and perhaps most of all, the juicy chisme that made the first American telenovela such a hitnot to mention, launched Gina Rodriquez into stardom. And unlike a real telenovela, you dont have to have a Spanish degree to understand it. Heres everything you need to know …

How to stream the MLS All-Star Game

The MLS All-Star Game is here, replicating its recent formula of bringing in a top European club to face standout players from the Major League Soccer ranks. This year, Atletico Madridfresh off a rout of rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Cupwill test its steely defense against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Josef Martinez, Carlos Vela, and Wayne Rooney. The match will provide the close for several days of soccer celebration in Orlando, Florida, including the annual Homegrown match pitting the leagues up-and-coming young players against the U-20 squad from CD Guadalajara. (The MLS vs. Chivas match will kick off at 5pm ET Tuesday, viewable on Twitter.) Heres everything you need to know to watch the MLS All-Stars vs. …

Ill-Fated Woodstock 50 Festival Is Canceled Once And For All

Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won’t take place next month. Last week Jay-Z, Dead & Company and John Fogerty announced that they wouldn’t perform at the event after organizers said it was moving to Maryland from New York. Organizers said they were planning to make Woodstock 50 a free benefit concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, before announcing they had canceled the festival altogether. Lang announced the 50th anniversary event in March alongside Fogerty and rapper-actor Common, two acts that were slated to perform. Other artists who were booked for the festival included the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Robert Plant …

Gwyneth Paltrow On What Happens To Your Identity When You’re Not ‘F**kable’

Gwyneth Paltrow opened up about her looks, the aging process and struggling with her identity as she gets older on a recent episode of Goop’s new podcast, “ “I’ve always felt so funny about my looks,” the “Iron Man” actress told Goop editors Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill. “I think that it’s very rare to think that you’re a beautiful person, and so, I feel like every other woman — like, I don’t see that when I look in the mirror.” “I think when you come to age, if you have this broad identity as that, what does it mean to get wrinkles and, like, get closer to menopause, and all these things?” she pondered. “What happens to your identity …

‘We need freedom’: Sehaq, the party space for Amsterdam’s queer refugees

As well as contending with racism, queer refugees face homophobia and transphobia even from their fellow refugees. One Dutch group is trying to carve out a safe space At the dinner table, conversations bubble around people as they tuck into a three-course meal. A plethora of different nationalities and identities have pulled up a chair and, here at Sehaq; a network of LGBT refugees run entirely by volunteers. Regularly meeting in members houses, they put on events specifically for queer refugees that range from dance parties to workshops. Where there is a cost or meal involved, all refugees attend for free and non-refugees pay a small donation. Poster for a Sehaq event. Photograph: Sehaq Nisreen, one of the founding members, …

Far-Right Groups Embrace Straight Pride Parades to Win Recruits, Media Attention

Far-right groups looking to put a friendlier face on their politics are increasingly organizing so-called Straight Pride Parades in an attempt to both garner media attention and new recruits. The Straight Pride trend goals arent so innocentits lead organizer has been involved in far-right group Resist Marxism, and praised a Chilean dictator for executing liberals. Rather than representing any sort of straight pride, the Boston Straight Pride parade turned out to be just another attempt at right-wing trolling. Now another set of far-right activists thousands of miles away are trying the same tactic. An explicitly anti-gay group calling itself the National Straight Pride Coalition announced plans this week for a Straight Pride Parade in Modesto, CA on August 24 to …

Woodstock 50 music festival officially cancelled weeks before event

The troubled 50th anniversary event planned for August in Maryland has been officially called off The troubled Woodstock 50th anniversary music festival planned for August was officially canceled on Wednesday, with organizers blaming a series of unforeseen setbacks. The three-day festival, meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed 1969 celebration of peace and music, was planned for 16-18 August. Greg Peck, principal of Woodstock 50, said an unfortunate dispute with a financial partner and subsequent legal proceedings forced them to move venues and claimed that ultimately they ran out of time. The timing meant we had few choices where our artists would be able to perform. We worked hard to find a way to produce a proper tribute …

Beyonc’s crash diet plan sells an impossible, damaging ideal | Laura Snapes

In promoting an expensive vegan diet plan, the singer has described confronting her weight as every womans nightmare. She is irresponsibly stoking an evil diet culture but is also a victim of it B2018 Coachella headline set was a feat of meticulous preparation. She conceived a show that would pay tribute to the culture of historically black colleges and universities. Having just given birth to twins, she worked for months on the exacting choreography and arrangements. And she went on a demanding vegan diet that also eschewed sugar, carbs, dairy and alcohol. Im hungry, she says in The video advertising Beyoncs diet plan. We see her dancing, doing battle ropes, sit-ups, intensive stretching and squatting in resistance bands. Borges tells …