'Halloween' star Jamie Lee Curtis goes where the love is, after sobriety changed 'everything'
Sit with Jamie Lee Curtis and she will try to forge a connection. She will relate, she will pound her fist on the table, she will declare herself. She turns 60 next month, and the real bone chiller is leaving this earth with ideas left on the table.
“I want to die having said something,” she says firmly.
It’s a beautiful, weird, emotional time for her. “Halloween” arrives in theaters Friday, a sequel that critics have hailed as the best installment of the horror franchise since the 1978 original, with an 86% fresh rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes. This is the franchise that made her famous at age 20. Her first real job.
The new “Halloween” finds Laurie Strode as a grandmother who stockpiles weapons (and, yes, that includes guns) and escape plans, knowing that one day the murderous, masked Michael Myers will return. (The new film basically ignores the plot structures of all sequels that came before it.) She has pushed away her daughter (Judy Greer), who considers her paranoid and unstable. She is close only to her granddaughter (Andi Matichak).
In one scene, Laurie waits in her car as Michael is transferred by bus from his asylum to a new prison. Rage courses through her like the booze in her cup; a gun waits by her side. It was Curtis' last day of shooting, and to honor her, the crew donned name tags that read, "I am Laurie Strode."
"They didn’t say a word," Curtis says. "And what they were saying was: 'We love you. We love Laurie. We are all traumatized. And we are all together with you.'"
"Halloween" is a film that pulses with the repercussions of trauma. It's a horror movie, sure, but the film's timeliness is arresting; Curtis reminds that this interview is taking place on the exact one-year anniversary of when Harvey Weinstein’s world imploded and just after Bill Cosby went to jail. A week after Christine Blasey Ford testified on Capitol Hill.
In the original "Halloween," Laurie, 17, once a promising, curious, college-bound teen, "became a freak," Curtis says, after Michael's killing spree. The latest film bookends the causal effect of Laurie's nightmare, offering a very 2018 twist in its bloody finale. "It was beautiful to watch what happened with Laurie Strode and her daughter and her granddaughter and watch three women take back the power from a perpetrator," she says.
Curtis knows she’s talking about fictional suffering as she makes the rounds for "Halloween." “But do you really think it’s fiction for me?” she asks.
Curtis will go down in history as a legendary scream queen; she knows it's inevitable. “All I hear is the grading, the rank ordering in my industry. A-list. A-listers. I’m in B-movies. That’s how I’ve buttered my bread. And horror movies are like at the bottom end of the scale.”
Breakout films like "True Lies," "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Trading Places" were hard-won. She’s grateful, says Curtis, who is married to filmmaker Christopher Guest ("This Is Spinal Tap," "Mascots"). “But I’m saying there are many directors I admire. I am a film lover, I am a reader, I was born and raised here, I married a film director, we have friends, we are in circles, we know people – none of them have ever hired me."
Her gaze is unwavering. "And at some point you have to be OK with it. Because if not, it will make you crazy. I have accepted long ago to go where the love is. Be with people who love you, meaning be with people who want to work with you."
Over the past 20 years, her sober years, Curtis – the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh – confronted a new normal. She recalls being a new mom on a "hamster wheel" of work, marriage and motherhood: "I think I was replicating my mom and really trying to just make everybody happy," says the actress, mother of Annie, 31, and Thomas, 22.
Take 1987, the summer she shot "A Fish Called Wanda," the John Cleese comedy that showcased her talents inside a brainy comedy.
"My memory of 'A Fish Called Wanda' is that I cried every day to and from work. Not that I laughed, not that it was super-fun, nothing," she says. "My memory of 'A Fish Called Wanda' was leaving my sleeping 6-month-old daughter, going to work an hour away and then working 12 hours, sometimes more, and then an hour back, often to a child asleep again. And that was like the beginning of it all for me."
A brutal alcohol and opioid addiction followed. “As soon as I got sober, which is 20 years coming up in February, everything changed," she says. "Because it was a big, big acknowledgment that I could not do all of the things I was trying to do."
Curtis calls herself lucky. To have hit bottom while she was still employed and loved. To have had access to help. "I have made shifts along the way," she says, but acknowledging and honoring her personal bandwidth: "That’s the single greatest accomplishment of my life.”
October 18, 2018
Sources: USA Today
o attend a hearing at the ECHR which is expected to rule if his countless detentions have been politically motivated. He was stopped by border guards and told that a ruling by court bailiffs has barred him from leaving Russia.</p><p> The hearing in Strasbourg on Thursday could prove a major embarrassment for the Kremlin which routinely dismisses Navalny, arguably Russia's most popular opposition figure, as a trouble-maker with no political backing.</p><p> Navalny said later on Tuesday that the formal reason for barring him from leaving Russia was a bailiffs ruling, dated Friday, to collect from him 2.1 million rubles ($31,000) in damages in a civil lawsuit against a timber company. He lost the lawsuit last year but Navalny said the court never provided any documents or banking details for him to pay the damages.</p><p> Navalny has faced numerous criminal charges in the past that are widely viewed as attempts by the Kremlin to sideline him.</p><p> Navalny, who rose to prominence thanks to his investigations into official corruption, spearheaded major anti-government protests which have attracted Russians from across the political spectrum.</p>
tainer they have been living in for three years, with their dog Morgan</p><p>A couple saved thousands after quitting the London rat race to live in shipping containers for three years so they could build their dream business in the Welsh countryside.</p><p>Clare and Aubrey Fry abandoned the hustle and bustle of London life to rent out canoes from their riverside base in Hay-on-Wye, Powys.</p><p>But with property prices at a premium in the picturesque town - famed for its many bookshops and annual literary festival - the pair faced squandering cash on costly rentals.</p><p>Instead the couple- who met in 2008 through mutual friends- spent just £15,000 on two shipping containers - and have sold them three years later for a tidy profit.</p><p>Clare, 34 said: 'City life is full of opportunity but the pace and expense weren't for us. We were sure there were opportunities here in Hay, with a more relaxed and affordable way of life to boot.'</p><p>Aubrey was running a motion capture studio in the capital and designing software and computer games.</p><p>Meanwhile Clare, originally from Taunton, Somerset, was working in sales for car giant Audi.</p><p>As Aubrey, 37, grew up in Hay-on-Wye and with his mother owning a farm on its outskirts, the couple naturally gravitated to the Welsh border town for weekend getaways.</p><p>Clare said: 'We'd leave London as early as possible on Friday afternoon to beat rush hour, spend the weekend here, and leave at 5am on Monday morning to go back to our jobs.</p><p>'We realised we didn't want to be in London long term. You'd go to the butcher or the market, and find all their best produce was sourced from the Wye Valley - where we really wanted to be.'</p><p>Clare and Aubrey have managed to make clever use of the space in the 40ft shipping container and have managed to create a stylish and compact home</p><p>The couple have been living in the containers for three years while they save up money for their fledgling canoe hire business</p><p>The 40ft shipping container has made a cosy, compact and cost-effective home for the couple, who quite the rat race to build a business in rural Wales</p><p>Clare and Aubrey Fry's shipping container home nestles among woodland beside the river Wye in rural Wales. The couple quite the London rat race to start a canoe hire business</p><p>The shipping container has a raised double bunk bed. The floor to ceiling double doors of the container open out for an al fresco sleeping experience in the warmer summer months. The insect netting, pictured, can keep out unwanted intruders</p><p>The duo worked briefly for Aubrey's mother, Rosalind Garratt, helping the family home - Racquety Farm - diversify into a sustainable camping, B&B and self catering venue.</p><p>They stumbled on an opportunity to buy a canoe hire business from a local retiree in December 2013 and rebranded it as 'Want to Canoe?'</p><p>Clare admits: 'I thought it was crazy! It was such a curveball - it came out of nowhere. But Aubrey thought it was a brilliant idea.</p><p>'We talked and talked about it, and initially thought it would be a part time thing that we'd do alongside actual jobs, but it just took over.'</p><p>The Fry's have turned the containers into an eclectic and cosy hom. The two units are sited on land belonging to Raquety Farm, just a stone's throw across the field to Want to Canoe's HQ on the banks of the River Wye</p><p>The couple reduced clutter to a minimum and got rid of many of their personal possessions. The seperate 20ft container is fitted out with electrics and provides a kitchen, bathroom and shower</p><p>The couple relax on the sofa with a cup of tea. They have now sold the containers and are due to move into a new-build eco-tourism development which has been three years in construction</p><p>As they ploughed every spare penny back into the fledgling operation - which rents Canadian-style open canoes to day trippers paddling the River Wye - they hit on their novel accommodation solution.</p><p>In 2015 they moved into their semi-converted 40-ft 'high top' container, which houses an open-plan living space heated by a wood burning stove, plus a sleeping area with a raised double bunk bed.</p><p>They paired it with a shorter, 20-ft container, and fitted it out with plumbing and electrics to provide a kitchen and bathroom, complete with washing machine and shower.</p><p>The separate 20-ft container houses many of the electrical appliances such as a washing machine. It also contains the bathroom and shower</p><p>The two units are sited on land belonging to Racquety Farm, just a stone's throw across the field to Want to Canoe's HQ on the banks of the River Wye.</p><p>Clare said: 'We really wanted to be on the farm, close to the river and the business, but as a young couple we needed our own space.</p><p>'We were putting everything back into the business, and buying or renting in Hay is expensive, so that wasn't really an option.</p><p>'Living in the containers has been fun, but challenging at times. There's nowhere to hide if you fall out with each other and you have to get used to making such a small space work.</p><p>'We threw and gave away a lot of our stuff. I can recommend it - it's been very cathartic. You find out what you really need, and what really matters.</p><p>Despite shedding many of their personal possessions the couple still had some space for their all important book collection</p><p>The new property the couple (pictured) and moving into will be overlooking the Wye and double as a new office headquarters, B&B and event space for the canoe business</p><p>'We didn't expect to be in the containers for as long as three years - maybe one, or two at a push, but they really feel like home now.</p><p>'People are always surprised and amazed that we've managed to make such a small and unusual space work, but to us it's just home. I'll be sad to see it go.'</p><p>The containers are destined for a new home on the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides in the Spring, after selling on eBay for £20k.</p><p>An artist's impression of the new property Clare and Aubrey will be moving into once construction is completed</p><p>Meanwhile Clare and Aubrey are due to move into a new-build eco-tourism development which has been three years in construction.</p><p>The property, overlooking the Wye, will double as a new office headquarters, B&B and event space for the canoe business.</p><p>It is built from metal and timber frame and clad in Larch felled to make way for the building project, which includes a shower block, drying room and self-catering bothy.</p><p>The pair plan to add self-contained accommodation pods in the surrounding woodland.</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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tely gone under water after an oil tanker rammed into it last week, tearing a large hole in its side.</p><p> Rear Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of Norway's navy, says several of the wires used to stabilize the KNM Helge Instad snapped Tuesday, causing the vessel to sink further into the fjord.</p><p> Only the top of the frigate with its radar and antennas remained above the waterline.</p><p> The 134-meter (442-foot) frigate began listing heavily after a Maltese-flagged oil tanker collided with it Thursday. Its 137 crew were evacuated.</p><p> The tanker was only slight damaged in the collision in Sture, north of Bergen.</p><p> Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.</p>
p>“When the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recordings he was so shocked he said: 'This one must have taken heroin, only someone who takes heroin would do this'.”</p><p>Erdogan told reporters on his plane returning from a weekend visit to France that he discussed the Saudi journalist's killing with the US, French and German leaders at dinner in Paris.</p><p>He said: "We played the recordings regarding this murder to everyone who wanted them from us. Our intelligence organisation did not hide anything. We played them to all who wanted them including the Saudis, the USA, France, Canada, Germany, Britain."</p><p>The Turkish president went on to say it was clear that the murder was planned and that the order came from the top level of Saudi authorities. </p><p>He continued: "The crown prince says he will clarify the matter and will do what is necessary.</p><p>France denied the Turkish president's announcement that they had received any more details on Mr Khashoggi’s death.</p><p>Although French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, did not accuse the president of lying he admitted that Turkey was playing a “political game.”</p><p>The French foreign minister went on to say: “Right now we don’t know the truth about the Khashoggi affair.</p><p>“But if the Turkish president has information, he must give it to us.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
‘disappeared’ after his boss, the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, was toppled as the nation’s leader.</p><p>Anti-corruption officials are now hunting for British PR consultant Paul Stadlen, 39, who lived in a 38-storey building with a ‘sky gym’ and swimming pool. While there is no suggestion of criminality on Mr Stadlen’s behalf, the public relations chief is being tracked down to help with inquiries.</p><p>Mr Razak and his wife now face charges of financial crimes over an alleged multi-billion-dollar financial fraud. </p><p>The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) appealed on Thursday for help finding the man who controlled his media relations.</p><p>PR guru Paul Stadlen worked directly for former prime minister Najib Razak and was 'devoted to him' Malaysian media said</p><p>Mr Stadlen could be a key witness in the high-profile case, the MACC said.</p><p>Until election day, Stadlen worked as a spokesman for the prime minister, as an independent consultant.</p><p>It is now believed he fled the country and may have flown to London, before heading elsewhere.</p><p>Mr Stadlen lived in the super luxury Loft Sentral Condominium in the city centre and was a regular on the city’s party scene.</p><p>The Sarawak Report reported, an anonymous source as saying: ‘Stadlen has a terrible party lifestyle.</p><p>‘It’s incredible he gets away with it, working for a Muslim head of Government. He’s always out partying in bars, clubs, getting dead drunk.’</p><p>The report was accompanied by pictures of Mr Stadlen with scantily clad women in bunny dress.</p><p>Stadlen was extremely close to his boss despite Najib attempting to promote himself on his strict Islamic beliefs.</p><p>Mr Najib faces multiple charges of money-laundering and criminal breach of trust.</p><p>The investigation centres on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB ) fund founded by the former prime minister. It is estimated $4.5bn was stolen from the fund.</p><p>The Malaysian authorities are hunting for Mr Stadlen in relation to the alleged fraud although it is claimed he is not accused of criminal wrongdoing </p><p>Mr Stalden began to work for the prime minister after meeting him when working for an international firm in the country from 2009. After the firm lost their contract over a PR scandal Mr Stadlen stayed on, it is reported.</p><p>Mr Stadlen’s late father was a veteran BBC journalist, Eric Stadlen, who trained the likes of Jeremy Paxman.</p><p>LBC presenter Matthew Stadlen is related to the missing man, as well as Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tommy Stadlen.</p><p>Other relatives include high court judge Sire Nicholas Stadlen and former senior civil servant Godfrey Stadlen.</p><p>Mr Stadlen himself worked for a while in journalism before joining PR firm APCO worldwide.</p><p>His acquaintances called him ‘ruthless’ in supporting Najib and said he was ‘devoted’ to his boss.</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
he throne — a role he has served since he was a young child.</p><p> He's not lacking in things to do and shows few signs of slowing down — he is wealthy, extremely active in matters of great importance to him, and preparing to welcome his third grandchild into the world when Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gives birth next spring.</p><p> His destiny, however, is to be king, a position he will automatically assume with the death of his 92-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth II.</p><p> When that happens, Charles will be bound by the constitutional requirement that the monarch refrain from trying to influence policy. Until then, Charles is free to lobby for action on climate change, support organic farming, and fight genetically modified crops as he sees fit.</p><p> He's doing all that while increasingly stepping in for the queen and supervising the Prince's Trust, an ambitious charity he founded 42 years ago that has helped hundreds of thousands of young Britons.</p><p> Is the candle-crowded birthday cake a signal that it's time for the elegantly greying prince to take it easy? Not on your life, says Charles' wife, Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall.</p><p> "I don't think he thinks he's 70," she wrote in a birthday tribute in The Telegraph Magazine. "I think it's just a number to him. There's no way that he will slow down. You must be joking. I keep saying 70 is getting on a bit. It's not very old but it is old. You have to slow down a bit."</p><p> The royal family is in the midst of a slow, understated transition. The patriarch, 97-year-old Prince Philip, has formally retired from public life, although he makes occasional appearances in support of the queen.</p><p> For her part, the queen still maintains a busy schedule, but she no longer makes long haul flights to far flung parts of the 53-nation Commonwealth, and this year she took the unusual step of lobbying the Commonwealth countries to specify that Charles would be the next leader of the group, a position that is not hereditary.</p><p> The support for Charles was unanimous, reflecting not only appreciation for the queen's work over the decades but a belief that Charles has a strong commitment to the Commonwealth.</p><p> Charles has also taken a more visible role representing the queen at some important national events, most recently during the Remembrance Day celebrations honoring Britain's fallen soldiers. He placed the queen's wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph monument while she watched from a balcony seat.</p><p> But his working trips abroad and his speeches at home generate precious little buzz as the press focuses on younger, more photogenic royals and their cute offspring.</p><p> In a way, Charles is sandwiched between generations, caught between his mother, a symbol of dignity and continuity who has reigned since 1952, and his two immensely popular sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who have along with their wives come to symbolize the future of the world's best known monarchy.</p><p> William and Harry also remind many of their mother, the late Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997 after a messy divorce from Charles that for a time tarnished his standing with the British public.</p><p> It is William and Harry — along with their wives Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan — who appear on the cover of glossy magazines, not the about-to-be-70 Charles. It is the young royals who are seen as glamorous modernizers with the common touch, while Charles is sometimes perceived as dour, preachy and remote.</p><p> Camilla says the public doesn't understand how "incredibly kind" and funny Charles is, and William and Harry — taking part in a rare BBC interview to mark his father's birthday — praise the way he has used his undefined position as Prince of Wales to advocate so many important causes, such as environmental protection.</p><p> But Harry — who has endeared himself to the British public in part with his impish smile and sunny outlook — urged his dad to cut back a bit on the doom and gloom that often accompanies Charles' pronouncements.</p><p> "I would encourage him to remain optimistic because I think it can be very easy to become despondent and negative," Harry said. "But hopefully with his children and his grandchildren, and a few more grandchildren to come, he can get energy from the family side and then carry on his leadership role."</p><p> He also had this advice: don't work so hard, and have dinner earlier.</p>
ected to be a heavy year of foreign travel for the 81-year-old pontiff.</p><p> The Vatican on Tuesday confirmed the March 30-31 visit to Rabat and Casablanca.</p><p> Previously, there were rumors that Francis would travel to Marrakesh next month to participate in the adoption of a new U.N. global compact on migration.</p><p> The March visit is likely to feature migration, as well as touch on relations between Christians and Muslims.</p><p> Francis has several trips under consideration for 2019, though Morocco is the first to be confirmed.</p>
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lifornia.</p><p>The blaze covers areas from the Hill Canyon Rd and Santa Rosa Rd to Santa Rosa Valley.</p><p>Having burned approximately 4,500 acres of land, around 40 fire personnel are working to put out the fire.</p><p>The fire is close to the massive Woolsey Fire, which has been burning for almost a week in Southern California and has destroyed hundreds of homes surrounding Los Angeles and Ventura counties.</p><p>More than 90,000 acres of land lies blackened due to the Woolsey Fire.</p><p>Mandatory evacuation orders are still in effect for the South Coast, however, other evacuation orders for the Hill Fire have been lifted for:</p><p>Currently the raging inferno is 85 percent contained as firefighters have been focused on protecting lives and structures since the blaze started on November 8.</p><p>Two structures and have been destroyed and two damaged due to the fire.</p><p>Compared to its neighbouring inferno Woolsey Fire, the Hill Fire has created minor damage.</p><p>At least 170,000 residents have been evacuated due to the Woolsey Fire, which has so far killed at least two people.</p><p>More than 75,000 Los Angeles County homes remain evacuated and the number of destroyed homes are expected to rise in the coming days.</p><p>And extreme fire behaviour will continue to challenge firefighters in Southern California this week as more strong winds are forecasted.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
han a simple arbitration, as many MEPs expect her to send a strong signal to EU rogue state members.</p><p>Martin Schirdewan, MEP of the Left Party: “This must send a clear signal against the far right, against Viktor Orban who is still a member of the European People's Party.</p><p>“This is about letting go of the power-tactical games and clearly taking a stand here for democracy.”</p><p>Ms Merkel, who will remain leader of the German ruling CDU until December, before resigning at the yearly party conference, is also expected to address key European projects. </p><p>CDU MEP David McAllister listed some of these proposals, saying: "For example, the need for a closer co-ordinated foreign and security policy, migration policy and the need for a common European border management will certainly play a role and I assume that the Chancellor will also make detailed statements about issues of growth-oriented, sustainable economic policies."</p><p>Within this time, Ms Merkel and the MEPs will also likely discuss the future of Europe without the UK, set to officially withdraw from the bloc on March 29 next year. </p><p>As the Brexit talks reached the final stage, negotiators are expected to strike a deal soon, to allow the EU27 to discuss the agreement at this month’s summit.</p><p>She said: "I will not compromise on what people voted for in the referendum. </p><p>“This will not be an agreement at any cost.”</p><p>The “Future of Europe” debates have focused on different issues throughout the past months.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>