Rachel Simon
Rachel Simon is the Movies Editor at Bustle. Talk to her about Buffy, ice cream, or Nancy Meyers' interior design.

Marvel's Next Great Female Superhero Could Be A Young Girl

A lot has been made — and rightfully so — over the fact that Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel movie to have a female hero in the title. But while Hope van Dyne taking center stage in the new film is absolutely worth celebrating, there's anoth…
By Rachel Simon

The Star & Director Of 'Eighth Grade' On Why People Are Only Now Taking Teen Girls Seriously

Kayla, the lonely 13-year-old protagonist of Bo Burnham's new movie Eighth Grade, would probably never describe herself as hero or a leader — she likely wouldn't even deem herself the star of her own story. Yet to audiences, Kayla is just the latest …
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19 Women Explain What The First Time Seeing Their Mental Illness On-Screen Was Really Like

I don't remember the first time I pulled out my hair. It's been a habit for so many years, done absent-mindedly while watching TV or typing on my laptop, that tracing it back to the beginning seems impossible. I do remember, though, the first time I …
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How J.K. Rowling Helped Bo Burnham Make His New Movie 'Eighth Grade'

In recent years, there've been a number of must-see movies about teenage girls, from Greta Gerwig's nostalgia-filled Lady Bird to Kelly Fremon Craig's biting The Edge of Seventeen to Debra Granik's just-released, wilderness-set Leave No Trace. While …
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Here’s Why We’re All So Obsessed With Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson, According To Psychologists

It's May 21, 2018. The royal wedding was two days ago, and most of us are still coming down from witnessing the everlasting love of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Then, a report starts circulating that steals everyone's attention: Ariana Grande, pop…
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This Teen Is Being Called "The Next Jennifer Lawrence" — And Here's How She Feels About It

When celebrities hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, Leave No Trace s…
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Here's How To Watch The Beyonce & JAY-Z Music Video That Shut Down The Louvre

If, like many other people, you were totally shocked that Beyoncé and JAY-Z dropped a joint album called Everything is Love on Saturday night, you shouldn't have been — after all, when have the celebrity couple ever done anything as expected? It's co…
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What 'The Incredibles 2' Director Has To Say About If There'll Be Another Sequel

When audiences around the world were first introduced to the super-powered Parr family in Pixar's The Incredibles, it was way back in 2004 — practically an eternity in pop culture times. 14 years later, we finally have Incredibles 2, but while fans a…
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Watch The 'Ocean's 8' Cast's Hilarious Reactions To Hearing Mindy Kaling Had An 'Office' Girl Group

Back in 2009, things were a lot different in the world of pop culture. The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" was dominating the charts; Avatar was the movie everyone had to see; the celeb couples all over the tabloids were Speidi and the Gosselins; …
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Why Movies About Women Over 60 Are So Beloved By Millennial Women

On the weekend of May 19, three movies dominated the box office. There was Deadpool 2, taking the top spot; right underneath was Avengers: Infinity War, another superhero movie to which audiences swarmed. And in third place, there was a movie that lo…
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Shailene Woodley's "Homeless" Lifestyle Helped Her Get 'Adrift' — So Joke's On You, Haters

To say that Shailene Woodley isn't your average famous person is an understatement. The 26-year-old may have starred in blockbusters like The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, wracked up awards nominations for projects like Big Little Lies and The Sp…
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The Director Of 'The Tale' On Why You Need To See Her Controversial Movie About Sexual Assault

In the world of movies, there are, of course, different levels of success. There is the blockbuster kind, all about breaking records at the box office, and there is the acclaim kind, where a film might not be a massive financial hit but is an awards …
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Why Shailene Woodley Says Working With Meryl Streep On 'Big Little Lies' Is "Shocking"

When it was announced last December that HBO's Big Little Lies would have a second season, fans across the globe were divided. For many people, adding on more episodes to the acclaimed show felt like a risky move, a potential way to ruin a story that…
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What The 'Infinity War' Directors Have To Say About The Future Of Women In The MCU

Like most Marvel movies before it, Avengers: Infinity War is chock-full of men. The next films from the studio, though? Expect the gender ratio to be totally different. "I think if you see the Marvel universe go forward, it will construct itself in a…
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Definitive Proof That 'Grey's Anatomy's Ghost Sex Storyline Wasn't As Awful As You Remember

Look, before we begin, I think I need a disclaimer — I have stuck with Grey's Anatomy through everything, and will continue to do so until Shonda Rhimes eventually decides to call it quits. There is nothing the show has thrown in me in 14 seasons tha…
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Charlize Theron In 'Tully' Is The Woman So Many Of Us Are Scared We'll Become

For as long as I've known I wanted to be a mother, I have also known that I don't like kids. As an only child, I grew up wary of babies and toddlers, never comfortable holding an infant or watching after a niece. And as I got older, that ambivalence …
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If You Blamed Ellen Pompeo For April & Arizona Leaving 'Grey's, You Actually Made Things Way Worse

Here's a fact: on Jan. 17, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a piece in which Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo revealed she'd recently negotiated a deal to earn over $20 million a year. Another fact: Less than two months later, on March 8, it wa…
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Maude Apatow Is Very Nervous About This Interview

Maude Apatow is nervous. Like really nervous. Like hands shaking, sentence interrupting, "oh my god I'm like, freaking out" nervous. This is surprising, since Apatow is, after all, a Famous Person — not only an actor in movies like the new The House …
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Here's Who Dies In 'Avengers: Infinity War' In Case You Want To Know How Many Tissues To Bring

Major spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War. If you're one of the millions of people who've been waiting anxiously for the latest Marvel movie to come out, you're probably also one of the millions of people terrified that Infinity War will see yo…
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Let's Break Down That legitimately Shocking 'Infinity War' Ending

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War. We've made it. After so much nerve-wracking anticipation, the first of the last two Avengers movies (well, for now) has arrived, and millions of fans are rushing to the theater to see what happens. There wer…
By Rachel Simon