Star Wars has been an insanely popular franchise since literally the first day the first movie hit theaters. The passion for the galaxy far, far, away has only grown in that time, just as Star Wars itself has grown, to include more films, and live-action and animated television series. The popularity of Star Wars was a shock to pretty much everybody when it happened. Even George Lucas can’t explain it, but he does have some theories.
The world may look very different right now, but there’s one thing you can still count on: the Sephora Memorial Day Sale. While the beauty retailer recently reopened 70 stores in 13 states, it’s online where you want to be looking to score some of its biggest deals—good news for those of us who are still confined to our homes, and, you know, anyone who loves paying half price for beauty products. That’s right, deals are up to 50% off for the holiday weekend.
Unlike Sephora’s famed Beauty Insider sale, there aren’t tiers or special codes you need to unlock the deals. Rather, all the new discounts are available in the retailer’s sale section. So, what you can you expect to find there? Unsurprisingly, after months of so many of us not wearing makeup, that’s where you’ll uncover some of the best deals from the sale. Tons of foundations and concealers are steeply discounted—like Tarte’s serum-like foundation with SPF and Lancôme’s top-selling concealer that works wonders to cover breakouts—as well as a number of mascaras, like IT Cosmetics’ cult-favorite Tightline Mascara, which also doubles as a lash primer and eyeliner.
Elsewhere, you’ll find some seriously good deals on hair tools, like T3’s adjustable curling wand (which comes with multiple sized barrels) and the Glamour Beauty Award–winning Amika Hair Waver that gives you the coolest-looking beach waves. And, if you’re not able to get back to the salon yet, might we suggest a #quarantint? Because Amika’s rose gold and purple temporary hair color sprays are only $11 now. Also there’s no minimum order size for free shipping—just use the code FREESHIP at checkout.
To that end, we’ve rounded up the best deals across categories for to shop to your heart’s delight during the Sephora Memorial Day Sale. Don’t forget to check out all the other great Memorial Day Weekend beauty sales, too.
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Global health concerns have brought the entertainment industry to a halt, as film and TV sets shut down indefinitely. There were a ton of highly anticipated blockbusters in production at the time, including The Matrix 4 and Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The latter movie was going to bring a new Bruce Wayne to theaters with Robert Pattinson, supported by a stellar cast of co-stars. Chief among them is Zoe Kravitz, and it looks like the Big Little Lies actress is eager to jump back into production.
“One time, I met a woman who knew pain the same way I did.”
That’s Ariana Grande tweeting about Lady Gaga, her collaborator on the incredibly vibrant new dance-floor number “Rain on Me.” The song, which dropped today (May 22), pulsates with joyful energy through its shimmering house production. But as the lyrics tell, it’s a pure release — using the motion of music to process pain.
Grande continued with her journey alongside Gaga: “…who cried as much as I did, drank as much wine as I did, ate as much pasta as I did and [whose] heart was bigger than her whole body. She immediately felt like a sister to me.”
As Gaga revealed in an interview about her forthcoming album Chromatica earlier this year, the pair connected over their shared traumas and used that energy to create “Rain on Me.” “I sat with her and we talked about our lives,” Gaga said to Paper magazine. “It’s two women having a conversation about how to keep going and how to be grateful for what you do.”
Grande’s thanks continued: “She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of Chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry! I hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman!”
Gaga, meanwhile, took to social media to address Grande and thank her for being with her. “One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things,” she wrote. “@arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship.” She also shouted out the album’s executive producer, Bloodpop, for his support. “Now when I cry instead of fighting it I say ‘I’m ready rain on me,'” Gaga wrote. “@bloodpop thank u for encouraging me to keep going when I was sad. Turns out even if you don’t feel good enough you still can be. I heard my joy back when we wrote this song. It was there, I just needed to find it.”
Experience the pure catharsis of “Rain on Me” above, and sing along when the time comes: “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive.”
At the same time, there was likely a bit of brinkmanship going on, as both studios also wanted to hold on to that key release date, not wanting to let the other studio have it. Lionsgate is the one that blinked first, but under the circumstances it’s not that surprising. John Wick Chapter 4 hadn’t begun production yet, so it was easier to move.
Neve Campbell Is Reportedly In Talks To Return For Scream 5
David Arquette is the only actor confirmed for Scream 5 so far, but, as most fans would agree, no Scream film is complete without its original final girl, Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell. Fortunately, fans can remain optimistic thanks to reports that the actress has been in negotiations to reprise her most famous role. She recently told Jake Hamilton, a co-host of the ReelBlend podcast, that she is already very impressed with the new directors, who personally reached out to her “with such a great appreciation for Wes’ work and really want to honor it.” That brings us to our next reveal…
If you’ve seen actress/performer Condola Rashad as high-powered attorney Kate Sacker on Billions, you know the way she can work the room in a suit. But under the musical moniker of Dola, she’s set up a vast blank canvas onto which she can paint any kind of cosmic vision she likes. As she tells MTV News, her dynamic new visual for “Running in Place,” which premieres today (May 22), “brought me to a very Victorian place.”
That’s only part of the story. “Running in Place” is the third release from her EP Space Daughter, which she calls her “playful ode to the divine feminine.” As such, each visual so far has had its own distinct vibe and aura. “Running in Place” is, in Dola’s words, “a moody song about the death of mystery brought about by the taking over of dating apps.” And the vision, which she co-directed, brings that particular tragedy to life.
For each of Space Daughter‘s visual treatments, Dola herself appears as the titular being, ushering in a different side of herself and the journey. “The idea is that at the top of each video, she does something that basically allows her to manifest into another version of herself, to tell a different story of herself. Her story,” Dola said. By the end of the violet-tinged “Running in Place” video, a black-clad mourning Dola even lies down flowers at a headstone that reads “R.I.P. Mystery.” “I like when I meet somebody, not knowing everything about them. And there’s something about the dating apps where you do the whole background check before you even meet the person.”
This wasn’t quite her idea from the jump; in fact, it took a bit of distance to discover, which she did while listening back to the Space Daughter songs she created with collaborators.
“All of 2019 was manifestation year for me. I drew up these mood boards. I drew up these treatments and these outlines for these videos last January. And then we filmed these in August,” she said of the ambitious Space Daughter project. She knew once she found the song’s bridge — anchored around the lyrics “swipe to the left then we swipe to the right” — that one of the video’s central images would be based around a smartphone. “I knew I wanted choreography with the cell phone. I knew that. I was like, ‘You have to be dancing with this cell phone! I know that.'”
That dancing comes via Dola and flanked support all seated in corsets in a Victorian interior, the set design matching the song’s baroque strings. But the phones in their hands are purposeful anachronisms. “I liked that juxtaposition between something that was antique and modern,” she said. “I knew I wanted that in the same image, of the constriction of what it is that I feel sometimes with dating apps.”
She’s also felt walled in about her sound as an artist, which doesn’t always follow along straight lines. She views the musical and visual components of “Running in Place,” for example, as “a beautiful mix of Stevie Wonder and Tim Burton.” But her previous Space Daughter entries — the gentle, elemental “Blue” and the sensual, bombastic “Give Up the Gold” — couldn’t be more different from that vibe (and from each other).
“What excites me is, as you could see from ‘Give Up the Gold’ or ‘Running in Place,’ [is how] I think people are all going to be, ‘Wait, what? Where are we going now?'” she said.
Dola still has several new shades of herself to reveal as she rolls out the rest of Space Daughter. But what’s consistent, even if the music itself varies from track to track, is the inspiration. “To me, I just felt like, even as an actor, my work is inspired by music. Every single character I’ve played has had a playlist that always builds from musical pieces,” she said. “So it’s truly shaped the way that I walked through my life.”
To that end, Dola is donating 100 percent of her personal proceeds of “Running in Place” during June, July, and August to benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation — which will aid in music education at an unprecedented time due to the coronavirus pandemic. “As schools are moving towards remote learning, these music students and teachers have kind of lost the ability to express themselves at school and in person, and a lot of these students have limited technology at home,” she said. “So I appreciated doing what they can to make sure that the students continue to learn about making music in these limited ways.”
See that inspiration in action by checking out Dola’s “Running in Place” video when it drops later today.
If you’re looking for both quality and quantity in your next movie night, I have the list for you: the best movie series of all time. There are plenty of reasons why banging out film franchises is a better idea than watching a bunch of one-off movies. (Although, we have recs for that too.) For starters, it eliminates the agony of choosing. Once you’ve settled on a franchise, you’re set for the next week, at least. And also, something about marathoning a series like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings feels special—like a party or event you would go to if the world were normal right now.
But don’t worry if sci-fi isn’t your jam. Some of the best movie series are completely grounded in reality, like the hilarious Bridget Jones chronicles or the Fast and Furious franchise. In the mood for something lighter? Dive back into the Toy Story movies. You can’t wrong with those!
Or any of the film franchises, below. Behold, the best movie series for making the next week fly by.
“It was the joy of two artists going, like, ‘I see you,'” Gaga told Zane Lowe of Apple Beats 1. The two connected so much, in fact, that Grande tried to pursue a friendship with Gaga after they finished the song. But something held Gaga back. “She was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me,” Gaga said, per E! News. “And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful.”
“Eventually she called me on my sh-t. She was, like ‘You’re hiding,'” Gaga continued. “And I was like, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’ And then this friendship blossomed.”
“Rain on Me” is all about dancing through your tears and pain. It’s catchy as hell and ready-made for a dance floor. “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive / Rain on me, rain, rain,” they sing in the chorus.
“One time, I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought, ‘Bring it on. I can do hard things,'” Lady Gaga tweeted upon the song’s release. “@arianagrande, I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got.”
Grande echoed the sentiment. “One time, I met a woman who knew pain the same way I did, who cried as much as I did, drank as much wine as I did, ate as much pasta as I did, and whose heart was bigger than her whole body. She immediately felt like a sister to me,” she wrote on Twitter. “She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of Chromatica, and together we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to cry! I hope this makes you all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. I love you @ladygaga, you stunning superwoman!”
Fans are rightfully freaking out over what’s sure to be a massive hit.
Seriously, thank goodness these two became friends, because “Rain on Me” is most definitely a song the world needs right now.
In 2020, over 70% of millennials and Gen-Zers report feeling lonely—and that research came out pre-coronavirus pandemic. Since then, our social interactions have nearly disappeared (and let’s be honest, Zoom happy hours are great but not the same).
Clearly, feeling lonely isn’t uncommon. We’re more digitally connected than ever, but social media often exacerbates feelings of isolation. With the help of loneliness expert Kyla Sokoll-Ward, we created this list of 18 things to do when you’re feeling isolated, lonely or a little bit down and out. Rather than scrolling endlessly, invest in yourself with these tactical ideas and practices to turn your loneliness into positivity.
1. Make a list of affirmations
Channel your inner Jessica and break out a list of your finest qualities (or do a mirror chant of them while standing on the sink if you’re feeling bold). According to about a dozen studies, daily affirmations can lead to reduction in stress, greater adaptability, and less ruminating—all will help in managing loneliness.
2. Reach out
Send a funny gifs to five friends reminding them you think they’re awesome. “The biology of loneliness has us focus inward—turning our attention outward is one of the most important steps we can take,” Sokoll-Ward says. “It creates a powerful, positive experience and allows us to help others.” Plus, putting more positive connections into the universe can up your chances of receiving those warm fuzzies back.
3. Turn up the volume
Listen to this UnLonely Playlist, curated by The UnLonely Project, a six-song list built on the recommendations of other lonely people. You can submit your ideas for their next iteration, and read up on how The Foundation for Art & Healing is helping people (like me & you) combat loneliness with creativity.
4. Get a global penpal
Postal workers rejoiced when an 11-year-old sent colorful mail around to brighten her mailman’s day. Postcrossing opens up a world of new friends by pen, with a network of 793,500 global communication enthusiasts who have sent over 56 million postcards. You can see recent photos of postcards uploaded, too.
5. Join a digital community
Sometimes you just need a little check-in. Love Touchpoint hosts one daily at 6 p.m. ET where you can join a diverse community that meets to talk about human connection and love. A wide range of characters will welcome you warmly and share deeply personal stories—it’s common to feel an unexpected connection to the narratives of perfect strangers. When we gather albeit virtually, it’s easier to recognize that we’re in this together even when we feel alone.
6. Laugh out loud
Netflix is stacked with comedy specials which can help you find a little levity. Hearing the crowd giggle is good for you too—just hearing laughs has been proven to reduce stress on the nervous system. Some of our favorite ladybosses on the stage are here, and ready to hang with you.
7. Listen to an uplifting audiobook
Have you read “Untamed,” yet? Because wow, what a journey of self-discovery Glennon Doyle invites you to go on. Try the audiobook to feel like she’s hanging out life-coaching you from the heart through your headphones. For other book ideas, check out our favorite books of 2020.
8. Adopt a pet
9. Twerk it out
305 Fitness is an upbeat twerkout-workout full of positive energy. Your instructor will probably be wearing bright colors and tell you you’re amazing for showing up. You are, don’t forget it. Exercise has long been lauded for the happy rush of endorphins it triggers but according to the Journal of Experimental Biology, exercise can also induce the production of endocannabinoids. In other words, not only will you get endorphins and serotonin, working up a sweat will literally put you on a high.
10. Go on a virtual date
Hear us out: even if you have no interest in actually finding a match, services like Quarantine Together are offering a new way to connect with people you would typically never meet. It can be a great, no-pressure way to chat with someone new.
11. Do a social media detox
A University of Pennsylvania study showed that those who spent 30 minutes a day or less on social media experienced less loneliness, depression and FOMO (yes, there’s research on FOMO). In a Harvard Health blog, Dr. Jeremy Nobel urges us to monitor what makes us want to “snack” on social media, and what else might “satisfy those cravings.” If you find yourself absentmindedly opening Instagram, try picking up a new hobby like knitting to keep your hands busy while you watch The Great.
12. Embrace Mother Nature
A deep breath of fresh air, rain on your skin, or feeling grass between your toes all can help us connect with nature and ourselves, says Sokoll-Ward. When you’re feeling isolated, getting outside and going for a short walk can help you shake the funk.
13. Take yourself on a date
Celebrate you, on your own, and channel loneliness into self-care, with a full day or evening of what you love: favorite foods, shows, a fresh coat of nail polish or a nap. Think about your perfect hour or day, and make it happen. You-time can be a celebration of being alone, reframing your loneliness.
14. Get zen
Meditation, mantras and yoga can all help you sit with or shake off the loneliness you’re feeling. Headspace offers an accessible 10-part audio course called “Reframing Loneliness” and many other beginner meditation courses. (And they’re currently offering free memberships for those who are unemployed.) If meditation isn’t your thing, a soothing class with Yoga With Adriene is a positive mental health booster.
15. Prioritize pleasure
Sexual pleasure is a vital part of wellbeing—spending some time with your body’s erogenous zones exploring self-pleasure can be a powerful form of self-care. Maybe that’s trying out a new toy, exploring a new video, or just working with your hands. Orgasms release a flood of oxygen and brain chemicals that boost your mood, and come with a variety of other health benefits.
16. Organize a reunion
If you’re feeling lonely because of the pandemic, organize a digital reunion to catch up with friends or family. Turn it into a themed party with a dress code or suggest everyone bake the same thing (like the perfect chocolate chip cookies) so you can feel like you’re all sitting around the same table.
17. Light a candle
The Danish concept of hygge, or coziness, involves lots of candles and blankets. Creating warmth in your space will help light you up internally too and feel better. You can take it a step further with the advice of Barbara, an Irishwoman in her 80s who lit candles because seeing the flame flicker about gave her a sense that someone else was around. You light up the world, Barb.
18. Turn on a TV show
Sometimes, sitting with your thoughts isn’t the best for a lonely mind. Use the passive conversation of others to take the quiet out of your space. My personal faves: Great British Bakeoff and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: they’re so damn nice to each other, it makes me believe in humanity over and over again.
If your thoughts of loneliness have your thoughts spiraling, Crisis Text Line is here to help you—trained supporters are standing by via text at 741741 to chat with you about your loneliness. And, maybe you’ll be able to train up as a volunteer and pay it forward someday when you’re feeling up to it. You’re not alone, you’re not the only one feeling this way, your feelings are valid, and there is something you can do about them. Even though we may be feeling lonely, we can at least be lonely together.