Friends may be gone from Netflix, but it still holds a Central Perk-sized place in our hearts forevermore.
The show will be streaming again soon enough when HBO Max launches later this year, but until then we have some of the cast out here on Instagram sharing behind-the-scenes memories and reunion dinners.
The latest throwback comes from Courteney Cox, who posted a photo to commemorate the 16th anniversary of final episode taping. (It happened on January 23, 2004.) She also shared a shot of the final script’s cover. “‘The Last Supper’ before taping ‘The Last One’ on Jan. 23, 2004. #tbt #friends,” Cox wrote in the caption. All six main cast members—Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer—are present, along with copious amounts of food and sodas.
Kudrow wrote in the comments section, “Awwww😮💕🍩,” while Aniston used emojis to express her feelings with a simple, “😭😭😭.” Jennifer Meyer, the jewelry designer and a close friend of Aniston and Cox, spoke for all Friends fans when she commented, “Stop teasing us and make this shit happen again @courteneycoxofficial @jenniferaniston thx 😘.”
A Friends reunion show (of the non-scripted variety) has been in the works at HBO Max with interest from the entire cast. “We would love for there to be something,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2019. “But we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.” Unfortunately, though, the project recently hit a snag. Last week, HBO Max chief creative officer Kevin Reilly told the Television Critics Association, according to Deadline, “There is interest all around and yet we can’t get the interests all alighted to push the button on it.” For now, he called the reunion “just a maybe.”
Consider all of our fingers crossed. In the meantime, we have Instagram posts like Cox’s to keep us warm.
According to Hayes, that sort of hyper-focus is reflected in the brain. “It’s like the bit that’s responsible for getting your attention onto a task and switching your attention onto the next task is slow to start working, but once it starts working, it’s hard to get it to stop,” she says. Also, people with ADHD are less sensitive to dopamine (the neurotransmitter that helps us feel pleasure), so some tend to do things that might be risky or excessive — say, buying a pricey item they can’t stop thinking about — in order to boost its production. “If we’re hyper-focused on something, we get more dopamine, and it predicts we’re going to get a massive payoff,” says Hayes.
Many people with ADHD create systems to keep their spending in check when their impulsivity gets out of hand or their minds feel one-track. McQuiston, for instance, allows herself the occasional cheap impulse buy but waits six months before purchasing big items. “And that’s how I have no tattoos I regret,” she says with a laugh.
Here, McQuiston and other women with ADHD share more shopping and dressing tips for those who have the condition.
Work with your brain, not against it
“If you’re trying to force yourself to work in neurotypical ways, it’s not going to work for you,” says McQuiston. “You’re going to get so mad at yourself every time you mess it up — which you’re inevitably going to do, because our brains just don’t work that way.”
For freelance writer Kathleen Walsh, that means cutting uncomfortable tags out of clothing and avoiding dangly jewelry, but also buying oversized items for the purpose of keeping herself focused at work. “I sit with an enormous sweater draped over my head in order to restrict my field of vision so I don’t get distracted by surrounding activity,” she explains. “It’s weirdly effective and nobody cares if you look a little nuts.”
Learn what items are off-limits
While you might be drawn to the same types of clothing as everyone else, it’s crucial to know what pieces are just not going to work for you. “I can’t purchase ripped jeans because I will pick at them until it destroys the fabric, and I’ve lost more expensive pairs of sunglasses than I can count,” says Emma Metzler, a college junior who, in late 2019, started a Reddit thread asking for fashion advice from people with ADHD or similar sensory issues that’s gotten hundreds of responses. As a result, she tends to keep her outfits “simple and functional,” forgoing most accessories, distressed fabrics, and bright colors (“they make me feel jittery in the worst way possible”). “By sticking to things in more muted or basic colors,” Metzler adds, “more things match — less decision making.”
Use your phone as an ally, but know when to put it down
Many people with ADHD, says McQuiston, tend to be bad at record-keeping and impulse control, “so I would advise people to download some [budgeting] apps and use your Google calendar as much as you can.” Apps like Mint and PocketGuard can help you keep track of your spending and save up for bigger purchases if you’re worried you can’t be trusted to put the money away yourself.
On the other hand, it’s important to know when your phone’s exacerbating the issues caused by your ADHD, such as distracting you while you’re browsing a store’s aisles. “I’ll turn off my phone If I’m really on a mission and I want to not be there all day,” says Kessler.
Organization is everything
Regularly going through your closet and decluttering can be a major help, especially when it comes to finding clothing easily and knowing what new items you truly can use. “It made such a huge difference in my life when I got rid of all the things I didn’t need,” says Metzler, noting that she uses professional organizer Marie Kondo’s KonMari method when her drawers start to overflow.
Walsh, meanwhile, keeps her belongings in “giant bags” so nothing gets lost, while Kessler pre-selects her outfits for the mornings so she doesn’t waste time getting out the door.
Don’t be ashamed of your style, whatever it is
So what if you have to wear noise-canceling headphones while shopping to stay focused or cut out some tags before putting a new item on? Wearing an outfit you feel good in, regardless of what changes you might’ve had to make to it to appease your ADHD, is “such a big confidence boost,” says Metzler.
“Yeah, [ADHD] has definitely got its challenges, and sometimes they manifest in clothing,” she adds. “But I’ve learned, through lots of trial and error, how to use it to my advantage — and now, I love that part of myself.”
Grey’s Anatomy returned last night (January 23) after a brief hiatus—and it was an incredibly emotional episode.
The action picked up after the midseason cliffhanger that saw a car crashing into Joe’s Bar, the regular hangout for the doctors at Grey-Sloan. While we didn’t really get any new information about Alex Karev and how the show will handle Justin Chambers’s permanent departure, fans did get some very emotional scenes between the three remaining OG doctors: Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).
In the midseason finale, we learned that Bailey suffered a miscarriage. When we last saw her, she was definitely trying to bottle up her emotions and carry on with her job. In the face of some of her interns hurt in the Joe’s Bar accident, she continued to do just that—and saved lives in the process. But when all was said and done, Bailey needed a release and broke down in a powerful conversation about her loss with Dr. Webber.
“Everyone I touched today, everyone I held in my hands or gave to another surgeon to put back together again — fine,” Bailey said. “But I made that fine. I made that work. This…this…This, I…I am not fine.”
“She [her baby] isn’t fine. And I can’t even hold her in my hands. Or put her in someone else’s hands who can put her back together again,” Bailey cried. “She just was! And now she isn’t. And I can’t do anything but just stand here—stand here and lose her.” Bailey collapses into Webber’s arms and sobs—as did I. Later, he brings Meredith in to comfort her friend with a box of tissues and a box of donuts. Meredith holds Bailey’s hand and says, “I had a miscarriage once. I never felt so lonely.” (Longtime fans will remember Meredith suffered a miscarriage back in season six, when a shooter went on a rampage in the hospital, injuring Derek and leaving Meredith and Cristina to operate on him at gunpoint.)
These are the emotional moments that Grey’s Anatomy has done so well since it premiered in 2005. People on Twitter had strong reactions to Bailey’s monologue:
We’ll surely see more of how Dr. Bailey copes with this devastating loss in future episodes. Prep your tear ducts accordingly.
Coincidence is a good word to describe the dynamic between narrative and body type in Shrill‘s second season. Annie’s weight is only really alluded to twice, and both times the storylines are nuanced. In one, Annie takes her boyfriend, Ryan (Luka Jones), to meet her parents for the first time; instead of the night centering on that, though, it becomes about her mom’s obsession with food. Annie tries to steer the conversation toward other topics, but her mom keeps on—which, in turn, makes Annie second-guess all the self-confidence she’s built.
“I think that is how a lot of fat people experience the world in a lot of ways,” Bryant says. “Where someone else’s experience of food or their own body or their own clothes comes to reflect on you in some way.”
She cites a wedding toast she once heard as an example: “In the toast they were saying, ‘Oh, this night we felt so thin and that was so good!’ I remember feeling like they were saying, in their minds, the best night of their life was the night they looked nothing like me.”
Bryant’s real-life anecdote, in a nutshell, reveals the main issue in Shrill‘s next chapter: How do fat people who love their bodies go about navigating a world that constantly tells them they’re wrong? “I think that is part of what we were trying to circle around [in season two],” Bryant says. “Annie feels better about herself, but everyone around her is still stuck in that dark mentality that she was in at the beginning of season one.”
Shrill isn’t presenting an idealized world. It doesn’t gloss over the fact that living life as a fat person can be difficult, regardless of self-confidence. The season, in subtle ways, explores the push and pull of being body-positive in a culture that actively works against plus-size women (and men).
While most women haven’t had the experience of being on the cover of a magazine or in countless paparazzi photos, Swift’s feeling here is probably relatable to many. “I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine,” she continues. “And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat. So I just registered that as a punishment. And then I’d walk into a photo shoot and be in the dressing room and somebody who worked at a magazine would say, ‘Oh, wow, this is so amazing that you can fit into the sample sizes. Usually we have to make alterations to the dresses, but we can take them right off the runway and put them on you!’ And I looked at that as a pat on the head. You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body.”
The under-eating not only affected her mental health, but her physical as well, especially while she was on tour. “I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it,” Swift says in the doc, according to Variety. “Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel [enervated].” Swift says she doesn’t care so much now if someone comments on a weight gain, and she’s reconciled “the fact that I’m a size 6 instead of a size double-zero.” Swift says she was completely unaware that anything was wrong in her double-zero era, and had a defense at the ready should it come up. If anyone expressed concern, she’d say, “‘What are you talking about? Of course I eat. …. I exercise a lot.’ And I did exercise a lot. But I wasn’t eating.”
Swift says she has found comfort in the work of Brene Brown and Jameela Jamil. “I love people like Jameela Jamil, because she says things in a really articulate way,” she tellsVariety. “The way she speaks about body image, it’s almost like she speaks in a hook. If you read her quotes about women and body image and aging and the way that women are treated in our industry and portrayed in the media, I swear the way she speaks is like lyrics, and it gets stuck in my head and it calms me down.”
Given her reach and impact, it’s a pretty big deal for Taylor Swift to speak out about her complicated relationship with food in such an intimate way and share that she’s in a healthier place now.
“I am actually really happy,” she says. “Because I pick and choose now, for the most part, what I care deeply about. And I think that’s made a huge difference.”
While most women haven’t had the experience of being on the cover of a magazine or in countless paparazzi photos, Swift’s feelings here are probably relatable to many. “I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine,” she continues. “And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat. So I just registered that as a punishment. And then I’d walk into a photo shoot and be in the dressing room, and somebody who worked at a magazine would say, ‘Oh, wow, this is so amazing that you can fit into the sample sizes. Usually we have to make alterations to the dresses, but we can take them right off the runway and put them on you!’ And I looked at that as a pat on the head. You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body.”
The undereating affected not only her mental health but her physical health as well, especially while she was on tour. “I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it,” Swift says in the doc, according to Variety. “Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel [enervated].” Swift says she doesn’t care so much now if someone comments on a weight gain, and she has reconciled “the fact that I’m a size 6 instead of a size double-zero.” Swift says she was completely unaware that anything was wrong in her size 00 era and had a defense at the ready should it come up. If anyone expressed concern, she’d say, “‘What are you talking about? Of course I eat.… I exercise a lot.’ And I did exercise a lot. But I wasn’t eating.”
Swift says she has found comfort in the work of Brene Brown and Jameela Jamil. “I love people like Jameela Jamil, because she says things in a really articulate way,” she tells Variety. “The way she speaks about body image, it’s almost like she speaks in a hook. If you read her quotes about women and body image and aging and the way that women are treated in our industry and portrayed in the media, I swear the way she speaks is like lyrics, and it gets stuck in my head and it calms me down.“
Given the singer’s reach and impact, it’s a pretty big deal for Taylor Swift to speak out about her complicated relationship with food in such an intimate way and share that she’s in a healthier place now.
“I am actually really happy,” she says. “Because I pick and choose now, for the most part, what I care deeply about. And I think that’s made a huge difference.”
Amazing Thursday news, people: Another Mean Girls movie is in the works—with Tina Fey attached. That’s right: According to Variety, an adaption of the Mean Girls musical, which Fey also wrote, is happening.
“I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” Fey said in a statement. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
If you’re a fan of Mean Girls, then you know a second film (Mean Girls 2) has already happened. But this adaptation of the musical will include Fey behind the scenes—which Mean Girls 2 did not. That means you can count on the same humor and style you love and still quote from the original 2004 movie.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this iconic property back to the big screen in musical form with our incredible filmmaking team,” Paramount president of production Elizabeth Raposo said, according to Variety.
There’s no word yet on casting for the movie, but here’s hoping a few of the film’s original stars come back. Wouldn’t it be great to see Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and company reprise their iconic roles? Or at least make some memorable cameos.
The Mean Girls musical stays true to the 2004 movie’s DNA, offering a similar story with some stellar songs thrown into the mix. “It has been a joy to work on Mean Girls and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film,” Lorne Michaels, who help produced both the musical and 2004’s Mean Girls, said. “I am very proud that Tina’s story and characters continue to resonate with new generations.”
Let the countdown to this new movie begin. I just have one request: Bring Glen Coco back!
From the very first trailer, it was clear Captain Marvel was going to be a game-changer in the superhero genre. And the movie proved as much as soon as it came out in March 2019: Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie shattered box office records by making $455 million its opening weekend. (It eventually made a cool billion dollars.) The best part? Captain Marvel was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a woman co-director and writer (Anna Boden) helming things behind the camera.
Now, according to the The Hollywood Reporter, a sequel to Captain Marvel is in the works. The company has reportedly started developing the new film, and while there are still a lot of details we don’t know, here’s what we’ve gathered about the project so far:
The film is going to star Larson again, who reprised her role as Danvers for Avengers: Endgame. So far, she’s the only person listed on the sequel’s IMDb page, so we’ll have to wait and see who else is joining her in the follow-up adventure. We’re hoping Samuel L. Jackson comes back so he can recreate some adorable press moments with Larson.
According to sources who spoke to THR, Boden and Ryan Fleck are busy with other projects and may not take on the second installment. However, Marvel and Disney are reportedly working to find a woman director to take the reins from them.
THR reports that Megan McDonnell, one of the lead writers on the Elizabeth Olsen-led series WandaVision, is in final negotiations to write the film’s script.
The premiere date:
The film is expected to come in 2022, although that could change, since the whole thing is still in development. Here’s hoping it coms sooner, though, because we can’t wait to see Larson kick ass on screen again.
If we could relive the ’90s every day, we would. We’re here for all of it: the chokers, the miniskirts, the baggy pants, the slew of pre-internet heartthrobs.
Sadly, we don’t have access to a time-travel machine, but we do have a ton of streaming services completely loaded with the best ’90s movies. And there are so many classics to choose from: There is, of course, Clueless, i.e., the absolute peak of the teen movie genre that features the decade’s most beloved heroine Cher Horowitz; the always comforting wackiness of Michael Jordan coaching the Looney Tunes in the epic basketball flick Space Jam; and then one of the lengthiest—but greatest—love stories of all time, Titanic.
Picking favorites is nearly impossible, given how many masterpieces came out of the era. Still, we waded through some of the best ’90s movies we could think of. See what made the list, below. And happy streaming!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are settling into their new lives following the media circus surrounding their decision to step back from the royal family. Now that they’ve come to an agreement with the Queen (it includes dropping their royal titles and gaining financial independence), many people are still wondering how they’re gong to make things work. But one person who isn’t stressed, according to sources, is Meghan Markle.
Exhibit A: She was photographed earlier this week smiling and hiking with Baby Archie on Vancouver Island. While the family is working on getting tighter about paparazzi and privacy, the images hint that she’s happy having some distance from the bubble that is Buckingham Palace. According to sources who spoke to Us Weekly, she’s really looking forward to going back to work and figuring out professional arrangements to support her family. “Meghan loves the idea of being the breadwinner,” the source said. “She has no plans to do another show like Suits, but Harry’s been encouraging her to do more voiceover work, writing, producing, and directing in her free time.”
A video surfaced earlier this moth of Prince Harry telling Disney CEO Bob Iger at The Lion King premiere in London that she was interested in more voiceover opportunities. Markle, who was raised in California, did tons of different jobs before her acting career took off: she interned at the Argentine embassy and she did a lot of calligraphy work. “She doesn’t come from millions,” another source told Us Weekly. “She’s worked hard to get to where she is today.”
Whatever they decide, it seems that Prince Harry is completely on board with Markle’s plans. “He’s really excited about the next chapter in their lives,” one of the sources explained. Personally, we can’t wait to see what these two do next.