Scary Movie helped launch the careers of Regina Hall and Anna Faris. It also had four additional sequels. This wasn’t the first horror parody movie, but it reignited the parody genre, leading to many bad parody attempts like Epic Movie, Vampires Suck, Dance Flick, and Disaster Movie. The parody genre isn’t for everyone, but Scary Movie developed a strong cult following because of its hyper awareness, fearlessness with goofy gags, and some genuinely funny takes and commentary on the horror genre.
Queen Elizabeth II just gave a rousing speech in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attempting to reassure U.K. residents with a rare, televised address to the nation. However, her words seemed to speak to everyone facing this difficult, unprecedented time.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the Queen said on Sunday. “A time of disruption in the life of our country; a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” the Queen also said in her address. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”
“I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all,” she said. “I’m sure the nation will join me in ensuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”
“I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home,” the Queen added, “thereby protecting to help the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease and I want to reassure you that if we remain united in resolute then we will overcome it.”
She finished the speech in a particularly hopeful manner. “We can take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she said. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”
According to the BBC, this is only the fifth time in history that the 93-year-old Queen has addressed the nation outside of her annual Christmas greeting. She spoke from the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, allegedly chosen because it allows for enough space between the monarch and her cameraperson, who wore protective gear. Watch the full speech, below:
Beyond the flood of positive comments on The Royal Family’s Instagram post, the Queen was trending on Twitter, with viewers from England and beyond feeling profoundly impacted by Queen Elizabeth II’s words. “It’s so very strange as an American to feel profoundly more encouraged and hopeful watching a rare address from Queen Elizabeth, an unelected monarch in a country halfway around the world, than I ever would from anything Trump has said in this crisis,” Charlotte Clymer tweeted. Here are some more reactions.
Long live the Queen, indeed.
The remedy? Unplug from your devices and turn them off for some portion of the day. I recommend three device-free periods each day. That means the phone or computer is turned off or in another room. Not only will this give you a break from the drain of continuous partial attention, it can also help boost your mood—and your sex drive.
## 5. Try breathing exercises.
When you unplug from your devices, use that time to plug into your body. Scientists call this the relaxation response: how we can use our bodies to calm our minds. There are various ways to do this including focusing on the breath or a soothing sound or image. Any strategy that allows you to break the chain of everyday thought can help ramp up the calming ability of the autonomic nervous system, known as the parasympathetic response. This state is key to all sorts of bodily functions including digestion, healing, and most relevantly, sexual arousal.
A simple practice that can reduce our stress reactivity: Breathe in for a count of four, breathe out for a count of six. Repeat six times.
## 6. Use your words.
Getting what you want sexually can help increase both your active and responsive desire. If you’re really into nipple orgasms, but your partner has no idea they’re a thing, speak up. Taking a risk to ask for what we want can be scary, but it’s also the way to boost the ongoing sexual potential of our partnerships. And remember, it’s important to prioritize our own pleasure.
## 7. Understand your cycle.
For women, active desire tends to vary across the menstrual cycle, usually peaking at the time of ovulation. This is the time of the month when women are most likely to initiate sex. In fact, women tend to have 24% more sex during the days when they are fertile, even if they aren’t trying to get pregnant.
Understanding the natural fluctuations in your sex drive can help you boost it. If you were all over your partner last week but this week feel as though you’re in a desire desert, don’t panic. Instead, make time for activities that can help boost your responsive desire like tapping into what turns you on in life in general. Tuning into what makes us feel fully alive, engaged, excited, and enthusiastic about our lives beyond the bedroom can translate into a kind of erotic energy we can bring back to our sex lives.
## 8. Check your birth control.
Some women taking birth control pills experience a decrease in libido. If this is happening to you, consider speaking to your doctor about finding a non-hormonal method of birth control that doesn’t dampen your desire.
## 9. Masturbate.
We know that masturbating strengthens the neural connections between our genitals and the places in the brain that register sexual sensation and pleasure. (I should know since my lab mapped them). This practice will literally strengthen these pleasure pathways, making orgasms easier to access and even more potent.
There also appears to be a hormonal explanation for why self-pleasure can increase your sex drive with your partner. Masturbation can provide a short-term boost to our testosterone levels. And since testosterone is what drives the sex drive in both sexes, we can end up feeling more desire as a result.
## 10. Have more sex.
And the more sex we have, the more sex we usually want. Once we’ve had an experience, like having sex, it’s more likely to stay on our minds. This can prime us to be more attuned to our sexual selves.
##11. Don’t stress if you’re not feeling it.
Everyone’s desire curve is different. Some people have a high baseline level of active sexual desire, others don’t.
So, don’t worry if you don’t feel actively like having sex. Take advantage of when you do. And as the course of desire flows over the month, or the course of relationship, learn what works for you to jumpstart the engine of your responsive desire.
Nan Wise, Ph.D., is AASECT-certified sex therapist, neuroscientist, certified relationship expert, and author of Why Good Sex Matters: Understanding the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life. Follow her @AskDoctorNan.
The plot. We don’t know a lot about the full story yet, but FYI, Call Me By Your Name ended (spoiler alert) with Oliver making a heartbreaking call to Elio and telling him he’s engaged to be married to a woman.
There is a second novel entitled Find Me, which takes place 10 years after the novel. However, before the novel came out, Hammer had told IndieWire that Guadagnino had already pitched a sequel script to him. “Dude, he broke down the whole script for us,” Hammer said back in 2018. “I mean, it’s not a finished script, but he’s got all the ideas for it. Luca’s all gung-ho about it, and by the way, if Luca’s doing it, I think we’re all gung-ho about it.”
The release date. No one knows quite yet when the sequel might arrive—not even Guadagnino, who said that production has been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Before coronavirus, I made a trip to the United States to meet a screenwriter I love very much, whose name I don’t want to say, to talk about the second part. Unfortunately, we had to put it on hold,” he said.
Honestly, we’ll wait however long we have to for this one. We’ve missed Elio and Oliver so much!
Chloe Zhao was previously in the running to take the helm of the Black Widow movie, and while she didn’t get that job, Marvel Studios decided they wanted her to stick around to make The Eternals. The comics tell the story of a race of beings created from proto-humans by god-like aliens known as Celestials, and it’s been said that romance will be at the center of the intergalactic story. The project is putting together an excellent ensemble with Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Gemma Chan as Sersei, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Kit Harington as Dane Whitman a.k.a. Black Knight,and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
Cate Blanchett (Galadriel)
Cate Blanchett’s voice is one of the first audiences hear in the prologue of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, during which time her character, Galadriel, explains the creation and history of the Rings of Power. Throughout here appearances in the trilogy, the wise elf provides guidance to Frodo and other members of the fellowship. Over the past 17 years, the Australian-born actress has starred in dozens of feature films, stage productions, and television series, during which time she has won two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator; Best Actress Blue Jasmine). In addition to a number of dramatic roles, Blanchett has also popped up in Thor: Ragnarok, Cinderella, Ocean’s 8, and is currently working with Guillermo del Toro for Nightmare Alley, a psychological thriller co-starring Bradley Cooper.
That feels like, at minimum, most, if not all, of the older actors will be at least asked back. As for the kids, there seems to be good news there too. Kasdan said it’s “hard to imagine” a Jumanji movie without lead actor Alex Wolff in it. He also referred to the rest of the younger actors (Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain and Morgan Turner) as “brilliant” and said they’re not appreciated nearly enough. I don’t really get what the point of getting rid of them would be either since they fill a necessary function, and I’m not sure you’d really add anything new to the franchise by having different kids.
It’s not that looking good is “stupid” but the amount of effort and the mental and physical toll it can take on an actor is “stupid.” Speaking during an episode of the popular series Hot Ones, Zac Efron reflected on the role, getting in shirtless shape and the things he had to think about daily in order to be fit for Baywatch.
Rebecca Ramsey died on Saturday, March 7. The news was confirmed by her longtime friend Jenny McShane (via Deadline). At the time of her passing, she was working as the visual effects supervisor for the upcoming Warner Bros. film Clouds, which is slated for release in 2021.
Your weekly horoscope is here. The intensity of cabin fever this week will reveal exactly what you want and who stands where. Put your cards on the table and strike the balance that’s right for you in regard to “me” time, and the wonders of togetherness whether with that’s your partner, roommate or family members. The planet of communication going into straight-talking Aries later in the week will clear up any doubt or confusion, so speak directly to be heard. Read on to discover what’s in store for your sign during the week of April 6 through to April 12. 2020, and double down by getting to know your rising sign.
Aries | Aries rising
Kicking off the week with a full moon in your partnership zone, you’ll be all about that special someone, your position in the relationship or what you really want if you’re a single ram on the go. Rather than try to fit something unique into a cookie cutter, explore what it actually needs to meet its potential. Ask the questions, share your heart, and don’t let ego or fear of rejection hold back your natural earnest ability to say exactly what you mean.
Taurus | Taurus rising
This week you’re torn between getting on with your routine or fully checking out. However, these two areas can support each other rather than pull you in opposite directions. Get your energy out, do your work, cook, FaceTime—it’ll all feel productive. Then take your me-time by dropping into your private thoughts and feelings. You’ll be extra-curious over the next month about all things so order a book to learn the ins and outs of whatever strikes your fancy, or test a few guided apps for inspo. Learn all you can before making plans for your next big step.
Gemini | Gemini rising
Emotionally your heart needs love notes, Gemini, but perhaps you’re not ready to admit how much. Get in touch with your deeper feelings, the ones that perhaps you push aside because you don’t identify with the depths they suggest. A creative outlet will help you wrap words around them and give them form. Don’t judge them and don’t push them back down. Your usual network is here for you, but you’re feeling pressure here, too. Keeping up the connections but take a Zoom breather if you need one.