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10 YouTube Holes to Fall Down If You’ve Already Watched Everything on Netflix

It’s still winter. Politics sucks, the weather sucks, and we’re all sick of being inside. Our Winteritis stories are for women who can’t read another think piece, who’ve pushed the outer limits of time it’s possible to spend on social media, and who kind of want to shop online and hibernate until spring is here.

If you thought binge-watching shows on Netflix was a sure-fire way to eat up your day, just wait until you go down your first YouTube hole. OK, it’s 2019: You’ve already gone down a YouTube hole, so you know what I’m talking about. It starts out simple—just one cat compilation video—but before you know it the sun’s down, your phone’s dead, and that laundry you planned on doing remains untouched on the floor. “Where did the time go?” you ask yourself, dumbfounded. It went to Ina Garten’s double fudge brownies, that’s where!

YouTube holes are productivity killers, but they’re A+ if you’re bored and have exhausted every true-crime doc available. Consider the 10 threads, below, a starter kit of sorts. Just make sure all your work is done before diving in.

I don’t cook. I don’t bake. I don’t even order food over the phone—yet whenever I start watching one of Ina Garten’s cooking videos, that’s it for my day. She’s always a little bit shady with her direction, whether she’s imploring you to use the “good” vanilla abstract or assuring you that “store-bought” bread is just fine. (For the record: It’s not. If you’re not baking your bread fresh daily like James Corden in Into the Woods, then what’s the point?)

Many cats, for whatever reason, are terrified of cucumbers. And someone—I’m not sure who—figured this out and turned it into a viral phenomenon. The eerie part about this is the cats almost all have the same reaction to the cucumber: They literally jump in the air and scatter off in horror. To be fair, that’s basically what I do whenever I pass a salad bar.

Celebrities are way more relaxed on this British late-night talk show, which leads to funnier, more down-to-earth interviews. Plus, all the celebrity guests hang out on one couch, so you get lots of random pairings. One of my favorites? The Ocean’s 8 cast talking about how Rihanna travels to the Met Gala in her involved outfits. Not exactly a random group, but still iconic.

The title of this series says it all: A pastry chef, Claire Saffitz, attempts to recreate our favorite junk food. Ina Garten might put you to sleep, but these 20-minute videos will keep you hooked until the end. Why, yes, I do want to see if Claire can make Pringles from scratch. Thanks so much for asking!

All of your faves have done one of these videos: Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid..the list goes on and on. And the answers are always fun. Who doesn’t want to watch Bella Hadid answer rapid-fire questions while she plays with farm animals?

YouTube is a gold mine for bloopers, but the Friends outtakes are particularly delightful. Watching Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow break character 15 times in the same scene may not seem addicting at first, but trust me: Just give it a chance.

Or makeup tutorials of all kinds, really. Kim Kardashian’s how-tos are legendary because she says things like, “If I literally was stranded and only had this product, this is, like, exactly what I would do” in the most monotoned voice. The go-to desert island survival kit: water, flares, concealer.

10 YouTube Rabbit Holes to Fall Down If You’ve Already Watched Everything on Netflix

It’s still winter. Politics sucks, the weather sucks, and we’re all sick of being inside. Our Winteritis stories are for women who can’t read another think piece, who’ve pushed the outer limits of time it’s possible to spend on social media, and who kind of want to shop online and hibernate until spring is here.

If you thought binge-watching shows on Netflix was a surefire way to eat up your day, just wait until you go down your first YouTube rabbit hole. OK, it’s 2019: You’ve already clicked way too many times in a row on the suggested videos of YouTube, so you know what I’m talking about. It starts out simple—just one compilation cat video—but before you know it, the sun’s down, your phone’s dead, and that laundry you planned on doing remains untouched on the floor. “Where did the time go?” you ask yourself, dumbfounded. It went to Ina Garten’s double-fudge brownies, that’s where!

YouTube rabbit holes are productivity killers, but they’re A-plus if you’re bored and have exhausted every true-crime doc available. Consider the 10 threads, below, a starter kit of sorts. Just make sure all your work is done before diving in.

I don’t cook. I don’t bake. I don’t even order food over the phone—yet whenever I start watching one of Ina Garten’s cooking videos, that’s it for my day. She’s always a little bit shady with her direction, whether she’s imploring you to use the “good” vanilla abstract or assuring you that “store-bought” bread is just fine. (For the record: It’s not. If you’re not baking your bread fresh daily like James Corden in Into the Woods, then what’s the point?)

Many cats, for whatever reason, are terrified of cucumbers. And someone, I’m not sure who, figured this out and turned it into a viral phenomenon. The eerie part about this is the cats almost all have the same reaction to the cucumber: They literally jump in the air and scamper off in horror. To be fair, that’s basically what I do whenever I pass a salad bar.

Celebrities are way more relaxed on this British late-night talk show, which leads to funnier, more down-to-earth interviews. Plus, all the celebrity guests hang out on one couch, so you get lots of random pairings. One of my favorites? The Ocean’s 8 cast talking about how Rihanna travels to the Met Gala in her involved outfits. Not exactly a random group, but still iconic.

The title of this series says it all: A pastry chef, Claire Saffitz, attempts to re-create our favorite junk food. Ina Garten might put you to sleep, but these 20-minute videos will keep you hooked until the end. Why yes, I do want to see if Claire can make Pringles from scratch. Thanks so much for asking!

All of your faves have done one of these videos: Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid…the list goes on and on. And the answers are always fun. Who doesn’t want to watch Bella Hadid answer rapid-fire questions while she plays with farm animals?

YouTube is a gold mine for bloopers, but the Friends outtakes are particularly delightful. Watching Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow break character 15 times in the same scene may not seem addicting at first, but trust me: Just give it a chance.

Or makeup tutorials of all kinds, really. Kim Kardashian West’s how-tos are legendary because she says things like, “If I literally was stranded and only had this product, this is, like, exactly what I would do” in the most monotoned voice. The go-to desert island survival kit: water, flares, concealer.

Mark Hamill Has Put A Viral Star Wars Meme To Bed

While so many fans of Star Wars take their fandom quite seriously, it doesn’t mean they don’t also have some fun at its expense. A popular meme that has been circulating on social media shows Mark Hamill in the original Star Wars: A New Hope pointing a lightsaber hilt in such a way that, were he to activate it, he’d put a hole in his face. The problem is, the image being used never actually appears in the movie, something which has been confirmed by many after Mark Hamill himself asked the question. Check out the meme below.

Mark Hamill posted the meme to Twitter wondering if this shot, of Luke Skywalker about to put a hole in his head, is actually in the movie, or if this was just a still image taken during production. Many chimed in to say that it’s actually just a production still of Hamill and Sir Alec Guinness on set filming the movie. This is a picture of Mark Hamill examining a prop, not Luke Skywalker looking at a lightsaber.

I re-watched the scene in Obi-Wan‘s home myself just to be sure and I can confirm that this moment doesn’t actually happen in Star Wars: A New Hope. Of course, that doesn’t make the picture any less funny. It does feel like he’s just a moment away from accidentally impaling himself. The fact that Obi-Wan looks like it’s no big deal makes it even better. It’s like he could care less if this kid kills himself.

Mark Hamill is the last guy in the world who would have a problem with anybody laughing at Star Wars. He spends a great deal of time on social media poking fun at himself and the franchise as well. It’s clear he wasn’t so much trying to debunk this meme as he was simply trying to figure out when it happened. He calls it short term memory loss, but considering this picture is over 40-years-old, Hamill can be forgiven for not remembering the specifics.

Of course, while this meme is focused on Star Wars‘ past, most fans are focusing on the future. Star Wars: Episode IX recently wrapped shooting and many are expecting things like the film’s official title and the first trailer, to be released in short order. At this point, most eyes are probably on Star Wars Celebration coming up in April, any official news that we get between now and then will just be a bonus.

Bringing up this meme could even be a subtle way that Hamill tried to get people on his timeline talking about something other than Episode IX. One can easily assume he’s being regularly inundated with requests for info, the title among other things. Though it’s entirely likely that Hamill himself doesn’t actually know what the new movie will be called.

James Cameron Reveals How Sam Worthington Beat Chris Evans And Channing Tatum For Avatar

Most of us saw Avatar when it came out back in 2009, which means most of us got to see Sam Worthington in the role. However, what you may not know is that Worthington competed against two other major names when the movie was initially coming together: Chris Evans and Channing Tatum. James Cameron revealed on the Empire podcast that there was one big reason Sam Worthington beat his competition, noting,

At the time Avatar was coming together, Channing Tatum had already been in movies like She’s The Man and Step Up and Chris Evans had the Fantastic Four movies under his belt. Sam Worthington had fewer memorable projects going before he landed Avatar, but James Cameron said Worthington’s ability to put everything he had into a big speech moment was what put him ahead of the other two guys.

Of course, in the time since, Channing Tatum has had numerous hits and Chris Evans has made a name for himself playing Captain America. Obviously the other guys who tested have been very successful and it sounds like James Cameron put them through a bunch of rigors before landing on his choice. In fact, he told Empire:

Intriguingly, a lot of movies may have looked different if Chris Evans or Channing Tatum had landed the roles. Tatum broke big a couple of years after Avatar with 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. It was around the same time that Chris Evans broke big as Captain America in the MCU. If anything, Sam Worthington is the smaller name these days, but he is busy with the upcoming Avatar franchise films and James Cameron does not seem to regret his choice.

It’s been a long, hard haul to bring the Avatar franchise into fruition, and in a lot of ways James Cameron is still getting started. Although the popular director has one movie under his belt already, there are four more to go. We also know Sam Worthington is on board for Avatar 2 and 3, which are expected to hit theaters in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

While we wait to see actual footage from the upcoming projects, it’s nice to think about what could have been. Be sure to look at what will be with our full guide to Avatar 2 and see what’s coming out in the meantime with the 2019 movies schedule.

I Tried Microneedling at Home, and It Transformed My Skin

The first time I witnessed the magic of microneedling, I sat in a room at a dermatologist’s office, holding my sister’s iced tea and watching her face bleed. (She’d gotten enough topical anesthesia to numb an elephant—don’t worry.) But the results were worth it: Her skin was glowing and clear just in time for her wedding.

So when NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., recommended at-home microneedling as a possible solution for acne scars, I was intrigued. I could do this? On my couch? While watching the final episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? I couldn’t sign up fast enough, having recently endured a months-long breakout that’s left my skin blotchy and uneven.

“Microneedling is the creation of small microchannels and injuries to your skin with acupuncture-sized needles down to various depths, depending on how deep the needles are set at,” says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., a dermatologist at Entière Dermatology in New York. “By creating these micro-injuries to your skin, your body will respond naturally by stimulating and producing collagen, which can treat fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, stretch marks, acne scars, and textural concerns.”

But all of that payoff is the work of in-office microneedling, which, like my sister’s experience, requires a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist as well as good layer of anesthesia, depending on your pain tolerance. Still, though microneedling at home won’t nab you the same results nor any to the same extent (as the needles are both shorter and duller) it can still offer benefits. “At-home rollers don’t pierce your skin as deeply as the medical grade devices, but they can be used to enhance penetration of products—be it hydrating, brightening, or rejuvenating actives—that are applied post-perforation as it creates these open channels,” says Engelman.

I went with the BeautyBio GloPRO Microneedling Facial Regeneration Tool ($199), which seems like a steep price until you consider that A) the average cost of a single microneedling session is $625, and B) most of these tools will cost you three figures. Then, I plugged in the roller, which has a built-in LED red light to further address wrinkles and scars, and let it juice up for an hour. Jamie O’Banion, the CEO and founder of BeautyBio, suggests using it after cleansing and swabbing your skin with a cleansing wipe. “Make it part of your nightly routine: Cleanse, prep, roll, treat, and complete,” she says. “Ensure all your face and eye makeup is removed, then prep by swiping a Prep Pad across target treatment areas.” These pads, a few of which are included with the microneedling roller, are alcohol-free and contain an anti-bacterial complex to kill any germs lingering on your skin.

I accidentally started without reading the directions (old habits die hard) but the good news? It’s pretty foolproof. Unlike devices that work on a timer, the microneedle roller turns on and off the old-fashion way—that is, with a button. So I had no idea how long I was rolling it around certain sections of my face and still didn’t experience any redness or irritation. (I now know that you’re supposed to roll each area for 15 seconds.) I began with my chin, moved up to either cheek, and finished with my forehead. You’re supposed to roll over each area in a pattern. “Go over the area in an asterisk: Up and down, side to side, diagonally left up to right, and diagonally right up to left,” says Engelman.

The microneedling itself was fine: You can feel pricks, but it wasn’t painful. Then, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I topped it with some glycolic acid. Reader, it hurt. Fortunately, it subsided pretty quickly, and I followed up with my usual antioxidant serum and lightweight moisturizer. The next morning, I awoke to find that the dark spots on one cheek looked diffused—and, while it seems counterintuitive, some redness had dissipated from my problem areas. My skin looked a little calmer and noticeably brighter.

Zack Snyder Says Goodbye To Ben Affleck’s Batman In Emotional Post

The DC live-action universe has had a wild run theaters so far, full of both peaks and valleys. While the shared universe is still celebrating the massive success of James Wan’s Aquaman, there have been a few missteps during its early stages, including Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. And there’s one common thread in those three flicks: Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/ Batman. While audiences responded to the jaded and experienced version of the Dark Knight, the filmmaker has officially left his role and hung up the cowl and cape for good.

Ben Affleck’s departure has a variety of affects on the DC Universe, with director Matt Reeves having to recast the role for his upcoming solo flick The Batman. Zack Snyder brought Affleck’s Batman to audiences with Batman v Superman, and recently posted a poetic tribute to his collaboration with the Oscar winner, saying:

Both emotional and funny, Zack Snyder seems to have a gamut of emotions regarding Ben Affleck’s departure from Batman. He had quite a partnership with Affleck for BvS and Justice League, bringing a version of Bruce Wayne that was far more jaded, experienced, and emotionally damaged than the ones in the Dark Knight trilogy or Joel Schumacher flicks. As such, he seems bummed to see the character retired.

Zack Snyder’s comments on Vero (via Reddit) are sure to elicit a variety of reactions from moviegoers out there. The Watchmen director‘s contributions to the DCEU helped to jump start an entire cinematic universe, although not all of his movies have been a success for Warner Bros. The fandom took umbrage with the creative choices in Batman v Superman, especially as Ben Affleck’s Batman killed criminals without care. And after Snyder departed Justice League due to a family emergency, Joss Whedon stepped in, with the final cut being somewhat of a Frankenstein film.

But despite the missteps of the DC Universe, Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman was widely considered a strong point of those early films. The actor brought a hulking physical presence to the role, and moviegoers could see the physical and emotional scars from his years of vigilante work. Unfortunately, the bad press and viral memes may have inspired Affleck to leave Bats behind, and Matt Reeves will recast for his developing movie The Batman.

While Zack Snyder doesn’t have any DC movies on his schedule, he was credited as an executive producer on Aquaman. So perhaps his vision for the DCEU will still factor into future installments.

The next DC blockbuster coming to theaters in Shazam! on April 5th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Do AirPods Make You Look Rich? These Millennials Think So

WILL KELLOGG regards his headphones with a degree of shame. In New York City, where people proudly brandish their bright-white wireless AirPods, he listens to music through a “do they even make those anymore?” wirebound set. As the 26-year-old administrator for a Brooklyn theater company confessed: “I still use corded headphones.” In late December, he vented his perceived aural inferiority in a Twitter missive, framing a recent quote by Catherine Zeta-Jones—“I will not apologize for being rich, beautiful and famous”—as something AirPod owners might say to a poor soul like him.

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The Parlor Mob Let Loose The Dragon Energy In ‘House Of Cards’ Video

The Parlor Mob, a rock outfit from New Jersey that is the first artist signed to Britannia Row Recordings (a label imprint under BMG launched by Frank Ocean’s frequent collaborator Malay), have unveiled a dynamic new video for “House Of Cards” that’s all about the energy, instruments, and camera work. It premiered on MTV today (February 19), but you can catch the clip in full below.

“House Of Cards” came out last year and its fiery energy catapulted it directly into 2019. The accompanying visual, in order to live up to the wide-eyed frenzy of the tune, had to match it in intensity. The good news is that it not only does this but surpasses it.

The video takes place in an empty warehouse, where the exuded energy bounces off the walls like lasers. The five-person collective bounces and swings with an electric groove, the chemistry evident in the collective fierce grin etched across their faces. They aren’t the only ones having a blast performing the hair-raising number; the camera operators are as well, doing their best to give viewers an indication of the thunderous atmosphere. We see a plethora of slo-mo shots, blinking camera cuts, and close-ups of the instruments rattling and shaking as they get pounded into oblivion. It’s like watching a dragon’s nostrils flare and spew out waves of blue flames.

If you need any kind of energy to get you through the day, consume this instead of Red Bull. The band is also prepping to go on tour in April.

Check out the video again up top for that necessary extra shot of adrenaline.

Rumors Of Armie Hammer Replacing Ben Affleck As Batman Have Been Debunked

The DC live-action universe is in a fascinating place right now. Warner Bros. is still surfing on the massive success of James Wan’s Aquaman, while also gearing up for upcoming releases of Shazam!, Birds of Prey and Joker. But there are still plenty of projects up in the air, perhaps the most significant being Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The developing blockbuster will reportedly feature a younger Batman, as Ben Affleck has officially hung up his cowl and cape for good.

There are plenty of names being thrown around to potentially take on the role, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Armie Hammer. Rumors about Hammer’s potential involvement recently gained some momentum, but it looks like there wasn’t any truth to them. The Wraps’ Umberto Gonzalez reached out to the appropriate parties, and he revealed the news in a series of tweets that read:

Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. Armie Hammer isn’t in final negotiations to play Matt Reeves’ Batman. Furthermore, he might not be in talks at all, if the studio’s correspondence is to be believed.

Umberto Gonzalez’s tweets seem to put the kibosh on Armie Hammer’s heavily rumored involvement in The Batman. Fans began throwing names around for potential replacements for Ben Affleck months ago, as the actor began slowly approaching his exit from the DCEU. And with his departure now official, the call for a new Dark Knight has become almost deafening.

Unfortunately, it looks like those rumors are going to keep swirling, as Armie Hammer isn’t taking on the mantle from Ben Affleck. As such, the conversation around who could play Matt Reeves’ Batman will continue, at least until an official announcement finally arrives. And with the director recently revealing the type of movie and actor he’s looking to bring together, it seems like just about anyone could end up in Batman’s signature suit.

Despite the myriad setbacks, Matt Reeves does appear to be committed to Bruce Wayne’s solo flick in The Batman. The developing project will reportedly be very inspired by noir films, and will focus on the detective work of Gotham’s protector. The director is also looking for an actor younger than Ben Affleck, allowing the upcoming blockbuster to reboot the character in the shared universe. As for who that actor might be, it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

While Armie Hammer isn’t in final talks to play the new Bruce Wayne, its a relief to know that Matt Reeves and the studio are still working on the solo flick. Things looked precarious as Ben Affleck departed as both director and star, but now it seems that the shard universe will simply have a new Dark Knight.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things The Batman. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Departing The MCU After Avengers: Endgame

We have a lot of expectations about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going after Avengers: Endgame but having said, very little is really known for sure. We expect that many of the characters that made up the core of the MCU up to this point will be taking their leave, and now we appear to have confirmation that at least one character introduced in the very first MCU movie will be gone following Marvel’s big blow-off event. Gwyneth Paltrow has confirmed she’ll no longer be playing Pepper Potts after Endgame.

The way that Paltrow explains it, she says that she is planning on retiring the character after Marvel Studios’ big April film, so the fact that the actress won’t be back isn’t necessarily confirmation that Pepper Potts won’t survive the film. In fact, she tells Variety that she would absolutely be willing to potentially reprise her role in a cameo capacity in the future if that were ever requested, which would imply that she will very much survive the events of the upcoming film, but she’s not looking to play Pepper in a larger role, as she had in the Iron Man films, going forward.

This is one of the few actual confirmations that we have about an MCU actor who will be leaving the role behind as the current Phase Three of the MCU wraps up. We largely expect other big name actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans to also take their leave. The word is their contracts will end following Endgame and resigning them would likely be far too expensive. Having said that, none of that has been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios and so we don’t really know for sure who we will see again and who we won’t.

The fact that Gwyneth Paltrow is leaving the role of Pepper Potts could be taken as an indication to confirm Tony Stark’s future as well. The two are in a relationship, after all, and are engaged to be married in the storyline of the MCU, having one character without the other seems unlikely.

Of course, other Marvel movies, like Captain America: Civil War, found ways to explain Pepper’s absence while still featuring Tony, so this can’t really be seen as a confirmation of anything.

The lack of Pepper Potts won’t be an earth-shattering change to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it certainly will be the first of many characters who are on their way out. And some of the departures will be big deals. All indications are that the MCU will be going off in a very different direction with Phase Four, though at this point we have no idea what that will actually look like.

So it looks like, whatever, actually happens to the character, we can pretty much say goodbye to Pepper Potts being part of the MCU. On the plus side, Pepper will be going out with a bang, as she will apparently have her own Iron Man-style armor at some point during Avengers; Endgame.