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The 29 Best Movie Series to Keep You Busy

If you’re looking for both quality and quantity in your next movie night, I have the list for you: the best movie series. There are plenty of reasons banging out film franchises is a better idea than watching a bunch of one-off movies. (Although, we have recs for plenty of feel-good movies 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 the best movie sequels—like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or the Fast and the Furious—that feels special. 

And it doesn’t matter what streaming service you prefer. There are movies on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and more. Every genre is represented, too. If sci-fi or horror is your jam, there are plenty of trilogy movies to choose from. Some of the best movie series of all time are romantic comedies, like the hilarious Bridget Jones chronicles. 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.

The ’70s Bob Is the Cutest Cheek-Framing Chop

Wanna know why the ‘70s bob has got it going on? It takes the classic bob that we know and love, then adds some retro flair and personality. 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the whole ’70s aesthetic is back in a big way (see also: The Shag, The Farrah Flip and the psychedelic prints that have been infiltrating fashion trends). The era steadily gained popularity throughout 2021, when we sought color and escapism and it remains a core reference for 2022.

But, among the ‘70s most famous haircuts (and there are some bangers to choose from), flicky curtain bangs are one of the most enduring and popular styles of the decade. It’s not just that they’re easy to adopt (they skip the growing-out pains of a regular fringe and blend seamlessly into layers), but they offer unparalleled face-framing action, lifting cheekbones and focusing the attention toward our eyes.

So if you want an update to 2021’s headlining cut, the bob, we reckon adding a swooshy fringe is the perfect way forward…

7 ways to wear the ’70s bob

Iced blonde ’70s bob

The rounded voluminous shape and full flicked fringe is serving up a ’70s moment, but the icy platinum color keeps it current. 

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Rocker ’70s bob

What’s even better than a bob combined with a flicky ‘70s fringe? Throw in some shaggy layers for messy rocker vibes. 

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Jaw-length ’70s bob

This combines a shorter Frenchie-style shape (a beloved classic, we hasten to add) with a cheek-framing ’70s fringe. We love.

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Low-key ’70s bob

If you’re still growing out a fringe, but you want to shift toward the ’70s aesthetic, this baby-flick fringe gives a low-key nod.

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Outgrown ’70s bob

This is leaving bob territory and entering shag territory, but this outgrown bob shape is a cool way to wear the style if you’re looking to hold on to some extra length.

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’70s bowl bob

This rounded bowl bob is retro and cute, but throw in the ‘70s fringe and it’s a vibe (don’t even get us started on the gorge copper color).

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Sunshine blonde ’70s bob

Flicky, swooshy, airy, this is a beautiful way to wear the ’70s bob as we head into spring.

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For more from GLAMOUR’s Beauty Editor, Elle Turner, follow her on Instagram @elleturneruk

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Short-Term Changes in Your Period After the COVID Vaccine Are Normal, According to a New Study

Since it’s been available, women have been reporting changes in their period after the COVID-19 vaccine. A new study just confirmed at least one of these changes is normal.

Anecdotal evidence about changes in menstrual cycles for those who got the COVID-19 vaccine has been piling up on social media since the shot became widely available in 2021. People with periods have been reporting longer periods, missed periods, heavier periods, and even, for some post-menopausal women, the return of a period, per the New York Times. But until now, there’s been a lack of large-scale clinical research examining what happens to your period after the COVID-19 vaccine. 

A new study published Thursday reports that, confirming at least one post-vaccine period change. Published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the study found that after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, people with periods had a slightly longer menstrual cycle, with periods coming an average of one day later than normal. (The length of the actual period remained the same.) 

Importantly, the change isn’t harmful, according to health experts, and it isn’t permanent. The study found that the menstrual cycle returned to normal one or two periods after getting the vaccine. This falls in line with existing research on the safety of the vaccine for fertility: The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to have no negative side effects on fertility or pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends all people who are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant get the vaccine. 

The data on changes in menstrual cycles came from nearly 4,000 women using the Natural Cycles fertility app, about 60% of whom had received the COVID-19 vaccine. That data has one very important drawback, however. As the Times points out, the set of women using the Natural Cycles app isn’t nationally representative—these users tend to be white, educated, thinner than the average American woman, and are not using hormonal contraception, making it difficult to draw generalizable conclusions. 

Alison Edelman, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University and the lead author of the study, also noted that there’s lots of room for individual variation in the data. For example, a large factor influencing the findings was a group of 380 women who experienced a two-day delay in the start of their period, she told the Times. A smaller group of vaccinated women—about 5%, per CNN—experienced cycles eight days longer than normal. (However it’s also worth noting that this number was the same among unvaccinated women in the study.) “Though the cycle length was less than one day different at the population level, for an individual, depending on their perspective and what they’re relying on menses for, that could be a big deal,” she said. “You might be expecting a pregnancy, you might be worrying about a pregnancy, you might be wearing white pants.”

The study also doesn’t address reports from post-menopausal women (who aren’t likely to be using the app). Experiencing spotting or bleeding post-menopause can be a cause for concern, whether you’ve received the vaccine or not, and should be evaluated by a doctor. 

The study is a step in the direction of understanding how the COVID-19 vaccine—and vaccines in general—impact periods. “It validates that there is something real here,” Hugh Taylor, M.D.,  chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, told the Times. Adding, “I want to make sure we dissuade people from those untrue myths out there about fertility effects. A cycle or two where periods are thrown off may be annoying, but it’s not going to be harmful in a medical way.”

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Rihanna Is Opening Five Savage x Fenty Stores

Rihanna is giving the people what they want: five Savage x Fenty brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S.: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., residents, you’re the lucky ones to get to experience this first in 2022. 

The singer turned mogul announced the news on her Instagram. “2022, we coming in HOT!” she wrote. “We bout to bring you a whole new #SavageXFenty experience with the launch of our brick-and-mortar retail stores! can’t believe it’s actually that time, and I can’t wait for you to have this experience irl….” 

Rihanna launched global lingerie brand Savage x Fenty on May 10, 2018, in New York City. Kevin Mazur

Not only will these be the first physical retail locations for Savage x Fenty; it’ll be the first for any of Rihanna’s ventures. We can’t wait to see how she applies her Midas touch to the IRL shopping experience. This is the woman who breathed new life into the lingerie fashion show after all! 

The rendering that Rihanna shared on her Instagram shows a neon-lit store, more nightclub than sterile, open-concept boutique. And really, isn’t that what you want from a brand that sells a size-inclusive, tattoo-print crotchless catsuit? 

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Rihanna Is Opening Five SavageXFenty Stores

Rihanna is giving the people what they want: five Savage X Fenty brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC residents, you’re the lucky ones to get to experience this first in 2022. 

The singer-turned-mogul announced the news on her Instagram. “2022, we coming in HOT!” she wrote. “We bout to bring you a whole new #SavageXFenty experience with the launch of our brick-and-mortar retail stores! can’t believe it’s actually that time, and I can’t wait for you to have this experience irl….” 

Rihanna launched global lingerie brand Savage X Fenty on May 10, 2018 in New York City. Kevin Mazur

Not only will these be the first physical retail locations for Savage X Fenty, it’ll be the first for any of Rihanna’s ventures. We can’t wait to see how she applies her Midas touch to the IRL shopping experience. This is the woman who breathed new life into the lingerie fashion show after all! 

The rendering that Rihanna shared on her Instagram shows a neon-lit store, more nightclub than sterile, open-concept boutique. And really, isn’t that what you want from a brand that sells a size-inclusive, tattoo-print crotchless catsuit? 

This post originally appeared on Vogue.

Rooney Mara Is Perfectly Cast as Audrey Hepburn in Apple’s Forthcoming Biopic

For over a decade, Rooney Mara has entranced audiences with her quietly assured, deeply moving performances in everything from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol and A Ghost Story to Guillermo del Toro’s beguiling noir Nightmare Alley, which seems poised to take awards season by storm. However, the twice-Oscar-nominated actor’s next film will be her most high-profile to date: she is set to play Audrey Hepburn in an upcoming drama from Apple that will delve into the actor, humanitarian and fashion icon’s life and work.

Given Mara’s envy-inducing brows and penchant for Givenchy-designed little black dresses, the casting seems a no-brainer. More good news? Taking the helm will be Luca Guadagnino, the lauded director of I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, and Call Me by Your Name, while playwright Michael Mitnick will pen the script. 

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Plot details remain under wraps, but those searching for clues would be wise to rewatch Audrey, the 2020 documentary that follows the beloved actor from her childhood during World War II to her stint as a ballet dancer in London and her emergence as a Hollywood power player in the ’50s. The new release could also feasibly cover the stories behind her best-known films (Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady), her three major romances (with Mel Ferrer, Andrea Dotti, and Robert Wolders), and her work as an activist with UNICEF.

It isn’t the only project about the screen legend currently in development, either. In April 2021, it was reported that Jacqueline Hoyt, whose previous credits include The Good Wife, The Leftovers, and The Underground Railroad, would be writing a TV series that depicts Hepburn’s formative years. It’s based on a treatment co-authored by journalist Luigi Spinola and Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti, and due to be produced by Wildside, the company behind prestige hits The Young Pope and My Brilliant Friend. Which Audrey Hepburn story will be first to land on our screens? We can’t say for certain, but the costumes in both are sure to be exquisite.

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The Weeknd Fans Are Convinced These New Lyrics Confirm He’s Dating Angelina Jolie

Rumors that The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie are dating have been circulating for months now. Both have remained mum on the subject, but did The Weeknd just confirm their relationship in his new song? Some fans are convinced. 

The new track, titled “Here We Go… Again”—off his new album, Dawn FM—contains lyrics talking about a “movie star.” And some think the “movie star” in question is Jolie. 

“And my new girl, she a movie star/My new girl, she a movie star,” The Weeknd sings on the track. “I loved her right, make her scream like Neve Campbell/But when I make her laugh, swear it cures my depressin’ thoughts/’Cause baby girl, she a movie star/Baby girl, she a movie star/I told myself that I’d never fall/But here we go again.” 

“my new girl, she a movie star” me: ang—angelina jolie?” one fan tweeted

“The Weeknd says his girls a movie star so he’s really dating Angelina Jolie then??” added another listener. 

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“So the movie star is Angelina Jolie in here we go again, right?” wrote someone else

So what is the truth? Well, The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie haven’t confirmed their relationship. They’ve been spotted a few times having dinner, but insiders say this could’ve just been for business. “They’re clearly not trying to hide [the dinner date],” a source told told Page Six. “He’s definitely focused on getting to the movie business. He has the new HBO series he’s starring in.”

That being said, here’s what a source told Us Weekly back in September: “Both Angie and Abel are telling people they are just friends, but those who know them think something romantic is going on.” 

They added, “She’s definitely warming toward Abel. He’s been pouring on the charm and going out of his way to impress her.”

Maybe one way he did that was…writing a song about her. Let’s file this under “wait and see.” 

The Octopus Haircut Is the Bold Style You Have to Try in 2022

The 2022 hair trend forecasts are in, and I have two words for you: Octopus. Haircut. 

Everywhere from Stylist to InStyle is reporting this year’s hair vibes are all about bold, edgy cuts. Think mullets, shags, wolf cuts, and, now, something called an octopus haircut. 

You’ve no-doubt seen the octopus haircut all over Pinterest and TikTok. It’s characterized by choppy, visible layers that almost look like octopus tentacles. The haircut is long, which differentiates it from other edgy styles—but it’s more top-heavy, with wispy, angled pieces cascading down your shoulders. 

“The octopus cut is a new take on the shag/mullet style we’ve been seeing recently. It’s a less textured version and still manages to keep length with short layers while maintaining the weight at the top,”  Joe Sirry, cofounder and color specialist at SHAG! London, tells Stylist. 

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Celebrity hairstylist and Aloxxi brand ambassador Leonardo Rocco said something similar to InStyle: “The octopus haircut is a mix between the shaggy and mullet styles, and is characterized by having a lot of volume on the top and a lot of layers throughout the hair. The outer edges should be soft—preferably cut with a razor to create the effect of octopus tentacles.”  

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Per, InStyle, people with either straight or wavy hair types are best suited for the octopus cut. As far as maintenance, the outlet reports air-drying is the way to go here—so if you want a no-fuss cut, this may be for you. 

So should you take the plunge? If you’re a fan of shaggy styles, then maybe. Back in June 2020, hairstylist Anh Co Tran told Glamour about the shag cut in general, “Depending on your hair texture, the shag is a cut that can be worn extremely messy or seamlessly straight.” The same can be said about the octopus cut. Keep that in mind as you make your way to the salon. 

Mae Muller’s ‘Instinctive, Animalistic’ Approach To Songwriting

North London’s Mae Muller started writing songs by trying to emulate her heroes. First up, when she was much younger, was Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine . “I was obsessed,” she tells MTV. “I tried to write like her. I think I was 19 when I put my first song on SoundCloud.”

But unlike Flo and other artists whose identities and artistic visions are clearly defined from the start, Muller began her own journey with plenty of questions. “I was like, I don’t really know who the hell I am. I really don’t. And I think just writing really made me find that.”

Muller, the MTV Push artist for January 2022, knows who she is now — or at least, she knows who she’s keen to be for the moment before she evolves. As she spoke to MTV about her rise, she also reflected back on her first concert at O2 Forum Kentish Town, where her father took her to see electronic group Lemon Jelly. “They did a kids’ show dressed as the Flintstones,” she tells MTV. “Thinking back to it, it’s very weird and psychedelic, but I must’ve been, like, five.”

Her music, meanwhile, sounds not too electronic nor too, well, childish. Instead, her breakout hit “Better Days” harkens back to late-’70s disco sounds but filtered through the internet age, in the vein of recent chart-topping hits like Doja Cat’s “Say So” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating.” The funk bassline and extremely clean production from producer Neiked allows Muller to pine on the bright chorus for the sunny future promised by the title.

“When I vocaled the track, I thought it was a banger from the start,” Muller says. “But I did think it could be better.” For the final piece of the track, she enlisted help from rapper Polo G. “I’d heard his song on TikTok quite a lot. I was just like, let’s just send it to him. And within a week, he’d recorded his verse. It just happened in the most perfect way, because us three, we’re so different as artists and as people.”

As an artist, Muller stresses she’s still finding herself and her process, though she knows what’s worked in the past, whether that’s picking up a guitar or another instrument to begin playing some chords. “Other times,” she says, “I’ll just go on the mic and just start doing gibberish melodies and just see what happens. But I quite like that instinctive, animalistic way of approaching it, whatever comes out.”

You can hear that magnetism on “Therapist,” a likewise silken cut that finds its power in Mae’s powerful and instantly memorable chorus, “You don’t need a girlfriend / You just need a therapist.”

Now, Muller doesn’t have to try to sound like anyone but herself. Get to know her in the performance and interview video above.

18 Silk Pillowcases Glamour Editors Swear By

Chances are a night of particularly deep sleep has wreaked havoc on your hair at least once before, but the best silk pillowcases can help you avoid crazy bed head in the future.

Aside from keeping your hairstyle intact, the smooth texture prevents hair breakage caused by friction (something that can happen with regular cotton pillowcases). What’s more—sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help prevent wrinkles, so bringing them into your bedroom could have a positive impact on your hair and skin, and who doesn’t want that?

Why should you use a silk pillowcase?

Derived from domesticated silkworms, silk pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic, so they prevent buildup of dust mites, fungus, mold, and other allergens. Silk pillowcases also tend to be good heat regulators, which means no flipping your pillow over to the cold side every 20 minutes. But the main draw to silk pillowcases is the potential hair and skin benefits.

As mentioned above, delicate silk won’t cause fine lines that rougher materials, like cotton, are believed to contribute to, and they can actually help make your skin-care products more effective. “They keep your products from escaping from your skin, so you can really ensure they are penetrating,” says celebrity facialist and La Mer global skin-care adviser Georgia Louise. Last (and perhaps most important), they lessen the amount of breakage you get from moving around on your pillow while you sleep, making for smoother, healthier hair.

What’s momme, and how much of it do I want in my silk pillowcase?

Momme refers to the density of the silk and indicates the quality of the material. Think of it like thread count—more threads mean extra durability, making for a more luxurious experience. A 13 to 19 momme count is perfectly fine, while 25 is top-of-the-line. A 25-momme variety is going to be significantly more dense than a 22- or 19-momme—and far more expensive. If it’s your first time buying a silk pillowcase, one with momme in the teens will get the job done. Really looking for a splurge? Pick an option that’s at least 22 momme and made with mulberry silk, which is basically the equivalent of Egyptian cotton. The fibers are longer and more uniform, so the fabric is smoother and will hold up through more washes.

What are the best silk pillowcases?

Great, we’ve convinced you. There are plenty of silk pillowcases out there, and we’ve tried many of them. In an effort to upgrade your beauty sleep, we asked our editors to test the best silk pillowcases out there and report back with their favorites. Read on to find out which brands made the cut.