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Netflix’s The Platform Ending Explained: What Happened And What Does It Mean?

What Does The Pit Represent?

The Pit, the aforementioned prison in which The Platform is set, is a society all its own, harboring a seemingly effective system of rules in which, once a day, the titular platform descends from the top bearing a plentiful feast, stopping at each level for two minutes, during which cellmates can eat their portion without keeping a single item. After each month, inmates are put to sleep by a tranquilizing gas and transported to a new level of random selection. The system seems simple and effective enough, if not for the fact that no inmate is concerned with taking their own unspecified portion, but only how much they can grab before the platform continues, leaving less food available for lower levels and, at an undefined point, not even a crumb remains, leaving the unlucky ones below to starve or resort to more desperate measures.

How Will Black Widow’s Delay Impact The MCU’s Future?

With all these delays and more movies still on the calendar for later in the summer, Disney might not want to place Black Widow among them. Plus, the studio has also delayed Mulan, which is another big-budget release that Disney wants to be a blockbuster just as much as Black Widow. Phase Four’s summer slot was supposed to go over to Disney+, where The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would premiere. One option could be Black Widow replacing Jungle Cruise at the end of July, but that doesn’t leave much time for fans to jump on Falcon and the Winter Soldier in August.

16 Best Healthy Cookbooks to Inspire Your Next Skype Dinner

Just a few weeks ago, most of us were rushing through dinner, scarfing down lunch, and chugging coffee for breakfast. The healthy cookbooks on our shelves did little more than collect dust and catch the occasional side-eye before we called-in takeout. “Staying home” has taken on a whole new meaning, and our kitchen counters have quickly turned into makeshift desks and happy hour spots. But if there’s one upside to this crisis, it’s that with all the added time inside, we can finally test the limits of what we think we can cook.

True to form, everyone with a pan and a social media account is making their stove their happy place—meaning there’s more mouthwatering food inspo than ever. So whether you’re cooking for your vegan, plant-loving partner or dusting off the Le Creuset for a slow-roasted chicken with friends at a Netflix Party, here are 16 of the best healthy cookbooks to maybe (just maybe) coax you into actually picking up a new hobby.

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Disneyland And Walt Disney World Extend Their COVID-19 Closures

Union leaders from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World sent letters to the company to demand it still pay its employees, according to THR. Disney workers had previously been notified of the park’s extended closures, but were left hanging about the subject of compensation. Disney cast members are paid hourly, with varying amounts of shifts per week – so just how much they will be given is unclear.

Now’s the Time To Learn How to Sext: 23 Sexting Examples & Tips

Sexting example: “Tell me how the sound of my voice makes you feel.”

12. Make up a scenario.

Although creativity does score points when it comes to sexting, making up a scenario doesn’t have to be complicated, according to Stubbs. Even tossing out there the possibility of you just showing up at their house as a surprise can feel exciting.

Sexting example: “What would you do if I showed up at your house in nothing but a trench coat right now?”

13. Realize this could be practice for the real deal.

If you’re sexting with someone you’ve recently met on an app but haven’t been able to meet IRL, you could be practicing for the real deal—if you do want to meet after all this. This practice allows you to know each other intimately before that first, potentially awkward date.

Sexting example: “I guess if dinner and drinks feels awkward, we already know what we want in bed. Tell me again what you’ll do to me first?”

14. Take turns being the narrator.

“At its most basic, there are two central roles that you can take while talking dirty: the director and the narrator,” says Corrado. “The director is someone who is doing the telling, while the narrator is describing what is happening around them.” One role might feel more comfortable to you and to your partner, so you just might fall into them naturally. But this doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up.

Example of director: “I want you to use your vibrator on your clit, but you can’t come until I say so.”

Example of narrator: “I love it when you tease me that way.”

15. Get creative with language.

Honestly, there’s only so many times you can say “pussy” or “cock” before it wears thin. That’s why, according to O’Reilly, creative language is a must. “Consider crafting your messages with broad and vivid vocabulary,” she says.

Sexting example: “I wish you were here to feel how wet my treasure trove is.”

16. Keep the conversation going.

There’s nothing worse than getting all hot and bothered and then there’s a lull. Like, WTF. “Engage and try not to be unresponsive during moments when the sexting is consistent,” Saynt says. “There’s nothing worse than someone losing interest or getting distracted on either side, so try to be there for your partner and be sure to call them out when they seem to not be there for you.” 

Sexting example: “I’m not sure where you went, but if you haven’t come yet, let’s work on that together.”

17. Get all five senses involved.

“Your sexting partner isn’t there with you, so they only have your words (and their imagination) to figure out what’s going on,” Corrado says. “If you’re describing to them the ways that you’re touching yourself, make it a sensory experience.” According to Corrado, you want the person you’re sexting to feel like they’re right there, seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, and tasting it all.

Sexting example: “The leather chair I’m sitting in feels so good on my skin right now.”

18. Role-play.

It’s exhausting always being the same person, isn’t it? Stubbs suggests setting up a role-play situation. This is another place where you can let your mind run wild. Did you just receive a text from a stranger that must orgasm ASAP to save the planet?! It’s totally okay to be silly while sexting!

Sexting example: “You don’t know me, but I’m from Venus and I’ve been given your number to make you wetter than you’ve ever been before.”

19. Communicate what you want.

Unless your sexting partner is a mind reader—or you’ve been together that long, you’re going to have to communicate and maybe even steer the direction of the sexting. “Want your partner to engage in a little fantasy play? Looking to have them say dirty things to you? Communicate what you want and ask for all the naughty things you know you deserve,” Saynt says. “Most likely your partner will be down to comply with giving you exactly what you’re looking for.”

What to Wear on a First Date in the Age of Coronavirus

The Social Distancing Scaries are real, but as weeks of life in insolation tick by, we’re finding fresh ways to stay connected in this uncharted reality. There’s no denying that a lack of IRL interaction can feel alienating, but social media and video call apps are keeping us in touch with friends and family, both around the corner or out of state—and it’s not stopping singles from getting to know potential new love interests. With virtual dating on the rise, could nixing the physical aspect of the early stages of dating lead to deeper emotional connections set to last long after the pandemic is over?

So, you just started talking to a new cutie and you’re going to FaceTime. Even if you’re meeting for the first time over a Netflix Party, you’re probably planning on changing out of those days-old sweatpants and pimple patches. But what do you wear? A playful top will spruce up the 4×4 inch box you’re occupying on your date’s screen—and a hint of highlighter for that dewy glow will definitely help you feel fresh (even if you literally just brushed Cheeto dust off your face). A virtual first impression still counts for something, and though they can’t smell your signature scent through the screen, you can still charm them with a statement sleeve.

From romantic blouses to no-makeup makeup, shop pieces for a winning first (virtual) date look. These will have you feeling confident looking deep into your laptop’s camera—because that’s where we’re at right now. If everything goes well, you can blow them away with perfect-fitting jeans once you finally meet in the flesh.

Whether you’ve been separated from your loved ones, found yourself plunged into self-quarantine with the someone you just met on Bumble, are single and navigating a whole new world of virtual dating, or are ready to call in the divorce lawyers after finding yourself in far too close proximity to your partner, the rapid spread of COVID-19 has reshaped our relationships drastically. So what is it really like to Love in the Time of Coronavirus?

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Looks Like COVID-19 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Mad Max: Fury Road Spinoff Casting

In addition to her role as Illyana Rasputin, a.k.a. Magik, in the forthcoming The New Mutants (which was recently delayed for the fourth time due to the current pandemic), Anya Taylor-Joy’s other credits include The Witch, Split, Glass and Emma, which is now available for rental on VOD platforms. Taylor-Joy also had a voice role in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and her other upcoming projects include Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and the Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit.

Hannah Ann Sluss Keeps ‘Liking’ the Most Suspect Tweets About Peter Weber

With everything going on in the world right now, including a lot of our favorite TV shows being put on hold, at least Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor keeps delivering drama. (Please remember that it ended weeks ago.) After proposing to Hannah Ann Sluss, breaking that off, reuniting with Madison Prewett, breaking that off, and getting caught on camera with Kelley Flanagan when he should be social distancing, there’s enough drama going on in Bachelor Nation to distract us for at least another week. This doesn’t even include the Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron of it all.

As recently as March 25, TMZ posted photos of Weber hanging out with Flanagan in Chicago. He’s even pictured carrying her over his shoulder in one shot. “Folks who saw them tell us Pete was super-flirty and very handsy with Kelley,” the website reported.

Now, Sluss is indirectly commenting on Weber’s actions through her Twitter “likes.” “Raise hands if you knew Peter was a f*ckboi and are not surprised Peter’s now hooking up with a third woman from his season after it ended,” said one tweet that Sluss has “liked.”

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The tweet continues, “@HannahannSluss warned us when she said Peter had been talking to multiple woman while they were still engaged. #thebachelor.” Sluss “liked” a response to this that says, “And apparently one of those women might have been her friend… ouch well at least she walked out of it like a QUEEN so kudos Hannah.”

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These tweets are not the only way Hannah Ann Sluss is showing her, um, displeasure with Peter Weber. Cosmopolitan reported on March 26 that Sluss purged her Instagram of all photos of Weber and their time on The Bachelor. While that could have been an aesthetic choice, another one of her “liked” tweets suggests otherwise.

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Tune in daily for the next round of drama…

Orion Sun’s Planetary Love Songs Will Transport You

Orion Sun contains multitudes. “I definitely exist in both optimism and nihilism,” the Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter, born Tiffany Majette, told MTV News recently during a conversation about her bracing new album Hold Space for Me. Even the word “bracing” at first feels at odds with this silken collection of moony R&B-pop. But as she looks skyward for romantic metaphors — “You move me like a moonbeam,” she sings on “Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me)” — Majette gathers a storm, unspooling her own history losing her home and the death of a close friend.

“I understand a nihilist perspective, but I’m able to understand it and then turn it into an optimistic perspective,” she said. “I do feel like I’m an optimistic person. I mean, kind of have to be to decide to keep going and to have this sort of tenacity that I don’t know where it comes from.”

It might come from the stars. As her moniker suggests, Majette has long taken inspiration from space pioneers like Mae Jemison and even wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. Her music as Orion Sun often evokes the planetary pull also found in love. “Swear you came down like a comet,” she offers one minute, then moves on to burning desire a tune later: “Holy, warm like the sun be.” She packs Hold Space for Me with simple images of the natural world — songs called “Lightning” and “Golden Hour” — alongside the immense weight of human consequence. She’s looking up, but she’s still bound by gravity.

Majette titles one wiggly groove “Grim Reaper” and finds an earthen delivery, quaking a message to someone gone before their time: “If I had it my way, I’d take your place.” She’s an explorer picking through smoldering wreckage, finding the bits that still gleam. Sometimes this is literal. Her “Coffee for Dinner” video, in which she gets a creative director credit, finds her playing a Twilight Zone-inspired lone wanderer in a space suit. In an era when album launches feel increasingly like cold data delivery, Orion Sun is thinking cinematically.

“A lot of the music that I make is very visual. It stems from a place in my brain where I’m like, OK, what does this feeling look like sonically? What color is it?” she said. “What do I hear when I’m looking at something, like an old picture, or [when I’m] YouTubing travel videos, those 4K videos, walking back through Japan or just places that I want to go? And I’m just looking at people, like, what are they listening to when they make something?”

Hold Space for Me is unmistakably insular, unwittingly perfect for our current collective moment of self-isolation. “I’m not even going to lie: I’m not doing anything too different than before with this whole sort of staying inside thing,” Majette said. Her indoor music longs to know more than what a window offers. The album finds Marjette aching for the comfort of another voice and a whiff of the nighttime air. That’s why one of its most memorable moments comes when she suits up to spit a few bars.

“I feel like A$AP Rocky, bitches on my jockey,” she smirks, joyriding on “El Camino.” Soon after, she shouts out one of her inspirations in all but name: “Money make you go from College Dropout to Yandhi.” Marjette has cited Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak as a key influence, plus The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. In this age of daily livestream performances, she wishes she could see Billie Holiday on Instagram Live. “Maybe it’s because I just read her book and I’m just very obsessed at the moment,” she said.

Last month, before everyone had to be inside all the time, Marjette was posting dreamy musical dispatches from her bedroom floor; she’s since shared two more. She writes a lot on guitar, though she’s self-taught on piano and ukulele as well. She makes beats. In the past, Majette has been so pumped to share a recently completed song that she’d post them right away. Her previous project, A Collection of Fleeting Moments and Daydreams, was exactly that. Hold Space for Me, however, was meant to feel more intentional.

“I sat with each [song] and really just marinated and wasn’t so quick to be like, this is it, this is done,” she said. “Really just wanted to make sure and see that each song felt complete to me. And I like that patience that I gained, because I really do think it’s made a difference.”

It’s the patience to trace her own history on “Golden Hour” in a quick cadence — “I left home, no money coming in / Had to get a job, music wasn’t getting spins” — and then pull away to let the gravity of her story linger over a subdued beat reminiscent of leaky pipes. She views the vulnerability inherent in poetry, her “first love in the arts world,” as a key tool to use in songwriting. Still, she knows better than to share too much of herself in her music, even as she’s spinning a story ripped directly from her own life.

“It’s pretty fun to find ways to sort of get my message across but still feel protected and not too exposed,” she said. “But I’m like that outside of my artist bag. I’m very cautious.”

Cautiously optimistic, then, feels right for Hold Space for Me, an album that fittingly concludes with Marjette sleeping late, frustrating the birds outside her window, but ultimately waking with clear eyes and a vision of warmth. “I found my destiny,” she intones, “and it’s holding onto your heart.”

10 Sexual Wellness Products From Verishop to Spice Up Your Quarantine

Let’s face it: None of us will be up to anything too exciting for the month(s) ahead, but while we’re forced to give up travel, theaters, and our social lives for the greater good—orgasms are here to make it all (actually) feel better. Sex is still on the list of viable activities to partake in, and while you definitely shouldn’t be inviting your new Hinge match over to quarantine and chill, couples trapped inside are likely getting it on (if they’re not getting divorced). And if you’re social distancing solo, never fear—just remember you are, as the NYC Health Department points out, your safest sex partner right now. In fact, masturbation can actually help to slow the spread of COVID-19, so don’t sleep on regular self-love sessions during this confusing time.

Verishop, our new favorite online retailer, has a chic sexual wellness hub aside from its expertly curated fashion, beauty, and home departments. The small but mighty lineup of toys, books, and oils will come in handy when you’re searching for entertainment after streaming Love Is Blind for the third time, whether you’re cooped up with your boo or riding solo. Plus, Verishop is known for its free one-day shipping policy with no minimum purchase value required—so you’ll get your goods just in time for the apocalypse. Just kidding—the world isn’t going to an end, but these toys might just lead to an earth-shattering O or two, and who can be mad at that?

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