11 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of May 5, 2019

If you’re anything like me, then your to-do list is sky-high. The clothes on my floor are a glaring reminder I need to do laundry. I have nothing in my refrigerator except a bottle of ketchup, so it’s time to go grocery shopping. Oh, and I have my actual job to do, too. But I’m willing to push all of that aside for these 11 TV shows and movies. After all, who needs fresh fruit in the house when there’s a new season of The Real Housewives of Potomac to freshen up your life? I’m kidding, obviously. Go grocery shopping and do your job, but also put some time aside for what’s new in entertainment this week. Or maybe procrastinate your responsibilities a little bit. Cleaning your bathroom can wait until after watching Monday’s Bachelorette reunion special.

Below, all the TV shows and movies to watch this week:

The Real Housewives of Potomac: The main drama on Potomac this season is between the couples: Ashley and Michael, Karen and Ray, and Candiace and Chris all have separate battles they’re facing, and I have a feeling they won’t be resolved quickly. 9 P.M. ET on Bravo

The Spanish Princess: Charlotte Hope stars as Catherine of Aragon, the teen princess of Spain who was promised the throne as a child, in this new Starz miniseries. Other royals appear on this show too, such as Arthur, Prince of Wales (Angus Imrie) and Henry VII of England (Elliot Cowan). Fans of The Crown should absolutely tune in. 8 P.M. ET on Starz

Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!: The title says it all: Watch as all the previous Bachelorettes get together and dish about the show and romance, all ahead of Hannah Brown’s debut. 8 P.M. ET on ABC

State of the Union: This clever new series, starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike, centers on a couple who meets at a pub before their couples therapy appointment each week to get their stories straight. Each episode is only 10 minutes. 10 P.M. ET on Sundance

Thirteen: This explosive 2003 film stars Evan Rachel Wood as a 13-year-old girl whose life and behavior completely change after she befriends her school’s queen bee, played by Nikki Reed. It’s a harsh but incredibly gripping look at female adolescence that I think everyone should see. Streaming on Hulu

Lucifer: Netflix picked up the fourth season of this beloved series, which centers on the literal devil moving to Los Angeles and opening up a nightclub. Streaming on Netflix

Paradise Hotel: Kristin Cavallari hosts this new reality TV show featuring hot single people checking into a resort and competing for love. Think Bachelor in Paradise meets Love Island. 8 P.M. ET on Fox

Flipping the Ladder: A new documentary that explores career advancement from unique, alternative perspectives. Available on VOD

Poms: A group of women in a retirement community start a cheerleading squad in this heartwarming comedy starring Diane Keaton. In theaters

Wine Country: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch star in this new Netflix comedy series about a group of women who attempt to reconnect on a wine retreat. Streaming on Netflix

My Dad Wrote a Porno: The hit British podcast, in which a man reads aloud erotic novels written by his father, comes to the screen in this HBO special. 9 P.M. ET on HBO

Mindy Kaling Says B.J. Novak Is Her Daughter’s Godfather

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak’s “weird as hell” (Kaling’s words) relationship has long been a source of joy for fans, whether they’ve been full-on dating, skewing a little more than friends, or platonic. No matter their relationship status, it’s safe to say they have a strong history, though: As Kaling shared in a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, she’s actually named Novak her daughter’s godfather. (She gave birth to Katherine in December 2017.)

Kaling also took the opportunity to comment on rumors she and Novak are low-key dating—something the two pretty much get asked about all the time. After Kaling declined to share who Katherine’s father is (as is her right), you can bet the rumors just kept growing.

“If I was on the outside looking at it, I would think the same thing,” she told the magazine, before explaining that Novak is the baby’s godfather. “But the truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. He’s the godfather to my daughter, he comes over like once a week. Sometimes he’ll come over just to hang out with her.”

The two first met back in the NBC writers’ room before co-starring as Kelly and Ryan in The Office (shippers of the on-again-off-again on-screen couple still mourn) almost 15 years ago. So yeah, it makes sense that the two would be close—and it’s also great to see two people who remain that way after they’ve dated.

“In the When Harry Met Sally version of platonic friends, I too think that’s strange,” Kaling told Good Housekeeping. “But when you’ve known someone for as long as I’ve known him—the time that we met each other, which was like 24. Now, we’re both almost 40. It’s such a long time that he truly is just a part of my family.”

Casting Directors Wanted Charlize Theron in ‘Wonder Woman’—as Wonder Woman’s Mom

Safe to say Charlize Theron is a big deal: Her IMDb history spans from rom-coms like her new movie, Long Shot, to serious dramas like Monster and action hits like Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde—and she’s won an Oscar (for Monster) to boot. But some of her recent casting talks aren’t what you might have expected: Theron opened up recently about being in talks for a role in the first Wonder Woman—but it wasn’t exactly one she’d thought about.

On Watch What Happens Live, Theron said she that casting agents actually wanted Theron to play Wonder Woman’s mom. “This is a great of example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face when you start aging,” she explained. “So somebody had said to me, ‘Oh, there’s action on this thing, Wonder Woman—we just want to make you aware of it.’ And I was like, ‘I’m just not familiar with it … I mean, what does Wonder Woman do?’ And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’”

This hypothetical casting scenario makes no sense. At 43, Theron is only nine years older than Gadot, making it far more realistic for them to be sisters than mother and daughter. The role of Hippolyta eventually went to Connie Nielsen (who is 53). “It was the defining moment where I crossed over,” Theron added. “And I wasn’t fully aware of it.”

Needless to say, those talks didn’t continue. It’s ageism that’s based in sexism—as we wrote four years ago, pre-Time’s Up and pre-#MeToo, age gaps have long been raising eyebrows in Hollywood, whether they’re familial or romantic.

Watch Theron’s interview below:

How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Spending Their Time Waiting for the Royal Baby

If it feels like the only things anyone is talking about online these days are Game of Thrones and the royal baby, you wouldn’t be totally wrong. Many of us are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s firstborn with the same level of anticipation as finding out who will end up on the Iron Throne.

Speculation has been wild about Baby Sussex, with people reaching for explanations about why Markle hasn’t given birth yet, instead of the logical conclusion that even royals can’t control nature. (Her due date was reportedly in late April or early May.) Buckingham Palace has issued statements that confirm that the baby has not been born and that the media will be alerted when the Markle goes into labor. But you know who’s not concerned with all the nonsense? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Basically, they’re just chilling at Frogmore Cottage. “They’re in their own bubble at the moment,” a friend of the couple told Harper’s Bazaar. “Meg is with the most important people in her life … she’s calm.” The friend adds that Markle is “calm and content. She’s got this.”

It’s been previously reported that the duchess’s mom, Doria Ragland, is already in Windsor for the birth of her first grandchild. And the couple have welcomed some royal visitors as well, including the queen, Kate Middleton, and Prince William. A source told Entertainment Tonight that the Sussexes are enjoying this “love-filled time” and that Markle has felt “so much compassion from her new family.”

Another ET source says that Markle is “looking forward to the birth.” It’s good to hear that all the noise from the internet and the outside world hasn’t fazed the couple, especially Markle—after all, it must be wild to have something so personal be part of the global news cycle.

33 Best Movies on Netflix May 2019 – What To Watch on Netflix

We’ve all been there: It’s Friday night, and you’ve agreed to host a movie night, but no one can figure out what to watch. One tactic I tried when this happened to me was having all my guests write choices on slips of paper, and we randomly drew from a bowl. The problem with that, though, is your friends with no taste might throw in some horrible selections—like Boogeyman II, which is what we ended up watching that night. (I learned you don’t need to see Boogeyman to figure out the plot. It’s pretty straightforward and…awful.)

The point is, don’t let this happen to you! There are plenty of fantastic movies out there to watch at your next gathering—and most of them are streaming on Netflix. Here are the best ones to ensure your movie night will be a success. And check back often: We’ll keep updating this list as more become available for streaming.

The Best New Skin Care Launches Coming This Year | May 2019

Not to throw shade at new makeup launches—hello, we love a long-wear concealer—but few things are more exciting than the genius innovations and technology that crop up regularly in skin care. This month especially, a whole slew of glow-imparting, acne-fighting skin care products are landing on shelves. As we finally (hopefully) make our way into spring, we can swap our heavy creams for dewy lotions.

From the most Instagrammable eye cream yet to a mask so clean you can eat it, the latest and greatest formulas offer new options for every skin type and concern. Skin looking duller than an encyclopedia? Need a new moisturizer? Just curious? Whatever the reason, you’ll find everything you’re looking for—and maybe a few surprises—below. Scroll on for the best new skin care products dropping in May. We’ll be updating our list as our editors try more game changers throughout the month.

Jennifer Lopez Wore a $46 Matching Set With a $3,000 Coat

Some of Jennifer Lopez‘s most memorable looks are custom, tailored-to-perfection creations that only she could wear. (She’s not accepting a Fashion Icon award later this year for nothing.) But some of our personal favorites happen off the red carpet, when she’s going to meetings with Alex Rodriguez or walking to and from a film set. That’s when she mixes her designer staples with much more affordable pieces, like the $100K Birkin bag she wore with $60 sunglasses—or a $3K coat with a $46 set from an Instagram brand.

J.Lo was photographed in New York this week on the set of her upcoming film, Hustlers. She kept her off-duty outfit simple—a cropped top, some high-waisted leggings, a camel coat, and a pair of sneakers.

Most of what she was wearing was designer. Her coat she got from Max Mara. (She and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have that in common!) The Manuela wrap style retails for $2,950. Her carry-all was also in the four-figure range—the same Christian Louboutin tote will set you back $2,390 at Nordstrom. The sneakers, meanwhile, were Valentino, and are priced at $895.

But the centerpiece of the outfit was far more affordable: J.Lo got her matching top-and-leggings set from Naked Wardrobe, the fast-fashion label with a massive Instagram following. (Fans include Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Iskra Lawrence.) And it’ll only cost you $46.

J.Lo wore Naked Wardrobe’s tight and turtleneck set, which is still available for purchase on the brand’s website.

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She’s worn the line’s products before—to run errands, to shop with her kids, to work out… So, it’s safe to assume she’s a fan.

J.Lo finished her high-low outfit off with another affordable item, one she actually designed—a pair of sunglasses from her collaboration with Quay, which retail for $60.


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Yet another master class in high/low fashion from the queen herself.

Sophie Turner Says She Felt Pressure to Lose Weight While Filming *Game of Thrones*

In a new interview with Marie Claire Australia, Sophie Turner opens up about how therapy helped her navigate some tough moments while filming Game of Thrones.

“I have experienced mental illness firsthand and I’ve seen what it can do to the people around [the sufferers] as well,” the actress, who plays Sansa on GoT, tells Marie Claire. “[In my teen years] My metabolism suddenly decided to fall to the depths of the ocean and I started to get spotty and gain weight, and all of this was happening to me on camera.”

Unfortunately, people weren’t so kind to Turner as she was literally growing up in the public eye. In a podcast from two weeks ago, she talked about the comments she would receive from fans about her appearance. “People used to say, ‘Damn, Sansa gained 10 pounds’ or, ‘Damn, Sansa needs to lose 10 pounds’ or ‘Sansa got fat,’” Turner revealed. “It was just a lot of weight comments, or I would have spotty skin because I was a teenager and that’s normal, and I used to get a lot of comments about my skin and my weight and how I wasn’t a good actress.”

Turner says therapy helped her deal with this pressure. “Everyone needs a therapist, especially when people are constantly telling you you’re not good enough and you don’t look good enough,” she also tells Marie Claire. “I think it’s necessary to have someone to talk to, and to help you through that.”

Sophie Turner has always been transparent about her mental health journey. Just last month, she told Dr. Phil on his podcast that she experienced depression in her late teen years—in part, she thinks, because she was living at home filming GoT while her friends were at college. She frequently turned to her on-screen sister, Maisie Williams, for support but admitted at one point their friendship had a “destructive side” because they only spent time together.

“Maisie and I used to [stay inside] together,” she told Dr. Phil. “I think being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing. We used to get home from set, go to a Tesco across the road, a little supermarket, and just buy food. We’d go back to our room and eat it in bed. We never socialized for a couple of years. We didn’t socialize with anyone but ourselves.”

Khloé Kardashian Hit Back at a Critic Who Mommy-Shamed Her for Having a Nanny

Khloé Kardashian had a few choice words for an Internet troll who decided to mommy-shame her for using a nanny. Here’s what happened, according to People magazine: On Thursday, May 2, an Instagram fan account posted a photo of Kardashian with her daughter, True, and her nanny on an outing at the farmers market. The pic is perfectly harmless, but it attracted a commenter who criticized Kardashian’s decision to have a nanny with her.

“Khloé acts like she can’t go anywhere without her nanny,” the person wrote. “Nanny is in every pic and place she goes. She can mother on her own, we all do it! What a joke She literally can’t go to the market, a party, or lunch without her nanny. WTF.”

But Kardashian didn’t take this shade lying down. She answered in a way that’s honestly so much nicer than what this commenter deserved. “I can go anywhere and everywhere with whom I choose to,” Kardashian responded. “I choose to treat everybody like family that is in my house. I choose to invite whoever wants to come to fun outings. We all love and enjoy the farmers market and it’s so fun to go places and create memories together. I hope you have a happy and blessed day. I also hope that you are very kind to the ones that are kind to you. The ones that are not probably need your kindness even more.”

Check out the exchange for yourself, below:

It’s been a dramatic few months for Khloé Kardashian. In late February, we learned Tristan Thompson, the father of her child whom Kardashian was with at the time, allegedly cheated on her with Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner’s best friend. Kardashian has referenced the situation a few times on social media, but she was perhaps the most direct when she tweeted in March, “Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family. This was Tristan’s fault.”

Fancy Exercise Recovery Classes Are Taking Over Fitness Studios—but Are They Worth It?

My leg is bent in a hook shape, shin pressed up against the therapist’s stomach, as she slowly opens my knee and maneuvers my body into a half-butterfly position. My teeth are clenched from the intensity of the stretch and also from the awkwardness of being in an intimate, wide-open position under fluorescent lighting with a complete stranger. On this chilly spring day, I’m trying a 30-minute personalized stretching session at Back in the Game Therapy in Midtown Manhattan. I don’t have chronic pain, but I am incredibly sore from yesterday’s Megaformer workout, which means my muscles are in need of some serious recovery.

Intense fitness classes like HIIT, cycling, and boot camps are designed to create muscle soreness and cause microscopic muscle injury—a.k.a. the “good burn,” says Russell F. Camhi, D.O., a sports medicine specialist and assistant professor at Hofstra University’s Northwell School of Medicine. When you exercise, especially during intense workouts, you cause damage to the muscles, Camhi says. “The body’s response to this damage is to rebuild the muscles stronger” than before, he explains. You’re supposed to be sore during this process. But if you don’t allow enough time for recovery—i.e., time for your body to repair the damage from your workout—you risk adding more damage to a muscle that hasn’t fully healed.

The evidence? The increased popularity of high-intensity, soreness-inducing classes is tied to an uptick in injuries. One study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness earlier this year looked at injuries from 2007 through 2016 and found a 144 percent increase in all injuries in the years 2012 through 2016 compared with 2007 through 2011. “My colleagues and I have all seen similar rises in patients presenting with pain and injuries resulting from HIIT,” Camhi says. “It is the ‘weekend warrior’ or more casual athlete that ends up injured—people aren’t giving themselves enough time for recovery, and those are the ones who end up in my office for treatment,” Camhi says. “Recovery is a key component of a successful fitness lifestyle.”

Proper recovery is vital, especially for athletes: The faster your body repairs itself, the faster you can safely get back to getting stronger. But exercise recovery, which used to simply mean taking a day off from the gym to sleep in and give your body a break, has taken on a life of its own. Instead of a passive break to let your body rebuild, the recovery game has taken a page from pro athletes to become a full-blown wellness trend that’s made way for a new type of boutique studio: one for doing absolutely nothing. In cities around the country, it’s getting increasingly easier to find boutique fitness classes that focus exclusively on various recovery techniques like foam rolling, compression sleeves, cryotherapy—even napping—all of which promise to help your body recover better and faster.

At ReCover, a wellness studio in New York where an average 45-minute session starts at $45, you can take your recovery game a step further with tech typically reserved for pro athletes. They offer a CVAC system, an egg-shaped pod with a large viewing window that changes the air pressure inside and promises a slew of physical and mental improvements such as stimulated muscle recovery, improved athletic performance, and increased cognitive function. It sounds a little out-there, but the science is promising; there are a number of peer-reviewed articles suggesting that the device can, in fact, improve how well the blood carries and uses oxygen. Also on offer at ReCover is the FDA-approved NuCalm, a device that uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation, a technique that’s been used in the U.S. in medical settings since the 1960s, to help calm anxiety and improve sleep. A 20-minute nap supposedly gives you the same benefits of three hours of deep sleep.

Recovery is definitely beneficial—decades of science support the idea that you should let your body chill and rebuild, especially after intense workouts. And active recovery like foam rolling, compression, and stretching are perfectly acceptable components of a wellness routine. But it seems funny that people will leave a $45 fitness class early, skipping the five-minute end-of-class stretch to beat the line for the showers, only to pay another $45 to outsource a stretching session later. Is it really worth it for the average gymgoer or is it just good Instagram marketing?