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Feeling Like a Fairy After Watching Fate: The Winx Saga? Jam to the Magic Soundtrack

By | January 23, 2021

Fate: The Winx Saga has everything we ever wanted in a YA fantasy adaptation: magic, fire-throwing fairies, monsters, boarding school drama, and, yeah, getting to watch Sky (Danny Griffin) on screen. As if all of that wasn’t enough, the show also features an incredible soundtrack full of bops: from James Blake and Rosalía, to Grimes, to more indie artists like Lemolo and Lonelady. Episode to episode, the music does not disappoint, weaving itself into a storyline that follows an unlikely fairy named Bloom as she navigates her new home in the Otherworld, attending a magical school that’s full of sorcery and trickery, and where nothing is what it seems. Ahead, find every single song featured on the Netflix show, and maybe get inspired to do some magic of your own.

Get a Closer Look at Infamous True-Crime Investigations by Streaming These 5 Documentaries

By | January 23, 2021

We’re all hunkering down at home and are looking for some new and noteworthy content to binge. Let’s face it: There’s something about true-crime stories that draw us in every time. Discovery+ has a wide collection of true-crime documentaries and series to watch, and some of its most engaging content covers investigations that are still discussed to this day. So whether you watched The Act and are eager to hear Gypsy’s perspective, or you listened to Serial and are searching for an update on Adnan’s trial, keep scrolling to see the true-crime documentaries that dive into today’s most notorious cases.

Hot Take: Why 90 Day Fiancé Is the Perfect Show to Binge With Your Partner

By | January 22, 2021

It started on our honeymoon two years ago. Jetlagged after a red-eye flight to Portugal, my husband and I turned on the TV in our hotel room. We quickly realized there was only one English channel РTLC Рand it happened to be airing a weekend-long marathon of 90 Day Fianc̩.

Just like that, an obsession began. I don’t think we even made it through a full episode that first night, but after returning home, we started binging 90 Day Fiancé in earnest.

The premise is simple. Cameras follow people who just happened to fall in love with someone from a different country through their long-distance courtship, engagement, and eventual marriage. In the United States, you have 90 days after arriving in the country to get married on a fiancé visa (hence the title).

While my husband and I didn’t have to deal with any visa issues, the show felt like a fitting watch after our own wedding. Though many of the obstacles that 90 Day couples face – language barriers, legal issues, the occasional catfish – don’t apply to our relationship, we sympathized with other parts of their journey. We’ve dealt with pressure from family, the stress of planning a wedding, and the bittersweet pain of moving far from home, just like these people.

Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention the show’s absurdity factor. People in love can do crazy things, and it makes for excellent TV. A personal favorite is anytime one of these star-crossed lovers reveals their plan to marry someone they’ve only met in person once – the shocked expression on the face of the friend, family member, or salesperson they’re talking to is priceless. There are also the couples who downright lie about their appearance, age, or criminal history, like Rebecca, who used such heavy filters on FaceTime that her boyfriend Zied was shocked when they met in person for the first time.

Best of all, there’s plenty to watch: The original show is on its eighth season and has spurred several spinoffs (all available on Discovery+). There’s 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, which follows long-distance couples meeting for the first time before their engagements; 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, in which Americans travel to another country to marry their beloved; and 90 Day Fiancé: What Now?, a series that checks up on couples after their “I dos”, just to name a few. Discovery+ has also added a few new series, like 90 Day Bares All, a confessional-style talk show with never-before-seen scenes, and 90 Day Diaries, an intimate look at past couples’ daily lives.

The 90 Day shows are so compelling because these are real people. A twist of fate, and I very well could have been in their shoes: blowing my savings on plane tickets, desperately trying to find a way to be with the person I love. Every time my husband and I press play on a new season, I’m reminded of how lucky we are – and that’s worth every minute I’ve spent watching.

Servant Is the Weirdest Show on TV – You Should Watch It

By | January 20, 2021

Apple TV+ is best known for being the home of The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, but the streamer also houses the most unabashedly weird show on television. That show is Servant, and you should definitely watch it. Granted, you’ll spend most of each episode confused, horrified, and flummoxed by the events unfolding in front of you, but that’s all part of its (dark) magic.

In a nutshell, Servant is about a couple, Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean (Toby Kebbell), struggling to cope after the death of their infant son, Jericho. Sadly, Dorothy doesn’t accept that her son is dead, and at the start of the series, she’s clinging to a reborn doll to get her through her grief. However, her family believes the only way for Dorothy to move forward is for her to return to work in the hope that she might begin to accept the fact that Jericho is gone. Enter Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), a sheltered young nanny hired to placate Dorothy and “care” for the doll while she’s at work.

While Sean and Dorothy’s brother Julian (Rupert Grint) fully expect Leanne to freak out when she realizes she’s being asked to tend to a doll, she just rolls with it. By the end of the first episode we find out why: Jericho the doll has been replaced by a real baby, and Leanne behaves as if nothing strange has happened at all. Is the baby actually Leanne’s? Did she bring Jericho back to life somehow? Is the entire household suffering from the same delusion? Those are just the questions you’ll be left pondering after the first episode’s final scene – things don’t get really wild until episode two.

Before you decide to watch Servant, you should know that it could be triggering for anyone who has experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a child. The episode in which Jericho’s fate is revealed is particularly heartbreaking, and it’s also the only episode in season one without any sort of potential supernatural strangeness going on. It’s just a painful half-hour of television with a standout performance from Ambrose.

But the rest of the series is just absolutely bonkers. Here are a few things that happen in season one, without context: Sean randomly begins pulling giant splinters from his body (including his throat), an entire party full of people are fed human placenta without their knowledge, and, at one point, Grint’s Julian walks through his sister’s opulent brownstone banging a pot and screaming “Baby!” as loud as he can in a scene that manages to be both unsettling and hilarious, as is Servant‘s way. Add in a man sleeping in a crib, an actual cult that just pops over to visit Leanne, and enough grotesque shots of foods to put you off snacks for good – seriously, do not watch this show while you’re eating dinner – and you have some small idea of what you’re in for.

Ultimately, watching Servant is an experience, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Writer and creator Tony Basgallop excels at crafting a general feeling of unease. From the music to the dim lighting and the claustrophobic setting of the Brownstone, once you enter the show’s universe it’s impossible to know whether the events unfolding in front of you are happening for real or if it’s all just a long con being played by an opportunistic nanny preying on a vulnerable family. And as strange as it may sound, that’s all part of the show’s appeal.

Servant is great in part because it serves up so many questions for the audience to ponder. Will those questions ever be answered in a satisfying manner? Years of watching puzzle-box shows like Lost and Game of Thrones suggest that they won’t be, but that’s hardly the point. This supremely weird show packs mysteries inside mysteries and is full of ominous Biblical references destined to keep you up at night. I feel absolutely confident in saying there’s nothing else like it on TV – and that’s exactly why you need to check it out (just, please, for your own sake, don’t forget to heed my warning about eating food while watching Servant – even croquembouches aren’t safe from chef Sean).

Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck Reportedly Split: “Their Relationship Was Complicated”

By | January 19, 2021

Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck have reportedly split after nearly one year together, People confirms. “Ben is no longer dating Ana,” a source told the publication. “She broke it off. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn’t want to be Los Angeles-based and Ben obviously has to, since his kids live in Los Angeles.”

“This is something that was mutual and something that is completely amicable.”

Ben and Ana were first linked in the spring of 2020, around the same time that Hilarie Burton released her memoir, in which she opened up about Ben groping her during an episode of MTV’s TRL. Ben previously made a public apology to Hilarie in a tweet, writing, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”

After their initial meeting while filming the upcoming thriller Deep Water in New Orleans, Ana and Ben took a trip to Cuba and Costa Rica together. Shortly after Ana confirmed their relationship on Instagram in August, she moved into Ben’s LA house. There, Ana spent quality time with Ben’s children from his previous marriage to Jennifer Garner, 14-year-old Violet, 11-year-old Seraphina, and 8-year-old Samuel.

Another source close to the couple added that Ben and Ana are happy with where they are in their lives and have no hard feelings toward each other. “This is something that was mutual and something that is completely amicable,” the source said. “They are in different points in their lives; there is deep love and respect there. Ben continues to want to work on himself. He has three jobs lined up and he’s a solid father at home. They are both happy with where they are in their lives.”