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Katherine Langford, Cursed Star And Plant Mom, On Finding Her Courage

Des Willie / Netflix “I’ve become a plant parent.” That’s the first thing the Perthian actress Katherine Langford tells me, with a candor of pure excitement, on an early-morning phone call from her European quarantine hideout. She’s recently adopted a flowering Chinese lily, which she’s cleverly named after the Australian comedian Chris Lilley, and a…

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“I’ve become a plant parent.”
That’s the first thing the Perthian actress Katherine Langford tells me, with a candor of pure excitement, on an early-morning phone call from her European quarantine hideout. She’s recently adopted a flowering Chinese lily, which she’s cleverly named after the Australian comedian Chris Lilley, and a carnivorous Venus flytrap she calls “Snappers.” At first listen, this achievement may seem altogether quite ordinary, but the experience is, in actuality, completely novel for the 24-year-old. Ever since the 2017 debut of the controversial drama 13 Reasons Why, in which she starred as Liberty High School student Hannah Baker, her career has been an endless stream of increasingly high-profile projects — Love, Simon; Knives Out — that have kept her always on the go. “Because I travel, I’ve never been able to buy plants,” she says. “I’m just trying to keep them alive.”
Though the coronavirus pandemic has forced Langford to slow down, affording her the opportunity to cultivate her “dream” garden as a practice in self-care, her career milestones keep racking up with or without her. June marked the airing of the final season of 13 Reasons Why (she appears in its last episode via edited and adapted footage from prior seasons), and last week, she made her latest starring appearance in Netflix’s newest fantasy series, Cursed. Adapted from the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler, the show is a fresh telling of the Arthurian legend through the eyes of Nimue, played by Langford, a young, spitfire enchantress (and somewhat of a “plant parent” herself) destined to become the legendary Lady of the Lake. Armed with the mystical Sword of Power, capable of laying waste to entire armies, she must protect the fey, a race of magical woodland peoples from which she is descended, from extermination at the hands of the Red Paladins, a horde of religious extremists working at the call of a tyrannical king.
Historically, Nimue has always been a side character in the Arthurian fables; even in contemporary reimaginings, the story is largely filtered through the lens of male leads, like King Arthur or Merlin. To that end, powered by Langford as its fearsome blade-wielding heroine, Cursed is a timely update to the familiar tale. “It feels like we’re telling a whole new chapter of this iconic story,” Langford says, adding that the core issues the series tackles — particularly, racialized oppression and the destruction of the natural world — make it feel “like looking at our world through a kaleidoscope.” She tells MTV News how the series was brought to life, through rain and through snow and with no plants at home, over the course of 11 months.
NetflixMTV News: What appealed to you about the role of Nimue?
Katherine Langford: When this project came across my path, it was about two years ago. I was looking for something that felt different and challenging. I wasn’t necessarily looking to do a TV series but I received a manuscript for this written by Tom Wheeler, and it wasn’t even the full story. It was just the first chapter, or three chapters. I just couldn’t put it down. It felt like such a beautiful meld of this fantasy genre, a legend that felt familiar, but pulled from such a new perspective.
MTV News: What is the significance of Nimue being the leading voice of the show, rather than Arthur or Merlin, as it is typically rendered?
Langford: Representation has always been really important to me, whether that’s age or race or sexuality — not just seeing yourself in stories but also seeing yourself in different roles. When it comes to this genre and the Arthurian legend, historically, women have never really been at the center. To be a part of something where we’re able to see such a familiar and legendary tale through the eyes of a woman, and to see her journey to becoming a heroine, it feels very timely and very powerful. We’ve always been heroes but we just haven’t been recognized.
MTV News: Was there a favorite scene that you filmed in the show?
Langford: I was so lucky because I got to work with a lot of different members of the cast and I had these really beautiful moments with different characters. Lily Newmark, who plays Nimue’s best friend Pym, was so much fun to work with. I think we brought such a beautiful flavor to those two as a duo. I also really loved working with Devon Terrell and Shalom Brune-Franklin; we’re all Australians so when we were filming our stuff, it was the most wonderful anarchy you can imagine. I think I had a lot of really poignant scenes and moments with Gustaf Skarsgård, who I love and adore, not only as an actor but also his brilliant take on Merlin. I really feel like he shines in this. But also as a person, I think we really connected and we were able to coach each other.
MTV News: You’ve starred in dramas, with 13 Reasons Why, and mysteries, with Knives Out, and this role is quite different. Were there any new challenges that you were up against with this role?
Langford: It was definitely an eye-opening experience being on a project like this, where it’s not only a TV series, which is a huge commitment in itself, but diving into this epic genre. It requires a very specific commitment and effort, such as creating costumes and these sets from scratch. We shot 11 months — that’s shooting with no breaks. By the end of filming, it was such an amazing, close-knit crew that we had, that everyone felt like family. They made them shoot outside in forests, and there was rain and snow and all of the elements that are attacking you on top of filming such a giant show with such an amazing and intricate world.
Robert Viglasky / NetflixMTV News: Even though this series is pure fantasy, there are undercurrents of real-life issues, particularly if we think of the oppression of the fey as a greater metaphor. Why do you think fantasy is a good medium to talk about real issues?
Langford: I’m glad you brought that up because, as a fan of fantasy as a genre, it can be a really powerful tool to comment on issues that we see in everyday life. It’s almost like looking at our world through a kaleidoscope. It is a bit of escapism and it brings you entertainment and it can bring you joy and a thrill, but it’s also able to reflect on certain issues. We filmed this a year and a half ago, and some of the issues that we touched on were the oppression of minorities, religious oppression, and destruction of the natural world. They’re all issues that have always been relevant but it’s been interesting with the timing now. Those issues are even more so at the forefront of people’s social consciousness.
MTV News: How do you interpret the title, Cursed, within the context of Nimue’s journey?
Langford: Her whole life she’s grown up being unashamed of who she is and she goes on this tremendous journey, not just for other people and not just for the sword, but also for herself. But she has to really embrace all of her in order to find the courage to fight injustice in the face of adversity. That title Cursed, I feel it’s almost like taking that title and owning it. That word and that thing that people have told her that she should be ashamed of and she embraces it and she ends up using it to save the very people that ostracize her and bullied her for it. I may be alluding to one of the strong messages within this season which is courage and to embrace yourself, all parts of yourself and not let people tell you you can’t do something.
MTV News: How does Cursed reflect where you’re at with your career and where you’re going next?
Langford: At the beginning of the season, we see Nimue very restless and not quite sure where she fits in. And that’s me. It’s something that we all go through, no matter who you are, what age you are, or where you are. The year before we filmed this, I moved 39 times in 10 months, so I very much connected with the restlessness that she had. I think going on the journey that she went on, in terms of coming into her womanhood, taught me a lot. She gave me the courage to be more assertive and a bit more confident in myself. Maybe, for me, it’s just emphasized a little more, really growing as a person and stepping into this next chapter of my life as a woman. I’m looking forward to what all of that has in store.

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Henry Cavill Really Wishes He Could Return For Mission: Impossible 7

While hearing about Tom Cruise’s latest death-defying stunts, Henry Cavill wishes he could be in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7. While hearing about Tom Cruise’s latest death-defying stunts, Henry Cavill wishes he could be in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7. Cavill is best known for playing Superman in the DCEU, a role he’s held since 2013…

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While hearing about Tom Cruise’s latest death-defying stunts, Henry Cavill wishes he could be in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7.
While hearing about Tom Cruise’s latest death-defying stunts, Henry Cavill wishes he could be in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7. Cavill is best known for playing Superman in the DCEU, a role he’s held since 2013 when Man of Steel hit theaters. Currently, Cavill’s Superman future remains uncertain, but he’s found plenty of exciting roles to fill his time, from Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher to Sherlock in the streamer’s new film Enola Holmes. However, one of Cavill’s more surprising roles came in 2018, when he played CIA agent August Walker in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Cavill joined the long-running spy franchise for its most well-received installment yet, and at first, it seemed like he was poised to play yet another good guy. However, Fallout’s big twist revealed Walker was actually the shady extremist Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team had spent the entire film tracking. Indeed, Superman had become the villain. Unfortunately (or perhaps hilariously), much of Cavill’s presence in Fallout was overshadowed by talk of his mustache, which famously had to be removed via CGI for Justice League. Nevertheless, Cavill made a solid addition to Fallout’s ranks, so it’s no surprise that he would like to return.

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While appearing on the Empire Podcast to discuss Enola Holmes, Cavill briefly touched upon his time within the Mission: Impossible world. Production has recently resumed on Mission: Impossible 7, and Cruise has been spotted performing some truly insane stunts. Cavill was asked if those stunts make him miss his time on Fallout or if they fill him relief that he’s no longer involved. Unsurprisingly, his answer was the former, as he said, “I was extremely jealous. Extremely jealous. I want to be there, I want to be parachuting off a motorbike into a canyon. Why can’t I be there?” He then went on to praise Cruise and the rest of the franchise, emphasizing, “I miss it terribly.”

Since Cavill is often placed within the hero role, it was quite refreshing to see him play the bad guy in Fallout. It allowed the actor to broaden his horizons somewhat and break out of the Superman mold, something he’s done even more with The Witcher. Plus, the climax of Fallout saw him and Cruise go head to head in an intense fight atop a cliff, so clearly Cavill doesn’t have much reason to be put off by anxiety-inducing stunts.

Unfortunately, that clifftop fight saw Walker plummet to his death, so it seems unlikely that Cavill will ever return to the Mission: Impossible franchise unless it is via flashback (which is always a possibility). Mission: Impossible 7 is shaping up to be another epic installment, particularly because it’s the first in a two-part story. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but from the stunts alone, it’s clear Ethan isn’t letting his bruising battle with Walker keep him down. It’s just a shame Cavill won’t get to join in on the fun this time around.advertising’);
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COVID-19 economic recovery bill will be a confidence vote: Liberal House leader | CBC News

Politics·NewGovernment House leader Pablo Rodriguez says the Liberals’ recently introduced COVID-19 economic package bill will be a vote of confidence, putting the minority government to the test.NDP has said it will support Bill C-4, which introduces new benefits to move Canadians off the CERBCBC News · Posted: Sep 29, 2020 11:30 AM ET | Last Updated:…

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Politics·NewGovernment House leader Pablo Rodriguez says the Liberals’ recently introduced COVID-19 economic package bill will be a vote of confidence, putting the minority government to the test.NDP has said it will support Bill C-4, which introduces new benefits to move Canadians off the CERBCBC News · Posted: Sep 29, 2020 11:30 AM ET | Last Updated: September 29Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Pablo Rodriguez says the Liberals’ new COVID-19 aid bill will be a vote of confidence. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez says the Liberals’ recently introduced COVID-19 economic package bill will be a vote of confidence, putting the minority government to the test. Bill C-4 would introduce a series of new COVID-19 benefits for Canadians to ease their transition from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).”We are in the [second] wave of #COVID-19, but we have a plan. Our bill on sick leave and support to families is at the core of it. We will consider the vote on the legislation as a matter of confidence,” Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday morning. “Canadians can’t wait. We need to move forward. Together.” This means the Liberals’ minority government could face its first make-or-break test of the fall sitting as early as tonight. The first scheduled confidence vote had been the upcoming vote on the speech from the throne; the Conservatives have said categorically that they will not support the speech. C-4 makes multiple key changes to the federal government’s suite of pandemic benefits and makes the rules on qualifying for employment insurance more flexible. Last week, the government secured NDP support for the bill by boosting the value of the weekly benefit for self-employed or gig workers to $500 from $400. The New Democrats’ support would all but guarantee the bill’s passage and avoid a snap election.  The Liberal government has been asking Parliament to fast-track the legislation, infuriating opposition critics who accuse the government of ducking another debate after it prorogued Parliament in August. The legislation also would set up three new benefits for Canadians who won’t qualify for EI but are still affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They include the Canada Recovery Benefit for self-employed and gig workers who still won’t qualify for EI, expanded sick leave and caregiver benefits for workers who have to stay home because they or someone they care for has to temporarily isolate because of COVID-19. The House held its first virtual vote last night, which was delayed due to technical glitches. With files from The Canadian Press
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Stay stocked up on toilet paper with these delivery services

We all remember the first few weeks of the pandemic when people hoarded absurd amounts of toilet paper, which naturally led to the skyrocketing of bidet sales. People across the country were looking for new ways to wipe, because a quick run to the supermarket wasn’t quite as simple as it used to be. Thankfully,…

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We all remember the first few weeks of the pandemic when people hoarded absurd amounts of toilet paper, which naturally led to the skyrocketing of bidet sales. People across the country were looking for new ways to wipe, because a quick run to the supermarket wasn’t quite as simple as it used to be.

Thankfully, there are a number of toilet paper brands that have embraced the popularity of subscription services and will deliver rolls right to your door. Subscription services such as coffee delivery, clothing delivery and even meat delivery have gained more and more traction in recent years, and now with many people staying at home, these services can play an even bigger role in the new way we live our lives.

So whether you want to limit your trips outside as much as possible or you’ve recently discovered the superior convenience of subscription services and never want to go back, we’ve rounded up some of the internet’s best and most popular toilet paper subscriptions for your convenience. No more lugging giant packages of toilet paper from your car or carrying it up flights of stairs to your fourth-floor walk-up.

Plus, many of these companies make sustainable and eco-friendly toilet paper, so you’ll actually be helping the planet by making the switch. Read on to find the perfect delivery service to wipe all your toilet paper worries away.

Who Gives a Crap

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Who Gives a Crap is a delivery service that will not only send toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and tissue boxes to your door, it also has a major focus on sustainability. All of its paper products are made with forest-friendly materials, such as bamboo, recycled paper and sugarcane, which means zero trees are cut down so you can wipe your butt. Who Gives a Crap is also a Certified B Corporation, meaning it “meets the highest standards of social and environmental impact.”

Who Gives a Crap offers two types of toilet paper: a standard recycled toilet paper, which is made from recycled books and office paper, and a premium toilet paper, which is made from 100% bamboo. Both are void of any inks or dyes and are packaged in colorful and fun wrappers (which are also recyclable).

The standard recycled rolls are priced at $30 for a 24-pack or $48 for a 48-pack. The premium bamboo variety is a bit more expensive at $34 for a 24-pack and $52 for a 48-pack. You can make a one-time purchase of the rolls or subscribe to Who Gives a Crap’s subscription service and get your order automatically delivered every eight, 12 or 16 weeks. Don’t worry — the website helps you choose which size you should get based on how many people are wiping. The best part about buying from Who Gives a Crap is that the company donates 50% of its profits to build toilets for communities in need around the world.

Start giving a crap about where you get your toilet paper and check out all of Who Gives a Crap’s offerings here.

Tushy TP

You may have heard of Tushy because of its fantastically simple bidet, which was one of our favorite pandemic purchases. However, even if you use a bidet, you’ll still need to use toilet paper (just a lot less of it) — and for that reason, Tushy created its own sustainable toilet paper made from 100% unbleached, BPA-free bamboo.

Tuhsy’s Premium Bamboo Toilet Paper is a three-ply roll that comes in a recyclable floral wrapping, so you can use your extra stock to decorate, plus it’s packaged without any plastic. You can order a box of 36 rolls for $69 or subscribe in one-, two-, three- or four-month intervals and save $10 on each order. If you do subscribe, you can save even more with free shipping, but if you end up finding Tushy’s toilet paper isn’t the one for you, no worries — you can cancel anytime.

Reel

Reel is another sustainability-centered toilet paper company with yet another option for 100% bamboo paper. Made with no dyes, no inks and no BPA, Reel’s toilet paper checks off all the eco-friendly boxes — even the packaging is sustainable. Each shipment includes 24 rolls and costs $29.99 for a one-time purchase. If you subscribe, the cost stays the same, but Reel will automatically deliver your box every four, eight or 12 weeks. Plus, you get free shipping if you live in the contiguous US and can cancel anytime before your next order is placed.

Similar to Who Gives a Crap, Reel uses its profits to do good. It partners with Soil, a nonprofit research and development organization that provides toilets and removes waste from communities in Haiti.

So if you want to feel good about where your money is going and what your toilet paper is made of, Reel is one of the best options out there.

Grove Collaborative

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Grove Collaborative is a flexible recurring shipment service that sends you sustainable products that meet its own strict standards. This includes various brands of toilet paper, including Seventh Generation Bathroom Tissue (plus an unbleached variety) and Grove’s own Seedling 100% bamboo toilet paper.

Grove Collaborative isn’t a traditional subscription service; it creates a personalized monthly shipment after your first order, sending you a restock of products whenever you need them. Grove will automatically fill your cart with products, but you can completely control how often you get each item, so if Grove thinks you’re running short on toilet paper but you still have some left, you can always hold off or edit your next shipment.

Since Grove is all about being eco-friendly, it’s put in place order minimums to reduce the emissions produced from the shipping process. Instead of buying a few items here and there, Grove encourages you to buy in bulk so they only have to send you items once a month (they also purchase carbon offsets for every shipment). The order minimums are $30 for all first orders, $25 for all auto-shipments and $39 for “Ship Now” orders.

Though the deliveries default at once per month, you get total control and can skip or edit your shipment at any time. By sending you more sustainable products, Grove Collaborative aims to create healthy habits that are better for you and the planet.

If you want to switch more than just your toilet paper to a more sustainable option and try out some environmentally friendly cleaning products or personal care goods, Grove Collaborative is an easy way to fill your household with greener options.

Scott toilet paper

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If you’re not keen on trying eco-friendly toilet paper and just want an easier way to get your favorite brands, that’s fine too. Amazon has many traditional options that you can get delivered right to your door. Popular brands such as Cottonelle, Quilted Northern and Scott can be automatically shipped to you periodically, anywhere from every two weeks to once every six months. Amazon will also send you a reminder before your next delivery so you can skip or cancel if you need to.

By subscribing, you automatically save 5% off the toilet paper’s original price; however, you can save 15% when you receive five or more products in one auto-delivery to one address. Check out all the toilet papers you can get sent to you through Amazon here, or check out our favorites below.

  • Cottonelle Ultra CleanCare Soft Family Mega Roll Toilet Paper, 24-Count ($23.92 when you subscribe; amazon.com)
  • Presto! Ultra-Soft Mega Roll Toilet Paper, 24-Count ($21.14 when you subscribe; amazon.com)
  • Quilted Northern Ultra-Plush Supreme Roll Toilet Paper, 24-Count ($27.42 when you subscribe; amazon.com)
  • Seventh Generation White Toilet Paper, 2 Packs of 24 Rolls ($26.20 when you subscribe; amazon.com)
  • Solimo 2-Ply Toilet Paper, 30-Count ($18.99 when you subscribe; amazon.com)
  • Scott 1,000 Sheets Per Roll Toilet Paper, 4 Packs of 8 Rolls ($27.70 when you subscribe; amazon.com)

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