Life in lockdown
Stuck inside amid the COVID-19 pandemic? News.com.au has all the ideas for how to pass the time, including best books, podcasts, recipes and indoor workouts.
Netflix added more subscribers in the first half of this year than our country has people – and it even deleted some accounts on the way.
Google has revealed a “time-travelling” new feature that can put realistic dinosaur models right in front of you wherever you are.
From funny comedies to tense dramas, here’s what’s coming to 10 different streaming services in June. It’s a lot to take in.
When Reese Witherspoon called his name out at the Golden Globes earlier this year, few people had seen Ramy Youssef’s very excellent TV series.
Aussie film legend Hugh Jackman is in career-best form in his latest film but despite plenty of love, it can’t break his Oscar duck.
You shouldn’t be surprised to find yourself pausing midway and double-checking your windows and doors are locked.
Hugh Jackman might be getting all the attention for his star turn in this new movie, but the wild story is the real draw.
There can be no other actor who is having as much fun as Nicholas Hoult in his new TV series where he gets to play a man-child ruler.
With a strong commitment to making you laugh as much as possible, this clever and charming comedy really went under the radar.
With great performances and three intriguing storylines, this new eight-part, globetrotting miniseries is definitely worth checking out.
Forget chugging expensive lemon and ginger “wellness shots” – an expert shares five ways to strengthen your immune system this winter.
Australians should be inviting friends over for lunch, not dinner, and requesting that they bring their own sandwich. This is why.
For three years, thousands of people participated in a real-life citywide game, now the basis of a new TV series from Jason Segel.
For three years, thousands of people participated in a real-life citywide game, now the basis of a new TV series from Jason Segel.
It seems we’ve moved on from buying cake mixes and baking bread. Now it’s all about this classic treat.
This Australian drama starring Hugo Weaving was meant to be out in cinemas now but has been diverted for digital release at home.
With Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the most unlikely pair of detectives trying to solve a conspiracy, you know you’re in for a good time.
After you watch the first episode, you won’t be able to quantify how much you love it. Yes, it’s that good.
Emma Wiggle is set to perform an at-home virtual birthday party for kids stuck indoors during the coronavirus lockdown.
Australian supermarkets have reported huge increases in sales of this DIY item, but experts are warning us not to attempt it at home.
As we continue to spend time indoors, there’s been an unexpected demand for one homewares item that Aussies have been buying big on.
The coronavirus pandemic has sparked strange dreams among many people and there are several reasons why they may be more vivid than normal.
A woman’s storage solution “life hack” has gone viral, showing a simple way to increase your wardrobe capacity using a Coke can.
A new Netflix romantic-comedy movie has dropped on the streaming platform, and fans are already begging for a sequel.
With a high laughs-per-minute ratio and sharp, smart writing, don’t be surprised if you binge all 10 episodes in one go.
The biscuit company has adapted a recipe for an iconic bestseller so you can make it at home – and you’ll only need a few pantry items.
Former Biggest Loser host Fiona Falkiner looks “bloody amazing” in a budget $39 outfit from Big W – which fans are snapping up fast.
Greg Daniels is best known for the US version of The Office, but his new TV series is playing in a very different sandbox.
Big retailers have revealed changes in the spending habits of Australians during the coronavirus lockdown.
Just because everyone on your social feed is cooking, doesn’t mean you have to. Let these meal boxes do the hard work for you.
Anna Kendrick’s TV show is among the slate of new HBO Max original series, and it’s found a home and a date in Australia.
A perfect cocktail of wry humour and poignant story beats, Netflix’s new comedy is exactly what you want to watch right now.
While men are growing their beards in lockdown, new sales from Priceline reveal women have taken the complete opposite route.
There are a lot of unexpected upsides of being stuck at home due to the lockdown laws, such as working out with Olympian Pita Taufatofua.
Being stuck in isolation may have you flexing your green thumb but here’s what you need to know before you head out to your local hardware store or garden centre.
The world might be an anxious and chaotic place right now, but here’s five things you can do to give yourself an instant boost, while helping others.
You may know him best as Captain America but Chris Evans is expanding his dramatic horizons in this expensive new streaming show.
One of Sydney’s most popular restaurants is helping customers whip up gourmet meals at home – but you’d better get in quick.
If you’re worried about your excess screen time, it might be time to switch to a book. These 10 titles will keep you occupied during isolation.
A new isolation must-have has earned an Aussie brand a huge amount of money as many describe the item as the “best I have ever worn”.
It’s been a closely guarded secret for almost a century, but after 94 years Arnott’s have shared a recipe for one of its classic biscuits.
Thrilling and suspenseful, you wouldn’t believe a TV series spin-off from a classic movie could be this good.
If you’re looking to pick up a new isolation hobby, allow us to make some recommendations based solely on your star sign.
Aussies are already “sick” of making dinner every night, turning to a home delivery service that has seen sales double in lockdown.
The gym might be closed but you can still stay active (and sane). Here are 10 online workouts you can do from your living room. No equipment needed.
If you want to lose a few stubborn kilos while in lockdown, you're going to need to change your relationship with food. We ask the experts how.
The biggest names in Australian music will gather to perform a televised concert on Anzac Day, to appreciate workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Want to laugh, cry, or even solve a cold case? You need one of these podcasts, designed to help you get through coronavirus isolation.
Home-schooling is the new reality for many families and virtual learning has never been more important. These eight programs will make things easier.
Learning a foreign language is a bucket list item for many, but here’s how to stay motivated and inspired while doing it in isolation.
A dad has been roasted after sharing the way he organises his cutlery drawer – so which way is right? An expert has weighed in.
There are plenty of tricks you can use to create Insta-worthy treats and it can take as little as four ingredients to get a brilliant result.
This jigsaw puzzle is so big that when completed it’s over 8 metres wide and almost 2 metres high. And the price will have you gasping.
With a whole host of things going virtual, here’s one thing you’ll be glad to try from the comfort of your own living room – without an audience.
Forget the curvature of the human body, what about the curvature of a building? If it’s house porn, sign us up!
Everyone has secrets and everyone has an ulterior motive in this thrilling TV series you could start bingeing today.
Hand sanitiser might be a hot commodity right now with the product sold out in supermarkets nationwide, but it’s actually just as easy to make your own.
While going to your local is out of the question, DIY pub trivia nights are steadily gaining popularity. Here are five sites which make it super easy to host your own.
Forget toilet paper – keep your alcohol supplies topped up during lockdown with these delivery services. Social distancing just got a whole lot easier.
If being in isolation has you feeling tense, these seven meditation and mindfulness apps and programs will offer you some calm during the day.
Coronavirus has thrown our travel plans out the window, but this ‘experience’ will bring the world to your lounge room – and for a fraction of the price.
It’s tempting to sit around binge-watching Netflix during isolation – but these free online courses could help you upskill during the COVID-19 crisis.
As the nation goes into lockdown, you can still have a healthy bite that’s easy to prepare for that all-important lunch break.
If you've finding it hard to switch off at night or spending your time in bed tossing and turning, you're not alone. Here's how to fix it.
Daniel Craig is off-the-charts outrageous in this fun and clever heist movie you could watch at home tonight.
As the world continues to live life in lockdown, one enterprising 19-year-old chef is enlightening the world about one fan favourite: chicken nuggets.
On the one hand, it’s an emotional story about love and loss, on the other, streaming isn’t the ideal platform for this movie.
Not only is this DIY quaran-cleaning hack super cheap, ridiculously easy and effective, it also means one less thing to pick up at the supermarket.
Easter has come and gone and an obesity expert says “there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have lost a kilo” by the time our coronavirus social isolation ends too.
This mum has a hack to increase the shelf life of everything in your fridge, as panic buying around the world skyrockets.
The positives aren’t going to make up for the dire situation we are all in together. But there are some things to feel good about, says Melissa Hoyer.
Apple knows you’re stuck at home, so it’s offering up a selection of its subscription TV shows and movies free to watch for everyone.
Just because you are stuck at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some five-star indulgences at a fraction of the price. Here’s how.
A new Netflix movie is dropping in time for the weekend, and it has a very personal history behind it.
We’re starting to have cravings for few things from our old life, but if you’re hankering for a Macca’s – this mum has got you covered.
When your first season was award-winning and an audience favourite, going back for another round is a risky endeavour.
If you’d planned to go away this Easter long weekend and you’re now at home with nothing to do, don’t worry - you can see some fabulous locations.
A Florida sheriff has lifted the lid on the investigation into one of the biggest mysteries from Tiger King – what happened to Carole Baskin’s husband?
Want to unleash your inner baker, but don’t have any yeast, or the time to make a sourdough starter? Here are 12 recipes you need to know.
Spending the Easter school holidays in social isolation might seem like a daunting task so here’s a list of fun activities you can access from home.
A simple recipe for basic white bread, baked in a slow cooker. What? Check out this six-ingredient slow cooker bread recipe.
A high-grade item once seen as a luxury has “become a need” since we went into lockdown, as Aussies turn to at-home options for difficult tasks.
Australians have been urged to “stay at home” this Easter but it doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of ways to have fun while staying safe.
A former soldier is accused of kidnap and murder. He says he’s innocent but there’s CCTV to prove it. But sometimes, video lies.
If you’ve got rice, pasta, noodles and beans in the cupboard but aren’t sure how to turn them into a delicious meal, here is the answer.
This confusing snap has become the posterchild for life in lockdown, as just like our new normal, it is totally mind-boggling.
One of the directors of Netflix docuseries Tiger King has revealed that some of the most “unsettling” footage ended up on the cutting room floor.
There are some items a well-stocked pantry should always have and they will save you time and money if you do it right.
Australians have been buying big on “new normal” essentials - with what we’re snapping up proving very different to this time last year.
Australian actress Naomi Watts has documented her rough stint in isolation with a hilarious video after three of her appliances broke down.
We usually only wear pyjamas to bed, but as Australia adjusts to life in lockdown, this basic item is flying off the shelves in record numbers.
Raging controversy saw its release scuttled last year and the coronavirus derailed its cinema debut. From tomorrow, you can watch it at home.
The Easter Show has been cancelled, but you can still snag a showbag after Woolworths stepped in to get the nostalgic treat in select stores.
Horror fans have gotten a little more than they bargained for with Netflix’s latest offering, with many left shaken to their core.
You’re working from home and have more spare time than ever, so why are you feeling so tired and struggling to get out of bed in the morning?
Former 90210 actress Tori Spelling has been hit with a major backlash after announcing her latest business venture.
Cooped-up couples are sharing some of their most ridiculous fights in lockdown, from leaving crumbs on the counter to letting out too many “stress farts”.
Few were expecting much when this comedy came out but once you’ve seen it, you’ll want to watch it again and again and again.