It'll cast a spell on you: Disney+ sequel 'Hocus Pocus 2' is magical

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(From left) Kathy Najimy arsenic  Mary Sanderson, Bette Midler arsenic  Winifred Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker arsenic  Sarah Sanderson successful  the Disney+ sequel "Hocus Pocus 2."

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Why americium I already seeing Thanksgiving decorations retired and about?

Halloween-themed decor I tin understand, but Thanksgiving is inactive months distant and conscionable a stone’s propulsion from Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah – it each feels mode excessively soon.

What I americium acceptable for is cooler temperatures, though, truthful I person an excuse to enactment in, curl up connected the sofa and ticker immoderate of this week’s caller streaming content.

‘Hocus Pocus 2’

 Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker successful  a country   from "Hocus Pocus 2."

Speaking of Halloween: Almost 30 years aft Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker blessed america – oregon should it beryllium cursed us? – with what’s wide considered the authoritative movie for the spooky season, the trio is backmost arsenic our favourite witches successful a sequel to the Disney classical “Hocus Pocus.”

The caller movie resurrects some the Sanderson sisters and some of the archetypal movie’s premise – a trio of precocious schoolhouse students has to effort and halt them seeking revenge (again) connected the municipality of Salem aft mistakenly unleashing immoderate acheronian magic and bringing them backmost to life. Wouldn’t you beryllium tempted to light the Black Flame Candle to perceive Midler loop retired a amusement tune, though?

“Hocus Pocus 2” is present streaming connected Disney+.

‘Blonde’

Ana de Armas arsenic  Marilyn Monroe successful  "Blonde."

Ana de Armas definitely nails looking similar Marilyn Monroe.

The erstwhile Bond miss has been winning rave reviews for her starring relation successful caller movie “Blonde,” and however she channels the Hollywood bombshell, whose beingness – and decease astatine the property of 36 successful 1962 – was arguable successful conscionable astir each sense.

“Blonde” dramatizes the beingness of the tragic actor, with an unconventional (and besides controversial) communicative that seeks to peel backmost layers and spell beyond her superstardom to amended uncover the existent Norma Jeane Mortenson.

It’s streaming present connected Netflix.

‘Yvonne Orji: A Whole Me’

 A Whole Me."

If you saw “Momma I Made It!” – Yvonne Orji’s archetypal HBO special – past you are astir apt giggling to yourself astir the rubric of her second.

In “A Whole Me,” the “Insecure” star is backmost with a 2nd drama showcase that mixes stand-up and scripted skits, talking everything – including the Covid-19 pandemic, dating and relationships – arsenic good arsenic peppering successful immoderate hilarious stories astir her parents, who besides played a cardinal relation successful her archetypal special.

Orji’s new peculiar debuts contiguous astatine 10pm connected HBO and volition subsequently watercourse connected HBO Max (both of which are owned by CNN’s genitor company, Warner Bros. Discovery).

Björk performs astatine  the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall connected  February 1 successful  Los Angeles.

Undoubtedly 1 of Iceland’s top philharmonic exports, Björk is backmost with caller music.

“Fossora” is her 10th album, and she explained its taxable to Pitchfork arsenic an embodiment of her “fungus period.”

“It’s thing that lives underground, but not histrion roots,” she explained of the mushroomy metaphors that guided the caller album. “A histrion basal medium would beryllium rather terrible and stoic, but mushrooms are psychedelic and they popular up everywhere.”

“Fossora” is retired now.

Rita Wilson attends the 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala connected  June 16 successful  New York City.

I person been obsessed with Rita Wilson since she rapped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” successful the aboriginal days of the pandemic.

And let america not forget, arsenic specified a show would suggest, that she is besides an accomplished singer. Her latest album, “Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets,” includes collaborations with large artists, including Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and Leslie Odom Jr.

“These songs consciousness similar my Great American Songbook, due to the fact that of the songwriting and the interaction that they had connected me,” Wilson said successful a statement. “I was looking astatine these songs and however they could beryllium conversations betwixt 2 people. I liked that the lyrics could beryllium coming from 2 points of view, adjacent if they were mostly written for 1 idiosyncratic to sing.”

The medium is besides retired now.

(From left)Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa look  connected  acceptable   during a taping of "Live with Regis and Kelly" connected  October 28, 2011, successful  New York City.

Kelly Ripa is spilling the tea.

In her caller book, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories,” she talks about however pugnacious things were astatine times with her erstwhile “Live with Regis and Kelly” cohost Regis Philbin.

Those who loved the daytime show, which ran from 2001 to 2011 connected ABC, whitethorn beryllium amazed by the unsmooth commencement the brace had successful the beginning.

According to Ripa, who shared details of her challenges with People, erstwhile she showed up astatine the opening of her cohosting gig with her hairsbreadth and constitution team, Philbin had a barbed quip for their producer, Michael Gelman: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.”

“I felt horrible,” Ripa recalled. “He was astir apt trying to beryllium funny, but astatine the aforesaid clip it felt similar a pile-on. I recognize that astir apt helium didn’t privation a cohost, but the web wanted maine to beryllium the cohost and I didn’t deliberation I should walk up that opportunity. I don’t deliberation it was just to him. But it was besides not just to me.”

For me, that communicative helped enactment into discourse Ripa’s hostility with her “Live with Kelly and Michael” cohost Michael Strahan, who famously near the amusement successful 2016 amid Ripa’s complaints that she was the past to cognize of his decision.

Anything hard-earned is apt to beryllium jealously guarded, aft all.

Megan Thee Stallion performs during iHeartRadio Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2021 astatine  Capital One Arena connected  December 14, 2021, successful  Washington, DC.

A communal taxable I respect successful celebrities is their utilizing their platforms for the greater good.

Which is wherefore I was thrilled to larn (via my CNN workfellow Marianne Garvey) that rapper Megan Thee Stallion has launched “Bad B*tches Have Bad Days Too,” a website offers intelligence wellness resources, among others.

Megan Thee Stallion garnered fascination from galore with her determination to postgraduate assemblage while being a multiplatinum-selling artist, and her latest task further confirms however precise overmuch she values education.

By educating her fans astir self-help and self-care, the rapper is an adjacent bigger prima successful my eyes.

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