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Why am I already seeing Thanksgiving decorations out and about?

Halloween-themed decor I can perceive, however Thanksgiving remains to be months away and only a stone’s throw from Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah – all of it feels means too quickly.

What I’m prepared for is cooler temperatures, although, so I’ve an excuse to remain in, curl up on the sofa and watch a few of this week’s new streaming content material.

‘Hocus Pocus 2’

Speaking of Halloween: Almost 30 years after Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker blessed us – or ought to it’s cursed us? – with what’s extensively thought of the official movie for the spooky season, the trio is again as our favourite witches in a sequel to the Disney traditional “Hocus Pocus.”

The new film resurrects each the Sanderson sisters and a number of the authentic film’s premise – a trio of highschool college students has to attempt to cease them searching for revenge (once more) in town of Salem after mistakenly unleashing some darkish magic and bringing them again to life. Wouldn’t you be tempted to gentle the Black Flame Candle to listen to Midler belt out a present tune, although?

“Hocus Pocus 2” is now streaming on Disney+.


Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in

Ana de Armas positively nails trying like Marilyn Monroe.

The former Bond lady has been successful rave opinions for her main position in new film “Blonde,” and the way she channels the Hollywood bombshell, whose life – and demise on the age of 36 in 1962 – was controversial in nearly each sense.

“Blonde” dramatizes the lifetime of the tragic actor, with an unconventional (and in addition controversial) narrative that seeks to peel again layers and transcend her superstardom to raised uncover the actual Norma Jeane Mortenson.

It’s streaming now on Netflix.

‘Yvonne Orji: A Whole Me’

Yvonne Orji in the HBO comedy special

If you noticed “Momma I Made It!” – Yvonne Orji’s first HBO particular – then you’re in all probability laughing to your self in regards to the title of her second.

In “A Whole Me,” the “Insecure” star is again with a second comedy showcase that mixes stand-up and scripted skits, speaking every thing – together with the Covid-19 pandemic, courting and relationships – in addition to peppering in some hilarious tales about her mother and father, who additionally performed a central position in her first particular.

Orji’s new particular debuts tonight at 10pm on HBO and can subsequently stream on HBO Max (each of that are owned by Newswitter’s mum or dad firm, Warner Bros. Discovery).

Björk performs at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 1 in Los Angeles.

Undoubtedly one in all Iceland’s biggest musical exports, Björk is again with new music.

“Fossora” is her tenth album, and she explained its theme to Pitchfork as an embodiment of her “fungus period.”

“It’s something that lives underground, but not tree roots,” she defined of the mushroomy metaphors that guided the brand new album. “A tree root album would be quite severe and stoic, but mushrooms are psychedelic and they pop up everywhere.”

“Fossora” is out now.

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

I’ve been obsessive about Rita Wilson since she rapped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” within the early days of the pandemic.

And allow us to not neglect, as such a efficiency would recommend, that she can be an achieved singer. Her newest album, “Rita Wilson Now & Forever: Duets,” contains collaborations with main artists, together with Keith Urban, Josh Groban, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and Leslie Odom Jr.

“These songs feel like my Great American Songbook, because of the songwriting and the impact that they had on me,” Wilson mentioned in an announcement. “I was looking at these songs and how they could be conversations between two people. I liked that the lyrics could be coming from two points of view, even if they were mostly written for one person to sing.”

The album can be out now.

(From left)Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa appear on set during a taping of

Kelly Ripa is spilling the tea.

In her new e book, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories,” she talks about how powerful issues have been at occasions along with her former “Live with Regis and Kelly” cohost Regis Philbin.

Those who liked the daytime present, which ran from 2001 to 2011 on ABC, could also be stunned by the tough begin the pair had to start with.

According to Ripa, who shared particulars of her challenges with People, when she confirmed up initially of her cohosting gig along with her hair and make-up workforce, Philbin had a barbed quip for his or her producer, Michael Gelman: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.”

“I felt horrible,” Ripa recalled. “He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on. I understand that probably he didn’t want a cohost, but the network wanted me to be the cohost and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

For me, that story helped put into context Ripa’s rigidity along with her “Live with Kelly and Michael” cohost Michael Strahan, who famously left the present in 2016 amid Ripa’s complaints that she was the final to know of his choice.

Anything hard-earned is prone to be jealously guarded, in spite of everything.

Megan Thee Stallion performs during iHeartRadio Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2021 at Capital One Arena on December 14, 2021, in Washington, DC.

A typical theme I respect in celebrities is their utilizing their platforms for the better good.

Which is why I used to be thrilled to be taught (through my Newswitter colleague Marianne Garvey) that rapper Megan Thee Stallion has launched “Bad B*tches Have Bad Days Too,” an internet site gives psychological health assets, amongst others.

Megan Thee Stallion garnered fascination from many along with her dedication to graduate faculty whereas being a multiplatinum-selling artist, and her newest undertaking additional confirms how very a lot she values schooling.

By educating her followers about self-help and self-care, the rapper is a good larger star in my eyes.

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