Practical Magic is getting a prequel series and we can't cope

Practical Magic is getting a prequel series and we can't cope


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The 90s were made for all things witchy – Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed, Hocus Pocus, The Craft… who went through the decade and didn’t want the power to battle baddies and cast spells?

And when it comes to magic movies, one that definitely stands the test of time is Practical Magic. For those of you who missed out on this gem back in the day (and by the way, you really missed out), it stars the legends that are Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, two witch sisters who have avoided using magic their whole lives until they are forced to learn the craft when Kidman’s terribly frightening boyfriend suddenly dies.

It’s dramatic! It’s scary! It’s a sort of witchy rom com! And it’s bloody brilliant.

So for anyone who is tempted to dig out their Practical Magic VHS, we’ve got some wonderful news – the film is getting a prequel series and we are so here for it.

Rules of Magic and Practical Magic are both novels by Alice Hoffman, with the latter being made into a movie back in 1998.

Now HBO Max, a streaming service that is yet to be launched, has ordered an hour-long pilot of the prequel series and it will be written by Melissa Rosenberg and Dana Baratta, the minds behind Jessica Jones.

It will see the Owens children, Frances, Bridget and Vincent, living in 1960s New York City and follow the trio on their own magical journey.

Cannot WAIT.

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This main character was almost written out of Friends

This main character was almost written out of Friends


Could we BE any more relieved?

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After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it. Yes it may have been 15 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

We’re still deeply invested in Rachel and Ross’ tumultuous relationship, we’ve never given up hope on Parker (Alec Baldwin) coming back into our lives, and we can’t believe how quickly the Friends children have grown up. Are we the only ones confused by our feelings for Ben now that he’s grown up and starring in Riverdale?

But it wasn’t Cole Sprouse or the news that a former employee of Robert De Niro’s company was getting sued for binge-watching the show in company time that made all the noise this week. Instead, it was the revelation that one of the core six characters was almost written out of the show.

The ‘Friend’ in question? Rachel Green.

Yes, this is not a drill. Jennifer Aniston was very nearly written out.

It wasn’t down to bad blood however, but instead scheduling conflicts, with it reported that Jen had filmed episodes for another new comedy show, Muddling Through, for a rival network.

Friends bosses were reportedly worried therefore that if Muddling Through got picked up, they would lose Jennifer as Rachel, leading to either a recasting or being written out.

Instead, according to Generation Friends, the sitcom’s network chose to ‘kill’ off the rival show, scheduling popular films against it to lessen its audience.

A Friends without Rachel Green or Jennifer Aniston? We can’t even picture it.

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'You' season two is going to be 'gorier and scarier' than season one and we're not ready

'You' season two is going to be 'gorier and scarier' than season one and we're not ready


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The popular Netflix series You left us with a lot of questions. Did Karen ever find love after her fling (close call) with Joe? Were we actually meant to like Beck? And what actually happened to Candace?

The streaming service confirmed that the thriller would be back with a second season, but so far there haven’t been many clues about what we can expect.

In the first season, we saw bookshop manager Joe Goldberg stalking customer Guinevere Beck, hacking into her social media accounts and following her around, wanking in bushes outside her flat, and murdering her ex, best friend and therapist before killing her. While it appeared that he had also offed his ex-girlfriend, the mysterious Candace, she turned up on his doorstep at the very end and told him they had ‘unfinished business’.

Oooh.

Filming for the second instalment is underway, and Netflix has promised that it’ll be available to watch soon but that was all we knew – until showrunner and co-creator Sera Gamble revealed that the upcoming season will be ‘gorier and scarier’ than the first. 

Crikey.

She told LadBible: ‘At least one scene comes to mind that’s gorier and scarier than anything we had in season one.

‘Joe is new to Los Angeles fully intending to start over a new leaf and never being forced to do bad things again.

‘Joe is always trying to be a good guy but yet somehow he’s finding himself in these thriller, horror kind of situations. It’s terrible for him but I think it’s going to be so much fun for the audience.’

A new character, Love Quinn, will be played by Haunting of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti (aka Nell, RIP), and it’s rumoured that she will become Joe’s newest obsession.

Sera continued: ‘Love is very different from Beck. We were aware going into season two of the show, there was something very special about Beck the way that we told it in season one.

‘We knew that it wouldn’t be possible to repeat it as the audience is very much onto Joe now and will see through him. The way that Love enters his life is very different. His interest in her and his expectation is also very different. I think it will be fun and interesting.’

Fun and interesting/terrifying. Will we be able to sleep at night after watching it?

Guess we’ll have to wait until it’s released to find out. Gulp.

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Aisling Bea: 'Making people laugh is the greatest love of my life'

Aisling Bea: 'Making people laugh is the greatest love of my life'


Actress and comedian Aisling Bea talks to Sophie Goddard about love, loss and why she’s definitely not the new Fleabag

Aisling Bea is, in her words, ‘living a circus life’. The writer/actor/comedian is currently in Rome filming Netflix rom-com Love. Wedding. Repeat, starring Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing and Freida Pinto (Aisling Bea plays Rebecca, a friend of Eleanor Tomlinson’s character). Apparently, six weeks filming away from home is a doddle. ‘This year has been nuts,’ she explains. ‘I have a house in London – that’s “home” – but a year ago I was in LA. Then I moved back to London, then New York in September. Then I came back in January and now I’m in Rome.’ Most of us would be flagging by this point, but Bea, 35, is impressively chirpy. ‘It definitely feels normal now – when I was 18, I moved to Dublin for four years, then to London. I suppose I haven’t been near the house I was brought up in for 17 years. It’s sort of in my bones.’

Within seconds of talking to Aisling Bea, you realise why she’s so good at what she does – storytelling is in her blood (quite literally. Her grandfather was novelist and poet Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and her great-aunt was playwright Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin). ‘Making people laugh is the greatest love of my life, and it has been my favourite thing to do since I was a kid,’ she tells me. ‘My cousin showed me a video of me hosting “the cousins talent show”. I swear to God I was nine, stood on a chair in this hotel function room, with 40 aunties, cousins and uncles. My granddad used to love it when we’d get up and sing – it’s not too far off my persona now.’

Brought up in Ireland’s Kildare by her mother, a teacher and former jockey, with younger sister Sinéad, Aisling Bea’s father Brian, a vet, took his own life when she was three years old. Bea (real name Aisling Cliodhnadh O’Sullivan) changed her surname to Bea in memory of him and wrote an article about the experience of loss in 2017. I say how touching I found it. ‘It is very odd when someone talks about it because it is a piece of writing, and I am a writer,’ she says, thoughtfully. ‘On one hand I’m like, “Thank you very much, that is a lovely thing to say about a piece of work”, but on the other it’s like, “I still feel like I am getting my head around it”.’

Aisling Bea’s latest project involves working with some familiar faces. ‘I’ve known Sam [Claflin] from when we did our first audition for drama school together [Claflin and Bea trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art]. Jack Farthing was the year below us,’ she says. The others have become firm friends, too. ‘Eleanor Tomlinson, she’s one my best friends here, we’re like two little peas in a pod. We went to an aerial yoga class this Saturday and it was genuinely one of the worst things I have ever done in my life, like, “This is hell, when will this end?” Eleanor has never done yoga before and the first version she gets is hanging from the air. It made me start laughing uncontrollably while we were upside down.’

‘To say I’m not confident would be ridiculous. I can go on stage in front of 6,000 people. But self-esteem is something I’m trying to work on’

One of the biggest misconceptions about Aisling Bea is that she was a comedian first, who ‘fell’ into acting second. ‘I had been an actor for a long time before stand-up took off,’ she explains. ‘I was an actor my whole career, but it’s only in the past year that people describe it as “taking off”. Something can’t take off when it’s been slowly in the air for 17 years!’ Clearly, she’s not too shabby at it, either. She has just wrapped another Netflix project, Living with Yourself, opposite Paul Rudd, as well as writing and starring in comedy This Way Up with friend Sharon Horgan, in which Bea plays a teacher trying to pull her life back together after ‘a teeny little nervous breakdown’. Other acting credits include Hard Sun, Gap Year, The Fall, Damned, Trollied and Dead Boss. ‘I love pretending to be other people. When I was doing The Fall, I was going through a break-up and remember loving going in, putting on a nurse’s outfit and zipping up as someone else for the day. To get an escape from yourself, in a lovely and creative way.’

Stand-up, though, has been a whirlwind. In 2011, Aisling Bea became the first woman in 20 years to win the So You Think You’re Funny? stand-up competition, before selling out her debut solo show at Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Bea’s stand-up is observational, sharp and witty, poking fun at both herself and those around her (watch her ‘fat-thin’ routine on YouTube ASAP if you haven’t already). In 2014, she won a British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic, and in 2016, landed the first female captain seat in 8 Out Of 10 Cats, appearing on everything from Live At The Apollo to James Corden’s A League Of Their Own and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Alongside her acting projects, she’s currently starring in The Comedy Lineup on Netflix. ‘It went from nought to 60,’ she agrees. ‘I was on TV a year and a half after I started stand-up. I felt like I’d been picked up by a tornado.’

Does she feel pressure meeting people, being the ‘funny’ one? ‘No, actually,’ she says. ‘I’m not a shy person, so I don’t. I was talking to my therapist about this recently – about the difference between confidence and self-esteem. If I were to say I’m not confident that would be ridiculous. I can go on stage in front of 6,000 people and walking into a social situation I’m never nervous. But self-esteem is “what do those 6,000 people think of you?” Someone might have amazing self esteem, but not the confidence to get up there. I think a lot of performers have low self-esteem; I definitely fall into that category. That’s something I’m trying to work on.’

Then there is the small matter of attention on her personal life, something that Aisling Bea (who dated Michael Sheen and was most recently linked to Andrew Garfield) is still navigating. ‘What is odd, is when you meet someone for the first time and you can be Googled. Or they can,’ she considers. ‘We are all becoming more in the public eye, but you do start to care less and less. One great thing about being a stand-up is that I can address it on stage. It must be hard for people who don’t get to use their voice. I can always take that back with a microphone, even for 60 people in a small comedy club. I feel lucky to have that element of control.’

Thankfully, Aisling Bea has the support of her ‘comedy sisters’ – Roisin Conaty, Katherine Ryan and Sharon Horgan. ‘After one panel show went awfully, I rang Katherine and Roisin crying, and they were in terrible moods about it, too,’ recalls Bea. ‘You’re not looking for people to have a bad time, but by connecting over real experiences, you feel calmed. Like, “Oh, I am normal”. We are a very tight community.’ The notion of ‘competition’ between the women doesn’t factor, either. ‘There was a long time where people didn’t believe in the universal law of abundance – that there is no limit to how many women you can put on TV, because TV expands,’ she explains. ‘When there was a limit to TV and there were too many shows, Netflix got developed. When Netflix got overwhelmed, YouTube developed. Then Facebook TV started. There is no limit to how much space there is, because if you make a story people want to watch, they’ll find it. I’m not the new Fleabag, Fleabag is not the new Girls, Girls is not the new Sex And The City – they are all separate things, and there can be many. Maybe it’s because I grew up with women, but I really believe in an abundance of women.’ Amen to that.

This Way Up will air on Channel 4 in August, and Living With Yourself will be on Netflix later this year.

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The Crown cast just let slip season three’s release date

The Crown cast just let slip season three’s release date


And there’s not long to wait.

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith in The Crown

Season two of The Crown feels like it was a lifetime ago, with fans of the show eagerly awaiting its third season.

But while people are getting excited for season three, they are also mourning the loss of its stars from the episodes ahead, with the characters recast to older actors to reflect the passing of time – something that is set to happen every two seasons.

Olivia Coleman was the first actress confirmed for season 3, coming onboard as Queen Elizabeth and Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as Princess Margaret, but it was Game of Thrones actor Tobias Menzies (our new Prince Philip) that made news this week, revealing season three’s release date.

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Yes. This is not a drill. We have a release date.

In a recent interview on Jo Good’s BBC Radio London show, Tobias explained: ‘We’ve shot season three, and that starts in November.’

Well, there we have it.

Other news around the show has involved casting updates, with Josh O’Connor set to be playing Prince Charles, Emerald Fennel hired as the young Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Emma Corrin selected to play Princess Diana, a role that Netflix openly advertised for.

Bring on season three. November cannot come soon enough.

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You can ride the actual Hogwarts Express in Scotland and we're there

You can ride the actual Hogwarts Express in Scotland and we're there


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You’ve read the four new Harry Potter books, you’ve got your tickets for Hogwarts at Halloween and you’re already planning to decorate your Christmas tree with Harry Potter baubles (yes, it’s still August, but preparation is key to a magical festive season, people).

Now what?

There’s only one thing left to do, Potterhead. Climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and pretend that you finally received your acceptance letter.

And we’re not talking about peeping through the window of the stationary train at the Warner Bros. Studio (although it is an excellent part of the tour) – you can actually take a ride on the real train from the films if you fancy a trip to Scotland.

The Jacobite (read: Hogwarts Express to us) runs twice daily from April until October, and chugs from Fort William to Mallaig in the Highlands. While we can’t promise there will be a food trolley selling Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, you will be treated to epic views of the Scottish countryside throughout the journey.

The trip is 84 miles – around six hours – each way, starting near Ben Nevis and running past Loch Morar, River Morar and Loch Nevis. You’ll then stop in the village of Glenfinnan and have the option to hop off at Arisaig to see the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna as well as the southern tip of Skye.

Tickets for this epic adventure are very reasonable indeed, costing just £31.75 for a single or £37.75 for a standard return. If you want to be a bit fancy, you can upgrade to first class for £59.95.

Bargain.

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This royal family member is considering a part in the next James Bond film

This royal family member is considering a part in the next James Bond film


This is not a drill. We repeat. This is not a drill.

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The royals have to be the most talked-about family in the world, with the Mountbatten-Windsors making news for everything from baby Archie’s christening to the rumoured royal feud.

The Queen is understandably more talked-about than most of her relatives, with her cameo in a James Bond sketch at the 2012 London Olympic Games cementing her as one of the most popular royal family members of all time.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that her son, Prince Charles, is apparently looking to do some work with the franchise too.

Yes, this is not a drill. Prince Charles might feature in an upcoming James Bond film.

According to The Sun on Sunday, the Prince of Wales – first in line to the throne – is considering a cameo in the new untitled film, referred to as Bond 25, after being invited by producers following his visit to the set.

Prince Charles reportedly had a tour of the set at Pinewood Studios alongside Daniel Craig himself, with Bond’s producer Barbara Broccoli explaining, ‘He had a lot to talk about with Daniel. They both have a love for Aston Martin… Boys with toys!’

According to sources, the Bond crew think of Prince Charles as ‘the epitome of everything British’ and therefore a perfect fit for the series.

We’re crossing our fingers for a royal announcement on the subject!

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Natalia Dyer on Stranger Things, spoilers and who inspires her


With Stranger Things back on Netflix, Natalia Dyer tells us about working with Winona and how sci-fi became a cultural force for good

How does the new series differ from the first two?

It’s the first time where it’s summer in Hawkins and nobody is in school, so there are lots of activities, like Nancy [Dyer’s character] has a job. This season there’s more action, humour and fun, but it’s also quite scary. It’s a big one.

Who is your strangest co-star?

Oh, they’re all a bit strange, aren’t they? I love Brett Gelman [ who plays Murray Bauman]; he’s so off the cuff. And David Harbour [Jim Hopper] is a big, funny personality. Even when we’re filming dark things, the goofy cast make the set electric. I think actors in general are a little strange.

Have you learned a lot from Winona Ryder?

She’s very hands-on and always asking questions. Winona knows when things feel right and when they don’t, and she’s not afraid to say so. I look up to that.

Which other women in the industry inspire you?

I respect Jameela Jamil from The Good Place so much for using her platform to speak out about how women’s bodies are portrayed. I admire people who use their fame to say something that’s important.

There’s a real sci-fi resurgence at the moment. Why do you think that is?

It’s fun and everybody needs a little escape. The genre lets us all enter a mysterious world and explore things we wouldn’t normally think about.

Do you get pestered for spoilers by your nearest and dearest?

No. In fact, some of them haven’t even watched the show, which is nice in a way. My family don’t talk about it too much, but they are very supportive.

As a child you were in Hannah Montana: The Movie. Did that experience enable you to give advice to the younger cast members of Stranger Things?

Advice? I don’t know, but I do feel protective. I’m 22 and I can’t imagine having this life as a teenager – social media and everything. I’ve met all their parents and they’re very grounded people.

Is there anyone on your bucket list you’d love to work with?

Yes, lots of women – anybody from Wine Country! Those are my kind of people – the Amy Poehlers and the Tina Feys. And Mindy Kaling. That would be a lot of fun.

Stranger Things is out now on Netflix.

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The first glimpse at The Crown season three looks very different

The first glimpse at The Crown season three looks very different


Here’s everything you need to know…

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Season two of The Crown feels like it was a lifetime ago, with fans of the show eagerly awaiting its third season.

But while people are getting excited for season three, they are also mourning the loss of its stars from the episodes ahead, with the characters recast to older actors to reflect the passing of time – something that is set to happen every two seasons.

But what will The Crown look like without Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby at the helm?

Well, according to the latest sneak peek of season three, very different.

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Olivia Coleman was the first actress confirmed for season 3, coming onboard as Queen Elizabeth and Helena Bonham Carter and Game of Thrones actor Tobias Menzies have been cast as Princess Margaret and Prince Philip.

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Josh O’Connor will be playing Prince Charles, Emerald Fennel has been hired as the young Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Emma Corrin has been selected to play Princess Diana, a role that Netflix openly advertised for.

While the a completely new cast seems a bit too different to be a continuation, the latest TV show stills released by the network are getting us very excited.

Yes, it looks different, but it also looks incredible.

Season three cannot come soon enough.

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The Gossip Girl reboot is not actually what we thought

The Gossip Girl reboot is not actually what we thought


And everyone’s disappointed

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It may have been six years since Gossip Girl left our screens, but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

And while the show’s end left a Blair and Chuck shaped hole in our hearts, it also left us with a lot of questions.

Does Henry Bass have any siblings? How are Serena and Dan enjoying married life? Are Georgina and Jack Bass actually together now? And please tell us that William Van Der Woodsen has been discovered as the biggest villain ever – well, second biggest if we’re counting Bart Bass.

After unanswered calls for a reboot of the CW show, we had all given up hope, but last week it was announced that Gossip Girl was coming back, with WarnerMedia’s new streaming network HBO Max confirming a return series of 10 one-hour episodes.

Understandably the internet blew up with excitement, with speculation rising around where Blair, Chuck, Nate, Serena and Dan all are in their lives.

It has now been revealed however that the Gossip Girl ‘reboot’ is not actually what we thought, and everyone’s a little disappointed.

The upcoming ‘reboot’ is set to take place eight years after the GG finale, and as it features none of the original cast (we know, sob), it looks like it’s more of a spin-off than a reboot.

Executive producer Josh Schwartz opened up about the new show at the Television Critics Association summer tour, explaining that the show will introduce all-new characters, being simply a ‘continuation of that world’.

‘There aren’t, like, new actors playing Serena and Blair,’ he explained via TVLine. ‘It’s not a remake.’

Speaking of whether there’s even potential for an OG star cameo however, he has admitted it is a possibility, explaining: ‘We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved.’

BRB – off to the Met steps to discuss this over yogurt!

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