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When autumn is in full swing, my home is all about sports.
Like clockwork, my husband invariably takes control of the television with a hearty “You know what time it is!”
Sunday is for college football and Monday for professional football, so I’m free to squat with one of our other TVs and enjoy some non-stop viewing time of my own.
But thanks to John Stamos, I’m now more of a basketball fan, which guides us on what to watch this week.
‘Big Shot’ Season 2
John Stamos returned to coach a high school basketball team at an elite girls’ private school.
His temper is still temperamental, but in the second season of the show his team is now in a different division and … * gasp * – the boys have arrived in Westbrook.
Stamos gets an assist in this sports drama from costars Yvette Nicole Brown and Jessalyn Gilsig, among others; it’s exactly what you’d expect from a series co-created by David E. Kelley.
“Big Shot” is streaming on Disney +.
Ryan Murphy lives to scare us.
This time, it’s with “The Watcher,” which is based on a terrifying true story: A family buys their dream home only to find they are being haunted by someone obsessed with the house and them.
In real life, the family never even moved completely after being terrified of threatening letters and ended up selling the property at a loss in 2019, five years after buying it.
But you won’t have to wait that long to see the dramatized version of their story, because “The Watcher” is now streaming on Netflix.
Let’s stick with the scary stuff as this is Halloween month, of course.
Poor Laurie Strode. The iconic “final girl” played by Jamie Lee Curtis has been trying for decades to stay out of the clutches of serial killer Michael Myers in the “Halloween” movie franchise.
But as the title of the new film suggests, Curtis insists this will be his character’s last attempt with the masked killer.
“Now I need to let her loose and let her live in the minds and hearts of the fans who supported her,” Curtis told Entertainment Weekly.
So does this mean Michael eventually kills Laurie? “Halloween Ends” is now streaming on Peacock and in theaters.
In a new series of real crime podcasts, reality star, entrepreneur and criminal justice advocate Kim Kardashian highlights Kevin Keith’s 1994 conviction of triple murder in Ohio, as well as the tireless work he and his family have undertaken since then to prove his innocence.
“Sharing the stories of people who are not alone on a blame sheet will help people feel comfortable and understand where someone is coming from,” Kardashian told The Hollywood Reporter. “Usually, you don’t hear the other side.”
Love her or hate her, Kardashian is using her massive platform to draw attention to those she believes have suffered injustice.
“The Kim Kardashian System: The Case of Kevin Keith” is streaming on Spotify.
Speaking of platforms, “American Idol” judge Katy Perry is using hers to help people rediscover the magic of the late Elizabeth Taylor with the “Elizabeth the First” podcast, which explores the movie star as an original influencer.
“I am inspired by his bold activism, his constant boss moves in business and, despite everything, an unrepentant way of loving – all the things I try to live in my life,” Perry said in a statement.
Taylor, who died aged 79 in 2011, is an icon forever and I love to see her celebrated in this way.
“Elizabeth the First” is streaming on Apple.
By now, you’ve probably heard the story of comedian Ariel Elias having a can of beer tossed while performing on stage. What emerged is a reminder that, despite how uncivilized our society has become, it all depends on how you handle what life offers you.
Elias was recently performing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey when an audience member began criticizing her for voting for President Joe Biden.
“I wasn’t talking about politics,” Elias told CNN. “He looked like he was looking for a fight.”
The jammer was thrown out of the club, but the man sitting next to her threw a can of beer at Elias. He landed hard on a wall near where she was performing.
Instead of exploding or turning the other cheek, Elias simply took a sip of the remaining brew. That reaction, and her determination to finish her set, earned her praise from around the world.
Let me first start with what I am about to say by stating that I am a longtime fan of Madonna.
The singer spoke to quite a few people this week when she shared a TikTok video where some thought she was going to come out gay.
Others have complained that the star, who has always been a great advocate of LGBTQ rights, was “queer-baiting”, along with broader criticism of Madonna choosing TikTok at her age.
Madonna isn’t a fan of people pointing out her age (watch her take charge of New York Times Magazine in 2019) and the entertainment industry is notorious for age.
Yet it can be difficult for older celebrities to set a tone on social media that seems appropriate. Some of them, like Dionne Warwick on Twitter, have mastered it, others may seem to shiver.
Not that Madonna has to fade away – I doubt she ever will – but she will probably always be judged by some, as her determination to live life on her own terms is ageless.
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