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I know it's only September, but I'm looking forward to October, Halloween, and all things spooky! I'm especially interested in the new Netflix series 'Haunting of Hill House'.

The 10-part family drama/thriller The Haunting of Hill House is to debut on Netflix on Oct. 12.

The contemporary adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic novel will star Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, McKenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw and Julian Hilliard.

"The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country," Netflix said in a synopsis. "Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past -- some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House."

The show was created, directed and executive-produced by Mike Flanagan, whose credits include Hush, Oculus and Gerald's Game.

Jackson's story was previously adapted as films called The Haunting in 1963 and 1999.

Might be worth a look. We shall see...in October.

Be Well,
Steve


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Roseanne Barr says she will be in Israel during 'Conners' premiere
Roseanne Barr said she will not be in the United States when The Conners debuts on ABC this fall.

The sitcom is a spinoff of Roseanne, the recently revived show she created and starred in until she was fired for making a racist joke on Twitter.

"I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that's where I'm going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers," The Hollywood Reporter quoted the comedian as saying in a new podcast with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. "I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky I can go ... and study with any rabbi that I can ask to teach me, and it's my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman."

Barr said she doesn't plan to watch The Conners or follow the media coverage of it.

"I'm not going to curse it or bless it," she said. "I'm staying neutral. That's what I do. I'm staying neutral. I'm staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone and I don't wish good for my enemies. I don't. I can't. I just stay neutral. That's what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I'll go dark, and I don't want to go dark again. I've done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold. Ha ha."

ABC said Friday that filming had begun on The Conners in Burbank, Calif. The network also released a photo of Barr's former castmates -- Sara Gilbert, Jayden Rey, Michael Fishman, Ames McNamara, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Emma Kenney -- practicing their lines with their scripts in the fictional family's iconic kitchen.

Roseanne initially ran 1988-97 and remained popular in re-runs. It earned high ratings when it returned last spring with new episodes and was renewed for an 11th season, which was swiftly canceled after Barr caused a social-media firestorm with a jab at a former adviser to President Barack Obama.

Barr has since repeatedly apologized for what she has called a joke, but she was widely condemned for the racial remark.

ABC announced in June it was moving forward with a new version of the show without Barr. The Conners is to debut Oct. 16.


Claire Danes gives birth to second son
Homeland star Claire Danes has given birth to her second child with her husband, Hannibal alum Hugh Dancy.

Danes' publicist Jodi Gottlieb confirmed the news of the baby boy's New York birth to USA Today on Saturday.

The child was born last Monday. His name has not been publicly disclosed yet.

Danes, 39, and Dancy, 43, have been married since 2009. They are also the parents of 5-year-old Cyrus Michael Christopher.

The actress revealed her pregnancy on The Howard Stern Show in April.

"I am pregnant," Danes declared. "I'm seriously preggo. ... I'm deep into my second trimester."

Showtime said last month the upcoming, eighth season of Homeland will be its last. Dancy can now be seen in the Hulu series The Path.


LOOSE LIPS:
"Not interested in what you have to say...People just have all these crazy judgments, and I think it's best to not listen and laugh it off."
--Hilary Duff, on people saying it was "disgusting" for her to kiss then-3-year-old son Luca on the lips, to InStyle


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Which model 'broke into tears' when asked to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan?


'GMA' co-host Lara Spencer marries Rick McVey; shares photos on Instagram
Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer has married tech entrepreneur Rick McVey after about two years of dating.

People.com said the couple exchanged wedding vows Saturday in Vail, Colo.

About 135 friends and family members attended the outdoor service for which Spencer wore a sheer, sleeveless gown by Adam Zohar.

UsMagazine.com said Spencer's son Duff walked her down the aisle.

Duff and his sister Katharine are Spencer's children with her ex-husband David Haffenreffer.

Spencer shared on Instagram a photo of her and Duff in their wedding clothes.

"It happened!!! Best. Day. Ever," she captioned the image.

A snapshot of her holding her bouquet in the air and laughing with her new husband -- who is wearing a white tuxedo jacket and black pants -- accompanied the message: "Might be just a little happy. :). Best. Day. Ever."

"#family," she captioned a group shot.


Bono: 'I'll be back to full voice for the rest of the tour'
Irish rocker Bono said he is feeling better and ready to resume his U2 concert tour after losing his voice during a show in Berlin Saturday.

"I've seen a great doctor and with his care I'll be back to full voice for the rest of the tour," the 58-year-old musician wrote on his band's website Sunday. "So happy and relieved that anything serious has been ruled out. My relief is tempered by the knowledge that the Berlin audience were so inconvenienced. There was an amazing atmosphere in the house, it was going to be one of those unforgettable nights but not for this reason... We can't wait to get back there on November 13th."

Bono said during Saturday's show that he thought a smoke machine creating theatrical effects might have negatively impacted his voice. After taking a short break to see if he recovered, the band canceled the rest of the concert.

U2 is slated to perform in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday.


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Which model 'broke into tears' when asked to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan?

Tess Holliday says she "broke into tears" after being asked to cover Cosmopolitan.

The 33-year-old model said in an interview Thursday with BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire that it "meant a lot" to land the October cover of Cosmopolitan U.K.

"I broke into tears and said, 'Are you kidding?'" Holliday recalled.

"I absolutely cried because a magazine like that has never put someone like me, like an actual fat body, on the cover," she explained. "It not only meant a lot to me but the work that I'm doing, which will therefore impact millions of bodies that look like mine."

Cosmopolitan U.K. unveiled Holliday's cover Tuesday on social media. The model reacted in a tweet the next day.

"Phew, I'm literally a COSMO GIRL!! Can't believe I'm saying that!" she wrote. "Thank you @CosmopolitanUK for this incredible opportunity. If I saw a body like mine on this magazine when I was a young girl, it would have changed my life."

Holliday said in the cover story she's at the heaviest she's ever been.

"I was a U.S. size 16 to 18 my entire life before I had [my son] Rylee," the star said. "I look back on those photos now and I don't wish I was that size, but what I wish is that I loved myself 120 pounds ago."

"It took me being the heaviest to finally love myself," she added.

Holliday is known for her modeling work with Torrid, Benefit Cosmetics, Sea by Monif C and H&M.

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