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POP TV: Hold Onto Your Broomsticks, ‘Charmed’ Reboot Will Bewitch Us This Fall

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It’s back witches!  The official sneak peek of the Charmed reboot dropped today and it has me wondering if the “Power of Three” will make magic yet again.

The original Charmed premiered back in 1998 and ran for 8 solid seasons. Like many supernatural shows, the series grew a strong fan base and continues to have a cult following. As a chubby preteen I desperately followed the show hoping that some magic potion would help me get invited to the popular kids’ table at lunch…The show had three, strong, beautiful, leading ladies who used their magical powers to literally fight the evils of the (under)world, all while juggling the intricacies of sisterhood, careers, and love. TBH I mostly watched to fantasize about moving things with my mind…as a little porker, I often dreamt about never having to move from my couch ever again. Nevertheless, the show was a staple in tv watching for millions each week and has all of us enraptured by the sister witches played by Shannon Doherty, Hollie Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan.

The 2018 reimagining of the show is not quite a reboot like some have suggested. The reboot phenomenon that is happening now usually has the original actors reprise their roles as older versions of what they once played. With the Charmed reboot, none of the original actors will appear, the characters from the original do not exist, and the storyline has even been altered. The original told of three sisters who discovered they were witches after the death of their grandmother. After season 3, one sister died and the remaining two learned that they had a half sister who helped reconstitute the power of three. In the remake, two sisters discover they are witches when their mother dies. After the mother’s death, the two girls meet their estranged sister, whom they never knew existed. On top of that, the original three sisters had the gifts of telekinesis, time freezing and premonition respectively. Telekinesis and time freezing will still be a part of the new trio’s powers, but the third sister will have the ability to read minds instead of seeing the future. The first and last names of the characters have changed, as well as where the witches live. The biggest change perhaps, is the ethnicities of the witches, with the original being white and the reimagined being Latina.

The new version will star Madeleine MantockMel as Macy,  Melonie Diaz as Mel, and  Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Vera. And while I love the idea of three women of color taking on the leading roles, I do think I am going to miss the original witches I fell in love with way back when. Many fans feel the same way,  so much so that there was the #StopCharmedReboot was created to try and petition against the remake. Original witches Combs and Doherty have spoken out against the new series claiming to be offended that the series has been rebranded as “feminist,” implying that the original was not. Combs also voiced her opinion that the new reboot should have a new title since it has nothing to do with the original show.

Here’s my dilemma: the trailer looks really good! The show looks well scripted and the special effects seem well produced. But Piper was my favorite, so I kind of agree with Combs (who played Piper), in that this new show isn’t really what I watched all those years ago. I guess only time will tell if this series will be another long running hit, or just a one season wham-bam-alakazam. Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think!

Charmed will air on the CW, Sunday’s this fall.

 

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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Elton John And Taron Egerton Performed A Fantastic Duet Of ‘Tiny Dancer’

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The dancer may be tiny but the talent on stage was massive! Taron Egerton and Elton John gave a fantastic performance of “Tiny Dancer” last night at the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to toss on your bedazzled cape and brightly colored sunglasses then boy do I have good news for you. An “epic musical fantasy” about Elton John’s life, entitled Rocketman, is expected to hit theaters in May 2019. Taron Egerton, from Robin Hood fame, plays the musical legend and judging by his performance last night, we are all in for a treat. The audience of the charity event felt like a candle in the wind when Taron suggested an off-the-cuff performance of “Tiny Dancer.” There isn’t even a pun creative enough to embody what the audience must have felt when Elton John himself volunteered to accompany Taron on the piano!

In addition to a truly moving performance, the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised more than $6.3 million for an effort to end AIDS.

Click below to take a look at the magical performance from last night!

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VIRAL: There Is No Room For Love When This Dog Protects His Barney

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I think this dog missed the whole “I love you, you love me” message Barney was trying to teach all those years ago…

In this viral video posted to Twitter, an adorable pup channels his inner Cujo anytime his owner gets close to the Barney the Dinosaur stuffed animal. While the frenzied attacks are comical in themselves, this video should definitely be played with the sound up. While we never see more than the dog owner’s hand, we hear his high pitched screams of terror every time the dog take a lunge.

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