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Bewitched 2015 starring: 

Laverne Cox as Samantha Stephens
Taye Diggs as Darrin Stephens
Alfre Woodard as Endora
Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. as Larry Tate
David Alan Grier as Uncle Arthur
Dan Hedaya as Abner Kravitz
Susie Essman as Gladys Kravitz

Darrin Stephens has always loved and accepted his new wife Samantha as a trans woman—but can he love and accept her as a witch?

*CUT TO CARTOON OF LAVERNE TWITCHING HER NOSE ON A BROOMSTICK*

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“Samantha has a unique ability to embody whatever a song asks of her, that’s an incredible talent, and I think it’s what separates her from other people in her field. There’s never a moment’s doubt about who the character is when Sam Barks is singing the song, and that’s true whether she’s onstage in Les Miz or you’re in the pub and it’s three o'clock in the morning and you’ve had a few pints and she’s singing an old English folk song. It’s a very unique and special thing to find somebody who can do that.” — Alan Doyle on Samantha Barks.

To My Amazing Followers - If you have run out of Discworld/Pratchett or don't know where to start with his novels!

If you want to start The Discworld series:

Reaper Man

Wyrd Sisters

Guards! Guards!

Wee Free Men

And obviously… The Colour of Magic

Fantasy/SciFi

Magician – Raymond E. Feist

Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss

Old Kingdom Series – Garth Nix

The Belgariad & Mallorian – David Eddings

Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan

Traitor Spy Trilogy – Trudi Canavan

The Books of Pellinor – Alison Croggon

The Bitterbynde Trilogy – Cecelia Dart-Thornton

A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon

The Beautiful Land – Alan Averill

The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

The Crowthistle Chronicles – Cecelia Dart-Thornton

Dragonlance Chronicles – Weis & Hickman

Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion & Hobbit – Tolkein

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

(Fantasy but for Teen/YA – still suitable for adults trust me!)

North Child – Edith Pattou

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

The Scorch Trials – James Dashner

General Fiction

Life of Pi – Yann Martell

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins – Irvine Welsh

The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh

The Humans – Matt Haig

Tampa – Alissa Nutting

The White Mare – Jules Watson

The Dawn Stag – Jules Watson

The Boar Stone – Jules Watson

The Swan Maiden – Jules Watson

Lexicon – Max Barry (elements of fantasy/SciFi)

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

And finally if you’re looking for something in non-fiction (for a bit of a change) Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick is amazing.

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Kat: The Shadowhunters cast bonded immediately as well. Most of us aren’t from Toronto which where we shot the series, so together we had to figure out how to live in the city and it was the best thing for our connection/chemistry. From fight training, to cast rehearsals, to network meetings, to shootings, to weekend shenanigans, we had the best time becoming the family we are today. Dom and I were friends for almost a year before this project even came up and I’m so grateful that the two of us were cast as Clary and Jace. Because their connection and chemistry on screen has to be so strong, its so nice to have a level of trust and relationship already in place. I’ll never forget the first night we all sat down as a cast for dinner. I had just flown in and was exhausted from lugging six months worth of bags up to my room, but as soon as I saw Dom and met everyone else, I was immediately re-energized, excited to begin the journey, and ready to take on any demon or Downworlder in our way.

Fashion feature from UK Woman’s Own magazine, December 18, 1965 issue:   SWINGING PARTY-TIME FASHIONS (at London’s Scotch of St. James Club)   It’s here! The time for parties - smart, casual, simply elegant or even just plain fun. Think of the occasion and pick something sensational to wear. Like these glittering pop styles, after-six sophisticates, simple lines for home entertaining or pretty, casual styles for office parties. - Suzanne Grey   POP PARTY   From left to right: pop star Susan Maughan in a gold lamé dress with gored skirt, V-neck. By Simon Massey, 9 gns. Also in silver.   Model girl Pattie Boyd chooses smooth black crepe with spotted bow and matching flutes on hem - perfect on a blonde! By Marlborough, £6 19s. 6d. Black only. Sizes 10-16.   TV commère Anne Nightingale (behind Pattie) wears an ankle-length black wool dress with white collar and hem. By Miss Novell, £5 19s. 6d. Sizes 10-16.   Top Of The Pops Samantha Juste picks a pink chiffon flamenco dress, dotted in white. By Shubette, 7½ gns. Other colours: black and banana.   Singer Julie Grant chooses a turquoise felt shift, studded with enormous purple circles. By Lee Cecil, 99s. 6d. Also in black/pink.   In the background and making up a really fun party at the Scotch club in St. James’s, the ‘Hollies’ and new group, Adam, Mike and Tim. Hollies’ Allan Clarke upper left. * * * *   SOURCE of scan is the Pattie Boyd’s Sixties Style group at Yahoo!

The New Yorker’s Brian Christian has written a thought-provoking piece about Her and the intimacy of the digital world, exploring the history of artificial intelligence “chatbots.” From “The Samantha Test”:

In 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum, a professor of computer science at M.I.T., wrote a computer program called Eliza, which was designed to engage in casual conversation with anybody who sat down to type with it. Eliza worked by latching on to keywords in the user’s dialogue and then, in a kind of automated Mad Libs, slotted them into open-ended responses, in the manner of a so-called non-directive therapist. (Weizenbaum wrote that Eliza’s script, which he called Doctor, was a parody of the method of the psychologist Carl Rogers.) “I’m depressed,” a user might type. “I’m sorry to hear you are depressed,” Eliza would respond.

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