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So, Which Vampire Diaries Characters Will Be Showing Up on the New Spinoff?

Legacies, the second spinoff of the wildly popular The Vampire Diaries franchise, is coming to The CW this Fall, and we're pretty excited. The series is slated to focus on the teenage Hope Mikaelson, last seen on the series finale of The Originals, and her adventures at the supernatural boarding school that was founded in the epilogue of the finale of the original The Vampire Diaries. The question on everyone's mind, of course, is which existing characters from the TVD universe will show up?

Two beloved characters are already confirmed as series regulars. Danielle Rose Russell and Matt Davis will reprise their roles as Hope Mikaelson and Alaric Saltzman as the main characters of Legacies. Hope, the daughter who resulted from a brief TVD-era fling between werewolf Hayley and hybrid Klaus, will be learning more about her supernatural abilities, while Alaric is running the Salvatore Boarding School For the Young and Gifted while raising his twin daughters.

THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES, Matt Davis in 'Coming Home Was a Mistake' (Season 8, Episode 5, aired November 18, 2016). ph: Bob Mahoney/The CW Network/courtesy Everett Collection

Russell and Davis aren't the only familiar faces slated to pop up, though! It was recently confirmed that Zach Roerig, who played Matt Donovan, will appear at least once, probably more, on Legacies. Matt is the sweet human who miraculously makes it through eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries as a human and a survivor and is seen taking over as sheriff of Mystic Falls in the TVD finale. But the Matt we're about to see might not be the same Matt we know and love.


"He kind of went off the deep end," Roerig explained to Entertainment Weekly. "We see him in the future a little more frazzled and a little out of his mind from the vampires. He's crazy sheriff Matt Donovan." Although he's still a friend to Davis's Alaric, he's also hell-bent on keeping Mystic Falls safe from more supernatural damage, which makes him a dangerous potential antagonist too.

At least one more TVD character is headed back to Mystic Falls. News broke in August that Steven R. McQueen had reached a deal to reprise his role as Jeremy Gilbert. He's not scheduled to be a recurring character; at the moment, he's only making a cameo appearance in the third episode of the first season. No details have come out yet about the context of his return, although the former "hunter" could probably teach a thing or two to the supernatural students at the school!

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, (from left): Steven R. McQueen, Zach Roerig, 'The Hybrid', (Season 3, ep. 302, aired Sept. 22, 2011), 2009-. photo: Quantrell D. Colbert /  CW / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Legacies is also going to welcome back one of the original Salvatore brothers — though not in the context you might think. Paul Wesley (aka Stefan Salvatore) has been tapped to direct an episode sometime during the first season. Although no other established characters have been announced to appear, creator Julie Plec says the door is always open — we certainly hope we see more familiar faces walk through that door (once they've been invited, of course)!

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EastEnders lines up a Halloween hunt

EastEnders fans are set to join Kat in a frantic search this Halloween.

Warning: spoiler alert!

After a night out in costumes at the E20, Jean isn't in the best of shape so Kat brings her home.

They realise that Hayley has gone into labour but cannot be found.

Jean makes Kat promise to find Hayley, and Kat sets off on her search.

Fans can find out what happens next on RTÉ One and BBC One on Tuesday October 30 at 7:30pm.

EastEnders airs on RTÉ One and BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Vince Vaughn pleads not guilty to drink driving charges

Vince Vaughn has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence charges stemming from an arrest in June.

The 48-year-old True Detective star was arrested at a routine DUI checkpoint in Manhattan Beach, California, just after 1am on Sunday, June 10.

Vaughn is charged with three misdemeanors;one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content or higher and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection.

Authorities say Vaughn repeatedly refused to get out of his car when officers asked him at the checkpoint. The movie and television star was held on $5,000 bail and later released.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office released a statement on September 7 confirming charges brought against the actor.

According to E! News, Vaughn's attorney Blair Berk entered the plea of not guilty to all counts as the actor was a no-show at Torrance Courthouse on Friday.

Judge Nicole Bershon asked Berk whether they had already received Vaughn’s blood test results. Berk replied no, and she said she is anticipating it will take some time to get the discovery.

"But I think we are on track," Berk said.

If convicted of all of the charges, The Wedding Crashers actor could face up to a year in county jail, prosecutors said.

Vaughn was ordered to return to court on December 14 for a pretrial conference.

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Astley says upside of fame ‘not worth the downside’

Rick Astley says fame is his biggest disappointment and admits he wakes up some days and he is "not very happy".

The 52-year-old Never Gonna Give You Up singer has sold more than 40 million records during his long-spanning career but he admits he still feels underwhelmed by fame.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, he said: ''Fame. The upside is not worth the downside – you can't turn fame on and off, and have privacy.''

Astley admits that he often finds himself feeling unhappy buts revealed how music helps put him "into a better mood".

''I have to get myself into a better mood, and music does that for me quite often.''

The Cry For Help hitmaker, who recently made a shock cameo in Hollyoaks, retired from making music in 1993, at the age of 27, but returned to the music industry in 2001.

''I'd been doing the same thing for so many years. Now it doesn't seem like any amount of years, but then it was a quarter of my life.

''I was a young guy and I was like, 'I don't want to be doing that every single day of my life. I want to hang out with my friends. I've made a lot of money. I want to spend some of it. I want to do the things I want to do.'''

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Prince Harry Shares a Deeply Personal Moment With a Widow After Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tour of Australia is more than just receiving gifts and praise from adoring fans. It's also about getting the chance to connect with people on a personal level, which is precisely what Prince Harry did on Friday when he scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge alongside Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Invictus Games competitors. One of those competitors who joined the Duke of Sussex in climbing the bridge was 41-year-old Gwen Cherne, who lost her husband and Australian special forces officer Peter J. Cafe to suicide in February 2017.

Harry and Gwen spoke for about 10 minutes about a number of topics, including the experiences of loss and grief. Harry, who lost his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12, comforted Gwen while they talked. "He understood what I meant. When you understand loss, I think it's obvious," Gwen said in an interview with People. "He did ask me if I was getting the support I need from the Defense and ex-servicemen and veteran community."

Gwen, who is an adviser for widows, veterans, and families for the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs and an Invictus Games Ambassador, also noted that when Harry's entourage tried to get him to keep walking, Harry refused to leave. "He stopped and said, 'I'm in a middle of a conversation, and I'm not going to leave this.' We were talking about my story and mental health and how difficult it is still, in our society, to talk about grief and loss and suicide," she said. "And how important things like the Invictus Games are to shedding light on, and allowing people to start to have these conversations that are great to have."

Harry also asked Gwen about her three children, Emily, Lachlan, and Tom, and how they've all been coping. "Lachlan is the spitting image of my husband. Harry said something like the children must remind you of him, or live on in him," Gwen said. "And I said my son is so much like him. It was comfortable and thoughtful."

View photos of the touching moment as well as the crew climbing the bridge ahead.

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Try to “Sweat Out” Your Cold in a Group Fitness Class

You've probably heard that "sweating out a cold" will relieve your unpleasant symptoms and help you feel better. Or maybe you are so excited for your group fitness class, you can't possibly cancel, even if you're not feeling well.

If you're considering showing up to a workout class while sniffling, sneezing, and fighting off a headache, you should reconsider — we spoke to some experts to find out whether or not it's a good idea to hit a boutique fitness class if you're feeling under the weather.

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How Contagious Are You When You Have a Cold?

The symptoms of a cold may vary person to person, but the most common ones are runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and a headache. With all that phlegm and snot dripping out of your body, you're bound to spread your sick germs to other people.


"You are most contagious to others the first few days of your symptoms, and even the day before, but there is little you can do about that," internist Arielle Levitan, MD, told POPSUGAR. She explained that cold germs are most contagious via touching infected secretions, such as mucous and saliva, but not so much with tears and sweat. Colds are also somewhat contagious with germs in the air like from sneezing and coughing.

Edo Paz, MD, a doctor with the free primary care app K Health, echoed that the cold and flu, which are caused by viruses, are extremely contagious. "You should minimize proximity to other people while you have a cold, and if you absolutely must be around others, be sure to contain your germs by coughing into your elbows, washing your hands frequently, and throwing away your used tissues," he said.

Can You Work Out When You're Feeling Sick?

Even if you're feeling under the weather, you may feel like you're well enough to exercise. Kenton Fibel, MD, family medicine physician at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, said that the above-the-neck/below-the-neck rule is a helpful guide as to whether or not you should work out with a cold.

"Typically, above-the-neck symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, or congestion are OK to work out with, but below-the-neck symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, or muscle aches should be a sign that you should let your body rest and recover. If you have a fever, you should also try to avoid significant exercise."

So while you can work out if you have above-the-neck symptoms, you shouldn't go too hard; Dr. Fibel said if you work out too hard when you're sick, it can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infection and will take you longer to get better.

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So, Should You Go to a Group Fitness Class With a Cold?

"As a doctor of internal medicine I would say that you can work out if you feel up to it," Dr. Levitan said. Dr. Fibel also said that overall exercise does improve your immune system. However, just because you can work out doesn't mean you should go to a gym or boutique fitness class, and potentially get other people sick.

"Every cold and flu season, I see people coming to the gym," NASM-certified personal trainer Allan Misner told POPSUGAR. "It is disturbing to see them hacking, coughing, and sneezing while they're using the treadmills, ellipticals, and other machines." Not to mention group fitness classes where you are using shared equipment and in such a small space with potentially dozens of other people. Instead, Allan encourages people to work out at home if they have a cold, maybe with a bodyweight workout or home cardio equipment.

In fact, family and emergency medicine doctor Janette Nesheiwat, MD, recommends not working out at all when you are feeling sick. "Let your body heal," she told POPSUGAR.

"You can make yourself more sick; a cold can turn into a pneumonia and you can pick up more bugs when you are ill," Dr. Nesheiwat explained. "If you are exercising in a group setting, you are likely contaminating the gym equipment and your fellow gym-goers." She recommends staying home to recover and drinking lots of fluids, including hot tea, taking zinc, and resting.

Sounds like you're better off waiting until you feel at 100 percent to get back into the gym. After all, who needs an excuse to stay home and watch Netflix?

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