hocus pocus remake

The cult classic Disney movie that became a staple of Halloween night marathons for millennials across the country is getting its highly demanded resurrection — but probably not as Hocus Pocus fans would have liked.

Hocus Pocus is returning from the grave as a TV movie remake without any of the original cast. Which…feels more like a trick than a treat.

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‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Might Really Be Happening

hocus pocus 2

Hocus Pocus, the live-action Disney film that people ignored in theaters but later embraced on home video has become a Halloween staple for many, inspiring a cult fandom that won’t stop talking about the film once the end of September rolls around. Rumors of a sequel to the film have been bubbling over for some time, and now it seems original Hocus Pocus writer Mick Garris has confirmed the sequel is the real deal. Read more about Hocus Pocus 2 below.

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Divanation

The First Wives Club is back! Kinda. It’s been nearly 20 years since Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton starred in the comedy about three women striking back at their ex-husbands and getting what they deserve, and now the trio of actresses will reunited for a new feature film project at Netflix called Divanation. And it sounds like the perfect project for these veteran actresses. Read More »

Female Ocean's Eleven Cast

Just last week, we learned that there was a female Ocean’s Eleven in development with Sandra Bullock taking the lead role akin to George Clooney‘s Danny Ocean. There are even rumblings that the story might actually take place in the same universe as the original heist trilogy from Steven Soderbergh, with Clooney potentially making a cameo as Ocean. But the big question is, who will surround Bullock as the rest of the heist crew?

We decided to put together a prospective cast who would be perfect to team up with Sandra Bullock for some kind of heist. Obviously the characters won’t be exactly the same as they are in Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, but since we’re just having fun assembling a dream cast, we’ve stuck to the characters pretty closely to put this list together for the female Ocean’s Eleven cast. Read More »

Hocus Pocus

It’s a tradition as reliable as jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating: Every year around Halloween, nostalgic Gen Xers and Millennials revisit the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, and then get to wondering why no one’s made a sequel yet. This year, Bette Midler even joined in on the conversation with a (facetious) explanation. As far as we know, though, Disney hasn’t officially fired up the cauldron yet.

And just to drive that last point home, Sarah Jessica Parker has gone on the record to clear things up: No, as far as she knows, there’s no Hocus Pocus 2 coming soon to a theater near you. But that doesn’t preclude the possibility of its returning in another form, according to producer and co-writer David Kirschner. Get the latest comments on the Hocus Pocus sequel after the jump.  Read More »

sharknado

Thought shark-tornadoes were a ridiculous idea? Wait til we send them into outer space! Or at least, that’s what the artwork on the new Sharknado 3 seems to be saying. Also after the jump:

  • Tina Fey says it’s “too late” for a Mean Girls sequel
  • Bette Midler is totally up for a Hocus Pocus sequel
  • John Lasseter explains why they’re making Toy Story 4
  • Jason Statham is returning for a sequel to The Mechanic
  • The Transporter Legacy sets a summer release date
  • Rumors has it Sam Smith will sing the Bond 24 theme

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Mae West was one of the original legends of Hollywood, but even so at this point the announcement of a biopic about the actress, with Bette Midler in the lead role, might not arouse huge attention at the outset. There are biopics for seemingly everyone, so one more is just a drop in the bucket.

But reveal that William Friedkin will direct Mae West — that’s a big deal. Friedkin practically defined the 1970s as a radical new decade in film with the one-two punch of The Exorcist and The French Connection, and has enjoyed a vibrant current stage in his long career through the films Bug and Killer Joe. So, Friedkin directing Midler in a film about the infamous Mae West? Let’s see it! Read More »

Thanksgiving takes place in the States in a couple days, which means we’re at the time of year when some families will be convening for afternoons and evenings spent lazing around lethargically reconnecting in front of a ball game or a movie. There are already plenty of films that serve pretty well as background for family conversation, but Parental Guidance looks like a film that aims to be in DVD players for holidays starting in 2013.

The film features Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as grandparents who are enslisted to care for their family’s youngest generation when the kids’ parents (Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott) have to spend a work weekend out of town. And so begins a whirlwind weekend of debauchery and deep introspection. Or, sorry, that’s a different movie — Parental Guidance seems to gently pit Crystal and Midler’s practical but old-fashioned ways against sensitive modern parenting. As gently as possible while also keeping a scene in which Crystal takes a baseball bat to the nuts, that is.

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On the surface, Parental Guidance seems pretty simple. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as grandparents who butt heads with their daughter (Marisa Tomei) on how to bring up her kids. The Christmas Day release is directed by Andy Fickman, who has made hit movies (The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain) but never good movies (consider She’s the Man, and You Again). Knowing all that, expectations are suitably curbed and the first trailer largely enforces the predictable, holiday cookie-cutter image you might have in your head.

But then the trailer says the film is about “New school vs. old school” ways of parenting and shows somes differences between tough love, Baby Boomer parenting and the softer coddling style of Generation X. Which got me thinking, maybe this movie has something to say? Maybe it’ll be good? Am I giving Parental Guidance way more credit than it deserves? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself. Read More »

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Along with Fox’s reveal of the name and release date for the fifth, mostly unwanted Die Hard movie, the studio today added a bunch of other films to the calendar for 2012 and 2013. We begin with Olivier Megaton‘s sequel to Taken. The Liam Neeson action movie is currently called Taken 2, and it will open just under a year from now, on October 5, 2012.

The following month is busy for Fox: Curtis Hanson‘s surfing dram about real-life surfer Jay Moriarty, formerly called Mavericks, will co out on October 26 2012 as Of Men and Mavericks. And Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei, will open on November 21, 2012.

Then a couple dates have hit for 2013: the second Percy Jackson film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will now hit on March 27 2013. And the BBC co-production Walking with Dinosaurs, which brings the popular show and traveling animatronic dinosaur exhibit to screens in 3D, moves up to October 11, 2013, from December 20, 2013. [BoxOfficeMojo]