The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is now filming, and the official Twitter account for the film posted the above behind-the-scenes image advertising a book launch party. The book is written by none other than the film’s main character Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne). This whole thing is a bit of an in-joke, since the origins of Fantastic Beasts are from this very Scamander book mentioned in one of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter tomes. There’s no confirmation on this, but rumor has it the book’s original title was Fantastic Beasts: Where To Find Them? Do You Know Where To Find Them?? Let’s Find Out!

Hocus Pocus remake

After years and years of rumors about a Hocus Pocus sequel, we’re finally getting another adventure featuring those witches the Sanderson Sisters. But instead of a traditional sequel, audiences will be treated to a remake in the form a Disney Channel TV movie. Since this is a remake, the original cast – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy – aren’t involved. And Middler is not happy with that. Per Syfy, when asked about the remake, Midler said:

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap! I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character … My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”

When asked if she would cameo in the remake, the singer and actress replied with an unequivocal “No, no, no!” Bad move, Disney. You made Bette Midler mad.

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Horror fans were saddened when filmmaker George Romero died over the summer, but Romero’s legacy – particularly that of his influential zombie movies – lives on. And now Romero’s zombies are getting a whole new lease on life. Per a lengthy Facebook post, Romero’s son George Cameron Romero confirmed he’ll be making a prequel film called Rise of the Living Dead. As mentioned, the FB post is very long and detailed, but here is what Romero says about the film:

Many of you know that I have been working to tell a story for many years… My dad read the script and called it “genius” (I’m not saying that from pride, it’s an actual quote and I have the email to prove it! :)) Many have approached me about making this film and I’ve said no to many because even though I’m not a “precious” artist, this one is special… this one is mine… this one… is my love letter to my dad… to his work… to the fact that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive… to the fact that society in 1968 wanted to shut him up as much as they wanted to celebrate him…This one is the prelude to “Night,” the film that created the pop culture phenomenon that has inspired thousands of filmmakers from backyard auteurs to $180M features to the single longest running and most successful show in the history of television…Those of you who have known about it for a long time and even helped support an indiegogo campaign a few years back to help me develop it to this point, know this project by its codename: “ORIGINS.”…It is with absolute great joy that I would like to present to you all very late this Halloween night, the announcement for this project’s official title.

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