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Do you watch Hocus Pocus every year around Halloween? Do you quote the movie without even realizing it? Do you know every fun fact about it? Then you might be interested to hear that Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, and Thora Birch reunited on Halloween this year. That's right; while you were carving your pumpkin, Max, Allison, and Dani were trading stories about the good old days. Is it too much to ask that they re-create a famous scene for us? Ok, we would probably faint if that happened. Check out the picture for evidence! For your hangover from candy or whatever...more #HocusPocus for you!! Yes, we hung out on #halloween ❤️ #omrikatz #thorabirch #vinessashaw #maxdennison #danidennison #allison @omzmosis @kennyortegablog A photo posted by Vinessa Shaw (@iamvinessashaw) on Nov 1, 2015 at 1:54am Pst »
- Maggie Pehanick
The Halloween weekend brought plenty of famous faces together for a ton of awesome, costume-filled pictures, but nothing tops this nostalgia-filled snap. The kids from Hocus Pocus—aka our favorite Halloween movie of all time—reunited for the best picture on Instagram from the weekend. Yes, Max (Omri Katz), Allison (Vinessa Shaw), and Dani (Thora Birch) actually got together 22 years after appearing on screen for the popular film and hung out on Halloween, giving us all the feels! "For your hangover from candy or whatever...more #HocusPocus for you!! Yes, we hung out on #halloween," Shaw captioned the amazing pic of the threesome cuddled close. Now, the only thing we wonder is »
Not a Halloween goes by without fans clamoring for a sequel to beloved cult classic "Hocus Pocus," which turns 22 this year. And while a follow-up seems about as dead as the Sanderson Sisters at the end of the flick, there are still plenty of new memories for the movie's cast to share.
In an interview with E! News, three members of the 1993 film's ensemble offered up their recollections about their time on set, ranging from the real-life friendliness of the women playing the witches to their amazement at the film's continuing popularity all these years later. Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison, the love interest of Max (Omri Katz), told E! that she and Thora Birch (who played Max's little sister, Dani) had tons of fun on the Disney lot, running around and singing songs, and getting into trouble with the young stars of "Home Improvement," which was shooting nearby.
- Katie Roberts
Yet star Sarah Jessica Parker has said that they are just that - online rumours.
"I think it's just on the World Wide Web," Parker told Vulture.
However, she added: "We've all been exchanging funny, not-reality-based messages to one another. [That's] as much as I know."
Midler jokingly tweeted earlier in the week (October 27): "Breaking news!! Sequel Delayed!! @Disney having trouble finding a virgin! #HocusPocus"
News of an actual film in the works has been insubstantial so far, although Midler did mention last year that she would be up for making a sequel.
"Inundate the Disney company, because I have canvassed the girls [Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy] and they are willing to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask the Walt Disney company, »
Miss you, Binx! It's been 22 years since the debut of Hocus Pocus, and yet the Halloween classic still has a following that would have Billy Butcherson cheering from his grave. In anticipation for All Hallows' Eve (grab the salt!), the cast revealed behind-the-scenes facts from the set with ABC News. Some of the stars that threw back to the Salem, Mass., days (dance, dance, before you die!) include Thora Birch (Dani), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Sean Murray (Thackery), and Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson). Hocus Pocus also starred [...] »
Do you love the '90s? Andy Cohen does, and Bravo loves that he loves them. The network today announced a new Cohen-hosted limited series called Then and Now that will dive into the biggest moments of three momentous years: the pivotal year of 1994, as well as the '90s-adjacent years of 1989 and 2000. Despite its title, Then and Now will not feature Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, or Gaby Hoffmann; instead, guests will include "former White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard; Major Jeff Mueller; Director Justin Simien, and Lgbt journalist Zoey Tur," and just like on VH1's I Love the ... series, a variety of talking heads will crack wise about the events of the day. Mildly funny pop-culture bloggers: Start shelling out for head shots. »
- Nate Jones
Everything '80s or '90s seems to be getting a reboot nowadays, for better or worse, and the 1995 coming-of-age movie "Now and Then" almost had its own TV series. "Pretty Little Liars" boss Marlene King wrote the movie, which starred Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann and Ashleigh Aston Moore in the 1970s-set "Then" roles, and Rosie O'Donnell, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson, and Melanie Griffith in the "Now" section.
Marlene talked to Entertainment Weekly about the making of the film, including how Leonardo DiCaprio was originally cast in the Vietnam vet role that went to Brendan Fraser -- and discussed what went wrong with the TV series that was in development at one point.
Here's what she had to say about that:
Yes, we talked about that. It was on ABC Family but they wanted to change it so the "now" was present day and the "then" would be the '90s. »
- Gina Carbone
A lot has changed since Hocus Pocus (aka The Ultimate Halloween movie) was released in 1993, especially the actors. Ok, maybe Bette Midler looks mostly the same, but Dani (Thora Birch) and Max (Omri Katz) are all grown up! Plus, Thackery (Sean Murray) is still as cute as ever. Catch up with the whole cast by checking out all the cute then-and-now pictures below, and make sure you know when to catch it on ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween! »
- Maggie Pehanick
In news that every '90s kid will appreciate, it's true: Christina Ricci and Devon Sawa had a thing back when they were filming Now and Then. According to E! News, that's one of the behind-the-scenes tidbits that came out of an La screening held for the movie's 20th anniversary on Friday, which brought out Devon, Thora Birch, writer I. Marlene King, and producers Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. At one point, it was revealed that all four lead girls had a "wild crush" on Devon, and they had a bet going on who would "get with" him while filming. For his part, Devon said, "no comment," but Thora said that Christina - who also starred with Devon in Casper that same year - ended up winning the contest. One producer said, "She got out front, and the other girls weren't happy about it," and Devon added, "I was the only »
- Laura Marie Meyers
All for one and one for all! Can you believe it's been 20 years since "Now & Then" hit theaters? We can still remember watching the coming-of-age flick like it was yesterday. "Now & Then" tells the story of four childhood friends: Chrissy (Rita Wilson/Ashleigh Aston Moore), Teeny (Melanie Griffith/Thora Birch), Samantha (Demi Moore/Gaby Hoffmann) and Roberta (Rosie O'Donnell/Christina Ricci). The flick was told via flashbacks, after the now-grown women reunited for the birth of one of their kids. During the ladies homecoming, they recount what happened that fateful summer of 1970 -- when each of their lives forever changed. From dealing with parents to puberty, boys and "Crazy Pete," their friendship was the only thing that remained a constant. Needless to say, the core cast has continued to steal the big and small screens since appearing in the 1995 drama, and the movie solidified Devon Sawa's '90s heartthrob status. »
- tooFab Staff
All for one. And one for all. It's October 20, 2015. Do you know what that means? It's the 20th anniversary of the release date of Now and Then, which hit theaters on October 20, 1995. Go on, we'll give you a minute to reflect/feel old/go find your copy of the movie. At a 20th anniversary screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 16, producers Suzanne and Jennifer Todd, writer Marlene King (who now runs a little show you may have heard of: Pretty Little Liars), stars Thora Birch (Teeny!) and Devon Sawa (Scott Wormer!) revealed juicy behind-the-scenes secrets that will have fans of the iconic film knocking three times on the ceiling. E! News was on the scene and »
“Colony” comes from executive producer Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces. It stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) as parents in a Los Angeles family struggling to stay together and survive in a not-too-distant dystopian future. Peter Jacobson (“House”) is also among the cast.
The series is cloaked in mystery, which is something Holloway is used to after working with Cuse on “Lost.”
“In the tradition of working with Carlton Cuse, I don’t know anything that’s going on — it’s a wonderful discovery [process],” he told journalists in August at the USA’s Television Critics Assoc. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Thora Birch (American Beauty) is set for a major recurring role in USA Network’s upcoming drama series Colony, set to premiere on January 14. From Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, Colony is set in near-future Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some people choose to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. Birch, repped by Berwick… »
Wes Bentley was the It Boy of 1999 when he starred opposite Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch in "American Beauty" ... but then, things took a shocking turn. The then-20-something actor fell into a drug spiral and began working on projects that didn't receive quite the same acclaim as the Oscar-winning film. While he's since resurrected his career with roles in "The Hunger Games," "American Horror Story," "Interstellar" and the upcoming live-adaptation of "Pete's Dragon," he is very open about his struggles with sobriety. "I didn’t do anything in high school. I was one of those kids in high school who looked down on people who smoked pot or you know partied and even drank," he says in a new interview with "Larry King Now." "It really became a problem in 2006 when it really started to take hold of me and the drugs got harder and I got deeper in it. »
- tooFab Staff
30. Lady Snowblood Part 1 and Part 2
While American comic books have struggled for legitimacy as adult entertainment for decades, their Japanese counterparts have long enjoyed acceptance as legitimate elements of mainstream culture. So while the American comic book movie only properly took off in the last fifteen years, jidaigeki adaptations of popular manga have been a staple of Japanese pulp cinema since the early 1970s. The best of these remains Lady Snowblood, director Toshiya Fujita’s two part revenge opera of a woman checking off a kill list of the gangsters who killed her family and left her for dead. Any familiarity to Kill Bill is entirely intentional, with multiple visuals, soundtrack elements and plot points lifted whole cloth by Tarantino. But even for those only familiar with the update, Fujita’s films remain feats of hard edged efficiency, actress Meiko Kaji a goddess of death in a world of opposing colors and sudden violence. »
Having carved out a successful career on television, co-creating Homeland and Tyrant, Gideon Raff is now setting his sights on getting back to the movies. He's already attached to adapt Alice Laplante's novel Turn Of Mind for Fox, and he's now also sold his treatment for Operation Brothers to the same studio. Raff will write, produce and direct the film, based on the true story of the evacuation of Jewish Ethiopian Civil War refugees from from Sudan to Israel in the late 1970s and early '80s. On the orders of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mossad set up a secret base in a deserted Sudanese holiday camp, and orchestrated the mass extraction by sea and air. It's Argo meets Exodus, is no doubt the pitch somewhere. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is producing.Raff was an assistant to Doug Liman on Mr. & Mrs Smith before going on »
The long-delayed Dungeons & Dragons movie reboot is finally moving ahead now that rights issues have been resolved.
An announcement of a new film based on the role-playing game coincides with Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro resolving their dispute over sequel rights.
Warner Bros executive Greg Silverman said today (August 3): "We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen.
"This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings.
"D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."
After months of legal disputes between toy giants Hasbro and production company Sweetpea Entertainment over the sequel rights to Dungeons & Dragons, Warner Bros. has announced that a settlement has been reached and a new film is in the works.
Greg Silverman, Warners Pictures’ Creative Development and Worldwide Production head-honcho said: “We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”
Under the new deal, both Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment will produce the film with WB, with The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson assigned to pen the script.
“This settlement accomplished our overarching goal of unifying all Dungeons & Dragons rights under Hasbro’s control, »
- Scott J. Davis
Eccentric author and illustrator Daniel Clowes twice adapted his own funny-sad comic books to the screen for director Terry Zwigoff. Before 2006's "Art School Confidential," there was "Ghost World," the 2001 cult classic starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as a pair of misanthropic misfits drifting out of high school and through their hilariously pathetic suburban wasteland world. Well, in a new interview with The Guardian, Clowes admits that he may want to revisit the beloved "Ghost World" characters that got him a screenplay Oscar nom (which, by the by, he should have won). Before appearing in book form in 1997, the "Ghost World" story was serialized throughout the '90s in his "Eightball" series, which gets the anthology treatment this July. "I’ve thought about doing the 'Ghost World' girls as adults," Clowes says. "I think one day I may just revisit all the characters. I may do something. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Joe Dante has to be one of our favourite underrated directors. The man brought Gremlins to the big screen as well as its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch, a film I watched far too much as a young child. He’s also responsible for The Howling, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace and the cult television classic Eerie Indiana.
His last big screen outing was the ridiculously creepy kids film The Hole. Don’t confuse it with the Thora Birch, Keira Knightley teen thriller, Dante’s film saw a trio of kids unearth a mysterious hole in their new house. The hole had the ability to read people’s darkest fears and has some truly terrifying scenes. Seriously I don’t know how kids made it through that film!
Now just over five years later Dante is back with a deliciously dark romantic zombie comedy. The film stars Anton Yelchin as Max, »
- Kat Smith
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