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A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs.
Cotton Mather has come a long way since Salem first premiered, with the once god-fearing reverend slowly transforming into an almost scientific thinker. “He starts out as a villain,” Seth Gabel tells TVLine.”But the second Giles Corey’s blood splatters on his face it’s like this rebirth of the character. He gets a real sense of the horror and injustice that’s happening.”
Gabel believes that »
It may not be #ThrowbackThursday, but we're throwing it back anyway, because some of these pictures are just too good not to share. This gallery is packed with photos of TV's biggest stars—Tina Fey! The cast of Friends! Even George Clooney at one point!—attending their very first Emmys. Seriously, can we talk about that picture of Sarah Jessica Parker? And baby Sarah Michelle Gellar! (These are from a time when if you weren't named Sarah Something Something you were No One.) Plus, tomorrow morning the nominations for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced, and hopefully there will be a fresh face or two among the usual suspects who will attend their very first Emmys (cough, »
On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.
First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, »
- Marc Snetiker
The final frosted nail may have been hammered into the cupcake trend Monday when Crumbs Bake Shop announced it was closing all its stores by the end of the business day. Once the sweet indulgence of choice for Carrie Bradshaw and her Sex and the City gal pals, cupcakes have recently become as unfashionable as the towering designer shoes that Sarah Jessica Parker tottered over to Magnolia Bakery in. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films At its sugary peak, Crumbs had 67 stores across the U.S., including on Hollywood Boulevard and in Beverly Hills, while Sprinkles attempted to keep customers
- Debbie Emery
Sometimes celebrity babies come into the world via a surrogate mom—and Radar rounds up 10 such cases. A sampling: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick used a surrogate mother to give birth to their twins , and during the pregnancy, Parker feared for the surrogate mom's safety thanks to the paparazzi. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban used a gestational carrier to give birth to their second daughter, Faith Margaret . Kidman said she "desperately" wanted another child , but couldn't get pregnant again. Elizabeth Banks also struggled with fertility—"It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant," she once explained— »
- Evann Gastaldo
Is a Hocus Pocus sequel in the works? In the cult classic, it took 300 years for a virgin (Omri Katz) to light the black flame candle, which brought the witchy Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) into the 20th century. Twenty-one years after the Walt Disney Pictures movie was released, several blogs began to speculate that Tina Fey was working on a sequel to family-friendly flick. Alas, the comedienne is not involved in a follow-up film. Fey's rep tells E! News that the eight-time Emmy winner, two-time Golden Globe recipient and four-time Writers Guild of America champion is indeed developing and starring in a supernatural-themed feature. However, the project has no »
A tracking board report got a lot of people talking today about the idea of Tina Fey producing a sequel to Kenny Ortega’s 1993 Disney Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. The original film starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a family of witches. It wasn’t a hit in theaters, but became a big […]
- Russ Fischer
Disney is in early development on an untitled witch project that has Tina Fey attached to star and produce, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Allison Shearmur, who is producing a live-action version of Cinderella for the studio, also is on board as a producer. Plot details are being kept in the cauldron, but studio insiders are stressing that this is not a sequel to Hocus Pocus, Disney's 1993 family fantasy that starred Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Rumors of a sequel popped up on tracking boards several months ago and recently popped up
- Borys Kit
Just as quickly as the long-rumored Hocus Pocus 2 started showing signs of life, with a report earlier today that Tina Fey is on board to produce, Variety reveals that the story is not true. Here's what the actress/producer's rep had to say, in debunking the rumor.
"Their report is not accurate - Tina is not developing a sequel to Hocus Pocus."
However, while Deadline's own report confirms that the actress is not involved with Hocus Pocus 2, they reveal that she is actually developing something new, a movie known only as the Untitled Witch Project for Disney. She is attached to both produce and star in this non-sequel.
The original story from earlier today claimed that Hocus Pocus 2 was to center on a housewife, »
Sorry, “Hocus Pocus” fans — Tina Fey is not producing a sequel to the cult 1993 comedy. Instead, Fey is said to be in talks with Disney to produce and star in a currently untitled movie that is centered around witchcraft, but is unrelated to the Bette Midler laffer.
The Twitterverse briefly erupted into nostalgic paroxysms on Wednesday morning, after a site called Tracking Board mistakenly reported that Fey and her production company, Little Stranger, would produce a “Hocus Pocus” sequel. But a rep for Fey insists, “their report is not accurate — Tina is not developing a sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus.’”
The original film, directed by Kenny Ortega, starred Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a family of witches known as the Sanderson sisters. While critically derided upon its release, the Disney comedy soon gained »
- Variety Staff
Well then. We cannot say that we saw this one coming. The Tracking Board is reporting that a sequel to the Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy comedic witch flick from 1993, Hocus Pocus, is officially on its way. Read on for the first details.
This new Hocus Pocus will focus (see what I did there?) "on a witch hunter who teams up with a magical housewife to stop a power-hungry evil witch.”
The original cast is not likely to be coming back. Allison Shearmur Productions has signed to produce Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch. Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are executive producing at Disney.
The aim for the two protagonist female leads is in the vein of Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy. While the original film dealt with three witch-sisters coming back on Halloween night, this story seems to focus on drawing different people together to fight a common evil. »
- Steve Barton
There has been talk of Hocus Pocus 2 for several years, with Disney denying rumors of a follow-up entitled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch back in 2012. In April, The Tracking Board reported that the production is seeking two lead female actresses, "in the same vein as Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy." It isn't known yet if Tina Fey will take on one of these leading roles, but she is producing alongside Allison Shearmur, Bryan Oh and Stephen Meinen, along with Disney executives Jessica Virtue and Tendo Nagenda.
The original Hocus Pocus starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson Sisters, three immortal witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It's up to »
Ok, "Hocus Pocus" super fans (who, up until this morning, have been pretty quiet for the past 20 years), let's take a minute: Deadline is reporting that the witch-centered movie that Tina Fey is working on with Disney isn't a sequel to "Hocus Pocus," as was previously thought. Instead, it's a different witch movie that is supposedly in the vein of "Ghostbusters," which only means that it liberally combines horror and comedy in a way that everyone from your little brother to your grandmother can go and enjoy it. (Hopefully it will have a theme song that's just as catchy.)
Deadline also notes that Allison Shearmur, who is currently working on the big live action "Cinderella" for Disney (with Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother), and that Fey is attached to star and produce. Apparently it has nothing to do with the 1993 witch comedy that starred Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, »
- Drew Taylor
The BBC One's series "Sherlock" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is set to return with a special airing late 2015 and three new, 90-minute episodes arriving in 2016. The special will begin shooting January 2015 with the fourth season shooting later that year. Tina Fey and her company Little Stranger will reportedly produce Hocus Pocus 2, a sequel to the 1993 supernatural comedy that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witch sisters resurrected on Halloween night, and two teenagers and an immortal cat seeking to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all. The Tracking Board Warner Bros. has hired Fedor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) to direct Odysseus based on Homer's "The Odyssey" and has been in development since 2009 when Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) was attached to direct. Deadline Olivia Munn (Deliver Us from Evil) is in talks to join the cast of »
- Brad Brevet
Following news that Disney is still trying to get a sequel to their 2007 fairytale comedy Enchanted off the ground, they studio is reaching back further into a past for another sequel that has been rumored to be in development for awhile. Hocus Pocus is a nostalgic, cult favorite among children of the 90s, so much that The Disney Channel plays it every year around Halloween. There have been vague rumors that a sequel to the film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches was in the works, but now it seems like it's a reality with Tracking Board reporting that Tina Fey is producing the film now. First of all, for those who may not remember, the original film followed the three Sanderson sisters, witches who are raised from the dead by an unwitting teenager, who head into a small town with a »
- Ethan Anderton
You never want to ruin a childhood classic, but when someone throws out the idea of more Hocus Pocus, all sequel/reboot/remake logic is lost to the thrill of possibly getting to spend more time with the Sanderson sisters. A rumor that a Hocus Pocus sequel was in the works first popped up just about two years ago, but there hasn’t been a single stitch of news about the film since – until now. Hit the jump to find out who’s rumored to have joined the project and what direction they plan to take with the story this time around. The 1993 Kenny Ortega-directed release stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the notorious Sanderson sisters, a group of witches who are killed by an angry mob back in 1693. However, just before they’re hung, Winifred Sanderson (Midler) casts a spell; “On All Hallows Eve when the moon is round, »
- Perri Nemiroff
[Update: Fey is working on a witch movie for Disney, but it's not Hocus Pocus 2.]
If it’s true that pop culture nostalgia runs in a 20-year cycle then the time is now ripe for a fresh celebration of Hocus Pocus, the 1993 supernatural comedy that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters – three witches who are raised from the dead by an unwitting teenager, and who then hatch a plan to drain the life force of Salem’s children in exchange for eternal youth.
Hocus Pocus was a fun movie that was memorable for a lot of different reasons: Midler’s rendition of “I Put a Spell on You,” the immortal talking black cat ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
The 30 Rock star's production company Little Stranger will take charge of the project, according to The Tracking Board.
The sequel is thought to pick up years after the original, focusing on a housewife related to the Sanderson sisters.
After a few resurrected witches cause havoc while her children are out trick-or-treating, the housewife teams up with a witch hunter in a bid to save them.
Rumours circulated two years ago about a sequel titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch, forcing Disney to issue a statement denying the production.
Allison Shearmur Productions and Disney execs Jessica Virtue and Tendo Nagenda are also reported to be involved.
Producers reportedly want actresses in the vein of Fey and »
Children of the 90s may want to brace themselves. Hocus Pocus is getting a sequel - and comedy Queen Tina Fey is going to help produce it. The original is now an undeniable kids classic, a live action Disney flick focusing around the resurrection of three evil witches (played, merilessly, magnificently and enjoyably camply by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) and the havoc they wreak one Halloween. Fey's production company, Little Stranger, is now on board with the sequel which will focus on a 'housewife who is related...
- Matt Risley
Update: Whilst Hocus Pocus 2 is still believed to be an active project, it's not the film that Tina Fey has joined. She's working on 'Untitled Witch Project' for Disney, which she will produce and star in. But it's not Hocus Pocus 2.
Fey's production company, Little Stranger, is getting behind the new film, and the mighty Fey herself will be one of the producers of Hocus Pocus 2. At this stage, it's unclear whether she plans to act in the film as well.
The sequel is set to pick things up many years after the original, which starred Bette Midler, »
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