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Bette Midler Reprises Hocus Pocus Character for Halloween

29 October 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For years now, Disney has taunted us with Hocus Pocus 2, a sequel to the 1993 comedy about three Bff witches. While the sequel hasn't been officially announced, it appears Bette Midler isn't ready to relinquish her broom just yet. The pop icon reprised her role from the first movie just for Halloween.

Bette Midler starred as Winifred Sanderson in the classic Disney family film. In the comedy, after moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Bette Midler turned up »

- MovieWeb

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What Is the Cast of Hocus Pocus Up to Now?

24 October 2016 4:25 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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! Related:26 Times You Quoted Hocus Pocus Without Even Knowing It11 Things You Didn't Know About Hocus Pocus »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Blu-ray Review – Matinee (1993)

12 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Matinee, 1993.

Directed by Joe Dante.

Starring John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub and John Sayles.

Synopsis:

An enterprising film promoter capitalises on the hysteria during the Cuban missile crisis and introduces the idea of live props and special effects to a Florida town during a horror movie showing.

There is a theory that horror movies tend to thrive and become popular with mainstream audiences during times of social upheaval. Joe Dante’s Matinee is a comedy that has this idea at its core and, amongst other things, plays with the notions of horror movie making in a love letter to 1950s/1960s creature features and growing up during a time when everything seemed so much more innocent.

Set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, Matinee stars John Goodman (Arachnophobia/10 Cloverfield Lane) as Lawrence Woolsey, a movie producer/promoter who »

- Amie Cranswick

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