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8 Old School Disney Channel Shows That Deserve a Reboot

Many of us grew up with TV shows on Disney Channel, planning our Friday nights around the premiere of every single new Disney Channel Original Movie. We laughed, we cried and we prayed that our secret twin sibling would show up out of nowhere, while simultaneously finding out that our mother was born a leprechaun.

The last few years have given all Disney Channel kids hope with the return of That’s So Raven and Boy Meets World via their respective spinoffs, Raven’s Home and Girl Meets World. (Adult Shawn Hunter, anyone?) If you love baby Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sanderson sisters as much as the rest of the world, you probably jumped for joy when a Hocus Pocus remake was announced. Oh, and who can forget the huge news that the Wildcats will return to East High in High School Musical 4?

Sure, all of these reboots are great, but so many more
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How Doug Jones Became Director Guillermo del Toro’s Go-To Master of Disguise (Exclusive)

How Doug Jones Became Director Guillermo del Toro’s Go-To Master of Disguise (Exclusive)
Doug Jones is a chameleon who quite literally disappears into his work.

With over 150 film credits in the last three decades, Jones has become a king of the screen, but you may never have seen his face. Essentially, he has the kind of anonymity many celebrities dream of.

“I get the best of both worlds, honestly,” Jones admitted to Et when we sat down to discuss his latest transformation in Guillermo del Toro’s monster romance The Shape of Water, which is now in theaters. “I get to be in major motion pictures for 30 years and I can go to Starbucks and no one knows who I am. That’s delightful. But also, when it’s announced that I am at Comic-Con or something like that and I’m being ‘Doug Jones’ that day and people know it, I get to play that card, too.”

The key to Jones’ facelessness lies in the fact that his face has
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The Man Behind Your Favorite Movie Monsters: Meet The Shape of Water's Doug Jones

The Man Behind Your Favorite Movie Monsters: Meet The Shape of Water's Doug Jones
From Hocus Pocus to Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, Doug Jones has had a prolific career in Hollywood, embodying many of the most memorable characters in film history. But despite his whopping 150 IMDb credits, it’s rare he’s ever recognized.

The reason? On screen, the actor, 57, is always disguised under layers of heavy makeup. Now starring in Guillermo del Toro’s acclaimed monster romance The Shape of Water as — you guessed it — a monster, the 6-foot-3, 140 pound actor says his body is what helps him land roles.

“The reputation I got was that I was tall and skinny and
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Bette Midler Wants Geraldo Rivera to Apologize After Groping Story Resurfaces

Bette Midler Wants Geraldo Rivera to Apologize After Groping Story Resurfaces
Bette Midler’s birthday is on December 1, and what she wants this year is an apology from Geraldo Rivera.

After Fox News contributor Rivera posted an apology for a series of tweets apologizing for seemingly supporting Matt Lauer, Midler took to Twitter on Thursday, writing , “Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this.”

Lauer was fired Wednesday from his anchor spot on “Today” over allegations of sexual harassment.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/TkcolFWfA2

Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 30, 2017

Midler’s post includes video footage of an interview with Barbara Walters in the 1991 where the actress
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‘The Shape of Water’ Star Doug Jones: Beneath Foam and Latex, a Best Actor Candidate Shines

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‘The Shape of Water’ Star Doug Jones: Beneath Foam and Latex, a Best Actor Candidate Shines
In his seven weeks of shooting “The Shape of Water,” the film’s male lead, Doug Jones, could not grasp a doorknob, send a text message, breathe through his mouth, or go to the bathroom while in costume. His call time to the Toronto set was a “mercifully short” three hours earlier than co-stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer.

Each morning, four people armed with K-y Jelly shoehorned him into a latex, foam, and rubber bodysuit, built from a cast of his six-foot-three, 140-pound frame. Then came webbed-fingered gloves (glued on), following by a neck and fiberglass helmet, which featured built-in buzzing, whirring mechanics to puppeteer his gills off camera. Once dressed, barely able to see or hear, Jones was required at various times to hang from a hip harness, stand on a smoke-bathed teeter-totter to simulate bobbing in water, and employ scuba diving techniques while acting in a flooded,
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Interview [Part 1]: Doug Jones on Playing His Mysterious, Post-Apocalyptic Character in We’Ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew

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Under amazing makeup effects, he stole our hearts as Billy the zombie in Hocus Pocus, warmed our souls as Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films, and sent chills down our spines as one of the Gentlemen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For his role in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew, actor Doug Jones is not accompanied by practical prosthetics, but he's just as mesmerizing as ever. With Thomas Woodrow's post-apocalyptic film hitting digital and VOD platforms beginning November 21st from The Orchard, I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Jones, and in part 1 of the interview, we dive deep into his new intriguing role that required him to portray an intense paralysis.

In part one of our interview, Jones discusses his intriguing character in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew: a paralyzed man discovered by a man and woman in an empty hotel pool in the post-apocalypse.
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How NCIS Star Sean Murray Celebrates His Dad, a Retired Navy Captain, on Veterans Day

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How NCIS Star Sean Murray Celebrates His Dad, a Retired Navy Captain, on Veterans Day
Sean Murray has played Senior Field Agent Timothy McGee on NCIS for 15 years, but his connection to the Navy runs even deeper than its involvement in his career. The actor’s dad Craig spent 30 years as a naval officer.

“I remember during the Gulf War, my father’s ship had just finished a deployment in in the Gulf and was on its way back when the war started in Kuwait,” Murray, 39, tells People. “They turned around and went back to the Gulf. I have this memory of being at home and watching Saddam Hussein on the television. He was saying
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Bette Midler isn’t a fan of the Hocus Pocus remake

Last month it was announced that Disney is remaking the cult classic Hocus Pocus as a TV movie for The Disney Channel.

The film’s original producer David Kirschner is on board, although the project – penned by Scarlett Lacey (The Royals) – will feature a new cast taking over from Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

While original director Kenny Ortega has previously given his blessing to the remake, the same can’t be said for Bette Midler, who categorically ruled out a cameo by stating “No, no, no!” during an interview with People.

“I know it’s cheap,” said Midler. “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.”

Are you interested in the new Hocus Pocus, or
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Bette Midler Doesn’t Support Upcoming TV Remake of Hocus Pocus

I don’t’ know about you guys, but I’m a big fan of the kid’s horror flick Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler. So much so that I was looking forward to the TV remake coming soon. Until today that is… today… Continue Reading →

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Bette Midler Slams Disney Channel's Hocus Pocus Remake: "It's Going to Be Cheap!"

Bette Midler thinks Disney Channel's remake of Hocus Pocus will be "cheap." Back in September, E! News learned that Disney Channel is working on a remake of the classic Halloween movie. A spokesperson for Disney Channel confirmed at the time that the project is in early development and producer David Kirschner, who worked on the original 1993 movie, is set to executive produce. One person not on board with the project? Midler, who played the iconic role of Winifred Sanderson in the film. While attending the New York Restoration Project's Hulaween event on Monday, the actress shared her thoughts on the remake and whether she would be involved during an...
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Bette Midler Has Some Savage Thoughts About the Hocus Pocus Remake: "It's Cheap!"

It's been a solid month since we learned Hocus Pocus is getting the reboot treatment, but we're still not sure if we'll ever get used to the idea. Judging from Bette Midler's recent quotes about the news, we're definitely not alone. While hosting the New York Restoration Project's Hulaween party over the weekend, Midler took a quick break to share her thoughts about how she sees the remake coming together with People. "I know it's cheap," she said. "It's going to be cheap!" Well, damn. We should've known Midler would be the last one to hold back her opinion about the beloved 1993 Halloween film, especially when it comes to her performance as iconic red-headed witch Winifred Sanderson. There are few people who could ever step into her pointy boots, and she knows it. "I'm not sure what they're going to do with my character," she added. "My character is very,
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Bette Midler Bashes Hocus Pocus TV Movie Remake

Bette Midler Bashes Hocus Pocus TV Movie Remake
Fans have waited patiently for Hocus Pocus 2, only to discover that Disney is giving them a TV reboot instead. The original cast, which includes Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were all excited to return. But we're getting a brand new cast instead. While Hocusheads were upset over this announcement, it perhaps riled no one up quite like it did Midler. She hates the idea of a TV remake, and thinks it's going to be 'cheap'.

At this rate, it's highly unlikely that Bette Midler will devote anytime to the project, and a cameo appearance sounds completely out of the cards, with the Hocus Pocus redo coming to the Disney Channel sometime next year, perhaps just in time for the fall Halloween season.

Bette Midler has serious doubts about this new iteration of her comedy cult classic. Speaking with People Magazine, she offered this thoughts on the poorly conceived remake.
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Bette Midler Is Not Happy About The Upcoming ‘Hocus Pocus’ TV Remake

Some fans may be excited about an upcoming “Hocus Pocus” remake, but Bette Midler is not one of them. The actress, who starred in the original 1993 film, raised some serious doubts about the remake, which is being made for TV. “I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” Midler told People. Related: Bette Midler Calls […]
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Watch Billy Eichner Quiz Colbert: 'Hocus Pocus' or Trump's White House

Watch Billy Eichner Quiz Colbert: 'Hocus Pocus' or Trump's White House
Billy Eichner celebrated Halloween on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Monday, appearing onstage dressed as a giant banana and roping Colbert into a Billy On the Street-style game, "Hocus Pocus or Trump's White House." The game (which begins at the 7:15 mark), found Eichner quizzing Colbert on facts that could refer to either the classic 1993 Halloween film, President Trump's current administration or both.

The comedian and American Horror Story star managed to find some hilarious similarities between Hocus Pocus and Trump's White House. Both made him howl at his TV,
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Bette Midler Slams Upcoming Hocus Pocus TV Remake: 'It's Going to Be Cheap!'

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Bette Midler Slams Upcoming Hocus Pocus TV Remake: 'It's Going to Be Cheap!'
Sorry Hocus Pocus fans, but don’t expect to see a Bette Midler cameo in the upcoming Disney Channel remake.

The actress expressed her doubts over the beloved Halloween family movie reboot, telling People she expects the TV movie to be “cheap.”

“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told People Monday at the New York Restoration Project’s Hulaween party, which Midler hosts.

And when it comes to Midler’s original character of lead witch Winifred Sanderson, the actress said it’ll be tough to recast the role.

“I’m not sure what they
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'Hocus Pocus' Stars: Where Are They Now?

'Hocus Pocus' Stars: Where Are They Now?
Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus actually hit theaters in the middle of the summer, on July 16, 1993.

And while the Kenny Ortega-directed film -- starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as three sister witches from the 17th century brought back to life -- wasn't critically acclaimed or a box-office blockbuster, annual Halloween airings on cable TV have made the movie beloved by young viewers.

The film begins with the Sanderson sisters being hung by the townspeople of Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. But Winifred's (Midler) spell book casts a curse that will resurrect the sisters on the condition that...
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24 Top Celebrity Halloween Costumes: From Colton Haynes to Heidi Klum (Photos)

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24 Top Celebrity Halloween Costumes: From Colton Haynes to Heidi Klum (Photos)
See what costumes made TheWrap’s list of best celebrity Halloween costumes. Adele as The Mask in 2016 Iggy Azalea as Cruella de Vil in 2013 Dwayne Johnson as The Hulk in 2012 Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson from “Hocus Pocus” in 2016 Katy Perry as a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in 2014 Colton Haynes as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” in 2015 Tyra Banks as Richard Branson in 2015 Kim Kardashian as Poison Ivy in 2012 Heidi Klum as Jessica Rabbit in 2015 Beyonce and Jay Z as Barbie and Ken in 2016, with a special appearance by Blue Ivy Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera from her “Dirrty” music video in.
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Halloween 2017: Siblings & Scares Double Feature – Mom’S Got A Date With A Vampire and Hocus Pocus

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[To get you into the spooky spirit, the Daily Dead team is spotlighting double features that we think would be fun to watch this Halloween season. Check here for more double feature recommendations and other Halloween 2017 coverage.]

There’s nothing quite like an outside threat to bring a family together, especially when that threat is of the undead variety. Siblings may not always get along, but when your sister’s soul is sought by a coven of witches, or when your mom is eyed as an eternal bride by a coffin-dwelling creep, it’s time to take those Sister Sledge lyrics to heart and become a family that can overcome anything—including wicked spells and sharp fangs. Set on respective fateful nights where the future of a homestead hangs in the balance and its up to siblings to save it, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire and Hocus Pocus are family-friendly films that make for a great double feature during the Halloween season.

Perhaps the less-known of the two films, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire will likely ring a nostalgic bell for
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Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down ‘Hocus Pocus’ Role But His Audition ‘Awakened’ The Director

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Turns out, Leonardo DiCaprio offered some inspiration to the beloved 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. The film’s director, Kenny Ortega, reveals that the Oscar winner auditioned for the part of Max, but was too busy at the time to join the cast. Needless to say, DiCaprio left a lasting impression on Ortega. “The [casting] ladies called […]
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Leonardo DiCaprio Was Almost in Hocus Pocus and Our Childhoods Are a Lie

Hocus Pocus will always be a Halloween classic, but there is one thing that could have changed it completely: Leonardo DiCaprio. The film's director, Kenny Ortega, explained to Entertainment Weekly that the Oscar-winning actor, who was 19 at the time, was actually one of the first people to audition for the lead role of Max, aka the virgin who lights the black candle and wakes up the Sanderson sisters. "The [casting] ladies called me up and they said, 'We're sending you an actor today but he's not available but you're going to fall in love with him but you can't have him.' I'm like, 'Why are you teasing me?'" Ortega recalled. "They were like, 'You need to see this guy because he'll inspire you and if nothing else, he'll help you find the right guy to play Max.' And they send me in a young Leonardo DiCaprio, who I
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