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The Divine Miss M celebrates her 67th birthday today -- and while she's been nominated for Oscars, won three Grammys and four Golden Globes in her career, our favorite role of hers will always be Winifred Sanderson in "Hocus Pocus."Hard to believe it's been almost 20 years since Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy played the Sanderson Sisters in the Disney flick.And 19 years later, they've still got us under their spell!The movie has become a staple of Halloween and all three witches have been busy ever since.But what about the rest of the cast? Check out the gallery above to see what they all look like today! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
It takes a strong woman -- and actress -- to stand up to Michael Chiklis' mobster character on "Vegas."
Vinessa Shaw has become the woman for the job. After much big-screen work in movies ranging from Disney's "Hocus Pocus" to Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut," she now has her first continuing series role on CBS' Tuesday series as Laura Savino, wife of a would-be kingpin (Chiklis) of Sin City during its earliest period as a gambling mecca.
"Laura is no small fry, either," Shaw maintains of working against the ferociousness that "The Shield" Emmy winner Chiklis brings to Vincent Savino. "A lot of things are boiling under the surface with her. She is a woman of decorum; however, she's very smart and comes from a political background and knows the lifestyle she's getting into by marrying someone like Vincent.
"She's written with complexity," Shaw tells Zap2it, "and »
Child’s Play franchise creator Don Mancini talks about the past movies and the upcoming Curse of Chucky in a new video interview. The latest installment of Child’s Play recently wrapped up filming and will be released next year. Here are some details on the new movie and we’ve included the video below:
Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood,” “Deadwood”), A Martinez (“Longmire,” “General Hospital”), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, ”CSI: Miami”) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings,Dune) once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who returns to settle some unfinished business.
- Jonathan James
Sunday, Oct. 28
The Walking Dead, AMC, 9 p.m.
David Morrissey’s The Governor makes his first appearance on the show, when Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) encounter his settlement, the seemingly idyllic — at least in a zombie-infested world — Woodbury.
Monday, Oct. 29
Hocus Pocus, Disney, 8:30 p.m.
- Denise Warner
With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun facts about our favorite fright (or holiday-themed) flicks.Today's featured film is "Hocus Pocus" (1993).1. Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Sarah, is actually singing “Come Little Children” in the movie!2. The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but was given to Omri Katz when DiCaprio turned it down to appear in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."3. This is the only feature film Kenny Ortega has directed without also providing the choreography. His other works include "Dirty Dancing," the "High School Musical" movies and "This Is It."4. Sarah Jessica Parker researched her family history and was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother, Esther Elwell, was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing "sundry acts of witchcraft" to choke a neighbor to death. Esther's case never went to court as the warrant »
- tooFab Staff
About to be seen as Michael Chiklis' mob wife on the CBS drama "Vegas" starting Tuesday, Oct. 30, the actress had one of her first big roles in the 1993 Disney comedy-fantasy about several youths trying to prevent a new reign of terror by three sibling witches. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play the Salem sorceresses in the movie, which ABC Family shows Tuesday (Oct. 23).
"I grew up watching Disney films," Shaw tells Zap2it. "I watched Hayley Mills movies, Julie Andrews in 'Mary Poppins' ... so being able at 16 years old to be in a Disney movie, it was incredible, and it is incredible that it still has 'legs' to this day. So many people come up to me and say, 'That's one of my favorite movies,' and it makes me smile. »
By the time 1993 rolled around, Tim Burton already had projects like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands under his belt, and had firmly established himself as an auteur director of quirky, weird films. It was probably that year’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – a movie that Burton produced and didn’t even direct – that firmly established him as being a filmmaker with a cult of personality following, and has become his most enduring work, however. A stop-motion animated feature directed by Henry Selick (with strong creative input from Burton) and produced by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, The Nightmare Before Christmas mixed up Halloween and Christmas imagery in iconic ways (Mickey Mouse has his fingers in all the holiday pies), it captured the imaginations of an entire generation, and it can still be seen advertised all over the backpacks and binders of eyeliner wearing teenagers to this day. That same year another Halloween-themed family film came »
- Nathan Adams
ABC Family is bringing back the scares for the 14th year in a row with their 13 Nights of Halloween. This has become a staple of my October screening, and there are a lot of great inclusions this year. It may seem a bit repetitive, and you may feel like Tim Burton has taken over, but you don’t want to miss out on some of these offerings – especially Coraline – and it’s a fun mix.
Check out the full line-up below, and mark your calendars.
ABC Family scares up 13 Nights Of Halloween for the 14th consecutive spine tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” featuring special guest “glampire” Adam Lambert, and the season finale of “Switched at Birth.” The stunt will also »
- Marc Eastman
Last night at a charity event for God’s Love We Deliver, honoree Ryan Murphy took a few minutes on stage to ask party attendee Bette Midler if she would appear on Glee. Luckily, Murphy and Midler live blogged the negotiations via their respective Twitter accounts:
Midler: “And from the stage, @ryanmurphy invited me to guest on @Glee! I should get out more!!”
Murphy: “Bette said yes! Amazing. I am plotting…who should she play?”
Midler: “Ok, @rpmurphy, I »
- Tim Stack
Halloween is near and that basically means that Hocus Pocus is the only thing you should be paying attention to right now. The always favorite film featuring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mary Sanderson introduced how creepy it is to sing for kids and the cat Max. But more importantly, it also included basically every girl's first crush--Max Dennison, played by Omri Katz. Yes, Thora Birch and the actress Vinessa Shaw (who totally didn't use that salt sparingly) starred too.
Check out 30 of the best Gifs of the movie below!
That kid Thackery Binx was pretty hot.
She sort of looked exactly the same beforehand.
Just thinking of herself.
You see Dani, this is what happens when you try to be cool. Witches will sing for you.
Have you watched Hocus Pocus yet? Comment below!
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- Stephanie Webber
A mere two minutes in to the third episode of Glee's fourth season, "Makeover," our hearts exploded with, well, glee and our pupils became heart-shaped. Why, you ask? Because Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Freakin' Bradshaw aka the hot witch from Hocus Pocus aka Janey from Girls Just Want to Have Fun, made her highly anticipated debut as Kurt's (Chris Colfer) new Vogue editor-mentor Isabelle Kempt. She was, in a word, flawless. Obviously. Of course, other stuff happened, too, so let's get to it... Pusher of Dreams: Kurt lands an internship with "Vogue's rogue" Isabelle thanks to his gallery of creative personal outfits...and his hippo brooch. (Isabelle is as »
If you're like us, you're just counting down the days until October hits, so you can go crazy with thirty-one days of Halloween. But with that many days to fill on the calendar, you'll need plenty of spooky movies to tide you over -- like the '90s fan favorites "Arachnophobia" and "Hocus Pocus," which have just arrived on Blu-ray. "Arachnophobia" is a seriously unnerving thriller about deadly exotic spiders that infest a small farm town and start picking off the neighbors, one by one. "Hocus Pocus," thankfully, is a little less gruesome and tells the story of a coven of witchy sisters (Bette Middler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) who are resurrected on Halloween night to wreak some magical havoc. If you're itching to start your spooky screening series, Moviefone is here to help. We're offering three lucky contestants the chance to win "Arachnophobia" and "Hocus Pocus" on Blu-ray -- for Free! »
- Eric Larnick
I'm clinging to my tanktop as we speak, but even I can admit that summer is over. I'm not thrilled about it, but I have a sensible solution to anyone who's afraid of jumping headlong into autumn right away: Find these nine movies that define the fall season, arrange them in front of you like dominos, and view them one at a time. I'm rewatching #1 as we speak, and I can already feel the barbecues and Spf 50 of summer slipping into the past. And I dig it.
If fall is about sinister scares and dark humor, then Scream is the perfect autumnal thriller. Honestly, I consider it one of the most terrifying moviegoing experiences of my life. If Drew Barrymore's opening scene (where she is quite opened) doesn't horrify you for centuries, surely you'll be freaked out by Neve Campbell's constant panic, Rose McGowan's garage work, »
Earlier this month, production began on a brand new Child’S Play sequel titled Curse Of Chucky. While the basic synopsis (listed below as part of the full press release) gives the impression that this new entry will have little to do with the previous films in the franchise, Don Mancini is writing and directing the latest Chucky movie hence giving it the same creative flavor of Part’s 2-5. And now, the following image below has surfaced on-line. Could this be the slightly new & improved design for Chucky as he’ll appear in Curse Of Chucky?
We currently don’t have any confirmation, just this one still circulating on various Child’S Play fansites and message boards. Since cameras started rolling on September 5th, it wouldn’t be surprising if this is the real deal. (And hell, he looks pretty cool the the scarring around the eye.) For now »
- Rob Galluzzo
We know a lot of readers are the parents of budding young horror fans, and to help you plan a frighteningly fun Halloween season for your little rugrats (and yourselves, too), we have the full lineup of ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween, which runs October 19-31.
From the Press Release:
ABC Family scares up 13 Nights Of Halloween for the 14th consecutive spine-tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you count down to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of "Pretty Little Liars" featuring special guest "glampire" Adam Lambert and the season finale of "Switched at Birth." The stunt will also include the basic cable premiere of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the ABC Family feature film premiere of Monster House and Poltergeist III and a massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween. »
- The Woman In Black
While movies centered on some holidays are a dime a dozen, finding classics related to Halloween can prove challenging. Unless you subscribe to the idea that all scary movies, creature features, or slasher flicks are inherently of the Halloween spirit, the ugly truth is that this particular holiday has been neglected in cinematic representation. Of the few that exist, the silly but harmless 90s movie Hocus Pocus, helmed by Kenny Ortega (the man who would later direct Disney’s uber-hit High School Musical series) and starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, remains a flawed but beloved classic for those who grew up with it. Objectively it’s nothing special, but if viewed through the rosy glasses of nostalgia, it has just enough tepid fish-out-of-water jokes to make it bearable.
- Lex Walker
Looks like we’ll be getting another movie with the awesome character, Charles “Chucky” Lee Ray, along with the character’s original creator (Don Mancini) set to write/produce/direct, and Brad Dourif (Chucky’s original voice).
The film is in production as we speak in Winnipeg, Canada, and will be released straight-to-home video.
“Since his introduction to audiences in ‘Child’s Play’ almost a quarter-century ago, Chucky has haunted the nightmares of a generation of moviegoers,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “Returning to his roots in one of the most provocative horror franchises, this new sequel will shock longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike.”
The Child's Play horror franchise is getting a sixth installment. It's been announced that the Curse of Chucky has officially started shooting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I've never been the biggest fan of Chucky, they haven't made for the best horror films, and I doubt I'll end up watching this one. For those of you who do like the franchise here's the synopsis:
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother's affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica's plans for the future, Barb's young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. »
- Joey Paur
The sixth installment of the frightening Child's Play thriller franchise, Curse of Chucky, begins principal photography in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on September 5, 2012. The franchise comes full circle as Toyland's most gruesome serial killer returns in a horrifying all-new movie from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
"Since his introduction to audiences in Child's Play almost a quarter-century ago, Chucky has haunted the nightmares of a generation of moviegoers," said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. "Returning to his roots in one of the most provocative horror franchises, this new sequel will shock longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike."
Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, True Blood, Deadwood), A Martinez (Longmire, General Hospital), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, CSI: Miami) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings, Dune) once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, »
The sixth installment of the frightening Child.s Play thriller franchise, Curse Of Chucky, begins principal photography in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on September 5, 2012. The franchise comes full circle as Toyland.s most gruesome serial killer returns in a horrifying all-new movie from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
.Since his introduction to audiences in Child.s Play almost a quarter-century ago, Chucky has haunted the nightmares of a generation of moviegoers,. said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. .Returning to his roots in one of the most provocative horror franchises, this new sequel will shock longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike..
Curse Of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, .True Blood,. .Deadwood.), A Martinez (.Longmire,. .General Hospital.), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, .CSI: Miami.) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings, Dune) once again »
- Michelle McCue
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