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It is as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, trick or treating and stuffing your face with candy. Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without an annual viewing of the Disney spook-fest that is Hocus Pocus.
Firmly established as a cult classic, the 1993 movie was a surprise hit, taking 8 years to get made and originally being planned as a straight-to-tv project titled Disney's Haunted House.
21 years on from its release, we look back at the film's stars and find out where they are now.
1. Bette Midler as Winnie
What did Better Midler do after Hocus Pocus? She spent the next 21 years being Bette bloody Midler, isn't that enough for you? If you want more specifics, she's been nominated for three Grammys, produced a stage show, starred in her own self-titled sitcom, been on 7 tours, released 7 albums and starred in movies such as Parental Guidance, The Women and The Stepford Wives. »
It’s been some time since Meg Ryan has lit up the big screen in a comedy. After abandoning her 80s persona initiated by her now-synonymous role in When Harry Met Sally, the actress dove into darker projects around the early 2000s. To be honest, who wouldn’t want to star in a gritty Jane Campion drama in just your birthday suit? Still, that was some ten years back, and following a dabble in forgettable fare such as The Women and Serious Moonlight, Ryan could be in line to rekindle her cinematic career with Fan Girl.
Under the direction of Paul Jarrett, the film will apparently follow a by-the-numbers teen movie formula. The story is “about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together. »
- Gem Seddon
Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.
Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers. »
- Jen Yamato
Anne Marie here to celebrate a personal favorite. There are two ways to enjoy George Cukor’s sparkling comedy, The Women. The most obvious is to thrill in the delights of the best that a 1930s MGM comedy had to offer: an A-List, all-lady cast including Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Paulette Goddard and Joan Crawford; costumes designed by Adrian (with a Technicolor fashion show bonus), and lavish sets, from department stores to nightclubs to Reno, including a bizarrely beautiful bathtub courtesy of Cedric Gibbons. But strip the elegant frivolity away, and you see the true nature The Women: A claws out, teeth bared, no-holds-barred bitchfest.
The Women is social satire aimed squarely at the myth of love in marriage. Neither Clare Boothe Luce (original playwright) nor Anita Loos (who adapted the screenplay) was shy about uncovering the backbiting of upper class socialites. The fights get more vicious »
- Anne Marie
Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam are producing. The executive producer roster includes Joey Tufaro and Colin Bates, Lotus’ Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, DJ Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian and Berry and her 606 Films producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
CAA packaged the project and represented Us rights. Lotus handles international sales.
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Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
The Women was released 75 years ago, and yet what made it singular at the time--its all-female cast--could still be considered revolutionary today. Adapted from the hit stage play by Clare Boothe and directed by the legendary George Cukor, this 1939 comedy-drama claims to reveal what women talk about when men are not around. Unfortunately, this glimpse behind the frothy dressing-room curtain is best summarized by the film’s original, cringeworthy tagline: “It’s all about men!” Ugh. Yet despite its regrettable subject matter, The Women deserves plaudits for giving its titular, talented ensemble an opportunity to shine that, sadly, many women in Hollywood still find hard to come by today.
- Lee Jutton
Meg Ryan is getting back into acting, but as befits her more private life these days, it's an off-camera role. Ryan, 52, has signed up to be the narrator of How I Met Your Dad, the upcoming spin-off of CBS's just-concluded How I Met Your Mother, according to Entertainment Weekly. Much as Bob Saget provided the voice of future Ted in the original series, Ryan will be unseen as the voice of future Sally, whose present, on-camera self will be portrayed by Greta Gerwig. The new show's structure will be similar to Himym, but the story lines reportedly will not intersect. »
- Tim Nudd
The Rolling Stones singer says he is is too busy producing movies, including biopics of James Brown and Elvis, to write his own autobiography
Mick Jagger remains completely uninterested in writing his memoirs, explaining: "If someone wants to know what I did in 1965, they can look it up on Wikipedia without even spending any money." Despite the success of Keith Richards' Life and Morrissey's Autobiography, the 70-year-old Rolling Stone said he would "rather be doing something new" than revisiting his diaries from decades past.
"I think the rock'n'roll memoir is a glutted market," Jagger recently told the Hollywood Reporter. "I'd rather be making new films, making new music, be touring." Jagger is making good on his intentions: he has a crowded plate, both with the Stones' upcoming world tour and a full slate of film and TV projects.
Among Jagger's screen plans, according to the Hollywood Reporter, are:
• Producing Get on Up, »
- Sean Michaels
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