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‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Being Developed For Disney+
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Hocus Pocus Witches

Not too long ago, it was reported that Disney was interested in rebooting their witchy cult classic Hocus Pocus without the original cast. While the news that the film would be coming back was great for fans, it was upsetting to know that the original cast would not be back. However, that has now been dispelled. At least somewhat.

There are new reports that say Disney is developing Hocus Pocus 2 for Disney+, their exclusively streaming service. Additionally, they are trying to bring back the original witch trio played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. More on the report below.

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Blu-ray Review: Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Edition
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Hocus Pocus Blu-ray review

Hocus Pocus
25th Anniversary Edition
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Starring Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephanie Faracy
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rated PG
Release Date: September 4, 2018

It is the 25th anniversary of this cult favorite and to celebrate, there is a spanking brand new Blu-ray for sale everywhere. Just for fans, you can watch the We Love Hocus Pocus Trivia and Treats Edition of Hocus Pocus, which plays the movie “with fun facts, trivia, concept art, storyboards, behind-the-scenes magic, and more!”

In 1993, Hocus Pocus was written off by critics as a silly Halloween-themed kids movie. While it grossed $39.5 million, it barely cracked the top 40 box office for the year, under such “classics” as The Beverly Hillbillies and Dennis the Menace. However, as often is the case with movies aimed at children, the kids grow up and with them come large pairs of nostalgia goggles that, in this case, have turned Disney’s witch comedy into a cult classic, especially for those now in their mid-30s. Capitalizing on this nostalgia and the fact that most of these 30-somethings have children of their own now, Disney released a new Anniversary Edition of the film on Blu-ray and digital right in time for its 25th birthday and Halloween season.

More below on Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Edition.

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NY WinterCon 2017 SciFi & Comic Expo Begins This Weekend!
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NY WinterCon

It’s been two months since New York Comic-Con… are you feeling the itch? Was NYCC too overwhelming? If so, then New York WinterCon may be more your speed. For the second straight year, NY WinterCon rolls into Resorts World Casino NYC this coming weekend bringing with it the very best for sci-fi and genre fans. The convention will feature celebrity guests, epic movie reunions, cosplay contests, artist alley, panel discussions and Q&As, and vendors galore. Everything starts this Friday night, December 1st, in Queens, New York.

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Getting That Remake Without The Original Cast
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Hocus Pocus

It may not look like it at first but Hocus Pocus is part of the Halloween cult classics. Though it may not necessarily be frightful or scary, its quirks and charms and family friendly scares make it an instant favorite. With such a following, one has to wonder why Disney has never bothered following it up with a sequel, especially now that sequels are huge. Well, Disney will be giving fans a brand new Hocus Pocus, just not the ones they are asking for.

Reports confirm that there will be a Hocus Pocus remake, however, it will be a TV movie and without the original cast. So how does a film without those ghoulish witches work? Well apparently, The Disney Channel has that figured out, and they’ve hired The Royals’ Scarlett Lacey to pen the new screenplay with the film’s original movie producer David Kirschner being brought in to executive produce. More on the story below.

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Disney ‘Descendants’ Golden! Plus Animated Series This Fall!
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Disney Descendants Ben Mal

The new Disney Channel phenomenon, Descendants, aired Friday night to become the #1 cable movie of 2015. In fact, preliminary viewer tallies put it at 6.6 million viewers that night alone.

On the heels of this, Disney has released a teaser of a new Descendants animated short series, debuting this September, with… you guessed it… the 4 evil children as the stars. It’s called Descendants: Wicked World. Come on. It’s Disney. They are very good at capitalizing on success.

Check out the success tweet and watch the animated short teaser below.

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TV Review: ‘Descendants’ | Disney Channel
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Disney Descendants TV Movie

Descendants
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Written by Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott
Starring Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson, Mitchell Hope, Keegan Connor Tracy, Dan Payne, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy, Kristin Chenoweth
Disney Channel
Air Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015, 8:00pm

Disney Channel movies, no matter if they are good or bad, tend to be very popular and overwatched, for a few reasons:

1) They star established Disney Channel TV Stars.
2) They have catchy pop tunes, sung by Disney Channel TV Stars.
3) They are re-aired twice a day, every day, for 6 months to a year (or until the sequel and/or next Disney Channel movie).

There is sometimes a 4th and 5th reason. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you have to just be happy that it did – the movie has a good premise and some good acting (a few famous adult actors don’t hurt either).

Such is the case of Disney’s Descendants.

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Watch The First 6 minutes of Disney’s ‘Descendants’
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Disney Descendants

The Disney Channel and Kenny Ortega are back together for a new musical TV movie this Friday, July 31st, at 8pm ET. Descendants has quite an original premise. Belle (Keegan Connor TracyOnce Upon A Time) and The Beast (Dan PayneThe Cabin In The Woods), have unified the kingdoms, and “got himself elected as king of The United States of Auradon.” He banished all the evil people to the Isle of the Lost.

Watch the first 6 minutes below.

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Disney In Depth: 13 ‘Hocus Pocus’ Fun Facts and Finds
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October means Halloween, and Halloween equates to shameless viewings of our favorite haunted fun films. One spooky sensation always tops my must-watch list. Hocus Pocus, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, stands out as one of the funniest and most quotable movies of the holiday season.

It only seems appropriate to revisit the film by noting 13 facts and finds, thanks to IMDB and my strange knowledge of these fine details.

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