Watch The First Official Trailer For ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

The witches are back! The troublesome trio of Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy have returned for the upcoming sequel, Hocus Pocus 2.

Disney is bringing back the beloved Sanderson sisters one more time.

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.

The movie will debut on Disney+ on September 30, just in time to get you ready for the Halloween season.

This sequel will co-star Sam Richardson, Doug Jones, Tony Hale and Hannah Waddingham. Hale apparently plays two characters in the movie.

And recently, he talked about how fun filming was:

Another surreal experience. That movie is a Halloween classic, and meeting Bette, and Sarah Jessica and Kathy Najimy, who was on ‘Veep’ with me… it was really fun.

Check out the trailer below…

A Sequel To ‘A Simple Favor’ Is Happening, With Blake Lively And Anna Kendrick Returning

Back in September of 2018, filmmaker Paul Feig released the super cool comedy thriller, A Simple Favor, starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

The movie was released by Lionsgate and was praised by critics and the general audience, bringing in a worldwide total close to $100 million against a $20 million budget. It also found a lot of love after releasing inside theaters via streaming platforms.

And now, because of the success, the studio is ready for a sequel. Lionsgate and Amazon Studios are teaming up for the sequel, with both Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively returning. Feig will also return to direct, so the band is officially getting back together.

The first film followed a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

It was a clever film in the sense that it played into the “at home detective” trend. People love to investigate disappearances and murders. True crime is super hot right now, which is a weird thing to say.

It’s not exactly clear what the sequel will focus on, but you can bet there will be lots of twists and turns once again.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel Is Happening, Studio Has Locked In On A Director

We all are gonna be dirty dancing again. It’s looking like this much talked about ‘Dirty Dancing‘ sequel is actually going to happen.

It’s being reported this week that Lionsgate has hired Jonathan Levine to direct the project. He’s the filmmaker behind ‘Long Shot‘ and the Seth Rogen dramedy, 50/50.

The studio has locked him in to direct a sequel to the 1987 hit film. According to the reports, Jennifer Grey has already signed a deal to reprise her classic role as Frances “Baby” Houseman.

Levine was already scheduled to be a producer on this film, and he co-wrote the screenplay with Elizabeth Chomko, so it sorta makes sense for him to also be the director. This sequel flick, which will also be titled Dirty Dancing, is set to hit theaters in 2024.

International sales will be launching later this month in Cannes, and you can bet this will be a hot project.

Little is known about the next chapter, but Levine has hinted the sequel will include music from the original movie, as well as ’90s hip-hop. Patrick Swayze, who co-starred in the original as Grey’s love interest, died in 2009. However, the filmmakers are in conversations with Swayze’s estate to incorporate the actor’s presence in some way. Additional cast members have yet to be announced.

We’ll keep you posted.

Judd Apatow Says He’s Hard At Work Developing ‘This Is 40’ Sequel ‘This Is 50’

Back in 2012, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann starred in the comedy film ‘This Is 40‘ and it was a pretty big success. Critics were mixed on it, but the general audience loved it, most likely because they could easily relate.

Now 10 years later, writer-director Judd Apatow wants to make a sequel titled This Is 50.

He talked to The Wrap recently, to promote his upcoming film The Bubble, and revealed he’s been working on an outline for the potential sequel. He apparently has an idea he really likes, so he’s been exploring it.

I’ve always wanted to make ‘This Is 50’ and it is time. I couldn’t have done it five years ago and I can’t do it five years from now, so I’ve been outlining that and hope it’s something that we get to do. I feel like [‘This Is 40’] has really aged well, and it always feels like everyone watches it when they turn 40 and they go, ‘Oh, I understand it all now’ [laughs]. So I’m enthusiastic about putting that together.

Obviously the idea would be to bring back Rudd and Mann. He shouldn’t have a difficult time convincing Mann, considering she’s his wife. They have been married since 1997, which is SUPER LONG in Hollywood years.

The Wrap asked him if This Is 50 would be his next project, and Apatow said it’s between that and another idea he’s working on.

So we’ll just have to wait and see if everything comes together.

Daniel Radcliffe Not Interested In Returning To Hogwarts For Potential ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Movie

Director Chris Columbus, who filmed the first two Harry Potter movies, got everyone excited recently when he told Variety that he was interested in bringing Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint back to Hogwarts for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The Cursed Child is a British two-part play written by Jack Thorne from a story he co-created with J.K. Rowling.

It’s set 19 years after the final ‘Harry Potter’ book and focuses on an adult Harry, who now works at the Ministry of Magic, and his son, Albus Severus Potter, who is attending Hogwarts for the first time.

Columbus was impressed with the play and has hopes of turning it into a movie, “It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play those roles. It’s a small fantasy of mine,” he admitted to Variety.

This got a lot of Harry Potter fans really excited (including me!) but it looks like Daniel Radcliffe is not interested in returning to the franchise, at least not yet.

He told the New York Times recently that he has no plans to star in a potential ‘Harry Potter’ sequel anytime soon…

This isn’t the answer that anybody’s going to want, but I think I was so able to go back and enjoy the reunion because it’s not a part of my day-to-day life anymore. I’m getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of ‘Potter’ okay and I’m really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life.

I’m never going to say never, but the ‘Star Wars’ guys had like 30, 40 years before they went back. For me, it’s only been 10.

So you know, it could be worse. He could have said never. Sounds like he just needs another 10 years or so. Ask him again in 2030!

Mark Wahlberg Tried (And Failed) To Pitch ‘The Departed’ Sequel

Mark Wahlberg has a special place in his heart for ‘The Departed’ considering he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards for his performance in the film. It was his first ever Oscar nom.

And during a recent interview on KFC Radio, the actor revealed he had plans to make a sequel, co-starring Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro.

He got as far as a pitch meeting, but it didn’t go over well:

I went into a meeting with [screenwriter] Bill Monahan at Warner Bros. to pitch the sequel to ‘The Departed,’ And let’s just say the pitch didn’t go very well. He really didn’t have anything fleshed out, but he’s the kind of guy you just trust to go and write something. And so when we were working on the script for ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ and ‘American Desperado’ [I] said, ‘Bill, just go write. They like to have things well thought out and planned.’ It’d be a pretty good one.’

So it kinda sounds like they went into the pitch meeting without a solid idea. It was more like, “Hey, The Departed was cool…how about another one?”

Wahlberg didn’t go into any details, but he did say that Monahan was interested in bringing Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro to the table.

According to Monahan himself, he believes the studio passed only because he didn’t have a synopsis…

I don’t do synopses and I don’t pitch. Personally, I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen.

Hey, stick to your guns. It’s obviously worked out well enough.

Yes, They’re Making Another ‘Scream’ Movie… ARE YOU SURPRISED?

The most recent ‘Scream‘ flick was a surprise hit with both critics and the general audience. It has made over $100 million at the box office, and it was reportedly made on a budget just under $25 million.

So we all know what that means… A SEQUEL!

And the studio is moving quickly. According to the reports, Paramount Pictures is set to begin principal photography on the sequel this summer, which means it’ll probably be released sometime in 2023.

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are returning to co-direct and James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick will write the screenplay. They wrote the script for the most recent ‘Scream’ film, along with hit movies like Ready or Not and Murder Mystery.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but all the ‘Scream’ films have the same premise: A killer(s) wearing a Ghostface mask terrorizing the poor people of Woodsboro.

We don’t know if any of the original cast members will return, but we’re sure more details will be released once they get closer to filming in the summer.

Paramount Pictures released the following statement:

We are tremendously grateful to the fans around the world who enthusiastically received our film. We can’t wait for audiences to see what Radio Silence, writers Jamie & Guy and Project X have in store for our Woodsboro family.

Hollywood Is Trying To Make A Sequel To ‘A Christmas Story’

‘A Christmas Story’ has been a Christmas classic for decades now. It’s up there with Home Alone, The Santa Clause, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, and many more. Typically, you don’t mess with a classic, but Hollywood just can’t help themselves.

It’s being reported that Legendary and Warner Bros. have closed a deal with Peter Billingsley to star in a film titled A Christmas Story Christmas, which is being described as a sequel to the original film.

Billingsley played Ralphie in the 1983 film, so the fact that he has agreed to return is huge for the studio. This sequel will reportedly premiere on HBO Max. Sources claim Julie Hagerty will play Billingsley’s mother.

The script was written by Nick Schenk, who will also executive produce, and Clay Kaytis will direct. Billingsley will also produce along with his partner Vince Vaughn through their Wild West Picture Show banner. 

And if you think, “Okay, but this probably won’t actually happen” think again, cause insiders say production is set to begin next month in Bulgaria.

The film follows an adult Ralphie (Billingsley) in the 1970s, who returns to the house on Cleveland Street to deliver his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had growing up. With the same attention to real-life tone of the first, Ralphie reconnects with childhood friends, reconciles the passing of his Old Man and sews the seeds for the origins of the beloved holiday classic.

Okiedokie then. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the original film, so I doubt I’ll like the sequel much, but who knows, maybe it’ll somehow become another classic, although, we highly doubt it.

Jonah Hill Says He’ll Make ‘Superbad 2’ But Only If This One Requirement Is Met

‘Superbad’ is one of the most beloved comedies in film history. Yeah, we’re not just saying the 2000s. I think it’s earned a “classic” badge now. The amount of laughter heard inside a packed theater when that film was released? Nothing like it.

Because of its success, people have been asking for a sequel for years, but the cast & crew have shown little interest in that idea. After all, there’s no way it could be as original and funny as the first film.

But during a recent interview with W Magazine, Jonah Hill says he’d be open to a sequel, but only if they do it when they’re super old.

I haven’t pitched this to anybody. What I want to do is when we’re like 80, do a ‘Superbad 2.’ Like, ‘old-folks-home Superbad.’ Our spouses die, and we’re single again. That’s what I want ‘Superbad 2’ to be, and that’s the only way I would ever make it.

Honestly, that’s the only way I see a sequel making sense. At least by then it would seem fresh and equally as outrageous as the original. I mean, obviously Hill is mostly kidding, but at the same time, that idea could work.

Seth Rogen said back in 2020 that Superbad is the film he would never touch.

Honestly, I don’t think it requires improvement or anything to be built upon it. I’m unbelievably proud of it. It really holds up — people still watch it, high school kids come up to me telling me that they watched it for the first time and how they loved it. It’s worked its way into being viewed as one of the better high school movies that’s out there. I’m so terrified of subtracting from it in any way with a bad sequel or spinoff that I’d never do it. I have so few actual good accomplishments that I’m horrified to fuck with the ones I have.

That’s a smart move. Don’t ruin the greatness that is Superbad with an inferior sequel. If you need an example of this, watch ‘The Hangover’ sequels.

‘Shang-Chi’ Sequel Is In Development With Director Destin Daniel Cretton Returning

Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ was a surprise box office smash this past year. It was the first movie to really break the pandemic curse. So far, it’s made over $430 million at the worldwide box office, which is not bad considering the budget is thought to be around $175 million.

And thanks to the success, Marvel/Disney has ordered a sequel. The news was made official this week, and we’re happy to report that Destin Daniel Cretton will return to write and direct. He’s also in development on a Marvel series for Disney Plus.

In fact, Cretton is in real good with Marvel Studios. He recently signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with the company. This deal will allow him to create both TV and film projects for Marvel Studios. Basically, he’s rolling in the money now.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had this to say about Cretton…

Destin is an amazing collaborator who brought a unique perspective and skill to ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.’ We had a fantastic time working together on the film and he has so many intriguing ideas for stories to bring to life on Disney Plus, so we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with him and can’t wait to get started.

We don’t know a lot about the upcoming series for Disney Plus, but sources say it’s expected to be a comedy.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.