‘Hocus Pocus’ Was Originally Titled ‘Disney’s Haunted House’

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There's still a world of facts we don't know about Hocus Pocus . For instance, it wasn't even going to be called Hocus Pocus . Originally, it was titled Disney's Haunted House , says Mick Garris, the film's writer and co-executive producer, in an interview with Mashable . It was supposed to go straight to TV, as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie series. But it had a bigger future, unbeknownst to Garris at the time. The horror kingpin and Hollywood multi-hyphenate has got a lot under his belt right now, recently co-executive producing Unbroken , the upcoming war film directed by Angelina Jolie. He's also writing two new books, and creating three new TV series Read more... More about Movies , Disney , Features , Halloween , and Entertainment Read more »

Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Likes ‘The Theory of Everything’

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Stephen Hawking has spent a lifetime getting his head around concepts in astrophysics most of us will never comprehend, but the 72-year-old never got around to the social-media thing — until Friday. The renowned theorist, cosmologist and author joined Facebook, kicking things off with a message in support of The Theory of Everything , the Focus Features biopic that became an instant Oscar contender when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. SEE ALSO: 'The Theory of Everything': Eddie Redmayne's Big Oscar Bang in Toronto Read more... More about Movies , Awards , Oscars , Stephen Hawking , and Entertainment Read more »

‘Between Two Ferns’ Welcomes Some Guy Named Bradley Pitts

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“My guest today, Bradley Pitts.” Between Two Ferns invited all-too-cool actor Brad Pitt to the show this week to discuss his career, family and latest movie. Well, sort of. See also: 15 Absurd Craigslist Missed Connections Zach Galifianakis' signature belligerent BTF character roasts/interviews the Hollywood A-lister. And if that's not enough to entice you, Louis C.K. makes a hilariously forced cameo halfway through. It's not President Obama , but it's still pretty darn good. Read more... More about Viral Videos , Between Two Ferns , Zach Galifianakis , Film , and Watercooler Read more »

The Rest of the Songs on Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Soundtrack

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Details about the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, which was curated by Lorde, have remained a secret since Lionsgate selected her for the job But on Tuesday, we got a glimpse of the "Royals" singer's handiwork when the track list popped up on iTunes. Republic Records also released the second song, "This Is Not a Game" (listen above), a collaboration featuring The Chemical Brothers, Miguel and Lorde See also: 'Royals' Banned by San Francisco Radio Stations During the World Series The soundtrack's lead-off single, Lorde's " Yellow Flicker Beat ," landed last month The track list below notably includes a Kanye West remix of "Yellow Flicker Beat," as well as an unknown "Track 5" that leaves us to guess which "various artists" will fill the slot (could it be a duet between the 17-year-old Lorde and her pal Taylor Swift ? One can only hope) Read more... More about Music , Film , Entertainment , Hunger Games , and Miguel Read more »

Gerard Parkes, Doc From ‘Fraggle Rock,’ Dead at 90

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Gerard Parkes, an actor best known for playing the beloved Doc on Fraggle Rock , died Sunday, according to reports . He was 90 years old Parkes died of natural causes, according to The Canadian Press news , which confirmed the news with his agent. See also: Everyone's Bringing Back Kids Shows — Here Are 5 We'd Reboot Gerard Parkes, best known as "Doc" on 'Fraggle Rock,' died Sunday morning at age 90. Image: The Jim Henson Company On the show Fraggle Rock , which ran from 1983-87, Doc, an inventor, was the sole human character and often seen working in his workshop alongside his dog, Sprocket In addition to his role in the Jim Henson production, Parkes appeared on many Canadian shows and in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints alongside Willem Dafoe. His character in the film, coincidentally, was also named Doc. He reprised the role for 2009's The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day , which was his last known credit. Read more... Read more »

Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo

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Warning: This post contains potentially disturbing or triggering images and video. The Internet is quite literally a fear factory. Yahoo shared the top 10 phobias its users searched for over the past month, just in time for Halloween . (Which reminds us, there is such a thing as fear of Halloween, called "samhainophobia." So that's fun.) See also: 25 Kickass Costumes for Girls Who Aren't Into Princesses Topping the list is agoraphobia, which is an anxiety disorder in which people fear being trapped in situations or places that cause panic. So maybe work up to haunted houses another year... Read more.. Read more »

Watch All 10 ‘Halloween’ Movies in 2 Minutes

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If you realize that as October passes by, you don’t have the time or emotional fortitude to watch every single installment of the Halloween series, YouTube channel CineFix has your back. They summarize all 10 movies in two minutes in the animated clip, above, including Jamie Lee Curtis' inexplicable return from the dead, the often-forgotten fact that Paul Rudd was in Halloween: The Curse of Mike Myers and Rob Zombie’s regrettable involvement in the franchise. What Happens When Apple Runs Out of Product Ideas? Sting-Sung Cellphone Ringtones Are Better Than the Originals This Baby Minion Costume Just Won Halloween Christian Bale's 'Batman' Would Be an Amazing Steve Jobs Read more... More about Viral Videos , Halloween , Horror Movies , Film , and Watercooler Read more »

Edward Snowden’s Life in Moscow Isn’t as Bad as You Think

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He survives on a diet of ramen and chips. He spends much of his time reading books and learning Russian. When he does leave his room, it's with an awareness that he might very well be under surveillance. Those are the details that have previously come out about Edward Snowden 's life in Moscow during the past year or so. It paints the picture of a man living the life of a paranoid and lonely college student, but a new documentary offers a much rosier picture of the whistleblower's time in Russia. See also: The 10 Biggest Revelations From Edward Snowden's Leaks Citizenfour , a new film from journalist Laura Poitras , provides never-before-seen footage of Snowden's life on the run after lifting a treasure trove of information from the National Security Agency last year. Among the revelations in the film is the fact that Snowden is now living with his girlfriend Lindsay Mills in Moscow Read more... More about Films , Documentary , Russian , Film , and Us World Read more »

‘Interstellar’ Promo Site Blasts Off With Unique Google Partnership

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LOS ANGELES — The first movie to ever have an "official website" was Startgate , the October 1994 film starring Kurt Russell about a group of scientists who travel to Egypt, open a wormhole and discover a habitable planet. The first movie to have an official website with Google as its partner? That's Interstellar , the November 2014 film starring Matthew McConaughey about a group of astronauts who travel through deep space via wormholes seeking a habitable planet. Whoa — did we just go through an internet wormhole there? SEE ALSO: 'Interstellar' Experience Explains the Movie's Space-Time Travel and Beyond Read more... More about Movies , Entertainment , Film , Christopher Nolan , and Interstellar Read more »

Stay on Track for the Oscars With Our Handy Awards-Movies Calendar

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LOS ANGELES — Time to start thinking about those Academy Awards again. Yeah, it feels too early, like Christmas decorations at the drug store, but with film festivals Telluride, Venice and Toronto long over, we now have a much clearer idea of what you need to see to prepare for the the Golden Globes on Jan. 11 and the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22. SEE ALSO: Every Fall TV Date You Need to Put on Your Calendar Now And let’s face it, the only way you’re going to be the seen-'em-all guest at your Oscars party this year is to get started, like, this weekend — with David Fincher’s Gone Girl coming to theaters, the relentless parade of awards-worthy movies begins now, and doesn’t stop for five months solid. Read more »