Friday, November 14, 2014

Rumor Has It

Y'all heard it from Bette first - Hocus Pocus 2 is... a possibility.

When Bette Midler starts using words like "trending" there is some serious stuff happening. All of this buzz about a sequel to a movie deemed a classic by fans (not critics), began after Midler headed to Reddit for an AMA.

She's starred in Beaches, Big Business, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and The Rose, yet the AMA was flooded with questions about Hocus Pocus, because, just like Casablanca or Gone With The Wind, it is a movie that only gets better with age. Seriously, it's a treasure, let us all just admit it already.

Since Bette pledged her passion for the project, those other Sanderson sisters have agreed that they too would jump on the project if given a chance.

One problem (spoiler alerts) - we all know those witches were dunzo at the end of the movie. They all  "poofed" into thin air after not sucking enough child souls to restore their livelihood. So, what would a sequel even be about? Maybe it could be a prequel. Those actresses have aged quite a bit. On second thought, throw that idea out the window.

Well, it's obvious there is still quite a lot of work that needs to be done before this sequel even becomes a script. Luckily, people who love rumors can peruse Variety daily and discover lots of other movies that are/probably in the works.

Just looking at Variety's website for the past week, I discovered a lot of really interesting flicks that appear to be happening. 

In reality, it seems crazy that the idea of movie villains could even have existed before Christoph Waltz.

He can look charming with his ear to ear smile, and then with a simple stone face, he becomes frightening. Those are always the qualities of a maniacal killer. They can reel victims in with charisma and also cruelly end lives once their true evil personality reveals itself.

James Bond movies aren't necessarily my thing. I've seen some (mostly when Pierce Brosnan played the role), but always wanted to try watching the entire series that spans decades. Now that Christoph Waltz is probably going to be the big bad villain in the next one, I'm definitely going to catch up.

Mamma Mia was an international blockbuster, but many were unimpressed with the singing by mostof the actors. Some years later, Meryl Streep will star in another musical oriented film - yet this time no one can complain about her voice, since it will be intentionally bad.

Streep is set to star in Florence Foster Jenkins - a biopic about Jenkins, who was a socialite in New York City during the 1900s that believed she could be a talented opera singer. That wonderful sounding voice was all in her head. She suffered from the same naivety that still afflicts many people who audition for American Idol. 

All is well and good until Jenkins decides to do live performances. How can this be pulled off without letting Jenkins in on the fact that, well, she's actually terrible? Having never heard of this woman before, much research about her story is about to commence.

Just to be clear - I love Meryl in Mamma Mia and think her rendition of "The Winner Takes It All" is fantastic. Plus, the new previews for Into The Woods also favorably shows off her voice. It is really fun seeing her in the movie versions of these famous Broadway musicals. Yet the premise of Florence  sounds outstanding too. I really can't wait to see this one.

With the release of Dumb and Dumber To this weekend (which actually looks like it isn't going to bomb) and all that talk about Hocus Pocus 2, it is obvious that people love a sequel. It is lucky then that another very popular movie appears to be making a return appearance.

I cautiously turned up my nose up at the prospect of Toy Story 4, but for some reason a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding just sounds fun. At the same time, this also falls into the category of, "why don't you just leave it alone!"

It was a little film about a sweet love story set at odds against a big hilarious family. I actually would like to see where the characters are now and I wouldn't be surprised if there was another entertaining story to tell. Plus, I'm guessing John Corbett will be back and that is reason enough to make this movie happen.

Apparently, the awards season has already started. Movie fans will be spending the next couple months catching up on all those contenders. It also never hurts to look to the future, wondering what kinds of movies are coming out next.

With any hope, one day that might turn into another enjoyable tale of The Sanderson Sisters. Only, though, if they all ride vacuum cleaners.

Until next time. 

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