Hey, ’90s Kids! Watch Bette Midler Resurrect ‘Hocus Pocus’ in Concert

Bette Midler Hocus Pocus

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Disney is still dragging their feet with the rumored Hocus Pocus 2. And while all the reports suggest it may never happen at this point, the most conniving witch of them all, Winifred, is back and there’s hell to pay. While stopping at Phoenix, Arizona for her Divine Intervention concert tour, Bette Midler reprised her famous Hocus Pocus role on stage for a rendition of “I Put A Spell On You.”

Watch her work her magic in the video below.

Divine Intervention is Midler’s first tour in about 10 years, and she’s sparing no expense in bringing the wow factor. After the backdrop revealed a stormy night over the spooky cabin of the Sanderson sisters and the orchestra performed a medley of themes from Hocus Pocus, Midler emerged dressed in costume — big, red hair and all. Too bad Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy weren’t there, but Midler was quickly joined by her Harlettes, who sang backup as Sarah and Mary.

“I’m ready for my sequel, Mr. Disney!,” she exclaimed. A sequel to Hocus Pocus was rumored a while back when a report emerged claiming the star of 30 Rock and one-half of the best Golden Globes presenter team, Tina Fey, was busy working on it. However, it proved to be just as likely as Princess Diaries 3. In other words, non-existant. Fey quickly clarified that she is not working on Hocus Pocus 2, but rather a different witchy comedy. It would’ve been difficult to imagine a sequel, anyway, given how all three of the sisters exploded in the light of the morning after Halloween. With the current trend in Hollywood being straight-up reboots of classic films (see upcoming reboots of Gremlins, Stargate and Big Trouble in Little China, to name a mere few), it’s likely we will get a reinterpretation or even a Broadway musical for Hocus Pocus before we get a sequel.

For now, we have NewNowNext to thank for this exciting gem.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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