Ah, fall. The time of year when we can finally wear sweaters, embrace our feelings of existential dread, and rewatch Hocus Pocus as many times as we want without getting judged. This year, it feels like the Hocus Pocus nostalgia has been stronger than ever before, which can likely be attributed to a couple of factors. First, it’s available to stream on Disney+, so you don’t have to pay $3.99 to rent it or find some weird, blurry version on YouTube with subtitles in a different language (not speaking from experience). But more than that, we’re all desperate to be transported to any time that’s not 2020, and a second-tier Disney movie from 1993 is just what the doctor ordered.
Clearly, Bette Midler has been paying attention to the renewed interest in the movie, and on Monday, she basically broke the internet with the announcement that the Sanderson Sisters will be reuniting at last. Yes, really, it’s finally happening. On October 30th, Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will be participating in “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters,” as part of the annual “Hulaween” fundraiser Midler hosts for the New York Restoration Project, which works to maintain and restore gardens and parks across New York City.
As far as the actual content of the show, it’s a little unclear so far what they’ll be doing, but the initial image Bette Midler shared features all three actresses in costume in front of a blue screen. Who knows if they’ll be singing, or acting, or just kind of hanging out, but thankfully this won’t be another nostalgic reunion that’s just a boring conversation on Zoom. Really, just seeing Bette Midler with buckteeth in that costume is enough for me.
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Your 3 fav witches – @sarahjessicaparker @kathynajimy & ME – are returning for 1 night only on 10/30 at 8p ET! “In Search of the Sanderson Sisters” is the best thing to happen to #Halloween since Hocus Pocus + Reeses Pieces. Get your tix now (link in bio) and support @NYRP #nyrphulaween
Tickets for next week’s reunion event are available for $10, but if you don’t feel like attending yet another virtual event, that’s not the only new Hocus Pocus content on the horizon. A sequel to the iconic movie for Disney+ has been in development for about a year now, which is exciting! But there’s one slight issue. According to reports, Disney really wants the original trio of sisters to return (duh), but it’s unclear at this point whether they’re going to do the sequel. Hopefully this is just a scheduling issue, but I’m gonna need them to figure out those contracts ASAP, because otherwise I’m not sure it’s even worth it. Basically, Disney really wants the sequel to happen, but it’s probably going to be another year or two before you can add it to your Halloween movie rotation. If you’re really craving a new Hocus Pocus fix, you should probably just buy a ticket to the charity event.
In a year where good things have been few and far between, coughing up $10 for a good cause to see Sarah Jessica Parker relive her pre-Sex and the City career just feels like the right thing to do. Also, like, what else are you going to be doing for Halloween?
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We all have that crew of friends that we would do anything for, whether it’s driving them to the airport at 6am or finding matches for them on Ship. It’s just what friends do. Famous people are no different, except that the people in their group chat might also be A-listers. Casual. I don’t know about you, but my Ship crew definitely doesn’t have any Oscar winners in it. Here are some surprising celebrity friendships you might not have known about.
Serena Williams & Kim Kardashian
Serena Williams and Kim Kardashian are two of the most famous women in the world, and they’ve actually known each other for more than 15 years. A few years ago, Kim told Vogue, “Serena’s the girl you can call and say anything to. She’ll never judge you, and she’s never too busy for you.” Obviously Kim has a lot of respect for Serena, and she attended the tennis champion’s New Orleans wedding with other stars like Colton Haynes and Eva Longoria.
Russell Brand & Helen Mirren
Russell Brand and Helen Mirren are 30 years apart, but they both have a great sense of humor, and they love working together. They’ve done a couple of movies together, and Brand even called their relationship“an unconsummated love affair…between a Dame and a vagabond.” I’m not sure I know what he’s talking about, but I’m glad it works for them.
Jennifer Aniston & Robert Downey Jr.
Jen and Robert have been friends since the ‘90s, and she even visited him when he was in prison. Famously, he introduced her to her (now ex) husband Justin Theroux, and made a speech at their wedding. Seriously, how can I get Robert Downey Jr. to be in my Ship crew? I need Iron Man to find me some matches.
50 Cent & Bette Midler
When 50 Cent isn’t busy feuding with the stars of Vanderpump Rules, he spends time with unexpected friends like Meryl Streep and Bette Midler. He and Bette have attended each other’s charity events in the past, and Bette even joked that 50 Cent was going to produce a rap albumfor her. Still waiting to hear Bette Midler rap, but I’m glad these two get along so well.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Jay-Z
Gwyneth and Jay met way back in 2006, and they’ve maintained a close relationship since then. They’ve both spoken publicly about their admiration for one another, and Gwyneth even revealedthat her kids call Jay-Z “Uncle Jay.” Honestly, I’m obsessed.
Kris Jenner & Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has been public about her obsession with reality shows like The Real Housewives of New York City and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, so she was thrilled to get to know Kris Jenner in real life. A few years ago, Jennifer’s friends threw her a surprise birthday party and invited Kris. When JLaw first met her, she said“it was the closest ever come to losing consciousness. Honestly, I would be the same way.
So there you have it. Just like you and your best friend that you used to hate in middle school, friends can come from unexpected places. Now you’re her bridesmaid, and she’s finding matches for you on Ship, so anything is possible. Now seriously, who do I talk to about Robert Downey Jr. being my matchmaker?
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