Alyssa Milano and Rose Mcgowan have spoken out against plans to reboot their popular U.S. TV series Charmed. The cult programme, about three sibling witches, ended in 2006, but now bosses at American network CBS are planning to bring the show back to life.
However, the project does not have the support of Milano and McGowan, who have taken to Twitter.com to express their disappointment in a revival being so close to the show's original run.
Milano wrote, "The thing about them doing a Charmed reboot is... it just... it feels like yesterday. It feels too close."
McGowan, echoed her former colleague's sentiments, adding, "They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood... Lame lame lame lamertons (sic)."
Charmed, which also starred Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty, ran for eight seasons on America's CW network.
Thanks to the versatility of human fear, the horror genre has given us monsters of all kinds: ghosts, zombies, mummies, vampires, werewolves, witches, pumpkin-heads, dream-haunters, drowning victims, clowns, twins, snowmen, robots, aliens, kaiju, mothras, spiders, birds, brides, corpses, karps, trolls, trees, bees, and boogeymen. And just as varied as its list of demons are the forms the genre itself has taken. Past its inceptive days of silent-era chillers, horror has leapt from deadly serious nightmare fuel to campy and overcooked torture porn, ebbing and flowing through this dreadful stream as the tides of public interest shift. The '90s gave us some of the wackiest horror turns we've seen, though berries from this bunch are generally looked back upon as pieces of cult favor or pop culture obscurity. Sam Raimi's Evil Dead threequel Army of Darkness —which borrowed only a few pieces of mythology from its moreover sincere original chapter, going compeletely off the rails in style and story — remains a horror entry that the world remembers with a befuddled smirk. With Evil Dead revisited in reboot form by director Fede Alvarez this year, the natural question was whether or not the film's disastrous successor would also earn a new lens. And although we wouldn't have been surprised to see Alvarez, or another fledgling filmmaker, tackle Army of Darkness 2015 with the luxuries of amped up CGI, we did not expect the ultimate reveal: Alvarez and Bruce Campbell, star of the original Evil Dead and producer of the 2013 incarnation, confirm that writer/director Sam Raimi — the frenzied mind behind the series and notorious kook — will be crafting his own Army of Darkness sequel, according to reports from First Showing and The Hollywood Reporter.
But the surprising follow-up news continues, extending to a more recent feature: 2007's Trick 'r' Treat, without even the benefit of early '90s nostalgia that has us compulsively keeping AOD relevant through the graces of sardonic references, has itself earned announcement of a sequel, as reported by EW. If you don't remember the '07 picture, it's because it didn't exactly gain widespread notice — a dark, comic anthology horror, Trick 'r' Treat failed to hit it big on the usually profitable genre's market due in large part to being crafty, creative, and weird. And although there's not a lot of genuine artistic praise to be doled out to Army of Darkness, that last superlative is right at home in the hands of Raimi's '92 flick. It's bonkers. And that seems to be the direction the horror genre, and maybe movies in general, are heading these days.
After bouncing back and forth between darkness and fun, earnestness and satire, we've landed back in the realm of "twisted." Not twisted like the Saw franchise, which in its conception was inventive but devolved into little more than the "let's see how much gore we can get away with" maxim. Twisted in concept, in presentation, in the exploit of the human imagination to conjure up something truly scary... and, of course, fun.
For a while, we'll reap the benefits of this new embrace of quirk and oddity. Of course, just like anything else, things will go too far — weird for weird's sake will overrun the horror world, booting truly eccentric pieces like Army of Darkness and Trick 'r' Treat of their place in the spotlight but not carrying their genuine flavor. And such an overexposure will usher in a return to traditional form: straightforward horrors, filled with fright and lacking in any substantial joy. But hey, that camp has plenty of gems, too: think they can match the straight fright factor of The Exorcist after this trend dies down?
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Neve Campbell reunited with her co-stars from The Craft for a special pre-Halloween screening of the teen horror film. The Scream actress joined Robin Tunney and Rachel True to surprise fans who had turned out to watch the 1990s hit at Cinespia's cemetery screening in Los Angeles on Saturday (26Oct13).
The trio turned out and answered fans' questions after the film aired. Their co-star Fairuza Balk did not attend.
The foursome played a coven of high-school witches whose lives fall apart as they begin dealing with dark magic.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But why imitate when you can innovate? First, America’s Next Drag Superstar Jinkx Monsoon and Ivy Winters created this legendary fantasy recasting of Death Becomes Her. Then Willam Belli appeared in this gay YouTube spoof, “Rambo, But Gay.”
That got the gears turning. What other movies could use a little bit of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent? Here are 10 movies with biological women that could use the full drag race treatment.
10. DreamGirls - This had to be on the list. Latrice Royale is is large, in charge, chunky, yet funky. She’s bold and beautiful so she is a clear fit to play Effie White. Dancing queen Milan is the perfect fit to play sensitive Lorrell Robinson. Tyra Sanchez fancies herself Beyoncé, but she can’t sing. So Deena Jones would have to be played by the America’s first drag superstar, BeBe Zahara Benet.
9. Steel Magnolias - Queen Latifah made an African American version of the popular film. Couldn’t it be possible to have an all Puerto Rican version? Imagine maternal Nina Flowers instead of Sally Field, spunky Carmen Carrera instead of Julia Roberts, Jessica Wild instead of mousy Daryl Hannah, Alexis Mateo and her breast plate instead of Dolly Parton, Madam LaQueer in Olympia Dukakis’ role and finally Yara Sophia giving you Shirley MacLaine realness.
8. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? - They may be old friends, but, Chad Michaels and Shannel would be great at playing feuding sisters Jane (Betty Davis) and Blanche (Joan Crawford).
7. The Craft - There has to be a spooktacular choice for Sharon Needles and Rulaskatox. When innocent Sara (Sharon Needles) moves to town she meets three witches, (Alaska, Detox and Roxxxy Andrews). What follows is black magic, black clothes and really heavy eyeliner.
6. Bring it On: All or Nothing - These queens are most likely to go direct-to-video. But their feud did make the fifth season of the show very entertaining. When Alyssa Edwards family moves and enrolls her in public school she has to join the cheerleading squad run by Coco Montrese. Expect plenty of reading!
5. Mean Girls - When Tatianna moves to a new town she gets on the radar of The Heathers (Raja, Manila Luzon and Delta Work). Her friends Shangela and Stacy Layne Matthews convince her to play both sides and take them down.
4. Big Business - Manila Luzon and Jujubee play two sets of twins in a remake of this Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin Classic.
3. Nine to Five - Pandora Boxx plays spunky Doralee Rhodes (Parton), Ivy Winters plays sweet-as-pie Judy Bernley (Jane Fonda) and Raven plays snarky Violet Newstead (Tomlin).
2. She-Devil - After an actress (Willam Belli) ruins her life, a jilted housewife (Mimi Imfurst) plans her destruction. With the help of a pint-sized friend (Kenya Michels) they get their revenge.
1. Troop Beverly Hills - All the Drag Race girls could star in a remake of this popular 90s. It'd be great, if only, to see them do a drag rendition of " It's Cookie Time." Clearly, Mama Ru would play Shelly Long's part.
Who would you love to see in a movie remake?
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Move on over, Murder, She Wrote. A new reboot is in the works. Just a day after news hit that NBC is bringing back everyone's favorite amateur sleuth (only this time starring Octavia Spencer), Vulture learned that CBS is looking to re-imagine Charmed.
Not much is set in stone, but what we do know is that Chris Keyser (Party of Five co-creator) and partner Sydney Sidner are penning the new version of the original WB drama that followed a sisterhood of witches who use their powers to battle against the forces of evil. CBS has only ordered a script for a pilot, and it has not promised to film anything as of yet.
Considering that the horror/fantasy/mystical genre is killing it in primetime right now, it makes sense that a show about butt-kicking sister witches would make a comeback (although, we're a little confused why it's happening so soon after the show ended).
The original show ran for eight seasons and 178 episodes, and starred Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, and Shannen Doherty.
Power of Three, unite!
If given the choice of which witch’s power from American Horror Story Coven is the best, what would we choose? Well, the Supreme’s of course. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) has unlimited abilities, but that’s way too easy. Of all the other witches on AHS Coven, these are the best powers that we’ve seen so far.
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Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) can have sex with people...to death. The jury’s still out on whether that’s good, bad, or just depressing.
Bringing animals (and possibly humans) back to life seemed peaceful enough until Misty Day (Lily Rabe) revived an alligator that turned around and mauled the people who killed it. Spoiler alert: that’s how Swamp People ends.
Pro: clairvoyance could totally be used for gossip, furthering your career, or winning the lottery. Con: it might drive you a little crazy.
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Quit hitting yourself! Quit hitting yourself! Although Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) can’t actually control other people’s limbs, if she stabs herself in the hand or dips her arm in boiling oil, it’s going to leave a mark on her victim. (So don’t get on her bad side.)
As Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) proved in the premiere episode, telekinesis can be deadly depending on who is wielding the power. Or it could be used to make every child’s Matilda dreams come true. C’mon you know you had them, if only because it made cooking look like so much more fun than it is.
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Witches of East End premiered to respectable ratings. A show about witchcraft on Lifetime makes you think of The Client List with spells instead of handies or a sorority of feelings, like Army Wives, with the occult. Instead, it’s looking a little too much like the popular series Charmed. Do the producers hope lightning strikes twice?
Charmed had notable B-list actresses fighting demons and being sisters in a red Victorian house in San Francisco. It lasted 198 episodes and became the longest running television series with all-female leads, until Desperate Housewives. Almost 15 years later to the day, Witches of East End premiered with Julia Ormond, Mrs. Channing Tatum and spritely Rachel Boston fighting evil magic in a red Victorian on Long Island.
The image of a creepily similar house keeps the ghost of Charmed alive. The similarities are staggering. People trapped in paintings, people that turn into cats, and witches in the dark about their birthright were all popular plot points in Season 1 of Charmed. Jason George as a sexy police detective echoes Dorian Gregory as a sexy cop. Hell, even the addition of former Buffy cast member Tom Lenk is similar. Quite a few actors from Buffy appeared on Charmed.
Even the four character archetypes mirror the '90s WB series. Ormond as family matriarch seems a lot like Shannen Doherty’s type-A character, Prue. Tatum’s ne’er-do-well, bed-hopping character of Freya is not unlike Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Boston’s high-strung but well meaning Ingrid could be a carbon-copy of Piper (Holly Marie Combs). Finally, Mädchen Amick’s snarky, sarcastic sister channels Rose McGowan’s Paige Matthews.
Similarities aside, Witches of East End doesn’t need to make allusions to Charmed. The dialogue is funny, the cast chemistry is palatable and in the realm of magic anything is possible. Hopefully later episodes find a new take on the realm of magic. If not, they should just include a character with a voice like Butters from South Park that screams, "Charmed did it!" each episode.
"What did I do in a past life? What did I do that was so good to have this amazing life with all these hot men? I mean, it's insane! I literally go to work with the nicest, sweetest, good looking men and then I come home to the nicest, sweetest, good looking man." Actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum can't believe her good fortune. She's married to movie hunk Channing Tatum and gets to work with Eric Winter and Daniel DiTomasso on new TV show Witches of East End.
Vampires and zombies seem to get all the guts and glory these days, but we're waiting for another supernatural archetype to take the TV reigns, as American Horror Story: Coven brings back the season of the witch. As the grand supreme witch, Jessica Lange and her finishing school for badass witches in training looks promising already. If anybody can pull off an entire wardrobe of black and skillfully killing people, it's Lange. Not since the 90s did we have a steady stock of magical entertainment, from the fluffy humor of Sabrina to full-on b**h mode with Shannen Doherty in Charmed. So in honor of a new coven in the oven, here's a look back at some of our favorite broom-riding broads.
Anjelica Huston — Witches
Some say La Mer, we say magic is responsible for Anjelica Huston's preternatural complexion. Leave it to Angie to go from glam dominatrix to full on gnarled wicked witch face with ease. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl book, this movie seriously convinced us at one point that all our teachers in school were secretly ghoulish witches underneath those sweater sets.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy — Hocus Pocus
Some people like to watch The Shining every Halloween, others prefer the timeless appeal of projectile vomit of The Exorcist, but will always make time for Hocus Pocus. Considering that Bette Midler has stated that Winifred Sanderson has been her favorite role to date sums up the campy and bawdy appeal of this film. You have SJP hitting on everything in sight, Bette being Bette and Kathy Najimy making the whole thing feel like the best SNL skit you've ever seen.
Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True — The Craft
With their dog-collared chokers, plaid minis and ripped up school uniforms, The Craft set the bar on all other witch films that followed. If Fairuza Balk's portrayal of Nancy seemed like a deep, dark descent into method acting, just remember that Balk also owned an occult pagan marketplace and has appeared on Celebrity Ghost Stories — the girl is legit. Also for the record, Skeet Ulrich is still looking pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer — The Witches of Eastwick
You know how it is, one day you're just shooting the breeze with your gal pals over a couple glasses of White Zin bemoaning the men in the life then POOF...magical powers emerge and Jack Nicholson is on your doorstep. Cast this trio of ladies in anything and you're bound to end up with cinematic gold. The whole film is like a walking advertisement for perms, and we're okay with that.
Nicole Kidman — Practical Magic
We know this whole movie is about the magical powers of sisterhood and tequila, but there's a reason we left Sandra Bullock off the list. If you knew you possessed great powers at a young age but decided to only use them to run some wiccan cum artisanal bath and body works store, then you do not deserve to be called witch. On the other hand, Practical Magic featured the Nicole Kidman at her peak ginger levels and being generally irresistible.
It's not hard to find a Halloween movie playing on television during October, but if you're looking to throw back this month, check out these five '90s flicks. Be warned: some of the outfits may be scarier than the actual movie.DisneyHalloweentownThere's not much that people get more excited for this time of year than this 1998 classic. Not only is Marnie (Kimberly Brown) a witch but she manages to follow her grandmother into another dimension where people have pumpkins for heads,werewolves walk around on two legs and gremlins aren't ridiculed. Living in Halloweentown, you have to admit, would be even cooler than residing in Harry Potter's wizarding world. Check out sequels Return to Halloweentown and Halloweentown High if one just isn't enough.The Addams FamilyNo one is creepier than stone-faced Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) as she continuously tortures everyone around her. A few guys trying to swindle the family have no idea what they're in for when they impersonate Uncle Fester and step into that cob-webby house. It's pretty entertaining to watch them try, though.BeetlejuiceOkay, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice isn't a '90s movie, but it's on the brink. Turning the tables around on the usual exorcism, a ghost couple needs to remove the new, living tenants from their house so they can peacefully live their after-life. You'll be sure to see at least a few trick-or-treaters dressed in the black and white striped outfit this Halloween.Double, Double, Toil and TroubleBack when Mary Kate and Ashley weren't fashion moguls or dating people twice their age, they put out this Halloween film. Follow the twins as they race to defeat their evil aunt (Cloris Leachman) and save their family's house from foreclosure.Hocus PocusOh, those three crazy witches! As we reported last week, help celebrate Hocus Pocus' 20th anniversary and watch it every day up until Halloween.