Hocus Pocus is, hands down, one of the most popular Halloween movies ever. Because it’s almost Halloween and because we absolutely love this movie, here are a few fun facts about Hocus Pocus!

This past July marked the 20th anniversary of Hocus Pocus, which means we’ve been able to enjoy the adventures of the Sandersons and the Salem youths every Halloween for over two decades. Can you believe it? For a lot of us, that’s the majority of our relatively short lives!

But, after 20 years of enjoying Hocus Pocus, how much do you actually know about it? While we consider ourselves super Hocus Pocus aficionados, we have to admit that we definitely aren’t experts on the movie, its flaws, or even the process that went into making it.

In the spirit of Halloween and the movie’s 20th anniversary, here are thirteen fun facts you may or may not have known about Hocus Pocus.

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Hocus Pocus is, hands down, one of the most popular Halloween movies ever. Because it’s almost Halloween and because we absolutely love this movie, here are a few fun facts about Hocus Pocus!

This past July marked the 20th anniversary of Hocus Pocus, which means we’ve been able to enjoy the adventures of the Sandersons and the Salem youths every Halloween for over two decades. Can you believe it? For a lot of us, that’s the majority of our relatively short lives!

But, after 20 years of enjoying Hocus Pocus, how much do you actually know about it? While we consider ourselves super Hocus Pocus aficionados, we have to admit that we definitely aren’t experts on the movie, its flaws, or even the process that went into making it.

In the spirit of Halloween and the movie’s 20th anniversary, here are thirteen fun facts you may or may not have known about Hocus Pocus.

1. In July 1993, ‘Hocus Pocus’ made only about $40 million at the box office on a $28 million dollar budget.

Hocus Pocus Main Titles

While that isn’t a fantastic box office run, don’t feel bad for Hocus Pocus just yet. With TV syndication and video/DVD sales, the movie makes more and more every year. Like a few other Halloween movies from the ’90s, Hocus Pocus has become a popular cult favorite (if not the most popular).

2. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally supposed to portray Max Dennison, but he turned down the opportunity to star in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’

Leonardo DiCaprio What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Does this really surprise you? Leonardo DiCaprio’s bad luck strikes again. No, this movie probably would not have gotten him an Oscar nomination (or any other large scale award), but it would have at least meant he would have another fan-favorite movie under his belt. Besides, we’re pretty sure that there isn’t a movie star alive who didn’t wish they had been in Hocus Pocus.
 

3. There are a few scenes in a trailer for the movie that have never shown up in any version of the movie, whether it be on TV or VHS/DVD.

Hocus Pocus enthusiasts (and even habitual or occasional viewers) will notice the missing scenes right away in the short trailer above. We don’t know about you, but we would love to see the Sanderson sisters hit up a grocery store. Those few seconds with Mary and some sort of condiment look like they would have been super entertaining as an entire scene. You would think that these fun scenes would have ended up on a DVD at some point. They clearly have the footage somewhere, so it’s not like they trashed it or it never existed. Oh well, hopefully we’ll see it one day. 25th anniversary maybe?
 

4. ‘Hocus Pocus’ is the only movie that Kenny Ortega has ever directed without also doing the choreography.

Hocus Pocus I Put a Spell On You

Kenny Ortega is probably best-known for his work on High School Musical. Could you imagine if Ortega had done some sort of choreography for Hocus Pocus? Yes, it would be kind of funny to see the Sanderson sisters sing and dance in sync to some ridiculous song. However, we can only imagine what kind of song would be sung about the fact that the black candle had to be lit by a virgin. It would most likely make our skin crawl.

5. The Sanderson sisters were supposedly hanged on October 31, 1693. However, the Salem witch trials ended in May 1693.

Hocus Pocus Hanging

Yes, this is less of a fun fact and more of a movie flaw or inaccuracy. But it’s still kind of interesting, isn’t it? We understand why they’d choose 1693 as the year. After all, the movie came out in 1993 and it just sounds better to remember or celebrate the Sanderson sisters’ hanging if it was 300 years ago instead of 301. At least this isn’t a gaping flaw. We didn’t notice it ourselves until we did a bit of research.
 

6. Sean Murray, the actor who played Thackery Binx, did not provide the voice for Binx the cat.

Hocus Pocus Thackery Binx

Binx was voiced by another actor named Jason Marsden (no, no relation to James Marsden unfortunately). Our question is who wouldn’t want NCIS‘s Tim McGee to voice a main character in a movie? He’s just so adorable and definitely has a voice to match. We just don’t understand why Sean Murray wasn’t asked to voice Binx the cat. While he isn’t a voice actor like Jason Marsden, we would have liked the continuity. Although, we didn’t really notice he wasn’t the voice until recently…
 
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Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017