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So, Disney is in the early works of a sequel to the 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus. The original film starred Better Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three evil witches known as the Sanderson Sisters. According to Deadline, there is now going to be a 2018 version, and it looks like it is almost definitely going to be queer. Last week, Disney released a novelized version of Hocus Pocus, reports Autostraddle. The first part of the book is a retelling of the original movie,...
  Yesterday, Netflix dropped the trailer for its upcoming TV series, a dark comedy called Insatiable. The premise? A bullied fat teen named Patty (played by Debby Ryan in a fat suit) spends the summer with her mouth wired shut after getting punched in the face. When she returns to school, now thin and therefore “hot” ( played by Debby Ryan without the fat suit), she decides to take revenge on her bullies. Here's the trailer.   Where. Do I. Begin. Let me repeat. The fat teen is...
To celebrate BUST’s 25thanniversary, we’re bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here’s our interview with Sandra Oh from our June/July 2005 issue. As impressive as The New York Times’ pronouncement that Sandra Oh “steals every scene” in the new ABC Sunday-night drama Grey’s Anatomy is, the fact that her part was originally scripted for a petite blonde is even more so. Starring in an ensemble cast weighted with strong, interesting women, Oh plays Dr. Cristina Yang, an ambitious medical intern eager to cut people open so she...
Netflix and Dreamworks are teaming up for a 2018 reboot of She-Ra, and the first images look awesome. She-Ra is a lot less sexualized than the ‘80s original—she has visible muscles and she’s wearing a SKORT, you guys. And with superstar cartoonist Noelle Stevenson at the helm, this show promises to have the empowerment and representation that young watchers deserve. Noelle Stevenson is the 26-year-old cartoonist who brought the world Lumberjanes, a comic book series about a group of badass friends at a supernatural summer camp for...
Riverdale ​and ​Stranger Things a​re two of the most popular TV series currently running, and Betty Cooper and Nancy Wheeler are two of the series’ most important characters. After following Betty’s and Nancy’s super sleuth storylines for two seasons now, I have a hunch of my own: the two are essentially the same character fighting the same fight—and together they’re rebranding the modern Final Girl.The Final Girl, a horror trope term coined by author and academic Carol J. Clover, is marked by her perceived moral...
I just finished watching the well-cast and complex first season of Seven Seconds, a Netflix Original that premiered at the end of February. My delight in this show, however, was short-lived, when I learned that the show had already been canceled, and my surprise has expanded now that star Regina King has earned an Emmy nomination. Despite the cancellation, it is still worth your time to check out this series because it is complete as it stands; there are no threads left dangling, because the intention had...
Britney Young first kicked ass and stole hearts when we met her last summer as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade in Netflix’s GLOW—and now, she’s back for the show’s second season, which she describes as even “bigger and better.” “So many of the girls get deeper storylines,” Young told BUST. “Everyone just shines brighter. The producers definitely play to all of our strengths, and I think that’s something that’s very rare.” If you aren’t familiar with GLOW, you definitely should be. The show, based on the ’80s syndicated women’s...
The wild world of female wrestling isn’t always thought of as a feminist frontier, but the Netflix series GLOW (returning June 29) has been as much a source of empowerment for its stars as it has for fans. This is especially true for 31-year-old New York native Betty Gilpin, who plays soap-opera-actress-turned-wrestler Debbie Eagan on the show. “Being on GLOW, particularly coinciding with [the #MeToo movement], feels like a rehab, workshop, feminist camp,” she says. “I’ve wasted so much time on sets trying to get...
Sex and the City has been widely dismissed and derided, for reasons both valid and deeply misogynistic. When the show first came out in the late '90s, I rolled my eyes along with the rest of our culture. I was a high school student whose main interests were art club and Ani DiFranco—what could these Gucci bag-carrying, shoes- and men-obsessed women possibly have to do with me? Then I entered my twenties, went through several hard breakups, and moved across the country alone, and slowly...
We're bringing some of our favorite BUST articles from the past online as we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Here's our Oct/Nov 2012 cover story with Aubrey Plaza. Actress Aubrey Plaza’s naturally deadpan personality is so entertaining, the role of April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation was based entirely on her dry wit and trademark sullen stare. Here, the up-and-coming Hollywood hotshot opens up about funny women, famous feminists, and facing death “What’s my cover line gonna say?” Aubrey Plaza asks as we walk down a sun-drenched...