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The Cast of Teen Witch, 24 Years Later

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I remain steadfast and resolute in my belief that the “Top That” scene from Teen Witch is one of the best cinematic moments of all time. Or at least of the 80s. OK, maybe just 1989. So you can imagine my excitement that the supernatural rom-com has seen a bit of a revival lately, what with the one-night-only Groundlings performance in January and remake rumors swirling around. And hey, cameos from the original actors wouldn’t be out of the question—most of them are still in the industry. Here’s what they’ve been up to.

1. Robyn Lively, bed and breakfast owner.

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Louise Miller, aka Teen Witch herself, is currently the owner of the Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast in Midway, Utah. She's also Blake Lively’s older sister. In 2011, Blake just happened to be photographed kissing Ryan Reynolds in front of the Johnson Mill sign during their then-clandestine relationship, prompting the tabloids to speculate that Blake was throwing her sister a publicity bone. But the elder Lively isn’t just baking scones and changing Egyptian cotton sheets. In the past few years, she’s had roles on Psych, 30 Rock, The Mentalist, Saving Grace and Criminal Minds.

2. Dan Gauthier, still acting.


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For those of us who grew up on Teen Witch and Son in Law, here’s a shocker: Dan is going to be 50 this year. He’s been busy since his stint as Brad Powell—not only did he have regular roles on Ellen (the sitcom, not the talk show), Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, All My Children and One Life to Live, but he’s had lots of one-time parts in a whole slew of TV shows. My favorite? The co-pilot in a 2009 episode of Lost.
Teen Witch was pretty good to Dan, by the way. Not only was it his first big movie, it also had a big effect on his personal life. Remember Randa, the popular blonde? He married her. They have a son. That's them in the picture.

3. Joshua John Miller, writer.

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Unbeknownst to me, Louise’s little brother, Richie, was a member of Leonardo DiCaprio’s posse (which has a different but very specific name that I’ll let you use your Google-fu on, but maybe don’t do it at work) in the 90s. After that, he graduated from Yale, then got an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He has a couple of novels under his belt, and, judging from his Tweets, is in the middle of another one. He was also the screenwriter for a werewolf series called Howl that was apparently picked up by Fox, but is either languishing in development hell or just never made it out of the gate.

4. Amanda Ingber, yogi to the stars.

Once known as Polly the funky fresh teenage rapper, Ingber is now teaching yoga to some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, and Jennifer Lawrence.

5. Zelda Rubinstein, deceased.

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Zelda, of course, was the tiny lady with the creepy voice whom Hollywood loved to cast in paranormal roles. The 4-foot 3-inch actress stole the show in Poltergeist, but that was before her turn as Madame Serena. Post-Teen Witch, Rubinstein made appearances on Tales from the Crypt, Martin, Caroline in the City, Hey Arnold, and The Pretender. She also had a recurring spot on Picket Fences and narrated 48 episodes of The Scariest Places on Earth. She was an outspoken AIDS activist and advocate for little people. Rubinstein passed away in 2010 at the age of 76.

6. Noah Blake, SyFy star.

If any of you shared Polly’s giant crush on Rhet Capaletti, you might be excited to know that he’s still acting. He’s recently been on The Office and a SyFy movie called Piranhaconda, and had roles in a bunch of acronym-y shows in the early 2000s: V.I.P., JAG, ER and LAX.

Blake is also the son of Robert Blake, in case the name didn’t give him away. Here he is talking about his father’s murder charges.

7. Shelley Berman, Larry David’s dad.

Stage and screen legend Shelley Berman hasn’t been hurting for work since his bit part in Teen Witch. Even as an octogenarian, he’s been busy with Entourage, Pushing Daisies, Hannah Montana, and Boston Legal. But my favorite part, by far, is Berman’s portrayal of Nat, Larry David’s dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm. In Teen Witch, Berman played a cranky old man who embarrasses Louise. In Curb, Berman plays a cranky old man who embarrasses Larry. Here are the two of them discussing Larry’s sandwich.

8. Marcia Wallace, voiceover queen.


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She went from Ms. Malloy, eccentric drama teacher, to Mrs. Krabappel, bitter chainsmoker. Though Wallace is arguably most famous for her voiceover work as Bart Simpson’s lonelyhearts fourth grade teacher, she’s also done voices for Darkwing Duck, The Angry Beavers, Captain Planet, the Aladdin TV series, the Batman TV series, and more. She also played Annie Wilkes on The Young and the Restless a few years ago and had a prominent role as Maggie the maid on That’s My Bush in 2001.

9. Rita Wilson, actress, producer, singer, and wife to Hanx.


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You don’t remember Rita Wilson in Teen Witch? Me neither, but IMDB insists she was a dancer. Anyone know where she is? My money’s on the ubiquitous choreographed high school dance scene at the end. Anyway, you’ve no doubt noticed that Rita’s doing OK for herself these days. She produced My Big Fat Greek Wedding and all of its spinoffs, has continued to act, and also found the time to drop an album of 60s and 70s covers last year.

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The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson
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On September 13, 1983, Jim Henson and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams had dinner for the first time. Henson, who was born on this day in 1936, noted the event in his "Red Book" journal, in characteristic short-form style: "Dinner with Douglas Adams – 1st met." Over the next few years the men discussed how they might work together—they shared interests in technology, entertainment, and education, and ended up collaborating on several projects (including a Labyrinth video game). They also came up with the idea for a "Muppet Institute of Technology" project, a computer literacy TV special that was never produced. Henson historians described the project as follows:

Adams had been working with the Henson team that year on the Muppet Institute of Technology project. Collaborating with Digital Productions (the computer animation people), Chris Cerf, Jon Stone, Joe Bailey, Mark Salzman and Douglas Adams, Jim’s goal was to raise awareness about the potential for personal computer use and dispel fears about their complexity. In a one-hour television special, the familiar Muppets would (according to the pitch material), “spark the public’s interest in computing,” in an entertaining fashion, highlighting all sorts of hardware and software being used in special effects, digital animation, and robotics. Viewers would get a tour of the fictional institute – a series of computer-generated rooms manipulated by the dean, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and stumble on various characters taking advantage of computers’ capabilities. Fozzie, for example, would be hard at work in the “Department of Artificial Stupidity,” proving that computers are only as funny as the bears that program them. Hinting at what would come in The Jim Henson Hour, viewers, “…might even see Jim Henson himself using an input device called a ‘Waldo’ to manipulate a digitally-controlled puppet.”

While the show was never produced, the development process gave Jim and Douglas Adams a chance to get to know each other and explore a shared passion. It seems fitting that when production started on the 2005 film of Adams’s classic Hitchhiker’s Guide, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop would create animatronic creatures like the slovenly Vogons, the Babel Fish, and Marvin the robot, perhaps a relative of the robot designed by Michael Frith for the MIT project.

You can read a bit on the project more from Muppet Wiki, largely based on the same article.

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Get Crazy With the Official Bob Ross Coloring Book
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If you watched Bob Ross's classic series The Joy of Painting for hours on end but didn’t come away a terribly capable artist, you can still enjoy replicating the amazing public television personality’s work. You can now pretend you’re painting along with the late, great PBS star using a brand-new adult coloring book based on his art.

The Bob Ross Coloring Book (Universe) is the first authorized coloring book based on Ross’s artistic archive. Ross, who would have turned 75 later this year, was all about giving his fans the confidence to pursue art even without extensive training. “There’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us,” the gentle genius said. So what better way to honor his memory than to relax with his coloring book?

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the Ross landscapes you can recreate, all while flipping through some of his best quotes and timeless tidbits of wisdom.

An black-and-white outline of a Bob ross painting of a mountain valley

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a house nestled among trees.

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a farm scene.

And remember, even if you color outside the lines, it’s still a work of art. As Ross said, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

You can find The Bob Ross Coloring Book for about $14 on Amazon. Oh, and if you need even more Ross in your life, there’s now a Bob Ross wall calendar, too.

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