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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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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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8 Movies That Almost Starred Keanu Reeves
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He may not have the natural ease of Al Pacino, the classical training of Anthony Hopkins, the timeless cool of Jack Nicholson, or the raw versatility of Gary Oldman, but Keanu Reeves has been around long enough to have worked alongside each of those actors. Yet instead of Oscar nods, the actor whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian has a handful of Razzie nominations.

While critical acclaim has mostly eluded Reeves during his 30-plus years in Hollywood, his movies have made nearly $2 billion at the box office. Whether because of his own choosiness or the decisions of studio powers-that-be, that tally could be much, much higher. To celebrate The Chosen One’s 53rd birthday, here are eight movies that almost starred Keanu Reeves.

1. X-MEN (2000)

In Hollywood’s version of the X-Men universe, Hugh Jackman is the definitive Wolverine. But Jackman himself was a last-minute replacement (for Dougray Scott) and other, bigger (in 2000) names were considered for the hirsute superhero—including Reeves. Ultimately, it was the studio that decided to go in a different direction, much to Reeves’ disappointment. “I always wanted to play Wolverine,” the actor told Moviefone in 2014. “But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience.”

2. PLATOON (1986)

For an action star, Reeves isn’t a huge fan of violence, which is why he passed on playing the lead in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Vietnam classic. “Keanu turned it down because of the violence,” Stone told Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “He didn’t want to do violence.”

3. THE FLY II (1989)

Few people would likely mistake Reeves for the son of Jeff Goldblum, but producers were anxious to see him play the next generation of Goldblum’s insectile role in the sequel to The Fly. But Reeves wasn’t having any of it. Why? Simple: “I didn't like the script,” he told Movieline in 1990.

4. SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL (1997)

Speaking of sequels (and bad scripts): Reeves was ready to reprise his role as Jack Traven in Jan de Bont’s second go at the series … then he read it. “When I was offered Speed 2, Jan came to Chicago and so did Sandra, and they said, ‘You’ve got to do this,’” Reeves recalled to The Telegraph. “And I said, 'I read the script and I can’t. It’s called Speed, and it’s on a cruise ship.” (He's got a point.)

Even when the studio dangled a $12 million paycheck in front of him, Reeves said no. “I told [William Mechanic, then-head of Fox], ‘If I do this film, I will not come back up. You guys will send me to the bottom of the ocean and I will not make it back up again.’ I really felt like I was fighting for my life.”

5. HEAT (1995)

Reeves’ refusal to cave on Speed 2 didn’t sit well in Hollywood circles. And it didn't help that he also passed on playing Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer’s role) in Michael Mann’s Heat in order to spend a month playing Hamlet at Canada’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. From that point on, Reeves told The Telegraph that it’s been a struggle for him to book any studio movies. “That’s a good old Hollywood story! That was a whole, 'Hey, kid, this is what happens in Hollywood: I said no to the number two and I never worked with the studio again!’”

6. BOWFINGER (1999)

By the time Frank Oz’s Bowfinger rolled around, Eddie Murphy was pretty much the go-to guy for any dual role part, but the movie wasn’t always intended to play that way. Steve Martin, who both starred in and wrote the movie, had actually penned the part of Kit Ramsey for Reeves (whom he had worked with a decade earlier in Parenthood).

“When Steve gave me the script for Bowfinger, it wasn't written for Eddie Murphy,” producer Brian Grazer explained. “It was written for a white action star. It was written for Keanu Reeves, literally. I said, 'Why does it have to be an action star?' He said, 'That's the joke.' I said: 'What if it were Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy played two characters? That could be really funny.' He said: 'You know, that'd be great—that'd be brilliant. Let's do that.' He processed it in about a minute, and he made a creative sea change.”

7. WATCHMEN (2009)

A year before Zack Snyder’s Watchmen hit theaters, Reeves confirmed to MTV what many had speculated: that he had turned down the chance to play Dr. Manhattan in the highly anticipated adaptation. But it wasn’t because of lack of interest on Reeves’ part; it just “didn't work out.” Still, he made it as far as a set visit: “They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, 'hi.' They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”

8. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

By the time Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder made its way into theaters in the summer of 2008, the meta-comedy had been more than a decade in the making. So it’s understandable that the final product veered from Stiller’s original plan for the film, which included Reeves playing the role of Tugg Speedman (Stiller’s eventual part). Initially, Stiller had planned to cast himself as smarmy agent Rick Peck (Matthew McConaughey picked up the slack).

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