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Hocus Pocus celebrated a big birthday yesterday. The Halloween classic is now 22 years old and naturally fans were very excited.

Countless ‘Where are they now’ type posts began popping up on social media and we loved every single one of them. However, it seems like many of them might have made an interesting mistake. 


People are always fascinated by tiny children in scary films, and Emily Binx was not exception. So, going on IMDB in order to discover what happened to real-life Emily is a natural thing. 

Except, you are going to end up finding out about the wrong actress.

Jody-Amy Rivera is listed as the actress who played Emily. She didn’t, and Cosmopolitan caught up with her to find out what happened. 

Doing a radio interview she was asked if she did any films: “When I was a kid, my mom had me doing commercials and extra work, so I said I was in Hocus Pocus and [the DJ] then went on to something else.”

Jody wasn’t lying however, she was in Hocus Pocus. She just had a very small part. When she realised that she was popping up in so many articles related to the film, she tried to contact IMDB to fix the mistake.

“I was on Facebook and I'd see these articles from like BuzzFeed and I'd see my face and it says, 'Where are they now?' but they'd got it all wrong." 

She even went and tracked down the real Emily-Binx, who is a real estate agent in Malibu and also plays in a rock band, to let her know.

Jody-Amy did use the stage name Amanda Shepherd, which was the real name of the actress who did play Emily. 

Amanda was never that bothered by the mix-up, and when Jody contacted her that had a good laugh about the whole thing.

Amanda still has fond memories of her experience on set with the cast, calling Bette Midler “very busy” while SJP was “soft-spoken.” Also, they allowed her to keep Binx the cat, amazing.


First Sam from Love Actually, and now Charlie Bucket… it seems to be the week for our childhood film favourites to come out of hiding.

After finding fame in 2004's Finding Neverland aged just 12, Freddie Highmore made it big a year later with the lead part in the second film adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since then he's had a fairly strong acting career, with roles in The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Art of Getting By and the grim TV series Bates Motel.

However we hadn't realised just how much Freddie had grown up until we saw the cover shot from his new shoot for Attitude magazine. Charlie Bucket is now 23, and ladies, he's not half bad.

If you can forgive the murderer eyes – his Bates Motel character is a fledgling serial killer – there's no denying Freddie has aged very well indeed. Here he is just last year not looking quite so sultry… it's amazing what a good haircut can do:

If that wasn't enough 'Where Are They Now' eye candy for one day, here's a brand new outtake from Joseph Sinclair's recent shoot with the same magazine. Neville Longbottom scrubs up well, doesn't he?


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When you watch the same films over and over every Christmas, it's easy to forget how much time has passed since they were released.

Take Love Actually, for example. It seems like a fairly 'modern' film right? Except for the lack of iPhones, obvz. But in reality, it's actually a whopping 12 years old, and we got a bit of a shock today when we realised that Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played the adorably lovestruck Sam, is no longer a pre-teen.

Thomas, who is now 25 (yes, TWENTY FIVE YEARS OLD), appeared at Comic Con in San Diego recently, and we have to say that despite the years passing, Thomas is every bit as baby-faced as he was back in the early Noughties.

He probably hates hearing this, but he hasn't changed all that much 12 years on. In fact, the youthful actor still has trouble getting served down the pub. On a recent trip to Canada, he says he resorted to desperate measures when he was refused service at a bar and had no ID on him.

"For the first time in my life I got out my phone and looked myself up on IMDb," he told The Guardian back in April. "They laughed and even got me to sign my autograph. But they wouldn’t serve me that pint.”

Since starring as Liam Neeson's son in Love Actually, Thomas has had a pretty stellar acting career, with roles in Game of Thrones, Maze Runner, BBC's Wolf Hall adaptation and even a voice role in Phineas and Ferb.

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