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Childhood Memories: ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ and Covert Influence

I have no recollection of the first film I saw in theatres. When I was two months old, my father passed over reruns of I Love Lucy in the middle of the night, only to lull me to sleep to Platoon. This might explain why heavy metal makes me drowsy now. According to my parents, the first movie they took me to see in theatres was Home Alone. I was two years old, and cried mercilessly every time Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were on screen. At the age of seven, my older brother, Derek, let me watch Natural Born Killers. He was eleven, and we were borrowing our Snow Bird grandparents’ Pay Per View box. Our mother wasn’t pleased when she finally found out about this earlier this year.

Whether by my own curiosity, naiveté, or fortitude (or any combination thereof), I managed to watch some illicit stuff at a very young age.
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Film Nerd 2.0 stays gold with an emotional screening of 'The Outsiders'

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Film Nerd 2.0 stays gold with an emotional screening of 'The Outsiders'
Film Nerd 2.0 is an ongoing series in which we explore the ways we share media with our kids, particularly those of us who grew up deeply in love with movies. The media landscape has changed completely, and parents need to be more engaged than ever in what their kids watch and what they take from that entertainment. "Daddy, why did the Karate Kid Johnny die?" When "The Outsiders" was released in 1983, I was 13, and I already dearly loved the S.E. Hinton novel. It's melodramatic as hell, but that's how it feels to be a teenager, no matter what era you're talking about. I may not have had to deal with Socs or Greasers, but navigating the turbulent emotional landscape of adolescence was something that informed every line of Hinton's book. Francis Ford Coppola's film is burnished and beautiful, and it featured a young cast made up of actors on
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Childhood Memories: ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ and Covert Influence

I have no recollection of the first film I saw in theatres. When I was two months old, my father passed over reruns of I Love Lucy in the middle of the night, only to lull me to sleep to Platoon. This might explain why heavy metal makes me drowsy now. According to my parents, the first movie they took me to see in theatres was Home Alone. I was two years old, and cried mercilessly every time Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were on screen. At the age of seven, my older brother, Derek, let me watch Natural Born Killers. He was eleven, and we were borrowing our Snow Bird grandparents’ Pay Per View box. Our mother wasn’t pleased when she finally found out about this earlier this year.

Whether by my own curiosity, naiveté, or fortitude (or any combination thereof), I managed to watch some illicit stuff at a very young age.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

'Real Genius' TV Show Happening with 'Workaholics' Producer

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'Real Genius' TV Show Happening with 'Workaholics' Producer
NBC is moving forward on a small screen reboot of the 1985 cult comedy classic Real Genius, turning it into a single-camera sitcom.

Workaholics co-executive producer Craig Digregorio is co-writing and executive producing the pilot episode alongside Parks and Recreation's David King.

The Real Genius TV Show has received a script commitment, and is being produced through Adam Sandler's Happy Madison banner and Sony TV.

The series will be a present-day reboot of the movie, set as a workplace comedy. The story will follow the relationship between a rock star-like genius, who was originally played by Val Kilmer, and one of his sheltered, very naive co-workers. Martha Coolidge directed the original, which opened in August of 1985 and grossed $13 million, before becoming a mainstay on VHS during the home video boom of the mid-80s.

Now the next question is, will Val Kilmer return in some capacity?

Real Genius was released August 7th,
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Real Genius Headed to TV, Half Hour Series to be Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison

I'm probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it's a great movie or not, but damn do I love it. I often used to consider Val Kilmer's carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree. Martha Coolidge's 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton's Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott's Kent. I'm itching to watch that movie even as I type this. Will Adam Sandler's Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement? Hard to tell so far, but they're going to have to try because they're making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy. Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show.
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Summer Of '85: 25 Years, 25 Films

The summer of 1985. Has it really been twenty-five years. Wow! I don't really feel old, but its amazing that era was so long ago and yet the memories feel like yesterday. I was ten going on eleven and enjoying my summer break. Though my parents wouldn't let me leave my neighborhood with my friends, they always took me to the cinema as often as they could, which is where my love of movies comes from. I consider myself fortunate to have shared some great movie moments with my family and with my parents coming to town to visit me this summer, we hope to have some more.Hollywood still makes great movies today, but the eighties were a time when most of the movies you saw were good. At least they seemed to be good at that early age. Time can often be cruel and with maturity comes the revelation
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Remake Round-Up: Real Genius, House Party, Toxic Avenger

Well it looks like the remake train rolls on, with news of not one, but Three(!) newly announced remakes on the way – Real Genius, House Party and The Toxic Avenger.

Real Genius

News reaches us from Pajiba that Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are developing a remake of Real Genius, the classic 80’s Val Kilmer comedy about the youngest kid to be accepted into a program for geniuses who teams up with his roommates to develop a high-powered laser, which is stolen by the military and used as a weapon. Apparently a second take on the script is now out to writers… Why? Why? For one, the original film only made $13 million at the box-office, and secondly the film was very much a satire on the cold war era, and Hollywood doesn’t do satire anymore. Oh, and thirdly, how the hell is Columbia going to find someone as kooky
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'Real Genius' and 'House Party' Remakes Being Planned?

'Real Genius' and 'House Party' Remakes Being Planned?
Last month I recommended that Hollywood throw more work at William Atherton, of Ghostbusters, Die Hard and Real Genius fame. I even encouraged the years-old plan for a Real Genius sequel so long as Atherton returned as Jerry Hathaway. Well, that support has gone unnoticed, and instead there's rumor today that Columbia Pictures and original producer Brian Grazer are remaking the 1985 science-nerd comedy. Pajiba has the scoop -- courtesy of their consistently reliable yet anonymous source -- in a post that also brings word of a House Party reboot. Which one hurts your childhood more?

For me, it's definitely Real Genius. I'm imagining computer-generated popcorn overfilling Hathaway's house and romantic leads who aren't quite as awkwardly gender-neutral as Gabe Jarret and Michelle Meyrink. The whole thing slaps this version of me right in the face. Those nerd movies of the '80s, whether as popular as Revenge of the Nerds
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dream cast: hypothetical ‘Real Genius’ movie

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: Real Genius, the 1985 comedy about science geeks, college life, and the military-industrial complex. (This Dream Cast was suggested by reader John. If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.) The original cast included: Chris Knight: Val Kilmer Mitch Taylor: Gabe Jarret Professor Jerry Hathaway: William Atherton Jordan Cochran: Michelle Meyrink Lazlo Hollyfeld: Jon Gries Oh my god, don’t hate me, but I’ve never actually seen Real Genius, so I’m gonna have to sit this one out. Well, sort of. If I had to pick a young Val Kilmer for today, I’d probably go with Michael Cera. I feel I’m constantly picking Cera for teen stuff, but he’s really
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