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The horror movie undertones of The Goonies

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As the new film of Stephen King’s It dominates the box office, a look at its spiritual cousin, The Goonies

Currently dominating the global box office is the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It. The book has provided the source material already for one production that scared the lights out of a generation – who can forget Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise the clown? – and the new film has been keen to repeat the trick. With no shortage of success, as it happens. Clowns are already reporting a decline in business.

It was when Mark Kermode reviewed the film on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme, though, that he described the new It movie not as a horror, but an adventure horror. And the inevitable line was drawn back to the mighty The Goonies.

The overlaps are clear. A group of young misfits find
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Slideshow, News: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland From Sep. 9-11, 2016

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Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition will be this weekend – September 9th-11th, 2016 – at the Hilton/O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. (details below). Joe Arce of will be there to photograph the stars, and offers a Slideshow featuring the celebrities who attended the 2015 event.

Scheduled to appear at the 2016 Hollywood Show are Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company), Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”), Oscar nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, Morgan Fairchild (“Falcon Crest”) and Jan Michael Vincent (“Airwolf”), among many other favorites from “Three’s Company,” “My Three Sons,” and “The Waltons.” There is a fee for autographs and pictures, and the show offers a huge memorabilia market.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to
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The Goonies Never Say Die This Weekend Midnights at The Tivoli!

“C’mon Mikey, give me a lickery kiss!”

The Goonies (1985) plays this weekend (July 29th and 30th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

Four kids – Mikey (Sean Astin), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), Mouth (Corey Feldman) and Data (Ke Huy Quan) who call themselves “The Goonies” finds a map in the attic of Mikey’s house. Their beloved neighborhood is about to become a golf course, so they go out on an adventure to find lost buried treasure. Unfortunately, three crooks Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) with her sons Jake (Robert Davi) and Francis (Joe Pantoliano) are also seeking the treasure.

One of the most beloved movies of the 80’s, The Goonies is a timeless adventure from director Richard Donner and producer Steven Spielberg that has stood the test of time.

The Goonies has youth, fun, and excitement by the truckload but also
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‘The Goonies: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’ Blu-ray Review

There are few movies that tap into what it is to be a child, but The Goonies captures it perfectly. It may be adventurous and far-fetched, but that is the adventures we had when we were young. The Goonies: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition blu-ray celebrates the undying love that people have for the movie that never seems to age (even if the actors do).

With their homes in danger from the local rich developers a group of friends set off looking for pirate treasure. Little do they know that they will end up being pursued by the evil Fratelli gang intent on stealing it from them.

The Goonies works because what feels like a perfect storm of writing (by Steven Spielberg who came up with the story and Chris Columbus as screenwriter), directing from Richard Donner and the chemistry between the Goonies themselves. While actors such as Sean Astin,
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1986

From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...

A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.

As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little,
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Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies

For some of the oldsters out there they may recall the 1973 Gamble & Huff-produced R&B hit single “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by the musical group The Intruders. This musical anthem was certainly a lyrical tribute to caring mothers and how their sacrifices shaped our childhood and adulthood. This finger-snapping song definitely captured the spirit of motherly guidance.

Naturally film has had its share of depicting motherhood over the decades. In fact, mothers of all types are presented before our eyes in packages of being nurturing, notorious, nutty, naive and nonsensical. However, there is something so special about the mother-son relationship that rivals the father-daughter dynamic. We have our share of proud Mama’s boys out there roaming about in society.

In Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies we will examine some of the big screen bonds that have been celebrated between the Mommy Dearests
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Corey Feldman Wants a Magical 'Goonies 2' Script

Corey Feldman Wants a Magical 'Goonies 2' Script
The biggest story of the year broke this past weekend when director Richard Donner confirmed that he is moving forward on The Goonies 2 with the entire cast (except for Anne Ramsey and John Matuszak, aka Sloth, R.I.P.) returning to reprise their roles. Was this for real? Or was Richard Donner just continuing to fan the flames of a pipedream that has long been discussed at Warner Bros.? According to original star Corey Feldman, a sequel is most certainly in the works. But will it happen?

Corey Feldman is quite an active voice on Twitter, and confirmed yesterday that director Richard Donner had approached him about The Goonies 2 a few months ago. Of course our beloved Felddog wants to return, but he's heard this story before. Donner has been threatening to make this follow-up for years, and this time, he claims to have Steven Spielberg coming along as an executive producer,
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Donner Says ‘We’re Doing A (Goonies) Sequel’

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“Heyyy Yooou Guuuuys!!!!”

According to director Richard Donner- the man who brought us Superman: The Movie, the Lethal Weapon series, The Omen, and- of course- The Goonies- a sequel to the 1985 classic in the works. Of course, he can probably form a tag team with Dan Aykroyd, because both have had a penchant for drumming up interest for sequels to Goonies and Ghostbusters, respectively, for many years now. It was recently announced Akyroyd’s pipe dream will become a reality soon, and now Donner seems dead serious about his Goonies sequel.

Unprovoked, and unannounced, while being hounded by a TMZ camera man, he volunteered the following information:

He was asked if he’d ever make a comic book movie- since he’s the man that pioneered the genre back in 1978- and he bluntly said, “If you call ‘Goonies’ a comic book.” When the photographer acts surprised, Donner- again- blankly states,
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They're Making A "Goonies" Sequel

Filmmaker Richard Donner has dropped something of a bombshell with news that he's making a sequel to his classic 1985 adventure film "The Goonies".

TMZ was with Donner in person when he confirmed they are doing a sequel. Asked if any of the original film's stars are coming back, he said "hopefully all of them".

Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green, Jeff Cohen, Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano starred in the original about a group of kids set out on an adventure in search of pirate treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure.

Two of the original cast members, Anne Ramsey (Mama Fratelli) and John Matuszak (Sloth) have since passed away. Brolin, Astin, Plimpton, Davi and Pantoliano are all still busy working actors to this day. Green only occasionally acts and now produces films as well, Cohen has become an entertainment lawyer, and
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Hollywood Hillbillies Oscars: The Best in Tough, Mema-esque Nominated Roles

The 2014 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we couldn't help but notice that there's not one, but two women nominated for playing our favorite kind of Oscar–nominated role: the brash, tough-talking older matriarch, a role we affectionately call "the Mema," after Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell's grandmother from Reelz's reality series Hollywood Hillbillies. Of course, a "Mema" isn't nominated every year, but with Jane Squibb from Nebraska and Meryl Streep from August: Osage County both being nominated in a "Mema" role, we thought we'd share some of our favorites "Mema" nominations in advance of this weekend's telecast.

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Ten of the Weirdest Weapons Wielded in Genre Movies and TV

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Ten of the Weirdest Weapons Wielded in Genre Movies and TV
Many horror movie killers have a signature weapon (such as Freddy Krueger's razorblade gloves, Michael Myers' butcher knife, Jason Voorhees' machete, and so on), while other deadly implements are simply picked up in the heat of the moment... which leads to some of cinema's most inspired moments of mayhem. We tend to stand up and take notice when characters get creative with their weaponry, so we decided to spotlight ten of the most unconventional (or just plain bizarre) weapon choices from genre movies and television. Basketball (Deadly Friend) I doubt if anyone thought a basketball could double as a weapon prior to seeing this Wes Craven film, but now it’s impossible to deny that sporting goods are Satan’s playthings. Elvira Parker’s (Anne Ramsey) head literally explodes when the "improved" Samantha (Kristy Swanson) uses her newfound super-strength to lob a basketball at her head with the force of an industrial-strength catapult.
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Gary Collins dies: Legendary TV host was 74

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Legendary TV host and actor Gary Collins died early this morning (Oct. 13) of natural causes at the Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Mississippi. He was 74.

Collins appeared on a number of hit shows in the 1970s like "Charlie's Angels," "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island," but he is best known for hosting the "Hour Magazine" talk show from 1980 to 1988 and the Miss America Pageant from 1985 to 1989.

Collins was married to former Miss America Mary Anne Mobley for 44 years before they separated last year. He has three children: daughter Mary Clancy Collins with Mobley, and Guy Collins and Melissa "Mimi" Collins with his first wife, Susan Peterson.
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Danny DeVito to Honeymoon With Dad

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Danny DeVito, who voiced the title character in The Lorax, will direct the indie comedy Honeymoon with Dad. It's about a Cpa who is left at the altar and goes on his honeymoon trip with his big personality dad, whom he hasn't seen in a long time. DeVito, who also produced and directed the film Matilda, starred in the dark comedy Throw Momma From the Train - which is about a guy on a trip with his nagging mother who won't let him live his life and so he plots to push his mother (Anne Ramsey who was the bad guy's mom in The Goonies) off the train. It sounds awful but it's actually pretty funny. Hopefully, Honeymoon with Dad is equally entertaining!

DeVito currently stars in the FX series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and will make the movie while on hiatus. 

Source: Variety
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Our 15 Favorite Lady Villains in Movies

Everyone loves a bad boy. The snarling mustache twirlers get all of the fame and fortune -- the No. 1 spot on movie-geek lists, the Halloween costumes, the cool quotes -- and none of them have to worry about being called a witch.

But here at NextMovie, we're all about the bad girls. We love a lady who isn't afraid to embrace her nasty side in order to get what she wants.

In honor of "Savages" and Salma Hayek's role as a brutal drug cartel leader, we've gathered up the coolest and cruelest women to grace the silver screen. We're a little worried about ranking them, because if there's one thing we know about these vicious villainesses, it's that they don't like competition. But we did. Now, you read. We'll run.

15. Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in the 'X-Men' Movies (2000-06)

Mystique's level of menace shifts with every new "X-Men" installment.
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"The Goonies" Cast -- Then & Now!

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Hey youuuuuuu guys!"The Goonies" came out 27 years ago this month -- and today, one of the film's stars celebrates his 59th birthday.As one of the Fratelli Brothers, b-day boy Robert Davi terrorized the title characters on their hunt for One-Eyed Willie's long lost treasure.Since the 1985 flick, Davi played a Bond villain in "License to Kill," appeared in cult classic "Showgirls" and starred on "Profiler." Davi, who sang opera in "Goonies," even released an album of Frank Sinatra covers recently and is currently on tour.Unfortunately Anne Ramsey ("Mama Fratelli") passed away from cancer in 1988 -- and former NFL star John Matuszak ("Sloth") died the following year.But what do Robert and the rest of the cast look like today? Check out the gallery above! Read more
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Oscar Snub? Supporting Actress 1987

Witches of Eastwick 25th anniversary week ends this weekend. I intended to do much more but we'll see what little can be conjured still.

Cherries, Oatmeal, Satan and her weak husband just make her sick!

Film Experience Trivia: Veronica Cartwright was the star of the very first episode of Craig's "Take Three" series right here (well, at the old location) in 2010. He spotlighted her work in three genre pieces (Alien in which she was originally cast as Ripley (!!!) , Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Witches of Eastwick) concluding that she is the sci-fi-horror scream queen. On Witches:

Cartwright's skill at creating profoundly memorable characters is none more evident than in Witches: you see the very bile rise up in Felicia's face; she vehemently means every word in her religious rants, summoning up as she does some kind of wicked, wrathful acting goddess. With cherry-scented vomit (or even hospital oatmeal) smeared ungainly across her mouth,
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Clip joint: Mothers

Don't keep mum – help us find cinema's best onscreen mothers

This week's Clip Joint is by writer Nia Jones – follow her on Twitter at @niaserenwib.

Is there anything quite like a mother's love? We are constantly reminded that being a mother requires much more than biology. Teenage Pregnancy has been covered on Clip joint before, but there is nothing more universal than the topic of motherhood. What it means to be a "good" or "bad" mother has been portrayed on screen using a plethora of different guises; over the years, celluloid has provided a plentiful source for diverse and superbly acted depictions of the maternal experience.

1. Chris MacNeil, The Exorcist

Ellen Burstyn's performance is a heart-wrenching and believable portrayal of a woman pushed to emotional and physical despair. After witnessing her daughter Regan's demonic transformation and horrific self-mutilation, agnostic Chris MacNeil is driven beyond her own logical reasoning to consult Father Damien Karras,
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Top 10 movie decapitations

Decapitations have been a horror movie staple for decades. To celebrate this fact, here’s Phil’s list of cinema’s finest choppings, loppings and beheadings…

In onscreen depictions of violence or combat, when it comes to delivering a coup de grace, nothing is quite so effective or final as a decapitation. It’s the death stroke that can illicit applause, gasps, cheers, screams, or make you feel a bit queasy, but no matter what the effect, it seems that you never have to wait too long for another one to come along in the crazy, wacky, world of on-screen carnage.

However, as this list shows, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and movie beheadings have proved endlessly inventive, a fact that explains why something as mundane and straightforward as a guillotine will find no place in this top 10. This list is an attempt to celebrate the most shocking,
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Uphill Both Ways Through The Snow: 8 Super Sh*tty Cinematic Childhood Experiences

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Tomorrow, J.J. Abrams reaches back to a simpler time and ruins the lives of yet another group of precocious children with Super 8. He hearkens back to a simpler time, when kids cruised around to the accompaniment of flapping baseball cards in the spokes of their Schwinns and government-based aliens escaped and terrorized the countryside, only to possibly be thwarted by a rag-tag bunch of youngsters and their camera equipment. (I haven't seen the movie yet, I'm just speculating.)

The gang of children battling some sort of devious childhood menace -- be that hoods who may or may not be responsible for a dead body up to and including invasion by Russian military forces -- is a popular one in cinema. Increasing in severity, I've listed 8 of some of my favorite films about groups of innocent children who are forced to face demons and how they came out either unscathed or majestically scathed.
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Black Swan DVD & Blu-ray Release: Mothers only a mother could love…

Mothers are like bum holes – we’ve all got one. For the most part they are a routine fact of everyday life, occasionally embarrassing, sometimes funny and on the odd occasion down right horrific

This week sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of Darren Aronofsky’ s ballet opus Black Swan, a critical and commercial success that had audiences squirming in their seats with a unique blend of psychological horror and gory body shock. Out on 16th May Black Swan is genuinely a must see movie. Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar for her role as Nina Sayers, a talented young ballerina feeling the pressure of the biggest role of her career, not helped by her overbearing and ever so creepy stage mum played by Barbara Hershey. Hershey’s great performance is integral to Portman’s onscreen melt down and so to celebrate the films DVD release Thn have been
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