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Chris Columbus may be more known now for his directing work, on the likes of Home Alone, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Mrs Doubtfire, but it was his writing that very much put him on the map in the 1980s. He penned Gremlins in 1984, and The Goonies in 1985, and he's thus involved in the planned reboot of the former, and The Goonies 2 as well.
Las Vegas - When you're in a room with writer, director and producer Chris Columbus, it's almost impossible not to ask about the developing reboots of two of his most beloved projects: 1984's "Gremlins" and 1985's "The Goonies." So I did! First, the good news (or bad, depending on how you look at it): "Gremlins" is most likely going to happen. "'Gremlins' is actually in good shape, we're doing 'Gremlins,'" Columbus told me while promoting "Pixels" at last week's CinemaCon. Moreover, they'll be ripping a page from J.J. Abrams' winning playbook to get fans of the original on board. "When I saw 'Star Trek,' you know, I was like 'this is the way you do it. You have to connect the audience emotionally to the past.' By seeing Leonard Nimoy in that movie," he told me. "And then so obviously a »
- Chris Eggertsen
One of the movies I’m most looking forward to this summer is an Adam Sandler film. You read that right. I said Adam Sandler. While I’ll be the first one to admit his track record has some blemishes, I don’t think Pixels is going to be one of them. In fact, I think Pixels is going to surprise everyone when it turns out to be a lot of fun. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s helmed by Chris Columbus and revolves around a group of 80's gaming champions who are called upon to defend Earth from alien invaders who have misinterpreted our classic arcade games as a declaration of war. Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Kevin James, and Brian Cox round out the cast. As a huge fan of 80s arcade games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede, I can »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Steve is currently in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, and took some time to sit down to interview Chris Columbus, who was there to promote his upcoming film Pixels. Since Columbus wrote Gremlins and The Goonies and is a producer on any future versions of those properties, Steve asked him about the status of any reboots or sequels. Here’s the full video of the interview: [complextv contentid="ludG9vdDqj6QrZnUx2gCUqI5n21pNNwS" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Starting with Gremlins, Columbus said that the reboot was seriously moving forward (we reported earlier this month that they have hired Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia) to pen the script), and that what inspired them was finding a way to blend nostalgia with something new. There’s rumors of a reboot of Gremlins. Is this real? Are you involved? Chris Columbus: It is real. I am involved. When I finished Gremlins, and the first Gremlins was released, I was asked to write the sequel, and said »
- Matt Goldberg
Midnight Run, 1988.
Directed by Martin Brest.
Back in 1988, when Midnight Run was originally released, mismatched buddy movies were all over the place so in order to stand out from the crowd a new buddy movie would need something special to rise to the top. Luckily somebody managed to blag Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II), an actor not known for his comedic prowess back then but fresh off the success of The Untouchables and clearly on top of his game, and a supporting cast featuring the considerable talents of Yaphet Kotto (Live & Let Die), Dennis Farina (Crime Story), Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies »
- Gary Collinson
Everyone knows Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, but did you know he was the king of set visits as well? A few videos have surfaced recently showing the legendary musician on the set of Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon, Richard Donner’s The Goonies and Chris Columbus’ Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The […]
- Germain Lussier
Read More: 7 Clips That Define 'Mad Men,' And What the Cast Has to Say About Them If there's one thing we know about millennials, it's that they love their '80s and '90s nostalgia. Movies like "The Goonies," "The Princess Bride," "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day" regularly show up in the canon of beloved "must-watch" films. So it's not surprising that so many of the most successful films lately have been reboots of famous franchises meant to capitalize on millennial nostalgia. ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," anyone?) "Millennial Mad Men," the new video written and directed by Steven Parkhurst, seeks to make a point about the fragility of depending on nostalgia for box office boost, with a pitch by none other than Don Draper. The video parodies the iconic "Carousel" pitch scene from the hit AMC show's first season by having Don pitch Hollywood clients the concept of rebooting original film. »
- Becca Nadler
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the adaptation Ready Player One for Warner Bros. Back in December, we reported that Warner Bros. was courting a number of high-profile directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn to take on this adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but Steven Spielberg wasn't mentioned in that report. Deadline reports that this project will likely be the director's next movie, after he finishes his Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, which is slated for release next July.
Ready Player One centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company. This »
Ready Player One is an entertaining book that would make for a terrific film if not for licensing headaches. The story takes place in 2044 and revolves around the poverty-stricken Wade Watts, who’s only escape is trying to solve a decades old game from the late James Halliday creator of the worldwide, virtual reality space, Oasis. Working along the lines of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if Wade can progress through the Vr game, he gets to own Oasis, which is pretty much the equivalent of owning the Internet. The trick to beating the game is to figure out how to decipher the clues that are rooted in Halliday’s love of 1980s pop culture. And that’s where a movie gets tricky. In his book, author Ernest Cline could pack in 80s references to his heart’s content (sometimes to the detriment of the story; at points it »
- Matt Goldberg
Wow. So much has happened in Crystal Lake since our last visit. Mrs Voorhees got in over her head. Someone attempted to open another camp, a lot of people went to the lake to relax, and they’re all dead. Oh, and Jason, Mrs Voorhees’ son, isn’t dead. Maybe he didn’t even drown because he’s a full grown man running around the woods killing and maiming. Except for Tommy Jarvis, a young boy who killed Jason in part 4, The Final Chapter. But after the box office returns there was nothing final about that chapter.
Years after his deadly encounter with Jason Voorhees Tommy Jarvis (John Shepard) is being moved to the Pinehusrt Youth Development Center. This halfway house has some pretty odd patients, fat guy who loves chocolate, a stutterer, nymphos, nonspecific sub cultured girl, and a redhead(?). Why are they actually there? Far away from Crystal »
- Jeremy Jones
"You can't please all people sometimes," Miles Teller told MTV about mixed buzz surrounding "Fantastic Four." "When you shoot a movie, especially when it's with this movie and Josh Trank (he has a very specific tone whether it is 'Chronicle' or ['Fantastic Four') but as an actor you don't really know what kind of movie it is until you see them cut it together. Now's the first time we saw any footage, and I was excited, and I know for the most part it seems like the consensus is good." Okay, so it's not exactly a glowing endorsement, but perhaps a reminder that the movie is still months away, folks should probably chill out a bit. At any rate, a few new stills have arrived courtesy of Empire, and one word being tossed around in regards to tone is an interesting one: Amblin. Of course, that's Steven Spielberg »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Running Time: 111 minutes
Hitting cinema screens in 1991 Toy Soldiers was the directorial debut of Daniel Petrie Jr., and it’s finally making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD. Graced with the cult classic title, the film delivers a balance of action, adventure and a hint of comedy. There are some off the wall moments, but it all adds to the charm of a 90s teen movie.
Set in The Regis School, or “Rejects” School as it’s known by its misfit students, is the last stop boarding school for rebellious teens. Dean Parker (Louis Gossett, Jr.) manages to keep these disorderly boys in check, with the exception of Billy Tepper (Sean Astin) and his friends; Joey (Wil Wheaton), Snuffy (Keith Coogan), Ricardo (George Perez), Hank (T.E. Russell), and »
- Ciham Messouki
It's Tuesday night, and I'm alone in my apartment for the first time in four days. It was nice to spend that kind of stretch with the boys after being at Sundance, and every day, we had things to do. There was a Super Bowl party, our first together, and an all-media screening of "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water," as well as a play date with their buddies Dash and Beck. There was also always, though, a constant pressure to watch something. It's not from me, either. They are voracious, and now that they've got their own shelf of movies that they haven't seen but are allowed to see at the apartment, they are always in the middle of some negotiation with me about what they're going to watch and when. Lately, they've become infatuated with the idea of the double-feature, and I've learned that the best way »
- Drew McWeeny
To celebrate the release of Ragnarok: The Viking Apocalypse, the fast-paced throwback to the kind of old-school Spielberg action we all grew up on – coming to DVD 2nd February 2015 – we have a copy to giveaway courtesy of Studiocanal.
Fast-paced, gripping but most of all fun, Ragnarok is ridiculously entertaining. And, as a bonus extra, it’ll help Marvel fans swot up on viking mythology ahead of Thor: Ragnarok. So, exciting And educational, what more could movie fans want?
Pre-order via Amazon.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, February 8th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…
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- Gary Collinson
Seth Grahame-Smith is a very busy man. Not only has he recently completed the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel sequel 'The Last American Vampire', he has a ton of screenplays on his plate that include Beetlejuice 2, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Stephen King's It. He is also adapting Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, which was turned into a cult classic back in 1983. His version, though, is going to be slightly different.
Seth Grahame-Smith is setting his Something Wicked This Way Comes in the 80s, whereas the original was set in the 30s. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he teased that the movie will feel like one of Steven Spielberg's earlier efforts, comparing it to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Goonies.
"I can't help but think of this in sort of Amblin terms. Boys riding bikes, out on their own, exploring and »
When the director of a movie says it’s going to happen, you generally believe it’s going to happen. That’s what occurred last spring with Richard Donner, director of The Goonies, said “We’re doing a sequel.” That was news to some of the film’s stars, like Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. Astin seemed confident the film […]
The post There’s A Good Reason Why ‘Goonies 2′ Hasn’t Happened Yet appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World") and Sofia Carson ("Disney's Descendants") are set to star in "Further Adventures in Babysitting," a Disney Channel original telemovie said to be "inspired by" Chris Columbus‘ 1987 comedy classic "Adventures in Babysitting" (aka. "A Night on the Town").
The original starred Elizabeth Shue as a babysitter who winds up getting into some crazy situations with three kids she’s supposed to be babysitting. While it performed only so-so at the box-office, it became a big hit on video and TV. These days it's seen as a seminal film of the decade like "The Goonies" and "The Breakfast Club".
An attempt was made back in 2007 to remake it with Raven Symone, that version thankfully fell through. This telemovie take will be penned by Tiffany Paulsen ("Nancy Drew") and deals with two competing babysitters who go on the hunt for a missing child.
From the sounds of it, »
- Garth Franklin
Producer Frank Marshall is out doing press this week at the TCA Winter Press Tour and has spoken about both the next film in the Jason Bourne franchise, as well as the long-gestating sequel to the beloved family adventure film "The Goonies".
As we know, the next 'Bourne' film sees both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the franchise, and as a result the next film featuring Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross character from "The Bourne Legacy" is being pushed back.
Collider spoke with Marshall and asked if there is any plans for Renner's Cross to crossover with Damon's Bourne. Marshall says: "We don't have plans for that. You never know. I never say never. But that's not the plan. They're on separate tracks."
Marshall says the main reason Damon and Greengrass are returning is that they now have a story everyone is keen to do: "It was »
- Garth Franklin
Director Richard Donner literally 'broke' the internet back in April of last year when he told TMZ that The Goonies 2 was happening with the entire cast set to return. We haven't heard much since that time, aside from both Corey Feldman and Sean Astin saying they were game for the movie. A few days after Richard Donner broke the news, he claimed that Steven Spielberg had a story ready to go. Even if that was truly the case, Collider recently caught up with producer of both the original and the sequel, Frank Marshall, who confirms that there is no script written...Yet!
This doesn't mean the long-anticipated sequel isn't happening. It also doesn't mean we'll ever see it either. Frank Marshall is careful to clarify exactly where everyone stands on the movie, explaining that we'll eventually see it once everyone is happy with the story. He also makes the »
The TCA Winter Press Tour is in full swing, and on Thursday, HBO brought out a star-studded line-up of talent that included Queen Latifah for the original movie Bessie, Bryant Gumbel for his sports journalism series Real Sports, the casts of The Brink and Togetherness, and documentary directors Alex Gibney for Sinatra: All or Nothing at All and Andrew Jarecki for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. After the panel for the Sinatra documentary, which will be an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, executive producer Frank Marshall took some time to chat about some upcoming and possible future features. He talked about getting Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass back to the Bourne franchise because they found a story that everybody responded to, and that Jeremy Renner is still a part of the franchise but there are no »
- Christina Radish
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