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Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
I've watched Bill Murray in the 1988 classic Scrooged every year since its release. Directed by Richard Donner (known for a few other favorites of mine: The Toy, The Goonies, Ladyhawke and Radio Flyer), Scrooged holds a special place in my heart for many reasons.
For one, the movie has quintessential late 80s New York City charm. I had never visited NYC before moving there from small-town West Texas, and I lived there for 12 years. When I arrived off the turnip truck, the only images I had in my head were from childhood movies and TV shows. Scrooged was one of them, along with Sesame Street, Baby Boom, When Harry Met Sally, Wall Street, etc. It turns out Scrooged was closer to the truth, but in a good way. »
- Stephanie Baker
The Golden Age of teen and tween adventure movies was found in the 1980s and 1990s. Many of our readers were brought up on the films of these decades, or were old enough to enjoy them as adults. Yet the people who wrote the stories and dialogue never became as famous as the directors or child stars.
While childhood wish-fulfillment epics like Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985) made writers like Chris Columbus Hollywood mainstays, and John Hughes reigned as king of the coming-of-age films, not everyone was so lucky – even if their films still enjoy sizable cult followings.
But we can’t help but wonder: whatever happened to those writers that caught lightning in a bottle once, and never again? Never ones to leave stones un-turned, we’ve done the digging to answer the question: ‘80s & ’90s Cult ...
Click to continue reading ’80s & ’90s Cult Movie Writers: Where Are They Now? »
- Andrew Dyce
Josh Brolin has had one of the strangest rises to leading man status imaginable. Though he kicked off his career in The Goonies, he spent the next twenty years of his career in supporting parts, and on television with little success. Then came 2007, where he was not only in four big movies, he was great in all of them and the lead in No Country for Old Men. Now he’s a star and he’s one of the three leads of Gangster Squad. We had a chance to talk with Josh Brolin on set about the movie and his career, and that interview follows after the jump. Question: Can you talk about the fascination and the glamor of the gangster life, and what you know about it? Josh Brolin: Well it’s hit kind of a mythological place for me in that I have no knowledge of it »
- Andre Dellamorte
If there is any topic of pop culture that makes me feel more nostalgic than, say, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it would have the be the 1985 film, The Goonies. Now, Nickelodeon’s new animated reboot series featuring the infamous young turtles is delivering something truly marvelous. It’s an impromptu Goonies reunion! That’s right, two actors from the cult classic are now voicing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Astin was Mikey, the lead protagonist of Goonies. Gollum also referred to him as the “stupid, fat, hobbit”, when he played LotR‘s Samwise Gamgee. According to TV Guide, Astin‘s new role is that of my personal favorite turtle, Raphael. You remember. He’s the one with the red mask and twin sai weapons. »
- Sasha Nova
The Goonies never say die, and here's proof. More than 27 years after the fan favorite film was released, two of its stars are back together, this time on TV.
Corey Feldman recently joined Sean Astin in the sound booth at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., where the two recorded voiceovers for a Season 2 episode of Nickelodeon's hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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- Michael Schneider
Even though we are three years away from Star Wars Episode VII, a lot of actors are sharing their enthusiasm for the new chapters in this popular franchise, and how they would love to have a part in these new films. Talking to MovieWeb, Corey Feldman (The Goonies, The Lost Boys) expressed his interest in possibly playing Han Solo's son. More below: "More than anything, I want a part in that new Star Wars franchise. I think that is a great idea. But what I would like to see in the development of those next three movies is that they bring back all of the original characters, as they are still alive. And you can make them the older generation. Then, whether its their kids, or a bunch of new young soldiers, or Jedis, or warriors... Whatever it is, I would certainly like to be a part of that new »
Seems a guy named Lance Ford wanted to take that unexpected Journey as well, and has mashed up the trailer for "The Hobbit" with some choice cuts from 1985's best kids booby trapped pirate treasure romp.
Of course there's an extra layer of humor given that Sean Astin, he who portrayed Samwise the Brave in Peter Jackson's original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, also starred in "Goonies" back when he didn't need CGI trickery to appear tiny.
Casting pock-faced Robert Davi as Gandalf is a little jarring, but it works, and you just know who appears in place of Gollum… "Sloth… Loves… Precious!!!"
- Max Evry
Star Wars: Episode VII is the sequel of the century. Despite three unpopular prequels, fans have regained their love and enthusiasm for George Lucas' sci-fi fantasy franchise. All of that goodwill was recently resurrected by Walt Disney Pictures, who are now promising a new film every two years, indefinitely, starting in 2015.
Fans aren't the only ones excited about the prospect of more Star Wars movies. A lot of actors are throwing their hat into the ring, wishing for a role in this highly coveted space adventure. Robert Pattinson recently came forward, saying he'd play Jar Jar Binks if it meant being a part of this sprawling universe. Now, Lost Boys actor Corey Feldman, who got his start working for Steven Spielberg in such classics as Gremlins and The Goonies, wants a piece of the action.
"More than anything, I want a part in that new Star Wars franchise."
Chicago – Actor Corey Feldman, the star of iconic films such as “The Goonies,” “Stand by Me” and “The Lost Boys,” took part in an exclusive interview with Indie Outlook, the independent film blog launched by Hollywood Chicago staff writer Matt Fagerholm. Feldman discussed his new role in Joe Raffa’s supernatural thriller, “6 Degrees of Hell,” which is now available on DVD.
Fagerholm will return to Vocalo 89.5Fm on Friday, November 30th, for the third installment of its Indie Outlook series highlighting the hottest cinematic tickets in town. Hollywood Chicago’s own Pat McDonald appeared on the most recent Indie Outlook podcast for an in-depth dissection of two new biopics offering a backstage glimpse of the undisputed Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Sacha Gervasi’s theatrically released trifle, “Hitchcock,” serves up a witty yet watered down version of Hitch (played with droll glee by Anthony Hopkins), while Julian Jarrold’s “The Girl »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
As an 80s baby, the films from the retro age are reminiscent of my childhood. I’m sure, whether born during the 80′s or not, many of you would agree that the array of cinematic classics that were born on screen at that time should never ever be remade…
The negative views towards remaking 80s films isn’t helped by recently disappointing attempts such as dystopian sci-fi action movie Total Recall (2012). However, that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from churning out renovations of classic movies from its film factory. Currently in the works are: RoboCop remake due in 2014; delayed Ghostbusters 3 sequel to be confirmed; Star Wars: Episode VII due in 2015; and even talks of a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining!
So with these trends of creating a seemingly new nostalgia for future generations (although they could never emulate the original films), I wonder which films could actually work as a remake/reboot. »
- Nafissa Jeetoo
Ever since Corey Feldman (Lost Boys, The Goonies) voiced purple bandanna wearing Turtle Donatello in the original Tmnt movie, the various incarnations of the character since seem to have taken some inspiration from him. Some of the other actors from the original movies have expressed their displeasure at the direction the Michael Bay produced reboot is taking, but Feldman has remained a staunch supporter. A lot of fans seem to want him back in the role too, and now in an interview with Movieweb, the former Frog brother reveals that he has been in contact with Bay - not necessarily about returning, but it sounds like it was at least discussed.. "..I will say this much. Michael Bay and I have become social acquaintances. We have traded cell phone numbers. We have been in communication. I have let him know that I support the project. He has let me know »
In Cameron’s recent article about growing up in the ‘90s-‘00s and why this was the best time to be growing up with cinema, he raises some valid points. In the article he mentions that he’s 20 years of age and often receives pity regarding the cinematic era that defined his adolescence. Now this rebuttal is not to pity him or anyone of a similar age. Seeing The Lord of the Rings trilogy at a more impressionable age will no doubt justifiably create some wonderful memories and being a kid and having a new Pixar film to celebrate almost every year is something a child of any generation would appreciate. But as a child of the ‘80s and around 10 years his senior, it felt a response was in order.
The ‘80s was an era now too often clouded in nostalgia (anyone actually watched The Goonies recently? It’s basically »
- David Howland
We’re happy to announce that Tamika Jones is expanding her role on Daily Dead and is taking over the Indie Spotlight. For today’s feature, she brings readers two short horror films to watch, along with the latest indie horror news sent our way:
6 Degrees of Hell Premiere: “Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies) will be in attendance for the Los Angeles premiere of 6 Degrees of Hell. Joined by writer and producer B.H. Smith, the screening will include a Q&A following the film and a horror trivia game, with such prizes as signed scripts, posters and movie packs.
In Northeast Pennsylvania, ”Uncle Jack’s Hotel of Horror” is besieged by a dark presence after two friends of “Uncle” Jack, Chris and Kellen, unwittingly release a deadly evil by transporting local psychic Mary Wilkins’ collection of haunted objects as props for the popular tourist attraction. At the same time, »
- Tamika Jones
In anticipation of the November 27th Blu-ray/DVD release of 6 Degrees of Hell (review here), the film will be having its Los Angeles premiere a week earlier on the 20th with star Corey Feldman and writer/producer B.H. Smith in attendance.
The screening will include a Q&A following the film and a horror trivia game with such prizes as signed scripts, posters, and movie packs. It all happens at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Click here for tickets.
Breaking Glass Pictures is releasing 6 Degrees of Hell, which was directed by Joe Raffa (You'll Know My Name) and stars Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), Jill Whelan ("The Love Boat"), Brian Anthony Wilson (Limitless), Faust Checho (The Fields) and newcomers Nikki Bell, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, David J. Bonner and Raffa himself.
The Blu-ray and DVD will come complete with an impressive selection of special features, »
- The Woman In Black
Chicago – Sean Astin has distinguished himself through two memorable roles – that of the title character in the Notre Dame film “Rudy” and as Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. But not many people know that he is a passionate civic supporter, once serving as campaign manager for his friend Dan Adler, who didn’t survive a congressional ballot runoff in 2011.
Born Sean Patrick Duke in Santa Monica, California, Astin made his film debut in the legendary “The Goonies” at age 13. After doing supporting roles in notable films like “War of the Roses” (1989) and Memphis Belle (1990), Astin did a memorable turn as the lead in “Rudy” (1993) as a million-to-one student athlete for the Notre Dame football team. His next act was the iconic “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy from 2001-03, where his Sam Gamgee character and the rest of the Lotr universe will live in cinema history. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Last night while watching Arsenal getting battered three-nil by Reading, I went on to Twitter to gloat that my hometown team were beating a team that should be playing better (they eventually went on to lose in a hilarious fashion). However what I didn’t find on Twitter was my usual rabble of followers talking about this exciting football game, but rather something much more exciting – Disney had bought Lucasfilm.
Then I saw the even bigger news – Disney had announced another Star Wars trilogy. My head started to spin…
To be honest, even after sleeping on the idea and »
John Cusack (The Paperboy, Hot Tub Time Machine) is set to star in a film adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cell. This will mark the third time the actor has starred in a King adaptation ,having featured in the 1986 film Stand by Me alongside River Phoenix (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Corey Feldman (The Goonies), as well as more recently in 1408, which co-starred Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction).
The book is described as follows:
Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone. In the panic to get »
Fame – that feisty, fickle mistress. Where talent and hard work are not prerequisites and no guarantee of success. Where A listers are attending gala dinners one minute and the next are mincing around the docks, waving a sign that says “sailors, get it here”.
In honour of this often cruel yet always beguiling temptress (as well as feeding the lurid gluttony of those who glory in the downfall of others) this list contain such names that fell foul of Tinseltown, whose link to the silver screen simply became the chunky cathode ray sat in the corner of their living rooms.
Some of the names you’ll suddenly remember, some you’ve never forgotten, and some will make you wonder: “didn’t I see him down at the docks, toting a handmade sign inviting sailors to come and make friends?”
And so, off we go!
10. Corey Feldman
You might be inclined »
- Justin Briggs
Albert Espinosa's initially beguiling account of his 10-year battle with cancer is spoilt by self-help hokum
"Humorous Spanish books about cancer" is probably a small section at your library. "Humorous Spanish books about cancer that mention Gary Lineker" is probably an even smaller sub-genre. In fact, it likely includes only this strange self‑help memoir.
Aged 14, Albert Espinosa was a typical football-obsessed schoolboy from Barcelona. Then doctors found a malignant bone tumour in his left leg. His parents were told he had a 3% chance of survival and maybe a month to live. Just as they reached the airport to jet off for one last holiday together, the Espinosa family decided to turn back and fight. Albert spent the next decade in hospital, losing a leg, a lung and part of his liver. He learned to walk four times and endured gruelling amounts of chemotherapy – 83 sessions, to be precise.
- Michael Hogan
Responsible for pop-culture TV phenoms The Oc and Gossip Girl, writer Josh Schwartz knows a little something about dramatizing life as a teenager on screen. “The stories that I keep getting drawn back to are coming of age stories,” admits the 36-year-old. So it’s no surprise that his first big-screen outing would be the comedy Fun Size, opening today, about teen Wren (Victorious’s Victoria Justice) searching for her missing younger brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) on Halloween night. Schwartz gave EW some of the comedy classics that inspired his directorial debut.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
“It’s a comedy with a teenage girl at its center, »
- Tim Stack
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