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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • One of the key supporting actors from the Indiana Jones franchise wants to return for the fifth film
  • Dwayne Johnson talks about his Fast & Furious spin-off movie
  • John Carpenter clarifies the setting for the new Halloween sequel
  • The Predator gets some electrifying new promo art
  • A new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom banner from a London licensing expo
  • And more!

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a tale of two coreys

Lifetime biopics have become a dime a dozen — especially those saturated in ’80s or ’90s nostalgia. But rarely do they tackle such a heavy topic as that of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, and with the blessing of Feldman, no less.

A Tale of Two Coreys will follow the dark and troubled lives of ’80s child stars and best friends Haim and Feldman, whose struggles with drug addiction and sexual abuse became one of Hollywood’s more ominous cautionary tales. Haim lost his life at age 38 after decades of drug abuse, which reportedly stemmed from being raped at 11.

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License To Drive Remake

Two female leads will be getting their License to Drive.

The ’80s teen comedy originally starring the Two Coreys, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, is getting a gender-bent reboot courtesy of producer John Davis, recently behind big-screen reboots like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Victor Frankenstein. No word yet on whether the movie will bring back Heather Graham, who made her feature film debut in the 1988 film, for a cameo.

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Goonies

There’s been talk of a potential Goonies sequel for, oh, well over a decade at this point, and in 2014 the project finally seemed to be taking a step forward when director Richard Donner officially confirmed that one was in the works. But two years later, the planned sequel doesn’t seem to have made any real forward movement. And according to actor Corey Feldman, there’s a very good chance it never will. See his explanation of why after the jump.  Read More »

Goonies Sequel

As a huge fan of the original Goonies, I was as confused as anyone when director Richard Donner chose TMZ as the outlet to say a sequel was coming. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one. Stars Corey Feldman and Sean Astin were both surprised when Donner came out to talk about The Goonies sequel.

Now, in a new interview, you can watch Feldman and Astin discuss it amongst themselves. Astin says original screenwriter Chris Columbus is back in some capacity and that producers are “actively trying to secure a writer based on an outline that they feel really confident about.” Watch the full video below. Read More »

Today’s TV bits is stuffed to the brim with new project announcements, casting notices, trailers, and much more. After the jump:

  • Mike Judge and Scott Rudin team for Silicon Valley at HBO
  • FX is adapting J. Michael Feldman‘s show Fairy Tale Theater
  • Goonies co-stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman reunite on TMNT
  • The Newsroom casts someone to play a Romney campaign staffer
  • Sean Bean replaces Brendan Fraser in TNT’s spy drama Legends
  • The CW gives freshman drama series Cult a February premiere date
  • Jon Hamm and John Slattery direct more episodes of Mad Men
  • Is Doctor Who uniting all 11 Doctors for an anniversary special?
  • How would you like to create a title sequence for A&E’s Bates Motel?
  • Read an in-depth oral history of beloved cult classic Freaks & Geeks
  • Hannah fails to get a job in a deleted scene from Season 1 of Girls
  • Laura Dern has big plans in the Enlightened Season 2 teaser
  • See a teaser for the Beyonce-directed documentary about Beyonce
  • Check out a production video from the Game of Thrones set
  • Showtime offers up a teaser for season 6 of Californication

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Let’s run through a few sequel-related odds and ends. After the jump:

  • Katee Sackhoff explains why Riddick got an R rating
  • Steven Spielberg reveals that he once offered to do Bond
  • Get your first peek at the horror anthology S-VHS
  • Corey Feldman confirms that Lost Boys, as a series, is dead

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There are two major pieces of Star Wars speculation out there today, followed but a bunch of smaller pieces. Hence this edition of Star Wars Bits, where you can read about the following:

  • Promoting his latest movie Sushi Girl, Mark Hamill says he still isn’t sure if he’ll be back for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Corey Feldman throws his hat in the ring to play of Han Solo’s son.
  • Samuel L. Jackson defends George Lucas and his Star Wars prequels.
  • Angry Birds: Star Wars gets its first DLC this week: Hoth.

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On August 8, 1986 director Rob Reiner began an incredible five film run by releasing a seemingly simple adaptation of a Stephen King novella called The Body. Reiner’s film was called Stand By Me and starred River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell as four young friends who, in 1959, set out on a journey to see a dead body. After initially opening in limited release, the film expanded a few weeks later and became a box office hit, raking in just over $50 million.

As a young boy, though, none of that was important. What was important is when I finally saw Stand By Me, I was at an impressionable enough age that Reiner’s film, so expertly crafted and filled with perfect dialogue and performances, taught me things my parents never would have thought of. I was schooled in the ways of Fifties pop music. I learned what a leech was. I learned how to use “dodge” as verb and I learned how many you got for flinching. What was, on the surface, a seemingly simple adaptation was obviously much more than that and has stood the test of time.

After the jump, read fifteen silly and serious things Stand By Me still teaches us 25 years after its initial release. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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