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.

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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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With all the 25th anniversary Back to the Future hoopla recently, one film that has been grossly overshadowed is The Goonies. The classic Richard Donner directed, Steven Spielberg produced adventure story is also celebrating its silver anniversary in 2010 with a brand new Blu-ray release on November 2. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Brothers held a special anniversary event on their lot in Burbank, CA and stars Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Quan, Robert Davi, Lupe Ontiveros, Joe Pantoliano as well as casting director Mike Fenton and Donner were on hand to discuss the film. Of course, much of the talk centered on the possibility of a sequel and then Donner mentioned that not only might The Goonies become a musical, there’s actually already a treatment out there. We’re got more after the jump. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Lost Boys 3: The Thirst

Lost Boys: The Thirst
Okay, I’ve grown to accept that we’ll never get a real sequel to The Lost Boys. The 2008 straight-to-DVD sequel Lost Boys: The Tribe was beyond horrible. Warner Home Video has produced a third film, and this time around it looks like it focuses on the return of the Frog brothers. I’m not saying Lost Boys: The Thirst looks good, but at least it puts Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander back in the spotlight, instead of just assigning them to secondary characters.

The first trailer has been released online, and can be watched after the jump. If anything, this trailer makes me want to revisit the original again. But it doesn’t look entirely horrible, does it?
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Let’s throw a wrench into this Lost Boys assembly line, shall we? Filming on the second sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst, is set to begin in early November (in Capetown, South Africa, no less) with Corey Feldman reprising his role as the moody vampire slayer, Edgar Frog. If you managed to fall into a sewer over the last year, the Crack Fox no doubt introduced you to Lost Boys: The Tribe, the worst vampire film to feature “extreme” skateboard stunts and tribal tatts in history. Death by direct-to-DVD. But wait! Based on the plot of Lost Boys 3, which contains a sparkly nod to Twilight, the next installment sounds even worse…

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