the goonies sequel

Goonies may never say die, but the multiple attempts to make a sequel to Richard Donner’s ’80s kid adventure classic have. When The Goonies hit theaters in 1985, it was a massive box office hit, becoming one of the top ten highest-grossing films of the year and became a classic in the years to follow. So why was there never a sequel? There have been attempts over the years, with a new take occasionally making headlines, but 35 years later, there’s still nada. In a recent special lockdown reunion with the cast of The Goonies, executive producer Steven Spielberg popped on to explain why a Goonies sequel has not happened.

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Finders Keepers review sundance

On Friday I screened the first great film of the 2015 Sundance film festival. Finders Keepers is a hilarious, bizarre and sometimes devastating documentary about the true life story of two men. Shannon Whisnant purchases a storage unit at auction and is surprised to find a severed human leg inside a used bbq grill. The other man, John Wood, wants his leg back, but Whisnant isn’t about to let that happen.

Read the rest of my Finders Keepers review and see a clip from the film, embedded after the jump.

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Fargo TV trailer

Fargo, the series, follows in the footsteps of Fargo, the movie, with the blessing of Ethan and Joel Coen. This isn’t a strict remake, but rather a new “true crime” story that is very much in the vein of the Coen Brothers movie, and which shares the same Minnesota setting and collection of friendly/quirky accents. That said, this new trailer shows that Martin Freeman seems to be doing his darndest to channel William H. Macy’s performance.

Some of the rest of the cast (which includes Billy Bob Thornton, Allison TolmanColin HanksBob OdenkirkKate WalshAdam GoldbergOliver PlattGlenn HowertonJordan PeeleKeegan-Michael KeyJoey King, and Julie Ann Emery) also has their own Coen debt to pay. Whether this will end up being able to stand on its own two feet is open to question now, but this trailer is entertaining enough that we’ll be watching the first episodes of the 10-episode series on FX. Read More »

Bob Odenkirk

After spending four seasons of Breaking Bad trying to evade law enforcement, Bob Odenkirk will switch sides for FX’s Fargo.

The comedian has boarded the ten-part limited series in a supporting role, along with Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Joey King (The Conjuring), Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, and more. Hit the jump to find out which characters the new stars will be playing.

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Today’s Casting Bits all revolve around true stories, though the nature of the tales vary wildly from project to project. After the jump:

  • Adam Goldberg enters final negotiations to play porn star Harry Reems in Matthew Wilder’s Inferno
  • Patricia Arquette gets cast as Reeve Carney’s mom in Jake Scott’s Jeff Buckley biopic
  • Matthew Fox boards Peter Webber’s “inspired by true events” political thriller Emperor

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Aw, poor Dan Byrd. The kid who had such a tough time getting through high school in Easy A is having teenage misfit woes all over again in Norman, the second feature by director Jonathan Segal. Byrd stars as the title character, who’s just lost his mother to a car accident and whose father (Richard Jenkins) is dying of cancer. When Norman accidentally starts a rumor around school that he has stomach cancer, he finds himself dealing with the consequences. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful classmate (Emily VanCamp) who becomes the best thing in his life.

Indie coming-of-age dramedies are a dime a dozen, but early reviews have praised Norman for setting itself apart through strong performances and a genuinely moving story — not to mention its sweet soundtrack, by indie rock star Andrew Bird. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Ray Winstone is currently starring in 44 Inch Chest, which was written by Sexy Beast writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto. Mellis and Scinto have since stopped working together, and Scinto is now poised to make the jump to director. As leading man in his debut Night Flower, he’s tapped a reliable presence: Ray Winstone. From there the cast gets better, as Ben Whishaw and Andrew Garfield are currently in talks to join.

We don’t have many details on the script, which Scinto wrote and is called a “terrifying romantic thriller” in THR‘s report. As shooting is not scheduled to start until this fall we’ll probably have to wait a bit before hearing any more. But having Winstone, Whishaw and Garfield together should be great, and I’m excited to see what Scinto comes up with on his own.

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When it comes to a working actor who humorously perfects the modern guy as a hip scepter for perpetual thought and frazzled irritation, Adam Goldberg holds the key to today’s conflicted kingdom. Like his characters dating back to a break out role in Dazed and Confused and on to an ace performance in 2007’s 2 Days in Paris (a rare romantic comedy that is meaningful and tolerable), part of Goldberg’s charm seems channeled via friendly reluctance. He continues to mine such neurotic territory playing the lead in (Untitled), a surprisingly accessible quasi-satire of the contemporary New York art world.

Portraying a struggling artist named Adrian Jacobs who composes abstract atonal music—and weighs suicide at age 30 for the sake of integrity—Goldberg captures, often in silence, the nagging doubts and petty contradictions of a personality burdened by the mythical qualifiers for “real art” and the “true artist.” Standing in face of this absorbed ethos is Adrian’s brother, who rakes in tons of dough and a thick coat of normalcy with abysmal paintings sold to tasteless lobbies all over the world. (Untitled) features a romantic subplot that’s distracting and predictable, but watching Goldberg maintain composure alongside absurd (and absurdly rich) artists, especially a hustler played by the Vinnie Jones, will ring true throughout any metropolitan art scene. Goldberg talked with /Film about his opinions on the character, his fabled performance as The Hebrew Hammer, and what he’s been up to at home, and totally content, in Los Angeles.

Hunter Stephenson: Hi Adam. What surprised me most about (Untitled) is that it doesn’t pander directly to New York audiences. It’s more accessible, almost like a mainstream movie that skewers an elitist niche.  Would you agree with that? And are you surprised by how few comedies have examined the art world?

Adam Goldberg: Yeah, a few people have compared it to Art School Confidential, but I guess there aren’t many films about the art world. And obviously, it’s set in New York for practical reasons because that’s the most symbolic place, but it didn’t really even need to take place contemporarily. It’s really has an anywhere-anytime sort of vibe, because it’s about these loftier ideas, like “What is art?” and “What is music?” And, you know, what is the value of something and how things are valued. So, it’s definitely not indigenous to New York culture. A lot of the music my character makes in the film is actually based on what people were doing in the late ’60s and early ’70s, which is funny because my character fancies himself being on the cutting edge and new school. But it’s hardly revolutionary.

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(Untitled) Movie Trailer


There are a bunch of movies opening this Friday, which explains the abundance of new movie trailers hitting the interwebs today: Gentleman Broncos, Law Abiding Citizen, The Fourth Kind and now the trailer for (Untitled). Yes, that’s the name of the movie — Untitled. And I’m not talking about the brilliant but flawed director’s cut of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, which yes, too, was released under the non-title Untitled (but without the brackets).

Adam Goldberg stars as a musical modern art creator who, well, creates nonsense. (Untitled) is notable for a couple reasons. First off, (Untitled) was directed by Jonathan Parker, who was the writer, director, producer and composer of Bartleby, the absurd 2001 indie adaptation of Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener And no, that film isn’t anything to write home about, but its just so strange that I often find myself recommending it to those who love fringe films. Secondly, Untitled premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, where it recieved some good buzz amongst audience members (but not the trades).

It certainly doesn’t look like a movie for everyone. Watch the trailer embedded below, and leave your thoughts in the comments.
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The Jetsons MovieEarlier today LatinoReview posted a rumor that Sin City director Robert Rodriguez was in talks to direct a live-action feature film of The Jetsons. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the story, claiming the film is in development at Warner Bros.

But that’s not all, the trade paper also claims that Rodriguez has met with Will Ferrell to helm a big screen adaptation of the 1970’s television show Land of the Lost.

Rodriguez has a history of children films including the Spy Kids trilogy, and would be a perfect fit for a special effects laden effort like The Jetsons. Land of the Lost sounds like a bad idea any way you look at it, even if Ferrell is involved. The good news is that Fanboys scribe Adam Goldberg has already finished a Jetsons script, while Land of the Lost is said to be much earlier in the development cycle. Let’s hope Rodriguez picks The Jetsons.

The Jetsons followed the antics of the George Jetson family, set in a utopian future world with flying cars, holograms, and a robot maid named Rosie. Most people considered it The Flintstones in space.

Did You Know: Hanna-Barbera only produced 24 episodes of The Jetsons, when the show ran from 1962-1963. The show continued to be re-run on Saturday mornings for decades until the show’s growing popularity led to further episodes being produced for syndication between 1985 and 1987.

The show spawned a few direct to television/view movies, and one animated feature film (in 1990).