Somedays I wish I could post two or three videos in VOTD. But the title of the daily column is kind of limiting. I just came across this wonderful video clip from Corey Haim and Corey Feldman’s A&E reality show The Two Coreys which shows Haim having a mental breakdown on the set of The Lost Boys 2. We really really want to support Haim, but it’s hard to get someone who is ready to self destruct at any given moment. Check it out below.
We here at Slashfilm have been pressing Warner Bros. to release The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe theatrically for some time. Tonight, the first image of a vampire from the film has surfaced at STYD, and I’m a little iffed. While the images of Corey Feldman‘s return as Edgar Frog show promise, as did the recent announcement that Corey Haim will definitely be in the film, this image screams direct-to-DVD to me. Compare the shot below of Kiefer Sutherland’s vampire, David, from the 1987 classic to this steakhead vampire above.
Now, the vampires in the sequels are reportedly surfers, which might explain the rather cheesy subtitle. This reminds me, hey studio people: simplify it to The Lost Boys 2. The original title’s inspiration is the Lost Boys in Peter Pan, who were already a tribe of sorts. Adding “The Tribe” is just a bad sign for America, really. And as we all know, surfers go two ways: steakhead jock idiots and “divine princes of decadence” like Bunker Spreckels. And then there’s Bodhi from Point Break who mixed them together and pulled it off, which is as hard to do as looking cool in a pair of crocs while working at Wal-Mart.
The necklace on this vampire is beyond cheesy. When The Lost Boys came out, the biker vampires in that flick reached highs of coked-out ’80s overindulgence and super-cool matched only by Axl Rose. Back to this new image: there’s also the tiki torch in the back, which connotes “steakhead surfer stereotype” and teen shows like The O.C. And is the vampire wearing a punk-studded bracelet? I can’t tell. If so, stupes. He’s also bald, which is Kelly Slater-ish, but also reminds me of Neil Strauss in The Game and that’s always a sign to stay away from something. Surfers have rock star hair, it’s a fact, why not utilize that, while paying a lil’ homage to the Aqua Net-junkie ’80s originals?
The fangs are a little too pronounced. The blood can go either way. This photo was released to satisfy the gore hounds. The girl’s bikini/dress is kind of stupid, generic and unhot, and The Lost Boys is about sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and staying young forever, maybe in that order. I’m not giving up on the film, but after all of the “we get it” and the “original is a classic, we won’t screw this up” promises from screenwriter Hans Rodionoff and director P.J. Pesce, this image is disconcerting because it doesn’t get it. You can still make this sequel with a modest budget and have it be awesome, there is no excuse. If this turns out to be The Lost Boys with Seth Cohen and it does go to theaters after fans fought ferociously for it to, prepare for a battle comparable to, I dunno, Axl Rose vs. Tommy Hilfiger.
Discuss: Does the new vampire image impact whether you’ll see The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, one way or the other?
I’ve written 29 news stories in the last 48 hours, yet, believe it or not, wasn’t able to get to everything I’ve wanted to show you. I usually let go of these “missed opportunities”. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day. But I’ve decided to make it a new years resolution (yes, an early one) to compile some these passed over gems in a new “Page 2” link blog. Basically, Page 2 will contain all the news not fit to print. I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing this, but we’ll see. You are reading the introduction to the first edition. Don’t turn away and don’t underestimate their value, some good links can be found below.
Emmy Rossum (Poseidon), Eriko Tamura (Heroes), and newcomer Joon Park (Speed Racer) have joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball Z. Meh! [THR]
Principal Photography has wrapped on Punisher: War Zone. More Meh! [SHH]
James Bond star Daniel Craig might have inadvertently given away the title to the upcoming Casino Royale sequel. Rumor has it that the film will be titled “007” because, as Craig explained “the first movie dealt with him earning his 00 status and now he is 007 for the first time”. [AICN]
Universal has put the Smokin Aces‘ direct-to-DVD prequel on hold until the writers strike is over. Apparently the studio’s budget of the current script draft came in at $17 million, which isn’t too far off from the original theatrical film. When the strike is over, the writers will be brought back in to do some chopping. Joe Carnahan writes: “We’ve already made contact with most of the actors we want to return but we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeve and some surprises.” [SmokinJoe]
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the screenwriters are on strike. Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody has found a way to spend some of her free time. She will now be writing a weekly column in Entertainment Weekly called Binge Thinking (clever). The first column is about Juno’s unexciting press tour. And better yet, you can read it online for free. Hey, it’s better than Stephen King’s column (as if that’s an accomplishment). Congrads to Diablo on the new gig. [EW]
John Singleton has been confirmed as the director of the big screen adaptation of The A-Team. Just what we need, another bad television adaptation. [cine]
Jessica Simpson‘s latest movie is such a stinker, it’s being released direct to DVD. [Perez]
Wizard Magazine cast Ray Park as Snake Eye in their version of a live-action G.I. Joe movie nearly seven years ago. [TMB]
Did You Know: In the late-1980’s, Pixar was developing a the Oscar winning short film Tin Toy into a christmas special titled “A Tin Toy Christmas.” The project got shelved but later became the inspiration for Toy Story. [Jim Hill]
The X-Files 2 is now in production, and set photos are beginning to leak. Check out this new one of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. [CS]
The Lost Boys 2 writer Hans Rodionoff is working on a four-issue limited comic book series for Wildstorm on the Frog Bros. Rodionoff says, the series will “bridge the movies together – what Edgar and Alan Frog were doing between the first movie and the second one. We’ll get to play with Haim’s character a little bit.” I’m in. [Shock]
It seems like the report from last week might be true after all. Rumor had it that Corey Haim might not be able to film his scenes in The Lost Boys 2 DVD sequel due to visa issues. Now Warner Bros has released the official press release announcing the project, and Corey Haim is not even mentioned.
If I was Warner Bros, I would rewrite a scene or two in the script that could be shot in an interior set in the United States just so Haim makes an appearance. It seems like the couple hundred thousand to make that possible will make it worth it for long time fans of the original film. Check out the full press release, which includes full cast information, plot details and more, after the jump.
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I haven’t been this excited to se a direct to DVD movie since, well, never. And now Corey Haim’s manager told MTV that Haim might not appear in the Lost Boys sequel after all.
Apparently major logistical obstacles exist, concerning the immigration problems Haim may have in traveling in and out of the country (the film is being shot in Vancouver). I guess Warner Bros is currently working with the US Government to “rectify these issues.”
Let’s hope they figure it out, because a Lost Boys sequel with Corey Feldman but not Corey Haim seems, so much less appealing.
When Warner Bros announced that they were making a sequel to The Lost Boys, we were furious. Not only was it a sequel, but a direct-to-dvd sequel. Those are notoriously the worst because they usually became a remake of the original featuring an entirely new cast of bad actors and a horribly revamped script.
But there is good news afterall, according to Bloody-Disgusting – the two-Corey’s are back! Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander are returning as the Frog Brothers, and Corey Haim will be reprising his role as Sam Emerson. Not only that but Angus Sutherland, Keifer’s half-brother (and son of Donald Sutherland) will star as this film’s vampire villian. How cool is that? Tad Hilgenbrink (Amusement) and Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) are signed to star in the film. Let’s hope they aren’t in the film too much.
The original film was released in 1987, and followed a group of kids from Santa Clara, CA who come up against a gang of motorcycle riding teenage vampires. Keifer Sutherland played the big bad vampire leader in the original, which was directed by Joel Schumacher.
From Dusk Till Dawn 3 director P.J. Pesce will start shooting The Lost Boys: The Tribe next week. I don’t know how they did it, but Warner Home Video all of a sudden got me excited about a direct-to-dvd sequel. Sure, it will probably suck – but at least it will feel like a somewhat real sequel.
Last month on their new reality television show, Feldman broke the news to his best friend Haim that Warner Brothers were making a direct-to-dvd sequel without them. Haim started crying. You can watch that footage here.
If you didn’t know, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman have a new reality television show on A&E. You must watch this video clip which features Corey Haim hitting rock bottom when he hears from Feldman that there is a Lost Boys direct to dvd sequel and he wasn’t asked to be a part of the cast. We wrote about the sequel back in January, and much like Haim we also cried (okay, may-be not – but we got really angry – I swear). Check out the video clip after the jump.
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Nothing bothers me more than a movie studio ruining my childhood favorites with direct to DVD sequels. Don’t get me wrong, I can understand the market of a Wild Things 3, Dukes of Hazard 2 or even American Pie series spin-offs. But when the studios decide to sequelize good movies purely for home video profit, It makes me very angry.
Late last year it was announced that MGM would be making a sequel to the cult hacker hit War Games, now the studios are aiming for the big guns. Now apparently Warner Bros is considering making making a Gremlins 3 and The Goonies 2 through their direct-to-dvd division.
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