It was 25 years ago today when audiences first went on the fateful journey with Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Teddy (Corey Feldman), Chris (River Phoenix), and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) into the Oregonian woods to find a dead body. The movie was a sleeper hit when it was released on Aug. 8, 1986, opening in only 16 theaters but then going on to earn more than $50 million at the box office.
Since its release, Stand By Me has become a coming-of-age classic, required viewing for everyone who was young once (yes, that means everyone). To celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary, ReelzChannel is airing the Stand By Me tonight at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT. ReelzChannel is on DirecTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, and available on your cable or satellite system.
What's your favorite scene from Stand By Me (the infamous pie scene is unforgettable)? Who's your favorite character?
RELATED: 25 Things You Might Not Know About Stand By Me >> Posted 08.08.11 by reelz
"I never had any friends later like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?" That memorable line is just one of the many reasons this coming-of-age movie holds up so well. Earlier this year, the Stand By Me cast reunited for the 25th anniversary Blu-ray release.
But we can go one better. We're airing the movie 25 years to the date it first hit theaters — August 8th at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT. ReelzChannel is DirecTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, and available on your cable or satellite system.
To celebrate the anniversary, we dug up 25 great pieces of trivia >> Posted 08.03.11 by reelz
Children of the '80s, prepare to feel a little older. Remember that ragtag team of teens from Stand By Me? In celebration for the 25th anniversary of the release of the 1986 movie and the Blu-ray release, the cast reunited.
Jerry O'Connell (Vern), Corey Feldman (Teddy), Wil Wheaton (Gordie), along with director Rob Reiner and Richard Dreyfuss, who served as the movie's narrator, posed for a group shot at Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake, Calif. Sadly, River Phoenix, who played Chris, died of a drug overdose in 1993 at the age of 23.
One thing to say about this coming-of-age classic is that it was not a one-hit wonder for most of the principal cast. Of course, Feldman went on to star in The Lost Boys and License to Drive, among other movies and is still performing in the occasional flick nowadays. Wheaton became part of the Star Trek galaxy with his role as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. O'Connell has probably had the most successful career post-Stand By Me. He's been busy with rememberable rolls in Jerry Maguire, Scream 2 and is currently on TV on the show The Defenders and is married to Rebecca Romjin.
Who would have thought the pudgy kid would have grown up and married the supermodel?
Posted 03.18.11 by reelz
A sequel to The Goonies has been hinted at for years, but with no progress being made. Talking with THR, actor Corey Feldman, who played Mouth in the 1985 movie, revealed that director Richard Donner, producer Steven Spielberg, co-star Sean Astin and everyone else would all like to reunite for a sequel.
Blame the studio >> Posted 11.14.10 by Ryan
We all like to see it happen, but it’s one of those stumbling blocks where no matter how much love there is ...
Continue to cry, little sister, because another installment of the growing The Lost Boys franchise is heading to DVD today. The sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst, sees the reunion of the Frog brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), for the first time since they joined the late Corey Haim to battle the surf-side bloodsuckers in the 1987 original. While Feldman returned for Lost Boys: The Tribe, Newlander only appeared in an alternate ending. For the third installment, Feldman has promised that The Thirst will deliver for the fans, and recently told Collider what to expect from the Frog brothers this time around. Feldman promises the movie delivers for fans >> Posted 10.12.10 by Ryan
Yep, the Frog brothers are at it again. A third straight-to-DVD installment of the famed '80s hit The Lost Boys titled Lost Boys: The Thirst will be released on October 12th. This time Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman) goes up against a legion of vamps led by Seb Castang (DJX) who is converting ravers with a new drug called The Thirst (part Ecstasy-part vampire blood).
Watch the trailer below and see if you can't get some of that old-time-vampire-killing feel that started with the original. Posted 09.23.10 by reelz
According to The Los Angeles Times, '80s teen idol Corey Haim was found unresponsive at 3:30 AM this morning in an Oakwood, CA, apartment. He was taken to a hospital in Burbank, where he was officially pronounced dead. The Los Angeles Police Department said that the cause was an apparent accidental drug overdose, although an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Haim is perhaps best remembered for two star-making roles in the mid '80s. In Lucas, he played a 14-year-old accelerated high school student who falls for a girl two years older (played by fellow '80s icon Kerri Green). The movie, interestingly, was the debut for Winona Ryder and also featured a breakout role for Charlie Sheen.
Haim also starred in the horror movie The Lost Boys as the younger of two brothers who move to a California town plagued by vampires. He starred opposite Corey Feldman, another teen heartthrob whose career flagged after the '80s. Haim and Feldman starred together in a number of other movies, including License to Drive. They teamed up recently for the A&E show The Two Coreys, which ran for two seasons before being cancelled in 2008.
Haim long struggled with drug dependency before his death. In a 2007 interview with The Sun, he said:
I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck. But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day. The doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the Valium. I'm not talking about the other pills I went through.
He also added that his weight went up to 200 pounds, and that he suffered a stroke after multiple attempts at rehab.
At the time of his death, Haim was working on several movies, two of them directorial debut projects: The Throwaways involves a cop and a journalist who investigate the disappearance of the homeless in New York City, and A Detour in Life tells the story of a man who turns to alcohol after his wife is killed by a horse. Haim was to star as the lead in the latter movie.
He also completed filming for the thriller American Sunset, which does not yet have a release date. Here is the trailer: Posted 03.10.10 by reelz
Many people may not even be aware that there was a Lost Boys sequel, but last year saw the release of Lost Boys: The Tribe. The title became a straight-to-DVD sensation, making back its $5 million dollar budget in just three weeks of DVD sales. The Tribe saw the return of Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog, a vampire hunter with an attitude, as well as Angus Sutherland filling in for his brother Kiefer. Corey Haim returned as well, but only for one scene at the end of the movie, while the other Frog brother, Jamison Newlander, only appeared in an alternate ending found on the DVD. Feldman told ShockTillYouDrop that the Frog Brothers will reunite for the third installment, titled Lost Boys: The Thirst.
We can't give away that much information right now. All I can tell you is this is officially the return of the Frog Brothers. We've gone through many stories. This is the ninth or tenth draft of the script at this point. Really what I've been doing is listening to the fans and trying to give them exactly what they want. That's what's important to me. I know number one, they want to see the Frog Brothers.
The only problem that may occur is that Newlander appears as a vampire in the DVD bonus scene. Will the Frog Brothers be back fighting vampires, or each other? Newlander says it could go either way.
Well, [Feldman] could be the nightstalker, or I could! You never know what's going to happen. We can guarantee there will definitely be a lot of dead vampires in this movie.
Lost Boys: The Thirst will have a Twilight homage as it follows Feldman's Edgar Frog as he is hired by a vampire-romance novelist to save her son from an the Alpha Vampire D.J. Dusk. Shooting begins in South Africa this November, with Dario Piana (The Deaths of Ian Stone) directing. No release date has been announced, nor has Haim been confirmed to return. Posted 10.05.09 by Ryan
ReelzChannel hosted a salute to directors last night at Cinespace and plenty of young Hollywood talent was present for the festivities. A few of the famous faces spotted included Repo! The Genetic Opera! director Darren Lynn Bousman and his star, Alexa Vega. Director James Gunn (Slither) was also present, as was '80s icon Corey Feldman.
Local California bands Sign of the Fox, Laura Duncan, and REPEATER rocked the house into the wee hours.
For more on the party, read our accounts of the celebrities and the music. Posted 10.24.08 by reelz
As rumors continue to swirl that The Goonies might be returning to the big screen in animated form, Sean Astin, star of the 1985 blockbuster, remains convinced that a live-action follow-up, featuring Mikey, Chunk, Mouth and the rest of the gang as grown-ups, is still viable.
"I'd prefer to do it live-action, but I don't think they're mutually exclusive," he revealed yesterday in an exclusive interview with Reelz.com. "I would love to see an animated Goonies cartoon and I would love to do a feature film. If an animated cartoon is easier and less expensive to make, and is going to help develop a fan base, so when it comes time to do a movie they can really do it right, then that's cool too."
"I think they've always made a mistake in thinking that the thing that's great about the Goonies franchise is that it's about kids going on an adventure," Astin continued. "To me, the audience that loved the Goonies initially will want to know what's happening with those Goonies. That same tone, the same quality that was infused throughout the Goonies can be captured with us as adults."
Astin went on to add that he actually developed his own story outline for a Goonies sequel, but "nobody wanted to hear it."
Well, we at Reelz.com want to hear it, and we're pretty certain plenty of other people will want to hear it, too. The continuing story of the Goonies gang must be told! If not for us, then for Corey. Lord knows he could use the work.
Astin's latest movie, The Final Season, opens this Friday. Posted 10.09.07 by reelz