Kiefer Sutherland and Matthew McConaughey lead tributes to Joel Schumacher

Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Douglas have paid tribute to director Joel Schumacher following his death. The filmmaker, who was known for films such as The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, passed aw…

Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Douglas have paid tribute to director Joel Schumacher following his death.

The filmmaker, who was known for films such as The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, passed away on Tuesday following a battle with cancer.

After the news of his death was made public, his close friends and actors issued statements paying tribute to him.

“His joy, spirit and talent will live on in my heart and memory for the rest of my life,” his frequent collaborator Sutherland wrote on Twitter. “Joel gave me opportunities and lifelong lessons, making films such as The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time to Kill, and Phonebooth. His mark on modern culture and film will live on forever. I will miss you, my friend.”

McConaughey credited Schumacher with kickstarting his career by casting him as the lead in 1996 film A Time to Kill.

“Joel not only took a chance on me, he fought for me. Knowing the studio might never approve a relatively unknown like myself for the lead in A Time to Kill,” he told Variety. “I don’t see how my career could have gone to the wonderful places it has if it wasn’t for Joel Schumacher believing in me back then.”

Douglas shared a photo from the set of 1993 film Falling Down on Instagram and wrote, “What a loss Joel, so talented and compassionate. Working with you on Falling Down was one of my best career experiences.”

Jim Carrey, who worked with the director on Batman Forever and The Number 23, tweeted, “He saw deeper things in me than most and he lived a wonderfully creative and heroic life. I am grateful to have had him as a friend,” while The Phantom of the Opera star Emmy Rossum wrote, “‘I am in tears learning of Joel Schumacher’s passing. He was a force. He was one of kind. Creative. Intense. Passionate. He played a huge part in the shaping of my life. I don’t have the right words right now.”

St Elmo’s Fire star Rob Lowe told Variety the filmmaker seeing “things other could not” and believing he could play a bad boy, while Corey Feldman praised Schumacher on Twitter for trying to “prevent my descent” by firing him from The Lost Boys for using drugs and rehiring him on the condition he stayed sober.

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Steven Spielberg updates fans on possible The Goonies sequel

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh…

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.

The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton, as well as director Richard Donner.

Spielberg co-wrote the movie with Chris Columbus, who also took part in the remote reunion, and he revealed to Josh Gad, who hosted the video call, that they haven’t been able to come up with a good idea for a sequel.

“Chris (Columbus), Dick (Donner) and I have had a lot of conversations about it,” the Oscar-winning director explained. “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water. Until we do, people are just going to have to look at this livestream a hundred times.”

“How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?” Donner joked.

While watching the reunion, The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg revealed he had written a sequel to The Goonies because he was such a huge fan.

“I rival @joshgad as (the) ultimate fan of #TheGoonies. For the last 9 years I’ve been secretly writing PART 2 for fun,” he tweeted. “It’s my masterpiece. I even had a big meeting scheduled with Richard Donner… canceled ’cause of the lockdown! THE GOONIES 2 WILL happen when life resumes. Promise!!!”

The Goonies reunion also featured cast members Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Joe Pantoliano, and Kerri Green, and the original stars also re-enacted scenes from the movie and shared memories of their time on set.

Cyndi Lauper, who wrote and performed The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough to accompany the movie, also made a cameo during the livestream.

The episode of Reunited Apart raised funds for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in support of their Covid-19 Response Fund.

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Jerry O’Connell’s dad convinced him Stand By Me would never be a hit

Jerry O’Connell feared his breakout movie Stand by Me would be a huge flop when he watched it in an empty cinema with his grandparents.The actor had the time of his life on the set of director Rob Reiner’s 1986 film when he was 11, but his dad felt sur…

Jerry O’Connell feared his breakout movie Stand by Me would be a huge flop when he watched it in an empty cinema with his grandparents.

The actor had the time of his life on the set of director Rob Reiner’s 1986 film when he was 11, but his dad felt sure the project would never see the light of day and urged young Jerry not to tell school pals about it when he returned to New York from the summer shoot in Oregon.

And his father appeared to be right when Stand by Me eventually hit theatres the following summer.

“I was going into seventh grade in the New York City public school system and my dad said, ‘Don’t go around telling people you’re in a movie because when it doesn’t come out…,'” O’Connell recalled during a recent 92nd Street Y event in the Big Apple. “I literally forgot about it.

“They released it the following summer to seven theatres in the country… and I went with my grandparents to the noon matinee and it was empty, which wasn’t a very good sign.”

But things started looking up for the young star as he was leaving.

“The lady who sold us our tickets said, ‘Hey, hold on a second. Were you in that movie? Movie stars don’t have to pay,’ and she gave us our money back,” the 45-year-old remembered. “She stopped me before I left and said, ‘Hey, I see a lot of movies and that’s gonna be a big movie.'”

O’Connell still has great memories of the summer he spent with Reiner and castmates River Phoenix and Corey Feldman too, adding, “I had been called hyperactive and heard Ritalin thrown around at parent/teacher conferences: ‘He’s disruptive and speaks without raising his hand.’ I couldn’t control it and all of that behaviour was encouraged by Rob Reiner. It was the most freeing place at the age of 11. I felt like me.”

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