The Goonies Is Headed to TV—But Not In the Way You'd Think

Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, Ke Huy Quan, and Jeff Cohen star in The Goonies (1985).
Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, Ke Huy Quan, and Jeff Cohen star in The Goonies (1985).
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Fans of the 1985 family adventure film The Goonies have heard talk for years about a potential sequel, with director Richard Donner and stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman sometimes offering hope and sometimes doubting it would ever happen.

This emotional turmoil may or may not be resolved with the recent announcement that The Goonies franchise is finally being revived with Sloth, Chunk, and the rest of the gang intact. But the premise is not what anyone expected.

Variety reports that a Goonies television series has been ordered by Fox. Instead of a sequel, remake, or reboot, however, the plot involves a substitute teacher named Stella Cooper mentoring three students who are embarking on creating a shot-for-shot remake of one student’s favorite film—The Goonies.

Producer Gail Berman came up with the idea and worked on the pilot with Sarah Watson, who created the Freeform series The Bold Type. Donner and his wife, Lauren Shuler Donner, will executive produce with Berman and Watson, among others.

The idea may have had some foundation in the true story of three teens in Biloxi, Mississippi who spent most of the 1980s filming a low-budget, shot-for-shot remake of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. (That film’s director, Steven Spielberg, also produced The Goonies.) Their efforts were documented in the 2015 documentary Raiders! The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

The Goonies revival also mirrors a recent trend of meta examinations of popular culture. In 2009, Larry David devoted the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to his (fictional) efforts to mount a Seinfeld reunion in order to win back his ex-wife. In 2019, Fox premiered BH90210, which starred the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 playing versions of themselves who are filming a reboot of the series. It lasted one season.

It’s not currently known whether any original Goonies cast members will make appearances. In 2017, Astin told HuffPo that a sequel was “likely” and that he would be willing to participate, but he preferred to do a voiceover in an animated series. In 2015, Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk and later quit acting to go into entertainment law, expressed doubt he would want to return to the role.

It may not be Donner’s only look back at his career. The 89-year-old director is said to be attempting to get a fifth Lethal Weapon made with original stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Donner directed the first four installments from 1987 to 1998.

[h/t Variety]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

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Larry David Shared His Favorite Episode of Seinfeld

Larry David at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009.
Larry David at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009.
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Last week, Seth Meyers hosted a virtual Seinfeld reunion with Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander to benefit Texas Democrats. Amid all the other reminiscing, the sitcom veterans got to talking about their favorite episodes of the show.

Louis-Dreyfus answered with “The Soup Nazi,” in which her character Elaine inadvertently causes the greatest (and most high-strung) soup chef in town to shut down his shop. For Alexander, it was “The Marine Biologist,” where his character George masquerades as a marine biologist on a date and ends up rescuing a beached whale.

Larry David’s response, “The Contest,” generated almost as much conversation as the episode itself did when it aired during season 4. In it, the show’s four main characters compete to see who can abstain from self-pleasure the longest, proving themselves to be the “master of their domain.” Though the actors managed to skirt around the word masturbation for the entire episode, the concept was still pretty provocative for network television.

“This one, I didn’t even put on the board because I didn’t want them asking. I just wanted them to come and see the read-through,” David said, as InsideHook reports. “[When they did] I had worked myself up into a lather because the read-through really went great. I was watching [the network executives] and I couldn’t tell how much they liked it. But I was ready to pack the whole thing in if they didn’t let us do this show: ‘I’m quitting. I’m quitting. I’m gonna quit.’ Fortunately, they didn’t say a word. I was shocked.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis-Dreyfus’s trepidation about the episode lasted through the shoot. “When we were making this episode, I was convinced we were going to be shut down. I was convinced that the network was going to come in and say, ‘This is not going to work out,’” she said. Needless to say, they never did, and Louis-Dreyfus now looks back on Elaine’s participation in the contest as “a very important cultural moment for women.”

David went on to explain that “The Contest” not only helped popularize Seinfeld among viewers, but it also helped its creators carry more clout in the industry. “That show changed something about how we were perceived in television land,” he said. “It really catapulted us to another place. It moved us to another level, I think.”

[h/t InsideHook]