Stand by Me turns 30: Read a hurlarious oral history of the blueberry pie scene

No one who’s seen the classic Stand by Me – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer – can ever forget the campfire tale that Gordie (Wil Wheaton) spins for his best friends (River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell) about a kid nicknamed Lardass (Andy Lindberg) who enacts warm, sweet, blueberry revenge on the town bullies. EW spoke to director Rob Reiner (whose newest film, Being Charlie, is in theaters) and Lindberg, now 45, about the movie’s unforgettable Barf-o-Rama. Read More: // here

The top 25 80s-style coming of age films

Whether they’re made in the 80s or set in the 80s, these are the films that do coming of age wonderfully well…
Ah, the 1980s. It’s a decade that means so much to so many of us. It’s where our childhoods were spent, where much of our culture either originated in or came to mainstream prominence. It’s where we grew up. It’s a decade so powerful in terms of music, fashion, and nostalgia that it seems the perfect age for a coming-of-age movie. Many of the classics were made then, and many of the modern classics have returned there. Here are the best 25 80s coming-of-age films.
3. Stand By Me: Made in the 80s, set in the 50s, Stand By Me is almost the quintessential coming-of-age story. Another film made during Rob Reiner’s golden 80s period (hands down the most impressive yet underrated directing hot streak of all time) and based on a Stephen King novella (what isn’t?), Stand By Me is the tale of four 12 year olds who, due to being ostracised by their peers or family, are the very best of friends. They hear about the death of another young boy, and determined to become heroes, set out to find his body. River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton, and Jerry ‘Connell are all perfect as the young boys. Bonding over a summer adventure might be a predictable story, but it’s something that has happened to all of us. We remember those days no matter the scope of adventure, whether it was going to the nearest big city for the first time with your mates, or riding your bike down the river, and the friendships formed then are some of the closest you’ll ever have. Read More: // here

SXSW: Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Favorite Roles, From ‘Donnie Darko’ to ‘Nightcrawler’

When Jake Gyllenhaal was 5 years old, he observed two weeks of rehearsals for the 1988 drama “Running on Empty,” written by his mother, Naomi Foner. “I remember sitting with my mom,” Gyllenhaal said on Saturday afternoon at South by Southwest. “We didn’t have a babysitter or anything like that,” so he’d study actors River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton (whom he had a crush on). “I remember River asking questions about things he wasn’t sure about. I remember all these weird things, and I had no idea who I was around.” “What I saw,” the actor explained, “was a profound respect for the writer. She happened to be my mother. I tried to carry that through.” Read More: // here

Ethan Hawke Remembers Working with River Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman: ‘It’s Been a Hard Loss’

Ethan Hawke says he regrets feeling competitive with River Phoenix.
Hawke and Phoenix famously costarred in the 1985 film Explorers, and as two young actors they often found themselves going after the same movie roles. After losing a part in Stand by Me to Phoenix, Hawke struggled to get his footing in Hollywood while Phoenix went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 1988’s Running on Empty. The actor admits he was “so jealous” of Phoenix’s rising fame. Read More: // here

Jodi Picoult, Stephen King and others share their first crushes

You never forget your first. Celebrity crush, that is. For me, it was Lindsay Wagner in “The Bionic Woman,” which caused certain expectation problems when I actually started dating. As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be reflecting on your own first obsession with an out-of-reach object of devotion. You’re not alone. There’s a lot to enjoy in these three dozen pieces.

James Franco writes about his feelings for River Phoenix.

And Janice “Soldier of Love” Shapiro illustrates her crush on John Lennon in a cartoon sequence. Read More: // here


As the passage of time marches on and on, it gets more and more surprising looking back at just how old some of our favourite films are. Following on from our list of classic games that turn 25 this year, we thought we’d dust off the VHS collection to bring you some of the best films celebrating their quarter of a century anniversary in 2016. Be warned, you’ll probably feel ten times older by the end of it all…
My Own Private Idaho: Gus Van Sant is one of cinema’s premier alternative directors, and this 1991 effort is about as close to the mainstream as he’s going to get (when he’s not directing Good Will Hunting). Starring Keanu Reeves and the late River Phoenix as male hustlers facing very different futures, it’s an interesting watch. Read More: // here

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Criterion Blu-ray Reviews: ‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, and ‘My Own Private Idaho’

My Own Private Idaho was the film that showed both Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix were capable of multitudes. Everyone knew that Phoenix was someone special, but Reeves was known for playing stoner types, while here he stretched. Phoenix stars as Mike Waters, a gay prostitute who suffers from narcolepsy, which leads him to fall asleep at inopportune times. He’s best friends with Scott Favor (Reeves), who also tricks but comes from a rich family, and is slumming as a way to be a prodigal son. They’re both friends with Bob Pidgeon (William Richert), who is Falstaff to Scott’s King Henry – literally, as the film is based on the works of William Shakespeare. Eventually the two quest to find Mike’s missing mom, and though Scott is only gay for pay, Mike has feelings for Scott he can’t ignore. Read More: // here

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Ethan Hawke: “I Have Given Myself Permission to Do What I Want”

Ethan Hawke, the actor-writer-sometimes strummer-source of all of our 90s #hairgoals, just released a new book, Rules for a Knight, ?a parable, of sorts, in the form of a letter from a father to his four kids. Fittingly, Hawke wrote the book for his four children, Maya, 17, and Levon Roan, 13, who he shares with his ex-wife, Uma Thurman, and Clementine, 7, and Indiana, 4. The narrator is a Cornish knight called Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a 15th century “ancestor” of Ethan’s, penning his guide for noble living, on the eve of battle. If you’re squarely familiar with Ethan from his Reality Bites days, the premise might seem a little well, off-brand, but when he gets to talking about his work, and his family, it all makes perfect, poetic sense. Chatting with REDBOOK’s Editor-in-Chief Meredith Rollins, he let us in on what inspired him to write the YA novel (it’s very sweet), the whole aging thing (you’ll relate) and what his favorite role was (we bet it’s yours too).

On his friendship with River Phoenix: “There’s one chapter in here, it’s really about River Phoenix [and our] friendship. [It’s about the fact that] to a large extent the quality of your life is decided by with whom you elect to spend your time…what a waste of time jealousy is. I remember being so jealous of River Phoenix and when he passed, I wasn’t brighter…I was a little less. He was making me better.”

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