The cast of the eighties coming-of-age movie “Stand By Me” are back together after 25 years. The three remaining principal stars, Jerry O’Connell, Corey Feldman and Wil Wheaton, were reunited in Toluca Lake, Calif. on Thursday for the launch of the Blu-ray and DVD version of the 1986 film, reports the Daily Mail. The actors were joined by Richard Dreyfus, who narrated the film, and the director Rob Reiner. One actor who was not present was River Phoenix, who died of a drug overdose outside of a Los Angeles nightclub in 1993 at the age of 23. Now 37, O’Connell, who played the pudgy pre-teen in the film, stars in the ABC television series “The Defenders” and is married with twins to model/actress Rebecca Romijn. Feldman, 39, whose role in the film helped him to become a teen heart-throb in the 90’s, struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout his life and is now a leader for the band The Truth Movement. Wheaton, 37, who went on to become a regular on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other sci-fi television shows and films, is married with two stepsons. The actors played best friends in the 50s-era film that set off on an adventure to find the body of a boy killed by a train. Based on the book by writer Stephen King, the film was based on a writer, narrated by Dreyfus, reflecting on his youth. The 25th anniversary edition of “Stand By Me” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March
Eighties-era teen actor Corey Haim was found dead in a Los Angeles apartment in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles police confirmed the death to TV station KTLA this morning in what it termed an “accidental overdose.” LA County coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie Wednesday told the Associated Press that Haim died at 2:15 a.m. at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and that no new details will be released until the cause of death is determined by an autopsy. Haim is best known for his role in “The Lost Boys” and for his frequent pairing with actor Corey Feldman in numerous movies. Haim and Feldman starred in a short-lived a reality show, “The Two Coreys,” on A&E in 2007-2008. In a 2004 interview with British tabloid the Sun, Haim described his drug addiction: “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.” The interview concluded with Haim’s proclamation that he was clean, sober and ready to make a Hollywood comeback.
Gladys Knight performed at the funeral, which was attended by Stevie Wonder, Macaulay Culkin, Elizabeth Taylor and more.After an hour-and-a-half delay, Michael Jackson’s funeral got under way around 8:30 p.m. PT on Thursday (September 3) at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. The Jackson family and close friends, who departed their Encino compound in a police-escorted caravan around 7:30 p.m. PT, arrived at Forest Lawn at about 8:10. Solo piano renditions of Michael’s songs began to play as the family — including Michael’s three children, his sisters Janet and La Toya, brothers Continue reading →