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Corey Feldman’s Publicist Pens Passionate Open Letter To The Mother of The Late Corey Haim

Corey Feldman’s Publicist Pens Passionate Open Letter To The Mother of The Late Corey Haim

Through the years, there has been a long-running feud between Corey Feldman and Judy Haim, the mother of the late Corey Haim. When news of rampant sexual abuse in Hollywood broke in late 2017, Feldman launched his ‘TRUTH Campaign’ to help shine a light on the abuses he suffered as a child in the entertainment industry. As support for the campaign grew, so did media coverage. It wasn’t long before tensions between the two parties reached an all-time high. Each development in the ongoing saga of “The Two Coreys” has been just as polarizing to the fans (or haters) of the iconic 80s actors. It’s comes as no surprise to anyone who’s ever stepped foot on social media that when news breaks, everyone is quick to deliver their hot-take.

What is rare in this day and age is to hear from someone who shared a personal connection to both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. Corey Feldman’s publicist, Samantha Waranch, certainly fits that bill. In addition to assisting Feldman with the publicity for his nationwide tour, ‘TRUTH Campaign’ and recently announced National Ambassador role for CHILD USA, the seasoned publicist also dated Corey Haim prior his untimely death from natural causes in March of 2010.

Seeing the situation from such a unique perspective (as well as experiencing the infighting first hand) inspired her to pen an open letter to Judy Haim, which can be read below.

Sammi’s open letter to Judy Haim reads:

Dear Judy,

I’ve always wanted the chance to tell you how much your son means to me. He was my Corey, it was his posters that hung on my wall. I loved his movies, I loved his spirit and by some crazy twist of fate, I had the chance to get to know him a little bit. The time I spent with him was magical and surreal, but also heartbreaking. I saw his amazing heart, his sense of humor and his charm. I also saw his demons, his pain and his ways of numbing that pain. Having said that, when I think of Corey Haim I remember how genuine, kind and talented he was. He loved his fans, he loved his friends and more than anything, he loved you.

Sammi and Corey

In the time we spent, he confided me a little. There are things he told me that go against some things you’ve said. It pains me to say that or to say anything that could cause any pain to the person he loved most in the world, a person who has endured so much. Still, it’s the truth and I wouldn’t have believed it if it hadn’t come straight from him. These are not things that I could have misunderstood. The only thing I feel comfortable sharing is that he told me he loved Corey Feldman. That even though they weren’t speaking at the time, they were brothers. It made my heart happy to hear that they reconciled before Corey Haim passed away.

I’ve known Corey Feldman for about five years now. Our friendship began because we both missed Corey Haim, but then it became a true friendship. For the last two years, I’ve also been his publicist. He hired me to promote his album. I quickly learned firsthand that you were very quick to criticize anything and everything that Corey Feldman does. I know there had been tension brought about from his book and perhaps other things, but I didn’t realize just how much anger you had towards him until I witnessed it myself.

In interviews you stated that Corey Feldman has used your son’s name to stay relevant, but people always ask Feldman about him even when I tell reporters not to. In numerous interviews Corey said he wouldn’t speak about Haim out of respect for you, but when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, all bets were off.

You say that Corey Feldman is trying to ruin your son’s legacy, but the fact is that Corey Feldman is part of that legacy. They will always be connected through their name, their beloved movies, their shared struggles, and demons, but mostly through the strong bond they shared, which is hard to deny. They were, are and will always be The Two Coreys.

When you are famous, much of your life is played out in the public eye. This includes some things you may not wish for people to see. The truth is that Corey Haim’s legacy includes his personal struggles. Lifetime was going to make that movie with or without Corey Feldman. His presence and his book lent more credibility, but lack of credibility hasn’t stopped them before. Just ask Britney Spears. I thought the movie was fair. I witnessed how much heart went into it. The actors worked so hard and researched so much. To me, the movie showed that Corey Feldman and Corey Haim were both good actors with good hearts, but went through terrible things that were NOT their faults. Things that caused them to turn to drugs to numb their pain. Mostly, I thought the film showed their unbreakable bond and how no matter what happened or how long they spent apart, they always came back to each other.

I imagine you must feel an overwhelming sense of loss and guilt. You must constantly wonder where you went wrong and what you could have done differently. Anger is much easier to feel than pain and guilt. I would think your anger would be directed towards Haim’s abusers, but it seems Corey Feldman is the only villain. It seems really unfair to me to blame Feldman for introducing Haim to one of his molesters. Corey Feldman was a child. A child who was also being abused, a child who had no parental guidance. It wasn’t Corey Feldman’s job to protect your son. It was yours.

Corey Feldman is far from perfect. He’s made mistakes and doesn’t always go about things in a way that people agree with or understand. I completely get that, but I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions though. Corey Feldman is not asking for money to name names. He has given all the names to the authorities’ multiple times. He’s working hard to make sure they are brought to justice and the statutes of limitations for these crimes can be changed or eliminated. The money is to make a powerful and shocking film that shows harsh realities and inspires change. You don’t have to support it, but you don’t have to bash it either. I believe firmly that his heart is in the right place.

The Corey Haim that I knew would not want this feud between his mom and his best friend or that hate it has sparked from fans and friends on both sides. Instead of merely preaching about his kind heart and forgiving nature, we could all benefit from emulating those qualities. Corey Haim asked for second chances and he gave them. Despite everything you’ve said about Corey Feldman, including supporting his former angels who have made false and hurtful accusations against him, accusations I believe you know in your heart are not true, he’s still open to reconciliation. He hasn’t forgotten that you are still his best friend’s mother. He loves and misses Corey Haim too. You don’t have to forgive or forget, but you can choose to honor Corey Haim’s memory by spreading love.

I will always be team Corey Haim, but in spite of what your army tells me in their social media attacks, that doesn’t mean I can’t care about and support Corey Feldman as well. So many people (adults and peers) failed your son. Whether it was enabling his drug use or turning a blind eye to it, whether it was cutting him out of their life or being too scared to speak up out of fear he’d cut you out of his life. Whether it was denying his abuse or not encouraging him to get proper help. I know that when Corey died he was seeing seven different doctors to obtain pills he had no valid medical use for. The last time I saw your son was in your shared apartment. He was very out of it and fell asleep with a cigarette still lit in his mouth. I removed the cigarette, put it out and kissed him on the cheek before leaving his room. That was the last time I saw him, he died one year later. That image still haunts me and so does wondering if there was anything more I could have said or done to help him. I wish more people who were close to him would take some responsibility as opposed to placing blame.

Perhaps Corey Haim’s legacy should include seeking justice for his abusers. It should include helping other victims of abuse or helping to regulate the prescription of pills. Maybe it’s merely continuing this conversation in a way that allows kids of abuse to know without any doubt that it’s not their fault and there is always someone they can talk to. I am Corey Feldman’s publicist, but I’m also a person and I care. So much so, that for the first time this situation has blurred the line between publicist and friend that I try so hard to maintain. My hope is that there is some way we can all find some kind of peace and end this feud and the hate that it’s incited. I am happy to help in any way that I can.

Best always,

Sammi: publicist, but more importantly friend and fan of BOTH Corey’s

** Please note these views and experiences are all mine and don’t reflect the views of Corey Feldman. **

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Corey Feldman Issues Open Letter To “Friends In Hollywood & Beyond” Detailing Aspects of His TRUTH Campaign

Corey Feldman Issues Open Letter To “Friends In Hollywood & Beyond” Detailing Aspects of His TRUTH Campaign

Actor/musician/activist Corey Feldman recently announced the launch of Corey Feldman’s TRUTH campaign. The movement starts with a crowdfunding campaign to bring a movie based on his life to the silver screen. The film seeks to expose the pedophilia he believes has run rampant in Hollywood for decades.

This morning, Feldman issued an open letter to his fans early this morning to detail the different aspects of the crowdfunding campaign. In the letter, Feldman appeals to his fans and new followers to donate to the campaign, as well as help spread the word on the movement. Most importantly, Feldman offers a detailed look at areas where the $10 million dollar budget raised by the campaign would be allocated. Since the launch of the ambitious campaign two weeks ago, Feldman has made several high-profile appearances, such as ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ and ‘Today,’  and has already revealed the names of two alleged Hollywood pedophiles.

The TRUTH Campaign has already raised over $200,000 and continues to gain steam and well-deserved media attention. Check Corey Feldman’s full statement below:

AN OPEN LETTER 2 MY FRIENDS IN HOLLYWOOD & BEYOND…

HI #EVERYBODY, I would like to start off by saying THANK U to each and every 1 of U who has taken the time 2 TWEET, RT, post, share, or tell any1, about this very important cause. I’d also LOVE 2 say THANK U to all the loving souls who have visited my #TRUTH campaign: If https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/corey-feldman-s-truth-campaign#/

AND ACTUALLY MADE DONATIONS! GOD BLESS EACH & EVERY 1 OF U!!

However there is a bigger picture. As of 2day, I have gained 75,000 new Twitter followers in the past 2 weeks. In total I now have over 135,000 followers. Before I 1st announced this campaign, the numbers of followers had already been rising in great volume.

It seems as soon as the news broke of the Weinstein scandal, people immediately started turning to me for answers. I was both perplexed and dumbfounded by the sudden interest into a story I had been telling for decades. But suddenly and to my surprise, my story began to resonate and began building traction.

Suddenly people remembered what I had been saying for all those years, and it just started making sense. So within the 1st week of the scandal and by the time I made the 1st statement on it, the followers had already grown by 10k in 1 day. I am very Grateful for that!

I’m also forever grateful to the likes of Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano, and the countless other women who came forward not just with stories about Weinstein, but to all of the strong women who came forward around the globe inspired by the #MeToo movement. It is because of your courage, my story has found new hope. This is a courage I pray will spread to the countless adults who were abused as children, and to the children who may have just recently suffered an abuse.

That said, I also made a battle cry 2 weeks ago sounding the alarms that the war had started, by creating and announcing a well thought plan, to both get the whole truth out, while figuring out a way to protect myself.

I was immediately blessed, with fire in the action of thousands of followers stepping up and donating to our cause straight away. However the next day things slowed down a bit, presumably out of fear perpetuated by false claims that I “would never give names” and “this is just a long con”. Well I immediately took action. I jumped right in and refuted those claims, by going on both The Today show & the Dr Oz show and publicly admitting the names of 2 abusers. I wanted everyone to know, this wasn’t a game, & I’m not playing.

However let’s step back & break it down & talk about the “long con” concept for a moment.

So let’s start with the question “why make a film?” Here’s why….I’m a film maker, that is my art, my talent, my strength, & my profession. I want to truly show people what a child experiences when living with abuse from the perspective only someone who has lived with that abuse can make. It is a very important commentary and a brave piece of film making, as there is no one else who can truly capture the essence, of what the experience, of an abused child, who is famous, goes through, in the way that I can.

And as this story must be told once and for all, & as I am the only one who can tell it, I must reveal these very painful memories by reliving them through this process. As a victim, nobody has the right to tell a victim the right way to address these feelings. Nobody can tell me how to heal. I must do this the best way I know how, and this is my choice.

I also want people who have been burdened with going through life as an abuse victim/survivor that U are not alone. For the 1st time U will recognize that there are many other people who feel exactly the same as U.

Therefore, I have initialized a crowd funding campaign with the support of my family, and with my wife leading the campaign. Let me be very clear about this. A film maker creating a platform for source revenue via asking for support and finance from fans and followers to make a film is not a new concept, & in my business it is certainly not out of the ordinary.

In fact it’s now standard practice amongst most independent film makers to use crowd funding platforms as the main source to get the funding to make their projects. Furthermore even studio level films ask the public for additional funds to complete certain aspects.

When I myself in the past have questioned whether it was ethical for a big production house or small studio to ask the public for finance, I was given a very simple answer by a well known producer. He said “the studios are now using this tool to get the public more involved with projects from the ground up, it gives them a deeper sense of involvement.”

So with that knowledge I then began looking at asks. It turns out that there are film makers and TV producers and even well known multi millionaire recording artists and celebrities that have asked for anywhere from $250k all the way up to 30Mil from public crowd funding of their various projects.

But somehow when Corey Feldman uses the very same tool with asparations to make a film it’s a con?

Furthermore people have balked at the number saying “it’s greedy”, or “he doesn’t need that much to make the film”. Let me be very clear about this. If 10Mil was the complete budget for the film and only the film, at a studio level it still would be relegated (more than likely) to a straight to DVD movie.

An example, The Lost Boys sequel “The Thirst” was shot with a budget around 7 or 8 Mil. That was a WB film, but made for straight to DVD.

The film I’m intending to make, will be made with a smaller budget, and will achieve a theatrical release. The way I can achieve it is by forewalling the theatres (renting them out).

Even if I get the 10 Mil, it couldn’t possibly all go towards the budget of the film. But unless U have spent your life as a film maker U don’t understand the costs or how the $ is dispersed. So let me break it down….

If I used all 10Mil to make the film, it would never go anywhere and likely never be seen. So that’s not an option. As I have previously stated I am planning on producing, & self distributing the film. Which entails, pre production costs, production, & post production.

Then when U get into the films release, we are talking about a marketing campaign (in the studio system they want 3 times the total budget just for this part) which would include TV and Radio ads, Billboards, & a cohesive marketing strategy with a publicity team, booking all the talk shows and personal appearances, screenings, etc.

Then U have the actual cost of P & A. For the general public who doesn’t study film costs, this means prints and advertising. There is a hefty price tag that comes along with renting out theater houses, and getting prints of the film made to send to each of those theaters, not to mention the cost of actually transporting those film reels or digital cards depending on the technology of the theater across the country, and with much higher rates for international releases.

Now let’s put the film aside, & talk about the subject matter, & what I’m up against…..

A legal team to defend cases of slander, defamation, and the like that will indefinitely arise from the direct allegations raised within the films context will likely ask for a retainer upwards of $100,000 and that’s just to open the case. Then the amounts will continue to skyrocket as the well lined pockets of my enemies, will stop at nothing, including hiring spies, publicists, lawyers, and God knows what else to smear my name, shatter my reputation and with any success leave my image as battered and broken as an unstable man who seeks to damage the pristine images of these wealthy and powerful men for personal gain.

I’m not afraid of their lies, because the #Truth always wins in the end. But without my own team, of lawyers, marketing specialists, publicists, and the like, they would extinguish my fire quite quickly as they have done to so many entertainers before me.

The more $ U have to work with, the more damage U can do to someone’s public profile. They are very well aware this fact. Additionally, big $ lawyers also have a special way to drag out court proceedings in a way that U are forced to keep your attorneys working around the clock to defend silly allegations, or even just to buy themselves more time to put their defense together.

The whole system is set up in this way for a reason. Because it keeps people from seeking justice. It keeps the little guys like me, from having the ability to STAND, & fight the good fight. It’s much easier and more cost effective to either dismiss it entirely or settle out of court. Neither of those will bring the justice we all desire.

Then finally we can discuss the security element. When I say I need protection, I’m not being paranoid, or acting delusional. In fact my concerns are quite valid. Point in case…. After all after all the stories I’ve heard, including the recent release of information that Weinstein hired private spies to prevent this information from becoming public, there has never been a report that he actually threatened many of his accusers with murder.

Well let me be very clear. The man at the end of this bread crumb trail, the coveted name A lister everybody wants to know about has, & does continue to threaten his victims with death. It’s actually his go to statement. Anyone that knows who I am talking about can find multiple court records in which defendants have claimed that they feared for their safety after confronting him. Point blank, he threatens people’s lives and has a history of violent behavior.

I don’t only fear for myself, I have lived half the life I long for, but if I die on this mission, than that is Gods plan for me, but my son does not deserve this injustice. He should not have to live in fear. He should not feel threatened. But his safety is first. So I must keep him protected. So please keep in mind, even if my life isn’t worth a donation, an innocent child and an innocent woman are also in jeapordy here. Surely they deserve mercy as this isn’t their fight.

To hire security, it costs an average of $7,500 per guy per week, for armed 24 hr security. I’m pretty sure it is illegal to make someone work 24 hrs with no break, and they also cannot work 7 days with no day off. Which means I need a team of security guards to keep myself and my family safe.

So if U do your own math, and start doing the actual numbers, it is quite easy to see I could never spend 10 Mil on just a movie. The idea would be to spend 6 Mil on the films various production phases, with 2 Mil set aside for marketing and distribution, and 2 Mil set aside for security detail spanning a 2 yr period, and a team of Lawyers to protect me at least until the film is released and can start making a profit. At which point the profit can be used to keep it in the theaters, and keep it from being banned and barred due to legalities.

If the film should do well, and make a large profit, much of the profits will be donated by me, to child rape centers, and abuse shelters. This has long been my dream. Since I was a child I dreamt of creating a safe house for children, maybe the success of this could help that dream become a reality as well.

Can I make it cheaper? Sure. And if I am forced to of course I will. But as an artist, and a visionary who has spent every day of his life in and around film sets and production meetings, I am well aware of the sacrifices I would need to make in the quality of the product I am delivering. Of course I want to make an Amazing film. With great actors, stunning cinematography, compelling musical score, and a visually engaging theater going experience.

But more importantly this film will finally give the abused masses a voice. This film will educate people in a way no other film can. And by donating $1 or more U are showing the world which side U stand on. It doesn’t take much, to set an example. Let them know U stand with me and will no longer tolerate an industry that turns its back on the children they help raise. U will Pay $20 at the box office, to see a film made by pedos, but won’t contribute $10 to make a film exposing them? Think about that….

This is specifically why I am reaching out to fellow film makers, and Hollywood at large. Because I am quite certain there are other good people, honest men & women who are in my industry, that would care deeply about this issue and want to make a difference. This is why I’m hoping that Producers, Directors, Writers, and film Stars, should be taking action, and lending their talents, services, and financial backing, so we can proudly stand as 1 and show the world that Hollywood isn’t all bad. Stand with me and show that many of us care. Many of us have big hearts. And many of us will stand together to make a difference.

This brings me back to my original point. When I 1st announced this plan, the biggest objection was seemingly the idea that this was some sort of black mail. Detractors started saying I was demanding a pay off for doing the right thing. I was also told by countless supporters that if I were 2 start naming names & show everyone I was serious and this wasn’t about the $, it was in fact about justice, that I would have their support.

Well we are almost 2 weeks into this campaign. I have publicly outed 2 of the 6 names, with many leads already perculating on #3. That means I have already given up half of the info to the public. I have also again given 100% of the info to the police and an official investigation has been opened. I have left myself wide open to ridicule, which several folks in both MSM & SM have taken advantage of.

Well in my estimation, we are establishing a trust. And that trust works both ways. U told me, if I proved I was sincere and this wasn’t a $ grab, that U would back my campaign and make a donation. Well I have gone above and beyond what any1 expected (including myself) at such an early stage of this campaign.

But when I look at 136,000 followers, & see only 4,300 donors, I am starting to feel that my support is not substantial. That this trust is only working 1 way. I’m risking my life here. I’m out on a limb. I have everything to lose, & yet all I’m asking, is for each and every follower to simply donate $1!

But at the end of the day, I truly, deeply, need your support to see this thing through. In the end, I will make work whatever I end up with, as I won’t have a choice by that point. But right now, the choice is yours. Where do U stand?

I’m not asking the average person for a million. Im asking Hollywood to spend the big $ on helping me create this project. But I know this business, & until they see 10’s of thousands of supporters, they won’t even recognize this is happening. However if each of U stood with me now, I truly believe we can change the world! We can start the wheels turning, to initialize a revolution within the film industry, to where everyone will start holding 1 another accountable for their actions.

Please realize this isn’t reality TV, this isn’t a video game, I’m a real live person, and my real life is in danger, & U all have the power 2 save my life. I’m not demanding $1,000 or even $100, or even $10 from any of U except love and support!

For all the 4,300 who have already donated, I’m not asking for anything more. I appreciate and LOVE each and every 1 of U already. Nothing 2 prove!

But each of U donating $1 can help my family stay safe, at least long enough to get the #TRUTH out in the open, where it belongs! But more importantly, when U donate U make a statement that U stand on the side of all that is good and pure and just.

Strength comes in numbers. Remember, this isn’t a war against Hollywood. This is a war against corruption of the highest order because of a few bad people who must be rooted out of the industry. This is the war of Good and Evil! I implore U to stand with me.

Please donate today!

God Bless us all!

#CoreysTRUTHcampaign #ISTANDWITHCOREY #PRESERVEINNOCENCEhttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/corey-feldman-s-truth-campaign#/

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Corey Feldman Launches TRUTH Campaign To Shine A Light On Pedophilia In Hollywood

Corey Feldman Launches TRUTH Campaign To Shine A Light On Pedophilia In Hollywood

Pop culture icon Corey Feldman has released heartfelt video message to announce the launch of Corey Feldman’s TRUTH campaign. The movement starts with a crowdfunding campaign to bring a movie based on his life to the silver screen. The film seeks to expose the pedophilia he believes has run rampant in Hollywood for decades.

In recent years, Feldman stated that both he and his long-time acting partner Corey Haim suffered sexual abuse by older men in the entertainment industry. While his experiences have fallen mostly upon deaf ears in the past decade, his voice is now being acknowledged by mainstream media outlets in the wake Harvey Weinstein scandal. In his video, Feldman makes a plea to other child stars to come forward, tell their stories and ultimately break the “dam of silence.”

The Indiegogo fundraising campaign is currently eyeing a $10 million goal will allow Feldman to write, direct, and distribute a major motion picture, as well as covering security and legal costs to protect his family. Learn more about the TRUTH Campaign via the official Indiegogo page and check out Feldman’s video announcement below.

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Remember 222: Corey Feldman Releases Corey Haim Tribute Song

Remember 222: Corey Feldman Releases Corey Haim Tribute Song

Corey Feldman's "Remember 222"

Corey Feldman’s “Remember 222”

Corey Feldman has just released his latest single to commemorate a very bittersweet date. The song titled “Remember 222” is a tribute to his best friend and former acting partner Corey Haim and is being released on March 10, 2015 which is the five year anniversary of Haim’s death.

Feldman feels the song is a fitting tribute to the acting duo and will bring the listener back to a happier time to make fans smile again instead of cry. Feldman is hopeful this can continue to reshape the tarnished perception of his and Haim’s youth and remind people that they are one of the greatest acting/comedy pairings in entertainment history. The song also reflects on how much laughter and joy the two brought to the world and themselves.

Check out a teaser trailer for the song below and get the song on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Google Play and everywhere digital music is sold.

Buy it on Google Play HERE!

Get it on Rhapsody HERE!

This is reportedly the final of five singles to be released prior to his forthcoming album “Angelic 2 the Core” which is scheduled to drop this spring. “Angelic 2 the Core” is projected to be the most exciting and successful release of Feldman’s musical career and is a follow up album from last year’s EP release “1st Glimpse of Heaven” which featured his MTV single “Ascension Millennium”. “Ascension Millennium” grew to a wild popularity in 2014 when the video gained over one million views in its first year and was even referenced on a recent episode of Glee cementing its place in pop culture history.

In other news, Feldman’s current single “Everybody” feat Doc Ice has spent several weeks on the Indie Top 50 chart, the National Airplay Top 200, and sustained ten weeks on DRT Hip-Hop & R&B top 50, peaking at number thirteen for three straight weeks. “Angelic 2 the Core” will also further promote Feldman’s newest brand “Corey’s Angels” which was created to help talented, attractive women take the proper steps to discover and showcase their talents.

The song will be available in all major digital stores including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Spotify, and a video of the song is expected to be released this April.

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COREYOGRAPHY: Corey Feldman On His Autobiography, New Music and More!

COREYOGRAPHY: Corey Feldman On His Autobiography, New Music and More!

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Having spent the entirety of his life in the spotlight, Corey Feldman is instantly recognizable from his roles in “Gremlins,” “The Goonies,” “Stand By Me,” “Dream A Little Dream” and “The Lost Boys,” Entertaining movie going audiences worldwide for the better part of three decades, he has become ingrained in the fabric of the pop culture landscape. His meteoric rise in Hollywood would lead him to dizzying heights as a teen idol. It was a journey on which he would experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows on the overwhelming roller coaster ride of fame. As the years flew by, his larger than life persona easy target for the media to exploit and rumors, misinformation, speculation and outright lies began to run rampant. Now, Feldman stands ready to clear the air with a remarkably gripping memoir — ‘Coreyography.’ The autobiography is a revealing look at what his life was like behind the scenes: a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office. ‘Coreyography’ is his surprising and inspiring account of survival and redemption in Hollywood.

Entertaining the masses for over three decades, Feldman shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, to hear him tell it, this is only the first chapter in an already epic tale. Jason Price of Icon vs. Icon caught up with Corey Feldman deep in the heart of a whirlwind press tour on the eve of the memoir’s release to discuss a few of our burning questions. In the interview, Corey discusses what made now the time to tell his story, his feelings on the reactions of those looking to quickly dismiss his account of his life’s events and what lessons can be learned from his story. It doesn’t stop there as there! Feldman gives us the scoop on the evolution of his upcoming highly anticipated solo album, tentatively titled ‘Angelic to the Core’, along with all of the other projects he has in store in the months to come!

What made now the time for you to write an autobiography, which not only outlines the highlights of your life so far but also the darker times?

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The problem has always been that the press likes to misconstrue my words and the media has twisted the perception of me to the masses. I have always spoken from an honest place. I have always tried to get the stories told but never in the clear, concise way that I would have wished. Therefore, now is the time because I have finally gotten enough people to believe in it and want to hear the truth. I think it is more of a testament to the public standing and them calling and crying for the truth to be heard, than it is a testament to me of finally accomplishing getting it done.

When you go into this process, did you have any reservations about telling your story?

Of course I was very trepidatious about it. It is not one of those shocking, tell-all books where I am out there blasting people. It is not like that at all, as a matter of fact! You won’t find anything negative about anybody in the book, other than the wrongdoers. Those people will obviously be ashamed or embarrassed by it, but they deserve to because they have done wrong. People who might have done something controversial or less than glamorous are not going to be put on blast because that is not what it is. I am not trying to do that. I felt that if I could be as forthright as possible and bring about the topics that I think the public most need to know the answer to, that was the most important thing for me to accomplish. It is a two-fold thing. Number one, it is setting the record straight and clearing the air of some great misconceptions about myself and some of my friends. Number two, it is speaking up for Corey Haim, who doesn’t have a voice to do so. The thing I find interesting is the backlash of people, which is mostly coming from within his family and close friends. They are saying I am doing it for money, I am trying to make him look bad, and that I am trying to diminish his name or worth – which it is exactly the opposite. That is the stark opposite of the truth, which only leads me to the conclusion that they feel some part of responsibility or shame in themselves. The point of the book is not to make Haim look bad, shameful, or anything like that. At the end of the day, the mission is to show everybody that not only was he a great and talented actor, an amazing person, and my best friend in the world, but to let everybody know that he was unrightfully shamed, thrown under the bus and swept under the carpet as a result of the things that were done wrong to him in the first place. The bottom line or big message of this whole story is that it was a convenient side-step for them to make us look like freaks, losers and weirdoes, as opposed to recognizing us for our talent or our craft. They disregarded us and said we were over with and swept us under the carpet because it was so much easier to be able to dismiss whatever stories might come out.

Feldman and Haim

Feldman and Haim

It all originated with Corey [Haim] asking me to do this. It is not, at all, that I am taking my own liberties. It stemmed from a conversation we had about a year before his death, which was the end of the second season of “The Two Coreys.” We had a very private discussion in my bathroom after a photo shoot that we had done to promote the show. I had already said publicly that we were done for awhile and we couldn’t be friends for awhile. We knew we weren’t going to work together again for awhile. Again, that was at the end of the second season. We had to do some promo work where we were forced to be together. At the end of it, he buttered me up and said, “I am sorry about the way things went down but could we at least have dinner to clear the air before we have this sabbatical?” That is what we did. He came over to my house. It was him and his Mom, Susie, and I. We made dinner for them. Corey and I went alone together into my bathroom and he said to me, “I just want you to know I did all of this for a reason. I want the truth to be told.” I said to him, “Then why don’t you tell your story?” He said “I would love to, but how?” I said, “Well you write a book.” He said he couldn’t do that and I asked why. He said “Because if I do that, all those people will come after me. I still have to function. I need a career. I can’t just give up my career like that.” I said, “I understand that but the truth needs to be told and people need to be brought to justice.” He said, “I can’t do it. I am too afraid, but you could do it for me.” I said to him, “I can’t do that. It is not my story to tell.” He said, “You can tell my story. I want you to tell my story. Please.” I told him I couldn’t do that now; if maybe one day I was around and he was gone, that was another story, but not while he was here on this Earth. He said, “I have a feeling I am not going to be here much longer.” He always knew he wasn’t going to live very long. He said, “I know I am not going to be here too much longer but after I am gone, I would appreciate if you got that taken care of for me and told the real story.” I said, “Ok. Let me see what I can do.”

That was kind of where things were left. We didn’t speak for a year and then after that we did rekindle our friendship. We became very close; in fact, we were closer than we had ever been before. We got back together when he called me one day and said, “I know that you have lost a lot of close people in your life recently. I know you are going through a lot of emotional changes and turbulence and my Mom has cancer. We both have some real life issues going on. I know we have had some problems in the past but let’s put all of that behind us and just be there for each other. Let’s forget about the show and everything else, let’s just be there for each other.” I said to him, “You know, you are right.” I came over to his house. I saw him and his Mom and the condition she was in and where they were living. That is when they were living at The Oakwoods. From that time on, we bonded. We were like brothers again. We were together pretty much every day until right before he died. The day he died, he was supposed to have a dentist appointment with the dentist I got him. I had been taking his Mom to chemotherapy treatments because they didn’t have a car to get around. They try to downplay it and say we weren’t even that close and we drifted apart. It is public record anyway! You can go on public record and see the last few interviews he gave in his life were in two different locations and I was there with him both times. Obviously, we were close and we were together. You have all these people crawling out of the woodwork saying “Feldman is just doing it to benefit from him. They weren’t even really close or great friends. Corey hated him.” Its like, “What are you talking about?” It is all backpedaling. At the end of the day, there were adult responsible parties in Corey’s life who need to claim responsibility for the life that he took. They don’t want to take that responsibility, so they are trying to throw it back on me. Let’s be honest, where is my place in his life and where are the parents? I wasn’t there when he was eleven years old. It wasn’t my responsibility.

Obviously, the book doesn’t just focus on your relationship with Corey Haim. It focuses on your highs, your lows and everything in between.

That’s right. That is why I find it so insulting that they are trying to minimize it to that because as you say, it covers the gamut. It covers a plethora of topics in my life, Corey being one of them.

What can you tell us about the process of putting the book together? I imagine looking back on your life and trying to encapsulate it on a few hundred pages is no easy task.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

It is funny you say that because I actually say that in the beginning of the book. The very first chapter starts off with the moment of Corey Haim’s death. Then I say, “This is what my life has become. This is what I have gone through. This is where I am today. How did I get here? Let’s go back to the beginning.” To me, it has always been very obvious that if you are going to tell a story, you have to start at the beginning. However, when I first conceived writing this book, which was about ten years ago, the initial thought was that I was going to start in my darkest hour. It was going to start with my own personal darkest hour, which was the night of my drug arrest. So much has happened in the past ten years. There have a great number of different highs and a great number of lows that have toppled those thoughts. The thing about life and the writing a memoir at an early age such as mine is that I have only experienced a fraction of what I may experience in my life, if I am lucky to live as old as I’d like to live. I plan to live to one hundred and twenty-two; that is my goal. I believe I can do that because I believe science and technology will have advanced by the time I am that age, and the potential of a life span such as that is a real possibility. Provided God allows us to stay on this Earth long enough, I believe science will allow us to maintain life, if we can. With that said, there are a lot of different ways you could approach a memoir. What I felt was most important was to be linear, to give chronology, and also to highlight the things I felt most people wanted to hear about. The thing you have to understand is that my life is a many feathered bird. I have so many stories to tell. I have so many different ideas and thought processes that are not even introduced in this book. We couldn’t even engage and open those doors because of the fact that if you go on one journey and then start diverting yourself on all of these different avenues, it is going to lose the reader’s attention. That is what happens when there is too much diversity, too many options, or too many roads to choose. Since no one could fully understand the scope of my life, the only way to start the discussion is with the first sign. The first sign is what I will consider “Coreyography: Book One”. That is not to say there won’t be a book two, three or four. Honestly, in my writing this book, I feel I am merely skimming the top. I literally feel that way — skimming the milk, as it were, of my life. There literally are so many different avenues which need to be explored and discussed that I feel are relevant and important in mainstream society needs to be educated on. Will there be a sequel? I would say more than likely! [laughs]

The scope of the project is pretty impressive. What do you feel you learned about yourself as a person in document your life in this form?

I certainly learned that my integrity is intact, my virtue remains seamless and my morality is in good standing. I think if anything, this book is going to be a great opportunity for the reader to discover that. Because of all the misconceptions and unwarranted shapes my career path or my persona has taken through the years, it is very, very hard to be able to read between the lines and see what is truth and what is fiction. For me to be able to start that discussion and introduce those topics into the conversation is an amazing reward in and of itself.

With that said, what do you feel is the biggest lesson to be learned from the life and times of Corey Feldman?

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Positivity. Positivity can get you through anything. A belief and a faith system is something we all must have integrated inside of us. As it stands today, the big thing that makes the dark side win is people playing on each other’s fears. Let’s face it. How are we controlled in this society? We are controlled by them manipulating us through our fear. Terrorism, politics, the forcing of things like Marshall Law, the recent government closures and all of these sorts of things play on our fears. We must be individuals and free thinkers who believe in our own integrity. We must believe in our own thought process. We must have faith in a higher power and a higher energy. Not even just God but our own morality. I know the only thing that has made me able to survive all of these things I have been through, all of these terrible things, is the knowledge that if I let it all roll off my back and focus on the positive then I can slide through and keep moving forward. I can stay focused and positive. That is really the goal for every human being on this Earth. People have a tendency to get weighed down from the fear. We all have negatives and positives every day. The choice is ours to focus on the negatives, making them the focal point of our day or to let them roll off our backs and move forward. I believe what you put out there is what you get back. If you put out positive, you get back positive and vice versa. If we chose to focus on the positive and have a divine belief in whatever we are trying to achieve and visualize it becoming a reality, it does in fact become reality. If anybody in the world can honestly prove that point, it is me! Everybody knows I was kicked to the curb. Everybody knows I was long since categorized as a memory. It was as if I was washed away. Instead, here I am, strong, exuberant, happy and excited to share my magic solution, which is realizing your dreams, believing in yourself and staying positive. If you can walk away with that, then I have really achieved something.

I admire your positivity and the way you put yourself out there to do so. Speaking of positivity and moving forward, what can you tell us about the status of your upcoming album? I am curious to hear how it has evolved since we spoke a few months back. (Check out our previous interview with Corey Feldman from July 2013 – Click Here!)

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

It has been an amazing journey! One of my great new friends is a guy by the name of Brandon Howard. He has been going through the journey with me right now and being very supportive. He happens to be an amazingly talented singer, songwriter, and producer. He is famous in his own right, but a lot of people don’t know him well just yet. He is also connected to The Jackson Family and has worked with them a lot through the years. He is a really amazingly talented kid. I’ve got him on the album now. We have created a big finale for the album called “Mercy.” I am really excited about that! We are going to be making a dynamic video together for the song. The music itself is beautiful. It is a beautiful sentiment! We have a huge choir about it! I can’t tell you enough about it! The music will speak for itself. The point I am trying to make is that this came along as an afterthought to what was already proving to be my greatest achievement musically. Secondly, there is the duet with Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. At the start of the project, it was going to be maybe writing only collaboration, or possibly a production collaboration. It ended up being a full duet. That came out amazingly; I am really excited this song. I think the pinnacle or center point of the album, which works as a perfect companion piece to “Coreyography” itself, is going to be my next single. It is called “Number 222,” in honor or my dear friend, Corey Haim. I have kind of added all of these colors and flavors to it, where the album itself almost works as a walking timepiece and companion to the book in the sense that there are chapters to this album. There are many different sounds infused throughout.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Originally, when I first started working on it, I thought it was going to be an electronica album that would be pop, of course, but very heavily driven by the electronica. Then as I started going deeper into it, I began working with Supreme from the Wu Tang Clan, Rick One from the Black Eyed Peas, and other hip hop artists, like this new kid named Ashby, who is great, I became involved with all of these greatly talented people from the hip hop world. So, I started infusing that into the album, which is something I had never done before. At the same time, I am also going back to the rock ‘n’ roll roots with people like Fred Durst, Scotty Page from Pink Floyd, who makes several appearances throughout the album as well. It is just great talent coming together with all of these different sections. It started off with “Accession Millennium,” as a kind of electronica/pop dance song centered around my Corey’s Angels theme and now it is just one chapter of the album. There is a trilogy, which is the first single “Ascension Millennium,” the second single “DUH”, and the third single which is also the title track of the album, “Angelic to the Core.” That is just one section of the album. Then there are all these other sections of the album which find their way through a very interesting process of segues. It takes you on a musical journey where you go from a kind of electronica world that infuses and then we segue ourselves into the next sound and the next sound and so on. It happens in chunks. It is always very strange when you listen to an album where one song is a certain flavor and the next song is another. You find yourself listening to this potpourri of music where nothing really fits together. That isn’t any fun for me as a listener. When you can find a way to fuse all of these different ­sounds together on one album ? that is an adventure! I think that journey coming out alongside the book and telling the stories through the music and the book is really going to give my fans the fuller perception as my life as a whole.

Obviously, it is a bit of a whirlwind for you at the moment with the book release but when do you think you will be finishing up the album?

My hope is to have it out this year, but it isn’t looking realistic at this point. I would say early 2014 at the latest. I would really like to get the third single out in the next couple of weeks. I am certainly hoping to have it released before Christmas. I am also hoping to have the second single’s video, “DUH,” finished and released before Christmas as well. My plan is to do the video with my leading lady from my upcoming film release which is going to be out in early January of 2014. The film is called “The M Word” and is directed by Henry Jaglom. It is going to mark my first starring role in a U.S. theatrical release in over a decade. It is a very big and exciting event for me! The idea is to have my leading lady star in the video with me. Obviously, we want it to be timely. All of this stuff needs to happen against the timeline of everything else. It is interesting. I am working many dynamics all at the same time and making sure it all congeals.

What is happening with Corey’s Angels at the moment?

We have a lot of cool things happening with that project and are moving forward. We talked about the album and the videos but, in addition, we have created a clothing line and a jewelry line. All of these things are melding together! We haven’t gotten the website launched yet and I know I need to do that! I have to update my www.coreyfeldman.net site as well. I know I am really falling behind on some of the smaller elements but, with that said, the bigger picture is tying together nicely. I just ask everybody to bear with me! I know I am promising a lot right now and a lot of my delivery is late but it is all coming! It is all coming! I haven’t dropped or abandoned anything! It is all coming!

Available Now!

Available Now!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mentioned the part you played in the “Camp Crystal Lake Memories” documentary. There has definitely been a big buzz among ‘Friday The 13th’ fans about the terrific job you did on it.

Thanks! That is great to hear! I haven’t had a chance to see it for myself yet! I honestly haven’t had time or been anywhere with a Blu-ray player. They did send me a copy and I am looking forward to it. I hear it is over seven hours! I think during the holidays I am going to take some time off with my child. He isn’t going to watch it but once he goes to bed, I will watch it late at night! I am really looking forward to it!

What other projects should we be on the lookout for in the short term? You certainly have plenty of irons in the fire!

Going back to “Friday The 13th” for a second, there is a project I am trying to get into development right now. I am really pitching to create the final chapter in the ever-elongating chapters, of the “Friday The 13th” series by following up on a vision I had many years ago. That vision is the reuniting face-off between Tommy Jarvis and Jason! I am actually going to be meeting with Sean Cunningham as soon as I finish all of this. As soon as I finish this tour, I am going back to LA and I am going to meet with Sean. We are going to talk about the possibility of making that a reality! That is something I am really excited about. I still am pitching to be a part of the new Star Wars trilogy because that is what I want more than anything. If I could make the self-visualization and self-realization thing I was talking about happen, I see myself in there, ultimately to play Han Solo’s son. That would be my dream job! That is what I really, really want.

Corey Feldman: Ready To Rock!

Corey Feldman: Ready To Rock!

As a fan of your work, it is cool to hear you are in such a positive and creative place. What would you consider the best part of being Corey Feldman these days?

I have a beautiful son! I love him to death. He is my everything! He is my shining light! He is the first person I talked to this morning. I called him on his way to school and said, “Zen, I hope you are thinking about your Dad today. It is a very important day for your Dad!” He said, “Why?” I said, “Because I am doing lots of interviews and they are very important interviews that could really change the world.” He said, “Dad, you are always doing very important interviews that could change the world!” [laughs] I said, “I know. You’re right!” [laughs] He called me out on it! [laughs] That is one of the reasons why I love him so much — his honesty. It is amazing!

As you have said, one of the reasons you wrote “Coreyography” to speak to your fans. Anything you want to say to them directly before I let you go today?

I just have to say one more time, thank you all for your love and support. Thank you all for staying by my side through the most tumultuous times. There have been a lot of haters and a lot of negative people trying to throw mud at me, put me down, and have me dead and buried. All I can say is that if it wasn’t for the fans, they might have won. Due to the never-ending support and love of these beautiful people, I am here! I am thriving, healthy, good, positive, and ready to rock ‘n’ roll! Let’s make it happen!

“Coreyography” is available now wherever fine books are sold! For the latest from Corey Feldman news, visit www.coreyfeldman.net. Be sure to interact with Corey via Twitter at twitter.com/Corey_Feldman.

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New Flick ‘Operation Belvis Bash’ Foresees Death of Osama Bin Laden

New Flick ‘Operation Belvis Bash’ Foresees Death of Osama Bin Laden

George Bush’s backyard was the backdrop for what turned out to be an unexpected ending to an exciting evening for actor/singer Corey Feldman.  Feldman’s latest film, Operation Belvis Bash premiered on May 1, in Houston,TX, and is the story of a special military operation whose goal is to assassinate Osama Bin Laden.  Just a few minutes after seeing what audiences thought was a purely fictional assassination of the world’s most hated terrorist, they exited the theater to learn that it had happened in real life.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” commented Feldman.  “I was in New York on September 11, 2001, with Michael Jackson, and then, nearly ten years later, I walk out of the premiere of my latest film, which I had postponed to be able to attend Corey Haim’s Decisions premiere and memorial, to learn that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by a special operation, just like in the film we’d just screened. The timing is simply unbelievable, and whether life imitates art, or art imitates life, now is a time for all Americans to express their gratitude to the brave men and women who serve our country and helped make this happen.”

SYNOPSIS: Operation Belvis Bash is the story of a struggling rock and roll musician (Alexander Loy) who is recruited to go to Afghanistan and win the hearts and minds of the Afghani people. He is joined by the outrageous “Jewtastic” comedian, Samuel Stilman (Corey Feldman) as he embarks upon his futile quest. As danger surrounds Bash and his rag-tag team of entertainers at the hands of infamous terrorist, Abdul (The Iron Sheik), Bash finds himself upstaged by a musical theater heavyweight, Alfons Logoluso (Frank Stallone). As another night falls on Kabul, will rock and roll shine the beacon of freedom in a land ravaged by darkness?

The film premiered in Texas and is currently planning a limited release this summer.  Please visit www.belvisbash.com for more on Operation Belvis Bash.

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Corey Haim Memorial/Film Premiere To Be Hosted By Corey Feldman

Corey Haim Memorial/Film Premiere To Be Hosted By Corey Feldman

Corey Haim

Actor/Singer Corey Feldman will host the Red Carpet premiere of Decisions, the final film Feldman’s best friend, Corey Haim made before his tragic death in March, 2010.  The premiere is being held at the Writers’ Guild Theater (135 S. Doheney Drive, Beverly Hills, CA) at 7:00 PM, on Sunday, April 10, 2011.  Red Carpet is from 5:30 – 6:30 PM.

The evening will begin with an introduction of host Corey Feldman by Decisions producers, Anthony Viatale and Zennon Kesik.  Feldman will then welcome Haim’s mother, Judy who will memorialize her son, followed by G. Tom Mac, scheduled to perform Haim’s favorite song, “Cry Little Sister”, from the hit film Lost Boys which featured both Haim and Feldman.  Moviefone has contributed a memorial video narrated by Feldman, and a minute of silence for Haim will follow the video.  The film will begin around 7:30 PM.  Several friends and colleagues of Haim, including co-stars from past films are expected to attend.

“Corey was my best friend, my brother,” commented Feldman.  “I am grateful to the Writers’ Guild for stepping up and hosting the premiere of his last film. I am particularly grateful for being able to be a part of this special, and long overdue memorial event.”

Decisions follows a group of friends who decide to pull a bank heist to get out from underneath their money troubles. They quickly discover that things can unravel in a hurry! A compromised LAPD Detective (Corey Haim) on the take with a crime syndicate figure wants the money back and will go to any length to get it. Things go wrong quickly as bullets start to fly and the group finds that one thing affects another and discovers that the voice of reason is not always what it appears to be.

Feldman is also sponsoring a contest, which will award ten lucky winners each two tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere event.  Please visit www.coreyfeldman.net to enter.  For more on Decisions, please visit the film’s website, www.decisionsthemovie.com.

 

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Corey Haim Lives On In ‘American Sunset’ Thriller On DVD and Blu-ray!

Corey Haim Lives On In ‘American Sunset’ Thriller On DVD and Blu-ray!

Global Entertainment Holdings, Inc. a publicly traded entertainment Company (OTCBB: GBHL), and its Canadian affiliate, Global Universal Pictures (“Global Pictures”), announces the on-line distribution of the Company’s action thriller, American Sunset, exclusively on the film’s website: www.AmericanSunsetTheMovie.com, operated by Global Universal Film Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GBHL.

Due to an overwhelming demand from moviegoers, predominantly the late Corey Haim’s loyal fan base, Global Universal has launched the Company’s DVD sales division. With the Company having experienced a number of orders far in excess of what it had anticipated, just on the first day of availability, it was necessary for the Company to outsource the production of additional copies of the film.

“As is frequently the case with mainstream Hollywood, the movie has met its fair share of resistance. Corey Haim was a much admired Child Actor and Teen Heartthrob. His extraordinary talent was well recognized by distinguished critics at a very young age, firmly planting the establishment of his persona as the adorable little boy next door.” stated Jackie Giroux, American Sunset’s Producer.

“It’s well known how unforgiving Hollywood can be to grown up child stars, but the fans emphatically embrace him still… We have received abundant correspondence demanding an opportunity to see his final contribution to the film industry and the world. In the exclusive behind the scenes footage, Corey stated “I Want Everyone to See This Movie”, and his public will now have the opportunity to enjoy his exceptional performance in American Sunset. It is in his memory, and with this resolve that we move forward, passionately, to make this production, and others still to come, a smashing success.” concluded Ms. Giroux.

The Highly Acclaimed Film, American Sunset, features Corey Haim in his final performance as an adult leading actor. “Corey brought American Sunset to life with his outstanding performance.” stated Gary Rasmussen, CEO of Global Universal Film Group. He continues: “Between the talented cast, the exceptional directing, and the spellbinding plot of this film, it leaves nothing to be desired but a need to watch it again. We expect our internet sales to reflect these factors, as the popularity of this film continues to grow.”

American Sunset unravels a mysterious conspiracy with numerous spellbinding plot twists revolving around a kidnapping ploy that robs a devoted husband of his true love, while playing a game that prolongs her safety by correctly responding to the kidnapper’s riddles. One wrong answer means fatal consequences. As the pursuit to save his wife plunges Haim’s character deeper into a corrupt world, the greedy, deceptive and immoral motives become increasingly obvious; this is not just a random kidnapping for money, this is deadly personal.

The Movie, American Sunset, is NOW AVAILABLE in DVD and Blu-ray for distribution worldwide on the film’s Official website: www.AmericanSunsetTheMovie.com. Please visit the site and view the trailer.

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The Return of The Frog Brothers: Corey Feldman Reveals All!

The Return of The Frog Brothers: Corey Feldman Reveals All!

The ‘Lost Boys’ exploded onto the screen back in 1987 and became quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. From that epic film emerged one of the greatest duos of all time, immortalized on screen by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander — The Frog Brothers! It was after all The Frog Brothers who (almost) single handedly managed to save the small town of Santa Carla from the clutches of the undead. Over two decades have passed but the ever-resilient Frogs have refused to fade quietly into the night. In 2008, the powers that be scared up a sequel to the classic film, as well as a comic book series, ‘Lost Boys: Reign of The Frogs,’ that breathed life into the beloved franchise, leaving fans thirsty for more. It was fan demand that brought Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander back for the return of The Frog Brothers in “The Lost Boys: The Thirst” — that and also that they’re almost certain ghouls and werewolves occupy high positions at city hall! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Corey Feldman to discuss his history with the series, his thoughts on returning to his iconic role, as well as the real-life struggles that he experienced during the film and how they fueled his character. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as Feldman fills us in on what fans can expect from ‘The Lost Boys Ball’ and what could possibly be in store for the beloved franchise!

As a fan of the ‘Lost Boys’ franchise, it is exciting to see the Frog Brothers finally reunited. Before we get to that, I was curious to know how did you get involved with the original ‘Lost Boys’ project?

Basically, it all started with Richard Donner. He and I became very good friends while working on ‘The Goonies’ together, he was the director on that film. We formed a very close bond and he became a father figure to me very quickly, as he knew that I was a very lost and troubled child. I was a “Lost Boy,” so I guess it was very apropos. [laughs] In any event, he called me up and said, “look, I have the next movie that I am trying to do and it is going to be something totally different. It is a vampire rock ‘n’ roll comedy. What do you think?” I said, “That sounds great!” He said, “When I get up and running, I will let you know. I would love to bring you in and have you be a part of it.” I said, “That would be awesome! Anything you do, I would love to be a part of.” At that point, I didn’t hear from him for several months. A couple of months later, I got a call that he was no longer going to be directing it but he was going to take the position of executive producer. There was this new guy named Joel Schumacher that had just directed ‘St. Elmos Fire’ and he was going to be the director and Richard Donner wanted me to go in and meet with him. So, I went in and met with him and it was just after the time that I had finished ‘Stand By Me’, so I still had that look. I remember meeting with him and he said, “I know that you are a great actor and I appreciate your work but I am not sure that you have the right look or the balls that it is going to take to play this character. Edgar Frog is going to have to be a tough dude and I have to see that before I can say for sure that you are the guy for this part. So, basically what I want you to do is grow your hair out so I can see you with long hair and I want you to create a character that is basically a combination of all the different action heroes that are out there right now. Go rent yourself the Sylvester Stallone movies, the Chuck Norris movies, ‘First Blood’ and ‘Missing In Action’. At the end of the day find a character that is a combination of all those different elements.” So I did! I ended up growing my hair out, I went home and did all of my research and came back three months later and read for the role of Edgar as the character that I created. Immediately, he was like ,“That’s it! You got it! Done!” At that point they mixed and matched me with a couple of different actors, one of which was Jamison Newlander. Right away, when Jamison and I read together, everyone in the room knew that this would be the chemistry that worked best.

As one of the driving forces behind the Frog Brothers and the continuation of the ‘Lost Boys’ franchise, what do you think it is that captures the imagination of the fans?

Edgar Frog In Simpler Times...

I think that it is a lot of fun. Honestly, I think what it is today, might be a little different than when the original film came out in 1987. I think in those days, the fun of it was that you had these two kids that were obviously bumbling idiots [chuckles] for the most part. They obviously had a lot of knowledge about vampires and their knowledge was legit, but they didn’t have the experience. They didn’t have the balls to deal with everything that they had to deal with. They had the balls to go into the confrontation in the first place and they were strong enough and tough enough to face their fear but at the same time, when confronted with the fear, they absolutely fell apart. Where as now, you find the Frog Brothers 20 years later and this is their life. They have become consumed with everything vampire, it is what they live and breathe. I think the fun of it now is that these guys that were Keystone Cops, for all intents and purposes, now have really grown and upgraded to the point of being real soldiers. They have lived and breathed it, they have become these figureheads of the vampire killing world and I think that they are pretty much known all over the world. They have become legendary in their own way because they are this mystery in the vampire world. All vampires know of their existence because they have obviously become quite a problem to the vampire race. However, as far as common man, they have no idea about them. So, I think there is a lot of mystery that goes behind their character. At the same time, it is a lot of fun to watch these kids, who were at one time kind of a joke in the crime fighting world if it were, to become the end all be all or the final stop when it comes to where to turn.

How important was it for you to keep the integrity of your characters intact as we move forward?

That is what it is all about. I think that if you lose the tenor of these characters, that suddenly there will be this giant disconnect between the fans and their relation to the film and the characters. For many, many years, people talked about doing a sequel to ‘Lost Boys’. People talked about what that sequel might be and raised the question, “How do we get the Frog Brothers back in action?” There were so many different ideas for scripts and things like that over the years but there was one recurring theme, which was the Frog Brothers coming back and leading the movie and following their further adventures. This was something that I was obviously always very excited about. As you can imagine, I was quite disappointed when I saw the script for ‘Lost Boys: The Tribe’ and realized that this wasn’t what it was going to be about. I, at that time, began my fight by saying, “Look, I think this is what fans really want to see. It is everything that has been speculated and circulated through the internet through the years. The number one thing that keeps coming to the forefront is the Frog Brothers being the heroes! I think that is what the fans really want and I think that if you put them in the film as second or third rate characters in the film, you’re gonna miss. I think that it isn’t about Edgar Frog doing a cameo here and there, but it is really about the Frog Brothers together and both of them being on screen.” I thought it was equally important for Corey Haim to be a part of it and why I fought so hard to get his character back. I think that it was the three of us, all along, that everyone wanted to see. We got a little taste of it in ‘The Tribe’ through the fact that I kinda put my foot down and said, “Look, I can’t do this movie without Corey and Jamison. That is just the way it is.” Eventually, they brought them back but unfortunately as ‘The Two Coreys’ well illustrated, through the reality television world, Corey just wasn’t up to par. He wasn’t in the shape to be able to pull it off at that time, which is how things disintegrated back to the way they were in the original script with Edgar having an in and out type of cameo, Jamison’s very brief nod at the end of the movie and Corey’s few scenes. Unfortunately, it didn’t really flesh out the way that it needed to. When the third film came around, we started right way, Hans Rodionoff, Jamison Newlander and myself, fleshing out ideas for what the third movie would be like. Of course, from the beginning, I always wanted Corey there. But due to the political problems that ensued due to the many problems that occurred when he tried to shoot the second one, the studio wasn’t really keen on bringing him back. I think that the philosophy between everyone politically was that, “We all love Corey and we want to see him back on screen but he has got to, on some level, prove that he is ready to work again and can handle this type of pressure.” Everyone kind of agreed to put it on marinate for the third film and come up with something that we can do with his character and really think intelligently on how we can bring him back for the fourth film. Of course, unfortunately, now that can’t happen.

You filmed ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’ in South Africa. What can you tell us about that experience?

Edgar Frog Circa 2010

Well, as you know, I experienced quite a bit of loss in my personal life in the months leading up to the film and I had just engaged into a divorce. Literally, a week before I left for Africa, I was informed there were problems within my marriage and I had to make the decision to walk away from it. My child was lying there in the midst of it all and there was a big hardship, a loss in my life. Suddenly, as a guy who has been a family man for eight years, I was on my own and not traveling with my family. I actually had to go to other side of the world, half a world away, literally, for the next two months and be completely isolated from everything that I have ever known or loved, so that I could dive right into this work. My whole presence and being was thrown off track only days before we started production. Coming in as executive producer and starring in the film, that meant that I had a full-time job that consisted of six days a week at 14 hours a day from the moment I got off of the plane in South Africa. So, there wasn’t a lot of vacation time there! Even more importantly, my mental state at the time was really disconnected, really isolated, really introverted and depressed … I felt like I was this lone soldier. There I was in suited up in the Edgar Frog costume with my katana on my back, guns on my side, stakes strapped to me and all of this gear for going to battle, when I found myself sitting on a rock at the tip of South Africa. It was the furthest tip of Africa, which is the furthest point that you can be away from America and Los Angeles certainly! [laughs] I was somehow still standing, still surviving and still resilient. At that point, it all came together so easily in my mind that this is the culmination of all things in my life right now. I am supposed to use all of my personal life experience as what this character should be feeling and should be going through emotionally. It made it so much more real and on point that I think everything that you see going through Edgar’s mind in this film, at some level, has some resonance to it.

As a fan, I appreciate all the hard work you put in both behind-the-scenes and in your performance. We played the film the other night at our Season of The Witch Film Fest, just a gathering of friends celebrating the season with some horror flicks, for a bunch of other fans. We all loved it! There were so many great homages, laughs, tie-ins to the original film – everyone loved it! We were all in agreement that you guys really hit the nail firmly on the head with this one. Kudos to you on a job well done and thank you for all you went through.

Thank you so much! I really appreciate that! Yeah, it is unfortunate that things had to be so turbulent and traumatic to get there but at least I was about taking the sorrow and the pain to push it forward into a positive energy that is kinda expanding itself upon the masses! It is really nice, I have to say. We took so much shit for ‘The Tribe’, which I wasn’t really even that involved in. I wrote a few lines here and there, like, “Who ordered the stake?” and that kind of stuff but I wasn’t that very involved. I kinda made an oath to the fans. I decided that if I was going to do another one, the only reason to do it is to make up for what people seemed to be missing in ‘The Tribe’. My oath and promise to the fans was that if I am doing this, then I am going to do it right and I guarantee you that it will be better than the last film. Every day that I was on that set, every day that I was working on the script doing rewrites, every minute that I was working with the other producers and being creative, down to the costumes, weapons and every detail involved with the director and producers, all of it was done with the giant bird on my back that was the fans voice. It kept chirping, “Stop, this isn’t what they want!” or “Yes! This is it!” Of course, you never get everything that you want. I wasn’t the only creative force behind this film. It certainly was a bit of a melting pot and a lot of Indians in there. I was one of the creative voices with my own side of input but there were also other creative voices that I had to acknowledge too. Because of that, I felt that by the end of it, I felt that, “Man, I didn’t get everything I want! There is so much more that I had in mind and wanted to bring to the table.” I felt that it still fell short. However, I think as an artist and a creative entity, you always second guess yourself and you never feel that you have completely fulfilled every application that is required. You are never completely satisfied with your work. I was very, very nervous after I saw the first cut of the film. I thought, “Oh man! Nobody is going to like this. It is going to be a disaster. Here we go, I have let them down again!” I had heard that the test screenings were favorable and people were reacting well but when the studio tells you that, it is kind of like smoke and mirrors. You are like, “Yeah, yeah! You are just telling me what I want to hear so I will go out and promote it for you, regardless if it is good or a piece of crap.” It really wasn’t until the premiere at Comic Con and I saw the reaction of the fans and it got me really excited. At that point, I kinda gave myself a pat on the back and said, “You did OK! You didn’t let them down.”

I know there has been talk of the possibility of another trilogy or a television series and I don’t want to pin you down on that, as I am sure it is a bit of a moving target. As one of the creative forces behind the scenes and one of the Frog Brothers, where would you like to take these characters?

Well, I see a lot of potential. Obviously, I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down with the writer yet to think it through and start writing it all out, as far as to where we want to take the plot points, but we have sat down prior to this and really come up with an idea, a big picture idea, for another trilogy. It’s an idea for where that trilogy would lead and how to keep it reverent and exciting so it keeps people on their toes wanting to come back for more because these things could obviously get played out pretty quickly if it is not done the right way. Should we continue, signs are very positive in that direction at this point because ‘The Thirst’ has been selling incredibly well, one of the main factors for me is continuing the trend of bringing back old characters. When I say that, I don’t mean just from the first film but characters from throughout the franchise. That way, you never know who you are going to see pop up in ‘Lost Boys 4’ or 5 or 6. I think that is a very intelligent way of doing it because nothing makes a sequel more fitting than reconnecting with characters you know and love from the past. I think that there are certainly key characters in each of the films that can add a little something to a future storyline and ya never know, that future storyline may be going back in time and could even mean doing a prequel.

One thing that is very unique surrounding this film is ‘The Lost Boys Ball’. Now that you have taken us on this incredible journey on the film, what can we expect from this live event?

I have to tell ya, I am so thrilled! I am so excited! We have been rehearsing a lot over the past couple of weeks, really honing in on all of it. It is going to be quite a unique experience. That is the number one thing for everyone to know going into the room. Once you enter the doors at the House of Blues that you are going to, you are about to enter a world that you have really never experienced before because we are doing something very unique. It is something that has never been done, which is showing a movie with a concert. Obviously, there have been all sorts of concerts with some sort of theme connected to them and there have been “dinner and a movie” sorts of things but what this is is sort of a tri-fold effect. You have got a film that everyone knows, loves and that they haven’t had a chance to see on the big screen in a group setting in many, many years. That alone I think is very exciting but to be able to do it knowing that there are cast members from the movie in the building watching it alongside you, I think is very appealing to fans. Secondly, the fans are getting to see a full concert for the same ticket price as going to see a movie, but now they are getting a movie and a concert. When I say concert, it is not just any concert. If you have come to see Truth Movement play before, it is a spectacle! We truly put on a very theatrical show that is very interactive and a multi-media experience. There are video projections, a laser light show, which is extraordinary, dancers, we really have covered the gambit as far as putting on an over the top show and the music is great too. The musicianship up there, you will see, is just very dynamic. It is mind-blowing! Because you really have some of the world’s greatest musicians up there. For example, Scotty Page, who spent some time with Pink Floyd during the “Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour” and that album. He will once again be joining us. He appears on the Truth Movement album, ‘Technology Analogy’ with us. For this tour, he will also be playing rhythm guitar and saxophone. Daisy De La Hoya, who is a talented young singer, will be joining us. She is best known for her reality TV work. She joined us for the tour over the summer and now she is coming back for ‘The Lost Boys Ball’, so that adds some nice color to it. Not only is she a very talented singer but she is also a fabulous dancer and has a great little body, so she is a lot of fun to watch up there moving around! [laughs] It is just another aspect of the circus that we create! All that said, the entire show gives you a very upbeat, spiritual and positive effect. I think people will really walk out of there saying, “Wow! I just experienced something like I have never seen before!” Every show, every Truth Movement show that we do is a little bit different. We have a different gimmick, affect or element happening so you are never going to see the same show twice! Even if you come to all four shows, everything will be a little bit different in between the time you see it. There will be different cast members at each show and different people doing a Q&A. That is the other part of it! There will be a Q&A, meet-and-greet and signings depending on what ticket level you have purchased. That makes it more of a Con because we have a film premiere with ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’, we will be doing the concert and it is almost like a convention wrapped into it with the Q&A, meet some of your favorite celebrities, get some autographs and there will be merchandise there to buy. All in all, I think that it is going to be a very 360º interactive experience, the likes of which the entertainment industry has never seen!

What can fans do to help support the Frog Brothers cause and hopefully get them some more screen time in the future?

Number one, come to ‘The Lost Boys Ball’. You have to understand that because we are breaking such new ground and nothing like this has ever been done before, it is a very trepidatous endeavor. If it works well, it could be the launch of a completely massive tour for ‘The Lost Boys Ball’. This is something that I’d like to see in four cities but I would like to extend it throughout the nation and not only throughout the nation but throughout something beyond that. We have tons of fans in England, Australia and all over the world that we get e-mails, blogs and Twitter and Facebook messages from saying, “Please bring it to our country! We want to see Truth Movement and we want to see ‘Lost Boys’ back on the big screen!“ I mean, I get these constantly from people, especially in the UK. People are literally begging and salivating to get us over there. My biggest goal at this point is to sell out every one of these shows that we can, show Live Nation and Warner Brothers that it is a winning ticket and we can get their support on continuing this for a global tour. In turn, this will really help to reinvigorate the ‘Lost Boys’ franchise. Not only that but it could also serve as a blueprint for a new standard in touring for both the concert arena and the film release arena. You never know, if this works well, this may be the opportunity to get a limited theatrical release for the next ‘Lost Boys’ film, should there be one.

My master plan is really about turning this into a new idea, a new platform, a new medium for straight to DVD movies where you can make it a live interactive experience and have the fans come and be a part of the experience with us as if it were a big movie release! Now it is like we have movies that go to theaters and movies that go straight to DVD, what if we were able to find a limited exhibition market where people who know they are all fans of the same product can come together and rejoice when that movie is released, before they go buy and watch it on DVD. I think it is a very interesting concept and that it could work very well. The most important part of this, once again, is the fans showing up. If they are not there and it is not a sell out every time, I guarantee you that we won’t get another shot at it. I think it is really going to help the life blood of the franchise as a whole. Because we are doing it during the month of Halloween, what better excuse to have a costume contest? People will be able to come dressed up and be part of the experience entirely! So, it is not like you are just coming to watch this experience but you are coming to be a part of it. You may end up on stage! We are also doing this thing through my website, www.coreyfeldman.net, where we are offering two free tickets and passes to anyone that wants to send in a picture of themselves in a bathing suit. This is something that we did for the summer tour as well. We are accumulating these pictures of people in bathing suits so they can come and join us on stage for a particular part of the concert, which I am not going to tell you what it is, but there is a part of the show where we have audience participation and it’s a lot of fun. I am hoping that people sign up for the contest, I hope that people come down and support it!

Corey Feldman

As far as the DVD itself, I know that it is selling like hotcakes! The more reviews and positive messages that go out from people like you, the more the message is going to be loud and clear. Go pick up a copy of the film and please whatever you do, don’t watch a pirated free download. I know they are out there and I know that there are people doing it. If you are really a fan of the franchise, watching the film that way will guarantee that you aren’t getting the next sequel that you are looking for. We need to see sales. Let’s face it, it is dollars and sense, it is supply and demand. At the end of the day, spend the 20 bucks and go to the event or spend the 20 or 30 bucks for the DVD or Blu-Ray and show your support that way. I know that times are tough and that finances are hard but we all have to work together if we want to see this go on.

We really thank you for talking to us again Corey. You have been more than gracious with your time. We thank you for all that you are doing to grow these projects. You are one of the few people out there that you really see put their heart and soul into something and that is really refreshing.

I really appreciate you acknowledging that and thank you for the support. It means the world to us! Thank you!

I just have one more quick question for you. Last time we spoke (read that interview here), we were discussing Truth Movement when the topic of misconceptions about yourself came up. I was wondering if you had ever considered working on an autobiography at some point to dispel some of those misconceptions as well as talking about your journey through the years?

It is funny that you should say that! That is something that I have quietly in the works. [laughs] Nothing set in stone yet but there is certainly a lot of talk about it and we are definitely entertaining the idea!

Awesome! Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans before I let you go?

I want to say that I love them and that I really appreciate all of their love, support and strength. At the end of the day, after 35 years in this business, as you know very well, most people just fall by the wayside because they just can’t take it. I would have certainly been one of those statistics if it wasn’t for the love and support of the fans that have kept me thriving for all of these years! I am here for them and I am not going anywhere, anytime soon!

Thank you my friend, I am sure we will be talking again very soon! In the meantime, we will be out spreading the word!

Thank you, my friend! Spread the word of truth! [laughs] I hope to see you out at one of the shows! Thank you and take care!

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Be sure to keep up on the latest from Corey Feldman by visiting his official website located at www.coreyfeldman.net. Visit the official site for ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’ at this location and check out the trailer below!

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The Return of The Frog Brothers: Jamison Newlander Talks ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’

The Return of The Frog Brothers: Jamison Newlander Talks ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’

Jamison Newlander first came into our collective conscience when the ‘Lost Boys’ exploded onto the screen back in 1987, playing opposite Corey Feldman as half of the iconic vampire slaying team, The Frog Brothers. Over two decades have passed but the ever-resilient duo has refused to fade quietly into the night. In 2008, the powers that be scared up a sequel to the classic film, as well as a comic book series, ‘Lost Boys: Reign of The Frogs,’ that breathed life into the beloved franchise, leaving fans thirsty for more. It was fan demand that brought Jamison Newlander and Corey Feldman back for the return of The Frog Brothers in “The Lost Boys: The Thirst” — that and also that they’re almost certain ghouls and werewolves occupy high positions at city hall! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Jamison Newlander to discuss his history with the series, his thoughts on returning to his iconic role, the path that he would like to see the franchise take, and his exciting new interactive project, WikiSoap!

Most people are familiar with you from your role as Alan Frog, half of the infamous Frog Brothers in ‘Lost Boys.’ I was curious to find out where you grew up and how you initially got involved with the entertainment industry?

Photo by Tom Biagini Photography

I grew up in Los Angeles actually. I was born in The Valley, the infamous San Fernando Valley, where “Valley Girl” was from! [laughs] Right around the time I was in first grade, my family moved. There were better schools over the hill in LA, so we moved into Beverly Hills, the slums of Beverly Hills, what they call The Flats. I grew up there and I started acting around the age of 14, right at the beginning of high school, I was going to Beverly High. That is where it all started.

How did you get involved with the original ‘Lost Boys’ project?

I was just doing some acting in LA. I started acting because I … well, I originally wanted to be a doctor. I didn’t know about that many professions out there. I wore leg braces when I was a kid, I was about 7 or 8, so I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon because that was the type of doctor that I was dealing with. My mom had this idea that maybe I could do some commercials and put away some money for med school. So I started doing commercials. I did one and then I did some TV and then a few little movies. Just as I was about to turn 16, I had an agent that was pretty excited about me and he really talked me up to Joel Schumacher and the casting director for ‘Lost Boys’, Marion Dougherty, the head of casting at Warner Brothers. She agreed to see me and that was pretty much it!

You took on the role at a time that is very pivotal in any young man’s life. Did you have any idea that the film would end up having the impact on fans that it did while you were making it?

Ya know, I had no idea actually. I was discovering how big the project was little by little. For me, it was a scenario where I would get a gig, like a movie of the week or I did an episode of ‘Valerie,’ the Valerie Harper show. I was doing stuff that was kinda small but not too small! ‘Lost Boys’ was in this whole different category and I wasn’t really aware of how big it could be. Little by little, I started to realize that I was recognizing the actors who were in it. I recognized Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. It started to dawn on me that they were packing this movie with talent like that, I started to think that maybe this is something that they think is going to be awesome. It really wasn’t until it came out and then went to video that we saw that someone really knew what they were doing and were able to make a movie that really spoke to audiences. I was just along for the ride up until that point!

Jamison Newlander, Corey Haim & Corey Feldman

Looking back on that period, what is your fondest memory of making that film and what is the most dreaded memory?

One of the things that I loved was how close I got to both Coreys. We were really working very closely together. Since Feldman and I were a unit, The Frog Brothers, we spent a lot of time together that summer hanging out. Corey Haim was dating Alyssa Milano at the time. Feldman was dating his first girlfriend and I was dating my first girlfriend. We just had a blast on set and off, just being teenagers. That was really an amazing part of the experience for me. The most dreaded part of it was, I think, the bathtub scene where Feldman and I freak out. That was a really tough time because there was all this slime, vampire guts flying out of the sink and it was really disgusting. We had to lie in that stuff between takes and it was really rough.

I know that the franchise has been gaining steam since ‘Lost Boys: The Tribe’ came out and the cast has been doing a lot of appearances at conventions. It seems like you all have a pretty good time while meeting the fans. Do you keep in touch with a lot of the other guys in the cast?

I do! I have gotten pretty close with Chance Corbitt, who played “Laddie,” in the original film. We hang out a bunch. He has a little daughter that is about the same age as my little boy, so we hang out, but not nearly enough. We have gotten pretty close. Doing these conventions, I hang out with Brooke McCarter and Billy Wirth and we have an absolute blast when we are together. A few months ago I went to the Famous Monsters convention and I got to hang out with G. Tom Mack, the guy who sang “Cry Little Sister.” He is a great guy! Really, it’s this fun kind of club, The Lost Boys Club! It is great to keep in touch with those guys.

'Lost Boys: The Thirst'

The Frog Brothers are back! ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’ just hit DVD/Blu-Ray on October 12th, which is very exciting! Without giving away too much, what can you tell us about the film?

This film is, I think, a really good chapter in the franchise. The Frog Brothers officially get back together in this movie. We are also at odds during the movie and do some fighting against each other as well as side by side and I think that is a big part of what makes it great. The other thing I like about this movie is that it has a really good story. Someone described it as not a true sequel but more of a spin-off and I think that is a good way of describing it. It is a story about the Frog Brothers, predominantly Edgar Frog as a vampire hunter dealing with the loss of Sam, the Corey Haim character, that is an interesting parallel to real life. It is also about Edgar getting back in touch with his brother and saving each others lives in different ways. I think it is a really good story with a lot of action and it is a lot of fun!

I watched it earlier today. As a fan of the franchise, I really think that you guys did a great job on this one. I think the story definitely stands on its own and moves these characters and the franchise in the right direction.

Thanks! I am glad to hear that!

As an actor, what was it like to step back into this role years later and getting the opportunity to flesh it out more?

It was actually challenging at first because Alan Frog, the character that I developed in the first movie, had a lot of subtleties. I think that was because I was a quieter Frog, I didn’t have as much dialog as Corey Feldman. There was a lot more in the expressions and the attitude in that character. I was a little bit worried as I started to approach it because I didn’t want to overplay it. I didn’t want to be too tough or too extreme. I wanted to keep the same subtlety. It was a real challenge working with the writer and working to make sure that I was able to hit the right tones and not overplay it or underplay it. But then as I got the hang of it and we started to shoot a little bit, I started to really slip back into the character and realized, “Oh, OK!” this was me back in 1986, when we shot it, and it is still me and I still have an instinct for this! I ended up having a blast!

Photo by Tom Biagini Photography

It seems that Corey Feldman and yourself have been a real driving force in keeping the integrity of your characters intact. That is really refreshing to see as a fan.  How much input did you have into the script and the development of your characters?

Feldman had quite a bit of input into the script. I had maybe more of an indirect input into the script because Feldman valued my opinion and he and I had worked together on our characters and making sure, as a unit, our characters where unified, as well as how we thought the Frog Brothers should be at this point in their journey and the direction of the story. The screenwriter, there were a couple screenwriters on the movie, but the one who worked closely with us was Hans Rodionoff. He was really open to our ideas. He is a really dedicated ‘Lost Boys’ fan, as well as a dedicated comic book fan and a fan of the horror genre, so he was really interested in keeping the integrity. Fortunately, Feldman was really strong and provided a lot of leadership for the two of us in helping to guide the story.

You filmed in South Africa. What was that experience like for you?

That was really wild. First of all, I had never been to South Africa. The only things that I knew about South Africa was Apartheid and that the World Cup was going to be there. We shot in Capetown which is a beautiful city, a very European kind of city. My wife was born in Holland. Obviously there is a lot of influence, unfortunately because the Dutch were the ones that colonized South Africa, that is an unfortunate period in their history. However, there are still a lot of the good elements of Dutch or European culture that we really love, mixed with this really international flavor. That was really great. There were other parts where we would drive out of the city toward some of the shooting locations where we could see some of the poverty that is still going on there. That was challenging to deal with and trying to make sense of it, by talking to the local people involved with the movie and trying to understand what was going on with that. In terms of the movie, we worked with some really amazing people. The South African crew was fantastic! The stunt team and the special effects team were all from South Africa. They were such professionals and guided us so well. With the stunts team for example, we did a lot of our own stunts and a lot of our fighting was actually done by us. The really challenging and dangerous stuff was left to the stunt team but the stuff that was for us, the stunt team really guided us and made sure that we were able to do it safely and drilled that home again and again. I really had a blast shooting it with them!

As you mentioned, the film provides closure for some of the characters but it also leaves it open to expansion. There have been some rumblings about another trilogy or even a TV series. As one of The Frog Brothers, where would you like to see the duo venture form here on out? Perhaps into a darker style of film or more action oriented?

Yeah, I think so. I think that it is a real possibility. Now that we are united again, I think there are all sorts of threats that we can take on. Some of the stuff that we alluded to in the first movie about “ghouls and werewolves occupying high positions in City Hall” and that sort of thing, we deal with a little bit in this film and a little bit in the comic book series. I would love to get into that kind of stuff and really deal with the undead underbelly and go in and really kick some ass! [laughs]

Definitely! The comic book series was great as well. I am not sure how many people might have missed out on that but “The Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs” is definitely worth checking out! I really thought it was cool how they worked some of that artwork into the opening sequence of the film.

Yeah! It was really cool! That was also Hans Rodionoff who wrote that.

As a part of the project, what can fans do to help support the Frog Brothers and hopefully see more of them on the screen in the future?

That is a good question! First of all, support the movie and get the word out as much as possible! Try and get people to come see it! Corey Feldman has a lot of online venues for feedback and I have a Facebook fanpage and I will be starting up my own website soon. Give us a lot of feedback! Give feedback to Warner Brothers any way that you can and visit any place where you can give that feedback to talk about what you like about the film or what you want to see more of. One thing that Corey and I have been talking about, because we have seen a lot of each other lately while doing press for the film, is that ‘Lost Boys’ is a film where we really are in touch with the fans. As good as I think the artists involved with ‘The Tribe’ were on that project, a lot of the fans felt that it didn’t bring back a lot of the elements from the first movie. We really don’t want to make that mistake again. We are really trying to be in touch with what the fans want and the direction that they want to go. Warner Brothers seems to be very open and excited about that, giving back to the fans and giving them what they want. So, as much feedback and support as you can give the movie and The Frog Brothers, the better!

One of the very unique special events that will surround the film is ‘The Lost Boys Ball.’ Corey Feldman and The Truth Movement will lend their musical talents to the events and fans will get to see the original film as well. Will you be making an appearance at any of the events?

Yeah, I am! It has been a bit of a crazy time but I am certainly coming to a couple of them. I am going to try and make it to them all. I am certainly coming to the one in LA and probably Vegas but I’m getting it all worked out and I hope to make it to all of them!

What other projects are on the horizon for you?

I have a really exciting project that I am just about to launch. It is something that I have been working on for a long time, something that I thought of in the shower a few years ago! [laughs] The project is called WikiSoap. It is this new thing where I wrote, directed and shot a pilot, a soap opera type of pilot, 10 minutes, like a webisode pilot. I post that up at www.wikisoap.tv. I am about to post that in the next few days. People watch the pilot and then anybody in the world can dress up as these characters, each character has a specific costume that identifies them. For example, the lead always wears a Hawaiian shirt and his wife always wears a red dress. Anybody, anywhere in the world can dress up as these characters and can shoot an episode in the history or future of these characters, post it on the site and it then becomes a part of the show! It is this kind of saga that can build and go wherever anyone wants to take it. People can upload one episode or do their own series of episodes, it is really wide open. What I am starting to call it is the “democratization of entertainment.” Anybody can direct it, write it or be on it.

It sounds very cool! Definitely an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing!

Yeah! It is a really exciting project for me!

Photo by Tom Biagini Photography

What is the best piece of advice that you would give to someone looking to get involved in the entertainment industry and what is the best advice that you have been given along your journey?

Good question! Let me start with the best piece of advice I would give to someone starting out. I would say when you are entering it, have another way of making money. [laughs] It is really tough to make money in this industry, especially now in this down economy. There are a lot of good things that are going on in the entertainment industry but it is really hard to get them to convert and have them pay you. It does happen if you stick to it but focus on the creative side of it first and then the money will come. In a way, the best advice that someone gave me is somewhere along the same line, when I was saying, “Hey, I am going to make it by a certain point but if I don’t I am going to go do something else.” Ya know, acting, writing and things having to do with art and entertainment, these are matters of the soul. These are things that are inside of us and we are artists. I think that all of us are artists and I think that finding a way to express ourselves using the entertainment industry is incredibly rewarding and an incredibly important thing to do!

Jamison, I thank you for your time. As a fan, I really appreciate the effort that you guys have been putting into moving these projects forward. As a pop culture website, we all grew up on these movies, so it has been a real pleasure to see you guys put your heart and soul into the performances and the material.

Thanks so much! I really appreciate talking to you about it!

Is there anything else you want to add or let your fans know before we let you go?

Frog Brothers forever! Check me out on my Facebook fanpage, I am building that more and more and adding more updates to that all of the time. Let’s all work together to get this franchise to go on and get better and better and stronger and stronger!

Thanks for your time guys and best of luck with the film! Stay out of trouble!

[laughs] Alright, man! You too!

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