What Make The Critics Of
A&E’s THE TWO COREYS?
I am – Hercules!!
A generation has grown up and is now growing old with the Coreys. Corey Feldman was born a few months before Harry Knowles in 1971. Corey Haim appeared on this planet the same month as Harry. Harry on Wednesday was in Santa Cruz, Calif., for an Alamo Rolling Roadshow screening of "The Lost Boys." I'm guessing many of Harry's generation look at the Coreys in “Gremlins,” “Goonies,” “Silver Bullet,” “Lucas,” “The Lost Boys,” “License To Drive,” and “Dream A Little Dream” and see little pieces of themselves.
With “Breaking Bonaduce” and “My Fair Brady,” VH1 found some success following around ‘70s child stars, and so competitor A&E has fashioned this new Sunday-night reality show, “The Two Coreys,” which I imagine will hold more appeal for AICN readers than, say, “Being Bobby Brown.”
It co-stars Feldman’s wife, whom he married on the first season of “The Surreal Life.” Though the Feldmans live in in Los Angeles, the series was shot in a Vancouver mansion to get a tax break. The stars are also now telling the press that the show is “semi-scripted.”
I have not seen the series, but I saw the Coreys as 35-year-old adults on Larry King the other day. Though Feldman (a regular visitor to the Neverland Ranch more than two decades ago) has stopped dressing like Michael Jackson, I still very much wanted to take a fireplace poker to their tiny, self-absorbed little skulls.
Entertainment Weekly gives "The Two Coreys" a “D” and says:
… Methinks a straight-to-DVD remake of License to Drive would have been less demeaning. …
The New York Times says:
What quickly becomes apparent about “The Two Coreys” is that everything, from its title on down, feels manufactured. Artificiality is the point of other house-sharing shows like “Big Brother” or “The Surreal Life,” but when the people in the house have supposedly been best friends for years, you’d like to believe that you’re seeing something genuine on screen. Here, even the big emotional set pieces — like the moment when Mr. Haim’s plans for a “Lost Boys” sequel come undone — seem rehearsed. … …
The Washington Post says:
… teaming onetime teen faves Haim and Feldman in a modified "Big Brother" house -- and dropping in on their monosyllabic conversations -- out-camps camp. It's the non-event made somehow more "un" than "non," and thus perhaps appropriate to the new age of unformation and untertainment. … In an apparently genuine display of emotion by both Coreys, Feldman finally breaks the news to Haim that Warner Home Video has already got a direct-to-DVD sequel in the works. To make matters worse, Feldman says he was invited to do a cameo appearance in the film but that Haim wasn't. Out of brotherly loyalty, Feldman turned down the offer. Haim sobs as his friend hugs him. There's no way of knowing if any of this is genuine, of course. Much of the attempted dramatic conflict seems faked, as when Feldman's wife and Haim exchange nasty cracks, with Haim at one point derisively referring to Susie as "Yoko." Ooh, that (still) hurts. Later, Haim growls at her, "You're not part of 'The Coreys,' and you never will be." Tut-tut! Not very good manners for a house guest.
The Boston Globe says:
… Feldman has remade himself into a clean-freakish family man about whom there is little to laugh at, and Haim is so broken and hungry for mother love, it's downright sad to watch him. … Haim is such a truly lost boy, you may actually feel something for him -- always a no-no on this kind of reality show. He may be too pathetic to enjoy. …
The Palm Beach Post says:
… The Two Coreys is filled with the usual manufactured, been-there, seen-that reality show drama. Haim and Susie go at it and play to the cameras often as they both vie for Feldman's time and attention. A&E's tired show, I'm afraid, will be hard-pressed to hold yours.
Hey A&E, anybody remember "Sons of Hollywood" over there? Apparently not, if this pseudo-reality show is any indication. So heavily staged it comes outfitted not only with a musical "The Odd Couple" cue but also a press release that compares it with "You, Me & Dupree," this latest look at has-been Hollywood fails to strike a single convincing note in reuniting onetime teen heart-throbs Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. In fact, the only emotion engendered would be sympathy for the central duo were they not producers of this exercise in what VH1 would call surreality.…
10 p.m. Sunday. A&E.
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July 29, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST
by spud mcspud
Show some fucking respect. They're STILL the Coreys, bitches!!!
July 29, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST
by spud mcspud
...You don't get Jason Robards, Harry Dean Stanton, Piper Laurie AND Susan Blakely on a shitty teen movie. That's some cast list. Yes, the teens are all the usua; suspects: the Coreys, Matt Adler, Meredith Salenger, LaLa Zappa. But that movie was much, much more than the sum of its parts, and it deserves more respect than it gets. It rocks.
July 29, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST
by spud mcspud
...We'll always have:<P> THE LOST BOYS, LICENCE TO DRIVE, THE GOONIES, STAND BY ME, GREMLINS, SILVER BULLET, DREAM A LITTLE DREAM, PRAYER OF THE ROLLERBOYS, LUCAS... That's a lot of golden moments in my formative years, and I'm grateful for every one of 'em.<P> There's still someone out here got love for the Coreys. I fuckin' DARE you to start a flame war on this,bitches!!! I DARE you!
July 29, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST
July 29, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST
You were my tv guy, now you just post about terrible shit nobody was going to watch anyway. There are tons of 'cool' shows on. You are like a vh1 washed up comic pushing overly maudlin semi-snark about a micro era in pop culture nobody even cared about the first time around. Snap the fuck out of it, champ. Use your phone, take your Q/A format, and apply it to a real person who has some information about something 'cool'. I never want to see this grade-d Americana grease trap shit again, or I swear to fucking god, I will minimize your ass and go make a hotpocket.
July 29, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST
"You think we just work at a comic book store for our folks, huh?"
July 29, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST
by Melvin Smiley
I think more attention needs to be paid to the fact that Corey Haim was one of the first big name teen actors to portray a gay character in "The Lost Boys". Let's face it: the poster of Rob Lowe on his bedroom wall, the "Born to Shop" t-shirt he wears--it was a brave decision as an actor on his part. Or it was probably Joel Schumacher's influence. He's never made a poor decision behind the camera, has he?
July 29, 2007, 7 p.m. CST
"$4.95 a minute. Here are some words that rhyme with Corey: Gory. Story. Allegory. Montessori."
July 29, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST
July 29, 2007, 7:03 p.m. CST
by barnaby jones
But not in this shit. Some sort of Lost Boys reunion would be insane !
July 29, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST
as kathy griffin would say "allegedly!!".
July 29, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST
No offense to the Coreys.... I banged my first girlfriend during the Lost Boys. I'll forever be grateful to them. I grew up with the guys... License To Drive, Lost Boys , Dream A Little Dream....but that was then and this is now. I want to hear about COOL NEWS here. Not washed up has-beens. I watch Big Love, Doctor Who, Hyper Drive, Weeds, Jekyll, Entourage, Dexter, Bloodties, It's Always Sunny In Phili, The 4400, The Bronx Is Burning, The Killpoint, Eureka and a ton more shows during the fall. All these here are airing now or starting up again soon.... These get one or most no talkbacks. I know some of the geeks here hate some of these shows, thats fine. My point being they must at least like one or two of them. Hell I'd chime in on Painkiller Jane, Hex, Greek, Kyle X/Y or Jericho before this shit pile. So I just gotta agree with Losder here and say you seem to have lost it. Go find it and BRING IT BACK!
July 29, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST
14-year-old girls are known for moments of irrational behavior.
July 29, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST
You obviously don't watch those shows to say their all shitty. have You even seen an episode of Hyper Drive? The funniest scifi parody in years. Killpoint had a critically acclaimed pilot. Eureka is an excellent show - totally offbeat and not your typical scifi. Doctor Who is only one of the longest running scifi series in history. You do know Galactica is CANCELED right? (err excuse me - this is the final season upcoming)Its gone because of low ratings with fan boys jumping ship in leaps and bounds. Not the "lets go out on a high point". I dont even know were this dumbshit show is going now - Wow half the fucking cast is a cylon now and this is still great scifi? Fuck at this point ADAMA will be the final Cylon. Which kinda makes a weird bit of sense - he was the moron who thought Deckard was a Replicant. And as a matter of fact - I didn't mention Lost or The Wire (AWESOME SHOWS)or Pushing Daisies, Reaper (which SUCKS SHIT BTW) specifically because they aren't back until fall. If you'd bother to realize - everything I listed was airing NOW or will be very soon. The point was - that the post was ridiculous because of the subject matter i.e. the two coreys- which in your rush to flame me - you didn't even mention. So enjoy your summer fling with the two has-beens. I'll enjoy the fine summer season and await the fall season WHEN IT COMES.
July 29, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST
Maybe you need to watch Lost Boys again. Haim wasn't a Frog brother.
July 29, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST
How much of a kickback does it cost for a tb?
July 29, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
Doorbell rings, Haim enters, Feldman and Haim hug each other and for the next half hour the only sound heard is a ping-ponged chorus of, Dude! DUDE! DUUDE! DUUUUDE!! DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!! I can't wait to read Schumaucher's script for LB's II! I hear he's gonna have nipples on the vampire bat! NO! WAY! Dude! DUDE! DUUUDE! DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!<p> Great to see ya Feldman. Whaddaya say we go un-mothball the Cory & Cory hotline...
July 29, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST
haim wasnt a frog brother, just feldman. dummy
July 29, 2007, 11:21 p.m. CST
He showed up at a bar I was doing a radio live-to-air from. He impressed the owners enough to be able to sit in the VIP area and score a few free drinks. He was shaking bad from withdrawls at one point .I felt bad enough for him that I found him a joint. Didn't share it with him thou.
July 29, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST
I know the producer of this debacle. He told me last week that A&E won't let him show the really juicy stuff they've caught on camera. i.e. Haim passed out on the sofa with a needle in his arm. Haim, completely wasted, shamelessly trying to force himself on Feldman's wife when he's not at home. Haim demanding cartons of cigarettes before he'll come out of his room and allow the cameras to follow him around.
July 30, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
I'm just saying. How the hell did Corey Feldman pull that off?
July 30, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
His quote about Joel Schumacher was the quote of the night.
July 30, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
The coreys should just slit their fucking wrists right now.
July 30, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
Lisa's answer to Homer's question "How many of these Corey's are there, anyway?" <p> So which one recorded "Sunglasses After Dark?" <p> I was going to snark about how I realize people are burnt out on all the Comic Con news but this had to be the most Ain't It Uncool News ever. But after reading the hyper bowls from the overreactors I realize that really, if we're strictly going by what's on now, in between the reruns and the reality shows, there really ain't shit on this summer. Oh, I liked "Saving Grace", obviously not to everyone's liking, but then AICN did do an article for the debut, so I can't complain there. And, yeah, I'm aware there's some good stuff on FX, USA, BBC Am, HBO and Showtime, but I only get basic cable. Can't even afford pot or gin, this f***ing internet connection and an occasional bag of chips are my last money wasting indulgences.
July 30, 2007, 3:08 a.m. CST
and that's how it probably should have stayed. BTW is there any comic news coming from comic-con? Just asking.
July 30, 2007, 3:11 a.m. CST
yeah, i know. it was just a better fit is all. bite me.
July 30, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST
July 30, 2007, 4:22 a.m. CST
Just let it go man, the sun has set on that whole "movie thing". Go to school, get your accounting degree and kick back. Maybe come out of hiding to do a "I love the 80s" Special for VH1 every couple of years.
July 30, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST
...and I should deprive myself of telepathic information to save you the annoyance of (cheep) cheeping?" HERC - WHERE THE HELL IS THE "JOHN FROM CINCINNATI" TALKBACK? Have ye lost yer mind, then?
July 30, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST
I have no desire to see a sequel to that film without them in it
July 30, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST
Both Coreys ate a gun. That's good television.
July 30, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST
Corey Feldman talkback, seriously?
July 30, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST
Didn't that used to stand for the "Art & Entertainment" network? Not sure which category two Cory's fit into? I think it is about time they think about changing the name of the channel.
July 30, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST
He was a total creep. Acted like a Know-it-all, bullied some of his co-stars, etc. He also claimed to be a hardcore vegetarian, yet all his ate was pizza and french fries from McDonalds. His wife was nice though.
July 30, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST
Stop shilling this fucking garbage. I will concede that Jericho got a lot, LOT better as you said it would, but later than you suggested. The last 5 episodes or so are really great, it's just the pain of the aaaaaawful first 10-11 episodes that will keep people from getting there.
July 30, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST
I'm just sayin". I've got "THE KISS" with her in it DVR'd from HDNET Movies, since apparently, there's no DVD available. Not to mention, she did an episode of Buffy a few years back, think it was season two, "Lover's Walk" maybe.
July 30, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST
Because I had to flip over to Scott Baio is 45 and single. :D But it was cool to see the Coreys interacting again. It's amazing how some teams belong together. They're really made for each other in a way. But on the show Feldman's wife and Haim couldn't be more different. It's like they're from different planets. I hope it's not like that in real life. For Feldman's sake.
July 30, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST
I'm not a fan of these kinds of shows, but I caught a few minutes while flipping through the channels last night ... it was just pathetic. As someone who grew up with the Coreys' movies, watching Haim "break down" because he wouldn't be in a Lost Boys sequel was just painful, but not in a "Oh I feel bad for him" way, but in a "It's so pathetic that 20 years later that movie defines his life" kind of way.
July 30, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST
It sucks to see him living like he is. I bet he would give this place a presence that you couldnt put a price on.
July 30, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST
If A&E drops The Two Coreys it will come back on the Logo Network.
July 30, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST
They practically had a Robocop one. Get Jason Patric to play a terrorist, Ed Herrman as the ghost of FDR, and Feldman and Haim as bumbling agents who get offed befors the first commercial.
July 30, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
Now *that* would be a season of 24 I couldn't wait to watch.
July 30, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST
by Richard Cranium
Because they actually had quite a bit of talent back in the day. Feldman in 'Stand By Me' and Haim in 'Lucas' may have been the 2 best acting performances by teens of that era.
July 30, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST
Funny shite. They hsould put them in a Lost Boys sequel, I'd watch it. Atleast have Jason Patric,all grown up acting kind of Blade/Angel like and so on. It would be a good movie. These guys are hungry for a hit and they'd devliver.
July 30, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST
covers executives' butts. <p> Network executives survive another season by shoving shit down your throats.
July 30, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST
I thought this whole thing was a joke, tongue deeply in cheek - are people saying its actually serious???
July 30, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST
this show sounds lame, but it was always cool when E would run the two Corey's true hollywood stories back to back. I remember Cory Haim seemed kinda like he was still messed up on drugs during his.
July 30, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
What's the point of this shitty show.
July 30, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST
by Drunken Busboy
Hey remember Corey Feldman's Michael Jackson fetish? That phase is probably what killed his career alone. It was scary to see him on various TV shows dancing and dressing up like Jackson. I remember some teen variety show he was on where he actually sang and did his Michael Stitche (sp?). There was also the Michael Damien video for the song "Rock On" from Dream a Little Dream movie with Corey wearing his "BAD" outfit. Ha ha ha! I just remember it was really creepy back then. He HAS to be embarrassed about that time in his life. Why couldn't he have emulated Eddie Van Halen back then. Perhaps he would still have a career and be an Oscar winner right now. Just my two cents! Tim Ryan Lisbon, Maine
July 31, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST
so says The Baxter...
July 31, 2007, 2 p.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
Dream a Little Dream killed their careers. They should've dropped the partnership after License to Drive. Also staying off the crack would've helped too. Feldman even dressed like him on those straight-to-video flicks too. Then he defended Michael when the molestation charges came out, which is always bad mojo. It's a shame because the Corey's actually had a lot of talent. Haim in particular had the chops.
July 31, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST
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