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Where Are They Now?: The Kids from It

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There are few among us who can say that Pennywise the Clown didn't keep them up at night when Stephen King's It graced the small screen in 1990. But can you imagine being the kids who had to actually act opposite that? Never fear—for the most part, they seem to have grown up to be well-adjusted individuals. Here's what the Lucky Seven (or the Losers Club, if you read the book) are doing these days.

1. Seth Green

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You could say that Green has managed to stay busy since his days as 12-year-old Richie Tozier. He’s the voice of Chris on Family Guy, of course, and is co-creator/writer/director/executive producer/voice actor on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. Green has also been in pretty much everything ever, from Mr. Belvedere to How I Met Your Mother. And he seems to be doing his best to battle Richie Tozier’s fear of werewolves: Not only did he play a werewolf in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he also played a character named “Wolfman” when he guest-starred on seaQuest DSV alongside his It co-star Jonathan Brandis in 1993.

2. Brandon Crane

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These days, Crane calls himself “a washed-up actor, father and tech nerd.” He has owned several businesses, including Solid Fuel Creative, an L.A.-based marketing and advertising firm.

3. Emily Perkins

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Fans of Canadian horror movies will know Perkins as the protagonist of the Ginger Snaps series. Supernatural viewers might recognize Emily from a few episodes from 2009 to 2011, when she appeared as Winchester superfan Becky Rosen. She also starred in a Canadian sitcom called Hiccups and has had small roles in Juno, She’s the Man, and Prozac Nation, among other things.

4. Jonathan Brandis

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As any self-respecting Tiger Beat reader from the ‘90s knows, Brandis was quite the teen heartthrob following his appearances in The NeverEnding Story II, Sidekicks, Ladybugs and the TV show seaQuest DSV. When the show was canceled in 1996, Brandis found himself in the middle of a career downswing. After a string of small parts and a couple of made-for-TV movies, Brandis hoped to make a comeback with the 2002 drama Hart’s War. Unfortunately, his scenes were cut, and friends believe it was the tipping point that caused Brandis to commit suicide in 2003.

5. Adam Faraizl

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After a couple of parts in movies like RoboCop 2 and Where the Red Fern Grows, Faraizl left the business. He graduated with a degree in Pacific & Asian Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, and has since become one of fewer than 100 saké experts in the United States, passing the level one and level two Saké Education Council exams in Japan. He's currently the resident beverage director at Kenichi in Austin, Texas.

6. Ben Heller

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Maybe the trauma of being slammed against a wall by Tim Curry dressed as a sharp-toothed clown was too much for Heller, because It appears to have been his only acting job ever. There's not much out there about what he's doing these days, though one site speculates that he went into sales, which is more than a little vague.

7. Marlon Taylor


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After stints on a few TV shows, Taylor appears to have taken a 15-year hiatus from acting, reappearing on the scene in 2009—at least according to IMDb. But IMDb may be mixing up the resumes of two different Marlon Taylors. In this Hollywood Today interview, the Marlon Taylor who is in the 2009 movie Know Thy Enemy states that it's his first film ever. Anyone know what the actor who played 12-year-old Mike Hanlon has been up to?

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You Can Cook (Food) With Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in the Original Breaking Bad RV
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Ben Leuner, AMC

A new contest is giving Breaking Bad fans the chance to cook a meal with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. A new charity fundraising campaign is sending one lucky fan and a friend out to Los Angeles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Breaking Bad’s premiere with the stars themselves—Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and that beat-up RV.

“That’s right, the real Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will join you in The Krystal Ship to whip up some delicious food, take tons of pictures, and bond over the most addicting show ever made,” the contest’s page on the charity fundraising site Omaze trumpets.

All you have to do to throw your (porkpie) hat in the ring is break out your wallet and donate to a good cause. Every dollar you donate to the contest through Omaze is basically a raffle ticket. And the more you donate, the better your odds are of winning. Each dollar donated equals 10 entries, so if you donate $10, you have 100 chances, if you donate $25, 250 chances, etc. At higher donation levels, you’ll also get guaranteed swag, including T-shirts, signed set photos by Cranston and Paul, props and scripts from the show, and more.

Technically, you can enter without donating, but don’t be a jerk—it’s for the kids. The proceeds from the contest will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying charity.

The contest winner will be announced around September 12, and the big event will take place on September 15.

Donate to win here. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on August 30.

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60 Years Later, a Lost Stanley Kubrick Script Has Been Found
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A “lost” screenplay co-written by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after 60 years, Vulture reports.

The screenplay is an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret, which Vulture describes as a reverse Lolita (plot summary for those who forgot high school English class: a man enters a relationship with a woman because of his obsession with her 12-year-old daughter). In Burning Secret, a man befriends an adolescent boy in order to seduce his mother. Zweig’s other works have inspired films like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (which the director claims he "stole" from Zweig's novels Beware of Pity and The Post-Office Girl).

Kubrick’s screenplay adaptation is co-written by novelist Calder Willingham and dated October 24, 1956. Although the screenplay bears a stamp from MGM’s screenwriting department, Nathan Abrams—the Bangor University professor who discovered the script—thinks it’s likely the studio found it too risqué for mass audiences.

“The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover, making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface,” Abrams told The Guardian. It's worth noting, however, that Kubrick directed an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in 1962, which MGM distributed, and it was also met with a fair share of controversy.

Abrams said the screenplay for Burning Secret is complete enough that it could be created by filmmakers today. He noted that the discovery is particularly exciting because it confirms speculations Kubrick scholars have had for decades.

“Kubrick aficionados knew he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed,” Abrams told The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Abrams found the screenplay while researching his book Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film. The screenplay is owned by the family of one of Kubrick’s colleagues.

[h/t Vulture]

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