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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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Get Crazy With the Official Bob Ross Coloring Book
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If you watched Bob Ross's classic series The Joy of Painting for hours on end but didn’t come away a terribly capable artist, you can still enjoy replicating the amazing public television personality’s work. You can now pretend you’re painting along with the late, great PBS star using a brand-new adult coloring book based on his art.

The Bob Ross Coloring Book (Universe) is the first authorized coloring book based on Ross’s artistic archive. Ross, who would have turned 75 later this year, was all about giving his fans the confidence to pursue art even without extensive training. “There’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us,” the gentle genius said. So what better way to honor his memory than to relax with his coloring book?

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the Ross landscapes you can recreate, all while flipping through some of his best quotes and timeless tidbits of wisdom.

An black-and-white outline of a Bob ross painting of a mountain valley

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a house nestled among trees.

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a farm scene.

And remember, even if you color outside the lines, it’s still a work of art. As Ross said, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

You can find The Bob Ross Coloring Book for about $14 on Amazon. Oh, and if you need even more Ross in your life, there’s now a Bob Ross wall calendar, too.

All images courtesy of Rizzoli.

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8 Movies That Almost Starred Keanu Reeves
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He may not have the natural ease of Al Pacino, the classical training of Anthony Hopkins, the timeless cool of Jack Nicholson, or the raw versatility of Gary Oldman, but Keanu Reeves has been around long enough to have worked alongside each of those actors. Yet instead of Oscar nods, the actor whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian has a handful of Razzie nominations.

While critical acclaim has mostly eluded Reeves during his 30-plus years in Hollywood, his movies have made nearly $2 billion at the box office. Whether because of his own choosiness or the decisions of studio powers-that-be, that tally could be much, much higher. To celebrate The Chosen One’s 53rd birthday, here are eight movies that almost starred Keanu Reeves.

1. X-MEN (2000)

In Hollywood’s version of the X-Men universe, Hugh Jackman is the definitive Wolverine. But Jackman himself was a last-minute replacement (for Dougray Scott) and other, bigger (in 2000) names were considered for the hirsute superhero—including Reeves. Ultimately, it was the studio that decided to go in a different direction, much to Reeves’ disappointment. “I always wanted to play Wolverine,” the actor told Moviefone in 2014. “But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience.”

2. PLATOON (1986)

For an action star, Reeves isn’t a huge fan of violence, which is why he passed on playing the lead in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Vietnam classic. “Keanu turned it down because of the violence,” Stone told Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “He didn’t want to do violence.”

3. THE FLY II (1989)

Few people would likely mistake Reeves for the son of Jeff Goldblum, but producers were anxious to see him play the next generation of Goldblum’s insectile role in the sequel to The Fly. But Reeves wasn’t having any of it. Why? Simple: “I didn't like the script,” he told Movieline in 1990.

4. SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL (1997)

Speaking of sequels (and bad scripts): Reeves was ready to reprise his role as Jack Traven in Jan de Bont’s second go at the series … then he read it. “When I was offered Speed 2, Jan came to Chicago and so did Sandra, and they said, ‘You’ve got to do this,’” Reeves recalled to The Telegraph. “And I said, 'I read the script and I can’t. It’s called Speed, and it’s on a cruise ship.” (He's got a point.)

Even when the studio dangled a $12 million paycheck in front of him, Reeves said no. “I told [William Mechanic, then-head of Fox], ‘If I do this film, I will not come back up. You guys will send me to the bottom of the ocean and I will not make it back up again.’ I really felt like I was fighting for my life.”

5. HEAT (1995)

Reeves’ refusal to cave on Speed 2 didn’t sit well in Hollywood circles. And it didn't help that he also passed on playing Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer’s role) in Michael Mann’s Heat in order to spend a month playing Hamlet at Canada’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. From that point on, Reeves told The Telegraph that it’s been a struggle for him to book any studio movies. “That’s a good old Hollywood story! That was a whole, 'Hey, kid, this is what happens in Hollywood: I said no to the number two and I never worked with the studio again!’”

6. BOWFINGER (1999)

By the time Frank Oz’s Bowfinger rolled around, Eddie Murphy was pretty much the go-to guy for any dual role part, but the movie wasn’t always intended to play that way. Steve Martin, who both starred in and wrote the movie, had actually penned the part of Kit Ramsey for Reeves (whom he had worked with a decade earlier in Parenthood).

“When Steve gave me the script for Bowfinger, it wasn't written for Eddie Murphy,” producer Brian Grazer explained. “It was written for a white action star. It was written for Keanu Reeves, literally. I said, 'Why does it have to be an action star?' He said, 'That's the joke.' I said: 'What if it were Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy played two characters? That could be really funny.' He said: 'You know, that'd be great—that'd be brilliant. Let's do that.' He processed it in about a minute, and he made a creative sea change.”

7. WATCHMEN (2009)

A year before Zack Snyder’s Watchmen hit theaters, Reeves confirmed to MTV what many had speculated: that he had turned down the chance to play Dr. Manhattan in the highly anticipated adaptation. But it wasn’t because of lack of interest on Reeves’ part; it just “didn't work out.” Still, he made it as far as a set visit: “They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, 'hi.' They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”

8. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

By the time Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder made its way into theaters in the summer of 2008, the meta-comedy had been more than a decade in the making. So it’s understandable that the final product veered from Stiller’s original plan for the film, which included Reeves playing the role of Tugg Speedman (Stiller’s eventual part). Initially, Stiller had planned to cast himself as smarmy agent Rick Peck (Matthew McConaughey picked up the slack).

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