If you’re a fan of the free outdoor movie series Movie Night Under the Stars, you’ll enjoy the next couple of weeks.

The 1985 film “The Goonies” starring Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, among others, is being screened Aug. 25, and the 1984 film “Footloose” is being screened a little more than a week later, on Sept. 3.

“You have so many movies from the 80s that are absolutely amazing,” said Clifton Skelliter, who curates the Movie Night Under the Stars series. “’The Goonies’ captures my childhood — just the raw adventure and friendship.”

All Movie Night Under the Stars screenings take place at the corner of Durham and Cedar. Participants are asked to bring their own seating. This week’s screening of “The Goonies” takes place at 9 p.m.

Check the Movie Night Under the Stars’ Facebook page for more information.



COUNTY news:

The C-130 transport aircraft scheduled to drop a large quantity of water over Pajarito Mountain between 10 a.m. and 2  p.m. today for the film “Granite Mountain,” will be basing out of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

A helicopter carrying crew to film the C-130 in action also will be basing out of Santa Fe Airport. Neither aircraft will land at Los Alamos County Airport.

No fire will be set as part of this scene. In fact, most of the wildfire scenes for the film are being edited in as computer generated images. However, No Exit Film, LLC, the production company for “Granite Mountain,” is working directly with the Wildland Fire Division of the Los Alamos Fire Department to ensure safe operations during filming on the mountain.

Hikers and bicyclists are strongly advised to avoid the Pajarito Mountain top and immediate area during this four-hour period due to safety concerns related to the water drop.

Camp May Road will be open, as will the Pajarito Mountain Lodge and Café. Film vehicles and equipment will be staged in the lower parking lot of Pajarito Mountain Resort. No other County or public areas will be closed today.

Remaining film dates according to the current schedule are Wednesday, Aug. 17 in White Rock and the following week on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. All schedules are subject to change and the Los Alamos Film Office will make every effort to notify the general public through the local media and County website, Facebook page and the County Line e-newsletter. For all filming activity, the County and/or film production representatives are in regular contact with stakeholders who are directly impacted.

“Granite Mountain,” starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and Andie MacDowell, is the story of the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

NOTE: The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelingand aerial firefighting.




I’ve added screen captures from Hail, Caesar!




Josh posted this nice picture on his instagram yesterday:



He’s out and about promoting his latest thriller, Hell Or High Water (which itself is pretty darned good), but screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has been speaking about his next script, the sequel to Sicario, Soldado.

The film will be directed by Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah), and will see the return of both Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin‘s characters (though not Emily Blunt’s).

Here’s what he had to say about the script, which he is still hard at work on, to Collider.

“Lionsgate understood that they bought something that was a spec [on the first film]. So there was a certain amount of latitude they had to give me [on the sequel]. What usually would be a long meeting about what’s this character about, what’s his arc – we didn’t have that. They trusted me to just go do it, and with Sicario, which I’m really proud of, it really approaches some difficult subjects,” he said.

It sounds like the tone of the next film will be a little darker, and indeed more brutal. The screenwriter went on…

“I didn’t want to demean that with the second one. So I really wrote something I double dared them to actually make. Ten times more unsentimental, more vicious and really reflective… It’s funny a lot of people think Sicario‘s about the drug war and the cartels. It’s not. It’s a movie about American policy and the way that we police and [Sicario 2] is that on steroids.”

There’s even talk of a third movie on the way, but I guess we’ll have to see how well the second one performs. If its half as good as the first film in terms of reception and quality, we’re all in for a treat.