It’s always nice to spend a weekend with old friends. It’s even better when those friends are Dick Tracy, Captain Kirk, Clark Kent, Mr. Incredible and Tony Stark. The Los Angeles Times hosted their second annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this weekend, screening classic superhero and genre films with their filmmakers in attendance. Beginning on Thursday with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty and ending Sunday with Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., it was a whirlwind four days of great movies, interviews and surprises. We’ve already pulled out two of the biggest bits of news (Dick Tracy 2, Iron Man 3) but, after the jump, you can read a rundown of the festival as a whole include tidbits on Star Trek 2, Cars 2 and more. Read More »

Dick Tracy, Iron Man, Captain Kirk, Superman and the Incredibles will all be represented at the upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. Presented by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, it’ll not only feature screenings but in depth Q&A’s with several important and influential filmmakers.

The event runs from June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood CA and kicks off with a screening of Dick Tracy followed by Q&A with Warren Beatty. Day two starts with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer in person, followed by the 2009 Star Trek with special guests, and Star Trek 2 screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Day three features Richard Donner discussing Superman and Superman II, with a special appearance by Geoff Johns and on the last day animator Dave Mullins presents The Incredibles and then Jon Favreau will be on hand to screen and discuss Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

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With all the 25th anniversary Back to the Future hoopla recently, one film that has been grossly overshadowed is The Goonies. The classic Richard Donner directed, Steven Spielberg produced adventure story is also celebrating its silver anniversary in 2010 with a brand new Blu-ray release on November 2. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Brothers held a special anniversary event on their lot in Burbank, CA and stars Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Quan, Robert Davi, Lupe Ontiveros, Joe Pantoliano as well as casting director Mike Fenton and Donner were on hand to discuss the film. Of course, much of the talk centered on the possibility of a sequel and then Donner mentioned that not only might The Goonies become a musical, there’s actually already a treatment out there. We’re got more after the jump. Read More »

Fan Created Goonies Musical

Goonies Cast Reunion Empire Magazine

While a sequel to The Goonies might not be happening (or is it?), director Richard Donner has been trying to turn the property into a Broadway Musical.Who knows if that will ever happen, but we might have a preview of what a Goonies musical might sound like. /Film reader Rob Dean has been writing songs for a Goonies musical with his friend Keith Doughty, way before it ever became a thought in Donner’s mind. They have sent over a couple music videos based on the sample compositions they have created. Again, these songs/videos are completely fan created, and not in anyway connected with Donner or the actual Broadway musical (which may or may not still be in development). Watch the videos, and listen to the songs, embedded after the jump.

Oh, and that what-do-they-look-like-now cast reunion photo above is from Empire Magazine’s 20th Birthday Issue last year.

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VOTD: The Making of The Goonies


I recently rediscovered this vintage 1980’s EPK documentary The Making of The Goonies on uniquedaily. I remember seeing this seven minute behind the scenes doc when I was younger. I love how a big focus of the piece is how director Richard Donner struggled to work with kid stars. And its always fun to see behind the scenes footage from one of your favorite childhood films. I wonder if Warner Bros has a lot more behind the scenes footage in a vault somewhere. Would love to see them release a longer cut of some of this stuff when Goonies hits Blu-ray.
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Do you want a sequel to The Goonies? Really? Well, you might be in luck. The original’s scriptwriter Chris Columbus has been speaking to Sci-Fi Wire about the possible new picture, revealing that Joe Pantoliano, who is starring in Columbus’ Percy Jackson and was Francis Fratelli in the original Goonies, has had some relevant chatter with Richard Donner. Quotes on that coming up after the break, as well as Columbus’ rather glib proposal on what adventure the next gen Goonies could face.

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Last we heard, Shane Black‘s treatment for a new Lethal Weapon film was shot dead in the water by series star Mel Gibson. IGN was able to talk to producer Joel Silver, who claims that the project might still happen, eventually.

“We talked about it, but it was something that Mel didn’t want to do now,” Silver explained. “It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to do it ever, but as of right now, he doesn’t.” … “If we can do it, it would be fun. Shane [Black] had a great take on it, a great idea, a great feeling about it. He did a really complex kind of treatment or outline, very complicated, very good. The idea that they wanted to get it up right away, we couldn’t do that, but we’ll see what happens.”

So, according to Silver, Mel just isn’t interested in returning to the series right now. But series director Richard Donner previously inferred that another installment isn’t likely to happen without his involvement. And from what I understand, Black wanted to helm a film based on the extensive treatment that Silver mentioned above. Shane Black is a great director, and an even better writer. Let Donner produce, but I’d rather see a fifth Lethal Weapon film with Black at the helm.

Richard Donner confirms that a Goonies sequel is once again dead. The last script attempt involved a new group of kids, as the daughters and sons of the original Goonies gang, going off on a new adventure. Most of the original cast members have expressed interest during interviews, in returning for a second film, if it were to happen. But Donner tells Variety that the most recent attempt “simply didn’t work out.

“We tried really hard, and Steven (Spielberg) said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We had a lot of young writers submit work, but it just didn’t seem to call for it,” Donner explained, before giving a slight update on the proposed Goonies musical we told you about in March 2007: “I’m in the process of trying to get it done as a musical on Broadway. Wouldn’t that be great?”

Apparently the director has already met with former Broadway entertainment attorney John F. Breglio about the idea, and is confident that the Goonies musical is moving “in the right direction”. He’s even figured out the intermission act break, which would take place right as the kids fall though the hold. The second half of the play would take place underground, in search for One Eyed Willie’s treasure.

I’m still unsure about the idea of a broadway musical, although, I definitely can see how it could work. And I’ve always been conflicted about the idea of a Goonies sequel. A part of me wants to return to that world, be reunited with all the kids, now all-grown-up, and give a new generation of children a chance to discover the original film. But the other part of me that was burned by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, knows exactly what could happen if it doesn’t turn out good. Either way, it isn’t happening, at least for now, but Goonies never say die.

Mel Gibson Passes on Lethal Weapon 5

Last we heard, Joel Silver was waiting on Mel Gibson to approve Shane Black‘s treatment for Lethal Weapon 5. Now word comes from original series director Richard Donner (via: the Los Angeles Times) that Gibson turned down the idea and the project is dead.

“Mel turned it down. I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn’t involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be,” Donner said. “It’s too bad, actually, because Channing Gibson, who wrote the fourth one, and Mike Riva, a designer on three of them, and myself and Derek [Hoffman, an associate at The Donner Company] had an incredibly strong story for the fifth movie. But we weren’t given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver.”

And if that leaves any room for speculation, Donner concluded “Yes, the project is pretty much dead in the water unless someone had the sense to come to me.” I was a big Donner fan back in the 80’s, especially after Superman, but I would really like to see what Black has up his sleeve. Besides having written the original Lethal Weapon screenplay, Black made a huge splash with his 2005 directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which was one of my favorite films of that year). I have faith that Black’s film would be so much more than the last couple sequels in the series. It’s too bad that Warner Bros can’t get Donner on board as a producer, which to me sounds like the only possible resolution.

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The Wolverine situation is something that movie journalists have been talking about since February. You probably didn’t notice because most of us didn’t write about it. And even now, I’m not exactly sure what I could or should say. So I’ll just relay the RUMOR that Jeff Wells is reporting on Hollywood Elsewhere.

The basic gist is that Fox co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman has been going around director Gavin Hood in an attempt to make X-Men Origins: Wolverine a more kid-friendly film. Wells’ source claims that when Hood left a set which was being prepped for a “dark, dinghy and somber” look, only to return to something much brighter and totally different than he had planned.

I’m not sure this story is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me considering all the behind-the-scenes bickering that has been rumored. For instance, in March, Dark Horizons reported that Richard Donner had been put on set as “some sort of directing consultant”. Fox later downplayed the rumor claiming that Donner also was on set for the X-Men films. I’m sure this rumor will also be denied.