Entertainment Weekly has announced the complete lineup for the upcoming EW CapeTown Film Festival, and it’s chock-full of great films and exciting guests. Screenings include Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Goonies, Twelve Monkeys, and Star Trek (2009), with a special “May the 4th Be With You” all-day marathon of Return of the Jedi. More excitingly, though, is the fact that Edgar Wright, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nemoy, and more will be onhand to introduce and discuss the various films.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup, which also includes a special announcement that’s coming soon. EW CapeTown Film Festival will run in Los Angeles from April 30th – May 6th.
The Lethal Weapon franchise is like most franchises: It starts with a great idea and great characters, and then everything that follows is either interesting but not as good, or just simply misguided. It’s hard not to compare Weapon to other four film franchises, and perhaps it’s best to compare it to the Indiana Jones films. In that case, Lethal Weapon has the better fourth film, but it was never as good.
Regardless, director Richard Donner saw the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and knew there was something that could be exploited for all it was worth. They were joined at points by Gary Busey, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci, Jet Li, Rene Russo, Joss Acklund, Tom Atkins, Stuart Wilson and Patsy Kensit. Our review of the Lethal Weapon Collection Blu-ray follows after the jump.
by Phil Brown Posted: November 16th, 2011 at 6:00 am
Though it rarely gets slathered with as much nostalgic love as A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation, Scrooged is easily one of the finest yuletide perennials to slip out of Hollywood in the 80s. An adaptation of A Christmas Carol (possibly the most adapted book in film history other than, you know, that Bible thing), the film features Bill Murray at his curmudgeonly best, playing a fictional television executive who would probably exchange notes on how to properly abuse his staff with Kevin Spacey’s character in Swimming With Sharks. It’s a genius stroke of modernization and stunt casting that works so well it probably qualifies as the only adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale in which you’ll actually wish that Scrooge stayed evil. Hit the jump for our review of Scrooged on Blu-ray.
by Rob Vaux Posted: June 8th, 2011 at 4:35 pm
The new Superman Blu-ray set has arrived with much fanfare and ballyhoo, and it certainly provides a handsome package. The big question, of course, is whether owners of previous sets should spend the extra money on this one or not. The studios’ perpetual habit of double-dipping has made buyers skeptical, and before they pony up $100 on a new collection – even one as good as this – they want to know if they’re getting anything new. In this case, the Blu-ray set perfectly duplicates the 2006 “tin case” DVD collection (which is no longer widely available). It has absolutely nothing on top of that, and if you already own that collection, this new one offers only improved sound and picture quality. Having said that, there is so much awesome stuff here – duplicated or no – that any fan worth his super salt absolutely needs it in his collection. Hit the jump for my full review of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray.
In case you missed last week’s inaugural “Top 5″ installment, fear not. You need only know that we’re introducing this new feature with the hopes of giving readers a concise glance at some of the site’s best content from the preceding week. This week, we’re bringing you a look at the Wonder Woman television pilot that NBC said “thanks, but no thanks” to, our visit to the set of the Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds comedy The Change-Up, the first trailer and poster for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, Matt’s X-Men: First Class review, and Steve’s video interview with legendary director Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies).
Hit the jump to find a brief recap and link for each.
Details on The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival are starting to emerge. Today Hero Complex announced that Warren Beatty and his 1990 film Dick Tracy will open the festival. The celebrated director and actor will be on hand to discuss the film and its legacy following a screening. Additionally, the line-up of films and talent that will be featured at the festival has been released. One of the sure-to-be highlights of the festival is Richard Donner discussing the making of Superman and Superman II, with an appearance by Geoff Johns.
The festival will also feature the pairing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and 2009’s Star Trek. Khan director Nicholas Meyer and Trek writers/producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof will be present for the post-screening discussion. Additionally, Jon Favreau will screen Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and footage from Cars 2 will be shown, with supervising animator Shawn Mullins on hand to chat about making the flick. Geoff Boucher is hosting the event which takes place June 9th-12th at the Chinese Six Theater.
To mark the release of the 25th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray of The Goonies, the cast and crew — including director Richard Donner, casting director Mike Fenton, and stars Corey Feldman and Lupe Ontiveros — chatted with us about their experiences on set and being a part of such a memorable film. Everyone has a favorite film of the eighties — one that resonates with them throughout the years. Doesn’t matter what genre it is. There’s just something about the movie that sticks with a person.
Donner took a fantasy adventure about a group of kids finding a pirate treasure map and made it into one of the most memorable family films in the past thirty years. Hit the jump to hear the cast and crew reflect on the 25th anniversary.
“Goonies never say die,” and apparently the same went for a possible sequel. After having the pleasure of covering the press day for the 25th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release of The Goonies, we were able to catch up with Richard Donner and company talking about the Goonies sequel that almost-was, along with what the future holds for this property.
In this day and age sequels are a dime a dozen. If there’s any sort of an open ending to a movie, whether it was released two to twenty years ago, there’s a high chance it’ll be turned around into a sequel. Within the past few years there’s been a resurgence of eighties films that have made their rounds on the sequels or remake tracks. The more popular, the better chance the film could get green lit for one of the two to happen, which is why it’s no wonder The Goonies was under our sequel radar for awhile now. Hit the jump for more:
Warner Home Video has officially announced The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on DVD and Blu-ray. Scheduled for release on November 2, the new edition will feature:
- Cast commentary with Director and all seven actors
- The Making of the Goonies documentary
- Cyndi Lauper music video “The Goonies ‘R Good Enough”
- Includes new board game, original movie storyboard reproductions, 1985 souvenir magazine reprint, and reprint of 2009 Empire Magazine article with cast photos and updates
The Goonies is one of my favorite films, and I’ll admit the new edition sounds cool. Check out the cover art and a new trailer for the Blu-ray after the jump:
At last night’s Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with director Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner on the Red Carpet before the show. During the extended interview they both talked about how they’re trying to bring The Goonies and Dave to Broadway. And if you’re a fan of the X-Men movies, Shuler Donner talked about where they are with Deadpool and X-Men: First Class.
But the interesting thing I learned last night is Shuler Donner wants to produce Wonder Woman and she’s currently campaigning to get the job. You can see what she said about that project and everything else after the jump. I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you:
Richard Donner’s Inside Moves begins with a scene that evokes his own version of Metropolis, utilizing late 1970′s New York for a quiet, yet quite startling entreat into a character’s life that nearly ends as soon as the film starts. After a botched suicide attempt, Roary, played by Jon Savage, begins a slow recovery (time-compressed by a subtle montage, natch), including some self-medication at a nearby watering hole. There, Roary meets a cast of local characters, like bartender Jerry Maxwell, well acted by a very young David Morse. It turns out Jerry is an injured former basketball player, and he and Roary share more in common than just a hangout.
Inside Moves is treasured character film making from an era when slow moments weren’t boring, and unattractive characters weren’t Hollywood taboo. There’s a special texture to movies like Inside Moves that distinguish them from today’s faire. Not that it’s entirely a stock piece, because Richard Donner has accomplished a wonderful portrait of humanity here, at turns touching enough to draw in the heart, and ugly enough to push it away at times. Among its highs are an Oscar-nominated performance by Diana Scarwid, a great screenplay that celebrates the miracle of friendship in the face of adversity, and Richard Donner’s gift for dramatic directing.
Virtually begged-for by its longtime fans, Inside Moves arrives on DVD in wide screen format and should not be missed.