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The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration: Jeff “Chunk” Cohen To Attend, Epic Events Schedule Announced!

The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration: Jeff “Chunk” Cohen To Attend, Epic Events Schedule Announced!


The 30th Anniversary Celebration for THE GOONIES is almost upon us! Eager to relive one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories of the 1980s, fans will flock to historic Astoria, Oregon to celebrate 30 years of this amazing film.

The celebration is set for June 4-7, 2015. It was just announced that Jeff Cohen, better known as Chunk, will be attending the event to share his memories from the set of
The Goonies and talk about what he’s done since and is up to now.

Presentations will be on Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7th, at 10:30 AM. Ticket info TBA.

After playing the role of ‘Chunk’ in the film The Goonies, puberty transformed him from a Chunk into a Hunk, he could no longer find work as a funny fat kid and had to find a new profession. When not searching for Pirate Treasure, Jeff is an entertainment lawyer and co-founder of Beverly Hills based Cohen Gardner LLP which focuses on transactional representation for clients in the entertainment, media and technology verticals. He has been named by Variety to both its Dealmakers Impact List and Legal Impact List.


The Legendary Jeff Cohen aka “Chunk”

His first book, The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood was published by the American Bar Association in May 2015. An active writer, he has authored numerous articles discussing business and legal matters for CNBC, The Huffington Post, Backstage, Lawyerist and others. He is proud to serve on corporate boards in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas.

Jeff received his Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School with an emphasis in business law and his undergraduate degree from The University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. While at UC Berkeley, Jeff served as President of the Associated Students of the University of California.

Seek the Treasure
Save this address on your mobile browser to prepare for adventure with Geocaching when you are here for the event!

Clammy 99.7 FM goes GOONY
Astoria-based radio station will rebrand to Goony 99-7 for the Anniversary to be your soundtrack for the weekend. Tune to 99.7 FM while in the area or listen live to be a part of the action from afar at clammy997.com. The station will focus on the biggest hits of 1985 from 12:01 AM Friday June 5th through 4:00 PM on Sunday June 7th. Goony 99-7 will be the on-air brochure offering updates around the clock of Goonies events and activities.

The Goonies 30th Anniversary Tribute Art Show
May 23-June 7, 2015
Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California

If you are in the Los Angeles area, join Gallery Nucleus as they celebrate 30 years of The Goonies with new original tribute art work. Guest curated by Sebastien Mesnard. More than 40 artists are taking part in the show. A few pieces will be sent to Astoria for display during the Anniversary event in June.

Admission is FREE
No RSVP required
All ages welcomed
Free refreshments served
DIY Photo Op
Make your own pirate eye patch

With recent news of a potential sequel, fans of The Goonies across the world are renewing their excitement about the beloved 1980s film. Filmed on location in Astoria, the community celebrates the theatrical release date each year in June. This year, the celebration includes showings of The Goonies, tour of the house used as a location in the film and a special gathering of fans in a record-breaking group “truffle shuffle.”

HOUSE TOUR, Saturday, June 7, 9:30am to 3:30pm

The house made famous in The Goonies as the residence of the Walsh family is an iconic location. Each year, thousands of fans make the trek to the house to stand where the kids did in the movie and snap a photo in front of it. The private home will be opened in honor of Goonies Day and fans will have the opportunity to step inside and take a tour on Saturday.

Advanced reservation required. Tickets are available for $15 online orday of while supplies last.

TRUFFLE SHUFFLE GROUP RECORD, Saturday, June 7, 5:00pm

Join with other fans of the film and help us create a record for the most people doing the Truffle Shuffle together as a group in Astoria! This event will take place at Warren Field, the Astoria High School football field, seen in the film’s opening sequence.


Relive The Goonies on the big screen at the Columbian Theater and yell out your favorite lines with hundreds of other fans. Costumes are encouraged. The Goonies will also be shown for a 21+ audience at the Columbian Theater featuring the limited edition Truffle Shuffle Stout from Fort George Brewery which will be available at the theater in addition to other locations around town all weekend.

  • Friday, June 6 at 10:30 pm            21+, Fort George Brewery special release showing
  • Saturday, June 7 at 7:00pm          All ages welcome – Quote-A-Long showing
  • Sunday, June 8 at 3:00pm             All ages welcome

TREASURE HUNT, Friday through Sunday, June 6-8

Join a city-wide Treasure Hunt where fans are encouraged to visit more than a dozen Goonies-enthusiast businesses and filming locations. Those that complete the hunt will be entered into a raffle drawing for prizes. Some businesses will also offer specials for Goonies weekend including a variety of 80s- and Goonies-themed activities.

As a part of the Goonies 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2010, Mayor Willis Van Dusen declared June 7 to be officially recognized as Goonies Day in Astoria, Oregon. This date is special to Astorians because it is the anniversary of the day the film was released into theaters in 1985. The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber encourages fans, both local and abroad, to celebrate the anniversary.

Next year is The Goonies 30th anniversary, and we’ll be celebrating in style. The cast came out for a riotous reunion in 2010 for the 25th anniversary, and we hope to have some of them out again. Start planning now for June 2015!

The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of films and film-making in the State of Oregon. Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, known to Goonies fans as the scene of the opening jail break, the museum invites visitors to explore this and other films and the production behind making movies in Oregon. The Oregon Film Museum provides visitors the opportunity to make their own movie, with three green screen experiences, edit and have it sent to them by email. Open daily, year round. Located at 732 Duane Street in Astoria. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.

Goonies Day 2014 is a joint effort of the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Film Museum. We appreciate wide support from the community, including event sponsors: Astoria Scuba, Best Western Lincoln Inn, Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa and the Holiday Inn Express; and activity hosts.

For more information about the region, the event and local lodging options, visitTravelAstoria.com or call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807 or Join the community at facebook.com/gooniesday .

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The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration: Tickets On Sale April 4th For An Epic Event In Astoria, Oregon!

The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration: Tickets On Sale April 4th For An Epic Event In Astoria, Oregon!


It’s the news fans have been clamoring for! Eager to relive one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories of the 1980s, fans will flock to historic Astoria, Oregon to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic film The Goonies. The celebration is set for June 4-7, 2015.

The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration tickets will go on sale starting at 10:00 AM PST on Saturday, April 4, 2015, through TicketsWest. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-992-8499.

Note: You will need to set up an account to purchase online. If prompted to choose an area of service, select Pacific Coast where we are located. We will stay in touch with ticket holders to share future event details specific to your purchase by email, so be sure to use a valid email.

You will be able to purchase tickets to the following activities. More details about the event at www.thegoondocks.org.

Shot in Astoria Bus Tour
Friday, Saturday and Sunday  June 5, 6 & 7, 2015

Hop on a school bus with 30 fans for a narrated tour through Astoria that will pass film locations from The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop and more. Tour will last about 2 hours. This is the only way to access the interior of the residence used as the Walsh family home in The Goonies.
Behind the Scenes of The Goonies    

Friday, Saturday and Sunday   June 5, 6 & 7, 2015

Learn about what it was like on set from special guests:

Randell Widner, Sloth’s stuntdouble

Mark Marshall, “kid wrangler” on the set  (JUST ADDED)

Mick Alderman, aspiring film director invited to the set

Paul Gillum, City staff liaison to the production

Truffle Shuffle 5K Run / Walk   
Sunday, June 7, 2015   9:00 AM start time
This 5k is a casual run/jog/walk for anyone who wants to work off all those Baby Ruth bars and extra scoops of Rocky Road. This event will take place in Cannon Beach, OR.
Sail with Sloth

Friday, June 5, 2015    6:00 PM

Join Randell Widner, stunt double for Sloth, and Curt Hanson, the actor who portrayed Elgin Perkins, the film’s villainous golf course developer, for an evening cruise on the historic tall ship Lady WashingtonWhile this special event is only offered once, the Lady Washington will be in Astoria for 10 days with many opportunities for dockside tours and sailings starting at $35 per ticket. Book direct through the Historical Seaport.

All tickets will be available on a will-call system at the event headquarters located at the Astoria Armory, aka The Goondocks, beginning on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Ticket buyers will be notified of the schedule for pick up by email.

There are many other activities taking place that don’t require a ticket at all (Geocaching’s One Eyed Willy Treasure Hunt, for example) or will be purchased in person at the venue (like admission to the Oregon Film Museum).

Don’t hesitate! Plan your trip to ‘the goondocks’ for this amazing event today!

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‘Black Dynamite’ Gets Animated! To Debut On Adult Swim In Spring of 2012!

‘Black Dynamite’ Gets Animated! To Debut On Adult Swim In Spring of 2012!

‘Black Dynamite’ is headed to Adult Swim in the spring of 2012! The late-night network has tapped ‘The Boondocks’ director Carl Jones to produce the series, which is based on the critically-acclaimed 2009 feature film of the same name.

Michael Jai White, star of the film version, will provide the voice for the show’s lead character Black Dynamite, an ex-CIA agent who’s out to avenge the death of his brother. The series will also feature the voices of Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the feature film.

The Black Dynamite animated series, which will be produced by Ars Nova Entertainment, is set to debut in spring of 2012, according to the network.

Check out our interviews with ‘Black Dynamite’ director Scott Sanders and Black Dynamite himself, Michael Jai White from the film’s original release!

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Director/Writer Reginald Hudlin Discusses All Things ‘Black Panther’

Director/Writer Reginald Hudlin Discusses All Things ‘Black Panther’

Reginald Hudlin has worn many hats in his epic career. Whether directing genre favorites ‘House Party’ and ‘Boomerang’, spending time as the honcho at B.E.T., becoming a driving force behind one of Marvel Comics’ most unique properties, one thing is certain — Hudlin is a creative force who shows no signs of slowing down. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the writer/director to discuss his roots in the entertainment industry, the impact of his early work as a director, and breathing life back into one of Marvel Comics’ most interesting properties, ‘The Black Panther.’

Where did you grow up and how did you get started in your career in the entertainment industry?

I grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, which is a small town in the mid-west. I started by making a short film in college called ‘House Party’. That film became the template for my first feature film. Even though I only did the first movie, it ended up inspiring a whole franchise of films. That led to me working with Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Perry and wide range of other stars, projects and publishing.

Your first flick ‘House Party’ recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and ‘Boomerang’ is another film that you helmed. Did you have any idea that these films would have the impact that they did on audiences and stand the test of time?

I remember that I was talking to one of the producers of ‘House Party’. We were debating one of the roles and I said, “One day, people are going to look back at ‘Boomerang’ and they won’t be able to believe that all of these actors are in the same movie! They are all going to be big stars.” I remember that he looked at me like “Whhhhhaaattttt?” [laughs] That turned out to be exactly the case. They all turned out to be big stars! It is still incredibly gratifying to her the enthusiasm that people have about those movies, whether it is ‘House Party’ and people still wanting more of them or ‘Boomerang’ and people still asking for a sequel or the number of people who grew up watching ‘Bebe’s Kids’. It is pretty amazing!

After spending several years working in Hollywood behind the camera, how did you make the jump to creating comics?

You know, I went into movies because I couldn’t get a job in comics! I still have my rejection letter from Marvel Comics that I got in seventh grade! [laughs] I finally had made enough movies, film and television that I could get the attention of the comic book industry where I could write at a fraction of my price, happily!

For those not familiar with the character of Black Panther, what can you tell us about it?

The Black Panther is a lot of things. He is the first black superhero ever created, back in 1966. In fact, he actually debuted the same year as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland. Neither got the idea from the other, they both came up with the idea at the same time. The character himself is an African king of a hidden, technologically advanced nation called Wakanda. He is kind of a combination of king, pope and commander-in-chief. He is an incredible warrior, who is sorta the equivalent of Captain America. What Captain America is for your country, the epitome of the ideals of our nation, that is what The Black Panther is for Africa.

As you mentioned, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Black Panther in 1966. Are you surprised it took so long for people to rediscover the character in the capacity that you did?

Well, ya know, The Black Panther has always had a cult following. You see that a lot in comic books. Look at The X-Men, they actually got cancelled! [laughs] They couldn’t even sustain a book! The got reinvented and now they are one of the biggest superhero concepts on the planet! That happens! Stan and Jack had really fantastic ideas, most of them were ahead of their time. In time, each of them finds the audience that they deserve.

How did the Black Panther make the jump from a comic book to an animated series under your watch?

It was a very fortuitous set of circumstances! I was writing the comic book, originally I wrote a six issue mini-series that the people at Marvel liked enough that they wanted me to write as an ongoing series. Then I was offered the position to be the head of the network at BET. I was doing that job and Denys Cowan, he was my head of animation and a legend of an illustrator himself, suggested that we do The Black Panther as an animated series. I thought it was a great idea! We did a three minute short and the people at Marvel and BET loved it. At that point, we went forward with it as a series. By the time we were deep in production, I decided to leave my executive job but everyone wanted me to stay on-board Black Panther because I was writing it, producing it and kinda doing everything. I did and we finished up the show. It was one of those rare times where I wrote the source material, green-lit the project and then produced it!

You obviously are well versed in making feature films. How does the process of putting together something like the Black Panther Animated Series differ from a live action film? Is it more or less difficult?

It is more difficult because I am not as hands on. I have done animation in the past as the writer/producer of the ‘Bebe’s Kids’ feature film and as executive producer of ‘The Boondocks’. I love animation but as a director of a live-action project, I can easily tell an actor, “Stand here, now pick it up! No! Let’s change the timing of that!” and it happens instantaneously. Those very minute changes involve a lot of work when you are dealing with animation.

You have an amazing voice cast for the project. What can you tell us about that process?

I am so very fortunate. I thought that Djimon Hounsou would be the perfect guy to voice Black Panther. We approached him and I started pitching the character. He knew exactly who the character was and had been following the project and he immediately said yes. I called some old friends of mine like Alfre Woodard and Kerry Washington, who are two people that I have been wanting to work with for years. They signed on right away. Jill Scott, I was a huge fan of and we had mutual friends in common. When I approached her about the project and started explaining to her who the character was, she stopped me. She said, “When I was a little kid, I made a list of things that I wanted to do and one of them was to play Storm! So, I am happy that you called but I am not surprised!”

Music plays a very important role in The Black Panther, as it does in all of your projects. Was it difficult to get that music to match your vision?

I am really horribly demanding when it comes to music. I have a ton of ideas musically but the only instrument I can play is the stereo! [laughs] I really look for a great composer. I was very fortunate to find Steven James Taylor for the job. We hardly reused any music! He wrote a full score for every episode. So, if you think about that, it is like 20 minutes of music times six. He did it in an incredibly short time span. The music wasn’t approached like, “Oh, we are going to have a big symphonic score.” We have all kinds of African music and instruments going from drums to kolimbas to koras to berinbows. There is an incredible range of music and sounds used for the score. He had an incredible range of sounds to produce and a huge volume to produce but he handled it all with the greatest of ease.

What was the biggest challenge for you while working on The Black Panther, either in the comic book form or the animated series?

The biggest challenge is telling a story that is accessible to people who may have never picked up a comic book in their lives but at the same time, pleasing the hardcore fan that may have been following this character from the beginning or read the last version of the character and comes in with a set of expectations. That is the tricky part!

Are there any plans to do a second season of ‘The Black Panther’?

Ya know, that is up to the audience. If they embrace this, then we will do more!

You did a lot of great work when you were with Marvel Comics. Is there something during that time that stands out in your mind as a career highlight?

The first thing is, just going to have a meeting at Marvel! [laughs] It is pretty awesome! And to be immediately embraced by John Quesada and Axel Alonso, who is now Editor-In-Chief at Marvel. Just that working experience everyday was as good a working relationship as any that I have had in Hollywood. They were smart, tasteful and supportive. I was very insistent on working with John Romita Jr. on that first story arc. John is not just one of all the all-time great artists but he is really fast, technically brilliant and one of the nicest guys that I have ever met. Just becoming friends and having a working relationship with John was an absolute joy. Working with any number of great collaborators up to Denys Cowan, who I have been friends with for the past 15 years but only recently have we been able to work together on a comic book with the last story arc I did called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’, that was a joy to finally work on a comic book together.

What other projects do you have coming up in the short term that we should be on the lookout for?

There is a large graphic novel that I can’t quite announce yet that I am working on but it is 30 pages too long at moment. Hopefully, I can cut those pages out and get it finished soon. There are some original properties that I have been developing too. Those are probably the next things in the comic book world.

What is the best advice that you have for anyone who would like to get involved in the entertainment industry?

Talent is a thing that you can develop but the guy or gal that shows up on time and does the assignment often can go further than a person that is more talented but is flaky or lazy or difficult. Be a hard worker, a talented worker, be a dependable worker, whether you are an employee or a boss and you will go far.

You have a great website set up at www.hudlinentertainment.com. Would you like to let fans know more about that before I let you go?

I love you so much! [laughs] The website started because I wanted it to be a place where I could interact with fans about comic books. People want to interact about a lot of things whether it be comics, movies or politics. Then I started dealing with folks who were finding out about my comic book work but didn’t know where to buy it, so I started a retail side called Reggie’s World where people can buy my comics or Dwayne McDuffie or ‘War Machine’ or ‘Scalped’ and buy T-shirts or sculptures. One of the nicest things that I have heard when I have talked to retailers is when they say, “Reggie, I love when your books are in the stores because they attract a different audience than normal comes in to our store. We want to attract that diversified audience.” If through my website I can turn more people onto comic book culture, than I am very happy!

Awesome! I thank you very much for your time! You are a true inspiration and it is great to finally get a chance to talk to you about your work!

Thank you so much!

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