Richard Malone RTW Spring 2019

Up-and-comer Richard Malone opened London Fashion Week on an upbeat note.
The Irish designer delivered a range filled with colors straight out of a Crayola box, a play on proportion and tassels galore.
His aim was to create “a nice, happy summer collection” and celebrate women and all things feminine along the way.
It worked: His pastel-hued satin cycling shorts and matching jackets, printed tube skirts and bold embellishments, ranging from nets to fringes and oversized pockets, summoned a joyful, optimistic mood.
Among the highlights was a series of flirty slipdresses featuring heavy ruching and those tube skirts with abstract, arty prints splashed all over them.
Just like many designers of his generation, Malone is also pushing the sustainability agenda. This season, he employed a luxurious double-faced satin fabric — from Italian fabric house Taroni — and juxtaposed it with Econyl, a nylon fabric that can be continually repurposed.

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Keeley Hawes fought for equal pay with her Bodyguard co-star Richard Madden

‘It really does feel like there’s been a real sea change here. It feels different.’

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In the wake of discussions around gender equality in the TV and film industry, it’s empowering to see actresses and female crew members standing up for themselves and fighting the patriarchy. The newest actress to inspire us is Keeley Hawes, who will soon be starring in BBC’s Bodyguard alongside Richard Madden, as she insisted on being paid the same amount as the Game of Thrones star.

Speaking to The Mirror, Hawes revealed that thanks to the feminist reckoning sweeping through the industry she found the confidence to put her foot down and fight her worth. She said, ‘Certainly, five years ago, I wouldn’t have felt like I was in a position to say, ‘I want the same as my male counterpart’. Because I would have been worried about losing the job. And then I would think, ‘I want to work and I want to pay my mortgage.’’

Hawes continued, ‘But now, I do think businesses and corporations that we work for seem to be taking it very seriously. So yeah, it’s not so much of a fight, anymore. It really does feel like there’s been a real sea change here. It feels different. And I feel more empowered when I go into a project.’

Keeley Hawes will be playing fictional home secretary Julia Montague in the six-part series, who is forced to reckon with a potential terrorist attack amidst her political climb to the top. Her character’s position of power echoes Claire Foy’s as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. However unlike Hawes, it was recently revealed that Foy was not paid parity with her co-star Matt Smith and apparently didn’t even receive the rumoured backpay meant to rectify that. While it seems to be too late for Foy, we’re glad to see that Hawes was able to learn from the cautionary tale.

She shared some advice for other actresses going into a contract negotiation and while she didn’t explicitly confirm it, it sounds like she and Richard Madden teamed up to ensure they were both on level financial footing. Taking a leaf out of the Friends’ contract negotiation handbook, she advised going into talks together and being on the same page.

‘If it’s something like Bodyguard and there are two of us and you’re discussing your contract, just say ‘We want parity’,’ she said. “And more often than not, the actor will also say, ‘Yes, we’re doing the same amount of work. The same process, pay us the same.’’

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Richard Madden, who previously played Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, will be starring alongside her as her onscreen bodyguard David Budd. In the tense trailer, it seems like his loyalties are severely tested throughout the series but thankfully that doesn’t seem like it’ll be the case offscreen.

Hawes said, ‘That’s how I go about [negotiating pay] now and I feel empowered to do that because of ­brilliant people that spoke up from the ­beginning and people who have made a stand. It allows everybody to be in a better position. We are getting there slowly but surely. It’s very exciting, there is still work to be done but it is a very good time with lots of females in lead roles.’

Bodyguard will air on BBC One on August 26 at 9pm. Fingers crossed I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston makes it in – we know we’re thinking of the wrong Bodyguard, but now we can’t get the song out of our heads.

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Bechara Choucair, MD, Richard Isaacs, MD, FACS, Named to Modern Healthcare’s ‘Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders’ for 2018

Kaiser Permanente physician leaders Bechara Choucair, MD, and Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, today were named to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders for 2018.

As chief community health officer, Dr. Choucair, who ranks No. 10 on Modern Healthcare’s list, leads Kaiser Permanente’s national community health strategy aimed at improving the health of its members and the 65 million people within the communities it serves. Dr. Choucair recently announced the funding of research that looks at the effects of guns on the health of communities.

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Dr. Isaacs, who ranks No. 15 on Modern Healthcare’s list, leads the advancement of clinical quality standards at Kaiser Permanente regions in Northern California and Mid-Atlantic States as CEO and executive director of The Permanente Medical Group and president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. He also serves as co-CEO of The Permanente Federation, the Oakland-based consortium supporting the work of the eight self-governed, physician-led Permanente Medical Groups. The 22,000 physicians who comprise the Federation provide exclusive care for more than 12.2 million Kaiser Permanente patients and members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

“I am honored to be recognized alongside my colleague Dr. Isaacs and the other extraordinary leaders on this prestigious list,” says Dr. Choucair. “This recognition not only pays tribute the Kaiser Permanente physicians and nurses who deliver best-in-class health care every day to our patients, but also it honors our deep and important work to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

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“This recognition is a tribute to the tremendous work our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff do every day to deliver exceptional care and service to our patients,” says Dr. Isaacs. “I’m proud to represent their incredible work, and to help showcase Permanente Medicine as the model for how health care should be delivered throughout our country.”

The Modern Healthcare honor recognizes physicians working in all sectors of the health care industry who are steering their organizations and the health care delivery system through dynamic, challenging times. The 2018 Top 50 list also includes industry leaders such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb (No. 1), Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy (No. 8), and Sue Desmond-Hellmann (No. 21), CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Isaacs, board certified in otolaryngology, is also actively involved in medical education and has served as a clinical professor of Otolaryngology at the UC-Davis School of Medicine, Drexel University School of Medicine and California Northstate University School of Medicine. In his first year leading The Permanente Medical Group, he’s advanced the organization’s clinical quality standards and fostered an environment to help physicians rediscover joy and meaning in medicine.

Dr. Choucair, a family physician by training, holds an MD from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Choucair was the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health for five years before serving as senior vice president, Safety Net Transformation and Community Health at Trinity Health.

To view the complete Top 50 list, visit the Modern Healthcare site.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Richard Allen

Bishop Richard Allen, the founder of the A.M.E. Church, was a hero to many and a bust erected in his honor in 1876 is thought to be first of its kind created by and for African-Americans. The monument was unveiled in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park during the Centennial International Exposition of 1876, the first official “World’s Fair.”

Allen was born into slavery on February 14, 1760, and though details of his place of birth have been heavily debated, some saying Delaware is his birth state. After hearing a white Methodist preacher rail against slavery, Allen converted to Methodism at 17, and was later able to buy his freedom for $ 2,000 to relocate to Philadelphia.

In 1799, Allen became the first Black ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1816, with the help of other Black Methodist churches, founded the African Methodist Episcopal church. Bishop Allen was a vocal opponent of slavery who inspired enslaved and free Black people who shared his passion to see all people free.

The bust of Allen was on display at the exposition but later ended up in the hands of Wilberforce University in Ohio into where it sat, neglected and in storage. In 2010, Wilberforce loaned the bust out for a ceremony marking Allen’s 250th birthday at the First District A.M.E. headquarters.




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The 1 Book You Should Read About Money, According to NFL Star and Entrepreneur Richard Sherman

Over the last several years, NFL star Richard Sherman has been rather forward-thinking about his finances. He became an early adopter of cryptocurrency when he started accepting Bitcoin on his website for merchandise, and he recently told MONEY that he saves 60% of every paycheck he gets.

So where did this inspiration come from? Sherman says the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki changed his outlook on money.

“It was the book that opened my eyes to the way money really works,” he told MONEY. “It blew me away.”

Sherman says he first read the book about 10 years ago, when he was a student at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he played football on a scholarship. He grew up in Compton, California, and says getting to Stanford was a bit of a culture shock; he didn’t have the financial resources many other students had.

“As a kid, it was so ridiculous how I saw money, how my parents saw money, how my family saw money,” he says. “My parents were $ 40,000 in debt their entire lives. They went bankrupt twice. It was crazy. They’d get their taxes back and spend it all on gifts, things they wanted, trying to pay the cars off. Getting into more debt. But [the book] changed my perspective.”

Released in 1997, Rich Dad Poor Dad was a massive bestseller, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide in the last two decades. One of its main arguments is that the public school system does nothing to teach kids about money and finances, and instead, street smarts is more of an asset for wealth building. Some, like Sherman, praise it. Some are critical of its premise and the advice within, arguing that Kiyosaki is just another salesman trying to make a quick buck.

Regardless, it seems to have worked for Sherman, who is the highest paid cornerback in the NFL — his most recent contract has him earning a guaranteed $ 40 million over 4 years.

“When I was growing up, nobody gave me the book on how to invest in stocks, how to invest in real estate,” he says. “I was naive to everything. I think nowadays, players are more informed because it’s so much more accessible.”

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This ‘aerospace nut’ is paying $200K for a ride on Richard Branson’s spaceship

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National Freedom Day Should Be Renamed Major Richard Wright Sr. Day

Every year, on the first of February, National Freedom Day kicks off the celebration of Black History Month—honoring the signing of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude in 1865.

The man who lobbied for this day to be recognized as a day of freedom for all Americans has been largely forgotten: Major Richard Robert Wright Sr. was born into slavery on May 16, 1855, six miles from Dalton, Georgia.

On the first of February 1941, he founded the National Freedom Day Association, bringing together local and national leaders in Philadelphia, to formulate plans to set aside the first of the month to memorialize the signing of the 13th Amendment (which freed all U.S. slaves) by President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 1, 1865.

After the Civil War ended, Wright moved with his mother from Dalton to Cuthbert, Georgia, to attend the Storrs School along with other freed slaves’ children.

While visiting the school, retired Union General Oliver Otis Howard asked what message he should take to the North. Wright reportedly told him, “Sir, tell them we are rising.” The exchange inspired the famous poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.

Wright served as a major in the Spanish-American War, becoming the first African American to serve as an Army Paymaster. Wright had already had a long career in education and politics. At the age of 67, he enrolled at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania to prepare for his new venture—the opening of a bank. When he opened the Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust Company at 1849 South Street in 1921, it was the only black bank in the North at the time. When it was sold in 1957, Citizens and Southern had assets worth $ 5.5 million.

A year after Wright’s death in 1947, a bill to make Feb. 1 National Freedom Day was passed and the holiday proclamation was signed into law on June 30, 1948, by President Harry Truman. National Freedom Day became the forerunner to Black History Day and was later recognized as Black History Month in 1976.

In subsequent years, 40 governors and all mayors of Philadelphia have issued proclamations, designating Feb. 1 as National Freedom Day in their respective states and cities. The purpose of the annual observance is to promote goodwill, harmony, and equal opportunity among all citizens, and to rededicate the nation to the ideal of freedom.

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Little Richard Calls Same-Sex Relationships ‘Unnatural’

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Rock and Roll legend Little Richard is shocking fans with a new announcement: ‘I’m not gay no more!’

During a sit-down with 3ABN, the 84-year-old singer, who was sans his signature wig and make-up, shared that he is dedicating his last years on Earth to living “like Jesus.”

“Anybody come in show business, they’re going to say you’re gay. Are you straight? Are you a homosexual something? They’re going to say it. But God, Jesus, he made men, men, he made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live.”

“You know, all these things. So much unnatural affection. So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God. Don’t want no parts of him,” he said in his first interview in years.

Obviously, this is a complete 180 compared to his past statements about his fluid sexual orientation.

In a 2012 GQ interview, Richard exclaimed, “We are all both male and female. Sex to me is like a smorgasbord. Whatever I feel like, I go for. What kind of sexual am I? I am omnisexual!”

And in a 1995 interview with Penthouse, the “Tutti Frutti” singer shared, “I’ve been gay all my life and I know God is a God of love, not of hate.”

Now, he believes otherwise.

“Regardless of whatever you are, he loves you. I don’t care what you are. He loves you and he can save you. All you’ve got to do is say, ‘Lord, take me as I am. I’m a sinner.’ But we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The only holy, righteous person is Jesus and he wants us to be just like him because, in order to go to Heaven, we’ve got to look like him,” Richard said. “I don’t want to sing rock and roll no more. … I want to be holy like Jesus.”

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Richard Simmons Has Spoken Directly to His Fans for the First Time in Years

“I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather.”

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Richard Simmons ‘Seems to Be Perfectly Fine’ According to LAPD Dispatched to Check on His Home


Richard Simmons is “perfectly fine,” a detective from the Los Angeles Police Department tells PEOPLE.

Detective Kevin Becker confirmed that the LAPD went to the fitness guru’s home for a welfare check, and said that any idea that Simmons is being held hostage is false.

“There was something about his housekeeper holding him hostage and not allowing people to see him and preventing him from making phone calls and it was all garbage and that’s why we went out to see him. None of it is true,” Becker says. “The fact of the matter is we went out and talked to him he is fine, nobody is holding him hostage. He is doing exactly what he wants to do. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody he will do that.”

“He is perfectly fine and he is very happy. I don’t know what he is going to do, but right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business.”

Becker adds that Simmons, who has not been seen outside of his home since Feb. 2014, was welcoming every time the LAPD stopped by.

“He was very nice. He was very cordial. He couldn’t have been nicer to us,” the detective says.

Becker’s statement echoes what Simmons’ longtime rep, Tom Estey, has said about him.

“He made a choice to take a break from public life, which he has the right to do,” Estey says. “People need to respect that and not surmise that there’s something wrong, when there’s nothing wrong.”

“For 40 years, he took care of everyone else but himself. And so it’s not that he’s being selfish, he’s just being a person, a regular person, taking care of himself.”

The home check comes just after the premiere of a new podcast called Missing Richard Simmons, where a former fitness client and friend of Simmons looks into his whereabouts.

In the podcast, Mauro Oliveira, a former assistant, masseuse and travel partner of Simmons, claimed that the fitness expert is being held hostage at home by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.

“Theresa has been working with him for, since I’ve been working with him . So, holding him hostage is the biggest . Theresa is the housekeeper, she’s the caretaker, she is extraordinary, she is amazing, she takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard, so that is a complete load of crap,” Estey says.

Oliveira contacted the police to check on Simmons in Jan. 2015, alleging elder abuse, but the LAPD also reported that Simmons was fine at that time.

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Richard Hatch, Star of Battlestar Galactica, Dies at 71: Report

Richard Hatch, the star of Battlestar Galactica, has reportedly died, according to TMZ. He was 71.

According to TMZ, Hatch entered hospice care a few weeks back and battled pancreatic cancer.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Hatch was widely known for his starring role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978-79) series and as Tom Zarek in the revived Battlestar Galactica (2004-09).

In 1979, Hatch received a best actor Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Battlestar Galactica.

Other notable roles include his roles as Stephen Slade on Santa Barbara (1990) and as Silicon Assassin in The Silicon Assassin Project (2012-12).

He is survived by his son, Paul Michael Hatch.

A rep for Hatch did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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With clear, concise step-by-step instructions and nearly 450 photos and drawings throughout its pages, All New Turning Projects with Richard Raffan will guide you through the making of candlesticks, a lamp and shade, plates and bowls, a duck call, spatulas, book ends, condiment shakers, a nesting box and much more. Raffan provides expert advice that will help you work faster and more efficiently, with uncompromising quality. The projects range in difficulty from simple to complex, so novices and advanced turners alike will benefit from the instruction. With precise, crisp instructions, Raffan will quickly have you turning beautiful, useful projects as if he were working right by your side.About the Author:Raffan is an internationally acclaimed turning teacher; he is known for his gallery-quality production work; and he’s a bestselling author of many books including Turning Toys, Turning Wood, Turning Boxes, Turning Bowls, The Art of Turned Bowls, and The Complete Illustrated Guide to Turning. Now, Raffan turns his attention to All New Turning Projects with Richard Raffan, a collection of woodworking projects you’ll take on with joy and confidence. Raffan has a knack for explaining the complex and sometimes confusing steps in turning in a clear and understandable way.
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Searching for Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor and Jamie Masada at Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp, 2002

Word is out that the casting net is circling to find someone to play the late, great Richard Pryor in a biopic. Hopefully, the focus will be on finding someone who can capture not only Richard’s stand-up skills but his richly humanizing personal life. As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.

I had no idea what I was doing back then. I was naïve and gullible, and while English was my second language, I spoke it like it was my third or fourth. I loved comedy and opened the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard with a little help from friends. At the time, the comics were on strike because they were not being paid for their work in the other existing clubs. It was my plan to split half of the proceeds from the door with the comics. What I didn’t expect was that by the end of the evening, a superstar comic would end up paying me.

Paul Mooney was the emcee for the night and brought up Tom Dreesen, George Miller, Falstaff, Brent Jordan, and other talented acts. I was doing my best to be the cashier, host, and waiter for the crowd and was running around like crazy, barely able to pay any attention to the show.

To my surprise, Mooney introduced Richard Pryor as a surprise guest, and suddenly I joined the audience in giving my full, undivided attention to the stage. I could not believe that on my opening night, the greatest living stand-up comedian was on my stage! Richard did over 40 minutes that night, and although I did not have the best sound system or any air conditioning, Richard delivered a captivating set and came off the stage soaked in sweat.

Most of the audience that night were guests of the comics and did not have to pay the door charge. At the end of the night, I opened a shoebox that was serving as a cash register and divided the money by the number of comedians who performed. It came to roughly $ 3 and some change per comic.

Richard was still there, talking with Paul. I ran up to Richard and proudly thanked him, saying, “Here is a cut of the door.” I handed him three $ 1 bills and some coins. He looked at me in a strange way, as if there was something wrong. Paul caught the look and told Richard that I was the first person to open a club and pay the comics by splitting the door with the comedians, and that this was a historic night. Richard smiled, reached into his pocket and pulled out a roll of $ 100 bills. He then wrote on one of the bills, “You need this for your rent, boy. 1979, Richard Pryor.”

At the time, I had never seen a $ 100 bill before and did not believe it was real money. Without any hesitation I looked up at Richard and said, “How did you print this?” Confused by my reaction, Richard asked Paul if there was something wrong with me as Paul gently shooed me away.

Still confused about the bill, I went next door and showed the cashier the piece of paper. I asked him, “Do they make $ 100 bills in America? Is this real?” The cashier gave me the same look that Richard gave me and answered, “Of course they do. It’s real.” He opened his cash register and lifted the drawer to reveal a couple of $ 100 bills, all looking the same as mine. Suddenly, I felt terrible. Did I insult Richard Pryor, the greatest comedian in the world, by insinuating that he was a counterfeiter?

I ran back to the Laugh Factory and saw Richard surrounded by all the comedians, including Paul. I yelled, “Richard! Richard! I’m so sorry.” He looked at me again, but this time he looked a bit aggravated, and before he could speak, I said, “Richard, I know in America they make a $ 1 bill, a $ 5 bill, a $ 10 bill, and a $ 20 bill, but I’m sorry, I really didn’t know that in America they make $ 100 bills. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” I then offered to give him his money back and told him, “This is a lot of money. I can’t take this.”

The great Richard Pryor reached into his pocket and gave me a couple more $ 100 bills. He then put his arm around me and said, “The printing machine is still working.” I don’t know what it was about him, but when he put his arm around me, I felt safe and protected. I could see from looking into his eyes that there was a kindness, warmth, and generosity that I had never seen before. He then looked at everyone and said, “Hollywood is going to eat this dumb motherf***er alive! We all need to keep an eye on him.”

And keep an eye on me he did. He came by the club many times after that. He would pick me up at the club after hours and drive me in his Mercedes down Sunset Boulevard. He would have me sit in the back and introduced me to people on the street as “a prince from Arabia.” He liked to call the people on the street “night lizards,” and he loved pranking them. We spent hours laughing the night away.

As I got to know Richard, I saw that the only thing bigger than his talent was his heart. He loved helping people, and he loved animals. To this day his wife Jennifer continues to honor Richard’s love for animals with her charitable foundation Pryor’s Planet, a nonprofit animal rescue shelter. And he truly loved helping children. When I started my comedy camp for underprivileged children in 1984, Richard would drop in during the summers when he was in town. He would help kids ease their pain by showing how it could be transformed into humor, and he believed laughter could be healing. Richard himself had a traumatic childhood, and he was a living example of how pain could be converted into something hilarious and therapeutic. He told me often that he had “many demons,” and some of those finally cut his life short, but I truly believe he still did more good in his short time than anyone else I have ever known.

To me, Richard Pryor represents what much of stand-up comedy is today. In a sense, he truly became immortal because the comedy community still speaks of him as if he just walked on stage last night. It is important to remember that his comedy was about social change and explaining the ugly that was in us all. He spoke about racism like no one else did. He took the poison out of the “N” word, made light of our inner demons, and made it OK to laugh at ourselves.

I think there are a few comedians working today who could portray Richard in a movie. I have seen glimpses of his essence in Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Tony Rock, Jerrod Carmichael, Katt Williams, Kevin Hart and a few others. I just hope that the casting process includes meetings with Paul Mooney and Eddie Murphy, comics who knew Richard very well. I’ve read that Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans are vying for the chance to play him. Whoever does eventually play him has the chance to bring Richard Pryor to a whole new generation of people, people who may have never seen a comic who could make them laugh, cry and then laugh again all during the same set. As Richard once said, “I can’t just say the words, do a lot of one-liners. I love each person I play; I have to be that person. I have to do him true.”
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‘Goonies 2’ Is Happening According To Richard Donner

Goonies never say die, and neither do sequel rumors. While discussing the state of Hollywood superhero movies with a paparazzo from TMZ, director Richard Donner let slip that he was making a sequel to “Goonies,” the 1985 adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg.

“We’re doing a sequel,” Donner said while signing autographs for some lucky fans. According to the director, discussions are ongoing with the film’s original cast, which included Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman and Sean Astin.

This isn’t the first time a “Goonies” sequel has been mentioned by Donner. Back in 2010, he told Collider that it was difficult to find a storyline for the second film, which is why he had planned to turn the beloved feature into a musical.

“I don’t think there’d be a sequel. I wouldn’t remake it. If anything it’d be something new and fresh. Hopefully we’re doing this as a musical on Broadway,” Donner said.

In 2011, Donner discussed that Broadway musical in an interview with Movieline. “We’re really trying extraordinarily hard to get it made. It’s a tough road — Broadway is another world totally — and hopefully, probably around September, we’ll be talking a lot more positively,” he said. “We have Tim Long doing the book, and it’s quite good. The process on Broadway is another world. But if we’re going there with ‘Goonies’ — which has such a great following, a great life — it has got to be the right thing. Hopefully we’ll be presenting it to you in the spring of the following year.”

Donner never did get to present the “Goonies” musical, but that didn’t stop the cast from speculating about future “Goonies” installments.

“It will happen,” Astin said in 2012 when asked about a possible “Goonies” sequel by IGN. “I’m 1000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it.”

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