June 09, 2011 | 11:45 p.m.
Warren Beatty may make a “Dick Tracy” sequel, the actor and director told the cheering audience Thursday at the Hero Complex Film Festival. Beatty, who directed and starred in the 1990 detective movie based on Chester Gould‘s long-running comic strip, said he’s been working on the sequel and wants to “get it right.” He declined to elaborate on casting priorities, the visual effects approach or any sort of timetable. “When you’re really doing good work is when you don’t know you’re working, and when something just occurs to you, and you go, ‘Oh, of course.'” Beatty told the auditorium at the Chinese Six in Hollywood after the festival’s opening screening of “Dick Tracy.” In the audience were two key contributors to the 1990 film, visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw and miniatures specialist John Scheele. Beatty acknowledged both warmly and took questions from the audience as […]
June 09, 2011 | 7:44 a.m.
The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is underway. Here’s a rundown of the day-by-day schedule. There will also be trivia, prizes and some very interesting surprises throughout the four-day program. THURSDAY DICK TRACY: Fourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty – the very definition of the Hollywood hyphenate as world-famous leading man, an acclaimed director and an elite producer — will be the opening-night guest for the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival to celebrate his 1990 hit “Dick Tracy“ and talk about the film future of a square-jawed character who is celebrating his 80th anniversary as an iconic crime fighter in American pop culture. Beatty directed “Dick Tracy,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three. He also starred as the title character, leading a stellar cast that included Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, William Forsythe, Kathy Bates, Charles Durning, James […]
May 04, 2011 | 8:04 a.m.
Fourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty — the very definition of the Hollywood hyphenate as world-famous leading man, an acclaimed director and an elite producer — will be the opening-night guest for the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival to celebrate his 1990 hit “Dick Tracy” and talk about the film future of a square-jawed character who is celebrating his 80th anniversary as an iconic crime-fighter in American pop culture. Beatty directed “Dick Tracy,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three. He also starred as the title character, leading a stellar cast that included Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, William Forsythe, Kathy Bates, Charles Durning, James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Catherine O’Hara. The legacy of the film and Beatty’s aspirations for the property have been back in the news, which will be part of the onstage discussion following the screening […]
March 25, 2011 | 3:20 p.m.
The legal fight between actor Warren Beatty and Tribune Co. over the film and television rights to comic-strip detective Dick Tracy has been resolved, with the actor, like the character he portrayed in a 1990 film, finally getting his man. Beatty filed suit in 2008 against the company (which owns the Los Angeles Times), claiming that he’d done everything, including creating a television special with critic Leonard Maltin, to retain the rights to the character. Tribune countered that Beatty did not satisfy contractual obligations. Now the matter’s been settled in U.S. District Court, with Judge Dean Pregerson ruling in favor of the “Bulworth” star, according to the Chicago Tribune (also owned by Tribune). “The court found that Warren did everything required of him to retain the rights,” Beatty’s lawyer Charles Shephard said after the ruling Thursday. Plans for a film […]
Feb. 21, 2011 | 10:08 a.m.
After 32 years on the beat, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dick Locher is stepping away from the “Dick Tracy” comic strip. The team of writer Mike Curtis and artist Joe Staton will take over with a new story arc beginning the week of March 14. Curtis and Staton grew up about 25 miles apart in Tennessee reading creator Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy” strips in The Jackson Sun but only met many years later at a comic-book convention. The pair have more than 60 years of combined experience in comics but step into their new role at a tempestuous time; the future of newspaper strips is in question and there’s also a fresh legal skirmish over a hoped-for Hollywood revival of the Tracy character. Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher caught up with Staton (whose credits include “E-Man” and “Scooby Doo” as well as memorable stints on “All-Star Comics” and “Green Lantern“) to discuss the […]
Nov. 17, 2008 | 10:44 p.m.
The Nov. 17, 2008, edition of Everyday Hero, your one-stop spot for handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe… Asgard, animated: This is turning out to be a unprecedented boom era for superhero animation projects, between all of the straight-to-DVD productions and a flurry of announcements about television projects for Marvel and DC characters. The latest is a certain Norse god, according to a Borys Kit story in the trades today: “Marvel Animation is developing and self-producing a 26 half-hour-episode series based on its long-running comic book, with the series targeted to launch in fall 2010, following Marvel’s live-action feature ‘Thor.” … The animated series will follow Thor, the Norse god of thunder, as he defends his mythical home of Asgard against fantastical villains, fiendish hordes, winged creatures and angry giants. The show will take place in various worlds — from […]