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Chicago – Two actors who made a mark in film during the 1980s did it at different points in their lives. Anthony Michael Hall was a teen idol, channeling director John Hughes in “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” Lou Gossett Jr. won a mid-career Oscar for his role in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Both men made an appearance at the 2011 Chicago Wizard World Comic Con, interacting with admirers and signing autographs. HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to interview each of them about their lives and careers then and now.
Anthony Michael Hall at Chicago Wizard World Comic Con, August 2011
Photo Credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Photo for HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago: In last year’s Vanity Fair Article, it was said that once John Hughes moved on, you pretty much never heard from him again. What is your perspective on him now, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Being a member of the so-called "Brat Pack" is something Anthony Michael Hall has had to live with for nearly twenty-five years, and after watching his interview on "The Mortified Sessions" (Mondays, 8Pm Est on Sundance) it's pretty clear that he's grown tired of the moniker. Hall, who was a fixture in John Hughes' iconic '80s films "The Breakfast Club," "16 Candles" and "Weird Science" talked to Dave Nadelberg about the origin of the nickname and called it nothing more than "an annoying label."
"It was a New York Magazine article, and they sat a bunch of actors down at dinner and they got them drunk and they got them talking about themselves. I wasn't even included in the article, and it just became the cover story slogan, and it has nothing to do with anything," he said.
The article, "Hollywood's Brat Pack," written by David Blum, is still »
- Alex Moaba
Chicago – The holidays are a perfect time to remember some of 2011’s great entertainment events, and one of them was the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, which took place August 11th-14th. Celebrities such as Anthony Michael Hall, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, Peter Tork and Bruce Campbell were there.
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce turned his lens to the event, and captured the following slide show. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
Comicon1: Anthony Michael Hall, star of ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’ Comicon2: Mimi Rogers of ‘The Rapture’ and ‘World Poker Tour’ Comicon3: Oscar Winner Lou Gossett Jr. of ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ Comicon4: Vivica A. Fox of ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Comicon5: Hey, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
How does one not love Robert Downey Jr.? Yes, you can seem like a real iconoclast by complaining about his almost constant presence in blockbusters, but why would you want to? His quick wit, his casual good looks (those chocolate-drop eyes? Mmm), his dedication to his roles, his defeat of drug addiction, and his determined climb back onto the A-list are all good reasons to be a fan. Rolling your eyes at his Marvel career feels like jousting at a windmill. Let Downey have his moment.
Oh, why are we downplaying this? The "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" star is a man of many iconic moments, and we here at NextMovie have rounded up nine of his best roles. It's not easy to pick just nine (have you seen "Zodiac"?), but making hard choices is what we do best. We're like Iron Man that way.
9. 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang' »
- Elisabeth Rappe
The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker has created a phenomenon in Los Angeles with his first two live readings of classic movies, starting with The Breakfast Club (featuring Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and Patton Oswalt in the roles originated by Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall). His second installment was The Apartment, with Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, and Pierce Brosnan in the Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray parts.
Next Thursday, will mark the third film in »
- Anthony Breznican
 As the source is somewhat less than airtight, you should probably take the following with the biggest grain of salt you can get your hands on -- but on the off chance there's some truth to it, this rumor is too wild not to repeat. A new report claims that George Clooney and Noah Wyle are vying for the lead role in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is being developed at Sony based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography. More details after the jump. The story comes from the UK tabloid The Sun  (via Cult of Mac ), which reports that the former ER co-stars are competing against each other to play the late Apple co-founder. There probably aren't many times I'd vote for Wyle over Clooney, but in this case Wyle actually seems like the better choice. For one thing, he's already played Jobs once, in 1999's Pirates of Silicon Valley. »
- Angie Han
Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan and then disappeared, primarily because she was pregnant and had her first child. Mama is making her first major public appearance since then tonight at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, for Jason Reitman's staged reading of Billy Wilder's 1960 masterpiece, The Apartment. Portman will read the role of Fran, made famous by Shirley McClane. She'll star alongside Jk Simmons as Jeff, the role Fred MacMurray originated, as well as Collette Wolfe, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson in the other roles. Oh, and the lead role of Cc Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon, will be played by a little up and coming actor named Steve Carell. Read more after the jump. Reitman himself has been tweeting  the casting of these readings, which was then picked up by Vulture . This reading of The Apartment is an incredibly impressive follow »
- Germain Lussier
Last night, a crowd of industry insiders and excited film enthusiasts gathered at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) for a live table-read of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. This time, instead of Molly Ringwald and the gang, Up in the Air director Jason Reitman gathered an equally eclectic group of actors to reimagine the diverse sterotypes portrayed in the film. A lovely and very pregnant Jennifer Garner was beauty queen Claire (Molly Ringwald), James Van Der Beek was Andy the jock (Emilio Estevez), Mindy Kaling was basket case Allison (Ally Sheedy), Patton Oswalt »
- Shaunna Murphy
Jason Reitman will be staging a live reading of John Hughes's The Breakfast Club (1985) tonight at Lacma. The full cast, reading through the screenplay together for the first time, won't be known until they appear on stage at 7:30 pm. Update: At Vulture, Margaret Lyons notes that Reitman has tweeted the names of the cast. "Michael Chiklis will play the principal, Jennifer Garner will play the Molly Ringwald character of Claire, and Aaron Paul will play Judd Nelson's character, Bender. Aaron Paul! As Judd Nelson! They join Mindy Kaling (Ally Sheedy), James Van Der Beek (Emilio Estevez), Patton Oswalt (Anthony Michael Hall), and Jk Simmons (the janitor)."
"18 years after the sudden death of actor River Phoenix, Dutch director George Sluizer says he will finish Dark Blood, the 1993 drama that Phoenix was shooting when he died of a heart attack on Halloween night outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles. »
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is inaugurating a clever new series called "Film Independent at Lacma" curated by Elvis Mitchell, in which a bunch of actors reenact a famous screenplay on the stage, with a really interesting first performance: John Hughes' classic script for "The Breakfast Club" spearheaded by director Jason Reitman. He's put together a very cool (if age-inappropriate) cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Reitman's Twitter feed, they include Reitman alums Jennifer Garner (in Molly Ringwald's role), Patton Oswalt (Anthony Michael Hall) and J.K. Simmons (as Carl the janitor), plus James Van Der Beek as Emilio Estevez's Andy, Mindy Kaling as Ally Sheedy's Allison, and "Breaking Bad"'s Aaron Paul as Judd Nelson's Bender.
The fact that the actors are all my age or older will certainly lend the reading an interesting feel: I suspect they've all got deep personal »
- Matt Singer
Our big contest to win an authentic The Dark Knight script, signed by Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Anthony Michael Hall & Michael Caine, is now over. We announce the winner of our contest here.
Well it was a fairly intense month's worth of competition and we had thousands of entries pouring in from all over. I want to thank everyone for entering and I hope that you'll continue to hang out with us here at Tmp, as we have great new contests every month.
Obviously not everyone can win, but keep hanging around and you may pick up something cool regardless. Just to let you all know, I had to buy a big damn bucket in order to fit in all the entry names for this contest, and while we had thousands of entries there were two main competitors that were constantly battling it out and submitting new entries everyday. »
Thursday night, Jason Reitman, writer and director of Up in the Air, will launch his new series of live reads of beloved films to benefit Film Independent with a sold-out reading of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. It will be his handpicked actors’ first time reading the script together. So far, Reitman has announced via Twitter the casting of Mindy Kaling in the role of basket case Allison (Ally Sheedy), Patton Oswalt as brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), James Van Der Beek as athlete Andy (Emilio Estevez), and J.K. Simmons as janitor Carl (John Kapelos).
Pause for you to imagine »
- Mandi Bierly
Because straight-up remakes are unoriginal and lazy, Jason Reitman is staging a much more intellectual-sounding "live read" of the John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club. The sold-out event is set for this Thursday in L.A. and will benefit the Film Independent. This live read features (depending on your attitude towards Varsity Blues) some audacious casting. Reitman announced via Twitter that his event would star Mindy Kaling in the basket case (Ally Sheedy) role, James Van Der Beek in the jock (Emilio Estevez) role, Patton Oswalt in the brain (Anthony Michael Hall) role, and, because he is contractually obligated to appear in all things Reitman, J.K. Simmons in the janitor (John Kapelos) role. No word yet on who will be playing the princess, the burn-out, or principal. So let the wild speculation begin! Emily Blunt or Rachel McAdams as Claire? Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Michael Pitt as [...] »
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey attend 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. Photo copyright Andrew Evans / PR Photos. Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey attend 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. Photo copyright Andrew Evans / PR Photos. Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson attend 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. Photo copyright Andrew Evans / PR Photos. Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey attends 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. Photo copyright Andrew Evans / PR Photos. Anthony Michael Hall attends 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. Photo copyright Andrew Evans / PR Photos. 10/14/2011 - Joel »
I'm really bummed I'll be out of town next Thursday, October 20, because the live read of John Hughes's "The Breakfast Club" script, directed by Jason Reitman as a part of Film Independent's LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) film series. Reitman is serving as the first guest artist for the inaugural program. Reitman announced via Twitter that Patton Oswalt will read the part of Brian Johnson, portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall in Hughes's 1985 original film. The rest of the "surprise cast" will be unveiled by Reitman throughout the week. I'm privy to a few of them, but I'll say no more. It promises to be a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Despite persistent rumours about his failing health, the death of Steve Jobs clearly shocked a lot of people last week. The Apple and Pixar co-founder was one of those people who actually lived up to the word "visionary" and truly succeeded in changing the world around us. With all the media coverage surrounding his passing, you had to assume that Hollywood would be looking for a way to capitalize on it immediately. As it turns out, it took Sony just two days to make their move. Deadline reports that they are currently in negotiations to acquire the movie rights to Steve Jobs, an upcoming biography by Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson that will be turned into a biopic for the big screen. The book has not been published yet but is set to hit stores on October 24th. Steve Jobs' life was featured on screen once before in »
The second volley of the Twitch-curated Back To The 80s series continues tomorrow night at the Tiff Bell Lightbox with a 9pm screening of John Hughes' Weird Science. For every former awkward teenage boy who ever wished he could create a woman of his own from scratch, this movie is for you.Precocious computer geniuses Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are no good with girls--not real ones, anyway. So they do what any teenage boy in their situation would do: use a military supercomputer to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock), who will be theirs alone. Taking a premise that would be positively lurid in other hands, Hughes turns it into a weirdly unraunchy coming-of-age tale, as the virtual sex object turns »
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In 1988, there was a terrible movie released called 'Johnny Be Good,' starring Anthony Michael Hall as a star high school quarterback. If there were any lingering doubt as to how bad 'Johnny Be Good' really is, you should just re-read the last ten words of the previous sentence. One of the cultural oddities of 'Johnny Be Good' is that future Academy Award nominee John Hawkes appears as a pizza delivery boy who winds up on the receiving end of a pie-to-the-face delivered by Paul Gleason ('The Breakfast Club,' 'Trading Places'). For reasons I don't understand, I decided to bring up 'Johnny Be Good' while speaking with Hawkes about his quite fantastic performance in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (the full interview will publish next week). As I learned, the film is -- understandably -- not Hawkes' favorite subject, »
- Mike Ryan
So now that Sony's pounced on the biopic of late Apple mastermind Steve Jobs, (and way sooner than I'd even predicted!), many an actor's gonna be throwing his hat into the ring. Not least of them is Noah Wyle, the longtime ER regular who had a soft-launch comeback with last season's underrated Falling Skies.
Wyle played Steve Jobs to Anthony Michael Hall's Bill Gates in Pirates Of Silicon Valley, a 1999 TV movie that's being re-aired soonish, and here's what he told Fortune about playing the entrepreneur at the time, via Deadline:
I had apprehensions of playing Jobs in Pirates Of Silicon Valley. TNT was really excited about me taking the part, but I had worries I usually didn’t have as an actor. I knew something about him and I had the script, but I couldn’t really get a beat on the guy until they sent me the documentary, »
- Anna Breslaw
Sony Pictures is in the process of acquiring film rights to "Steve Jobs," the upcoming authorized biography by former CNN chairman and Time Magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson. Book description: Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Back in 1999, TNT aired "Pirates of Silicon Valley," a film which chronicled the rise of Jobs. It starred Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates and Noah Wyle as Jobs. The network re-aired "Pirates" back-to-back on Thursday night in tribute. »
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