19 items from 2009
Like father, like son: Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio may already have a foodie on his hands with 4-month-old son Luka Bodhi. "He's definitely a big eater and loves to eat like me," Colicchio told People before joining Julia Roberts and John Krasinski on Monday for a game of celebrity charades at the Labyrinth Theater Company's gala benefit in New York City. "He's only on breast milk right now, and even at night time, when he wakes up, you just stick a bottle in his mouth or breastfeed him and he goes right back to sleep." Colicchio, 47, has already even »
- Paul Chi
Nominate Sound On Sight Today! Perhaps, in the early 1980s, while still in film school, Danish director Lars von Trier saw one of the Us’ highest grossing feel-good comedies, like Risky Business or Mr. Mom. And then decided to make exact opposite of that film for the rest of his life. If such a thing did happen, he’s kept his promise, churning out movies that are best accompanied by a barbiturate overdose while Gloomy Sunday plays on a phonograph. His latest project, Antichrist, is no exception. It tells the story of a couple who, after losing their son, travel to a secluded cabin, where the wife deals with her grief and guilt by masturbating in front of Satanic Bambi extras and mutilating her husband’s crotch. Tonight, Sound and Sight takes a look at von Trier’s controversial new film, as well as 1984’s The Element of Crime, the director’s debut feature. »
Actress Bijou Phillips has been left devastated by her sister MacKenzie's incest revelations, insisting she can't believe their father, Mamas & The Papas star John Phillips, once raped his daughter and then enjoyed a decade-long consensual affair with her.
Mackenzie has revealed all about her twisted romance with her father in her new memoir, High on Arrival, and she stunned America on Wednesday when she spoke out about the affair on daytime TV show Oprah.
The actress' stepmother Michelle Phillips, who was also a member of the Mamas & The Papas, immediately fired back at the claims, suggesting Mackenzie's recollections could not be believed - because she's a longtime drug abuser, and now her stepsister has spoken in defence of her father.
Bijou Phillips insists it's not the first time she has heard her sister's outrageous claims, stating, "When I was 13, Mackenzie told me that she had a consensual sexual relationship with our father. This news was confusing and it was also scary, as I lived alone with him since I was three. I didn't know what to believe and it didn't help that shortly thereafter Mackenzie told me it didn't happen."
In a statement to Oprah Winfrey's show, Bijou added, "Mackenzie's history with our father is hers, but also clouded with 30 years of drug abuse. I hope she can come to terms with this and find peace.
"The life I had with my father was very different; he was Mr. Mom, he was encouraging and loving. The man that raised me would never be capable of doing such things, and if he was, it is heartbreaking for me to think that my family would leave me alone with him.
"I understand Mackenzie's need to come clean with a history that she feels will help others but it's devastating to have the world watch as we try to mend broken fences, especially as the man in question isn't here to defend himself."
Re-appearing on the show, Mackenzie admitted she hated the idea of falling out with her stepsister, who bailed her out after her drug arrest last year.
She said, "I love my baby sister and I miss having contact with her. I understand how this is for her and my heart goes out to her."
Phillips was then questioned by Winfrey about why she left her stepsister with her father when she knew of his deviant nature.
The actress said, "Maybe I did her a disservice... but I felt she was safe. I did go there and I did take her out of there at one point, where I felt like she wasn't being watched properly. I didn't feel she was in any sexual danger."
She added, "I have done my best to protect Bijou, even through this firestorm."
Actress Bijou Phillips, the half-sister of Mackenzie Phillips, is speaking out to Et about Mackenzie's explosive claims that she had a sexual relationship with their father, John Phillips. Bijou tells "The Insider" the following about her older sister's claims: "When I was 13, Mackenzie told me that she had a consensual sexual relationship with our father. This news was confusing and scary, as I lived alone with my father since I was 3, I didn’t know what to believe and it didn’t help that shortly there after Mackenzie told me it didn’t happen. Mackenzie's history with our father is hers, but also clouded with 30 years of drug abuse. I hope she can come to terms with this and find peace. The life I had with my father was very different. He was Mr. mom, encouraging and loving. The man that raised me would never be capable of doing such things, »
The former "Jag" star has been tapped for the lead role in an original movie about a workaholic ad- agency executive who loses his wife and is fired. He soon becomes a full-time Mr. Mom to his two kids and gets help from his son's teacher (Sharon Case).
"House," from Larry Levinson Prods., has begun filming for a 2010 premiere. Levinson is the executive producer.
Elliott is repped by Paradigm and McGowan Management. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Los Angeles, California (X17online) - After claiming that he still loved his estranged wife just a few weeks ago, Jon Gosselin is now spewing some serious venom about Kate, making accusations that she stole from him and cheated on him with the family's bodyguard! More juicy details from Jon's Good Morning America interview have come out, and he's taking some serious digs at the mother of his children. Jon told reporter Chris Cuomo, "I can't sit on the sofa with that woman. I can't sit [with] someone right now that I despise. I despise [her] because she's not speaking from the heart. Please - the stuff you tell me in private should be the stuff you tell me on TV." Regarding the wedding ring drama, Jon says, "I think she still wears the ring for public perception. I don't wear my ring because she took my ring. I don't have it. »
Estranged reality parents Jon and Kate apparently have nothing left to say to each other, but Jon took the opportunity during a recent sit-down to blast rumors about his relationship with his ex.
Jon revealed on "Good Morning America" that things between the exes have gotten so bad that they can't even be in the same room together to film the show. "We film it separately," Jon admitted. "She has her film crew. And I have my film crew. »
I began writing this article within minutes of hearing the news that John Hughes passed away unexpectedly this afternoon, and I'm still reeling a bit, more than I had anticipated. Like most movie fans of my generation, I first heard of him in the summer of 1983, when two movies he'd written, Mr. Mom and National Lampoon's Vacation, were released within a week of each other. I saw both, smiling at Mr. Mom and laughing hard throughout Vacation. The following year, Sixteen Candles, his directorial debut, hit theaters, and he was off to the races.
Hughes was a prolific writer and a busy producer throughout the 80s and 90s, leaving his personal stamp on dozens of projects, not to mention the eight films that he personally directed. He mined his suburban Midwestern teenage territory thoroughly, leaving no awkward, class-conscious, embarrassing, financially slighted, pretty in pink, uncomfortable stone unturned. He left behind »
- Peter Martin
Chicago – Influential and beloved Chicago director John Hughes has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59. He only directed eight films in his too-brief career but he was easily one of the most prominent and successful filmmakers of the ’80s, bringing the “brat pack” to life in films like “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Sixteen Candles”.
John Hughes Details on the cause of death are unclear, but it is reported that he died suddenly of a heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan. Born in Michigan, Hughes moved to Chicago at a young age and shot most of his films here.
Hughes first broke through as a writer, penning “Mr. Mom” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation” before his directorial debut, the smash hit “Sixteen Candles” in 1984. Hughes would only direct seven more films but most of them were beloved and influential »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I'm at a loss my friends. I don't know what John Hughes was to you. He was my teacher and my babysitter, a third parent of sorts. A powerful force throughout my childhood and beyond, I can think of no other filmmaker who had such a profound impact on my life. Looking back over his career, I'm staggered by the number of movies that I've seen 10 times, 20 times and more, favorites that I continue to rely on as "comfort" movies even today.
All of that past brilliance remains, but it breaks my heart to know that I'll never again walk into a movie theater and see his name on the title card of a new release. In a summer that has already been filled with tragic losses, this one hits me particularly hard. And I know for a fact that many of my peers are feeling the same way. Such »
- Adam Rosenberg
Odds are you didn't go to high school with John Hughes. Odds are it sure seemed like you did. Hughes, the popular, almost-mythical filmmaker who made teen angst hurt so good in biting comedies such as Sixteen Candles, only to leave Generation Xers largely on their own as the Molly Ringwald-ruled 1980s ended, died after suffering a sudden heart attack during a walk this morning in Manhattan. He was 59. »
Another '80s icon is gone. John Hughes, the writer and director remembered best for churning out classic teen movies such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as well as the scripts for others, including Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, National Lampoon's Vacation, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street, suffered a lethal heart attack this morning while taking a walk in New York City. He was only 59. For those of us who grew up in the '80s, Hughes was a legend, perhaps one of the first filmmakers we knew of by name and could associate with a certain brand of movie. Though he'll forever be pegged to the teen genre, he was more generally an expert in film comedy, having scripted such favorites as Mr. Mom and National Lampoon's Vacation prior to his debut as a director with Sixteen Candles. »
- Christopher Campbell
In a story that is just breaking, director John Hughes has passed away at the age of 59. It's being reported that Hughes was out taking a walk around his Manhattan neighborhood this morning when he suffered a heart attack.
For those that came of age during the time like myself, John Hughes' movies were seminal moments that perfectly captured the pleasure and pain of growing up as a teenager in the 1980s. He wrote, directed and produced some of the decade's biggest comedies including Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck and Home Alone, films that when combined grossed over a billion dollars at the box office. He also directed or wrote a series of teenage dramas that spoke to the reality of growing up in the middle class suburbs such as The Breakfast Club, a drama examining five teenagers and their social »
- Patrick Sauriol
Hughes died while taking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan to visit family.
He made a teen star of Molly Ringwald with 1984's "Sixteen Candles," about a girl's nightmarish birthday on the eve of her sister's wedding. Ringwald also starred in "Breakfast Club," about a group of high school misfits during Saturday detention, and "Pretty in Pink." He also wrote and produced 1990's "Home Alone."
Hughes lived in Illinois and set many of his films in the Chicago area.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons, John and James, and four grandchildren.
A John Hughes filmography follows:
Curly Sue (1991)
Uncle Buck (1989)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Weird Science (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The teen-movie king of the 1980s dies in New York City.
John Hughes in 1990
Photo: Paul Natkin/WireImage
John Hughes did one thing extraordinarily well that most critics thought wasn't worth doing at all. He made teen comedies — funny, distinctively humane pictures that resonated with young people in the 1980s in ways that we, now living in a much raunchier age, may not see again.
Hughes, who died of a heart attack on Thursday (August 6), during a visit to Manhattan, was a madly prolific writer, director and producer with a strong aversion to the Hollywood movie-making machine. Even at his hit-churning peak, he remained stubbornly based in Chicago, and rued every moment he had to spend in Los Angeles. "L.A. is a real bad place to get a perspective on the country," he once told the New York Times. "I never saw anything but the 405 freeway going to and from work. »
Filmmaker behind 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' 'Breakfast Club' and more '80s classics suffered a heart attack.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Paul Natkin/WireImage
John Hughes, the writer and director whose string of classic '80s comedies essentially defined the genre for decades, has died at the age of 59.
The cause was a heart attack, which he suffered taking a walk on Thursday morning (August 6) during a trip to New York, according to Variety.
Writing for talent like Chevy Chase and Michael Keaton, Hughes had early hits with "Mr. Mom" and the first of the National Lampoon "Vacation" movies. His 1984 directorial debut, "Sixteen Candles," and his follow-up the next year, "The Breakfast Club," were instrumental in launching the pop-culture phenomenon known as the Brat Pack. Actors like Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall became some of the biggest names in »
Before there was an internet and back when the idea of 24/7 news reporting still seemed strange, the hype that preceded the opening of Batman was like nothing that's come before or since. And that's taking into reflection the immense hype that led up to The Phantom Menace ten years ago which itself was a one of a kind event but still not on the same level as the critical mass that Batman '89 had achieved. Have you forgotten the buzzcuts of the Bat-symbol that people were getting shaved into the back of their hair? Do you remember when you could walk into a theater and see a sea of teens wearing Batman t-shirts? Back in December 1988 people bought a ticket to see the Batman trailer playing in front of Tequila Sunrise and then left after it was shown. »
- Patrick Sauriol
The project is being directed by Robert Luketic ("21"). Filming starts this month in France and Atlanta for a June 4, 2010, release.
The story follows a hitman (Kutcher) at the top of his game who falls for a computer tech (Heigl) and decides to hang up his guns. Years later, their suburban bliss is ruptured when he finds out there's a hit out on him, forcing him and his spooked wife to go on the run.
Selleck and O'Hara will play Heigl's overprotective father and adoring mother. Mull will play Holbrook, Kutcher's handler.
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
With Watchmen arriving in theaters this weekend, it's once again time to start talking superheroes. But instead of listing the coolest weapons or names or fight scenes, Moviefone wants to know which superhero costumes are the best ... and worst. How does Michael Keaton's Batman suit compare to, say, Jennifer Gardner's Elektra look? Which costume turns you on more: Silk Spectre II or Catwoman? Or what about Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man suit up against ... um, Ben Affleck's Daredevil? (I'm sorry, but I still can't believe Affleck played a superhero at one point - worst casting choice ever.) So check out the costume gallery below, and let us know your favorites (and least favorites [cough] Clooney's Batman [cough]) in the comments.
Superhero Costumes - Vote for Your Favorites Superpowers are nice and all, but just as vital to the superhero mystique is the costume. Can you imagine someone trying to »
- Erik Davis
19 items from 2009
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