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The Kids of National Lampoon's 'Vacation' Films -- Where Are They Now?!

28 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey.  Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »

- tooFab Staff

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'Spider-Man' Reboot Humor Will Serve as a "Safety Net for Geeks"

27 July 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein gave us Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and this weekend's Vacation. I'll allow you to come to a conclusion on their body of work on your own as I'll have more to add with my review of Vacation later this week, but for now realize these two are signed on to write the screenplay for the upcoming Untitled Spider-Man Reboot, which is said to be approaching the webslinger with an eye for humor in the vein of John Hughes. It's definitely a new tact when it comes to tackling these comic book movies as the common theme for so long seemed to be a "dark and gritty" approach with celebs saying, "It's going to be a lot like The Dark Knight," in all of their pre-production interviews. Marvel, however, has taken the light and frothy, »

- Brad Brevet

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9 Ways Paper Towns Is Basically a Modern John Hughes Movie

23 July 2015 5:45 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Paper Towns is John Green's second novel to be adapted for the big screen, so it makes sense that people would be comparing it to The Fault in Our Stars - but the movie draws way more parallels to the work of another famous John: Hughes. So many things about the movie, starring Nat Wolff as a teen who is in love with his mysterious neighbor (Cara Delevingne), seem to be callbacks to some of Hughes's most popular films of the '80s. We picked out nine specific callbacks from the teen mystery that are clearly inspired by the man behind films like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Here's to hoping at least a good portion of the teen audience has seen these classics! »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Watch: 'You're The Worst' Season 2 Teasers Parody 'Sixteen Candles' And 'Spider-Man'

23 July 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

At long last, our favorite surprise hit of last summer will be back on the small screen. “You’re The Worst” is set to debut its second season this September, and while we patiently anticipate its return, there are some superb trailers to hold us over.  We have Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) in an homage to “Sixteen Candles” with a dash of inebriation, and a nod to “Spider-Man,” where our antiheroes goof on the most tender of spidey's love scenes. From what we gather, the couple has stayed together after the big move-in (Ytw fans will remember Gretchen torching her own house and shacking up with Jimmy) and will enlighten us with more of their hijinks. Lucky for us, the snarky (and newly moved to Fxx) comedy continues to make us chuckle, even in these thirty-second bits. Let’s hope the second season has as many great episodes as the first, »

- Samantha Vacca

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Watch: 'You're The Worst' Season 2 Teasers Parody 'Sixteen Candles' And 'Spider-Man'

23 July 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At long last, our favorite surprise hit of last summer will be back on the small screen. “You’re The Worst” is set to debut its second season this September, and while we patiently anticipate its return, there are some superb trailers to hold us over.  We have Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) in an homage to “Sixteen Candles” with a dash of inebriation, and a nod to “Spider-Man,” where our antiheroes goof on the most tender of spidey's love scenes. From what we gather, the couple has stayed together after the big move-in (Ytw fans will remember Gretchen torching her own house and shacking up with Jimmy) and will enlighten us with more of their hijinks. Lucky for us, the snarky (and newly moved to Fxx) comedy continues to make us chuckle, even in these thirty-second bits. Let’s hope the second season has as many great episodes as the first, »

- Samantha Vacca

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From Clueless to Pulp Fiction, 10 of the best and worst dates on film

21 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.

We’ve compiled some of the best and worst movie dates in honour of the release of TrainwreckJudd Apatow’s latest stars Amy Schumer as a woman afraid of commitment until Bill Hader proves he might just be the one. Trainwreck also stars LeBron JamesTilda Swinton, and Brie Larson.

Catch Trainwreck in Cineplex theatres on July 17th, and see if your favourite movie date made it onto our list!

 

Good: Before Sunrise (1995)

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy partake in a feature-length first date in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. The two twenty-somethings, Jesse (Hawke) and Céline »

- Sasha James and Amanda Wood

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Watch: 'You're The Worst' Season 2 Promo Recreates the 'Sixteen Candles' Birthday Cake Scene... Sorta

16 July 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Consider This: 'You're the Worst' Stars Aya Cash and Chris Geere on Season 2 Goals, Emmys Buzz and Empowering Sex Scenes We're already getting our delicious dose of cynicism from "You're The Worst," as the second season looms in the horizon. Fxx has ordered a 13-episode second season of the comedy, and will continue to leave us in stitches at the raunchy, unapologetic take on modern hook-up culture. The promos thus far are 30-second recreations of romantic movie tropes that speak volumes to the witty and subversive comedy that drives the show. Watch above as Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) botch the iconic birthday cake scene from "Sixteen Candles," and, below, find the more appropriate height for their upside-down superhero kiss.  "You're The Worst" premieres on Fxx in September.  Read More: Consider This: 'You're the Worst' Creator Stephen Falk on Season 2, Awards Attention and the Secret Road Map for. »

- Sarah Choi

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John Cusack: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

10 July 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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In a move that leant to his success in eighties teen pics (more on those later), one of the defining moments of John Cusack’s career happened before he got started, where he dropped out of university, said goodbye to roomie Jeremy Piven and, to quote the man, utilised that “fire in his belly” to forge a career in Hollywood.

A cameo in Sixteen Candles put the young talent on Rob Reiner’s radar, giving Cusack the chance to feature in three of the director’s most endearing pictures, in turn making him the go to guy in movieland when you required a pretty face with a smart mouth.

So, as the eighties segued into the nineties and indie cinema darted out of the paddocks courtesy of Miramax, Sundance and the postmodern auteur, Cusack became the pretty face of some of the decade’s most memorable features.

On a personal level, »

- Shaun Davis

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20 Reasons Why 'Kids' is an American Masterpiece

25 June 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Here's How 'Kids' Happened 20 Years Ago 1. It completely changed the "teen movie" genre.  Larry Clark is said to have set out to "make the Great American Teenage Movie, like the Great American Novel." Before "Kids," teen movies were relegated to the soft high school comedy ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Dazed and Confused"). "Kids" put a much darker, grittier spin on the high school story, opting for the depraved underbelly of teenage counterculture rather than the meet-cute suburban sex comedy that largely comprised the genre. 2. It helped normalize non-actors.  Along with "Slacker," Richard Linklater's 1991 portrait of Austin youth, "Kids" was among the first films to showcase the merits of using so-called "street kids" and other non-actors to enhance authenticity. »

- Indiewire

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R.I.P. Tony Longo (1961 – 2015)

23 June 2015 4:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Veteran American character actor Tony Longo has passed away aged 53, his manager Susan Ferris has announced.

Born in New Jersey in 1961, Longo enjoyed a career spanning over thirty years; moving out to Los Angeles back in the early 1980’s he landed a recurring role on the hit TV series Alice, and films such as Sixteen Candles, Splash and Fletch. He was later cast in NBC’s Hell Town and the hit comedy movies Police Academy and Shakey Ground. Over the years Longo has been seen in some of Hollywood’s major TV shows and motion pictures alongside the likes of Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout, Matthew McConaughey in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.

“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had »

- Gary Collinson

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Stop Sleeping on Carly Rae Jepsen: She’s Made Another Pop Gem

3 June 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Carly Rae Jepsen's comeback single "I Really Like You" hasn't eclipsed her breakthrough earworm "Call Me Maybe" just yet (we've all failed her). Vulture debated whether or not it'd have the oomph to propel it to Song of Summer status — which we haven't given up on — but it's more than likely that it peaked too early for the prom season that should've made it ubiquitous. (Maybe it'll show up on the Paper Towns soundtrack to give it a second life?) Since then, Carly has baited pop snobs with a slow jam in the form of "All That," one of many collaborations with Dev Hynes and producer Ariel Rechtshaid that'll appear on her forthcoming third album Emotion — a song even Pitchfork couldn't dismiss. Were we still living in the era of John Hughes, it'd have almost certainly painted the backdrop to a scene in Sixteen Candles. Sadly, it hasn't even »

- Dee Lockett

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Cannes 2015 Review: Sleeping Giant, Provocative And Probing

14 May 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Despite a seemingly endless number of tries, pulling off the 'coming-of-age' film well is miserably difficult. There's a balance between precociousness versus pandering that makes the balance extremely delicate, as complex and awkward as any pubescence. When it goes right, you get something timeless like Stand By Me that takes genre tropes and nostalgia and crafts a delightful mix, or John Hughes' gothic Americana as seen through the eyes of a Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or the fondled protagonist of Sixteen Candles, or David Gordon Green's epic and unsettling debut George Washington that is as stunning today as when it was released. Normally we're treated to an onslaught of ennui, a pat and simplified version (usually highly autobiographical) that follows either an ugly-duckling narrative...

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Mallrats 2 title pays homage to the Brat Pack plus more casting news

11 May 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

An immense fire has been lit under Kevin Smith's ass to make Mallrats 2 and in the span of 2 months he's assembled the bulk of his cast, the first draft of his script and a title; Mallbrats. Smith has stated before that the original film was set out to pay homage to John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) and it looks like that inspiration is still there, as the core cast members of those films were often referred to as 'The Brat Pack'. You can check »

- Sean Wist

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Beyond Fright Review: Beyond Clueless (2014)

7 May 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It has been said that John Hughes perfected the teenage experience with films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, but the teen films that followed the Hughes empire added a tougher bite to the idyllic suburban upbringing.  Between the success of Clueless and the seeming “end” of modern teen films with Mean Girls’, teen films were crafted by throwing convention and controversy to the wind. 24-year-old critic/writer/director Charlie Lyne is a man after my own heart. Thanks to the wonderful world of Netflix, I was able to catch his documentary Beyond Clueless, a film that uses the narrative of late 90s/00s teen films to analyze the high school experience. There are plenty of “coming-of-age” documentaries that sample from the world of John Hughes but Beyond Clueless gives an analysis of the teen world of the pre and post Columbine inhabitants with the assistance of over 200 teen »

- BJ Colangelo

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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Take Two: Do I Still Hate Ferris Bueller?

16 April 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. When “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: was released in 1986, I was 17 years old ( a surly, difficult 17 years old); which is to say,I was the exact same age as the character Ferris Bueller; which is to say, the worst possible age to enjoy a film about him. To this put in some context, growing up in the late 1970’s and early 80’s was a glorious time to be a very young movie-goer.  Comedies in particular – were at their most bawdy and anarchic, which is exactly what a 10 year old boy wants. We were allowed to see on the screen in those days all sorts things that it is now horrifying to imagine a 10 year old was allowed to see; but as a 10 year old, »

- Richard Rushfield

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Video Round-Up: The Gift, Salem Season 2, Deep in the Darkness

3 April 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A blast from the past keeps a close eye on a newly moved couple in The Gift, the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as shown in the film's first trailer. We also have a look at a new promo for Salem Season 2 and two clips from Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of Deep in the Darkness.

The Gift: "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged....chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...or you.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »

- Derek Anderson

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'The Breakfast Club': Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy Look Back 30 Years Later (Exclusive)

31 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Last week the Internet had a collective heart attack as it became apparent that the anniversary of the day that "The Breakfast Club" is supposed to take place happened 31 years earlier. Of course, "The Breakfast Club" is a movie and not a historical document (one that came out 30 years ago), but that doesn't matter. Because talking about John Hughes's immortal classic is fun and people will do it at every conceivable juncture.

"The Breakfast Club," of course, starred Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy, as a group of disparate teens united for a Saturday's worth of detention (Paul Gleason very memorably essayed the role of the meddling principle -- "I make over $30,000 a year!"). Recently, to celebrate the movie's anniversary and commemorate the newly released (and truly incredible deluxe edition Blu-ray package), the film held a pair of screenings in Austin, Texas, as »

- Drew Taylor

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15 Things We Learned from The Breakfast Club Commentary

23 March 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

John Hughes wasn’t much of a name yet in 1985 when The Breakfast Club was released, but it was already clear that he was one to watch. His scripts for Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation had resulted in box-office hits, and while his own directorial debut — Sixteen Candles — wasn’t as immediately beloved it showed the mash-up of affection and wit that would become his trademark. The Breakfast Club has its detractors, but for most viewers the film offers even a minor glimpse back to their teen years. Not everyone fit into these specific five molds — the athlete (Emilio Estevez), the princess (Molly Ringwald), the criminal (Judd Nelson), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall) and the basket case (Ally Sheedy) — but there’s an honesty here even within the characterizations. The film was re-released onto Blu-ray earlier this month with a remastered picture and additional extras including a previous commentary track with Nelson and Hall. The »

- Rob Hunter

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Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy on How ‘The Breakfast Club’ Helped And Hurt Their Careers

18 March 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thirty years after “The Breakfast Club” premiered in theaters, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy are back in detention. Both actresses attended a SXSW screening of a restored version of their high school classic with 1,300 fans on Monday.

The John Hughes comedy follows five teenagers (among those would later be known as “the Brat Pack”) stuck in school on a Saturday, as they slowly reflect on their secrets and personal struggles. “William Saroyan and Eugene O’Neill have been here before, but they used saloons and drunks,” wrote Roger Ebert in his three-star review at the time.

Ringwald plays Claire, the popular girl, and Allison (Sheedy) is her polar opposite, the outcast dressed in black. Ringwald and Sheedy sat down with Variety at SXSW this year to talk about “The Breakfast Club,” working with Hughes and how the film helped — and hurt — their careers.

Why did the “Breakfast Club” become such a classic? »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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