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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The princess and the basket case together again!
Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy gathered for the 30th anniversary screening of the John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club at South by Southwest on Monday in Austin, Texas. Et sat down with the two stars who shared their fondest memories working on the teen classic over 30 years ago.
Ringwald, a frequent collaborator of writer-director Hughes throughout the 1980s, said he sent her the script for The Breakfast Club as they were finishing Sixteen Candles (1984) and she just couldn't resist the story.
"It was the best script I ever read," Ringwald told Et. "I loved it. I loved everything about it--every character. I knew immediately I wanted to be involved."
Flashback: Molly Ringwald Was Worried She Wasn't Pretty Enough for 'Breakfast Club' in 1985
While she was eager to join the project, Ringwald revealed that many elements of the initial screenplay had changed by the time they shot the film.
Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have word of two big cast confirmations for Independence Day 2, details on Scream Factory's Deep in the Darkness Blu-ray / DVD release, and information on the new Blanc/Biehn Productions film, Treachery.
Independence Day 2: Last night it was revealed that the first official cast member had signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, the sequel to his 1996 film that featured massive alien-induced destruction and larger-than-life characters. It's now been confirmed that one of those characters will be coming back, as Emmerich tweeted last night that Jeff Goldblum will appear in the sequel, likely reprising his role as the brainy and dryly humorous David Levinson, who teamed up with fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller to take down the mothership in the original film. Smith will not be coming back to reprise his role as Steven. »
- Derek Anderson
It's hard to believe but it's been 30 years since we spent Saturday detention with a princess, a criminal, a basket case, a jock and a brain.
Watch: Celebrating 30 Years Of 'The Karate Kid'
The film, about five high schoolers gathered on Saturday for a detention session, starred Judd Nelson (John Bender), Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson), Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds), and Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish), who admitted to Et in 1985 that she didn't feel right for the part of the princess because she was so different from her.
"Am I pretty enough to do this [role]?" Ringwald said. "That was my biggest worry and I'm not what you would call the conventional beauty, at least I don't feel that way. But you know »
Jamie Dornan is now a bonafide box office star thanks to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but the 32-year-old actor spent a stretch of his 20s in Los Angeles trying to make it as an actor. During a two-hour interview with Variety in January, he talked about some of his early experiences, his worst audition ever and the time he saw Fabio at the gym.
Dornan, who grew up in Ireland, started as a fashion model.
“My sister had encouraged me to go on this U.K. reality show called ‘Model Behavior.’ I reluctantly went. I didn’t get very far on the show, thankfully. I ended up joining the agency that was behind it, and then I was with them. I never got a huge amount of joy when I was modeling. No disrespect. I didn’t want to be one of those guys modeling when I was in my 40s. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The 1985 John Hughes teen comedy classic The Breakfast Club celebrates its 30th anniversary on February 15. That’s right, it’s been thirty years since the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal walked into detention as strangers and left as something else. The beloved coming-of-age film — which was a critical and box office success upon its release — featured some of the biggest stars of the ’80s, who all graduated to various levels of success after The Breakfast Club.
As we celebrate the film being a staple of pop culture and cinema, we wanted to check in on the cast and see where they are now. So what are Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson — who were all members of the iconic Brat Pack — up to since they spent that fateful Saturday afternoon together in Shermer High School? We check in on the cast, »
- Aly Semigran
30 years ago today, John Hughes's teen movie The Breakfast Club opened in the Us, and although it wasn't a runaway box office hit, in the years since it has rightly claimed a place as a screen classic.
Buoyed by brilliant performances, a sharp script and direction from Hughes and that Simple Minds track, this is a film we return to again and again. But what happened to its stars? We go then and now with the cast to find out what happened to the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal.
Anthony Michael Hall - Brian Johnson
As he grew out of child star roles, Hall sought to shed his established screen persona with a diverse selection of character parts across film and TV. »
There are plenty of films about the troubles and triumphs of love in the '80s teen movie canon. Say Anything taught dudes about the importance of grand romantic gestures. Sixteen Candles showed ladies that just being yourself is more than enough to land Jake Ryan. Ferris Bueller's Day Off taught both genders that life moves pretty fast, and we should all stop and look around with our best friends and significant others once in a while. But when we think about cinematic tales of teen romance, The Breakfast Club usually isn't the first movie to come to mind. Well, »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Everyone loves John Hughes. That.s just a bona-fide fact. The legendary Chicagoan was the creator of some of the sweetest, funniest and most endearing films in movie history. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Breakfast Club, which is widely regarded to be his greatest film. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the ultimate John Hughes mash-up trailer was created, which any self-respecting movie fan should instantly watch. Like, right now. Hasn.t everyone.s Friday just got umpteen times better? Thought so. This majestic montage created by Fandango incorporates clips from the likes of Weird Science, Ferris Bueller.s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone and Planes, Trains and Automobiles sumptuously. In fact, I.m going to watch it again immediately. There are two moments from this montage that perfectly sum-up just what made John Hughes such a beloved »
Few films have captured the complex inner lives of American teenagers better than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” Released three decades ago on February 15, the movie, with its expert casting, pitch-perfect dialogue and refreshing sincerity, helped pave the way for others like “Heathers,” “Say Anything” and “Mean Girls,” as well as groundbreaking TV shows like “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Virtually overnight, Hughes became the poet laureate of teen angst and a passionate chronicler of the modern high school experience. On the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.
10) Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, »
- Matthew Chernov
“Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…
Andrew Clark: …and an athlete…
Allison Reynolds: …and a basket case…
Claire Standish: …a princess…
John Bender: …and a criminal…
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question?… Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”
An all-time classic from one of the most influential writers and directors in Hollywood history comes to Blu-ray™, including Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and DVD when The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition debuts on March 10, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. »
- Michelle McCue
Director John Hughes' 1985 classic The Breakfast Club celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing the coming-of-age comedy back to theaters for just two nights only on Thursday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 31. Fans can visit BreakfastClub30.com for more information about what theaters will be participating in this event, where fans can see this classic fully restored in high-definition, along with a bonus featurette. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is also releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on March 10, which includes a number of new special features. Take a look at the official press release below for more details, along with the artwork.
An all-time classic from one of the most influential writers and directors in Hollywood history comes to Blu-ray, including Digital HD with UltraViolet, and DVD when The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition debuts on March 10, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Also available »
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