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The Reason Judd Nelson Hated The Brat Pack Label

6 October 2015 4:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Whether or not you grew up in 1980.s, the name "The Brat Pack" should sound familiar to you if you're a true movie fan. It was the name given to a group of young, up and coming actors who starred in movies like The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo.s Fire. One of the actors who starred in both films, Judd Nelson, recently spoke about the reason the label was such a problem for him. Because it not only affected the people he could work with, but also who he could hang out with. Yahoo Movies has the story of Nelson.s recent appearance on The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast, where the actor talks about the ramifications of the original New York Magazine article which coined the term. Specifically, Nelson had this to say: These were people I worked with, who I really liked as people . funny, smart, committed to »

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Inside 'Red Oaks': An Eighties TV Show That's Not Ironic

6 October 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."

Grey, who also appeared in Red Dawn and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, isn't quite ready to leave the age of Rubik's cubes and Max Headroom behind — she currently appears as »

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What Pop Culture High Schooler Were You?

5 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Oh high school. It was a rough time for a lot of us. Maybe more memorable for some. While we’re passed those adolescent days now, we’re deep in Back to School days and getting more than a little nostalgic. That’s due in part to all the high school teen movies that still rattle around in our pop culture consciousness. Many of the characters in the movies shared the same embarrassments we did, the same first crushes, the same droning teachers, and we all wish we had a friend like Ferris Bueller.

So we asked the PopOptiq staff, which high school character from the movies were you? Share your own pop culture doppelgänger below!

Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) from Scream

Randy Meeks and I have much in common. We are both massive horror movie fans who worked in a video store, studied film and had a hopeless crush on our best friend. »

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'Home Alone' Returns to Theaters This November

28 September 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

To mark the anniversary of one of the best live-action comedies of all time, Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present Home Alone 25th Anniversary, coming to select cinemas for two dates on Sunday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 11. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by enjoying this Christmas comedy blockbuster with the whole family on its original home of the big screen. In addition to the full-length feature, the event will also include a special introduction that will be exclusive to cinema audiences.

Tickets for Home Alone 25th Anniversary can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change »

- MovieWeb

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Toronto 2015 Review: Bang Gang, Teen Sex Without The Histrionics

14 September 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

There is something refreshing about teenage drama cum neo-Bechdel test, Bang Gang. The film seems to be on a conscious mission to smash any and all notions of how these films are done. From John Hughes' The Breakfast Club with its easily codified characters, to Larry Clark's Kids with its bombast of cruel sex and and bad behaviour, and Dazed & Confused or American Graffiti on the spectrum in between, there is a lot of territory to cover. At the beginning of a particularly hot and humid summer in a suburb in southern France, four teens, Alex, George, Laetitia and Nikita, find themselves bored, and horny (a combination of watching women's tennis and Sasha Grey) and in possession of an empty house while Alex's mother is off in...

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1985

2 September 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

1985 was the year of Back To The Future, Rocky IV and Rambo II. But what about these 20 movies, that also deserve a fair share of love?

Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and  bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.

Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »

- ryanlambie

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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon interview: Me And Earl, Glee, Scorsese

1 September 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With his new movie Me And Earl And The Dying Girl in cinemas soon, we talk to director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon about Glee, Scorsese and more...

The 'overnight success' is a familiar enough narrative in the movie business. Actors are plucked from obscurity and set on the road to stardom. Directors offered major movie deals after one of their shorts goes viral on YouTube.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, has worked his way up through the ranks of the film industry, culminating in his latest movie, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a moving and very funny drama which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Before that, Gomez-Rejon began as an assistant to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu before moving up to the role of second unit director on movies including Babel and Argo. His work on TV »

- ryanlambie

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A history of stoners in film

27 August 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...

"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!

So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."

Reefer Madness was one of many »

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Anthony Michael Hall to star alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s War Machine

19 August 2015 11:26 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Michael Hall has just landed a role alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s upcoming satirical comedy War Machine. According to Deadline, the actor will play General Hank Pulver, the right-hand man to Pitt’s four-star general. Pitt’s character is inspired by General Stanley McChrystal, while Hall’s character is inspired by General Mike Flynn, McChrystal’s real-life second-in-command.

The film, which is based on Michael Hastings’ controversial book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan, was acquired by the streaming service earlier this year. In the best-selling book, Hastings writes about America’s war with Afghanistan and the military commanders behind-the-scenes. 

Hall became famous for his performances in such classic 1980s John Hughes movies as Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and The Breakfast Club. His more recent acting credits include The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher and Results

War Machine is set to »

- Justin Cook

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Anthony Michael Hall to Star in Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine’ Netflix Original Movie

19 August 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anthony Michael Hall will star alongside Brad Pitt in “War Machine,” Netflix’s satirical comedy about the U.S.’ engagement in the conflict in Afghanistan, slated to be released in 2016.

Hall, whose credits include “Foxcatcher,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Breakfast Club,” will play the second-in-command to Pitt’s four-star general, who’s based on the real-life Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Cast also includes Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”), who will play a civilian media adviser.

War Machine” is written and directed by David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) and based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.” Film is to be produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, along with Ian Bryce (“World War Z”).

Netflix has said the original film will be available in theaters and to streaming subscribers in 2016 — although large theater »

- Todd Spangler

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‘Youngblood’ music video for Jem and the Holograms

18 August 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has released a new ‘Youngblood’ music video for director Jon M. Chu’s 80s cartoon adaptation Jem and the Holograms, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Jem and the Holograms

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal PicturesJem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Jem and the Holograms is set for release on October 23rd and stars Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja alongside Juliette Lewis »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Duff’ Review

16 August 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Chris Wylde, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney | Written by Josh A. Cagan | Directed by Ari Sandel

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favourite teacher (Ken Jeong), she enlists the slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell), to help take back her ‘label’ and overthrow the school’s resident mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne) reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s Duff.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there’s one genre I have a soft spot for, even as a thirty-odd year old man, it’s the teen movie. »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch: Go To Detention With This Video Essay About John Hughes' 'The Breakfast Club'

14 August 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When cinema of the 1980s is the topic of conversation, undoubtedly, “The Breakfast Club” is part, if not the centerpiece, of the discussion. Even 30 years later, John Hughes’ terrific coming-of-age dramedy is relevant, perhaps not in fashion (though I’ve seen my fair share of Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy lookalikes lately), but certainly in the analysis of displaced adolescent identities and generational gaps. Read More: 15 Classic Teen Rebellion Movies This brief but informative video from Nick Olshansky at The Thought Lab explores the identity crises of characters in “The Breakfast Club” (the brain, the athlete, the criminal, the princess, and the omnipresent nerd), and how, despite their phony behavior and ambiguous carriages, the pentad have a lot more in common than they would’ve believed. Olshansky discusses the importance of the principal (an unforgettably authoritative Paul Gleason), and how he is “the driving force” behind pushing these misfits towards. »

- Samantha Vacca

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New trailer for Jem and the Holograms

11 August 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new trailer has arrived online for Jem and the Holograms, director Jon M. Chu’s (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) latest 80s cartoon adaptation, and you can watch it right here…

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal PicturesJem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Jem and the Holograms is set for release on October 23rd and stars Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja alongside Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club), Ryan Guzman (Step Up All In »

- Gary Collinson

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The Stars of "Weird Science" -- See What They Look Like 30 Years Later!

2 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

30 years ago today, two geeks from Shermer, Illinois created Lisa, the perfect woman, with a little computer know-how. That's right, "Weird Science" came out exactly three decades ago and was the third film John Hughes stepped behind the camera for as director, following "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." The flick was also the fourth time Hughes had worked with star Anthony Michael Hall, who appeared in both of the aforementioned films, as well as the Hughes-penned "Vacation." Fun fact: Hall reportedly chose this flick over doing a "Vacation" sequel -- thus starting a franchise tradition of switching the actors playing the Griswold children each film. Joining Hall were Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock, a former model who turned her sights towards acting. "Weird Science" went on to become a cult classic and spawned a USA series of the same name, with Vanessa Angel taking over the role of Lisa. »

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What happened to the cast of Weird Science? Checking in on Kelly LeBrock, Robert Downey Jr and the rest

2 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

What if you could create the perfect woman just from the tap of a keyboard and a click of a mouse? That's the tantalising premise at the heart of John Hughes's delightfully dorky teen classic, which celebrates its 30th birthday today (August 2).

To mark this momentous day, we look back at the cast of the beloved '80s film to find out what they've done since. Whatever happened to that fella Robert Downey Jr...?

Kelly LeBrock

'80s sex symbol Kelly LeBrock hit big with her first two roles in Gene Wilder's The Woman in Red and Weird Science, but only appeared in a handful of films after - among them Betrayal of the Dove, Tracks of a Killer and Zerophilia.

She moved out to a farm in Santa Barbara where she looks after animals and sleeps under the stars with her horse, but she keeps cropping up »

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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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Watch: Video Games Are The Latest Craze In This Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Look At 'WarGames'

9 July 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In today’s climate of cannibalizing existing properties to wring out every cent possible, it’s surprising that a “WarGames” remake hasn’t happened yet (though one is certainly in development). It’s been thirty-two years since the release of the John Badham-directed Cold War and science-fiction film, and what better way to revisit it than with this vintage behind-the-scenes video via Eyes On Cinema. The 1983 film follows Matthew Broderick as a high school kid who naively hacks into the sophisticated computer system at Norad, thus nearly kicking off World War III. The cast also features a pre-“The Breakfast Club” Ally Sheedy along with character actors Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin. Running nearly four minutes long, the featurette was originally released at the time of the film’s premiere and has short interviews with both the young leads and one with director Badham as well that pinpoints exactly why genius hacker characters. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Marisa Tomei to appear in Spider-Man?

9 July 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Marisa Tomei is in talks to play Spider-Man's Aunt May. The 50-year-old American actress - whose previous film credits include 'My Cousin Vinny' and 'What Women Want' - is wanted by Marvel and Sony to star as the aunt who raised Peter Parker in their next installment of the 'Spider-Man' franchise. The Oscar-winning star was made an offer late last week to appear alongside Tom Holland, who was recently handed the coveted role of the iconic superhero, Variety reports. But while Tom is expected to make a cameo appearance in the eagerly-awaited 'Captain America: Civil War', it seems unlikely that Marisa - assuming she accepts the offer - will feature on screen so soon. Last month, meanwhile, Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, admitted the new Spider-Man will be inspired by the work of director John Hughes, who helmed 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'. »

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Interview: Directors Chris Lofing, Travis Cluff Swing on ‘The Gallows’

8 July 2015 6:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Horror films have many players, but few contenders. Writer/directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff debut with “The Gallows,” a “found footage” movie about a force that haunts a typical American high school, complete with familiar student types, and touches on the mysteries of unresolved events and their backlash.

In 1993, a student named Charlie Grimmille is killed performing a hangman’s act in the school play called “The Gallows.” Twenty years after this event, the school resurrects the failed production in an attempt to honor the memory of Charlie. When a group of four students break into the school and onto the play’s set after hours, a series of unexpected situations start to occur, for which there is no escape. Lofing and Cluff go “old school” in this overt and psychological horror movie, and the result is a chilling fright fest, containing the “presence” of unseen forces.

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