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When director Jon Watts (“Cop Car”) met with Marvel for the first time about “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” they told him to infuse the reboot with an ’80s John Hughes high school rite of passage focus. Watts was already there: “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” were his touchstones.
“Those were the movies we grew up on,” Watts said. “I remember that age and you’re just constantly screwing up. You don’t know what to do yet, and you don’t know where you fit into the world.”
Capturing the Hughes Vibe
With the decidedly younger Tom Holland making his rough-and-tumble Spidey debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” Watts had a valuable head start with “Homecoming.” This brainy teenage version of the superhero finds himself way in over his head, ditching class, canceling dates, and fumbling his way as a crime fighter. It truly was like channeling the late Hughes. »
- Bill Desowitz
Kirsten Howard Jul 10, 2017
Pretty In Pink is still fairly beloved in its own way.
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The romantic tale of Andie (Molly Ringwald), a girl from the wrong side of the tracks struggling with an unemployed father and dealing with bullying from her more privileged high school peers who falls for the wealthy and preposterously-named Blane (Andrew McCarthy), is still considered one of director John Hughes' better efforts.
But the ending originally shot for the movie had Andie ending up with her melodramatic best friend Duckie, who either comes across as a hopeless romantic or classic stalker material, depending on your point of view.
Jon Cryer, who played Duckie in the 1986 rom-com, recently had a chat with Entertainment Weekly »
It’s no secret that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” intentionally harkens back to John Hughes’ iconic teen movies of the 1980s, including “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” The comic book movie, in theaters now, even directly references the writer-director’s famed ditch-day comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in one sequence. What’s more, Spidey director Jon Watts instructed his cast of young actors, including star Tom Holland, to watch the aforementioned Hughes films, with the addition of “Pretty in Pink.” Click through for 15 moments in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” that reminded us of Hughes’ indelible ’80s movies. Warning: Spoilers ensue! Zendaya is Allie Sheedy circa 1985’s. »
- Meriah Doty
Ever wonder what the stars of your favorite movies and TV shows got up to when the cameras weren’t rolling? Well, we have some partial answers for you.
Keep scrolling to see the best behind-the-scenes shots from decades past. They’re totally phat, gnarly, groovy and … you get the idea:
- Lydia Price
Melanie “Mel B” Brown pulled out all the fashion stops on Wednesday at the America’s Got Talent photocall in Los Angeles where she sported a super-tight, bright pink dress.
The 42-year-old stunned on the red carpet with her hair partially sleeked back into a massive, flowing mane. She topped off her look with elaborate, lace-up shoes.
The singer was all smiles in her bodycon dress at the photocall and has been seen sporting a wide grin often lately. »
- Char Adams
Jon Watts is hardly the first up-and-coming filmmaker to be plucked from the indie film fold to helm a big-budget, high-stakes blockbuster. Nevertheless, the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director was still surprised when Marvel came calling after his second film, “Cop Car,” screened at Sundance in 2015. Over the past few years, hiring first- and second-time directors to direct massive tentpole features has become standard procedure, from Colin Trevorrow to Josh Trank, Marc Webb to Gareth Edwards. When Watts got the call, he geeked out.
“I was so excited to just go to Marvel,” Watts said. “I actually still the visitor’s pass that they gave me to just get on the lot and everything. I wasn’t expecting any of this. It’s like when Bart Simpson goes to New York and he goes to the Mad Magazine headquarters.”
Read More: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review: Marvel Has Finally Started To Figure Out The »
- Kate Erbland
Adding another baby to the mix hasn’t slowed down Jenni Pulos.
Since welcoming Georgia Grace on June 7, the Flipping Out star says life at home with her new daughter, husband Dr. Jonathan Nassos and their older child Alianna Marika, 4 on Thursday, has been “easier than ever imagined.”
“Currently, I am home almost full time and enjoying every moment with her,” Pulos, 44, tells People exclusively, sharing photos of her newly expanded brood. “Baby Georgia has made us a family of four, and it feels incredible.”
Georgia’s disposition may have something to do with the lack of difficulty in managing two young ones simultaneously. »
- Anya Leon and Jen Juneau
Like many other superhero movie fans out there, I suffer from a serious, life-altering condition known as Spider-Man Fatigue (Smf). I'm a fan of the early-2000s franchise starring Tobey Maguire, and I willingly sat through Andrew Garfield's take on Peter Parker in 2012 and 2014. But when I heard Marvel and Sony had combined forces to tell a new version of the young web-slinger's story for a third time, I audibly groaned. Another one? Seriously? Then, I saw Captain America: Civil War. This Spider-Man, played by 20-year-old British rising star Tom Holland, is only in the movie briefly but seems immediately lighter and funnier; he meshes perfectly with Tony Stark and the rest of the gang. Could it be? Could Marvel have finally found a way to stop my skeptical eyes from rolling at each mention of a new installment to his story? To figure out, once and for all, »
- Quinn Keaney
It’s a cliché to start an interview by describing what the subject is eating, but for this story, it feels necessary.
Writer-actor Madelyn Deutch has been coming to Art’s Delicatessen in Studio City for all 26 years of her life. She ate her first pickle here and made a face that her mother, actor Lea Thompson, who’s been in Hollywood classics like Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful and All the Right Moves, describes by squishing her whole face inward. Thompson started frequenting Art’s 35 years ago, when she first arrived in Los Angeles from suburban Minnesota.
“Can I have some old pickles?” Deutch asks a server she seems to know from her many visits to the restaurant. “They’re saltier,” she says to explain the request. “I'm a real weirdo because I come here to get the old pickles and a chocolate egg cream, which is chocolate milk and seltzer mixed together »
Ferris Bueller's Day Off celebrated its 30th birthday last year, but the John Hughes' teen-comedy classic is forever a fan favorite. Enough so that Stranger Things star Joe Keery re-enacted iconic scenes from the film for a recent Domino's Pizza ad campaign.
To capitalize even more on that eternally cool teen mojo, the pizza chain has teamed up with Epix, the premium cable network owned by MGM, to offer up a free live stream of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane having the best day ever playing hooky from school and avoiding the bumbling Edward R. »
Welcome to the world, Georgia Grace Nassos!
Born at 1:38 p.m., Georgia weighed in at 8 lbs., 1 oz., and measured 20½ inches long.
“A long and rocky path led to the most beautiful destination. Our hearts are exploding with joy,” the new mom of two tells People exclusively.
“When I was newly pregnant, I had contaminated progesterone and almost lost the baby. The song ‘Georgia on my Mind’ kept playing everywhere I went,” Pulos, »
- Jen Juneau
Tom Holland revealed that the main inspiration for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming is Back to the Future's Marty McFly. Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely embracing the work of 80s icon John Hughes (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck). Hughes was a master of the 80's teen movies, and it seems like an interesting take on the Spider-Man franchise to mix it with decades old teen movies. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts gave the young cast homework before production began on the upcoming movie, trying to get them into the same groove.
Holland did an interview with Yahoo Movies Facebook and revealed that Watts made the cast watch all kinds of videos and movies from the 1980s to prepare for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Holland explains.
"I think that was one of the things that Jon set out to do and its just a reflection on him, as a director, that's he's »
The world can’t get enough of Harry Styles right now. His fans freaked out when his first-ever solo single, “Sign of the Times,” dropped. Tickets for his world tour sold out in seconds, and actually broke a Ticketmaster record. And people camped out for days before his performance on Today. But we think what’s even more exciting than his solo debut is the hot pink suit he wore Tuesday morning.
He teamed his bright pink loose-fitting jacket and matching pants with a black button-down and loafers for his Today show concert, which sent social media (and Matt Lauer) buzzing. »
- Colleen Kratofil
Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.
The actor: It can be a bit daunting to meet the movie crush you’ve had for 30 years; there’s a lot of pressure, and what if they disappoint after all that buildup? But no worries if the object of your cinematic affection happens to be Andrew McCarthy, who is somehow as delightful in person as he is onscreen in required teen viewing like Pretty In Pink. After a lifetime in film, in recent years, McCarthy has transformed a passion for travel into a career, penning the 2012 memoir The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest For The Courage To Settle Down. He’s also turned his attention to the small screen, directing episodes of dramas ...
- Gwen Ihnat
Author: Zehra Phelan
John Hughes is pretty much a legend to those who grew up through the 80s. He was the man responsible for coming-of-age classics such as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day off and many more including one of which is getting a remake, The Great Outdoors which originally starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.
Almost twenty years after the Howard Deutch directed original was released, it has now been confirmed that a remake is in the works with the pint-sized force of silly comedy nature, Kevin Hart well and truly attached to star. In what capacity of character, we don’t know as yet, but we dread to think which character he could possible ruin.
Related: Kevin Hart news and interviews
Hughes penned the original but Randall Green has been brought on board to give the script a 21st century make-over, the synopsis for »
- Zehra Phelan
John Hughes was a beloved, respected filmmaker known for writing and directing classics such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and more. But there are plenty of movies that he scripted, only to have someone else direct them. Movies such as Mr. Mom, Home Alone and more had scripts from […]
- Ethan Anderton
We prefer to remember these monumental moments in teen film makeouts instead of our own high school experiences. Please join us on a butterfly-inducing trip down memory lane.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Shortly before making us collapse in tears, A Walk to Remember has us swooning at the sight of Jamie (Mandy Moore) and Landon’s (Shane West) first non-theater obligated kiss. Like the entirety of the first date Landon planned, the kiss is perfect.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
- Lydia Price
Andrew McCarthy is best known for starring in movies like Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Weekend At Bernie’s. But a few years ago he realized that travel had had a profound effect on his life and inundated an editor friend with clips until he got an assignment. Now McCarthy is an award-winning travel writer who has recently released his first Ya novel, Just Fly Away. On his book tour, he stopped by The A.V. Club to talk with assistant editor Gwen Ihnat about his current career, which includes not only his writing but also directing for TV series like Orange Is The New Black and The Blacklist. »
- Gwen Ihnat
He’s now a TV director and an award-winning travel writer, but Andrew McCarthy knows what his most memorable film role is, even 30 years later. On the book tour for his latest effort, Ya novel Just Fly Away, he stopped by The A.V. Club, just blocks away from the site of his first movie, and talked about the early years of his career. McCarthy also reveals how he got his role in Pretty In Pink and that he understands why his character Blane is the romantic ideal for girls who grew up on that movie. Assistant editor Gwen Ihnat, who was one of those girls, tries to keep it together during her talk with the actor. »
- Gwen Ihnat
Comedy currently shooting in Brooklyn.
Ringwald and d’Arcy James star in All These Small Moments as parents of a teenage boy who develops a crush on a woman he sees on a bus.
All These Small Moments is currently shooting in Brooklyn and will debut in 2018. UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights.
d’Arcy starred in Spotlight and the Netflix original series 13 Reasons »
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