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John Hughes was, by his own admission, a very ordinary, non-exceptional kid. He didn’t even have a particularly noteworthy high school life, which is somewhat ironic given how effortlessly he managed to convey it in his film work.
He may not have been the kid he portrayed in his movies, but he related to them and wanted to show the world they weren’t as bad as other films routinely made them out to be. One of Hughes’ defining characteristics was his ability to see teenagers not as kids or as young adults, but as people. This, in turn, ensured that his films connected with a sizeable audience.
But Hughes wasn’t just about love triangles, prom nights and cliques – he was so multi-layered and moved away from the teen films that brought him so much success, writing side-splitting comedies and romantic dramas, replacing the teens with twenty somethings and families. »
- Lewis Howse
The wave of 90s nostalgia shows now signs of slowing down, and if you feel like you're in need of more anthropomorphic animals in your life, you're in luck! It's been almost a decade since we last saw everyone's fourth favorite talking mouse in Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild. After his ten year absence, Sony and Red Wagon Entertainment finally feel the time is right for a Stuart Little remake.
News of the reboot comes from Tracking Board. They claim that this new Stuart Little will follow in the footsteps of the 1999 original. It will blend CG animation with live action. It will also once again follow the biplane flying mouse and his adoptive family The Littles.
The new movie will more closely follow E.B. White's 1945 children's book of the same name. It is being looked at as a more accurate adaptation than merely a remake of the existing films, »
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
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
This morning actor Chris Pine, directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, and president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs, unveiled the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards. In preparation for the Feb. 22 ceremony—hosted by none other than Neil Patrick Harris—here is the complete list of this year’s acting nominees, as well as their very first appearances on camera. Who would you vote for? Click here for a full list of nominees. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”First-time nominee Carell is being recognized for his nosedive (pun intended) into drama in Bennett Miller’s wrestling biopic. John Hughes’ “Curly Sue,” a 1991 comedy starring Jim Belushi, marked the actor’s film debut. Little-known fact: He was credited as Steven Carell. Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”The only previous Oscar nominee in this category, Cooper received nods for “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle. »
5 items from 2015
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