7 items from 2009
As 2009 turns into 2010, the TV channels are screening some great movies both new and old to keep us entertained as we enter a new decade. Here is our pick of the bunch...
New Year's Eve - Thursday, 31 December If you happen to have some unwanted relatives staying around over the holiday period, then flick onto Meet The Spartans (Sky Movies Comedy, 10.15am) and they'll be off in a shot. As will your own sanity. For family fun, you could do worse than a dose of Robin Williams mania in Flubber (BBC1, 11.15am) followed by the legendary trio of Douglas, DeVito and Turner in Romancing The Stone (C4, 1.05pm). The season wouldn't be the same without a showing of Steve McQueen in The Great Escape (Sky Movies Screen 1, 2.25pm). If you'd rather contend with pyramids than prisoner of war camps, then check out the disposable but wildly enjoyable (more) »
- By Ben Rawson-Jones
After heart surgery and seven years away from the stage, comedian Robin Williams is ready to storm Broadway with his one-man show
It takes some confidence to extend the Broadway run of your one-man show before opening night, especially a few months after undergoing heart surgery. But then Robin Williams has never been short of nerve. His lengthy career is due in equal measure to the fearless nature of his comedy and to the frenetic energy of his performance: he has a reputation as an entertainer that is built as much on his nerve as it is on his nerves.
Now, after seven years away from the stage, a relapse into alcoholism, a divorce and an emergency operation to replace a faulty valve in his chest, Williams is returning to live stand-up. His comeback show, which opens on Monday, is already one of New York's hottest tickets, and then later »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The man who almost single-handedly defined 80's cinema died of a heart attack yesterday.
John Hughes wrote and/or directed seminal 80's teen films such Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, and 80's comedies such as National Lampoon's Vacation, Uncle Buck, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. In the 90's, he wrote successful family films such as the Home Alone series, Beethoven, and Flubber.
Hughes was a huge infl [...] »
John Hughes, the director of "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club," as well as the writer/producer of blockbuster hit "Home Alone," died suddenly of a heart attack in Manhattan on Thursday; he was 59. Very few details were known at the initial announcement, but several sources are reporting that the director was on vacation in Manhattan and suffered the heart attack while on a morning walk. A writer for National Lampoon magazine in the 70s, Hughes shot to fame in the early 80s by penning the hit comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation" and made his directorial debut with "Sixteen Candles" in 1984 and went on to make such iconic teen films as "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." He also wrote and produced "Pretty in Pink." He graduated to adult leads with the Steve Martin/John Candy 1987 comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"; Candy would also star in "Uncle Buck" two years later. »
6 August 2009 2:07 PM, PDT | IMDb News
John Hughes, the director of the 80s "brat pack" films Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, as well as the writer-producer of blockbuster hit Home Alone, died suddenly of a heart attack in Manhattan on Thursday; he was 59. »
Hughes died while taking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan to visit family.
He made a teen star of Molly Ringwald with 1984's "Sixteen Candles," about a girl's nightmarish birthday on the eve of her sister's wedding. Ringwald also starred in "Breakfast Club," about a group of high school misfits during Saturday detention, and "Pretty in Pink." He also wrote and produced 1990's "Home Alone."
Hughes lived in Illinois and set many of his films in the Chicago area.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons, John and James, and four grandchildren.
A John Hughes filmography follows:
Curly Sue (1991)
Uncle Buck (1989)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Weird Science (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Kevin Lima has become the latest director to attach himself like a limpet to the Warner Bros. remake of, well, The Incredible Mr. Limpet.The remake of the 1964 Don Knotts live-action/animation comedy, about an ordinary guy who transforms into a fish-man and helps the Allies out during World War II, has been in development for so long that Robin Williams was the first name attached, back when he was in his Flubber phase.You know, when his movies actually made money.Since then, Jim Carrey’s also come and gone on the project, while Mike Judge was one of the many directors who took a look before eventually moving on. But now Enchanted director Lima will be bringing his experience of live-action and animation (he directed the likes of Tarzan for Disney) to bear.No writer is yet attached to the project, but Akiva Goldsman is one of the producers, »
7 items from 2009
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