August 14, 2012 |
Molly Ringwald's novel-in-stories “When It Happens To You” officially publishes Tuesday. When I talked to her about the book, the conversation often took off into interesting realms that didn't make it into the feature on her that ran in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. Here are a few bonus excerpts from that interview, edited for length and clarity. We'd begun talking informally in a nearby bookstore, where the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy dominated the bestseller display. She told me that she had read the book because her friend, Bret Easton Ellis, was interested in writing the screenplay adaptation.
November 17, 2011 |
The films of John Hughes can teach us a thing or two about how to survive the holidays: Unwelcome kin are best left to their RV, burglars can be thwarted with homemade booby traps, and you should always travel with John Candy. "For the Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road)," a musical production playing at Show at Barre Nov. 17-Dec. 30, is a mash-up of the soundtracks and quotable moments from Hughes' holiday classics — including "Home Alone," "Christmas Vacation" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" — with a dose of his '80s teen flicks.
March 8, 2010 |
John Hughes' film message is simple: The kids are all right. His young heroes were certainly confused, frustrated and angry, but they ultimately proved steely enough to triumph over the often cruel peer pressure and stifling confinement of suburban life. That ethos animated the Oscars on Sunday during a poignant tribute to Hughes, who died in August at age 59 and whose body of work as a writer and director is credited with humorously capturing the teen angst of the '80s generation.
October 1, 2009 |
Though he retreated from Hollywood in the early 1990s to home and family in Chicago, John Hughes really never left popular culture. And for good reason. During the 1980s, he was one of the titans of film comedy as both a writer and director with a particular affinity for exploring the complex world of the teenager. His death of a heart attack in August at 59 left his legion of fans feeling as if they'd lost a bit of their youth. They can get a little of that back Friday through Wednesday as the American Cinematheque pays homage to the influential auteur.
August 13, 2009 |
When I heard director John Hughes had died, a week ago today, I found myself feeling preemptively protective of his legacy. He directed only eight movies, though he wrote and produced dozens more (including the iconically Hughesian Molly Ringwald picture, "Pretty in Pink"), and just four of them were about adolescents. But with his debut, 1984's "Sixteen Candles," he secured his role as chief agent and apostle of Generation X -- a term that wouldn't be coined for several more years.
August 12, 2009 |
The setting could have been lifted from one of his movies: a bright summer day amid beautiful houses and expansive lawns on Chicago's North Shore. But in place of boisterous laughter and iconoclastic spirit was a mood quiet and somber as family, friends and colleagues such as Matthew Broderick, Ben Stein and Vince Vaughn gathered in a Lake Forest funeral home Tuesday to remember filmmaker John Hughes. Hughes, who directed such enduring '80s teen comedies as "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and oversaw the 1990 box-office smash "Home Alone" while living on the North Shore, died Thursday of a heart attack in Manhattan at 59. He was remembered at an invitation-only service at Wenban Funeral Home, where security personnel checked off mourners' names at the door.