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Oscars 2010 – 82nd Academy Awards – In Memoriam and John Hughes tribute

Posted by LiveFor on March 8, 2010

The Oscar tribute to those who passed away over the past year. Looks like Bea Arthur & Farrah Fawcett were left off the list.

The also had a special tribute for filmmaker John Hughes.

Check out the 2010 Oscar Winners.

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John Hughes R.I.P.

Posted by LiveFor on August 7, 2009

John Hughes, 59, creator of such defining 1980s teen comedies as The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and den father to the actors known as the Brat Pack, died of a heart attack yesterday while walking in Manhattan.

Mr. Hughes’ most commercially successful movie was Home Alone (1990) – with Macaulay Culkin as the unchaperoned 8-year-old who outwits burglars – which the filmmaker wrote and produced. Its $286 million in U.S. box office makes it the top-grossing live-action comedy.

In a 1994 profile headlined “John Huge,” Entertainment Weekly reckoned that the 27 films Mr. Hughes had made by then had a combined box office of $1.3 billion.

In the five secondary-school films that sealed his immortality to members of Generation X and their parents – Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller, and Some Kind of Wonderful – Mr. Hughes was effectively America’s coolest senior high counselor. Even if all that was at stake was Who Would Take Molly Ringwald to the Prom, Mr. Hughes was alert to the anxieties and pressures endured by high schoolers.

“He created deep and complex characters, rich in humanity and humor,” the comedian Steve Martin, star of Mr. Hughes’ Trains, Planes and Automobiles, said yesterday.

Hughesworld was just a sliver of America – suburban white kids from Chicago’s North Shore struggling with labels like preppie or geek, conformist or individualist. But it resonated deeply because he had such compassion for his teens and found the universality in their stories: teenagers rebelling against parents, students defying principals and detention counselors, young lovers crossing class lines to pursue their budding romances.

Many credit Mr. Hughes with reinventing the coming-of-age movie, rescuing the genre from the male-sexual-initiation story (Revenge of the Nerds, Porky’s) and homing in on his characters’ self-definition. “When you’re 30, you forget that at 16, sex was not your primary motivation; you were much more interested in having a boyfriend or girlfriend,” he said in a 1984 interview.

The Hughes film most emblematic of his inclusive humanism is The Breakfast Club, in which five high-school types meet in detention. Though the nerd, the jock, the geek, the prep, and the delinquent initially think that they have nothing in common, they conclude “that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.”

“John had a real need to believe in teenage icons and create teenage iconography – that’s what he was doing with Breakfast Club,” observed the actor Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink). “I think he was really tortured in his high school, and [movies] were a way of him psychologically coming to terms with his youth, and sort of reordering it in his mind as a storyteller,” Cryer noted in the 2007 anthology Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes.

Ringwald said in 1984, “I think at the core he was like my Breakfast Club character, intelligent, extremely sensitive, and didn’t quite fit in.”

Born in Lansing, Mich., John Hughes Jr. moved with his family to Northbrook, on Chicago’s North Shore. He attended the University of Arizona and dropped out to work as an advertising copywriter in Chicago.

By his own account, he “stumbled” into movies when “Vacation ’58,” a story he wrote for National Lampoon, became the basis of National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). That same year, his script for Mr. Mom, a role-reversal comedy, also was produced.

Mr. Hughes, a chain-smoker, was a quick study and a lightning-quick writer. “He wrote Sixteen Candles in two days,” Ringwald, his muse and frequent star, told Entertainment Weekly.

Not wanting to be typecast as the Teen King, Mr. Hughes wrote and directed the road movie Trains, Planes and Automobiles (1987) with Martin and John Candy. The filmmaker peaked commercially with Home Alone, the last 40 pages of which, according to Ringwald, were knocked out in eight hours.

As Mr. Hughes got older, the characters in his films got younger, as in Baby’s Day Out (1994), an irresistible kiddie comedy entirely resisted by audiences.

Though he predicted 15 years ago that he would retire by 50, Mr. Hughes had continued to write screenplays (Beethoven, Maid in Manhattan, and Drillbit Taylor) under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes, the name of the Count of Monte Cristo.

The modest funnyman who downplayed his early film efforts – “They’re not cappuccino pictures, they’re sort of Maxwell House instant coffee out of the machine at the car wash” – bought a 600-acre alfalfa farm in Illinois where he doted on his family.

Mr. Hughes is survived by his wife, Nancy, his high school sweetheart; sons John and James; and four grandchildren.

Source: Philedelphia Enquirer

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Brat Pack Mashup

Posted by LiveFor on June 7, 2009

It features Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Mannequin and Footloose clips with the Phoenix’s song Lisztomania.

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.


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