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Who gets the girl? It’s a complicated question that plagues almost every romantic comedy, and it’s not always an easy question to answer. Writers and directors can’t predict how an audience is going to react to certain on-screen pairings, and when you introduce a love triangle, that outcome becomes even more unpredictable. And the same seems to go for the “king” of teenage comedies, John Hughes. Continue here

by Jules June 22, 2020 Leave a Comment

Pretty in Pink released in theaters over 30 years ago and continues to resonate with audiences around the world as a perennial 80s classic. Ask anybody about the film, which was written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, and they will likely respond by proclaiming their love for Jon Cryer’s Duckie, or gush over the love story between Molly Ringwald’s Andie and Andrew McCarthy’s Blane; or go off on a tangent about “If You Leave,” the popular song written by British synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). In other words, the film is a friggin’ classic.

by Jules June 22, 2020 Leave a Comment

‘The Breakfast Club’ was released in the UK 35 years ago this week. To celebrate, Clarisse Loughrey explores the work of one of cinema’s most influential clan of actors
In spring 1985, New York magazine writer David Blum was sent to profile the young star of St Elmo’s Fire, Emilio Estevez. With his hard-set jaw and neatly coiffed wave of blond hair, the actor always looked like he’d just stepped off a New Hampshire yacht (his father is Apocalypse Now star Martin Sheen). Blum followed him around Los Angeles for a few days. Two incidents jumped out to him – a trip to the cinema saw Estevez effortlessly secure himself a free ticket. Then, while in the company of Rob Lowe and Judd Nelson, the actor was mobbed by female fans at the Hard Rock Cafe. The youthful, casual aura that encircled him, the tightness of his celebrity clique, and the touch of entitlement to his behaviour led Blum to coin the term “Brat Pack” and christen Estevez as its leader. Like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin before them, these were performers whose reputations as dedicated party animals threatened to overshadow their status as thespians. Estevez hated the term, accusing Blum of ruining his life. It’s debatable how much of a negative impact the term had on the careers of Estevez and his pals, but it’s still useful today in describing what was a tight web of collaborators. Around Estevez orbited the likes of Lowe, Nelson, Demi Moore, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise sat somewhere on the edges. The films they starred in together represented a new wave in Eighties cinema. After the pessimism and paranoia of the Seventies, Hollywood began to tell stories about teens that made sense to teens. And they were filled with stars that seemed both aspirational and relatable. For the most part, they weren’t the greatest of films, but they served their audience well – most influential of all was John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club, which turns 35 this week. To celebrate, here’s a countdown of the 10 best Brat Pack films.

3. Pretty in Pink (1986)
Pretty in Pink arrived hot on the heels of The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. John Hughes wrote the script, but passed directing duties off to Howard Deutch. Cast as his lead, of course, was Molly Ringwald. At this point, she’d become less of a singular actor than a teenage force of nature – she was 17 at the time of release. In the role of Andie Walsh, she brought jittery nerves mixed with quiet resolve. She’s a working-class kid striving to support her single, underemployed father (Harry Dean Stanton). Her best friend Duckie (John Cryer) is secretly in love with her, but Andie’s eyes are set on one of the school’s “richies”, doe-eyed Blane (Andrew McCarthy). Pretty in Pink isn’t exactly nuanced in its exploration of class, but it treats Andie’s sense of social isolation with sincerity and care.

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by Jules June 12, 2020 Leave a Comment

James Spader has become a beloved TV actor thanks to The Office, Boston Legal, and, of course, The Blacklist. But these are his 10 best film roles. Continue here

by Jules June 12, 2020 Leave a Comment

On June 16th, the John Hughes comedy Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald will be joining the Paramount Presents Blu-ray collection. Continue here

by Jules May 31, 2020 Leave a Comment

Since it first appeared on TV The Blacklist has been able to keep people guessing and with seven seasons in the bag it’s hard to believe that they’re still bound to keep people in the dark as much as they have been, and keep them entertained at the same time. Continue here

by Jules May 31, 2020 Leave a Comment

This June, 101 Films will release Sean S. Cunningham’s tense and violent horror-thriller The New Kids (1985), previously released on VHS as Striking Back in 1988 and never making the transition to DVD here in the UK, as part of the companies “Black Label” line. Continue here

by Jules May 31, 2020 Leave a Comment

On May 8, NBC will air the 150th episode of The Blacklist. That’s 150 episodes of twists, secrets, moral and ethical quandaries, and Red Reddington’s crazy stories about his life of criminal adventures. (Well, 149 crazy stories, because Red wasn’t in last week’s episode). A few weeks before coronavirus pandemic shut down the country, TV Guide visited the Manhattan set of the crime drama during filming of the 150th episode, “Roy Cain (No. 150),” for a cake-cutting ceremony with the cast and crew — where it was announced that the show would be back for Season 8 — and talked to stars James Spader and Megan Boone and creator Jon Bokenkamp about the work that went into making 150 episodes, and their journeys through the show. Continue here

by Jules May 31, 2020 Leave a Comment

Megan Boone, James Spader, and Diego Klattenhoff celebrate the 150th episode of their hit crime-thriller series “The Blacklist”, which will continue with an eighth season. Continue here

by Jules May 31, 2020 Leave a Comment

Who knows what the Hollywood landscape is going to look like when we all emerge from the coronavirus quarantine, but director Steven Soderbergh knows what he wants to do. Continue here

by Jules May 31, 2020 Leave a Comment