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Originally posted 03/09/2010 11:00AM
The Academy Awards are known for giving a boost to the movies they celebrate. This year, lots of films had their moment in the Oscar spotlight, piquing the interest of viewers who haven't seen them yet.
Among the films that might have found new audiences on Sunday:
Originally posted 08/12/2009 12:40PM
John Hughes made Molly Ringwald the "It" Girl of the 1980s – though he was also capable of making her feel just awful, she revealed Wednesday.
Detailing their working relationship in a tribute to the late writer-director, who died of a heart attack on Aug. 6, Ringwald, 41, writes for the Aug. 12 edition of The New York Times, "In life, there is always that special person who shapes who you are, who helps to determine the person you become. For me, that person was John Hughes."
Now starring on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Ringwald was a teen when she had leading roles in Hughes's 1985 classic The Breakfast Club and 1986's Pretty in Pink. But she now admits that she'll "always be the girl whose 16th birthday is forgotten" due to her breakout role in Hughes's 1984 Sixteen Candles.
Originally posted 08/07/2009 11:00AM
While John Hughes's The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Home Alone proved to be both box-office powerhouses as well as culturally significant landmarks, his sudden death from a heart attack Thursday is proving equally noteworthy, for the shockwaves it is sending throughout the acting community that he helped to launch.
Known as the "Brat Pack" – a term coined in a 1985 New York magazine feature on the then-rising Hughes and the cast of his coming-of-age comedies – the writer-director-producer's stable of fresh-faced performers included such now-household names as Sean Penn, Steve Carell, Macaulay Culkin, Matthew Broderick, Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, Molly Ringwald, John Cusack, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy, among others.
While Pretty in Pink star Ringwald recalled Hughes, 59, as "an important part of my life," and Ferris Bueller himself, Broderick, considered him "my friend," others remember the filmmaker as follows:
Originally posted 08/06/2009 08:20PM
John Hughes made Molly Ringwald a teen star after casting her in his 1984 movie Sixteen Candles. After learning about the writer-director's death on Thursday, Ringwald shared fond words about her frequent collaborator.
"I was stunned and incredibly sad to hear about the death of John Hughes," Ringwald said in a statement. "He was and will always be such an important part of my life."
"He will be missed – by me and by everyone that he has touched," she added. "My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now."
Ringwald, who now stars in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, also had leading roles in Hughes's 1985 classic The Breakfast Club and 1986's Pretty in Pink, which he wrote.
Originally posted 08/06/2009 05:00PM
John Hughes died of a heart attack on Thursday, his spokeswoman confirmed. The director was 59.
Hughes, who directed the beloved '80s films The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, was visiting family in Manhattan when he had a heart attack during a morning walk, the Associated Press reports.
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