March 4, 2011 |
TOPHER GRACE, that '70s guy, becomes that '80s guy in "Take Me Home Tonight. " It's based on Grace's original story about a guy who, at the tail-end of the decade, finds himself with an MIT degree and a Wall Street job offer. He also finds himself in a state of panic - he's unsure of what he wants and bides his time working in a video store. He's a real guy with real postadolescent issues, and though the movie gets broad and goofy at times, it works hard not to be another Reagan-era spoof.
July 19, 1991 |
There should be a limit on the number of times a filmmaker can use holiday reunions as the basis for a movie. Two times, maybe three at the most. By any reasonable standard, John Hughes has gone over the limit. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Home Alone" - that's it. He's flagged. He should either quit making them or pay royalties to Earl Hamner Jr. Hamner, author of "The Homecoming," would receive a handsome payoff from Hughes' latest, "Dutch," which is basically a remake of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
March 1, 1996 |
John A. Hughes, 51, of Narberth, a retired Lower Merion police officer, died of cancer Tuesday at his home. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Lower Merion Police Department for 27 years, and since 1977 had been assigned to the police traffic safety unit. He retired in June. As a traffic safety officer, he assisted in traffic studies, handled requests about setting and posting speed limits, supervised the township's nine school crossing guards, and presented child safety programs annually at public and private schools in the township.
March 9, 1986 |
John Hughes had a problem. Make that several problems. These problems were also known as screenplays, and the trouble with them was that Hughes - a prolific fellow who has had 10 scripts produced in five years in Hollywood - cranks out screenplays faster than it's humanly possible to film them. As it was, he was making pictures in less time than it takes most studio moguls to eat lunch: A scant two years ago, Hughes made his directorial debut with his screenplay of Sixteen Candles, the romantic teen comedy starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.
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.
February 10, 1988 |
It can now be revealed: John Hughes, the man who in a few short years brought the world an oeuvre of achingly hip movies about the traumas of teenagedom - Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind of Wonderful - is actually a quintessentially old- fashioned, Square Joe kind of guy. Sure, his prom-world pictures sport sound tracks from the latest Anglo/ synth-pop/haircut bands. His pack of teen-troupers (OK, some of them are in their 20s now)
December 11, 1996 |
Call it his branch office. John Hughes hauls a Christmas tree to a customer's car. Hughes sells Douglas firs (at a timely $19.96 each) from his home on Route 49 in Quinton Township, Salem County.
July 1, 1994 |
Many people have noticed that John Hughes, writer and producer of "Baby's Day Out," is regressing to infancy. He started out making movies about teen-agers ("The Breakfast Club"), then younger teen-agers ("Sixteen Candles," "Pretty in Pink"), then children ("Home Alone" and its sequel), and now, a crawling infant. "Baby's Day Out" is one long slapstick romp, following a wee one, Baby Bink, as he leads three dumb-guy criminals - his would-be kidnappers - on a chase through the streets of Chicago.
June 17, 1988 |
"The Great Outdoors" is 90 minutes of unfunny gags written by John Hughes and starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. Who are these people? John Candy is a walking fat joke who has built an entire career on his girth. The joke wasn't funny to begin with and has grown progressively less funny with every stupid picture he has made. Dan Aykroyd, who is quickly moving up to Candy's major league lard level, does a fast-talk schtick that has worked in limited doses (see "Ghostbusters")
April 7, 1995 |
The name is Mrs. John Hughes. Very proper-sounding. Actually an anachronism in this day and age when women insist on their own identity. Mrs. John Hughes indeed. As one might expect, she looks like the pleasant, kindly woman we would all like to have living next door. Perhaps a favorite aunt. Or a loving grandmother, which she happens to be. So what is Mrs. John Hughes doing performing in a casino showroom, being more than a little naughty, telling jokes that are sometimes on the risque side?