Uncle Buck

TV networks may want to start checking with filmmakers before rushing ahead to remake their works. Earlier this week, a Say Anything… TV series was announced and then swiftly scrapped when Say Anything… movie director Cameron Crowe objected loudly and publicly. Now it’s possible ABC’s planned Uncle Buck reboot could meet the same fate.

While neither director John Hughes nor star John Candy are alive to offer their opinions on the project, their families are speaking up on their behalf. And long story short, they are not at all happy. Hit the jump to read their comments.

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John Hughes’ ‘Uncle Buck’ Will Also Be a TV Series

Uncle Buck

NBC’s plans for a Say Anything… rebootquel may have been scrapped, but don’t worry — there are still plenty of other ’80s properties coming to a small screen near you.

Like Uncle Buck, the 1989 comedy starring John Candy and directed by John Hughes. ABC is now trying to turn it into a sitcom. Hit the jump for more on the Uncle Buck TV series.

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We get sent dozens of short films every week and while I try to watch most of them, the sad fact is that we don’t post as many short films as we use to. Sometimes a gem sticks out from the rest of the submissions and becomes an obvious choice. Noah immediately grabbed me, and even a few minutes into this story, I knew I would be posting it on /Film. I hope you find time to watch it.

/Film reader Walter Woodman sent in this short film titled Noah which he co-directed with Patrick Cederberg. The film just had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available online for everyone to view. TIFF describes the film as:

In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.

Without feeling forced or inorganic, the short perfectly delivers on the limiting structure of this clever and creative construct. The story feels so authentic and real, a snapshot of a young relationship in the current age of internet attention disorder and social networking. One of my friends, filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, said it could be “this generations John Hughes movie”, and I think that description totally nails it. Of course, Hughes never made a found footage movie set inside a computer, but you’ll see what we mean. Watch the short right now, embedded after the jump.

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Weird Science

Michael Bacall‘s effort to bring 21 Jump Street into the 21st century proved more successful than anyone would’ve guessed. The 2012 remake picked up an impressive $200 million at the box office and a slew of glowing reviews on top of that. Now he’ll try to recreate that success with another well liked ’80s property, John HughesWeird Science.

The project is set up at Universal, with Joel Silver producing. It’s very familiar property for both the studio and the producer, who were also behind the 1985 original. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Not even death can stop John Hughes from being a big draw in the film industry. Paramount is pressing forward with The Grigsbys Go Broke, one of the last scripts he ever wrote, with Ice Age: The Meltdown writer Jim Hecht on board to do rewrites. Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind that the last time Paramount attempted a similar feat, it turned into Drillbit Taylor. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Our friends at Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA have a new art exhibition, “The Road To Shermer, a tribute to John Hughes”. The show opening on February 11th and runs until March 4th, 2011. As you know, John Hughes is the writer/director responsible for some of our most beloved teen films of the 1980s: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Plaines Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Dutch, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many others.

After the jump you can find a gallery of the best artwork from the show (in my opinion).

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From the guys that brought us the God of War Indie Movie Trailer and the Super Mario/Tarantino mash-up Inglourious Plummers, comes a flashback to a 1980′s movie which never happened: John Hughes‘ 1987 high school teen big screen adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda.

In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Link (Jon Tomlinson), an eternal optimist and adventurer, seeks to capture the heart of Zelda, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Zane Bauer). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But the high school’s over-possessive, megalomaniacal Principal Ganondorf (Dominic Moschitti) doesn’t approve and it’s going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all. Perfectly capturing the essence of what it means to be a teenager in the 80s, Nick Murphy, Mike Sadorf, and Dom Moschitti reimagine one of the most celebrated video game franchises of all time with the heart, charm, and wit that only they could. It’s the legend of high school. It’s the legend of love. It’s The Legend of Zelda.

It probably should be about a minute shorter, but I kind of dig it. Watch the faux trailer, embedded after the jump.

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On occasion, movie fans have been known to over analyze. We take trailers and go frame by frame to try and uncover hidden details (such as we did with several Super Bowl commercials yesterday), we watch and rewatch episodes of Lost to figure out the hidden subtexts and we enjoy when fellow critics break down movies in excruciating detail for our amusement.

It should come as no surprise, though, that we aren’t the only kind of fans who do this kind of thing. Sports fans, for example, have the same ability. They pore over all kinds of stats to try and make projections, predictions or find reasons for the outcome of a game.

Once in a while, there’s a rare instance where these two rabid fan bases overlap for our mutual benefit and that’s what’s happened over at Baseball Prospectus. There, one of their writers has poured over the minutia of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as well as baseball statistics, and determined that Ferris and friends were actually at Wrigley Field on June 5, 1985. Read how he came to that conclusion after the jump. Read More »

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