If you had asked me ten years ago if Kevin Smith would ever have a chance to make a Mallrats sequel, I would have bet against it. And that’s coming from someone who loved the movie and still has a special spot for Smith’s “sophomore bellyflop.” But Smith has not only written Mallrats 2, but it’s also now five hours long and takes the form of a television series (which will probably end up on a cable or streaming network due to graphic language). What will the 10-episode half-hour comedy series be about? Learn details about the Mallrats 2 plot and find out why it became a television series rather than a movie, after the jump.
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This past summer marked the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and there were various screenings of the film here and there to celebrate the milestone, but otherwise it’s been a pretty quiet celebration. It’s certainly nowhere near as buzzworthy as the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future last year or Ghostbusters the year before that. That’s a real shame, because this John Hughes classic is one of the best coming of age comedies of all time, and it deserves some celebratory love. That’s where artist Marq Spusta and Dark Hall Mansion come into play with a new Ferris Bueller’s Day Off print that you can get today. Read More »
Most diehard John Hughes probably know the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off soundtrack was never officially made available to the public, which is surprising for a Hughes film. At the time of the classic comedy’s theatrical release, the writer/director believed the song choices wouldn’t have made for a popular soundtrack, so he refused to release one.
If you were on Hughes’ fan mailing list in the 1980s, then you might have gotten a single with a couple of the songs. But the rest of us have been out of luck until now. 30 years after Ferris Bueller’s Day Off first hit theaters, its soundtrack is now officially coming out.
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In June 1987, in an interview for The New York Times, Stanley Kubrick spoke glowingly about a series of Michelob beer commercials.
“They’re just boy-girl, night-fun,” Kubrick praised, “leading up to pouring the beer, all in 30 seconds, beautifully edited and photographed. Economy of statement is not something that films are noted for.”
That piece published on a Sunday. The following day—after interested parties tracked down who was responsible for these spots—the phone of fashion photographer turned commercial director Jeremiah Chechik started rining off the hook.
Living up to that hype, Jeremiah Chechik’s first feature, Christmas Vacation, dazzled at the box office. Over the next decade, Chechik continued to rise up the ranks, establishing himself as a profitable director and, perhaps as importantly, a director known to work well with actors and the studios. Which is why, in the mid-‘90s, he was tapped by Warner Bros. to direct a $60 million summer action film based on a popular ‘60’s British TV show called The Avengers. With a stellar cast (Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery) a legendary producer (Jerry Weintraub) and a top-tier British screenwriter (Don Macpherson), The Avengers seemed like a can’t miss film.
Unfortunately though, it missed the mark by a wide margin and drastically changed the trajectory of Jeremiah Chechik’s career. But what, at first, may have looked like a fall from grace wound up leading Chechik to terrific success in another medium. To find out what went wrong and then, ultimately, what went right, we spoke with the talented filmmaker and took a stroll down memory lane…
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Back in February, we learned that Chicago would play host to Ferris Fest, a special 30th anniversary celebration of John Hughes‘ classic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There’s a whole slew of events, including a screening of the movie and a tour of filming locations in and around Chicago, planned for the event. Now the first promo has brought Ferris Bueller’s parents, played by Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, into the mix to help promote the event from a very familiar house.
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In case you didn’t notice, this year marks the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the classic John Hughes film about one high school kid’s glorious day ditching school with his friends. And if you want to do more than just watch the movie again at home, there’s a way you can commemorate the milestone anniversary with a three-day event called Ferris Fest. However, you’ll only be able to attend if you happen to be in the Chicago area, where the movie was actually filmed, this summer.
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Children of the 80s have been enjoying the celebration of milestone anniversaries for some of their favorite movies form the decade over the past six years, and this year brings another for one of John Hughes‘ beloved movies. Pretty in Pink was released in theaters on February 28th, 1986, which makes next month the 30th anniversary for the film. And in honor of the anniversary, the film starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and Andrew McCarthy is coming back to theaters for a two-day event. Get the details on when you can see Pretty in Pink in theaters again below! Read More »
In 1982, an action comedy called 48 Hrs. took the world by storm. Not only did it finish seventh at the box office that year, but it also launched the film career of Eddie Murphy and spawned a slew of buddy cop imitations. Although a true sequel to 48 Hrs. wouldn’t come until 1990, a follow-up of sorts came out two years later: Streets of Fire.
To understand how Streets of Fire came to be (and its relationship to 48 Hrs.), I sat down with cowriter Larry Gross to discuss the film’s origins—and his as well.
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Even though Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away, stores and people are already focused on Christmas. And this week the holiday mood gets a little boost with the 25th anniversary re-release of Home Alone, which has its final two showings today in select theaters.
In honor of that milestone, an oral history has been put together on the making of Home Alone, revealing one interesting tidbit. Director Chris Columbus only ended up being at the helm of Home Alone after Chevy Chase treated him like garbage in early meetings for another holiday comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Read More »