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 »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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If you’ve ever dreamed of stealing a Ferrari, going to a Cubs game, an art museum and singing in a parade all from the comfort of your own home, artist Max Dalton has made it possible. He created The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Board Game to be included in the upcoming Gallery 1988 show, The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes, which opens February 11 at their new Venice, CA location. The original version comes with dice, playing pieces and rules but there will also be a limited amount of prints available at the show. Check out images of the game, as well as a few other preview pieces from the show, after the jump. Read More »

Baby's Day Out

Mike from Red Letter Media (AKA the guy who put together the epic, 70-minute review of The Phantom Menace and the 90-minute review of Attack of the Clones) has moved on past sci-fi and is now doing shorter video reviews. The newest is a twenty five minute dissection of the Patrick Read Johnson‘s 1994 film Baby’s Day Out.

Now you might be saying: “I don’t really need to watch a 25 minute video review of Baby’s Day Out.” Out of all the movies in the history of cinema, I’m not sure what compelled them to pick this John Hughes-penned family comedy. And while on the surface it might seem like a movie like Baby’s Day Out would be easy to rip apart, Red Letter Media does it in a well-researched yet humorous approach, offering insights and laughs you never thought you’d get from such a review/dissection.

Hit the jump to watch the review now.

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John Hughes

In March, we broke news that Paramount Pictures and Roth Films were developing a movie using John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplay Grisby’s Go Broke. Paramount later denied the rumor (which probably means they considered the property, but decided not to), but I’ve been itching to get my hands on Hughes original script to see an unmade Hughes movie that never was. And now we have some more details about that script, and the upcoming stoner-sequel A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.

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Update: Paramount claims they are not developing Grisby’s but “would jump at the chance to take part in another Hughes creation.” [risky]

In Vanity Fair’s profile of the late writer/director John Hughes, it was revealed Hughes didn’t stop writing after leaving Hollywood in 1994. His sons found boxes of writings, more than 300 pocket notebooks, thick binders containing works in progress, and tons of computer files, including screenplays. Hughes also had a lot of screenplays that he sold but remain unproduced (I wrote about one of them here). I wondered at the time if any of these screenplays would ever end up on the big screen.

Word has been circling the tracking boards that Paramount Pictures has acquired Grisby’s Go Broke, a family comedy written by the late filmmaker. More details after the jump.

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John Hughes

I hope you had a chance to read the Vanity Fair profile on John Hughes that we featured on the site yesterday. If you put it off, browsed by it, and just didn’t find the time — here is your second chance. I’ve been wondering since reading the piece, just how many screenplays Hughes completed in the period of time since he disappeared from Hollywood, and if we’d ever get a chance to see those stories published, or maybe even, produced into feature films.

One of the comments on the article was from a person claiming to be filmmaker Alan Metter, the director of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Back to School and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. Metter’s comment was a story about the biggest mistake of his life — a Hughes screenplay he had been offered to direct, which he turned down in selfishness, and was ultimately never made.

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Must Read: Vanity Fair Profiles John Hughes


The latest issue of Vanity Fair has an outstanding set of articles on the late filmmaker/screenwriter John Hughes, something I would say you can’t afford not to read. Details after the jump.

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