John Hughes (1950 – 2009)

John Hughes, the director of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, has died at 59. Hughes was the voice of a generation with his 80s films. The last film he directed was 1991’s Curly Sue and he had been somewhat prolific and essentially retired except for occasionally producing a film.

Everyone is talking about his work is the voice of the 80s, but I’m a child of the 90s. Among my friends, his films are some of our favorites. Hughes’ film might be a product of the 80s, but his work continue to be the most loved and definitive teens films of any generation.

Enjoy this tribute to the eight films John Hughes directed.

TCM’s Karl Malden Tribute

This is the video tribute TCM has been airing in memory of Karl Malden.

Beginning at 8 pm tonight, TCM is airing three of Malden’s best films: On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Birdman of Alcatraz.

Karl Malden (1912-2009)

Academy Award winning actor Karl Malden has died at the age of 97.

Malden received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1952 for his portrayal of Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. He also starred in On The Waterfront (1954), The Gunfighter (1950), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Gypsy (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), The Cincinnati Kid(1965), and Patton (1970).

He is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Mike Stone on The Streets of San Francisco, a 1970s television series which co-starred Michael Douglas.

Here is a clip of Malden with Vivien Leigh in Streetcar.

And here is great video of Karl Malden honoring Kirk Douglas at the AFI Life Achievement Awards in 1991. Malden was one of the most gracious and humble actors working in Hollywood, which this video captures perfectly.

Remembering Natasha Richardson

Learning that Natasha Richardson has passed away following a ski accident today can only be described as devastating and unfortunate. Like many people, I hoped that the news was grossly exaggerated by the media (gossip blogs) and that there was a chance for a miracle. News reports now confirm the unfortunate truth that Richardson has indeed passed way.

I’ll always remember Natasha Richardson primarily for The Parent Trap. But as I read more about her, I realize how many other of her films that I have seen – The White Countess, Maid in Manhattan, Evening – to name a few. Richardson had an unassuming screen presence, but an even more striking strage presence; something I will regret never getting to see in person.
Tributes to Richardson are beginning to surface across the web. I will post them here as the night goes on.