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There was a “Ferris Bueller” sequel.

There was a “Ferris Bueller” sequel. (photo)

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Or so said Jeffrey Jones, who appeared this weekend as part of a group of John Hughes collaborators that gathered at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles to celebrate the work of the late writer/director in between a double bill of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Sitting next to “Bueller” co-stars Edie McClurg (Grace, the secretary) and Cindy Pickett’s (Ferris’ mom) after the screening, Jones seemed to lament a planned sequel that he believed would’ve been set in Hawaii had Matthew Broderick wanted to reprise his most famous role, but Broderick wasn’t interested in saving “Ferris” a second time around. (And Jones inferred this was long before a non-Hughes draft was rumored to have made the rounds in Hollywood a few years ago.)

It was only one of the many revelations that emerged from a Q & A populated by an audience of die-hard “Ferris” fans. (When the New Beverly’s Julia Marchese introduced the screening and asked if anyone hadn’t seen the film, a twenty-something in the front sheepishly got up, egged on by his friends, and hid behind shades and a hat.) For the already initiated, it only took a flick of the wrist from Ferris’ dad Lyman Ward, referencing his particularly expressive hand movements in the film, to elicit laughs during his introduction. When he confirmed that crafty editing by Paul Hirsch, who was also in attendance, had eliminated Ferris and Jeanie Bueller’s younger siblings, there were audible gasps — Ward told the audience to look at scenes in the kitchen where the Crayola drawings on the fridge are the only evidence that they actually existed.

Like Molly Ringwald’s tribute to Hughes in the New York Times, the memories of him were warm, but tinged with mischief and a mercurial nature. Jones recalled that Hughes made him wait hours to audition for Principal Ed Rooney, and after Hughes finally called him into his office, Jones stayed silent until Hughes said, “Are you going to say something?” To which Jones tersely replied, “Let’s start by you apologizing for being late,” before adding, “I think that got me the part.” Pickett suggested that there was a method to the madness, telling a story about how she believed Hughes purposefully sabotaged her audition (the scene where she’s on the phone) to see her reaction. Jones also recounted a story he also shared with Entertainment Weekly of riding around in a Lincoln Town Car with Hughes, Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck and immediately pulling over to a record store when they were driving around Highland Park, Ill. and Jones hit upon Wayne Newton’s “Danke Schoen” while discussing what songs to use for “Ferris”‘ parade scene.

Hughes’ ability to write screenplays was nearly as quick and decisive, according to producer Tom Jacobson, who remembered how when the writer/director was asked for a rewrite for “Some Kind of Wonderful,” he turned around the first 50 pages of “Ferris” a day later. (Paul Hirsch remembered that the first 60 pages of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” were finished in close to six hours.) Jacobson also mentioned the unusual detail that Hughes died 50 years to the day of the death of one of his filmmaking influences, Preston Sturges, a connection that was recently explored in detail by Yakov Freedman on Movie Morlocks. Although some cineastes would dispute that analogy, there was no denying that over 20 years later, Hughes’ work still held sway over the New Beverly crowd and there’s no doubt there are still many tribute screenings in the days, months and years ahead — Marchese admitted as much when she said the theater couldn’t get a print of “Uncle Buck” because it was unavailable.

[Photo: Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Matthew Broderick in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Paramount, 1986]

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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