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10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Hughes

SIXTEEN CANDLES, Molly Ringwald, Director John Hughes, Mark Schoeffling, 1984. (c)Universal Pictures

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Few directors get the opportunity to define a genre like John Hughes did with the teen comedy. Throughout the 1980s, he laid the groundwork for the modern high school flick, and in celebration we’ll share some interesting factoids about his life and movies.

10. He Wrote Under a Pseudonym

Hughes was insanely prolific in comparison to most A-level screenwriters, so to keep from saturating the market he used the name “Edmond Dantes” for his weaker material like the Beethoven movies.

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9. His First Screenplay Was a Jaws Parody

In the 1970s, the way into the comedy world was through the pages of the National Lampoon. Publisher Matty Simmons gave Hughes his first Hollywood break by hiring him to write Jaws 3, People 0, an aborted spoof of the killer shark films.

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8. The Breakfast Club Confessions Were Improvised

John Hughes showed a great deal of trust in his teenage actors, and one of the most affecting bits in The Breakfast Club – where the kids tell each other why they’re in detention – was completely improvised by each actor.

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7. Hughes Wrote The Breakfast Club in Two Days

Hughes was a notoriously fast writer, leaving behind dozens of unproduced movies after his death. During his productive peak, he was known to knock out a whole screenplay in a weekend.

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6. He Put Cue Cards on John Candy’s Head

During the sequence in Uncle Buck where Macaulay Culkin interrogates Buck, the script’s dialogue was written on index cards and placed on John Candy’s head so Culkin could get his lines off quickly without having to worry about memorization.

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5. He Almost Made a Live-Action Peanuts Movie

In 1992, Warner Brothers bought the film rights to classic comic strip Peanuts for Hughes to turn into a live-action flick, but after Dennis The Menace bombed the project was shelved.

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4. He Made Robert Downey Jr. So Mad He Pooped in a Trailer

Weird Science was one of Downey’s first breakthrough roles, but working with Hughes was so aggravating that the young actor took a dump on the floor of co-star Kelly LeBrock’s trailer out of spite.

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3. The License Plates in Sixteen Candles Have Hidden Messages

Jake’s car has a plate reading 21850 – 2/18/1950 is John Hughes’s birthday. Samantha’s grandparents have a car that is licensed V58, a reference to “Vacation ’58,” the Hughes short story that inspired National Lampoon’s Vacation.

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2. Hughes Fired a Guy Over Pizza

A Spy article published in 1993 shared numerous stories about Hughes’s difficulty to work with, claiming that he fired a prop supervisor on Curly Sue because, after innumerable takes of a pizza eating scene, he ran out of cheese pizza and had to substitute sausage.

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1. Many of His Movies Were Supposed to Have Sequels

The wave of 80s nostalgia that peaked in the mid-2000s spawned talk of sequels to The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that would revisit the characters at later points in their lives, but they never materialized.

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Take a trip to Shermer, IL this Saturday with Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Uncle Buck and Weird Science airing all day on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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