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10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Hughes

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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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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
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Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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