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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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