Hughes News: Week of September 23

Hey all!  Here’s some Hughes News to wrap up the weekend right:

  • While John Hughes made it look easy, other filmmakers are rarely able to replicate his “insightful portrayals” of those awkward teen years.

 

  • Did someone say awkward? It’s nice to know that Jon Cryer DOESN’T feel that way about one of his best known characters, particularly because in life, there’s always a ‘Ducky.”

Speaking appreciation: Thanks to all for the support and for taking the time hear the news from the world of Hughes.  See you again soon!

 

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Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone – The Rebirth of This Blog

What’s happening, hot stuff?

It’s been a while since I posted – and it was almost quite a bit longer.

This past weekend, I realized that my hosting company had cancelled my account. My bad – the notifications were going to a forgotten Yahoo! account. So, since I hadn’t posted in a timely manner, I didn’t realize until a month in that the site was down.

By that time, another person had taken the Word Press address for “Searching for Jake Ryan” (weird, since I been using the phrase in 1998!). Sigh.

In any case, it seems like I’m back up and running. And I can try to do better about sharing my Jake Sightings, Hughes News and updates around the doc (yes – I’m still working on it).

In the meantime, the lesson from all this is not to take things for granted. Take the time to enjoy the things you love and handle the things you need to – when they arise. That goes for loved ones, your health, your finances, and yes – your dreams.

Thanks for reading! More soon.

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Hughes News: Week of April 21

Once again – a long awaited collection of news about and inspired by the late, great John Hughes and his films:

 

  • Remembering Roger Ebert via John Hughes’ son’s memories
  • Finally, a Weird Science remake?  Just say NO, people!

Until next time!

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Hughes News: Catching Up!

Has been a while since I posted, so thought I’d share some key stories that speak to John Hughes and his lasting legacy.

Hope to see you soon. Until the next time, though, remember the immortal words of Ferris: Life moves pretty fastIf you don’t stop and look around once in a whileyou could miss it.

Cheers!

 

 

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As Seen on Forbes: Leadership Lessons Learned From John Hughes Films

This past Monday marked the three-year anniversary of the untimely death of 80s film director John Hughes. And, while many of us who grew up with his movies learned a lot about our personal lives, there are lessons that can translate to our professional efforts as well. Some of those include:

Cover of "Sixteen Candles (High School Re...

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Don’t put anything in writing you wouldn’t want read by anyone and everyone. (Sixteen Candles)

As Samantha found out when she filled out the quiz that fell into the wrong (read: Mr. Right’s) hands, everything is on the record — and that is even more clear when you put something in writing (or post something online). Sure, things turned out great for her (complete with birthday cake and happy ending) but most of us mere mortals need to be cognizant that everything we say, write and post can and will be used against us. In speaking engagements and workshops for Be Your Own Best Publicist, my co-author Jessica Kleiman and I remind people not to put anything in writing you wouldn’t want your grandmother, boss or rabbi/priest/shaman/spiritual guide to read.

 

Help can come from the least likely of sources. (The Breakfast Club) A criminal…a princess…a brain…a jock…a basketcase….What started as a group of strangers turned into the ultimate powerful network by the end of the film. And what they learned as their detention day rolled on is that, despite their surface differences, they could rely on one another for advice (Claire gives Allison makeup tips), to help dodge a bullet (Bender distracts while the others get back to the library), for attention (Andy listens to Allison) and to communicate the message (Brian writes the pithy note that summarizes the film). In work, too, support can come from anywhere. Don’t dismiss the people who seem less powerful than you (i.e. security, mailroom workers, secretaries) because sometimes they’re the ones who can help you most. Be nice, lend a helping hand to others and be open to making connections wherever you go.
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Hughes News: April 2012

Catching up on what’s been going on in the #stupidteenagemovie realm, here’s a comprehensive look of Hughes News for the month of April.  This is a collection of all the news about John Hughes and his continued influence on pop culture:

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Hughes News: Week of October 9

A round up of the Hughes News you can use:

More soon!

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Hughes News: July

Catching up on what’s been going on in the #stupidteenagemovie realm, here’s a comprehensive look of Hughes News for the month of July.  As a reminder, this is a collection of all the news about John Hughes and his continued influence on pop culture.

Strike a pose, Ferris and friends!

See you all next week!

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The Quidditch Club – AKA Don’t You Forget About Harry

“So, it’s sorta social. Demented and sad, but social.” – John Bender, “The Breakfast Club”

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that there are actually people who have formed a Muggle Quidditch League. It turns out these little Quidditch clubs are popping up in the best schools across the country. A friend of mine even said that a family member CHOSE a college based on the availability of said sports team. For those of you who don’t know (i.e. have been living under a rock for many, many years), Quidditch is a kind of football-meets-hockey on brooms played by Harry Potter and his cohorts in the various J.K. Rowling books.

As I watched the WSJ video , it brought me back to the stupid teenage films of my youth.

Think about it: Harry Potter is to many kids today what the Brat Pack films were to those in the 80s. As it turns out, some brilliant minds made that same leap and ended up laying the dialogue and music from the seminal work over the images from the Harry Potter series.

HOGWARTS BREAKFAST CLUB

THE BREAKFAST CLUB HARRY POTTER STYLE

Though there will (likely) never be sports inspired by The Breakfast Club (Intramural No-Hand Lipstick application scrimmage team, anyone?), I can just picture Brian (aka the Brain) leading the charge as Seeker (the esteemed position of The Boy Who Lived himself) had the timing been right. (We know that Anthony Michael Hall’s character wasn’t a “snitch” given the fact that he hid Bender’s pot in his pants for the bulk of their Saturday in detention.)

One more point about the WSJ story: It shared the struggles of the recently-formed NYU team in getting recognized by their school — and that’s even with the official Quidditch championships slated to be held in New York City this November. In fact, in light of the significant HP/TBC overlap — as well as the fact that many of the muggle Quidditch players are sure to be, in John Bender’s words “Neo Maxi Zoom Dweebies” — I imagine the NYU team’s plea to be recognized as an official club at their alma mater went something like this:


Dear NYU:

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in Central Park for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. (We thought we could play a sport that was written about in a children’s novel.)

You may think we’re crazy (that’s okay – lots of people do.) But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.

You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a Seeker..and a Beater…and a Keeper…a Chaser…Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,
The Quidditch Club

Why yes – yes it does.

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Hughes News: May 8-14


This week’s collection of news about John Hughes, his films and the actors who brought those stories to life:

And that’s the Hughes News you can use for the week. See you next Sunday.

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Happiest Moment of the Day – May 16, 2011


Catching a cab right away despite the teeming rain.

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Happiest Moment of the Day – May 17, 2011

Wishing my father, Bernie a happy 86th birthday.  Here’s to many more!

And, for those of you who know what a hero he is, this is one of his survival stories right here.

 

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – May 18, 2011


Meeting Madeline DeVries over lunch.

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Hughes News – May 15-21

This week’s collection of news about John Hughes, his films and the actors who brought those stories to life:

Duckie’s ditty hit the small screen this week.

Bueller? Bueller? What we can all learn from Ferris.

Perry Plays it Hughes.

Couples skate, John Hughes -style.

Ally works (for) the Farm.

 

And that’s the Hughes News you can use for the week. See you next Sunday.

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – May 19, 2011


Meeting Chris for a glass of wine at our favorite neighborhood haunt.

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – May 20, 2011


Seeing “Bridesmaids” and hitting Taste of the Upper West Side with my friend Sarah. Favorite tastes include Scarola Wine (North Fork, LI), Starr Restaurant’s Historical Society Ricotta-stuffed zucchini blossom and Magnolia Bakery‘s Banana Pudding.

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – May 21, 2011


Hanging out with Scott and his friends on the rooftop at Ava then trying Fedora with Chris- amazing night.

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – May 24, 2011

Participating in Cooper’s first training class for Good Dog‘s Therapy dog program.

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Hughes News – May 21-28


This week’s collection of news about John Hughes, his films and the actors who brought those stories to life:

John Hughes’ Films a Metaphor for (Seattle’s Folk) Life?

Molly Ringwald adopted? Well, kind of..

Lowe is down with being a “Brat”

And that’s it for this week. See you next Sunday!

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – Weekend Edition

Friday: Enjoying handmade hand rolls with great friends at Rome House of Sushi.

Saturday: Dining with my fabulous husband at one of our favorite restaurants in the world.

Sunday: Sitting outside, enjoying brunch overlooking the Quechee gorge.


Monday: Exploring Brooklyn and discovering a fantastic new neighborhood option.

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My Happiest Moment of the Day – June 2

Aside from enjoying the truly gorgeous weather in NYC, the happiest moment has to be catching up with my friend Vicki.

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Hughes News :: May 29 – June 4

This week’s collection of news about John Hughes, his films and the actors who brought those stories to life:

For the Record: John Hughes hits the stage.

In the library again with Molly.

Sixteen Candles in light of Bridesmaids.

That’s all for this weeks, folks!  See you next Sunday.

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Hughes News – June 4-10

This week’s collection of news about John Hughes, his films and the actors who brought those stories to life:

  • Of course Hughes seems to be as popular as ever — the ’80s are so now
  • Even Katy Perry pays homage
  • And that’s reinforced by a new film that make us nostalgic for that simpler time

That’s all for this weeks, folks!  See you next Sunday.

 

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Jake Sightings: Week of September 2

 

Jen Bekman’s 20×200:  One of my favorite things (and a huge bone of contention with my husband, frankly) is my obsession and overindulgence via the 20×200 site.   There was a while there where every day brought a new brown cardboard flat envelope filled with the latest goodies that I’d been able to snatch up.  From Alex Brown’s “Sad Vader” to the found baseball series, I really adore every image I’ve gotten (even if I don’t come close to having the wallspace needed to display them all).

Check out what the fuss is about at www.20×200.com.

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Hughes News – June 11-17

This week’s collection of news about John Hughes, his films and the actors who brought those stories to life:

More soon!

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