| Aug 7, 2009
John Hughes, the influential writer-director who captured the humor and angst of the teen experience, 1980s style, in hit movies such as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday. He was 59.
| Jul 18, 2008
Since first produced more than 40 years ago, "Sweet Charity" has undergone an unfortunate metamorphosis from the sweetly sentimental to the downright treacly. Granted, Cy Coleman's music and Dorothy Fields' lyrics combine in some memorable standards ("...
| Mar 8, 2010
John Hughes' film message is simple: The kids are all right.
His young heroes were certainly confused, frustrated and angry, but they ultimately proved steely enough to triumph over the often cruel peer pressure and stifling confinement of suburban life....
| Mar 21, 2010
Redheads hold an iconic place in American pop culture. There's the voluptuous come-hither trappings of Rita Hayworth and cartoon sex bomb Jessica Rabbit; the comedic zaniness of Lucille Ball, Debra Messing, Carrot Top and Conan O'Brien; and the girl-next-...
| Aug 7, 2009
Filmmaker John Hughes burned brightest in the '80s, when he defined teen angst in terms of the caste system of the suburban high school experience, a thread that others would pick up again and again.
His films were talky, in a good way. Like the kids...
| Aug 13, 2010
| 3:59 PM
From the full-skirted polka-dot dresses of "I Love Lucy's" Lucy Ricardo to the cone bras and figure-hugging outfits worn by the women of " Mad Men," costumes have done as much as anything to make television memorable.
In recognition of the part clothes...
| Sep 25, 2011
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact.
The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are...
| Aug 11, 2012
Picture a film shoot somewhere in Canada. On one side of a swimming pool, the gear, the crew and most of the cast; on the other side, Molly Ringwald. They're shooting the rest of the scene before her part, so she sits on a box to wait. She begins...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The program schedule for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was released Monday morning. The schedule, which is online, includes the complete list of author appearances and special events during the Festival of Books, April 20-21, on the campus of...