Molly Ringwald feels differently about ‘Sixteen Candles’ in the wake of #MeToo
(CNN) Molly Ringwald is looking at the movies that made her famous a bit more critically now.
In a recent interview with NPR, the actress discussed “Sixteen Candles,” the 1984 film directed by the late John Hughes that helped make her the teen queen of that era. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, some scenes are being viewed more critically today, such as the one in which the character Jake Ryan (played by Michael Schoeffling) says of his unconscious girlfriend, “I’ve got Caroline in the bedroom right now, passed out cold. I could violate her 10 different ways if I wanted to.” “I do see it differently,” Ringwald said of watching the coming-of-age classic with her teen daughter. “I mean, there were parts of that film that bothered me then. Although everybody likes to say that I had, you know, John Hughes’ ear and he did listen to me in a lot of ways, I wasn’t the filmmaker.” Such ’80s films were rife with that type of “humor,” and Ringwald starred in some of the more notable ones directed by Hughes, who died of a heart attack in 2009. Read More Now 50, the actress said that Hughes’ “intention was to not make ‘Porky’s’ or ‘Animal House.’ ” Taking another look at pop culture’s ‘Animal House’ era, as Kavanaugh hearings unfold “But I think, you know, as everyone says and I do believe is true, that times were different and what was acceptable then is definitely not acceptable now and nor should it have been then, but that’s sort of the way that it was,” Ringwald said. “I feel very differently about the movies now, and it’s a difficult position for me to be in because there’s a lot that I like about them. And of course I don’t want to appear ungrateful to John Hughes, but I do oppose a lot of what is in those movies.” It’s not the first time Ringwald has talked about these movies in the wake of the increased attention to allegations of sexual misconduct. She wrote an essay for The New Yorker in April called “What About ‘The Breakfast Club’? Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.” In the piece, Ringwald examined both the sexist and racist overtones of some of the Hughes films, including sharing behind-the-scenes action involved in shooting “The Breakfast Club” scene in which a male character peeks under her character’s skirt with the implication he touches her inappropriately. “If I sound overly critical, it’s only with hindsight,” Ringwald wrote. “Back then, I was only vaguely aware of how inappropriate much of John’s writing was, given my limited experience and what was considered normal at the time.” In talking to NPR, Ringwald said despite it all she is proud of her work in those films and believes there is a great deal of good in them — especially the way they moved teens and inspired them. “There’s something that really touches teenagers; especially ‘The Breakfast Club,’ I feel like sort of gives them permission to talk about their feelings — says that teenagers’ feelings really matter,” she said. “And I think that’s a really powerful message and for that reason I really love it. ‘Pretty in Pink,’ I love my character. I think that she’s a strong woman, and I’m proud of the choices that she makes.”
Deadpool Christmas Movie Title Reportedly Revealed | ScreenRant
advertising The title for Fox’s mystery Deadpool movie coming out this December is reportedly The Deadpool Before Christmas . Last week, the studio mixed up their upcoming release schedule , shifting the dates for a trio of upcoming tentpoles. One of those projects in question was Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel , which was supposed to premiere this holiday season. In its place, Fox will debut a surprise Deadpool movie, which is allegedly a PG-13 cut of this summer’s Deadpool 2 , which grossed $734.2 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
In addition to being a toned down version of the R-rated blockbuster (violence and language can’t be nearly as rampant with a PG-13), it’s believed the new Deadpool 2 will change things up in regards to the story structure. On the day the new film was announced, Ryan Reynolds posted a photo on Twitter of Deadpool in a Santa hat, reading a story to Fred Savage. The image brought to mind the 1980s classic The Princess Bride , and there’s also a reason why Wade Wilson is sporting festive attire.
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According to the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba , the Deadpool film has the title The Deadpool Before Christmas . While this obviously isn’t confirmation from Fox, it wouldn’t be the most surprising development. Given the movie’s release date and Deadpool’s sense of humor, it would be fittingly on-brand to run with this angle.
The first two Deadpool movies riffed on classic Hollywood genres through Wade’s unique lens (romance and family drama, respectively), so it should be amusing to see the Merc With a Mouth’s take on the Christmas movie. Even if Deadpool Before Christmas is simply Deadpool 2 re-edited, there should be some humorous wrinkles that make it a worthwhile experience in its own right. No doubt, Wade will provide his trademark meta commentary on holiday movie tropes, which should be the source of some outrageous comedy. Deadpool may not be able to use some of his favorite words with a more family-friendly rating (you can bet there will be a “one PG-13 f-bomb” joke), but he should be able to make audiences laugh through a story they’ve already seen.
advertising It will be interesting to see how Fox handles marketing for Deadpool Before Christmas , which is supposed to hit the big screen in a little over two months. Obviously, this isn’t a make-or-break tentpole for the studio, but they still want awareness to be high so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of the bevy of releases this December. Of course, the Deadpool franchise is renowned for its ingenious promotional tactics, so it’s safe to say the studio has something special up their sleeves to get the word out.
Source: Lizo Mzimba
Disney’s Lilo & Stitch is Getting a Live-Action Remake
advertising Lilo & Stitch has now joined the ever-growing list of Disney animated films that are in the process of being remade in live-action. The Oscar-nominated 2002 feature told the story of Stitch aka. Experiment #626, an extraterrestrial genetic experiment who manages to escape the custody of the Galactic Federation and find his way to earth. There, the creature passes itself off as being a (rather unusual looking) dog and becomes the pet to a lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo.
While the animated Lilo & Stitch was only a modest financial success by the Mouse House’s standards (grossing $273 million at the global box office against an $80 million budget), it was generally well-received for its quirky humor and idiosyncratic, yet emotionally rich, story and characters. The movie eventually launched multiple direct to video sequels and TV series, and is nowadays generally regarded as one of Disney’s best animated films released in the 2000s. Lilo & Stitch directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders likewise went on to even bigger ventures – namely, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise at DreamWorks Animation.
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According to THR , Disney is now planning to re-imagine Lilo & Sitch as a live-action/CGI hybrid. The project is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich (who are also backing the Mouse House’s live-action Aladdin remake) and written by Mike Van Waes, an up and comer who is also working on The Conjuring spinoff The Crooked Man for Warner Bros. and New Line. For the time being, the Lilo & Stitch remake does not have a director attached.
It’s not clear yet whether the Mouse House is planning to release the Lilo & Stitch remake in theaters or as an Original Movie through its upcoming streaming service (which is expected to launch sometime in Fall 2019). Disney already has live-action remakes of The Sword in the Stone and Lady and the Tramp in the pipeline and is planning to release both films through its as-yet officially untitled service. Seeing as Lilo & Stitch is a comparatively smaller brand like those IPs, the Mouse House may be planning to premiere its remake as a streaming original too.
advertising For related reasons, it’s also starting to become less a question of which beloved Disney animated films are getting a remake and more a question of which ones are not being re-imagined for live-action. This news about a Lilo & Stitch remake in particular will almost certainly prompt a mixed reaction among the 2002 animated movie’s fans, many of whom grew up watching and loving the original as children. On the plus side, though, a live-action retelling does provide the chance for some welcome onscreen representation for Hawaiian actors in a non-animated Disney film.
advertising We will bring you more details on the Lilo & Stitch remake as they become available.