A good “Breakfast”
Don’t you forget about them. The iconic ’80s ode to teen angst, “The Breakfast Club,” is celebrating its 30th anniversary. So the “princess” and the “basket case” — actresses Molly Ringwald (she’s blond now!) and Ally Sheedy — stopped by the South by Southwest film festival this week for a little reminiscing. Here’s what we learned from the folks covering the event in Austin, Texas:
▪ Sheedy had to eat three of those Pixie Stix/Cap’n Crunch sandwiches during the many takes of that scene.
▪ If this movie were being made today, “someone would have turned into a vampire or a zombie,” Sheedy said.
▪ Times have changed but the the lesson hasn’t, Ringwald said. “The movie is still relevant today because of its message: No matter who you are, we’re all outsiders. Everyone feels alone. Our kids today have Instagram and Twitter and they still contend with bullying and popularity. It’s just that today, the ‘liking’ is more tangible.”
▪ Ringwald was surprised to find that her daughter, who just saw the movie for the first time, related most to Anthony Michael Hall’s character, Brian “the Brain,” who attempted suicide after flunking an assignment in shop class. “She felt that I had too many expectations on her,” Ringwald said. “It was this incredible moment where I realized I was the parent.”
You can watch the restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” plus a bonus retrospective featurette, at 7:30 p.m. March 26 and 31 at Ameristar, Barrywoods, Independence, Studio 30 and Town Center theaters.
Fairy tales come true
After the success of its live-action “Cinderella,” Disney announced the release date of its live-action “Beauty and the Beast”: March 17, 2017. And it announced two more cast members. Emma Thompson will play Mrs. Potts (with some CGI help), and Kevin Kline will be Belle’s father, Maurice. They join Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston. Filming is set to start in May.
Disney is also prepping a live-action “The Jungle Book” and a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” for next year.
And now, for your viewing enjoyment, here’s the new poster of Daniel Craig as James Bond in “SPECTRE.” Some people think this 007 looks very Steve-McQueen-in-“Bullitt.” Others see similarities to Roger Moore’s James Bond in “Live and Let Die.” The movie is due in theaters Nov. 6.
Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar for her wrenching portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice.” Now you can watch the film at an event that will benefit the organization that helps victims of the disease.
The Rio theater, 7204 W. 80th St. in Overland Park, will present a special screening of “Still Alice” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23. A portion of the ticket and concession sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Tickets ($8) are available at Cypress Springs Overland Park Alzheimer’s and Memory Support Residence, 6921 W. 81st St. Reserve tickets by calling 913-901-8500.
▪ Bobbie Bagby, vice president of marketing for B&B Theatres, will discuss the business side of the film industry at the monthly Her Story networking event sponsored by Kansas City Women in Film and TV and the Independent Film Coalition. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Road. More info at kcwift.com.
| Sharon Hoffmann (with an assist from Lisa Gutierrez), firstname.lastname@example.org