New York: Come get creeped out with John Darnielle, Molly Ringwald, Michael Shannon, and us

It’s October, which means The A.V. Club is swept up in our annual hunt for all things thrilling, chilling, or some combination of the two. In at least one instance, the horrors have found us: On October 24, we’ll be in New York sponsoring an evening of “speculative, spooky, sensational stories” curated by AVC favorite…

Pretty In Pink is a far superior riff on the Sixteen Candles formula

John Hughes built a career on exploring teenage archetypes. The Breakfast Club famously featured a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. For the two other films in his trilogy of collaborations with Molly Ringwald—Sixteen Candles, which he wrote and directed, and Pretty In Pink, which he wrote…

Read This: Molly Ringwald publicly struggles with the many sides of her old friend John Hughes

32 years after their last collaboration—1986's Pretty In Pink, which Hughes wrote—Molly Ringwald and writer-director John Hughes are still firmly linked in the public mind. Nobody’s more aware of that than Ringwald herself, apparently; the actress, who currently appears on The CW’s Riverdale, published a new essay in The New Yorker today

Pretty In Pink to celebrate its 30th anniversary by returning to theaters

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Jon Cryer was the runner-up in the competition for Molly Ringwald’s heart (maybe he should have worn more pastels?), but Pretty In Pink was in fact loosed upon the Clearasil-toting world on February 28, 1986. John Hughes’ romantic comedy about the risks and rewards of…

James Franco will battle Christian Slater for porn supremacy in King Cobra

If today’s bits of James Franco-related news don’t prove that he’s a Renaissance man, well then…he probably isn’t, though not for lack of trying. First, the quadruple multi-hyphenate released a clip of the audiobook of Slaughterhouse-Five he recorded on Audible, and now comes word that he’s finishing up a movie in…

The adolescent angst of The Breakfast Club still resonates 30 years later

The Breakfast Club turns 30 this year, which means that its stars are now middle-aged. But those five teens on the screen still resonate with more than one generation, as Pitch Perfect showed in 2012 when it referenced the film during a few key plot moments. When The Breakfast Club returned to theaters for a brief run…