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Pretty In Pink landed in theaters on Feb. 28, 1986. Directed by Howard Deutch and written and co-executive-produced by John Hughes, the movie stars Molly Ringwald as Andie, an ambitious teenager trying to take care of her dad (the late Harry Dean Stanton) while navigating her class-obsessed high school and planning for college. Luckily, she […]

One of the most significant things about rock ‘n’ roll is that the myths surrounding it often become more real than the truth. This is the topic and – depending on where you stand – either the greatest asset or greatest downfall of Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors, which was released on March 1, 1991. […]

Duckie and Andie’s father, Jack, make for an odd pair as they bond over Budweisers and juice boxes in Pretty in Pink, which originally hit theaters on Feb. 28, 1986. But John Hughes‘ coming-of-age film trades in odd pairs: Andie (Molly Ringwald) and Blane (Andrew McCarthy), Andie and Duckie (Jon Cryer), Blane and Steff (James Spader), […]

A new documentary will chronicle the life and career of singer Tina Turner. The film, simply titled TINA, is set to premiere on HBO and HBO Max on March 27. “I’m a girl from a cotton field that pulled myself above the destruction and the mistakes,” Turner explains in the new trailer for the documentary. […]

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is known as one of the most animated frontmen in music. Now he’s literally getting animated in an upcoming episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? In the episode, the Mystery Gang – made up of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby – heads out on a road trip along […]

In the right context, cursing on the job can be cathartic. But in the wrong setting, it can stain a career — like in the infamous case of Charles Rocket, who was fired from Saturday Night Live soon after dropping an F-bomb during an episode on Feb. 21, 1981. This wasn’t the dismissal of a frivolous bit player […]

In February 1996, VH1 launched one of the most important series in the network’s history with the premiere of Storytellers. After originally beginning as the ugly stepsister to MTV – the music-video powerhouse that became a massive influence on pop culture – VH1 had slowly started to create its own identity in the late ‘80s and […]

There is no holiday that’s off limits to TV producers and networks looking to create a “very special episode” of your favorite shows. Like the many Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving specials before it, Valentine’s Day has brought together some of television’s finest as they searched for love, found love, struggled with love or completely forgot […]

Old Hollywood — or the Golden Age of Hollywood — was coming to an end in the mid-’60s. So New Hollywood, a movement heavily inspired by the romanticism of French New Wave, was in full force by the next decade. As the ’70s began, audiences were starting to be dominated by younger, college-educated people who […]

Films and romance go hand in hand. Whether watching at a cineplex, at the local drive-in or on the couch at home, dinner and a movie has served as the go-to date for generations of couples. Romance in the audience is often heightened by romance on the screen, and perhaps no other era gave us a greater […]