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Filmmaker John Hughes dead at 59

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John Hughes dead at 59Filmmaker John Hughes, best known for his teen comedies in the 1980s, passed away today at the age of 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, [spokeswoman] Michelle Bega  said. He was in New York to visit family.

A native of Lansing, Mich., who later moved to suburban Chicago and set much of his work there, Hughes rose from ad writer to comedy writer to silver screen champ with his affectionate and idealized portraits of teens, whether the romantic and sexual insecurity of “Sixteen Candles,” or the J.D. Salinger-esque rebellion against conformity in “The Breakfast Club.”

Hughes’ ensemble comedies helped make stars out of Molly Ringwald,Anthony Michael HallAlly Sheedy and many other young performers. He also scripted the phenomenally popular “Home Alone,” which made little-known Macaulay Culkin a sensation as the 8-year-old accidentally abandoned by his vacationing family, and wrote or directed such hits as “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” and “Uncle Buck.”

Hugh’s films (and their soundtracks) are still loved and adored over 20 years later, particularly among the “sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies and dickheads.”  🙂 John, you were definitely a “righteous dude.”  RIP.

Below, a tribute film made in 1991 at the height of Hughes’s career when he was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Movie Theater Owners.

New film explores LGBT seniors going back into the closet

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Documentary Gen SilentGen Silent is a new documentary film by director Stu Maddox which explores the lives of LGBT seniors who after years of fighting for equality, are forced back into the closet in fear of the rampant discrimination in our healthcare/long-term care system. In the film a group called the LGBT Aging Project hopes to change that, because when LGBT seniors hide their sexuality, they become afraid to ask for help, and die before their time. Trailer for the film below:

LGBT seniors are one the most overlooked and neglected segments of our community. Hopefully this film will make some progress in changing that. To find out more or get involved with the project visit:

Speechless! Well Not Really

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Check out this video portrait of future Republican leadership by Max Blumenthal. While I am not sure it is entirely representative of the right-leaning youth in this country, it is a veritable slice of it.

Be sure to watch for Tom DeLay in the video… it’s priceless.

Feedback positive and negative, is of course, encouraged.

Proof in the Pudding

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Check out this European trailer for the “Path to 9/11” which lays the film’s agenda bare. Carefully note the narration about where blame is placed and Clinton’s image wrapped in flames.

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I’m at a loss for words.