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Movie Planner: Molly Ringwald at Capitol Theatre, 'The Martian' and Steve's Top 5 returns

Molly Ringwald doesn't want anyone remaking The Breakfast Club, even if the late John Hughes' estate would allow it.

"They would have to figure out some way to get rid of all the cell phones in the first scene, or it would be a very boring movie," Ringwald said by telephone from Toronto. "Everyone would just be texting the whole time."

Ringwald, 47, visits Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Saturday, celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club. The actor, author and singer will conduct a Q&A session after a 7 p.m. screening of Hughes' touchstone of the 80s. Tickets are $60 and $75, $175 for a meet and greet.

The Breakfast Club shows an inconvenient Saturday detention for five high school misfits — a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal — becoming an empowering lesson. Their bonding dynamics are timeless except for the fact that each is white, well-off and straight. Ringwald thinks a "Breakfast Club-like movie" could change that.

"I would love to see something that has more racial diversity, or any kind of diversity," Ringwald said.

"Breakfast Club was based on this little area (of suburban Chicago) that John came from, very personal for him, sort of his experience growing up. It doesn't really stop a lot of different ethnicities and groups from being interested by the movie."

Ringwald, who played the spoiled "princess" Claire, noted that the movie's high school personality sampler are "basic archetypes. You can plug anyone in there, really."

"I showed Breakfast Club to my almost-12 year old daughter and it was really neat to see it from (the perspective of) another generation," she said. "I think that's really what is happening with those movies; they become a touchstone for people growing up."

Ringwald is currently writing a follow-up to her 2012 novel When It Happens to You, while shooting the Family Channel sitcom The Wonderful Wayneys in Toronto, co-starring Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210). Ringwald also has a role in the upcoming live-action reboot of the '80s cult cartoon Jem and the Holograms.

Still, it's Hughes' holy trinity of awkward '80s teenager flicks — The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles — that Ringwald's fans adore.

"At this point I feel like they really belong to everybody else," she said. "Unless I'm specifically writing something or reflecting, it's just not something I think about ...

"Nobody really seems to be standing around saying: 'Oh, look, there's icon Molly Ringwald.' "

Well, maybe Saturday night in Clearwater. 405 Cleveland St. (727) 791-7400.


Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock now have more in common than George Clooney's friendship. They've both been stranded in outer space with no hope of survival until the movie winds down, after Damon's turn in The Martian (PG-13).

Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney, left for dead on Mars after a cosmic storm disrupts an expedition. Watney survives with limited supplies, no means of contacting Earth, not even a volleyball he can paint a face on and call "Wilson."

Using science, ingenuity and maybe some dumb luck, Watney begins establishing a one-man colony on Mars, growing food, harnessing energy, staying alive. A rescue mission from Earth would take years to reach him. Watney's only hope is a mutinous reversal of course by his crew, which includes Jessica Chastain, still trying to learn if there's intelligent life in space after Interstellar.

The Martian was screened too late for Weekend. Stay tuned for a review at

in theaters: our Top 5

Here's the only movie reboot anyone needs: Your weekly short list of movie recommendations.

1 Sicario: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro battle a Mexican drug cartel in a gripping drama.

2 The Walk: Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center's towers. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

3 Grandma: Lily Tomlin deserves award recognition, playing a retired poet helping her granddaughter get an abortion.

4 Everest: An ill-fated climbing expedition is dramatized, with a starry cast faking freezing to death.

5 Pawn Sacrifice: Searching for Bobby Fischer? You'll find the chess master's genius and insanity in Tobey Maguire's portrayal.


Oct. 9: Pan; Freeheld; 99 Homes; Big Stone Gap

Oct. 16: Goosebumps; Crimson Peak; Bridge of Spies

Oct. 23: Steve Jobs; Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension; Burnt; The Last Witch Hunter; Secret in Their Eyes; Jem and the Holograms; Rock the Kasbah

Movie Planner: Molly Ringwald at Capitol Theatre, 'The Martian' and Steve's Top 5 returns 09/30/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:47am]
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