First-ever book about teen movie master John Hughes

John Hughes

IF YOU LOVED JOHN HUGHES’ MOVIES you’ll be especially engrossed in the first book ever written about the “philosopher of adolescence,” as Roger Ebert once called him. Jason Diamond, who like Hughes was a North Shore native and suffered painful teen years, has authored “Searching For John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life, I Learned from Watching 80s’Movies.”

Leaving Chicago for New York as a young man, Diamond, now 36, spent years trying to write the definitive Hughes biography, despite having no agent, little experience and no access to the infamously reclusive teen movie master.

Diamond shares his writing quest in a personally revealing interview with Aimee Levitt of The Reader.

There’s a free reading of “Searching for John Hughes” Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Book Cellar, 4756 N. Lincoln, 6 p.m.

AT LOCAL 476’S HOLIDAY PARTY Sunday, former business manager Paul Oddo was honored as a 50 year union member! He received The Scroll from IATSE (International Alliance of theatrical Stage Employees) and a standing ovation from the 700 members and their guests in attendance. The annual party was held at the White Eagle in Niles.

KIDS STOP IN THEIR TRACKS when they see Santa Claus, as depicted in a 60-second Christmas commercial for Superstore Meijer via The Distillery Project. Jamie Rafn of bicoastal and London’s Smuggler Films directed, shooting in LA in August. Finishing, however, was all local.

Editorial by Cutters’ Chris Claeys, audio by David Gerbosi at Another Country and finishing via Flavor’s Brian Higgins and Christopher Elliott.IRISH KERRYGOLD’S NEW U.S. CAMPAIGN, “Made for this Moment,” from Energy BBDO, is authentically Irish as STIR Post Audio’s voiceover casting director Mindy Version brought in a native Irish actor from Belfast to narrate.

The 60-second spot for broadcast and the web, and 30- and 15-second versions, comprise the brand’s biggest U.S. ad campaign to date. Amy Ditchman was the CD, John Pratt the EP and Dan Kuypers the music director.

Aaron Ruell of bi-coastal Biscuit Works directed; The Beast’s Angelo Valencia edited; STIR Post Audio’s Nick Bozzone provided design and audio mix.

CHICAGOFRANCHISE PRODUCER DICK WOLF was among those named to the Illinois Bicentennial Committee by Gov. Rauner. He was appointed along with ex-mayor Richard Daley, Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Springfield Mayor James Langfelder and Southern Illinois University System President Randy alDunn. The state celebrates its 200th anniversary of the Illinois Constitution on August 26, 2008.

$10,000 WORTH OF PRIZES will be raffled off at CHICPug’s holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Metropolitan Club on the Willis Tower’s 67th floor. Apple folks will show off their latest and greatest, including seeing MacBook Pros and LG 5K monitors in action and FCPX updates.

As for those raffle prizes, on the list is an FMC Editors Retreat All Access Package. Party tickets are $20 and registration is required.

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