John Hughes Dead at 59

Director John Hughes died today at the age of 59 of a heart attack (on the same day Ben Stein was fired from the New York Times). Hughes had not directed a movie in 18 years, and spent most of that time writing and sometimes producing commercial film products for young people. There is a particularly gross/wonderful “Where are they now” slideshow at the LA Times, which includes an entry on Mia Sara: “She replaced Sherilyn Fenn on the WB’s ‘Birds of Prey’ in ’02-’03; otherwise, it’s been an episode of ‘CSI: NY’ here, a stint on ‘Chicago Hope’ there.” Meouch? But if you can find Michael Schoeffling, let us know!