‘The Breakfast Club’ cast reports for detention this day in 1984

It might not be Saturday, but it’s still the 31st anniversary of the day a criminal, a princess, an athlete, a basketcase and a brain showed up to school for all-day detention in Chicago.

On March 24, 1984, the five students who make up the angst-ridden characters in John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” reported to school as part of their punishment for a variety of reasons. Last year, the film celebrated its 30th anniversary at South By Southwest by screening at the Paramount featuring a Q&A with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

When Ringwald was asked why the movie still resonates with audiences, she said it’s because “We are all outsiders…that everyone feels alone…But people find out in the end that they’re not alone.”

So where are the stars now that they have nowhere to report?

Ringwald, who played princess Claire, has been on the road since she released her debut jazz album, “Except Sometimes,” in 2013. There was no mention of detention on her social media today, but she did commit another act of nostalgia by sharing an old photo of herself on Facebook that resembles Gwen Stefani.

At this year’s SXSW, Sheedy, a.k.a basketcase Allison, debuted her new film, “Little Sister,” on Austin screens. The sad comedy is about a young nun who avoids contact with her family in which Sheedy plays an estranged mother named Joan.

Brian the brain, better known as Anthony Michael Hall, is set to co-star with Brad Pitt in Netflix’s forthcoming new feature “War Machine.” The film, which will be released later this year, is a satire about the U.S.-Afghanistan war.

A little more off the grid than his co-stars, Judd Nelson’s whereabouts are a bit harder to peg down. The actor, who starred as the film’s young criminal, John, has four movies in post-production, including a biographical drama piece called “Billionaire Boys Club,” co-starring Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey and Ansel Elgort.

Lastly, there is Emilio Estevez, who took on the role of Andrew the jock. He’s made his name not only as an actor, but a director, having worked on television shows like “The Guardian,” “Cold Case” and his film “The Way.” He recently attended this year’s Sundance Film Festival where he declared his love for Cincinnati and his hopes of moving there.

In honor of the day, pop a copy of “The Breakfast Club” into the DVD player, jam out to the Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” and remember: “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

Want to be in ‘Hamilton’? Then don’t throw away this shot

Attention, “Hamilton” nation. Much like your young, scrappy and hungry founding father hero, you have a big opportunity.

Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in "Hamilton." (Joan Marcus)
Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” (Joan Marcus)

According to Playbill, producers for Broadway mega-hit “Hamilton” have announced that they are holding open auditions for the New York production and upcoming national tours, looking for singers who can rap. The production seeks “non-white men and women, ages 20s to 30s,” according to the announcement. And good news: no acting experience necessary. But also, bad news: auditions are in New York City on May 3.

Playbill also reports that “Hamilton” will hold open calls in Los Angeles and San Francisco in April. For more information, visit HamiltonBroadway.com/auditions. To make your day better, watch stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonathan Groff rapping below.

And to save yourself some time, here’s the “Hamilton” soundtrack you were immediately going to search for:

Austin’s cutest couple contest 2016: A poem

Pam and Chris LeBlanc smooch at the Puppy Love mural outside Mud Puppies on East Riverside Drive.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Do you and your sweetie have a love so true?

If you both live in Austin
and think your love’s the best…
You should enter our cutest couples contest!

If you’re voted the winners,
you and your honey will eat
at one of Austin’s finest restaurants – our treat!

So enter a photo
and tell us your story.
The two of you may bask in a year’s worth of glory.

For those of you Austinites
without a partner in crime,
vote for the couple whose love is sublime.

2016’s cutest couple
is out there somewhere.
It’s time to pick ’em out – love is in the air!


The facts: Enter until Feb. 3, vote until Feb. 10. Please only enter a photo in which you are a part of the couple. The photo with the most votes by Feb. 10 will win a $100 gift card to one of the top restaurants in Austin, according to our restaurant critic, Matthew Odam. See full rules and more at the contest homepage.