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Brat Pack founder and '80s filmmaking icon John Hughes dies, 'Barbarella' heads back to the big screen sans Rodriguez and McGowan, writers enlist for 'Mission Impossible 4,' and more of today's top movie headlines. Legendary '80s filmmaker John Hughes died of a heart attack at the age of 59 on Thursday while out for a walk in Manhattan. Hughes wrote and directed a slew of '80s teen films that defined a generation, including '16 Candles,', 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' He also scored huge hits with the 'National Lampoon's Vacation' films, scripted the first two 'Home Alone' movies, and single-handedly launched the careers of the "Brat Pack" (Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall). A decade ago, Hughes retired to live with his family on a farm in Illionois. [PopEater] | [John Hughes movie quotes] | [Stars remember John Hughes]


A remake of Jane Fonda's randy sci-fi romp 'Barbarella' is headed to the big screen with Robert Luketic ('The Ugly Truth') directing and Joe Gazzam writing the screenplay. Robert Rodriguez had been set to helm with Rose McGowan playing the titular space mercenary with a soft spot for sex, but a disagreement over the shooting location reportedly caused the director and studio to part ways. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams have officially put 'Mission: Impossible 4' into action, tapping Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to write the script. Though Cruise and Abrams are involved only as producers so far, Cruise is expected to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the flick, which is aiming for a 2011 release. [Variety]


Johnny Depp will not star in 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,' according to the film's director Terry Gilliam. Though the two had hoped to collaborate on the movie, Gilliam wants to shoot next spring and, sadly, Johnny is too booked up to join him. [SlashFilm.com]


Doug Liman, who has directed heroes on the big screen in 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith,' got a chance to play one himself when he and producer Avram Ludwig witnessed a cargo ship collide with a much smaller speedboat on New York's Hudson River on Wednesday. Liman motored his sailboat to the scene of the crash and rescued three of the speedboat's passengers from the water. A fourth survivor, the boat's owner, refused to leave his boat and had to be pulled from the water by police. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Ang Lee is set to release a brand-new version of one of the only films in his career for which he did not have final cut (and which, coincidentally, received a critical drubbing): 'Ride With the Devil.' Along with producer James Schamus, Lee is undertaking a massive re-edit of the Civil War Western, which starred Tobey Maguire and Jewel. It will hit DVD in May 2010. [Thompson on Hollywood]


Ice Cube and Bow Wow are set to star in 'Lottery Ticket,' a comedy that stars Bow Wow as a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his not-so-friendly neighbors learn that he's holding a winning lotto ticket worth $350 million. [Variety]


'SNL' comic Chris Parnell, Christopher Gorham and Ariel Kebbel have joined the cast of 'Trivial Pursuits, about a group of sexually frustrated academics who enter a citywide bar trivia tournament in order to drink some beer, win some glory and, of course, score some girls. [The Hollywood Reporter]