Anthony Michael Hall is set to join Jamie Lee Curtis in Blumhouse’s Halloween sequel Halloween Kills, which will stalk theaters next October.

Hall will play Tommy Doyle, a character who first appeared in John Carpenter‘s original Halloween movie as one of the young kids Laurie Strode (Curtis) was babysitting the night that Michael Myers invaded her world. Paul Rudd played Tommy Doyle in 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, which saw the character teaming up with Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) to bring down Myers.

David Gordon Green is directing Halloween Kills and the subsequent sequel Halloween Ends, which will be shot back-to-back, as the studio aims to release the “final” film in Strode saga on Oct. 15, 2021. Carpenter himself recently cast doubt that Halloween Ends would truly by the last entry in the franchise, so long as it makes money. And judging by the last film, which grossed more than $250 million worldwide on a $10 million budget.

Blumhouse principal Jason Blum is producing the Halloween sequels with Malek Akkad and Bill Block. Carpenter and Curtis will executive produce with Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Ryan Freimann, Green and co-writer Danny McBride. Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek will oversee the project for the company, and Universal will handle distribution.

Hall starred in the ’80s teen comedy classics The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink before going on to appear in films such as The Dark Knight. He’s represented by Untitled Entertainment, and his casting was first reported by Justin Kroll at Variety, who joined me on the very first episode of Collider.com’s newest podcast The Sneider Cut, where news of Doyle’s return first surfaced.

Kroll said that Blumhouse approached Rudd about reprising his role, and while the actor was flattered, his participation would be logistically impossible, as he’s currently shooting Jason Reitman‘s new Ghostbusters movie for Sony. While Hall may offer the same star power as Ant-Man hero Rudd, his casting is kind of perfect, and I love that Green is giving this ’80s icon another chance to shine on the big screen. Just note that Variety makes no mention of Tommy Doyle appearing in Halloween Ends, so perhaps Michael Myers finally catches up with him after all this time. We’ll have to wait until next October to find out!

Michael Myers might have another name added to his kill list: Anthony Michael Hall.

Hall, 51, joins Jamie Lee Curtis in the upcoming Halloween Kills which follows the story of Curtis’ Laurie Strode in the aftermath of 2018’s Halloween, according to Variety.

The actor, who is best known for his turns in The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, is set to play Tommy Doyle, the adult version of the little boy who first appeared in John Carpenter’s 1978 original film Halloween.

Tommy, who was first played by Brian Andrews, was one of the children Laurie looked after as a babysitter. Paul Rudd also played the character in 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers — although that film’s timeline was ignored in last year’s reboot.

In July, Curtis, 60, surprised fans when she announced two more sequels were planned after the reboot earned $76 million in its opening weekend — the largest opening for a horror film with a female lead.

Posting a teaser for both to her Instagram, Curtis wrote, “‘It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.’ Well, my friends and fans….I’m just WARMING UP Happy Halloween 2020/2021.”

The sequels are Halloween Kills, slated for Oct. 16, 2020, and Halloween Ends, scheduled for Oct. 15, 2021.

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To understand the mark left by writer-director John Hughes look no further than this: One of the 1980s’ most influential film genres simply carries his name: the John Hughes movie. A prolific writer since his days at the National Lampoon, Hughes practically took over ’80s pop cinema, tapping into an unserved audience which connected with suburban teen confusion, unrequited love, near-absurd humor, and Anthony Michael Hall. Hughes’s work became so popular that fans often assumed he directed films that he hadn’t (Some Kind of Wonderful, a Hughes production, is a perfect example). Here at Filmcritic.com, we couldn’t ignore that kind of effect, or our collective admiration, so we did what film folks do: Create a top ten list. Here are the ten best John Hughes movies and what makes them essential John Hughes movies.

1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) (written, directed and produced by Hughes)
Given Hughes’s premature death, it’s poignant to recall Ferris Bueller’s credo: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” For Ferris, that means faking illness so he can skip school on a glorious spring day in Chicago to take his pretty girlfriend Sloane and excessively nervous best friend Cameron on a serious of amazing adventures, committing petty crimes and outsmarting stupid adults all along the way. The question isn’t ‘what are we going to do,’ the question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?” Wrigley Field. The art museum. The Sears Tower. Lunch with ‘Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago.’ The German Day parade. And of course the borrowed Ferrari. What a day! Is Ferris ultimately a jerk or a ‘righteous dude?’ He’s both actually, and he’s unforgettable. It’s fun — and humbling — to look back as an adult and ask yourself, ‘Am I living my life the way Ferris would want me to?’ Imagine a teen flick inspiring that much introspection. Such was the John Hughes way.

2. The Breakfast Club(1985) (written, directed, and produced by Hughes)
Is Hughes’ detention-hall-as-confessional comedy the “best” high school movie ever made, as suggested by Entertainment Weekly‘s editors in 2006? Perhaps, though classifying a movie that’s all about avoiding classification misses the point. Hughes wrote for teenagers, but his astute observations crossed generational lines. The Breakfast Club is his most earnest picture, notable for its comprehension of five eclectic teen archetypes, frozen in time thanks to the way they’re portrayed in this film. Judd Nelson walks away the winner — or, more appropriately, marches away with his fist pumping in the air — because Hughes handed rebellious John Bender a locker full of memorable lines. But it was outstanding work by the full ensemble that exposed the vulnerable truth behind high school’s judgmental labels of Princess, Brain, Criminal, Jock, and Basket Case. As Hughes points out, no matter which personality fits you best, everyone is a member of the same Club.

3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) (written, directed, and produced by Hughes)
This was billed as Hughes’ “grown-up” film, with nary a Broderick or Ringwald to be found. Instead, it follows the efforts of two harried businessmen (Steve Martin and John Candy) trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Martin’s the straight man: a slightly elitist big wheel whose utter exasperation gives the actor an outstanding platform for his physical skills. Candy’s the boor: a well-meaning purveyor of shower curtain rings who manages the exquisite feat of being both sweet and obnoxious in equal measures. It may have been the late comedian’s finest performance, augmented by Hughes’s gift for dialogue and the overdone but always potent use of travel as a source of humor.

4. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) (written by Hughes; directed by Harold Ramis)
While Vacation is identified more closely with Chevy Chase and the National Lampoon franchise it spawned, Hughes was really the mind (the writer) behind the Griswolds’ ill-fated road trip to Hell. Seeking some summer family bonding, Clark, Ellen, and their two grumbly teenagers hit the highways in the world’s ugliest station wagon, en route to the nostalgic theme park called Wally World. The path is fraught with challenges, redneck cousins, and Christie Brinkley. But Clark demonstrates the fortitude of a frontier explorer in his quest to have family fun, dammit! Before redefining teenagerdom in the mid-’80s, Hughes created what still stands as one of the decade’s best-loved comedies.

5. Weird Science (1985) (written by Hughes; directed by Harold Ramis)
For a young and impressionable geek, the idea of turning a computer, a Barbie doll, and a few bras worn on the head into a DIY woman was almost too much to bear. Weird Science may be Hughes’s most fanciful movie — it’s hard to argue that a film in which one character is metamorphosed into a giant, talking mound of human poo has any grounding in reality — but it’s also one of his pure-and-simple most fun films. Studded with quotable one-liners (“It’s Chet.”) and, of course, the unforgettable Kelly LeBrock as the ultimate dream girl, Weird Science is that rare film that everyone from the nerds to the jocks could — and did — enjoy.

6. Sixteen Candles (1984) (written and directed by Hughes)
Staring into the mirror, gangly redhead Samantha Baker says, “You need four inches of bod and a great birthday.” She gets neither thanks to Hughes, who puts his muse, Molly Ringwald, through the ringer of embarrassment before she’s finally able to blow out all Sixteen Candles. This was Hughes’ directorial debut, and his fascination with his own sarcastic dialogue results in a few pacing problems (which he solved by the time he filmed The Breakfast Club the following year). The humor’s also more juvenile than Hughes’ other films — even the sex-charged Weird Science — as his view of high school drips more with disdain than compromised understanding. But every filmmaker must walk before he can run, and the steps Hughes took in Candles continue to affect screenwriters and directors to this day.

7. Mr. Mom (1983) (written by Hughes; directed by Stan Dragoti)
One of the first films — and still the best — that humorously follows a man who isn’t effeminately taking over the “woman’s job” of stay-at-home parent, Mr. Mom remains a classic. As Jack (Michael Keaton) slowly realizes how much work it really takes to keep up with everything, his newly career-focused wife Caroline (Teri Garr) also gains an appreciation of the stress involved in maintaining parenthood and payments. A uniquely equal journey of a couple re-learning how to be true partners on the path to a well-run household, Mr. Mom gently but brilliantly defies gender stereotypes and manages to make everyone laugh in the process.

8. Home Alone (1990) (written and produced by Hughes; directed by Chris Columbus)
This movie is the reason why some kids set traps all over the house and try to sled down the steps to the living room as a kid. Home Alone is THE family holiday smash of the early ’90s. It was the perfect family blend of every kids’ dream — having free rein over the house — and great physical comedy from the two wet bandits (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Throw in Macaulay Culkin’s charm, a few John Hughes coming-of-age situations — Kevin defeats his fear of the basement, shops for his own groceries, and defends his house — and a whimsical John Williams score, and you have yourself a classic.

9. Uncle Buck (1989) (written, directed and produced by Hughes)
In every family there’s the uncle everyone stays away from. You might call him Uncle Weirdo, Uncle Pervert, or Uncle Felon, but to John Hughes it was Uncle Buck. When Bob and Cindy Russell leave town due to a family emergency, the only person they can find to watch their three kids is the infamous uncle (John Candy). He might smoke too much and spend his free time at the track, but Uncle Buck puts the kids first. Whether it’s making a gigantic pancake for Miles’ birthday, telling off the elementary school principal for Maizy, or getting rid of Tia’s loser boyfriend Bug, Uncle Buck is more than just a babysitter, he’s family.

10. Pretty in Pink (1986) (written by Hughes; directed by Howard Deutch)
Released smack in the middle of Hughes’s major hot streak (six months after Weird Science, about three months before Ferris Bueller), Pretty in Pink is one of the writer’s most dramatic stories about teen life. Molly Ringwald is broke but happy, Andrew McCarthy is rich but confused, and the two are falling in love. Unfortunately, peer pressure and class differences get in the way, creating conflict on both sides of the tracks. The leads are solid and sincere, but the star turns come from James Spader, giving a unique, supremely snooty performance and Jon Cryer, as the unforgettable Duckie. The film is rounded out by a notable cast — Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, and appearances by Gina Gershon and Andrew Dice Clay — and a can’t-miss 1980s soundtrack.

Anthony Michael Hall announced his engagement to Lucia Oskerova on Instagram over the weekend, sharing photos from their trip to Italy where he proposed

Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Anthony Michael Hall.

The Breakfast Club actor, 51, is engaged to girlfriend Lucia Oskerova, he announced on Instagram Saturday, sharing collages of photographs taken during a recent family trip to Italy.

“9.4.19 Taormina, Sicily ‘The Greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return,’ ” Hall captioned his first post, which featured multiple photos of the couple and their families and one snap of actress Oskerova showing off her new bling for the camera.

“LoVE STORY,” the groom-to-be wrote alongside his second post, adding a multitude of hashtags to both including “#proposal,” “#loveconquersall,” “#theone” and “#lovewinsalways.”

Hall and Oskerova — who costarred in the 2017 film War Machine — have been linked since at least summer 2016, when the actor began sharing photos of the pair out and about on date nights.

They have since been snapped together at various events, including Brett Ratner‘s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in January 2017, the November 2018 premiere of Hall’s film Bodied, 2019 Oscars afterparties and more.

” ‘Behind every good man is a great woman.’ So grateful to the Good Lord, I am in love with the most beautiful and sweet woman, Lucia Oskerova. She is the 1 ‘LOVE WINS’,” Hall captioned a photo of the couple posted in May 2017, taken amid an outdoor landscape.

Another image, posted the same day, featured a close-up of Oskerova sporting a bold red lip, mascara and multiple black choker necklaces.

“Lucia: U R my angel and my heart. My life and breath and love. I am the most BLESSED man in this world to spend every day with U. God graced us with LoVE,” he wrote. “I will LoVE YoU 4 Eternity. Hallelujah.”

The marriage will be the first for Hall.

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Anthony Michael Hall, Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke will star in Dead in Tombstone, the Roel Reine-directed action adventure film that begins filming next week. Mike Elliott and Glenn Ross are producing through Universal 1440 Productions, and Shane Kuhn and Brendan Cowles wrote the script. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will distribute.

Trejo plays Guerrero Hernandez, leader of the Blackwater Gang of outlaws. But after freeing his half-brother, Red (Hall), from prison, Guerrero’s plan to loot the mining town of Edendale backfires spectacularly, when he is double crossed by his half-sibling. After making a deal with the Devil (Rourke), Guerrero comes back from the dead a year later to seek his revenge. The town, which has presciently been renamed Tombstone will soon have its dusty streets running knee-deep in a river of blood.

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Brad Pitt found his military sidekick in his new Netflix feature War Machine. Anthony Michael Hall has been cast to star opposite Pitt in the satirical comedy from writer-director David Michôd (The Rover, Animal Kingdom). The project, which was inspired by the bestselling book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings, concerns a four star, “rock star” general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. While Pitt plays a character loosely based on Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Hall portrays the No. 2 in the military regime — Gen. Hank Pulver, who is also loosely based on McChrystal’s second in command Gen. Mike Flynn.

War Machine was acquired by Netflix earlier this year in an industry eyebrow-raising move that was considered a game-changer for the company. It not only marked the largest investment the company has made so far in a feature (around $30M), but they were able to grab hold of A-lister Pitt. The actor is producing with his Plan B Entertainment partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce (World War Z, Saving Private Ryan).

Hall, who started out years ago as a John Hughes favorite, is now an actor, film producer, and director. He had the leading role and served as co-exec producer for the USA Network series Stephen King’s The Dead Zone for five years. During its run, he directed an episode. He also co-starred in the Oscar-nominated Foxcatcher in 2014 and most recently, he played the menacing Russian “kettle bell master” Grigory alongside Guy Pearce in the film Results, a comedy about a team of personal trainers.

Hall is represented by manager Jonathan Brandstein and attorneys Jeff Frankel and Scott Whitehead.

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Anthony Michael Hall has joined of the cast of Live by Night, the adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel that Ben Affleck scripted and is directing in Los Angeles for Warner Bros. Affleck also stars as the black-sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating levels of organized crime. Hall plays Gary Smith, a Southern gentleman who is the distributor for the Florida bootleg market that Affleck and Chris Messina’s characters muscle out so they can set up their own operation. Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning and Chris Cooper also are in the cast. Hall’s recent credits include Foxcatcher and roles on TV’s Rosewood, Awkward and Psych. Repped by Jonathan Brandstein, he next appears in the features Something About Her and War Machine.

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Team Downey, the independent production company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, has signed a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment and have set their first project, Singularity, a new series created by Downey Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall. The series will star Hall, with the first episode being directed by Downey. The first-look pact includes scripted and non-scripted content for television, including digital.

“We are excited about Team Downey’s vision for developing and producing a broad scope of original premium content,” said Thomas Lesinski, Sonar Entertainment’s CEO. “Sonar is thrilled to partner with Robert, Susan and the entire team – it is another example of our commitment to forge creative collaborations with the most dynamic talent in the industry.”

The partnership with Team Downey is the latest in a series of first-look deals announced by Sonar. Other first-look independent production partners include George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and StoryBy Entertainment. Team Downey is currently developing Bodies with Hulu; Baghdad Country Club with WBTV; and TC-83, which was created at Sony and acquired by Showtime.

Hall can next be seen in Warner Bros’ Live By Night opposite Ben Affleck and the Netflix feature War Machine opposite Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton. He is repped by manager Jonathan Brandstein and attorney Jeff Frankel.

Downey is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson.

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The Goldbergs will pay homage to the classic 1983 film National Lampoon’s Vacation in its annual fall tribute premiere episode on September 25. Christie Brinkley and Anthony Michael Hall have been tapped to guest star in the episode.

In “Vacation,” Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) insists the family take a road trip to go on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, before Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile) go off to college. But, like the film, things do not go as planned as they travel across the country. Meanwhile, Erica worries more and more about her relationship with Geoff (Sam Lerner) when he teases “we need to talk” and won’t tell her anything until the family returns from their adventure.

Hall and Brinkley will guest star in roles to be announced at a later date.

The Goldbergs stars Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg, Sam Lerner as Geoff Schwartz with George Segal as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg.

“Vacation” was written by Alex Barnow and Chris Bishop, and directed by Lew Schneider.

Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Alex Barnow, Chris Bishop and Annette Davis are executive producers. The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison, Doug Robinson Productions and Adam F. Goldberg Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Disney-owned ABC’s Modern Family saw the Pritchett-Dunphy clan visit Disneyland in a episode during Season 3 in 2012.

The Goldbergs Season 6 premieres at 8 PM Wednesday, September 25 on ABC.

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Anthony Michael Hall has join the cast of Halloween Kills, the first of two announced sequels in David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s reincarnation of the Universal franchise. Deadline has confirmed that the veteran actor will star alongside Halloween queen Jamie Lee Curtis.

The continuation of the rebooted franchise features Curtis as Laurie Strode, her nemesis Michael Myers and the return of original director John Carpenter in a key role. The follow-ups are no-brainer after last year’s David Gordon Green-directed pic became the highest-grossing installment in the 40-year-old franchise with $255.5 million worldwide.

Hall’s recent credits include guest shots on TV’s The Goldbergs, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Riverdale, along with the features War Machine and Live by Night.

Produced by Trancas International Films, Miramax and Blumhouse Productions, Halloween Kills is set to hit theaters October 16, 2020. Variety first reported Hall’s casting.