Friday, January 24, 2014

The Weekly Links: Cosby Comeback, Homemade Top Gun Dog Fight, NES Title Screen Marathon

Welcome back everyone to another edition of The Weekly Links! You might have noticed I'm releasing this post a little late this week instead of the usual Wednesday. Well, I was traveling this past week and didn't get a chance to share the '80s at my normal level on the blog and social media. But I'm back in the saddle and anxious to unload all the stories saved up in my RSS feed from this past week!

Come See These 35 Amazing Behind-The-Scenes ‘Ghostbusters’ Photos, Then Kick Ass - Uproxx
 - With the 30th anniversary just around the corner, someone scanned some behind-the-scenes photos from Ghostbusters. Pretty cool pics here.

Bill Cosby Returning To NBC To Star In Family Comedy - Deadline
 - Another 30th anniversary in 2014 is the debut of The Cosby Show and it looks like the 77 year old comedian might be making a comeback. Cosby also in talks to bring back the animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

3 '80s Toys That Are Worth More Than You Thought -- And 3 That Aren't Worth Much - Huffington Post
 - I agree with these assessments except for G.I. Joe being the "not worth much" category. If you've been to eBay lately you know that re-collecting Joes ain't exactly cheap!
Iconic '80s Game 'Simon' Gets Modern Touchscreen Twist - Mashable
 - Simon was one of my favorite electronic games growing up. I has the pocket version and this new Simon appears to be more geared toward the handheld one I had.

Decorate Your Walls with these Handmade Wooden G.I. Joes - UnderScoopFire!
 - Wow, these are way cool and with good detail. Talk about putting your woodworking class from tech school to good use!

Apple Bursts Onto the Screen With "1984" - Do You Remember
 - This article commemorates the 30th anniversary of Apple's iconic Superbowl ad. Also featured is a look back at some other vintage Apple ad from TV and print.

​12 Insane Things You Totally Forgot About the ThunderCats - io9
 - As a fan of Thundercats and watching the first 25 or so episodes last year, I actually knew 7 of the things. What I hadn't remembered was the drinking PSA at the end of the article.
Top Gun Final Dog Fight - Homemade Shot for Shot - Cinefix YouTube channel
 - Laughing Squid called this video to my attention. The homemade aspect with the sound effects and toy planes makes this really funny to me.

5 Things You Might Not Know About John DeLorean - mental-floss
 - Having posted an article of my own on the DeLorean DMC-21, I knew a good bit about John DeLorean's life and endeavors. If you don't know anything about the car other than it's famous appearance in the Back To The Future trilogy, I'd recommend reading this article.

Back to the 80s: Interview with Demian Slade, the paperboy in Better Off Dead - Kickin' it Old School
 - If I'd have to guess, I'd bet that Old School Tim's latest interview cost him exactly two dollars.

NBC’s ‘Murder She Wrote’ Reboot Not Going Forward, Could Be Revisited In The Future - Deadline
 - Looks like the iconic detective series starring Angela Lansbury will not be moving forward, even though a pilot was ordered by NBC. Hey, if a dozen different Sherlock Holmes exist I figure Murder She Wrote will eventually get the reboot treatment.
Press Start - Nicksplosion YouTube channel
 - Wired made me aware of this video. It features EVERY title screen in alphabetic order released for the NES. And I'd rather watch this 2 hour and 50 minute marathon than sitting through Titanic, Gone With The Wind, or Casino ever again.