Friday, October 10, 2014

The Weekly Links: 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Confirmed, New Transformers Series, New Kids Get Star

Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! So big news this week about Ghostbusters. Sounds like Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Freaks and Geeks) is officially on board to direct and the push for an all-female cast is likely. From all the news stories I've seen, the movie is being tagged as a reboot and not the Ghostbusters 3 sequel that's been rumored for years.

My thoughts you ask? I'm kinda mixed at this point. I've been set on a "pass the torch" sequel for quite awhile as what I would probably want to see if Ghostbusters made a comeback. The total reboot doesn't make sense to me. Ernie Hudson was even quoted recently as saying "if it has nothing to do with the other two movies, and it's all female, then why are you calling it Ghostbusters?" I tend to agree, but there is part of me that just wants to see what Ghostbusters in the present day would look like. Would they use the same proton packs and traps? Would they drive a new Ecto-1? Would they live in an old firehouse in New York City? If the answer is "no" to many of the Ghostbusting gadgets and original universe, then I'm not going to be excited.

Plenty of other news this week. Here are a few things I learned:

  • According to this poll, I am Eddie Murphy.
  • I've never watched RoboCop quite like this.
  • There are still a buttload, yes buttload, of '80s Halloween specials on YouTube.
  • Giants fans got a 7th inning treat at a recent playoff game from Steve Perry
  • One of my favorite articles written for UnderScoopFire! made a Halloween comeback.
  • The Karate Kid has revealed a weakness...Wendy's BBQ.
  • And speaking of karate, I could watch this "Karate Rap" music video all day.
  • My bud and Airwolf superfan Wyatt gave an awesome breakdown of the pilot episode this week to celebrate 30 years.

The video of the week came to me courtesy The Laughing Squid and features a heavy metal version of the Ducktales theme. I actually stumbled onto some awesome heavy metal covers of '80s TV themes a couple years ago, but this is a step farther into all genres. Movies, TV, video games, pop music, and more have all received the headbang treatment. Watch the video below and then take some time to explore 331ERock's channel.

TWL Video of the Week
"Ducktales Meets Metal" by 331ERock
Nightmare on Elm Street: 30 Years of Waking Up Screaming - It Goes To 11
Trivia Squad: 10 Fun Facts About The Monster Squad - Branded in the 80s
Chevy Chase Turns 71: 10 Reasons You Should Spend It With The Griswolds - Do You Remember
50 'Return of the Jedi' Behind the Scenes Photos - Pajiba
‘Vacation’ Release Date: WB & New Line Move Reboot To October 2015 - Deadline
'X-Men: Apocalypse' makers are rocking that 1980s vibe - Polygon


1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys - Billboard
12 Great Horror Themed Music Videos from the 1970s-80s - Flashbak