Friday, December 19, 2014

The Weekly Links: Pee-Wee's On Netflix, Pets Recreate 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', Pac-man Themed Restaurant Opening In Chicago

Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! Less than a week away from Christmas and I've watched just about every TV special already. I knocked out several earlier this week when I came up with the 6 times cartoons should've left Christmas alone. Rocket launchers, kidnapping, extortion, villains helping the good guys...yeah, these specials definitely warped Christmas.

I also got word this week that NBC setup a new website and social media outlets for its NBC Classics. Glad to see they are taking the initiative to keep their classic TV shows available and helping us not to depend on the ever-changing availability on streaming services like Netflix. I also wanted to thank my lovely wife for a pre-Christmas present that I've been playing with the last day or so. I love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and she found me the hard-to-find Clark Griswold magnet set! If you've got a Books-A-Million nearby, you might find it there. Otherwise, good luck finding it in stock online.

Had a good selection of videos this week, but the one I choose as my favorite is just plain fun to watch. Mark Pyper emailed me earlier this week to tell me about his nostalgic video tribute to Christmas in the '80s. The one-minute video is a TV special/action figure commercial for his original concept named "Cyber Claus". Ho-Ho-Hooooooooooo!

TWL Video of the Week
"CyberClause - 80s Cartoon Tribute" by Mark Pyper

Check out the rest of this week's links before heading out to do your last minute Christmas shopping...


MOVIES
Could We Be Getting Two Ghostbusters Movies In The Near Future? - io9
What's The Most Fun Movie From The 1980s? - io9
Paul Feig Has a Wonderfully Specific Vision for His All-Female Ghostbusters - Vulture
Michael Keaton Tells It Like It Is: “I’m Batman.” - io9
Disney wants more Indiana Jones, has to get through this Star Wars thing first - The A.V. Club
30 years ago, 'Starman' showed us two truly star-crossed lovers - Stuck In The 80s
Celebrating The Wizard!!!! - Horror Movie BBQ
Beetlejuice 2 "closer than ever", says Tim Burton - Den of Geek
Everyone Should Get These ‘A Christmas Story’ References - UPROXX
Harrison Ford Says Blade Runner 2 Script Is Best Thing He's Ever Read - Gizmodo
18 Magical Gifts For "Labyrinth" Lovers - BuzzFeed Rewind
10 Horror Trailers From the 80s That Are So Bad They're Good - moviepilot.com


TV
MUSIC
Back to the 80s: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - Kickin' it Old School
50 Greatest NBA Players Of The 1980s - Hoops Habit
5 Ways Christmas Was Better in the 80s - Like Totally 80s
Do you heart the 80s? Here's your dream store - 9News.com
Stalker GI Joe Jumbo 12" Figure - Toy News International
Garbage Pail Kids Puke-tacular! Relive the 80s In This Gross-Out Meta Comic - Bloody Disgusting
G.I.Joe Comic Solicitations From IDW For March 2015 - Toy News International
Dukes Mania - Plaid Stallions
8-bit Fantasmic transforms classic Walt Disney World show into '80s Video Game - Inside The Magic
Rubik's Cube on steroids: 'The Pillow' makes classic 80s toy look like child's play - Yahoo! News
21 Problems Only 80s Kids Will Understand - WhatCulture
Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee and Spike MP-21 Overview & Stop Motion Video - Toy News International
The Top Five Christmas Toys of 1984 - It Goes To 11
The 10 Coolest Skull-Themed Knock-Off Action Figures of the 80s (& All Time) - UnderScoopFire!
Steve Jobs Imagines 'Nationwide' Internet in 1985 Interview - Gizmodo