Friday, March 27, 2015

The Weekly Links: Robotech Reboot Gets Fast-Tracked, Imperial Star Destroyer Drone, The Hoff Performs On Amercian Idol

Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! Another week and another round of reboots and remake announcements. You know, maybe it would just be easier to reboot the entire decade of the '80s. Ditch our Blu-ray players for VCRs and iPods for LPs. Hasbro can reopen Kenner and give us all the cool toylines again. Girls can dress like Madonna and us guys can be Crockett and Tubbs. I'd be up for it.

Speaking of remakes, I delved into the music world this week and explored Hall & Oates hit "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and the 40+ times its been sampled or covered over the last 34 years. It's has to be one of the most mimicked tracks of all time. That bass line just never gets old.

I also got to pass along an exclusive offer to my RD80s followers thanks to Nanoarcade, the tabletop arcade console. Save $5 on a value pack bundle until March 31, 2015 by using the coupon code in this link

The Kickin' It Old School 1985 Movie Madness Tournament is now down to the Final 4! It's the Breakfast Club vs. Fletch and Back To The Future vs. The Goonies! Who's gonna take it all??!! And also check out the Next Big Reboot Tournament over at UnderScoopFire! which down to the Elite 8. Can M.A.S.K. overtake The Punisher? Will the Silverhawks be victimized by Pizzarias? Vote and find out!

My choice for video of the week is the new trailer for the revamped Inspector Gadget series on Netflix. I have to admit that I'm intrigued and will be checking out the first episode this weekend. I was a big Get Smart fan as a kid and did enjoy the original Inspector Gadget series. If the new series has the spirit of the original (including his transforming car), then I don't think the new CGI look will bother me. Watch and give me your thoughts in the comments...

TWL Video of the Week
"Inspector Gadget - Trailer" by Netflix


Enjoy the rest of this week's links!

MOVIES
Sony Assembles 1980s Sci-Fi Anime ‘Robotech' - Deadline
Alien Nation remake planned, Iron Man writers on board - Den ofGeek
'Desperately Seeking Susan' Turns 30: An Oral History of the Downtown Classic - Yahoo! Movies
Sony Sets Release Date for Next 'Smurfs' Movie - Hollywood Reporter
Banished From 'The Breakfast Club': Actress Recalls the Burn of Getting Cut From John Hughes’ Film - Yahoo! Movies
That ‘Friday The 13th’ Found Footage Movie Will Answer Why Jason Is Unkillable - UPROXX
Take Two: Revisiting "Stir Crazy" - Hitfix
'Pretty Woman' Reunion: Cast Reveals Stories Behind Famous Scenes (Video) - Hollywood Reporter
Steven Spielberg Will Direct Ready Player One—Prepare For 1980s Overload - io9
'E.T.', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Headed To Concert Stages - Billboard
10 Things '80s Movies Made You Expect from High School - VH1
Here's What The Cast Of "The Breakfast Club" Looks Like Now - BuzzFeed Rewind
Awesome short film turns Star Wars into the greatest 1980s anime never made - Blastr
This Is What Atreyu From "The Neverending Story" Looks Like Now - BuzzFeed Rewind
Why Disney Needs to Relaunch ‘Flight of the Navigator’ - Yahoo! Movies
Watch a Long-Lost ‘Aquaman’ Fan Film From 1984 - Flavorwire
Why There Hasn't Been Another Film Like "The Breakfast Club" - BuzzFeed Rewind
Like It Or Not, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Begins Filming In April - io9
20 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Pretty Woman’ - Mental Floss
Buy Kelly LeBrock’s jacket from Weird Science and make your own Kelly LeBrock - The A.V. Club
We got it all on UHF: An oral history of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic - The A.V. Club
Live These '80s Movie Scenes in Chicago - Huffington Post


TV
The 10 Strangest Transformers Characters Who Were Only In The Cartoon - io9
18 Things You Might Not Know About 'Inspector Gadget' - Mental Floss
Back to the 80s: Interview with Jymn Magon from Disney's DuckTales, Gummi Bears & more - Kickin' it Old School
They Almost Called It ‘The Colossal Tussle’? 10 True Facts About The First Ever WrestleMania - UPROXX
Enjoy These Bo Jackson Highlights On The Anniversary Of Nike’s ‘Bo Knows’ Campaign - UPROXX
The Lyrics To The Full "Cheers" Theme Are Completely Insane - BuzzFeed Rewind
If "The Golden Girls" Had Snapchat - BuzzFeed Rewind
Readers' Poll: The 10 Best TV Shows of the 1980s - RollingStone
Snoop Dogg & Allen Hughes Team For 1980s Family Drama At HBO - Hollywood Reporter
Obsession of the Day: Married With Children’s God’s Shoes - Pop Rewind
Here Comes the Cadbury Bunny - Like Totally 80s


MUSIC
David Hasselhoff Performs an '80s Medley on 'American Idol' - ET Online
7 Weird Al Parodies You Don’t Know About - Pop Rewind
20 Years Later, We Might Finally Know Why Axl Rose and Slash Hate Each Other — and It Involves Michael Jackson! - Vulture
Watch Brandon Flowers' 'Simply Irresistible' Robert Palmer Cover - Rolling Stone
A-ha announce new comeback three decades after 80s debut - Yahoo! News
5 Musicians Who Jumped the Shark in the 1980s - Flashbak
Van Halen Set Tour, First TV Performance With David Lee Roth in Decades - Rolling Stone
This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Michael Jackson Was the 'Man' at No. 1 - Billboard
The GHOSTBUSTERS Theme Gets Uptown Funky in Adorable Doubleclicks Mash-Up - Nerdist
The 10 Best '80s Alternative Songs - PJ Media
Madonna's dancers celebrate 25 years of 'Vogue' - Hitfix


VIDEO GAMES
This Backlit Custom TMNT NES Is Totally Tubular! - Retroist
Eight Songs That Define The 8-Bit Era - Kotaku
Boulder Dash Officially Released For Intellivision 30 Years Later - RetroCollect
Out Run 2 - Retro Gamer Magazine
How Atari & Intellivision Commercials Fought The First Console Wars At The Movies - Retroist
Retro Review: Super Back to the Future 2 (Super Famicom) - RetroCollect
How Nintendo Conquered Manhattan in 1985 - Mental Floss


CULTURE
A Remote-Controlled Quadcopter Drone That Looks Like a ‘Star Wars’ Imperial Star Destroyer - Laughing Squid
USF Podcast Episode #124 “1984” - UnderScoopFire!
The Jem And The Holograms Comic Finally Hits The Shelves! - io9 Toybox
If The Care Bears Were Twentysomethings - Buzzfeed Rewind
Greatest Toys From The 80s - Clash Of The Action Figures - PlayBuzz
The Navy's New Diving Suit Is Straight Out of G.I. Joe - Gizmodo
55 Things Only ’80s Boys Can Understand - BuzzFeed Rewind
Making Things Explode: G.I. Joe and the “Bigger Better” School of Rocket Science - The Fwoosh