Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Weekly Links: 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' Turns 30, Back To The Future Monopoly, RIP 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! The big story this week was the passing of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the WWF/WWE hall of fame wrestler. I remember him as being one of the originals when I first started watching the WWF and Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling as a kid. He wasn't the most gifted athlete among the stars, but he sure did entertain when he got behind the mic. The "Piper's Pit" interviews were always something I anticipated and loved the way he could use words to stir up trouble with just about any wrestler. He was an all-time great at his profession. My pal Chad over at the Horror Movie BBQ wrote a great tribute this week.

Some classic '80s movies turned 30 years old this week. I also managed to write a rare opinion piece about some now tainted TV shows and debuted another Rank 'Em team-up just yesterday! Check out what you might have missed:

Laughing Squid tipped me off for what turned out to be my favorite video of the week. Check it out this metal version of the Ghostbusters theme that was apparently performed and spliced together by one superfan...

TWL Video of the Week
"Ghostbusters (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli)by Frog Leap Studios



Enjoy the rest of this week's links!!


MOVIES
It’s the 30th anniversary of my first movie, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure!! - PeeWee.com
15 Fun Facts About 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' - Mental Floss
Conan the Barbarian Is Schwarzenegger At His Darkest, And Maybe Best - io9
Settlement in suit over 'Back to the Future' car hits bump - Fox News
16 Nostalgic Facts About 'Stand by Me' - Mental Floss
The suburban 'Edward Scissorhands' neighborhood, 25 years later - Mashable
Back Off Man, These Are Peter Venkman’s Top ‘Ghostbusters’ Quotes - UPROXX
6 of the Best Movies That Take You Back to the 1980s - The Cheat Sheet
Nightmare On Elm Street: yet another reboot coming - Den of Geek
‘Got My Cheese Whiz, Boy?’ And Other Highly Repeatable ‘Blues Brothers’ Lines - UPROXX
How Well Do You Remember The Original National Lampoon's Vacation? - PlayBuzz
16 Biting Facts About ‘Fright Night’ - Mental Floss
14 Blockbuster Facts About the Summer Movies of 1985 - Mental Floss
Awesome 80s Bedrooms: The Making Contact Edition - Branded in the 80s
'Raiding the Lost Ark': The Ultimate 'Raiders' Companion - Mental Floss
16 Fascinating Facts About 'Purple Rain' - Mental Floss
7 Bodacious '80s Babes You (Probably) Forgot About - Moviefone


TV
WWE Legend, Actor & Pop Culture Icon Rowdy Roddy Piper Has Passed Away At Age 61 - UPROXX
Twitter Reacts To The Death Of Wrestling Icon "Rowdy" Roddy Piper - BuzzFeed
Ric Flair’s Statement On The Passing Of Roddy Piper Will Break Your Heart - UPROXX
Fuller House Cast Selfie Reunites D.J., Kimmy, and Stephanie - Us Magazine
A Musical 1980s Parody of ‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Better Call Saul’ Set to a Remix of the ‘Ghostbusters’ Theme - Laughing Squid
Don Johnson says he had a 'big ego' during 'Miami Vice' era - New York Daily News
'The Goldbergs' to Take On 'Risky Business' in Season 3 Premiere - THR
‘Red Oaks’ Star Jennifer Grey: “The ’80s Were Very Good To Me” - TCA
Which Muppet Baby Are You? - PlayBuzz
11 Educational Facts About ‘Reading Rainbow’ - Mental Floss
25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast - Flavorwire


MUSIC
Kelly Clarkson Takes It Back To The '80s, Covering Prince's Purple Rain - People
The 10 Most Underrated Hair Metal Guitarists Of The '80s - VH1
Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cover 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' With Steel Panther - Billboard
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dead at 61: His Best Music Moments - Billboard


VIDEO GAMES
New Pac-Man Turns Game's Infamous Kill Screen Into Gameplay - Kotaku
One of the Mario Bros. has an existential crisis in the new game Ennuigi - A.V. Club
The 24 Best Classic PC Games - Kotaku
This DONKEY KONG Inspired Mural is Bananas - Nerdist
Free Classic Game Covers eBook - Retro Gamer


POP CULTURE
'Back to the Future' is Now a Monopoly Game - Mental Floss
19 'Cutting-Edge' Gadgets From the '80s That Seem So Lame Now - The Stir
Great Scott! It's 2015 And Hoverboards Finally Exist - BuzzFeed Rewind
7 Overlooked ‘80s Toys Worth More Than You Think - Mental Floss
Lego Dimensions' Ghostbusters Packs Will Include Stay Puft and Slimer - Gizmodo
They’re ALIVE! General Mills Brings MONSTER CEREAL Box Art to Life! - Strange Kids Club
17 Times Mark Hamill Was An Autograph Jedi - PlayBuzz
13 Photos of Iman Modeling During the '80s - Glamour
Christina Applegate Answers Question About 80s Breakup With Brad Pitt - Just Jared