Saturday, June 11, 2016

Recurrent Events 6/11/16: Comic Book Tribute To Prince, Mega Man Coming To Funko POP!, 'Transformers: The Movie' Gets Official Blu-ray Release

Welcome to your weekly source for retro pop culture news, the Recurrent Events! Have you been able to score any Ecto Cooler from your local stores? I still haven't seen any "in the wild" yet but a friend luckily ordered a few cases from Amazon so I have it stocked and ready to consume over the next couple weeks. Demand is so high and I hope Coca-Cola will flood the supermarkets with the green citrus drink leading up to the movie release next month.

As promised I debuted a new Watch & Win review yesterday featuring the Back to The Future Collector's Edition Yahtzee game! Watch my review video and enter now for your chance to win! Bookmark the link to the website article and come back to the widget each day until the contest ends to earn bonus entries by tweeting.

Coming up next week, my pal Wyatt will be posting his review of the new Voltron: Legendary Defender series on Netflix. I've been counting down the days until its debut and can't wait to dive in this weekend. Wyatt is a huge Voltron fan and long-time followers may remember his Voltron at 30 article a couple years back. I'm looking forward to hearing his opinion as he's watched pretty much every iteration of the franchise through the years. There are also a few early reviews listed in the TV section below.

Here are the articles posted this week on RD80s:

You may remember the live-action Donkey Kong film featured on the Recurrent Events a few weeks back. Well, the MyNameisBanks channel has done it again with a live-action Super Mario Maker short film! The shear craziness was enough for Video of the Week and makes me wonder if it was based on a real level. Thanks to Gizmodo for bringing it to my attention...

Video of the Week


Here are your Recurrent Events links for June 11, 2016!

MOVIES
TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE Coming to Blu-ray in September - Nerdist
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas Toast John Williams and His Music at AFI Tribute - THR
Battlestar Galactica movie lands writer, possibly director - Den of Geek
Bill Murray on 'Ghostbusters' Reboot: 'I Feel Like a Stepfather to It' - Rolling Stone
The Female Cast Of The New ‘Ghostbusters’ Sound Off On Their Critics - UPROXX
Even After 32 Years I Am Learning New Things About Ghostbusters! - Retroist
WATCH: Get to Know the "Ghostbusters" Leads in New Character Featurettes - Comic Book Resources
How 'Ghostbusters' Gave Birth to the Modern Blockbuster - Rolling Stone
German VHS Movie Art From The 1980s - Flashbak
Is There A Goonies Remake On The Way? - Like Totally 80s
The ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Director Explains Why The Movie Was Such A ‘Harrowing’ Disaster - UPROXX
'Howard the Duck' Movie Star Returns for New Comic Version (Exclusive) - THR
Could Sacha Baron Cohen’s MANDRAKE Movie Lead to DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH? - Nerdist
John Hughes Movies: Then and Now – Sixteen Candles - Return to the 80s
Splash: Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah 80s film is being remade with a BIG twist - Metro
The Next Friday the 13th Movie Will Be a Total Voorhees Family Reunion - io9
40 years of ‘Alien’ franchise history in under three minutes - Mashable
Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Was It June 5, 1985? - Yahoo! Movies
30 years ago, 'SpaceCamp' suffered a movie malfunction - Stuck in the 80s
15 Chest-Bursting Facts About ‘Alien’ - Mental Floss
Let’s Revisit The Time Muhammad Ali And Roger Ebert Watched ‘Rocky II’ Together - UPROXX
Michael Bay Shares A Look At The New Bumblebee From ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ - UPROXX


TV
Neon Drive delivers '80s thrills while testing your skills - MacWorld
Nintendo Entertainment System Visual Compendium Kickstarter Smashes Fundraising Target - RetroCollect
The Best ‘Pac-Man’ Player Ever, Slack Attack, and More - Flavorwire
Build Your Own Classic Pong Arcade Machine, Complete With a Faux Wood Finish - Gizmodo
Playing Super Mario Brothers Is Like Solving a Super Hard Math Problem - Gizmodo
Artificial Curiosity Allows This Bot to Triumph at Montezuma’s Revenge - Gizmodo
Atari Is Now Licensing Out Smart Home Gadgets - Mental Floss
On The Level: When Metroid got too wordy for its own good - A.V. Club
Konami’s Track & Field or How I Failed as a Video Game Athlete - Retroist
Retrospective: Handheld & Bootleg 'Contra III - The Alien Wars' Ports - RetroCollect
Tecmo Super Bowl is still revealing new secrets, 25 years later - Polygon


POP CULTURE
The Ecto Cooler Adventure - Horror Movie BBQ


Got a link or know any active retro pop culture blogs/websites that are worth including with the Recurrent Events? Leave a comment so I can add it to the mix. If you missed last week's wrapup, visit the Recurrent Events archive!