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Zach Galligan Added to 'Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai' Prequel Series

More information about the animated prequel series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai has emerged from San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. Zach Galligan, the original star of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch has now been added to the growing voice cast. He joins the previously announced Ming-Na Wen (The Book of Boba Fett), B.D. Wong (Jurassic Park/Jurassic World films), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), and Matthew Rhys (The Americans).

More cast members were also revealed at SDCC including Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Randall Park (WandaVision), Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live), and George Takei (Star Trek). According to Variety, the new animated series is set in 1920s Shanghai and will reveal the story of how naïve 10-year-old Sam Wing (the future mysterious Chinatown shopkeep Mr. Wing in the original live-action film), met the young Mogwai called Gizmo.

According to Gizmodo, San Diego Comic Con fans were also treated to a screening of the first episode Gremlins: Secret of the Mogwai. Lots of origin details were revealed including Gizmo in his original habitat, how Sam and Gizmo first meet, and the beginning of their journey. The series is slated for 10 episodes in its first season and is set for a 2023 release on both HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

Are you excited to see Gremlins come back as an animated series? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Headline image courtesy Warner Bros.

Memory Jogger Mystery: PSA Commercials

In this Memory Jogger Mystery episode, Jason and Wyatt randomly choose from a group of topics (without any prior show notes) and see how much they can remember. After sharing their experience, they can then cheat by using the Google machine to find anything they might have missed from memory.

The random topic chosen during the show is PSA Commercials! Do you remember watching Saturday morning cartoons and a random public service announcement would interrupt your viewing? "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?" Do you remember the safety mascots like Smokey the Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog, and the Crash Test Dummies? Jason and Wyatt jog their memories of all the PSA commercials they can remember watching as kids.

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James Caan Movies of the ‘80s

Known for his masterful acting in movies like The Godfather, Brian's Song, and The Gambler, James Caan is one of the most beloved faces in the world of movies. You can see Caan’s face everywhere these days – on the screen in his many versatile movie roles, and even on trending slots found at the best online casino you play at.

As Bitcoin casinos popularity is on the rise, people are more eager to play the Godfather-themed slots these days. Since the release of the official Godfather slot, Gamesys, the trending software developer, created one for the movie sequel, including James Caan to the list of characters.

These is one of the top reasons why we play on – to enjoy some gambling while watching our favorite actors on the screen, bringing us grand rewards with the right combination of symbols.

If you are interested to see where else you can watch James Caan and what his acting career was like in the 1980s, keep reading.

About James Caan

James Caan was an American actor that just
recently passed away on July 6, 2022. He was known for his unforgettable performances and nominations for Academy Award, Golden Globe Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards.

It all started with his early roles in movies like El Dorado and The Rain People, but the most noticeable appearance of this actor to this day was in his role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. This earned the actor a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination.

However, this is not the only movie James Caan is known for. He’s acted in some amazing movies over the years, few of which were released in the 1980s.

That’s what we are here for – to talk about his work in the 1980s.

Back to the Big '80s: How was Student Life?

Back to the Big '80s: How was Student Life?

by Michael Stoddard

College life is one of the best periods in your life. It is the time when you go to another city or country and you start living on campus. You study your favorite subjects, you go to parties with your friends and colleagues, and you meet new people and cultures.

But at the same time, it is a period many students experience as challenging. Education has changed over the last decades and college life is distinct today from what it was in the ‘80s. Many students take college life and education today for granted. But few of them are aware that it is so contrasting to what it was in the ‘80s. So, how was student life back then?

TV Show Favorites That Aired in the 80s

When looking back at the 80s, there are a lot of great memories to remember. In this article, we are going to bring you down memory lane, helping you to remember your favorite TV shows, no matter your age at that time.

We truly believe that we all loved these shows at some point. So, take a break from the NFL betting site where you read the picks against the spread for the upcoming season, and find one of these lovely '80s treasures to watch instead.

Legendary Soccer Icons of the ‘80s

Throughout most of the last couple of decades, two players have dominated world soccer headlines, creating an ongoing debate about which of this dynamic duo is the ‘GOAT’ – the Greatest Of All Time. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have certainly lived up to their impressive reputations, although if they were active in a previous era, one has to wonder if they would have achieved the same levels of success.

Such theoretical questions are open to debate, of course, as both players have amassed millions of adoring fans around the whole globe, during an era in which soccer has never been more accessible to the masses. Everyone knows who these superstars are, from Timbuktu to Thailand. In fact, the best online sports betting options are covered by Asiabet, with site reviews backed by expert analysis of where to find the best odds and offers, including those for top soccer competitions.

But had Messi and Ronaldo been around in the ‘80s, would you have backed them to compete on equal terms to some of the soccer stars of that decade? The ‘beautiful game’ has changed and evolved over the years, yet the brightest of talents have always risen to make their mark. These are some of the most legendary and iconic figures from the ‘80s, players who remain strong in our collective memories, dazzling fans with their abilities during an unforgettable decade.

Memory Jogger Mystery: Slot Car Racing

In this Memory Jogger Mystery episode, Jason and Wyatt randomly choose from a group of topics (without any prior show notes) and see how much they can remember. After sharing their experience, they can then cheat by using the Google machine to find anything they might have missed from memory.

The random topic chosen during the show is Slot Cars! Jason and Wyatt jog their memories of slot car tracks they had and tracks of the '80s that they always wanted like themed tracks featuring Knight Rider and the Dukes of Hazzard.

What do you remember about slot car racing? Join the conversation by leaving any memories that we might have jogged to our show notes on, tweet us @RD80s and @infamouswb or Leave us a VOICEMAIL

'The Last Unicorn' 40th Anniversary: Win Tickets to a Special Screening in L.A.!

The 1982 animated film The Last Unicorn is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a special screening event! If you need your memory jogged, the film was directed and produced by the legendary team of Arthur Rankin, Jr., and Jules Bass which gave us numerous holiday specials that are still beloved to this day. The story is a journey by the last unicorn outside of her safe realm in hopes to find more of her kind.

The Last Unicorn features the voice talents of Mia Farrow, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury, and Jeff Bridges to name a few. The film is gloriously animated with beautiful backdrops along the journey of the film. 

I recently watched the film with my daughter and we really enjoyed the story. You can rediscover the movie now on Tubi, The Roku Channel, Freevee, and more streaming services for free.

In conjunction with the anniversary, Rediscover the 80s is proud to give away two tickets to the 40th anniversary event! Enter below and see the rules for entry. 

The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary event is July 30th at 3:00pm-5:00pm at the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. It features a screening of the film followed by a panel featuring author/screenwriter Peter S. Beagle and film producer Michael Chase Walker. The panel will be moderated by Jeff Walker, the long-time publicist and marketing consultant specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror and animation. There will also be an exclusive capsule collection at the Museum Store, featuring t-shirts, jewelry, and collaborations from well-known Los Angeles pop-culture designer ONCH.

About the event: 

In person: screenwriter and author Peter S. Beagle and producer Michael Chase Walker.

The producing and directing duo of Arthur Rankin, Jr., and Jules Bass, best-known for their beloved stop-motion holiday specials, helms a spellbinding adaptation of the beloved 1968 novel The Last Unicorn, adapted for the screen by author Peter S. Beagle himself.

On discovering that she may well be the last of her immortal kind, the Unicorn sets out on a long journey to discover what may have become of the other unicorns. On the way, she encounters a genuinely wicked witch and a village with a shameful secret. She also befriends a bumbling wizard and a bitter, disillusioned outlaw named Molly Grue, meets the mad King Haggard, and, at the last, must challenge the terrible Red Bull she so deeply fears to face.

Animated by some of the same team who would go on to work with Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli, The Last Unicorn is a jewel of a film that has been treasured for generations.

The Academy Museum Store will be offering exclusive merchandise inspired by The Last Unicorn in honor of this special 40th anniversary screening. Visit us in-store or online at on July 30 to get your hands on limited-edition tees, accessories, animation cels, and skateboard decks.

DIRECTORS: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass. WRITTEN BY: Peter S. Beagle. CAST: Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Angela Lansbury. 1982. 92 min. USA. Color. DCP.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.

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Contest Rules: One winner will receive two (2) tickets to The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary Celebration event at the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, July 30th from 3pm-5pm. No travel accommodations will be included. Winner will need to provide their own transportation to the event. IF YOU ARE NOT NEAR THE EVENT OR DO NOT PLAN TO TRAVEL, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

Winner announced on July 15, 2022 and will be contacted via email. Winner must respond within 24 hours to claim the tickets.

Top 3 Video Games That Defined the 1980s

A common myth in the gaming community is that the '70s were the golden age of video gaming, but most avid gamers know that this came in the '80s. The 1980s was when the Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo Gamy Boy were released to the market. This decade also featured some of the best arcade games in gaming history. Sequels of the more popular ones continued to be released decades later. 

When video games first became popular in the 70s, people who enjoyed traditional casino games and popular competitive sports had another avenue for entertainment besides playing craps and making NFL picks against the spread. While tens of fan favorites were released, here are three of the best '80s video games.

The '80s Was Full of Great NFL Players

American Football is the most popular sport in the USA and it’s also known all around the world. It has been gaining a lot of attention for decades now. This includes obviously the '80s, during which the NFL was already incredibly popular.

Even the NFL expert picks were already followed a lot in the '80s. The '80s actually had some players that are still considered some of the best in the whole NFL history. So let’s take a little walk in a memory lane, and raise our hats to some of the NFL stars of the '80s!

Beetlejuice 2: A Sequel to the '80s Classic is in the Works

In 1988, Beetlejuice was released, with the legendary actor Michael Keaton playing the eccentric title figure. After all these long years of waiting, a sequel is reportedly in the works, set to be released almost three and a half decades later than the original iconic movie. Here’s what we know.

Must-See Movies from the '80s

The '80s gave us so much. The decade gave us great music, sports, culture, and, of course, movies. We are going to introduce you to four must-see favorites from the '80s in this article. Perhaps you've seen them all before, never seen them before, or have completely forgotten about them.

No matter what, we are giving you four great movies you should watch or rewatch this summer. Watch these movies before the NFL football season starts in the fall when all you can care about is the NFL Week 1 odds. Let us have a look at these fantastic, all-time favorites!
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