Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Links, your weekly source for the best '80s content on the web! Some great '80s pop culture was unearthed this week, but mainly a somber week with the passing of several people from our childhood.
Gilbert Lewis, the first "King of Cartoons" on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, passed away with Pee-Wee reporting the news on his blog. Mary Ellen Trainor who was married to director Robert Zemeckis for a long time and acted in several movies passed away at just 62. Yesterday we learned that actor Christopher Lee, whose acting credits went back 60+ years, died at 92. And also yesterday, wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes also passed away at just 69 years old. Prayers go out to their families as we remember their television and movie legacies.
Some other content I posted this week included some music and video game memories:
- Bodacious Breakdown: "Land Of Confusion"
- Retro80s SoundCloud Sampler - June 2015
- How Dig Dug Became A Movie Theater Star In 1982
My favorite video this week is another "reaction" that features today's teens trying to make it through the first stage of Contra. What's great is no instructions are given which includes the famous Konami code to get 30 lives. Personally, I would've loved for the producers to give them the code after all their continues were used up, just for their kid's reactions. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable watch for retrogamers.
TWL Video of the Week
"CONTRA (NINTENDO) (React: Retro Gaming)" by REACT
Enjoy the rest of this week's links!!
Reboot: “Kindergarten Cop” (Without Arnold) Headed Back to Big Screen With Indian Sidekick - ShowBiz411
‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores Why Hollywood Remakes Movies - Laughing Squid
15 Fun Facts About 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' - Mental Floss
Chris Hemsworth Joins 'Ghostbusters' Reboot as Receptionist - Hollywood Reporter
Here's What The Cast Of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" Looks Like Now - BuzzFeed Rewind
U.K. Box Office: ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Returns to Top 10 - Hollywood Reporter
'The Goonies': THR's 1985 Review - Hollywood Reporter
6 Commercials From The '80s That Were Actually Terrifying And Will Probably Haunt Your Dreams - Bustle
How Well Do You Remember The Smurfs? - PlayBuzz
The Dukes of Hazzard Airing On TV Land - TV Classic 'R' Us
11 Things You Might Not Know About She-Ra, Princess of Power - Mental Floss
It Came From Canada: Bumper Stumpers, SRSLY?! - Pop Rewind
Unsolved Mysteries Airing On Lifetime & Escape - TV Classics 'R' Us
19 Fun Facts About 'Married... with Children' - Mental Floss
New Kids On The Block React To Their Embarrassing '80s Merchandise - BuzzFeed Rewind
Podcast: Classic songs covered in the '80s - Stuck in the 80s15 Best Songs From '80s Movies (Besides “The Power of Love”) - New Times Broward-Palm Beach
Henry Rollins: In the '80s, Even I Listened to Madonna - LA Weekly
"Africa" By Toto Is The Greatest Musical Achievement Of All Time - BuzzFeed Rewind
Going Solo: Don Henley - Return to the 80s
Capcom Announces Mega Man Legacy Collection - Retro Gamer
Custom Sega Master System With Built-In Game Gear Cart Slot - RetroCollect
Which Classic Game System Should You Buy? - PlayBuzz
The Great Toy Robots, Circa 1978 – 1988 - Flashbak
Sephora, Manic Panic to Launch 'Jem and the Holograms' Beauty Merch (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter