Recurrent Events 12/11/15: TNMT 2 Trailer, Rick Springfield's Star Wars Collection, Dirty Dancing TV Musical

Welcome to your weekly source for retro pop culture news, the Recurrent Events! There is plenty of Star Wars in this week's roundup, but I wanted to let everyone know that I've got a fun week planned ahead leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'll be posting several articles that will include some of my experiences with the original trilogy as well as some other unique looks into the classic Star Wars universe. I've really enjoyed doing some virtual digging so I hope you'll take a look next week as this highly anticipated Star Wars season finally comes to a close.

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Headlines discussed this week include the new TMNT 2 trailer, Rick Springfield's Star Wars action figure collection, Crystal Pepsi's pseudo comeback, Dirty Dancing being adapted into a live musical, and the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic. Guests are Stacey Rader (@geeky_vixen) and Erik Tukey (@boulderhillnet).

In case you missed it, check out the content I posted this week on RD80s:

The video of the week for me was the aforementioned podcast topic that delves into Rick Springfield's Star Wars action figure collection. Rolling Stone sits down with the rocker who has apparently been using the royalties from "Jesse's Girl" to buy toys. In fact, he's been collecting since the '80s and has acquired some of the rarest figures known to man. I was very shocked that the "actor rockstar" would publicly display his inner geek, but it was very intriguing nonetheless. Check it out...

Video of the Week
"Rick Springfield Shows Off His Star Wars Action Figures" by RollingStone

Here are the rest of the Recurrent Events for Dec 11, 2015!

My Top 5 Creepmas Movies - AEIOU...and Sometimes Why

13 Reasons We Love To Hate And Hate To Love The Star Wars Holiday Special - PlayBuzz
'The Goldbergs' cast has excellent taste in holiday movies - Mashable
How Well Do You Remember These TV Show Gladiators? - PlayBuzz
15 TV shows that showed serious love for 'Star Wars' - Mashable
Amazon Nabs '80s-Set Comedy TV Series From Jeffery Blitz, Mac Carter (Exclusive) - THR
The 14 Most Horrible Smurfs - io9
Rock Against Drugs PSAs were strangely trippy in the 1980s - A.V. Club
‘Fuller House’ Has Already Explained Away Michelle Tanner’s Absence - UPROXX
2015 Christmas TV Schedule - Retro Robot Review
Eight ’80s Xmas Specials You Might’ve Forgotten - Dinosaur Dracula
Sylvester Stallone Won’t Be Involved In ‘Rambo’ TV Series - Deadline
Ronald Reagan Once Visited The ‘Star Trek: TNG’ Set And Acted Like An Obsessed Fan - UPROXX

I Want To Live In This Pac-Man Office! - RetroistArcade Classic book out now! - Retro Gamer
'80s Cars Are Cool Again - GQ Magazine
Ready Player One Gets The Colorful, Pop Reference-Filled Fan Poster It Deserves - io9
Download and Print Your ‘Jelly of the Month Club’ Certificate Here - UnderScoopFire
Amy Poehler shares her flashback 1980s look: 'What was I thinking?' - Today
Did You Get Mogwai Ears From Eating Gremlins Cereal? - Retroist
I Asked For a Transformers Toy For Christmas. What I Got Instead Was Horrible - io9
Red Carpet Flashback! 30 Years of Winona Ryder - Yahoo! Movies
What Traveling Through LAX Looked Like in the '80s - mental_floss
Ted Danson Recalls The Time Leslie Nielsen’s Fart Machine Got Them Kicked Off An Airplane - UPROXX
35 Awesome Toys Every ’80s Kid Wanted For Christmas - BuzzFeed Rewind
Robert Loggia, Tough-Guy Actor, Dies at 85 - THR
Boom Gives The Power Rangers A Mighty Morphin’ Makeover And The Kevin Wada Treatment [Exclusive] - Comics Alliance

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