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Excellent or Bogus? Here's what is planned for 'Bill and Ted 3'

Life truly has been a bogus journey since the last sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. But thankfully Alex Winter, the writer/director who played Bill S. Preston Esq., is now providing details on the newest installment of the '80s classic.

According to Yahoo! Movies UK, both Winter and Keanu Reeves will return for the movie, some 23 years after the 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.

"[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up," Winter told the website. "It's not going to feel like a reboot. The concept is really funny: What if you're middle-aged, haven't really grown up and you're supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven't?"

Harsh, dude. What else do we know?

- Keanu and Winter will play many different versions of Bill and Ted.

- Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot will handle the direction.

- A script has been ready for four years, but is contantly being reworked.

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Alfred Hitchcock.in the '80s? Maybe in this song

If I had to name my favorite movie director of all time, it would have to be Alfred Hitchcock. Even though he died in 1980, his influence was felt by the ‘80s generation and given the royal treatment on The Hyts' Backstabber.

The Hyts were a rock band from San Francisco and logged one week on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1984 with Backstabber. While the song is about relationships, lead singer Pat Little plays it for laughs with his tribute to Alfred Hitchcock and his most revered movie Pyscho. Video highlights include Little in his barely-there towel, choreographed "mothers," a guest silhouette guitar solo and a "shocking" ending.

After two albums, The Hyts never made it out of the ‘80s alive and like many of the victims of the Bates Motel, their songs are hard to be found.    



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Podcast time: Loverboy's Mike Reno blasts Gene Simmons and how 'Almost Paradise' nearly killed the band

Loverboy frontman Mike Reno was the first-ever rock star I saw on stage as a kid. It was Oct. 22, 1981, and Loverboy was opening for Journey on their Escape tour. I'd love to remember what song they opened with, but I remember was the wall of sound that hit me in the face that evening in Lakeland, Florida. It's a story I shared with Mike during our half-hour interview.

As I expected, Mike was an AMAZING storyteller. So please take the time to listen to the full interview, especially the part where he blasts Gene Simmons for saying rock is dead.

"He always puts his foot in his mouth. That’s what Gene Simmons does!" Mike told me. "Here’s the deal...those are his opinions and that’s because he hasn’t looked through the big picture. The music business isn’t dead, it’s just a whole new way of doing things. You’ve got to learn how to work and oper­ate in the new systems. And if he thinks music’s dead, then that’s good. He should roll over and leave it for the rest of the people who still get very ex­cited about recording and selling new music and playing it live." …

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Halloween comes early with Blue Oyster Cult's 'Joan Crawford'

I pondered if it was too early to talk about the spooky activities of October, but the witches and jack-o-lanterns are starting to pop up around the neighborhood, so let's get an early jump on Halloween with a week of "scary" Lost and Found videos starting with Blue Oyster Cult and Joan Crawford.

It was just a few months ago that we featured Blue Oyster Cult with their alien-abduction classic Take Me Away, but sometimes horror can be at home as spotlighted in Joan Crawford. In 1981, both the song Joan Crawford and the movie Mommie Dearest starring Faye Dunaway were released and brought the phrase "No more wire hangers!" into the pop culture lexicon. …

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Never Found in the '80s: The Rain Parade

The Rain Parade was part of the '80s Paisley Underground, a mainly L.A. musical genre that drew influences from The Byrds and other '60s psychedelic artists. With swirling guitars, close vocal harmonies, and a mellow feel of psychedelia, The Rain Parade was among the best of that musical scene. However, they never achieved the charting success of the most well known of the Paisley Underground artists: The Bangles.

In fact, brothers David and Steven Roback had been in a band called The Unconscious with their neighbor Susanna Hoffs, before forming The Rain Parade with David's college roommate Matt Piucci in 1981. In 1983, the band released their first album Emergency Third Rail Power Trip. That album featured today's song: This Can't Be Today. It's a trippy, mellow slice of 80s era psychedelia...

Shortly after the release of their first album, David Roback left the band. He went on to form The Clay Allison Band, which was renamed Opal, and, later, he joined Hope Sandoval to form Mazzy Star in 1988. The Rain Parade remained a band without its founder and produced two albums and an EP before breaking up in 1988. …

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We're full of L'Amour for Erasure

I just finished reading the excellent book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein and I have no doubt that over the next month or so, you see many New Wave artists featured on Lost and Found, so we'll start off with one of the biggest names in the book - Erasure and Oh L'Amour.

The background of Vince Clarke is one of the most storied in New Wave history as Clarke was a member of Depeche Mode, Yazoo and in 1986 formed Erasure. Despite his pedigree, Erasure's first album Wonderland did not sell well and none of the singles, including the third and final one, Oh L'Amour hit the UK Top 40, much less the U.S. Top 40. Still, the song was a success on the Dance Charts and on it was on the club dance floors is where Erasure won over the world and by the end of the ‘80s they scored worldwide hits with Chains of Love and A Little Respect.  …

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'Real Genius' finally gets remake ... as TV sitcom

Would you be prepared if gravity reversed itself? How about if Hollywood decided to make a classic '80s comedy into a probably dull and predictable TV sitcom? Guess which one is going to happen first. Real Genius, the 1985 comedy that made Val Kilmer a star, is being rebooted as a TV series by Adam Sandler's production company.

Deadline.com says NBC is developing the show with Sandler's Happy Madison company. "The show centers on the relationship between a rock star-like genius — the character played by Kilmer in the movie — and a sheltered, naive co-worker," Deadline says. Oh! So basically a mashup of The Office and Big Bang Theory.

No word yet on casting and when it'll air. In the meantime.


5. "Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"

4. "You wanted to see me, Your Joggingness?"

3. "What about that time I found you naked with that bowl of Jell-O?"

2. "This? This is ice. This is what happens to water when it gets too cold. This? This is Kent. This is what happens to people when they get too sexually frustrated." …

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Here's how to win an autographed Spandau Ballet poster

Spandau Ballet fans, I have some good news and some GREAT news for you. A new documentary on the band, Soul Boys of the Western World, will screening in cinemas across the UK and Ireland with a live satellite premiere on Sept. 30 and will then go on general release on Oct. 3.

And you can win an autographed copy of the movie poster, signed by each band member, right here through Stuck in the '80s. All you need to do is go to Twitter and tweet the Spandau Ballet song lyric that most reminds you of the '80s. Please be sure to add @stuckinthe80s and the hashtag #SpandauSoulBoys to your post. …

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When it comes to '80s classics, the words 'Baker Man' don't seem to fit

Earlier this year we covered Laid Back and their classic dance song "White Horse", so today let's put another tasty video in the Lost and Found oven with Bakerman.

Although the Danish synth group never returned to the Top 40 in the U.S. after White Horse, they did score other hits in Europe including Bakerman in 1989. The fabulous video is directed by Lars Von Trier, who went on to become Denmark's most accomplished movie director and makes some of today's most unusual movies. I don't know how Von Trier did it, but his video for Bakerman is great fun as all the action takes place while skydiving with a great funky backbeat providing the soundtrack to all the aerial acrobatics that should leave you smiling and scratching your head in disbelief. 

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Great Scott! It's a Flux Capacitor USB car charger

Whoa, Doc, this is heavy. A Flux Capacitor USB car charger? Yes, it's what makes charging two devices in your car at once possible! I'll never tire of toys based on Back to the Future.

According to Thinkgeek.com: "Each Flux Capacitor Car Charger has two USB ports, each capable of charging almost any USB powered device (1 x 1A and 1 x 2.1A). But it also has that beautiful Flux Capacitor light sequence we all know and love. Even traffic jams (either terrestrial or aerial (if your car is powered by Mr. Fusion) won't bother you because your device will be charging and the Flux Capacitor Car Charger's pulse will make you feel more important than anyone else. It's time to write your name in your underwear, Calvin, and get yourself a Flux Capacitor Car Charger in the present (so you can enjoy it in the future)."

The price for time travel? $24.99.

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How to pick up girls in the '80s ... a primer

One of the pleasures of listening to the SIT80s podcast is listening to the sad sack stories of the co-hosts and listeners reliving their teenage days of foiled dates. If only we could go back to 1983 and heed the advice of The Little Girls and How To Pick Up Girls.

The Little Girls were Caron and Michelle Maso, a short-lived sister act from the San Fernando Valley, who gained airplay on KROQ with a few singles including How To Pick Up Girls. The song and video is a slice of power pop/new wave heaven as video highlights include the cute sisters suffering the lame pick up lines that clueless guys subjected girls to in the ‘80s. In the video, the Little Girls mock the million-selling 1970 book "How To Pick Up Girls" by Eric Weber who was profiled by People magazine in this 1981 article

The Little Girls recording career was short but their lyrics to another song, The Earthquake Song, were included in the book Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. The Maso sisters' advice was apparently heeded as they are both now married with kids.   

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Watch newest trailer for 'Annie' remake (it's actually good!)

Did anyone out there really see the 1982 version of Annie from start to finish? Oh, we know the songs. But the entire movie? Of course, you didn't. But I'm thinking the 2014 remake has a chance to be a little more memorable. Here's the latest trailer.


The 2014 remake stars Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (thankfully renaming the Daddy Warbucks millionaire character), who saves an orphan named Annie from an oncoming van. Yes, I'm sure we'll hear Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow re-imagined. And I'm not sure that's a bad thing. The movie hits theaters on Dec. 19.

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Shatner could return as 'Old Kirk' in Star Trek 3

William Shatner might return as Capt. James T. Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek 3. That is, if Shater actually wants to return. According to Screenrant.com, the first draft of the script for the third movie of the Trek reboots is finished. And it "includes a scene in which Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner would be reunited onscreen as the older versions of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk. If true, this would mark Shatner’s first appearance in the official Star Trek canon (outside of video games) since 1994′s Star Trek: Generations."

The ultimate bromance back on? It's no sure thing. Turns out there was a part for Shatner in J.J. Abrams' 2009 remake, Screenrant.com says, but it wasn't enough screentime for "T.J. Hooker," so he passed. At age 83, Shatner might realize this is last chance to sit in the captain's chair. The movie is expected to reach theaters in 2016.

Shatner currently has two movie roles in post-production: The Sunday Horse and Baby Baby Baby, both set for a 2015 release.


5. "Well, uh, double dumb-a** on you!" …

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Before he started his wicked games, Chris Isaak was just Dancin'

With a classic handsome rugged face, coiffed hair and sensual singing voice, it's hard to believe that Chris Isaak would ever go unnoticed, but in 1986 his first single and video Dancin' ended up being a wallflower on the charts. 

However, David Lynch's inclusion of the Isaak song Gone Ridin' in 1987's Blue Velvet sparked interest in Isaak's debut album Silvertone and soon Isaak was melting girl's knees and gaining the nod of approval from males. In the video for Dancin', Isaak channels a ‘60's vibe with a hypnotic wheel and a Supremes-style girl backup group, before doing what Isaak does best in his videos - seduce the ladies. 

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30 years later, 'All of Me' still trying to put Edwina 'backinbowl'

Eighties fans might not remember the Steve Martin-Lily Tomlin flick All Of Me as well as some larger comedy classics from that decade. But surely nobody has forgotten: "Put Edwina ... backinbow!"

All Of Me is now officially 30 years old, having been released on Sept. 21, 1984. Directed by Carl Reiner, All Of Me follows a dying millionaire (Tomlin) who wants to her soul mystically transferred into a younger woman's body. Catastrophe strikes when her soul is moved into the body of her attorney (Martin). Yeah, I know it doesn't sound great, but All Of Me still maintains a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The late Roger Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars, writing: "All of Me shares with a lot of great screwball comedies a very simple approach: Use absolute logic in dealing with the absurd. Begin with a nutty situation, establish the rules, and follow them. The laughs happen when ordinary human nature comes into conflict with ridiculous developments."

Here are five things you didn't know or probably forgot about All Of Me.

1. Martin made four movies with Reiner; this was the last of them. (Can you name the others? The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains.) …

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