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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.

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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.

TOP 5 CAPT. KIRK LINES FROM THE '80s:

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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Forget Manic Mondays! Use this forgotten '80s tune as your anthem

It's another Monday and we have to start off on a positive note and how could you get more chipper than Altered Images and I Could Be Happy.

This is Altered Images second appearance on Lost and Found as we covered their most popular tune Happy Birthday in 2013. The Scottish band led by the winsome and perky Clair Grogan scored a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1982 with I Could Be Happy. Video highlights include the always smiling Grogan and a random appearance by somebody in a lion costume. 

Grogan still is on a fixture on Scotland television (telly, I mean) as a interviewer and commenter on Scottish Indepedence Referendum that recently failed.

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'80s flicks coming to Capitol Theatre's cult movie series

Eighties movie fans in Tampa Bay, this is just for you. Clearwater's Capitol Theatre has just announced its lineup for the Cult Classic Double Feature Series. It kicks off Friday, Oct, 10, with Big Trouble in Little China and National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Oh, we're just getting started. There's also a Halloween Cult favorite double feature on Oct. 31 with Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. And John Hughes fans can enjoy it too, because Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains and Automobiles will play on Saturday, Nov. 29. Tickets for all movies are on sale now. All double features will begin at 7 p.m., except Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th which will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7.

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Funky Friday: The story of Tom Browne's Funkin' for Jamaica

Sometimes at SIT80s we forget about the funk, so today here is your Friday funk and you don't even need a visa to get to the Funkytown of Jamaica.

In 1980, one of the most successful R&B albums of the year was trumpeter Tom Browne's Love Approach as it peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Top Album Charts in November of 1980.  The single Funkin' for Jamaica was number one on the R&B charts for four weeks and has been sampled numerous times over the years by rappers and others in digital music.

For many that heard Funkin' for Jamaica in the ‘80s, the details of the song were often misunderstood. Many thought the lyrics of the song were about the Caribbean country of Jamaica, when the song was Browne's tribute to his ethnic-diverse neighborhood of Jamaica in the borough of Queens, New York City. Others also thought the female voice on the record was Chaka Kahn, but the powerhouse vocals are actually supplied by Toni Smith, who also wrote the lyrics.

Browne stills plays his trumpet in Jazz Festivals across the US, but also earns a living as a pilot these days too. http://www.tombrowne.org/

 

 

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It's the Ghostbusters doughnut ... What did you do, Ray?!?

Ghostbusters doughnuts? Let's just hope they're not filled with ectoplasmic residue. According to Variety.com, Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures (along with possibly Vinz Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian) have  teamed up to give '80s fans these marshmallow-filled doughnuts to celebrate the latest 30th anniversary DVD release of Ghostbusters.

The Ghostbuster doughnuts will be available from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31 (naturally) at Krispy Kreme locations in the United States and Canada.

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It's rich vs. poor week here: Tanita Tikaram's 'Twist In My Sobriety'

Yesterday on Lost and Found, we learned that a 47-year old Lou Reed topped the Modern Rock Charts in the end of the ‘80s, so let's got to the opposite end of the age spectrum to remember teen sensation Tanita Tikaram and her egdy Twist In My Sobriety.

In 1989, Tanita Tikaram was 19 years old and had a Modern Rock and MTV hit with Twist In My Sobriety. Tikaram was born in Germany and moved to England in her teens as part of a multicultural and military family. Like yesterday's video with Dirty Blvd, Twist In My Sobriety is about the poor vs. rich and how most put on blinders to avoid thinking about the problems of the world's impoverished. The video was filmed in Bolivia and the oboe in the chorus combined with Takaran's husky voice give the song a haunting world-beat feel. 

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In the '80s, Lou Reed thrived on the 'Dirty Blvd'

With the recent loss of Jimi Jamison and other ‘80s icons, it brings to mind other singers that have passed away over the past year. In October, it will be one year since Lou Reed died so let's keep his memory alive by remembering Dirty Blvd.

We covered Lou Reed on Lost and Found in 2013 with his mid-80's gem I Love You Suzanne, but Reed's greatest success in the ‘80s would be saved for 1989 when his New York album generated buzz and continues to makes most Top Albums of the ‘80s lists.  Dirty Blvd. is one of Reed's most defiant songs as he tackles the inequality of poor vs. rich in America and specifically New York City. Using only three chords and his unique speaking-singing style, Reed creates a rocker with angry social commentary with phrases like the Statue of Bigotry.  

Proving age has nothing to do with being hip; Dirty Blvd. was number one for four straight weeks on the Modern Rock Charts when Reed turned 47 years young.

 

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Rick Springfield and Stuck in the '80s meet face to face

Ready for a blast from the past? Here a transcript of our 2006 interview with Rick Springfield. Stuck in the '80s was doing "live podcasting" backstage at the "We Are The '80s" tour that fall at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. We were all set up in our own dressing room and interviewed the musicians playing that night, which included Loverboy and Springfield, who was the headliner.

Rick was a little under the weather -- and the scorching hot temperature of our dressing room didn't help either -- but it was still a milestone moment for Stuck in the '80s and my co-hosts Sean Daly and Cathy Wos. I'll confess: We were starstruck out of our minds. Here's how it all went down word for word. [Listen to the podcast here.]

Sean: (to an ill Rick) How are you feeling now?

Rick: I'm feeling okay. I'm getting over a cold.

Sean: Is that what it is?

Rick: Yeah

Sean: There are thousands of people here....women here....who would drive home very unhappy if you were too sick to (play).

Rick: I've never been too sick to play. Well, once I was.

Sean and Cathy: Only once?

Rick: Yeah

Cathy: That's a good track record …

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The story of X and 'Burning House of Love'

When the SIT80's podcast started a new series on covers songs, Drew brought to the table his entertaining story of the band X and their cover of Wild Thing that is probably the band's most recognizable song, but to get to their first charting song you've got start a little fire with Burning House of Love.

While LA's X is labeled as a punk band, their styles over the years have drifted from punk to straight ahead guitar rock. In 1985, they replaced long-time producer Ray Manzerak of The Doors to get a more polished sound and increase their sales. While they didn't hit the pop singles charts, they did hit the Mainstream Rock Charts and MTV with Burning House of Love.

Bassist John Doe takes lead vocals and staring role in the video, although the rest of the band, including Exene Cervenka (female vocals on Wild Thing) appears. X is always busy playing shows and you can catch them this winter teamed up with The Blasters during their Christmas shows "A Family X-Mas" starting in November.   http://xtheband.com/

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Concert review: The Replacements at St. Paul's Midway Stadium

The Internet is buzzing today with photos from Sept. 13's Replacements show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Luckily, Stuck in the '80s' Minnesota correspondent and guest columnist Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons was on hand. Here's his review.

It was September 5, 1984, when a 19-year-old Dr. Dim handed his $2.50 ticket to the bouncer and stepped, for the first time, into the legendary Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue. I was there to see the local rock rebels The Replacements. I had heard of their reputation of putting on either great shows or drunken messes. One never knew which it would be and that was part of the appeal of this band. The show was one of the former.

Now, 30 years later, I had the chance to see the boys again. Yes, it's just Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson from the original line-up (Bob Stinson was kicked out in 1986, he later died in 1995, and Chris Mars quit in 1990), but it had been 23 years since The Mats played in the Twin Cities and they are legends after all, so I jumped at the chance. …

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Thanks to Gene Simmons' big mouth, 'All Hell is Breakin' Loose'

The big Kiss news this month was Gene Simmons declaring to social media that "rock is dead."  While Gene's quote got a fair amount of attention, will anybody remember that on Sept. 18, Kiss will celebrate the 31st anniversary of their "live unmasking" on MTV?  Perhaps we need to whip out the defibulator and resurrect rock n roll with All Hell's Breakin' Loose.

The early ‘80s were not so kind for Kiss and the unmasking stunt and the release of the Lick It Up album in 1983 sparked a revival for the band. The second single off the album, All Hell's Breakin' Loose, did not chart, but the post-apocalyptic video for the song is good for a few laughs and features the usual scantily-clad woman that you would expect to see in a Kiss video. Besides Simmons and Paul Stanley, this version of Kiss would include Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent in his only official stint in the band.

Kiss finally made the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame this year and have released several boxed sets this year to honor their 40th year as recording artists.   http://www.kissonline.com     

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Review: Retro Futura summons glory of the '80s at Hard Rock Live, Orlando

If you missed the Retro Futura tour this summer, starring Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, I only have one thing to say to you: You screwed up. Big time. This lineup will set the bar impossibly high for '80s tours in the future.

The tour's finale commenced Wedneday night at Orlando's Hard Rock Live. I had third row seats, right in the center. Katrina Leskanich opened the show and immediately showed the audience two things. First, her voice is still as strong (stronger maybe) than it was in the '80s. And second, and most important: Walking on Sunshine is to Katrina as Melt With You is to Modern English -- a hit, but hardly a good representation of what the band is all about. And I mean that in the best of all ways. Her music is definitely more thoughtful that than bubble-gum hit. And I'm looking forward to hearing more of what she has to offer. Maybe an interview on Stuck in the '80s? …

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