A made-for-TV reboot of 1987's Lethal Weapon has the green light thanks to Fox, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Well, like Riggs used to say: "I don't make things complicated. That's the way they get, all by themselves." So here's the deal:
The TV version will mirror the movie's plot, featuring a cop/former Navy SEAL named Martin Briggs (originally played by Mel Gibson) who moves to L.A. to start life over again after his wife and child die. There he's partnered with the weak-hearted detective Roger Murtaugh (played by the great Danny Glover), who just wants to relax and stay alive until retirement.
No casting announcements have been made yet; the Reporter says Matt Miller (Chuck) will write the series. No word either on when it will reach TV screens.
What's six feet tall, 10 feet long and has a college degree in carbonite freezing? Why, this new Jabba the Hutt lawn inflatable from ThinkGeek.com, of course.
Jabba has a built-in blowing fan for easy inflation and even includes stakes so that you can bolt him to the lawn - thus preventing any weak-minded creatures from making off with him. Or, channel your inner Star Wars geekness and use an old Jedi trick to find room for him inside your own Tatooine desert palace.
The price? A mere $169.99. Republic credits are not accepted.
"Christmas … out of danger, Captain?" "Yes, Spock. You saved the holiday. You saved us all."
Why have a silent night when you can actually have a Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan ornament WITH SOUND!?!? Replay Spock's death scene as many times as it takes until Christmas morning becomes "Christmas Mourning." Oh, I don't feel good about that last line, but I did it anyway.
Yes, the needs of the Trek nerds outweigh the needs of the one. Only $29.95 at Hallmark.com. Order now. Unless you are out of your Vulcan mind.
"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."
The bad news: This Vinyl Idolz Say Anything figurine is clearly processed and is being sold for those who want to buy it. If it breaks, it would have to be either repaired or re-processed.
But I got a question. If you guys know so much about collectible figurines, how come you're here at like the Stuck in the '80s blog on a Tuesday afternoon completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?
By choice! And because you will need $21.95 to take Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything home with you. The eyes are a little creepy though, aren't they?
Did you know the song Elvira is really about a street in Nashville and not a woman? That's just one tasty factoid we revealed in the latest "cover songs" episode of our Stuck in the '80s podcast.
Elvira was written and recorded in 1966 by Dallas Frazier. It would be recorded again by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition and Rodney Crowell before it was rediscovered by the Oak Ridge Boys, who turned it into their signature tune in 1981.
But like I said, the oddest thing about Elvira is that it was written about a street. Thankfully, Stuck in the '80s has a correspondent in Nashville, "Ryan the Pirate." Here's his report on Elvira Street:
"High ho silver away (to get me out of this crappy neighborhood). Seriously it's right up the street from a plasma donation center and a variety of payday loan joints in a very seedy part of East Music City. Shiver me timbers!"
We promise to give you a better assignment next time, Ryan!
If Fox News could have financed a movie in the '80s, it would have probably been 1985's Invasion U.S.A. Released on Sept. 27, 1985 and dripping with fear-mongering and Cold War cliches, it invaded box offices 30 years ago this week.
Written by and starring Chuck Norris, Invasion U.S.A. follows a group of communist Latin American guerrillas who stage an invasion of Florida that's financed through drug deals and the Soviets. The only thing missing is a murderous boxer named Ivan Drago and a training montage featuring Survivor.
But don't worry, when it comes to beating back the scourge of the world, America always turns to Chuck Norris, who plays a former CIA agent who comes out of retirement for one final mission: Save the U.S.A. And heavy on the punches and ammunition, please.
Invasion U.S.A. was made by Cannon Films, the B-film studio also known for adrenalin-flicks The Delta Force and the Death Wish sequels along with campy classics such as Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. (Oddly enough, they're also responsible for The Last American Virgin. Hard to imagine.)
Critics weren't really amused by the picture. The great Roger Ebert gave Invasion U.S.A. 1 1/2 stars, writing: "You'd think maybe Chuck Norris would want to follow up his great action movie Code of Silence with another winner, but you'd be wrong. Invasion U.S.A. is a brain-damaged, idiotic thriller, not even bad enough to be laughable."
If there's one thing that sounds out from the movie 30 years later, it's the incredibly pedestrian writing (sorry, Chuck), particularly when it comes to Norris' infatuation with killing people "on time." On that note, it's time (gag!) for today's top 5 list.
TOP 5 MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM INVASION U.S.A.:
5. "If you come back in, I'll hit you with so many rights you'll be begging for a left." …
The Concorde … Airport '79 has been playing nonstop on cable lately, and that's a good thing because we can always use a good laugh. And no "disaster movie" hands out guffaws more often than The Concorde … Airport '79.
The final of four "Airport" movies, The Concorde … Airport '79 stars Alain Delon and George Kennedy as pilots of a Concorde commercial jet that just can't catch a break. If it's not a drone trying to down it, it's a rogue French military pilot or an exploding luggage compartment door.
The movie features an ensemble cast with more guest stars than a whole season of The Love Boat: Robert Wagner, Charo, John Davidson, Jimmie Walker are among the names '80s fans would likely recognize.
There are more implausibilities in the story than one human brain can comprehend. My favorite? When George Kennedy opens the window of the cockpit to hold a flare gun outside in an attempt to foil a pair of missiles fired at the plane. …
Are you celebrating National Comic Book Day today? If you are not, you can still give a nod to animation in '80s music videos by learning about an influential video by a-ha, and no it's not Take On Me.
Whether you love or hate a-ha's Take On Me, the song was a number one smash and the video is still considered one of the most popular of the MTV era, however the origins of a-ha's Take On Me video actually begin with the video for Train of Thought.
Billy Idol can scream. Scream like there's a fire behind him. Scream like he's charging a regiment of enemy artillery. Scream like he's courting a woman (albeit one who's probably deaf - hence the screaming). It's a gift - one that hasn't diminished in the least over the last 40 years.
Soon to turn a spritely 60 years old, Billy Idol used his trademark sneer and perfectly timing screams as smart bombs during his two-hour set Wednesday night at Orlando's Hard Rock Live. Moving back and forth between old favorites and cuts from his new album Kings and Queens of the Underground, Idol kept the sold-out crowd on its feet nearly the entire show. (Hey, even us late-40-somethings can use a break during a welcomed acoustic guitar solo.)
With each blast from the past, the crowd fist-pumped and bellowed along, trying to match Billy's energy on Dancing With Myself, Flesh for Fantasy and Ready Steady Go (his '70s hit with Generation X that sounded just as fresh and lively 40 years later - one of my favorites last night).
Guitarist Steve Stevens was equally attention-grabbing, picking his plethora of shoulder-slung weapons with increasingly acrobatic difficulty as the night wore on. There's an undeniable on-stage chemistry between Idol and Stevens; I half-expected them to stop songs halfway through for man-hugs. They are fused together by the music they created and we can only hope the connection remains strong for years to come.
The show's finale blew out what was left of my ear-drums, a raucous combination of Blue Highway, Rebel Yell, White Wedding and Mony Mony - complete with Billy's profanity-infused embellishments to the tune originally recorded back in '68 by Tommy James and the Shondells. There's just something about an f-bomb delivered with a toothy growl that still makes an aging audience jump to the top of their seats to get just a couple feet closer to the action. And to get just one last dose of Billy's sneer, shouts and screams.
HARD ROCK ORLANDO SETLIST: Postcards From the Past Cradle of Love Can't Break Me Down Dancing With Myself Flesh for Fantasy Save Me Now Ready Steady Go Sweet Sixteen Eyes Without a Face Guitar Solo Whiskey and Pills Blue Highway Rebel Yell Encores: White Wedding Drum Solo Mony Mony …
Are you holding out for a hero on Lost and Found? Well, turn around bright eyes as while it may not be heroic, we do have a cheese-tastic video for Bonnie Tyler and Here She Comes.
Bonnie Tyler first appeared on our radars in 1978, when her dirge It's A Heartache was a Top 3 hit. She disappeared off the American airwaves until 1983 when she brought us one of the most memorable hits of the '80s with Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Her chart resurgence earned her appearances on soundtracks in 1984 as she hit the Top 40 with Holding Out For A Hero off the Footloose soundtrack and also appeared in a much lower profile with Here She Comes off the Metropolis soundtrack.
Metropolis is the 1928 silent movie that is heralded as one of the most important films in cinema. In 1984, musical genius Giorgio Moroder took on the project of restoring the film and creating a musical soundtrack to his restoration. Reception was mixed on Moroder's attempt but some pretty good music came off the soundtrack that included artists like Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant, Billy Squier, Loverboy and today's featured Bonnie Tyler. …
I'm conflicted about the 1990 movie Funny About Love. The romantic comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy and starring Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti and Mary Stuart Masterson, had all the makings of a good movie. Wilder plays Duffy Bergman, an unlucky-with-love (do you see a theme here with movies I connect with?) cartoonist from New York who marries later in life and becomes consumed with having a baby before he gets too old.
Unfortunately that's too much pressure for his wife (Lahti) and it leads to a separation. Enter the much-too-young love interest (Masterson), a just-graduated sorority girl he falls for during a speaking engagement with college girls. Will it work out this time? Don't bet on it.
Okay, so the comedy still escapes us. Critics felt the same way. The movie, which turned 25 years old on Sept. 21, has a ZERO percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. …
We have featured appearances by then-unknowns in '80s music videos before on Lost and Found, so as we dig deeper in the '80s vault, would you care to see one the first visions of Robin Wright in the '80s? As you wish, Buttercup, as you wish.
Even as late as 1984, the California New Wave scene was still thriving with countless bands trying to hit the big-time like Combonation. The five-man band from Santa Barbara had a good sense of humor and the right casting when they made the video for their single Girls Like You. Their coup was landing a young 18-year-old beauty named Robin Wright, who would coincidently begin her role as Kelly Capwell on the new daytime soap opera Santa Barbara also in 1984.
About two years ago we discovered the lost motivational song Kissing With Confidence by Will Powers and today we put our mind powers at work to discover Adventures In Success.
Will Powers is the brainchild of celebrity photographer Lynn Goldsmith who used her connections in rock music to create the album Dancing For Mental Health. Using voice adulation to turn her voice into a genderless computer-like voice, Goldsmith recruited the likes of Carly Simon, Steve Winwood and Nile Rodgers to help record the album. On Adventures in Success, Goldsmith has the help of Sting as co-writer the song.
The video for Adventures in Success is a fun mock self-help video as Will Powers uses animation and ordinary folks to advise us of the three steps on how to succeed: 1) Make a list of your assets; 2) Write a description of the person you want to be; 3) Concentrate on being that person you described. While Will Powers talks a good game, Adventures In Success did not chart.
After dabbling in music, Goldsmith is back to concentrating on photography. She currently has an exhibit at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.
The crazy thing about Stuck in the '80s is that even after 10 years of doing the blog and the podcast, I still learn something every day. This week, it was the discovery of three songs from the '80s that were actually previously recorded by other artists. Yep, cover songs of the '80s again. Enjoy the show and the seggies, including happy song suggestions from Stuck in the '80s Nation.
I'm sort of obsessed with the movie Creator. Released on Sept. 20, 1985, the movie still holds an unusual grip on me 30 years after it hit theaters. Of course, I, like most movie fans at the time, didn't see it in the theater. Creator was a bit of an odd duck and as such was ignored in a year that also gave us Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies and Rocky IV.
Instead Creator falls into that weird niche of movies - Better Off Dead, Vision Quest, Fandango - that were only discovered and appreciated by the video rental crowd. That doesn't make it any less lovable or important three decades later.
Creator starred Peter O'Toole as a Nobel-winning scientist at a university where he dispenses earthly wisdoms in equal doses alongside other-wordly quackery. In that regard, he's obsessed with cloning his dead wife Lucy, the love of his life. Meanwhile, the professor is mentoring a young lab assistant (Vincent Spano) who has just found the love of HIS life, a coed played by Virginia Madsen (fresh off the set of our other favorite cult movie, Electric Dreams).
Oh sure, there are also side plots about Mariel Hemingway falling in love with O'Toole and David Ogden Stiers (ah! Also from Better Off Dead!) as the collective enemy of the entire lot. But don't take your eye off the prize - understanding the limitless power of love - and you'll appreciate Creator just fine.
Film critic Roger Ebert agrees with me - to a degree, writing: "I liked all of the casting, and I liked the fact that it found new combinations of familiar faces; who would expect to find O'Toole, Stiers, Hemingway, Spano and Madsen in the same movie, and yet who familiar with their work would not enjoy seeing them together?"
And yet, he also points out the film's biggest weakness: "It tries to do too many things. It gives us two love affairs, a professional rivalry, a goofy campus, a mad scientist's obsession and a deathbed soap opera. By the end of the film, there are so many problems to resolve that the characters are reduced to running from one to another."
Good luck finding a copy of Creator to watch; the movie isn't available for online rental or purchase through the usual sources. However, a used copy can be found on Half.com for as little as $2.75. That's a small price to pay for 30 years (and counting) worth of wisdom.
TOP 5 MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM CREATOR:
5. "I tell you Sid, that one of these days we'll look in to our microscope and find ourselves staring right into God's eyes, and the first one who blinks is going to lose his testicles."
4. "You know what happened the other night? I was dreaming about you and Lucy. How you met at the beach, and how much you loved each other. I woke up, and I was crying. All these tears were just - I wanna love someone like that so bad, Harry, it hurts."
3. "Add up the number of times that you think about the lady each day. Subtract from the total the number of times you think about yourself each day. If the remainder is more lady, and less yourself, then it's love."
2. "I don't think I would want to be God. Not that I'm turning down any recent offers, but there are four thousand million humans on this earth and yet I still feel alone. I can't imagine how it must feel to be One God."
1. "You know, Boris, when science finally peers over the crest of the mountain, it will find that religion has been sitting there all along."
Relive the '80s music, movies and culture with Tampa Bay Times correspondent Steve Spears. A teen during the greatest decade ever, Steve is obsessed with everything from Duran Duran to Journey, John Hughes to John Cusack, and parachute pants to big hair.