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Lost Boys turns 25: Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire

the-lost-boys4.jpgCan we get a little honest here: Was there EVER a vampire movie as cool as The Lost Boys? Sure, Love at First Bite was funnier. And Fright Night was campier. But you're missing the point. Cool is something totally different and practically undefinable. And today, our beloved Lost Boys officially turned 25 years old. (July 31, 1987? We miss you!)

Rotten Tomatoes, in their list of best vampire movies, ranks The Lost Boys as the 14th best movie, saying "Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars."

Flawed but watchable. Well, yeah! That's all of us! That's WHY it's so great. My pal Jen Chaney at the Washington Post knows what I'm talking about, that's why she has penned an epic homage to The Lost Boys, giving us 25 reasons to still love it today. I won't blow the whole list, which you can read here, but here are my five favorite points in her article:

1. NANOOK: "Corey Haim’s Alaskan Malamute was loyal, protective and willing to lunge after a vampire’s neck when need be. Also, look how cute."

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Skyfall? James Bond trailers in the '80s were cheesy and perfect

James Bond fans are all gaga over the new Skyfall trailers (and rightfully so -- it might be the first Daniel Craig movie I look forward to). But I'm a homer for the '80s, so I took timeout today to find all the trailers for James Bond in the 1980s. Five glorious movies. Well, four glorious movies and also A View to a Kill. (Sorry, hated it.)

Here they are, in chronological order.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981):

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Enter the 'Real Genius' poster contest. It's a moral imperative

real-genius.jpegChances are that if you enjoy Stuck in the '80s, you adored 1985's Real Genius. Val Kilmer's best movie? Anyone, anyone? Seriously, "Chris Knight" was my role model in college. Except that I wasn't an engineering major and that the middle-aged man living in my dorm room closet wasn't named Lazlo Hollyfeld.

Well, if you ever had a 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, then this contest is for you. Founditemclothing.com is hosting a Real Genius poster competition where the winner scores $100, three T-shirts from their website AND a pair of bunny slippers.

There are a ton more details to read right here. To win, you'll need more than the IQ of a carrot.

TOP 5 UNDER-APPRECIATED 'REAL GENIUS' QUOTES:

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Asia's original lineup returns to Clearwater on Nov. 20

Asia/Publicity photo by Mike InnsAsia is bringing the original lineup of the ultimate '80s supergroup back to Clearwater for a show Nov. 20 at the historic Capitol Theatre.

This will be only the second Tampa Bay stop for Asia since they reunited in 2007. Bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Steve Howe have been touring fairly regularly since then, including a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall that first year. This time, they'll play a far-more intimate venue. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Aug. 4.

Added bonus: This tour stop will include the band playing their 1982 self-titled debut album in its entirety. That makes total sense since this year marks its 30th anniversary. Still, they have a new album to pimp as well, so expect a few cuts from the excellent XXX album as well.

"This is the real Asia," Howe said in the tour announcement. "There have been other versions of the band, but this original line-up is the one that the public truly embraced." …

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Public Image Ltd. 2012 tour includes Ybor City date

thisispil_7.pngPublic Image Ltd. and John Lydon are ready to hit the road again, announcing their first North American tour in two years. And bonus: There are even a couple Florida dates on there. The tour supports the band's new album This is PiL, which was released in May. (Watch Lydon talk about the new tour in the video blog below.)

Best of all: There's a date here in Tampa, Oct. 6, at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Perfect venue for a band like this. These days, the band consists of Lydon (the only founding member remaining) along with Bruce Smith, Lu Edmonds and Scott Firth. Fave '80s tune? It's still Rise, from 1986's Album.

Here are the dates, according to Slicingupeyeballs.com: …

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London 2012: The '80s finally get 'their' Olympics

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When a spoof of 1981's Chariots of Fire outshines a performance by Sir Paul McCartney, you know these 2012 Summer Games belong to the '80s generation.

Was there anyone at home, watching the opening ceremonies on Friday night, who didn't explode with joy at seeing Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) perfoming Vangelis' theme from the movie? According to Digital Spy, that spoof cause the biggest Twitter spike of the night. (Chariots of Fire itself is seeing a new burst of love; the movie was remastered and rereleased just prior to the Olympics.)

Now, pair that with the homage to British music through the decades. Biggest applause and crowd explosion? During the '80s, when the music of OMD and Frankie Goes to Hollywood were featured. Yes, the same Frankie song -- Relax -- that was long banned by the BBC for being a little too ... well, a little too everything.

The love affair began before the opening ceremonies, with a concert featuring Duran Duran, and after Friday as well. The Pet Shop Boys, the most successful duo in British music history, performed Saturday before tennis began at Wimbledon.

Pet Shop Boys/AP photo …

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Pet Shop Boys' new single is real 'Winner'

The Pet Shop Boys have released the first single of their upcoming album Elysium, and to nobody's surprise, I think it's fantastic. It's titled Winner and the video is a documentary-style story of a roller derby group that includes a transgender player. A subtle song but I still enjoy it.

Look for the full Elysium album on Sept. 18 and a world tour, says Slicingupeyeballs.com, in early 2013.

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This is the droid guitar you were looking for

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Star Wars rock instruments? They never grow old. This R2-D2 guitar is fancy, but I still prefer Millennium Falcon bass guitar. Now all we need is a Death Star drum kit. (BTW, my prediction? "Death Star drum kit" is about to start trending on Google and Yahoo. Just saying.)

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Did you miss (or not yet see) Duran Duran at the Olympics?

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Duran Duran rocked London on Friday, the day of the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Games. (And we have the photos here to prove it ... so don't miss the ones below.) Depending where you live, you've either seen and enjoyed it ... or perhaps are waiting to see it on tape delay.

Here's their setlist, according to the very cool setlist.fm website, for their show in London's Hyde Park:

  • Planet Earth
  • A View to a Kill
  • All You Need Is Now
  • The Reflex
  • Girl Panic!
  • Save a Prayer
  • Ordinary World
  • Sunrise
  • Wild Boys
  • Rio

Media estimates are that 50,000 have packed Hyde Park for the concerts, which begin the festivities tonight.

The L.A. Times also reports that Duran Duran will take a break in September from nearly two years of touring and reconvene next year to write a new album.

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Ranking the top U.S. Summer Olympics athletes of the 1980s: The top 10

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The official Stuck in the '80s list of the Top 20 U.S. Olympians of the Summer Games during the '80s rolls onto today as today's Olympians prepare to parade into London to begin the 2012 games.

Again, I'm relying exclusively on Bleacherreport.com, which has already ranked the 100 greatest U.S. Olympians in Summer Games history. Amazingly, quite a large percentage of their list participated during one of the '80s olympiads.

The website used the following criteria: world records, medal counts, sustained excellence over multiple Olympic cycles and cultural impact. What they didn't factor in was success outside the Games and singular moments of greatness (unless those moments were part of overall great careers).

So what we have at hand then is the top rated U.S. Olympic athletes, according to Bleacherreport, who competed in the 1984 and/or 1988 Summer Games. (Remember we boycotted 1980 in Moscow.) I've included their rank within the '80s, which is based entirely on their rank among the top 100 of all time (which is also noted.) Confused? Nobody said the Olympics were an exact science.

Part 2 of the rankings is today. Nos. 11 through 20 ran Thursday. See them here. Enjoy the list and the games and recall with wonder the ancient days when there was more honor in beating a man on the playing field than killing him on a battlefield.

TOP 10 U.S. ATHLETES OF THE OLYMPICS DURING THE '80s:

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10. Dara Torres (Swimming)
Overall rank: 36
Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008
Medals: 12 (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze)
Bleacher says: "Never transcendent in any one event or Olympiad—she never won an individual gold medal—Torres made a career of defying time, somehow getting faster and stronger as the decades passed. If it hasn't been the most high-octane run, it's certainly been among the most captivating."

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Oooh yeah: Ferris Bueller's leather jacket can be yours ... for $20,000

ferris.jpgFerris Bueller should never, EVER have lost his jacket. Matthew Broderick, why would you part with such an iconic piece of Hollywood history? I bet it still fits you!

In any case, the actual leather jacket that Broderick wore in Ferris Bueller's Day Off is up for auction. (No word on whether the sweater vest is next.) Profiles in History is auctioning the jacket with a current bid of $20,000. It ends July 28. Their description: 

"Matthew Broderick’s signature leather jacket features tan, gray, and black pattern with metal rivets, black fabric cuffs and collar and zipper closure pockets. It shows a few tiny holes and light wear, as well as a tear on the lower back which occurred while filming of the scene where Broderick runs through the bushes attempting to beat his parents home after his adventurous day of playing hooky. An iconic and instantly recognizable costume from the film."

It actually has tears from the running-through-bushes scene?!? I can barely breathe right now! If I bought this, I would wear it around the house every night until -- aww, who am I kidding ... no way that jacket fits me -- so I would just freeze it in clear carbonite, thawing it just once annually to admire it in my own hands while watching the movie and eating pancreas.

Still, 20k? To paraphrase John Lennon, "I don't believe in auctions, I just believe in me."

But it is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. If you're not bidding on this in 15 minutes, you can find yourself a new best friend.

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Ranking the top U.S. Summer Olympics athletes of the 1980s

kiraly/AP photoWhen I set out to rank the Top 20 U.S. Olympians of the Summer Games during the '80s, I had no idea the task was worthy of a spot on a medal podium.

Thankfully, Bleacherreport.com has already ranked the 100 greatest U.S. Olympians in Summer Games history. So it's fairly easy to pick the top athletes from the '80s.

The website used the following criteria: world records, medal counts, sustained excellence over multiple Olympic cycles and cultural impact. What they didn't factor in was success outside the Games and singular moments of greatness (unless those moments were part of overall great careers).

So what we have at hand then is the top rated U.S. Olympic athletes, according to Bleacherreport, who competed in the 1984 and/or 1988 Summer Games. (Remember we boycotted 1980 in Moscow.) I've included their rank within the '80s, which is based entirely on their rank among the top 100 of all time (which is also noted.) Confused? Nobody said the Olympics were an exact science.

Part 1 of the rankings is today. The top 10 is Friday, the same day the Summer Olympics open again in London. Enjoy.

TOP U.S. SUMMER OLYMPICS ATHLETES OF THE 1980s (Nos. 20-11):

20. Valerie Brisco-Hooks (Track)
Overall rank: 81
Olympics: 1984, 1988
Medals: 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
Bleacher says: "Twelve years before Michael Johnson's legendary performance at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Valerie Brisco-Hooks made history by becoming the first woman to win the 200- and 400-meter sprints. Both runs came in Olympic record time."

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These dreams: Heart to play St. Pete's Ribfest on Nov. 10

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Heart is playing St. Pete's Ribfest on Saturday, Nov. 10. (Pant, pant, pant ....) Seriously, this is big to me. Last time I caught the Wilson sisters, opening for Journey in 2009 at Tampa's amphitheatre, they BLEW away the crowd. Even with the cold Nancy was nursing.

I still recall the saddest moment of all. I was at the T-shirt stand after their set, buying my usual Journey shirt PLUS a Heart shirt that never quite fit me right, when the woman next to me turned and asked hopefully: "Do you think they'll let Heart do another set?"

Bless her heart, she was serious. She wanted more Heart. We ALL wanted more Heart. God help me if I could chose between Journey and hearing Crazy On You one more time live, I'd have gone with Crazy. But the days of giving the people want they want is sadly gone.

"No," I said. "One set is all. We'll have to wait 'til next time." 

NEXT TIME IS NOW. Geesh, girls, don't make us wait so long again!

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Movin' on up: Sherman Hemsley dies at age 74

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Sherman Hemsley, the actor who became synonymous with "George Jefferson" on TV's The Jeffersons, has died, TMZ reports. He was 74.

The Jeffersons, a spinoff from All in the Family, ran from 1975 to 1985. After the show went off the air, Hemsley continued to act with success on TV, starring in the series Amen, Dinosaurs and even making guest appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The actor, who had no wife or children, died Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, TMZ says. It's believed he passed away from natural causes.

Hemsley was probably best known as George Jefferson, a side character in All in the Family who became the star when The Jeffersons was spun off in 1975. The show ran until 1985. His work on the show resulted in an Emmy nomination in 1984. The Philadelphia-born and raised sitcom actor also was a singer, releasing a single Ain't That a Kick in the Head in 1989 and an R&B album, Dance, in 1992.

he theme song to The Jeffersons practically sounds like a proper obituary.  

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Watch Rick Springfield perform July 24 live from his studio

rick_springfield.jpgNow this is interesting: Rick Springfield is playing an intimate little show tonight -- Tuesday, July 24 -- at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The venue: His studio. The audience: Anyone on the Internet.

"Rick will be performing from his laptop computer, and you will be watching from yours," his official site explains. "This is your chance to hang out with Rick online from his studio! Type your questions, comments, and requests in the chat box on the right hand side and Rick will see them!"

The show will not be recorded or archived, so it's truly a live event. As for tickets, well, that's an interesting little trick. Fans will need to sign up and create a "Stageit" account." From there, you purchases credit (or "notes" -- which go for 10 for $1). The show is technically "pay what you can," so you're free to pay what you want. However, there is a 1 note minimum. Ten cents? That's it? Rick is worth a ton more! Click here for more information.

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