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Jim Nabors marries longtime companion in Washington

stroker.jpgJim Nabors was a fixture on television in the '80s, mainly as a bungling Marine private in reruns of Gomer Pyle USMC and as a guest on The Love Boat. But also when his only three big-screen appearances in the decade hit cable TV. (God, it seemed like Nabors must have owned shares of HBO for as often as Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run II and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas appeared on the channel. Come to think of it, Burt Reynolds -- his frequent co-star -- must also be an investor.)

So I'm happy to hear that Nabors is finally settling down and getting married to his longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader.

"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors told the Associated Press. Hawaii News Now reports Nabors and Cadwallader traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle and were married Jan. 15.

Nabors said coworkers and friends knew about his homosexuality but this was the first time he'd told the media.  …

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Freeze, gopher! Top 10 exclamations from 'Caddyshack'

tumblr_lbdkspfglr1qzuqe9.jpgCaddyshack might very well be the most quotable movie of the '80s. Disagree? Well, then your uncle molests collies. (See what I mean?) There's literally a use for every single line in the movie in your everyday life. 

Today, however, I want to celebrate the exclamations of the 1980 comedy, much of which were ad-libbed by the actors because the script was written more with pencil than pen. There are a ton of great lines that come flying out of the mouths of Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Bill Murray -- and sadly very few from the very mellow Chevy Chase. But after much soul-searching and research -- and sadly eliminating a half dozen because they'd be inappropriate for publication -- I've managed to whittle them down.

The No. 1 exclamation, by the way, is one I use every. single. day. Fiddlesticks if you don't believe me. 


10. "Pick up that blood!" 

9. "He called me a baboon, he thinks I'm his wife!

8. "That kangaroo stole my ball!"

7. "Hey, you scratched my anchor!"

6. "Freeze gopher!"

5. "Oh, by golly... I'm hot today!" 

4. "It's in the hole!"

3. "You'll get nothing, and like it!"

2. "Doodie!" 

1. "Ahhh, RAT FART!"


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Quick, name three '80s bands from Scotland

If one of your guesses was The Waterboys, you're on the right track. Led by Mike Scott, The Waterboys were formed in Scotland in the early ‘80s and in 1983, they charted their first UK single with A Girl Called Johnny. The girl “Johnny” is actually a nod to Patti Smith. The Waterboys had other hit singles in the UK that were picked up by alternative radio stations in the states such as The Whole of the Moon and Fisherman’s Blues.

Waterboy Karl Wallinger left the band and went on to have chart success with World Party in 1987. The rest of The Waterboys still continue to gush out music and are just wrapping up a tour of Australia.

(Oh, you really wanted more Scottish bands from the '80s? Well, Big Country, Deacon Blue, Simple Minds, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins -- among many others.)

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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Star Trek tattoos? Highly illogical but these fans make it so

trek_tats.jpgThe only way I'd get a Star Trek tattoo is if the ink artist was named Khan. That way, I'd be able to create Kirk's signature cry from Star Trek II over and over again while I got a tat of a tribble on my ... well, I haven't thought that far ahead.

But it turns out the ideas of Trek tattoos is hardly novel. has created a photo gallery of the 12 coolest Star Trek tattoos, and they're quite amazing. Amazing in the sense that most of them are on female fans. Not to be sexist, but I always thought Trek was more of a guy thing. (Says the guy who wants a tribble tattoo.) Here's my personal favorite to the right, combining both the original series and the Next Generation. Click here to see the rest.

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Today's lost and found gem: Giuffria's 'Call to the Heart'

Guiffria’s Call to the Heart may be lost on the radio these days, but not in the hearts of ‘80s music lovers. Call to the Heart was released late in 1984 and peaked at No.15 on the charts in 1985. Despite having some of the best hair in hard rock, Giuffria would break up after two albums, with three of the members, including Greg Guiffria, forming House of Lords in 1988.

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger planning sequels for Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Twins

arnold.jpgArnold Schwarzenegger is clearly nuts. The former governor of California, who relaunched his acting career in The Last Stand, now has plans to appear in sequels to The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian and Twins.

First up, The Terminator. This will be the FIFTH movie in the franchise if you're keeping track. 

"They're writing right now Terminator 5," Arnold told a British newspaper in a webchat, according to this friendly blog. "There have been some writers on it for the last year-and-a-half and they could not pull it off. We have told them over and over that they are going in the wrong direction, now they've finally got rid of those writers and they've got new really quality writers. Now they're going in the right direction. I think this year the script will be finished and we will be able to go into pre-production."

Schwarzenegger is 65 years old. The only appropriate role for him in a Terminator movie is maybe one of the skeletons that litter the ground in the barren future world. Aww, I kid. He still looks pretty good. And robots age, right?  …

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The Kids in the Hall score a hit with 'These are the Daves I Know'

The Kids in the Hall may not be for everyone, but for those who appreciate some good Canadian humor, it was five great years of strange characters, unpredictable skits and guys who could wear a dress better than most females.

The song These Are the Daves I Know aired just under the ‘80s wire in November 1989, on Episode # 5 of Season One. Bruce McCulloch is the lead singer and besides being funny, this happy tune is catchy and gets stuck in your head.

The Kids in the Hall ran for five seasons and all members of the troupe have gone on to individual success. A few years back, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald made plans to create a TV show called Big in the ‘80s. The premise of the show was to follow the comeback of a fictional ‘80s pop-synth duo called Y-Y-Knot, but alas, plans for the show blew up like The Chicken Lady.

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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Morrissey hospitalized; U.S. tour in jeopardy

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is famous for "falling ill" during tours and canceling dates. But I think he has a good excuse this time: Reuters reports that Morrissey has been hospitalized near Detroit with a suspected bladder infection.

Morrissey checked into Beaumont Hospital on Friday in the suburb of Royal Oak, Mich., said his spokeswoman Lauren Papapietro.

Morrisseey had already canceled several dates due to another ilness with his band. Gigs in Flint, Minneapolis and Chicago have been canceled. The status of coming shows in Nashville, Atlanta and Las Vegas remain uncertain. Click here for a full list of upcoming dates. But if I were a ticketholder, I'd tell the babysitter you might not her services afterall.

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Burt Reynolds in critical condition in Florida hospital

ijiae5wabefy_m.jpgNot even the Bandit can outrun the flu: Burt Reynolds has been hit so hard by the bug that he's been admitted into the intensive care unit at an undisclosed Florida hospital, TMZ reports.

Burton's rep tells the gossip website that the actor was "severely dehydrated," and thus was admitted to the hospital. But the 76-year-old star of Smokey and the Bandit is expected to make a full recovery.

BTW, I feel quasi-bad for recently declaring that the '80s might have been the worst decade for Burt's acting career. Though I insist his best work was outside the '80s, he had a few moments worth celebrating. Five in fact.


5. Switching Channels (1988): "Siegenthaler! Kick satellite 11 for Christ's sakes!"

4. Stroker Ace (1983): "I thought all actors were egotistical hypochondriac sissies."

3. Best Friends (1982): "Every female character you create has breasts too large." ... "Mmm... but I make them suffer for it."

2. Sharky's Machine (1981): "You know Frisco, when we used to flush the toilet upstairs, we always wondered where it came to..."

1. Cannonball Run (1981): "What about a black trans-am? No, that's been done!"

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Coachella lineup includes New Order, OMD, Violent Femmes and more '80s stars


The Coachella Music and Slacker Handbag Festival, or whatever the formal title is, really isn't something on my radar most years. Maybe that's because I stopped listening to new music about 1987. But this year's Coachella lineup is full of acts from our beloved decade, so maybe there's hope after all.

Among the bands descending on Indio, Calif. for April 12-14 and 19-21: New Order, OMD, Violent Femmes (above), Jello Biafra, Dinosaur Jr., Lou Reed and Sparks. Is it a good enough billing to offset all the other radio unfriendly acts covered with awkward facial hair? Probably not for me. But to each his own.

Check the official Coachella site for the full lineup.

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Can't figure out your Colins in the '80s? It's a Voodoo Thing

Let’s get our ‘80s Colins straight. Colin Hays was in Men At Work. Colin Quinn was on MTV’s Remote Control and 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick was born in 1987. But do you know Colin James?

One of Canada’s favorite sons, Colin James released his debut album in 1988 which included the single Voodoo Thing. James would win the Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist, the first of his six Junos.

Colin’s original name is Colin James Munn, but shortened his stage name on the advice of Stevie Ray Vaughan. James continues to play his blues-based rock and is scheduled to be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame this March. 

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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J.J. Abrams to direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

main_throne_room03.jpgIt looks like the universe far far away has found a new Jedi master. J.J. Abrams is all set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, according to the L.A. Times. And then, suddenly, a million voices cried out in relief and aren't close to being silenced.

Abrams had previously denied interest in the project, but you just had to have faith in the force that he'd come around on it. Let's just hope he doesn't confuse his reboot projects: If Han Solo sprouts Vulcan ears or Chewie has a Scottish accent, I'm coming out with my lightsaber swinging.

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'Baywatch' reboot will feature Hader rather than Hoff

baywatch.jpgSorry, David Hasselhoff, but you're too old to go running into oceans anymore. That's why Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader will star in Paramount’s reboot of Baywatch, the unintentionally campy TV hit that began in the late '80s.

But yes, the film will include cameos from Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, according to The Wrap.

Hader, who even looks uncannily like the Hoff, is all set to take over the role as the head lifeguard on the SoCal beach scene. The movie's plot, according to The Wrap, follows lifeguards who discover that an oil rig off the Malibu coast is actually a meth lab. And the hilarity ensues from there.

Filming is set to begin this spring.

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Sylvester Stallone blackmailed by half-sister in '80s, report says

rambo1.jpgSylvester Stallone was blackmailed by his half-sister beginning in 1987, according to an exclusive report in the New York Post. And you thought Adrian's brother Paulie was the real pain in the butt for Rocky. 

The Post reports that sources close to Stallone say the deal was nothing more than a shakedown by Toni-Ann Filiti, who is described by family as a desperate, pill-popping relative. Still, the First Blood star ended up coughing up $2 million plus $16k per month for her lifetime along with a fat trust for psychiatric and medical care. 

The top-secret deal after Filiti claimed long-time abuse by Stallone. His lawyers, say the Post, told the actor to pay her off to make her go away.

"Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester," Jacqueline Stallone, mother of Sly and Toni-Ann, told the Post. "A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous, she didn’t have to hook. He was trying to help her. He caved in."

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Barry Gourdreau 'dreams' of Boston in the '80s

After 1978’s Don’t Look Back album, Boston leader Tom Scholz informed the rest of the the band that he was taking a break and they should pursue other projects to keep busy.

Guitarist Barry Gourdreau released the single Dreams in 1980 and used fellow Boston bandmates Brad Delp on vocals and Sib Hashian on drums, so it’s no surprise this sounds like the Boston single you never heard. The record company started to promote Gourdreau as the mastermind behind Boston and it caused a riff between Scholz and Gourdreau.

Gourdreau was not invited back to join Boston on the Third Stage album, so he started bands such as Orion the Hunter and RTZ, both of which had moderate success.

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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