Monday, March 19, 2018

'80s and '90s kids, rejoice! KB Toys is coming back | Nintendo Wire

'80s and '90s kids, rejoice! KB Toys is coming back | Nintendo Wire: "The fall of Toys”R”Us has been a big blow for many, especially those of us who grew up going to the giant toy retailer on the regular. Toys”R”Us is sure to leave behind some mighty big shoes to fill, and it looks like another icon of ’80s and ’90s retail is about to return in an attempt to do just that.

KB Toys looks to be making a play for a comeback as the retro toy store has announced the beginning phases of bringing back the brand are taking place.

 According to the press release, the new and improved KB Toys is aiming at opening up shop both online and in physical retail spaces. As KB Toys was predominantly located in malls across the US, we expect a similar treatment this time around. Keep in mind that the press release was pretty vague — but we expect to get more info as we approach the holiday season. Stay tuned!"

How the 80s and 90s demonised the babysitter | Den of Geek

How the 80s and 90s demonised the babysitter | Den of Geek: "Chances are, whoever you are, you’ve been babysat once upon a time. Chances are, it was largely uneventful. But there’s also a chance that it’s since been dramatised out of all proportion. As memory serves, our babysitter was the most amazing woman ever and although there was a whopping 15 year age difference between this writer (then a primary school student) and her, we were destined to be together. Sadly, she spent most of her babysitting shift abusing my parents’ telephone landline while I ate dry penne pasta out of the packet.

What was this article about again? Oh yeah.

As if any further proof were needed than the penne incident alone, how any of this babysitting malarkey is still a thing nowadays is just as baffling as The Cloverfield Paradox. Not its premise, just its being. Have today’s parents seen any of the babysitting-centric movies of the late 80s and early 90s? Because they’re acting like they haven’t. So consider this a public service announcement on why you’re statistically safer to send them to nursery than to hire a babysitter..."

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Internet Archive's new handheld collection lets you play video games that were lost to time

Internet Archive's new handheld collection lets you play video games that were lost to time: "Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the '80s. Back in the days when Nintendo's biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library's ongoing efforts to preserve old games and software — a process that began around four years ago — have now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s.

It's a collection that includes roughly 60 titles, from names you know — like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong — to games that you've probably never heard of. Did you know, for example, that Tiger released a handheld MC Hammer game at one point? Or that Q*Bert's tabletop arcade release has a very different look?"

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Magnum P.I. Reboot Casts Happy Endings Star | Screen Rant

Magnum P.I. Reboot Casts Happy Endings Star | Screen Rant: "Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton has been chosen for a lead role in CBS’ Magnum P.I. reboot. The pilot for the ’80s classic, which launched Tom Selleck’s career, was picked up by the network back in January. It will join several other vintage TV reboots on the airwaves, including Hawaii Five-O, Lethal Weapon, and MacGyver. In addition to the pilot for the new Magnum P.I., CBS is also developing an updated take on fellow 80s classic, the female-fronted police procedural Cagney and Lacey.

The new take on Magnum P.I. will focus on an ex-Navy SEAL who uses his military skills in his investigative work for “lost causes.” The role of former military man Higgins, who was originally the caretaker of the opulent estate where Magnum resided in the guesthouse, has been reimagined as disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks). Suicide Squad actor Jay Hernandez has already been cast as Thomas Magnum."

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bruce Willis and more 1980s action stars - Where are they now? | Gallery |

Bruce Willis and more 1980s action stars - Where are they now? | Gallery | "Thirty years ago, Bruce Willis became a fan-favorite action star when he played NYPD detective John McClane in 1988's "Die Hard." While the role wasn't his first on the big screen, it helped define his acting career and gave Bruce a reputation for being a Hollywood tough guy. On March 19, 2018, old Brucey turns 63 and to celebrate, wanted to see what's happening in his life today -- and find out what the other major action stars of the '80s are up to now. Keep reading to see who's still shooting 'em up on-screen and who's faded into obscurity..."

Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to doctor’s orders | Page Six

Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to doctor’s orders | Page Six: "Aretha Franklin is canceling two upcoming concerts on doctor’s orders.

The Queen of Soul’s management team says in a statement Friday that Franklin will not perform March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. That show would have taken place on her 76th birthday.

Franklin also won’t appear April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organizers say Rod Stewart will perform as the headliner instead.

The statement says the singer has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months. It adds that Franklin is “extremely disappointed she cannot perform as she had expected and hoped to.”"

Here's how much your retro toys are worth

Here's how much your retro toys are worth: "Tucked away in your attic far away from the prying eyes of gold diggers sits a fortune. And to mark the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels and 65th anniversary of Matchbox cars, has approached Neal Giordano, an expert, to help them identify ‘old gold’ in the form of ‘retro toys’. Here’s looking at those forgotten ’80s and ’90s toys that could fetch you a load of cash."

Almanac, 3/17

Actor Patrick Duffy is 69. 
Actor Kurt Russell is 67. 
Actor Rob Lowe is 54.

#1 song this day in 1980: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", Queen
#1 album this day in 1980: The Wall, Pink Floyd

Friday, March 16, 2018

Glenn Frey's Solo Career Summarized With New Four-Disc Box

Glenn Frey's Solo Career Summarized With New Four-Disc Box: "Glenn Frey's solo career is getting the deluxe retrospective treatment with a new box set that collects hits and deep cuts, as well as live recordings and out-of-print early sides.

Titled Above the Clouds: The Collection, the four-disc set is scheduled to arrive in stores May 11. After a first disc focusing on the Eagles co-founder's hit solo singles — which will also be available as a standalone release — Clouds moves on to less well-known material, including songs from his 2012 After Hours release.

With its third and fourth discs, Above the Clouds offers material that should be of most interest to collectors — starting with the digital debut of Longbranch/Pennywhistle, the 1969 LP Frey recorded as a duo with longtime collaborator JD Souther. Previously available on CD only as an import, the album is followed here with a DVD presenting footage of a Frey show from Sept. 15, 1992, during the tour in support of his Strange Weather release."

6 Qs for They Might Be Giants (TMBG) - OnMilwaukee

6 Qs for They Might Be Giants (TMBG) - OnMilwaukee: "Thirty-six years ago, John Flansburgh and John Linnell started They Might Be Giants, a quirky duo with a drum machine. The band, which now has a backing band, occasionally takes breaks, but has never broken up. Instead, they've released 20 studio albums and have garnered success in a variety of genres, including alternative, college radio and children's music.

OnMilwaukee recently had the pleasure of asking Linnell a few questions before their show tomorrow night, Friday, March 16, at The Pabst Theater. Of course the 1992 stage collapse at the Modjeska Theatre was the white elephant in the conversation and had to be discussed."

David Bowie Statue to Be Unveiled in English Town | Pitchfork

David Bowie Statue to Be Unveiled in English Town | Pitchfork: "According to certain accounts, David Bowie is said to have debuted his Ziggy Stardust persona in the early ’70s at a club called Friars in Aylesbury, a town in Buckinghamshire, England. Honoring his legacy, Aylesbury will unveil a David Bowie statue in the town’s Market Square on Sunday, March 25, the BBC reports. (Bowie referenced the square on Ziggy’s “Five Years.”) The bronze sculpture, called Earthly Messenger, was created by Andrew Sinclair. The statue features Bowie’s various personae, including Ziggy. Below, check out a miniature mock-up of Earthly Messenger, as well as photos of Sinclair with the life-size figure.

In addition to the statue, there is a campaign for Aylesbury to change its name to “Aylesbowie.” The campaign was started by David Stopps, a promoter for Friars Aylesbury who started the initial fundraiser for the Bowie statue. Stopps told the BBC that he thinks the name change is possible because “since records began there have been 57 variations of the town’s name.” A spokesman for Buckinghamshire County Council commented, “It’s an interesting idea and perhaps on 25 March we could all think ‘Aylesbowie’—just for one day!”"

Sir Paul McCartney stuns commuters choosing second class on train | Daily Mail Online

Sir Paul McCartney stuns commuters choosing second class on train | Daily Mail Online: "Sir Paul McCartney may have an estimated fortune of £780 million but the Beatles legend is not averse to saving the odd penny here and there.

The 75-year-old was spotted rushing onto a train yesterday just before it pulled out of Charing Cross railway station.

Rather than opting for first class, down-to-earth Sir Paul settled down in second class, sitting alongside ordinary commuters and their bicycles.

Dressed smartly in a suit and crisp white shirt, Britain's most famous singer songwriter kept a low profile as he sat quietly on his own in the carriage. "

Rick Springfield Opens Florida Tour at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota

Rick Springfield Opens Florida Tour at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota: "Musician, soap star, movie star and author Rick Springfield brought his show to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday night. He is touring with the new record “The Snake King”, which was released in January. A bluesy rock hard edged record making some political statements is not what you expect from one of 80's pop/rock favorites. Long before Justin Bieber, Springfield was a Teen Idol in his native Australia in the 70's. He came to America and found musical success and then television success on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. In the 80’s, Dr. Noah Drake and Rick Springfield were almost one in the same. Rick left the show and devoted himself primarily to his first love music.

He has continued to release new music, play sold-out shows and do some acting occasionally. He has played the Van Wezel several times over the last 10 years, he has a fan base here and this show starts off a string of dates in the south along with the 80’s Cruise which Rick is hosting. When he disembarks he and his band will be playing in Naples. April 15th through 16th, he will be back in Florida to play the Garden Concert Series at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot and a date in Miami."

Meet the Woman Behind the Catchy Toys 'R' Us Jingle From the 80s | Inside Edition

Meet the Woman Behind the Catchy Toys 'R' Us Jingle From the 80s | Inside Edition: "The woman behind the iconic Toys 'R' Us jingle, featured in the commercials from the 80s and 90s, wrote the tune with best-selling crime author James Patterson. 

Linda Kaplan Thaler wrote the catchy tune with Patterson back when they were both working at an ad agency — The J. Walter Thompson Agency — in 1982. 

"I wanted to think like a child because I was imagining a kid singing it," she said of the jingle, which she composed on a toy piano. "I knew that I had done something that was going to be catchy because there was a little 4-year-old running on the street and his mother said to him, 'If you don’t stop singing that song, we are never going to make it to school.' I thought, 'That’s cool.'"

She said when they wrote the song, they thought it was going to be a "one time thing," adding, "We never thought it was going to go on for so long.""