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If there is ever a Hall of Fame of ’80s Cultural Life, the date June 12, 1981 will have a display all of its own. This is because on that long ago Friday, were you a fan of movies, you would have been treated to the spectacle of having three memorable films open on the […]

Iron Maiden said it best a long time ago (summarizing passages from the Book of Revelation, of course): “Woe to you, oh earth and sea, for the Devil sends his beast with wrath because he knows the time is short. Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a […]

Two middle-aged cops blare their police-cruiser siren, weaving recklessly in and out of traffic. In the backseat is Fogell, or “McLovin,” whose quest to purchase booze with a fake ID has clearly inspired them to relive their own teenage glory years. So they pull into an empty parking lot, peel off some wild donuts and […]

John Logan, who wrote screenplays for the James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre, said he feared that the takeover of MGM Studios by Amazon could lead to the spy franchise’s demise. The recently announced $8.45 billion deal included a guarantee that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and their Eon Productions corporation would […]

Tom Petty was ready to duke it out on the final episode of Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show, which aired 23 years ago on May 31, 1998. Appearing as himself on the show, Petty sparked a scuffle first with actor Greg Kinnear and then with country singer Clint Black over who would be singing Larry’s farewell song. “I […]

A new documentary called The Beatles in India will center on the band’s spiritual and creative connection with the country. There will also be a companion album of Beatles songs interpreted by Indian artists. The movie is set to premiere in the U.K. on June 6, while the LP, titled The Beatles and India: Songs Inspired by the Film, will follow […]

At the end of 1970’s Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the first sequel in the original five-movie series, friendly chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira somehow managed to avoid the nuclear bomb that wiped out the rest of the cast. So, here they were, a year later in Escape From the Planet of the Apes, on Earth […]

When Thelma & Louise was released on May 24, 1991, one scene in particular became an iconic moment of movie history. The story of two women who initially set out on a weekend girls trip, only to get caught up in attempted rape, murder, theft and a run from the law, captured the attention of worldwide […]

Susan Sarandon described Thelma & Louise as a cowboy movie, in the tradition of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Screenwriter Callie Khouri, who would win an Oscar for it, said it’s an outlaw movie. Geena Davis called it the film that changed her life because its reaction prompted her to start the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and fight for better […]

When fans tuned in to wish The Love Boat a bon voyage on May 24, 1986, they got what they expected. After three made-for-TV movies and nine seasons, the final episode of The Love Boat didn’t deliver anything exciting or new. Instead, the finale offered tenderness and corny jokes, absurd situations and ’80s glamour, and, […]