1980s Now

1980s Now

1980s Now is a weekly examination of the importance of 80s pop culture and its continued influence today. We demonstrate that nostalgia alone doesn’t account for the contemporary fascination with our favorite decade. Instead, we share personal experiences and interview experts--including icons from 80s music, movies and TV--to demonstrate the “era of greed” bore the greatest moments in movies, music, television and sports. The show is equally entertaining and informative.

Episodes

December 5, 2022 70 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including a new Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer just dropped, some behind the scenes details about Disney+’s new Willow series, and the trailer-and name of-the forthcoming Indiana Jones sequel are here.

Then, the trio chats with Jim and Dnna Pressman. Jim is the former president of Pressman Toy, makers of many of the toys and games that we played during our youths. Together, they have ...

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In this episode, we flash all the way back to when 1980s Now was still a couple of idiots for the 80s. Here, Will and Ray determine which of seven 1980s films are Christmas movies in spite of what you may think. Did you agree with our definitive, unquestionable assessment? Write us at will@1980snow.com.

New Introduction - :15

Criteria for Christmas Movies - 1:48

"Trading Places" - 5:12

"Less Than Zero" - 9:12

"G...

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November 23, 2022 33 min

Will speaks with Laila Robins, who made her feature film debut as the object of Steve Martin’s affection in the greatest Thanksgiving movie of all time: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

Most recently, Laila starred on the final season of "The Walking Dead" as Pamela Milton, the governor of the Commonwealth. She’s appeared on many of the most popular series of the last several years, including Homeland, The Handmaid...

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November 21, 2022 70 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including more false rumors about "Indiana Jones 5," the superhero John Cusack could've played in 1985, and how Al's movie is just as "weird" as his music.

Then, we share the interesting tales of 12 of the quirkiest Christmas songs of the 1980s.

Introduction - :30

1980s News - 2:13

Twelve Quirkiest 1980s Christmas Songs - 23:14

Thank You and Your Feedback - 1:06:37

*Link ...

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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including why Paul Weller (not Robocop) called Robert Smith a k***, how there's even more Candy in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," and whether the Stallone-Schwarzenegger rumor is true.

Then, we identify the original Quantum Leap easter eggs that connect it cleverly to the first six episodes of the new sequel series. Were you a fan of the original Leap? Email us at will@19...

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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including how Elvira was D-listed, a premakequel series for "Friday the 13th," and Johnny Depp was still not cast in Beetlejuice 2.

Then, Will and Jon chat with Brian Volk-Weiss--CEO/founder of The Nacelle Company--about his latest docuseries "Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons." Are you fan of The Simpsons? Email us your thoughts to will@1980snow.com.

Introduction - :30

Announ...

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Recorded while live on Facebook (and in costumes), Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including how cassettes are making a come back, the story behind the Indy and Short Round reunion, and why "Halloween Ends" took a left turn.

Then, we challenge our Facebook Live audience to 80s trivia, including questions about movies, movies, candy and TV shows of that decade. How well did you do? Email us at will@1980snow.com...

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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including the "Aliens" spin-off prequel novel, the Tina Turner Barbie doll, and the copyright case that involved Andy Warhol and the Purple One. Next, we announce the winner of the Ralph Macchio book giveaway.

Finally, Will speaks with Paul Robb, composer and founding member of the chart-topping synthpop group "Information Society." What's your favorite song? Email us y...

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Will and Kat are joined by Durandy to identify Kat's three unopened vintage Duran Duran posters. For over the last 30 years, Durandy has amassed the world’s largest collection of the band’s memorabilia. The unique archive includes 14,000 magazine articles, nearly 3,000 photographs and what Nick Rhodes describes as the “known collection of Duran Duran posters in the world.” More than that, however, with the publication of his bo...

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October 16, 2022 58 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including how Heather Langenkamp would like to return to the "Nightmare" series, Batman's favorite wheels, and when Satan Panic is returning to the airwaves.

Then, we chat about the creepy 900 numbers that dominated TV ads and our phones in the late 1980s. Did you call any? Email us your thoughts to will@1980snow.com.

Introduction - :28

Announcement - 4:12

*Bonus audio and vid...

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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including the Halloween Grinch that tried to ground Max, a "Scanner" series coming to HBOMax, and Iron Maiden's new tour.

Then, we chat with Jim Babjak, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of the platinum award-winning The Smithereens. What's your favorite song? Email us your thoughts to will@1980snow.com.

Introduction - :32

1980s News - 2:01

Will's Smithereens 1980s ...

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October 2, 2022 59 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including a real-life floating Max, James Earl Jones retires as Darth's voice lives on, and even more stars return for Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.

Then, we chat about the curious details about the best songs from 1980s movies as ranked by Billboard. What's your favorite movie song? Email us your thoughts to will@1980snow.com.

Introduction - :35

Did Harrison Ford Praise Crystal ...

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September 25, 2022 65 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including how it's curtains for the Phantom, the original Quantum Leap character that stars in the reboot, and a confirmed Karate Kid film.

Then, the Will takes Kat and Jon back to a toy store the 1980s where they go on a shopping spree (with $75). And after they return back to 2020, they learn who has the more valuable toy collection. What would you have purchased? Email us your though...

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September 18, 2022 67 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including what Michael Myers was doing during the pandemic, Indiana Jones 5 footage at D23, and the passing of the inventor of the scrunchie.

Then, the trio determines how long they can endure each of the current Top 5 songs for the week ending September 10, 2022. Will the any of the contemporary songs last 30 seconds without being buzzed by the hosts? And what were the Top 5 songs this wee...

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September 11, 2022 66 min

Recorded with streaming on Facebook Live, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including whether David Lee Roth should actually retire already, an exciting Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley casting update, and possible more films for Top Gun and the Karate Kid (Cobra Kai). Then, the trio interview Bradley Scott, frontman of Emarosa, about the band's new 1980s-inspired tracks. Follow Emarosa on Facebook for more information he...

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September 4, 2022 81 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including the return of a discontinued monster cereal and the trailer for "Confess, Fletch."

Then, Will challenges Kat and Jon to determine whether the long-held rumors about Star Wars are bantha poodoo.

Finally, the trio chats with Brian Volk-Weiss, the founder and CEO of The Nacelle Company, the creators of the hit Netlix series "The Toys That Made Us" and "The Movies...

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August 28, 2022 90 min

Will and Jon discuss current 80s news including a Ferris Bueller spinoff, John Hughes soundtrack boxset and the 1980s movie nearly deemed too pornographic for release.

Then, the pair chats with filmmakers Rand Vossler and Christopher Smith to determine what makes a contemporary show set in the 1980s authentic. Our guests are wrestling with that criteria as they develop their own movie set in 1988. What is your favorite new show or f...

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August 21, 2022 86 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including which actor will take the fall for Hollywood’s next reboot, who will tear out throats (and our hearts) in Patrick Swayze’s absence and which video game legend is waka-working on a movie. Plus, Will challeges Kat and Jon to identify Heather Locklear or Heather Thomas from the TV show. Then, the trio gets updated on the dozens of 1980s reboots, remakes and sequels that have been pr...

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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including why Drago refuses to break Rocky and how a vampire spawned a hairstyle that won’t die. Then, the trio reviews five of the worst 1980s movies with the best soundtracks. Join the discussion. Follow us on Facebook. Email us your thoughts to will@1980snow.com.

Introduction - :30

Announcement - 3:00

1980s News - 4:17

Five Worst 80s Movies with Great Soundtracks - 26:40

Winner and Thank...

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August 7, 2022 75 min

Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including how Kirk shat on Star Trek and how "Stranger Things" connects to "Conan the Barbarian." Then, the trio reviews the terrifying in-universe origin stories of six 1980s toys. Plus, Will challenges Kat and Jon to identify the 80s product from its alleged hidden occult themes.

Introduction - :30

Announcement - 3:00

Join us Thursday, August 11, at 7:30pm on Facebook Live f...

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