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Modern English cancels tour after medical emergency

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Modern English, who have been wowing crowds again after reforming the original lineup and touring hard in recent years, have had to cancel the remaining dates on their spring tour. The news comes as guitarist Gary McDowell was rushed into an LA hospital for emergency surgery on Friday.

The band issued a statement to Paste magazine addressing the news: “All of us, Gary especially, are very sorry to have to announce the sudden cancellation of our Take Me To The Trees U.S. and Canadian dates. This is due to a serious illness and urgent surgery required for our guitarist Gary. Obviously we are very upset and disappointed to have to come to this decision, but without Gary we can’t play any concerts. After recovering from surgery, Gary will be flown home to England for further treatment.” …

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'Blade Runner 2049' director plans 'Dune' remake next

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How did we miss this news? Director Denis Villeneuve, who is putting the finishing touches on Blade Runner 2049, says a new adaption of the Frank Herbert novel Dune will be his next project.

“Since I was 12 years old there was a book I read, which is Dune, which is my favorite book, with 1984,” Villeneuve told Variety.com back in February. “After Prisoners, the producer of Alcon asked me what I would like to do next. I said, Dune, spontaneously, that if anyone could get me the rights for Dune — and I knew it was very difficult to get those rights.”

Wish granted.  

“For me it was just a dream, and I guess I’m lucky that Mary Parent from Legendary got the rights and offered it to me,” he said. “I can’t say no to that. I have images that I am haunted by for 35 years. I will not say no to that. That’s going to be the project of my life.”

Meanwhile, Blade Runner 2049 is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 6, wrapping up an amazing 2017 for Villeneuve in which his movie Arrival was nominated for eight Oscars.  …

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New podcast: Which '80s movies are still alive?

Our "National Eighties Tournament" is marching on, and we're ready to reveal who won in Rounds 1 and 2. Our latest podcast spills the beans and posts the matchups for Round 3. 

By the way, if you haven't noticed, we're posting our podcasts weekly again. Our plan is to give you a new show every Sunday. And thanks for everyone's positive reaction to our new mystery TV theme song seggie. Glad we're all having fun. Enjoy the show. 

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Last chance to vote for best movie villain in Sour Sixteen round

We are in the final hours of round 2 of our NET - National Eightes Tournament - and you have just one more day to cast your vote in our Sour Sixteen bracket for Best '80s Movie Villain. Use the form below to vote and then listen to Sunday's podcast to see who advances. 

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Scorpions, Megadeth announce 2017 North American dates

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Remember WAY back in 2011 when Scorpions (never “The Scorpions”) announced they were calling it quits? Yeah, well, that never really did end up happening. Those crazy Germans have spend the last six years rocking the world (like a hurricane?) and just can’t seem to rest.

So while it’s a bit surprising to hear they’ve announced a North American tour, we’re willing to just chalk it up to the winds of change. 

The tour begins in mid-September in Pennsylvania and wraps up at under the big city lghts at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Oh, and they’re bringing their trash-metal pays Megadeth along too.

No word yet about ticket sale dates. 

SCORPIONS/MEGADETH 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: 

9/14 — Reading, Pa. - Santander Arena

9/16 — New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden

9/19 — Laval, Quebec - Place Bell 

9/22 — Toronto, Ontario - Budweiser Stage Amphitheater

9/23 — Chicago, Ill. - All State Arena

9/26 — Denver, Colo. - 1st Bank Center

9/29 — Spokane, Wash. - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

9/30 — Seattle, Wash. - Tacoma Dome

10/3 — Reno, Nev. - Grand Sierra Resort

10/4 — Oakland, Calif. - Oracle Arena

10/7 — Los Angeles, Calif. - The Forum

10/8 — Phoenix, Ariz. - Talking Stick Arena …

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5 things you probably didn’t know about the TV series CHiPs

Is there anything you expected less that “CHiPs: The Movie?” (Well, maybe “Heathers: The Musical.”) CHiPs was a family-friendly police drama that ran six seasons from 1977 to 1983. It starred two - well, they weren’t entirely unknown actors - as California Highway Patrol officers keeping the paved jungles of Los Angeles safe. 

Erik Estrada played the colorful character of - and this is a mouthful - Officer Francis ("Frank") Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello, while Larry Wilcox played the straight-laced Officer Jonathan ("Jon") Andrew Baker.

I’m not totally shocked that Dax Shepard was inspired to find big-screen material here. The 42-year-old actor would have been pretty young to have enjoyed the series during its first run on TV, but Shepard is a longtime fan of facing motorcycles and rebuilding classic cars. He’d be the perfect CHiPs fan.

The R-rated movie, which opens Friday, March 24, will certainly be a huge departure from the TV show, in which the two dutiful officers reportedly never pulled their weapons or fired a gun. (My guess is that streak ends 2 minutes into the movie.)

Here are five more things you probably didn’t know about the original CHiPs series, according to IMDB.com: …

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Domino's Pizza, you're my hero: Watch this amazing Ferris Bueller tribute

Abe Froman may be the sausage king of Chicago. But Domino's Pizza is now the king of TV commercials, thanks to this Ferris Bueller tribute/TV ad spot.

You'll probably notice that it's Alan Ruck ("Cameron") as the driver in the Audi (taking over the role of Ferris' dad). But can you name the actor playing Ferris? That's Joe Keery, aka "Steve" from the Netflix series Stranger Things. Nice, Domino's. Nice. 

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Rob Lowe returns to TV … to chase unsolved mysteries?

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After a white-hot career in the movies during the ‘80s - yes, even Youngblood - Rob Lowe has been more than paying the monthly gas bill with amazing TV performances for the last few decades. The West Wing, Dr. Vegas, Parks and Recreation, The Grinder, Code Black. So it’s no shocker that he’s planning a new series soon on the A&E Network. It’s just the subject that’s so odd.

Unsolved mysteries? 

Tulsaworld.com, of all places, just reported that Lowe will star alongside his two sons in a 9-episode series called The Lowe Files. The nonfiction show will follow the Lowes (Rob, Matthew and John Owen) as they travel the country to explore strange and unsolved mysteries. 

"Since I was a kid, I’ve loved unexplained legends, strange phenomena and the scary, supernatural stories told around campfires," Lowe said in a press release. "When I became a father, I shared those tales with my two sons. Together, we bonded over Bigfoot, UFOs and every creepy and bizarre story we could find, passionately debating if they were real — or not. And we swore that someday the three of us would go on our own adventure to find out."

No word on a premiere date for The Lowe Files, which Lowe will also produce.  …

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Play the Game: Brian May announces Queen Monopoly

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We haven’t played Monopoly in years, but that might have to change soon. Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed there’s a new Queen Monopoly game in the works. The board game should be available in May.

"We've been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year. And it's due in a shop near you in May," May wrote on his official website. "I'm excited – it was a blast working on it – like making an album! We hope you love it!"

According to Rollingstone.com, the Queen Monopoly game differs from the regular version in that the goal is not to become a real estate icon, rather the game allows fans to build up the band’s career while avoiding the traditional Monopoly pitfalls of “taxes, jail and bankruptcy.” Talk about being "under pressure," but if you "want it all" you risk being the next player to "bite the dust." (Sorry, the puns were unavoidable.)

Even the player tokens for the Queen version are custom and include the robot from News of the World, a bike for Bicycle Race, the vacuum cleaner from I Want To Break Free, the hammer from Hammer to Fall and, of course, May’s guitar. (What, no "fat-bottomed girl" token?)

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‘80s TV drama next project for Ryan Murphy

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Think the ‘80s nostalgia movement is nearing its end. Not even close, bud. Deadline.com reports that Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck) will soon be producing a drama for FX that is set in our favorite decade.

Set in 1986, the TV series will be called Pose and it will be focused on “the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York City: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world,” Deadline reports.

Casting has only just begun so no names are attached yet, but the show is aiming for “new and unknown performers.” Pose is scheduled for a 2018 premiere.

Pose would join other recent ‘80s-centric shows on TV including Stranger Things, The Americans, The Goldbergs, Red Oaks, This Is Us and Halt and Catch Fire.

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Adam Ant’s ‘Anthems: The Singles Tour’ to start in Florida

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Maybe Adam Ant is considering buying a home in Florida? (He did recently live anonymously in rural Tennessee.) His newly announced “Anthems: The Singles Tour” begins with four stops in Florida (including a Sept. 8 date at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre) and then ventures forth to the Northeast before wrapping up in Los Angeles.

This will be the first full tour following the death of his guitarist Tom Edwards. We can assume by the tour’s title that this road trip will revisit Adam’s biggest hits with such tunes as Strip, Goody Two Shoes, Apollo 9 and Stand and Deliver. Recent Ant tours have focused more on celebrating a single album title. 

VIP presale tickets are available on March 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be on sale to the general public on March 24 at 10 am local time. Watch for special presale opportunities through Spotify on March 23 from 10 am to 10 pm. Password: ANTHEMS.

ADAM ANT 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Sept. 6: Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sept. 8: Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, FL

Sept. 9: The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL

Sept. 10: Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Jacksonville, FL

Sept. 13: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY …

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Time to vote in Round 2 of March Movie Villain Madness

Even in the '80s, we loved brackets. And so it's time to vote for Round 2 in our ongoing National Eighties Tournament. The topic this year: The best movie villain of the '80s. We've tabulated the results of Round 1 and so get ready to vote again in Round 2. 

We're happy to see Gordon Gekko made it into the Sour Sixteen. Even though he basically becomes a good guy in Wall Street 2, don't forget what an SOB he was in the original flick.

Click here to begin voting and then tune back in next week for Round 3. 

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New podcast: Underrated movies from March 1987

Hollywood doesn't normally release its best work in the month of March. But 1987 could have been an exception. Raising Arizona and Lethal Weapon both debuted that month 30 years ago. But so did some other unremembered gems.

In this week's podcast, we take a look at two different flicks that you either loved, hated or didn't see at all: Blind Date and Tin Men. You decide if we're crazy or not.

Also, we debut a new seggie this week: "I Want My MTV Theme Song." Yes, it needs a new title. But we hope you enjoy it anyway.

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'BBC Dad' gets the Star Wars parody we never knew it needed

On Sunday mornings, I like to eat turkey bacon, listen to Peter Gabriel concert clips and search the Internet for Star Wars clips. Today is like the Fourth of July and Boxing Day all rolled into you: Behold the "BBC Dad" and Star Wars mashup that the world needs now more than ever.

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The story behind Marvin Berry, his late cousin Chuck and 'Back to the Future'

Give Back to the Future all the credit in the world. When the world heard on Saturday night that the great Chuck Berry had passed away at age 90, all the messages from '80s fans on Facebook read: "Marvin Berry's cousin just died." 

And why not? It was Marvin Berry and the Starlighters played the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance on Nov. 12, 1955. And with the help of some kid named after underwear, they helped invent rock 'n' roll. Well, with the help of his cousin Chuck.

Harry Waters Jr. played the part of Marvin Berry in Back to the Future. (The role also appears in Back to the Future Part II.) Prior to the movie, Waters had played bit roles in Laverne & Shirley, Matt Houston and Cagney & Lacey. He would go on to play roles in Death Warrant and TV's Adventures in Wonderland

Michael J. Fox, of course, didn't do the actual singing on Johnny B. Goode. That was handled by Mark Campbell, who also appears in the 1985 movie Tuff Turf as a member of Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. …

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