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Tom Cruise confirms work to begin soon on 'Top Gun 2'

Maverick is ready to buzz the tower again. Actor Tom Cruise announced Wednesday that work will begin next year on Top Gun 2. Great balls of fire!

Cruise announced the news while promoting his new movie Mummy in Australia, telling a morning TV news host that a sequel to 1986's Top Gun "is definitely happening."

"It's true. It's true," he said. "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It's happening. It is definitely happening ... you're the first people that I've said this to.”

The project has been long-rumored with actor Val Kilmer saying he's signed on to reprise his role as Iceman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeting a photo of himself with Cruise in 2016 while the pair was meeting to discuss the sequel.

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Think we're loco? The most unlikely Phil Collins soundtrack hit of the '80s

Phil Collins was on the level of Kenny Loggins for soundtrack supremacy, but Collins wasn't content to stay in the background as he jumped back into acting with the movie Buster that spawned a solid soundtrack that included hidden gems like Loco In Acapulco by the Four Tops.

When Phil Collins was 13 years old, he had the great fortune of appearing for a split second in The Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night. At least you can see his two seconds of fame as compared to his scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that ended up on the cutting room floor. However, in the MTV-era, Collins became a personable video favorite and when he appeared on Miami Vice, it further fueled his desire to be on the big screen. His dream was realized in 1988 when he was the lead in Buster - the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves behind the 1963 Great Train Robbery in England. …

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For your eyes only: Roger Moore dies at age 89

The man who was James Bond to entire generation has passed away. Roger Moore, who played the British agent in seven films, has died at age 98.

BBC News says his family tweeted out the news saying the actor died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

"Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people,” a statement from his children read. "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

Roger Moore’s first film credits came in 1945’s Vacation from Marriage and Caesar and Cleopatra. Before taking over the Bond franchise from Sean Connery with 1973’s Live and Let Die, he played Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint from 1962 to 1969. 

Moore’s Bond films included Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill. 

Other ‘80s credits include ffolkes, The Sea Wolves, Sunday Lovers, The Cannonball Run, Curse of the Pink Panther and The Naked Face. He was involved in four additional projects at the time of his passing.  …

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Thank you for being a fiend? Golden Girls are suspects in new Clue board game

What happens when you take two pop culture icons of the ‘80s and smash them together? You get Clue: The Golden Girls board game. 

Sure, the board game Clue has actually been around since the 1940s - it was a British invention before crossing the pond - but it truly became a phenomenon in the ‘80s when the big-screen version of the game became a cult classic. The Golden Girls, on the other hands, are pure ‘80s; the show aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992.

However, if you’re expecting Dorothy, Rose, Blanche or Sophia to become suspected murderers in their board game, then sorry to disappoint. Unlike the original Clue game, Clue: The Golden Girls will have players attempt to the solve the mystery of who ate the last slide of cheesecake. 

According to Cnet.com, the game features a highly detailed board with the complete layout of the ladies' bedrooms, living room, kitchen, patio, bathroom and garage. Players assume the role of one of the four main stars (or two faceless men). USAopoly is producing the game, which doesn’t have a release date. It’s expected to sell for $39.95. That’d buy a lot of cheesecake. Or certainly a good alibi. 

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Spaceballs 2 could really happen, Mel Brooks says

When Mel Brooks talks about a sequel to Spaceballs, ‘80s fans are tempted to politely smile and nod our heads. It’s a joke, we figure, because how can you possibly recapture the magic of the 1987 Star Wars spoof, especially since John Candy has passed away. 

And let’s face it: We still feel burned that the movie promos for History of the World Part 2 - Hitler on Ice! - were just a joke. 

But no, it appears it really could happen. Brooks, speaking over the weekend at a screening for Young Frankenstein at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, told the audience that he’s “talking with MGM” as we speak, according to Movieweb.com.

MGM has yet to confirm any talks, but that’s Hollywood for you. Without Candy available to reprise his role of Barf, maybe a prequel makes more sense, Movieweb suggests. Good idea, Movieweb!

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A-Plus if you remember the theme song to 'Back to School'

Let's make it official and change Movie Week to Movie Month on Lost and Found as the forgotten soundtrack songs from the '80s just can't stop on the blog. For my kids, today is their last day of school and they are ready to celebrate. If you think your kids will drive you crazy this summer, then take heart with this lost Jude Cole song and know that soon they will go Back To School.

In 1986, Rodney Dangerfield was 65 years old and reached his commercial peak when Back To School was a box office smash and the sixth-highest grossing movie of the year. While the song best remembered from Back To School is Oingo Boingo's Dead Men's Party, you might recall the title song performed by pre-fame Jude Cole.

Back To School was Cole's first attempt at a hit, but the song did not chart. The video for Back To School alternates between a lot of Rodney Dangerfield and Cole getting the thumbs up for his in studio support team. With the exception of some Sally Kellerman, the video for Back To School curiously gives little time to other characters played by Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison and the one, the only, Billy Zabka.

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Life on the '80s charts was no holiday for this band featured in 'Teachers'

Across many states, schools are letting out for summer and the only ones more excited about that prospect than the kids are the teachers. What better way to combine '80 movie music and salute those instructing our children than a song from the Teachers soundtrack - Roman Holiday and One Foot Back In Your Door.

Teachers was Ralph Macchio's first movie after The Karate Kid and the 1984 flick not only had a star-filled cast with JoBeth Williams and Nick Nolte, but it included early movie performances by Morgan Freeman, Crispin Glover and Laura Dern before they starred in much larger roles. The soundtrack is very underrated and features mostly rock acts like Night Ranger and Joe Cocker with the exception of the one outlier - the band Roman Holiday and their catchy One Foot Back In Your Door.

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The Bee Gees fared as well in '80s as the movie 'Staying Alive'

Yesterday we examined Sylvester Stallone in front of the screen but today we catch Sly behind the camera and make amends with the Bee Gees with their slow jam Someone Belonging To Someone.

Stallone directed three movies in the '80s, but two of them were Rocky III and IV. His foray outside the Rocky movies was Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Staying Alive remains the only film Stallone directed but didn't star in, unless you argue about the cameo of Stallone bumping into John Travolta on the streets of New York - which is shown in the video for Someone Belonging To Someone.

With the phenomenon that was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, it only made sense to bring back the Bee Gees to perform on the soundtrack of Staying Alive. I would think by now, everyone has moved past picking on the Bee Gees for their affiliation with the disco era. Of the thirty Top 40 hits the Bee Gees scored, the first thirteen were from 1967 to 1972 and were harmonic pop songs, but many only remember their rule over the Disco Era with eight number one songs including a mind-blowing six in a row with songs like Stayin' Alive. …

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Only the music was a winner in Stallone's flick 'Over The Top'

Sylvester Stallone owned the '80s with three Rambo movies, two more Rocky sequels and seven other movies ranging from underrated (Nighthawks) to down-right embarrassing (Rhinestone). Many of Stallone's movies had winning songs even if the movies themselves were a stinkaroo like Winner Takes It All from Over The Top.

Over The Top has a generous rating of 5.7 on IMDB and features one of the more brutal performances by a child actor in the '80s as David Mendenhall's role as the unlikeable son of Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) won him the Razzie as Worst Supporting Actor of 1987 at the tender age of 16. Still, the music is top notch as all songs were handled by the duo of Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock who teamed up for all those great songs on Top Gun. On the Over The Top soundtrack, the big hit was Kenny Loggins' Meet Me Half Way, but we also fondly remember Sammy Hagar and Winner Takes It All.

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You couldn't count Little Richard down or out in the '80s

With so many excellent forgotten movie songs, how can we stop at one week? The answer is we won't - so let's get busy with another week of movie songs starting off one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll - Little Richard and Great Gosh A'mighty (It's A Matter Of Time) from Down And Out In Beverly Hills.

Little Richard was the Prince of the '50s and was a key figure in the transition of R&B to rock 'n' roll with songs like Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally. Another '50s hit for Little Richard was Good Golly, Miss Molly and in 1986, Little Richard nearly hit the Top 40 one last time with a similarly titled Great Gosh A'mighty.

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Red Dawn's Powers Boothe passes away at age 68

I don’t know if there’s any character actor I loved more than Powers Boothe. And don’t be dismayed by the tag “character” actor. Boothe made every role he played larger than life. So much so that it’s almost impossible to believe the actor simply passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 68.

No Boothe character would have gone out that quietly. Think back to 1984’s Red Dawn. It took half the Russian army to take him out. And he still died, cursing under his breath, telling those Army pukes to shoot straight. 

To ‘80s fans, Boothe might always be Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. (Or even Jim Jones from the creepy 1980 TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.) There’s an equally memorable turn in the 1990 TV movie By Dawn’s Early Light, where we are forced to imagine what a nuclear war with the Soviet Union would be like with Powers flying a bomber over our Cold War enemy. Or Boothe’s amazing take as Curly Bill Brocius in 1993’s Tombstone. …

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New podcast: Movie and TV moms of the '80s

Did you forget Mother's Day? Stuck in the '80s didn't. We released a new show - as we do every Sunday - and this week's episode is a tribute to Mom. Not your mom, but rather the movie and TV moms we adored during the glorious decade of the '80s. 

B-Rad, Jen with One N and Spearsy each have their favorite - and they do share some stories about their real moms - so have a listen and enjoy it. And remember, it has raisins ... you LIKE raisins!

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Mickey Thomas, Rob Lowe stood in the fire for this tune from 'Youngblood'

As we close out Movie Week, it does us '80s proud that one of our decades movie stars is still kicking it in TV in 2017. In the past few years, Rob Lowe starred in the underrated comedy The Grinder and the latest season for CBS' Code Black. You can also catch Lowe on the big screen with the just released How To Be A Latin Lover. Today we remember the always youthful Lowe in the video for Mickey Thomas' Stand In The Fire from Youngblood.

With his first big screen credit in The Outsiders, Lowe quickly became a star of youth-oriented films including 1986's Youngblood. Also starring Cynthia Gibb and Patrick Swayze, Youngblood is the story of talented hockey player Dean Youngblood (Lowe) who must prove he has the backbone to fight to make it to the big stage. It also marks one of the first appearances in the movies by 22-year old Keanu Reeves. …

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There's no 'Alibi' for this movie, but Randy Newman's tune is classic

Since we are talking about the mix of music and movies, you would be remiss if Randy Newman wasn't mentioned in the conversation. Though he has won the bulk of his awards post-'80s, our favorite decade was still fertile ground for the sly wit of Newman, evidenced in the video for Falling In Love.

The forgotten 1989 movie Her Alibi may not be on the top of the resume for Tom Selleck or Randy Newman, but still the partnership did make for a good song and pleasing video. Her Alibi only has an IMDB rating of 5.7 as mystery novelist Selleck becomes the alibi for murder suspect Paulina Porizkova (better known to us as Mrs. Ric Ocasek and the video vixen of The Cars Drive video).

Even if you are not a fan of Newman or this song, you must at least watch the opening of the video as Newman's big red head (Laura Howard) from his iconic I Love L.A. video returns to give the best one-liner insult in '80s music video. However, that is not the only reason to view the catchy video as Newman continues to have fun with a cast of characters including baby cupids and heavenly backup beauties along with plenty of movie clips of a hairy-chested Selleck avoiding near-fatal accidents.

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Iron Eagle's fried chicken aside, give us the 'Road of the Gypsy'

Yesterday we started off the 5th Annual Movie Music Week on Lost and Found with the title song from the deep soundtrack of Iron Eagle. To prove its depth, we feature another song from Iron Eagle with today's offering being Adrenalin and Road Of The Gypsy.

Without a doubt, the most recognized song on the Iron Eagle soundtrack is Queen's One Vision with its blazing riffs by Brian May and the great vocal ending of Freddie Mercury singing "Give me fried chicken." Besides One Vision and Iron Eagle, the soundtrack also featured Adrenalin, the band from the affluent Detroit suburb of Gross Pointe (yes, the same town as the fantastic John Cusack flick Gross Pointe Blanke). The six members of Adrenalin were friends from elementary school and gained their greatest visibility when Road Of The Gypsy appeared on the Iron Eagle soundtrack.

The video for Road Of The Gypsy pales in comparison to King Kobra's Iron Eagle as movie clips dominate the video with occasional glimpses on the band. Although they never made it nationwide, Adrenalin was so well regarded in their home state that in 2015 they were inducted into the Michigan Rock N Roll Legends Hall Of Fame.

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