This week in pop culture history has a weird trio of movies as Full Metal Jacket, Brave Little Toaster, and Revenge of the Nerds 2 hit theaters. 1997 is walking on the sun with Smashmouth as Oz is locked up on HBO and theaters are graced with Contact and Princess Mononoke. 2007 is a bit more subdued as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix casts a spell on theaters as Greek gives ABC Family some edge.
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THIS WEEK’S TOPICS
Maid to Order: Ally Sheedy
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise: Robert Carradine, Courtney Thorne-Smith (no. 1 at the box office)
The Squeeze: Michael Keaton
White Water Summer: Kevin Bacon
The Brave Little Toaster
Full Metal Jacket: Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio
7/8/87 – Sweet Surrender, an NBC sitcom starring Dana Delaney, ends after six episodes
July 11 – NBC airs the Pilot to Good Morning Miss Bliss with no Saved By the Bell people, but a pre-Urkel Jaleel
7/11/87 – Werewolf debuts on FOX, a single-season 28-episode horror series about a wolfman searching for the originator of his bloodline to kill him and remove his curse
Double Dragon releases in arcades
New albums: “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby,” his debut including “Sign Your Name”; “Faster Pussycat” self-titled debut; “Buster Poindexter” including “Hot Hot Hot” and “Paid in Full,”
And the debut of Eric B. and Rakim, featuring “I Know You Got Soul”:
New albums: “Brown Album” by Primus, “Vanishing Point” by Primal Scream, “Boys on the Docks,” the first EP by Dropkick Murphys. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy/Faith Evans still no. 1.
4 Little Girls: Spike Lee documentary about the 1963 Birmingham, AL church bombing
Contact: Jodie Foster
A Simple Wish: Mara Wilson, Martin Short
Princess Mononoke: in Japan, rest of the world won’t get it for two years.
July 8 – MLB All-Star Game, AL 3, NL 1, first time on Fox
July 12 – Oz debuts on HBO
July 13 – Apartment 2F debuts, starred the Sklar Bros, but only remembered for Zach Galifinakis appearing
New albums: “Super Taranta” by Gogol Bordello; “Our Love to Admire” by Interpol; “Zeitgeist” the first re-formed Smashing Pumpkins album; St. Vincent’s debut “Marry Me”; “The Else” by They Might Be Giants. “Umbrella” by Rihanna still no. 1.
“White People For Peace” off “New Wave” by Against Me, which Spin magazine called the best album of the year.
Rise: Blood Hunter: Lucy Liu, Michael Chiklis
Captivity: Elisha Cuthbert
Talk to Me: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson (no. 1 at box office)
July 7 – Live Earth Concert brought together by Al Gore, meant to raise awareness and got mocked by many people, Spinal Tap reunited for it: “Big Bottom” with 15 bass players:
July 8 – Reality show cartoon parody Total Drama Island premieres in Canada
July 10 – MLB All-Star Game AL 5, NL 4
Greek debuts on ABC Family – a very non-family show about fraternity life
Project Sylpheed (360)
Sonic The Hedgehog rereleases on Xbox Live Arcade