This week: in 87, Michael Jackson shows us Who’s Bad while Family Ties gets a spinoff. 97 shocks the world with news of Princess Diana’s death but also contains Goldeneye on N64! 07 plays games as Balls of Fury hits theaters and stuff like Metroid Prime 3, Lair, and Warhawk hit consoles.
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THIS WEEK’S TOPICS
Babette’s Feast: Became first Danish film to win foreign language Oscar.
End of the Line: Kevin Bacon, Wilford Brimley, Mary Steenburgen, Holly Hunter
Hamburger Hill: Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance
House II: The Second Story
Matewan: Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, James Earl Jones
The Fourth Protocol: Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan
8/27/87 – The Family Ties spinoffs “The Art of Being Nick” airs, the third attempt to spin off Mallory’s boyfriend Nick Moore into his own show. Despite high ratings for this pilot, producers didn’t order the show because they wanted to keep Nick on Family Ties
8/31/87 – CBS airs the debut of the music video “Bad” from Martin Scorcese, as part of the special “Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns”
August 28, 1987 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest releases in Japan
New releases: “Door to Door” by The Cars, “Sentimental Hygiene” by Warren Zevon, Darklands by Jesus and Mary Chain and two MONSTER albums: Aerosmith’s comeback “Permanent Vacation,” which features “Angel” and “Dude Looks Like a Lady” and sold 5 million copies in the US and Michael Jackson’s “Bad” – sold 35 million copies worldwide.
New releases: “Sehnsucht” by Rammstein released, along with “Radiator” by Super Furry Animals, “Word Gets Around” by Stereophonics, “Evolution” by Martina McBride, Moby’s “I Like to Score” a compilation of remixes for movies, “Making Friends” by No Use For a Name, “Love Scenes” by Diana Krall, Creed’s debut “My Own Prison,” and “My Soul” by Coolio.
Hoodlum: Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Andy García dir. Bill Duke
Excess Baggage: Alicia Silverstone, Benicio del Toro, Christopher Walken
Kull the Conqueror: Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere
She’s So Lovely: Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta
8/31/97 – Princess Di dies, age 36
8/25 & 26 A batch of new WB shows debut, including Good News (about a preacher in Compton), Head over Heels (about a pair of brothers running a video dating service), and Hitz, which starred Andrew Dice Clay as a record executive
8/30/97 – Final Hangin With Mr Cooper airs after 5 seasons and 101 episodes
GoldenEye 007 releases on N64
PS1 releases – Felony 11-79, Lost World Jurassic Park, Machine Hunter, NHL 98, Nuclear Strike, Steel Reign, Treasures of the Deep, and Warcraft 2 The Dark Saga
New albums: “Hey Venus” by Super Furry Animals, “None Shall Pass” by Aesop Rock, “Lead Sales Paper Anchor” by Atreyu, “Lifeline” by Ben Harper, “Afterwords” by Collective Soul and “Scary Kids Scaring Kids” eponymous and final album.
“Coffee Shop” by Yung Joc, off “Hustlenomic$” released this week
Balls of Fury: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, Masi Oka
Death Sentence: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman
Halloween (no. 1 at the box office), dir. by Rob Zombie
8/25/07 – Mega Snake airs on SyFy. The winner of Stan Lee’s Who Wants To Be A Superhero was supposed to have a starring role, but it ended up being a quick appearance.
08/31/07 – Tak and the Power of Juju debuts on Cartoon Network FOUR YEARS AFTER THE GAME BOMBED
Carnival Games (DS, Wii) – one of the best-selling third-party Wii games
Blue Dragon, – Xbox-exclusive JRPG with character design by Dragon Ball’s Akira Toryama
Dynasty Warriors Gundam
Warhawk on PS3 – Sequel to the 1995 PS1 launch game, was multiplayer only to fans chagrin
Wild Arms 5
Lair – Sixaxis-controlled dragon-flying sim, eventually had standard controls patched in
Metroid Prime 3 Corruption – The most recent Metroid Prime game (4 was just announced at E3 this year, probably won’t release until 2019). Used Wii motion controls instead of standard FPS controls from the first two primes, but the game still had a largely positive reception.