Can you believe the remastered “special edition” of Star Wars is two decades old? Well, it is! Time to drone on about that, plus talk other notable moments from this week in 1987, 1997 and 2007, such as MST3K moving to sci-fi and the debut of the Sarah Silverman Program.
Other topics covered include:
Turner Entertainment says it is colorizing 120 original black and white Popeye cartoons produced by Max Fleischer in the 1920’s and ‘30’s
Platoon is #1, seven weeks in limited release
Outrageous Fortune – Bette Midler, Shelley Long, Midler nominated for Golden Globe, Alan Silvestri score. Both Shelley Long and Bette Midler were promised top billing when they signed to do the film; however, neither was willing to give up top billing to the other. To compromise, Long received top billing in advertising west of the Mississippi River, and Midler received the honor in the east
Terminus: Karen Allen, Johnny Hallyday
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone
Radio Days – Woody Allen movie
1/31/87 – The 44th Golden Globes aired, hosted by William Shatner and Cheryl Ladd. Best movie drama was platoon, best movie musical/comedy is Hannah and Her Sisters, best tv drama is LA Law, best tv comedy is golden girls
1/28/87 – Broken Vows airs, a tv movie thriller about a priest investigating a murder who is tempted by a witness, with a future major movie star in the lead role
02/02/87 – Eyes on the Prize, a 14 part PBS documentary about the Civil Rights movement, airs (wikipedia has mixed up dates, it may have debuted on 1/21, but it’s also listed to debut this date). The 1987 season covers the fight for civil rights from 1954-65, while a second season in 1990 covered the fallout over the next two decades.
Sometime in Feb – Trojan, NES port of arcade title. Walk right and slash at things. NES version notable because it may be first instance of Capcom creating a 1-v-1, best of three rounds fighting mode. First SF is a few months away.
Exposure – Expose album w numerous top 10 hits over the next two years
Out w Come Go With Me, Point of No Return was re-recorded for this album after originally releasing in 85
New albums from Reef, Built to Spill, Jonny Lang, Camp Lo
Enrique Iglesias’ Vivir debuted, second Spanish album, million in US and 5m worldwide. He’d explode in NA in 1999 with Bailamos, Rhythm Divine etc. In with Enamorado Por Primera Vez (In Love For the First Time)
TuPac update – Las Vegas police say their investigation has centered on a fight that took place three hours before Shakur was gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip. Three Los Angles men are suspects including Orlando Anderson a gang member who was assaulted by Shakur and others Sept 7 in the lobby of the MGM Grand.
Shadow Conspiracy: Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland
Gridlock’d: Tim Roth, Tupac Shakur
Meet Wally Sparks: Rodney Dangerfield
Waiting for Guffman: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey
Children of Heaven: Persian film
Star Wars Special Edition – 20th anniversary of the original, final phase of Star Wars re-emerging from a decade-long nap. Power of the Force, Dark Forces, Shadows of the Empire were all non-book, interactive, mainstream things that got SW back in people’s minds and now the movies are coming back.
Lucas on deterioration, additions from ‘97 Howie Long special:
May have missed it a few weeks ago, but Antiques Roadshow premieres in America
1/27/97 – 24th annual American Music Awards airs, hosted by Sinbad
1/28/97 – Mid-90s sitcom titans collide as Drew Carey guests on Home Improvement
1/30/97 – The Friends episode with the guys who’s nuts keep falling out of his shorts
1/30/97 – The Seinfeld episode “The Comeback” airs, where George goes to great lengths to use a comeback insult.
2/1/97 – Mystery Science Theater 3000 moves to the Sci Fi channel after seven seasons on Comedy Central.
Carnage Heart – strategy game where you program mechs to follow flowcharts and try to win?
Rally Cross – racing game perhaps most notable for an appearance in Friends, where Rachel tries to steal loose change on Ross’ table. “The One with the Ride-Along”
Myths of the Near Future – Klaxon’s debut album, “new rave,” missed this completely, NME gave it their album of the year?
Not Too Late – Norah Jones third album, did well but missed this too
Katharine McPhee – debut album of season five AI runner up
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin who is due to step down next year at the end of his second term, pledges that his successor would be chosen in a free and democratic election.
Still lots of daily Iraq / Afghanistan news
Because I Said So – Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore
The Messengers – Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermout
1/28/2007 – WWE’s Royal Rumble 2007 takes place, which is notable that the #30 entrant (The Undertaker) won from the seemingly-most-advantageous final spot for the first time in 20 years.The Rumble also laid the groundwork for two of the greatest WrestleMania matches ever, as the final two competitors (Undertaker and Shawn Michaels) fought each other for about 10 minutes to end the Rumble
1/29/2007 – Formerly known as PAX, then i: Independent Televion, ION television debuts, would later gain some notoriety for airing WWE’s B-programs like Main Event
1/30/2007 – Wrestling Society X debuts on MTV. Kind of a predecessor to Lucha Underground, it would include different filming angles and musical guests. Wrestling stars who appeared on WSX include X-Pac, Seth Rollins, Colt Cabana, and the only-ever champion Vampiro
1/27/07 – Nickelodeon premieres The Naked Brothers Band, which is a) – a bad name for a kid’s show, and b) – WAY too similar to another show we talked about, The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show. This show went on for two years, but ended when the potentially increased production schedule interfered with the young stars’ schooling.
1/28/07 – The Family Guy episode “Road to Rupert” airs, which follows the Family Guy “Road to” template; a Stewie/Brian road trip, this time to Aspen to rescue Stewie’s teddy bear Rupert. It is most notable for mixing live-action and cartoons during a Gene Kelly dance number
1/30/07 – The last Road Rules season; Viewers Revenge airs. Instead of being pretaped like other seasons of Real World and Road Rules, Viewers Revenge aired what happened during the week a la Big Brother. The reasoning is that the viewers would vote on which member of the “Pit Crew” would take on the voted-out cast member in a duel to get in the RV. After this season concluded in May, Road Rules would air no further seasons.
2/1/2007 – Sarah Silverman Program debuts
2/1/2007 – The 30 Rock episode “Black Tie” airs, with Paul Reubens’ amazing turn as the deformed Prince Gerhardt
Rogue Galaxy – Level 5 RPG with huge expectations, FFXII license board / sphere grid progression, saw a lot of changes for localization, new planet, over a year after J version. Music by Tomohito Nishiura, who would go on to do most/all of the Layton games
Sonic 06 to PS3
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