This week in 1987, Michael J Fox reveals the Secret of His Success and Johnny Depp heads to Jump Street. 1997 saw a giant snake eat Jon Voight alive and Laddie charm the Simpsons, while in 07 Aqua Teen Movie Film hits theaters and Funny or Die launches.
Other topics covered include:
April 10: As far as anyone can tell, the term “steampunk” is used by sci-fi author KW Jeter in a letter to Locus magazine.
The Secret of My Success
Three for the Road – Charlie Sheen, Alan Ruck, flopped
Withnail and I: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2: https://youtu.be/i7gIpuIVE3k
The Aristocats re-release
4/10/87 – Final episode of Amazing Stories “Miss Stardust” starring Dick Shawn, Laraine Newman and Weird Al, directed by Tobe Hooper.
4/12/87 – 21 Jump Street premieres
Johnny Depp’s breakout role as one of a group of cops who go undercover at high schools and colleges. The show would cover topics like alcohol and drug abuse, hate crimes, child abuse, and AIDS. Co-starred Holly Robinson, who also performed the theme song.
4/12/87 – The CBS movie Escape from Sobibor airs, about a mass escape from a Nazi death camp
Rush & Attack – side scroller, have a knife and battle through waves of bad guys. Can you tell it’s during the Cold War?
Track & Field – classic button masher
Rock the House – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince debut album
Johnny Cash is Coming to Town – 73rd album
Tango in the Night – Fleetwood Mac 14th studio album, Little Lies, sold 15 million
White Snake – White Snake 7th album but contains Here I Go Again, sold 8 million copies
Third Eye Blind – debut album w Semi Charmed Life, Jumper, How’s it Gonna Be, 6x platinum
Dig Your Own Hole – Chemical Brothers 2nd album, you know it for Block Rockin’ Beats
Dig Me Out – Sleater Kinney
Tony Randall, 77, has child with 2nd wife (22). First wife, married for over 50 years, died 5 years before. Randall died 9 years later.
Paradise Road: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand
The Castle: Tiny indie comedy, voted in 2010 as the film “most representative of Australia.” Cost 700,000 dollarydoos, made more than 10 million.
Grosse Pointe Blank
Anaconda – Jon Voight in his weirdest role ever? J Lo, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Owen Wilson made $136m off of $50m
MISSED ON March 31 1997 – Teletubbies debut
4/7/97 – Pauly (a FOX vehicle for Paul Shore) is cancelled after 5 episodes
4/10/97 – Fired Up debuts on NBC, yet another show given the plum spot in between established shows (Seinfeld and ER). It starred Sharon Lawrence as an executive who’s fired from her job and must move in with her assistant (played by Leah Remini) the show also featured Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad) It would be cancelled by February 1998
4/12/97 – Rob Lowe hosts SNL, but the bigger guests are Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci who confront Jim Breuer and Colin Quinn playing them in the Joe Pesci skit.
4/13/97 – The Simpsons episode “The Canine Mutiny” features Bart getting a credit card under the pseudonym Santos L Halper, ordering a new dog Laddie, and giving away Santa’s Little Helper when his stuff is repossessed. Inspired this great exchange
Psychic Force on PS1 – 1995 fighting game finally ported to the West in April. Not too remarkable
Beautiful Liar is on the charts, Beyonce and Shakira. We’ve played Girlfriend,Glamorous, Sweet Escape already. Video is 4×3, just remember how the modern world didn’t begin until 2008-09
Tiesto, Cloud Cult, Blonde Redhead, tons of albums I’ve never heard of and have no sales accolades
4/12/07 – Funny or Die launches with “The Landlord”
ATHF: Movie Film
Slow Burn – Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer
Lonely Hearts – Travolta, Jared Leto
True Story look at the Lonely Hearts Murders, a killer who lured in victims via personal ads
Perfect Stranger – Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi
Redline – street racing movie most known for being funded by subprime loans just before everything melted down
Pathfinder – Karl Urban, slight remake of a 1987 Norweigan movie that was nominated for best foreign language film in 1988. Sami legend
Now, if that sounds similar to another film, it got sued by the the Trust who owned tthe rights to “It Had to Be Murder, the Cornell Woolrich short story that provided the basis for Rear Window.
MISSED ON APRIL 5: Human Giant debuts on MTV
4/10/07 – Jon & Kate Plus 8 premieres
4/9/07 – NBC debuts the show Thank God You’re Here, where comedic actors are thrust into a sketch not knowing anything about it besides the costume they’re wearing. The first episode’s guests are Wayne Knight; Bryan Cranston; Joel McHale; Jennifer Coolidge; with: Mo’Nique; Kevin Nealon; Richard Kind and Edie McClurg.
4/15/07 – Drive debuts on FOX, an action-drama about people taking part in a mysterious cross-country race. The cast included Nathan Fillion, Dylan Baker, and ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Emma Stone. Drive’s Twitter was the first official show account to livetweet an episode (https://twitter.com/foxdrive). Only three episodes aired on TV, the rest were put online after cancellation
Super Paper Mario – v cute, reviewed this, might’ve had first review? Luigi evil robot, the Brobot. Nice sign that there would be “normal” games for Wii. And it also began as a GC game. Flip perspective
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