This week: in 87, Double Dribble and Ring King make the NES sporty while REM feels fine. 97 brings a landmark RPG with Final Fantasy 7 while the South Park guys make a movie about pornos, 07 has a Stranglehold on gaming as Chow Yun Fat does a Max Payne impression while Brothers Solomon wastes the talent of Wills Arnett and Forte.
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THIS WEEK’S TOPICS
Stakeout is still no. 1
Man on Fire: Scott Glenn, Joe Pesci, Danny Aiello
Zegan: dir. Shohei Imamura
Under the Sun of Satan: Gérard Depardieu
Sept. 5: “American Bandstand” ends on ABC after 30 years, will run in syndication for another two years.
9/7/87 – Geraldo debuts in syndication
September 1987 NES releases – 3D World Runner, Deadly Towers, Double Dribble, Lode Runner, Raid on Bungeling Bay, Ring King, Sky Kid, Spelunker, Spy Hunter, Sqoon, Stadium Events, Star Voyager, Stinger, Tiger Heli, Winter Games
New releases: “The Last One to Know” by Reba McEntire, “Actually” by the Pet Shop Boys, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Motorhead and REM’s “Document” which includes “The One I Love” and “End of the World as We Know It.”
“Mo Money, Mo Problems by Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy & Mase is no. 1, FINALLY unseating “I’ll Be Missing You.”
New albums: “Girl” by Dannii Minogue, “Abrasive” the debut of Puddle of Mudd, “Indoor Living” by Superchunk, “Ghetto D” by Master P, and “Calling All Stations” the final Genesis studio album, again without Phil Collins.
Fire Down Below (no. 1 at box office): Steven Seagal, Marg Helgenberger, Harry Dean Stanton
Mrs. Brown: Judi Dench and Billy Connolly
First Time Felon: Omar Epps and Delroy Lindo, dir. Charles S. Dutton
Orgazmo: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
9/6/97 – Princess Di funeral watched by more than 2 billion people. on TV
9/4/97: MTV Video Music Awards: host Chris Rock, winner “Virtual Insanity” / I’ll be missing you performances, Fiona Apple says “this world is bullshit,” yells about celebrities.
9/1/97 – Disney channel changes from HBO-esqe premium pay channel to a standard cable channel
9/6/97 – NBC continues its move into live-action saturday morning fare with City Guys
9/1/97 – The Mask: The Animated series airs its final episode, which was a two-episode crossover with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
9/1/97 – Recess debuts on ABC’s One Saturday Morning
9/1/97 – Extreme Dinosaurs (a spinoff of street sharks) debuts in Syndication
9/7/97 – The Tom Show debuts on The WB, starring Tom Arnold as a TV exec moving back to Minnesota
9/3/97 – In the season 4 premiere of Star Trek Voyager, Jeri Ryan joins the cast as Seven of Nine
9/4/97 – The Duckman series finale airs
And FINAL FANTASY 7!
New albums: Ted Nugent’s “Love Grenade,” which had an original cover almost exactly the same as the one parodied in “This is Spinal Tap,” “Hip Hop History” by Master P and Romeo Miller, “In the Movies” by Ice Cube, and “Street Poetry” by Hanoi Rocks.
3:10 to Yuma (no. 1 at the box office): Russell Crowe, Christian Bale
Shoot ‘Em Up: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci
The Brothers Solomon: Will Arnett, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig
9/4/07 – “Secrets of the Crocodile” airs, where Steve Irwin attempts to learn the secrets of the crocodile, and why they have survived for 200 million years. Filmed in 2005, but aired in 2007 on the one year anniversary of Irwin’s death.
9/7/07 – Final episode of Kim Possible airs
Medal of Honor Airborne (PS3/360)
Stranglehold – Chow Yun Fat