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Retro Movies - 1987 - Police Academy 4 (Yama Yama Scene)


Jackson family file for custody

Source - BBC Michael Jackson's father, Joe: 'We are going to take care of those kids' The mother of Michael Jackson has been granted temporary guardianship of his three children by a court.A further court hearing will be held in August to determine if Katherine Jackson will be granted permanent guardianship of her grandchildren. Her lawyer said the family had not heard from Deborah Rowe, the biological mother of Jackson's eldest children. The singer's youngest son was born to a surrogate mother whose identity has never been revealed. Jackson, who died suddenly last week, left three children - Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, known as Prince Michael, 12, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II. Family lawyer Londell McMillan told broadcaster NBC: "I don't think there will be anybody who thinks there is someone better" than Mrs Jackson to be given custody. A hearing has been set to take place at Los Angeles Superior Court on 3 …

Giving up my iPod for a Walkman

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When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day. He had told me it was big, but I hadn't realised he meant THAT big. It was the size of a small book. When I saw it for the first time, its colour also struck me. Nowadays gadgets come in a rainbow of colours but this was only one shade - a bland grey. LISTEN UP TEENAGERS... THE CLASSIC WALKMAN EXPLAINED 1: Clunky buttons 2: Switch to metal (that's a type of cassette, not heavy rock music) 3: Battery light - usually found flickering in its death throes 4: Double headphone jack (not to be found on an iPod) 5: Door ejects - watch out for flying tapes and eye injuries
Walkman v iPod: Scott's verdict So it's not …

Retro Movies - 1986 Flight Of The Navigator

Great fan made video from You tube featuring Flight Of The Navigator, with music from Alan Silvestri - Main Theme and Robot Romp. Great music!

Flight of The Navigator
is a 1986 Disneyscience fictionfilm directed by Randal Kleiser and was written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton. A 12-year old boy, David, who is abducted by an alien space craft in 1978. Due to time dilation, David is gone for only a few hours, but due to faster-than-light travel, when he is returned to Earth, it is eight years later in 1986. Everyone else on Earth has aged eight years, but David is still physically twelve years old.Tags: , , ,

Retro Movies - 1988 Cocoon The Return

Five years after they left, the Antereans return to Earth to rescue the cocoons that were left behind. Before they can be retrieved, one of the cocoons is discovered by a science research team and taken to a secure laboratory for testing. The aliens and their human allies must find a way to retrieve the cocoon in time for their rendezvous with the rescue ship.Having returned with the aliens, the elderly couples from the original film face indecision about whether to return to Anterea or stay on Earth and become mortal again. Joe learns that his leukemia has returned, but he knows it will be cured again as soon as he and Alma leave Earth. However, when Alma is hit by a car, Joe gives up the last of his lifeforce to save her. Arthur and Bess learn that Bess is pregnant, and decide to raise the child on Anterea so they will live long enough to see him grow up. Ben and Marilyn decide that being with their families is more important than living forever, so they decide to stay.The group man…

John Williams greats - Jaws 2

Main Title - Finding the Orca / The Menu / Ballet for Divers from Jaws 2 by John Williams

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Michael Jackson remembered

Screen star Fawcett dies aged 62

Actress Farrah Fawcett has died after a three-year battle with cancer Actress Farrah Fawcett, who became an icon of 1970s US television, has died of cancer in Los Angeles aged 62, her spokesman has confirmed.Fawcett is best known for starring in Charlie's Angels, and in later years for hard-hitting TV and stage roles. Her battle with illness was chronicled in the television documentary Farrah's Story earlier this year. Her partner Ryan O'Neal said: "After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away." 'Courage and strength'He was said to be by her beside when she passed away in a Los Angeles hospital. "Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world," he said. The star's former Charlie's Angels co-star Jaclyn Smith said: "Far…

Breaking News - Singer Michael Jackson 'is dead'

Pop star Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, aged 50, reports say.Paramedics were called to the singer's home around midday local time on Thursday after he stopped breathing and suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. He was rushed by ambulance to a local medical centre, but his death was announced shortly afterwards. The star, who had a history of health problems, had been due to begin a series of comeback concerts in the UK on 13 July. Tags: ,

Pop star Michael Jackson has been rushed to hospital in Los Angeles, with several US reports saying he has died.

Paramedics were called to the singer's home around midday local time after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. He was rushed by ambulance to a medical centre, with reports from several US media outlets saying the 50-year-old star has died. Michael Jackson had been due to begin a series of comeback concerts in the UK on 13 July. He has a history of health problems and has not completed a concert tour in 12 years. US media reports say paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air at midday. They performed CPR on Jackson and rushed him to the UCLA medical centre. Crowds have begun to gather outside the facility, whose emergency centre has been roped off by police. Jackson began his career as a child in family group The Jackson 5. He then went on to achieve global fame as a solo artist with smash hits such as "Thriller" and "Bad". But the singer has been dogged by controversy and money trouble in recent years, becoming a virtual recluse. Tags:

Michael Jackson: Highs and lows

Jackson is one of the most successful recording artists of all time
Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50, US media say. The pop star was due to begin a comeback tour with a series of concerts in London in July.Here are the ups and downs of the singer's lifetime in pop.1969 – RECORD DEAL Michael, the seventh of nine children, joins his brothers' pop group in 1964 - initially playing tambourine and bongos. MICHAEL JACKSON - THE FACTS Full name: Michael Joseph Jackson Born: August 29, 1958, Gary, Indiana, US Also known as: The King of Pop, Wacko Jacko Biggest hits: I Want You Back, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Billie Jean, Bad, Black or White, Earth Song He quickly becomes the centre of attention and takes on lead vocal duties as the band build up a reputation on the live circuit. Motown acts Gladys Knight and Bobby Taylor recommend the Jackson Five to their boss Berry Gordy. The groups' first release on the leg…

Childrens ITV - ad break from 1984 and introducing She-Ra. Great Clip

Great four minute clip showing Emu and Rod Hull introducing She-ra and great toy adverts including game of life, legoland space, scalextric, kong man from Tomy, play mobil play sets, rainbow brite, connect 4, watsits crisps advert. Also advertising whats on tomorrow afternoon including Alias the Jester and Stu Francis

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Retro Ads Week - Rolo Chocolate Sweets

Retro Adverts Week - Burger King Star Wars Glasses

Retro Adverts Week - The Hits Album

Retro Adverts Week - JVC Camcoder

Retro Ads Week - BBC2 advertising Red Dwarf

BBC2 advertising Red Dwarf series 4

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Retro Adverts Week - Topps Creamy Fingers

Retro Adverts Week - David Prowse (Darth Vader) in Green Cross Code Advert

I have to feel sorry for David really because in this second advert they have once again dubbed his voice

Heres a third advert with Green Cross Code Man watching kids from his base of operations. Innocent days!

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Retro Ads Week - Trio Chocolate Biscuit

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Retro Ad Week - Coca Cola Is It

Retro ads Week - Monster Munch 1986

Location of R2-D2 Easter Egg Revealed + More Star Trek Easter Eggs

June 11, 2009by Staff , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film) , trackbackLast month we reported that Paramount launched an Easter egg contest to find the hidden R2D2 in the new Star Trek movie. Now they have revealed where to find the Star Wars droid, details below plus we list many of the other easter eggs in the Star Trek movie. Read the rest here -
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Retro Ads Week - BBC Micro Computer

Retro Ads Week Bisto - Never In A Month Of Sundays

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SOURCE - Here’s an E3 trailer for LucasArt’s Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO game. It doesn’t feature any in-game but it’s an absolute must-see times a million. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader.Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith and more, with the story changing depending on which role you take up to determine whether you’ll venture to the dark side or not.As typical of massively mulitiplayer online games games players can friend other players to fight with them. If you get bored there’s always the betray option.Players can also choose to team up with their buddies to battle their galactic foes and overcome various challenges.

Retrofinds remembers classic album - Brothers In Arms Dire Straights

First time I heard this album was when I was on holiday in Dartmouth with a group of friends. We blasted the album on (for the time) a top of the range hi-fi and it sounded amazing. The guitar in Money For Nothing sounded fantastic.The walk of life and money for nothing are still popular today. Who can forget the amazing video for Money For Nothing?

All songs written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated. The track lengths on the LP version differ from the lengths on the CD and cassette versions, due to the limitations of the medium. The full tracks would not all fit on one side of vinyl. (This was one of the first rock albums where the CD was longer than the LP.)

1. "So Far Away" – 5:12
2. "Money for Nothing" (Knopfler, Sting) – 8:26

3. "Walk of Life" – 4:12

4. "Your Latest Trick" – 6:33
5. "Why Worry" – 8:31
6. "Ride Across the River" – 6:58
7. "The Man's Too Strong" – 4:40
8. "One World"…

Computer game Tetris celebrates 25 years

Tetris, the computer game in which players rotate a series of falling block shapes to fit them together, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Tetris has sold more than 70 million copies The game was created by Alexey Pajitnov, a computer engineer who was working for the Computing Centre of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.It has sold more than 70 million copies, been released for nearly every video-game platform of the past two decades and even been played on the side of a skyscraper.
The game was first made available on the IBM computer, but it didn't become a major hit until it was launched on Nintendo's Game Boy handheld console in 1989. According to The Tetris Co., the Game Boy version of Tetris sold more than 35 million copies.Despite the record-breaking popularity of Mr Pajitnov's creation, the royalties from the game were claimed by the Kremlin rather than the Russian programmer.He finally began earning money from the game after he moved to the US and the right…

Star Wars Arcade record set - 54 hours solid on one credit!

Brandon Erickson '02 is one of the world's top players of the 1983 Atari Star Wars video game. Between 8 a.m. last May 16 and 2:10 p.m. on May 18, he played Star Wars for 54 hours and 10 minutes without a break at Ground Kontrol, a classic-video arcade in Portland, Oregon. During that time, he scored 283 million points, ingested no stimulant stronger than ginseng, took no break longer than the seven seconds between levels, played one level naked from the waist down (after an aborted attempt to change clothes between levels), and spent a total of 25 cents. Although Erickson set a record for the longest continuous play on any arcade game, he gave in to exhaustion still short of Robert Mruczek's 21-year-old record of 300 million points in 49 hours. Erickson (who is acquainted with the author from college) took up Atari's Star Wars in May 2004 and quickly won plaudits from the gaming world for his speedy mastery. "He progressed the fastest on this game from…

Retrofinds remembers Star Wars the Arcade Game

I have to admit something right now. It was very rare that I would find an arcade game I was actually any good at. Driving games were my thing but when it came to side scrolling shooters such as Ghost and Goblins or Defender it was fare to say I was useless. I always tried to find arcade games that I would get good value out of. Fortunately for me, one arcade game I would always spend a good amount of time on was STAR WARS.

I would always try to find the sit-down version of the game for that added atmosphere. Depending on how much money I had on me would determine the level I started at. If I didn’t have much money then I would start at the easy level to make the game last longer.

The player assumes the role of Luke Skywalker ("Red Five"), as he pilots an X-wing fighter from a first-person perspective. “Red Five standing by” would blare out as I chose my Death Star level to start. The player's ultimate goal is to destroy the Death Star through three attack phases.

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retrofinds - retro advert - Bad C64 advert

A really REALLY bad Commodore 64 advert from Australia

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Alcohol is nice, very nice, but as a hardened gamer, I just can't get rid of the feeling that there's something missing from a glass of fine whisky. Is it some kind of mixer? No, that's not it. Is it a fine cigar? No, thanks. Is it an army of intergalactic invaders intent on destroying our very way of life? Yes! Yes, it is.Perhaps one of the greatest freezer-based inventions of all time, I first noticed these rather nifty, and oh-so-wantable Ice Invaders Space Invader-style ice cube trays - while mooching around for geek-chic presents, and stumbled upon the website of Fred & Friends ( well as the amazing ice cubes, the company also makes a range of other off-the-wall items, including a souper-hero spoon, Pac-Man oven glove and another ice-cube-themed product, Gin & Titonic (yes, it's an irony-fuelled Titanic-shaped ice cube). There's a host of other items, many …

Retrofinds - The Adventure Game

The Adventure Game was a game show, aimed at children but with an adult following, which was originally broadcast on UK television channels BBC1 and BBC2 between 24 May 1980 and 18 February 1986. The story in each show was that the two celebrity contestants and a member of the public had travelled by space ship to the planet Arg. Their overall task varied with each series. For example, the team might be charged with finding a crystal needed to power their ship to return to Earth. The programme is often considered to have been a forerunner of The Crystal Maze.

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retrofinds - 1987 promo video for Commodore Amiga

Ten minute promo video for the Commodore Amiga from 1987

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The Secret Of Monkey Island Returns

Thanks to Lucasarts this summer The Secret Of Monkey Island is to return in HD and up to date graphics. Not to get confused with the new Monkey Island episodes from Telltale Games out on July 7th. Mentioned elsewhere on this blog!
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100 Spectrum games in 10 minutes

We couldn't do 100 C64 and 100 Snes games without doing 100 Spectrum games in 10 minutes.

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Retrofinds - retro ad - Coca Cola I'd like to teach the world to sing

"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" is a pop song which originated as a jingle in the groundbreaking 1971 "Hilltop" television commercial for Coca-Cola. The song, produced by Billy Davis and performed by The New Seekers, portrayed a positive message of hope and love sung by a multicultural collection of teenagers on the top of a hill. It originally included line "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" and repeated "It's the real thing" as Coca-Cola's marketing theme at the time. It was so popular it was re-recorded by The New Seekers and The Hillside Singers as a full-length song, dropping references to Coca-Cola, and became a hit record. The version by The New Seekers reached #7 in the United States. The Hillside Singers' version was released as a successful single the same year; it reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.


Retrofinds remembers Chipmunk Oxo Crisps

I wish they would bring chipmunk Oxo flavour crisps back.They tasted superb.Nice and salty.I remember my Mum buying these crisps and I would end up eating most of them.Loads of flavour and not matched since.They were taken over by Golden Wonder crisps.Maybe they could bring them back like Walkers did with the old style Monster Munch.Tags: ,

William Shatner spotted at the new "Star Trek" movie dressed as Capt. James T. Kirk

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Hollywood, California - Taking over the movie projector room, William Shatner pulled the film reel of the new "Star Trek" movie out from the projector and onto the floor, leaving the silver screen blank with only the blaring white light on it as moviegoers turned to look up back at the projectionist trying to see what was going on.

"At first, he [William Shatner] put on an entertaining shadow puppet show using his hands to calm us down, even making the Vulcan live long and prosper hand sign," said Wynona Thompson, 'Star Trek' moviegoer turn hostage. "Everybody in the theater sighed and clapped in delight. Until he gave us the bird, saying over the THX sound system: 'You want your live long and prosper? I got your live long and prosper right here!"

Ushers attempted to calmly escort the panicking horde of movie goers out of the movie theater, but Shatner blocked all the exists trappi…