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A forgotten ballad from The Princess Bride? Inconceivable!

As we wrap up May Movie Month on Lost and Found, we seek the perfect ride-off-in-the-sunset movie song.  For those who love storybook endings, perhaps your favorite '80s movie is The Princess Bride. Would you like to see the video for that perfect ending of a Storybook Love? As you wish. 

While many '80s movies have faded away, interest in The Princess Bride remains high and why not? Full of action, humor, romance and memorable characters, The Princess Bride continues to charm generations of movie watchers. It also doesn't hurt that the music for The Princess Bride is from Mark Knopfler.  

In 1987, Knopfler took a break from Dire Straits to continue his work on film scores. For the big finale of The Princess Bride, Knopfler enlisted the talents of Willy DeVille. Though his name is Willy DeVille, he is often erroneously called Mink Deville - but Mink Deville was the name of his band he fronted. DeVille

both wrote and sang Storybook Love and under the direction of Knopfler the song that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song, but lost to (I've Had) The Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing. …

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Pain does not exist in the Karate 3 soundtrack ... does it?!?

Should the Karate Kid series have stopped at the original? Probably, but if we didn't have Karate Kid 3 would will still have the lost song Listen To Her Heart by the Little River Band?

The original Karate Kid was the feel-good movie of 1984 and its soundtrack gave us such classics as Survivor's The Moment Of Truth, Joe Esposito's You're The Best and helped spur Bananarama's Cruel Summer to be a big hit. Karate Kid 2 brought us Peter Cetera's The Glory Of Love, so what did Karate Kid 3 have to offer? Listen To Her Heart.

By 1989, the hits stopped for the underappreciated Little River Band. While Karate Kid 3 is widely considered a train wreck, it doesn't mean that Listen To Her Heart isn't worth a listen, even if it did not chart. The single also celebrates the return of Glenn Shorrock back to lead vocals for the LRB. Shorrock, the voice of their biggest hits like Reminiscing and Lonesome Loser, left the band in 1982 but returned to sing on Listen To Her Heart when John Farnham departed after spending five years as lead singer for the LRB.


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Our 'Burning Love' for Kelly Preston couldn't save this 1987 movie

The success of parody movies really took off in the '80s with classics like Airplane, Spaceballs and the Naked Gun series. With so many spoofs, many flew under the radar like Love At Stake, starring (growling noises) a young Kelly Preston. For Kelly and maybe even Doctor and the Medics we truly do have a Burning Love.

Many of us who grew up in the '80s when The Crucible was required school reading so the Salem Witch Trials was still a topic we were familiar with when the 1987 movie Love At Stake was released. The movie came and went and has a low 5.1 IMDB rating, but it was one of the first of Kelly Preston's movies as the lead actress and brought us the curious video of Burning Love by Doctor and the Medics.

Doctor and the Medics were an odd lot hailing from England and in 1986 their psychedelic version of Spirit In The Sky was a No. 1 hit in the U.K. and made it to No. 64 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 chart. Often dressed like '60s Flower Children and ornate with Kabuki makeup, Doctor and the Medics tried remake magic again with their twist on Elvis Presley's Burning Love for the Love At Stake Soundtrack.


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New podcast: Martha Quinn talks Journey reunion, '80s revival and more

It's been FOREVER since we had former MTV veejay and all-around '80s queen Martha Quinn on the Stuck in the '80s podcast! Eight years at least! So we're super jazzed to say Martha rejoins us this week to talk about everything '80s.

Among the topics: Steve Perry's return to Journey (at least for one night at the Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony); leaving her MTV pals for her new radio show on I Heart the '80s and the enduring '80s revolution. (May it never end!)

Hope you enjoy the show. As always, if you like what you hear, please leave a kind review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. 

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Tom Cruise confirms work to begin soon on 'Top Gun 2'

Maverick is ready to buzz the tower again. Actor Tom Cruise announced Wednesday that work will begin next year on Top Gun 2. Great balls of fire!

Cruise announced the news while promoting his new movie Mummy in Australia, telling a morning TV news host that a sequel to 1986's Top Gun "is definitely happening."

"It's true. It's true," he said. "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It's happening. It is definitely happening ... you're the first people that I've said this to.”

The project has been long-rumored with actor Val Kilmer saying he's signed on to reprise his role as Iceman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeting a photo of himself with Cruise in 2016 while the pair was meeting to discuss the sequel.

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Think we're loco? The most unlikely Phil Collins soundtrack hit of the '80s

Phil Collins was on the level of Kenny Loggins for soundtrack supremacy, but Collins wasn't content to stay in the background as he jumped back into acting with the movie Buster that spawned a solid soundtrack that included hidden gems like Loco In Acapulco by the Four Tops.

When Phil Collins was 13 years old, he had the great fortune of appearing for a split second in The Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night. At least you can see his two seconds of fame as compared to his scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that ended up on the cutting room floor. However, in the MTV-era, Collins became a personable video favorite and when he appeared on Miami Vice, it further fueled his desire to be on the big screen. His dream was realized in 1988 when he was the lead in Buster - the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves behind the 1963 Great Train Robbery in England. …

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For your eyes only: Roger Moore dies at age 89

The man who was James Bond to entire generation has passed away. Roger Moore, who played the British agent in seven films, has died at age 89.

BBC News says his family tweeted out the news saying the actor died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

"Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people,” a statement from his children read. "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

Roger Moore’s first film credits came in 1945’s Vacation from Marriage and Caesar and Cleopatra. Before taking over the Bond franchise from Sean Connery with 1973’s Live and Let Die, he played Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint from 1962 to 1969. 

Moore’s Bond films included Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill. 

Other ‘80s credits include ffolkes, The Sea Wolves, Sunday Lovers, The Cannonball Run, Curse of the Pink Panther and The Naked Face. He was involved in four additional projects at the time of his passing.  …

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Thank you for being a fiend? Golden Girls are suspects in new Clue board game

What happens when you take two pop culture icons of the ‘80s and smash them together? You get Clue: The Golden Girls board game. 

Sure, the board game Clue has actually been around since the 1940s - it was a British invention before crossing the pond - but it truly became a phenomenon in the ‘80s when the big-screen version of the game became a cult classic. The Golden Girls, on the other hands, are pure ‘80s; the show aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992.

However, if you’re expecting Dorothy, Rose, Blanche or Sophia to become suspected murderers in their board game, then sorry to disappoint. Unlike the original Clue game, Clue: The Golden Girls will have players attempt to the solve the mystery of who ate the last slide of cheesecake. 

According to, the game features a highly detailed board with the complete layout of the ladies' bedrooms, living room, kitchen, patio, bathroom and garage. Players assume the role of one of the four main stars (or two faceless men). USAopoly is producing the game, which doesn’t have a release date. It’s expected to sell for $39.95. That’d buy a lot of cheesecake. Or certainly a good alibi. 

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Spaceballs 2 could really happen, Mel Brooks says

When Mel Brooks talks about a sequel to Spaceballs, ‘80s fans are tempted to politely smile and nod our heads. It’s a joke, we figure, because how can you possibly recapture the magic of the 1987 Star Wars spoof, especially since John Candy has passed away. 

And let’s face it: We still feel burned that the movie promos for History of the World Part 2 - Hitler on Ice! - were just a joke. 

But no, it appears it really could happen. Brooks, speaking over the weekend at a screening for Young Frankenstein at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, told the audience that he’s “talking with MGM” as we speak, according to

MGM has yet to confirm any talks, but that’s Hollywood for you. Without Candy available to reprise his role of Barf, maybe a prequel makes more sense, Movieweb suggests. Good idea, Movieweb!

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A-Plus if you remember the theme song to 'Back to School'

Let's make it official and change Movie Week to Movie Month on Lost and Found as the forgotten soundtrack songs from the '80s just can't stop on the blog. For my kids, today is their last day of school and they are ready to celebrate. If you think your kids will drive you crazy this summer, then take heart with this lost Jude Cole song and know that soon they will go Back To School.

In 1986, Rodney Dangerfield was 65 years old and reached his commercial peak when Back To School was a box office smash and the sixth-highest grossing movie of the year. While the song best remembered from Back To School is Oingo Boingo's Dead Men's Party, you might recall the title song performed by pre-fame Jude Cole.

Back To School was Cole's first attempt at a hit, but the song did not chart. The video for Back To School alternates between a lot of Rodney Dangerfield and Cole getting the thumbs up for his in studio support team. With the exception of some Sally Kellerman, the video for Back To School curiously gives little time to other characters played by Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison and the one, the only, Billy Zabka.


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Life on the '80s charts was no holiday for this band featured in 'Teachers'

Across many states, schools are letting out for summer and the only ones more excited about that prospect than the kids are the teachers. What better way to combine '80 movie music and salute those instructing our children than a song from the Teachers soundtrack - Roman Holiday and One Foot Back In Your Door.

Teachers was Ralph Macchio's first movie after The Karate Kid and the 1984 flick not only had a star-filled cast with JoBeth Williams and Nick Nolte, but it included early movie performances by Morgan Freeman, Crispin Glover and Laura Dern before they starred in much larger roles. The soundtrack is very underrated and features mostly rock acts like Night Ranger and Joe Cocker with the exception of the one outlier - the band Roman Holiday and their catchy One Foot Back In Your Door.


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The Bee Gees fared as well in '80s as the movie 'Staying Alive'

Yesterday we examined Sylvester Stallone in front of the screen but today we catch Sly behind the camera and make amends with the Bee Gees with their slow jam Someone Belonging To Someone.

Stallone directed three movies in the '80s, but two of them were Rocky III and IV. His foray outside the Rocky movies was Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Staying Alive remains the only film Stallone directed but didn't star in, unless you argue about the cameo of Stallone bumping into John Travolta on the streets of New York - which is shown in the video for Someone Belonging To Someone.

With the phenomenon that was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, it only made sense to bring back the Bee Gees to perform on the soundtrack of Staying Alive. I would think by now, everyone has moved past picking on the Bee Gees for their affiliation with the disco era. Of the thirty Top 40 hits the Bee Gees scored, the first thirteen were from 1967 to 1972 and were harmonic pop songs, but many only remember their rule over the Disco Era with eight number one songs including a mind-blowing six in a row with songs like Stayin' Alive. …

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Only the music was a winner in Stallone's flick 'Over The Top'

Sylvester Stallone owned the '80s with three Rambo movies, two more Rocky sequels and seven other movies ranging from underrated (Nighthawks) to down-right embarrassing (Rhinestone). Many of Stallone's movies had winning songs even if the movies themselves were a stinkaroo like Winner Takes It All from Over The Top.

Over The Top has a generous rating of 5.7 on IMDB and features one of the more brutal performances by a child actor in the '80s as David Mendenhall's role as the unlikeable son of Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) won him the Razzie as Worst Supporting Actor of 1987 at the tender age of 16. Still, the music is top notch as all songs were handled by the duo of Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock who teamed up for all those great songs on Top Gun. On the Over The Top soundtrack, the big hit was Kenny Loggins' Meet Me Half Way, but we also fondly remember Sammy Hagar and Winner Takes It All.


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You couldn't count Little Richard down or out in the '80s

With so many excellent forgotten movie songs, how can we stop at one week? The answer is we won't - so let's get busy with another week of movie songs starting off one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll - Little Richard and Great Gosh A'mighty (It's A Matter Of Time) from Down And Out In Beverly Hills.

Little Richard was the Prince of the '50s and was a key figure in the transition of R&B to rock 'n' roll with songs like Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally. Another '50s hit for Little Richard was Good Golly, Miss Molly and in 1986, Little Richard nearly hit the Top 40 one last time with a similarly titled Great Gosh A'mighty.


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Red Dawn's Powers Boothe passes away at age 68

I don’t know if there’s any character actor I loved more than Powers Boothe. And don’t be dismayed by the tag “character” actor. Boothe made every role he played larger than life. So much so that it’s almost impossible to believe the actor simply passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 68.

No Boothe character would have gone out that quietly. Think back to 1984’s Red Dawn. It took half the Russian army to take him out. And he still died, cursing under his breath, telling those Army pukes to shoot straight. 

To ‘80s fans, Boothe might always be Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. (Or even Jim Jones from the creepy 1980 TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.) There’s an equally memorable turn in the 1990 TV movie By Dawn’s Early Light, where we are forced to imagine what a nuclear war with the Soviet Union would be like with Powers flying a bomber over our Cold War enemy. Or Boothe’s amazing take as Curly Bill Brocius in 1993’s Tombstone. …

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