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The Top Five Uses of Wang Chung’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” in Movies or TV

This is one of those songs that you either hate or love. It’s also one of the most memorable of Wang Chun, having been released in the mid to late 80’s when it was picked up in nightclubs and all across America for various purposes. It’s also been used in TV and movies throughout the years simply for nostalgic reasons and because people tend to enjoy the memory of being young and dancing to the song. There seems to be a big upswing for those songs created and released decades before now as the music industry seems to be bringing

The Top Five Uses of Wang Chung’s “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” in Movies or TV
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'80s act Jolt Cola returns to the nostalgia circuit (a.k.a. Dollar General)

Did you know that Wang Chung was touring as recently as last year? They performed with A Flock of Seagulls as part of a nostalgic tour of revolving bands called Lost ’80s Live. Granted, these weren’t large arena tours—most of the shows took place at wineries and casino theaters—but those who attended probably had a…

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Review: William Friedkin's "To Live And Die In L.A." (1985); Blu-ray Special Edition From Shout! Factory

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By Todd Garbarini

William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A., which opened on Friday, November 1, 1985 to lukewarm notices and underwhelming box office despite being championed by Roger Ebert’s four-star review, is a highly stylized, dark, and uncompromising crime thriller that boasts a then-unknown cast with a story and a pace that feels more suited to the 1970’s. It also contains what I consider to be the greatest car chase ever filmed and edited for a major motion picture, which took no less than five weeks to plan and shoot. Having seen Mr. Friedkin’s brilliant East Coast police thriller The French Connection (1971) on VHS in 1986, I made it a point the following year to catch up with his West Coast-based story of a Secret Service agent, Richard Chance (William Petersen), whose best friend and partner Jim Hart (Michael Greene) has been murdered by artist/currency counterfeiter Rick Masters
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William Friedkin To Direct TV Series Version Of His 'To Live And Die In L.A.'

"The only thing I’m interested in now is long form, which is what you’d call television," William Friedkin said last year, upon revealing TV series for his films "To Live And Die In L.A." and "Killer Joe" were in the works. "...I don’t want to make a feature film, because I don’t want to make a movie about a guy in a mask and a spandex suit flying around and saving the world." And now one of those movies is pressing forward to the small screen. Deadline reports that Friedkin will helm the TV series iteration of "To Live And Die In L.A." Bobby Moresco ("Crash") is penning the script for the show that has been snapped up by Wgn, with a straight to series order expected. It will be a "reimagining" of the movie, but will still involve the Secret Service and the dark underbelly of Los Angeles.
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21 Things We Learned from William Friedkin’s ‘To Live and Die in L.A.’ Commentary

William Friedkin‘s 1977 classic Sorcerer finally hit Blu-ray last week, and it marked my first viewing of the film. Before you give me grief, know that I had seen and loved The Wages of Fear, and I was just holding out on watching the remake until it came in a Friedkin-approved version. It should surprise no one that I found Sorcerer to be as fantastic as the original, but my favorite Friedkin film remains unchanged. Not only did To Live and Die in L.A. introduce the world in 1985 to the bow-legged joy that is William Petersen, but it’s also a remarkably successful mix of dark sensibilities, characters with depth and honest excitement. It’s an intelligent thriller that makes no guarantees as to the morality or life expectancy of its characters, and its pacing and energy help make it eminently re-watchable. The DVD includes a handful of extra features (never ported over to the Blu-ray for
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The Details: Masters Copy

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“Money alone sets all the world in motion.”

—Publilius Syrus, Maxim 656

The desire for money, for personal gain or business interests, is a frequent catalyst for dramatic action in William Friedkin’s films. In The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), The French Connection (1971), Sorcerer (1977), The Brink’s Job (1978), Deal of the Century (1983), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Blue Chips (1994) and, more recently, Killer Joe (2011), the pursuit of money entails underhand tactics, struggle, betrayal and violence. Dollar bills are passed from one person to another, in plain view or sight unseen; or promised at the completion of a job; or seized, burned or spent. But the money always materializes again, somehow, coursing into the narrative economy and organizing social relations.

In a notable sequence in To Live and Die in L.A. we see this material created illegally, and witness its eruption and flow into the system. Friedkin here offers an
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AfterElton Briefs: A "Downton Abbey" Shocker, Tom Cruise Is Dating Again, and Welcome Baby Murphy!

Birthday shoutouts go to Jared Leto (above), who is 41. David Sedaris is 56, and Reichen is 39.First, a programming note. We'll be on a very limited schedule, but you'll have a Briefs and Meme the rest of the week, as well as some special posts in between. Huge Downton Abbey Spoiler!He's Baaaack! Remember the guy who caused a firestorm with his sham report saying that children of gay parents are worse off than children of straight parents? Well, now he "Claims Viewing Porn Increases Support For Gay Marriage Among Straight Men."Huge Spider-man Comic Spoiler!Smash's Sophomore Season SurprisesGerry Anderson has passed away at the age of 83. Best remembered for Thunderbirds and Space: 1999, he'll always hold a place in my heart for the 80's supermarionation classic Terrahawks, and its closing theme.

Big congrats to Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller, who have announced the birth of son Logan Phineas Miller Murphy,
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Blu Monday: July 19, 2011

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Amelie (2001)

Synopsis: Bursting with imagination and having seen her share of tragedy and fantasy, Amélie is not like the other girls. When she grows up she becomes a waitress in a Montmartre bar run by a former dancer. Amelie enjoys simple pleasures until she discovers that her goal in life is to help others. To that end, she invents all sorts of tricks that allow her to intervene incognito into other people’s lives, including an imbibing concierge and her hypochondriac neighbor. But Amélie’s most difficult case turns out to be Nino Quicampoix, a lonely sex shop employee who collects photos abandoned at coin-operated photobooths. (blu-ray.com)

Special Features: The Look of Amelie featurette; Fantasies of Audrey Tatou; Q&A with the director and cast; Auditions; Storyboard to screen comparisons; An Intimate Chat With Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Take Me Home Tonight Blu-ray and DVD Hit on July 19th

Take Me Home Tonight Blu-ray and DVD Hit on July 19th
Experience this generation's most outrageous comedy when Take Me Home Tonight comes home on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. With exciting special features including deleted scenes, music videos and more, re-live all the hilarious hijinks when the party movie of the summer arrives July 19th on Blu-ray and DVD.

Take Me Home Tonight follows three friends on the verge of adulthood who attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace (That '70s Show, Predators), Anna Faris (The House Bunny), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic, ridiculous and raucous ride set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hiphop hits.

Take Me Home Tonight is available on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th. Pre-book is June 15th. The film was theatrically-released by Relativity Media.
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Take Me Home Tonight Comes to Blu-ray and DVD July 19th

Experience this generation.s most outrageous comedy when Take Me Home Tonight comes home on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  With exciting special features including deleted scenes, music videos and more, re-live all the hilarious hijinks when the party movie of the summer  arrives July 19thon Blu-ray and DVD.

Take Me Home Tonight follows three friends on the verge of adulthood who attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth.  Starring Topher Grace (.That 70.s Show,. Predators), Anna Faris (The House Bunny), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic, ridiculous and raucous ride set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits.

Take Me Home Tonight is available on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th.  Pre-book is June 15th.  The film was theatrically-released by Relativity Media.
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Take Me Home Tonight Soundtrack

The Take Me Home Tonight soundtrack. Ooh, it was like The Scarlet Pimpernel. Sort of. This ’80s-set ensemble comedy for ‘young people’ was shot back in 2007 before being left to languish on the shelf, then saved from the guillotine of no-release oblivion by Ryan Kavanaugh, the masked baronet of Relativity Media. Hurrah! A pity though that Eddie Money doesn’t seem to have survived the ordeal. His 1986 hit which gives the movie its title is conspicuously absent from this soundtrack, despite having cropped up in the trailer.

Not that there is any shortage of ’80s radio monsters here. This is a paean to pop music’s past, an extended celebration of those hook-laden hits which detractors would rush to peg as lowest common denominator, but which equally can deliver high levels of idiot-grin enjoyment for those willing to check their musical ego at the door. An obvious comparison is to
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'Take Me Home Tonight' Parties With Duran Duran, Wang Chung

Now that the awards season is behind us, the film crop of 2010 can finally be put away in favor of the stuff on the horizon. This weekend features a whole batch of new flicks, and there are also plenty of great movies still kicking around at your local cineplex (including "Drive Angry," a totally kickass 3-D spectacular that deserves to be seen by more people). The movies opening this weekend include the animated adventure comedy "Rango" (which is directed by "Pirates of the Caribbean" helmer Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp as the voice of a justice-seeking chameleon), the science-fiction romance "The Adjustment Bureau" (starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt), the oft-delayed "Beauty and the Beast" adaptation "Beastly" (featuring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer) and the much-buzzed-about Korean serial killer flick "I Saw the Devil." That's an embarrassment of riches.

But for big laughs and killer music cues, look no
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'Take Me Home Tonight' Soundtrack A Solid '80s Mixtape But Curiously Missing Eddie Money

'Take Me Home Tonight' Soundtrack A Solid '80s Mixtape But Curiously Missing Eddie Money
Even though it has taken a few years to get into theaters, "Take Me Home Tonight" doesn't carry the stink of shelved film, but instead looks like a funny, foul R-rated comedy, and with the setting of the film firmly in the 1980s it naturally has the soundtrack to match. Spanning eighteen tracks, "Take Me Home Tonight" is essentially a really solid 1980s mix and it delivers in spades with tracks by Duran Duran, Mötley Crüe, Wang Chung, Dexys Midnight Runners, Men Without Hats, Kim Carnes and of course, N.W.A. who fuel the very funny red-band trailer. However, curiously missing…
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