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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Top Gun'

Maverick has a problem: Too. Much. Awesome.

Maverick isn’t just a pilot. He’s the best pilot there ever was or ever will be. He’s not the best of the best: He’s the best of the best…of the best. But his superiors can’t handle Maverick. He flies the way he wants to fly — awesomely. His superiors try to teach him the value of teamwork or whatever. The super-hot lady instructor with the boy’s name tries to heal him using totally sweet neon-lighted lovemaking, and also by getting him to deal with his emotionally distant father. Maverick is dangerous. He plays beach volleyball; he plays by his own rules. Maverick is the ’80s. Maverick is America.

Maverick, most of all, is Tom Cruise. Previously the up-and-coming star of Risky Business, Cruise became a superstar in the summer of 1986 with Top Gun. The movie’s mixture of Reagan-era patriotism and MTV-era style proved an uncannily perfect concoction with something for everyone. It was Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson at their mid-’80s peak. The film’s plotline is almost inscrutable, if you look at it on the page: A movie about a super-cool guy surrounded by super-cool guys, who spends most of the movie in what amounts to a high-flying version of a prep-school novel, before ultimately defeating the MiGs, aka Evil Planes from Evilvania. READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Back to the Future'

Imagine a twisted world in which Back to the Future, a zany fable starring Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly and John Lithgow as Doc Brown — a mad scientist with a pet chimpanzee — is released by Disney in May 1985. The film ends with Marty traveling to a nuclear test site in Nevada and escaping the past via time-traveling refrigerator.

Not to mix our references, but this would indeed be the darkest timeline.

Thankfully, script rewrites, casting changes, and the power of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment combined to transform that possible Back to the Future into the one that was actually released in July 1985 — featuring the pitch-perfect pair of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, as well as just the right mix of delightful sci-fi mumbo-jumbo (1.21 gigawatts of electricity!), instantly quotable dialogue (“So, why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here?”), and squicky edge (“You’re my ma….? But you’re so h… so… thin!“). From its clock-filled opening title sequence to that chills-inducing final frame — one of the best sequel setups of all time – Back to the Future is thoroughly enjoyable. But as a truly original popcorn flick with substance and style to spare? It’s damn near perfect. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Morrison loves the '80s (and early '90s): See her pop culture personality test -- VIDEO

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Lately, Jennifer Morrison spends her Sunday nights fighting off fairy tale villains on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But when she’s not playing tough bailbondswoman-slash-princess Emma Swan, she’s probably groovin’ to some Vanilla Ice while wearing LA Lights and solving a Rubik’s Cube. Or something.

Point is, girlfriend has a weakness for the days of side ponytails and President George H.W. Bush. You’ll learn as much by watching her Pop Culture Personality test, in which Morrison gushes about her first celebrity crush, her karaoke guilty pleasure (hint: you can expect to hear it in a mall), and the movie she can quote start to finish. All in all, it’s totally awesome:

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'Heathers: The Musical': A very '80s first look at Veronica, JD, and the Heathers -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Break out your slushies and BBQ Corn Nuts and gaze with wonder at the ultimate ‘80s throwback that is Heathers: The Musical.

The cult-classic 1989 dark comedy has been adapted for the stage, but before you toss on your scrunchie for opening night (on March 31 at Off Broadway’s New World Stages), EW has an exclusive first look at the fierce fashion that’ll be flaunted on stage at the fictional Westerburg High.

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'Heathers: The Musical': What we saw in rehearsal

Before Jawbreaker, Clueless, or Mean Girls, there was 1989’s Heathers, a dark cult comedy that set the standard for films about popular cliques in high school. Pre-Regina George, there were Heathers Duke, McNamara and Chandler, a trio of scrunchied debutantes who classed up the joint with delicate phrases like “Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?” and “F–k me gently with a chainsaw.” READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Why are we so obsessed with the 1980s?

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Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

Measuring time in specific decades is a fallacy, but it’s a fallacy that everyone believes in. There’s no legitimate reason that we should set aside the passage of time between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989 as a specific and clearly defined unit of time. 1979 wasn’t too different from 1980; most of the movies released in 1990 were probably shot in 1989. People used to refer to the ’80s as “the MTV Decade” before every decade became some kind of MTV Decade — but it’s worth remembering that MTV’s ridiculously iconic debut video, “Video Killed the Radio Star,” featured a song written in 1978. READ FULL STORY

'Heathers: The Musical' will open Off Broadway in March

What is your damage!? If this news doesn’t make you want to dust off your Big Fun album, conduct a lunchtime poll, or simply play a rousing round of croquet, then you’re being a real cooze.

Heathers: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1989 cult-classic dark comedy about teen suicide and scrunchies, will make its New York premiere at Off Broadway’s New World Stages. The limited engagement will begin previews March 17, 2014, in anticipation of opening night March 31.

The musical, which enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Los Angeles earlier this year, features book, music, and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness). Andy Fickman will direct, with choreography by Emmy winner Marguerite Derricks.

What is the story of Heathers, you ask? The original comedy stars Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer, a sardonic misfit who finds herself hanging out with Westerberg High’s most popular clique, a trio of shoulder-padded hotties all named Heather. When Veronica meets the mysterious J.D., she finds herself accidentally responsible for launching a string of deaths that become suspiciously in vogue among the high school hierarchy.

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Street musician surprised by pop star while singing his song -- VIDEO

Talk about good timing.

A Berlin street musician was given the surprise and performance of a lifetime by Scottish pop singer Jimmy Somerville. While playing the 1984 synth anthem “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat, Somerville — who was the lead singer of the group — stops and joins in while walking his dog. The impromptu duet was captured on film by bystanders, including the reaction from the unnamed street musician when he realizes who he was just harmonizing with.

Watch the video below:
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Ellis from 'Die Hard' is in 'Carrie,' and it is wonderful

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We can’t really recommend seeing the new Carrie movie. EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a B-. Your time would be better spent watching the original Carrie, or maybe looking up that kid who bullied you in high school’s Facebook page and playing a round of Poor Life Choices Schadenfreude.

But there was one scene in neo-Carrie that took me completely by surprise. The Evil Popular Girl played by Portia Doubleday has a meeting with the high school principal and Judy Greer’s gym teacher. Evil Popular Girl’s dad is there, too. He looks kind of familiar. He’s mean and egotistical and has the overall affect of a go-go ’80s Reaganaut who negotiates million dollar deals for breakfast. After staring hard at the guy for a minute, a sudden loud thought filled my brain: “Is that…Ellis?” READ FULL STORY

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Troop Beverly Hills'

Cigars… vapes… cookies…

I really wouldn’t mind a sequel to the 1989 Shelley Long vehicle Troop Beverly Hills. The most cherished movie of my childhood is no cinematic masterpiece, so this would hardly be sacrilege. I figure if this is really gonna be the film most often running through my head like a skunk on a misdirected trail (oh, the shame!), the story may as well continue. So sack up, hobos, and pour some wine into that stew: It’s cookie time. Again.
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