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Summer Movies Flashback 1984: Indiana Jones, Gremlins and Ghostbusters

Summer Movies Flashback 1984: Indiana Jones, Gremlins and Ghostbusters

Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 30 full years

In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984.

I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started.

These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year?

For the purposes of this piece, we're going to consider everything from the first weekend of May to the middle of August, where it felt like they wrapped up the summer releases. 1984 was a fairly strong year, with some big highs, some ridiculous lows, and a ton of movies that stood out in one way or another. I count at least 14 movies that I genuinely love that came out during that summer, and I am surprised how vivid my memories still are of the time I spent in the theaters during those 15 weekends.

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Chris Brown swears he'll be nice from now on

5 pieces of advice for Chris Brown now that he's out of jail...again

Keep your mouth closed unless you're singing

Chris Brown was released from a Los Angeles Country prison at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning after serving 108 days of his 131-day sentence for probation violation.

Shortly thereafter, the R&B artist simply tweeted “Humbled and Blessed.” Followed by two more tweets: “Back to the Music and the Fans” and “Thank you God.”

The big question is what happens next? We’ve been her before with Brown. Following his beating Rihanna in 2009 and then again after he threw a chair while at “Good Morning America,” he’s already done the contrition interviews, the humble interviews, the “I’m going to try harder to be better” interviews quite a few times only to relapse into deplorable behavior again.

He’s had second and third chances. Let’s see what he does with his latest chance, since, remarkably, his fans seem to have an endless tolerance for his thuggery.

His five next steps should be:
*Show up at the 2014 BET Awards, for which you are nominated for three awards, and if you are presenting, stick to the script and be polite and low-key. If you are performing— and maybe this is a time for you and Ariana Grande to debut a live performance of your duet, “Don’t Be Gone Too Long,”  do the performance and otherwise keep quiet.

*Keep a very low profile unless it’s work related. No tweeting or Instagramming from nightclubs or from basketball games or while out and about. We would have even advised against the little triptych sometime-girlfriend Karreuche Tran posted on Sunday that shows four pictures of you two juxtaposed against four photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in similar poses. Yeah, about that… Humility, remember…

*Do not take the bait: You know that folks and paparazzi are going to snipe at you and that you’re actions are under intense scrutiny, whether that’s fair or not. Keep your head down and rise above all of it. Silence is your best option. Don’t react. Keep your mouth closed unless you're singing.

*Stay calm and collected during interviews for “X,” whenever the long-delayed album finally comes out (and it will now probably be sooner rather than later), talk to every outlet that will have you and realize that, yes, you are going to have to answer the same question about “how can we believe you’re really changed” over and over again. No throwing chairs, no complaining on Twitter, no nothing. Show you’ve changed by your actions.

*Above all, show us that you actually are humbled this time by doing your remaining community service without complaint, don’t ever act like you’re the martyr  (remember this) and take responsibility for your past and move on.

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Andy Cohen shopping an 'I Slept With a Celebrity' reality show

Andy Cohen shopping an “I Slept With a Celebrity” reality show
The Bravo star has come up with reality concept where two people spill the beans in each episode about their sexual experiences with a celebrity.

HBO offering “Game of Thrones” fans a course in Dothraki
Linguist David J. Peterson, who helped create the Dothraki language, will begin offering the course on Oct. 7. Its title: "Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones.”

WEtv drops “Women’s Entertainment” from its name
WEtv is rebranding itself to focus on the collective “WE,” not just women. The new campaign will incorporate “WE” into words like “aWEsome,” “poWErful” and “tWEet.”

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"Last Comic Standing"

"Last Comic Standing"

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Exclusive clip: It's DUI humor on 'Last Comic Standing'

Rodman puts a humorous spin on getting pulled over

You've probably already noticed that the "Last Comic Standing" (Thurs. at 10:00 p.m.) currently on the air is far afield from the so-so series that signed off in 2010. Instead of the eighth season being another showplace for amateurs and a few salty old pros, the top 100 comics in the country were hand-picked by producers to audition by invitation only. The standard is plenty higher than what we've seen previously. 

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<p>&quot;State of Affairs&quot;</p>

"State of Affairs"

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NBC sets Fall 2014 premiere dates from 'Blacklist' to 'Constantine'

'Biggest Loser' comes early, 'Marry Me' and 'Grimm' go late.

NBC formally announced its fall 2014 premiere dates on Monday (June 2) morning and they're mostly in the officially Nielsen-dictated premiere week, with a few key stragglers including "Marry Me" and "Constantine."

Yes, that's pretty boring, but that's what comes from being TV's top-rated network. CBS has been hopelessly devoted to the official premiere week for decades.

There are a couple shows premiering early: Sunday Night Football kicks off on Thursday, September 4 and more linguistically appropriately on Sunday, September 7. And the 16th installment of "The Biggest Loser" starts on Thursday, September 11. 

Then the deluge begins the week of September 22.

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NBC announces fall premiere dates: 'Constantine' held till Oct. 24, 'State of Affairs' debuts Nov. 17

NBC announces fall premiere dates: “Constantine” held till Oct. 24, “State of Affairs” debuts Nov. 17
The Peacock will roll out shows in September, but a lot of shows will also premiere in October.

MSNBC apologizes for mixing up Ann B. Davis with the Alice from the 1995 “Brady Bunch” movie
“Our apologies,” said host Chris Jansing, after showing a picture of Henriette Mantel, who played Alice in the “Brady” movie.

Jason Ritter to guest on “Girls”
He’ll appear in the 6th episode of Season 4, but his character is being kept under wraps.

“Enlisted” fails to grab more viewers in its return to the Fox lineup
Despite a plea from its creator, the canceled Fox comedy had the same ratings Sunday as its last episode.

Study: Stephen Colbert can explain campaign financing better than journalists
“The Colbert Report” fans who watched Colbert set up his own  super Pac in 2012 were better informed about campaign financing than viewers of news channels, according to a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

CNN will air a documentary on George H.W. Bush 3 days after his 90th birthday
“41ON41," airing June 15, will feature interviews with Fox News chief Roger Ailes, as well as Tom Brokaw, Dana Carvey and George W. Bush.

“Game of Thrones’” Oberyn and The Mountain get along in real life
Check them out in their bathing suits.

Louis CK warns “Louie” has a 90-minute episode on tap for next week
"Next week is one 90 minute episode,” he tweeted.

“The O.C.” moms reunite
Check out a pic of "Julie Cooper" and "Kirsten Cohen,” tweeted by Melinda Clarke.

HGTV and DIY order 10 new shows
They include “My Flipping Family,” “American Rehab,” “The Expandables" and "Mega Decks."

“Garfunkel and Oates” gets a premiere date
The IFC series starring musical comedy duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome debuts Aug. 7.

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Drake drops new song, '0 to 100/The Catch Up' and hints at new album coming in '15

Mr. Modest declares 'If I ain't the greatest, I'm headed for it'

Drake takes advantage of his new single to let folks know that his label OVO has got a very busy spring coming, how his father’s desertion affected him, and how, at 27, he’s only getting started.

On mid-tempo, hypnotic, hazy “0 to 100/The Catch Up,” which Drake released on Sunday, he hits the usual beats about working harder and smarter than everybody and, of course, Mr. Modest adds “If I ain’t the greatest, I’m headed for it.”

 But he also gives some insight into his past. He brings up how he’s always been ready since the days he was little and would wait for his father to show up. “He ain’t show/valuable lesson man/I had to grow up/thats why I never ask for help/I do it for you ni**as and do it for myself.”

He then reveals that his album will drop in spring, as will new releases from, OVO acts PND, OB and Magid Jordan.

He also questions where he lost other rappers and then realizes that maybe he just moved past them.

All these ramblings are over an uncluttered, sparse beat by Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib and Nineteen85 and Noel "Detail" Fisher, according to Rolling Stone.  The song changes tempo slightly during last third of the album features an ethereal James Blake sample singing, "Could it be the way that I'll catch up" over and over again over handclapping until it fades. Last year, the British singer/songwriter remixed Drake's "Come Thru."

Drake’s final words of wisdom: “Being humble doesn’t work as well as being aware.”

What do you think of "0 to100?"


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'Survivor' lost 2 contestants due to medical reasons just before filming began on Season 29

“Survivor” lost 2 contestants due to medical reasons just before filming began on Season 29
“We came out here with 20,” says Jeff Probst says of the next Nicaragua season. "We spend months casting our show — months. I mean, this is like….who you’re gonna ask to prom. All year you’re like, ‘Is it her or her?’ and ‘Will she say yes?’ And you finally get your 20 people, and then through no fault of their own — just a medical situation — they can’t play…. So instead of 20, it puts us at 18. Instead of equal men and women, it puts us uneven men and women.”

“Greg Brady” remembers “The Brady Bunch’s” Alice
"When she came on our set she was already a big star, having won a couple of Emmys,” says Barry Williams. "So I knew even as a young teenager she was someone I wanted to pay attention to.” PLUS: Alice got to be smart, self-effacing, flustered and straight-talking.

That final "Game of Thrones" scene could really happened
Researchers actually tried to do replicate that kind of event, and reported the results in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. PLUS: Alfie Allen says sister Lily was never asked to play Yara Greyjoy, Lena Headey spoiled last night’s episode on Instagram 2 months ago, Allen talks Reek, why “Game of Thrones” is the “Avatar” of the Emmys, and Gwendoline Christie joins “Star Wars."

Egypt’s version of “The Daily Show” canceled
Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart” whom “60 Minutes” profiled, says  that his TV station was put under more pressure “than it could handle."

Norm Macdonald recalls Stephen Colbert’s failed “SNL” audition
Macdonald remembered thinking, "Oh my f*cking god, you gotta get this guy. He's insanely good.” He adds: "Yeah, I remember he did a Geraldo impression, but the material was the smartest, you know? The material was almost scholarly. I don't want to say it was beyond Conan, but it was beyond any educated person. It was more almost like he was just an original thinker. I remember being shocked that he didn't get the job.” PLUS: Macdonald is “pretty certain” he’s not getting “Late Late Night.”

“The Sopranos” coming to Blu-ray with more than 5 hours of new bonus features
Included in the 28-disc box set will be 25 audio commentaries and two roundtable dinners.

“The Bachelor’s” Courtney Robertson's tell-all dishes on Adrian Grenier’s genitalia
Check out her new book “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.”

“King of the Nerds” earns a 3rd season
The reality show hosted by “Revenge of the Nerds” stars Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong will be back for an eight-episode Season 3.

Watch the new “True Blood” trailer
The 2nd trailer previews the June 22 return for the final season.

Cartoon Network renews "The Amazing World Of Gumball” for 2 more seasons
The animated series has been a hit worldwide.

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<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson of &quot;Cosmos&quot;</p>

Neil deGrasse Tyson of "Cosmos"

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TV Ratings: 'Cosmos' and 'Bachelorette' lead Sunday split, while 'Enlisted' return fizzles

'60 Minutes' helps CBS win the night overall

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 1, 2014.

ABC's two-hour "Bachelorette" special was weak outside of the series' normal Monday home, but still helped the network tie "Cosmos"-fueled FOX for the Sunday night crown among young viewers. Overall, CBS led the way with "60 Minutes," which was Sunday's most watched show.

Despite an admirable guerrilla promotional campaign from the show's creator and stars, canceled-but-beloved "Enlisted" failed to make even a small ripple in its return to primetime, coming in below a repeat of "American Dad." [The "Enlisted" demo number was steady with its most recent Friday airing back in March. But that's not exactly good news.]

There was better news, not that it matters, for NBC's canceled "Believe" and "Crisis," which were both up week-to-week. 

On to the numbers...

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Ann B. Davis: An appreciation of Alice — the better mother on 'The Brady Bunch'

Ann B. Davis: An appreciation of Alice — the better mother on “The Brady Bunch”
It was the “great unspoken truth” of “The Brady Bunch” that Carol Brady couldn’t handle being mom to all those kids, says Hank Stuever. So it was Alice who became the successor to June Cleaver. "Whether or not she believed the material was up to her standards, she made Alice’s wisecracks and goofy physicality seem perfectly natural,” Stuever writes. "Robert Reed, who played father Mike Brady, went to his grave still grumbling about the insipidness of the show; Davis seemed to exult in it.” PLUS: 12 things you didn’t know about Davis, and watch Alice's best moments.

Pedro Pascal on his “Game of Thrones” duel: “It was very eerie”
"I've never had a full view of myself before and was able to see myself the way that other people get to see me,” he says of his fake head. "I caught myself staring and realizing that I had no idea what I actually look like in life. It's very, very strange. I had this moment that I kept staring at my fake head and realizing how much I look like my dad. They did such a great job. It looks exactly like me with such detail. It was very eerie.” PLUS: Pascal says “there was costume rippage” filming the scene over three days, that duel was a thing of beauty — a seriously engrossing, ultimately horrifying, bit of television, gruesome even by the standards of today's ultraviolent Prestige TV, Sansa Stark was the true star of last night’s episode, Emilia Clarke talks breaking up, and Sophie Turner can only watch the episodes alone.

“Community’s” Yvonne Nicole Brown: Arsenio and George Lopez were the only talk shows that invited me on
Brown tweeted her sadness at Arsenio Hall’s cancelation, pointing out that she had only been invited to talk shows hosted by minorities. But she’s not blaming the late-night hosts of the other shows. She says the bookers are to blame.

Endemol to produce reality show on Mars One’s mission to colonize the Red Planet
The “Big Brother” production company will document the training process for the one-way mission to Mars.

“The Good Wife” music drops on iTunes
Composer David Buckley re-recorded and re-arranged music from the CBS series, using a 50-piece orchestra.

David Spade writing his memoir
The comedian plans to cover his years on “SNL,” “Rules of Engagement” and "Just Shoot Me” in a book due in fall 2015.

“Orphan Black’s” Kristian Bruun talks about his big moment
"Do you know how long I’ve been waiting for this f—king episode to come out?”

“Major Crimes” adds Ever Carradine
The “24” and “Eureka” alum will play Graham Patrick Martin’s mom.

“It’s Always Sunny” gives Howard Stern’s TV watcher a chance to try his dream job
JD Harmeyer, whose job is to watch and clip TV shows for the Stern show, was allowed to direct a scene last week from an episode of the FXX series.

Ex-“Doctor Who” Matt Smith is said to be dating a “Downton Abbey” star
Smith has been spotted with Lily James.

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones,&quot; the mountain and the viper</p>

"Game of Thrones," the mountain and the viper

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Mountain and the Viper'

Tyrion awaits the trial by combat, Sansa gives her testimony, and Arya is having a laugh

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as there's a word for cousin-killing...

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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

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Series premiere review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' - 'I/O'

An interesting but opaque start to AMC's latest drama

Some thoughts on the first episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" coming up just as soon as I blow dry my hair some more...

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