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Join Us (& Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Jeff Goldblum) at the 10th Annual TCM Film Festival!

The Turner Classic Film Festival is what we call “our favorite time of the year.” It’s got a flavor more special than any other film festival: every movie is a winner. This year, I’m proud to announce I’ll be back at the festival as a special guest and I hope you’ll join me! I’m introducing a nitrate print of the Cary Grant-Shirley Temple-Myrna Loy comedy The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) on opening night.

My film follows the opening night film When Harry Met Sally(1989) which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner will be there to discuss that film and that’s part of what makes the festival so special. This year, TCM embraces ’80s movies as classics more than ever. Included in the amazing lineup:

  • Do the Right Thing (1989) will be commemorating its 30th Anniversary as well with a discussion that includes Joie Lee, who is in the film and is the sister of Spike Lee.
  • Escape from New York (1981) with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter discussing the film beforehand.
  • Out of Africa (1985) with a pre-film discussion with the daughters of the film’s late director Sydney Pollack.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) with a discussion with the film’s sound editor and visual effects artist.
  • Steel Magnolias (1989) in its 30th Anniversary retrospective with the writer of the hit play Robert Harling.
  • Working Girl (1988) with a discussion with that film’s casting director.

Other special guests include Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Rita Wilson, Alex Trebek, Angie Dickinson, Lauren Shuler Donner [who produced Mr. Mom (1983), Ladyhawke (1984), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986)] and SO MANY MORE! And, what’s cool is that often times they watch the film with you, attend the parties and mingle, and tend to be approachable. Why? Because they love classic film as well. The festival attendees are warm and it’s basically like a club. This is my fifth year (5 timers club! Is there a jacket??) and I hope you can join me (I’m giving out Rubik’s Cubes, find me while they last!!). If not, plan on attending next year. It’s a group you want to be part of. It’s an event you’ll never forget. Get your tickets on the TCM Film Festival site: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/attend/ )

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THE KARATE KID is Back & We’re Giving Away Tickets!

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UPDATE: Winners have been selected. Congrats to Debbie D., Travis C., Crystal C., John C., and Elizabeth B.! Watch for our next give away!

been 35 years since Daniel-san crane-kicked his way into the hearts of Mr. Miyagi and moviegoers everywhere. So, as The Karate Kid enters its midlife crisis, it Waxes On with a new 4K Ultra HD Restoration and a return to movie theaters everywhere! On March 31 and April 2, the ’80s bully revenge classic will be back up on the big screen (you could never keep it down, even if you sweep the leg). Better yet, the theater experience offers a sneak preview for Season 2 of “Cobra Kai” (which, in our experience of covering entertainment for 15+ years, is the best reboot to a film EVER…and that is not hyperbole).

You can buy tickets at Fathom Events or any movie ticketer…or you could WIN A PAIR from us! We will have FIVE WINNERS! So, you have a great chance of winning. To enter, follow us on Twitter or Instagram or Like Us on Facebook along with a Karate Kid message so we know you want the tickets. Already a follower? Share this page on your own social media account (even as a repost of our message). Every effort gets an entry. Things you need to know? 1. Tickets are only available at AMC or Regal theaters, so be sure you have one near you that’s showing the film. 2. We pick the winner on March 22 and will need to secure the winner’s information to pass on to Fathom no later than Monday, March 25.

Get all caught up on what went on behind the scenes by checking out The Karate Kid page here at ’80s Movie Guide. You could spend your time trying to catch a fly with chopsticks…or you could enter now!

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane? It’s FREE TICKETS to SUPERMAN!

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UPDATE: Winners have been picked at random! Congratulations to  Michael King, Chad Bailey, Elvis Vazquez, Dan Gurwitz, and Bill Desenberg! Everyone else, get your tickets at FathomEvents.com or at your theater! Info for which theaters and times are HERE. 

For ’80s kids, there is no other Superman than Christopher Reeve. Hard to believe, but December marks the 40th anniversary of Richard Donner’s legendary 1978 Superman: the Movie and the 80th anniversary of the beloved DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster (couldn’t we all use some of that ability to reverse time?).

To mark the occasion, Fathom Events will present Superman in its original theatrical version, just as audiences saw it upon its initial release in December 1978. Accompanying Superman will be Max Fleischer’s animated Superman short “Mechanical Monsters,” presented in movie theaters for the first time since its original release in 1941. The 10-minute, Technicolor cartoon is one of 17 animated shorts produced in the 1940s that were based on DC’s legendary hero. The films will fly into 700 theaters nationwide on three days: Sunday, Nov. 25, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets are now on sale at FathomEvents.com but we have five pairs of tickets to give away! 

To enter, just Like or Follow @80sMovieGuide on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (And, let us know you want the tickets so we don’t think it’s a random follow!) We will pick winners on Saturday, Nov. 17 (so however you reached out to us, look for a message there – we’ll need to know which screening date, time and location you want to attend). We have 10 tickets in our movie ticket giveaway so your chances to win are GREAT!

A box-office sensation, “Superman” broke industry records and went on to gross more than $300 million worldwide, leading to three direct sequels – and helping introduce the world to the enormous possibility of comic-book film adaptations.

Christopher Reeve stars as Superman and Clark Kent, with Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Gene Hackman as villainous Lex Luthor, Marlon Brando and Susannah York as Superman’s parents Jor-El and Lara; Ned Beatty and Valerie Perrine as Luthor’s sidekicks Otis and Miss Tessmacher; Jackie Cooper as Perry White; Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter as George and Martha Kent; and Jeff East as teenaged Clark Kent. “Superman” was written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman and Robert Benton from a story by Mario Puzo.

 

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Get Free Tickets to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 50th Anniversary Screening!

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UPDATE: Winners have been picked! Congrats to Jason R., David W., Bradshaw D., David, and Instagram winner Changomania!

 

George Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! Largely considered one of the best horror films ever made, Fathom Events is presenting the newly restored and remastered version in 600 movie theaters with screenings on Tuesday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 25.

The Fathom Events presentation also features a new behind-the-scenes look at the making of this groundbreaking film, which ushered in a completely new approach to making horror films.  For years, audience have only been able to see Night of the Living Dead in washed-out, murky versions; this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the newly restored version on the big screen. 

This will likely sell out. But, ’80s Movie Guide is giving away FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS! All you have to do is FOLLOW and/or LIKE one of our social media accounts (@80sMovieGuide on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook).  You get one entry for every action you take – for instance, if you leave a comment, you get an extra entry. If you repost or retweet, you get an extra entry. Just make sure we know you want the tickets!

The FIVE winners (two tickets each) will be picked at random on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Winners will then be notified by the social media account they connected with (we will need to get name, email, and your choice of theater and time). Names of the winners will also be listed here in an update. Any unclaimed prizes will go to the entrants who seem like they want the tickets the most through their entries.

Entrants/winners can see a full list of participating theaters at this link –  just enter a ZIP code to see theaters near you that are playing the film.

PS – Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968, but we believe ’80s movie fans share a love for this horror classic! Enter now!

 

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THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE Back in Theaters for One Night & We Have 5 Pairs of Tickets to Give Away!

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Childhood flashback to when a new toy rocked your world: THE TRANSFORMER! You twisted and turned Bumblebee the robot and Optimus Prime into vehicles while watching the cartoon series and in 1986, life got even better when The Transformers: The Movie hit theaters. Now, on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.,  The Transformers: The Movie – remastered and restored – will play on the big screen! Plus, the one-night-only screening includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of this December’s Bumblebee, as well as a brand-new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush, including recent performances of the theme songs “The Touch” and “Dare.” Audiences who attend the Fathom Events screenings will also receive a poster of The Transformers: The Movie (quantities limited, while supplies last)!

Transformers fans responded with such overwhelming enthusiasm, the cinematic event was expanded to nearly double the theaters to accommodate the demand. But, we have your back! ’80s Movie Guide will give FIVE pairs of tickets away this weekend! To win, just find us on your favorite social media platform, and follow/like us and leave a TRANSFORMERS related comment so we know you want the tickets! We have five pairs to give away between the three platforms so chances of winning are pretty good. You also get an entry for liking/sharing/retweeting our The Transformers: the Movie related posts – and you can enter as much as you like. Winners will be announced as an update to this page this Monday, Sept. 17. Here’s how to find us:

On Twitter, we’re @80sMovieGuide

On Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/80sMovieGuide/

On Instagram, we’re also @80sMovieGuide

The Transformers: The Movie has captured a special place in the hearts of millions and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist since 1986. Featuring memorable characters from the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons, this full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final voice acting role (!) and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker.

In The Transformers: The Movie, the Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – Unicron. The only hope of stopping Unicron lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the Autobot who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour.  Will the Autobots be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the Decepticons reign supreme?

Check out how the ’80s nostalgia classic looks after the restoration in the video below. Find your nearest theater and buy tickets HERE. And remember, follow and like us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to be in the running to win a pair of tickets to the one-night-only ’80s flashback event!