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June 25, 2010

Michael Jackson -- One Year Later

Michael-jackson  One year ago today I was sitting in a terrible college summer dinner theater performance, killing my iPhone battery from relentless under-the-table Googling and scrolling through a deluge of "Michael Jackson is dead" updates on Tweetie. 

My mind was blown. It was a weird day. Farrah died. Michael died. Scroll scroll scroll. 

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Evie Garland in Out of This World [Where Are They Now?]

Maureen-Flannigan-Out-of-This-World  Out of this World, an old favorite television show of mine, was a sitcom that told the story of a thirteen year old girl whose father was an alien and whose mother an Earthling.  Her father's alien DNA gives the girl, Evie, special powers to stop time when she touches two fingers together.  Hijinks ensued!

So (say it with me, okay?), Where Is She Now?

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Flashback Friday: Better Off Dead

Lane-meyer-better-off-dead  This Flashback is brought to you by I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS.

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June 24, 2010

Tupac and R.E.M. are Officially History

Tupac-afeni-shakur  You may know you're getting up in years when the music that had a major impact on your generation and your own little life is deemed historically significant. 

That's what the Library of Congress is saying about Tupac and R.E.M. So thanks, Library of Congress. Because you know this is really all about my mortality. 

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Troll Dolls: The Movie. Seriously.

Wizard-troll-dollRemember those hideous looking Troll dolls from the '60's?  Troll Dolls, Leprocauns, Dam Dolls, Gonks, Wishniks, Treasure Trolls, or Norfins?  Ugly little bastards, is what they were.  An ugly fad that never seemed to go away completely.  They made comebacks in every subsequent decade, for some reason, but they never got any cuter.  But they were just dolls.  Dolls made to scare the bejesus out of kids for no particular reason. 

Their decades-long trendiness is apparently enough to warrant a movie deal. 

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June 23, 2010

What Will Be The Next Movie Based On A Musical Based on a Movie?

Footloose  When Hollywood produced the movie version of the musical version of the Mel Brooks classic The Producers (a movie about a failed Broadway musical, to make things even more meta), it sounded to me like something from The Onion reflecting on the lack of original ideas in recent years, both on stage and on film. But it was for real, and was then followed by the film adaptation of the musical adaptation of the John Waters film Hairspray. And now Hollywood is doing it again, with Footloose, slated for a 2011 release. With no end in sight to the phenomenon, I have to wonder—what will be the next blockbuster film adaptation of a musical ripped off from Hollywood?

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Edith Shain,The Nurse from WWII's Famous Times Square Kiss Photograph, Dies

Times-square-kiss-200x300Who doesn't know this famous photograph of an American soldier kissing a nurse in New York's Times Square? The photo, V-J Day in Times Square (aka VJ Day, among other names), was taken on Victory Over Japan Day on August 14, 1945 and grew to iconic proportions after being published in LIFE Magazine.

Edith Shain, the nurse in the photo, passed away on Sunday, June 20 in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

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June 21, 2010

Ralph Macchio is Waxing On in New Viral Video

Ralph-Macchio-Karate-Kid Have you seen the new The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith? I haven't. I've heard it's good, but to me Ralph 'Babyface' Macchio will always be THE Karate Kid. I love my 80s icons, that's why I was so happy to see that one of latest Funny or Die videos stars my former teen heart-throb in Wax On, F*ck Off.

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For Your Next Next Fancy Dinner Party: Whitesnake Wine

Whitesnake-wine  Yes. Whitesnake. As in the band, from the 80s, with the hair. And yes. Wine. As in the stuff that gets you drunk. I bet it goes really well with cheese.

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June 18, 2010

Silly Bandz Bans?

Silly-bandz  Did you know that Silly Bandz were a thing? Because I've been wearing them in my hair for a couple of months now and I had no idea.  

Of course you did, didn't you? 

Is a five-year old going to cut me for my pig? 

That sounds all kinds of wrong. 

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What Ever Happened to Punky Brewster's Best Friend, Cherie? [Where Are They Now]

Cherie-Johnson-Young-Small Punky Brewster was one of my favorite shows on the teevee when I was but a wee gal.  I liked Punky's spunk, but she wasn't my favorite (officially, that was Brandon). I preferred Punky's BFF Cherie Johnson, who, in my opinion, stole the show.  She was cute, sassy and smart, and she was the reason I wore headbands around my forehead.  I got pushed on the playground for that.

We always hear about Punky.  Punky this, Punky that.  I don't want to hear about Punky.  What happened to Cherie?

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June 17, 2010

Top Ten Reasons Why I Should Be MTV'S New Twitter Jockey (or as Many as I Can Think of Until I Run Out.)

Mtv-original-vjs Do you want to be the modern day, virtual equivalent of Martha Quinn? 

Do you know who Martha Quinn is? 

Never mind. Proving that it is solidly on the social media tip, MTV is holding a competition to choose a Twitter Jockey - a TJ, if you will. 

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June 16, 2010

Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead Lives. Is Nothing Sacred?

Dont_tell_mom_the_babysitters_dead Because every movie concept that could ever possibly exist has apparently already been imagined and fully- realized, every fucking week another studio announces another inevitably-terrible, uncalled-for remake. This week's impending-bastardization announcement comes courtesy of the creative geniuses at The Mark Gordon Company, who are reportedly looking for writers for a Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead remake.

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June 15, 2010

In The Land of Lego, Walk Softly And Carry A Big Gun

LegoI remember when we were younger, our parents got us a pile of little gifts for Christmas and one big thing.  Some years, when times were good, it was "big" in the sense of dollar value.  Some years dictated a tighter budget and our "big" gift was simply large in size.  Others, it was both.  But one year, my gift was a giant, 25 gallon Rubbermaid container filled with LEGO.  It was the greatest gift in history. 

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Review: The Karate Kid

Karate-kid-2010 Movie remakes are a tricky thing. Good intentions may be behind all of them, to recreate something classic as an homage to the original, but often egos and misguided artistic visions pervert things along the way.

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