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By Travis Greenwood

Travis GreenwoodHello, hello and welcome to 8 for the '80s! In this column, we'll be sharing eight topical links, videos, and memes from the worlds of film, music, television, celebrity, art, toys, fashion, technology, pop culture, and beyond, all filtered through a totally bitchin' '80s perspective.

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Another week, another batch of totally bitchin' '80s links, as collected from Internet points both big and small...

1. Tron turns 30 later this month and LA residents can celebrate in style with a commemorative screening — complete with grid carpet (!) and costume ball! — at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood on October 27th.

Tron turns 30!
Buy: Tron 30th | Cap tip: / Film

2. Indiana Jones, part time adjunct, denied tenure at Marshall College.

Indiana Jones, part time adjunct, denied tenure at Marshall College.
Via: McSweeney's | Cap tip: io9

3. New Wave icons Blondie and Devo ham it up for a group pic. Head exploding at the thought...

Blondie & Devo
Buy: Stuck in the '80s

4. Illustrator Sean Hartter filters Metroid, my favorite videogame franchise ever, into 8-bit poster art that is out of this world.

Illustrator Sean Hartter creates a Metroid 8-bit style poster work of art
Via: Sean Hartter

5. On a kinda, somewhat related note, the Lego fanatics at Bolt of Blue have pieced together Link's Hylian shield.

Link's Hylian Sheild Lego style by Bolt of Blue
Via: Bolt of Blue | Cap tip: Buzzfeed

6. Minimalistic Pac-Man posters, rendered here to recall the wartime propaganda posters of old.

Minimalistic Pac-Man poster recall the wartime propaganda posters of old
Via: Joe Baranowski | Cap tip: Laughing Squid

7. AH-NOLD Schwarzenegger's new memoir hasn't rehabbed his image as quickly as hoped (confessions of infidelity aren't particularly endearing...) but mixed in the sordid details are a couple of revealing gems about his career as an actor. Speaking about the filming of The Terminator, he notes:

[James] Cameron was full of surprises. One morning, as soon as I was made up, he said, 'Get in the van. We're going to shoot a scene.' We drove to a nearby residential street, and he said, 'See that station wagon over there? It's all rigged. When I give the signal, walk up to the driver's side door, look around, punch in the window, open the door and get in, start the engine, and drive off.' We didn't have the money to get permission from the city and to properly set up the scene of the Terminator jacking the car, so that's how we did it instead. It made me feel like I was part of Jim's creativity, sneaking around the permit process to bring in the movie on budget.

Via: The Sydney Morning Herald

8. A musical about The Go-Gos? We're listening. Produced by that noted musicologist, Gwyneth Paltrow? Let's just say that our lips are sealed.

The Go-Gos
Via: NME

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