90s

The Real Story Behind 'Cool Runnings' Is Even Weirder Than The Movie

It's hard to explain why so many kids fell in love with Cool Runnings.Yes, it's a funny movie with a lot of heart, but it was also a sports comedy about bobsledding at the Winter Olympics. The story of four Jamaican athletes competing in the icy sport was just too outrageous to resist, and today the movie is a cult classic.But if you think you learned the real story of Jamaica's groundbreaking bobsled team from the movie, you'd be wrong.As one of the real team members from the 1988 Olympics, Dudley "Tal" Stokes, revealed on Reddit, the

80s

13 Forgotten TV Shows Based On Your Favorite Movies

Hollywood's philosophy is that one good turn deserves another, especially when we're talking about movies that gross millions of dollars.That explains why so many hit movies are recycled into TV shows, but as this list shows, the results don't always measure up to the original.1. Ferris BuellerStarcasmLasted for: one seasonOf course the hit movie made a lot of fans, but not many were willing to tune in to this series about Ferris and his everyday adventures. The show gave Jennifer Aniston her start in show business as Ferris's sister Jeannie.Despite the fact that John Hughes refused to

90s

11 Surprising Facts About 'Small Soldiers,' The Movie That Put The "Action" In Action Figures

There were some truly strange movies to be found in the "Children's" section of your local Blockbuster in the '90s, but Small Soldiers was definitely unique.The action film about a batch of killer toys was marketed as family-friendly, but many parents were surprised by the movie's more violent scenes. The reason for that mixed message is one of our 11 surprising facts about the movie.1. It wasn't meant to be a children's movieDante on the set of the movie.CineplexThe film's director, Joe Dante, had already pushed the envelope for dark, family-friendly comedies with Gremlins. But he had

TV

The Cast Of 'Harriet The Spy' Are All Grown Up, But What Have They Been Up To?

Brace yourself if you're not prepared to feel old, but it's been more than two decades since everyone's favorite pint-sized detective hit the big screen. The movie was a big milestone for fans of the classic book series, but also because it was the first film put out by the Nickelodeon Movies production company. But - aside from eating lots of mayo and tomato sandwiches - what have the cast been up to in the last 20 years?Gregory Smith - SportSmith played one of Harriet's best friends, but you might know him better for leading roles in Small Soldiers

Pop Culture

Drew Barrymore Recreated Her Childhood Fashion Choices, And Some Of Them Were Pretty Wild

Leave it to Drew Barrymore to put all of our Throwback Thursday pictures to shame.The 43-year-old actress recently dug through her closet to play dress-up as "little Drew," revisiting outfits she was photographed wearing during her time as a child star. InStyleAs we've shared before, Hollywood in the '80s was a glamorous place, but the fashion choices of our favorite stars could be pretty questionable. Barrymore revealed the idea for this photo shoot came from photographer Laura Brown, who has known the actress for decades.“We are recreating looks from a very specific time period in my life from

70s

13 Movie "Villains" Who Were Right All Along

While they may be a lot scarier than the hero of the story, sometimes you just can't help rooting for the villain.They're cool, unique, and usually they have the best song. In some cases it's hard not to feel sorry for them. There are a few movies where the "bad guy" isn't so bad after all. Here are 13 movie villains who actually had the right idea.1. Captain Hook from Peter PanDisneyThe older you get, the more you just have to ask "what is wrong with Peter?" We get that he never grows up, but he must know

80s

15 Toys From Your Childhood That Used Batteries Like They Were Going Out Of Style

Parents these days complain that their kids are glued to smart phones and tablets, but at least those are rechargeable.When we were kids, toy makers expected you to add a huge pack of AAs to your weekly grocery list just to keep the toys in your household running. While lots of toys still use batteries, they didn't eat them up like these 15 toys from our childhood.1. TalkboyHughes EntertainmentThese were a must-have after being featured in Home Alone 2, but they didn't run on your imagination. It took four AAs to power up this handheld recorder, so it

90s

Nintendo Power Is Back - Celebrate With 13 Facts About The Iconic Magazine

If you grew up playing Nintendo's classic video games, then you depended on the company's official magazine Nintendo Power for insider info, tips and tricks for your favorite games.While fans said goodbye to the magazine in 2012, Nintendo has revived Nintendo Power as a new podcast. There's more info on that below, but let's remember the magazine with 13 cool facts that are definitely Confidential.1. It started out as "Fun Club News"Nintendo fans who purchased the company's games could sign up for a 6-page leaflet called Fun Club News, which contained sneak previews of new Nintendo games.

80s

13 Top Secret Facts About The 'Short Circuit' Movies

The '80s were the heyday for movie robots, from cute droids like R2-D2 to cold-hearted killers like the Terminator and ED-209.But none of the decade's big screen robots have a place in our heart like Johnny 5, the mischievous machine from Short Circuit one and two. Odds are you have a worn-out tape of one of the movies stashed in your crawlspace right now, but you probably didn't know these 13 facts about the films.1. The Johnny 5 robot really short circuited There were 15 working versions of Johnny 5 on set, and while most worked fine the

80s

Murder Charges, Drug Addiction, Bankruptcy - The Tragic Lives Of The 'Diff’rent Strokes' Child Stars

The hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes helped to popularize the "very special episodes" about serious topics that were so memorable from our childhoods.But drug abuse and crime weren't just subjects explored on the show, they also featured in the lives of the actors who starred in Diff'rent Strokes. It turns being a child star in Hollywood isn't as glamorous as we imagined.Todd Bridges - Willis JacksonfanpopBridges, who played the older of the two adopted brothers on the show, came from a family of actors, and started working in show business from a young age.Sadly, misfortune seemed to follow