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Chicago Cubs to Host Miami at Wrigley Field on July 3, 2015 – the 30th Anniversary of the Release of “Back to the Future”

Way to Go Cubbies! - Chicago Sweeps Miami in the 2015 World Series, from "Back to the Future Part II"

Recently, 2015 Major League Baseball schedules were released, and a notable quirk was found by Reddit user Antithesys: the Chicago Cubs will open a three-game set at Wrigley Field against the Miami Marlins on July 3, 2015 — the 30th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future.

You might be wondering, why is this notable? Well, in Back to the Future II, when Marty McFly travels to 2015, he learns that the Cubs have swept the World Series against Miami. The gag was that, in the ’80s, Miami didn’t even have a professional baseball team — and the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in 80 years.

Of course, now, Miami does have a baseball team — and, unfortunately, they play in the National League, same as the Cubs, which ensure this October Classic match-up will never occur. And with the Cubs likely to finish 2014 in the NL Central basement, it’s likely that their 106-year World Series drought will extend beyond 2015.

Also, while it would be even more serendipitous if the two teams could meet up on the anniversary of the release date of Back to the Future II, that would be impossible: it was released November 22, 1989, well after the end of baseball season.

Cubs Win World Series! (Back to the Future Part II)

Watch: 1992 MTV News Segment about CD Longbox Packaging at Tower Records

CD longboxes

Who remembers CD longboxes? Early on, in the ’80s and into the first few years of the ’90s, compact discs were generally sold in slim, 12-inch tall cardboard boxes that were both decorative and functional, as it allowed retailers to place CDs for sale in bins and racks originally intended to hold vinyl LPs. However, as you can see in this 1992 MTV News clip, longboxes met an abrupt end when CDs began to be sold only in jewel cases.

Surge Soda Is Back From the Dead (and the ’90s) – Coca-Cola Brings Back the Mountain Dew-like Drink

Surge

Surge soda, the glowing green liquid sugar-and-caffeine bomb that was among the best discontinued sodas of the ’90s is back.

The beverage, which existed from 1996 until the early 2000s, has been the subject of a nostalgia-fueled online campaign to lobby the company to bring back the drink. A Facebook group devoted to Surge has more than 129,000 likes, and Coca-Cola said in a statement that it’s reissuing the drink thanks to “a passionate and persistent community of brand loyalists who have been lobbying The Coca-Cola Company to bring back their favorite drink over the last few years.”

Surge will be sold only on Amazon.com, which represents the first time a Coca-Cola product has been sold exclusively through an online retailer. Surge’s relaunch will also be an experiment in social media marketing for the brand, since it said it will not invest in any traditional marketing for this product. (via Time)


Click here for the Top 12 Discontinued Sodas and Soft Drinks From the 1980s, 1990s, and Early 2000s

Urban Outfitters Sells Blood-Stained “Vintage” Kent State University Sweatshirt

"Vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt splattered in fake blood - only from Urban Outfitters!

The always-classy chain retailer Urban Outfitters has recently put up for sale a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt splattered in fake blood as an apparent homage to the 1970 shooting that left four dead.

The sweatshirt is now listed as “sold out” in Urban Outfitter’s online store. It appears to have been a one-off sale: “We only have one, so get it or regret it!” stated the website.

Of course, UO didn’t mean any harm. It was totally a coincidence. Urban Outfitters issued the following statement, via their Twitter account:

Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such. The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray. Again, we deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively and we have removed it immediately from our website to avoid further upset.

"Vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt splattered in fake blood from Urban Outfitters

(via Gawker)

Actor Richard Kiel Dies at Age 74

Richard Kiel in "Happy Gilmore"

Richard Kiel, a 7-foot-2-inch tall actor who cornered the market on playing giants in his career, has died at the age of 74.

Kiel’s agent, Steven Stevens, confirmed his death but declined to provide further details, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Kiel was perhaps best known for his performance as the steel-toothed villain “Jaws” in two James Bond films. However, his career spanned decades, and he is also well known for his performances in Happy Gilmore as Mr. Larson, the man shot in the head with a nail gun by Adam Sandler‘s character; as the alien “Kanamit” in the classic “Twilight Zone“ episode “To Serve Man”; and as the voice of Vlad in Tangled, among his more than 70 acting credits.

He is survived by a wife of 40 years, Diane Rogers, and four children.

Bizarre Unearthed Test Footage of Unmade Disney Version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Disney test

Recently, footage has been unearthed of a 1983 episode of a Disney TV show called “Disney Studio Showcase” that exhibits clips of the unmade Disney version of the classic film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The film, which is based on a 1981 novel of the same name, stayed in the development stage with Disney for several years before they abandoned it around 1984. Several years later, the project was revisited and resurrected by producer Steven Spielberg, director Robert Zemeckis, and animator Richard Williams.

However, as you can see in this video, Disney created several test animations, and the voice of Roger Rabbit was provided by none other than Paul Reubens, two years before his breakout in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The voice of Jessica Rabbit is that of Russi Taylor, perhaps best known as the voice of  Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri, and Üter from “The Simpsons.”

(via RS)


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Watch: Courtney Love’s Isolated Vocal and Guitar Tracks From Live Performance of Hole’s “Celebrity Skin”

Courtney Love

In 2010, a guy named J.M. Ladd was hired to film a few bands, including Hole, at Don Hill’s in New York during Fashion Week. After it was done, he never heard from the company again: “I still have no idea what happened with regards to the dissolution of their/our arrangement but after fashion week was over, three days later I was standing there (literally) with an invoice and a hard drive,” he tells Noisey.

However, he hung onto the footage and has posted it to YouTube with Courtney Love’s vocal and guitar tracks isolated.

“To address the most obvious, inevitable question that I will be asked…this is not fake,” he says in the video’s description, “Whether you think she’s the worst or this just makes her all the more ‘punk rock’ is for you to decide. I’m merely presenting the facts as they are. Make of them what you will.” Watch below.

Bill Murray’s Casting Suggestions for an All-Female “Ghostbusters” Movie Reboot

Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in "Ghostbusters"

The idea of filming a third Ghostbusters movie has been plodding along for some time now. Way back in August 2011, Dan Aykroyd “officially” confirmed that a film was forthcoming; then, in fall of 2012, it was reported that the director of the original film, Ivan Reitman, would start filming Ghostbusters 3 in 2013. That never happened, and in March 2014, Reitman dropped off the project following Harold Ramis’s death.

However, all this inactivity hasn’t stopped the rumor mill, nor has it stopped speculation as to who would participate in a third installment or a reboot. Now Bill Murray has chimed in with who he thinks would be perfect for an all-female Ghostbusters reboot: “Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny — God, she’s funny! I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there.”

Regardless of his enthusiasm for the prospective reboot, Murray has long maintained that he will not be part of a third Ghostbusters film in any way.


Click here to see The Many Careers of Bill Murray


(via Slash Film)

Major US Websites Plan to “Go Slow” on September 10, 2014 to Protest Potential Net Neutrality Rule Changes by FCC

Internet slow lane

On September 10, 2014, several major websites including Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Reddit and Vimeo will install a widget on their sites to show how they believe the internet would look if the FCC overturns net neutrality rules.

According to The Guardian, the FCC is currently redrawing its rules after a series of legal challenges from cable and telecoms companies undermined its authority to regulate the internet. One proposal could allow internet service providers to offer “fast lanes” to higher paying customers, a move critics charge would break net neutrality — the principle that all traffic is treated equally online.

Evan Greer, co-founder of Fight for the Future, a pressure group helping to organize the protest day, has this to say:

“Net neutrality is tough to explain to people, so we wanted to organize an action that actually shows the world what’s at stake. I think the three most hated words on the internet right now are ‘Please wait, loading … ’ Unless internet users unite in defense of net neutrality, we could be seeing those dreaded ‘loading’ wheels a lot more often on some of our favorite websites, while monopolistic companies get to decide which content gets seen by the most people.”

In addition to the above mentioned sites, popular porn sites Pornhub, Youporn, and Redtube will also be taking part, according to Reddit user Katie_Pornhub (SFW link).

For more info, click here, and be sure to watch John Oliver’s incredible rant on net neutrality that aired on his show in June 2014.

Comedian Joan Rivers Dead at Age 81

Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers died on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in New York City. She was 81. Her daughter, Melissa, confirmed her death.

Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was taken last Thursday after reportedly losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side. She was placed in a medically induced coma, and on Tuesday, her daughter said she was on life support. However, on Wednesday, she said she had been moved out of intensive care.

For more info on the life of one of America’s most successful comics, visit The New York Times.

Joan Rivers on “The Carol Burnett Show,” 1974

Faith No More to Release First Album in 18 Years, Tour US

Faith No More

In April 2015, Mike Patton‘s Faith No More are set to release their seventh album, their first in 18 year. The record will be recorded in their Oakland rehearsal space and released on their own imprint, Reclamation Records, with distribution by Patton’s Ipecac Recordings.

Though no dates have been booked, the band is planning a full US tour around the album’s release. Since their return to the stage in 2009, they’ve only played five American cities.

(via RS)

Suicidal Tendencies Bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams Has Died

 

Tim "Rawbiz" Williams - photo by Brandon Mizar

Tim “Rawbiz” Williams – photo by Brandon Mizar

California-based Suicidal Tendencies has released the following statement:

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams.

“Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.

“Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.”

Williams is credited with playing bass on one song on Suicidal Tendencies’ latest album, 13, which came out in March 2013. It was the band’s first album in 13 years.

No cause of death has been revealed. (via Blabbermouth)