SNL’s Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks, a former star on “Saturday Night Live,” died on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the age of 57.
Hooks was a regular player on “SNL” from 1986 to 1991, and continued to appear on the show in cameos until 1994. Her impressions on the show included Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Jodie Foster and Sinead O’Connor.

Hooks also had memorable roles as the Alamo tour guide in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and as Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons.” She left “SNL” to join the cast of “Designing Women” when Jean Smart left that comedy, and later had a recurring role on “3rd Rock from the Sun” and guest-starred in “30 Rock.”

Her cause of death is unknown at this time. (via NBC)

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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 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)

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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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