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.

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(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)

Morrissey to Curate a Ramones “Greatest Hits” Album

Morrissey with his good friend Johnny Ramone

Morrissey, who as a teenager once wrote that the “Ramones are rubbish,” now dubs himself a major fan and is curating a new greatest hits album by the influential punk band.

“My love for the Ramones would out-live time itself,” he has stated. In addition to the track list, he has also chosen the cover art, below. A statement on True to You said the compilation would soon be released through Sire/Rhino Records, and added, “Morrissey is thankful to the Ramones management for this invitation.” (via Spin, CoS)

"Best of Ramones" cover art, curated by Morrissey

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Winners List

MTV Video Music Awards 2014

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 24, 2014. In case you missed them — whether because you only get Netflix or because you just don’t have the patience to sit through it — here is a handy list of award winners that should condense the essence of the entire hours-long show down to less than five minutes of your time.

Of course, if none of this appeals to you, be sure to check out 12 MTV Video Music Awards performances worth rewatching.

Best Lyric Video
5 Seconds Of Summer – “Don’t Stop”

Best Female Video
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (Feat. Juicy J)

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande – “Problem” (Feat. Iggy Azalea)

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake – “Hold On We’re Going Home”

Best Rock Video
Lorde – “Royals”

Artist To Watch
Fifth Harmony

Video Of The Year
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award


Best Collaboration
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” (Feat. Jay Z)

MTV Clubland Award
Zedd – “Stay The Night” (Feat. Hayley Williams)

Best Video With a Social Message
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Choreography
Sia – “Chandelier”

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Editing
Eminem – “Rap God”

Best Direction
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

Best Visual Effects
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

12 MTV Video Music Awards Performances Worth Rewatching


Top 10 Richest Bassists in Music

Krist Novoselic, bassist of Nirvana

The Richest has published a list of the 10 wealthiest bassist in music. There are very few surprises here, including numerous bassists who also act as front men in their respective groups. Paul McCartney (worth $1.2 billion), Sting, and Gene Simmons are joined by the likes of Tony Kanal of No Doubt and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, who hasn’t been terribly active in some time. The full list is below.

01. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
02. Sting – $300 million
02. Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 million
04. Roger Waters – $270 million
05. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
06. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $115 million
07. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
08. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
09. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million

(via CoS)

Ani DiFranco to Release “Allergic to Water” October 14, 2014 – Listen to “Woe Be Gone”

Ani DiFranco, photo by Patti Perret

On October 14, 2014, Ani DiFranco will release her 20th full-length studio album, Allergic to Water, on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco announced the new album by stating, “Got a new wreckord and I don’t hate it.” Allergic to Water was recorded at her Victorian home in New Orleans and at a larger studio in an old church, “in two 4-day sessions, one while I was six and a half months pregnant,” she explains.

Below, watch the lyric video for “Woe Be Gone,” which premiered on USA Today.

Six Fiction Writing Tips From Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Unlike writers such as Kurt Vonnegut and John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway never actually wrote or disclosed an organized list of writing tips. However, many tips can be cobbled together from the great amount of text he left behind, much of which was compiled by Larry W. Phillips in his 1984 book, Ernest Hemingway on Writing. Here are seven notable tips below.

1. To get started, write one true sentence.

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.

-From A Moveable Feast

2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next.

The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it.

-From October 1935 issue of Esquire “Monologue to the Maestro: A High Seas Letter”)

3: Never think about the story when you’re not working.

When I was writing, it was necessary for me to read after I had written. If you kept thinking about it, you would lose the thing you were writing before you could go on with it the next day. It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything. But afterwards, when you were empty, it was necessary to read in order not to think or worry about your work until you could do it again. I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night.

-From A Moveable Feast

4: When it’s time to work again, always start by reading what you’ve written so far.

The best way is to read it all every day from the start, correcting as you go along, then go on from where you stopped the day before. When it gets so long that you can’t do this every day read back two or three chapters each day; then each week read it all from the start. That’s how you make it all of one piece.

-From October 1935 issue of Esquire “Monologue to the Maestro: A High Seas Letter”)

5: Don’t describe an emotion — make it.

I was trying to write then and I found the greatest difficulty, aside from knowing truly what you really felt, rather than what you were supposed to feel, and had been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced. In writing for a newspaper you told what happened and, with one trick and another, you communicated the emotion aided by the element of timeliness which gives a certain emotion to any account of something that has happened on that day; but the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always, was beyond me and I was working very hard to get it.

-From Death in the Afternoon

6: Be Brief.

It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.

-From a 1945 letter to editor Maxwell Perkins

“Saturday Night Live” Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

Don Pardo

Don Pardo, the longtime announcer for “Saturday Night Live,” died Monday, August 18, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. He was 96.

Pardo was with “SNL” from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only the seventh season. His run on the show went right through the end of the last season in May, when he performed the introductions on the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

Additionally, Pardo was NBC’s staff announcer for more than 60 years. In November 1963, he announced to the country the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He also worked on the original version of Jeopardy! with host Art Fleming, as well as “The Price Is Right,” “Jackpot,” and ”Three On A Match.”

(via NYT, Deadline Hollywood)