Hollywood Royalty Carrie Fisher Dies At 60

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, right, originally met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center on the set of The Blues Brothers. John Belushi, left, and DiMaio were set to be the original Blues Brothers. Unfortunately for DiMaio Fisher’s boyfriend Dan Aykroyd saved her from choking on a Brussels sprout in her trailer. The two were engaged 10 minutes later and Aykroyd was re-cast as Elwood Blues.

Los Angeles—Actress and author Carrier Fisher, famous at birth for being the daughter of Hollywood mega starts Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fischer, died Tuesday. She was 60.

Fisher had suffered a heart attack while flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23.

Fisher appeared in Hollywood hits “When Harry Met Sally,” “Blues Brothers” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “RECOiL” and “The Man With One Red Shoe.”

On the small screen, she was in “30 Rock,” “Smallville,” “A Nero Wolfe Mystery” and “Laverne and Shirley.”

She also wrote numerous books, including “Surrender the Pink,” “Delusions of Grandma” and “Postcards from the Edge,” which was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep. 

Fisher is survived by her mother Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, brother Todd Fisher and half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.

Jan Hooks Dead At 57

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks, right, in a dress rehearsal of the famous Brenda The Waitress sketch with Alec Baldwin, center, and RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. DiMaio’s part was cut from the scene in the final sketch, allegedly at Hooks request. DiMaio would return the favor by casting Hooks in his film RECOiL and then cutting her scenes from the final cut.

New York—Comedienne and actress Jan Hooks, best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” died Thursday. She was 57.

The cause of death hasn’t been released, though her representatives said she had been battling a serious illness for some time.

Besides her brilliant work on “Saturday Night Live” when the show was actually pretty damn good (she was brilliant as Sinead O’Connor taking on Phil Hartman’s amazing Frank Sinatra in one of the best skits ever), Brooks also appeared on “Designing Women,” “Third Rock From the Sun” and as Jenna Maroney’s mother on “30 Rock.”

On the big screen, Hooks appeared in films like “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Batman Returns,” “RECOiL” and “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.”

No further details about her death were released.

Jack Donaghy Finally Got His Wish: Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, right, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left, on the set of a game show in the early 1960’s.

Birmingham, MI—Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Elaine Stritch died Thursday. She was 89.

Known to most uncultured neanderthals who never saw a Broadway play as Jack Donaghy’s fun-loving, caring, affectionate mother Colleen on “30 Rock,” Stritch starred in dozens of Broadway and traveling shows, including, “Anything Goes,” “A Little Night Music,” “The King and I” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

She won a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance in “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” in 2002 and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.

She won an Emmy Award for her work on “30 Rock” in 2007 and for a guest appearance on “Law and Order” in 1993.

Besides her work on stage and on television, Stritch appeared on the big screen in such films as, “Three Violent People,” Who Killed Teddy Bear,” “RECOiL” and “Cocoon: The Return.”

She was married in 1973 to actor John Bay until his death in 1982.

Will It Soon Be Time To “Party On” On Broadway? “Wayne’s World: The Musical” To Begin Production

Waynes World: The Musical

Waynes World: The Musical may feature theater vetrans Nathan Lane and Clay Aiken.

New York—A spokesman for “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels has confirmed that he will be producing a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1992 classic film, “Wayne’s World,” set to open this fall.

The musical will appear at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th St. American Idol alum Clay Aiken has already been cast to play Garth, Wayne’s bespectacled sidekick, played by Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live” and the two “Wayne’s World” films. Denzel Washington has been cast as famous record producer Frankie “Mr. Big” Sharp.

The role of Wayne, created by Shrek himself, Mike Myers, has not yet been filled at press time, but a spokesman for Michaels confirmed that the three candidates currently being considered for the role are Tony-Award nominated actor Jeremy Jordan, Nathan Lane and Nigel Lindsay.
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Lifetime Network Offices Protested By Angry Union Members After “Project Runway All-Stars” Episode

Blanket Union

“What would Tim Gunn do?” He would make it work.

A symphony of angry plastic and jolly laughter- a sea of cowboy hats, beards, and doo rags- greeted employees of the Lifetime Network as they attempted to make their way into their New York City headquarters yesterday morning. A blanket union of bucket drummers, mall Santas and horse whisperers, formed in 2009 after an episode of the NBC television show “30 Rock” parodied a union of the same composition, barricaded the entrance to the network in protest of the recent episode of “Project Runway All-Stars.”

In the final episode designers presented mini-collections in their own runway shows complete with music and lighting. Designer Emilio Sosa kicked off his young, hip collection with a bucket drummer in silhouette behind a screen at the end of his runway. Unfortunately for Sosa, he, Project Runway execs and the Lifetime Network neglected to contact their local union for bucket talent, and instead used Joel “Chuy” Rodriguez, a Lifetime Network executive’s nephew, aspiring bucket drummer and former contestant on the ABC show “Bachelor Pad.”
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