Jodie Foster Was Almost Leia!, ‘Sports Illustrated’ Chaos, Pat Boone’s New Single, Brat Pack Doc & More

January 19, 2024

Links to the past, with relevance today:

70 years and out. (Image via Sports Illustrated)

NYT: The future of Sports Illustrated has been thrown into chaos — every single employee was just laid off.

NYT: Nobody liked Hef ... the second after he died.

VARIETY: Kenya Barris will present a 10-part series about Richard Pryor. (I hope he goes into the gay stuff!) He also plans a Black Wizard of Oz and a Black It's a Wonderful Life.

He never stops ... (Image via

BUY HERE: Pat Boone, 89, has just released his new single "My Stupid Tattoo"!

PRIDE SOURCE: A gay man writes about what he unexpectedly felt during Madonna's Celebration Tour.

THE AV CLUB: A new doc about the Brat Pack — directed by Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy — is coming in 2024. Can't wait to see his insights into that heady and no doubt crazy period for him and several other young stars.

OLD U.S. NOSTALGIA: Suddenly, photos of NYC in the 1980s are — gulp — rare?!

KENNETH IN THE (212): RIP Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las.

PEOPLE: Selena Gomez will play Linda Ronstadt in a new biopic. Let's hope Linda likes the idea of that more than Richard Simmons likes the idea of Pauly Shore playing him! Meanwhile, we also have a new King of Pop.

DO YOU REMEMBER?: Incredibly, Jodie Foster was almost Princess Leia!

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