Twinkie, we hardly knew ye...
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Is it true? The end of the Twinkie as we know it? No more Ding Dongs or Ho-Ho's? Say it ain't so.
But apparently it is, with Hostess Brands announcing this morning that it will go out of business over a nationwide strike by its employees, ending not only a proud tradition of delicious snacking, but, on a more dire note, carrying through with a threat to lay off more than 18,000 workers in the process.
It's a downbeat way to start a Friday, so here some hopefully more upbeat headlines:Radio Soulwax delivers a brilliant, hour-long audiovisual mixtape that pays homage to David Bowie.If you're wondering how little money your favorite artists make from streaming music services like Spotify, it's even more depressing than you think.Here's a look at 13 candidates for the Star Wars: Episode VII director's chair. Who do you want to see calling the shots at the opening of the new trilogy? Me, I'm hoping for Christopher Nolan.If you really must hear the new duet between Rihanna and ex-boyfriend/abuser Chris Brown, it's hit the Web.With the long-delayed Red Dawn remake finally coming out next week, star Chris Hemsworth -- who wasn't a star when film was made -- says it's "kind of a Benjamin Button thing. As my films come out, I get younger and less experienced."Consequence of Sound marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles by examining a number of the Fab Four's key innovations, including, the site's writers argue, being an early influence on both heavy metal and shoegaze.Rapper 50 Cent goes on QVC to hawk his $250 headphones, claims he made $177,000 in just nine minutes. Now that's gangsta.Sylvester Stallone's itching to make a fifth Rambo movie... if his body holds up. If not, "It'll be Rambo fighting arthritis," he says.Justin Timberlake is trying really hard to get people to care about something called MySpace.Matthew McConaughey talks about how he shed 38 pounds to play a rail-thin AIDS patient in an upcoming movie. Guess that Magic Mike sequel will have to wait.If song lyrics were autocorrected text messages, they'd go a little something like this.Nerdist catches up with Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome co-creator David Eick, who talks about the genesis of the web series and the look and feel of the show.Here's the trailer for a new romantic comedy called Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. Not sure I can buy Fey as a character named "Portia."As he starts doing press for the upcoming Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino suggests he may only have a couple more movies left in him.And, finally, behold the "urinal entertainment system," a way for men to play games while relieving themselves in public restrooms.
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