The Quick 10: What 10 Mouseketeers Are Up To These Days

Everyone knows The Mickey Mouse Club of the early "˜90s was full of people who would go on to become big stars - Britney, Justin, Christina, Keri Russell, J.C. Chasez and Ryan Gosling, namely. But what about those other Mouseketeers? In case you've been wondering, I've got 10 answers for you.


1. Rhona Bennett was on MMC for four years before going on to become the self-titled Miss R&B. She had a recurring role on The Jamie Foxx Show, but what most excited me was that she was a member of another "˜90s staple, En Vogue, from 2003-2008. When original member Dawn Robinson came back in 2008, Rhona was given the boot.

morris2. Matt Morris may have served as a Mouseketeer for just a few years, but his co-stars remembered him. He wrote five songs with Christina Aguilera for her Stripped album, including "Can't Hold Us Down." Likewise, he co-wrote "(Another Song) All Over Again" from Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds album, and J.T. returned the favor by writing a song for the disc Morris released in 2004. He's currently signed to Timberlake's label, Tennman Records.

3. Tate Lynche was a MMCer from 1993 until the show was canceled in 1995, but if you're a fan of American Idol you've seen him since then: he made it to the semi-finals of season three (the one Fantasia Barrino ended up winning). He went by the name Marque Lynche and apparently didn't impress Paula, Randy and Simon the way he impressed the Disney Channel, because he was part of the first round of semi-final eliminations. But you can see vintage Lynche here "“ and check out little J.T. and Ryan Gosling!

deedee4. Deedee Magno was part of The Mickey Mouse Club as a member of The Party, which, by the way, stood for "Positive Attitude Reflecting Today's Youth." Mmm-hmm. Deedee was the singer on their Top 40 hit "In My Dreams." She's still singing today, but she's doing so in musical theater. Her biggest role so far has been Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway, and she's currently touring with a production of Wicked as Nessarose.

nikki5. Nikki DeLoach was part of a girl group in the late "˜90s, founded by the same guy who put "˜N Sync and the Backstreet Boys together. The group was called innosense (that's not a typo, and no, I didn't forget to capitalize it) and was co-managed by Justin Timberlake's mother "“ in fact, she and the entire band lived in their house for a while. To say innosense had lukewarm success would be generous, and the group disbanded in 2001. Nikki has been working on her acting career ever since (she was in the sequel to the Sandra Bullock film The Net) and dated fellow Mouseketeer and Lou Pearlman protégé J.C. Chasez for five years.

lindsey6. Lindsey Alley landed an awesome role before she was even on the MMC: she played Patsy in Ernest Saves Christmas. When the show ended, Lindsey went back to finish high school and then received her B.A. from the University of Missouri in 2000. Since then, she has had bit parts of T.V. and created her own one-woman show about being in The Mickey Mouse Club, called, appropriately, Look Ma"¦ No Ears! She also apparently waitresses in NYC, because IMDB makes it a point to mention that as a waitress, she once had to serve her former co-star, Justin Timberlake. Ouch.

dale7. Dale Godboldo is a face you might recognize "“ he's had small parts in tons of T.V. shows, including Commander in Chief, Bones, Wanda at Large, Judging Amy and The Drew Carey Show. You can also spot him in the just-released Fame remake as a "Music Executive."

8. and 9. Damon Pampolina and Albert Fields were both members of The Party. Damon stuck to his music roots for a while, DJing in the Houston area, and also starred in a Saturn commercial in the early "˜00s. Albert Fields went by the name "Jeune" for a while (it's half of his middle name, Jeunepierre) and had a song in the movie The Fan. The duo recently reunited to form a group called NDecent Proposal "“ check them out and see if they're the MMCers you remember:

10. Chase Hampton was not only a Mouseketeer; he co-hosted for a year. After the show went off the air, Chase pursued a career in acting and landed parts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X Files, 7th Heaven and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But it would appear that he has turned his sights to music and is currently with a band called Buzzfly.

Did I miss your favorite Mouseketeer? Leave a comment "“ maybe fellow _flossers will know what he or she has been up to since the Club disbanded.

10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

"Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

"…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.



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