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"Happy Days" creator Garry Marshal passed away Tuesday.
"Happy Days" creator Garry Marshal passed away Tuesday. (Photo: Mother's Day Movie Facebook)

A goodbye to Garry Marshall

2016 tragically claimed yet another entertainment giant Tuesday, as television and film writer-producer-director Garry Marshall passed away in Burbank, Calif., at the age of 81, following complications of pneumonia following a stroke.

Marshall, however, leaves behind an impressive and iconic television resume – including serving as a writer on several episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as well as helping bring "The Odd Couple" and, of course, the Milwaukee-set hit sitcom "Happy Days" and its several, often equally beloved, spin-offs to life as their creator.

He also made quite an impact on the big screen, directing beloved romantic comedies like "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride" and "The Princess Diaries." And while his late output of movies – ranging from the Lindsay Lohan vehicle "Georgia Rule" to a trio of holiday-themed rom-coms – were often critically panned and performed unremarkably at the box office, there's something to be said about the fact Marshall made films unapologetically for women and about women, a group Hollywood then, and even still now, tends to treat as a niche audience.

Across television and film, Marshall also had a keen eye for burgeoning stars and how to utilize them in his projects. During his career, he helped launch Henry Winkler, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway all into stardom. They, and several others who worked with the producer over the years, took to Twitter to pay their respects to Marshall. 

How will "Making a Murderer" take over our lives in season two?
How will "Making a Murderer" take over our lives in season two?

It's official: Get ready for season two of "Making a Murderer"

Welcome back to the "Making a Murderer" beat. It's been a while; remember where we left off with Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey still being in prison?

After every media organization spent the last half year trying to hop on board the true crime craze and come up with the next "Making a Murderer," Netflix today officially decided that maybe the next "Making a Murderer" ... is another season of "Making a Murderer." 

Deadline Hollywood reported today that Netflix ordered another season of the now Emmy-nominated docu-series and that it is currently in production under the watch of returning executive producer/director tandem Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

According to Deadline's report, there is no word yet on how many episodes this new season will be or when it will premiere. It will remain on Avery and Dassey's story "as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld."

Which is weird, because while the last documentary took 10 years to make and ended in 2015, not much has happened to fill another season of TV. Or has it?

We don't know if fan favorites Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will return, but Deadline says:

"The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case."

How will the show avoid becoming the next "Serial" season two? Staying on the same case, the one that captivated people in the first place, is probably a smart move instead of trying to get lightning to strike twice. At the same time ... they are still trying to get lightning to strike twice, and thanks to the media insanity still perpetually keeping an eye on the case, it's hard to imagine much sneaking up on viewers the way the first season did. If something shocking is discovered, one imagines we'd hear about it well befor…

A bacon crust? So 2015. It's all about the deep fried macaroni and cheese crust now.
A bacon crust? So 2015. It's all about the deep fried macaroni and cheese crust now. (Photo: Lori Fredrich)

Meet the monstrous mac bottom pizza

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Have you ever been eating a bowl of macaroni and cheese and thought to yourself, "You know what would make this mac 'n' cheese better? If it was a pizza instead." Or perhaps you've been midway through a slice of pizza and thought, "Do you know what this starch needs? More starch." No? Well, too bad, because SoLo did, and thus we now have the mac bottom pizza to sate your taste buds and horrify your arteries.

The spiritual sequel to last year's bacon bottom pizza – a diet bomb of a pizza with strips of interwoven cooked bacon instead of a crust; but hey, gluten free! – SoLo's mac bottom pizza is a brick of deep fried mac and cheese slathered in tomato sauce, cheese, sausage and pepperoni. It costs $7.50 and a potentially significant chunk of your dignity and wellbeing. 

Before you dig in, you'll probably have to get past the aesthetics of the thing – not that it's gross-looking, but my lord, is it massive. It is neither pasta nor pizza; it is beast. The hunk of deep-fried cheesy noodles takes up most if not all of the plate, and it's a solid inch thick; meanwhile, the pizza toppings are well heaped on top. It is a wad of food – truly two meals in one – and you can feel your body both applauding and questioning your life choices as you gaze upon its saucy, cheesy, greasy, deep-fried godlessness. What hell hath SoLo wrought?

An inaccurate one, I tell you! Cutting into the pizza, you'll notice that this is not mac 'n' cheese; there is no mac! The noodles are spiral noodles! This foodgasm is built on a crust of LIES! And Soylent Green is people!

But really, the mac bottom is ... well, it's pretty tasty! It's hard to say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – it's not better than just a good bowl of mac 'n' chees…

Meet the new Leinie Lodge at Mitchell Airport.
Meet the new Leinie Lodge at Mitchell Airport.

7 photos from the opening of the airport's new Leinie Lodge

What better place to be reminded that it's noon somewhere than at an airport? That's the hope with the new Leinie Lodge, a small but sufficiently sudsy watering hole that opened up this morning inside General Mitchell International Airport. 

The shop offers two self-serve beer taps, currently featuring Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy on one and Leinenkugel's Red Pale Ale – which is only available in Wisconsin – on the other. Thirsty travelers first pay $6.99 for a cup, then fill it themselves at the fireplace-decorated suds station and enjoy it at some of the tables and bar stools surrounding the lodge. The shop also has a small menu of food items – including a burger, sandwich, panini and Usinger's sausage options – as well as several grab-and-go options. 

"If there's one human truth, it's that people love to get together over a beer – whether they're traveling or whether they're working or whether they're just having fun with family and friends," said Dick Leinenkugel, president and chief beer merchant at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. "So here's an opportunity to welcome travelers to southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee County and the great city of Milwaukee."

The Leinie Lodge, named after the Chippewa Falls lake house owned by brewery founder Jacob Leinenkugel, can be found on Concourse D in the airport near Gate D43. Keep your eyes open for it next time you're headed in or out of town. As for now, here are some photos from this morning's maiden (beer) flight.

1. Dick Leinenkugel with some opening remarks

2. Four pairs of scissors? That poor ribbon ...

3. Welcome to the Northwoods

4. Two taps of TSA-approved tastiness 

5. Leinenkugel pouring some Leinenkugel's

6. You have a new neighbor, Gate D42

7. A cabin in the concourse