BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 1 May, 2015

Friday

1 May, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1312 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The case for cuts was a lie. Why does Britain still believe it? (Guardian)
The austerity delusion. (Bonus: Really annoying graphics with scissors.)


Dan Roberts: Ruth Bader Ginsburg eviscerates same-sex marriage opponents in court (Guardian)
At 82, the supreme court justice cut through the question of gay marriage's constitutionality in a way that seemed to move even her most conservative peers.


Emma Brockes: "The Guerrilla Girls: 30 years of punking art world sexism" (Guardian)
Emma Brockes meets the feminist art-punk pioneers behind the iconic protest posters. The Clark Kents of the art world explain why billionaires are their new target - and why it's so hard to find a decent monkey mask these days.


Philip Oltermann: "Underdog: the film settling Scandinavian scores" (Guardian)
They were the top dogs of Scandinavia. But now, after the financial crash, they do Norway's dirty jobs. Philip Oltermann on a new film about Swedish migrants.


Nathan Williams: 5 Insane Theories That Change How You See Great Works Of Art (Cracked)
We wouldn't dream of diminishing the work of any of the great masters on this list, or insist you start enjoying it less. But even great artists are just fallible human beings, which is why we can't dismiss these theories about their famous work being the result of accidents, trickery, or outright fraud.


JD Niemand and Danny Gallagher: 6 True Stories About Disneyland They Don't Want You to Know (Cracked)
#6. Communal Employee Underwear


Graeme Virtue: Netflix confirms Daredevil season two in 2016: what did season one get right? (Guardian)
Visceral, punchy and criminally good, the first instalment of Netflix's Marvel TV universe has been re-commissioned for a second season. Did its dark vision of Hell's Kitchen work for you?


Chitra Ramaswamy: Do tall people really deserve to earn more? (Guardian)
A new study says tall people are more prosperous because on average they are cleverer and have better social skills. So what are short people supposed to do?


Suzanne Moore: If Russell Brand is pushing 40, who represents the actual youth? (Guardian)
My generation has cannibalised youth culture, but we can never represent it politically. No wonder the young are alienated from the ballot box.



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Trivia Question of the Day


In an episode of Seinfeld ("The Dog"), Jerry ends up "dogsitting" after a dog owner suffers a heart attack while sitting next to him on an airplane. What was the dog's name?

                                  



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


Ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson selling Nestle's Chocolate with two of his dummies. That's Danny O'Day on the left. What is the name of the dog on the right?


      Farfel                                                      Source


Farfel the Dog is a hound dog ventriloquist's dummy created by Jimmy Nelson. The Farfel character is best known for television commercials for NestlÚ's Quik which ran from 1953 to 1965.

Beginning in 1955, Farfel sang the last word of the NestlÚ's jingle, after the first two lines sung by Nelson's human dummy Danny O'Day:

     Danny: "N-E-S-T-L-E-S, NestlÚ's makes the very best...
     Farfel: Choc'-late

At the end, Farfel's mouth would close with a distinctive clap, uncharacteristic of proper ventriloquist's technique. The sound was the result of Nelson's nervousness at his audition for the NestlÚ executives; his hands sweated, resulting in his finger slipping off of the mouth control. The executives liked the effect so much, they insisted Nelson keep it in. The commercials ran for ten years from 1955 to 1965. Farfel made a brief comeback in the mid-1990s for a NestlÚ's candy Christmas promo, with a send-in offer for a stuffed Farfel doll.        Source







Charlie was first, and correct, with:
   Farfel
  Though it's not clear whether he ever fell very far.





Alan J said:
   Farfel.



mj wrote:
   The canine member of the trio is
  Farfel.




Loquacious Lois Of Oregon replied:
   Oh, who does not love puppets? Especially adorable doggie puppets like Farfel, who shilled for companies that sold sugary food supplements to children? Yes, the beginning of the end, polluting the purity of milk with that damn delicious chocolaty powdered mixture from hell that addicted children of all ages to a lifetime of hedonistic pursuit of flavor enhancement, which resulted in a populous of portly pubescent putzes. Oh my god, I think I've been possessed by the ghost of Spiro Agnew! HELP ME!


  P.S. DJ Useo, you and your brother were totally cute kids!




Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Farfel the dog



Adam answered:
   Farfel the dog



Marian said:
   Farfel



DJ Useo responded:
   Farfel the dog. When I was in grade school, I got a Danny O'Daye venriloquist puppet that I loved. I practiced & got so good at ventriloquism that they used to let me entertain the younger classes. True story.




Dale of Diamond Springs, Norhotcali replied:
   Farfel the Dog, you Peckerwoods! Here are some more Dummies, you Peckerwoods! And a Nyquil Margarita, Peckerwoods.


For Lewd and Lovingly Lecherous Lois: And let's hear it for the Ants!




MAM   , wrote:
   Farfel ~ Danny: "N-E-S-T-L-E-S, NestlÚ's makes the very best...Farfel: Choc'-late
  At the end, Farfel's mouth would close with a distinctive clap, uncharacteristic of proper ventriloquist's technique. The sound was the result of Nelson's nervousness at his audition for the NestlÚ executives; his hands sweated, resulting in his finger slipping off of the mouth control. The executives liked the effect so much, they insisted Nelson keep it in.


  1950's Nestle's Quik




Randall answered:
   Farfel




Joe S     said:
   His name is Farfel. Another one I know because I'm old. Also I used to do ventriloquism in my youth. I won a few talent shows and was even on TV once when I was in the 6th grade. I could never understand why Jimmy named Farfel, Farfel. It's so hard to say without moving your lips. Try it, you'll see.
  Annnnyway, I was pretty good. I had a Jerry Mahoney dummy, that I named, .......wait for it,....... Jerry. I wanted a Charley McCarthy doll until I actually saw Edgar Bergen live on TV. I was totally disappointed, watching Bergen's lips move. He was good at distracting you, but his lips were,(as my father put it) flapping like a whippoorwill's ass in a wind storm. I really wasn't sure what that meant, but Bergen's lips were moving. He was much better suited for radio than TV. Loved him on the radio. As for Danny O'Day and Farfel, I only saw them on NestlÚ's commercials. Today I don't buy anything from Nestle, nothing.
  Annnnnnyway, I've been thinking of taking up the art again to entertain and amaze my grandchildren. I don't think it would be much trouble to pick it back up, I was self-taught in the beginning.
  This is the very dummy I had, cardboard suitcase and all. He didn't come with shoes but my mother picked up shoes for him somewhere. He didn't look right without shoes.





Deborah took the day off.
  



Sally is retired, but paying attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  May 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 1 | Famous Birthdays



  






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Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Dear White America: Toya Graham Is Not Your Hero



One in six of world's species faces extinction due to climate change - study | Environment | The Guardian



Why the penis is having a moment in men's fashion | Fashion | The Guardian



Why are people racist? You asked Google - here's the answer | Joseph Harker | Comment is free | The Guardian



"Fast Track" (AKA "Corporations Get More Say Than Congress Act") On Life Support



Anti-Gay GOP Politician Comes Out After Being Caught Sending Explicit Photos On Grindr
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Thanks, Michelle!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


WTF IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY?

IT'S A START!

STARFUCKS!

RAND "SQUIRREL NEST" PAUL STRIKES BACK.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES.

HE CAN STILL MAKE REPUBLICANS PROUD AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. HEE HAW!

HEY GANG, LOOK WHAT I CAUGHT!






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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still sunny, still hot.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Amos Lee, Ralph Stanley, and Mark O'Connor.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 4/16/15) are Simon Cowell, Michael Douglas, an Jenny Lewis.



NBC starts the night with FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Helen Hunt, Jesse Eisenberg, and My Morning Jacket.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 4/20/15) are Helen Mirren, Lindsey Vonn, Buzzcocks, and Jeremy Gara.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/23/15) are Randall Park, Halsey, and Rose McIver.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH 'Beyond The Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 4/22/15) are Dr. Phil McGraw, Manny Pacquiao, and Chet Faker.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Cedric's Barber Battle', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'The Messenger'.



Faux fills the night with the movie 'Taken'.



MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.



A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Sandgate
 [7:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 11 - The Lodger
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 12 - The Pandorica Opens
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 14 - A Matter of Perspective
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 15 - Yesterday's Enterprise
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 16 - The Offspring
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 17 - Sins of the Father
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 18 - Allegiance
 [9:00PM]    The Professional
 [11:30PM]    The Professional
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 15 - Yesterday's Enterprise
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 16 - The Offspring
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 17 - Sins of the Father
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 18 - Allegiance    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has the movie 'Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde', followed by the movie 'Legally Blonde'.



Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.



FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.



History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', then a FRESH 'Hangar 1: The UFO Files'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MARON-THE JOKE
 [6:30AM]    MARON-DESERT ROAD TRIP
 [7:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WEARS A HEART T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS
 [7:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JACK BLACK WEARS AN EMBROIDERED COWBOY SHIRT AND OX BLOOD SNEAKERS
 [8:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JOEL MCHALE WEARS A NAVY ZIP-UP AND HIGH TOPS
 [8:30AM]    WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
 [8:45AM]    THE JACKAL
 [11:30AM]    BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2
 [1:30PM]    THE THING
 [4:00PM]    THE JACKAL
 [6:45PM]    SHOOT 'EM UP
 [8:45PM]    THE INVENTION OF LYING
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-COLIN HANKS WEARS A DENIM BUTTON DOWN AND BLACK SNEAKERS
 [11:30PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-COLIN HANKS WEARS A DENIM BUTTON DOWN AND BLACK SNEAKERS
 [12:00AM]    BASEKETBALL
 [2:15AM]    SHOOT 'EM UP
 [4:15AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-CERF'S FOLLY
 [4:45AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SEASON FINALE
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-COLIN HANKS WEARS A DENIM BUTTON DOWN AND BLACK SNEAKERS
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ANNA KENDRICK    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Peggy Sue Got Married
 [8:15AM]    Love Actually
 [11:15AM]    Being John Malkovich
 [1:45PM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Cradle to Grave
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Fertile Fields
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Homesick
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Aftershock
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Causa Mortis
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-I.D.
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Good GirlTV14
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Survivor
 [12:00AM]    Don't Say a Word
 [2:30AM]    Monster's Ball
 [4:00AM]    The Staircase-Crime or Accident?    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'An American Werewolf In Paris', followed by a FRESH 'Bitten', then a FRESH 'Lost Girl'.



TCM:
 [6:45 AM]      The Office Wife (1930)
 [7:45 AM]      Man Wanted (1932)
 [9:00 AM]      Goodbye Again (1933)
 [10:15 AM]      She Had To Say Yes (1933)
 [11:30 AM]      The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
 [1:00 PM]      The Church Mouse (1935)
 [2:30 PM]      Ever Since Eve (1937)
 [4:00 PM]      Her Husband's Secretary (1937)
 [5:15 PM]      She's Got Everything (1938)
 [6:30 PM]      Obliging Young Lady (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Citizen Kane (1941)
 [10:15 PM]      The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      Jane Eyre (1944)
 [2:00 AM]      Too Much Johnson (1938)
 [3:00 AM]      Lydia (1941)
 [4:45 AM]      Over the Moon (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Saturday   -  05/02/15

TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      Kidnapped (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      Thunderbirds Are Go (1968)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: The Sign of the Sphinx (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      Bomba the Jungle Boy (1949)
 [12:00 PM]      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
 [2:00 PM]      Back From Eternity (1956)
 [4:00 PM]      To Have And Have Not (1944)
 [6:00 PM]      Green Fire (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Ninotchka (1939)
 [10:00 PM]      Queen Christina (1933)
 [12:00 AM]      Anna Christie (1930)
 [2:00 AM]      Roller Boogie (1979)
 [3:45 AM]      ABBA: The Movie (1977)
 [5:30 AM]      Shake Hands With Danger (1970)     (ALL TIMES EST)



TNT has a FRESH 'Cold Justice'.




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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The Doobie Brothers band members (L-R) Michael McDonald, John McFee, Tom Johnston, and Patrick Simmons attend the 32nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles, California April 29, 2015.
Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Control Freak Ex-FiancÚ

Sofia Vergara

What's the best way to keep a private matter out of public speculation? Sofia Vergara's ex-fiancÚ, Nick Loeb, seems to think writing an op-ed for The New York Times is the way to go.

"I wanted to keep this private, but recently the story broke to the world," Loeb wrote in a piece titled "Our Frozen Embryos Have a Right to Live."

As Loeb waxes poetic in his editorial about his desire to become a father, equating his idea of family to that of a Norman Rockwell painting, he insists that the embryos should be treated like life because they were created with that intention.

Multiple outlets and Twitter users have condemned the Times for providing Loeb with an outlet to shame and pressure Vergara into handing over the embryos. Loeb's insistence on unfreezing the embryos could be construed as reproductive coercion, a practice the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology calls "behavior intended to maintain power and control in a relationship."

Sofia Vergara

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U.S. pop singer Tina Turner pose with Italian designer Roberta Armani before Giorgio Armani's fashion show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his career and to mark the opening of the Expo 2015 in Milan, April 30, 2015. The Milan Expo will open in the city on May 1, following the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Officials are counting on some 20 million visitors to the six month-long exhibition of products and technologies from around the world.
Photo by Alessandro Garofalo

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Charity In 2014

Vatican

The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.

Refugees, prisoners, the homeless, the sick and the elderly benefitted from the aid that charities received from the Vatican office responsible for taking care of the poorest.

Individuals also received direct Vatican aid -- 8,000 people benefited from it in 2014 -- along with religious communities which used it for basic needs or building renovation work.

The donations are generally modest, because the Vatican hopes to reach as many people as possible, explained Bishop Diego Giovanni Ravelli, chief of staff to Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski who heads up the charity office.

Vatican

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Infects Lab Worker After Mishap

Smallpox-Like Virus

A lab worker in Boston became infected with a virus similar to smallpox after he accidentally stuck himself with a needle that was contaminated with the virus, according to a new report of the case.

But the case is noteworthy because the worker developed the infection despite having recently been vaccinated against the virus, which was intended to protect him in case of exactly such an accident.

In November 2013, the 27-year-old lab worker was preforming an experiment that required him to inject mice with the vaccinia virus - which is the virus in the smallpox vaccine. (The vaccinia virus is similar to smallpox, but doesn't actually cause the disease.) While putting a cap back on the needle he was using, he accidentally stuck the needle into his left thumb.

About 10 months before his injury, the man had received the smallpox vaccine because his job required him to work with the vaccinia virus. At that time, the man appeared to have a proper reaction to the vaccine - he developed a small white lesion at the vaccination site - which is thought to indicate a successful immune response to the vaccine. (The general public is no longer vaccinated against smallpox, since the disease has been eradicated worldwide .)

The man appears to be the first person to develop a vaccinia virus infection from a lab accident, even though he was recently vaccinated against the disease, the researchers said. It's not clear why the man developed an infection despite being vaccinated, but the researchers noted that the level of immune response needed to protect against the vaccinia virus is not known.

Smallpox-Like Virus

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Musician Carlos Santana speaks at the 2015 Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Florida April 30, 2015.
Photo by Carlo Allegri

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Zoo Group Puzzled

Japan

The group representing Japan's zoos and aquariums said Thursday it was baffled by its exclusion from a global body over the way its members catch dolphins.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) last week voted to suspend the Japanese chapter (JAZA) saying it had refused to stop taking dolphins caught in the controversial drive fishery in Taiji.

The town in southwestern Japan came to worldwide attention after the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" showed pods of the animals forced into a bay and then butchered with knives, in a mass-killing that turned the water red with blood.

WAZA "requires all members to adhere to policies that prohibit participating in cruel and non-selective methods of taking animals from the wild," the organisation said last week, adding JAZA refused a proposed two-year moratorium on using the Taiji hunt.

Japan

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Claims Mayweather Bail 'Rescue'

Marion "Suge" Knight

Fallen rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight will be rooting for Floyd Mayweather from behind bars this weekend -- hoping his old friend can help pay his $10 million bail bill, his lawyer said Thursday.

Speaking shortly after his latest court hearing, attorney Matthew Fletcher said Knight -- who denies murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges -- is counting on the unbeaten Mayweather to beat Filipino great Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

"I think we're going to have very good luck," Fletcher told reporters. "Hopefully next week... after Floyd Mayweather wins again, I think he's going to come riding to the rescue."

Fletcher said Mayweather "and Suge are very close friends -- have known each other for a while. Obviously he's been busy, they've both been busy, but I think we will be able to make bail."

The US boxer, who has a perfect 47-0 ring record and is the highest-paid sportsman on the planet, said this week he expects a payday of $200 million for this fight alone.

Marion "Suge" Knight

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Gene Simmons, left, of the rock band KISS puts his sunglasses on the face of ASCAP President Paul Williams before KISS received the Founders Award at the 32nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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Protest Police Violence In Jerusalem

Ethiopian Jews

A demonstration by Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin against police brutality turned violent on Thursday, with police using water canon to keep angry crowds away from the prime minister's residence.

At least 13 people were injured and two police officers and five protesters were taken to hospital, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

Police fired bursts of foul smelling water from a water canon and used stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators, who threw stones and bottles at scores of police officers on hand.

The demonstration, that began as a peaceful march near national police headquarters in East Jerusalem, was called after a video clip emerged showing two police officers assaulting an Ethiopian army conscript and arresting him.

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U.S. actress Lauren Hutton pose before Giorgio Armani's fashion show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his career and to mark the opening of the Expo 2015 in Milan, April 30, 2015. The Milan Expo will open in the city on May 1, following the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Officials are counting on some 20 million visitors to the six month-long exhibition of products and technologies from around the world.
Photo by Alessandro Garofalo

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King Consolidates Power

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman announced a new heir and made his son second in line to rule Wednesday, concentrating power in his inner circle as the kingdom faces enormous regional challenges.

Since acceding to the throne following the death of King Abdullah in January, Salman, 79, has been steadily bringing loyalists into the deeply conservative kingdom's upper reaches of power.

Salman named as the new crown prince his nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, the powerful interior minister who a decade ago led a crackdown on Al-Qaeda.

Prince Mohammed replaced Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud, 69, as crown prince. Moqren, the last son of the kingdom's founder Abdul Aziz bin Saud in line for the throne, pledged allegiance to his replacement and to the new deputy crown prince at a palace in Riyadh.

It was the first time a Saudi crown prince was relieved of duty.

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Italian actress Sophia Loren pose before the Giorgio Armani's fashion show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his career and to mark the opening of the Expo 2015 in Milan, April 30, 2015. The Milan Expo will open in the city on May 1, following the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Officials are counting on some 20 million visitors to the six month-long exhibition of products and technologies from around the world.
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Top 20

Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows World Wide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. One Direction; $5,824,734; $108.57.
    2. Foo Fighters; $3,035,021; $91.52.
    3. Violetta; $1,938,612; $78.60.
    4. Fleetwood Mac; $1,597,494; $124.12.
    5. Maroon 5; $1,456,267; $91.04.
    6. Juan Gabriel; $1,137,184; $95.95.
    7. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,130,916; $85.88.
    8. Chris Brown; $1,073,882; $99.43.
    9. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,024,121; $86.69.
   10. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $962,350; $87.57.
   11. Lionel Richie; $806,115; $84.19.
   12. Ricardo Arjona; $729,918; $96.34.
   13. The Script; $709,735; $47.39.
   14. "X Factor Live"; $697,561; $58.05.
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