BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 19 June, 2015


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Adam Lee: We atheists can use growing clout to beat evangelicals at their own political game (Guardian)
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Charlie Fox: Buster Keaton's Cure (Cabinet Magazine)
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Colin Burrow: The Empty Bath (London Review of Books)
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What was the name of this TV series?

      Kukla, Fran and Ollie                                                      Source

Kukla, Fran and Ollie is an early American television show using puppets, originally created for children but soon watched by more adults than children. It did not have a script and was entirely ad-libbed. It was first aired from 1947 to 1957.

Burr Tillstrom was the creator and only puppeteer on the show, which premiered as the hour-long Junior Jamboree locally on WBKB in Chicago, Illinois, on October 13, 1947. The program was renamed Kukla, Fran and Ollie (KFO) and transferred to WNBQ (the predecessor of Chicago's WMAQ-TV) on November 29, 1948. The first NBC network broadcast of the show took place on January 12, 1949. It aired from 6-6:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday from Chicago

Fran was Fran Allison, a radio comedienne and singer who was usually the only human to appear on screen, filling the role of big sister and cheery voice of reason as the puppets engaged each other concerning their foibles. The design style of puppets was in the style of Neapolitan puppet shows, or Punch and Judy without the slapstick, but their personalities were less caricatured. The puppet cast included Kukla, the earnest leader of the troupe; Ollie, or Oliver J. Dragon, a roguish one-toothed dragon (who would slam his flat chin on the stage in frustration or roll on his back to be endearing); Madame Oglepuss, a retired opera diva; Beulah Witch, a liberated witch; Fletcher Rabbit, the troupe's mailman and resident fussbudget; Cecil Bill, the troupe's union stagehand who spoke in "tooie talk"; Colonel Crackie, a Southern gentleman; Dolores Dragon, Ollie's younger cousin, and a number of others.        Source

mj was first, and correct, with:
   Describing the cast from right to left
  Kukla, Fran, and Ollie".

Lois Of Oregon wrote:
   Kukla Fran and Ollie were members of the ugliest puppet show ever spewed through a TV tube, and that's saying something, considering what hung out in the Neighborhood Of Make Believe. I have no recollection of having EVER watched that show, yet somehow I KNOW it, like some primordial nightmare in our genetic memory...I KNOW WHO THEY ARE! WHY!?! Did they hang out in my closet with the Boogey Man? Did they speak to me in the dead of night and tell me to murder my family? GOD I HATE FUCKING PUPPETS! YOU CAN'T TRUST THEM! THEY WANT YOU DEAD!!!!

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Kukla, Fran and Ollie."

Sandra said:
   kukla, från, and ollie

Alan J replied:
   Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.

Adam answered:
   We had this one before, right?
  Kukla, Fran, & Ollie.

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Madame Ooglepuss, Beulah Witch, and Fletcher Rabbit hung out with what TV trio?
Kukla, Fran & Ollie    Source

Randall responded:
   Without looking it upI seem to remember this programand as I recall, it was called something likeKukla, Fran, and Ollie

Harry wrote:
   Kukla, Fran and Ollie

DanD said:
   Kukla, Fran, and Ollie ... or somesuch?

Marian answered:
   The Shari Lewis Show

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Hotnorcali replied:
   Kukla, Fran and Ollie was a show that I vaguely remember as a kid, due to it really being a subversive communist plotted juggernaut. James Thurber, a known Bolshevik, once wrote that Fran Allison (Pinko) was "helping to save the sanity of the nation and to improve, if not even to invent, the quality of television." See, those Trotskyites had their way and now were stuck with Donald Tearump!

MAM   , wrote:
   Kukla, Fran & Ollie" The Kuklapolitans 1947 - 1957 ~ One of the most important shows in early television, it was NBC's first public color broadcast and one of the first shows aired nationally. It did not have a script and was entirely ad-libbed by Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison.

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Last Night

Turned out all wasn't well last night and ended up on the phone with a tech til after the sun came up.

Things work, kinda. Sigh.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'The Briefcase', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'CSI: The Original One'.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 5/6/15) are Dana Carvey and Elizabeth Olsen.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Vince Vaughn, Jim Gaffigan, and Ryn Weaver.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/9/15) are Jerry Seinfeld, David Remnick, and Jon Theodore.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/4/15) are Ben Gleib, Twin Peaks, and Genevieve.

ABC fills the night with LIVE '2015 NBA Finals', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/9/15) are Chris Pratt, Abby Elliott, and Fetty Wap.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'The Messengers'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE '2015 US Open Championships', then pads the left coast with local crap.

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

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

AMC offers the movie 'True Lies', followed by the movie 'Caddyshack', then the movie 'Ghostbusters'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 29 - J. Morris NEW
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 30 - Hughes NEW
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Revisited: Cafe Hon, Chiarella's, Leone's
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
 [10:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 2
 [11:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 3
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 3 - The Naked Now
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Code of Honor
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Ensign Ro
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Silicon Avatar
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Disaster
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 6 - The Game
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Unification (Part 1)
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Unification (Part 2)
 [8:00PM]    Troy
 [11:30PM]    Troy
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Silicon Avatar
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Disaster
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 6 - The Game    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks', and 'Shahs Of Sunset'.

Comedy Central has 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', still another 'Key & Peele', yet another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Hotel Transylvania', followed by the movie 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax', then the movie 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax', again.

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

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 [11:45AM]    GHOST RIDER
 [4:15PM]    BLUES BROTHERS 2000

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 [6:00AM]    Slumdog Millionaire
 [8:45AM]    Roll Bounce
 [11:15AM]    Boyz N the Hood
 [1:30PM]    Fearless
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Bad
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Phobia
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-A Losing Season
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Ego
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Mega
 [1:00AM]    Kiss the Girls
 [3:30AM]    Infamous    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Starship Troopers', followed by a FRESH 'Defiance', then a FRESH 'Killjoys', followed by a FRESH 'Dark Matter'.

 [6:00 AM]      Cornered (1946)
 [7:45 AM]      Crack-Up (1946)
 [9:30 AM]      Gilda (1946)
 [11:30 AM]      The Big Sleep (1946)
 [1:30 PM]      The Killers (1946)
 [3:15 PM]      Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
 [5:00 PM]      Nocturne (1946)
 [6:30 PM]      Crossfire (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      Hollow Triumph (1948)
 [9:45 PM]      Mystery Street (1950)
 [11:30 PM]      Border Incident (1949)
 [1:15 AM]      The People Against O'Hara (1951)
 [3:15 AM]      Get Carter (1971)
 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: John Leguizamo (2008)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  06/20/15

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 [6:00 AM]      Rosalie (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      Search For Beauty (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: The Doom of the Rising Sun (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      Bomba and the Jungle Girl (1952)
 [12:00 PM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [2:30 PM]      All the King's Men (1949)
 [4:30 PM]      The Wild One (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      Ride The High Country (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
 [9:45 PM]      The Mating of Millie (1948)
 [11:30 PM]      99 River Street (1953)
 [1:00 AM]      The Face Behind the Mask (1941)

 [2:15 AM]      Vigilante (1983)
 [3:45 AM]      Mean Streets (1973)
 [5:45 AM]      The Trouble Maker (1959)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Van Morrison (R) and Michael Bublé perform during the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York June 18, 2015.
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Rob Zombie To Direct Biopic

Groucho Marx

Rob Zombie is working on a new film that likely won't feature violent deaths, rejects of the devil, or a thousand corpses (probably not even one!). It's a biopic of the legendary comedian Groucho Marx, whom Zombie has admired since childhood.

The forthcoming film will be based on Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House, the memoir of Steve Stoliar, a Marx Brothers superfan who worked as Groucho's personal secretary and archivist during his final years. Oren Moverman will write the screenplay. Zombie will co-produce alongside Andy Gould and Cold Iron Pictures' Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall.

Zombie spoke to Deadline about how the apparent career curveball isn't as left field as outsiders might think:
     I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho's life emerged. I immediately saw this project as Groucho's Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood's greatest stars final years.

Rob Zombie has paid homage to Marx in his work before. House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects feature an evil clown named Captain Spaulding, named after Groucho's character from the 1930 film Animal Crackers.

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Singer and songwriter Robert Hunter stands on the red carpet before the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, June 18, 2015.
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Disability Benefits

Agent Orange

Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.

The new federal rule, approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget, takes effect Friday. It adds to an Agent Orange-related caseload that already makes up 1 out of 6 disability checks issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The new federal rule covers an expanded group of military personnel who flew or worked on Fairchild C-123 aircraft in the U.S. from 1969 to 1986 and were believed to have been exposed to Agent Orange residue. The planes had been used to spray millions of gallons of the chemical herbicide during the Vietnam War.

Veterans' groups expressed tempered relief, expressing hope it would signal a new government willingness to acknowledge a wider range of toxic health risks undertaken by military personnel, such as Gulf War neurotoxins and burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Newhead News


Stopping Robocalls


Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching you a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them.

The question now is whether the phone companies have the technology to do it in a way consumers want.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers aren't duty-bound to connect those annoying "robocalls" if a consumer doesn't want them. Consumer groups and several states had asked the agency to clarify this point because phone companies have said they worried about running afoul of rules that require them to connect every call.

FCC commissioners mostly agreed that call blocking technology or "do not disturb" services should not only be allowed but encouraged.



Singer Cyndi Lauper poses on the red carpet before the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, June 18, 2015.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


Demoted To MSNBC

Brian Williams

Television newsman Brian Williams, who was suspended for fabricating a story about being on board a helicopter when it was attacked in Iraq, has been dropped as anchor of the top-rated NBC "Nightly News" program, the network said on Thursday.

Williams, 56, will join the network's cable channel MSNBC as anchor of breaking news and special reports in mid-August.

Lester Holt, who has anchored the "Nightly News" show since Williams' six-month suspension in February, will now be the permanent anchor of the Comcast Corp owned network's flagship news program.

Thursday's announcement follows an internal review by NBC Universal and a lengthy period of negotiations with the Emmy-winning anchor, who was managing editor of "Nightly News" and one of NBC's biggest names.

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U.S. Doesn't Meet International Standards

Lethal Force

Use of lethal force laws for police in every single U.S. state fail to meet international standards, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International. Nine states and the District of Columbia do not have laws that govern the use of lethal force by police, researchers found. International standards only permit law enforcement to use lethal force as a last resort.

The job of police in the U.S., and abroad, is challenging and often dangerous. But that reality doesn't diminish what the report calls "a widespread pattern of racially discriminatory treatment by law enforcement officers," coupled with repeated incidents of lethal force used under circumstances in which other options may have sufficed.

The use of lethal force has taken center stage in the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, and Rekia Boyd in Chicago, Illinois, among many other incidents. The repeated use of the lethal force by U.S. law enforcement "raises serious human rights concerns," the report found.

These findings should come as no surprise to people who are familiar with America's relationship with international human rights law. The American criminal justice system has been the subject of attention from international forums that monitor human rights abuses: The United Nations Human Rights Committee has repeatedly expressed its concern regarding the incarceration of juveniles, use of the death penalty, and police brutality in the U.S. Since 2002, the U.S. hasn't endorsed, or ratified, any international human rights treaties, according to Human Rights Watch. These include international standards that govern the rights of children, discrimination against women, the use of torture, and the rights of people with disabilities.

Lethal Force


Songwriter Paul Williams poses on the red carpet before the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, June 18, 2015.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


Public Meeting Canceled

Efland, North Carolina

A public meeting in a small North Carolina town over the reading of a story about a gay couple to third-graders has been canceled.

The meeting was scheduled for Thursday night at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, a small community about 20 miles northwest of Durham, and was expected to draw hundreds of people on both sides of the issue, The News & Observer reports.

A statement released Thursday says the meeting was canceled because two appeals of an Orange County Schools review committee's upholding of the reading have been withdrawn.

Efland-Cheeks Elementary School teacher Omar Currie, 25, read his students "King & King," a children's story about a prince who falls in love with another prince.

Currie had said he would be leaving the school because administrators did not fully support him after he read the book in response to a boy in his class being called gay in a derogatory way and being told he was acting like a girl.

Efland, North Carolina


Re-enactors perform during the opening show "Inferno", by artistic director Luc Petit, for the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium June 18, 2015. The commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo will take place in Belgium on June 19 and 20.
Photo by Yves Herman


Lightning Sparks New Wildfires


Lightning sparked nearly a dozen new wildfires in Alaska as firefighters struggled Wednesday to keep up with two major fires threatening rural highway communities.

Although firefighters are devoting most of their time and energy to a large fire in Willow, in the heart of sled dog country, and another on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, it's important to attack the new, smaller fires quickly.

"The idea is, if we can kick things when they're small, then they don't get big and expensive," said Pete Buist, a state Division of Forestry spokesman, from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks.

Fifty-three fires are now burning, Buist said, "which in Alaska terms is the not the end of the world, but business is certainly picking up."



Robot Myon (C) and singers perform on stage during a dress rehearsal for "My Square Lady" by Gob Squad at the Komische Oper opera house in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2015. Together with the Komische Oper Berlin, the Berlin performance group Gob Squad wants to investigate the world of human emotion by attempting to teach a robot to express and evoke feelings.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Needs Name

Pink Octopus

Some say she looks like a ghost from the Pac-Man video game, but she's anything but spooky. In fact, the fist-sized pink octopus is so cute scientists may call her "Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis."

Researchers in California are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for the mysterious cephalopod and, while little is yet known about it, few would deny that the specimens found so far are adorable.

Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said that after a year of study she is preparing to submit a report to a scientific review that would confer a name on the species, a form of Flapjack octopus.

Some other species have been deemed adorable -- such as Lophornis adorabilis, the White-crested Coquette hummingbird -- and Bush said: "I don't see any obvious reason why it would be inappropriate ... it's easy to pronounce and popular with the public."

Pink Octopus



In Memory

Rick Ducommun

Actor and comedian Rick Ducommun, known for his role in the 1989 film "The 'Burbs," has died at age 62, his family said Thursday.

Peter Ducommun said his brother died on June 12 at a Vancouver, British Columbia, hospital after suffering from complications due to diabetes.

Following "The 'Burbs," which became a cult classic, Ducommun was featured in "Gremlins 2: The New Batch," the Bill Murray hit "Groundhog Day" and "Ghost in the Machine."

Ducommun rose to prominence in the 1980s as a comedian, writer and actor, initially starring in the children's TV series "Zig Zag," followed by roles in the T.V. shows "Slickers," ''Amazing Stories," ''Rock 'N' America" and "The Last Precinct," a short-lived NBC show.

Ducommun also played small parts in films, beginning with "No Small Affair." After dropping more than 200 pounds (90.72 kilograms), he landed the role of Art Weingartner, the nosey neighbor to Tom Hanks in "The 'Burbs." Despite good reaction to his work, the film was not a success, and Ducommun found himself continuing stand-up comedy with occasional film work, including an appearance in "Blank Check." He also acted in "Little Monsters," ''Spaceballs," ''Die Hard," ''The Hunt for Red October," ''The Experts," ''The Last Boy Scout," ''Encino Man," ''Last Action Hero," and "Scary Movie."

HBO produced a stand-up comedy special with Ducommun in 1989 called "Rick Ducommun: Piece of Mind," which was well received, as was the follow-up, "Hit and Run" in 1992. Ducommun was a regular performer on the Comedy Channel, later renamed, Comedy Central.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Rick Ducommun was an avid skateboarder in the 1960s. Peter Ducommun said skateboarding was such a huge part of their lives that they created Skull Skates, a skateboarding accessories company in 1978. Rick Ducommun was heavily involved in the company until his stand-up career starting taking off and he moved to Los Angeles, said his brother.

Peter Ducommun told The Associated Press that his brother stepped away from showbiz after having a family and has lived the last number of years in Vancouver.

He is survived by four children, his ex-wife, two brothers, a sister, and father.

Rick Ducommun



A Grant's zebra grazes on grass while on display at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Pittsburgh.
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