BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 6 November, 2015


6 November, 2015

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[1499 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

VINSON CUNNINGHAM: Humans of New York and the Cavalier Consumption of Others (New Yorker)
The most interesting people in "Stories"-and by this one might only mean the best New Yorkers-are the conscientious objectors. Happy to relinquish their likenesses, they refuse further flattening. One woman-a book open on her lap, a swatch of a purple sweater waving out over washed-out jeans, her face perhaps pointedly outside the frame-says only this to her would-be inquisitor: "These experiences were so meaningful to me that I don't want you to soundbite them.

Mark Coker: Dan Poynter, The Father of Self Publishing, Passes Away (Smashwords Blog)
Dan led the indie author movement long before the movement had a label, and long before many of its current beneficiaries were even born. Tens of thousands of writers over the last three decades have benefited from the best practices wisdom of his Self Publishing Manual, not to mention his hundreds of presentations over the years at writers conferences around the world.

Exclusive: Dan Poynter on the Future of Books (Smashwords Blog)
It takes courage to write a book. It takes even more courage to blaze your path as an indie author.

Tom Danehy: sure life is about personality, not looks, but tom takes a look at each of the republican presidential candidates anyway (Tucson Weekly)
My sainted Italian mother, Teresa Maria DiMarco, used to speak to me in her native tongue. When I was in my early teens, she looked me in the eye and said, "If you want girls to like you, you have to either be good looking or have a great personality. So you'd better get to work on that personality."

Tammy Oler: Oh, the Humanity (Slate)
A mind-bending, award-winning science fiction trilogy that expertly investigates the way we live now.

Isaac Cabe: "5 Beloved Celebrities (With Under-Reported Awful Sides)" (Cracked)
We know that, behind their perfectly white piano-key teeth, flawlessly Proactiv-ed skin, fleekishly groomed eyebrows, and reptilian shapeshifting abilities, celebrities are usually just as flawed as the rest of us -- even the really nice ones. This is why you shouldn't be entirely surprised to learn that all of the people in the following paragraphs are actually absolutely terrible.

ADRIENNE LAFRANCE: Our Planet Is Among the First of Many, Many Earths (The Atlantic)
A new study finds the universe is chock-full of materials for making Earth-like planets, but most of them haven't formed yet.

Julie Beck: The Zen of Adult Coloring Books (The Atlantic)
I get it now.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Whose theme song was "Hooray For Captain Spaulding"?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this hippie kitty?

       Fat Freddy's Cat                                                      Source

Fat Freddy's Cat is a fictional orange tomcat nominally belonging to Fat Freddy Freekowtski, one of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, a trio featured in Gilbert Shelton's underground comix.

The Cat is much smarter than Freddy, and while sharing many of his preoccupations such as drugs, food, sleep and sex, his stories also feature a fair amount of defecation. Like Garfield (whom he predates) he is laid back, but in his personal habits and outlook he is more like the Freak Brothers. However he tends to regard the Freak Brothers with amused contempt, frequently expressed by defecating in inappropriate and inconvenient places, such as stereo headphones.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Fat Freddy's Cat.

mj wrote:
   The ballsy feline
  Is Fat Freddy's Cat, sometimes referred to as Fat Freddy.

Randall replied:
   That is Fat Freddie's Cat

  From the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Lois Of The Litter Box said:
   OK, I stayed up late and was pretty drunk by the time I got this question, but by my best efforts, the answer seems to be: "Fat Freddie's Cat". Yeah. Couldn't find a name. But not seeing too straight. When first read, thought the answer was "Whompus Kitty", like my daddy used to tell me about when I was just a little shaver. He tole me this tale 'bout the old man and misses on the front porch one summer's evening. "Hey Ma", said the old guy, "Lookie there! A one eyed cat coming down the road!". "Put yer glasses on, Pa", replied the old lady. "That's a TWO eyed cat going DOWN the road". Which just goes to show ya, it's all in your perspective.

Mark. responded:
   That would be Fat Freddy's Cat, featured in the Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comix.

Adam answered:
   I really have no clue.

Deborah wrote:
   That's Fat Freddy's cat from the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics. I think I still have a few in a trunk in my garage. Damn, they were funny and timely.
  Thanks for the brief trip down memory lane.

Stephen F said:
   Fat Freddie's Cat

Marian replied:
   No idea who that cat is.

Dave in Tucson answered:
   Could it be? Why yes it is! It's Fabulous Furry Freak Brother Fat Freddy's cat! A feline who had much more class than that wannabe Garfield.

  Only comic feline that comes close to FF's cat would be Bucky Katt from Get Fuzzy:

Dale of Diamondy Springs on a crisp Fall day in Norcali responded:
   Fat Freddy's cat was an asshole. Shit at inappropriate times at the Freak Brothers.

Walt wrote:
   I would call it Fat Freddie's cat.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, took the day off.

MAM   took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  November 6 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 6 | Famous Birthdays



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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Melissa Mathison, Oscar-Nominated 'E.T.' Screenwriter, Dead At 65

Democrats Coin A More Accurate Name For House Committee Probing Planned Parenthood

Study of huge Siberian craters shows Giant Pool of Methane below them

Ben Carson: Egyptian pyramids were grain stores, not pharaohs' tombs | US news | The Guardian

Scientists warned the President about global warming 50 years ago today | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands oppose plan for bullfighting courses in Spanish schools | World news | The Guardian

BBC - Earth - If it has to, a horned lizard can shoot blood from its eyes

BBC - Travel - The last of the pink dolphins

Thomas Jefferson's 10 Rules Of Life - Mocked : NPR History Dept. : NPR

Russian plane crash: Egypt travel reeling from bomb theory - Nov. 5, 2015

Even after a DOJ investigation, the racial kleptocracy in St. Louis suburbs continues

Pennsylvania's Slate Belt

Ben Carson Selling Snake Oil for Mannatech Was Good Practice for Running for President as a Republican

Rupert Murdoch Turns National Geographic Into Fox News, Lays Off Fact-Checkers | If You Only News

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

British Graffiti Artists

10 Of The Best British Graffiti Artists You Should Know About


Thanks, Dave!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Bit cooler, but not enough to close the windows.

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 Stephen Colbert are Whoopi Goldberg, Gov. John Kasich (R-Pendejo), and Glen Hansard.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/21/15) are Allison Janney, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Leona Lewis.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Undateable', followed by a FRESH 'Truth Be Told', then a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Christoph Waltz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Meghan Trainor.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/26/15) are Clive Owen, Rachel Dratch, Tim Gunn, and Jeremy Gara.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/22/15) are Scott Cooper, Swingin' Utters, and Seaton Smith.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 10/19/15) are Bill Murray, Ryan Adams, and Misty Copeland.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Reign', followed by a FRESH 'America's Next Top Model'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'World's Funniest'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'Under Siege', followed by the movie 'Hard To Kill', then the movie 'Out For Justice'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 7
 [7:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Partners in Crime
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Where Silence Has Lease
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Loud as a Whisper
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
 [8:00PM]    Goodfellas NEW
 [11:00PM]    Goodfellas
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Loud as a Whisper
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules After Show', 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', and 'Real Housewives Of OC'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Jackass 3D', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'R.I.P.D', followed by the movie 'Men In Black III'.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

IFC  -   
 [2:45PM]    CRASH
 [5:15PM]    NOTORIOUS
 [8:00PM]    CASINO    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:00AM]    Roxanne
 [9:15AM]    As Good as It Gets
 [12:15PM]    About Schmidt
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Progeny
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Rage
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Performance
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Seed
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Wannabe
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Act of God
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Privileged
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Cruel and Unusual
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Purple Heart
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Switch
 [1:00AM]    The Returned-Episode 1
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Pride
 [3:00AM]    Syriana    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Casino Royale', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation'.

 [6:00 AM]      Across The Pacific (1942)
 [7:45 AM]      To Have And Have Not (1944)
 [9:30 AM]      Joan of Paris (1942)
 [11:15 AM]      Uncertain Glory (1944)
 [1:00 PM]      Days Of Glory (1944)
 [2:30 PM]      Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
 [4:30 PM]      The Clock (1945)
 [6:15 PM]      Vacation From Marriage (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      Charade (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      And Then There Were None (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)
 [1:30 AM]      Berserk (1967)
 [3:30 AM]      The Nanny (1965)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #11 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  11/07/15

 [6:00 AM]      The White Angel (1936)
 [8:00 AM]      The Prowler (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman and Robin: The Wizard's Challenge (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Live Wires (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      Love Crazy (1941)
 [1:45 PM]      The Producers (1967)
 [3:30 PM]      36 Hours (1964)
 [5:45 PM]      The Last of Sheila (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      Norma Rae (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      Marie: A True Story (1985)
 [12:15 AM]      Blossoms In The Dust (1941)
 [2:00 AM]      Smithereens (1982)
 [3:45 AM]      Border Radio (1987)
 [5:15 AM]      Perversion For Profit (1965)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Satisfaction'.

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV

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Actor Patrick Stewart poses at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation's 30th Anniversary Celebration in Beverly Hills, California November 5, 2015.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


'Saturday Night Live'


Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) guest-host appearance on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" as a coalition of advocacy groups delivered petitions to the network Wednesday calling for him to be dropped from the show.

The petitions delivered to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, home of NBC and "Saturday Night Live," marked the latest attempts to dissuade the network from allowing the Republican presidential hopeful to host the show, with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda earlier asking that NBC reconsider the decision.

In advance of the show, NBC released promotional spots featuring Trump that included one in which he refers to a Republican opponent, Ben Carson, as "a complete and total loser."

Meanwhile, Trump drew sharp criticism in an online letter with the names of dozens of prominent writers, filmmakers, academics and others from the United States, Spain and Latin America attached to it, including Oscar-winning writer-director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance").

NBC would not comment on whether any other presidential candidates are being considered to host "SNL."



Actor Woody Harrelson poses for photographers on the red carpet at the UK premiere of "The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2" at Leicester Square in London, Britain November 5, 2015.
Photo by Luke MacGregor


Resurrects Hollywood's Darkest Chapter


The subpoena came like a death sentence. Dalton Trumbo, the famed Hollywood screenwriter, knew what it meant when he was officially summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He knew they would pry into his political beliefs and slander him as a Soviet operative. And he knew that he would refuse their invasion, protest their witch hunt and be jailed for doing so.

After the subpoena, came a race to prepare for the coming storm: sell his family's house, finish what work he could and, as he said, "get ready to be a nobody."

Once erased from movies, Trumbo's name is back in theatres - and this time, it's not below the title but right in it. "Trumbo," starring Bryan Cranston, resurrects the darkest chapter in Hollywood history - the blacklist - and celebrates one of the men the movie industry once tragically shunned.

During the decade-long blacklist, studios refused to hire any of the so-called Hollywood Ten - those who, like Trumbo, refused to co-operate with the HUAC, which was acting in the grip of Cold War paranoia.

The period - "a time of evil," Trumbo called it - has occasionally been the backdrop for movies, most notably Sydney Pollack's "The Way We Were" and Martin Ritt's "The Front." But "Trumbo," which opens Friday, is the first major release to tell the story through its actual people.



Newhead News


Coral Reefs


Scientists at a research center on Hawaii's Coconut Island have embarked on an experiment to grow "super coral" that they hope can withstand the hotter and more acidic oceans that are expected with global warming.

The quest to grow the hearty coral comes at a time when researchers are warning about the dire health of the world's reefs, which create habitats for marine life, protect shorelines and drive tourist economies.

When coral is stressed by changing environmental conditions, it expels the symbiotic algae that live within it and the animal turns white or bright yellow, a process called bleaching, said Ruth Gates, director of the Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii.

If the organisms are unable to recover from these bleaching events, especially when they recur over several consecutive years, the coral will die. Gates estimated that about 60 to 80 percent of the coral in Kaneohe Bay has bleached this year.



Jerry Seinfeld performs at the David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Robert Altman


Tops Earnings Expectations


Disney is allaying concerns about cord-cutting after reporting better-than-expected revenue in the cable-network division that houses ESPN.

CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that he remains "bullish" about the TV business. Three months earlier, Disney set off a wave of selling in media stocks after trimming its future guidance due to a modest decrease in ESPN subscribers. Last month, Disney cut about 300 jobs at ESPN and shuttered its popular Grantland website.

Thursday's comments come the same day Disney announced it is licensing ESPN and other channels to Sony's PlayStation Vue online TV service, a bundle of over 50 channels that is still smaller than most traditional pay TV packages and costs $50 a month.

Overall, revenue rose 9 per cent to $13.51 billion, shy of the $13.55 billion expected. But adjusted earnings grew to $1.20 per share from 89 cents a year ago, beating the $1.15 expected.



Wake-up Call


Alleged Site Of 'Nazi Treasure Train'


Experts will next week begin inspecting the site in the southwestern Polish city of Walbrzych where a Nazi train that could contain looted treasure is allegedly buried, the city said Thursday.

A first group of experts, including the two men who claimed to have found the armoured Nazi train, will likely start their non-invasive search early next week, according to municipal spokesman Arkadiusz Grudzien.

"The experts will be able to use different measuring equipment and detectors but are not allowed to touch the ground," Grudzien told AFP.

"They won't be able to dig, or drill or introduce cameras into the ground. They're only allowed to perform a non-invasive search."



Actress Helen Mirren and husband, director Taylor Hackford, attend a pre-release special screening of "Spectre," hosted by Champagne Bollinger with The Cinema Society, at the IFC Center on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Coffins, Skeletons Found Under Street

New York

Two centuries-old burial vaults discovered beneath a street in the heart of New York University's campus by workers replacing a water main were likely part of a Presbyterian church cemetery, an archaeologist said Thursday.

One of the roughly 15-by-18-foot crypts was clearly disturbed, with the skeletons and skulls of between nine and 12 people pushed into a corner while more than a dozen stacked wooden coffins can be seen in the second one, said Chrysalis' Alyssa Loorya, the project's principal investigator.

Anthropologists and archeologists have hung lights in the excavated area and will use digital cameras with zoom lenses to take pictures of the coffin plates in the hopes of identifying the buried. And because city policy is to leave burial grounds undisturbed if possible, project engineers are planning a new route for the water main.

The vaults were probably built in the late 18th century or early 19th century and belonged to one of two area Presbyterian churches, Loorya said. Members of her team will search old newspapers, death records and church archives to identify the buried if possible.

New York


Actress Kristen Wiig, from left, director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe attend a ceremony honoring Scott with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


New Mexico Museum Unveils Fossil


Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Thursday unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.

Scientists had cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

They revealed the shield-like part of the dinosaur's skull, some teeth, an arm bone, a rib and what looked like a vertebrae, but museum curator Spencer Lucas said there's still much work to be done.

Now, technicians will begin the painstaking work of digging out the fossils from the rock in which they have been encased for some 70 million years.

The process will take many months, but the public will be able to watch from windows that offer a view into the museum's preparation room.



John Mayer, left, and Bob Weir of the band Dead & Company perform in concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Philadelphia.
Photo by Owen Sweeney


'Gum Wall' To Be Cleaned


After 20 years of people sticking their gum to the walls of an alley by Seattle's Pike Place Market, officials say it is time for a cleanup.

Pike Place Market announced this week it will take down the estimated 1 million pieces of gum off the walls of Post Alley. Known as the "gum wall," the sticky landmark has become a popular attraction to visitors and locals.

Besides gum, people leave pictures, business cards and other mementos. Some pieces of gum were shaped into hearts and messages.

The market has hired a contractor that will use steam to melt off the gum, beginning Nov. 10. Pressure washing damages the historic building too much.



Members of the Anonymous collective, wearing Guy Fawkes masks, rally during an anti-government protest in front of Los Angeles police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.
Photo by Nick Ut


Nude Fetches Over $67M

Pablo Picasso

A nude portrait by Pablo Picasso brought in over $67 million at Sotheby's on Thursday, a day after the auction house sold $377 million worth art from the estate of its late former owner.

The fall art auction season got underway Wednesday evening with Sotheby's selling 77 works from the A. Alfred Taubman collection. The auction house said nearly 90 per cent of the works were sold. At a day sale Thursday, Sotheby's featured an additional 122 additional works from the Taubman collection.

The auction house estimated the total value of the Taubman collection at $500 million.

On Thursday evening, Sotheby's offered impressionist and modern artworks from other collections including the van Gogh.

Pablo Picasso



In Memory

Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 65.

Mathison's writing credits also include The Black Stallion (1979), The Escape Artist (1982), Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Kundun (1997) and her most recent collaboration with Spielberg, The BFG, now in postproduction and set for release in 2016.

The screenwriter, a native of Los Angeles, was married to actor Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004. They had met when she was a young assistant on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1976. Mathison and Ford married in a 15-minute ceremony at the Santa Monica Courthouse in 1983 and had two children together: son Malcolm, a musician, born in 1987 and daughter Georgia, an actress, born in 1990. They survive her.

Melissa Mathison


In Memory

George Barris

George Barris, the legendary custom car builder who created television's original Batmobile and helped define California's car culture with colorfully designed vehicles ranging from the stunningly beautiful to the simply outrageous, died Thursday. He was 89.

Barris, who had been in declining health, died at his Los Angeles home with his family by his side, said Edward Lozzi, his longtime publicist and friend. No cause of death was given.

Barris customized cars and buses for TV shows, movies, celebrities and heads of state and was a pioneer in designing small, plastic models of those customized cars. The models popularized his wildly imaginative vehicles all the more when they were assembled by millions of American youngsters in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

For decades Barris worked out of a shop in a modest North Hollywood neighborhood, just down the street from Universal Studios. Passers-by would often be startled to see the Batmobile or another stunning vehicle sitting inside the shop and to meet Barris if they strolled in to check it out.

Barris also worked on The Munster Koach for the 1960s TV show "The Munsters," and "Black Beauty," the car Bruce Lee used in the TV show, "The Green Hornet."

He also customized cars for numerous well-heeled private collectors, Lozzi said, as well as buses for traveling rock musicians.

Born in Chicago on Nov. 20, 1925, to Greek immigrants James Salapatas and Fanicia Barakaris, who later Americanized the family name to Barris, George was 3 when he and his older brother, Sam, moved to Roseville, California, to live with their aunt and uncle after their mother died.

Barris would say years later that they customized their first car as teenagers - a 1925 Buick they were given for helping in the family restaurant. They sold it and used the money to work on another.

After fully customizing a 1936 Ford in high school, Barris formed the Kustom Car Club. The unusual spelling of "custom," never fully explained, came to be his signature.

The brothers, meanwhile, moved to Southern California after World War II and began designing cars for private buyers. Their colorful, sometimes outlandish refurbishing of convertibles, coupes, sedans, hot rods, even lowrider cars soon brought them to the attention of Hollywood.

Their clients came to include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone and numerous other celebrities and studio executives.

For a brief time in the 1940s, Barris also raced his cars at speedways but gave it up when it took too much time from his customizing work.

After Sam Barris left the business in the 1950s, George and his wife, Shirley, continued on their own.

His most famous creations, such as the Ala Kart and the Hirohata Merc, remain instantly recognizable on the car collector circuit to this day.

The most famous of all, the Batmobile, built from a refurbished 1955 Lincoln Futura, sold at auction two years ago for $4.2 million.

Barris, meanwhile, remained active until recent months. He and his son, Brett, took part in a signing last summer at a Los Angeles car dealership for their recently published book, "King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris."

In addition to his son, Barris is survived by his daughter, Joji Barris-Paster, and a grandson. Barris was preceded in death by his wife.

George Barris


In Memory

Dan Poynter

Dan Poynter, author and self-publishing pioneer, died on Tuesday after a long illness. He was 77.

Well known in the book business for his 1979 work The Self-Publishing Manual, Poynter was one the earliest advocates of quality self-publishing. He produced scores of books, seminars, reports and articles on the subject long before digital technology transformed it into an easy-to-adopt option for authors.

After beginning his career in the aviation industry as a parachute-designer, Poynter stumbled into the publishing business. When he went looking for a book on the then-emerging sport of hang gliding and couldn't find one, he decided to publish his own book on the subject. That effort led him to write his groundbreaking title on self-publishing.

Poynter founded Para Publishing in 1969. The company focused on technical books and manuals about about sky-diving and parachute design. The house's list eventually expanded to include books on a variety of topics, including self-publishing and writing. Although Para Publishing grew to include multiple staffers, Poynter often described the business as "the world's largest one-man publishing company." In 1986 he launched the newsletter Publishing Poynters and subsequently wrote more than 100 books on writing and publishing.

He was a founding member of the Publishers Marketing Association (now called the Independent Book Publishers Association) and in 1992 that organization awarded him its Benjamin Franklin Person of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. Poynter received numerous other awards for his work in publishing. He also received honors for his passion: skydiving. (He was inducted into the National Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame.)

Poynter has been hailed a visionary and mentor by a new generation of digital publishers. A number of these digital publishers, including Smashwords's founder Mark Coker and the Independent Book Publishers Association , have posted tributes to Poynter in the wake of his death.

Dan Poynter


In Memory

Johnny Fratto

Johnny Fratto, Hollywood man about town, self-described Mafia guru and a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio program, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 61.

Fratto, who was diagnosed three months ago, died in a Los Angeles hospital with his family by his side, his wife, Jowanka, told The Associated Press.

The dapper Fratto dabbled in several businesses, including film and television. He also owned the custom motorcycle business Beverly Hills Choppers and said he counted numerous celebrities among his friends. Paris Hilton was photographed on a red carpet with one of his motorcycles.

Fratto was likely best known for his appearances on Stern's radio program and for his friendship with one of the show's most popular guests, Eric "The Actor" Lynch, the diminutive, profanity-spouting caller who specialized in insulting Stern.

Lynch, who stood just 3 feet tall, died last year. Fratto met him through the show and eventually became his agent, landing him bit parts in several movies and TV shows.

Fratto's father, Louis Fratto, was a prominent mob figure in the Midwest from the 1930s until his death in 1967, and his son sometimes hinted he had his own mob connections. Although he identified himself on his Twitter page and elsewhere as a Mafia guru, his wife said that wasn't true.

Additional survivors include Fratto's sons, Willie, Joey and Johnny Jr., and his daughters, Alexis and Angela.

Johnny Fratto



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