BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 13 November, 2015


13 November, 2015

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Tom Danehy: Are we really suppose to applaud Gov. Douche-y for a job well-done? Tom says NO. (Tucson Weekly)
Is anybody really buying this nonsense? The Legislature has been shirking its constitutional responsibility for nearly a decade and was facing an angry court that had finally become impatient. El Douche-y had his moistened finger to the wind and realized that his (ugh!) national aspirations were about to devolve into a one-term governorship.

Lucy Mangan: Why can't noisy children be silenced with a phaser? (Telegraph)
Now that we can't beat children, ultrasonic deterrents may be the only way to keep them on the straight and narrow.

Tom Cox: "Annie Hall: the funniest screenplay ever written?" (Telegraph)
As the Writer's Guild of America vote Annie Hall the funniest screenplay ever written, read this appreciation of the film from our archives.

Every Woody Allen film, ranked from worst to best (Telegraph)
1. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Robbie Collin: Why do I feel cheated by Philip Seymour Hoffman's death? (Telegraph)
Mockingjay - Part 2 is more than just the final Hunger Games film. It's our last chance to mourn the loss of one of this generation's greatest actors.

Katerina Tikhonova: Putin's boogie-woogie dancing daughter (The Guardian)
She's also an influential academic and author - so why haven't you heard of the Russian president's younger daughter?

David Bruce: Shakespeare play gets a retelling in modern English (Athens News)
Shakespeare, of course, is often considered the greatest playwright in English literature. One problem with Shakespeare, unfortunately, is that he lived 400 years ago and so some of his verbal comedy is difficult to understand because the English language has changed so much, resulting in dead puns - puns that no longer work because the language has changed. Often, some of the verbal comedy is cut from modern productions because the language is so difficult to understand […]. For what it's worth […] here is my retelling in contemporary English of part of a comic scene (3.4) in "Much Ado About Nothing."

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This American actress and dancer was born Margarita Carmen Cansino. By what name is she better known?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this cartoon character?

       Richie Rich                                                      Source

Richard "Richie" Rich, Jr. (often stylized as Ri¢hie Ri¢h) is a fictional character in the Harvey Comics universe. He debuted in Little Dot #1, cover-dated September 1953, and was created by Alfred Harvey and Warren Kremer. Dubbed "the poor little rich boy," Richie is the only child of fantastically wealthy parents and is the world's richest kid.

During Harvey Comics' heyday (1950-1982), Richie was the publisher's most popular character, eventually starring in over fifty separate titles, including such long-running comics as Richie Rich, Richie Rich Millions, Richie Rich Dollars and Cents, and Richie Rich Success Stories.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Richie Rich

Alan J answered:
   Richie Rich.

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Richie Rich."

mj wrote:
   Donald Trump?
  Actually, that's Richie Rich. Not my favorite, not terribly funny, just plain boring. Pretty accurate depiction of the 0.01%.

Stephen F said:
   Richie Rich

Deborah replied:
   That's Richy Rich, the poor little rich boy.
  Yeah, I read him and Lulu and a bunch of other corny comics. Back in the day we didn't have the Interwebz and my mom wouldn't let us watch much TV, so played outside and read books, all kinds of books.
  GThat's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   The little blonde millionaire was Richie Rich. Never liked him.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Richie Rich

Marian said:
   Richie Rich

Dale on pre Friday the Thirteenth, Diamond Springs, Norfallcali answered:
   Richie Rich, laundering money. But, more important, we lost an icon of silicone adventure (remember she had silicone injections, not implants)! They bumped into my face one time, as she sashayed by me on an exit to her dressing room. SF true Twin Peaks.

Lois Of Oregon responded:
   I never found that little money laundering bastard Richie Rich amusing. Ever.

DJ Useo replied:
   It's the poor little rich boy, Richie Rich.
  In an earlier age, he was immensely popular with many, many titles devoted to his wealthy antics.
  Today, I say "Eat The Rich!" Lol.

MAM   wrote:
   Richie Rich ~ Only child of fantastically wealthy parents and is the world's richest kid. He has everything he wants, except companionship. He debuted in Little Dot #1, cover-dated September 1953. (He seems to have the face of Casper the Friendly Ghost!!!))

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Adam took the day off.

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Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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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.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Santa Ana winds are blowing and the humidity is in single digits.

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 Mark Ruffalo, John Cleese, and Michael Flatley.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 10/1/15) Jessica Alba, Ben Schwartz, and Grace.

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 Sarah Silverman, Paul Dano, and A Tribe Called Quest.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/29/15) are Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jaimie Alexander, Gary Clark Jr., and Jeremy Gara.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/24/15) are Brit Marling, Julia Hart, San Fermin, and Douglas Tirola.

ABC opens 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 11/5/15) are Hillary Clinton, Bob Odenkirk, and David Cross.

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 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Conan The Barbarian', followed by the movie 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1', then the movie 'Exit Wounds'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 7
 [7:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 1
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Revisited: Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Luigi's D'Italia
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 10 - Midnight
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Turn Left
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 19 - Manhunt
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 20 - The Emissary
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
 [8:00PM]    Dune
 [12:00AM]    Dune
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderupump Rules After Show', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and 'Vanderpump Rules'.

Comedy Central has an old 'SNL' (4/10/10 - Tina Fey hosts, music by Justin Bieber), another old 'SNL' (2/09/13 - the Beebs), 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.

FX has the movie 'Salt', followed by the movie 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', 'Bigfoot Captured', and 'Hunting Hitler'.

IFC  -   
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
 [1:00AM]    BENDERS-Nice Day for a Boat Ride
 [1:30AM]    GIGI DOES IT-Whine
 [2:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels
 [5:00AM]    BENDERS-Nice Day for a Boat Ride
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Stephen Merchant Wears a Checkered Shirt and Rolled Up Jeans
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
 [7:00AM]    MARS ATTACKS!
 [11:15AM]    MARS ATTACKS!
 [3:30PM]    CRASH
 [8:00PM]    TRANSPORTER 2
 [10:00PM]    TRANSPORTER 3
 [12:15AM]    TRANSPORTER 2

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Company Men
 [8:15AM]    Lions for Lambs
 [10:15AM]    Stand by Me
 [12:15PM]    Michael Clayton
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Savior
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Deceit
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Atonement
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Slave
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Girlfriends
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Pro Se
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Homesick
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Aftershock
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-I.D.
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Good Girl
 [1:00AM]    The Returned-Milan
 [2:15AM]    Michael Clayton
 [5:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-The Good Wife    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia', followed by the movie 'The Conjuring', then a FRESH 'Z Nation'.

 [6:00 AM]      Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      Remember? (1939)
 [9:30 AM]      Mogambo (1953)
 [11:30 AM]      Where The Boys Are (1960)
 [1:30 PM]      The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964)
 [3:30 PM]      Guys and Dolls (1955)
 [6:00 PM]      The Tender Trap (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
 [11:00 PM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [1:00 AM]      The Wrong Box (1966)
 [3:00 AM]      Make Mine Mink (1960)
 [4:45 AM]      The Mysterious House of Dr. C, (1976)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  11/14/15

 [6:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #11 (1955)
 [7:00 AM]      An Annapolis Story (1955)
 [8:30 AM]      Red Dust (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman and Robin: Batman vs. Wizard (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      In Fast Company (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      The Sun Comes Up (1949)
 [2:00 PM]      Billy Budd (1962)
 [4:15 PM]      Broken Arrow (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      Monte Walsh (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      Friendly Persuasion (1956)
 [10:30 PM]      The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
 [12:15 AM]      Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
 [2:15 AM]      Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)
 [4:15 AM]      Three The Hard Way (1974)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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George Clooney taking a selfie with staff as he visits Social Bite, a cafe in Edinburgh which helps the homeless in Edinburgh, Nov. 12, 2015.
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Reputed Mobster Cleared

'Goodfellas' Heist

An 80-year-old reputed mobster was found not guilty on Thursday of participating in a brazen 1978 New York airport heist that helped inspire the Mafia movie "Goodfellas."

Vincent Asaro, whose arrest more than 35 years later had supposedly closed one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in the United States, was cleared of murder, extortion and other crimes by a jury in Brooklyn federal court.

The verdict is a surprising rebuke to prosecutors in what may be one of the last major Mafia trials stemming from organized crime's heyday in New York decades ago.

Prosecutors said Asaro waited in a decoy car with another gangster, Jimmy Burke, about a mile from John F. Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 7, 1978, as a group of masked men stole $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa Airlines cargo building.

The caper was memorialized in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning 1990 film, in which Robert DeNiro played a character based on Burke, long believed to be the mastermind of the robbery.

'Goodfellas' Heist


Actress Alex Borstein (Lois Griffin) attends the LA Premiere of "Love The Coopers" held at The Grove on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


Tycoon Buys 7-Year-Old Daughter $77M In Diamonds

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A Hong Kong billionaire tycoon paid a total of $77 million at auctions in Geneva for two large and rare colored diamonds for his 7-year-old daughter Josephine - and renamed them after her, his office said Thursday.

Joseph Lau was the top bidder for the 12.03-carat "Blue Moon" diamond that sold Wednesday night for a record-setting 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.5 million), said a spokeswoman for Lau, who declined to give her name. Sotheby's said the buyer promptly renamed the pricier gem "The Blue Moon of Josephine,"

Lau was also the buyer of a 16.08-carat vivid pink diamond that sold for 28.7 million Swiss francs ($28.5 million) auctioned by Christie's the night before, she said. The buyer renamed that diamond "Sweet Josephine," Christie's said.

Lau, a property developer with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $9.9 billion, has a habit of snapping up expensive gems for his children.

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Expected To Rebound In Mexico

Monarch Butterflies

After a staggering decline over the past two decades, the population of the iconic monarch butterfly is expected to recover following coordinated efforts across North American governments, Mexico's environment minister said on Thursday.

The monarchs, unique among butterflies for the length of their annual migration, are a major tourist draw to the temperate forests of central Mexico where millions hunker down for the winter.

The black-and-orange insects have been damaged by illegal logging and pesticide use that have destroyed the milkweed plants they depend on for food and to lay their eggs.

As a result, monarch populations plunged almost 90 percent to a record low of about 35 million two years ago, compared with a peak of roughly 1 billion in the 1990s.

During the current season, which started earlier this month, authorities expect up to a four-fold increase of the delicate-winged insects in the pine and fir forests of central Mexico, where they arrive after a nearly 2,500-mile (4,000-km) journey that stretches as far north as Canada.

Monarch Butterflies


Actor Daniel Radcliffe poses during a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California November 12, 2015.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Numbers Surge In Columbia River System

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon are swimming in nearly unprecedented numbers this fall through the U.S. Northwest's Columbia River system, a federal official said on Wednesday, even as fish advocates worry about forecasts for unusually hot, dry conditions ahead.

The Bonneville Power Administration has counted 1.2 million Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Columbia and Snake river systems, which run through Oregon and Washington states, since Aug. 1. It is the second-highest autumn run since fish counts began in 1938, Joel Scruggs, a spokesman for the federal agency, said. The record was set in 2013.

Bonneville Power's tally does not break out how many of the Chinook salmon spawning this fall are from wild populations, some of which are federally protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and how many were hatchery bred, and thus not protected.

"Fall Chinook returns are probably the brightest spot in the salmon story in the Columbia basin today," said Joseph Bogaard, executive director of Portland-based Save Our Wild Salmon. "But we can't lose track of the fact that we have 13 stocks of fish in the basin listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act."

Chinook Salmon


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'Dramatic Retreat' Seen In Glacier


A major glacier in northeastern Greenland is rapidly crumbling into the Atlantic Ocean and experts warned on Thursday the breakup will likely raise global sea level by 18 inches (a half meter).

The glacier, known as Zachariae Isstrom, "entered a phase of accelerated retreat in 2012" tripling the pace of melting. It is now losing mass at a rate of five billion tons per year, said the study in the journal Science.

"The shape and dynamics of Zachariae Isstrom have changed dramatically over the last few years," said lead author Jeremie Mouginot, an assistant researcher in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine.

The glacier is dumping "high volumes of icebergs into the ocean, which will result in rising sea levels for decades to come," he said.

The findings are based on 40 years of satellite data from global space agencies as well as aerial surveys monitoring the shape, size and position of glacial ice over time.



U.S. actress Pamela Anderson arrives on the red carpet for the Bambi 2015 media awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany November 12, 2015. The annual Bambi awards honour celebrities from the world of entertainment, literature, sports and politics.
Photo by Stefanie Loos


More Honorary Degrees Rescinded


Drexel and Bryant universities have joined a number of schools in rescinding honorary degrees awarded to Bill Cosby, citing accusations of sexual assault.

Drexel President John Fry says the misconduct that came to light in a deposition Cosby gave "stands in clear opposition" to the Philadelphia school's values.

He said in a letter Thursday to the Drexel community that universities are "critical arenas" in addressing sexual violence and Drexel takes that responsibility seriously.

Rhode Island-based Bryant said on its website Thursday that Cosby's "egregious conduct" is "inconsistent with the character, values and behaviour" it expects of the holder of an honorary degree.



Actor John Goodman attends the LA Premiere of "Love The Coopers" held at The Grove on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


Lottery Ticket Sales Plunge


Illinois Lottery ticket sales dropped to the lowest point yet this year in October, the same month lottery officials announced they were delaying payouts over $600 because of the state budget impasse, according to data obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

Sales for most tickets, including instant games and Powerball, declined about $21 million - with October sales at roughly $215 million compared to September's approximately $236 million. The high was about $260 million in March, according to data obtained in a freedom of information request.

The figures confirm what ticket vendors at gas stations, convenience marts and grocery stores have said anecdotally for weeks about people's frustration with Illinois' budget problems.

Lottery officials announced in mid-October that anyone winning over $600 wouldn't get the money right away because the account used to pay those winnings was dwindling. That followed news in late August that payouts over $25,000 were on hold because there wasn't the authority to cut checks that big.

The state has entered its fifth month without a budget plan as first-year Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature remain deadlocked. Rauner wants pro-business and anti-union reforms, while Democrats say many of those ideas hurt the middle class and they want him to support new taxes.



Edward James Olmos arrives at the world premiere of "The Big Short" during the AFI Fest at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Kentucky Tax Dollars At Work

Noah's Ark

A controversial Noah's Ark-themed amusement park in Kentucky will open on July 7, 2016 and should attract 1.4 million people annually, the park's founder said on Thursday.

Currently under construction in Williamstown, northern Kentucky, Ark Encounter will include a full-sized wooden replica of the ship from the Biblical story of Noah and the great flood.

Ken Ham, president and chief executive of Answers in Genesis, the Christian organization behind the project, announced the opening date at a press conference and said the park will be able to accommodate 16,000 guests per day.

In the summer of 2014, Kentucky officials awarded the park's developers tax incentives, potentially worth more than $18 million over 10 years. However, state officials in December pulled the credits after developers said they would only hire workers who shared their fundamentalist Christian beliefs.

Ark Encounter officials then sued the state in federal court in February to get the incentives reinstated.

Noah's Ark


Cast member Diane Keaton poses at the premiere of "Love the Coopers" in Los Angeles, California November 12, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 13.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Sotheby's Auction

1189 Bible

Sotheby's is offering what experts consider the world's most important private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts, collected by a London diamond dealer.

The 11,000 items document life in the Jewish diaspora from Europe and Africa to Asia, spanning a millennium, Sotheby's vice chairman David Redden told The Associated Press on Thursday. Some items have burn or water marks or other signs of religious persecution such as censored, inked-over passages.

On Dec. 22, a dozen treasures from the collection will go on the auction block, including a Hebrew Bible from 1189, the only surviving dated Hebrew manuscript written before the Jews were expelled from England in 1290, Sotheby's said.

The "glory" of the auction, Redden said, is the first printing of the Talmud in Venice in the 1520s. The pope in Rome then issued an edict banning Hebrew books, and by 1550 most were burned or otherwise destroyed.

While institutions such as the British Library, the National Library of Israel and New York's Jewish Theological Seminary have vast Judaica holdings, "this is the greatest collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in private hands," Redden said.

1189 Bible


In this image taken from video, actor Anthony Daniels, who portrays C-3PO in the "Star Wars" films, appears with his robot counterpart at a preview for the "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" exhibition at Discovery Times Square Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Daniels returns again for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18.
Photo by Bruce Barton


Growing Movement

French Protest

About 100 people gathered in Paris on Wednesday to protest a French tax on tampons and sanitary pads, as anger grows among women worldwide over high taxation of the essential items.

Men and women -- some dressed up as giant vaginas and bloodied tampons -- joined the rally in central Paris, brandishing colourful flags and banners reading: "No tax on my uterus," "Each time I bleed, the State wins," and "let us bleed without over-charging us".

One feminist group at the protest hung pairs of women's underwear soiled with fake menstrual blood from a clothes line.

"What is not right is that at a time when women are underpaid, when they are more likely to be unemployed, when they are paid less than men, each month, they have to pay a tax on their uterus: the tampon tax," Ophelie Latil, who founded the French feminist collective Georgette Sand, told AFP.

Georgette Sand called for the protest after France's National Assembly last month rejected an amendment to reduce the VAT on tampons and other feminine sanitary products to 5.5 percent from the current rate of 20 percent.

French Protest


A kite is seen in the sky during the annual Khmer kite flying festival, in central Phnom Penh November 12, 2015.
Photo by Samrang Pring


Cancels Play

Clarion University

A small state college in northern western Pennsylvania has canceled a musical about a week before it was scheduled to open after the playwright objected to the use of white actors for South Asian characters.

Clarion University had spent much of the year preparing to stage the punk rock version of "Jesus in India," by dramatist Lloyd Suh, which ran off-Broadway in 2013 and received favorable reviews.

Suh, who owns the rights to the musical, sent an e-mail on Monday to the school's play director Marilouise Michel ordering her to either replace the non-Asian actors with "ethnically appropriate actors" or cancel the production, which was due to open Nov. 18.

Michel told Reuters on Thursday that one of the Indian roles was to be played by a biracial girl, and the rest by whites. They were not doing the roles in "brownface" or using dialects, she said, but Suh rejected any solution other than removing them.

Michel said Clarion University, with about 4,900 students, has a student body that is 0.6 percent Asian and that no Asians auditioned for the play.

Clarion University



In Memory

Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor

Heavy metal band Motorhead says former drummer Phil Taylor, an iconic metal thrasher nicknamed "Philthy Animal," has died. He was 61.

"Fast" Eddie Clarke, guitarist with the Grammy-winning rockers, said on Facebook that Taylor died late Wednesday.

He didn't disclose a cause of death, saying Thursday that Taylor "had been ill for some time but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes."

Taylor drummed on Motorhead's best-known albums, including "Overkill," ''Bomber," ''Ace of Spades" and the live recording "No Sleep 'til Hammersmith."

His distinctive double bass-drum style on tracks like "Overkill" helped define a new genre - thrash metal.

Taylor left the band in 1984, rejoined in 1987 and left again in 1992.

Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor



A giraffe calf born on Aug. 31, 2015, stands with his mother in its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Singapore. The Singapore zoo is known for its efforts in promoting and educating the public about the importance of wildlife conservation through its educational programs and through the breeding of its animals in captivity which also include some endangered species. This is the Singapore Zoo's first giraffe calf in 28-years.
Photo by Wong Maye-E



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