BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 21 November, 2014


21 November, 2014

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Paul Krugman: Here Are 5 Big Things Paul Krugman Says He Got Wrong Over The Years (Business Insider)
New York Times columnist and Princeton economist Paul Krugman recounts the economic predictions he's gotten wrong and what he has learned in the process.

History exposes GOP immigration outcry as bogus (MSNBC)
Rachel Maddow reviews instances of Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush taking executive action on immigration, contrary to anti-Obama Republicans who insist that President Obama's proposed action in the absence of a bill from Congress is unprecedented.

Michael Taylor: 6 Movies That Got Banned by Countries for Hilarious Reasons (Cracked)
#6. The Philippines Banned Every Movie Starring Claire Danes.

Tom Danehy: Tom tries to deal with the emotional fallout from the election (Tucson Weekly)
Well, the elections are over (except for the CD 2 recount) and my side lost in a big, ugly, painful way.

Pauli Poisuo: 5 Things No One Tells You About Dating Until It's Too Late (Cracked)
Do you like dating? Don't lie. You hate that shit, and so do I. It's an unpleasant precursor that you have to trudge through on your path to love and sex, a task not unlike having to wrestle an oiled Donald Trump before being allowed to enter a party.

Matthew Bourne: why I love Angela Lansbury (Guardian)
'Acting is tough and she's the real thing - she's 89 and still looking forward'.

Emma Brockes: 'Type A' personalities are overachieving monsters. Get out of my spin class and back to banking (Guardian)
Does anyone piss you off more than classist snobs who send back food, yell at the waiter and blame it on their personality? 'Type A' isn't a type - it's the ultimate humblebrag.

Shelley Acoca: Oscar-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83 (AP)
Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

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Trivia Question of the Day

A Grimoire is a textbook of ____?____


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What brand of cigarettes did Amelia Earhart claim to smoke while flying across the Atlantic Ocean?   (click on picture for larger version)

      Lucky Strike                                                      Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Lucky Strike

Charlie wrote:
   Lucky Strike, though some sources say she didn't actually smoke.

Randall said:
   OK, Marty,
  Being a rather old fellow myself,
  (and I used to be a life-long smoker...)
  the slogan "it's toasted" gives it away.
  It must be

  Look at that...
  DOCTORS used to endorse smoking cigarettes!
  (at least that's what the advertisements told us)
  and not just Lucky's either...


  My mom used to smoke L&Ms
  (I used to steal cigarettes from her and secretly smoke them out behind the shed)
  Dentists recommended cigarettes too!

  I remember as a kid going to the dentist and being disgusted at his cigarette-breath.
  Hell, cigarettes didn't
cause these things, cigarettes CURED these things!

  Scientists and "educators"...

  . . . . . .

  My dad smoked Kents for a while, but went back to Winstons...
  I don't know if you can tell from that pic, but Fred and Wilma are lighting up Winstons.
  And so are Fred and Barney.
  (I used to steal cigarettes from my dad, too... I was so glad when he got off the Kent kick, I hated those... MUCH preferred the Winstons)
  Don't be a fool! Cigarettes
protected your nose and throat!
  "Not a cough in a carload"
  But you asked about Amelia Earhart and her "Toasted" cigarettes...
  They were Lucky Strike cigarettes and they were GOOD for you!
  Kept you slim!
  So don't be a fool, jack . . .

  (I had a heart-attack and died eight years ago.
  They had a hell of a time bringing me back to life.
  I actually had burns (brands) from the defib paddles and that's no shit.
  Five stents and (six weeks after that) a quadruple bypass and they sent my ass home.
  Got an ugly skin-zipper scar down my chest and
  another one that runs down my leg from my groin to my ankle.
  That's where they took out the vein they used to re-plumb my heart.
  Looking back at those ads and all that advice from those doctors and it's obvious...
  I didn't smoke enough cigarettes!

Adam answered:
   Lucky Strike.

Marian responded:
   Lucky Strikes

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Lucky Strike

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Lucky Strikes because it's toasted."

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcalrainy said:
   Happy Great American Smoke Out Day
  By the fact that "it's toasted" the brand is Lucky Strike. My Dad smoked 'em when I was a wee scamp. L.S.M.F.T…..Loose Straps Mean Flabby Tits….Not Torpedo Tits.
  Free yourself from the evils of tobacco yesterday. Hat's off to you if you're still smoke free today!

MAM   wrote:
   Lucky Strikes ~ Cosmopolitan ad 1928

Joe S     answered:
   I got this one. I grew up with Lucky Strikes. That's what my parents smoked, so that's what I smoked. I smoked/stole their cigarettes of course, I couldn't buy my own when I was 8. I smoked Lucky's right up to the time they switched to Winston's. I'm sure you younger quiz participants weren't aware, while doing your research, that Lucky's used to have a green package, but switched to white when Lucky Green went to war.

mj took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.

BttbBob   is semi-retired.
     November 21 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 21 | Famous Birthdays



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from Marc Perkel


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

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

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.
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Marc Perkel




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Last Night

Mostly overcast, but no rain.

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 James Corden, Norman Lear, and TV on the Radio.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Cillian Murphy, Jennifer Carpenter, and Metallica.

NBC starts the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then 'Hollywood Treasure'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Julianne Moore and Michael Cera.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/13/14) are Taylor Schilling, Aaron Sorkin, and Mike Lawrence.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/8/14) are Cristin Milioti, Bleached, and Tommy Wirkola.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Cristela', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/13/14) are Jim Carrey, Bellamy Young, and Oran "Juice" Jones.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'America's Next Top Model'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a RERUN 'Gotham'.

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

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Criminal Minds', and 'Godfather Of Pittsburgh'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Fast & The Furious', followed by the movie 'Bride Of Chucky', then the movie 'Seed Of Chucky'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 10 - Midnight
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Turn Left
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Stolen Earth
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 25 - The Inner Light
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 26 - Time's Arrow (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 3 - Rococo
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Nino's Italian Restaurant
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 4 - La Riviera
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Peter's
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Mama Rita's
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
 [9:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
 [10:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Yanni's
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
 [1:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Yanni's
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
 [3:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Mama Rita's
 [4:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 3 - Rococo
 [5:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Watch What Happens Live', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of BH', and 'Vanderpump Rules'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', and 'Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts'.

FX has the movie 'The Five-Year Engagement', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups', then the movie 'Grown Ups', again.

HBO offers a FRESH Bill Maher.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Curse Of Oak Island', another 'Curse Of Oak Island', and still another 'Curse Of Oak Island'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MIMIC
 [11:30AM]    MIMIC
 [4:00PM]    ALIEN 3
 [12:00AM]    HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Unhinged
 [7:00AM]    Dream School-Les Stroud ``Survivorman''
 [8:00AM]    Runaway Train
 [10:30AM]    Last Action Hero
 [1:15PM]    The Next Three Days
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Second Opinion
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order
 [12:00AM]    Unfaithful
 [2:45AM]    Unfaithful
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Dexter    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has a FRESH 'Haven', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown!', then a FRESH 'Z Nation'.

 [6:30 AM]      Born To Dance (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1936)
 [10:15 AM]      Broadway Melody Of 1938 (1937)
 [12:15 PM]      Rosalie (1937)
 [2:30 PM]      Honolulu (1939)
 [4:00 PM]      Broadway Melody Of 1940 (1940)
 [6:00 PM]      Lady Be Good (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Duel (1971)
 [10:00 PM]      Slither (1973)
 [12:00 AM]      Scarecrow (1973)
 [2:00 AM]      The Last Detail (1973)
 [4:00 AM]      The Rain People (1969)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  11/22/14

 [6:00 AM]      The Great Dictator (1940)
 [8:30 AM]      Larceny, Inc. (1942)
 [10:15 AM]      Carson on TCM: George C. Scott (11/3/87) (2013)
 [10:30 AM]      Three Men In White (1944)
 [12:00 PM]      King Kong (1933)
 [2:00 PM]      Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
 [4:00 PM]      Them! (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Five Million Years To Earth (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Champ (1931)
 [9:45 PM]      The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)
 [11:45 PM]      The Prizefighter And The Lady (1933)
 [2:00 AM]      Cat O' Nine Tails (1971)
 [4:00 AM]      Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
 [5:30 AM]      Changing (1971)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'On The Menu'.

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network


RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV

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Tony Bennett performs during a tribute concert to Billy Joel, the recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


2 New Subatomic Particles Discovered


Scientists at the world's largest smasher said Wednesday they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe.

An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider found the new particles, which were predicted to exist, and are both baryons made from three quarks bound together by a strong force.

In a statement Wednesday, officials at the lab known by its French acronym CERN announced the discovery, which could shed more light on how things work beyond the "Standard Model" physics theory explaining the basic building blocks of matter. The results also were submitted to the publication Physical Review Letters.

The new particles are more than six times as massive as the protons that scientists have been deliberately crashing into each other in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel on the Swiss-French border near Geneva to see what they can discover about the makeup of the universe and its tiniest particles.

The heavier weight of the two particles is due in part to their "spins" in opposite directions which is "an exciting result," said Steven Blusk of Syracuse University in New York.



Hillary Clinton, right, and Marlo Thomas react as they see a familiar face in the audience at the dedication of The Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education & Collaboration at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Thomas is an actress and daughter of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas.
Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht


Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central Series Retitled

'The Nightly Show'

Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central show won't be titled The Minority Report; instead it will take a cue from one of the channel's flagship shows.

The new series was retitled The Nightly Show and will premiere on Jan. 19, according to The New York Times.

Wilmore, a former correspondent on The Daily Show, was named in May as the host of the forthcoming 11:30 pm show, which will take the place of The Colbert Report. When the comedian's show was first announced, the original title was The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore.

"It was never intended to be a show only about minorities," Wilmore told the newspaper. "It's a show about underdogs, and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it's race, gender, or whatever."

'The Nightly Show'


Newhead News


Cancels Vegas Gig


Comedian Jay Leno canceled a planned appearance at a firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering signatures urging him not to attend, his publicist said Thursday.

Leno made the decision when he was told the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show is hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a group that lobbies for gun owners and manufacturers, said Dick Guttman, spokesman for the former NBC "Tonight Show" host.

"He thought it was a sporting group," Guttman said. "He understands that it caused concern. He fully understands the sensitivities."

A statement by the foundation expressed disappointment that Leno won't perform at the 2015 SHOT Show industry dinner in January.

The statement blamed the decision on pressure from an anti-gun lobby and "false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety."



Tina Fey and her husband Jeff Richmond attend the American Museum of Natural History's 2014 Museum Gala on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen


Browsers Switch To Yahoo Search


Firefox maker Mozilla announced Wednesday that it is switching to Yahoo as the default service for online searches done through the Web browser in the United States.

Google has been the default option for Firefox searches since 2004, but beginning next month that role in the US will go to Yahoo, according to Mozilla Corporation chief Chris Beard.

In Russia, Firefox will start using local search engine Yandex as its default service for online queries. Baidu will continue to be the default search engine in China.

Firefox, which is open-source and free, is reported by industry trackers to be the third most used Web browser in the world, behind Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.



Wake-up Call


Fails To OK New Textbooks


The Texas Board of Education couldn't muster the votes late Tuesday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social studies textbooks for classrooms across the nation's second-largest state, failing to act amid stinging criticism of the proposed books from both the right and left.

Academics and some liberal-leaning activists have complained for months that many of the books up for adoption overstate the influence of religion on early American democracy, including exaggerating biblical figure Moses' importance to the founding fathers. But conservative groups worry that many of the same books promote pro-Islam values.

The Republican-controlled board tried to pass nearly all of the 100 books and lesson software it was considering, but that failed 5-4 with four abstentions. One member wasn't present.

That sets up a potentially tense final vote Friday, when the board will have to approve the books or miss the deadline to get them to the state's 5 million-plus public school students by September 2015. Texas is such a vast textbook market that much of what is produced here can end up influencing materials used in other states.



Cellist Yo-Yo Ma rehearses Prokofiev's Symphony Concerto for cello and orchestra at Symphony Hall, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Boston. Ma is to perform the piece with the BSO in a Thursday evening performance, conducted by Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons.
Photo by Steven Senne


Racial Divide In Arrest Rates


As Ferguson, Mo., braces for the decision by a grand jury that is considering whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager - which sparked protests over alleged police bias - there is evidence the St. Louis suburb isn't alone when it comes to racial disparity.

According to USA Today - which compared arrests reported by local police departments to the FBI in 2011 and 2012 with data from the 2010 U.S. census - at least 1,581 police departments arrest black people at a higher rate than Ferguson, where blacks are arrested nearly three times more than people of other races. (The FBI does not track arrests of Hispanics.)

That includes police departments in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and St. Louis. The St. Louis County Police Department arrested black people (113.7 per 1,000 residents) at more than three times the rate of nonblacks (32.4).

But just 173 of the 3,538 police departments included in USA Today's study arrested black people at a rate equal to or lower than other racial groups.



Lead singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs during a tribute concert to Billy Joel, the recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster


Court Case

'Under God'

Attorneys offered contrasting interpretations of the Pledge of Allegiance during oral arguments Wednesday in a New Jersey family's lawsuit claiming a school district is discriminating against their child's atheist beliefs.

The lawsuit focuses on the words "under God" that were added to the Pledge in 1954 and that have survived legal challenges before. Earlier this year, Massachusetts' high court ruled in a similar lawsuit that the pledge is not discriminatory.

David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association who is representing the unnamed family in the New Jersey case, said the Massachusetts' court's focus on the fact that the pledge was voluntary was "simply wrong."

The Aberdeen Matawan school district doesn't require that students say the pledge, and Bauman said there wasn't any evidence the student in question had been "bullied, ostracized or in any way mistreated."

But he also noted during his questioning of district attorney David Rubin that district policy requires parents whose children don't say the pledge to furnish an explanation in writing.

'Under God'


Actor Ted Danson (L) and actress Mary Steenburgen pose at the Los Angeles premiere of the film "Wild" at the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California November 19, 2014.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Letter Belongs To Buyer

Marilyn Monroe

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a letter by Marilyn Monroe in which she described the difficulties of performing belongs to a buyer who purchased it at auction for $130,000.

City News Service reports the ruling Wednesday is in favour of the auction house Profiles in History and against 75-year-old Anna Strasberg, the widow of Lee Strasberg, who was Monroe's acting mentor.

Anna Strasberg once served as administrator of the Monroe estate and collects the actress' memorabilia. She sued the auction house, saying the letter was missing from her collection. She alleged it was stolen.

Profiles in History maintained the letter was actually a draft version that was found by a housekeeper at the Hotel Bel-Air and it was never sent to Lee Strasberg.

Marilyn Monroe


Musician Ruben Blades poses backstage with his Best Tango Album award for "Tangos" at the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada November 20, 2014.
Photo by Mike Blake


Future Of Collection

Cornelius Gurlitt

A Swiss museum and German officials plan to announce Monday what will happen to a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to the museum by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt.

Bavarian authorities in 2012 seized 1,280 items from Gurlitt's apartment in Munich while investigating a tax case. Gurlitt later reached a deal with the German government to check whether any of the works were looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis. Authorities say that deal is binding on any heirs.

Gurlitt died in May and designated Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern as the sole heir to his collection, setting off a six-month deadline for the museum to decide whether to accept the bequest.

The museum, Germany's culture minister and Bavaria's justice minister will hold a news conference on the topic Monday in Berlin.

Cornelius Gurlitt


Bruce Dern, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Fox Searchlight's 'Wild' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Todd Williamson


Earliest Winter Closure On Record

Upper Mississippi

The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota's Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

"There's so much ice through the whole system," said Bryan Peterson, navigation manager for the Army Corps' St. Paul district. "They're getting the barges they can out and not risking getting stuck there all winter."

There were two tow boats waiting to pass lock and dam No. 2 near Hastings, Minnesota. Once they moved down river, no more vessels were expected, Peterson said.

The shipping season typically ends around the beginning of December on upper portions of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. In 1989, no more vessels reached the Twin Cities after Nov. 24, Peterson said.

Upper Mississippi


This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows the Georgia O'Keeffe 1932 painting, "Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1," of a simple white flower, which has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. The painting sold at Sotheby's New York Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during the auction house's sale of American art.


Running A Raffle

Pope Frankie

Want a white Panama hat owned by the pope? Now is your chance.

Pope Francis is raffling off the Homero Ortega brand hat, a new four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda, bicycles, an espresso coffee machine, watches and other objects he has received as gifts in order to raise money for the poor.

A poster recently went up around the Vatican announcing the raffle of 13 objects as well as more than 30 unspecified "consolation prizes".

Tickets for the raffle cost 10 euros ($12.50) and the winners will be announced on Jan. 8.

Pope Frankie



In Memory

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva

The Duchess of Alba, one of Spain's wealthiest and most colorful aristocrats and recognized as the world's most titled noble, has died. She was 88.

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva was related to Winston Churchill and shared toys with the future Queen Elizabeth - they were born less than a month apart - while living in England as a girl.

Twice-widowed, the fabulously wealthy noble had an outspoken nature and a predilection for extravagantly colorful, almost hippy-style clothing even late in life. Known simply as Cayetana, she was for decades a mainstay of the gossip press.

She died at her Duenas Palace residence in Seville on Wednesday from pneumonia, a palace spokesman said. He declined to be identified, in line with palace policy.

The duchess, known for her frizzy white hair and squeaky voice, raised eyebrows nationwide and outraged her six children in 2011 when at the age of 85 she wed for a third time, marrying civil servant Alfonso Diez who was 25 years her junior.

With estates dotted across mainland Spain and on some of its islands, she was known for being able to crisscross the country without having to spend the night in a property that wasn't hers. She also had one of Spain's most dazzling art collections, including works by grand masters Goya, Rembrandt and Velazquez.

Forbes recently estimated her wealth to be in the region of 2.8 billion euros ($3.5 billion).

Fitz-James Stuart y Silva was born March 28, 1926, in the sumptuous Liria Palace in the center of Madrid.

A Grandee of Spain and the holder of six dukedoms, she could trace her noble lineage back 17 generations. She inherited her titles from her father, with whom she lived in London - where he was named Spanish ambassador - while hostilities raged in Spain's 1936-39 civil war. She took over the house of Alba, becoming its 18th leader as well as the 11th Duchess of Berwick, to mention just two titles, upon her father's death in 1953.

In late October 2011, weeks after her wedding to Diez, the Duchess slipped on a rug at her Seville palace and cracked her pelvis. She suffered a fall while visiting Rome with her husband in mid-April 2013, and was operated on there for a broken femur.

Guinness World Records said the duchess's more than 40 titles made her the world's most titled noble. She is succeeded by her son Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martinez de Irujo and also survived by sons Alfonso, Jacobo, Fernando and Cayetano, and daughter Eugenia.

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva


In Memory

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of influential films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," and "Carnal Knowledge," died on Wednesday at age 83.

The prolific director passed away at his home of cardiac arrest, his spokeswoman said. A private service for the family will be held this week, followed by a memorial at a future date.

No director had ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood as easily as Nichols, one of the few people to win the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

Nichols, whose career first blossomed with a comedy partnership with Elaine May in the late 1950s, was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC's "World News Tonight" broadcast.

In memory of Nichols, marquees on Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed on Friday evening for one minute.

Nichols was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin, where his parents had settled after leaving Russia. He came to the United States at age 7 when his family fled the Nazis in 1939.

He grew up in New York feeling like an outsider because of his limited English and odd appearance - a reaction to a whooping-cough vaccine had caused permanent hair loss. As a University of Chicago student, he fought depression, but found like-minded friends such as May.

In the late 1950s, Nichols and May formed a stand-up team at the forefront of a comedy movement that included Lenny Bruce, Jonathan Winters and Woody Allen in satirizing contemporary American life. They won a Grammy in 1961 for best comedy album before splitting.

In the mid-1960s, Nichols became a directing powerhouse on Broadway with "Barefoot in the Park," the first of what would be a successful relationship with playwright Neil Simon. Later he would stage Simon's "The Odd Couple," "Plaza Suite" and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue."

Nichols also made an impact on American cinema with three influential movies in a five-year period.

The first, a 1966 adaption of the Edward Albee play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It was nominated for an Oscar in all 13 categories and won five of them, although Nichols did not take the best director award.

He followed that up a year later with "The Graduate," starring then little-known Dustin Hoffman as an aimless college graduate seduced by Anne Bancroft as an older woman before falling in love with her daughter. Nichols won an Academy Award for his direction and the movie, which became a 1960s cultural touchstone, thanks to several memorable lines and the music of Simon and Garfunkel.

In 1971, Nichols put out "Carnal Knowledge," which created a sensation because of its sexual nature. The manager of a movie theater in Georgia was arrested for showing the film and had to appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court before being exonerated.

Sometimes Nichols' movies did go off the road. "Catch-22," "Day of the Dolphin" and "The Fortune" were generally considered commercially unsuccessful and he did not make a feature film from 1975 until 1983, rebounding with "Silkwood," for which he was nominated for another Oscar.

In the second act of his movie career, Nichols also directed "Heartburn," Simon's "Biloxi Blues," "Postcards from the Edge," "Regarding Henry," "The Birdcage," "Primary Colors," "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Working Girl," which earned him another Oscar nomination.

He won an Emmy in 2001 for "Wit" and another in 2003 for "Angels in America," a TV miniseries about the AIDS epidemic.

In the mid-1980s, Nichols suffered a psychotic breakdown, which he said was related to a prescription sedative that made him so delusional he thought he had lost all his money.

Despite his urbane, intellectual manner, Nichols once had a reputation as an on-the-set screamer. Streep told The Hollywood Reporter, "He was always the smartest and most brilliant person in the room, and he could be the meanest, too."

The actress said that changed after Nichols married Sawyer, his fourth wife.

Nichols had three children from his earlier marriages.

Mike Nichols



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