BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 28 November, 2014


28 November, 2014

(Updated Daily)

[1158 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Tom Danehy: Tom wonders where the "give 'em hell" version of President Obama has been the last six years (Tucson Weekly)
With all due respect, Mr. President, where the hell have you been for the past six years? And why did you wait this long to shrug off your too-cool persona and stand up for something? I would say that it's about damn time, but it's probably way past damn time. For six excruciating years, we've watched as the Republicans stalled, bluffed, lied, and shirked their responsibility in a desperate bid to make sure that you didn't succeed. Their only agenda was to derail your agenda.

Diana Moskovitz: The Former Basketball Player Who Brought Down Bill Cosby (Deadspin)
Without Andrea Constand, none of this happens. Bill Cosby is still America's No. 1 dad, still beloved for giving us the Huxtables and Fat Albert, still embraced in too many corners of the country for telling young black men to pull up their pants, still selling out arena after arena.

Delia Paunescu: Bill Cosby's massive social media fail (NY Post)
#CosbyMeme quickly devolved into a conversation about rape and rape culture, never quite achieving the cute, wholesome captions Cosby's marketers were likely expecting with that tip-of-the-hat photo.

Colin Boyd: Beating the Drum (Tucson Weekly)
Let's just go ahead and give J.K. Simmons the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "Whiplash" already.

Andrew Horton: Les Blank's Cinéma Vitalité (Criterion Collection)
What do Cajun and Creole musicians, roasted garlic, New Orleans jazz funerals, gap-toothed women, polka dancing, and Lightnin' Hopkins singing the blues have to do with one another? The answer is simple: they are all subjects of some of the forty documentaries made by Les Blank (1935-2013), a true auteur in every sense, who spent his life capturing intimate and idiosyncratic pictures of passionate individuals and cultures on the peripheries of, mainly American, society. In fact, these beautifully personal films take us beyond what it is to be "American" to a more universal vision of being human.

Christopher Bonanos: "The Strand's Stand: How It Keeps Going in the Age of Amazon" (Vulture)
Why is there still a Strand Book Store?

You can go and stand slightly awkwardly outside the homes of the author of In Cold Blood, the man who made Moby Dick, the twisted soul who birthed Cthulhu and visit the road of the man who wrote On The Road. Or you could just look at them all on Google Maps and have the whole lot covered in about twenty minutes. Totally your call.

Honest Trailers - Love Actually (YouTube)

David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has approximately 50 Kindle books on



Trivia Question of the Day

He was born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, LA. By what name is he better known?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What breed of dog was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers?

      Dachshund                                                      Source

The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the American West they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs. According to the AKC, the dachshund continues to remain one of the top 10 dog breeds in the United States of America.

The name "dachshund" is of German origin and literally means "badger dog", from Dachs ("badger") and Hund ("dog"). Although "dachshund" is a German word, in modern German they are more commonly known by the name Dackel or, among hunters, Teckel.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:

mj wrote:
   Long story, long dog, short legs
  I believe this is the humble dachshund.

Alan J said:

Marian responded:

Randall replied:
   I know this one Marty: Dachshunds

  also known as wiener-dogs

  I used to have a dachshund - called him
  Lightning the Wonder Dog

  I hope everyone is having a good enough Thanksgiving.

Adam answered:
   Dachshund; the full-size breed, anyway.
  Med- and Mini- sized dachshunds make good ratters.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

MAM   wrote:
   Dachshund ~ The name "dachshund" is of German origin and literally means "badger dog", from Dachs ("badger") and Hund ("dog"). Because of their long, narrow build, they are often nicknamed hot dog, wiener dog or sausage dog.

Deborah replied:
   That's an easy one - the Dachshund.
  Fierce, they can be.Happy Thanksgiving, Marty! Eat lots!

BttbBob   responded:
   Well, Duh... Badgerhounds... Hello? Jeesh what a 'softball', Boss...
  But, no matter... Oh, an' some people think those silly little wiener-dogs are badgerhounds, which might be FINE fer most places, but fer the kinda bad-azz badgers we grows 'round these here parts (which snack on wiener-dogs with zest, it's well known) we have bad-azz badgerhounds like this...

  Un-huh... That's right... THAT is a bad-azz badgerhound fer bad-azz badgers, dontcha know... We use 'em, too, fer handlin' our ever-ferocious 'Snowsnakes' which are, even now, beginning to make their way outta their loathsome lairs to lie in wait for unwary cross-country skiers the result of which is NOT a pretty sight, I'm tellin' ya... Yep, our north-woods is a hard, hard place... Fact

  November 28 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 28 | Famous Birthdays

Joe S     answered:
   I got this one, no need for research (Google) It's the dachshund. Carla and I know all about dogs, especially specialty dogs. At one time we owned a couple of very large dogs, brothers actually, I wanted to name them Willie and Waylon. Our sons, 8 and 9 years old at the time, would have nothing to do with that. So they were named King and Blacky. Aaaaanyway, they turned out to be porcupine hounds. Not only were they porcupine hounds, they were retrievers. We always had an abundance of quills for craft work and such.

  (Feeling a little bloated tonight)

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norgobblecali took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.



Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Ferguson, Bill Cosby, and the fantastic lie of your utter powerlessness - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Polio Crisis Deepens in Pakistan, With New Cases and Killings -

What Do We Know About Mormon Leader Joseph Smith's Wives?

You Probably Learned A Glossed-Over Version Of Native American History In School, Research Says

The Best Joke Ever About God and Religion

Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid - The Atlantic

Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space | Science | The Guardian

My family's Thanksgiving on the reservation is a rebuke to America's colonialism | Frank Waln | Comment is free

School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size : Goats and Soda : NPR

The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie' : NPR

Ultra-Strong Graphene's Weak Spot Could Be Key to Fuel Cells - NBC

Will Sarah Palin primary John McCain?

Darren Wilson's Lawyers Say He Has No Plans to Apologize to Michael Brown's Family | TIME
     the sad, pathetic excuse for a human will get his 15 minutes of fame; afterward a lifetime looking over his shoulder, along w/ his 'bro, zippy zimmerman.

Thanks, Michelle!



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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel


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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and about 20° warmer than seasonal.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by the chestnut 'Frosty The Snowman', then the chestnut 'Yes, Virginia', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 10/14/14) are Michael Keaton, a Top Ten List presented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Foo Fighters with Ann and Nancy Wilson.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Kat Dennings and Jermaine Fowler.

NBC starts the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then a FRESH 'Constantine'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 10/17/14) are Bradley Cooper and Neil Diamond.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/4/14) are Martin Short, Coco Rocha, and Simon Rich.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/27/14) are Wyatt Cenac, Porter Robinson, and Margaret Brown.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/20/14) are One Direction, Tom Verica, and Jessie J featuring 2 Chainz.

The CW offers the chestnut 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer', followed by an infomerical masquerading as holiday fare, 'Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special', then another infomercial masquerading as holiday fare, 'Merry Madagascar'.

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

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

A&E has 'Duck Dynasty', another 'Duck Dynasty', still another 'Duck Dynasty', followed by the movie 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby'.

AMC offers the movie 'First Blood', followed by the movie 'Rambo: First Blood Part II', then the movie 'Rambo III'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    William Shatner: The Captains
 [10:00AM]    William Shatner's Get a Life
 [11:00AM]    The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner
 [11:30AM]    The Captains Close-Up: Sir Patrick Stewart
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Wounded
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Unification (Part 1)
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Unification (Part 2)
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 25 - The Inner Light
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 25 - All Good Things... (Part 1)
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 26 - All Good Things... (Part 2)
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 3 - The Naked Now
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Code of Honor
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Last Outpost    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Bee Movie', followed by the movie 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', yet another 'South Park', and 'Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special'.

FX has the movie 'Death Race', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.

HBO offers a RERUN Bill Maher.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [11:00AM]    CLERKS II
 [1:15PM]    HOUSE PARTY
 [3:30PM]    HOT FUZZ

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Act as If
 [7:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network
 [7:15AM]    Serial Mom
 [9:15AM]    Groundhog Day
 [11:30AM]    Groundhog Day
 [1:45PM]    Groundhog Day
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-White Rabbit
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Competence
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Angel
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Libel
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Remand
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Equal Rights
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Slaughter
 [12:00AM]    Man on Fire
 [3:15AM]    Spy Game    (ALL TIMES EST)

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

TCM spends the daylight hours with films directed by Alfred Hitchcock
 [7:30 AM]      Saboteur (1942)
 [9:30 AM]      Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
 [11:30 AM]      Dial M For Murder (1954)
 [1:30 PM]      Marnie (1964)
 [3:45 PM]      The Birds (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Psycho (1960)

 [8:00 PM]      Road to Utopia (1945)
 [9:45 PM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [11:30 PM]      It Happened One Night (1934)
 [1:30 AM]      Il Sorpasso (1961)
 [3:30 AM]      The Happy Road (1957)
 [5:15 AM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  11/29/14

 [7:00 AM]      Beauty for the Asking (1939)
 [8:15 AM]      Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
 [10:15 AM]      Carson on TCM: Gregory Peck (7/8/76) (2013)
 [10:30 AM]      Between Two Women (1944)
 [12:00 PM]      Now Playing December (2014)
 [12:30 PM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [2:30 PM]      The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
 [4:15 PM]      The Thing From Another World (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Beauty And The Beast (1946)
 [10:00 PM]      The Jungle Book (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      Deathdream (1974)
 [3:45 AM]      The Fearmakers (1958)
 [5:30 AM]      Tear Gas In Law Enforcement (1962)    (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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British director John Boorman poses before the premiere of his movie Queen and Country, in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
Photo by Christophe Ena


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Original Manuscript Visiting New York, Philadelphia

'Alice in Wonderland'

Lewis Carroll's original handwritten, illustrated manuscript for "Alice in Wonderland" will travel to the U.S. to mark its 150th anniversary.

The British Library said Thursday it will loan the book - presented by the author to Alice Liddell, who inspired it - to New York's Morgan Library and Museum and the Rosenbach Museum of the Free Library of Philadelphia next year.

The work, which bears its original title of "Alice's Adventures Under Ground," was bought by an American dealer in 1928 and returned to Britain in 1948.

The British Library also will display the book in late 2015 as part of an exhibition marking 150 years since its 1865 publication.

'Alice in Wonderland'


A member of the Red Hot Mamas performs during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2014.
Photo by Andrew Kelly


Auctioning Personal Items

Burt Reynolds

If you've always wanted to have a pair of leather chaps owned by actor Burt Reynolds, you could soon be in luck.

Hundreds of personal items belonging to the Deliverance star will be auctioned off at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas next month. Julien's Live auction house is running the event.

The auction's catalog, entitled Property From the Life and Career of Burt Reynolds, lists over 600 items, including such movie memorabilia as a jacket and shirt he wore in Smokey and the Bandit II, a football helmet from The Longest Yard and even a pair of monogrammed boots from 1996's Striptease, for all those diehard Striptease fans out there.

Also on the block: several vehicles, a wide selection of artwork and sports collectibles and even a number of awards, including his 1991 best actor in a comedy Emmy for Evening Shade and 1998 best supporting actor Golden Globe for Boogie Nights.

Burt Reynolds


Newhead News


Mastodon Bones


A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today.

Evidence left behind by mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and huge bison - along with insects, plants, pollen and other animals - offers a glimpse at how ancient animal adapted to climate change.

Among their findings: The warmer weather allowed forests to reach about 2,500 feet farther up the mountainside than today's tree line, which is about 11,500 feet above sea level at the Snowmass site. Forests also may have been denser, and smaller trees and grasslands might have been more widespread amid drier conditions.

A team of 47 scientists has been studying material unearthed four years ago near Snowmass, a town just outside Aspen, when a bulldozer was enlarging a reservoir. The researchers published their first big batch of data in the journal Quaternary Research in November.



A band of robots called Sensorheads perform at the robot performance festival in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
Photo by Petr David Josek


Future in Question

'Red Band Society'

The writing has been on the wall for some time, but Red Band Society is about to make an exit from Fox's schedule. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the low-rated hospital drama will not move past its initial order of 13 episodes - at least this season.

Not yet considered a cancelation, network brass are said to remain open to the possibility of a sophomore run. Sources say that Fox expressed interest in more episodes of Red Band Society for this season - it had a young and steady (if small) audience - but producer ABC Studios could not accommodate the network's request for a reduced license fee.

And Red Band Society has ultimately failed to make much of an impression on Wednesday nights. Even with DVR, its latest season average is just a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers. The series maintained its slot on the schedule these last two months, thanks in large part to a lack of anything to pull from the bench, but its complete absence from the recently announced midseason schedule was more than conspicuous.

Fox's decision to pull the plug - sorry! - on the current run does not mean that it's out of the picture completely. The end of production comes at the conclusion of the first 13 episodes, nine of which will have aired as of Wednesday night. After the tenth debuts in December, the remaining three will be shelved to air at a later date. Its time slot goes to big swing Empire in January.

'Red Band Society'


Wake-up Call


Investigators Stole Rare Comic Books


Two Houston-area investigators are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rare comic books while working an embezzlement case.

A Harris County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Dustin Deutsch, 41, with felony theft by a public servant and tampering with evidence, the Houston Chronicle reported. Deutsch and his former partner at the Harris County District Attorney's Office, 39-year-old Lonnie Blevins, are accused of stealing the comics from a storage unit in 2012.

Both men were assigned to investigate attorney Anthony Chiofalo, who stole about $9 million from a crane-manufacturing company. He was sentenced to 40 years in May after pleading guilty to first-degree felony theft of more than $200,000.

Chiofalo bought hundreds of collectibles with the stolen money, including a first-edition Batman comic valued around $900,000 and a baseball helmet signed by former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose. The company, discovering the missing funds, alerted authorities.

The FBI said Deutsch had keys to a storage unit that held the vintage comics, and that Deutsch gave the rarities to Blevins, who sold them in Chicago.



Clowns pose for portraits in this combination image before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2014.
Photo by Carlo Allegri


Campaign-Fiance Probe

Charlo Greene

A campaign finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot use. Greene challenged the commission's request for documents.

Alaska Dispatch News reports the commission on Wednesday rejected her objection to a subpoena. That gives the agency the authority to continue the investigation to determine whether money that was spent would trigger reporting requirements.

Greene's legal name is Charlene Egbe. During a live newscast, she revealed herself to be the owner of a medical marijuana business.

Charlo Greene


Ethnic Miao girls wearing traditional costumes look back on their way home after school at the village of Basha in Congjiang county, Guizhou province, November 27, 2014. The village, an ethnic Miao settlement with a population of 2,200, is believed to be the last community authorized by the Chinese government to keep guns.
Photo by Sheng Li


Had Accuser's Story Spiked


Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby's deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he feared the public would believe her sexual-assault accusations if the Enquirer published similar claims by Beth Ferrier. Both women accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them.

"Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier's story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?" Cosby was asked.

"Exactly," Cosby replied, according to court motions initially filed under seal and made available from archived federal court records.

"I would give them an exclusive story, my words," Cosby said in the Sept. 29, 2005, deposition. In return, "they would not print the story of - print Beth's story."



A sculptor carves an ice sculpture at the Disney Dreams Ice Festival in Antwerp November 27, 2014. Some 60 artists from all over the world participated in the festival, making sculptures out of around 500 tonnes of ice. The festival will open on November 29 until January 11, 2015.
Photo by Yves Herman


Publishes List

Bern Art Museum

A Swiss museum published a list on Thursday of all the art found in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt, a German recluse whose secret collection included masterpieces looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis.

The Bern Art Museum was named as sole heir to the collection and on Monday reluctantly accepted the bequest, making clear that it would adopt a policy of total transparency to head off any criticism over its decision to take in the artwork.

Gurlitt's collection of over 1,200 artworks had been hidden away for decades until German tax inspectors stumbled upon it during a raid on his Munich apartment in 2012. A government task force identified three pieces that were indisputably looted by the Nazis which would be returned to the heirs.

Bern Art Museum has said it will not accept any piece which experts believed might have been stolen and by publishing the full list it hopes it might still discover the rightful owners.

The 196-page list published on the museum website catalogues all the works that were found in Gurlitt's flat in Munich and at his house in Salzburg. Among the notable pieces are Henri Matisse's Seated Woman from circa 1924, oriental drawings from Eugene Delacroix and a landscape from Gustave Courbet.

Bern Art Museum


Visitors to an art district look at a cast steel sculpture entitled Grand Banquet by Chinese artiste Lv Shun displayed in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Created in 2009 by Chinese artiste Lv Shun and inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Super, Lv's work replaced the characters with pigs to symbolize the crisis human beliefs face in modern times.
Photo by Ng Han Guan


Amnesty Pond For Unwanted Pet Fish

San Francisco

Federal park officials in San Francisco are building an "amnesty pond" for unwanted pet fish - to help keep a beautiful lake free of nonnative fish.

Mountain Lake, on the southern border of the Presidio park, was recently poisoned to kill off invasive species, claiming catfish, bass and more than 850 carp, SFGate reported.

But the Presidio Trust does not want another purge to kill so many fish again, so the group thought of a way to prevent them from showing up in Mountain Lake in the first place.

The problem arose because pet owners had been releasing their unwanted fish in the lake's waters.

That's why the Presidio Trust is building an amnesty pond near the lake to give fish dumpers another option, according to SFGate.

San Francisco



In Memory

PD James

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.

James, who has died aged 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in "Death Comes to Pemberley" and creating a bleak dystopian future in "The Children of Men."

James told the Associated Press in 2006 that she was drawn to mystery novels because they "tell us more ... about the social mores about the time in which they were written than the more prestigious literature."

Because of the quality and careful structure of her writing - and her elegant, intellectual detective Dalgliesh - she was at first seen as a natural successor to writers like Dorothy L. Sayers, creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, in the between-the-wars "Golden Age" of the mystery novel.

But James' books were strong on character, avoided stereotype and touched on distinctly modern problems including drugs, child abuse, terrorism and nuclear contamination.

Phyllis Dorothy James was born in Oxford on Aug. 3, 1920. Her father was a tax collector and there was not enough money for her to go to college, a fact she always regretted.

Even as a child, she said, she had been interested in death. As a little girl, when someone read "Humpty Dumpty" to her, she asked, "Did he fall or was he pushed?"

But she did not start producing her mysteries until she was nearly 40, and then wrote only early in the morning before going to the civil service job with which she supported her family. Her husband, Connor Bantry White, had returned from World War II mentally broken and remained so until his death in 1964.

James worked as a filing clerk, hospital administrator and in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Britain's Home Office.

Her first novel, "Cover Her Face," was published in 1962 and was an immediate critical success, but she continued to work as a civil servant until 1979.

In 1980, with the publication of her eighth book, "Innocent Blood," her small but loyal following exploded into mass international popularity.

The Crime Writers' Association gave James its Diamond Dagger award in 1987 for lifetime achievement, and in 2005 the National Arts Club honoured her with its Medal of Honor for Literature.

As well as Dalgliesh, James created the female detective Cordelia Gray, protagonist of "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" and "The Skull Beneath the Skin."

Queen Elizabeth II made her Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991, in recognition of her work as a governor of the BBC, a position she held from 1988 to 1993.

James represented the Conservative Party in the House of Lords, but in many ways she was anything but conservative.

James is survived by two daughters and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

PD James


In Memory

Frank Yablans

Frank Yablans, a former president of Paramount Pictures in the 1970s who oversaw the release of several groundbreaking pictures, has died.

Yablans died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles, his son Eddy Yablans told The Associated Press on Thursday. He was 79.

Yablans was president at Paramount when the studio reeled out such well-known hits as "The Godfather," ''Chinatown," ''Paper Moon" and "Murder on the Orient Express."

He later went on to work as chief operating officer at MGM/United Artists and co-wrote the screenplay for "Mommie Dearest," a biopic about movie star Joan Crawford's deeply troubled relationship with her children. Yablans also produced the film.

Yablans, a native of New York, is survived by his three children, four grandchildren and his longtime companion, Nadia Pandolfo.

Frank Yablans



The Horton the Elephant balloon passes an alleyway as handlers walk it down 16th Street during the 95th annual Thanksgiving day parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.
Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek



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