BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 26 January, 2015


26 January, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1217 days in a row]


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from Bruce

It is obvious that Charlie Hebdo will not be intimidated. Wouldn't it be great if not a single Muslim in the world acknowledged any of the cartoons and, if asked about them, answered only, "I pray for their authors," and smiled? That's how I would play it. Let them do their thing and I'll do mine.

Froma Harrop: Google Glass Joins the Failure Hall of Fame (Creators Syndicate)
Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

Froma Harrop: Stop Making Excuses for Nonvoting Millennials (Creators Syndicate)
The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's been devastating. So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered.

ClaraDarko: Action Women Movie Montage (Vimeo)
My tribute to my favourite action women in cinema (61 films, no animation). MUSIC: "Derezzed" by Daft Punk, extracted from the soundtrack album of "Tron Legacy". I tried to avoid superpowered characters (Jean Grey, Storm, Elastigirl, Liz Sherman).

ClaraDarko: Sword Fights Movie Montage (Vimeo)
My tribute to my favourite duels in cinema (60 films). EDITED IN 2009. SONG: "Don't let me be misunderstood", performed by Santa Esmeralda, extracted from the soundtrack album of "Kill Bill".

Robert Evans, Amanda Mannen, Meredith, Emily, Salvatore, Layne, Laura, Zooey, Helen: "5 Things You Don't Know About Strippers (Until You Are One)" (Cracked)
If prostitution is the world's oldest profession, stripping may very well be the second oldest -- it all depends on exactly when the first uptight humans decided people shouldn't walk around with their most enticing bits flopping nakedly in the wind. As soon as clothing became the norm, taking that clothing off became a profitable gig for anyone willing to learn how to do it well.

Catwalk Acrobats (Sad and Useless)
Models in mid-fall.

Oscars 2015: they should have been contenders… (Guardian)
No nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal? And surely Selma deserved better… And why are genre pictures routinely ignored? Following this year's Academy Awards nominations, we asked actors, directors and producers for their pick of the year's films and performances that were unfairly overlooked.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This performer was born Alfred Hawthorne Hill. By what name is he better known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The name of this star, the ninth-brightest in the night sky, is derived from the Arabic meaning "the hand of Orion". What is the name of this star?

      Betelgeuse                                                      Source

Betelgeuse, also known by its Bayer designation Alpha Orionis, is the ninth-brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion. Distinctly reddish, it is a semiregular variable star whose apparent magnitude varies between 0.2 and 1.2, the widest range of any first-magnitude star. Betelgeuse is one of three stars that make up the Winter Triangle, and it marks the center of the Winter Hexagon. The star's name is derived from the Arabic Yad al-Jauza', meaning "the hand of Orion". The Arabic character for Y was misread as B by medieval translators, creating the initial B in Betelgeuse.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:

  The star's name is derived from the Arabic Yad al-Jauza', meaning "the hand of Orion".
  And one interesting note:
  The Arabic character for Y was misread as B by medieval translators, creating the initial B in Betelgeuse.
  (an aside: I've always thought Arabic is a very aesthetically pleasing, beautiful-looking language)

  (but back to...)
  Betelgeuse is classified as a red supergiant of spectral type M2Iab and is one of the largest and most luminous observable stars.

  Another interesting note:
  If Betelgeuse were at the center of the Solar System, its surface would extend past the asteroid belt, possibly to the orbit of Jupiter and beyond, wholly engulfing Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

  I had to look all this stuff up, so THANKS, Marty - I got to learn something with my Sunday-morning coffee.

Charlie said:
   It's the good old red supergiant Betelgeuse.
  I sometimes reflect on the fact that I knew more about astronomy when I was in junior high than I do now, though it is still the case that some people think I'm "way out there."

mj wrote:
   Along with Rigel, Altair, and Antares
  Aldebaran was also one of the four horses driven to victory by Ben-Hur.

Alan J replied:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:

Deborah wrote:
   A quick search of the Interwebz tells me that Betelgeuse is the 9th brightest star.
  Is it related to the movie "Beetlejuice" that I've never seen and know nothing about?
  Lois, that was a funny cartoon you shared.
  MAM, I hope you feel better soon.
  Another thick-as-pea-soup foggy day - 7th in a row. Would sure prefer rain to this drippy mess.

Marian said:

DJ Useo answered:
   I knew this one because of it's name alone. Betelgeuse.
  I can't name any other stars.

Lois Of The Cosmos replied:
   According to my research, today's answer is Betelgeuse, a
  Red Supergiant star, 640 light years from Earth, part of the
  constellation known as "Orion The Hunter", snuggled securely
  in his right armpit and proud of it. If our star were the
  size of Betelgeuse, it's surface would extent past Mars.
  Lucky for us, when old Sol goes red giant, it will only
  expand past Venus, or maybe Cleveland. In any event, I plan to be dead.

Joe S     responded:
   The song I wanted to deliver to you all yesterday but I was suffering from a severe bout of CRS
  So, anyway, the answer to today's question is Betelgeuse, not to be mistaken for Beetlejuice.

  Currently Betelgeuse in a late stage of stellar evolution, the supergiant is expected to proceed through its life cycle before exploding as a type Il supernova within the next million years. An observation by the Herschel Space Observatory in January 2013 revealed that the star's winds are crashing against the surrounding interstellar medium. Or it may have already exploded, we don't really know, because what we see now happened 640 years ago.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful, took the day off.

MAM   is under the weather, and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Sally has retired, but she's still around - and one of my 3 pillars.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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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.
( )

Marc Perkel




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Last Night

I'm not too good at the begging routine, but this page doesn't generate enough revenue for a high-speed connection, so I'm still on a crappy dial-up.

I'm grateful to my 3 pillars who faithfully send a monthly donation, but it's not enough to cover what the local cable monopoly charges ($59.99/mo) for a faster connection.

Many thanks to the 9 kind readers (Dale [twice], David, B2tbBob, John, Gary, David in AZ, Michelle, Kip, & John G) who have responded.

The cable monopoly will visit tomorrow, and as the kids at the beach used to say, "I'm stoked."

OTOH, it's been 1217 days in row. In a freaking row.

Seriously, my laptop is so old it has a floppy drive. Takes nearly an hour to warm up, and yes, it has only a dial-up modem.

Might be time to think about an upgrade.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with the FRESH 'Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015', followed by a RERUN 'Scorpion', then a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Louis CK and the Lone Bellow.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's aged white guy guest host, Regis Philbin, are Martin Short, Tony Danza, Alan Alda, and Susan Sarandon.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Fluffing T-rump', followed by a FRESH 'State Of Affairs'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/5/15) are Bradley Cooper, Harry Connick Jr., and Big K.R.I.T. featuring Raphael Saadiq.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/6/15) are Jessica Lange, Molly Sims, Men in Blazers, and Maya Rudolph.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/24/14) are Megan Boone, Self, and "Who Charted".

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a RERUN 'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Channing Tatum, J.J. Watt, and ZZ Top.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Originals', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'Sleepy Hollow'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', still another 'The First 48', and 'Nightwatch'.

AMC offers the movie 'Predator 2', followed by a night of 'Breaking Bad'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 1
 [9:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 2
 [10:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 3
 [11:00AM]    Top Gear: Top Fails-Volume 1
 [12:00PM]    Top Gear: Top Fails-Volume 2
 [1:00PM]    Top Gear: Patagonia Special-Season 22 - Part 1
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear: Patagonia Special-Season 22 - Part 2
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 1
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 2
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 3
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 4
 [7:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 5
 [8:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 1 NEW
 [10:00PM]    Mud, Sweat & Gears - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Cops NEW
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 4
 [12:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 1
 [2:00AM]    Mud, Sweat & Gears - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Cops
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 1
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 2
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 3    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Friends To Lovers?'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and yet another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Julian Castro.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Ken Marino, John Gemberling, and Tymberlee Hill.

FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.

History has 'Sons Of Liberty', followed by a FRESH 'Sons Of Liberty'.

IFC  -   
 [9:30AM]    DOUBT
 [8:00PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [10:30PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [1:15AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Right at Your Door
 [8:00AM]    Less Than Zero
 [10:15AM]    Drugstore Cowboy
 [12:30PM]    Legal Eagles
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Cradle to Grave
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Fertile Fields
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Intolerance
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Equal Rights
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Slaughter
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Dazzled
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Foul Play
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Attorney Client
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Oxymoron
 [1:00AM]    Babylon-Thameside Centre
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Bitter Fruit
 [3:00AM]    Out of Sight
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Chocolate    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Crazies', followed by the movie 'xXx'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Amanda Peet, Ellar Coltrane, and Jukebox the Ghost.

TCM features films by Luis Buñuel all night.
 [6:00 AM]      Silk Stockings (1957)
 [8:00 AM]      The Earrings of Madame De... (1954)
 [9:45 AM]      Zazie Dans Le Metro (1960)
 [11:30 AM]      The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
 [1:30 PM]      Paris Blues (1961)
 [3:15 PM]      Irma La Douce (1963)
 [5:45 PM]      Love in the Afternoon (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      Belle de jour (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
 [2:00 AM]      Viridiana (1961)
 [3:45 AM]      The Exterminating Angel (1962)

 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: John Leguizamo (2008)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday   -  01/27/15

TCM spends most of the daylight hours celebrating Donna Reed, who was born on this day in 1921, then devotes most of the night to films with Robert Redford
 [6:00 AM]      The Get-Away (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Apache Trail (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      The Bugle Sounds (1942)
 [10:45 AM]      Eyes In The Night (1942)
 [12:15 PM]      Mokey (1942)
 [1:45 PM]      Gentle Annie (1944)
 [3:15 PM]      Faithful In My Fashion (1946)

 [4:45 PM]      A Yank At Eton (1942)
 [6:30 PM]      Condemned Women (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      The Candidate (1972)
 [10:00 PM]      All The President's Men (1976)
 [12:30 AM]      Three Days of the Condor (1975)
 [2:45 AM]      Downhill Racer (1969)

 [4:45 AM]      Silver Skates (1943)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives with her husband Brad Hall at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015.
Photo by Mike Blake


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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'Birdman' Wins

Producers Guild

"Birdman" received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America's highest film award Saturday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The win delivers needed momentum to Alejandro Inarritu's showbiz romp following its upset loss to "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the Golden Globes' comedy category earlier this month. It's now neck and neck in the Oscar race with Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which won in the Globes drama category.

Many of the PGA's 6,700 members are also Oscar voters and for the past seven years, the guild's choices for its top trophy went on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards.

Other trophies presented Saturday night included "The Lego Movie" for animated feature, "Life Itself" for documentary film, "Fargo" for television movie or miniseries, "Breaking Bad" for TV drama series, "Orange is the New Black" for TV comedy series and "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for digital series.

Producers Guild


Bryan Cranston accepts the Normal Felton award for outstanding producer of episodic television drama for "Breaking Bad" on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by John Shearer


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Scott Walker: 'We Literally Hate You!'

Dropkick Murphys

Punk rock and politics may have always shared a common unification, but that doesn't mean bands like The Dropkick Murphys will allow their music to be used for just any political purpose, especially if that politician is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

When Scott recently took to the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to speak in front of many key members of the Republican party, he did so to the tune of Dropkick Murphy's cover of the Woody Guthrie song ""I'm Shipping Up to Boston," reported conservative news source Twitchy. Walker apparently didn't realize that the Dropkick Murphys are assertively pro-union - an interest unlikely to find any common ground with the governor. Walker has become a national whipping boy for the anti-union cause, previously reported Inquisitr.

In 2012, the Dropkick Murphys had already made their dislike of Scott quite clear when the same song was used to introduce Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate, Jeff Fitzgerald, as he took the stage. Although Dropkick Murphys specifically called out Walker in their original message to Fitzgerald, it appears the Wisconsin governor did not get the message.

   "The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate - and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker - using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!… We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!"

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Lock Of Hair Auctioned

Abraham Lincoln

A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that includes a lock of the slain president's hair has been sold for more than $800,000 at auction Saturday in Dallas.

The Donald P. Dow collection brought top bids totaling $803,889, doubling expectations, said Eric Bradley, spokesman for Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

The lock of hair, taken by Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes shortly after Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, sold for $25,000.

An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor sold for $30,000.

Abraham Lincoln


Chaz Ebert speaks on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by John Shearer


Laika and Her Comrades: The Soviet Space Dogs Who Took Giant Leaps for Mankind | Collectors Weekly


Balloons New Peace Symbol


Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace Sunday in St. Peter's Square, a year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds sparked protests by animal protection groups.

For years children, flanking the pope at a window of the papal studio overlooking the square, set free a pair of doves on the last Sunday in January. The Catholic Church traditionally dedicates January to peace themes.

Last year, the feel-good practice became a public relations disaster. After the children with Pope Francis tossed a pair of doves from the window, first a seagull and then a crow swept down and attacked the doves. Those doves' ultimate fate was unknown.

Gulls nest atop the colonnade of St. Peter's Square, not far from the Tiber River, and scavenge for garbage. One animal advocacy group likened freeing doves in Rome to issuing a death sentence.

The Vatican didn't mention last year's flap when it said in a statement Sunday that children would release balloons, including a hot-air balloon containing messages of peace. One of the children at the window read a speech about peace.



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Search On Remote Marshalls Atoll

Amelia Earhart

A search is under way on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands aimed at solving the mysterious disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

A group of researchers travelled Sunday to Mili Atoll where a small aluminium cover plate and part of a landing-gear wheel assembly, believed to be from Earhart's plane, were found last year.

"We brought more sophisticated equipment to find other parts," said Jon Jeffery, director of technology and business development at United States-based Parker Aerospace, which is sponsoring the search.

Marshall Islanders have long claimed Earhart crashed on an atoll and a group known as Amelia Research, Inc. found the aircraft parts last year.

A new line of investigation in the search for Earhart evidence in the Marshall Islands involves Jaluit Atoll near Mili. It was the headquarters for Japan's administration of the Marshall Islands from World War I to the end of World War II.

Marshall Islanders have claimed they saw Earhart's plane go down on a small island in Mili Atoll, and others reported seeing her in Jaluit.

Amelia Earhart


Actress Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter actress Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015.
Photo by Mike Blake


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Millions Of GMO Insects

Florida Keys

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.

"This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.

Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 people signed a petition against the experiment.

Even potential boosters say those responsible must do more to show that benefits outweigh the risks of breeding modified insects that could bite people.

Florida Keys


Director Alex Gibney, left, and author/producer Lawrence Wright attend the premiere of "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Arthur Mola


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Egypt Museum Admits Glued Beard

King Tut

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo acknowledged on Saturday that one of its greatest treasures, the mask of King Tutankhamun, had been crudely glued back together after being damaged, but insisted the item could be restored to its former glory.

The golden mask's beard was detached in August, something the museum had not made public until photographs surfaced on the Internet showing a line of glue around its chin, prompting speculation about the damage and questions over whether Egypt was able to care for its priceless artefacts.

The beard broke off when museum workers were changing the lights in its display case and accidentally touched the mask, the antiquities ministry said.

Christian Eckmann, a German conservator brought in to evaluate the damage, told reporters on Saturday that the seriousness of the damage had been exaggerated.

King Tut


Frances Bean Cobain, left, daughter of Kurt Cobain and executive producer of the documentary film "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," poses with her mother and Cobain's widow Courtney Love, center, and the film's director/writer/producer Brett Morgen at the premiere of the film at The MARC Theatre during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Pixel Performers: Digital Projection Mapping on Live Dancers | Urbanist


Halts Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia


Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday.

Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been "rejected, pure and simple," or deferred for further consideration, the newspaper said, adding that the information has not been officially confirmed.

The decision was taken on Wednesday by the national security council, a government body that includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and seven other ministers, it said.

A survey carried out for Bild found that 78 percent of Germans believe Berlin should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia -- and a further 60 percent want to break off trade ties all together -- due to human rights violations.



Muslims of the Dagestan, Russian region, present the famous Muslim relic - a piece of a hair of the Prophet Muhammad, in the casket, during the cultural festival celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, Mawlid an-Nabi, at the Crocus City Hall at the Moscow outskirts on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
Photo by Pavel Golovkin


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Weekend Box Office

'American Sniper'

"American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again.

The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In a distant second place, the saucy Universal thriller "The Boy Next Door" featuring Jennifer Lopez as a teacher who engages in an affair with a younger man played by Ryan Guzman, debuted with $15 million.

The animated fantasy "Strange Magic" from Luscasfilm and Disney flopped in seventh place with $5.5 million.

Lionsgate's Johnny Depp dud "Mortdecai" tanked in ninth place with $4.1 million. The eccentric heist comedy, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, marks another box-office bomb for Depp, following the leading man's disappointing "Transcendence," ''The Lone Ranger," ''Dark Shadows" and "The Rum Diary."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "American Sniper," $64.4 million ($17.6 million international).
    2. "The Boy Next Door," $15 million ($560,000 international).
    3. "Paddington," $12.4 million ($4.3 million international).
    4. "The Wedding Ringer," $11.6 million ($1.1 million international).
    5. "Taken 3," $7.6 million ($26.3 million international).
    6. "The Imitation Game," $7.1 million ($4.6 million international).
    7. "Strange Magic" $5.5 million.
    8. "Selma," $5.5 million.
    9. "Mortdecai," $4.1 million ($5.2 million international).
   10. "Into the Woods," $3.9 million ($5.1 million international).

'American Sniper'


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In Memory

Joe Franklin

Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.

He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said.

Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity.

The host of "The Joe Franklin Show" started in TV in 1950. By the early 1990s, he often said, he had chatted with more than 300,000 guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Madonna. But the notables often had to share air time on his low-budget show with a tap-dancing dentist or a man who whistled through his nose.

Garrin recalled how Franklin, who was parodied by Billy Crystal on "Saturday Night Live," hired a young Bette Midler as his studio singer and gave a chance on his show to every up-and-comer trying to make it big: Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman among them.

Garrin said he remembered how Pacino, after he became a Hollywood movie star, told Franklin in a private meeting: "Joe, why don't you interview me now that I'm somebody? You interviewed me when I was nobody."

After Franklin's TV show ended in 1993, he worked on his late-night radio show. He continued to work even after he developed cancer, doing celebrity interviews on the Bloomberg Radio Network.

Tuesday was the first scheduled broadcast Franklin had missed in more than 60 years, said Garrin, who worked with him for 20 of those years, booking all his interviews and recording the shows in his studios in Times Square between 1991 and 2010.

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