• When Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet first came out, Ohio University Shakespeare scholar Samuel Crowl saw it at his local cineplex, where he was surprised by the number of teenyboppers who had come to see Leonardo DiCaprio play Romeo. When Mr. DiCaprio’s Romeo and Claire Danes’ Juliet first met, a young DiCaprio fan sitting behind Professor Crowl whispered, “Don’t touch him, you b*tch.”
• Gerard Depardieu once met a couple in a Parisian hotel, where the hotel manager was immensely impressed by such a famous guest. He came over to the table of three, asked Mr. Depardieu what he wanted to order to drink, received the order — a glass of red wine — then rushed off to fill the order, completely ignoring the other two people at the table.
• Late in Peter Lorre’s career, after he had begun to make bad films, a fan wrote him, “I would love to be tortured by you.” Mr. Lorre wrote back, “You have been tortured enough by going to my pictures.”
• Professional golfer Peter Jacobsen once played at a tournament with actor Clint Eastwood, and he brought his father along so he could be impressed. Unfortunately, his father did not recognize Mr. Eastwood — something that tickled one of the most famous actors (and directors) in the world. Mr. Eastwood mentioned a number of movies he had made, including the spaghetti westerns and the Dirty Harry movies, but Mr. Jacobsen’s father had not seen those movies. Eventually, Mr. Eastwood mentioned that early in his career he had been in Rawhide, and Mr. Jacobsen’s father said, “Oh, yeah. You were Rowdy …. I loved that show.” Mr. Jacobsen’s father started calling Mr. Eastwood “Rowdy,” and the two men got along very well indeed.
• Jack Benny, a Jewish comedian, made a film titled To Be or Not to Be, in which he wore a Nazi uniform and said such dialogue as “Heil Hitler.” Mr. Benny’s father saw the beginning of the film, then walked out and refused to speak to his son on the telephone for a long time, saying that Jack was no longer his son. Finally, Mr. Benny was able to speak to his father and explain that he had been misled by the beginning of the film — if his father would see all of the film, he would know that the character was actually fighting against the Nazis, not for them. Mr. Benny’s father returned to the movie theater and saw all of the film — a total of 46 times.
• As a boy, Lou Costello and his brother once played hooky from school, so they could see a Western at the local movie theater. When the movie ended, they discovered that their father, who also loved Westerns, was sitting behind them. Later in life, Mr. Costello made Universal Pictures hire his father as consultant to The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, an Abbott and Costello comedy Western.
• When André Previn was working on the set of Porgy and Bess, he ran into a studio security officer who didn’t recognize him. One day, Mr. Previn took a break and brought back tea and doughnuts for the other people working on the movie. The security officer told him that it was a closed set, but let him in after asking if the set was expecting a delivery of tea and doughnuts. After that, the only way Mr. Previn could get past this security officer was to bring in tea and doughnuts. One day, Mr. Previn was on the podium conducting the orchestra when the security officer came in, looked at him, and said, “Sonny, get the hell off the podium — the conductor’s liable to be here any minute.”
The Mugwumps were US political activists who switched parties in the presidential election of 1884 because they rejected the financial corruption associated their party's candidate. What political party did the Mugwumps leave?
Chryselephantine sculpture is sculpture made with gold and ivory. Chryselephantine cult statues enjoyed high status in Ancient Greece.
Chryselephantine statues were built around a wooden frame with thin carved slabs of ivory attached, representing the flesh, and sheets of gold leaf representing the garments, armour, hair, and other details. In some cases, glass paste, glass, and precious and semi-precious stones were used for detail such as eyes, jewellery, and weaponry.
The technique was normally used for cult statues within temples; typically, they were greater than life-sized. Construction was modular so that some of the gold could be removed and melted for coin or bullion in times of severe financial hardship, to be replaced later when finances had recovered. For example, the figure of Nike held in the right hand of Pheidias's Athena Parthenos was made from solid gold with this very purpose in mind. Indeed, in times of prosperity, up to six solid gold Nikae were cast, serving as a "sacred treasury" whose safety was ensured additionally by the sanctity accorded to a cult object as well as the presence of priestesses, priests, and maintenance staff at the temple.
Billy in Cypress U.S.A. was first, and correct, with:
Cal in Vermont said:
Ivory. The Ancient Greeks built a statue of Athena with it. It was a cladding of ivory and gold on a wooden armature and was forty feet tall. It no longer exists. I hope our traitor and twice-peached insurrectionist leader of an ex-president doesn't hear of this because he will want one too...
Alan J answered:
Jon L responded:
I'm guessing marble
Mac Mac said:
Leo in Boise answered:
Gold and ivory, also known as elephant teeth.
David of Moon Valley wrote:
….Hendersonite?….Hendersongen?…Hendersonium?…i don’t know….maybe the all-seeing covfefe will let me know later….i’ll get back to you…..
Deborah, the Master Gardener said:
Chryselephantine statues were made with gold and ivory. The last 4 syllables were a good clue.
Windy and dry; likely to be so for a few days. It’s February and I’d like winter back, please.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
gold and ivory
Joe S (We resisted, we voted, we won. Get over it) replied:
Ivory. Shame on them. Ancient Greeks, that is.
Gateway Mike wrote:
That would be ebony, no, ivory-final answer!
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“This week's collection is entitled WE DIDN'T START THE FIGHT, directly inspired by The Cancellations' new record, Fist Fight. The band have kindly contributed 'It Won't Leave Me Alone' to this compilation, a fine example of their modern take on powerpop. We also collaborate with FDH Records once again through the bombastic punk addition of Trash Knife. Big Stir Records begin a partnership with us this week too. ABR will be bringing you songs from their monthly album releases for the foreseeable future. This week, we welcome The Stan Laurels.
“It is with great pleasure that we also welcome back some good friends. Sue Decker returns with her unforgettable Canadiana blues, Steven Palmer delivers his country meanderings and Paul Broadhead gives us some more pop rock goodness. As always, please download, listen loud, dig deeper with your discoveries, and support Aldora Britain Records and independent music.”
“AB Records is an e-zine and record label that promotes the music and work of authentic independent or underground artists from all around the world. Originally established in 2013, they revamped themselves in 2018 with a brand new approach. Their first weekly compilation, aptly titled THE SECOND COMING, was released in late 2019. They now also release original singles, EPs and charity projects.”
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'The Neighborhood', followed by a FRESH'Bob Hearts Abishola', then a FRESH'All Rise', followed by a FRESH'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Bill Gates and Tune-Yards.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, and Masego featuring Don Toliver.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Ellen's Mean Game Of Games', followed by another FRESH'Ellen's Mean Game Of Games', then a FRESH'The Wall'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Shailene Woodley, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Kenice Mobley.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Pete Buttigieg, the Hold Steady, and Raghav Mehrotra.
Scheduled on a FRESHLilly Singh are Bob the Drag Queen.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Bachelor', followed by FRESH'The Good Doctor'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Hugh Grant, Teyonah Parris, and Passenger.
The CW offers a FRESH'All American', followed by a FRESH'Black Lightning'.
Faux has a FRESH'9-1-1', followed by a FRESH'9-1-1: Lone Star'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
AMC offers the movie 'Now You See Me', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', then the movie 'Escape Plan'.
[6:00AM - 11:00AM] STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
[2:00PM] A FEW GOOD MEN
[5:00PM - 11:00PM] LAW & ORDER
[5:10AM] MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS - HAMLET
[5:45AM] MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS - THE NAKED ANT (ALL TIMES ET)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below deck', then another FRESH'Below Deck', 'Temptation Island', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Now You See Me 2', followed by the movie 'The Equalizer 2', then the movie 'The Equalizer 2', again.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers'.
[6:00am - 9:30am] Parks And Recreation
[10:00am - 1:30pm] Saved By The Bell
[2:00pm - 5:30pm] Three's Company
[6:00pm - 12:00am] Two And A Half Men
[12:30am] Baroness Von Sketch Show - Don't Call Me Lady
[1:00am - 2:30am] Three's Company
[3:00am - 5:30am] Community (ALL TIMES ET)
[6:00am - 12:30pm] hogan's heroes
[1:00pm] the karate kid
[4:00pm] crocodile dundee ii
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[2:30am] crocodile dundee ii
[5:00am] gomer pyle, u.s.m.c.
[5:30am] gomer pyle, u.s.m.c. (ALL TIMES ET)
SyFy has the movie 'Enemy Of The State', 'Resident Alien', and another 'Resident Alien', and still another 'Resident Alien'.
Friday’s show marked the last Jeopardy! appearance by guest host Ken Jennings, the first replacement since the death of longtime moderator Alex Trebek.
Future guest hosts include Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, journalist and author Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes Correspondent Bill Whitaker and actress and neuroscientist/actress Mayim Bialik.
It’s goodbye but not adieu for the 46-year-old Jennings, who will serve as a consulting producer on the show. He revealed in a tweet on Friday that guest hosts of the future include Dr. Oz, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Jennings set the record for longest winning streak in the game’s history. His 74 consecutive wins earned him $2.52 million. He won the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament in 2020.
Twitch Replaces BlizzCon Performance With Elevator Music
Twitch users were in stitches Friday night when the gaming channel of live streaming service placed lame music over Metallica rocking out at BlizzCon.
The iconic band was part of the opening ceremony of the annual gaming convention held by Blizzard Entertainment.
And as soon as James Hetfield and gang began to rock their classic, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Twitch piped in generic, boring (free) music to avoid a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown order. It appears only the Twitch gaming channel replaced the music.
The moment was enough for viewers to be in hysterics, the incident trending on Twitter Saturday morning. The event, dubbed "BlizzConline," was streamed this year due to the pandemic.
Between the laughs, fans pointed out the band was one the most outspoken acts when it came to creating musical streaming laws, suing Napster in 2000.
Disney Plus recently (and finally) got The Muppet Show, or at least as much of The Muppet Show as any streaming service can legally get without paying ungodly amounts of money for music licensing rights, but 18 episodes of the show were deemed potentially offensive enough that Disney added content disclaimers in front of them. The text of the disclaimers, which cannot be skipped past and include little 12-second timers so you know that you have to sit through them, explain that the episodes feature “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” and while “these stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” Disney has decided to leave them in order to “acknowledge the [offensive content’s] harmful impact, learn from it, and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”
The 18 episodes are scattered throughout the run and consist of guest-host appearances from Jim Nabors, Joel Grey, Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Cleo Laine, James Coco, Spike Milligan, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, Beverly Sills, Jonathan Winters, Alan Arkin, James Coburn, Joan Baez, Debbie Harry, Wally Boag, Marty Feldman, and Johnny Cash. Most of the content deemed offensive is pretty obvious, and it falls in line with the other imagery on Disney Plus that prompted the company to add disclaimers in front of Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Aristocats, and other animated films that veer off into racism. On The Muppet Show, the disclaimer-worthy stuff includes Johnny Cash performing in front of a confederate flag in his episode and the brief appearance of a puppet dressed as a stereotypical Native American (referred to as an “Indian”) in the Jim Nabors episode.
Song Of The South, the film that was determined to be too racist to exist by Disney, is still not available on the platform (with a disclaimer or otherwise).
When Marcia Wallace died unexpectedly in 2013, “The Simpsons” producers were caught by surprise. It was decided that Wallace’s character, Bart’s teacher (and Ned Flanders’ second wife) Edna Krabappel, would also pass away. But executive producer Al Jean said it always bugged him that Wallace and Mrs. Krabappel didn’t get a proper send-off. Until now.
On Sunday’s installment of “The Simpsons,” titled “Diary Queen” (the show’s 696th episode), Bart discovers Mrs. Krabappel’s diary and discovers how much she really believed in him — and it inspires him. The episode features Wallace’s voice, taken from previous episodes.
According to executive producer Al Jean, he used two lines from Wallace, previously used on the show, to fit it into the storyline. “The Simpsons” cleared the use with Wallace’s estate, which was compensated for her appearance. Wallace is credited with the guest appearance on the episode as well.
On “The Simpsons,” Mrs. Krabappel’s passing has been mentioned, but Jean said it was decided that the cause of the character’s death won’t be revealed.
Wallace, who died at age 70, won an Emmy for outstanding voiceover performance on “The Simpsons” in 1992. She was also well known for her role as receptionist Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and was later a regular on game shows, as well as guest star on shows such as “ALF,” “Full House,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Murphy Brown,” “Taxi” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
The daughters of assassinated US black civil rights leader Malcolm X have requested that the murder investigation be reopened in light of new evidence.
They cite a deathbed letter from a man who was a policeman at the time of the 1965 killing, alleging New York police and the FBI conspired in the murder.
The letter says the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) covered up details of the assassination on 21 February 1965 in Harlem's Audubon Ballroom, Upper Manhattan, according to Wood's family and their lawyer.
Wood alleges that he was tasked with making sure that Malcolm X would have no door security in the building where he was due to speak in public.
At a press briefing on Saturday, Wood's family members provided no details about how and when Raymond Wood died. But they said he did not want to make the letter public until after his death, fearing repercussions from the authorities.
A senior Republican House leader has refused to admit Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump.
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Liar) of Louisiana, the House minority whip, appeared on ABC’s This Week more than three months after Biden won the electoral college 306-232 and the popular vote by more than 7m ballots and just over a month after the Democrat was sworn into office.
“Clear this up for me,” ABC host Jonathan Karl said to Scalise on Sunday. “Joe Biden won the election. He is the legitimate president of the United States. The election was not stolen, correct?”
“Look,” Scalise said, “Joe Biden’s the president. There were a few states that did not follow their state laws. That’s really the dispute that you’ve seen continue on.
“But at the end of the day, when you look at where we are in this country, either we’re going to address the problems that happened with the election that … millions of people are still concerned about, the constitution says state legislatures set the rules for elections, that didn’t happen in a few states, and so, going forward – look, Joe Biden’s the president. But does he...”
Rafael "Ted" Cruz (R-Bad Dad) is being mocked over photos showing him loading bottles of water into a car as he seeks to rebuild his reputation after the Cancun vacation debacle
Sen. Ted Cruz is being mocked for posting pictures of himself loading water bottles into a vehicle as he seeks to repair the political damage from jetting off to Cancun for a family vacation during the winter storms that devastated Texas.
Cruz posted the pictures Saturday night showing him loading packs of water into a car in an empty parking lot under the hashtag #TexasStrong.
"I'm glad someone in Ted Cruz's Senate office finally instructed him on how to fake compassion, humanity, and creating the illusion that he cares about the people he was elected to serve," wrote Melissa Ryan, a researcher on disinformation.
Scientist Peter Gleick pointed out that Cruz is apparently violating CDC rules advising travelers returning from Mexico to self-quarantine for 7 days and get a COVID-19 test.
Vampire squid have been lurking in the dark corners of the ocean for 30 million years, a new analysis of a long-lost fossil finds.
Modern-day vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) can thrive in deep, oxygen-poor ocean water, unlike many other squid species that require shallower habitat along continental shelves. Few fossil ancestors of today's vampire squid survive, though, so scientists aren't sure when these elusive cephalopods evolved the ability to live with little oxygen.
The new fossil analysis helps to fill a 120-million-year gap in vampire squid evolution, revealing that the ancestors of modern-day vampire squid already lived in the deep oceans during the Oligocene, 23 million to 34 million years ago. These squid probably evolved adaptations to low-oxygen water during the Jurassic, said study co-author Martin Košták, a paleontologist at Charles University in Prague.
Košták and his colleagues found the long-lost fossil in the collections of the Hungarian Natural History Museum in 2019 while looking for fossils of cuttlefish ancestors. The fossil was originally discovered in 1942 by Hungarian paleontologist Miklós Kretzoi, who identified it as a squid dating back around 30 million years and named it Necroteuthis hungarica. Later researchers, though, argued that it was a cuttlefish ancestor. In 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, the museum was burned, and the fossil was thought to be destroyed. The rediscovery was a happy surprise.
"It was a great moment," Košták said of the rediscovery, "to see something previously suggested to be definitely lost."
Psychedelic drugs such as LSD, ketamine and magic mushrooms could be decriminalised in California amid a wave of drug liberalisation that is sweeping across the US.
A proposed law put forth in the California senate last week would make it legal for anyone over 21 to carry small amounts of eight substances including DMT and MDMA, as well as expunging many criminal convictions.
The bill, introduced by San Francisco Democrat Scott Wiener, says America's war on drugs has inflicted "overwhelming financial and social costs" while ignoring the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics.
Natalie Ginsberg, policy director of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (Maps), who helped write the California's bill, said it was part of an "exciting" trend of US states learning from and building on each other's work.
Alongside drugs, Mr Wiener's bill would decriminalise various methods of checking safety and purity to reduce overdoses, and set up a commission to explore legalising psychedelics for medical and spiritual purposes.
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