BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 16 March, 2015

Monday

16 March, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1266 days in a row]



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Hillary To Further Address Email Controversy With Campaign Song


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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Stephen Collins: Peak Friends (Guardian)
Cartoon.


Oliver Burkeman: Why ambivalence has good and bad points (Guardian)
'The world champions decisiveness and clarity, and dismisses as fence-sitters those of us who see both sides of an argument.'


HENRY ROLLINS: BLOW UP YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC (LA Weekly)
I was raised in a fairly conformist environment. A lot of yes ma'am, yes sir situations.


Andy Hermann: "GREAT, NOW 'BLURRED LINES' HAS RUINED THE ENTIRE MUSIC INDUSTRY" (LA Weekly)
It was bad enough when Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams tried to ruin the summer of 2013 with their smug turd of a pop tune, "Blurred Lines." But that was just one summer, and it was somewhat redeemed by Pharrell's other big 2013 collab, "Get Lucky." Within a few months, we forgot what rhymes with "Hug me" and moved on.


Shea Serrano: I HAD AN AMAZING SCAM GOING AT CHUCK E. CHEESE'S (LA Weekly)
The very first job I legally held was at Chuck E. Cheese's, a pizza place for kids that's less a pizza place for kids and more a torture chamber for parents.


Katie Bain: GUYS, PREDATORY DANCE FLOOR BONERS ARE NOT OK (LA Weekly)
R. Kelly may have said that there's nothing wrong with a little bump and grind, but you have got to stop putting your boners on us.


Eddie Deezen: Why Do the French Love Jerry Lewis
Anyone who knows me or knows anything about me knows I am a major Jerry Lewis fan. I have not only seen almost every one of his films, but watched most every one of his TV appearances, and read every possible book or magazine article or interview on the guy.


Trailer for Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (YouTube)
"A new documentary on Kurt Cobain by filmmaker Brett Morgen, who had full access to a collection of home movies, art and audio belonging to the late Nirvana frontman, is getting good reviews from many who've screened it, including those at the most recent Sundance Film Festival. The soundtrack of the film also features a 12-minute acoustic track by Cobain that was never released." - Neatorama



David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

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David Bruce's Blog

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David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Trivia Question of the Day


Jack Klugman appeared in four different starring roles in The Twilight Zone, tying him with what actor for the most appearances on the show in a starring role?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


What is a V-shaped point in the hairline in the center of the forehead called?


      Widow's Peak                                                      Source


A widow's peak is a V-shaped point in the hairline in the center of the forehead. Hair growth on the forehead is suppressed in a bilateral pair of periorbital fields. Without a widow's peak, these fields join in the middle of the forehead so as to give a hairline that runs straight across. A widow's peak results when the point of intersection on the forehead of the upper perimeters of these fields is lower than usual.        Source






Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   A Widow's Peak.



Randall wrote:
   I didn't even have to look that one up,
  because for most of my life I HAD one
  it's called a "widow's peak"


  ...course NOW I'm just mostly bald
  so...
  no more stupid WIDOW'S PEAK!
  HA ha ha ha ha no wait




Charlie said:
   That particular manifestation of bilateral symmetry is called a widow's peak.




mj replied:
   Not sure why women (mostly) got a kinda bad rap for having the feature known as
  A widow's peak.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Widow's peak



Adam answered:
   Widow's Peak.



Leo in Boise wrote:
   That's a widow's peak.




Harry said:
   Widow's peak



Deborah replied:
   That V-shaped hairline is called a Widow's Peak. I don't know how that moniker came to be.
  The average temperature yesterday afternoon when I rode my bike was 82*. Freaky. And despite my use of sunscreen my farmer's tan is already noticeable.
  Beware the Ides of March.




Marian answered:
   widow's peak



Dale of Diamondy Summer Springs, Norcali responded:
   Widder's (Widow's) Peak. Fucking bald guys (Travolta) don't have real Widow's Peaks. How about Twin Peaks?


  And Mad Women? Janu, Jess, Lizzie Scientologist, and Fire crotch!




Lois Of Oregon said:
   Never trust a man with a widow's peak. You don't know WHERE he's been.




DJ Useo took the day off.
  



MAM   took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Sally is retired, but paying attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  March 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 16 | Famous Birthdays



  








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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Click here: California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?



Spawn of Monsanto



Danes Form Human Chain Outside Targeted Copenhagen Synagogue In Show Of Unity



Daredevil Mountain Biker Michal Kollbek Takes On Sedona's 'White Line' Trail
     nucking FUTZ!



It's time for atheists to stop debating God's existence and decide what to do about it | Adam Lee | Comment is free



Oklahoma University, Racism, And The Segregation Of College Sports | ThinkProgress



Iceland abandons EU bid: It's all about the mackerel.



Prominent China Scholar Says the Communist Party Is Near Death. China Says He's Crazy. Who's Right?



Oklahoma legislator wants anti-gay businesses to post no gays allowed signs.



An open letter to 47 Republican senators from Iran's hard-liners: We have so much in common.
     Brilliant..



Rust is a natural disaster: Photographer trespassing in Bethlehem Steel.



Arkansas state legislator Justin Harris re-homed his daughters to a rapist. But he's also accused of trying to exorcise their demons



KAL's cartoon | The Economist




Thanks, Michelle!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

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 active@bartcop.com.

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 bartcop.com

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.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


IF YOU'RE "NOT A SCIENTIST" THEN SHUT THE FUCK UP!

ACCORDING TO REPUBLICANS 'THIS PROBLEM' IS HUGE! REPUBLICANS ARE ASSHOLES!

SPEAKING OF REPUBLICAN ASSHOLES...

THE POISONOUS 'COTTON' MOUTH SNAKE!

CONSERVATISM = RACISM!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

'Only' 92° - previous record was 86°.



Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN 'Scorpion', followed by a RERUN 'CSI: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Shailene Woodley, Dr. Cornel West, and Matthew E. White.
On a RERUN Late, Late Show(from 2/11/15) , with tonight's middle-aged guy guest host, Wayne Brady, are William Shatner, Judy Smith, and Cesar Milan.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jim Parsons, Miles Teller, and Wiz Khalifa.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Keri Russell, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Asshole), and Smallpools.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Kal Penn, La Sera, and Mac McClelland.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kevin Hart and Brad Paisley.



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



Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'The Following'.



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



A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Bates Motel', followed by a FRESH 'The Returned'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', follwoed by 'Better Call Saul', then a FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 17 - The Outcast
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 18 - Cause and Effect
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 19 - The First Duty
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Blink
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Utopia
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The Sound Of Drums
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Mojito's
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 5
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 6
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 4
 [7:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 7
 [8:30PM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 8 NEW
 [10:00PM]    Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Carmageddon NEW
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 7
 [12:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 8
 [1:30AM]    Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Carmageddon
 [2:30AM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 4
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 6    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Southern Charm'.



Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Andrew Cockburn.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Alice Wetterlund, Jesse Joyce, and Ricky Velez.



FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.



History has 'Swamp People', another 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People', then a FRESH 'Appalachian Outlaws'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PATHFINDER
 [8:15AM]    U-571
 [10:45AM]    KILLSHOT
 [12:45PM]    PATHFINDER
 [3:00PM]    U-571
 [5:30PM]    ERASER
 [8:00PM]    FIGHT CLUB
 [11:15PM]    ERASER
 [1:45AM]    KILLSHOT
 [3:45AM]    KILL LIST    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-American Horror Story
 [6:30AM]    The Crucible
 [9:15AM]    Scent of a Woman
 [12:45PM]    The Ledge
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Apocrypha
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-American Dream
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Bad
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Admissions
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Justice
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Marathon
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Money
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Sundown
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Loco Parentis
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Collision
 [3:00AM]    Little Children    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Quantum Of Solace', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Ultimatum'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kevin Nealon, Maia Mitchell, and Tobias Jesso Jr.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      She Loved a Fireman (1937)
 [7:15 AM]      Fireman, Save My Child (1932)
 [8:30 AM]      The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      Fury (1936)
 [11:45 AM]      Saboteur (1942)
 [1:45 PM]      Wages of Fear (1953)
 [4:15 PM]      Boom Town (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Ring Of Fire (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
 [9:30 PM]      China Seas (1935)
 [11:15 PM]      They Met In Bombay (1941)
 [1:00 AM]      Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
 [3:15 AM]      Elephant Stampede (1951)
 [4:30 AM]      Elephant Boy (1937)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Tuesday   -  03/17/15

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
 [7:45 AM]      The Irish In Us (1935)
 [9:15 AM]      The Flying Irishman (1939)
 [10:45 AM]      Irene (1940)
 [12:30 PM]      Leave It to the Irish (1944)
 [1:45 PM]      The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950)
 [3:30 PM]      Young Cassidy (1965)
 [5:30 PM]      Finian's Rainbow (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Odd Man Out (1947)
 [10:15 PM]      The Rising of the Moon (1957)
 [12:00 AM]      Beloved Enemy (1936)
 [1:45 AM]      Ryan's Daughter (1970)
 [5:00 AM]      Hollywood Without Make-Up (1966)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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George Takei, left, and Brad Takei arrive at the 2015 Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner at the JW Marriott LA Live on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rich Fury

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Fingal's Cave | Atlas Obscura

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DC Dinner

Gridiron Club

President Barack Obama took aim at his Republican opponents and his gaffe-prone vice president on Saturday in a satirical speech that included a roast of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her recent problems with email.

Obama joined Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-Koch), a potential Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election, and Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia for the annual Gridiron dinner, an evening of song and skits making light of major players in U.S. politics.

Obama joked that his reputation for being a tech-savvy president had now been eclipsed by his one-time foe Clinton, who has come under fire for using a private email account for her work as the nation's top diplomat.

"If you think about how things have changed since 2008, back then I was the young tech-savvy candidate of the future. Now I'm yesterday's news and Hillary's got a server in her house!"

"I am so far behind," he said to laughter.

Gridiron Club

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Sally Field attends the "Hello, My Name is Doris" red carpet during the South by Southwest Film Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Jack Plunkett

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When Rock 'n' Roll Loomed Large Over the Sunset Strip | Collectors Weekly

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"Synthetic" Babies

Dolce & Gabbana

Sir Elton John is done with Dolce & Gabbana. The 67-year-old music legend said he is boycotting the designers after they told Italian magazine Panorama that they consider children born through in vitro fertilization to be "synthetic." The fashion plates added that they "oppose gay adoption" and that IVF pregnancies are "chemical offsprings and rented uterus."

On Sunday, John - who has two sons with husband David Furnish - posted a photo to Instagram of the designers, writing in the caption: "How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic.' And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.

"Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions," continued the singer. "I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana."

Tennis great Martina Navratilova tweeted her support for John's post. "Right on, Elton and David," she wrote. "My D&G shirts are going in the bin - don't want ANYONE to wear them."

Dolce & Gabbana

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Renews 'Jeopardy!' Contract Through 2018

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek has more questions - and answers - in his future.

Although he's dropped hints in recent years about retiring, the "Jeopardy!" host just reupped his contract through the 2017-18 season.

The 74-year-old Trebek joins fellow Sony Pictures Television game show hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White, who hold down the fort at "Wheel of Fortune."

The game show veteran reportedly made $10 million a year with his last contract.

Alex Trebek

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Snoop Dogg speaks at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Culver City, Calif.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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Bright Minds: Stained Glass Tributes to Tesla, Turing, and More - The Shutterstock Blog

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Increasing Linguistic Divide

2 Koreas

On one side of the line that has divided two societies for so long, the words arrive as fast as globalization can bring them - English-based lingo like "shampoo," ''juice" and "self-service." To South Koreans, they are everyday language. To defectors from the insular North Korea, they mean absolutely nothing.

Turn the tables, and the opposite is true, too: People in Seoul furrow their brows at homegrown North Korean words like "salgyeolmul," which literally means "skin water." (That's "skin lotion" in the South.)

Two countries, mortal enemies, tied together by history, by family - and by language, but only to a point. The Korean Peninsula's seven-decade split has created a widening linguistic divide that produces misunderstandings, hurt feelings and sometimes even laughter. The gap has grown so wide, scholars say, that about a third of everyday words used in the two countries are different.

North and South Koreans are generally able to understand each other given that the majority of words and grammar are still the same. But the differences show how language can change when one half of the country becomes an international economic powerhouse and the other isolates itself, suspicious of outside influences.

2 Koreas

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Arrested On Murder Warrant

Robert Durst

Robert Durst, scion of one of New York's largest real estate empires, has been arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles County, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Durst, born in 1943, is known for life twists that led him to be questioned but not charged in the mysterious deaths of his first wife Kathleen Durst in 1982 and a longtime friend in 2000.

The New York Times reported last week that the district attorney in Los Angeles had recently reopened an investigation into the December 2000 killing of Durst's friend Susan Berman, and was tying it to the case of Kathleen Durst, who went missing from New York and was eventually pronounced legally dead.

The investigation could be bolstered by new evidence shown for the first time in a six-part HBO documentary series about Durst called "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," the New York Times said.

Robert Durst

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Director Alex Gibney arrives on the red carpet for the world premiere of his film "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine during the South by Southwest Film Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Jack Plunkett

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Renzo Picasso - archive | Renzo Picasso (1880-1975) was an Italian engineer, architect and designer. The Archive

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Yard Sale Painting To Auction

Indiana

Jesse Ronnebaum isn't sure what moved him to buy a worn painting of seven men playing pool from a yard sale other than his love of old things. He knew, though, that he didn't want to pay the asking price - $1. Now the item he got after haggling the cost down to 50 cents may be worth thousands.

Ronnebaum, 28, who makes his living cleaning floors at the Honda plant in Greensburg, is hoping when the painting sells at auction in Chicago in May it will bring in enough to get him out of debt and let him set up savings for his children, ages 2 and 1.

Ronnebaum was in Oldenburg, a nearby town with German heritage known as the "Village of Spires" because of its old churches, eight years ago when he discovered the painting in a stack of other artwork. He's not a pool fan, he said, but "I just really fell in love with it."

Ronnebaum was at home last week when the light hit the painting just right and he saw the words "Palette and Chisel Club 1910" in the corner. He did some research and learned the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, which still exists, has been associated with some well-known artists. He contacted several art dealers in Indianapolis and by the next day he had offers for the painting ranging from $500 to $1,500.

"That's when I realized this might be worth something," he said.

Indiana

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Comedian Jeff Ross (C) poses during the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Studios in Culver City, California March 14, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian

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Dew - Earth's Liquid Jewelry ~ Kuriositas

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Comedy Central

Bieber Roast

Justin Bieber offered himself up for sacrifice to the comedy gods as the target of the annual Comedy Central roast.

With his mother and grandparents by his side and "prepared for the worst," Bieber was greeted by a throng of photographers and reporters as he entered the Sony Studios lot on Saturday evening in Culver City, California.

Roastmaster Kevin Hart headed a dais featuring Snoop Dogg, hip-hop star Ludacris, Martha Stewart, "Saturday Night Live" rookie Pete Davidson, Natasha Leggero, Shaquille O'Neal, Comedy Central vet Jeffrey Ross, Chris D'elia and Hannibal Buress.

While the "Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" - which referenced his ex Selena Gomez, the adorable monkey he adopted then abandoned, and endless references to the 21-year-old exploiting African-American culture - doesn't air until March 30, here are the best jokes from the night:

Bieber Roast

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A flag at the finish line of the Coffin Races bears the image of Bredo Morstol at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado March 14, 2015. The winter festival in the small mountain town commemorates the 1994 discovery of the corpse of Morstol, which is now housed in a shed on dry ice above the town.
Photo by Rick Wilking

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64 Most Stunning Pictures Of Wild Animals Ever Captured On Camera.

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Baffling Politics

Disney's New Cinderella

Let's face it - there aren't a ton of ways to make the fairy tale Cinderella into a modern feminist anthem. This is the story of a woman who lets everybody in her life walk all over her and is rewarded for it with some cool shoes and a handsome prince.

But even with those caveats, Disney's new Cinderella remake, which hit theaters March 13, is somehow more regressive than the studio's 1950 animated version. The new film serves as a bloated, overlong reproduction of the earlier film, but for one fairly major issue: if the 1950s Cinderella had at least a faint spark to her, this one is a soporific mess and even more of a doormat than usual.

This Cinderella is less proactive than ever before! It's difficult to say who to blame here. Is it Lily James, who plays the character as a beatific saint, beaming endlessly at the camera but never doing much of anything? Or is it screenwriter Chris Weitz, who fails to give her personality traits beyond "nice"? Or is it director Kenneth Branagh, who seems far more interested in the gaudy costumes and sets than in the human story at the tale's center?

The overall effect is that Cinderella ends up being someone who suffers beautifully and ... that's about it, actually. Even if you aren't particularly worried about what message that sends about women, it's absolute murder when it comes to storytelling.

At least the original Cinderella fought back a little bit. This one might as well be starring in a silent-movie serial, where the female lead exists solely to have horrible things heaped upon her.

Disney's New Cinderella

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Japanese elderly people shop phallic shaped gifts at the annual Honen Fertility Festival at Tagata Shinto Shrine in Komaki city, Aichi province, Japan, 15 March 2015. The wooden phallus, nearly 2.5 metres long and weighing 280kg, is carried by men, all aged 42, an extremely inauspicious year in a Japanese man's life. By carrying the large phallus the men receive sacred protection. The phallus symbolizes agricultural fertility and fecundity, but only takes on power when placed inside the Tagata shrine where its union with the inner shrine represents the power generative force of the earth and nature. Since newly made objects are thought to possess more purity and vitality, each year a new wooden phallus is carved from a single Japanese cypress tree. The Honen festival, held at the 1,500 year old shrine, is a survival of ancient and world-widespread fertility rituals performed to ensure plentiful harvest and good sexual relations among people.
Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown

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Aerial View of Hang Son Doong: The world's largest cave | Amusing Planet

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Weekend Box Office

'Cinderella'

Disney's recent streak continued over the weekend with the $70.1 million North American debut of its traditional, sumptuously costumed fairy tale adaptation "Cinderella," according to studio estimates Sunday. Interest in the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James of "Downton Abbey," was boosted by a "Frozen" short, "Frozen Fever," that played before the feature.

While Disney was flexing its might, the powers of another box-office force, Liam Neeson, were checked. Neeson's latest thriller, "Run All Night," a New York crime saga co-starring Ed Harris, opened with $11 million for Warner Bros.

Last week's top film, the sci-fi thriller "Chappie," from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp, slid to fifth with $5.8 million for Sony Pictures.

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

    1. "Cinderella," $70.1 million ($62.4 million international).
    2. "Run All Night," $11 million ($6.6 million international).
    3. "Kingsman: The Secret Service," $6.2 million ($13.7 million international).
    4. "Focus," $5.8 million ($13.5 million international).
    5. "Chappie," $5.8 million ($13.6 million international).
    6. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $5.7 million ($4.1 million international).
    7. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," $4.1 million ($4.3 million international).
    8. "McFarland, USA," $3.7 million.
    9. "American Sniper," $2.9 million ($8 million).
   10. "The DUFF," $2.9 million.

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Mike Porcaro

Mike Porcaro, the longtime bassist for Grammy Award-winning U.S. rock band Toto, died on Sunday morning, his brother and fellow band member said in a brief statement. He was 59.

The band said in February 2010 that Porcaro had been diagnosed with ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and that it planned to tour to generate funds to support his care and to raise awareness about the disease.

"Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 a.m. last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother," Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro wrote on Facebook. He provided no additional information.

Toto, formed in California in the late 1970s, is best known for such hits as "Hold the Line," "Rosanna" and "Africa."

The band won a Grammy for best album in 1982 for Toto IV, after which Porcaro toured for that album, replacing bassist Mike Hungate. Porcaro left the band in 2007, the band said.

Mike Porcaro

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A Golden Bird Wing butterfly lands on a flower as it and hundreds of other butterflies from around the world fill the bird aviary for the next month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California March 13, 2015. Called the Butterfly Jungle, the exhibit has over 30 species of butterflies.
Photo by Mike Blake

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