BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 25 April, 2016


25 April, 2016

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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Nomentum and the Vindication of Political Science (NY Times Blog)
As Alan Abramowitz noted yesterday, the Democratic race in particular is quite well explained by a model in which just three factors determine the Clinton vote share: whether it's in the South, the percentage of African-Americans, and the share of Democrats (as opposed to independents) in the voting.

Henry Rollins: North Carolina, I Love You, But Your Governor Is an Asshole (LA Weekly)
Fanatic! I hope Record Store Day was good for you. I was able to secure all the records I was after and I hope the same went for you. One of the records I was surprised to see was a vinyl pressing of the Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk & Pop Music Vol. 1. Of all the Cambodian music collections that have come out over the years, that's one of my favorites.

Hadley Freeman: I like Bernie as much as the next idealist, but Hillary gets my vote (The Guardian)
Young Americans don't like Hillary Clinton - she's the broccoli candidate - but would Sanders get anything done as president?

Clive James: 'A misprint in my new book made me feel I was contemplating the ruins of 60 years' work' (The Guardian)
Getting things out of proportion is an occupational hazard for anyone whose occupation is over.

John Cheese: 5 Things That Should Be Taught To Every Student In America (Cracked)
#5. You Must Be Certified In Job Paperwork

Ed Stevens: "How Game Of Thrones Ends (Eerily Predicted By A Video Game)" (Cracked)
We love Game Of Thrones, but it's not without its flaws. So we ran a 100-percent accurate simulation to see how the story would have played out if the characters didn't spend half their time sleeping around, torturing each other, and talking about their feelings. The highly advanced technology we used was Nintendo's Advance Wars: Dual Strike, a 2005 video game about anime characters fighting with tanks.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This American actor, comedian and TV personality portrayed Uncle Arthur on Bewitched, and also appeared 707 times on Hollywood Squares. What is his name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This comedian and actor was born Leonard Hacker. By what name is more famously known?

       Buddy Hackett                                                      Source

Buddy Hackett (born Leonard Hacker; August 31, 1924 - June 30, 2003) was an American comedian and actor. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man (1962), Benjy Benjamin in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Tennessee Steinmetz in The Love Bug (1968), and Scuttle in The Little Mermaid (1989).        Source

Adam was first and correct with:
   Buddy Hackett

mj wrote:
   One of the truly insane
  He hit a golf ball into some trees, went in after it. Came out stark naked with a golf club in his hands, yelling "Locusts!" The inimitable Buddy Hackett.

Alan J answered:
   Buddy Hackett.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Buddy Hackett

Marian responded:
   Buddy Hackett

Randall replied:
   that would be old "marble mouth" himself,
  Buddy Hackett

  ...we're obviously back from Las Vegas - I lost $35.
  Not too bad, hunh?

MAM   wrote:
   Buddy Hackett ~ Known mainly as a nightclub comic, especially in Las Vegas. And th movies 'The Musuc Man', 'The Love Bug', ' The Little Mermaid'.

Deborah said:
   I read this at 5:30 am EDT before I had to clean up and prep for the service car (cheaper than a taxi, Uber & Lyft) to La Guardia from the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn. We hung out in Denver at a nice wine bar, the 5820 Lounge, where we could unwind, drink wine, eat some decent fresh ahi, and reflect on our daughter's nuptials. Her husband, who is just perfect for her, admitted in one of our final toasts Sunday evening that he's unused to family connecting because they *want* to, not because they *have to. I love how honest all of us were about that, and we reconfirmed that we'll FaceTime weekly, just so we can keep up with the everyday minutiae of life. If we all can't live in the same 'hood, we'll at least report on a regular basis, and love staying so close.
  The weekend was a total success on all fronts. I could not have asked for more. My heart is full.
  And we get to sleep in our own bed tonight. Yay!
  Oh, the answer: Buddy Hackett. I finally remembered after arriving home, sorting & doing laundry, having a donkey barbecue with an agent who isn't behaving herself, and having a bourbon and a cigar to help with perspective. Life is good, and complicated, and ultimately, despite a few flies in the wine glass, worth the effort. Color me happy.

Lois Of The Laugh Track answered:
   When I think of Buddy Hackett, I think of this joke attributed to him...stop me if you've heard this:
  So this guy goes to a doctor because he sees a small dot developing on his forehead. The doctor examines the dot and admits to never seeing anything like this before. Eventually, the doctor comes up with a diagnosis. He says that in 6 weeks, the dot on the forehead will grow to be a penis!
  The guy is devastated. He cries, "Well, cut it off! Cut it off!" The doctor replies, "We can't cut it off, it's growing out of your brain. It would kill you."
  The guy can't believe it. He pleads, "Wait a minute, you mean to tell me that every morning I look into a mirror, I'm going to see a penis growing out of my forehead?" The doctor responds, "Oh, no no no no no.... The balls will be in your eyes."

Joe S     answered:
   The first name that comes to mind is Buddy Hackett, cuz that's what it sounds like, or feels like, or something. But I'll look it up. Well, I was right, or I am right. I knew it. It came kinda easy, cuz I love Buddy Hackett.

Kevin K. in Washington DC replied:
   That would be "The Love Bug" star, Buddy Hackett.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 25 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 25 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.



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Charles Koch: Clinton Might Make Better President Than Republican Candidates

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How School Funding's Reliance On Property Taxes Fails Children : NPR

How Do Ants Survive Floods? Rafts Of Course : NPR

The Naked Jungle (1954) - IMDb
    the story about ant-rafts reminded me of this chestnut..

Feeding the black and brown poor to the maw of neoliberalism and military academies

Thanks, Michelle!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

The cold hangs on. Ack.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Mike & Molly', followed by a RERUN 'The Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH 'Scorpion', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Michelle Williams, Eddie Huang, and Bob Mould.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Thomas Middleditch, Tom Hiddleston, Jack Hanna & animals, and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Blindspot'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ricky Gervais and Ariana Grande.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele, Run River North, and Will Calhoun.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jason Jones, the Coathangers, and Amy Seimetz.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are John Stamos, Mercedes Mason, and Iggy Pop.

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

Faux has a RERUN 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'Lucifer'.

MY here has a LIVE 'California US Senate Debate'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'Live Free Or Die Hard', followed by a FRESH 'TURN: Washington's Spies'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Fan vs. Wild
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Everglades
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ecuador
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Arctic Circle
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Panama (Part 1)
 [9:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Jungle (Part 2)
 [10:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Malaysian Archipelago
 [11:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Fan vs. Wild
 [12:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Everglades
 [1:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ecuador
 [2:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Arctic Circle
 [3:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Panama (Part 1)
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Jungle (Part 2)
 [5:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Malaysian Archipelago    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Souther Charm', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Dallas', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Danielle Brooks.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Grace Helbig.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Alanna Masterson, Danny Masterson, and Christopher Masterson.

FX has the movie 'Here Comes The Boom', followed by the movie 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty', then the movie 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty', again.

History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Iron & Fire', then another FRESH 'Iron & Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MARON-Talking Dead
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ellie Kemper
 [6:45AM]    48 HRS.
 [11:15AM]    PAUL
 [1:30PM]    48 HRS.
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [3:30AM]    PAUL
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Steven Yeun    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Patriot
 [9:30AM]    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
 [12:00PM]    The Patriot
 [3:30PM]    Three Kings
 [6:00PM]    We Were Soldiers
 [9:00PM]    Rebellion-Under Siege
 [11:15PM]    Rebellion-Under Siege
 [11:15PM]    Rebellion-Under Siege
 [1:30AM]    Rebellion-Under Siege
 [3:45AM]    The Approval Matrix-Who Died and Made You Cool?
 [4:30AM]    The New World    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Jeepers Creepers', followed by a FRESH '12 Monkeys', then a FRESH 'Hunters', followed by a FRESH 'Bitten'.

Check out a FRESH Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Fred Savage and Jen Kirkman.

 [6:00 AM]      Seven Women (1966)
 [7:45 AM]      3 Godfathers (1949)
 [9:45 AM]      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
 [11:30 AM]      Wagon Master (1950)
 [1:00 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [3:00 PM]      Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
 [5:00 PM]      Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Rasputin And The Empress (1932)
 [10:15 PM]      Grand Hotel (1932)
 [12:15 AM]      Night Flight (1933)
 [1:45 AM]      On Borrowed Time (1939)
 [3:45 AM]      Arsene Lupin (1932)
 [5:15 AM]      Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  04/26/16

TCM spends the night with Tuesday Weld
 [6:45 AM]      Carnival Boat (1932)
 [8:00 AM]      Hold 'Em Jail (1932)
 [9:15 AM]      Duck Soup (1933)
 [10:30 AM]      Hollywood Hotel (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
 [1:45 PM]      Air Raid Wardens (1943)
 [3:00 PM]      My Dream Is Yours (1949)
 [5:00 PM]      Kennedy the Great (1939)
 [5:00 PM]      Drafted in the Depot (1940)
 [5:00 PM]      Poisoned Ivory (1934)
 [5:00 PM]      Wrong Direction (1934)
 [6:30 PM]      It's Your Move (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      The Big Beef (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      What, No Cigarettes? (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      Radio Rampage (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Rock, Rock, Rock (1956)
 [9:45 PM]      Because They're Young (1960)
 [11:30 PM]      Lord Love A Duck (1966)
 [1:30 AM]      I'll Take Sweden (1965)
 [3:15 AM]      Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)
 [5:00 AM]      Soldier in the Rain (1963)

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Rita Moreno, left, and Burt Bacharach attend the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival Honors held at Balboa Bay Resort on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Newport Beach, Calif.
Photo by John Salangsang


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Can You Spot all the Sea Monsters in this 16th-Century Map? | Atlas Obscura


1,400 Added To The Dictionary

New Words

The next time someone calls you out for using slang such as FOMO, school them by referring to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Thousands of words - including those Internet terms and acronyms - were just added to the dictionary. Among the new additions are the aforementioned FOMO (That's "fear of missing out," FYI), revenge porn, bitcoin, and ICYMI ("in case you missed it").

Other new inductees that made the cut include TMI ("too much information," a term the Merriam-Webster dictionary evidently doesn't apply to itself), nomophobia (fear of being without access to a working cell phone), and dox (to publicly identify or publish private info about someone as revenge or punishment).

This isn't the first time web slang and acronyms have been added to the dictionary. YOLO ("you only live once") made it in already, and how can we forget that 2015's word of the year was an emoji?

New Words


Armenian clergymen, US actor George Clooney, center, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, second right front, and guests attend a ceremony at a memorial to Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turks, in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Photo by Vahan Stepanyan


Chronas: History


Completes Journey

Solar Impulse 2

A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across a great expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, in the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, at 11:45 p.m. Saturday following a 62-hour, nonstop solo flight from Hawaii without fuel. The plane taxied into a huge tent at Moffett Airfield where Piccard was greeted by the project's team.

The landing came hours after Piccard made a fly-by over the Golden Gate Bridge as spectators below watched the narrow aircraft with extra wide wings.

Piccard and fellow Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg have been taking turns flying the plane on an around-the-world trip since taking off from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, in March 2015. It made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China, Japan and Hawaii.

Solar Impulse 2


Newhead News


1963 World Series Ring

Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale's 1963 World Series championship ring with the Los Angeles Dodgers sold for $110,111 in an auction of the late Hall of Fame pitcher's memorabilia.

A spokesman for SCP Auctions says the ring was purchased by an anonymous buyer in the sale that ended late Saturday.

Drysdale's 1962 Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher sold for $100,100.

Kelly Drysdale, the pitcher's daughter from his first marriage, previously expressed sadness that she wasn't informed of the auction or offered any items by Drysdale's widow, Hall of Fame basketball player Ann Meyers. Kelly Drysdale says she would have liked the Cy Young Award, which was displayed in her house growing up.

Drysdale's 1965 World Series championship ring went for $90,999, while his 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn rookie uniform fetched $82,727.

Don Drysdale

FWIW, a long time ago, I worked with Kelly Drysdale at SportsChanneLA, where she was an AD.
Kelly was hard-working, competent, kind, and thoughtful, without any of the 'spawn-of-the-famous' pretention many children of celebrities project.
She's aces in my book.
I think this story demonstrates why our society often tags step-mothers as wicked.


US actor Tom Hanks, left, and director Tom Tykwer arrive for the European premiere of "A Hologram for the King' in Berlin Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Photo by Joerg Carstensen


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'Love' Letter Sold

Queen Elizabeth

A rare handwritten letter from a young Queen Elizabeth II telling the story of her romance with Prince Philip before their 1947 wedding has been sold at auction.

The note, penned when she was a 21-year-old princess, recounts the early stages of their relationship from their rare meetings in wartime to the London dances they attended together.

The two-page letter, written to the author Betty Shew, was bought for £14,400 ($20,750, 18,475 euros) by a private collector from Britain when it was sold at Chippenham Auction Rooms in southwest England on Saturday.

Shew was writing a book called "Royal Wedding" as a souvenir of the marriage, and the young princess agreed to share details of her relationship with her naval officer fiance, who was born a prince of Greece and Denmark.

Queen Elizabeth


Digby's Hullabaloo


Judge Orders Recount


A federal judge on Friday ordered a recount of Tennessee's 2014 ballot measure that removed the right to an abortion from the state's constitution.

Chief District Judge Kevin Sharp called the procedure by which the state counted votes for the measure, Amendment 1, "fundamentally unfair." He said it violated equal protection and due process rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

"As a remedy, the Court will order a recount of the 2014 Election solely in relation to Amendment 1, but defer ruling on the question of whether the election on Amendment 1 should be voided," Sharp wrote in a 52-page decision.

Approval cleared the way for Republican Governor Bill Haslam to sign into law bills setting a 48-hour abortion waiting period and requiring clinics performing 50 or more abortions a year to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

Sharp said that the 2014 vote was not done in accordance with an article of the state constitution that factors in the number of votes cast for governor in determining whether an amendment has been approved.



Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil performs during a concert with Caetano Veloso (not pictured) at Porto Coliseum, Porto, Portugal, 24 April 2016.
Photo by Ricardo Castelo


Victor Noir: Still Pleased to See You (Even in Death) ~ Kuriositas


Sent Back To Prison

Bernie Tiede

A former East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the movie "Bernie" is headed back to prison.

Jurors deliberated for about 4½ hours before sentencing Bernie Tiede to 99 years to life in prison on Friday following a new sentencing trial for his 1999 conviction in the killing of Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than 40 years his senior.

Tiede, originally given life in prison, had been incarcerated nearly 16 years when he was temporarily freed in 2014 after his original prosecutor, Danny Buck Davidson, said he believed Tiede deserved a lesser sentence because of new evidence related to claims of sexual abuse that Tiede had suffered as a minor.

In 1996, Tiede shot Nugent four times in the back with a .22-caliber rifle, then hid her body in a freezer next to packages of frozen meat, pecans and corn. He carried on for nine months as if Nugent was still alive before authorities searched her home and found her body.

Since his release, Tiede had been living at the Austin home of filmmaker Richard Linklater, who directed "Bernie."

Bernie Tiede


A woman wears a face mask with William Shakespeare's portrait during celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death in the city of his birth, Stratford-Upon-Avon in England, on April 23.
Photo by Dylan Martinez


House of Eternal Return: Trippy Exhibit Owned by George RR Martin | Urbanist


Jurors Misusing Internet


Jurors who threaten to derail trials by researching them on Google or posting comments about them on Twitter are often dismissed with nothing more than a tongue-lashing from a judge.

But that may soon change in California. Legislation supported by state court officials would authorize judges in some counties to fine jurors up to $1,500 for social media and Internet use violations, which have led to mistrials and overturned convictions around the country.

As jurors and judges have become more technology savvy in recent years, the perils of jurors playing around with their smartphones have become a mounting concern, particularly in technology-rich California. A 2011 state law made improper electronic or wireless communication or research by a juror punishable by contempt.

Supporters of the latest California measure say a potential fine would give teeth to existing prohibitions against social media and Internet use and simplify the process for holding wayward jurors accountable.

But critics question whether it will have any practical effect on jurors who are constantly on sites such as Facebook and Twitter and suggest judges vet the social media activity of potential jurors before seating them.



A member of the Gruppo Storico Romano (Roman Historical Group) dressed as a centurion performs at Circus Maximus as they mark the 2769th anniversary of the founding of Rome, Italy, April 24, 2016.
Photo by Alessandro Bianchi


Between the Words: Exploring Punctuation in Literary Classics «TwistedSifter


Custom-Made Purple Piano


Days before his death, Prince tweeted a photo of a custom-made purple piano intended to be a centerpiece of his scheduled tour.

The piano, which was delivered to Prince's home at Paisley Park in Minnesota a few weeks ago, was a rush job that had to be completed in about three months, said Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Entertainment Group, based in Franklin, Tennessee.

The acoustics of the piano were fine-tuned to Prince's specifications. The artist, 57, who was found dead in his suburban Minneapolis home Thursday, had intended it for his Prince, Piano and a Microphone tour.

"So the piano is an acoustical piano, but it also has a tone generation system internally that can go out to a secondary audio source that all the sounds internally are highly modified just for him," Gero said. "They are EQed (equalized) a certain way. There were certain sounds that were made just specifically for him."

Prince also wanted the manufacturer to match the color to a couch in his home.



This undated photo released by Yamaha Entertainment Group shows a custom-made purple piano the company manufactured for musician Prince.


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Weekend Box Office

'Jungle Book'

"The Jungle Book" remained king of the box office in its second weekend in theaters, beating new opener "The Huntsman: Winter's War" by around $40 million, according to comScore estimates Sunday.

The spectacular and somewhat unexpected hold of "The Jungle Book" overshadowed the debut of "The Huntsman: Winter's War," which, despite its high-wattage cast of Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, had a somewhat lackluster $20.1 million bow.

"Barbershop: The Next Cut" landed in third place with $10.8 million in its second weekend in theaters. "Zootopia" and "The Boss" rounded out the top five with $6.6 million and $6.1 million, respectively.

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

    1. "The Jungle Book," $60.8 million ($96 million international).
    2. "The Hunstman: Winter's War," $20.1 million ($32.1 million international).
    3. "Barbershop: The Next Cut," $10.8 million.
    4. "Zootopia," $6.6 million ($10.8 million international).
    5. "The Boss," $6.1 million ($3.3 million international).
    6. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," $5.5 million ($8.3 million international).
    7. "Criminal," $3.1 million ($1 million international).
    8. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," $2.1 million ($730,000 international).
    9. "Compadres," $1.4 million.
   10. "A Hologram for the King," $1.2 million.

'Jungle Book'


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In Memory

Billy Paul

Billy Paul, the soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," has died.

Paul's co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press that Paul died Sunday at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey. Gay says Paul was 80 and had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer.

Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

"Me and Mrs. Jones," a seductively arranged confession to an extramarital affair, was released in 1972 and won a Grammy for best rhythm 'n blues male vocal performance. The song was by far his biggest hit, although he did have some success with "Let's Clean Up the Ghetto," ''Thanks for Saving My Life" and other releases.

Billy Paul


In Memory

Papa Wemba

Congolese rumba music legend Papa Wemba died after collapsing on stage in the Ivory Coast in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the private morgue where his body was taken.

Wemba, born in 1949, was performing at the FEMUA 2016 festival when he collapsed on stage. Videos posted online showed the artist falling on his back mid-song before band members rushed to his side.

He died before reaching hospital, a spokesman for the Ivosep morgue in Abidjan said.

Known in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the King of Rumba Rock, Wemba's career began in the late 1960s. He became a staple of African music over the following decades, involved in bands including Zaiko Langa Langa and later Viva La Musica that reached audiences across the world.

He was known for mixing traditional African music with western rock and worked with international stars including former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel.

Born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in what was then the Belgian Congo, he moved to Europe in the 1980s, taking his band Viva La Musica with him.

He faced trial in France in 2004 for smuggling people into Europe claiming to be band or crew members, and spent a short time in jail.

Papa Wemba was also known for his taste for designer clothes, heading a flamboyantly-dressed organization called the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People, known as Sapeurs, in Kinshasa.

Papa Wemba



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