BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 3 August, 2015


3 August, 2015

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[1405 days in a row]


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Paul Krugman: Inflation Paranoia as a Tribal Marker (NY Times Blog)
It seems increasingly clear to me that what we're looking at here has nothing to do with intellectual discourse as we normally understand it. It is, instead, about tribal identities: there's a certain kind of person who rails against policies that debase the dollar, and that kind of person admires others who do the same no matter how wrong their predictions and disastrous their financial advice.

Nicholas Kristof: Our Sex-Crazed Congress (NY Times Column)
TO appreciate the dumbing down of American politics, consider this: Conservative Republicans, indignant about abortion, are trying to destroy a government program that helps prevent 345,000 abortions a year.

America is an angry country. It always has been. Those who came before us cleared out the locals by any means necessary, then sanitized the genocidal slaughter as they self-immortalized their deeds into the stuff of legend.

I expect more death threats from this article than I got from trashing Pearl Jam four years ago . There's an army of almost-stylish urbanites who worship this guy, whether they do it openly or at least have the good sense to keep quiet about it.

William Saletan: [Republicans] Not Fit to Lead (Slate)
If Republicans win the White House next year, they'll almost certainly control the entire federal government. Many of them, running for president or aspiring to leadership roles in Congress, are trying to block the nuclear deal with Iran. This would be a good time for these leaders to show that they're ready for the responsibilities of national security and foreign policy. Instead, they're showing the opposite.

Anonymous, Ryan Menezes: 5 Things You Learn As A Massage Parlor Prostitute (Cracked)
As paid sex goes, a trip to the massage parlor sounds classier than hiring a hooker. But that's like saying coprophagia sounds like a classier bathroom activity than taking a shower -- entirely accurate, until you learn what it really means.

Kimberly Truong: 911 dispatcher resigns after telling frantic caller to 'deal with it yourself'(Mashable)
An Albuquerque, New Mexico, fire department dispatcher has resigned from his post after hanging up on a 911 caller who was attempting to save the life of a 17-year-old who had been shot. [The 17-year-old died.]

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Trivia Question of the Day

The Kennedys bought a pony for their daughter Caroline while in the White House. What was the pony's name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Rose gold, also known as pink gold and red gold, is widely used for specialized jewelry. What is added to the gold to give it a pink/red color?

       Copper                                                      Source

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewelry. Rose gold, also known as pink gold and red gold, was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and was also known as Russian gold although this term is now obsolete. Rose gold jewelry is becoming more popular in the 21st century and is commonly used for wedding rings, bracelets, and other jewelry.

Although the names are often used interchangeably, the difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content: the higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration. Pink gold uses the least copper, followed by rose gold, with red gold having the highest copper content.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:

mj wrote:
   That would be
  Copper, which was also the name of a dog (Irish Setter) on a local children's show from my youth.

Alan J said:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewelry

Adam answered:
   Silver and copper.

Marian replied:
   copper and silver

DanD wrote:
   About yesterdays' question ~ 24 (and not 22), I forgot to add 10% tax on my birdfeed.
  Unoxidized copper is red. So I imagine that gold will get more "red-ish" if copper is mixed in with it.

Michelle said:

DJ Useo responded:
   They add copper. A nice trick if you can manage it.

MAM   wrote:
   About 4% silver is added to 75% gold and 21% copper to give a rose color.

BttbBob   , upgraded to windows 10, answered:
   Copper, I would think…


  A nearly 20 ton natural ingot of almost pure copper recovered from the bottom of Lake Superior near the Michigan's U.P. Keweenaw Peninsula. That region has the largest glacial deposits of pure copper in the world.


  Copper mining has occurred in this region for millennia. Isle Royale National Park has dozens of old mining sites from indigenous peoples. But, where did it all go? Few copper artifacts have been found in the indigenous cultures of the area. Conspiracy theories abound. Here is one of them:
  Copper: a world trade in 3000 BC?
  Europe's economy between 2000 and 1000 BC stood and fell with copper, used for the creation of bronze. At the same time, large quantities of copper were mined in America, though no-one seems to know who was using it. A question of a world economy, and supply and demand?


  Why not?


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Deborah replied:
   So my morning routine is double espresso, steamed milk, coffee to fill my insulated coffee cup. While I'm sipping that I check out , , and your page, Marty, not necessarily in that order.
  If I know the answer to your trivia question I answer right away. I don't usually look it up, if I can help it.
  Today's question stumped me. I love rose gold & wondered often what makes the rose coloring. I didn't know the answer but thought I'd asking the group of people with whom I ride bikes on Sunday mornings. Two hours and 44 miles later, 23 riders asked, nobody knew the answer. Day-um.
  We're still installing the irrigation for our front yard do-over so that was the focus this afternoon. Wasn't until sunset on the patio with a crisp Pinot Grigio and a smooth cigar that I remembered the trivia question. So I looked it up and discovered that copper puts the rose in rose gold.
  Next week I can lord it over my cycling friends who still don't know…unless they couldn't stand not knowing and looked it up.
  Thanks for keeping me stay intellectually thirsty, my friend.

Joe S     said:
   18K Red gold: 75% gold, 25% copper
  18K Rose gold: 75% gold, 22.25% copper, 2.75% silver
  18K Pink gold: 75% gold, 20% copper, 5% silver
  12K Red gold: 50% gold and 50% copper
  That's what Wikipedia says. I asked Carla first and she said pretty much the same thing. I didn't have to waste time checking.
  (Rough weather today. Rough.)

Tin-Plated Lois Of Oregon responded:
   Just add some copper to the smelt, not to be confused with cooper, although that might turn things red too. Rose gold is used in"Black Hills Gold", which is very lovely, and NOT what you call the chains draped on Mr. T's biceps. Oh, that was lousy. I am SO tired. Hope Bart stays on the ground floor. I'm too old for this "moving day" shit.

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Last Night

Ants. Lots and lots of freaking ants. Marching puddles of ants. Pulsating grid-locked highways of ants.

Not a fan.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN '2 Broke Girls', followed by a RERUN 'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN 'Scorpions', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a James Corden, OBE, are Matt LeBlanc, William H. Macy, and Don Cheadle.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'.
Scheduled on a Jimmy Fallon are Meryl Streep, Jerrod Carmichael, and Albert Hammond Jr.
Scheduled on a Seth Meyers are Miles Teller, Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham, Christine & the Queens, and Brad Wilk.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/4/15) are Adam Carolla, Le Butcherettes, and Leland Orser.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Bachelor In Paradise', followed by a FRESH 'Bachelor In Paradise: After Paradise', then a FRESH 'The Whispers'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/1/15) are Jeremy Piven, Adam Carolla, and Hozier.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'Significant Mother'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'So You Think You Can Dance'.

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: Love Kills', then another FRESH 'The First 48: Love Kills', followed by still another FRESH 'The First 48: Love Kills'.

AMC offers the movie "The Godfather: Part II', followed by a FRESH 'The Making Of The Mob: NY'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 7 - Burgess
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 8 - E. Morris
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Clubway 41
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who: The Next Doctor
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Remember Me
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 7
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip-Part 1
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip-Part 2
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 1
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 2
 [7:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 3
 [8:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 4
 [9:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 14-15 - Episode 3
 [10:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 5
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 6
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 6
 [12:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 14-15 - Episode 3
 [1:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 1
 [2:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 2
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 3
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip-Part 1
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip-Part 2    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'OC Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Odd Mom Out', and another 'Odd Mom Out'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a Jon Stewart is Amy Schumer.
Scheduled on a @Midnight are Rob Riggle, Ed Helms, and Al Madrigal.

FX has the movie 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol', followed by the movie 'Identity Thief', then the movie 'Identity Thief', again.

History has 2½ hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

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 [8:00AM]    ME, MYSELF & IRENE
 [10:45AM]    PHONE BOOTH
 [8:00PM]    BAD BOYS
 [3:15AM]    9 1/2 WEEKS

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Neil Young Journeys
 [7:45AM]    This Is Spinal Tap
 [9:30AM]    24 Hour Party People
 [12:00PM]    The Doors
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Cruel and Unusual
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Bad Faith
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Purple Heart
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Passion
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Admissions
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Gunshow
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Killerz
 [12:00AM]    Rectify-Episode 4
 [1:00AM]    Deutschland 83-Bold Guard
 [2:00AM]    Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 1
 [3:00AM]    Sling Blade    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Cabin In The Woods', followed by the movie 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer'.

Scheduled on a Conan are Ice-T, Coco, and Jimmy Pardo.

TCM spends 24 hours with Adolphe Menjou
 [6:00 AM]      The Sheik (1921)    SILENT 
 [7:30 AM]      A Woman of Paris (1923)    SILENT 
 [9:00 AM]      The Easiest Way (1931)
 [10:15 AM]      Men Call It Love (1931)
 [11:45 AM]      The Great Lover (1931)
 [1:00 PM]      The Milky Way (1936)
 [2:45 PM]      Turnabout (1940)
 [4:15 PM]      Broadway Gondolier (1935)
 [6:00 PM]      A Star Is Born (1937)
 [8:00 PM]      Father Takes a Wife (1941)
 [9:30 PM]      Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935)
 [11:15 PM]      Stage Door (1937)
 [12:45 AM]      The Hucksters (1947)
 [2:45 AM]      The Tall Target (1951)
 [4:15 AM]      My Dream Is Yours (1949)

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TCM spends 24 hours with Teresa Wright
 [6:00 AM]      California Conquest (1952)
 [7:30 AM]      Escapade In Japan (1957)
 [9:15 AM]      The Steel Trap (1952)
 [10:45 AM]      The Actress (1953)
 [12:30 PM]      Casanova Brown (1944)
 [2:30 PM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [5:00 PM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Little Foxes (1941)
 [10:15 PM]      Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
 [12:15 AM]      The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)
 [2:30 AM]      The Happy Ending (1969)
 [4:30 AM]      Count the Hours (1953)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes', followed by a FRESH 'Murder In The First'.

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Flanked by renderings of The National Comedy Center, Julian Ramis, son of the late comedian Harold Ramis, Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late comedian George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld meet in the green room after Seinfeld's performance at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena as part of the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and the groundbreaking for The National Comedy Center on Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Jamestown, New York. The National Comedy Center, which will be complete next year, is a $40 million national attraction that will celebrate comedy: the craft and its greatest contributors. Info at
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2016 Rose Parade Float

'Downton Abbey'

Maggie Smith's character on "Downton Abbey" might find the pomp and circumstance uncomfortable, but the PBS show is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on Jan. 3.

PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger made the announcement Saturday at a bi-annual panel for TV critics.

She said that PBS has been accused at times of not having a sense of humor and whimsy, and the float plan does have those qualities.

As for specifics: "It will have a lot of flowers on it and it will be a 'Downton Abbey' theme."

Funding for the float will come from PBS' marketing budget, unless a sponsor can be found, a PBS spokesperson said.

'Downton Abbey'


In this photo provided by Equi-Photo, comedian Bill Murray reacts at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is expected to run in The Haskell horse race later in the day at Monmouth Park.
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Returning For Season 3

'Finding Your Roots'

"Finding Your Roots" will return for season three, but whether the celebrity genealogy series that buried an uncomfortable fact about Ben Affleck's ancestor continues after that remains in doubt, PBS' chief executive said.

PBS conducted a "very thorough investigation" and is working with the show's producers to ensure that its content is accurate, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger told TV critics Saturday. The third season has yet to be scheduled.

The public TV service launched a review after it was reported that Affleck requested the program not reveal his ancestor's slave-holding history in a 2014 episode. The Associated Press examined historical documents and found that Affleck's great-great-great-grandfather owned 24 slaves.

Affleck's request came to light last spring in hacked Sony emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

'Finding Your Roots'


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Kennedy Space Center

"Forever Remembered"

NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.

A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight.

It is an unprecedented collection of artifacts - the first time, in fact, that any Challenger or Columbia remains have been openly displayed.

NASA's intent is to show how the astronauts lived, rather than how they died. As such, there are no pictures in the "Forever Remembered" exhibit of Challenger breaking apart in the Florida sky nearly 30 years ago or Columbia debris raining down on Texas 12 years ago.

"Forever Remembered" is a permanent exhibit, part of a larger display centered on the retired space shuttle Atlantis. NASA opted to keep Atlantis at Kennedy, the shuttle launch site, after Atlantis closed the program with the final mission in 2011.

"Forever Remembered"


Musician Taj Mahal speaks onstage during the "American Epic" panel at the PBS 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Saudi King Leaves France


King Salman of Saudi Arabia unexpectedly left the French Riviera on Sunday, local officials said, adding that a beach that had been controversially closed for the royal's holiday would now reopen to the public.

Eight days after arriving in southern France for what was billed as a three-week luxury vacation, the monarch boarded a flight from Nice airport to the Moroccan city of Tangiers, Alpes-Maritimes region official Philippe Castanet told AFP.

According to the local prefecture at least half of the king's 1000-strong delegation was also leaving.

The Saudi embassy had earlier said the stay would last until around August 20.

The closure of Mirandole beach for security and private seasons had angered locals, generating global headlines and prompting more than 150,000 people to sign a petition protesting against the "privatisation" of the public strip of sand.



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Egypt Postpones Retrial

Al Jazeera

An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed delivering its verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera TV journalists, a decision a defense lawyer said was to avoid bad publicity during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries.

It was the second time the verdict in the internationally sensitive case has been postponed, this time to Aug. 29.

The three men were originally sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization, a reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Amal Clooney, one of Fahmy's lawyers, said the adjournment appeared aimed to avoid clashing with Kerry's visit to Cairo on Sunday as well as a lavish inauguration planned on Thursday for a second Suez Canal.

Al Jazeera


Alex Lifeson, from left, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of Rush perform during the final show of the R40 Tour at The Forum on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Tracking The Retreat

Arctic Ice

Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research centre could walk on the Arctic town's frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surface.

Now there is liquid water even in the coldest months, the glaciers are retreating at a rate of hundreds of metres per year, and alien species from warmer climes are making the bay their home, say longtime residents of the sparsely-populated town on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.

And since 2007, the Kongsfjorden fjord or bay that carves into the island's west coast, "has not frozen over once", said Sebastien Barrault, a research adviser for the Kings Bay logistics company.

These days, the bay in winter more closely resembles its summery self: a vast expanse of water dotted with icebergs and patches of ice sheet, framed by glaciers.

Glaciers cover about 60 percent of Spitsbergen. One of the biggest among them, Kronebreen, sports a massive two kilometre-wide crack in its facade, and has receded by a kilometre since 2012.

Arctic Ice


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Proof Of Charity Giving Elusive


Donald Trump, widely believed to the be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country's most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings.

Trump has said he donated $102 million worth of cash and land to philanthropic and conservation organizations over the past five years. But his campaign has provided little documentation for most of these contributions, and tax filings of the Donald J. Trump foundation show Trump has made no charitable contributions to his own namesake nonprofit since 2008. Without an endowment, the fund has continued to give grants only as a result of contributions from others.

It is possible that Trump has been donating money anonymously through avenues other than his foundation, whose tax records the AP reviewed. But pressed by the AP on the details of his contributions, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks provided a partial list of donations that appeared to correspond with the foundation's gifts - indicating that Trump may be counting other people's charitable giving as his own.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request that it identify donations that Trump himself gave. Trump has not released his own tax records even though some other presidential candidates have disclosed theirs. Such documents would likely provide a clearer picture of his giving.



People dressed as Vikings sail on a boat during the annual Viking festival of Catoira in north-western Spain August 2, 2015. The festival re-enacts past Viking raids in the area and is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August.
Photo by Miguel Vidal


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Mass Doping Allegations After Leak


Endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals, two news organisations said on Sunday, after a leak of thousands of blood test results from 2001-2012 threw global athletics into chaos.

Britain's Sunday Times newspaper and Germany's ARD/WDR broadcaster said they had obtained the secret data from the vaults of the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, supplied by a whistleblower disgusted by the extent of doping.

The news organisations showed the data to two experts, who concluded distance running was in the same state as cycling had been when Lance Armstrong won the seven Tour de France victories of which he has since been stripped.

"Never have I seen such an alarmingly abnormal set of blood values," the Sunday Times quoted Australian doping expert Robin Parisotto, one of the two scientists, as saying.

"So many athletes appear to have doped with impunity, and it is damning that the IAAF appears to have sat idly by and let this happen," said Parisotto, an inventor of the test used to detect the blood doping agent EPO.



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Weekend Box Office

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"

The stakes may be high for Ethan Hunt and his team in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," but it was hardly impossible for the Tom Cruise pic to conquer the box office.

The fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series has earned $56 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening weekend audiences were 62 percent male and 81 percent over the age of 25.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' 'Vacation,' went a bit off track. The $30 million film earned $14.9 million over the weekend and $21.2 million since opening Wednesday. Starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, the R-rated film was imagined as a continuation of the 1983 road trip comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation" when a now grown Rusty Griswold (Helms) takes his family to Wally World.

Holdovers "Ant-Man," ''Minions," and "Pixels," rounded out the top five. While the year-to-date box office is still up 8.3 percent, it will be down significantly for this weekend from last year when "Guardians of the Galaxy" opened to a stunning $94.3 million.

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."Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," $56 million ($65 million international).
    2."Vacation," $14.9 million.
    3."Ant-Man," $12.6 million ($20 million international).
    4."Minions," $12.2 million ($39.1 million international).
    5."Pixels," $10.4 million ($19.8 million international).
    6."Trainwreck," $9.7 million ($9 million international).
    7."Southpaw," $7.5 million ($3 million international).
    8."Paper Towns," $4.6 million ($6 million international).
    9."Inside Out," $4.5 million ($17.8 million international).
   10."Jurassic World," $3.8 million ($4.4 million international).

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"


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In Memory

Cilla Black

Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72.

Spanish police said Sunday that the singer died Saturday at her home in Estepona, southern Spain. Black's spokesman, Nick Fiveash, confirmed her death and said details would be released after a coroner's report was completed.

Black was born Priscilla White in Liverpool, northwest England, in 1943. As a teenager she sang part-time and worked in the cloakroom of the Cavern Club, where her musical talent was spotted by rising local stars The Beatles.

Signed by the Fab Four's manager, Brian Epstein, she had a string of hits starting in 1964 with "Anyone Who Had a Heart," written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and "You're My World." Both went to No. 1 in Britain, and the latter also charted in the U.S.

She also had success with the Bacharach-David theme tune for the 1966 film "Alfie," and recorded several Beatles songs, including "The Long and Winding Road."

By the late '60s she was famous enough to be known by her first name alone, and hosted a BBC variety show, "Cilla."

With her reliable good cheer and tireless work ethic, Black was a TV natural. Her catchphrase - delivered in a strong Liverpool accent that replaced the letter "t'' with "r'' - was "a lorra, lorra laughs."

She became a British television fixture as the cheeky, cheery host of matchmaking game show "Blind Date" (between 1985 and 2003) and heartwarming-reunion program "Surprise Surprise" (between 1984 and 2001).

Black's manager and husband of 30 years, Bobby Willis, died in 1999. She is survived by their three sons.

Cilla Black



European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) birds are seen in Laszki village, south-eastern Poland, 26 July 2015. This species of birds is under strict protection.
Photo by Darek Delmanowicz



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