BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 3 October, 2016


3 October, 2016

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[1831 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Henry Rollins: Embrace Your Inner Pussy (LA Weekly)
Please, you P-Gens, embrace your inner pussy and see that it is you who will take us forward. Those who birthed you are so obviously out of ideas. Listen to what they say, look at what they do. Then go be different.

Lucy Mangan explains why prostitution is NOT the same as any other career (Stylist)
Why aren't you a prostitute? […] Is it because you feel that you are substantially less likely to be attacked, raped or murdered in your chosen career than you would be exchanging sex with strangers for money? Is it because you'd rather not be controlled by a pimp? Is it because you'd rather choose whose penis goes in your body and when? Is it because prostitution is not at all the same as accountancy?

Tim: "HORROR BY LEWTON: GRAVE MATTERS" (Antagony & Ecstasy)
The Body Snatcher, which premiered early in the summer of 1945, and was the last of producer Val Lewton's movies to find release during World War II, represents the great sea change in the fortunes of the RKO B-picture unit where Lewton made himself one of the great names in cinema horror.

… many, perhaps in fact all, of [Val Lewton's] movie titles came down from the executives ready-made and test-marketed, and there was nothing he could do to change them. He could make any damn movie he wanted under that title, and often did so - and that is how we come up with I Walked with a Zombie, which I guarantee is not the movie you think it is, if you haven't seen it.

Lucy Mangan: Who's Afraid of Conceptual Art? review - a daft idea is not art (The Guardian)
Shards of sanity occasionally poked through the foaming sea of artistic madness in this exploration of 100 years of conceptualism.

Lucy Mangan: I say, chaps, the queerest thing has happened… (The Guardian)
The jolly old Famous Five are to have their language, like, updated, yeah?

Oliver Burkeman: Why you need to count time, not money (The Guardian)
What a new study reveals about this so-called dilemma of happiness.

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Trivia Question of the Day

In Brazil, he's Caco o Sapo. In Spain he's La Rana Gustavo. And in Mexico, he's La Rana René. By what name is he known in the US?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

How many national anthems have no official lyrics?

       Four                                                      Source

The Marcha Real ("Royal March") is the national anthem ofSpain. It is one of only four national anthems (along with those of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and San Marino) in the world to have no official lyrics.        Source

The National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian: Državna himna Bosne i Hercegovine), is the name of the official national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is one of the four national anthems (along with that of Kosovo, Spain and San Marino) in the world to have no official lyrics.        Source

Europe is the national anthem of the Republic of Kosovo. It was composed by Mendi Mengjiqi. As with the national anthems of Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina and San Marino, the anthem has no official lyrics, but unofficial lyrics have been written for it.        Source

The Inno Nazionale is the national anthem of the Republic of San Marino. It was written by Federico Consolo, an Italian violinist and composer, and replaced Giubilanti d'amore fraterno as the national anthem in 1894. This national anthem is one of a few without official lyrics (along with Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo), and is therefore called simply Inno Nazionale (National anthem).        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Four, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and San Marino.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:
   Don't know- One source says 4.

Deborah replied:
   Honestly, I typed Steagles but stupid Apple auto-correct "fixed" it and I didn't proofread it. I also totally turned around Friday's TQ answer. Doh! What a week! Glad I'm going on vacation in a few days.
  I honestly don't know how many national anthems don't have official lyrics, so I'll take a WAG and say 10.
  Chilly, blustery, rain squalls moving west to east all around us, but nothing directly on us yet. Fingers crossed.

DJ Useo said:
   While I'm aware that many anthems don't have words, I can't provide statistics. I lose, again. Lol.

MAM     wrote:
   Four ~ Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kosovo. Spain. San Marino.

Joe S     answered:
   I have no idea, no idea. Barney, do you know?

  Thank you.

Randall took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 3 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 3 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

William H Macy: 'It was 104 degrees and I had on thermals, shirt, hoodie, jacket and muffler' | Film | The Guardian

Bad moms: why messy motherhood is finally being accepted on screen | Television & radio | The Guardian

New York monument honors victims of giant octopus attack that never occurred | US news | The Guardian

After Revenant … Leonardo DiCaprio stars as eco-warrior in climate battle | Film | The Guardian

Film-maker tells story of Polish nuns' secret pregnancies after mass rape by Stalin's troops | Film | The Guardian

'The end of Trump': how Facebook deepens millennials' confirmation bias | US news | The Guardian

Trump Called Her A "C*nt" And "Sh*t For Brains" For Writing A Story He Didn't Like

Is Marla Maples Deepthroat?

Heartland Heartbreak

Alec Baldwin Kills It With Hilarious Donald Trump Impression On 'SNL' | Huffington Post

How obsidian Stone Age knives still cut it in surgery -

How Hollywood Sows Seeds of Discontent With Government - NBC News

Neville Marriner, Who Recorded The Beloved Soundtrack to 'Amadeus,' Has Died : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Bid For Re-Election Is One Of the Priciest Local Races In The Country : NPR

Debate moderation gets serious

Trek Against Trump - Timeline

How to Break the Power of Big Oil in California, in Two Easy Steps.

Popular Christian Author Is Downright Baffled By Evangelical Support For Trump | Huffington Post

Trump Supporters Ask me over ply me with cocktails, end up driving me out of their home. Cops called

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Rudi Nine-Eleven

You know who ISN'T "genius?" Rudy Jerkoff Giuliani.

You know when, among THOUSANDS of times, Lumpy is a fool? When he listens to or takes advice from Rudy Jerkoff Giuliani.

Linda >^..^<
    We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!

Courtesy the always astute Digby:

I can hardly believe it, but this is what he said, defending Trump:
    "Don't you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman?"

While Digby refers to Rudi Nine-Eleven as "Magoosolini", I prefer Testa di cazzo.



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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Raccoons are really going at it tonight.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', then a FRESH 'Scorpion', followed by another FRESH 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Mindy Kaling, Gary Owen, and Sum 41.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jamie Lee Curtis, Kumail Nanjiani, Clayton Kershaw, and Skylar Grey.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Timeless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Emily Blunt, Mario Batali, and Chance the Rapper.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Martha Stewart, Haley Bennett, and Stanton Moore.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Lucy Lawless, Bob Mould, and Travis Rice.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH "Conviction'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Dolly Parton and Ella Purnell.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supergirl', followed by another RERUN 'Supergirl'.

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

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '50 Days In', then a FRESH 'Behind Bars: Rookie Year', and 'The First 48'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Mummy', followed by the movie 'The Mummy Returns'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 1
 [7:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 2
 [8:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 3
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [5:00PM]    VERTIGO (1958)
 [8:00PM]    THE BIRDS (1963)
 [11:00PM]    THE BIRDS (1963)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'OC Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Yours, Mine, Or Ours', then another FRESH 'Yours, Mine, Or Ours', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Mean Girls', followed by the movie 'Mean Girls', again.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is James Marsden.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Doug Benson, Steve Agee, and Brendon Small.

FX has the movie 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted', followed by the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', then the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', again.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Lone Star Restoration'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [6:30AM]    MAX PAYNE
 [11:15AM]    PATHFINDER
 [1:30PM]    GAMER
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Are You?
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-15:15
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sparks
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-My Wife
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going Mobile
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Are You?
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-15:15
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sparks

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    You Kill Me
 [8:00AM]    Frances Ha
 [10:00AM]    Best in Show
 [12:00PM]    Cedar Rapids
 [2:00PM]    I Love You, Beth Cooper
 [4:30PM]    The Bad News Bears
 [7:00PM]    Meatballs
 [9:00PM]    Uncle Buck
 [11:15PM]    The Jerk
 [1:15AM]    Cedar Rapids
 [3:15AM]    Best in Show
 [5:15AM]    Little Miss Sunshine    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown', followed by the movie 'The Grudge 3', then the movie 'The Grudge 2'.

Check out a RERUN Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kevin Nealon, Mike Colter, and Amos Lee.

TCM spends most of the night with Christopher Lee.
 [6:00 AM]      Redemption (1930)
 [7:15 AM]      The Cuban Love Song (1931)
 [8:45 AM]      The Prodigal (1931)
 [10:15 AM]      Fat City (1972)
 [12:15 PM]      Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
 [2:30 PM]      The Crimson Pirate (1952)
 [4:30 PM]      The Warriors (1955)    [AKA: 'The Dark Avenger']
 [6:15 PM]      The Accursed (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      Jinnah (1998)
 [10:00 PM]      The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
 [1:15 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1973)
 [3:15 AM]      The Four Musketeers (1975)

 [5:15 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1948)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Monday   -  10/04/16

TCM spends the morning with Buster Keaton, who was born on this day in 1895.
 [7:30 AM]      The Cameraman (1928)    SILENT 
 [9:00 AM]      Spite Marriage (1929)    SILENT 
 [10:30 AM]      Free and Easy (1930)
 [12:15 PM]      Parlor, Bedroom And Bath (1931)

 [1:30 PM]      The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
 [3:15 PM]      55 Days at Peking (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)
 [8:00 PM]      Little Annie Rooney (1925)    SILENT 
 [10:00 PM]      Mothers of Men (1917)    SILENT 
 [11:15 PM]      Yours, Mine And Ours (1968)
 [1:15 AM]      Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
 [4:00 AM]      Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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A protestor with a painted face participates in a march commemorating the anniversary of the Tlatelolco Massacre, in Mexico City, Oct. 2, 2016. Every year Mexico marks the anniversary of the 1968 massacre where students and civilians were killed by the military and police.
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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Teacher Delights Students With Incredible Chalkboard Drawings «TwistedSifter


Reinvents Decrepit Prisons


The ad on the French finance ministry website is deadpan and succinct: "For sale: late 19th century prison in the centre of Grasse, 1,277.42 square metres (13,750 square feet). No garage or parking space. Needs renovating."

Prospective buyers of the site in southeast France are required to lodge a deposit of 50,000 euros ($56,000).

There are around 10 such notices for defunct prisons on the website, testament to a growing trend that has seen many urban jails turned into social housing or concert halls.

Since many are protected buildings they cannot be demolished. But this means those that find no buyer are left to rot.



Castellers de Vilafranca form a human tower called "castell" during a biannual competition in Tarragona city, Spain Oct. 2, 2016.
Photo by Albert Gea


All Hail the Pizza Saver, the Tiny Piece of Plastic Protecting Your Pie - Eater


Calls Final Game

Vin Scully

Vin Scully's iconic voice on the videoboard welcomed a sellout crowd to Game No. 162, the regular-season finale, yes, and more notably the last of his decorated, Hall of Fame broadcasting career.

Scully attended morning Mass in the ballpark as is his usual Sunday routine and then headed for his booth to work as he has done for an astounding 67 years - exactly 80 years after he became a Giants fan at age 8 in the Bronx.

''It was as if it was ordained,'' Scully said during San Francisco's 7-1 win that secured the Giants the second NL wild card. ''I hope you're enjoying it and I hope I'm not interrupting it too much.''

The 88-year-old Scully politely declined any kind of on-field celebration offered by the Giants. San Francisco then jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first.

Vin Scully


Newhead News


Virtual Reality Helps Net Criminals


Slipping on a virtual reality headset, the indelible images come into view: the steel rails, the imposing brick gatehouse, the rows of identical barracks, the gas chambers, the crematoria.

Thanks to the work of the Bavarian state crime office (LKA) in Munich, German prosecutors and police investigating the last living Nazi war criminals can now immerse themselves in a highly precise 3D model of Auschwitz.

The VR death camp offers 21st-century fact-finding technology for the final Holocaust trials, in a twilight bid by the German justice system to address the atrocities committed seven decades ago.

"It has often been the case that suspects say they worked at Auschwitz but didn't really know what was going on," Jens Rommel, head of the federal office investigating Nazi war crimes, told AFP.

"Legally, the question is about intent: must a suspect have known that people were being taken to the gas chambers or shot? This model is a very good and very modern tool for the investigation because it can help answer that question."



A Thai worker walks on wires as he deploys a net over a greenhouse in Nir Etzion near the northern Israeli city of Haifa Oct. 2, 2016.
Photo by Baz Ratner


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Gruesome Injury

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan was injured in a boating accident over the weekend. "This is why I shouldn't try to help get the rope to anchor the boat. I lost half of my finger. ...," she wrote on Instagram while sharing a picture of her injury.

In the graphic photo that has since been deleted, LiLo's hand was coated with blood. According to TMZ, she severed the tip of her ring finger. She was rushed to the emergency room to undergo a surgery to have it reattached.

The accident happened when she was hanging out with some friends in the ocean off Turkey. She reportedly fell into the water when trying to pull up the boat anchor. She sliced her finger when trying to untangle herself from the anchor and get back in the boat.

Lindsay Lohan


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Trump's A 'Genius'

Rudi Nine-Eleven

In the wake of a New York Times report revealing that Donald Trump (R-Pinche Güerito) claimed a $916 million dollar loss in 1995 according to leaked tax forms, surrogate for the GOP presidential nominee Rudy Giuliani said, "he's a genius."

Giuliani (R-Stronzo), a former New York City mayor, said Trump took advantage of tax laws as, he said, a good businessman should.

"He would have been a fool not to take advantage" of the laws, he ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week"

Giuliani also emphasized that what Trump did was "perfectly legal."

As to the size of the business loss that Trump claimed, Giuliani cited the Republican presidential candidate's 1987 bestselling book "The Art of The Deal," that "every great man has had failures."

Rudi Nine-Eleven


A cyclist rides a vintage bicycle on gravel roads during the Strade Bianche section of the "Eroica" cycling race for old bicycles in Gaiole in Chianti, Italy Oct. 2, 2016.
Photo by Stefano Rellandini


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Ocean Warriors Unveil New Ship

Sea Shepherd

With its distinctive pirate-like flag flying from the mast, the sleek, high-speed concrete grey Ocean Warrior is the latest weapon in a bitter war between marine conservationists and Japan's whaling fleet.

"The one thing that we were missing in our fleet was a vessel with speed and endurance," said Alex Cornelissen, chief executive of Sea Shepherd Global.

"With the Ocean Warrior, we have a ship that can outmatch any poaching vessel on the high seas," said Cornelissen, also the captain, giving AFP a tour of the ship before its departure from the Netherlands this weekend bound for Australia.

Bought at a cost of 8.3 million euros ($9.3 million) funded by public lotteries in Britain, The Netherlands and Sweden, Sea Shepherd Global is counting on the vessel in its upcoming battle to save the whales in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean.

The new vessel, designed by a Dutch shipbuilder, took 18 months to build. Stretching some 54 metres (yards), it is a state-of-the-art ship, equipped with hybrid propulsion to extend its range, four powerful engines and a helicopter landing pad.

Sea Shepherd


Edit Piros, an ethnic Hungarian from Romania, who moved to Hungary from Transylvania, central Romania, receives the ballot paper before voting in the referendum in the village of Veresegyhaz, Hungary, Oct. 2, 2016. Hungarians vote in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states.
Photo by Vadim Ghirda


Surveillance Photography Is Way Older Than You Think | Co.Design | business + design


Gay Catholics Test Church


When gay and lesbian Catholics launched a campaign this month to ask for acceptance in the Polish church, the backlash was swift and uncompromising.

Adopting the gesture of a handshake that worshippers make during mass, the "Sign of Peace" poster campaign shows one hand with a rainbow bracelet representing the fight for gay rights and the other with a rosary for prayers.

Affronted bishops issued a statement on September 14 instructing the faithful "not to participate in the campaign... because it waters down the explicit demands of the Gospel."

The handshake sign of peace, they warned, was an "expression of acceptance for a person, but not of their sins, whatever they may be."

Others have gone further, crudely labelling the campaigners "homo heretics."



A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods walks around a Chinese shrine with skewers in his face during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha


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Ivory Trade

United Nations

The United Nations on Sunday called for the shutdown of all legal domestic ivory markets as it looks to combat poaching and put pressure on countries that continue to trade in elephant tusks.

Member states of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, known as CITES, agreed on a resolution that calls for legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to be taken to close legal domestic ivory markets around the world.

Legal ivory markets, such as those in China and Japan, are often accused of fuelling elephant poaching because illegal ivory is sometimes sold through them.

Elephant numbers have continued to decline as poaching surges, with Africa's elephant population falling around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a report.

United Nations


A man takes pictures of himself as people gather in Tiananmen Square to celebrate National Day marking the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing October 1, 2016.
Photo by Damir Sagol


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Weekend Box Office

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"

In a box-office rarity, three acclaimed, original films from studios opened in theaters over the weekend. Only one caught on.

Tim Burton's latest fantastical oddity, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," debuted with $28.5 million, leading North America ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Peter Berg's well-reviewed disaster movie "Deepwater Horizon," about the 2010 oil rig explosion, however, failed to tap North American moviegoers, opening with an estimated $20.6 million. And Disney's uplifting chess prodigy tale "Queen of Katwe," starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o, brought in a dismal $2.6 million in its national expansion.

Originally slated for release in summer 2015, the Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig heist comedy "Masterminds" sat on the shelf for a year while its distributor, Relativity Media, went through chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It opened with a mediocre $6.6 million.

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. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," $28.5 million ($36.5 million international).
    2. "Deepwater Horizon," $20.6 million ($12.4 million international).
    3. "The Magnificent Seven," $15.7 million ($14.8 million international).
    4. "Storks," $13.8 million ($14.6 million international).
    5. "Sully," $8.4 million ($6.6 million international).
    6. "Masterminds," $6.6 million ($1.7 million international).
    7. "Queen of Katwe," $2.6 million.
    8. "Don't Breathe," $2.4 million ($3.8 million international).
    9. "Bridget Jones's Baby," $2.3 million ($19 million international).
   10. "Snowden," $2 million ($1.2 million international).

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"


Colma, The Town of The Dead | Amusing Planet



In Memory

Oscar Brand

Oscar Brand, a longtime force on the American folk scene whose radio program "Folksong Festival" showcased Woody Guthrie and a young Bob Dylan among music greats and newcomers, has died, his manager said Saturday. He was 96.

Brand died Friday at his home in Great Neck, New York, after two bouts with pneumonia in recent weeks, said Doug Yeager, his longtime manager and friend.

He had been hospitalized before the decision was made to bring him home, Yeager said. Brand taped his final "Folksong Festival" for public radio station WNYC two weeks ago, and it aired Saturday, Sept. 24.

The 70 years Brand spent with "Folksong Festival" earned him and the program a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-airing radio show with the same host (Guinness lists the program's debut year as 1945). Brand did the show - a casual mix of song, conversation and humor - as a public service: He never accepted payment for his work.

He was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for decades "in service to the music and messages of folk performers and fans around the world," according to the 2005 announcement.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, Brand moved to the United States with his parents as a child. He became part of the American folk music revival in the 1940s, collaborating with Guthrie, Lead Belly, Josh White, Burl Ives and Pete Seeger. Brand's radio guests included Dylan, Harry Belafonte, Odetta, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell.

During the anti-communist fervor of the 1940s and '50s, Brand continued to invite politically active artists, including those who were blacklisted. Brand was not a Communist Party member, but he felt compelled to support free speech, according to a biography provided by his manager.

Brand's work for the theater included scoring the Kennedy Center's Bicentennial musical "Sing American Sing," writing and scoring ballets for Agnes DeMille and writing the Broadway musicals "A Joyful Noise" and "The Education of Hyman Kaplan."

For TV, he created and hosted Canada's 1960s music series "Let's Sing Out," which featured then-fledgling artists including Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen and Harry Chapin. His U.S. TV shows included a 2001 PBS tribute to Guthrie, "Woody & Me."

Brand also made award-winning documentary films and recorded a variety of albums, including "Presidential Campaign Songs 1776-1976: Sung by Oscar Brand" and "Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads." He wrote pop songs for Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and others.

His survivors include his wife of 46 years, Karen, and their son, along with three children from a previous marriage and grandchildren.

Oscar Brand


In Memory

Neville Marriner

Conductor Neville Marriner, who led the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to become one of the world's most-recorded classical music groups, has died, the academy said Sunday. He was 92.

Marriner, a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra, joined with several other musicians in 1959 to form a chamber group, which was intended to perform without a leader. The group's mouthful of a name, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, was inspired by the church in central London where they performed.

The academy built its reputation with stylish performances of baroque and classical repertoire: Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn. From its beginnings, with 18 players, it grew to a full-size orchestra with an affiliated chorus, and it has made more than 500 recordings.

The group's soundtrack for Milos Forman's 1984 Oscar-winning "Amadeus," composed mainly of Mozart pieces, sold millions, becoming one of the best-selling classical recordings of all time.

Born in Lincoln, England, to a musical family, Marriner began playing violin at an early age, and won a place at the Royal College of Music. A key influence on his career was his association with the musicologist Thurston Dart, a seminal figure in the early music revival.

Dart and Marriner, who met when both were convalescing from war-time service, teamed up to play duos and worked in a group called the Jacobean Ensemble.

Marriner was principal second violin in the London Symphony Orchestra when he was one of the founders of the academy.

He became music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 1968-77. He then became music director of the Minnesota Orchestra 1979-1986, and directed the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany from 1984-89.

Marriner married Mary Elizabeth Sims in 1955. He had a son and a daughter from his first marriage.

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Richard Trentlage

Richard Trentlage, whose everlasting claim to fame was writing "The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song," thought to the longest-running advertising jingle ever, has died. He was 87.

Trentlage, a professional jingle writer, died Sept. 21 in Libertyville, Ill., his family announced.

The Chicago native also was responsible for "Wow! It sure doesn't taste like tomato juice," for V-8; "Buckle up for safety, buckle up!" for a National Safety Council spot for using seat belts; and "McDonald's is your kind of place!" his relatives noted. But none of these has had the lasting impact of his ditty for Oscar Mayer.

Trentlage learned about a jingle contest that the meat products company was having less than 24 hours before a deadline, but that was more than enough time for him to pen these four lines:

    "Oh I'd love to be an Oscar Mayer Wiener
    That is what I truly wish to be
    'Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener
    Everyone would be in love with me."

"The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song" debuted in 1963 and was in use for more than 50 years. He received residuals all along, and the tune "was the biggest thrill I've had in my life," he told the Chicago Tribune in 1998.

Survivors also include his wife of 33 years, Jacqueline, his other children David, Tom and Becky, and 19 grandchildren.

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