Mark Olsen: Why 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the movie of the year (LA Times)
It's difficult to look at the news recently and not feel some complicated layering of disheartened and disgusted or to think the world is genuinely spinning out of control on some accelerated course to who-knows-where. […] The future is coming, the movies seem to be saying - what happens now is up to all of us. Which is why "Mad Max: Fury Road" seems more than any other movie this year to have tapped into a rare and electrifying current of heightened reality and why for me it is the top movie of the year.
Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, most commonly in association with Batman. The character first appears in Batman #16 (April 1943), and was created by writers Bob Kaneand Bill Finger, and artist Jerry Robinson. Alfred serves as a loyal, tireless butler who assists his employer's secret life as Batman.
mj was first and correct with:
That, I believe
Was the full name of the character most brilliantly played by Michael
Caine, Alfred, the Butler and bulwark of stately Wayne manor, home of
Bruce, aka Batman.
Light rain and cold on today's bike ride. It started after I left the house or I wouldn't have bothered. 85 min. later, soaked and chilled (despite "waterproof" clothes), I was in a hot shower, thawing the blocks of ice that were my feet. Welcome, winter.
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.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by another RERUN'Big Bang Theory', then a RERUN'Supergirl', followed by a RERUN'Scorpion'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 11/24/15) are Spike Lee, Andy Cohen, and Carly Simon.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 11/19/15) are Bryan Cranston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jacqueline Novak.
NBC begins the night with a RERUN'Superstore', followed by a RERUN'Telenovela', then a RERUN'SNL - A SNL Christmas'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 11/23/15) are Kelly Ripa and Adele.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 11/16/15) are Seth Rogen, Leslie Odom Jr., Travis Scott, and Emily Armstrong.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/27/15) are Terry Gilliam, Goldroom, and Phoebe Robinson.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Great Christmas Light Fight', followed by another FRESH'The Great Christmas Light Fight', then a FRESH'The Great Holiday Baking Show'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 12/1/15) are (RED) Shopathon with Olivia Wilde, Bono, Scarlett Johansson, Snoop Dogg, Matt Damon, and the Killers.
The CW offers a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by another RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a RERUN'Gotham', followed by a RERUN'Bones'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'Miracle On 34th Street' (1994), followed by the movie 'Miracle On 34th Street' (1947), then the movie 'Miracle On 34th Street' (1947), again.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1, Ep 10 - Seasonal Forests
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1, Ep 11 - Ocean Deep
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 11 - Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 14 - Chiarella's
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - New Earth
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 2 - Tooth and Claw
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 1 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 2 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 3 - The Naked Now
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 4 - Code of Honor
[4:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - Arctic Circle
[5:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 5 - Alaska
[6:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - Canadian Rockies
[7:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 10 - Norway: Edge of Survival
[8:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6, Ep 8 - Iceland Fire and Ice
[9:00PM] JAMES MAY'S TOY STORIES: THE MOTORCYCLE DIARY
[10:00PM] JAMES MAY'S TOY STORIES: ACTION MAN AT THE SPEED OF SOUND
[11:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 12, Episode 5
[12:00AM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
[2:00AM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
[4:00AM] JAMES MAY'S TOY STORIES: THE MOTORCYCLE DIARY
[5:00AM] JAMES MAY'S TOY STORIES: ACTION MAN AT THE SPEED OF SOUND (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Vandepump Rules', then another FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Apres Ski', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks', followed by the movie 'The Santa Clause 2'.
History has '101 Gadgets That Changed The World', 'Atlantis Found', followed by a FRESH'Secret Earth: Yellowstone Supervolcano'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
[6:30AM] BENDERS-Fight Club
[9:45AM] BATMAN RETURNS
[12:30PM] BATMAN FOREVER
[3:15PM] BATMAN & ROBIN
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde Gets the Girl
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
[10:00PM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
[12:30AM] THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
[2:30AM] FUNNY GAMES
[5:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network
[9:15AM] The Shakiest Gun in the West
[11:45AM] Young Frankenstein
[2:15PM] Easy Rider
[9:00PM] The Italian Job
[1:04AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Writers
[5:01AM] The Approval Matrix-America's Hall Monitors
[5:45AM] Wild Things (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Hellboy', followed by themovie 'Men In Black II'.
On a RERUNConan (from 9/29/15) are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ike Barinholtz, and Andrew McMahon.
The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year's winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.
Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year's Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.
Harvey says it was his mistake and that he would take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that named contestant Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach this year's winner and Colombia the first runner-up. Talking with members of the press afterward, Harvey and an executive for pageant owner WME-IMG called it human error.
A mystified Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Arevalo before last year's Miss Universe from Colombia removed the crown and placed it on Wurtzbach's head instead.
Even before Sunday night's inexplicable oops moment, the pageant was involved in another controversy when a backlash against the pageant's former owner Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) led Univision to pull out of the broadcast and the businessman to sell it in September.
A woman half-dressed as the Statue of Liberty holds a banner to protest against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, outside of his office in Manhattan, New York, December 20, 2015.
Photo by Eduardo Munoz
"Some people out there think we don't love life," said Humam al-Obeidi, one of the organisers, as the crowd spilled out of the Baghdad hotel ballroom where the pageant was held.
The jury chose Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a tall, green-eyed 20-year-old from Iraq's multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk.
The decision was popular with those in attendance, especially in the back rows, where young men with hipster beards and tight blazers had been standing on their chairs shouting her name.
Wearing her sash and holding her bouquet, Shaymaa Abdelrahman was fast learning her new trade, saying all the right things without ever breaking her smile.
There was more talking than glamorous strutting during the pageant as the contestants, in high heels and evening dresses that were sleeveless but below the knee, pitched their charity projects to the jury.
A nature preserve planned in the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal will be more than a place to picnic or walk in the woods - it will serve as a protected area for tens of thousands of endangered bats.
The Sodalis Nature Preserve will be built near the Mississippi River and won't cost the city anything. The Canadian company Enbridge Inc., whose nearly 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline passes near Hannibal, will pay for land acquisition, management and maintenance as part of a mitigation fund to offset the impact to federally endangered species and migratory birds.
About 168,000 federally endangered Indiana bats hibernate in a former limestone mine that closed a half-century ago and in the cave network nearby, according to Shauna Marquardt, a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bats, which have had the endangered designation since 1973, are endangered largely because of disturbance by humans, the service said.
The service, along with The Conservation Fund and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, are also partners in the project, development of which was approved Tuesday by the Hannibal City Council.
Dressed in traditional costumes residents of Kisumu participate in a procession Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, with a herd of cattle as they celebrate their culture known as Tero Buru which was done while performing different rites among the Luo Community in Kenya 100 years ago. This event is aimed at reviving the forgotten cultures.
California State University received a record number of applications for the upcoming 2016 fall term, with more than 830,000 prospective students vying for a spot at the nation's largest public university system.
The total marked a nearly 5 percent increase over applications received for fall enrollment the previous year, according to university officials. The number of black and Latino students applying to CSU colleges rose about 25 percent each.
CSU enrolls about 460,000 students across 23 campuses.
In a statement, university officials said the increase in applications reflects a growth in the demand for higher education in California but that capacity issues persist due to state funding limitations.
Cal State Long Beach received more first-time freshman applications than any other campus, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Nearly 60,500 applied for enrollment.
US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) defended Russian President Vladimir Putin (R-KGB) on Sunday, saying it would be "despicable" if the leader actually did kill opposition journalists, as he has been accused of on US television.
But Trump asked his TV interviewer to first "prove" any such allegations.
Trump's statements come just days after a separate talkshow host asked how he felt about Putin, who "kills journalists and political opponents and invades countries."
Trump quickly responded: "I think our country does plenty of killing, also."
Grilled about the matter Sunday on ABC's "This Week" show, Trump defended Putin's record regarding Russian journalists who have died.
People goes swimming during the traditional Christmas bath in the Mediterranean sea at at Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Temperature of the water was 16 degrees celcius ( 60 fahrenheit).
Photo by Lionel Cironneau
With Israel mired in a wave of near-daily Palestinian attacks, hard-line Israeli politicians and activists are stepping up the pressure on dovish groups that are critical of government policies- drawing accusations of a nationalist witch hunt that risks turning violent.
In recent weeks, lawmakers have circulated bills to curtail the activities of non-government organizations, while a rival hard-line activist group has launched an even fiercer campaign that accuses opponents of being spies and foreign agents. Even the country's president, a member of the ruling Likud party, has come under fire, with nationalists accusing him of coddling hostile groups.
The climate is testing Israel's democratic ideals at a time when the country is feeling pressured at home by public anger over the continuing violence and abroad by growing international criticism of its policies toward the Palestinians. This sense of frustration and isolation is fueling what some say is a siege mentality that perceives opposition activists as the enemy.
"They are using the fear of the street to manipulate more and more hateful politics ... against everyone who has the courage to stand up and say we are going in the wrong direction," said Ishai Menuchin, director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, a group that has called for investigating possible war crimes by the Israeli military.
Since mid-September, 19 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, while at least 115 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire in the same period, 78 of them assailants, according to Israel. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.
Participants of the 77th edition of the annual Christmas swimming 'Coupe de Noel' jump into the waters of Lake Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, 20 December 2015. More than 1,540 men and women braved the water temperature of just 8 degrees Celsius as they swam a 120 meters distance at the traditional Christmas swimming in Geneva.
Photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi
The nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site is now its newest national park.
Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world's first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles east of Seattle in south-central Washington.
The Manhattan Project National Historic Park, signed into existence in November, also includes sites at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico. The Manhattan Project is the name for the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb during World War II.
At Hanford, the main attractions will be B Reactor - the world's first full-sized reactor - along with the ghost towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, which were evacuated by the government to make room for the Manhattan Project.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time according to studio estimates on Sunday.
The Walt Disney Co. earnings destroy the previous opening record set by Universal's "Jurassic World," which drew $208.8 million this summer.
But "Star Wars" didn't fly alone this weekend. A few other movies attempted to provide some counterprogramming and ended up with comparatively decent results.
Almost a galaxy away, Fox's animated "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" came in second with $14.4 million. According to exit polls, 70 percent of audiences were comprised of families. The film also played to a rather diverse audience of 22 percent Hispanics and 19 percent African-Americans.
In third place, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy "Sisters" earned an estimated $13.4 million out of the gates. A whopping 79 percent of audiences were female for the R-rated comedy - a solid indicator that the counterprogramming against "Star Wars" was in fact a wise choice.
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. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $238 million ($279 million international).
2. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," $14.4 million.
3. "Sisters," $13.4 million ($1.8 million international).
4. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," $5.7 million ($7.8 million international).
5. "Creed," $5.1 million.
6. "The Good Dinosaur," $4.2 million ($9.2 million international).
7. "Krampus," $3.8 million ($1.8 million international).
8. "In the Heart of the Sea," $3.5 million ($3.9 million international).
9. "Diwale," $1.9 million.
10. "Bajirao Mastani," $1.7 million.
A young Somali wild donkey which was born on 06 December 2015, stands in the enclosure next to its mother Shakira in the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, 19 December 2015 (issued 20 Dec). Somali wild ass (Equus africanus somalicus) are regarded a rare species with only an estimate 150 to 300 animals living in the wilderness.
Photo by Bartlomiej Zborowski
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