BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 29 December, 2014


29 December, 2014

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[1189 days in a row]


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Henry Rollins: Happy Holidays or Else (LA Weekly)
Christmas has as many meanings as people you care to ask. For some, it's an opportunity to freak out and declare there's a war on the holiday and therefore the American way of life. That particular howl at the moon is now almost as traditional as the day itself, and my personal favorite whine when it gets rolled out every year.

Spaghetti Toes (Tumblr)
Welcome to Spaghetti Toes. I've dedicated this place to the absurd things I hear under my roof on a daily basis. Some are said by me, some by my wife, but most by my wonderful 2 year old daughter, Harper Grace. The name "Spaghetti Toes" comes from my wife saying to my daughter "Please don't put spaghetti between your toes" at the dinner table. I said to my wife, "Did you actually just say those words?" and Spaghetti Toes was born.

Santa Claus Caught On Camera! (YouTube)
"Evan is a curious seven-year-old boy who thought the security cams in the house would be the perfect way to document Santa's existence beyond the shadow of a doubt. On Christmas morning, he gathered his family to show them the footage. It's a good thing that Evan's so practical. He knows the camera never lies. Enjoy the magic while you can, little guy." - Neatorama

Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle (YouTube)
"Making the song scientifically correct doesn't take away its charm, not one bit. Why not learn a bit about the cosmos as you're singing? The song is from the children's book Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle, written by Henry Reich of Minute Physics and Zach Weinersmith of SMBC Comics with illustrations by Chris Jones. It's sung by Henry Reich." - Neatorama

Latte Motion (YouTube)
"Here's a stop-motion animation created with over 1,000 cups of latte! The creamy cup tops are the medium for single pictures that are compiled to tell a short story -only about 90 seconds, then there's a half-minute on how it was done. This is part of a Japanese ad campaign." - Neatorama

Jake Heppner: 28 Times When Children Were Brutally Honest And It Was Amazing (Distractify)
Children have no filter. They're going to tell you like it is whether you asked for it or not.

Lauren Davis: Why Team America Suceeds As Satire Where The Interview Fails (io9)
The "Let's kill Kim Jong-un" move The Interview has drawn inevitable, and not always favorable, comparisons to another movie that skewers North Korea, Team America: World Police. But why do people hold up the South Park creators' often crudely funny film as a bar The Interview fails to reach?

Scott Burns: Fearless Forecast, 2015 (AssetBuilder)
Yes, folks, it's Captain Egregious, ready to step confidently into the future because I already know it. Here are my Fearless Forecasts for 2015. They are free, but worth ten times as much.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Fez-wearing Morocco Mole was the sidekick of what anthropomorphic crime fighter?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who was the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show with her premiere of Appearing Nitely at the Biltmore theatre in April 1977?

      Lily Tomlin                                                      Source

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Tomlin's career has spanned television, comedy recordings, Broadway, and motion pictures.

Tomlin was the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show with her premiere of Appearing Nitely at the Biltmore theatre in April 1977. The same month, she made the cover of Time magazine with the headline "America's New Queen of Comedy". Her solo show then toured the country and was made into a record album titled On Stage. In 1985, Tomlin starred in another one-woman Broadway show The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her long-time life partner, writer/producer Jane Wagner. The show won her a Tony Award, and was made into a feature film in 1991. Tomlin revived the show for a run on Broadway in 2000 which then toured the country through mid-2002. In 1989, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. Tomlin premiered her one-woman show Not Playing with a Full Deck at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in November 2009. It was her first appearance in that city, though she did tape an Emmy-winning TV special, a spoof of Las Vegas called Lily: Sold Out which premiered on CBS in January 1981.        Source

Baron Dave ( "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." -- Lily Tomlin ) was first, and correct, with:
   Lily Tomlin. She was great on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and kept getting better.

Alan J said:
   Lily Tomlin

Randall wrote:
   My first instinct is to say Lily Tomlin

  "One ringy-dingy... two ringy-dingies..."

  I looked it up and sure enough, Lily Tomlin and her longtime friend and collaborator, Jane Wagner . . .

  . . . created this collection of monologues, character sets and stand-up comedy which took Broadway by storm and ran for six months, making Tomlin somewhat of a legend.
  In "Appearing Nitely" Tomlin offered wry observations of the culture and political times as herself as well as characters like

   . . . Tess the Bag Lady and Crystal the Terrible Tumbleweed; a quadriplegic making her way across the country to fulfill her life's dream of hang-gliding off of Big Sur. There is also Sister Boogie Woman, a 77-year-old Southern "inspirational singer" and Rick, the only male character in the "play". There is a character named "Glenna" as well as a tour-de-force where middle-age characters Lud and Marie drive their teenage daughter crazy - all three played at the same time by Lily Tomlin.
  (source )
  Many of us remember Tomlin from Laugh-In (where she created the above pictured characters The Telephone Lady and Ernestine)

  . .
  She was also pretty cool in the movie '9 to 5' along with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda (and Dabney Coleman)

  SO I guess the answer to today's query is Lily Tomlin

Charlie said:
   Lily Tomlin (a.k.a. Ernestine)
  An easy guess.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Lily Tomlin

Adam answered:
   Lily Tomlin

Marian responded:
   Lily Tomlin

Deborah said:
   The answer is the funny & talented Lily Tomlin.

MAM   wrote:
   Lily Tomlin: "Ron Delsner presents: Lily Tomlin in Appearing Nightly."
  June 1977. Biltmore Theatre.

DJ Useo replied:
   Hey! I actually know this. It's Lily Tomlin. She's so funny.

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  December 29 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 29 | Famous Birthdays

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Michelle in AZ

Zodiac killer theories still rolling in after 45 years - SFGate

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Provocative Tweets About Christmas Started An Internet Flame War

Broad Coalition Of American Jews Seeks To Break Israel's Chief Rabbinate Monopoly

A Red State Police Chief Addresses Protests - With Brilliance

This is one ark with some huge entitlement issues

Study: Killing wolves for eating livestock increases the number that get eaten the following year

Pope Francis's edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches | World news | The Guardian

Big Eyes review - Tim Burton's most grown-up movie in years | Film | The Guardian

A Cuppa Matcha With Your Crickets? On The Menu In 2015 : NPR

How to Cook a Formal Seven-Course Holiday Dinner for 300: Behind the Scenes at Yosemite's Ahwanee Hotel | Anneli R

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Last Night

Had a wonderful time with some old Pepperdine pals at El Cholo, sorta in Koreatown.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN '2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH 'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN 'Scorpion', followed by a RERUN 'CSI: The Expendable One'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 12/9/14) are Ben Stiller, Olivia Munn, and LaLa Brooks.
On a RERUN Craig (from 10/15/14) are Zoe Saldana and T.J. Miller.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'State Of Affairs', followed by another RERUN 'State Of Affairs', then still another RERUN 'State Of Affairs'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 10/15/14) are Shailene Woodley, Michael Shannon, Eric Church, and Lenny Pickett.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/11/14) are Mark Wahlberg, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kyle Dunnigan, and Bob Mould.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/17/14) are Eliza Coupe, Michaela Watkins, King Tuff, and "High Maintenance".

ABC starts the night with the chestnut 'Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!', followed by 'Rudolph's Shiny New Year', then a RERUN 'Castle'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 12/16/14) are Garth Brooks and Tracey Ullman.

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

Faux has a RERUN 'Gotham', followed by a RERUN 'Sleepy Hollow'.

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

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers all 'Breaking Bad' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [6:30AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:30AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 2
 [9:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 5
 [10:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 6
 [11:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 1
 [12:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 3
 [1:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 3
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 6
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 8
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 9
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 4
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 7 - Episode 5
 [7:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 3
 [8:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 4
 [9:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 5
 [10:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 8 - Episode 8
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 9 - Episode 6
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 9 - Episode 6
 [12:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 5
 [1:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 3 - Episode 6
 [2:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 1
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 2
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 3
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 3    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Inside The Actors Studio', 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', and 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Jon Stewart is pre-empted.
Colbert Report is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'Just Go With It', followed by the movie 'That's My Boy', then the movie 'That's My Boy', again.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed a FRESH 'Revelation: The End Of Days', then another FRESH 'Revelation: The End Of Days'.

IFC  -   
 [5:30PM]    THREE KINGS
 [8:00PM]    THREE KINGS
 [1:45AM]    ALIEN 3

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Serial Mom
 [8:00AM]    Unforgiven
 [11:00AM]    Chinatown
 [2:00PM]    Law & Order-Heaven
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Gunshow
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Killerz
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-DNR
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Merger
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Justice
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Marathon
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Patsy
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Money
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Sundown
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Loco Parentis
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Collision
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Mother's Milk
 [3:00AM]    The Red Road-The Bad Weapons
 [4:00AM]    The Red Road-The Great Snake Battle
 [5:00AM]    The Red Road-Snaring of the Sun    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Babylon A.D.', followed by the movie 'The Scorpion King'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 11/11/14) are the cast of "Sons Of Anarchy" and First Aid Kit.

TCM spends the night with Cary Grant
 [6:00 AM]      Five Came Back (1939)
 [7:30 AM]      Conflict (1945)
 [9:00 AM]      And Then There Were None (1945)
 [10:45 AM]      Flamingo Road (1949)
 [12:30 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [2:45 PM]      Beware, My Lovely (1952)
 [4:15 PM]      Back From Eternity (1956)
 [6:00 PM]      Undercurrent (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      Father Goose (1964)
 [10:15 PM]      Houseboat (1958)
 [12:15 AM]      The Grass Is Greener (1961)
 [2:15 AM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [4:45 AM]      Walk, Don't Run (1966)

Tuesday   -  12/30/14

 [6:45 AM]      Dream Wife (1953)
 [8:30 AM]      Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Suspicion (1941)
 [12:15 PM]      None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
 [2:15 PM]      King Kong (1933)
 [4:00 PM]      Planet of the Apes (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      Topkapi (1964)
 [10:15 PM]      Imitation Of Life (1959)
 [12:30 AM]      Kiss Her Goodbye (1958)
 [2:15 AM]      Good Will Hunting (1997)
 [4:30 AM]      Doubt (2008)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.

USA has a FRESH 'It Takes A Choir'.

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People in traditional costumes play their instruments as they walk on stage before competing in the 53rd Verdiales music contest in Malaga, southern Spain December 28, 2014. Verdiales is a form of traditional Flamenco music, which is common in the province of Malaga. Members of singing groups, known as "pandas", wear traditional costumes decked with flowers and other accessories as they perform in the contest, which is held annually on December 28.
Photo by Jon Nazca


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Addicting Info - Rush Limbaugh's Most Offensive Comments Of 2014


Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt Top List

Highest-Grossing Actors

The actors and actresses who generate the most money for Hollywood aren't always the ones with the highest salaries. Last week, Forbes magazine posted a list of the actors who provide the worst return on investment; this week the magazine tallied the highest-grossing actors overall according to figures from BoxOfficeMojo.

1. Jennifer Lawrence is the highest grossing actor in Hollywood with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1? and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The two films grossed a total $1.4 billion worldwide.

2. Chris Pratt, with his lead roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Lego Movie," grossed $1.2 billion globally.

3. Scarlett Johansson grossed $1.18 billion worldwide with her roles in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Lucy" and "Under the Skin."

Highest-Grossing Actors



The Sphinx Observatory - Science at the Top of the World ~ Kuriositas


'Game of Thrones' Tops List

Most Pirated TV Shows

Once again, Game of Thrones finds itself on TorrentFreak's list of the most widely pirated TV shows of the year.

The fantasy epic show - which achieved a milestone earlier this year as HBO's most popular series of all time - also reportedly edged out AMC's The Walking Dead and CBS' The Big Bang Theory for illegal downloads.

According to TorrentFreak, which compiles the annual list, Game of Thrones saw an estimated 8.1 million illegal downloads, which appears to far outpace the 4.8 million downloads for Walking Dead, 3.9 million for The Big Bang Theory and 3.5 million for How I Met Your Mother.

The top 10 list of most illegal downloaded TV titles of 2014 is available here.

Most Pirated TV Shows


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2014's Top List

Most Pirated Films

There is some irony to a film about a guy getting busted for cheating becoming the most pirated film of the year.

Director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort, was the most illegally downloaded movie of 2014, according to piracy-tracking firm Expicio.

Wolf was illegally downloaded 30.035 million times between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2014.

Disney hit Frozen was the second-most pirated film of the year, followed by George Clooney-Sandra Bullock starrer Gravity at No. 3 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at No. 4.

The remainder of the top 10 pirated films is as follows: Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Legend of Hercules, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Most Pirated Films


Runners some dressed in Santa Claus costumes run during the traditional Christmas run, along a street in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.
Photo by Mindaugas Kulbis


Ice Volcanoes of The Great Lakes | Amusing Planet


Baby News

Genesis Ali Dean

Santa brought Alicia Keys a baby for the holidays! The Grammy winning singer gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday. Son Genesis Ali Dean was born at 1:52 a.m., weighing in at 6 lbs., 5 oz.

Keys announced the happy news on Instagram on Sunday. "The joy of joy is joy!! It's a boy!!" she captioned the below photo. "We are so grateful!! #blessings!!"

This is the second child for Keys, 33, and her husband Swizz Beatz, 36. They are parents to son Egypt, 3, who is ready for big brother duties.

Genesis Ali Dean


Wake-up Call


Retracted Science Papers of 2014

Top 5

Publish or perish, that's the motto in academia. Or is that publish and perish? For researchers, the race to have their work printed in peer-reviewed science journals can be messy - and sometimes, some of them sacrifice integrity in the process. Later, they find they did this only to be embarrassed by a retraction of their work.

A study published in 2013 in the journal PLOS ONE found that retractions are on the rise, although the researchers couldn't determine why. The phenomenon may be due to a lower barrier to publishing; for example, so-called "predatory" online journals guarantee publication regardless of quality - for a price. But still, many recent retractions stem from fraudulent, rather than sloppy, science.

The fact that Maggie Simpson could get a scientific paper accepted for publication is remarkable for two reasons: She's only a year old, and she is also a fictional cartoon character.

Alex Smolyanitsky of the National Institute of Standards and Technology was the one who actually penned the articles, and he did so to highlight the ease with which scientists can publish their research, for a fee, in predatory journals. These journals spam scientists and offer to publish their work, regardless of the quality, without legitimate peer review.

Smolyanitsky in fact wrote the paper with a random-text generator. The abstract, in its entirety, reads: "The Ethernet must work. In this paper, we confirm the improvement of e-commerce. WEKAU, our new methodology for forward-error correction, is the solution to all of these challenges."

Top 5



Watch how one NASA satellite has changed how we see Earth in the 21st century - Quartz


School Bans T-Shirts

'I Can't Breathe'

A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.

The athletic director at Fort Bragg High School informed his counterpart at Mendocino High School this week that neither the boys nor girls team would be allowed to participate in the three-day tournament hosted by Fort Bragg High starting Monday, Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Jason Morse said.

The boys were reinstated after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirts inspired by the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died after an officer put him in a chokehold, while on the Fort Bragg campus during the Vern Piver Holiday Classic tournament, Morse said. Too few girl players accepted the condition for the team to field a tournament squad, he said.

Mendocino varsity teams first wore the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts before a game with Fort Bragg on Dec. 16, according to the girls coach, Caedyn Feehan. The girls also wore them before games at two other tournaments and didn't receive any blowback, Feehan said.

"I didn't even know what it meant. I thought it was a joke about how I had conditioned them so hard," Feehan said. "None of the administrators knew what it was or that any of them were doing it in advance. This was entirely for their cause that they had strong feelings about."

'I Can't Breathe'



Where Do Recycled Electronics Go? | Popular Science


West Africa


West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.

In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea's tropical southern forests a year ago, doctors say they have had to stop pricking fingers to do blood tests for malaria.

Guinea's drop in reported malaria cases this year by as much as 40 percent is not good news, said Dr. Bernard Nahlen, deputy director of the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative. He said the decrease is likely because people are too scared to go to health facilities and are not getting treated for malaria.

Figures are always estimates in Guinea, where half the 12 million people have no access to health centers and die uncounted. Some 15,000 Guineans died from malaria last year, 14,000 of them children under five, according to Nets for Life Africa, a New York-based charity dedicated to providing insecticide-treated mosquito nets to put over beds. In comparison, about 1,600 people in Guinea have died from Ebola, according to statistics from the World Health Organization.




The Surreal Sun Moon Lake in Nantou, Taiwan | WOE


Struggle With State Laws

Seed Libraries

For thousands of years, people have exchanged seeds to grow terrific tomatoes or produce the perfect potato, but a new effort to loan and borrow seeds has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice.

Seed exchanges have sprouted up in about 300 locations around the country, most often in libraries, where gardeners can exchange self-pollinating seeds rather than buy standard, hybrid seeds. In spots like Duluth, Minnesota, the conflict with agriculture departments has surprised gardeners and library officials, who established exchanges to meet a growing interest in locally grown food and preserving certain varieties, never thinking to examine the intricacies of state seed laws.

Agriculture officials say they weren't looking for a fight but felt obligated as they became aware of the increasingly popular seed libraries to enforce laws, which are largely uniform across the country.

Intended to protect farmers, the laws ensure seeds are viable, will grow the intended plant and aren't mixed with unwanted seeds for weeds or plants. Even though most of the laws refer to "sales" of seeds, that term is defined to include exchanges - where no money changes hands.

The issue first arose last summer in Pennsylvania, when a state inspector became aware of a seed exchange at a public library in Mechanicsburg that appeared to violate the law.

Seed Libraries


Wooden pallets are piled up for the traditional bonfire on New Years' eve at the North Sea beach of Scheveningen, The Netherlands, 28 December 2014.
Photo by Martijn Beekman


Artist Carves Amazing Sculptures out of the Blades of Knives «TwistedSifter


Weekend Box Office

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

Audiences had their pick of genres over the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

The final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy marched to the top spot once again with an estimated $41.4 million take across the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Universal's World War II epic "Unbroken," took second place with $31.7 million from the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $47.3 million from its first four days in theaters.

Disney's musical "Into the Woods," boasting a star packed cast and a PG rating, came in a close third with $31 million, and $46.1 million across the four-day. It replaced "Mamma Mia" as the biggest opening for a screen adaptation of a Broadway musical ever.

Other weekend debuts include Paramount's "The Gambler," which took seventh place with $9.3 million, and The Weinstein Company's "Big Eyes," which earned only $2.97 million across the weekend from 1,307 screens and $4.4 million from the four-day.

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

    1. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," $41.4 million ($89.2 million international).
    2. "Unbroken," $31.7 million ($2.7 million international).
    3. "Into the Woods," $31 million ($1.6 million international).
    4. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," $20.6 million ($30.3 million international).
    5. "Annie," $16.6 million ($5.9 million international).
    6. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," $10 million ($7.9 million international).
    7. "The Gambler," $9.3 million.
    8. "The Imitation Game," $7.9 million ($400,000 international).
    9. "Exodus: Gods and Kings," $6.8 million ($31 million international).
   10. "Wild," $5.4 million.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"


where did all the colored toilet paper go



In Memory

David Ryall

Veteran British character actor David Ryall, who's best known to mainstream American audiences as "Harry Potter's" Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day. He was 79.

The actor's career spans more than five decades and covers film, TV and theater. His movie credits include 2008's "City of Ember," 2004's "Around the World in 80 Days" and 1980's "The Elephant Man."

Ryall replaced Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge in 2010's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1." His character was a close friend of Albus Dumbledore in addition to being a Ministry of Magic jurist and an Order of the Phoenix member.

Most recently, he was perhaps best known on the small screen as Frank - the grandfather who suffers from dementia - in the BBC comedy "Outnumbered."

His television roles also include that of Britain's oldest man in BBC's "The Village" and Mr. Hall in writer Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective." He appeared in Andrew Davies' adaptation of "House of Cards" (not the Netflix original series), the British sitcom "Goodnight Sweetheart" and ITV's "Midsomer Murders."

Ryall began his career on the stage before becoming a familiar face on British TV.

The actor joined Laurence Olivier's company with the National Theatre at a young age, during which time he was involved with several influential plays, including Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." His work at the National Theatre also included "Guys and Dolls," "The Beggar's Opera" and "Animal Farm."

Ryall is survived by his son, music manager Jonathan Ryall, and two daughters, singer Imogen Ryall and actress Charlie Ryall.

David Ryall



A handout picture taken on 28 December 2014 by the Werribee Zoo shows a new baby Southern White Rhino which was born on 27 December 2014 at the Werribee, Australia, open range zoo. The baby was born to mother Si Si and weighs a healthy 67 kilograms.



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