BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 9 January, 2016


9 January, 2016

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ELIAS ISQUITH: "Now you can worry: Trump's in it to win it, so it's time to drop fantasy that his campaign is all for show" (Salon)
With two bold new moves, Trump's campaign shows once and for all that it is no joke. The Donald wants to win.

Nico Lang: "'Like Play-doh that's been warmed up': Why we can't get enough of viral videos like 'Lesbians touch penis for the first time'" (Salon)
Just like "Gay Men Draw Vaginas," these videos start a necessary dialog about bodies, sexuality and gender.

Tobias Carroll: 28 Authors on the Books That Changed Their Lives (Vulture)
The right book, it's said, can change your life. Some books can alter perceptions of the world, or let a reader see life from a perspective they may never have considered before. Others expand the sense of what's possible within the confines of a narrative; still others tell stories that the reader might not have ever expected to find themselves hearing.

Peter Bradshaw: "The Hateful Eight review - Tarantino triumphs with a western of wonder" (The Guardian)
Quentin Tarantino's audacious talent as a screenwriter powers this brilliantly cast, superbly scored and horribly violent epic about a bunch of snowed-in desperadoes.

JM McNab: 7 'True Story' Oscar Nominees That Aren't True Stories (Cracked)
…as is also typically the case, most of these movies were more than happy to sacrifice some of the more inconvenient details of the events they claim to be retelling for the sake of being more marketable. For instance ...

Scott Burns: Is Risk a Four-Letter Word? (AssetBuilder)
It's easy to turn insurance into your largest monthly expense. If you're on a quest to mitigate all risk, just start with the basics - health, home, and auto. Then add in the extras - life, disability, long-term care, credit card, and travel. Don't forget to tuck it all under a tidy umbrella policy. And, just to be extra secure, insure yourself against automobile repair expenses, the loss of your mobile phone, etc. Soon you'll be taking on a second job to pay for all the risk you're avoiding.

What did David Bowie do at Your Age?
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"PEOPLE ARE AWESOME (Fitness Edition)" (YouTube)
This month's People are Awesome compilation is a fitness special! Featuring incredible feats of strength and fitness including weight lifting, calisthenics, bodyweight fitness, handstands, squats, push ups and more. These workout routines provide serious gym inspiration and motivation!

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In 1951, Mitch Miller produced a novelty single with Frank Sinatra and Dagmar. What was the title of the song?

       "Mama Will Bark"                                                      Source

"Mama Will Bark" is a novelty song written by Dick Manning and recorded as a duet between Frank Sinatra and Dagmar in 1951.

When buxom hostess Dagmar appeared on Sinatra's CBS-TV show on April 7, 1951,Columbia Records A&R head Mitch Miller became intrigued by the comic chemistry he perceived between the unlikely duo. With that in mind, songwriter Dick Manning (who would later compose such hits as "Fascination") penned "Mama Will Bark", which featured off-key talking/singing by Dagmar and sound effects of dogs barking. Miller produced the session on May 10, 1951, and the song was released the following month.

"Mama Will Bark" is commonly cited as an emblematic low point in Sinatra's troubled later years at Columbia. Many Sinatra fans call it his worst recording ever, and place the blame for it squarely on the head of Mitch Miller. In Will Friedwald's book Sinatra! The Song is You, Miller insisted that "nobody brings Sinatra in the studio [to do something] that he doesn't want to do. Then, he had the right to okay its release." Sinatra himself later said of the song: "The only good it did me was with the dogs." Nonetheless, the single (which did not receive an album release) was a hit, nearly reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard singles chart, peaking at #21. Many DJs "flipped over" the record in favor of the B-side, "I'm A Fool To Want You" (which reached #14 on the Billboard charts).        Source

Frank Sinatra & Dagmar - Mama Will Bark - YouTube

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Mama Will Bark.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Mama Will Bark

Adam answered:
   Mama Will Bark.
  Never heard of it...

mj said:
   Mama will bark. I could not find yesterday's answer anywhere and I could be wrong today too.

Robert replied:
   Who let the dogs out!! but the earlier version

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norwintercali responded:
   "Mama will Bark"…Papa will spank…Mama will bite…they just don't write em like that anymore! Sinatra must have been at some kind of low point of his journey to record that dreadful song. Dagmar and her bumpers! More Dagmar bumpers (women named Dagmar) Fucking stuck on that name!

Lois Of ORegon said:
   Frank Sinatra recorded a song titled "Mamma Will Bark"? Is that some subtle way of calling him a "son of a bitch"? I tried to read the lyrics to this opus and my brain slid off the table. Can't believe my parents didn't have a 45 of this! They DID have a copy of "Lay Something On The Bar Besides Your Elbow" by Jerry Lewis, AND a Spike Jones single, after all.

  P.S. DJ Useo...I never realized how much Pinky & The Brain looked like MacArthur and Patton! That CAN'T be an accident!

DJ Useo replied:
   Nope. I never heard of it, & I'm well into novelty music, so I looked it up.
  A crazy song, indeed. The Dagmar parts are all out of pitch. Sigh.
  Still, it's a really good "terrible" song. Hahahaha.
  The timing of this question is amusing for me, as I just recently obtained a Sinatra best of album.
  I never thought that would happen, but there's actually times I really enjoy his music.
  It's like Enya, I suppose. Great, but best heard as single tracks. Lol.

MAM   wrote:
   "Mama Will Bark"

  Frank Sinatra & Dagmar - "Mama Will Bark"

Joe S     answered:
   "Mama Will Bark." It's a truly horrible song so I'm not going to post a link. If you want to hear it, you have to look it up yourself. You're on your own. Did I mention it's a truly horrible song? It is. Oosch, it makes you go oosch. It's that bad.
  Speaking of Mitch Miller, remember that old joke from back in the day? "It used to be wine, women and song, now it's only Metrical, the same old gal and sing along with Mitch." "Mama Will Bark" is worse than that joke. Much worse. Truly horrible.

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Last Night

Sunny but on the chilly side.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Code Black', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN 'Shades Of Blue'.
'SNL' is a RERUN, with Tina Fey & Amy Poehler hosting, music by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

ABC starts the night with 2 hours of RERUN 'black-ish', followed by '20/20'.

The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by a RERUN 'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Cooper Barrett's Guide TO Surviving Life', followed by a RERUN 'Bordertown', then a RERUN 'Rosewood'.

MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Extreme Kills', then another FRESH 'The First 48: Extreme Kills'.

AMC offers the movie 'Live Free Or Die Hard', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR: BEST OF 13-14 - SEASON 1, EPISODE 2
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR: BEST OF 13-14 - SEASON 1, Episode 3
 [8:00AM]    TOP GEAR: BEST OF 13-14 - SEASON 1, Episode 4
 [9:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 1 - Baja Desert
 [10:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - Patagonia (Part 1)
 [11:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 6 - Andes Adventure (Part 2)
 [12:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 8 - Siberia (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 9 - Land of Ice (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 4 - Silicon Avatar
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 5 - Disaster
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 7 - Unification (Part 1)
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 8 - Unification (Part 2)
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 9 - A Matter of Time
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 10 - New Ground
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 11 - Hero Worship
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 12 - Violations
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 5 - Disaster
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 6 - The Game
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 7 - Unification (Part 1)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 8 - Unification (Part 2)
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 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 10 - New Ground
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 11 - Hero Worship    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', then the movie 'School Of Rock'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Pineapple Express', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers'.

FX has the movie 'Men In Black III', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.

History has 'Sniper: Bulletproof', 'Sniper: Inside The Crosshairs', and 'Sniper: Deadliest Missions'.

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 [5:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Directors    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Jaws: The Revenge', followed by the movie 'Shark Night'.

 [6:45 AM]      In Old Santa Fe (1934)
 [8:00 AM]      Song of the Gringo (1936)
 [9:15 AM]      For the Love of Rusty (1947)
 [10:30 AM]      Angels Alley (1948)
 [12:00 PM]      Firecreek (1968)
 [2:00 PM]      Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
 [4:15 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [6:15 PM]      The Phenix City Story (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
 [10:30 PM]      The Hard Way (1942)
 [12:30 AM]      The Sky's The Limit (1943)
 [2:15 AM]      Phase IV (1974)
 [4:00 AM]      Them! (1954)
 [5:45 AM]      The House in the Middle (1954)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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 [6:00 AM]      Dragon Seed (1944)
 [8:30 AM]      Black Beauty (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      The Singing Nun (1966)
 [12:00 PM]      The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
 [2:00 PM]      Travels With My Aunt (1972)
 [4:00 PM]      Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Yours, Mine And Ours (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Jane Eyre (1944)
 [9:45 PM]      Anna And The King Of Siam (1946)
 [12:00 AM]      A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Equinox Flower (1958)
 [4:00 AM]      End of Summer (1961)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Coming Back To HBO


Rumors that "Deadwood" would be revived on HBO have been circulating just about since the series ended in 2006, but now it's really happening.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed to TVLine that he "personally gave series creator David Milch the green light to resurrect the acclaimed yet painfully short-lived Western."

"Deadwood" lasted for only three seasons and never achieved the breakout success of "The Sopranos" or "The Wire," but it has one of the most rabid fan bases around.

From creator David Milch ("NYPD Blue," HBO's canceled horse-racing drama "Luck") "Deadwood" combined a harsh, violent Western town set in the 1800s with lyrical, almost Shakespearean dialogue. It wasn't for everyone, but it was beautiful.

This revival will come in the form of a movie, and Lombardo says Milch has pitched a "general storyline."



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Now Live on the 'Dark Web'


ProPublica is the first major news organization to launch on the so-called "Dark Web."

The non-profit newsroom is now available to those using Tor via propub3r6espa33w.onion.

The move, ProPublica told Wired, is meant to protect visitors who want to remain secret while reading the latest investigative journalism.

They've come to the right place: Unlike typical SSL encryption, which simply protects the content of the site you're accessing, the dark Web, accessed via Tor, makes online movements nearly impossible to track.

"Everyone should have the ability to decide what types of metadata they leave behind," ProPublica developer Mike Tigas, who worked on the Tor program, told Wired. "We don't want anyone to know that you came to us or what you read."



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GMO Labeling

Campbell Soup

Campbell Soup Co said it will label all its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major food company to respond to growing calls for more transparency about contents in food.

The world's largest soup maker broke ranks with peers and said it supported the enactment of federal legislation for a single mandatory labeling standard for GMO-derived foods and a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging.

The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, said it would withdraw from all efforts by groups opposing such measures.

Several big companies such as PepsiCo Inc, Kellogg Co and Monsanto Co have resisted such calls and have spent millions of dollars to defeat GMO-labeling ballot measures in states such as Oregon, Colorado, Washington and California, saying it would add unnecessary costs.

The six biggest agrochemical and biotech seed companies - Monsanto, Dupont, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer CropScience, BASF Plant Science and Syngenta AG - spent more than $21.5 million to help defeat a 2012 California proposition labeling proposition, according to state election data.

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A child holds up a picture of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara as others, background, carry portraits of Fidel Castro and independence hero Jose Martí during a caravan marking the 57th anniversary of the arrival of Fidel Castro an his rebel army in Regla, outskirts of Havana, Cuba, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Castro and his rebels arrived in Havana via caravan on Jan. 8, 1959, after toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista.
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What is Concrete?


Found In Sri Lanka

Blue Star Sapphire

A blue star sapphire, said to be the world's largest of its kind, has been discovered in Sri Lanka.

According to the gem's current owner, gemologists from Sri Lanka's Gemological Institute of Colombo say that what is believed to be the world's largest blue star sapphire has been certified as weighing 1404.49 carats.

"Everybody talks about carats but are not familiar with the weights. One gram is equal to five carats. So, my stone will be about 281 grams," the owner, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

The businessman, who bought the stone last year from a gem merchant who owns mines in Sri Lanka's southern city of Ratnapura, said the gem could sell for up to $175m at auction.

Blue Star Sapphire


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Asked To Leave Ruins


A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum after he apparently tried to climb onto or among the ruins.

The official could not specify which of the site's structures Bieber allegedly had climbed, but said he was "asked to leave."

Visitors can climb some pre-Hispanic pyramids in Mexico, but officials rope off or place 'no entry' signs on some ruins that are considered vulnerable or unstable.

Bieber has apparently been on vacation in the Tulum area, on Mexico's Caribbean coast south of Cancun, for several days.



A Muslim boy walks on the main carpet during the Friday prayer at the Mosque in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Friday, Jan 8, 2016.
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Suspect Will Not Plead For Pope Pardon


A former PR consultant to the Vatican on trial along with four others for leaking or publishing secret papers said on Thursday she would not ask Pope Francis for a pardon.

"Those who are innocent do not ask to be pardoned," Francesca Chaouqui told journalists, ruling out a similar course of action to former pontiff Benedict XVI's butler who was found guilty in the first Vatileaks trial in 2013 but later pardoned.

Chaouqui insisted prosecutors have "nothing that could lead to a conviction", and the only thing that ties her to the leaks are accusations made against her by Spanish priest Lucio Vallejo Balda, who is also on trial.

Vallejo Balda has portrayed his former friend Chaouqui as a manipulative temptress, saying he was tempted to break his vow of celibacy because of her sexual advances, a claim she has rubbished.

Chaouqui insists that while she did stay in a hotel with him in Florence, he shared the room with his mother that night.



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Giant Statue Demolished

Mao Zedong

A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said Friday, days after images of it went viral.

Images of the statue of a seated Mao towering 37 metres (121 feet) over empty fields in the central province of Henan made worldwide headlines this week.

But the three million yuan ($460,000) structure has been destroyed, the People's Net news portal cited local officials as saying, adding the reason was "unclear".

It cited reports from unspecified media as saying the likeness of the man who ruled China with an iron grip for nearly three decades until his death in 1976 "was not registered or approved" by the local government.

Construction was reportedly funded by several local entrepreneurs and finished in December after nine months of labour, the portal said this week.

Mao Zedong


The Flying Scotsman locomotive steams up in public for the first time after the successful completion of a decade-long restoration project at the East Lancashire Railway tracks at Bury station in England Friday Jan. 8, 2016. The Flying Scotsman was the first steam engine to officially travel at 100-miles-per-hour.
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Lose Endangered Species Status?


The West Indian manatee, or sea cow, should no longer be considered an endangered species because its population has rebounded, particularly in Florida, US officials said Thursday.

The tubby, grayish brown marine mammals were listed as endangered almost 50 years ago, after being killed mainly due to overhunting and collisions with boats.

"The manatee's recovery is incredibly encouraging and a great testament to the conservation actions of many," said Cindy Dohner, the Fish and Wildlife Service's southeast regional director.

When aerial surveys began in 1991, officials counted 1,267 of them in Florida, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Now there are more than 6,300 in Florida alone, and the entire population is estimated at 13,000 manatees in its range which includes the Caribbean and the northern coasts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.



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Sells For Nearly $2M

1894-S Dime

Whatever disparaging cliche you've heard about the lowly dime - dime a dozen, nickel and dimed, dime's worth of difference - it's not true of this dime.

No, this particular coin that went to auction Thursday evening in Tampa sold for just under $2 million.

The 1894-S dime was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 were made, and only nine likely still exist.

"There's a couple of iconic rarities in the rare coin market," said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, California. "A couple of coins have been known among the rarest of the rare for 100 years and this is one of those numismatic icons."

Hall said so few of those dimes were made at the San Francisco Mint because the country was in a recession that year and more dimes weren't needed.

1894-S Dime


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In Memory

Ashraf Pahlavi

Iranian Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, the twin sister of the country's deposed shah whose glamorous life epitomized the excesses of her brother's rule, has died after decades in exile. She was 96.

Many in Iran before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution believed Princess Ashraf served as the true power behind her brother, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and pushed him into taking power in a 1953 coup engineered by the U.S.

Immortalized in her royal prime by an Andy Warhol portrait with bright red lips and raven-black hair, Princess Ashraf's years out of power more resembled a Shakespearean tragedy. Assassins killed her son on a Paris street just after the Islamic Revolution, her twin brother died of cancer shortly after, while a niece died of a 2001 drug overdose in London and a nephew killed himself in Boston 10 years later.

Born Oct. 26, 1919, Princess Ashraf was the daughter of the monarch Reza Shah, who came to power in a 1921 coup engineered by Britain and later was forced to abdicate the throne after a 1941 invasion by Britain and Russia. By 1953, America helped orchestrate the coup that overthrew Iran's popularly elected prime minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, over fears he was tilting toward the Soviet Union. That brought her brother to power and set the stage for decades of mistrust between the countries.

But the shah was "a man of indecision," according to a long-classified CIA account of the coup first published by The New York Times in 2000. To push the coup along, the plotters reached out to "the shah's dynamic and forceful twin sister" who already had been in touch with U.S. and British agents, according to the account. After "considerable pressure" by her and a U.S. general, the shah reportedly agreed.

As her brother's government ruled in opulence and its secret police tortured political activists, Princess Ashraf focused on women's rights in an appointment to the United Nations. She and her sister, Shams, also were among the first Iranian women to go in public with their hair uncovered, breaking traditional norms in the Shiite country. She also worked on other diplomatic missions for Iran.

She traveled widely and became known for gambling on the French Riviera, the French press dubbing her "La Panthere Noire," or "the Black Panther." She survived a 1977 apparent assassination attempt in Cannes that killed her aide and wounded her chauffeur.

After her brother's 1979 overthrow in Iran's Islamic Revolution, Princess Ashraf shuttled between homes in Paris, New York and Monte Carlo. She published a memoir and remained outspoken immediately after the overthrow.

Princess Ashraf married and divorced three times in her life and had three children. She gradually faded from public view in later years, though she attended U.S. President Richard Nixon's funeral in 1994. And she always maintained she regretted nothing.

Ashraf Pahlavi



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