Mark Hill: 6 Famous Actors Who Were Tricked Into Being In Bad Movies (Cracked)
Most casting decisions are pretty straightforward -- either a bunch of actors try out for a role and the most appealing one gets the part, or someone says, "Hey, Chris Pratt is hot right now; let's throw him into whatever our next movie is." But every now and then, a filmmaker really wants a specific actor who just isn't interested, and rather than accept it and move on, they trick the actor into their movie with a series of elaborate shenanigans.
The 100 Greatest American Films (BBC)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
The Qing dynasty officially the Great Qing, also called the Empire of the Great Qing, or the Manchu dynasty, was the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912 with a brief, abortive restoration in 1917. It was preceded by the Ming dynasty and succeeded by the Republic of China. The Qing multi-cultural empire lasted almost three centuries and formed the territorial base for the modern Chinese state.
Lois Of Da Far East was first and correct with:
The last Dynasty of China was the Qing...AKA the MANCHU DYNASTY, famous the world over for their noodles, which were delicious and strangely satisfying, but if not cooked correctly, would stick to your face, and you'd find yourself walking around all afternoon with noodles hanging from your lip, wondering why everybody was laughing at you, much like the unfortunates with toilet paper stuck to their shoes. This was a grave societal problem, especially if it was the Emperor you laughing at, as the "Death Of A Thousand Cuts" was still very much in use at that time. So, to combat this tragic side-effect, the clever Manchus devised a fashionable camouflage...THE FU MANCHU MOUSTACHE, which was so popular that it has spawned many, MANY related styles which are still cultivated even today!
Alan J wrote:
It was known as the "Empire of the Great Qing"
or, more commonly here in the "west":
I was going to guess Ming, but after a quick search, I discovered that the Qing Dynasty, which ended in 1912, was the last Chinese Dynasty.
I share your joy at the possibility of rain. It's cloudy, cool and humid (for us) and it's quite delightful.
TGIF people. Enjoy!
John I from Hawai`i says,
Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norspringcali…80ish responded:
The Qing dynasty, also called the Empire of the Great Qing, or the Manchu dynasty, was the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912…A bevy of Asian Boobies..
Qing (Manchu) Dynasty 1644 - 1912 ~ The Manchu people from north east China formed the last imperial Qing dynasty, the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty and the last feudal monarch of China; Ended in 1912 after the foundation of the Republic of China.
Joe S replied:
Little known fact: It was the Manchu Dynasty but it was a name misinterpreted by many modern historians. The name was originally the Mongo Dynasty, as it started out on the planet Mongo ruled by the Emperor Ming the Merciless. China was his first stop on his effort to concur Earth but as we all know his plans were thwarted by Flash Gordon. Mongolia is a remnant of the old Mongo dynasty. I'm an History Major, just assume I'm correct.
Here's a question for you, Why is "The Odd Couple" back on TV?
The news here just reported that the Montgomery County Police (Maryland) have posted a picture on Facebook and tweeted asking the public's help in locating the "missing" season of spring! (Love people with a sense of humor).
NOT happy to hear how cold it's going to be Saturday (AND not happy hearing snow in the forecast yet again.)
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
We kinda missed winter here, but it seems to have finally found us.
OTOH, this weekend is the LA Times Festival of Books, and while we're still planning on attending,
I'm quite curious to see how So. Cal handles an outdoor event that celebrates books and all things paper in the rain.
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 begins the night with a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', followed by a RERUN'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Russell Crowe hosting, music by Margo Price.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by a RERUN'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'NASCAR Sprint Cup', then pads the left coast with local crap.
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 Rage', and another 'The First 48'.
AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 4
[9:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 5
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-A Matter of Honor
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Measure of a Man
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
[4:00PM] THE MATRIX (1999)
[7:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED (2003)
[10:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK EXTRAS - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-401 Sneak Peek
[10:04PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2003)
[1:01AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-A Matter of Honor
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Measure of a Man
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Ass Backwards', followed by the movie 'Wedding Crashers', and 'Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts'.
FX has all 'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime' all night.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Joel McHale
[9:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
[10:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
[10:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
[11:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
[11:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
[12:15PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A Legal Matter
[12:45PM] BANGKOK DANGEROUS
[3:00PM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[5:15PM] THE PUNISHER
[8:00PM] RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
[10:00PM] RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
[12:00AM] THE PUNISHER
[2:45AM] WOLF CREEK
[5:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blueshttp://www.sundance.tv/schedule#day/2016/04/09
[7:45AM] The Haunting in Connecticut
[10:00AM] Rosemary's Baby
[1:00PM] The Virgin Suicides
[5:45PM] What About Bob?
[8:00PM] A League of Their Own
[11:00PM] Sleepless in Seattle
[1:30AM] A League of Their Own
[4:30AM] Boys Don't Cry (ALL TIMES EDT)
Sorry, North Carolina - no Bruce Springsteen for you this weekend. And you can thank your lawmakers for it.
Springsteen has canceled his Greensboro, North Carolina show scheduled for Sunday, after the state passed HB2, officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
The law "dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use," Springsteen said in a statement released on his official website Friday. "Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their rights are violated in the workplace.
"No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it's an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress," Springsteen added. "Right now, there are many groups, businesses and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments."
The "Born to Run" rocker continued, "I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry - which is happening as I write - is one of them."
Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil was cited for battery after he grabbed a woman by the hair when she sought an autograph of actor Nicolas Cage at a Las Vegas hotel, police said on Friday.
Cell phone video posted on celebrity website TMZ showed Cage grabbing Neil around the neck while restraining him and shouting, "Stop this." It does not show the fracas between Neil and the woman.
But the New York Daily News reported the two celebrities have been photographed together a number of times in years past.
In Thursday's incident, a woman told police she was asking Cage, the star of the films "National Treasure" and "Leaving Las Vegas," for his autograph at the hotel when Neil came up to her from behind and grabbed her by the hair, said Las Vegas police spokesman Michael Rodriguez.
After four months of wrangling, prying, concern and posturing, a bitter and unique dispute over the final days of influential media mogul Sumner Redstone is coming to an end.
According to sources, the parties involved in litigation prompted when the 92-year-old controlling stakeholder of Viacom and CBS threw his longtime companion Manuela Herzer out of his Beverly Park home have come to a definitive agreement.
The full terms are still being held tightly, but the deal includes a payout to Herzer, allows Viacom to remain in the hands of chief executive Philippe Dauman and will eventually designate Redstone's care to his daughter Shari, who is set to take on a larger role at Redstone's companies after her father passes. For now, Redstone will still be in charge of his own healthcare. Attorneys for the sides haven't yet commented on the settlement, but a source close to the talks adds that the payout to Herzer will be substantial, but less than $70 million and remove her permanently from Redstone's life. Shari is said to be instrumental in engineering the deal, which will be taken to a judge soon for approval.
The dispute was symptomatic of long-building tensions arising from internal Redstone family conflicts, young girlfriends eyed suspiciously and a huge fortune that awaits Redstone's heirs. When it spilled into open court in late November, upon Herzer's petition seeking to reclaim the role as Redstone's healthcare agent from Dauman, the feud tapped a business nerve given Viacom's sinking stock price and questions over future leadership. Herzer alleged that Redstone could do no more in his waning days than obsess over steak and sex, and Viacom and CBS shareholders soon wondered why Redstone was still commanding lucrative bonuses as executive chairman.
A Pennsylvania businessman considered a pioneer in the payday loan industry was indicted on Thursday for engaging in a racketeering scheme, as part of a wider U.S. crackdown on abusive lending practices.
Charles Hallinan's payday lending businesses generated more than $688 million from 2008 and 2013, according to prosecutors. He was charged in an indictment filed in federal court in Philadelphia for conspiring to violate federal racketeering laws.
The indictment also charged Wheeler Neff, a Delaware lawyer whose clients included Hallinan, and Randall Ginger, a Canadian citizen who was a hereditary chief of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation in British Columbia.
The charges came amid U.S. efforts to crackdown on abusive practices by payday lenders, which provide small extensions of credit that borrowers agree to repay in a short time, such as when they next receive a paycheck.
According to Thursday's indictment Hallinan owned, operated, financed, or worked for more than a dozen payday lending businesses from 1997 and 2013, issuing loans with annual interest rates often exceeding 700 percent.
Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.
Melting ice sheets - especially in Greenland - are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances.
Scientists and navigators have been accurately measuring the true pole and polar motion since 1899 and for almost the entire 20th century they migrated a bit toward Canada. But that has changed with this century and now it's moving toward England, said study lead author Surendra Adhikari at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
While scientists say the shift is harmless, it is meaningful. Jonathan Overpeck, professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona who wasn't part of the study, said "this highlights how real and profoundly large an impact humans are having on the planet."
Since 2003, Greenland has lost on average more than 600 trillion pounds of ice a year and that affects the way the Earth wobbles in a manner similar to a figure skater lifting one leg while spinning, said NASA scientist Eirk Ivins, the study's co-author.
A young Indian girl dressed as Hindu goddess Laxmi participates in a procession to mark "Gudi Padwa," or Maharashtrian New Year, in Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Friday, April 8, 2016.
Photo by Rajanish Kakade
Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree Fahrenheit how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests.
It all comes down to clouds and how much heat they are trapping. According to the study published Thursday in the journal Science, computer model simulations say there is more ice and less liquid water in clouds than a decade of satellite observations show.
The more water and less ice in clouds, the more heat is trapped and less the light is reflected, said study co-author Trude Storelvmo, a Yale atmospheric scientist. She said even though it is below freezing, the clouds still have lots of liquid water because they don't have enough particles that help the water turn to ice crystals.
As the climate changes, there will be more clouds with far more liquid, and global warming will be higher than previously thought, Storelvmo said.
This is just the latest in a series of studies that have found that mainstream science may be too conservative in estimating the pace and effects of warming, including melting ice sheets in Antarctica.
Authorities arrested two burglary suspects who led them on a long, bizarre chase Thursday in a top-down convertible through rainy Southern California that ended with the men stopping to exchange high-fives with onlookers and take selfies before being handcuffed.
The afternoon escapade stretched from Cerritos onto freeways and through Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles for more than an hour before winding up in a South LA neighborhood.
The chase began around 2 p.m. with a report of a home burglary in Cerritos, about 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
On Hollywood Boulevard, the passenger waved like a Rose Parade Princess to other motorists, stood up, danced and made hand gestures. The driver also stopped on slick streets to skid the car in circular "donuts" before taking off again.
They then drove to South LA, and waited for the police. When sheriff's deputies arrived a few 7 minutes later, the two men calmly surrendered and were handcuffed as onlookers took videos of the scene with cellphones.
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Madonna; $3,865,246; $197.91.
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $2,325,826; $129.19.
3. Ricky Martin; $1,255,474; $75.76.
4. Iron Maiden; $1,226,215; $57.62.
5. The Who; $1,034,024; $91.94.
6. Muse; $961,435; $60.66.
7. Kevin Hart; $947,072; $73.37.
8. "The Illusionists"; $846,094; $80.19.
9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $815,211; $56.82.
10. Andre Rieu; $806,673; $102.51.
11. Carrie Underwood; $798,118; $66.48.
12. Simply Red; $665,708; $67.92.
13. Jason Aldean; $502,552; $56.42.
14. Jerry Seinfeld; $489,356; $99.26.
15. Fall Out Boy; $412,420; $52.19.
16. Bryan Adams; $387,849; $57.86.
17. Brad Paisley; $386,542; $50.30.
18. Jeff Dunham; $355,784; $49.36.
19. Hillsong United; $257,038; $33.28.
20. Widespread Panic; $246,237; $56.00.
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