BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 5 September, 2015


5 September, 2015

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Paul Krugman: Other People's Dollars, and Their Place in Global Economics (NY Times Column)
The countries behind greenbacks, Aussies, loonies and kiwis all weathered economic storms better than most of the rest of the world.

Ryan Gilbey: "'The secrecy has been ludicrous': Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels on the new film and his life as C-3PO" (The Guardian)
The first time the actor saw C-3PO, he felt kinship - and went on to play the android in all six Star Wars movies. Ahead of The Force Awakens, he talks about being censured by Disney, working with JJ Abrams and playing the worrywart robot once more.

Tom Shone: Woody Allen and his sisters (The Guardian)
The director is much criticised for his portrayal of women but there's no denying that, from Annie to Jasmine, he has written great, Oscar-winning female roles - mainly when they are versions of him.

Andrew Pulver: Emma Stone on Woody Allen, whitewashing and why Hollywood pairs her with older men (The Guardian)
She's equally at home in comic-book blockbusters, arthouse fare and awards bait, but could this coolly unflappable screen presence have made her first career missteps by returning to work with Allen on Irrational Man, and courting controversy in Aloha?

John Cheese: 6 Crucial Warnings I Wish I Could Give My Past Self (Cracked)
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and warn your younger self about some of the ridiculous crap Past You is going to encounter? Like a crazy ex? Maybe a poor career decision? The championship match where your opponent's manager distracted the ref just long enough for you to be knocked out by a folding steel chair, costing you the title?

Suzanne Moore: Nicki Minaj has something serious to say about race. We should listen to her(The Guardian)
Minaj's supposed 'catfights' - the latest at the VMA awards - are heavily reported. But the media rarely reflects on her astute political points.

Jeb Lund: When you're as bad at campaigns as Scott Walker, you should just give up (The Guardian)
The candidate who wants to deny the science behind male-pattern baldness more than the science behind climate change isn't in it to win it.

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BadtotheboneBob's Trivia Question from Yesterday

What's the wettest place on Earth? (The wettest place on land, that is, not the dagnab Mariana Trench and/or suchlike watery environments, okay?)

       Mawsynram, India                                                      Source

The current record holder, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records , is the cluster of hamlets known as Mawsynram in India. Moisture swept from the Bay of Bengal, condenses over this 1,491m plateau, in the Khasi Hills that overlook the plains of Bangladesh. The result is an astonishing average annual rainfall of 11,871 mm (467.35"). Even the world's biggest statue, Rio de Janeiro's 30m tall Christ the Redeemer, would be up to his knees in that volume of water. (39 feet of rainfall? Yeah, that's, like, kinda wet)        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Meghalaya, India.

mj wrote:
   Guess based on something from my childhood

Lubricated Lois Of Oregon said:
   Oh wow, didn't realize I missed the last two days! That was some birthday party! Will refrain from being crude and answer the question with Mawsynram, whatever that means. But we all know where the wettest place on earth is!

Adam answered:>ahem<- such a personal question!
  Meghalaya, India.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Mawsynram, India.....though other place dispute it.

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Mount Wai'ale'ale."

Marian replied:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali on a dazzle day said:
   The state of Meghalaya, India, is reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year. This is all according to "The Guiness Book of World Records." I've seen different scientific references for wettest places: Lůpez de Micay, Colombia and also Mt. Waialeale on Hawaii's Kauai Island. So who really knows. Guiness isn't always right.
  Been a long week! Flash Friday!

DJ Useo answered:
   I'm pretty sure it's in India, but The exact location eludes me.
  It's the right part of the picture below. ;)

MAM   wrote:
   Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. Meghalaya is a state in north-east India. The name means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. The village receives 467 inches of rain per year.

STEPHEN F took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally is happily on the road and probably not paying much attention.

BttbBob   , has returned to semi-retired status.

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Last Night

Sunny afternoon.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, hosted by Woody Harrelson, music by Kendrick Lamar.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe a RERUN 'Castle'.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Beauty & The Beast', followed by a RERUN 'Arrow'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bullseye', followed by a RERUN 'Home Free'.

MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'The Matrix', followed by the movie 'The Matrix Reloaded'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Top Gear: Polar Special-Season 9
 [7:00AM]    Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World
 [8:30AM]    The Birds
 [11:30AM]    Psycho (1960)
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 19 - Manhunt
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 20 - The Emissary
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 21 - Peak Performance
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 22 - Shades of Gray
 [8:00PM]    Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor
 [10:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 13 - The Name of the Doctor
 [11:00PM]    Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor
 [1:00AM]    The Thick Of It - Season 4 - Episode 1
 [1:40AM]    The Thick Of It - Season 4 - Episode 2
 [2:20AM]    The Thick Of It - Season 4 - Episode 3
 [3:00AM]    The Thick Of It - Season 4 - Episode 4
 [3:40AM]    Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Big Daddy', followed by the movie 'Big Daddy', again.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Pineapple Express', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny', followed by the FRESH 'Kevin Hart Presents: Lil Rel Howery: RELevent'.

FX has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2'.

History has all old 'Counting Cars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [2:45PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [5:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [8:00PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [1:15AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    The Manchurian Candidate
 [10:30AM]    Field of Dreams
 [1:00PM]    Ghostbusters
 [3:30PM]    Ghostbusters II
 [6:00PM]    Ghostbusters
 [8:30PM]    Ghostbusters II
 [11:00PM]    Ghostbusters
 [1:30AM]    Ghostbusters II
 [4:00AM]    Stay    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Back To The Future', followed by the movie 'Back To The Future Part II'.

 [6:30 AM]      Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1936)
 [8:15 AM]      The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman and Robin: Robin Rescues Batman (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
 [1:45 PM]      I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
 [3:15 PM]      Royal Wedding (1951)
 [5:00 PM]      McLintock! (1963)
 [7:30 PM]      MGM Parade Show #9 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Now, Voyager (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      Mrs. Parkington (1944)
 [12:15 AM]      The Pirate (1948)
 [2:00 AM]      The Born Losers (1967)
 [4:00 AM]      The Glory Stompers (1967)
 [5:45 AM]      The House in the Middle (1954)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  09/06/15

 [6:00 AM]      Rhapsody (1954)
 [8:00 AM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [10:15 AM]      Berlin Express (1948)
 [12:00 PM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [2:00 PM]      Heaven Can Wait (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      It Happened At The World's Fair (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Hills Of Home (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Thrill Of A Romance (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
 [12:00 AM]      The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1919)     SILENT 
 [1:15 AM]      Kurutta Ippeiji (1926)    SILENT 
 [2:30 AM]      Hakuchi (1951)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actor Keanu Reeves poses on the red carpet on the opening night of the 41st American Film Festival, Friday, Sept. 4 , 2015, in Deauville, Normandy, Western France.
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Contract Up For Sale

The Beatles

The contract that launched the career of The Beatles will be sold in London later this month and is expected to fetch up to £500,000 (681,000 euros, $760,000), Sotheby's auction house said on Saturday.

The document was signed by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with their manager Brian Epstein on October 1, 1962 -- four days before the release of their first single "Love Me Do".

Harrison and McCartney were under 21 at the time so their fathers acted as co-signatories and there was a clause in the contract stating that band members could be expelled "should two or more of them desire".

The document also outlined the different commission rates that Epstein would receive for earnings of up to £400, up to ¬£800 and more than £800 a week.

The Beatles


US actors/cast members Johnny Depp (L) and Dakota Johnson arrive for the premiere of 'Black Mass', at the 72nd annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 04 September 2015. The movie is presented out of competition of the festival that runs from 02 to 12 September.
Photo by Claudio Onorati


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Blocks Screening Of Documentary

Aretha Franklin

A federal judge is preventing The Telluride Film Festival from screening a documentary about a 1972 Aretha Franklin concert without the singer's consent.

U.S. District Judge John L. Kane issued his order in Denver about three hours before the Friday night screening of "Amazing Grace." Franklin testified by telephone from Detroit that she had objected to use of the concert footage in the documentary for years.

Attorneys for the film festival argued that a recently discovered 1968 contract that Franklin signed allowed the use of the footage. But Kane said that document appeared to only relate to her music recordings.

The documentary was scheduled to have three screenings at the film festival, which concludes Monday.

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Pleads To Join Norwegian Bride

Mordechai Vanunu

Nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, still barred from leaving Israel more than a decade after completing an 18-year-jail term, said Friday he wants to join his new bride in Norway.

"I got married three months ago to my wife who is in Norway," he told Israel's privately owned Channel 2 television station in what it said was his first-ever interview to Israeli media in Hebrew.

"She is the wage-earner, she is the one who is working, she can't live here," Vanunu said. "I want to start living my life."

The former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel's Dimona nuclear plant to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.

He spent more than 10 of his 18 years in prison in solitary confinement.

Mordechai Vanunu


British actor Rowan Atkinson, dressed as Mr Bean drives down the Mall, close to Buckingham Palace, London, to promote the 25th anniversary of Mr Bean, London, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
Photo by Jonathan Short


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Polish River Reveals Secrets Amid Drought


Archeologists are having a field day in Poland's longest river, the Vistula, which because of a drought has hit a record low water level allowing them to uncover a treasure trove of ancient artifacts.

"There are pieces of marble and stoneware and fragments of fountains, window sills, columns, concrete slabs, cannonballs," said Hubert Kowalski, a researcher at Warsaw University's archeological institute.

Dressed in orange and green rubber hip waders, the archeologists slosh around the Vistula, whose level has fallen to just 40 centimetres (16 inches) in downtown Warsaw -- the lowest in over 200 years.

Armed with detectors of all sorts, sonars and sub-bottom profilers -- tools for identifying layers of sediment -- they search for curious objects from aboard their inflatable boat.

The large sandbanks poking out of the water give the river the air of a barren desert landscape. But for the archeologists, it's paradise.



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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking "a gotcha question".

Discussing Islamist extremism, conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt told Trump he was looking for the next president to know who the leaders of major militant groups were, naming the heads of Islamic State, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and its Nusra Front wing in Syria.

"Do you know the players without a scorecard, yet, Donald Trump?" asked Hewitt, who will co-moderate the next official Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16 in California.

"No, you know, I'll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they'll all be changed. They'll be all gone," Trump replied.

When Hewitt said it was not meant as a "gotcha" question, Trump responded: "Well, it sounded like gotcha. You're asking me names that, I think it's somewhat ridiculous, but that's OK. Go ahead, let's go."



US film director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam arrives for the premiere of 'Black Mass' during the 72nd annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 04 September 2015. The movie is presented out of competition at the festival running from 04 September to 12 September.
Photo by Claudio Onorati


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Red Wolves

North Carolina

The federal wildlife service on Thursday stood by its decision to authorize recent killings of two highly endangered North Carolina red wolves on private property, despite plans by conservationists to sue.

Three conservationist groups said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) made only cursory attempts to remove the wolves from private property between 2014 and 2015 before allowing the landowners to kill them in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

The five-county region of eastern North Carolina known as the Red Wolf Recovery Area is home to the only population of red wolves in the wild, estimated at only between 50 and 75 animals, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

One of the wolves was a breeding female, according to a 60-day notice of intent to sue filed with the agency on Tuesday by SELC.

Neither wolf had exhibited problem behavior which is a prerequisite for killing under the act, the notice said.

North Carolina


Reenactment actors dressed up in period costumes drag a dead cart through the streets and shout "bring out your dead" as they take part in a procession to mark 350 years since the Great Plague of London in the City of London, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. The procession on Friday followed the route along a street named Minories that the dead carts used to take to get to the great plague pit of St Botolph‚s church where victims' bodies were buried in mass graves.
Photo by Matt Dunham


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Victim Of Oil Slump

Hughes Glomar Explorer

A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.

Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception, the 619-foot vessel eventually became part of the fleet of ships used by Swiss company Transocean to drill for oil.

But the oil price rout means the former spy ship now called GSF Explorer is just one of 40 such offshore drilling rigs that have been consigned to scrap since last year.

It's the end of a story that began when a Soviet G-II sub called the K-129 sank in September 1968 "with all hands, 16,500 feet below the surface of the Pacific", according to an official U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) history.

Hughes Glomar Explorer


Children dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna pose during a fancy dress competition at a school on the eve of the Janmashtami festival in Mathura, India, September 4, 2015. The festival, which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated across India on Saturday.
Photo by K. K. Aror


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Thanks US Nuns

Pope Frankie

Pope Francis thanked American nuns in a television special to be aired Friday, defusing tensions that arose after an investigation under the previous pontiff accused them of promoting "radical feminist themes."

The pope, who will travel to the United States later this month, made the comments via teleconference to an immigrant welcome center at a Texas church earlier this week for the ABC News special.

"I'll tell you one other thing. Is it unseemly for the pope to say this? I love you all very much," Pope Francis said to US Catholic sisters, after calling forward one sister in particular.

"I want to thank you," the pontiff said. "And through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the US for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States."

In 2012, under Pope Benedict's leadership, the Vatican launched an investigation of the main US nun group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, saying the LCWR was promoting "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."

Pope Frankie


Dust blows by the Prairie Wind Chapel art installation during the Burning Man "Carnival of Mirrors" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, September 4, 2015. Approximately 70,000 people from all over the world are gathering at the sold-out festival to spend a week in the remote desert to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.
Photo by Jim Urquhart


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Polish TV

Nazi Gold Train

Two men appeared on Polish TV Friday saying they are the finders of a Nazi train said to be laden with gold - a claim that came as the Polish military inspected the alleged site in southwestern Poland.

Identifying themselves as Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the men appeared on TVP.INFO. Contacted by The Associated Press by phone, Richter confirmed he had found the train.

"As the finders of a World War II armored train, we, Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, declare that we have legally informed state authorities about the find and have precisely indicated the location in the presence of Walbrzych authorities and the police," Koper said, reading a statement on TV with Richter sitting at his side. "We have irrefutable proof of its existence."

Their knowledge is based on information from witnesses and on their own research, carried out with their own equipment, Koper said in his statement.

They claimed that a leak to the media was behind the public knowledge of their find.

Nazi Gold Train


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Cheetah female Wazi with her 4 cubs in the enclosure in Opole Zoo in Opole, Poland, September 4, 2015. After 10 years, eight cheetah cubs were born in Opole Zoo from two female cheetahs Wazi and Mambo.
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