BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 5 December, 2015


5 December, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1528 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Republicans' Climate Change Denial Denial (NY Times Column)
Future historians - if there are any future historians - will almost surely say that the most important thing happening in the world during December 2015 was the climate talks in Paris. […] But the talks could mark a turning point, the beginning of the kind of international action needed to avert catastrophe. Then again, they might not; we may be doomed. And if we are, you know who will be responsible: the Republican Party.

Chris Thompson: Pharmaceuticals Rapscallion Martin Shkreli Now Playing the Stock Market Like a Goddamn Pan Flute (Gawker)
So, here we are. Martin Shkreli, as vile a person as there is, took a worthless stock in a folding company and turned it into a personal windfall, because the stock market is cool and good and yay capitalism and all that.

Alison Flood: JK Rowling recalls 'amazing' moment she met her idol Morrissey (The Guardian)
Harry Potter author remembers the shock of her encounter with the Smiths singer, in a Guardian interview that touches on Twitter trolls and the joy of being an undiscovered writer again.

Mark Coker: 2015 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insights to Help Authors Reach More Readers (Smashwords Blog)
Avoid $1.99. For the fourth year in a row, $1.99 was a black hole in terms of overall earnings. On a unit sales basis, although $1.99 books outperformed all books priced $5.00 and above, it dramatically underperformed on overall earnings, earning 73% less than the average of all other price points.

Michele Hanson: I despair that my recycling won't change the world. But others' will (The Guardian)
I tried to recycle my bed to do my bit and save some of the world's resources. I failed, but there's still hope - not everyone has given up.

Jonathan Jones: The dinosaur that proves the madness of the art market (The Guardian)
Today's dino sale (yes, you can buy them at auction) for a predicted £500,000 proves that we're criminally underpaying for our ancient wonders - and even more criminally overpaying for modern art.

Alex Ross: The Shadow (New Yorker)
A hundred years of Orson Welles.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Born Lester Joseph Gillis, he robbed banks, helped John Dillinger escape from prison, and also killed more FBI agents in the line of duty than any other person. By what name is he better known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Tom Marvolo Riddle, this fictional character is better known by another name. What is it?

       Lord Voldemort                                                      Source

Lord Voldemort (born Tom Marvolo Riddle) is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997. Voldemort appears either in person or in flashbacks in each book and film adaptation in the series, except the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where he is mentioned.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Lord Voldemort.

mj wrote:
   Does spelling it out count as saying it?
  Voldermort. Actually, "I am Lord Voldermort" is an anagram of Tom Marvolo Riddle (as was revealed in the Chamber of Secrets.)

Adam answered:
   Lord Voldemort.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Harry Potter bad guy Lord Voldemort

Deborah responded:
   Lord Voldemort.
  I'm a "Harry Potter" fan from the beginning - so this was an easy answer. I hope it's a harbinger of how this day will go down.

Marian replied:
   Harry Potter

Lois Of Oregon said:
   I didn't have to look this up. I knew this. Why did I know this.

Daniel in The City replied:

Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norfallcali responded:
   Lord Voldemort
  Vintage Tits and a potato.

MAM   wrote:
   Lord Voldemort ~
  From Chamber of Secrets is an anagram for 'Tom Marvolo Riddle' played by, Ralph Fiennes.

Joe S     answered:
   Dare we say it? Dare we say his name? What if we say his name and we summon him? Then what? Huh? Then what?
  Oh what the hell, Harry killed him didn't he? It's just that he has this nasty habit of coming back. Well okay, okay, he's dead, let's do it!
  Lord Voldemort! Oh shit, there he is! Dammit!

Randall took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  December 5 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 5 | Famous Birthdays



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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The Daily News cover calls mass-shooting suspects 'terrorists' - AOL

How many inmates have died in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails? Who knows, but it's a big number.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Prince Harry: alpha males with animal troubles | Life and style | The Guardian

Youth review - age cannot wither Michael Caine, but Sorrentino could try harder | Film | The Guardian

Barbra Streisand to direct Catherine the Great biopic | Film | The Guardian

The best films of 2015 in the US | Film | The Guardian

The Lady in the Van review - Maggie Smith terrific as the muse in the driveway | Film | The Guardian

Obama to cancel millions in student loans swindled by Rubio-supported Corinthian Colleges

Christian University just got waiver to discriminate against gay students and unwed mothers

Big "Conservation" violates tribal rights from Africa to California

Action Needed to Defend the S.F.Bay-Delta Estuary from Agribusiness Attack

Gov. Mike Pence meets with Archbishop to ask church to withdraw support for Syrian refugee family

Missouri bill would apply abortion restrictions to gun buying

NBC Reporter Touts Network's Ethics Before Broadcasting Live From Inside San Bernardino Suspects' Apartment

Gun Debate Yields Page One Editorial - The New York Times

Study Finds People Who Fall For Nonsense Inspirational Quotes Are Less Intelligent

Climate change: Denmark's 'fairy tale' energy island -

Thanks, Michelle!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





Selected Readings

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10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Back to sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with the movie 'It's A Wonderful Life'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Ryan Gosling hosting, music by Leon Bridges.

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

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 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

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

A&E has all 'What Would You Do?' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Armageddon', followed by the movie 'Demolition Man'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 11-12-Episode 1
 [7:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 11-12-Episode 2
 [8:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 11-12-Episode 3
 [9:00AM]    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
 [11:30AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
 [12:30PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
 [1:30PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Wounded
 [2:30PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
 [3:30PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
 [4:30PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
 [5:30PM]    Galaxy Quest
 [7:45PM]    Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 11 - Heaven Sent
 [9:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 12 - Hell Bent
 [10:20PM]    Doctor Who: Last Christmas-Season 8
 [11:40PM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 8
 [12:40AM]    Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 12 - Hell Bent
 [2:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 1 - The Magician's Apprentice
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Wounded
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', then the movie 'Mean Girls'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Along Came Polly', followed by the movie 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', then the movie 'Along Came Polly'.

FX has the movie 'Avatar', followed by the movie 'Prisoners'.

History has all old 'Swamp People' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Adam Pally Wears a Navy Blazer and Bright Blue Sneakers
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn Wears Ripped Jeans and Black Heels
 [7:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Claims Are Made and a Journey Ensues
 [7:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-A Plan Is Hatched and a Date Is Not a Date
 [8:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Snooker Player, the Black Canadian, the Turkish Terrorist, and the Peanut
 [8:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Brent Wilts Arrives and Things Take a Turn for the Worse
 [9:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
 [9:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [10:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [10:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
 [11:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [11:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [12:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [12:30PM]    COMMANDO
 [8:00PM]    WATCHMEN
 [2:00AM]    WATCHMEN
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Riding the Bullet
 [8:00AM]    Backdraft
 [11:00AM]    Mystic River
 [2:00PM]    The Haunting in Connecticut
 [4:15PM]    The Perfect Storm
 [7:15PM]    The Exorcist
 [10:00PM]    The Returned
 [11:10PM]    The Exorcist
 [1:53AM]    The Returned
 [3:02AM]    Mystic River    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.

 [6:45 AM]      A Family Affair (1936)
 [8:00 AM]      A Dog of Flanders (1935)
 [9:15 AM]      Dick Tracy Vs. Cueball (1946)
 [10:30 AM]      Mr. Hex (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      That's Entertainment! (1974)
 [2:30 PM]      Jack And The Beanstalk (1952)
 [4:00 PM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      Courage Of Lassie (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      Sunset Boulevard (1950)
 [10:00 PM]      Susan Slept Here (1954)
 [12:00 AM]      In a Lonely Place (1950)
 [2:00 AM]      Shock (1977)    [AKA: 'Beyond the Door II']
 [3:45 AM]      Haxan (1922)     [AKA: 'Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages']    SILENT 
 [5:45 AM]      The Terrible Truth (1951)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  11/06/15

 [6:00 AM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [8:30 AM]      A Christmas Carol (1938)
 [10:00 AM]      The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
 [12:00 PM]      Holiday Affair (1949)
 [1:45 PM]      Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
 [3:30 PM]      An American in Paris (1951)
 [5:30 PM]      The Quiet Man (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      The Twelve Chairs (1970)
 [10:00 PM]      It's in the Bag (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Morning for the Osone Family (1946)
 [3:30 AM]      Twenty Four Eyes (1954)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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U.S. actor Bill Murray arrives at the opening ceremony of the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco December 4, 2015.
Photo by Youssef Boudlal


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Edward Gorey's Vintage Illustrations for H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds | Brain Pickings


Drum Kit Sells For $2.2 Million

Ringo Starr

A drum kit that Ringo Starr used to record some of the Beatles' early hits has sold for $2.2 million at an auction to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Julien's Auctions says Irsay bought the 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit Friday at a sale in Beverly Hills, California. The two-day auction includes over 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach.

Starr used the kit in more than 200 performances between May 1963 and February 1964. He also played it on recordings including "Can't Buy Me Love," ''She Loves You," ''All My Loving" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

The auction concludes Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple's Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on global social welfare issues.

Ringo Starr


Comedian Amy Schumer poses during the GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California December 3, 2015. Picture taken December 3, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


The Atomic Bomb Crater in Mars Bluff, South Carolina | Amusing Planet


Named California Poet Laureate

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia, the poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has been named California Poet Laureate.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that Gioia will succeed Juan Felipe Herrera, who served from 2012 to 2014 and is now U.S. Poet Laureate.

Gioia, who turns 65 later this month, headed the NEA from 2003 to 2009. He has long advocated making poetry more accessible to the general public and teaching it in schools. His initiatives at the NEA included the student contest Poetry Out Loud.

Dana Gioia


Newhead News


Cell Phones

Dave Chappelle

Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle has joined forces with a tech start-up in order to stop members of the audience using their mobile phones during his live shows.

The American comic has banned the use of phones at his shows for years, but is taking things a step further with the use of smartphone-locking pouches.

Members of the audience keep the phone pouches with them throughout the show, but as soon as they enter the 'no-phone zone', they are locked shut.

If someone needs to use their phone, they can simply step outside of the no-phone zone and the case will unlock.

Not only do the phone-locking pouches prevent fresh material being uploaded to YouTube before the performance has even finished, it also stops people from disturbing others with their backlit screens, leaving everyone free to enjoy the routine.

Dave Chappelle


Actors Oliver Hudson (L) and Wyatt Russell pose during the GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California December 3, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


What was Found (and still edible) inside a 150 year-old Sunken Steamboat | Messy Nessy Chic


Royal Seal Unearthed

King Hezekiah

The royal seal of an ancient biblical king has been unearthed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The seal, a clay impression depicting a two-winged sun with two ankh symbols on either side, was once used to seal papyrus documents associated with King Hezekiah, who ruled the kingdom of Judea from 727 B.C. to 698 B.C. The seal was unearthed in a trash heap near the walls of the ancient Temple Mount.

King Hezekiah is one of the most famous of the Israelite kings. During his reign, he rooted out idol worship, spruced up the decrepit temple and centralized power, as told in biblical accounts.

His reign is also one of the best documented by nonbiblical sources. The chronicles of the Assyrian kings Sargon II and Sennacherib, who laid siege to Jerusalem under Hezekiah's watch, describe the Israelite ruler paying tribute to them to fend off attacks. The Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem but did not vanquish the Judean kingdom in Hezekiah's lifetime, according to the Assyrian chronicles.

The team found the seal while sifting through archaeological remains from a trash heap found outside what was once the Royal Building, essentially the food pantry for the ancient kingdom.

King Hezekiah


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Appeals Court Hears Challenge

Net Neutrality

A U.S. appeals court heard arguments on Friday over the legality of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, in a case that may ultimately determine how consumers get access to content on the Internet.

The fight is the latest battle over Obama administration rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web "fast lane."

A three-judge panel, in a hearing that lasted over three hours, questioned lawyers for the FCC and broadband backers about whether the FCC properly extended the sweeping authority it has to regulate telecommunications to Internet service providers.

So-called net neutrality is a major issue for broadband providers like Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp, which fear the rules may make it harder to manage Internet traffic and make investment to provide additional capacity less likely. It is also a big concern for content providers like Netflix Inc and Yelp Inc, worried that access to customers could be limited without net neutrality.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled twice against the FCC since 2010 and Judge David Tatel, who wrote both opinions, is on the panel that heard the case.

Net Neutrality


Comedian Sarah Silverman poses during the GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California December 3, 2015. Picture taken December 3, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


800 Year Old "Big Old Squash" - Album on Imgur


Police Questioned For Hours


A third-grader was taken off a school bus and questioned for hours by police because another girl falsely reported the 8-year-old had chemicals in her backpack, her family said in a lawsuit Thursday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, which filed the federal lawsuit against the town of Tiverton, compared the case to that of a Texas teenager who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school in September. The group said such actions terrorize and traumatize children.

The family's lawyer, Amato DeLuca, said police essentially arrested the girl with no evidence. They had already searched her backpack and found nothing when school officials allowed them to put her in the back of a police cruiser and take her alone to the police department, where she was questioned, he said.

"What we've stooped to in the name of public safety is arresting third-graders," he said. "It's so un-American. It's so police state. It's so Gestapo. I never thought we'd do things like that here."

"The kid was just terrified. Upset, crying. It's a little girl. They both were. They didn't know what they did wrong. They felt intimidated by the police," DeLuca said. "If somebody told you that police arrest third-graders, you'd say, 'Nah, can't be.' But yeah, they do. In Tiverton, anyway."



Actor Jon Hamm poses during the GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California December 3, 2015. Picture taken December 3, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


14 Exquisite Clandestine Cameras From The Golden Age of Espionage


Ghost Boats Mystery


Mystery surrounds a fleet of ghost boats with headless skeletons or rotting corpses on board that are washing up on Japan's shores.

At least 14 weathered vessels -- some badly damaged or capsized -- with almost two dozen bodies have been discovered since October.

Mounting evidence suggests that the rickety boats have come from isolated and impoverished North Korea.

Some net users in Japan speculate the dead could have been defectors looking for escape from the intolerant regime of Kim Jong-Un, but experts say they were likely fishermen on an ill-fated, but government-mandated, search for bigger catches.

The detachment of the heads indicates those onboard have been dead for a considerable time, with body parts separated by a lengthy natural decay.



Michael Keaton arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


Magic Circle: Laser-Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by Nature | Urbanist


Crews Finish Pumping

Lake Erie

Salvage crews have finished pumping hazardous oil-based substances from a sunken barge that apparently had been sitting undiscovered on the bottom of Lake Erie for nearly 80 years, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

Federal officials overseeing the underwater operation say the barge no longer poses an environmental threat.

Crews discovered this week that six of the eight cargo tanks already were empty, suggesting that the oil-based substances either spilled when the barge sank or slowly trickled out over time.

The Coast Guard and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been monitoring the site near the U.S.-Canadian border since coming across a small leak in October that appeared to be from a barge called the Argo that sank during a storm in 1937. The wreckage was one of 87 shipwrecks on a federal registry that identifies the most serious pollution threats to U.S. waters.

What will be done with the remains of the steel barge, which is mostly intact and sitting upright, is still to be determined. Sonar images show outlines of the pilot house, railings and pipes.

Lake Erie


Adults dressed as babies from Avaaz, a global civic organization that promotes activism on issues such as climate change, wear bibs with the messages, "Where are the Grown Ups?" at a protest the behaviour by negotiators at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 4, 2015.
Photo by Stephane Mahe


Urban GhostsCybercrime: 10 Ways Criminals Use the Internet for Organised Crime - Urban Ghosts


Top 20

Global Concert Tours

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. Taylor Swift; $4,625,801; $114.47.
    2. One Direction; $3,117,311; $85.47.
    3. Madonna; $2,374,448; $125.33.
    4. Luke Bryan; $1,705,573; $53.82.
    5. Maroon 5; $1,613,381; $82.44.
    6. Ed Sheeran; $1,357,513; $60.47.
    7. Zac Brown Band; $1,325,371; $57.64.
    8. Marc Anthony / Carlos Vives; $1,258,373; $106.90.
    9. Violetta; $1,142,958; $68.40.
   10. Juan Gabriel; $1,098,539; $120.78.
   11. Foo Fighters; $974,983; $59.33.
   12. Shania Twain; $902,011; $89.97.
   13. Dave Matthews Band; $815,310; $58.46.
   14. Janet Jackson; $802,887; $88.01.
   15. Florence + The Machine; $692,151; $57.37.
   16. 5 Seconds Of Summer; $619,719; $44.52.
   17. Motley Crue; $616,525; $68.03.
   18. Chayanne; $606,851; $87.04.
   19. Def Leppard; $601,281; $47.29.
   20. Chris Brown; $580,613; $39.72.

Global Concert Tours


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In Memory

Robert Loggia

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia, who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from "Scarface" to "The Sopranos" but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks' kid-at-heart toy-company boss in "Big," has died. He was 85.

A solidly built man with a rugged face and rough voice, Loggia fit neatly into gangster movies, playing a Miami drug lord in "Scarface," which starred Al Pacino; and a Sicilian mobster in "Prizzi's Honor," with Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. He played wise guys in David Lynch's "Lost Highway," the spoofs "Innocent Blood" and "Armed and Dangerous," and again on David Chase's "The Sopranos," as the previously jailed veteran mobster Michele "Feech" La Manna.

It was not as a gangster but as a seedy detective that Loggia received his only Academy Award nomination, as supporting actor in 1985's "Jagged Edge." He played gumshoe Sam Ransom, who investigated a murder involving Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges.

Loggia gave an endearing comic performance in Penny Marshall's 1988 "Big," when he danced with Tom Hanks on a giant piano keyboard.

Loggia also appeared in five films for comedy director Blake Edwards, including three "Pink Panther" films and the dark comedy "S.O.B." He also portrayed Joseph, husband of Mary, in George Stevens' biblical epic "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

In 1966 Loggia had the rare opportunity for stardom, taking the lead role in the NBC television drama "T.H.E. Cat."

He played a former circus aerialist and cat burglar who guarded clients in danger of being murdered. When the series was cancelled after one season, however, the distraught Loggia largely dropped out of the business for a time.

He returned to TV with a role in a two-part episode of the TV show "Mannix," and he was soon working regularly again. He even starred in another TV series, "Mancuso, FBI," a spinoff of Loggia's character in the 1988 miniseries "Favorite Son."

Among his later roles was as a general and presidential adviser in the 1996 sci-fi thriller "Independence Day."

In 2003 Loggia appeared in four episodes of HBO's "The Sopranos," as gangster Feech La Manna, who was released from prison and sought to return to the Mafia. Tony Soprano worried about La Manna's uncontrollable temper and tricked him into violating his parole.

The son of Sicilian immigrants, Loggia was born in 1930 in New York City's borough of Staten Island. He grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy section.

He appeared on "Studio One," ''Playhouse 90" and other live dramatic series during television's Golden Age. He made his stage debut off-Broadway in 1956 in "The Man with the Golden Arm," appearing in the title role of a drug addict, played in the movie by Frank Sinatra.

In 1956 Loggia made his film debut in "Somebody Up There Likes Me," playing mobster Frankie Peppo, who tries to persuade boxer Rocky Graziano (Paul Newman) to throw a fight.

Loggia married Marjorie Sloane in 1954, and they had three children, daughters Tracey and Kristina and son John.

After their divorce, Loggia married Audrey O'Brien in 1982.

Robert Loggia


In Memory

Melvin Williams

A former West Baltimore drug kingpin who had a recurring role on the television show "The Wire" has died.

The Baltimore Sun reports Melvin Williams died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital. The Wylie Funeral Home says it is handling the arrangements.

The Sun reports that the 73-year-old known as "Little Melvin" spent years in federal prison for drug and gun convictions but later spoke out against drug use and gang life.

"The Wire" co-creator David Simon covered Williams as a Sun reporter. After Williams met with Simon and a former homicide detective collaborating with Simon, Williams was offered the role of Deacon on "The Wire." He appeared in episodes in seasons three and four. The Wire ran from 2002 to 2008.

Melvin Williams


In Memory

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer of popular "grunge" rock acts Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at the age of 48.

The death of Weiland -- a two-time recipient of the music industry's Grammy award -- was reported on the singer's Facebook page early Friday.

The singer "passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts," the Facebook post read.

He had been scheduled to perform with his new band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, when he was found dead in the group's tour bus, news reports said.

Weiland formed Stone Temple Pilots with friends more than two decades ago. Their first album "Core" came out in 1992.

But he suffered from substance abuse issues and left the band.

In 2003 he joined Velvet Revolver but quit in 2008, reportedly because of more personal issues.

Weiland had two children with his ex-wife Mary Forsberg.

News reports said he married photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland in 2013.

Scott Weiland



A 6-week-old male white Bengal tiger cub is covered with blankets to keep it warm at a zoo in the Black Sea resort of Yalta on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. A rare white Bengal tiger cub has died of the cold in Crimea amid a two-week power blackout, the zoo's director said Friday. Employees have been struggling to keep all the animals warm, he said, adding that other animals are still in danger while the zoo was waiting for a replacement generator to arrive Saturday from Moscow.
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