BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 3 July, 2016


3 July, 2016

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Marc Dion: Waaaah! The Gays Stole My America! (Creators Syndicate)
As gay people continue to force their thick, muscular agenda down my unwilling throat, I gag on the America we're losing so fast. Fortunately, some people are fighting back.

Josh Marshall: "How Does It Feel To Be Losing So Badly?" (TPM)
At some point in the not distant future, some reporter - probably a not altogether pleasant one - will ask Trump: "How does it feel to be losing so badly? Just on a personal level? Does it hurt? Do regret getting into this?" It won't be pretty because Trump's ego is fragile. From that moment I suspect you'll see it cropping up in campaign attacks from every direction.

Hadley Freeman: British protest voters made their voices heard. Are Americans about to do the same? (The Guardian)
It feels as if one can hardly swing a bottle of cyanide towards one's mouth without hitting a liberal proudly announcing they might vote Donald Trump.

Deborah Orr: In Brexit Britain the elites will run amok (The Guardian)
Despite the promises of independence we'll continue pandering to those we were supposed to be escaping. People will learn the hard way.

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz: Here's Why Credit Cards are Different for Rich People (Cracked)
"If your credit limit is $20,000 or higher, you'll be serviced by the High Spend department, and we bend over backwards for our customers," Megan says. "We're actually evaluated on how above-and-beyond we go on each call, like troubleshoot website problems or app issues, call merchants with you, or even call you back so you don't have to wait on the phone."

Clive James: 'After the death of Jo Cox, I found myself wondering if I hadn't lived too long' (The Guardian)
When I was six, I was the only man in the house - so how could I defend my mother if the bad men showed up? Little did I know I had a long life ahead in which I would hear about the bad men almost every day.

Oliver Burkeman: A must-read book? Go on, make me (The Guardian)
Faced with rave reviews of musicals, films, books and plays, why does Oliver Burkeman run a mile?

Lucy Mangan: why I'd never write a diary (The Guardian)
'Imagine rooting happily one day through your drawers and suddenly being presented with your younger self. Your terrible, awful, hideous self.'

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Trivia Question of the Day

Hudson Seal fur coats were popular in the 1920s. What animal did the fur actually come from?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the term for a group of eagles?

       Convocation                                                      Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   A Convocation.

Randall wrote:
   I believe it's called a
  of eagles

Deborah said:
   I woke up before the sun to watch the 2016 Tour de France, and will do so most of July. I love this time of year.
  A group of eagles is called a convocation. Thanks, Google! Now please tell me when the Tour last visited Mount Saint Michel so I can enter for a chance to attend next year's Tour. #Googlefail

Adam answered:
   A 'convocation' of eagles.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Marian replied:

DanD answered:
   Up in Altadena, just at the dead-end intersection of Los Robles and Woodbury, There is a meeting hall for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. It is Aerie #xxx (I can't remember the number).
  Of course, if you're talking about the country-rocker brand, then they're called Desperados.

MAM   wrote:
   "Convocation" ~ A group of Eagles.

Joe S     said:
   A group of Eagles is known as a "Social Club." We have a large one here in Manistee. It's open to the public on Tuesday evening for "Taco Tuesday," and Friday for "Fish Fry." The rest of the week, stay out. Drinks are cheaper too, as I understand it. I don't know what the Eagles do the rest of the week, but I think they mostly sit around and drink beer and play cards. Maybe they have parties, I don't know.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcalio took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

mj took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  July 3 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 3 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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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





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Pretty much sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Big Brother', then a RERUN 'Madam Secretary', followed by a RERUN 'Elementary'.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH '2016 US Summer Olympic Trials', followed by a RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior'.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH 'Celebrity Family Feud', then a FRESH 'The $100,000 Pyramid', followed by a FRESH 'Match Game'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2&frac; hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN 'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN 'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN 'Last Man On Earth'.

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.

A&E has 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention: Then & Now', then a FRESH 'Intervention', and 'Escaping Polygamy'.

AMC offers 'Walking Dead', 'Preacher', followed by a FRESH 'Preacher', then a FRESH 'Ride With Norman Reedus'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
 [10:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [11:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
 [9:00PM]    THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [12:00AM]    THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo First Looks', 'Real Housewives Of OC'.

Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map', 'Jeff Dunham: Spark Of Insanity', 'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', and the movie 'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser'.

FX has the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man', followed by the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [7:45AM]    THE MIST
 [12:15PM]    DIE HARD
 [3:15PM]    DIE HARD 2
 [5:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kristen Schaal Wears Strawberry Colored Pants and a Multicolored Shirt
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes With Brown Laces    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [1:15AM]    Kickboxer 3: The Art of War
 [3:15AM]    Kickboxer
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Sons of Anarchy
 [6:00AM]    Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
 [8:00AM]    Kickboxer 3: The Art of War
 [10:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actors
 [11:00AM]    The Warriors
 [1:00PM]    Enter the Dragon
 [3:30PM]    Groundhog Day
 [6:00PM]    National Lampoon's Vacation
 [8:00PM]    National Lampoon's European Vacation
 [10:00PM]    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
 [12:15AM]    Vegas Vacation
 [2:15AM]    Groundhog Day
 [4:45AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actors
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Clash Of The Titans', followed by the movie 'Constantine'.

TCM spends the night with the films of Stanley Kubrick
 [6:15 AM]      On Moonlight Bay (1951)
 [8:00 AM]      Summer Stock (1950)
 [10:00 AM]      Show Boat (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Calamity Jane (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      Kissin' Cousins (1964)
 [3:45 PM]      Anchors Aweigh (1945)
 [6:15 PM]      Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      Barry Lyndon (1975)
 [11:15 PM]      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
 [2:00 AM]      A Clockwork Orange (1971)
 [4:30 AM]      Paths Of Glory (1958)

Monday   -  07/04/16

 [6:00 AM]      Judge Hardy And Son (1939)
 [7:30 AM]      The Howards of Virginia (1940)
 [9:30 AM]      John Paul Jones (1959)
 [11:45 AM]      The Scarlet Coat (1955)
 [1:30 PM]      The Devil's Disciple (1959)
 [3:00 PM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [5:15 PM]      West Side Story (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Music Man (1962)
 [10:45 PM]      Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
 [1:00 AM]      1776 (1972)
 [4:00 AM]      Thousands Cheer (1943)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'The Last Ship', then a FRESH 'Murder In The First'.

USA has a FRESH 'Motive'.

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Ringo Starr performs at The Greek Theatre on Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by John Salangsang


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor

Writer and humorist Garrison Keillor served up a bittersweet farewell for some 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl, as he hosted his final episode of the old-style radio variety show, "A Prairie Home Companion."

Keillor's swan song Friday night wasn't markedly different from most of his nearly 42 years of "Companion" episodes, offering a rich mix of Americana music and often tongue-in-cheek comedy. (Although U.S. President Barack Obama did call in for a special segment recorded earlier Friday, but not even the Bowl audience will hear that until Saturday's broadcast.)

The "last-show" aspect of the doings was so subtle that, at one point, even Keillor's cast mates began to prod their boss, asking, "How do you feel (about leaving)?" Keillor eventually, reluctantly replied, "It feels like something ends and something else is about to happen."

The 73-year-old Keillor delivered one last "Lives of the Cowboys" comedy sketch as well as the show's best-known segment, "News from Lake Wobegon," a folksy report from a fictional town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average"

After Saturday's season finale, it will return with new episodes in October with an updated format and new host, Chris Thile.

Garrison Keillor


In this image made from video, writer and humorist Garrison Keillor hosts his final broadcast of the weekly radio variety show "A Prairie Home Companion" Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif.


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Banned From China

Lady Gaga

For the second time in her career, singer Lady Gaga has been banned from China - this time for meeting with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who has been exiled from the Communist country since 1959.

The 30-year-old pop singer met with the Dalai Lama on Sunday before his keynote address at the United States Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis. The two spoke for nearly 20 minutes in a video that Gaga posted to her Facebook page.

In the video, which has since been viewed over 3 million times, Gaga and the Dalai Lama discuss a wide range of topics - including suicide, yoga, and the trials of living in a materialistic world.

The Chinese government reacted to the meeting by issuing "an important instruction" that effectively banned Gaga from mainland China and asked media outlets to stop uploading and playing her work, according to China's pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily.

Lady Gaga


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Late-Night Snack

The man is busy, that's for sure. He's father-in-chief, husband-in-chief and commander-in-chief wrapped into one, making for long days and late nights.

A new report by the New York Times provides a clearer picture of how President Obama usually spends his time at home, after a dinner with the First Lady and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. A self-described "night guy," he'll spend hours in the Treaty Room of the White House-reading, writing or playing Words with Friends, usually with sports on TV as a bit of background noise.

When he stays up writing speeches and reading briefings, Obama avoids caffeine and junk food. He doesn't typically drink coffee or tea, and is instead more likely to opt for water over soda. Those close to him told the Times he prefers seven lightly salted almonds.

"Michelle and I would always joke: Not six. Not eight," said Sam Kass, the Obamas' personal chef until 2014. "Always seven almonds."

Late-Night Snack


In this Friday, July 1, 2016 photo, singer Janelle Monae and actor Aldis Hodge pose for a selfie after an interview with The Associated Press at the Essence Festival Expo in New Orleans. The two star in a new film, "Hidden Figures," that aims to tell the story of three African-American women who worked at NASA during the 1960s space race.
Photo by Gerald Herbert


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Lab Worker Faked Test Results


A worker at a federal laboratory in Colorado intentionally manipulated test results for years, possibly tainting research on toxic metals in the Everglades, uranium near the Grand Canyon and coal in Afghanistan, investigators say.

The falsified data from a U.S. Geological Survey lab may have affected 24 coal, water and environmental research projects costing a total of $108 million, according to a report released recently by the Interior Department's inspector general.

The agency isn't sure why the employee falsified the results of chemical analyses, but it wasn't for personal gain or "any nefarious reason," USGS spokeswoman Anne-Berry Wade said Thursday.

A notice on the agency's website said the manipulation was done in part to correct calibration failures in the instrument being used, a mass spectrometer.

The agency took action against the employee, but Wade declined to say what it was, citing privacy rules. She also would not say whether the employee was still working for USGS or release his name.



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Lawyer Who Sued Led Zeppelin Suspended

Francis Malofiy

The attorney who flouted courtroom protocol during the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright trial has been suspended from practicing law.

Francis Malofiy's behavior as an attorney has been the subject of repeated judicial scrutiny, and a Thursday ruling means he won't be doing any lawyering until the fall.

An appellate panel upheld a previously recommended suspension of three months and one day, finding Malofiy violated "various rules of conduct" during a copyright infringement lawsuit over Usher's "Bad Girl."

In 2015, a three-judge district court panel found Malofiy tricked unrepresented co-defendant William Guice into signing an affidavit without consulting a lawyer by hiding that their relationship was adversarial in nature.

The district court was troubled by the attorney's failure to take responsibility for his actions and his other unprofessional and uncivil conduct during the course of the litigation.

On Thursday, the appellate panel agreed and upheld the suspension.

Francis Malofiy


A boy touching a personalized small hot air balloon replicas during the start of the 2016 hot air balloon festival in Tiehua music village in Taitung, Southeast Taiwan, July 2, 2016.
Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo


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Lawsuit Can Go Forward

'Straight Outta Compton'

A judge has given the okay for a lawsuit to go forward involving the movie Straight Outta Compton

After the film's release last year, former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller - who was portrayed in the flick by Paul Giamatti - filed a $110 million lawsuit against its producers and director.

Heller is depicted in the film as a bad guy who cheated the group out of royalties and made them sign unfair contracts without legal representation.

But Heller claims he was negatively and unfairly portrayed and was originally seeking punitive damages for defamation, copyright infringement and breach of contract.

'Straight Outta Compton'


People walk on the installation 'The Floating Piers' by Bulgarian-born artist Christo Vladimirov Yavachev, known as Christo, at the installation's last weekend near Sulzano, northern Italy, July 2, 2016.
Photo by Wolfgang Rattay


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Another GOP Racist


The chairwoman of the Delta County Republican Party who was accused of favoritism and posting a racist meme on her Facebook page has resigned.

Party officials were upset after a photo compared President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee appeared on Linda Sorenson web page, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported.

Sorenson stepped down after an accountability meeting was convened by the county's Republican Central Committee investigating the allegations. She announced her decision to resign in an email to supporters.

The committee was investigating allegations that Sorenson and others made that her Facebook page was "hacked" and whether she violated party rules by endorsing a primary candidate.

In an interview in May after the image was posted, Sorenson said she didn't care if people were offended by the image.



A hot air ballon gets ready to fly during Eyes to the Skies Festival at Community Park, Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Lisle, Ill.
Photo by Nam Y. Huh


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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. Beyonce; $5,840,123; $125.18.
    2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $4,166,337; $111.46.
    3. Justin Bieber; $1,773,541; $100.23.
    4. Kenny Chesney; $1,650,409; $68.93.
    5. Rihanna; $1,190,313; $89.54.
    6. Iron Maiden; $1,057,916; $64.08.
    7. The Who; $976,522; $88.46.
    8. Mumford & Sons; $836,105; $58.60.
    9. Dixie Chicks; $755,796; $64.74.
   10. Carrie Underwood; $745,260; $67.07.
   11. Little Mix; $649,659; $48.87.
   12. Bryan Adams; $640,946; $66.70.
   13. Selena Gomez; $608,027; $68.20.
   14. Mariah Carey; $581,196; $66.60.
   15. Andre Rieu; $563,828; $79.08.
   16. Jason Aldean; $539,900; $58.17.
   17. 5 Seconds Of Summer; $486,004; $50.59.
   18. James Taylor; $478,642; $78.18.
   19. Fall Out Boy; $449,051; $47.50.
   20. "Riverdance"; $448,061; $60.49.

Global Concert Tours


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In Memory

Elie Wiesel

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic "Night" became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes and launched Wiesel's long career as one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians, has died at age 87.

His death was announced Saturday by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available.

The short, sad-eyed Wiesel, his face an ongoing reminder of one man's endurance of a shattering past, summed up his mission in 1986 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize: "Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

For more than a half-century, Wiesel voiced his passionate beliefs to world leaders, celebrities and general audiences in the name of victims of violence and oppression. He wrote more than 40 books, but his most influential by far was "Night," a classic ranked with Anne Frank's diary as standard reading about the Holocaust.

"Night" was his first book, and its journey to publication crossed both time and language. It began in the mid-1950s as an 800-page story in Yiddish, was trimmed to under 300 pages for an edition released in Argentina, cut again to under 200 pages for the French market and finally published in the United States, in 1960, at just over 100 pages.

Wiesel began working on "Night" just a decade after the end of World War II, when memories were too raw for many survivors to even try telling their stories. Frank's diary had been an accidental success, a book discovered after her death, and its entries end before Frank and her family was captured and deported. Wiesel's book was among the first popular accounts written by a witness to the very worst, and it documented what Frank could hardly have imagined.

"Night" was so bleak that publishers doubted it would appeal to readers. In a 2002 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Wiesel recalled that the book attracted little notice at first. "The English translation came out in 1960, and the first printing was 3,000 copies. And it took three years to sell them. Now, I get 100 letters a month from children about the book. And there are many, many million copies in print."

"Night" was based directly on his experiences, but structured like a novel, leading to an ongoing debate over how to categorize it. Alfred Kazin was among the critics who expressed early doubts about the book's accuracy, doubts that Wiesel denounced as "a mortal sin in the historical sense." Wiesel's publisher called the book a memoir even as some reviewers called it fiction. An Amazon editorial review labeled the book "technically a novel," albeit so close to Wiesel's life that "it's generally - and not inaccurately - read as an autobiography."

Wiesel's prolific stream of speeches, essays and books, including two sequels to "Night" and more than 40 books overall of fiction and nonfiction, emerged from the helplessness of a teenager deported from Hungary, which had annexed his native Romanian town of Sighet, to Auschwitz. Tattooed with the number A-7713, he was freed in 1945 - but only after his mother, father and one sister had all died in Nazi camps. Two other sisters survived.

After the liberation of Buchenwald, in April 1945, Wiesel spent a few years in a French orphanage, then landed in Paris. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne, and then became a journalist, writing for the French newspaper L'Arche and Israel's Yediot Ahronot.

French author Francois Mauriac, winner of the 1952 Nobel in literature, encouraged Wiesel to break his vowed silence about the concentration camps and start sharing his experiences.

In 1956, Wiesel traveled on a journalistic assignment to New York to cover the United Nations. While there, he was struck by a car and confined to a wheelchair for a year. He became a lifetime New Yorker, continuing in journalism writing for the Yiddish-language newspaper, the Forward. His contact with the city's many Holocaust survivors shored up Wiesel's resolve to keep telling their stories.

Wiesel became a U.S. citizen in 1963. Six years later, he married Marion Rose, a fellow Holocaust survivor who translated some of his books into English. They had a son, Shlomo. Based in New York, Wiesel commuted to Boston University for almost three decades, teaching philosophy, literature and Judaic studies and giving a popular lecture series in the fall.

Wiesel also taught at Yale University and the City University of New York.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which he established in 1988, explored the problems of hatred and ethnic conflicts around the world. But like a number of other well-known charities in the Jewish community, the foundation fell victim to Bernard Madoff, the financier who was arrested in late 2008 and accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Wiesel said he ended up losing $15.2 million in foundation funds, plus his and his wife's own personal investments. At a panel discussion in February 2009, Wiesel admitted he bought into the Madoff mystique, "a myth that he created around him that everything was so special, so unique, that it had to be secret." He called Madoff "a crook, a thief, a scoundrel."

Elie Wiesel


In Memory

Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino, who won Oscars for director and best picture for the powerful 1978 Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter, has died. He was 77.

Despite his achievement with The Deer Hunter, his next project, Heaven's Gate (1980), capsized United Artists with his profligate budget excesses. Subsequently, the words "Heaven's Gate" entered filmmaking lexicon as an out-of-control, overbudget production.

A strong believer in location shooting, Cimino insisted that real places had a tremendous effect on actors' performances and the film's texture. It worked fine for his directorial debut in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), shot in Big Sky territory under the cost-conscious eye of producer/star Clint Eastwood (it was the first picture for the star's Malpaso production company). It also featured an inspired performance from co-star Jeff Bridges.

Yet Heaven's Gate, a frontier epic about the settlement of the West that was shot mainly at a studio-constructed town in Glacier National Park in Montana, outraged executives at UA. Cimino's insistence on authenticity, in the end, deflated the production and sank the troubled studio. In addition, its running time of 219 minutes exasperated theater owners.

Trying to cut its losses, UA pulled it from exhibition. The studio reissued a trimmed version in 1981, but that fared no better. The entire debacle was chronicled in Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists, a 1999 book written by former UA executive Steven Bach. (The film did play at Cannes.)

After Heaven's Gate, Cimino's directing was sporadic, with his work including Year of the Dragon (1985), The Sicilian (1987), Desperate Hours (1990), The Sunchaser (1996) and a segment in To Each His Own Cinema (2007).

Cimino was born Feb. 3, 1939, and grew up in New York City. While attending Yale University as a fine arts major, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve. Cimino got his masters from the University of New Haven in 1963, then moved to New York to study acting and ballet. He also worked for a small company that produced documentary and industrial films.

By the late 1960s, Cimino had established a reputation as a skilled maker of TV commercials. But in 1971, he gave that up to go to Los Angeles to pursue moviemaking. He began script writing and received credit on Silent Running (1972), which he co-wrote with Deric Washburn and Steven Bochco.

He next worked with John Milius on the screenplay for the Dirty Harry follow-up Magnum Force (1973), starring Eastwood.

Cimino wrote and directed Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, an offbeat story about a Big Sky mining heist that won accolades. Based on that, Cimino received several studio offers, but he only wanted to do projects he was passionate about. Such was the case with a story he championed - about three steelworker friends who go off to fight in the Vietnam War.

He convinced EMI to finance it, and shooting began on The Deer Hunter in 1977.

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