BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 29 November, 2015


29 November, 2015

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Jim Carroll: 'Inside the song machine: the secrets behind pop music's biggest hits" (Irish Times)
John Seabrook's latest book looks at the songwriters who work behind the scenes.

Kristin Hohenadel: These Trippy Dutch Underpasses Prove That Infrastructure Doesn't Have to Be Dull (Slate)
This week millions of Americans will hit the road, suffering traffic jams, tollbooths, pot holes, and dreary stretches of highway tunnels to visit loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. But commuters in the historic Dutch city of Zutphen will be treated to dazzling light installations in the guise of two new underpasses that are functional pieces of infrastructure art.

Laura Bradley: Peanuts' Most Fascinating Relationship Has Always Been Between Peppermint Patty and Marcie (Slate)
Although it's lovely to consider the possibility that Schulz made a veiled attempt at LGBT representation-it wouldn't be Peanuts' only political move -it's not likely. Peanuts pivots on unrequited love, after all, and despite their somewhat fractious relationship, Peppermint Patty and Marcie are very close and typically honest with each other. Their relationship is two-way and conversational, whereas Peanuts crushes are typically one-directional, one character following the other, endlessly monologuing, while the other responds (if at all) with an eye-roll and a "good grief."

Jennifer Ouellette: Physicists Create "Urine Black Holes" To Solve the Splashback Problem (Gizmodo)
Good news for khaki-clad men plagued by speckled staining of their trousers from urine splash back: physicists may have found the optimal splash-suppressing design for a urinal insert, thereby creating a "urine black hole." Urine gets in, but it can't get back out.

Scott Burns: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It (AssetBuilder)
The time to leave the room is when someone offers to share his crystal ball for what he calls a modest fee, like every dime of interest and dividends your money can earn.

Scott Burns: The One Million Financial Advisers Problem (AssetBuilder)
If you've ever seen the sponsorship promos of Viking Cruises on PBS, just before "Downton Abbey," you've got an idea. Rather posh. Indeed, rates for this cruise in September range from $3,256 per person for a standard room to $6,652 per person for a "Veranda Suite." And, yes, the reward also included round-trip airfare. So we're talking, all in, at least $9,000. The company she worked for also provided generous commissions, as most insurance companies do. And every dime of that money eventually comes out of the savings of the people they counsel on making "good plans for retirement."

John Cheese: 5 Oddly Specific Ways Gaming Changes When You're An Adult (Cracked)
#5. I Developed New Reasons For Playing Them

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What TV series spin-off is the longest running and by far the most successful?

       The Simpsons                                                      Source

The longest running and by far most successful spin-off is The Simpsons, which was created as a series of animated segments for the sketch series The Tracey Ullman Show, and featured the voices of four cast members.

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the series has broadcast 581 episodes. It is currently airing its 27th season. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million. On May 4, 2015, the series was officially renewed for seasons twenty-seven (2015-16) and twenty-eight (2016-17), consisting of 22 episodes each.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   The Simpsons.

mj said:
   I'm going with
  NCIS. I'm sure a lot of people don't even think of it as a spinoff, and have long forgotten the original series J. A. G.

Randall wrote:
   At first I thought, "Frasier" - the spinoff of "Cheers"
  But my email was having a fit, and that gave me further time to think about it
  and now I wonder if it isn't
  "The Andy Griffith Show"

  I think, it seems to me - that "The Andy Griffith Show" was a spinoff from the "Danny Thomas Show"
  Of course, I could be WAY off...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Simpsons

Adam answered:
   It must be 'Frasier', but maybe it's 'The Great Gildersleeve'.

Walt replied:
   My first inclination was this could be an 'echo' question and have something to do with the Simpsons but what could the spin-off be? Doh! Now I remember. I knew The Simpsons were something special and edited their snippets out of The Tracy Ullman Show, recording them for posterity. I think that Beta tape is still around somewhere because it's important archival material. Someday YouTube might go down.

Deborah zaid:
   I don't know but I'll guess "Frasier," which is a spin off of "Cheers."
  Otherwise I'm stumped.
  We spent yesterday walking dogs, buying lettuce and pea starts for the winter garden - #optoutside.
  We did absolutely no Christmas shopping, just a few groceries, the plants and a chain-cleaning kit (because with 9 bikes we get our chains pretty dirty). Felt good to avoid the crowds and be the anti-Black Friday movement. #notonedime
  Happy weekend!

Marian responded:
   The Simpsons

DJ Useo answered:
   Well, at first I was thinking Frasier, but then It occurred to me to consider animated series,
  so I am answering the Simpsons.
  Staying in the motel here since the flood, I've wasted many hours viewing cable tv. ( Ptui! )
  There's plenty of animated shows, but the Simpsons is easily the funniest one.
  I do laugh sometimes at other shows ( except bob's burgers. lame ) but I really like this show I found on Adult Swim
  called "Off The Air". Lol.
  It has no characters, & no storylines. It seems to be the visual equivalent of a DJ mix.
  No joke, it's a real show, in season 5. Here's one
  I hope y'all had a fine Thanksgivings day celebration. I was invited to someones home who was feeding a few other people also displaced temporarily.It was quite a blessing.

MAM   wrote:
   The Simpsons ~ In its historic 27th season; first episode date: December 17, 1989.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   i would guess The Simpsons spun off from The Tracey Ullman Show....

Joe S     said:
   I guess the Googles think it's Frasier. Not to fond of the show, but I did like Jane Leeves. Bummer, I vote for NCIS.

Little Old Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfallcali took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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The Flooded Apartment

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We are still homeless in the motel.

We now have another ap'pt with a lawyer to discuss our flooding situation.

It's next Tuesday. More costly waiting in the Motel. Prayers welcome.

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Last Night

Sunny but on the chilly side.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH 'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH 'CSI: One Too Many'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a RERUN 'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH 'Blood & Oil', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news & other fluffery.

Faux has a FRESH 'Breakthrough Prize', followed by a RERUN 'The Simpsons', then 'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas', followed by a RERUN 'Family Guy', then a RERUN 'The 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 all old 'The First48' all night.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH 'Talking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Planet Earth: Incredible Families
 [7:00AM]    Planet Earth: Extreme Predators
 [7:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 1 - Ep 14 - Iceland
 [8:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Iceland Fire and Ice
 [9:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Red Rock Country
 [10:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Working the Wild
 [11:30AM]    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
 [2:00PM]    Ghostbusters
 [4:30PM]    Ghostbusters II
 [7:00PM]    Ghostbusters
 [9:30PM]    Ghostbusters II
 [12:00AM]    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
 [2:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Iceland Fire and Ice
 [3:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Red Rock Country
 [4:30AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Working the Wild
 [5:30AM]    Planet Earth: Extreme Predators    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has a FRESH 'Atlanta Socail', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and 'Vanderpump Rules'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Trading Places', followed by 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', then 'Kevin Hart Presents: Keith Robinson Back Of The Bus Funny', and 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man'.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Man Of Steel'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Ax Men', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [7:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
 [12:00AM]    KILLER ELITE
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    Stand by Me
 [10:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Girls
 [11:00AM]    History of the World: Part I
 [1:00PM]    Rudy
 [3:30PM]    Five Easy Pieces
 [6:00PM]    Easy Rider
 [8:00PM]    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
 [10:15PM]    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
 [1:17AM]    The Returned-Madame Costa
 [2:28AM]    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
 [5:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Live Free Or Die Hard', followed by the movie 'King Kong'.

 [6:00 AM]      Easy to Love (1953)
 [8:00 AM]      Ransom! (1956)
 [10:00 AM]      Sweet November (1968)
 [12:00 PM]      The Prince And The Showgirl (1957)
 [2:15 PM]      It Should Happen to You (1954)
 [4:00 PM]      Crossing Delancey (1988)
 [6:00 PM]      Sunday in New York (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Professionals (1966)
 [10:15 PM]      The Last Hunt (1956)
 [12:15 AM]      Flying Fleet (1929)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Fellini Satyricon (1969)
 [4:15 AM]      The White Sheik (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Monday   -  11/30/15

TCM features the work of Satyajit Ray all night.
 [6:00 AM]      Seven Days Ashore (1944)
 [7:30 AM]      Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)
 [9:00 AM]      Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
 [11:00 AM]      Colorado Territory (1949)
 [12:45 PM]      Flaxy Martin (1949)
 [2:15 PM]      The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
 [3:45 PM]      Great Day In The Morning (1956)
 [5:30 PM]      The Silver Chalice (1954)
 [8:00 PM]      Restoring the Apu Trilogy (2015)
 [8:00 PM]      Pather Panchali (1956)
 [10:30 PM]      Aparajito (1957)
 [12:30 AM]      Apur Sansar (1959)
 [2:30 AM]      Satyajit Ray (1982)
 [5:00 AM]      The Music Room (1958)

TNT has a FRESH 'The Librarians', followed by a FRESH 'Agent X'.

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Actor Mark Rylance speaks at a rally against taking military action against Islamic State in Syria, held outside Downing Street in London, November 28, 2015.
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90 Percent Chance

Tut Tomb

Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

Researchers say the discovery of a new chamber could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt's most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorized that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

Egypt began the search for the hidden chamber last week. Announcing the results of three days of testing in the southern city of Luxor, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said the findings will be sent to Japan for a monthlong analysis before the search is resumed.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorizes that Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti's tomb. Famed for her beauty, Nefertiti was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust.

Reeves reached his theory after high-resolution images discovered what he said were straight lines in King Tut's tomb. These lines, previously hidden by color and the stones' texture, indicate the presence of a sealed chamber, he said. The images were later broadcast live on national television last September.

Tut Tomb


US actor Hayden Panettiere, girlfriend of Ukrainian boxer Vladimir Klitschko, attends the world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Briton Tyson Fury at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany, 28 November 2015. Tyson Fury of Britain is the new heavyweight world champion after defeating long-reigning Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko in a unanimous decision in Dusseldorf. Fury, 27, won the titles of the three most important ranking organizations, the IBF, WBO and WBA, in front of 45,000 spectators by a scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111.
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Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye

Whisky of the Year

There was excitement and surprise in the air in Manitoba when a Gimli-made whisky was crowned the world's best for 2015.

Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye was declared "a masterpiece" on Nov. 20. by renowned British whisky expert Jim Murray. Since then, Winnipeggers have flocked to Manitoba Liquor Marts to pick up what they could find of the now-famous product.

"Since the announcement went out, we've had calls from coast to coast asking for more product because people have gone in looking for this, they've bought all available on the shelves," Alastair Kidd, the whisky brand director with Diageo Canada, told CBC News.

Kidd said it was great to see the relatively new rye win such a prestigious award. Based on the fact it had only been for sale for about a month at the time of the ruling, Kidd admits it came as a bit of a shock.

This is the first time a Canadian whisky has ever been named the world's best.

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Lays Down Law

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi has warned newly minted MPs she will not tolerate poor discipline or wrongdoing, party members said Saturday, as Myanmar's democracy champion began marshalling her opposition for government amid sky-high expectations.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party took nearly 80 percent of contested seats in the November 8 election, promising change after decades of corrosive and corrupt army control of the country.

But she cannot be president under the junta-scripted constitution.

Instead the party leader has vowed to rule from "above the president" -- via a proxy who will be selected by the NLD-dominated legislature in the new year.

Observers say the NLD, a party of opposition for 25 years, will struggle to match the soaring hopes of a long-suffering people who crave remedies to the nation's deep economic and social problems.

Aung San Suu Kyi


Singer Rod Stewart performs prior to the world heavyweight title bout between Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko and Britain's Tyson Fury for Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.
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Pays It Forward

Lord George Weidenfeld

Lord George Weidenfeld was a 19-year-old Jewish boy from Vienna when he fled for the United Kingdom. It was the eve of Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938 and Weidenfeld feared for his life. Now, 77 years later, Lord Weidenfeld is personally funding Christian Syrians escaping ISIS.

The 95-year-old Holocaust survivor plans to evacuate and resettle as many as 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi Christians who are being forced to convert to Islam - or face execution.

Weidenfeld is the founder of a successful British publishing company, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, which he co-founded when he reached Britain in the 1940's. The Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund has been assisting Syrians since July, when they privately chartered a jet that sent 150 Syrian Christians to Poland for refuge. His model is built off the British government pre-World War II mission to rescue Jewish children from the Nazis.

The plan is to relocate at least 2,000 Syrian refugees. But Weidenfeld isn't bankrolling the entire operation. He's asked for support from private organizations like the Jewish National Fund in the U.K.

Lord George Weidenfeld


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Sean Connery's Wife

Micheline Roquebrune

Sean Connery's wife has been ordered to stand trial in Spain for her alleged part in a multi-million-euro fraud that could see her jailed for more than two years, judicial authorities said.

Micheline Roquebrune, wife of the 85-year-old film star best known for his portrayal of James Bond, could also be fined 23 million euros ($24.4 million) if found guilty of involvement in an alleged operation that defrauded the state, the Supreme Court of the southern region of Andalucia said.

The case is part of the so-called "Goldfinger" investigation into "an urban development operation linked to a plot of land in which the villa of the Connery's was located," the court added on Thursday.

Both Connery and his second wife Roquebrune, who were married in 1975, were cited in 2010 in the "Goldfinger" investigation -- named after the 1964 James Bond film -- which involves the sale of their luxury seaside villa near Marbella in southern Spain.

Micheline Roquebrune


Demonstrators from NGO Oxfam wear big heads of world leaders French President Francois Hollande (L-R), Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.
Photo by Yoan Valat


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To Resume 'Research' Whaling


Japan will resume "research" whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, local media reported Saturday, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.

The move came after a one-season suspension of its hunting in the ocean as the United Nations' top legal body judged last year that Japan's whaling there was a fig leaf for a commercial hunt.

Japan's fisheries agency has since told the International Whaling Commission that it would resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by cutting annual minke whale catches by two-thirds to 333 this season.

But the IWC's scientific committee said in June that Japan had failed to give enough detail to explain why it wanted to kill almost 4,000 minke whales in the Antarctic over the next 12 years.

Japan's agency decided on Friday however to go ahead with the plan, claiming that it was scientifically adequate and no change was needed, Kyodo News said.



An Indian devotee dressed like Hindu God, Lord Krishna takes part in the Jagannath Rath Yatra or The Chariot Journey of Lord Jagannath organized by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) in Amritsar, India, 28 November 2015. During the yatra or journey, devotees pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, all of which are placed in a giant Rath or chariot.
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Whaling Protest


Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation.

The sites, which included the prime minister's official website and that of the environment and interior ministries, went offline on Friday and remained down until about midday on Saturday.

In an anti-whaling video posted on social media, activists called for people to hack websites linked to Iceland to protest persistent commercial hunting despite an international moratorium.

On a new Twitter account devoted to the campaign, screenshots showing the sites down were published late on Friday by activists who said they belonged to the loose Anonymous collective. The government made no comment about the outage.

Iceland is a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an inter-governmental body which imposed a ban on all commercial whaling from 1986. The moratorium remains in place, but both Iceland and Norway continue to hunt whales.



In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Abe Waterman puts finishing touches on his sand art tribute to Jimi Hendrix at the International Sand Art Competition Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Key West, Fla. The Canadian sand sculptor was one of several artists who competed, with each getting 15,000 pounds of sand to create sculptures using hand tools and water.
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A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children's book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.

The Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement Wednesday saying it will not proceed with its planned reading of the book "I am Jazz," the Capital Times reported. The district said it would give the Board of Education the opportunity to address a situation, for which the district has no current policy.

Last week, the principal of Mount Horeb Primary Center sent a letter to parents saying the book would be read and discussed because the school has a student who identifies as a girl but was born with male anatomy.

The Florida-based Liberty Counsel group threatened to sue, saying it was contacted by concerned parents. In a letter to the school district, the group contended that reading the book would violate parental rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Liberty Counsel as a hate group that advocates for "anti-LGBT discrimination, under the guise of religious liberty."



People take pictures of an hot air balloon of the environmental group Greenpeace, near the Eiffel Tower ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The conference with more than 100 heads of state is scheduled to start on Nov.30.
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Small Crimes Make Big Differences

Lexington, KY

As the holiday season approaches, the notion of 'charity' is one that can come in many forms.

Residents in Lexington, KY, for example, have taken that idea to heart. Once again this year they can pay-off their parking tickets with canned food donations instead of cash.

The "Food for Fines" program requires that donations are based on the monetary amount of the fine incurred.

For example, a $15 fine requires a donation of ten, 15-ounce cans of food, according to the Good News Network.

Last year, the city of Lexington collected over 6,000 cans of food, which would amount to around 600 violations or $14,000 cash.

Lexington, KY


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In Memory

Setsuko Hara

The Japanese actress who starred in famed director Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and a host of other classic films has died aged 95 -- with the news only emerging nearly three months after her passing.

The death of Setsuko Hara dominated Japanese front pages on Thursday, with headlines lauding her as a "legendary" performer and the "Eternal Madonna".

Hara had been in hospital since mid-August and her death on September 5 from pneumonia was not immediately made public "as she wished no fuss be made", her 75-year-old nephew told Kyodo News agency.

Hara, whose real name was Masae Aida, made her debut in the 1930s, but rose to prominence after World War II working with Ozu, most notably on his acclaimed "Tokyo Story".

In that 1953 film, considered a masterpiece of global cinema, she played a woman widowed by the war who treats the ageing parents of her late husband kindly during their visit to Tokyo, in contrast to their own children, who are too busy.

A poll of noted regional filmmakers and international critics published last month at the Busan International Film Festival rated the drama as the best Asian film of all time.

In "Late Spring" as well as Ozu's "Early Summer", she played a modest and elegant woman, in movies that tackled the issue of fraying family bonds as Japan's economy rapidly modernised.

She appeared in "No Regrets for Our Youth" and "The Idiot" by Akira Kurosawa -- director of "Seven Samurai" -- and in the work of Tadashi Imai and Mikio Naruse.

Hara -- who reportedly never married and was known in Japan as the "Eternal Virgin" -- abruptly withdrew from the movie industry after her last film in 1962.

In retirement she lived in a house next to relatives in Kamakura, a scenic seaside city south of Tokyo that served as Japan's medieval capital.

She never explained her sudden departure from the industry, adding to the mystique surrounding her. The mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported that her last public appearance was at Ozu's wake in December 1963.

Setsuko Hara



Trees are illuminated in front of The Old Town Hall tower as the traditional Christmas market opens at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, November 28, 2015.
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