BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 13 September, 2012


13 September, 2012

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[351 days in a row]


Obama DOES Apologize to World - For Mitt Romney!


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Lauren Davis: This gorgeous video lets you fly across the moon's surface without leaving your armchair (io9)
It has been decades since humans last visited the moon, but this video, created by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration from real photographic images, lets you imagine that you're flying over the moon's surface. So sit back, relax, and let the moon take over your monitor for a few minutes.

Rufus Tower (YouTube)
A present for my cat 'Rufus'. He began to resent me due to painful ear drops to fix an infection. I would return from work and he would run from me! Now the ears are better I wanted to do something to show my gratitude for his putting up with my torture. Rufus loves boxes as all cats do so this is what I made for him. The music is from my brother Ollie's band, 'Parallel Lions', I hope you don't mind me using it bro. Enjoy. (here is a link to the music

Mark Morford: God the Insufferable Jerk (SF Gate)
I am delighted to report God still appears to be a bit of an unbearable twit.

Democrats are so Extreme (Twitter)
They don't have to lie or suppress American Democracy to get elected...

Bonnie Kavoussi: "Paul Krugman: Republican Party's Base 'Is By And Large Elderly White People Arguing With Empty Chairs'" (Huffington Post)
"The Republican Party is where it is because that's where the base is," Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "And you watched that whole primary process; Republican candidates had to appeal to their base, which is by and large elderly white people arguing with empty chairs."

Froma Harrop: Romney Suffers from Pre-existing Positions (Creators Syndicate)
What Mitt Romney truly believes is anybody's guess. Whether Romney as president would act on those beliefs is also a guess. And we can't rule out the possibility that he doesn't have any beliefs outside of religion and investment strategies. Why he's running for president remains unclear, though commander in chief looks impressive on a nametag.

Andrew Tobias: Want To Know Who The Job Creators Really Are?
"Both [Bill Clinton] and Jimmy Carter have gone on to actively promote causes that have direct impact on the poor, needy and sick of this world. Their after-president works have been careers in themselves. Carter and Clinton have made great legacies following their time at the top, and I know Obama will, too. Therein, in a nutshell, is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. I hope you'll pass this on because it's a point that needs to be made. The measure of the person isn't just what they do while their president, but after they're president."-- John Leeds

Bill Clinton speaks at the 2012 DNC (C-SPAN; YouTube)
Full Speech: 50 minutes.

Heydon Prowse: Why are payday loan companies free to shaft the poor? (Guardian)
Charging extortionate rates of interest, these companies are robbing the poor. I know, because I worked undercover for one.

Stefan Rahmstorf: You Think 2012 Is Hot? Wait Until 2013 (Slate)
Barring a volcanic eruption, next year will set records. But don't blame El Niño.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Snowfall's intensity is determined by _____?_____

   Visibility                                                      Source

Snowfall's intensity is determined by visibility. When the visibility is over 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), snow is determined to be light. Moderate snow describes snowfall with visibility restrictions between .5 kilometres (0.31 mi) and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi). Heavy snowfall describes conditions when visibility is restricted below .5 kilometres (0.31 mi).        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Charlie wrote:

  J.M.W. Turner (Constable's rival):

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Snowfall's intensity is determined by visibility.

Adam answered:

BttbBob is communing with nature.

Dale of Diamond Springs replied:
   Snowfall's intensity is determined by the rate of fall or by visibility restriction. Whilst living at Lake Tahoe I was able to experience white outs while driving at one mile per hour. Visibility Restriction my ass!!! That's why I moved from 6250 ft. (Tahoe), to 4000 ft. (Pollock Pines), to 2000 ft. (Diamond Springs). It's nice to get a little bit of the white stuff, not blizzards!!!
  So here are some Snow Queens!!

Sally said:
   There is a lot of other blah, blah connected to this reply, but basically, snowfall intensity is determined by visibility. You open your front door, look out and say, "Oh, it's really coming down, or you see it's barely coming down at all..."

  Like this, checking da weather for snow.
  PS: The neighbor kids come around from in back of their garage, and through a small woody patch, to my house at 6:30 in the morning, when it's barely daylight outside. Imagine their surprise when they found 2 small deer in my yard! Since there was no mother deer in sight, I don't know if they strayed from the pack or what. They sure took their sweet-ass time moving on and into the next yard too. I had better not catch them eating from my garden, Mumble, grumble...

Marian responded:
   rate of fall or visibility restriction

MAM   wrote:

  Detroit, MI

And, Joe S     took the day off.



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UBS Whistleblower's Award Reminds Us Romney Banked at UBS


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Ordain Thyself App: Become A Religious Leader With The Swipe Of A Finger

Daily Kos: Romney Attacks Obama Over His Statement On Egypt and Libya Before He EVEN MAKES A STATEMENT

Dana Milbank: House Republicans forget about Mitt Romney - The Washington Post

Report: Maker of anti-Islamic film 'Innocence of Muslims' goes into hiding - World News

How Cirque du Soleil scouts clowns, trapeze artists and gymnasts -

Virgin births may be common in the wild, says study - CBS News

Jon Kyl: U.S. Egypt Embassy's Response In Attack Is Like Judge Blaming Woman For Getting Raped

Thomas Jefferson's moose: How the founding fathers debunked Count Buffon's offensive theory of New World degeneracy

Daily Kos: Film's Cast and Crew Were Misled

Daily Kos: A Disgusting New Low: Fox News Calls Obama A 'Pimp' In Graphic Headline

Daily Kos: The Story of Muhammed movie was possibly a terrorist Front

Daily Kos: New Meme: Romney Smirking at America's Horrifying Misfortunes

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Last Night

Bit cooler.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN '2½ Men', then a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'Person Of Interest'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 8/27/12) are Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Osbourne, and Neon Trees.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Katey Sagal and Mike Massimino.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Rock Center'.
On a RERUN Leno (from 8/13/12) are Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Douglas, and Norah Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Emma Watson, Tony Danza, and Michael Symon.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/3/12) are Michael Ian Black, Father John Misty, and Yamagata.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Wipeout', followed by a RERUN 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a RERUN 'Scandal'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Terry Bradshaw and Dave Matthews.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Vampire Diaries', followd by a FRESH 'The Next: Fame Is At Your Door'.

Faux has a FRESH 'The X Factor', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE 'Glee'.

MY recycles an old 'Without A Trace', followed by another old 'Without A Trace'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', still another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by the movie 'The Green Mile', again (just like last night, and Tuesday night, and Monday night).

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]   THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 10 - Ep 1 - Kate Winslet, Rob Brydon, Jamie Bell, Noah and the Whale
 [9:00AM]   THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 7 - Ep 6 - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Minnie Driver, Ruth Jones, Katie Melua
 [11:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Smith and Jones
 [12:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
 [1:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar
 [2:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 2 - Ep 2 - D-Place
 [3:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED UK - Season 3 - Ep 1 - La Parra de Burriana
 [4:00PM]   DOCTOR WHO - Season 6 - Ep 4 - The Doctor's Wife
 [5:00PM]   BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Islanded in a Stream of Stars
 [6:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 10 - New Ground
 [7:00PM]   TOP GEAR - Season 15 - Episode 4
 [8:00PM]   TOP GEAR - Season 5 - Episode 4
 [9:00PM]   TOP GEAR - Season 16 - Episode 4
 [10:00PM]   TOP GEAR - Season 10 - Episode 1
 [11:00PM]   TOP GEAR - Season 2 - Episode 3
 [12:00AM]   TOP GEAR - Season 17 - Episode 6
 [1:00AM]   TOP GEAR - Season 6 - Episode 6
 [2:00AM]   TOP GEAR - Season 2 - Episode 4
 [3:00AM]   RICHARD HAMMOND'S CRASH COURSE - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Landfill
 [4:00AM]   RICHARD HAMMOND'S CRASH COURSE - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Striker

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Miami', and another 'Real Housewives Of Miami'.

Comedy Central has an old 'Colbert Report', an old 'Jon Stewart', 'Chappelle's Show', 'South Park', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', still another 'Futurama', and yet another 'Futurama'.
On a RERUN Jon Stewart (from 8/31/12) is the Republican Convention wrap-up.
On a RERUN Colbert Report (from 8/31/12) is James Carville.

FX has 'How I Met Your Mother', another 'How I Met Your Mother', still another 'How I Met Your Mother', yet another 'How I Met Your Mother', '2½ Men', another '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'Wilfred', then a FRESH 'Louie', followed by a FRESH 'Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell'.

History has 3 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', 'Counting Cars', and another 'Counting Cars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Comedy Bang! Bang!-Paul Rudd Wears a Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt
 [6:30AM]    Exam
 [8:45AM]    Antwone Fisher
 [11:15AM]    Paperhouse
 [1:15PM]    Exam
 [3:30PM]    Antwone Fisher
 [6:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Morp
 [6:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Graduation
 [7:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Pilot
 [7:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Red Dress
 [8:00PM]    Training Day
 [10:30PM]    Training Day
 [1:00AM]    Sexy Beast
 [3:00AM]    Galaxina
 [5:00AM]    Action-Strong Sexual Content
 [5:30AM]    Bunk    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00A]    Love Lust & Power Couples
 [7:00A]    Love Lust & Bad Girls
 [8:00A]    How to Be
 [9:30A]    Made in China
 [11:00A]    This Is Not A Robbery
 [12:15P]    How to Be
 [1:45P]    Made in China
 [3:15P]    This Is Not A Robbery
 [4:30P]    Prodigal Sons
 [6:00P]    ALL ON THE LINE - Leila Shams (Episode 7, Season 1)
 [7:00P]    ALL ON THE LINE - Julia Alarcon (Episode 8, Season 1)
 [8:00P]    The Business Trip
 [8:15P]    Junebug
 [10:00P]    Hard Candy
 [11:45P]    Soft
 [12:00A]    Victim (2010)
 [1:15A]    ALL ON THE LINE - Leila Shams (Episode 7, Season 1)
 [2:15A]    Junebug
 [4:00A]    Hard Candy
 [5:45A]    Toyland    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has all 'Face Off' all night.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Steven Ho, James Van Der Beek, and the Walkmen.

TCM uses the daylight hours to celebrate Claudette Colbert, who was born on this day in 1903, then spends the night with films by Mack Sennett
 [6:15 AM]      The Secret Heart (1946)
 [8:00 AM]      It Happened One Night (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      Parrish (1961)
 [12:30 PM]      Cleopatra (1934)
 [2:30 PM]      Without Reservations (1946)
 [4:30 PM]      It's A Wonderful World (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      The Palm Beach Story (1942)

 [7:30 PM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: John Leguizamo (2008)
 [8:00 PM]      Gussle's Day of Rest (1915)    SILENT 
 [8:00 PM]      Do-Re-Mi-Boom! (1915)    SILENT 
 [8:00 PM]      A Bird's a Bird (1915)    SILENT 
 [8:00 PM]      Court House Crooks (1915)    SILENT 
 [9:30 PM]      A Submarine Pirate (1915)    SILENT 
 [9:30 PM]      Dirty Work in a Laundry (1915)    SILENT 
 [9:30 PM]      Lover's Lost Control (1915)    SILENT 
 [11:00 PM]      He Did and He Didn't (1916)    SILENT 
 [11:00 PM]      Wife and Auto Trouble (1916)    SILENT 
 [11:00 PM]      Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)    SILENT 
 [11:00 PM]      Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts (1915)    SILENT 
 [12:30 AM]      The Surf Girl (1916)    SILENT 
 [12:30 AM]      Madcap Ambrose (1916)    SILENT 
 [12:30 AM]      His Bitter Pill (1916)    SILENT 
 [12:30 AM]      The Waiters' Ball (1916)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Thirst (1917)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      A Clever Dummy (1917)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Teddy at the Throttle (1917)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Her Torpedoed Love (1917)    SILENT 

 [3:30 AM]      The Flying Deuces (1939)
 [4:45 AM]      Zenobia (1939)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  09/14/12

 [6:00 AM]      Them Thar Hills (1934)
 [6:30 AM]      White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)     SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      Sea Devils (1937)
 [9:30 AM]      The Sea Wolf (1941)
 [11:00 AM]      Ship Ahoy (1942)
 [12:45 PM]      High Barbaree (1947)
 [2:30 PM]      All The Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
 [4:15 PM]      Crest Of The Wave (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      The Sea Around Us (1952)
 [7:15 PM]      MGM Parade Show #14 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      The Virgin Queen (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      Young Bess (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      Equinox (1970)
 [3:30 AM]      The Wasp Woman (1959)
 [5:00 AM]      Engagement Party (1956)
 [5:30 AM]      When I am Old Enough, Goodbye (1962)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Actor Michael Douglas (L) and Catherine Zeta Jones (C) depart following the Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week September 12, 2012.
Photo by Andrew Kelly


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Honorees Announced

Kennedy Center

Years after playing a Washington newspaper reporter, Dustin Hoffman is returning to the nation's capital to share an honor with David Letterman - who appears surprised at how culturally important his Top 10 lists have been.

The actor and comedian are among seven people who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, the performing arts center announced Wednesday. They join Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, the surviving members of the rock band Led Zeppelin and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

The award is the nation's highest honor for those who have influenced American culture through the arts. It comes with a dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and a reception hosted by President Barack Obama. The honorees will be saluted by fellow artists Dec. 2 in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.

The three surviving members of the Britain's Led Zeppelin - John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant - are being honored for transforming the sound of rock and roll. They influenced many other bands with their innovative, blues-infused hits such as "Good Times Bad Times," ''Immigrant Song," ''Kashmir" and "Stairway to Heaven."

Kennedy Center


Fashion designer Betsey Johnson (C) walks down the runway with her daughter Lulu (L) and singer Cyndi Lauper at the end of her retrospective fashion show and 70th birthday party during New York Fashion Week September 11, 2012.
Photo by Keith Bedford


To Stop Making Film For Movies


Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp will stop making film used to shoot motion pictures around next spring due to a fall in demand, Kyodo news agency said.

The film and camera maker has seen faltering demand for motion picture film due to increasing digitalization in the movie industry, especially since a hike in the film prices in July, the news agency reported.

Fujifilm will, however, continue making special film designed to preserve motion pictures for a long period, Kyodo said.



UK Museum Revives First-Ever

Color Film

The earliest movies known to be shot in color have been revived by film archivists, who on Wednesday gave an audience at London's Science Museum a glimpse at cinema's first attempts to show us the world as we see it.

The obscure film segments were long considered failed prototypes, blurry flickers of color seen by no more than a handful of people before being consigned to an archive. But the National Media Museum in the northern England city of Bradford said digitization had effectively rescued the footage, unlocking remarkably modern-looking images created more than a century ago.

The scenes, screened at the Science Museum, ranged from roughly 5 to 40 seconds and showed a parrot, a London street scene, and three smiling children sitting around a table covered with a burgundy cloth batting at a goldfish bowl with large sunflowers.

Experts have dated the movie segments back to 1901 or 1902, when cinema was still in its infancy and inventors on both sides of the Atlantic were racing to produce ever-more realistic films. American inventor Thomas Edison led the way with peep-show-like Kinetoscope; the Lumiere brothers had wowed French audiences with moving images projected onto screens in 1895. The next challenge was to shoot a film in color.

Working in London, inventor-photographer Edward Turner devised a complex, three-color process which would shoot black-and-white negatives through red, green and blue filters alternating in rapid succession. The idea was to project three differently filtered frames at a time on to a screen to create the illusion of a single, colorful movie.

Color Film


Newhead News


A&E Renews For Fourth Season

"The Glades"

A&E Network has renewed "The Glades" for a fourth season.

The Florida Everglades-set drama, starring Matt Passmore, averaged 4.1 million total viewers in season 3, up 5 percent from the previous season in Live+7 viewing, A&E said.

Season 4 will begin production soon and will premiere in 2013. A&E is also in pre-production on the new scripted "Psycho" prequel series "Bates Motel," scheduled to air next year, and the second season of the scripted hit "Longmire," also expected next year.

"The Glades"


Judges (from L-R) L.A. Reid, Simon Cowell, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato leave their signatures in cement at the season two premiere of the television series "The X Factor" at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 11, 2012.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Hospital News

Kathy Bates

Actress Kathy Bates said on Wednesday she had undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer, nine years after a bout with ovarian cancer.

Bates, 64, the Oscar-winning star of 1990 thriller "Misery," told People magazine that doctors had given her a good prognosis following the recent surgery.

"After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy," Bates announced to the celebrity magazine website in a statement.

"Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception.

Kathy Bates


Wake-up Call


Good Puti, Bad Puti

Pussy Riot

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, a sign that the women's release could be imminent since their case comes up for appeal on Oct. 1.

The band members were arrested for performing a raucous prayer inside Moscow's main cathedral asking Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin as he headed into the election that handed him a third term as president. They had already spent more than five months in jail when they were convicted in August of "hooliganism driven by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years in prison.

By being the one to call for the women's release, Medvedev, who has cultivated the image of a more liberal leader, could allow Putin to put the uncomfortable case behind him while not appearing weak.

The night before Medvedev spoke, state television aired a program denouncing Pussy Riot, as if to reinforce the message that the Kremlin still considers them despicable.

The program included the claim that the feminist band was financed by Boris Berezovsky, a tycoon who has lived in Britain since 2001 after a falling out with Putin and often serves as a Kremlin boogeyman. Berezovsky said Wednesday that he had nothing to do with the group, although he was "truly delighted by the actions and courage of the girls."

Pussy Riot


Actor Adrien Brody poses with his mother, photographer Sylvia Plachy, as they arrive for the premiere of "The Master" in New York September 11, 2012.
Photo by Lee Celano


Marvel Comics Kills Off

Professor X

Professor X, the Marvel comic book character who formed and led the superhero mutant team known asX-Men, has been killed off.

The latest issue of comic book "Avengers VS. X-Men," out on Wednesday, saw the wheelchair bound and telepathic character, whose full name is Charles Xavier, get killed by Cyclops, a member of his very own X-Men team.

"When we first crafted 'Avengers VS. X-Men,' we didn't set out to kill any characters, but as the story progressed it became obvious that this had to be the last stand of Charles Xavier," Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief of Marvel Entertainment, said in a statement.

"Rest assured his death will reverberate across the Marvel Universe, leading into major launches like Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men this fall," Alonso added.

Professor X


Caballero Video To Recall DVDs

Ben & Jerry's

A movie studio has agreed to recall pornographic DVDs whose titles and packaging mimic those of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Caballero Video also agreed to stop marketing and to destroy materials used to make 10 titles in its "Ben & Cherry's" X-rated film series while a lawsuit against it is pending.

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc, a unit of London-based Unilever Plc, had sued Caballero on September 5 for trademark infringement.

It complained that DVD titles such as "Boston Cream Thighs," "Chocolate Fudge Babes," "Peanut Butter D-Cups" were too similar to its ice cream flavors Boston Cream Pie, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Peanut Butter Cup.

Ben & Jerry's also said Caballero's packaging played off its own with images of puffy white clouds and grazing cows, just as the slogan, "Porno's Finest," punned on "Vermont's Finest."

Ben & Jerry's


Actor Joshua Jackson and arrives with his girlfriend actress Diane Kruger on the red carpet for the gala presentation of the film "Inescapable" at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, September 11, 2012.
Photo by Mark Blinch


Producer Faces Jail


A police officer says the British producer of a play about the condition of Uganda's gays will be charged with "disobeying lawful orders" because his work was staged without authorization.

Detective Simon Kuteesa said late Tuesday that David Cecil, one of the producers of "The River and the Mountain," will appear in court Thursday. The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Cecil said he was interrogated last week by officials who asked why he had staged the play before getting the approval of the Uganda Media Council. Cecil said the play was performed eight times in August at little-known theaters in the Ugandan capital.

The play's main character is a young businessman who loses friends - and then gets killed - after revealing he's gay.



Interim Approval

Digital Domain

A bankruptcy judge approved on Wednesday a snap auction of Hollywood special-effects company Digital Domain Media Group Inc, but said he may reconsider what he called an "unprecedented" schedule setting up next week's sale.

The company that won an Academy Award for its work on "Titanic" filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday with only $50,000 in the bank and unable to meet Friday's payroll, its attorney, Robert Feinstein, told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

After seven hours of nonstop arguments Judge Brendan Shannon called the case "deeply troubling" and said he was being asked to "call a bluff" on threats the company would be forced to close its doors without a quick sale.

While approving a loan to keep the company afloat and the proposed auction date, he also set a September 20 hearing to reconsider his decision.

Hours earlier he had said he would not allow the rushed sale, but relented after hearing evidence from an executive from Marvel Entertainment who said his studio would not support the company if its future was still uncertain beyond next week.

Digital Domain


Television journalist Takashi Yanagisawa holds a measuring tape from atop a step ladder while interviewing Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe, who holds the world record for the "Tallest Mohawk," during a media event held by the Guinness World Records to launch their 2013 book edition in New York September 12, 2012. According to the Guinness World Records, Watanabe's do stands at 3 feet 8.6 inches.
Photo by Adrees Latif


Blocks Video


YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad in Egypt and Libya, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video.

Ultraconservative Muslims enflamed by the video stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner. Later Tuesday evening, protesters in Libya burned down the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff.

The 14-minute video is a trailer to an amateurish, low-budget movie titled "Innocence of Muslims," which depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse. Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any manner, let alone insult the prophet.

YouTube has elected to leave the video on its website, saying it doesn't violate its policies, but has blocked access to it in Egypt and Libya. The Google-Inc. video site took the unusual step Wednesday of publicly commenting on the video, a practice it typically eschews.



Big Brother Is Watching

Online Monitors

Young actors in Hollywood have a new hurdle to overcome in their budding careers: Roving studio executives who patrol Twitter, Facebook Inc and other social media sites with the threat of legal action if the young thespians disclose too much.

Talent managers and casting agents say Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network often monitor posts by cast members on these sites for messages that might harm their shows' prospects with fickle youthful viewers.

The networks order them to take down posts that might reveal too much about characters, plot twists, casting or comments that might offend advertisers.

Efforts to rein in the online habits of kids are part of a larger Hollywood campaign to restrict adults, too. And it could become an issue in February contract talks for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), covering over 150,000 actors, said a lawyer for ad agencies that work with the channels.

Online Monitors


Egyptian protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks pose for a photo graffiti on a wall of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Egyptian protesters, largely ultra conservative Islamists, have climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, went into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic inscription, in protest of a film deemed offensive of Islam.
Photo by Nasser Nasser


Bones Found?

King Richard III

Archaeologists searching for the grave of King Richard III say they have found bones that are consistent with the 15th century monarch's physical abnormality and of a man who died in battle.

A team from the University of Leicester said Wednesday the bones were beneath the site of the Grey Friars church in Leicester, central England, where contemporary accounts say Richard was buried following his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

"We are not saying today that we have found King Richard III," Richard Taylor, the university's director of corporate affairs, told a news conference. "(But) this skeleton certainly has characteristics that warrant extensive, further detailed examination."

Taylor said the skeleton displayed spinal abnormalities consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard's appearance.

King Richard III


Painting Found At Flea Market

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A woman who paid $7 for a box of trinkets at a West Virginia flea market two years ago apparently acquired an original painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir without knowing it.

The woman considered discarding the painting to salvage its frame, but instead made an appointment to have it evaluated in July by the Potomack Co. auction house in Alexandria, Va., said its fine arts director Anne Norton Craner.

When the woman pulled the painting out of a garbage bag she carried it in, Craner was nearly certain the painting was a Renoir with its distinct colors, light and brushwork. A plaque on the front labeled it "Renoir."

French handwriting on the back of the canvass included a label and number. Craner turned to the catalog by French gallery Bernheim-Jeune that's published all of Renoir's work.

Painting No. 24349 turns out to be Renoir's painting "Paysage Bords de Seine," which translates to Banks of the River Seine, Craner determined. It dates to about 1879 and measures 6 inches by 10 inches.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir



A 200 meter (656 feet) dragon shaped lantern made with 10,000 pieces of porcelain including ceramic bowls, dishes, plates and cups releases smoke as locals visit the Shanghai International Lantern Festival in Luxun Park at Hongkou district in Shanghai, September 12, 2012. According to Chinese tradition, people try to solve puzzles on lanterns, eat Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and enjoy family reunions during the festival. The Lantern Festival is usually celebrated in winter, but in Shanghai, participants prefer to mark the festival at the end of summer to enjoy the warmer weather . The Shanghai International Lantern Festival began on September 5 and will continue until October 14.
Photo by Carlos Barria


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