BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 24 September, 2020


24 September, 2020

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from Bruce



• Frederick C. Copleston, S.J. wrote a nine-volume history of philosophy, an accomplishment that astonished many people, who suspected that a syndicate of writers was actually behind the books published under the name of Copleston. He once said, “If anyone is curious to know how I managed to write so much, the answer is, I suppose, that I did little else but study, lecture, and write. Being celibate and having for most of my life no administrative post, I was able to devote a large part of each day to literary work. The syndicate idea was a figment of the imagination.”

• Children’s book author/illustrator David McPhail believes in taking advantage of inspiration when it strikes. He was awaiting some friends whom he had invited to his house when he was struck by inspiration and began writing Henry Bear’s Park. In the middle of writing the story, he heard a knock at the door. He threw it open, saw his friends, and told them, “I’m in the middle of writing something. Go to the beach and come back in an hour!” An hour later, when they came back, he had finished the story.

• Robert Benchley frequently found it difficult to work at his apartment in the Algonquin — friends were always dropping in to see him, or he was always leaving his apartment to drop in on some of his friends. Once, he wrote the word “The” on a sheet of paper, figuring that it would make a good beginning for an article, then he went out to see some friends. When he returned, he stared for a while at the “The,” then added “hell with it,” and went out to see some more friends.

• Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes were Watching God, made little money as a writer although she was one of the most celebrated writers of the Harlem Renaissance. At one point, despite being a published writer, she worked as a maid in Florida to make money because she needed money and was accustomed to earn her own way in life. Members of the white family she worked for were greatly surprised one day when they saw a photograph of their maid in a magazine.

• Lois Ehlert did not plan to be a writer/illustrator of children’s books, but after taking a class on making homemade books, she needed something to fill the pages of the book she had created. Because she had a vegetable garden, she wrote and illustrated a story that she titled Growing Vegetable Soup. The book was published, and suddenly Ms. Ehlert was a writer/illustrator of books for children.

• The worst job author Gary Paulsen ever had was replacing septic tanks while working for a septic tank company. Because he was new at the company, he had the worst job — emptying the sewage from the old tanks. Sometimes, Mr. Paulsen would be shoveling when a homeowner flushed the toilet and unintentionally gave him a shower of sewage — Mr. Paulsen’s fellow employees thought this was hilarious.

• As the author of such children’s books as The Two Giants, Eve Bunting finds that she can write anywhere. Because she didn’t have her notebook with her, she once wrote a children’s story on the back of a program in the dark while a play was being performed. On another occasion, she felt inspired while traveling but again didn’t have her notebook with her, so she wrote the story on a “barf” bag.

• As an author of children’s books, Margaret Mahy stays alert in hopes of finding ideas for new books. She once saw this sign in a butcher’s shop in her native New Zealand: “Pot-boiling owls.” Actually, a letter had fallen off the sign — it was supposed to say, “Pot-boiling Fowls.” Someday, she may write a story suggested by this sign.

• As a hard-working professional writer, Isaac Asimov, who wrote or edited over 400 books during his career, began writing at 7:30 a.m. then continued throughout the day, often writing until late at night. He once said, “I must write. I look upon everything but writing as an interruption.”

• Finis Farr worked as a contributing editor at Time, where he was very unhappy. One day, he went to a park after lunch and thought how much he dreaded going back to work. Suddenly, he thought, “I’ve got the answer! Don’t go back.” Mr. Farr didn’t go back.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

In a series of 1960's commercials, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass rerecorded and renamed "The Mexican Shuffle" for a brand of chewing gum. In each ad, a placid person would unwrap a stick of gum then abruptly break into what dance?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This single by Warren Zevon, his only top 40 US hit, mentions Lon Chaney, drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's, and a big dish of beef chow mein. What is the title of this song?

       "Werewolves Of London"                                                      Source

"Werewolves of London" is a rock song performed by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. It was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel and was included on Excitable Boy (1978), Zevon's third solo album. The track featured Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass respectively. The single was released by Asylum Records and was a top 40 US hit, the only one of Zevon's career, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 that May.        Source

    I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
    Walking through the streets of SoHo in the rain
    He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's
    Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein
    Werewolves of London
    Aaoooooo        Source

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Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Werewolves of London.

Randall wrote:
   Werewolves of London

Jacqueline said:
   Werewolves Of London.

mj answered:
   With it's almost honky-tonk piano background
  Werewolves of London was one of my favorite bar songs (not to mention everyone howling along with the refrain.) I actually liked the B side, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner better. I miss Warren.

Dave responded:
   Werewolves of London. This is one I didn’t have to look up, although I never knew much about Zevon and I never listened to any of his albums.

Jon L replied:
   Was that Werewolf of London?

Cal in Vermont wrote:
   Werewolves Of London Awoooooo!

Stephen F said:
   Werewolves of London

Adam answered:
   Werewolves of London

zorch responded:
   Werewolves of London.

Billy in Cypress U.  $.  A. replied:
   'Werwolves of London"

Mac Mac said:
   Werewolves of London

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Werewolves Of London

Micki answered:
   Werewolves of London.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   Werewolves of London

Deborah, the Master Gardener replied:
   Why, that’s “Werewolves of London,” of course. Aroooo!

Daniel in The City responded:
   Werewolves of London

Dave in Tucson (Where the skies have been hazy for days.) wrote:
   One of the "Werewolves of London" was drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. I hear his hair was perfect.

DJ Useo said:
   "Werewolves Of London" is the readily available answer my brain offered.
  I always really liked that song. & having made it onto countless Halloween mashup albums,
  I've heard it adjusted into countless variations. I even put it singing over War's "Low Rider" once.

Rosemary in Columbus replied:
   Werewolf of London

Joe ( -- Vote Blue, No Matter Who -- ) answered:
   Couldn't be anything but WereWolves of London. It's like playing softball, like slow pitch. Love Warren Zevon.

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Last Night

Sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'Love Island', then a FRESH 'Star Trek: Discovery'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Rep. Katie Porter, and Tony Romo.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jason Schwartzman and Alicia Keys.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Wall', followed by 'Dateline', then a RERUN 'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chris Rock, Jonathan Majors, and Sasha Sloan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Alicia Vikander, Maya Erskine, and Anna Konkle.
On a RERUN Lilly Singh (from 2/11/20) are Nico Santos and Sabrina Jalees.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Celebrity Family Feud', followed by a FRESH 'Press Your Luck', then a FRESH 'Match Game'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Norman Reedus and Aminé.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Mysteries Decoded', followed by a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: FU'.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Masked Singer', followed by a RERUN 'Filthy Rich'.

MY recycles an old 'Dateline', followed by an old 'L&O: CI'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'US Marshals', followed by the movie 'Con-Air', then the movie 'Con Air'.

BBC  -   
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Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens: Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's The Daily Social Distancing Show.

FX has the movie 'Spkder-Man: Homecoming', followed by the movie 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', again.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

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 [6:00am]   The Three Stooges - Dizzy Detectives
 [6:30am]   South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
 [8:30am]   Monty Python And The Holy Grail
 [10:30am]   The Dukes Of Hazzard
 [12:45pm]   Get Hard
 [3:00pm]   This Is 40
 [6:00pm]   Two And A Half Men
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 [12:00am]   Two And A Half Men
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 [1:00am]   Transporter 2
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SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by the movie 'Walking Tall'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Jane Lynch.

 [6:15 AM]      Wuthering Heights (1939)
 [8:15 AM]      Kitty Foyle (1940)
 [10:15 AM]      Cass Timberlane (1947)
 [12:15 PM]      The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
 [2:30 PM]      Magnificent Obsession (1954)
 [4:30 PM]      All That Heaven Allows (1955)
 [6:15 PM]      Written on the Wind (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      Young Dr. Kildare (1938)
 [9:30 PM]      The Young Doctors (1961)
 [11:30 PM]      The Hospital (1971)
 [1:30 AM]      No Way Out (1950)
 [3:30 AM]      The Girl In White (1952)
 [5:04 AM]      Her Honor, The Nurse (1956)
 [5:30 AM]      Emergency Hospital (1956)    (ALL TIMES ET)

Friday   -  09/25/20

 [6:45 AM]      War of the Planets (1965)
 [8:30 AM]      The Cosmic Monster (1958)    [AKA: 'The Strange World of Planet X']
 [10:00 AM]      Satellite in the Sky (1956)
 [11:30 AM]      The Green Slime (1969)
 [1:15 PM]      Queen of Outer Space (1958)
 [2:45 PM]      The Wild, Wild Planet (1965)
 [4:30 PM]      Village of the Damned (1960)
 [6:00 PM]      Children of the Damned (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
 [10:30 PM]      Alvarez Kelly (1966)
 [12:45 AM]      Springfield Rifle (1952)    (ALL TIMES ET)

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‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’

David Letterman

David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is set to return for its third season in October, Netflix announced on Wednesday.

The show, which features the late night television legend having one-on-one conversation with some of current events’ most newsworthy names, is set to return on Oct. 21. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction season three will offer in-depth conversations with a new slate of guests including Kim Kardashian West, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Chappelle and Lizzo.

The four-episode season’s premiere date was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seasons 1 and 2 of My Next Guest saw a wide array of stars and figures. Among the previous guests were President Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.

David Letterman



‘Tasteful’ Ink

Dolly Parton

For years, Dolly Parton has had fans speculating she had tattoos.

"I do have some tattoos, that's true," the country music legend — and feminist icon — tells PEOPLE exclusively. "But they're tasteful. I'm not a tattoo girl."

Parton did confirm one rumor, but it's not the sleeves that many have thought she might have.

"My tattoos are pretty, they’re artful and they usually started out to cover some scar, not to make a big statement," she says. "Ribbons and bows and butterflies are the things that I have. I was very sick for a while and I had to wear a feeding tube. It left a little indention in my side and I didn't like it because I’m so fair that scars turn purple on me."

She said she decided to make something beautiful from an ugly experience. "I like to make positives out of negatives. I had a little beehive tattooed over it — a little yellow-and-brown beehive with a tiny little bee on top of the hive. The mouth of it is that little sinkhole."

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BBC Radio 2

‘John Lennon at 80’

Sean Ono Lennon will interview Paul McCartney, Elton John and his half-brother Julian for an upcoming BBC radio special marking what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, October 9th.

John Lennon at 80 will broadcast in two one-hour installments, October 3rd and 4th, at 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. EST on BBC Radio 2. According to UDiscoverMusic, Radio 2 will pair these shows with a two-hour special, John Lennon at the BBC, featuring a mix of archival performances and interviews, that will air October 4th between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. BST/2 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST.

Per a preview of John Lennon at 80, Sean’s conversation with McCartney will cover everything from meeting and becoming friends with Lennon to the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions, and how previously unseen footage from Peter Jackson’s upcoming documentary changed McCartney’s perception of that period. McCartney will also discuss his and Lennon’s artistic development together, and perform a snippet of the first song they wrote, “Just Fun.”

In his conversation with Elton John — who is Sean’s godfather — the musician will share his own memories of being a Beatles fan, like biking eight miles to buy a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s. John also talks about Lennon’s final live appearance, which happened to take place at one of his 1974 gigs at Madison Square Garden, where Lennon was reunited with Yoko Ono.

And with his half-brother Julian, the two Lennon boys will discuss their father’s life and music, with a particular focus on his final album, Double Fantasy (some of Sean’s earliest memories are of being in the studio with his dad while he made that record). The pair will also discuss the unique moments they realized exactly who their dad was, with Julian recalling memories of fans lingering outside his childhood home in England, and Sean recounting similar scenes outside the Dakota in New York.

‘John Lennon at 80’



Space Shuttle Almanac

Space X

Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman’s may head into space in for their film in October 2021, images from the Space Shuttle Almanac reveal.

On Monday the Twitter for the Space Shuttle Almanac shared a photo of spacecrafts and countries set to launch from in the next three years. While the chart may seem like an assuming collage of names, flags and spacecrafts at first, upon a closer look the chart reveals some names near and dear to Hollywood.

Under the October 2021 part of the chart reads “SpaceX Crew Dragon,” with an image of a small space vehicle beside it. Next to the illustration are a list of three names: SpaceX Pilot Lopez Alegria, Tourist 1 Tom Cruise and Tourist 2 Doug Liman. The tourist flight also shows a vacant spot for a third visitor.

While it’s unsure whether the October 2021 trip is just a preliminary one for Cruise and Liman to scope out the extra-terrestrial territory or whether marks the production for the first-of-its-kind film, it’s clear Cruise may get his space legs soon enough.

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'Militant Secularists'

US Attorney General Bill Barr (R-Hair Shirt) lashed out at "militant secularists" at a Catholic gathering Wednesday, saying they sought to drive religion out of public life in the United States.

Speaking at the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, where he was honored with a high layperson's award, Barr blamed an alleged decline in morality and a rise of centralized government on the spread of secularism.

Over the past 50 years, he said, "traditional morality has eroded, and secularists have often succeeded not only in eliminating religion from schools and the public square, but in replacing it with new orthodoxies that are actively hostile to religion."

The result, he said, was "striking increases in urban violence, drug abuse and broken families."

'Militant Secularists'



Changes Name

Uncle Ben’s

Mars Inc. has officially retired the Uncle Ben’s brand name as of Wednesday, with an announcement acknowledging that the name and imagery on the package were perceived as racist. Now, the rice will be called Ben’s Original in what the company calls an effort to “create a more inclusive future while maintaining its commitment to producing the world’s best rice.”

The news was shared on the company’s Twitter account that still goes by “Uncle Ben’s USA.” The tweet reads, “We listened. And we learned,” before introducing the simplified name. An announcement on the brand’s website explains that the image of a white-haired Black man with a bow-tie will also be removed from the rice packaging, honoring a commitment that the brand made in June.

The spokesperson additionally explains that removing the imagery historically associated with the brand isn’t the only effort that the company is making toward inclusivity, but that it has plans for deeper interaction and investment in underserved communities and consumers.

Uncle Ben’s



Ora Banda Impact Crater


Gold miners in the Australian Outback recently discovered a gigantic meteorite crater dating to about 100 million years ago, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Found near the Western Australian town of Ora Banda, the newly dubbed Ora Banda Impact Crater is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) across. This huge hole was likely created by a meteorite up to 660 feet (200 meters) wide, or longer than the length of two American football fields, according to, a Western Australia news outlet.

When geologists at Evolution Mining, an Australian gold mining company, came across some unusual rock cores at Ora Banda, they called Jayson Meyers, the principal geophysicist, director and founder of Resource Potentials, a geophysics consulting and contracting company in Perth. Meyers examined the geologists' drill core samples, as well as rock samples from the site, and he immediately noticed the shatter cones — telltale signs of a meteorite crash.

Shatter cones form when high-pressure, high-velocity shock waves from a large impacting object — such as a meteorite or a gigantic explosion (such as would occur at a nuclear testing site) — rattle an area, according to the Planetary Science Institute (PSI), a nonprofit group based in Tucson, Arizona, which was not involved with the new find. These shock waves shatter rock into the unique shatter cone shape, just like a mark that a hard object can leave on a car's windshield.

Because "we know they didn't do any nuclear testing at Ora Banda," the evidence suggests that an ancient impact crater hit the site, Meyers told




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Black Licorice

A Massachusetts construction worker’s love of black licorice wound up costing him his life. Eating a bag and a half every day for a few weeks threw his nutrients out of whack and caused the 54-year-old man’s heart to stop, doctors reported Wednesday.

“Even a small amount of licorice you eat can increase your blood pressure a little bit,” said Dr. Neel Butala, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who described the case in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The problem is glycyrrhizic acid, found in black licorice and in many other foods and dietary supplements containing licorice root extract. It can cause dangerously low potassium and imbalances in other minerals called electrolytes.

Eating as little as 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause a heart rhythm problem, especially for folks over 40, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

The death was clearly an extreme case. The man had switched from red, fruit-flavored twists to the black licorice version of the candy a few weeks before his death last year. He collapsed while having lunch at a fast-food restaurant. Doctors found he had dangerously low potassium, which led to heart rhythm and other problems. Emergency responders did CPR and he revived but died the next day.

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