BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 12 November, 2015


12 November, 2015

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Andrew Tobias: The Best Medicine of All
Instead of eight hearings on Benghazi, maybe we can focus on finding sensible ways to negotiate drug prices . . . setting them high enough to encourage research and development, yet low enough to free up funds for stress-reducing things (most Americans are under a lot of financial stress) that could lower our heart-attack risk by even more . . . laughter - along with walking and eating smarter - being perhaps the best medicine of all.

Less Antman: Seven Steps to Financial Peace of Mind (Simply Rich)
1. Spend less than you earn.

Emine Saner: "The dating gap: why the odds are stacked against female graduates finding a like-minded man" (The Guardian)
More women than men are graduating in many countries - but according to Date-onomics, a new book on hook-up culture, there's a downside: there may not be enough educated men to go round. Is it time to widen the search?

Xan Brooks: "Woody Harrelson interview: 'We live in a completely corrupted world'" (The Guardian)
His father was a contract killer. He was a schoolboy preacher turned Hollywood bad boy. Woody Harrelson talks about why he has too many regrets to mention - and how the 'goddesses' in his life calmed him down.

Oliver Wainwright: "Pile 'em high: Britain's £1bn plan to build nine warehouse super-prisons" (The Guardian)
The UK government is selling off bloodstained Victorian prisons to swanky hotel developers - and building new ones that are just as grim and oppressive. To really 'design out' reoffending, they should look to Scandinavia's open, trusting prisons.

Angelina Chapin: "Goodbye Dear Prudie: Slate's Emily Yoffe on the toughest advice she's given"(Slate)
As she prepares to leave her post, Yoffe reflects on her most controversial column and why advice columnists still matter in the age of Facebook.

Patrick Coyne: 5 Embarrassing Ways Aging Rockstars Tried To Stay Cool (Cracked)
You know that biopic about the famous person who finds success, falls from grace, then comes back and goes out on top? According to movies, that's the basic structure of every celebrity's life. Well, it doesn't always work out that way in reality. For a lot of celebrities, the arc goes: success, fall from grace, then instead of a comeback, a final act of flailing desperation. Here are some of those stories.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

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Veteran's Day Trivia Question from Yesterday

What award do James Garner (Maverick), Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone), Lee Marvin (M Squad), and Russell Johnson ('The Professor' on Gilligan's Island) all have in common?

       (At least) 1 Purple Heart                                                      

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, singer, producer, and comedian. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective comedic drama series The Rockford Files, and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).

He enlisted in the National Guard, serving his first seven months in California. He then went to Korea for 14 months, as a rifleman in the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand by shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and the second time in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole. Garner received the Purple Heart in Korea for the first injury. He qualified for a second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: "As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy"), but he did not actually receive it until 1983, 32 years after it had happened. Garner was a self-described "scrounger" for his company in Korea, a role he later played in The Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily.      Source

Garner was a lifelong liberal Democrat      Source


Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling (December 25, 1924 - June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.

As editor of his high school newspaper, Serling encouraged his fellow students to support the war effort. He wanted to leave school before graduation to join the fight, but his civics teacher talked him into graduating. "War is a temporary thing," Gus Youngstrom told him. "It ends. An education doesn't. Without your degree, where will you be after the war?" Serling enlisted into the U.S. Army the morning after his high school graduation, following his brother Robert.

In November 1944, his division first saw combat, on the Philippine island of Leyte. The 11th Airborne Division would not be used as paratroopers, however, but as light infantry after the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It helped mop up after the six divisions that had gone ashore earlier.

Serling's final assignment was as part of the occupation force in Japan. During his military service, Private Serling was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Philippine Liberation Medal.      Source

Was an outspoken supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

His stories often reflect his liberal political views      Source


Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 - August 29, 1987) was an American film and television actor. Known for his distinctive voice, white hair and 6 ft 1 1?2 in (187 cm) stature, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers and other hardboiled characters. From 1957 to 1960, he starred as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the NBC crime series, M Squad.

In 1966 he won several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, and Best Actor BAFTA and the Best Actor Golden Globe, for his dual roles in Cat Ballou.

In August 1942 Marvin left school to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, serving with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He was wounded in action during the Battle of Saipan, in the assault on Mount Tapochau, during which most of his unit ("I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division) were killed. His injury was from machine gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve. Marvin was given a medical discharge with the rank of Private First Class in 1945 at Philadelphia. His awards were the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.      Source

Films often portrayed his liberal politics

Turned down the lead role of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in Patton (1970) because he did not want to glorify war.

Attended the Democratic National Convention in 1960.      Source


Russell David Johnson (November 10, 1924 - January 16, 2014) was an American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on the CBS television sitcom Gilligan's Island.

On March 4, 1945, while flying as a navigator in a B-25 with the 100th Bombardment Squadron, 42nd Bombardment Group, 13th Air Force, his B-25 and two others were shot down during a low-level bombing and strafing run against Japanese military targets in the Philippine Islands. The B-25s encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire and all three had to ditch in the sea off Zamboanga. Johnson broke both ankles in the landing, and the radioman seated next to him was killed. Johnson received a Purple Heart for his injuries. He was also awarded the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one campaign star, and the World War II Victory Medal.      Source

His son David died of AIDS at age 39 on October 27, 1994. Before and especially since David's death, Johnson devoted a great deal his time to AIDS fund-raising.      Source

mj was first and correct with:
   Took a little looking
  They all earned Purple Hearts. Good Veteran's Day question.

Adam answered:
   I think it's a Purple Heart.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   The Purple Heart....

Deborah said:
   Respect for all who serve, and have served, our country.
  All the actors you named served in the Armed Forces. I didn't find an award that they have in common, however.
  Good luck, DJ - I'm sure you have some legal recourse against your slumlord and I hope you get it. His behavior is shameful.

Marian replied:
   Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame???

Lois Of The Senile responded:
   Far too lazy to research this one much, so going with "They all were awarded Purple Hearts!". Sad to say,on account of the likes of Ronald Raygun, I had forgotten how many old school actors were actually REAL MEN! Which reminds me, New Item on my "Bucket List". I'm saving up for a trip to Washington D.C., where I will dress in a pigeon suit and shit on Dick Cheney's bust.

  Here's a little something for Dale...

Dale in not cold enough to snow Diamond Springs, Norfallcali answered:
   They all received Purple Hearts for being wounded in action during World War II. I deserve one for sitting through two plus hours of complete and total Repuklickan bullshit. No, I take that back. My Dad and Grandfather both received Purple Hearts for defending our country in times of real need! Dad got blown up on the USS Intrepid during a kamikaze attack. Pops got shot in the ass in the forests of France. He loved to show off the scar. Those fucking assholes that were on display last night need to go back to the 19th century and stay there.
  Happy Veteran's Day to all of you who served. Happy Day to all of you who chose not to serve. Ask yourself a question….Do you want any of those candidates near nukes?

BttbBob   said:

  They were awarded at least one of these...


Charles Durning...

  ... was awarded three... Plus a Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor... He was in the first waves to land at Normandy on D-Day and was in thick of it during the Battle of the Bulge...
  WWII Soldier, character actor Charles Durning to be interred at Arlington | Article | The United States Army (Good Bio info here)


  The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is the only service organization mandated by Congress to have a full-time office at every VA hospital. I am a Life Member of the DAV and am dagnab proud of the work they do on behalf of ALL veterans (i.e. They will represent and help any Vet). However, between you and me and this here ol' E! page, I secretly suggest to Vets who are seeking compensation for service-connected conditions to have these people

  Act as their representative in that process... They get shit done... Seriously.


  Caveat! Never-never-never try to do it on your own. Always-always-always get a Service organization to represent you before and after. Why do I say after? I will use myself as an example. After I was awarded my 100% service-connected compensation in '03 (the Vietnam Veterans of America was my service rep at that time), my daughters were eligible for what's called Chapter 35 benefits, i.e. basically a 'GI Bill' for college (it was about $800 a month then, more now, for 36 months). My oldest daughter began collecting that and I found a 'loophole' where I could claim her as a dependent and collect an extra $200, or so, a month (which I gave to her along with an additional $400 per month). Three years later on the VA said, 'Whoa! You can't do that! You owe us over $9 grand!". I said, "Oh, yeah! It never said that I couldn't claim her on your website when I applied. Stuff it!" and I appealed. So the appeal wound through the Byzantine VA bureaucracy with the help of the VVA until I finally sat in a hearing room at the VA Regional Office in the huge federal building in downtown Detroit where the proceedings were taped for the dispositions and final decision. The State VVA head honcho sat next to me as my consigliere. I won... However, as it turns out it is not allowed by rule, BUT, as I said and proved, it didn't say so, haha - It also helped that I had a large envelope with every deposit slip I made to her account - which I poured out on the table - to verify that I did give her ALL that money, plus, and I rubbed the hearing officer's nose in the fact that my daughter got her Occupational Therapist degree Magna cum laude with the help of that money because she didn't have to work while attending university... So, there... Get a service rep... and don't let the sumbitches intimidate you.


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MAM   wrote:
   Purple Heart ~ The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed, while serving, with the U.S. military.

DJ Useo is still looking for a mold-free place to live.

Randall took the day off.

Alan J took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.



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Charles Koch Not Backing Candidate In GOP Primary much fun to explore the collective comment mosh-pit..

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Re: GOP Bingo

LOVE the GOP debate bingo card. I think everyone needs to turn it into a drinking game too-a sop for each 'hit," a gulp for every bingo, and chug your drink when you black out the card!

I would need to be knee-walking drunk to listen to those clowns, and this bingo/drinking game could help.

Thanks too for the time traveler guidelines. So true from their warped perspective.

Linda   >^..^<
    We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



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

If anyone would like to help out DJ Useo and his lovely wife move to someplace that's mold-free, please drop me a line for more information.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Life In Piece', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jennifer Connelly, Judd Apatow, and the Internet.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Melissa Benoist, Olivia Wilde, and Saoirse Ronan.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Heroes Reborn', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist', then a FRESH 'The Player'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Elizabeth Banks, Jon Glaser, and Tim McGraw.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Sam Rockwell, Cristin Milioti, Neil Cavuto, and Jeremy Gara.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Cary Fukunaga, the Julie Ruin, and Christopher Abbott.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Julia Roberts, Marcus Scribner, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Future.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'The Originals'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Sleepy Hollow'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'The Karate Kid', followed by the movie 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story', then the movie 'Kickboxer'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 12 - The Pegasus
 [7:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 13 - Homeward
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 2 - D-Place
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 7 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Silence in the Library
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 2
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 3
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 4
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 5
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6
 [7:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 7
 [8:00PM]    Crimson Tide
 [10:30PM]    Crimson Tide
 [1:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 2
 [2:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 3
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 4
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a (F) 'Vanderpump Rules', then a (F) 'Bravo First Looks', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', and another 'Real Housewives Of OC'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Me, Myself & Irene', followed by a FRESH 'Nathan For You', and 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Christine and the Queens.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Diedrich Bader, Janet Varney, and Guy Branum.

FX has the movie 'Epic', followed by the movie 'Despicable Me 2'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Uzo Aduba Wears a White Blouse and Royal Blue Heels
 [9:00AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [11:30AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [2:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [10:00PM]    BENDERS-Nice Day for a Boat Ride
 [10:30PM]    GIGI DOES IT-Whine
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    The Interpreter
 [10:30AM]    Rudy
 [1:00PM]    Stand by Me
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Rebels
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Paranoia
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Humiliation
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Angel
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Libel
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Remand
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Corpus Delicti
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Trophy
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Charm City
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Custody
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Encore
 [2:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-The Good Wife
 [3:00AM]    The Interpreter    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Fifth Element', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH 'Haven'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Daniel Radcliffe, Betsy Brandt, and Saint Motel.

 [6:00 AM]      Side Streets (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      Within the Law (1939)
 [8:30 AM]      Mr. And Mrs. North (1941)
 [9:45 AM]      I'll Wait For You (1941)
 [11:00 AM]      Call Out the Marines (1942)
 [12:15 PM]      The Secret Fury (1950)
 [1:45 PM]      Duffy of San Quentin (1953)
 [3:15 PM]      Bailout at 43,000 (1957)
 [4:45 PM]      Gunsight Ridge (1957)
 [6:15 PM]      The Young and the Brave (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)    SILENT 
 [9:15 PM]      I am Cuba (1964)
 [11:45 PM]      The Exiles (1961)
 [1:15 AM]      The Connection (1962)
 [3:15 AM]      Come Back, Africa (1959)
 [5:00 AM]      The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1950)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  11/13/15

 [6:00 AM]      Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      Remember? (1939)
 [9:30 AM]      Mogambo (1953)
 [11:30 AM]      Where The Boys Are (1960)
 [1:30 PM]      The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964)
 [3:30 PM]      Guys and Dolls (1955)
 [6:00 PM]      The Tender Trap (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
 [11:00 PM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [1:00 AM]      The Wrong Box (1966)
 [3:00 AM]      Make Mine Mink (1960)
 [4:45 AM]      The Mysterious House of Dr. C, (1976)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Bruce Springsteen performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event, presented by the New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen


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Marian Anderson Award

Wynton Marsalis

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis has been honoured with an award named for a pioneering opera singer.

The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

Marsalis has won nine Grammys and is the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for music. His humanitarian work includes The Children's Defence Fund and helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. He's also the director of jazz at Lincoln Center.

During Tuesday night's awards ceremony, the trumpeter and composer took the stage with his original septet - something that hasn't happened in 20 years.

Wynton Marsalis


Italian actress Claudia Cardinale poses before receiving an honorary award during the opening ceremony of the 37th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), in Cairo, Egypt, November 11, 2015.
Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany


Wins World Series of Poker

Joe McKeehen

Pennsylvania poker pro Joe McKeehen never gave up his lead in the World Series of Poker's championship event, and took home $7.68 million Tuesday night as the victor.

25-year-old McKeehen won when his ace-10 turned into a pair of tens on the flop, ensuring his victory in a face-off with Joshua Beckley of New Jersey who went all-in with a pair of fours.

McKeehen held an overwhelming lead in poker chips coming into the finale and the entire three-day event.

"I thought it was the Joe Show," said ESPN analyst and poker pro Antonio Esfandiari who said McKeehen played nearly perfect poker. "He played great, he ran great, and you can't overcome that combination. He did exactly what he needed to do to not give up the chip lead ever," he said.

The championship got its start in 1970 with an invite-only event at Benny Binion's Las Vegas casino where the men gathered around the table initially chose the winner and has grown to a global contest that attracts thousands of poker players each year.

Joe McKeehen


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Diamond Sets New Record

'Blue Moon'

Sotheby's says a rare blue diamond has sold for a record 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.5 million) at a Geneva auction, including fees.

The 12.03-carat 'Blue Moon' diamond, set in a ring, is said to be among the largest known fancy vivid blue diamonds and was the showpiece gem at Wednesday's auction in Geneva. The price fell within the pre-auction estimate of $35-$55 million. A packed auction room broke into applause after the hammer came down at a price of 43.2 million Swiss francs, excluding fees.

On its Twitter account, Sotheby's said the jewel was purchased by a Hong Kong private collector and promptly renamed 'The Blue Moon of Josephine' - a similar name to one given to a pink diamond ring that sold for $28.5 million at Christie's in Geneva a day earlier: 'Sweet Josephine.' That too was bought by a Hong Kong collector who was not publicly identified.

The polished blue gem was cut from a 29.6-carat diamond discovered last year in South Africa's Cullinan mine, which also yielded the 530-carat Star of Africa blue diamond in the British crown jewels.

'Blue Moon'


Edward James Olmos, Floyd Mayweather and Will Smith seen at World Premiere Gala Screening of Sony Pictures 'Concussion' at AFI Fest 2015 at TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in Hollywood, CA.
Photo by Eric Charbonneau


Women In Hollywood

Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter has ended its annual power rankings of women in Hollywood.

President and chief creative officer Janice Min wrote in a posting Wednesday that, 23 years after the list began, "the moment feels wrong to host a female cage match."

Citing prevailing gender imbalance in Hollywood, Min said the much sought-after list was contributing to the problem. Conceived as a way to celebrate and rank the most influential female executives, filmmakers and stars in an industry long dominated by men, the list had come to appear, Min said, like a "beauty pageant of brains where only one woman gets crowned."

The Hollywood Reporter will instead do a power ranking of men and women. The trade's sister publication, Billboard, will also combine genders for its ranking of music executives.

Hollywood Reporter


Wake-up Call


Party Victory

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar President Thein Sein and the powerful army congratulated democratic champion Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, after her party trounced the ruling camp in the first free election in 25 years and was closing in on an absolute majority in parliament.

Thein Sein reiterated that the government would accept the results of the election and agreed to Suu Kyi's request to hold reconciliation talks soon, although the two are still to agree on the time and location of the negotiations.

Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has won over 80 percent of the seats declared so far in the lower house and is well ahead in the upper house and regional assemblies.

If the final results confirm the trend, Suu Kyi's triumph will sweep out an old guard of former generals that has run Myanmar since the junta handed over power to Thein Sein's semi-civilian government in 2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi


Cast member Arliss Howard poses with actress Debra Winger during the premiere of the film "Concussion" during AFI Fest 2015 in Hollywood, California, November 10, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


Confirm Tsar's Remains


New DNA tests on the remains of the last tsar Nicholas II confirm their authenticity, Russia said Wednesday, after exhuming them in a bid to end a dispute with the Orthodox Church.

The remains of Nicholas II, his wife and five children, shot by the Bolsheviks in 1918 and hastily buried in the provincial city of Yekaterinburg, are still disputed by the Russian Orthodox Church and some of the family's descendants.

The latest tests, which are still ongoing, could finally lead to the burial of the whole family with full funeral rites.

The influential Church has declared all the slain Romanov family saints -- but has not recognised any of their remains, insisting there are still doubts over their authenticity despite DNA testing by Russian and international scientists.



Ireland Baldwin attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS on Tuesday, December 8th at 10pm EST.
Photo by Scott Roth


Visits Hong Kong

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta went on display in Hong Kong Tuesday, after it courted controversy during the China leg of the historic document's worldwide tour.

British officials in Hong Kong defended the exhibitions in mainland China, which saw the display of the charter -- considered to represent the foundation of rule of law in the West -- switched twice from public venues to British diplomatic premises to which ordinary Chinese citizens have limited access.

During the charter's sojourn in China, searches for the Chinese word for Magna Carta were blocked on Sina Weibo, a microblogging service similar to Twitter, with results returning with the message: "According to relevant laws and regulations, 'Magna Carta' search results cannot be displayed."

The version of the ancient document on display is one of only four existing examples of the charter and is on a world tour to mark the 800th anniversary of its signing by England's King John on July 15, 1215.

Magna Carta


A carnival reveller celebrates the start of the carnival season in Cologne on Nove. 11, 2015. In many parts of Germany, at 11:11am on November 11, people mark the official start of carnival, a season of controlled raucous fun that reaches a climax during the days before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
Photo by Wolfgang Rattay


"Stone Heap Of The Wild Cat"

Rujm el-Hiri

Driving past it, one of the most mysterious structures in the Middle East is easy to miss. The prehistoric stone monument went unnoticed for centuries in a bare expanse of field on the Golan Heights.

After Israel captured the territory from Syria in a 1967 war, archaeologists studying an aerial survey spotted a pattern of stone circles not visible from the ground. Subsequent excavations revealed it was one of the oldest and largest structures in the region.

Known as Rujm el-Hiri in Arabic, meaning the "stone heap of the wild cat", the complex has five concentric circles, the largest more than 500 feet (152 m) wide, and a massive burial chamber in the middle. Its Hebrew name Gilgal Refaim, or "wheel of giants", refers to an ancient race of giants mentioned in the Bible.

It is up to 5,000 years old, according to most estimates, making it a contemporary of England's Stonehenge. Unlike the more famous monument built with about 100 huge stones topped by lintels, the Golan structure is made of piles of thousands of smaller basalt rocks that together weigh over 40,000 tons.

Standing on the ground inside the complex, it looks like a labyrinth of crumbling stone walls overgrown with weeds. From on top of the five-meter-high burial mound, it is possible to make out a circular pattern. Only from the air does the impressive shape of a massive bull's-eye clearly emerge.

Rujm el-Hiri


Kali Puja was celebrated in Kolkata and West Bengal with zeal and religious flavor ahead of Dewali or Deepavali in Kolkata, India on Nov. 11, 2015. Residential houses and public place were illuminated with candle and lamps. People use fireworks as part of Festivity.


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A chimpanzee mother cared for her disabled infant in the wild in Tanzania, Japanese researchers reported in a study published this week, research they hope will help in understanding the evolution of social care in humans.

A team of Kyoto University researchers discovered that a "severely disabled" female chimpanzee baby was born in a group in Tanzania's Mahale Mountains National Park in 2011, and recorded behaviour of the group for about two years.

"The observed infant exhibited symptoms resembling Down syndrome, similar to those reported previously for a captive chimpanzee," they said in an abstract of the study published Monday in the online edition of Primates, an international journal of primatology.

"The mother's compensatory care for her infant's disabilities and allomothering of the infant by its sister might have helped it to survive for 23 months in the wild" when the infant disappeared and was believed to have died, they said.

"It is the first time it was observed in the wild that a disabled chimpanzee was receiving social care."




In Memory

Betsy Drake

Betsy Drake, the vivacious actress who starred opposite her husband Cary Grant in the comedies Every Girl Should Be Married and Room for One More, has died. She was 92.

Drake, who was the third of Grant's five wives, died Oct. 27 in her London home, her friend said. She had lived in the city for many years after retiring from films shortly after her 1962 divorce from the actor.

Drake met Grant in August 1947 when both were aboard the Queen Mary on a trip back to the U.S. from England. Grant, 20 years her senior, had seen her in London as the lead in a production of Elia Kazan's Deep Are the Roots, and he asked actress Merle Oberon to arrange an introduction. (Elizabeth Taylor and her mother also were on the boat at the time.)

Grant, a big star at RKO Radio Pictures, asked the studio to put Drake under contract, and she was his leading lady in Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) and Room for One More (1952).

Drake later wrote the screenplay for Houseboat (1958), which starred Grant. She was supposed to be the female lead in that romantic comedy, but by then Grant was having an affair with actress Sophia Loren (the two had met on the set of 1957's The Pride and the Passion). Drake's script was rewritten, and Loren replaced her in the movie.

Grant and Drake separated in 1958 and were said to remain friends until his death in November 1986. She introduced him to LSD therapy, which was legal until 1966.

Drake was born in Paris in 1923 to wealthy parents - her grandfather had built Chicago's Drake Hotel - but the 1929 stock market crash sent the family reeling, and she spent her childhood being shuttled among relatives on the East Coast.

Drake also appeared in such films as Dancing in the Dark (1949), The Second Woman (1950), Pretty Baby (1950), Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) and Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965).

In 1956, Drake and actress Ruth Roman were among the passengers rescued from the sinking Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria.

Betsy Drake


In Memory

Carol Doda

Legendary stripper Carol Doda, who helped introduce topless entertainment more than 50 years ago, has died at age 78.

Friend Ron Minolla says she died Monday in San Francisco of complications related to kidney failure.

Doda went topless in 1964 at the Condor Club and soon changed every nightspot on busy Broadway. She left the club in 1985 and later owned a lingerie store.

Doda, known for her augmented bust, rode onto stage atop a piano on an elevator platform, debuting the same day President Lyndon B. Johnson drew half a million people in a visit to San Francisco. It wasn't long before the big news in town was "The Girl on the Piano."

An illuminated sign on the club in Doda's likeness later became a landmark.

Carol Doda


In Memory

Andy White

Andy White, a top session drummer in England during the 1960s who played on songs by Tom Jones and Herman's Hermits among others and stepped in for newcomer Ringo Starr as the Beatles recorded their debut single "Love Me Do," has died.

White, 85, died Monday at his home in Caldwell, New Jersey. He died several days after suffering a stroke, his wife, Thea, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Scottish-born White was already an experienced musician when EMI official Ron Richards called on September 1962 and asked him to come to the Abbey Road studio in London and help with a session by a new band from Liverpool. That band - the Beatles - was working on the John Lennon-Paul McCartney song "Love Me Do" and producer George Martin was unsatisfied with the work by Starr, who had recently replaced Pete Best.

Two versions of the song were released - one with White on drums and Starr on tambourine, and one with Starr on drums - and each have appeared numerous times over the decades. "Love Me Do" was a top 20 hit in England in the fall of 1962 and topped the charts in the U.S. two years later, at the height of Beatlemania. White also played drums on the song's original B-side, "P.S. I Love You," which featured Starr on maracas.

The session lasted just a few hours. White received a small fee and never played with the Beatles again.

White went on to have a diverse and productive career, whether backing Jones on his hit "It's Not Unusual" or touring with Marlene Dietrich. Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band and "The Sopranos" fame recruited him as a consultant for the film "Not Fade Away," a 2012 release about a '60s rock band in New Jersey which Van Zandt executive produced.

Andy White



Specimens of insects placed into design by artist Jennifer Angus create a wallpaper effect in one of nine gallery-sized art installations to mark the reopening of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington November 11, 2015. The Renwick, which is the Smithsonian's museum dedicated to crafts and decorative arts, will reopen its doors Friday after an extensive two-year renovation.
Photo by Jonathan Ernst



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