BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 20 November, 2014


20 November, 2014

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Mark Morford: "Your dirty little mouth: Every hot kiss swaps 80 million bacteria" (SF Gate)
Science! Aren't you wonderful? Thank you for roughly guesstimating, in this recent study published in the open journal Microbiota, that about 80 million bacteria dance like feral angels between tongue-tangled mouths in your average 10-second lip-lock, which is equal parts interesting and ridiculous and which naturally prompted at least one sorority-grade news blogger to issue a great big "Ew" in her two paragraph write-up, because, like, right?

Paul Krugman: The Structure of Obamacare (NY Times)
The big revelation of this week has been how many political pundits have spent six years of the Obama administration opining furiously about the administration's signature policy without making the slightest effort to understand how it works.

Farran Smith Nehme: "It Happened One Night: All Aboard!" (Criterion)
Almost eighty years ago, the Academy Awards saw a clean sweep of its top five categories-screenplay, actor, actress, director, and picture-not by a grandiose epic or searing social drama but by a romantic comedy, a sparkling, gossamer thing about the love of a pampered heiress for a just-fired, often-drunk scamp of a reporter.

James Quandt: "Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati" (Criterion)
Such critics as Chion and Serge Daney have noted that Tati was certainly as much a documentarist as a stylist. His genius was to isolate and exaggerate elements of the workaday world so that they seem rich and strange, and his generous art confers upon us the ability to make, through acute observation, our own Tati movie in our head, every day.

Scott Russell Sanders: "Book review: 'The Meaning of Human Existence' by Edward O. Wilson" (Washington Post)
Where did we come from, with our two-legged stance, horizon-scanning eyes and teeming brain? Human cultures have answered this question by telling stories - about gardens and gods, about sacred places and shaping spirits. For a century and a half, ever since Darwin published his distressing theory, biologists have been insisting that all those creation stories, however comforting and flattering, are false.

Gondar: The Camelot of Africa (Kuriositas)
Ethiopia's history stretches back thousands of years: it was the second ever nation, after Armenia, to adopt Christianity as its state religion, around 324 AD. During the fifteenth century it initiated contact with Europe (not, as many would assume, the other way around) with diplomatic messages sent to King Henry V of England and emissaries sent to Spain. Then, in the early seventeenth century the city of Gondar was founded: it would eventually become known as the Camelot of Africa. Its complex of imperial palaces and associated buildings stand to this day.

Henry Rollins: The Doors Achieved Something More Than Just Music (LA Weekly)
Los Angeles is a city where the eclectic and surreal often mix freely. There are so many scenes to make: If you do it just right, you can see and experience a lot in a short time.

Rory Carroll: "Tommy Lee Jones - 'I don't think there's a woman who hasn't been objectified or trivialised because of her gender'" (Guardian)
The famously prickly actor-director talks about his feminist western The Homesman, 'malevolent' Putin and his Savile Row tailor.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What brand of cigarettes did Amelia Earhart claim to smoke while flying across the Atlantic Ocean?   (click on picture for larger version)


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Would you believe..." and "Sorry about that, Chief" are catchphrases from what TV series?

      Get Smart                                                      Source

Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86), Barbara Feldon (as Agent 99), and Edward Platt (as Chief). Henry said they created the show by request of Daniel Melnick, who was a partner, along with Leonard Stern and David Susskind, of the show's production company, Talent Associates, to capitalize on "the two biggest things in the entertainment world today"-James Bond and Inspector Clouseau.

During the show's run, it generated a number of popular catchphrases, including "Would you believe...", "Missed it by that much!", "Sorry about that, Chief", "The Old (such-and-such) Trick", "And ... loving it," and "I asked you not to tell me that."        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Get Smart!

mj wrote:
   Not just the series
  But personal catchphrases of Agent 86, aka Maxwell Smart (played by Don Adams), on the series Get Smart.

Charlie said:
   Would you believe that since that time we have had presidents that make Maxwell Smart look like a genius?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Get Smart

STEPHEN F replied:
   Get Smart

Adam answered:
   Get Smart

DanD wrote:
   If all of my synapses are connecting correctly, I do believe that
  "Would you believe..." and "Sorry about that, Chief" are catchphrases
  from the TV series "Get Smart."

Kevin K in Washington, DC said:
   Would you believe..."Get Smart"?
  Created by Buck Henry, a frequent host on early seasons of "Saturday Night Live".

Randall replied:
   OH I know this one, Marty:

  Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created

  ...a silly series in the 60's with
  Don Adams playing bumbling secret agent
  Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon as a sexy
  Agent 99

  James Bond was wildly popular in the 60's with
  "Dr. No" in 1962
  "From Russia With Love" in 1963
  "Goldfinger" in 1964
  "Thunderball" in 1965
  Pretty soon there were imitators like Dean Martin in the "Matt Helm" movies,
  James Coburn in the "Flint" movies,
  television shows like "The Saint"
  and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E"
  and even"The Wild Wild West" was kind of like 007 in the 19th century.
  I would include the British TV series, "The Avengers"

  with Patrick Macnee as "Steed" and Diana Rigg as "Emma Peel"

  but that show actually came out in 1961.
  So "Get Smart" WAS playing off of the success of the James Bond

  movies, but was actually closer to being a lampoon of

  and the psychedelic 60's and mod fashions of the time.

  I remember it as a fun - but really STUPID - show.
  Max talked into his SHOE and they used a "cone of silence".

  unless I'm wrong, in which case I

Marian responded:
   Get Smart

Deborah answered:
   Lines from one of my favorite TV shows as a kid - "Get Smart." It was brilliant and smart and a humorous foil for the Cold War spy shows, like "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Hump Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   That is from "Get Smart". A Mel Brooks and Buck Henry creation. Damn, we were obsessed with spies and agents in the 60's. Barbara Feldon was another one of my teenage lust targets. Sid Haig even guest starred in on episode. Now that I see Capt. Spaulding as a young man appeared in: Batman (episodes 41 and 42), Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, The Rockford Files, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Get Smart and Fantasy Island.

George M replied:
   "Would you believe...." and "Sorry about that, Chief", are from the sixties sitcom, "Get Smart", if I remember correctly.

DJ Useo responded:
   Get Smart! I got the series used on dvd, & they make me laugh.
  My wife is not a fan of the show, but sometimes I sneak them on while she's around,
  & she often watches them with me.

MAM   wrote:
   "Get Smart" (1965-1970) an American comedy TV series satirizing the secret agent genre. Stars Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86).

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BttbBob   set semi-retirment aside to reply:
   The trivia answer for today is "Get Smart"... EZ one, Boss...

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Joe S     said:
   Well, it ain't the fear of talking possums named Pogo.

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"Hundreds of years ago, eight children were taken from a village in Borneo - by "dragons". What were these terrifying beasts?"

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Last Night

Sunny and pretty much seasonal.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Mom', then a FRESH '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'The McCarthys', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Meryl Streep and Jessye Norman.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Matthew McConaughey, Frank Nicotero, and Metallica.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Biggest Loser', followed by 'Your Guess Is As Good As Mine Since Both 'Bad Judge' & 'A To Z' Have Been Moved To The Back Of The TV Refrigerator', then a FRESH 'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Mark Ruffalo, Stephen Merchant, and Anthony Kiedis.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Russell Brand, Mayim Bialik, and Fahim Anwar.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Daniel Cerone, David S. Goyer, La Sera, and Mike Lawrence.

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 One Direction, Tom Verica, and Jessie J.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Gracepoint' (or 'Broadchurch' as they called it on the Beeb).

MY here fills the night with LIVE 'NHL Hockey'.

A&E has all 'Beyond Scared Straight' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Tombstone', followed by the movie 'The Fast & The Furious', then the movie 'Lake Placid'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 7 - The Unicorn and The Wasp
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Silence in the Library
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 24 - The Next Phase
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Momma Cherri's
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Burger Kitchen, Part 1
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Burger Kitchen, Part 2
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 1
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 2
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6
 [7:30PM]    You Only Live Twice
 [10:00PM]    The Game - Season 1 - Episode 3 NEW
 [11:10PM]    You Only Live Twice
 [1:50AM]    The Game - Season 1 - Episode 3
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 1
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 2
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 5    (ALL TIMES EST)

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

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Chappelle's Show', another 'Chappelle's Show', still another 'Chappelle's Show', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', and still another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Eddie Redmayne.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Jon Stewart.

FX has 3 hours of old 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'The Five-Year Engagement'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawnography', then another FRESH 'Pawnography'.

IFC  -   
 [6:15PM]    JAWS
 [9:00PM]    JAWS

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Until You're Blue
 [7:00AM]    The Writers' Room-Pretty Little Liars
 [7:30AM]    Cold Mountain
 [10:45AM]    Magnum Force
 [1:30PM]    Runaway Train
 [4:00PM]    Last Action Hero
 [6:45PM]    Man on Fire
 [10:00PM]    The Next Three Days
 [12:45AM]    The Enforcer
 [2:45AM]    Last Action Hero
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Parks and Recreation    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Outlander', followed by the movie 'Robin Hood'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jason Bateman, Andy Cohen, and Cold War Kids.

TCM spends the night with Rod Taylor
 [7:00 AM]      My Love Came Back (1940)
 [8:30 AM]      Million Dollar Baby (1941)
 [10:30 AM]      Devotion (1946)
 [12:30 PM]      My Reputation (1946)
 [2:15 PM]      A Stolen Life (1946)
 [4:15 PM]      Possessed (1947)
 [6:15 PM]      Payment On Demand (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      The Birds (1963)
 [10:15 PM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [12:15 AM]      Dark Of The Sun (1968)
 [2:15 AM]      Sunday in New York (1963)
 [4:15 AM]      Hotel (1967)

Friday   -  11/21/14

 [6:30 AM]      Born To Dance (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1936)
 [10:15 AM]      Broadway Melody Of 1938 (1937)
 [12:15 PM]      Rosalie (1937)
 [2:30 PM]      Honolulu (1939)
 [4:00 PM]      Broadway Melody Of 1940 (1940)
 [6:00 PM]      Lady Be Good (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Duel (1971)
 [10:00 PM]      Slither (1973)
 [12:00 AM]      Scarecrow (1973)
 [2:00 AM]      The Last Detail (1973)
 [4:00 AM]      The Rain People (1969)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'White Collar', followed by a FRESH 'Covert Affairs'.

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network


RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV

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Cesar Rosas, center, and from left, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin and Louie Perez, of the musical group Los Lobos, accept the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award on stage at the Latin Grammys - Special Merit Awards at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Hosting Kennedy Center Honors

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert is set to be the emcee for this year's Kennedy Center Honors, CBS said on Wednesday.

"I am stunned to be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor at such a young age," said the Comedy Central host in a statement. "I thought it would be years before ... I'm sorry. I'm being told I am HOSTING the Kennedy Center Honors. Oh ... Well, I'm glad. That makes a lot more sense."

The annual Kennedy Center awards gala is held at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year's honorees include Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Patricia McBride. The president and the first lady are also set to attend.

The event will be broadcast by CBS on Dec. 30. Colbert will soon be one of the faces of the network, stepping in to replace David Letterman on The Late Show next year.

Stephen Colbert


Singer Tim McGraw performs "Overrated" during the taping of "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California November 18, 2014. The show airs December 5.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


White House Correspondents' Dinner

Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong might not be co-anchoring the "Weekend Update" segment of "Saturday Night Live" anymore, but she's found another pretty big gig.

"SNL" cast member Strong, who was ousted from the "Weekend Update" position in favor of Michael Che in September, will serve as the entertainer at the next White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., the White House Correspondents' Association said Wednesday.

The dinner will take place April 25, 2015.

Cecily Strong


Newhead News


Dog Mayor of San Francisco


A previously unknown female Chihuahua named Frida has won her first political office, being named Mayor of San Francisco for the day as part of a campaign to support the city's animal shelter.

Frida, whose owner bid $5,000 for the privilege, will spend her special day touring Bay Area landmarks and receiving a commendation from the Board of Supervisors, according to a spokeswoman with the city and county Department of Animal Care and Control said.

Her honor will then be shown around city hall and presented with a retirement package that includes a doggy bed, gift basket and play products.

"We applaud Mayor Frida's ability to rise above her humble start as a single mom in an animal shelter to Mayor for the Day," said Miriam Saez, acting director of the Animal Care and Control department.



Singer Ricky Martin, right, poses with a wax figure of himself at an an unveiling of the statue at Madame Tussauds Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Photo by John Locher


Cornell Professor Unlocks Mysteries

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson can see right through the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

The Cornell University electrical and computer engineering professor is a digital art detective, able to unlock the mysteries of a work's age and authenticity by analyzing its underlying canvas or paper.

Using high-resolution X-ray images, the 64-year-old academic can actually determine if paintings came from the same bolt of hand-loomed canvas, each of which has a varying thread density pattern that can be as unique as a fingerprint. Linking multiple pieces of canvas to the same bolt can shore up arguments for authenticity and even put works in chronological order.

It's a valuable service to world-class museums that comes through the unlikely cross-pollinating of traditional art history and contemporary computer science.

Richard Johnson


Wake-up Call


Settlement Reached

Allman Biopic

The family of a film worker who was killed in a train accident while shooting a movie near Savannah has reached a settlement with several defendants in a civil suit.

A statement from the Harris Penn Lowry law firm Wednesday said the settlement in a suit filed by the family of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones includes Unclaimed Freight Productions, Inc., Rayonier Fibers, LLC, and several others.

Jones was killed the first day of filming for a movie on musician Gregg Allman in February and attorneys say the terms of the settlement are confidential.

The statement says CSX railroad and Meddin Studios are still listed as defendants.

Allman Biopic


ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons arrives to perform during a ceremony in National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, to unveil a bust of Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, that was dedicated.
Photo by Susan Walsh


Blames Victim, Issues Apology

Don Lemon

Joan Tarshis, one of several women to recently accuse Bill Cosby of rape, told CNN's Don Lemon earlier this week that after the alleged rape she tried to talk the comedian out of having sex with her when she was 19.

"I said, 'If you have sex with me, your wife is going to know it because you probably will infect her,'" Tarshis said Monday. "I thought I was very clever in saying that, but he was more clever. And instead he made me have oral sex with him, which was really just horrible."

On Tuesday, Tarshis returned for a follow-up interview with Lemon, who asked why she didn't bite the comedian during the alleged encounter.

On Wednesday, Lemon issued an on-air apology for his remarks.

"I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape," Lemon said. "If my question to her struck anyone as insensitive, I am sorry, as that was certainly not my intention."

Don Lemon


A golden Patek Philippe & Cie. "Chronometro Gondolo" pocket watch from 1905 is displayed at Auktionshaus Ineichen AG auctioneers in Zurich November 19, 2014. The watch will be offered during an auction of watches and jewellery on November 22.
Photo by Arnd Wiegmann


Most Cheap Labor


Nevada has the highest proportion of illegal immigrants of any U.S. state at 7.6 percent of its population while the number of illegal immigrants nationwide is leveling off at about 11.2 million, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The study by the Pew Research Center looked at U.S. illegal immigrant population trends over a three-year period ending in 2012.

The number of illegal immigrants in Nevada fell by 20,000 over that period, according to the Pew analysis, but the state still had about 210,000. California and Texas ranked second and third, respectively, in the share of illegal immigrants as a percentage of their total population.

In addition to having the highest proportion of illegal immigrants per capita, Nevada also has the largest share of them in its workforce, at 10 percent, the study found.

California has the highest number of illegal immigrants, estimated at 2.4 million in 2012, but has not seen that population grow as quickly as many other states including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas, the study found.



Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58 centimeter) nails at a book launch in London, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The 56 year old stars in a book entitled 'Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock', a compendium of strange but true facts and stories.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth


Dec. 5 - Blackout Of TNT, TBS


Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting stepped up its publicity campaign in its ongoing rights battle with Dish Network, alerting viewers of the possible loss of TNT and TBS on the satellite-broadcast service as soon as early December.

"Our efforts in recent weeks to restore the Turner networks to Dish customers have been rejected at every turn by Dish leadership," Turner said in a statement. "The upcoming expiration on December 5 of our carriage agreement for TNT and TBS means Dish may drop those networks as well. We remain hopeful that we will reach an agreement that restores our networks to the air and eliminates the risk of Dish removing additional Turner networks from its channel lineup."

If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, TNT and TBS would join a coterie of other Turner cable outlets that have already come off the air. CNN, HLN and Cartoon Network are among the Turner properties that are no longer available on Dish as a result of the two sides not being able to agree upon prices for new distribution rights. TNT and TBS, two of cable's most popular networks, are transmitted by Dish under a separate agreement.

Dish is also in the midst of negotiations with CBS Corp. over the right to transmit that company's flagship CBS network as well as some of its cable properties. CBS has not yet offered specifics about which of the networks it owns will be affected if the two sides cannot reach terms by Thursday, November 20 - the deadline for their current agreement to run out.



This undated photo provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows a vintage movie poster for "Metropolis," from a massive single-owner collection covering nearly the entire history of feature films - from 1907 to the present - that will be going on the auction block as one lot on Dec. 17, 2014 at Profiles in History in Calabasas, Calif. The collection belongs to Morris Everett Jr., who resides in Cleveland, Ohio, and owns a New York City movie photos leasing company. He says he's selling because he's about to turn 74, but who says he "would love to keep buying for the person who purchases the collection."


International Union for Conservation of Nature

Threatened Species

The Pacific bluefin tuna, a fish used in sushi and sashimi dishes, is at risk of extinction as the global food market places "unsustainable pressure" on the species and others, a conservation body warned Monday.

The bluefin tuna joined the Chinese pufferfish, American eel, Chinese cobra and Australian black grass-dart butterfly on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) "red list" of threatened species.

The updated list was released by the IUCN at its once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney as it called for better management of protected areas, where some of the decline in species levels has taken place.

The Pacific bluefin tuna moved from the "least concern" threat category to "vulnerable" as the species is threatened with extinction due to its use in Asia's sushi and sashimi markets, the Swiss-based group said.

The Chinese pufferfish, a Japanese delicacy and one of the world's most poisonous vertebrates, was listed as "critically endangered" and its population was estimated to have plunged by 99 percent over the past four decades from over-exploitation.

Threatened Species


A security guard stands next to a sculpture entitled "Woman with sticks" by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck during a preview of his exhibition at the Pinacoteca Museum in Sao Paulo November 19, 2014. The exhibition will run from November 20 to February 22, 2015.
Photo by Nacho Doce


Heirs Launch Pot Brand

"Marley Natural"

A U.S. private equity firm announced Tuesday it has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it touts as the "world's first global cannabis brand."

Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced Tuesday it has reached a licensing deal with Marley's heirs to offer marijuana strains, including ones famed in Jamaica, where regulations permit by late 2015. It also plans to sell weed-infused lotions, creams and various accessories.

Over the years, his estate has authorized deals for a wide range of merchandise. But the move to create "Marley Natural" has stirred grousing in Jamaica among those who share his Rastafarian faith, a spiritual movement that considers the drug divine.

Maxine Stowe of the Rastafari Millennium Council asserts that Marley was "the least of the Wailers around the issue of ganja legalization" and worries his estate's efforts to launch a cannabis brand will negatively impact future efforts in Jamaica to financially benefit from a legalization movement gaining traction across the globe.

"Marley Natural"


Mr Art , whose full name is 'King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite', displays his tattoos at a book launch in London, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The 'Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock', published by Random House, is a compendium of strange but true facts and stories.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth


Last Call For Free Rum

Casa Bacardi

The drinks are no longer on the house at Casa Bacardi in Puerto Rico.

Foreigners will now have to pay $12 and residents $6 to visit one of the most popular tourist attractions in the metropolitan San Juan region, officials said Tuesday.

The seaside rum distillery was well-known for its free drinks and tours.

The new cover charge includes a welcome drink, a commemorative 12-ounce acrylic glass and a tour of the Bacardi Visitor Center, according to a statement by Casa Bacardi. Those who want a tour of the distillery, a sampling of four premium rums or a drink-confectioning course must pay an additional $23.

Casa Bacardi



In Memory

Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78.

Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death.

Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991 at age 50.

Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi. He was signed to Berry Gordy's Motown Records, and had a string of hits in the 1960s, including "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," which became a Top 10 pop hit.

He had continued success with songs such as "I've Passed This Way Before" and "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got," but Ruffin marked a comeback in 1980 with his second Top 10 hit, "Hold on to My Love." The song was produced by Robin Gibb, the Bee Gees member who died in 2012.

Ruffin worked with his brother David in the 1970s on the album, "I Am My Brother's Keeper."

Ruffin also lived in England for many years.

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