Geoffrey O'Brien: The Sword of Doom: Calligraphy in Blood" (Criterion)
Kihachi Okamoto's The Sword of Doom is likely to strike the unalerted viewer as an exercise in absurdist violence, tracking the career of a nihilistic swordsman from his gratuitous murder of a defenseless old man to his final descent into what looks like a rehearsal for global annihilation, as, in a kind of ecstasy, he slaughters a seemingly endless army of attackers both real and phantasmal.
Geoffrey O'Brien: "Red River: The Longest Drive" (Criterion)
Many westerns have been self-consciously conceived on an epic scale, but Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), in its deepest channels, actually feels like an ancient epic. It is measured in long breaths and offers up scenes eroded to their fundamentals.
Elorm Kojo Ntumy: 5 Private Things You Can Know Just by Looking at Someone (Cracked)
There's this magic trick that TV and movie detectives do where they glance at a stranger and suddenly know their life's story ("Burns on your fingertips, grease stains on your shirt around a clean area in the shape of an apron -- you, sir, are a short order cook!"). It's harder to do in real life, of course, but not impossible -- we know that statistically certain physical features correlate to certain lifestyles, if you just know what to look for.
This hour-long adventure TV series that debuted in September, 1967, on NBC, was set in the Indian jungle, and centered on an American boy, his pal Raji, and an elephant. What is the name of this series?
Maya is an hour-long U.S. adventure television series that aired on NBC, Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from September 16, 1967, until February 10, 1968. The series is a follow-up to the 1966 film of the same name. Set in the Indian jungle, the series centered on an American boy searching for his missing father, a big game hunter.
The series starred teenage Jay North (famous for starring as Dennis the Menace as a child) as Terry Bowen, and Indian actor Sajid Khan (also prominent in his homeland from his child-acting background) as Raji, a native boy who joined up with the lead. Raji's elephant, Maya, gave the series its name. Maya was Terry and Raji's source of transportation, as well as providing help when flight or rescue was needed.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
I think the answer must be
I've never seen it.
Guess it must have been on a channel we didn't get back in the 60's when we only got 2 channels on our old black-and-white TV set.
Not quite as menacing as his previous role
Jay North was the companion to an elephant in Maya.
Maya, which was a later show for Jay North of Dennis the Menace fame.
I probably watched the show once or twice, but I don't really remember.
Another one I didn't have to look up: The show was titled "Maya," after the elephant, and starred Jay North (whose former claim to fame was playing Dennis the Menace). I remember how entranced I was by the elephant.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, wrote:
Maya, featuring a goofy looking Dennis the Menace (Jay North) and Sajid Kahn. Never watched Maya…It was on Saturday nights in 1967….I was off in the ozone by then. Jay and Jeannie Russell…Jay did get to play with Angel Tompkin's titties in the film "The Teacher".
DJ Useo responded:
I don't remember ever viewing the show, but I do remember it was called "MAYA".
It was about two kids & an elephant traveling India in search of a man who'd been eaten by a tiger. (?)
I'm pretty sure I did see the movie they based the show on.
I'd like to view an episode to see how Jay North was in it. I really loved him in the Dennis The Menace show.
Since Maya was only on one year, I reckon it was clobbered by some other networks' show.
Of course, it aired on Saturdays, so I'm quite sure I was outside playing.
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US comic book artist Art Spiegelman has denounced the "hypocrisy" of US media for refusing to republish the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo magazine, targeted in an Islamist attack last week.
Photo by Bertrand Langlois
Rupert Murdoch made a generalization last week that all Muslims "must be held responsible" for the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France, and "Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari turned the questionable logic against the media tycoon on Sunday by declaring that pedophilia in the Catholic Church is all #RupersFault.
"Are you responsible for the evil shit all Christians do or just the insane amount of evil you yourself contribute to?" the comedian tweeted in response to Murdoch's analysis of the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. "Rupert Murdoch is responsible for all pedophilia committed by anyone Catholic. Rupert Murdoch, why are you pro-pedophile?"
Comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld, left, and Mike Accavitti, general manager of the Acura division, view the newly unvelied Acura NSX at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
Photo by Paul Sancya
Fox News enlisted its two biggest stars in its carriage standoff against Dish Network this weekend with a new ad urging people to drop the satellite provider.
"Attention Dish customers: Dish has dropped Fox News, now you should drop Dish," Bill O'Reilly says in a new joint-commercial with Megyn Kelly.
Fox News and Fox Business Network were blacked out of Dish homes right before Christmas on December 22. In the ad, O'Reilly goes on to say, "enough is enough," that Dish is "censoring what you see."
The four-week Dish Network blackout for Fox News has impacted the network's ratings. On January 7, Fox News drew under 99,000 25-54 viewers for total day. A week before, on December 28, FNC attracted 96,000 demo viewers for total day.
These two days were the first and second times the network has drawn less than 100,000 viewers in the younger demo during the day in 13 years.
CBS has hosts and starting dates for its remade late-night lineup - Stephen Colbert on Sept. 8 and James Corden on March 23 - and now is waiting to find out what kinds of shows the two men create.
The network announced Monday that Colbert will take over the "Late Show" after Labor Day. He's replacing David Letterman, who is retiring and will have his last show on May 20. CBS will air reruns of prime-time programming in the time slot until Colbert starts.
Colbert is bringing his creative team from "The Colbert Report" with him to CBS, and has said that he will no longer play the character of a blowhard political talk host that he perfected on the Comedy Central show.
"It will be nice to have the smartest guy in the room at 11:30," said Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment chairman, particularly with an election year coming up.
Crayola is apologizing after hackers filled its Facebook page with off-color content.
The Forks Township, Pennsylvania-based crayon and marker manufacturer regained control of the page late Sunday and removed the offending posts.
Instead of burnt sienna and cerulean blue, the page's 2.4 million followers saw cartoon breasts and sophomoric sex jokes.
Crayola tweeted early Sunday evening that it was aware of the hack and "making every effort to stop the unauthorized posts." A few hours later, it had restored the page to its usual family friendliness.
A news commentator who told Fox News that the British city of Birmingham is "totally Muslim" has apologized for the comments, which drew widespread online ridicule.
Steven Emerson, an American author whose website describes him as a leading authority on Islamic extremist networks, told Fox News in a live broadcast Sunday that in Britain "there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go in."
Emerson, who was discussing the recent terror attacks in Paris with host Jeanine Pirro, also claimed that in parts of London, "Muslim religious police" beat and injure "anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim religious attire."
Official figures show that the number of Muslims in Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city, numbered at 234,411, or 22 percent of the city's population. That compares to 494,358 who described themselves as Christian.
British Prime Minister David Cameron told ITV News he "choked on his porridge" when he heard about the claims. "This guy is clearly a complete idiot," he said.
The New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure is losing its accreditation at the end of the month, a federal agency said Monday.
"Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the conditions for a supplier of ambulatory surgical centre services," the Centers for Medicare Services said in a statement. As of Jan. 31, the Manhattan medical facility will no longer be eligible to receive federal funds for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Rivers, an acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and starred with her daughter on E! in "Fashion Police," died Sept. 4 at age 81. The city's medical examiner found she died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen when she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.
Rivers' death was classified as a therapeutic complication, and no negligence was alleged in the federal report.
A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic.
Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country's north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: "It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun."
Quoting from Muslim scholars, Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom's strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.
"God has given people space to make whatever they want which does not have a soul, including trees, ships, fruits, buildings and so on," he wrote in his ruling.
Snow has covered upland areas of Tabuk province near Saudi Arabia's border with Jordan for the third consecutive year as cold weather swept across the Middle East.
Argentine cartoonists, from left, Carlos Garaycochea, Fernando Sendra, Joaquin Salvador Lavado, better known as "Quino" who created the comic strip Mafalda, and Hermenegildo Sabat hold signs that read in French and Spanish: "I am Charlie" in solidarity with the victims of recent attacks in France, outside the Humor Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Buenos Aires' Cultural Ministry held the ceremony to honor the victims of the shootings at the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in France.
Photo by Natacha Pisarenko
'Scorpion,' 'Madam Secretary,' 'NCIS: New Orleans'
CBS kicked off its time at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour with a big announcement: Scorpion, Madam Secretary and NCIS: New Orleans have all been renewed for second seasons.
CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler made the announcement Monday, noting that the trio of dramas rank as the Nos. 1, 2 and 3-ranked new series among total viewers.
As for the future of fellow rookie drama Stalker, the critically maligned entry is still in contention for next season, Tassler said. Of the rest of the network's eight rookie series, dramas Battle Creek and CSI: Cyber have yet to debut, and comedy The McCarthys is also a contender for next season, Tassler said, while freshman half-hour The Odd Couple has also yet to bow.
The three renewals, from studio counterpart CBS Television Studios, join a 2015-16 slate that already includes the previously picked up The Big Bang Theory as well as summer scripted entries Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo.
China's push to encourage more couples to have a second child after decades of restrictive family planning policies has fallen short of expectations in the first year, state media reported Monday.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission received less than half of the expected two million annual applications for couples to have a second child, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, without citing exact numbers.
The world's most populous country has restricted most families to a single child since the late 1970s, but the Communist Party has started easing controls, allowing couples to have two offspring so long as one of the parents is an only child, rather than both.
The change began with a pilot programme in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang before expanding nationwide. Couples must still submit an application to the commission before having a second child, and not all have been approved.
A Naga sadhu or naked Hindu holy man rings a bell to attract pilgrims to receive offerings at his resting place inside a transit camp on the way to Gangasagar, in Kolkata, India, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Devotees have started arriving to the city for the annual holy dip at Gangasagar, the confluence of River Ganges and Bay of Bengal, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Kolkata to mark Makarsankranti festival on Jan. 14.
Photo by Bikas Das
For years, children around the world have loved gorging themselves on Cadbury's goo-filled chocolate eggs every Easter… but now the penny-pinching corporate bigwigs at Cadbury owner Kraft Foods might be needlessly messing with perfect. The Sun reports that "chocolate lovers have blasted Cadbury's US owners for secretly bringing in a new 'cheap' tasting Creme Egg."
Apparently, Kraft decided to replace the Creme Egg's traditional milk chocolate shell for one made from "standard cocoa mix chocolate." A Kraft spokesperson tells The Independent that the new shell is "no longer Dairy Milk… it's similar, but not exactly Dairy Milk."
The Independent also notes that Kraft has furthered its Scrooge-like reputation by removing one of the Creme Eggs from the Cadbury Creme Egg multipack, which has further enraged Britons who are used to having the goo-filled eggs as a staple of their Easter diets.
A Beverly Hills rare coin dealer purchased a 1792 American penny for nearly $2.6 million, the most ever paid for a one-cent piece at auction.
Named after its engraver, Robert Birch, the so-called "Birch Cent" was among the first pennies struck for the United States, part of a series of prototype coins. Only 10 are believed to exist and collector Kevin Lipton said the coin he purchased is in the best condition of those 10.
One side of the Birch Cent features the profile of Lady Liberty with flowing hair and the motto "Liberty Parent of Science and Industry." The other side says "United States of America" and gives the denomination "One Cent" within a wreath.
Jim Halperin, co-chairman of Liberty Auctions, said the $2,585,000 Lipton paid for the coin tops a record set the day before at the same auction: $2.35 million for a 1793 "chain cent," named after the chains around the denomination.
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