BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 19 January, 2016


19 January, 2016

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[1573 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Health-Reform Realities (NY Times)
So progressives must set some priorities. And it's really hard to see, given this picture, why it makes any sense to spend political capital on a quixotic attempt at a do-over, not of a political failure, but of health reform - their biggest victory in many years.

Isaac Chotiner: Hillary Clinton Won Sunday Night's Debate (Slate)
With a strong defense of President Obama, she got the better of Bernie Sanders.

Andrew Tobias: This Will Be A Terrific Week ...
Aaaaaaanyway . . . despair does little good, even in falling markets, and my point is: I would like to dedicate this week to making you feel better. So one day this week I will add health and length to your life. And another day this week I will make you feel good about an important new macro-economic development we're about to nail down.

Nora Caplan-Bricker: The Infamous Reddit "Ask a Rapist" Thread Is Now the Subject of a Research Study (Slate)
Garden-variety cultural sexism lays the foundations for extreme violence against women, according to a study published this month in the journal Psychology of Violence. Which means that in educating teens and college students about consensual sex, ideas about women as "gatekeepers" and men as captives to their high libidos need to be the first notion to go.

Dana Stevens: "I Just Want to Be As Flexible As Air, As Light" (Slate)
Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling on giving herself over completely.

Mike Bedard: 5 Classic Kids Movies That Teach Terrible Lessons (Cracked)
#5. The Lego Movie: Free Will Is An Illusion

Jawn Louis: "4 Movies For Kids (Watched Again As A Cynical Adult)" (Cracked)
Have you ever rewatched a TV show or movie you loved as a kid? Maybe a stray repeat of Dexter's Lab catches a younger relative's eye while you're flipping through channels, and purely out of nostalgia, you decide to watch it with them. It's fun at first, but then you start asking questions. How the hell did he afford all that lab equipment? Didn't the $35,000 electric bills his experiments must have produced ever cause his parents any concern?

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Trivia Question of the Day

This revolutionary was born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula. By what name is he better known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" by Harry Houdini was a short story published in Weird Tales in 1924. Who was Houdini's ghostwriter?

       H. P. Lovecraft                                                      Source

"Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" (called "Under the Pyramids" in draft form, also published as "Entombed with the Pharaohs") is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in February 1924. Commissioned by Weird Tales founder and owner J. C. Henneberger, the narrative tells a fictionalized account in the first-person perspective of an allegedly true experience of escape artist Harry Houdini. Set in 1910, in Egypt, Houdini finds himself kidnapped by a tour guide, who resembles an ancient pharaoh, and thrown down a deep hole near the Great Sphinx of Giza. While attempting to find his way out, he stumbles upon a gigantic ceremonial cavern and encounters the real-life deity that inspired the building of the Sphinx.

Lovecraft accepted the job because of the money he was offered in advance by Henneberg. The result was published in the May-June-July 1924 edition of Weird Tales, although it was credited solely to Houdini until the 1939 reprint. Despite Lovecraft's use of artistic license, Houdini enjoyed the tale and the two men collaborated on several smaller projects prior to the latter's death in 1926. "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" has been suggested as an early influence on author Robert Bloch and as anticipating the cosmic themes in Lovecraft's later work, including "The Shunned House".        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   H.P. Lovecraft.

Adam answered:
   It appears it might be HP Lovecraft, but that may just be an Amazon Googlebomb.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   H. P. Lovecraft

Marian said:
   H. P. Lovecraft

Lois Spawn Of Satan responded:
   Well, live and learn! Not only did H.P. Lovecraft write all of Nixon's speeches, but he is credited with GHOSTWRITING for Harry Houdini, when he wasn't even a ghost yet! I never read any of Lovecraft's stuff, mostly because the newspaper is horrifying enough.

Doom & Gloom Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
   HP Lovecraft. I liked that band.

MAM   wrote:
   H.P. Lovecraft ~ He wrote the story as if Houdini was telling it.

Joe S     answered:

Deborah took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 19 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 19 | Famous Birthdays



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Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



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Michelle in AZ

Home, sweet home: how to combat the 'indoor pollution' of scented candles | Life and style | The Guardian

Ennio Morricone: back in the saddle | Music | The Guardian

Solving the mystery of Rudyard Kipling's son - BBC News

BBC World News - HARDtalk, 18/01/2016 GMT, Henry Rollins: Why I am not afraid to speak out

Opinion: Why American-Chinese food is real Chinese food -

PBS, NPR Team for 2016 Presidential Election Programming | Variety

Eat Healthier By Looking to Our Indigenous Ancestors, Say Latina Authors - NBC News

Fracking and tar sands industries facing ruin

Calling All Sailor Citizen Scientists: The Indigo V Project

The Bundystan insurgency celebrates East Oregon standoff week III% with an MLK day lecture

An ugly truth behind black gold: How racial injustices are behind California's fight against Big Oil

The Revenant Is Ultimately the Same Old White Savior Stuff for Native People | Gyasi Ross

Mic Gillette, founding member of Tower of Power, dies at 64 - SFGate

Ghoulish secret of painting of Queen Elizabeth I's magician revealed - SFGate

Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist, dies at 67 - AOL
    Netflix has the doc"The History of the Eagles"

Thanks, Michelle!



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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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Bit of rain on the way home from work added an extra hour. Ack.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Charlie Day, Colin Hanks, and Margo Price.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jane Lynch, Carrie Brownstein, and Joel Edgerton.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chelsea Handler, Fred Armisen, and Mario Batali.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are James Spader, Jenna Fischer, Gad Elmaleh, and Josh Freese.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/14/15) are Michelle Beadle, Melanie Martinez, and Courtney Scheuerman.

ABC opens the night with the FRESH 'Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Zach Galifianakis, Aubrey Plaza, and Weezer.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tormorrow', then the FRESH infomercial 'DC Films Presents: Dawn Of The Justice League'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Grandfathered', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'The Grinder'.

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

A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Fit To Fat To Fit'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Bourne Identity', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', then the movie 'Bad Boys'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - Patagonia (Part 1)
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 6 - Andes Adventure (Part 2)
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part 1
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 2 - La Galleria 33, Part 2
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - New Earth
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 21 - The Arsenal of Freedom
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 22 - Symbiosis
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 9 - The Olde Stone Mill
 [5:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 12 - Charlie's
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 15 - Amy's Baking Company
 [8:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 10 - Park's Edge
 [11:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 11 - Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
 [12:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 9 - The Olde Stone Mill
 [3:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 12 - Charlie's
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 15 - Amy's Baking Company

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Jess Glynne.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Romany Malco.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Patton Oswalt, Judah Friedlander, and Shelby Fero.

FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down'.

IFC  -   
 [7:45AM]    48 HRS.
 [1:45PM]    48 HRS.
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Trials of Michael Kelso
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Naughty No-No
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Craps!
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Dates Donna
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Drunken Tattoo
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Canadian Road Trip
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Backstage Pass
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Promise Ring
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's a Wonderful Life
 [4:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
 [4:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Trials of Michael Kelso
 [5:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Naughty No-No
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
 [8:30AM]    Rudy
 [11:00AM]    Stripes
 [1:30PM]    The Last Boy Scout
 [4:00PM]    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
 [6:00PM]    National Lampoon's Vacation
 [8:00PM]    Kill Bill: Vol. 1
 [9:50PM]    Kill Bill: Vol. 2
 [12:48AM]    Kill Bill: Vol. 1
 [3:16AM]    Kill Bill: Vol. 2    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Noel Fielding and Purity Ring.

 [6:00 AM]      Hell Harbor (1930)
 [7:30 AM]      China Seas (1935)
 [9:00 AM]      Treasure Island (1934)
 [10:45 AM]      The Spanish Main (1945)
 [12:30 PM]      Captain Kidd (1945)
 [2:00 PM]      Captain Blood (1935)
 [4:00 PM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
 [9:45 PM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [12:00 AM]      Sombrero (1953)
 [2:00 AM]      Teresa (1951)
 [4:00 AM]      The Devil Makes Three (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  01/20/16

TCM spends the night with Fred MacMurray
 [6:00 AM]      Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
 [7:45 AM]      I Love You Again (1940)
 [9:30 AM]      Love Crazy (1941)
 [11:30 AM]      So Goes My Love (1946)
 [1:15 PM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [4:15 PM]      The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
 [6:00 PM]      Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      The Caine Mutiny (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      The Apartment (1960)
 [12:30 AM]      Woman's World (1954)
 [2:15 AM]      Kisses for My President (1964)
 [4:15 AM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: It's A Most Unusual Day (1956)
 [4:45 AM]      A Millionaire For Christy (1951)

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U.S. Actor Michael Keaton, poses after being awarded the medal of "officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres" or Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, by French Culture minister Fleur Pellerin, in Paris, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.
Photo by Christophe Ena


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Republicans Dump For Upcoming Debate


The Republican National Committee severed ties with NBC for an upcoming presidential debate, instead choosing to partner with CNN.

The RNC's debate committee voted unanimously Monday night to pull out of an arrangement with NBC for the Feb. 25 debate -- scheduled one week before "Super Tuesday," when Republicans in 14 states go to the polls and caucuses.

"The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC's participation in our February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, February 25th in Houston at a location to be decided," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

The decision is a blow to NBC, which hosted the Democratic national debate Sunday. The RNC had suspended their relationship with NBC News after the Republican presidential debate on Oct. 28 in Boulder, Colo. The committee claimed the debate was poorly handled, and focused mostly on "gotcha" questions.



Amy Schumer hands her shoe to an audience member while on stage to accept the award for Best Actress in a Comedy for "Trainwreck" during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Ticks In Almost Half Of U.S. Counties

Lyme Disease

Ticks that can spread Lyme disease now live in almost half of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Varieties of the blacklegged tick that may carry bacteria responsible for Lyme disease are present in 45 percent of counties nationwide, compared with just 30 percent in 1998, researchers found.

"It's important for people to be aware that there may be ticks in areas where they haven't seen them previously so that they can take steps to help protect themselves and their families," lead study author Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist at the CDC, said by email.

Since the late 1990s, the number of reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S. has more than tripled, Eisen and colleagues report in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

Deer ticks are now established in 842 counties across 35 states, compared with 396 counties in 32 states in 1998. These ticks used to be concentrated in northeastern states but have move west and south.

Lyme Disease


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Cops Thought She Was a Danger to Herself

Heidi Cruz

Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi, was once so depressed that a police officer wrote: "I believed that she was a danger to herself."

The incident happened in 2005 shortly after Heidi quit her high-powered job at the White House and moved to Austin, Texas, to be with her husband, who was state solicitor general.

Police responded to a 911 call about a woman in a pink shirt sitting next to an expressway and found Mrs. Cruz sitting on the ground ten feet from speeding traffic with her head in her hands.

The story appeared in Monday's New York Times and was first reported by Buzzfeed.

In his book, A Time For Truth, Ted wrote that Heidi's moving to Texas "led to her facing a period of depression."

Heidi Cruz


Sir Patrick Stewart presents the award for best drama series at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Not For Infants

Almond Milk

Plant-based beverages like almond milk can't be used to replace breast milk or infant formula, a new report warns.

The authors of the report describe an infant in Spain who was fed only almond beverages or almond flour-based formulations from age two months to 11 months and developed fractures and failure to thrive due to scurvy.

Scurvy is a serious condition caused by lack of vitamin C in the diet. Once the scourge of sailors who did not have access to sources of vitamin C during many months at sea, scurvy is rare today.

Dr. Isidro Vitoria of the Hospital Universitario y Politecnico La Fe in Valencia, Spain, and coauthors report the case of a male baby who was born at term, vaccinated according to Spanish guidelines, and fed with a cow's milk based formula for the first two and a half months of life.

When he developed skin inflammation, a medical doctor recommended he be switched to daily intake of a prepared mixture including almond drink, almond flour, sesame powder, brown rice malt, brown rice, millet and a sachet of probiotics and prebiotics marketed in Spain.

Almond Milk


Wake-up Call


Man-Made Heat Has Doubled Since 1997


The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.

Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world's oceans instead of the ground. And they've seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. But the new study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much man-made heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years.

The world's oceans absorbed approximately 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997, and then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

To put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima every second for a year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth's oceans have absorbed man-made heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years.



US actress Helen Mirren arrives for the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, USA, 17 January 2016.
Photo by Nina Prommer


Muslim Women Risk Deportation

David Cameron

Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday.

He also suggested that poor English skills can leave people "more susceptible" to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS).

Cameron's comments came as his centre-right Conservatives launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund for women in isolated communities as part of a drive to build community integration.

Immigration rules already force spouses to speak English before they come to Britain to live with their partners.

But Cameron said they would also face further tests after two and a half years in the country to make sure their language skills were improving.

David Cameron


Actress Lily Tomlin arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Hits A New Low

Russian Ruble

The Russian ruble, battered by weak oil prices, on Monday fell to an all-time low against the euro and dropped to its lowest level in more than a year against the dollar.

The Central Bank set the official exchange rate at over 85 rubles to the euro on Monday. The national currency declined by 2 percent to 79.1 rubles to the dollar in Moscow, its lowest trading level since December 2014.

Oil, the mainstay of the Russian economy, recently plummeted to under $30 a barrel, a 13-year low. The ruble is also under pressure from economic sanctions that the West imposed on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

Russia is running a budget deficit of 3 percent of GDP this year, and the government is looking to cut 10 percent from the federal budget, which was drafted with oil prices of $50 a barrel in mind.

All Russian ministries are expected to present their proposed cuts by the end of the month with a view to cutting 500 billion rubles ($6.3 billion) in government expenses, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said.

Russian Ruble


Mayim Bialik poses in the press room with the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series for "The Big Bang Theory" at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


2015 A 'Tipping Point'

Climate Change

When future generations write the history of humanity's faltering quest to repair Earth's climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter.

Nature, along with the usually fractious family of nations, conspired to make it a landmark year: almost certainly the hottest on record for the planet as a whole, and a rare moment of unity when 195 states pledged to curb the carbon pollution that drives global warming.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will likely report Wednesday on record-breaking heat in 2015.

They could point to the most powerful hurricane ever registered; freakish, above-freezing temperatures -- if only for a day -- at the North Pole in December; or life-threatening droughts in eastern and southern Africa.

Experts have also come a step closer to concluding that our impact on Earth's bio-chemical systems has been so massive as to justify the christening of a new geological era. The "golden spike", or start date, for the Anthropocene -- the "Age of Man" -- will probably be the mid-20th century.

Climate Change


A traditional, masked so-called Silvesterchlaus is on his way in Waldstatt, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan.13, 2016, to offer the best wishes for the New Year (following the Julian calendar) to the farmers in this region. After their performance of singing and dancing the Silvesterchlaeuse receive hot drinks.
Photo by Gian Ehrenzeller


Weekend Box Office

'Ride Along 2'

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube have ended the monthlong box-office reign of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Their "Ride Along 2" topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The Universal release took in $35.3 million Friday through Sunday.

In second was Alejandro Inarritu's 1820s frontier saga "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday. In two weeks of release, the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film has made nearly $100 million, making it an unexpectedly big success for distributor 20th Century Fox and producer New Regency. The budget for "The Revenant" swelled to $135 million amid production delays.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

    1. "Ride Along 2," $41.5 million.
    2. "The Revenant," $39 million.
    3. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $32.6 million.
    4. "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," $19.7 million
    5. "Daddy's Home," $12 million.
    6. "Norm of the North," $9.3 million.
    7. "The Forest," $7 million.
    8. "The Big Short," $6.5 million.
    9. "Sisters," $5.5 million.
   10. "The Hateful Eight," $4.4 million.

'Ride Along 2'



In Memory

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane," has died.

Frey, who was 67, died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, the band said on its website. He died on Monday in New York. He had fought the ailments for the past several weeks, the band said.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.

An Eagles greatest hits collection from the mid-1970s and "Hotel California" are among the best-selling albums in history.

Frey was born in Detroit and was raised in its suburbs. His solo hits include "The Heat Is On" and "Smuggler's Blues."

Frey was lead vocalist on the Eagles' breakthrough hit, "Take It Easy," a song mostly written by Jackson Browne that came out in 1972. His other showcases included "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Already Gone" and "New Kid in Town."

The Eagles split up in 1980 but reunited in 1994 and were one of the world's most popular concert acts. The band, which for years was made up of Frey, Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, was supposed to have been honored at the Kennedy Center last month. But the appearance was postponed because of Frey's health problems.

Frey, known for his oversized jaw, big grin and blunt personality, loved music, girls and the rock 'n' roll life. He would meet up with Henley, Meisner and Leadon while all were trying to catch on in the Los Angeles music scene, and for a time the four backed Linda Ronstadt. They also befriended such other Los Angeles-based musicians as Browne and J.D. Souther, who would collaborate on "New Kid in Town" and other Eagles songs.

Frey and Henley also became estranged for years, their breach a key reason the band stayed apart in the 1980s. Henley had vowed the Eagles would reunite only when "hell freezes over," which became the name of the 1994 album they never imagined making.

Glenn Frey


In Memory

Dale Griffin

Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died aged 67.

He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes.

The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track.

The band, who made eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence, reformed to mark their 40th anniversary in 2009 - but Griffin was too ill to take part.

Born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, the drummer played in a number of local bands before forming Silence with singer Stan Tippens, keyboard player Verden Allen, guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Pete Overend Watts in the late 1960s.

They got a record contract in early 1969 and went to London to record under producer Guy Stevens, who renamed the band Mott the Hoople after a 1967 novel by Willard Manus. Not long after, Tippens was ousted by vocalist Ian Hunter, although he remained as their road manager.

Although they built up a cult following (a raucous gig at the Royal Albert Hall led to the venue banning rock acts), they struggled to sell records and were on the verge of breaking up in 1972, until Bowie stepped in and persuaded them to stay together, placing them under the care of his manager Tony De Fries.

He also offered them the song Suffragette City - but they wanted Drive-In Saturday instead.

Bowie refused to give it up, but wrote them the anthemic All The Young Dudes instead (its narrative forms part of the story of Bowie's alter-ego Ziggy Stardust).

The song reached number three in the UK and the top 40 in America, giving the band a new lease of life. Later albums produced hits such as Honaloochie Boogie, All The Way From Memphis and Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll.

During the 80s, Griffin and Watts formed a production company and produced albums for Hanoi Rocks and The Cult. Griffin then joined the BBC and produced many of John Peel's Radio 1 sessions from 1981 to 1994, including Pulp, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease just as the Mott The Hoople reunion was about to begin. His parts were played by his friend, The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, although he joined the band on stage for encores during their five-night stint at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Dale is survived by his long term partner Jean Smith.

Dale Griffin


In Memory

Mic Gillette

The Bay Area music community was reeling after news broke that Mic Gillette, a talented trumpet and trombone player and founding member of East Bay soul-R&B powerhouse Tower of Power, died unexpectedly over the weekend. He was 64.

Gillette will be remembered for more than being a key component of Tower of Power's legendary horn section, which is routinely ranked among the best of its kind over the last 50 years. He also touched many in the East Bay with his tireless involvement with and support for middle and high school music programs.

Growing up in California, Gillette took to music at a very early age. His father, Ray Gillette, was an acclaimed trombonist who reportedly performed in legendary big bands led by Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and others.

Gillette was still a teen in the mid-1960s when he began working with a group of musicians with whom he would go on to form the Oakland band Tower of Power. Alongside saxophonists Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka and Skip Mesquite; multi-instrumentalist Greg Adams and others, Gillette helped Tower of Power break through to mainstream popularity in the early '70s, with such classic soul-funk offerings as "Bump City" and "Back to Oakland."

The acclaimed brass player, who performed on both trumpet and trombone, was prominently featured on the band's best-known recordings, including such hits as "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go" and "What Is Hip?"

He remained with Tower of Power until the mid-1980s, when he decided to trade in the touring life to spend more time with his family. He rejoined the seminal Oakland act from 2009 to 2011.

Gillette was also a member of two other highly influential Bay Area rock acts -- Sons of Champlin and Cold Blood. He also spent some time in Blood, Sweat & Tears, the jazz-rock act known for such popular tunes as "Spinning Wheel."

His talents were greatly valued by some of the biggest artists in the world. Over the decades, Gillette recorded and performed with such platinum-selling outfits as the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Sheryl Crow and the Doobie Brothers, among many others. He also formed his own group, the Mic Gillette Band, of which his daughter Megan was a member.

Mic Gillette



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