BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 22 March, 2016

Tuesday

22 March, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1636 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: On Invincible Ignorance (NY Times)
The Republican Party may be in for some soul-searching, but so far its leaders remain in denial.


Andrew Tobias: One More Thing
You are a wonderful person who deserves wonderful entertainment, so you need to read BJ Novak's book of short stories, One More Thing.


Dr. Luisa Dillner: Is it bad to skip breakfast? (The Guardian)
It's regularly labelled the most important meal of the day, but is there scientific evidence to back that assertion?


Brian Logan: Dane Baptiste: 'If we lived in an equal society, I wouldn't need to do comedy' (The Guardian)
Dane Baptiste packed in his dead-end job to change the world. Britain's answer to Chris Rock talks about his new sitcom Sunny D - and laughing at his own jokes.


Danny Leigh: Why Hollywood loves losers (The Guardian)
From the worst soprano in history to a ski-jumper so terrible they had to change the rules - the cinema gods love a trier. Will films about Eddie the Eagle and operatic catastrophe Florence Foster Jenkins finally give their subjects a triumph?


Laura Miller: Karen Hall's Rewrites (Slate)
A thriller writer gets a second chance to revise her novel 20 years after it first came out. Did she make it better?



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Trivia Question of the Day


The Rolling Stones wrote and performed a short song for what breakfast cereal?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


This Academy Award winning actor was born John Charles Carter. By what name is he better known?


       Charlton Heston                                                      Source


Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 - April 5, 2008) was an American actor and political activist.

As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film, The Ten Commandments (1956), for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He also starred in Touch of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles; Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959); El Cid (1961); and Planet of the Apes(1968).

A supporter of Democratic politicians and civil rights in the 1960s, Heston later became a Republican, founding a conservative political action committee and supporting Ronald Reagan. Heston's most famous role in politics came as the five-term president of the National Rifle Association, from 1998 to 2003. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, he retired from both acting and the NRA presidency. Heston died on April 5, 2008, aged 84, from pneumonia.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   Charlton Heston





Alan J wrote:
   Charlton Heston.



Lois Of The Apes said:
   According to Google, John Charles Carter was in fact Charlton Heston, legendary actor and firearm enthusiast, and not that guy who went to Barsoom. Too bad.



  Speaking of movies, "Dead Pool" is a bit on the old "Ultra Violence" side, but is fucking Hilarious! I give it three thumbs up!




Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Charlton Heston



Adam answered:
   Charlton Heston.



Marian replied:
   Charlton Heston



Deborah said:
   The Wiki tells me John Charles Carter is aka Charlton Heston. Moses!
  So can I look forward to Easter-themed trivia questions this week? *wink, wink*
  In other news, oh no, it's Monday!




Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   Ole fucking Moses hisself, Charlton Heston. What a Man! A real Dick that got to make out with some real babes. Terse man.






DJ Useo replied:
   Ya got me again, M. I almost never know these "original name" questions.
  I wish I'd answered yesterday's question about Life cereal. I think I would'a been the only person who liked it. I thought it was too expensive back then, but it was my favorite cereal. My 2nd fave was Wheaties. The new Life cereal I don't like. Too sugary.




MAM   wrote:
   Charlton Heston ~ American actor of film, theatre and television. 1923 - 2008





Joe S     answered:
   John Carter, Warlord of Mars.



  Or Charlton Hesston, which ever came first. Did you know there is a Charlton Hesston Academy (Charter School) in St. Helens, Michigan? I don't know anything about it except that a teacher was charged with six counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct to a minor.




mj took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  March 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 22 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has returned to retired status.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


The Donald: A Gathering Storm



Bryan Cranston becomes Lyndon B. Johnson in 'All the Way' trailer - AOL



Kindle users need to update their devices by Tuesday or they'll stop connecting to the Internet - AOL



How the desktop computer will rise again - CNN.com



Elizabeth Warren Just Went Straight Savage On Donald Trump And It's Everything We've Ever Wanted



Faster than Predicted! Upside-Down 'Rivers' Threaten Antarctic Ice Shelves



Federal judge tells Florida county officials their 'prison gerrymandering' is unconstitutional



Announcing the Sleep Revolution College Tour
    slim access to nature twists the innards..



Students In D.C. Combated Westboro In A Truly Amazing Way



Rush Limbaugh's Hate Radio Network Home Facing $20 Billion Bankruptcy




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




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


HE HAS A BRAIN? HEE HAW!

THE GROSSEST THING IN THE OCEAN!

SAVE THE SACHETS!

ROTTEN RONNIE!

FEEL THE BERN!

"YOU STARTED IT!"






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Mostly sunny and seasonal.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Limitless'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 2/10/16) are Ben Stiller, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Drum TAO.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/15/16) are Chelsea Handler, Jason Schwartzman, Alessia Cara, and Justin Bieber.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Heartbeat', then a RERUN 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Don Cheadle, Saoirse Ronan, and Iggy Azalea.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Henry Cavill, Nia Vardalos, and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Will Arnett, Empress Of, and Lauren Lapkus.



ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a RERUN 'Beyond The Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Hiddleston, and Granger Smith.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'iZombie'.



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



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



A&E has 'The First 48', '60 Days In', another '60 Days In', and still another '60 Days In'.



AMC offers the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', followed by the movie 'Twister', then the movie 'Twister', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - Episode 9
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - Episode 10
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Quelcuttis
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Leone's
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Dillon's
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-Timescape
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Descent (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Descent (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Plants
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Spring
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Summer
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Spring
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Summer
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', and another 'Real Housewives Of BH'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Not Safe With Nikki Glaser'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Taavi Roivas.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Jenn McAllister.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, and Jenny Johnson.



FX has the movie 'X-Men: The Last Stand', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', then a FRESH 'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'.



History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars', then another FRESH 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
 [7:45AM]    VAN WILDER: FRESHMAN YEAR
 [9:45AM]    THE HUNGOVER GAMES
 [11:30AM]    BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
 [1:15PM]    WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
 [3:30PM]    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
 [6:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-1Love of My Life
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [3:30AM]    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
 [8:15AM]    Rushmore
 [10:15AM]    Lost in Translation
 [12:15PM]    Groundhog Day
 [2:45PM]    What About Bob?
 [5:00PM]    Erin Brockovich
 [8:00PM]    The Fugitive
 [11:00PM]    A Few Good Men
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-The Dive
 [3:00AM]    Scent of a Woman    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Batman Returns', followed by the movie 'Superman'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Amanda Peet, Lamorne Morris, and Ty Segall & the Muggers.



TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      Parrish (1961)
 [8:45 AM]      The Hanging Tree (1959)
 [10:45 AM]      The Sellout (1951)
 [12:15 PM]      Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
 [1:45 PM]      Baby Doll (1956
 [3:45 PM]      A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      On the Waterfront (1954)
 [8:00 PM]      The Apartment (1960)
 [10:15 PM]      Soldier in the Rain (1963)
 [12:00 AM]      MASH (1970)
 [2:15 AM]      Lawrence of Arabia (1962)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Wednesday   -  03/23/16

TCM spends the daylight hours celebrating director Akira Kurosawa, who was born on this day in 1910.
 [6:00 AM]      No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)
 [8:00 AM]      Stray Dog (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Seven Samurai (1954)
 [2:15 PM]      The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
 [5:15 PM]      High And Low (1963)

 [8:00 PM]      Batman: The Bat's Cave (1943)
 [8:00 PM]      Batman: The Electrical Brain (1943)
 [9:00 PM]      Batman and Robin: Batman Takes Over (1949)
 [9:00 PM]      Batman and Robin: Tunnel of Terror (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      Superman: Depths Of The Earth (1948)
 [10:00 PM]      Superman: Superman Comes To Earth (1948)
 [10:45 PM]      Atom Man vs. Superman: Atom Man Appears (1950)
 [10:45 PM]      Atom Man vs. Superman: Superman Flies Again (1950)
 [11:30 PM]      The Green Hornet: The Thundering Terror (1940)
 [11:30 PM]      The Green Hornet: The Tunnel of Terror (1940)
 [12:30 AM]      Buck Rogers: Tomorrow's World (1939)
 [12:30 AM]      Buck Rogers: Tragedy on Saturn (1939)
 [1:30 AM]      Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe: The Purple Death (1940)
 [1:30 AM]      Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe: Freezing Torture (1940)
 [2:15 AM]      The Phantom: The Sign of the Skull (1943)
 [2:15 AM]      The Phantom: The Man Who Never Dies (1943)
 [3:15 AM]      The Ace Drummond: Invisible Enemy (1936)
 [3:15 AM]      Ace Drummond: Where East Meets West (1936)
 [4:00 AM]      The Dick Tracy: Spider Strikes (1937)
 [4:00 AM]      The Dick Tracy: Bridge of Terror (1937)
 [5:00 AM]      Dick Tracy (1945)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Mar. 18, 1982) - Jack Lemmon, Janet Hillis, and Maureen Murphy.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Actor Bill Murray cheers for Xavier during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in St. Louis.
Photo by Charlie Riedel

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Takes A Hammer To Trump's Wall

John Oliver

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's signature proposal is to build a "big, beautiful wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. Given this, John Oliver decided to take a closer look at the logistics of building such a wall and in the process he roasted the central premise of Trump's campaign.

First, Oliver notes that Trump at times will talk about the proposed wall in a way that's almost sexual.

"Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and based on his tone he also wants to f- that wall," Oliver said.

Next, he notes that Trump's estimate for how much it would cost to actually build the wall keeps increasing - at the start of his campaign, he said that it would cost a mere $4 billion but more recently he's said it would cost in the neighborhood of $12 billion. As Oliver points out, Trump's margin of error here "is the entire GDP of Moldova." In fact, one baseline estimate for the wall pegs its construction costs to be at least $25 billion, and that's without even factoring in the significant maintenance costs that would come after the wall is built.

Oliver also explains that building the wall along the Mexican border will prove difficult because the Rio Grande snakes through a lot of the area where the wall would have to be built. Additionally, the government in Texas does not own a buffer strip of land along the U.S.-Mexico border - instead, a lot of that land is held by private citizens, which means Trump would have to seize their land via eminent domain to build his big, beautiful wall.

John Oliver


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO) - YouTube


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Actor Tony Shalhoub and wife Brooke Adams attend a special screening of "Demolition" at the SVA Theatre on Monday, March 21, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini

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What Climate Change?

The New Normal

Hotter weather appears to be here to stay, El Nino or not, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, warning that the Paris climate accord last year shouldn't give way to complacency about global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report following a record-hot 2015, highlighting records already announced by different countries' weather agencies. The agency pointed out that not only was 2015 breaking records on the surface but also hundreds of meters deep in the ocean.

And the first two months of 2016 were even hotter, so startling that they "have sent shockwaves around the climate science community," David Carlson of the World Climate Research Program said in a statement.

Climate scientists blame record high temperatures last year and this year so far on a combination of a super-sized El Nino, which is a natural warming of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide, on top of a long-term global warming trend from the burning of fossil fuels.

NASA said last month was 1.35 degrees Celsius (2.43 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than average. Of that, 0.8 degrees (1.44 degrees Fahrenheit) comes from the long-term warming and 0.25 degrees (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) from El Nino, with the rest unexplained residual, calculated climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute in Germany and the University of New South Wales.

The New Normal

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'Spacey Facey'

Keven Spacey

On a night that the Florida Panthers handed out cardboard cutouts of actor Keven Spacey's face, the "House of Cards" star surprised fans by taking off his "Spacey Facey" mask as the videoboard camera panned around the stands.

The Academy Award-winning actor attended the game Saturday night in support of the Panthers, wearing a sweatshirt showing an image of his face.

It started as a joke a few months ago, when the Panthers issued a blue sweatshirt with "Spacey In Space" - his face floating in outer space - to the star of each winning game. After a win, that player would then hand the shirt off to someone else.

Spacey, an Oscar winner for "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty," caught wind of it through social media. Whatever "Spacey In Space" means remains a mystery; players have kept their fascination with it a closely guarded inside joke.

Keven Spacey

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A performer dressed as a Hello Kitty poses inside a Hello Kitty-themed Taroko Express train in Taipei, Taiwan March 21, 2016. The train will make its inaugural run on a round trip from Taipei to Taitung on Monday, according to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).
Photo by Tyrone Siu

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Tickets Selling Quickly

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

The death of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee hasn't hurt ticket sales for a dramatic version of her novel staged each year in her Alabama hometown.

A statement issued by play organizers Monday says only a few hundred tickets remain for the 16 performances, which begin next month in Monroeville.

This is the first year the play will be produced by a nonprofit organization formed last year in Lee's name. The production was previously overseen by a museum located in the old county courthouse that served as a set model for the film version of "Mockingbird."

Lee died Feb. 19 at age 89. A statement from her attorney and the executor of her estate, Tonja Carter, says volunteers putting on the play are working tirelessly to honor Lee.

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

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Wake-up Call


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Asked To Boycott Georgia

Hollywood

Hollywood could be forced to decide whether or not to boycott Georgia, at the expense of its own pocketbook, if that state's governor signs a controversial religious liberty bill passed last week by the Georgia legislature that critics contend amounts to anti-gay legislation.

Urging Hollywood to speak out against the bill even before Gov. Nathan Deal decides whether or not to sign it, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, appearing at an HRC fundraising dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday night, asked filmmakers to boycott the state if the bill becomes law.

"I know we have many entertainment industry leaders in the room tonight," said Griffin. "Like other states, Georgia offers tax incentives for TV and film productions, and as a result, the entertainment industry has a huge economic footprint in the state. But if this bill is signed into law, your employees, your contractors - all those working on your production are at risk of state-sanctioned discrimination. That is wrong. It's un-American. It's an affront on all the values Hollywood prides itself on."

While no Hollywood figures or organizations have yet addressed the pending legislation, the National Football League warned on March 18 that if the bill is enacted into law, it could affect the league's decision to hold either the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl in Atlanta, which is currently one of the finalists to host the games. The Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks have also joined the list of those opposing the bill.

Hollywood

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Penitents wearing masks, known locally as "Morions" take a selfie during the start of Holy Week celebrations in Mogpog, Marinduque in central Philippines March 21, 2016.
Photo by Erik De Castro

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Punitive Damages

Gawker

A Florida jury awarded punitive damages totaling $25 million on Monday in a second blow to Gawker, coming on top of the $115 million the online news outlet must pay for posting a sex tape of the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

The six-person jury assessed Gawker $15 million in punitive damages. The media company's publisher and CEO, Nick Denton, was slapped with an additional $10 million.

The editor responsible for the post, A.J. Daulerio, was assessed $100,000 in punitive damages.

On Friday, after a two-week trial in St. Petersburg, near Hogan's home, the jury awarded the longtime World Wrestling Entertainment star $60 million for emotional distress and $55 million for economic damages.

Legal experts say the company stands a good chance of getting the decision pared back or reversed on appeal.

Gawker

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Dancers take part in a ceremony to welcome the spring equinox in front the Pyramid of the Sun in the pre-hispanic city of Teotihuacan, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, March 20, 2016.
Photo by Edgard Garrido

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British Ships To Carry To US

Plutonium

Two British ships arrived in eastern Japan on Monday to transport a shipment of plutonium - enough to make dozens of atomic bombs - to the U.S. for storage under a bilateral agreement.

The ships arrived at the coastal village of Tokai, northeast of Tokyo, home to the country's main nuclear research facility, the Japan Atomic and Energy Agency, according to Kyodo News and citizens' groups. It will take several hours to load the plutonium-filled casks onto the ships, both fitted with naval guns and other protection.

The Pacific Egret and Pacific Heron, both operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd., will take the 331 kilograms (730 pounds) of plutonium to the Savannah River Site, a U.S. government facility in South Carolina under a pledge made by Japan in 2014. The plutonium, mostly from the U.S. and some from France originally, had been used for research purposes.

Japan has accumulated a massive stockpile of plutonium - 11 metric tons in Japan and another 36 tons that have been reprocessed in Britain and France and are waiting to be returned to Japan - enough to make nearly 6,000 atomic bombs.

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Penitents of San Gonzalo brotherhood sit as they wait to take part in a Holy Week procession in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain March 21, 2016.
Photo by Marcelo del Pozo

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Western Grazing

Bighorn Ruling

A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognizing a connection between bighorn sheep die-offs and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep could have far-reaching ramifications on federal grazing allotments in the West.

The ruling earlier this month by the three-judge panel against domestic sheep producers upheld a lower court ruling in Idaho supporting a U.S. Forest Service decision to close sheep grazing allotments to protect bighorns.

The ruling gives the Forest Service legal backing to look at other areas in the West where domestic sheep grazing should be limited to protect bighorns, she said, or for environmental groups "to try to force the Forest Service to do it if they're not going to do it on their own."

The Idaho Wool Growers Association and others sued in 2012, contending that the U.S. Forest Service illegally shut down 70 percent of sheep grazing in the Payette National Forest in west-central Idaho based on unproven disease transmission between domestic and bighorn sheep.

But a U.S. district court - and now a federal appeals court- disagreed.

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Dancer Alycia Tran, 18, leaps in the air under a cherry blossom tree in full bloom, while having portfolio photos taken by photographers at Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Photo by Darryl Dyck

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Trading Body Parts

Michigan

A Michigan woman pleaded guilty on Monday to a scheme in which she and her husband used their medical cadaver business to sell infected body parts to unwitting medical and dental students, prosecutors said.

Elizabeth Rathburn, 56, of the Detroit suburb of Grosse Point Park admitted selling human remains she claimed were disease-free, but which had tested positive for HIV and Hepatitis B, the U.S. Attorney's Office in eastern Michigan said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Rathburn and her husband, Arthur Rathburn, ran a company called International Biological, Inc. that would sell or rent human remains to medical and dental students.

Prosecutors said the couple would purchase diseased specimens from suppliers at a discount and misrepresent the remains to maximize profit, defrauding customers and exposing them to infection.

The January indictment alleged that Arthur Rathburn would dismember the cadavers with chainsaws and other non-standard autopsy devices, and would stack human heads directly on top of each other.

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