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?
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.
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J wrote:
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:
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.
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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CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH'Limitless'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 2/10/16) are Ben Stiller, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Drum TAO.
On a RERUNJames 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 FRESHJimmy Fallon are Don Cheadle, Saoirse Ronan, and Iggy Azalea.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Henry Cavill, Nia Vardalos, and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson '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 FRESHJimmy 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 RERUNGrandfathered', 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.
[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'.
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'.
[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)
[6:15AM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico
[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'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Amanda Peet, Lamorne Morris, and Ty Segall & the Muggers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This undated photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo shows five cheetah cubs born on March 8, 2016, after a rare C-section procedure at the zoo in Cincinnati. The cubs are undergoing around-the-clock critical care in the zoo's nursery.
Photo by S. David Jenike
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