• Wilma Rudolph suffered from polio when she was a child, paralyzing her left leg. The doctors said that she would never walk again, but her mother told her that she would walk again. Ms. Rudolph says, “I believed my mother.” After finally being able to walk without the aid of a brace, she starred on her high school basketball team. Later, she won gold in track at the 1960 Olympic Games.
• Like her famous son, Mark Twain’s mother was funny. As a boy, he was often ill. When his mother was 88 years old, he asked her about his early years, saying, “I suppose that during all that time you were uneasy about me?” She admitted that was true. Mr. Twain then asked her, “Afraid I wouldn’t live?” His mother paused for a moment, then said, “No — afraid you would.”
• World-famous window dresser (and author) Simon Doonan and his sister loved their mother, Betty. Why? For one thing, upon request, she would take out her false teeth and recite the alphabet. Simon and his sister would be lying on the floor laughing hard even before she reached the unpronounceable (to people without teeth) letter H.
• Once a mother, always a mother. Sculptor Louise Nevelson was justly proud of her son, Myron “Mike” Nevelson, who was also a sculptor. One of Mike’s friends once heard him on the telephone talking to his mother. The middle-aged sculptor said, “Yes, Mother. Yes, I’ve eaten. I’ve had lunch. I have eaten, Mother.”
• Helen White Charles’ mother, a Quaker, was often funny. One day, she was dining in a Germantown restaurant, and a waiter noticed that she hadn’t finished her meal. The waiter asked, “You haven’t eaten your steak. Why do you come in here?” She replied, “Oh, we like the waiters.”
• W.C. Fields, Jr., neither smoked nor drank, unlike his famous father. Why not? His mother had made him promise that he would not smoke or drink until he was 20 years old, and when he reached that age, he discovered that he did not want to smoke or drink.
• The mother of New Yorker cartoonist George Booth gave him good advice: “Always stand upright. Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Finally, no matter what you’re getting paid, give it plenty of oomph!”
• When Marc Cherry, the openly gay creator of TV’s Desperate Housewives, came out to his mother, she told him, “Well, I’d love you even if you were a murderer.” This line was so funny that he wrote it into the TV series.
• A boy was showing off his new puppy. Asked whether it was a male or a female, he showed its belly side to his mother, who told him, “It’s a boy.” Her son told his friends, “She can tell just by looking at the bottoms of their feet.”
• As a child, violinist Josef Gingold had a mother who was very supportive of his musical interests and of him. One Friday, a truant officer showed up at her house to tell her that Josef had missed school four Fridays in a row and was probably doing such things as playing pool with bums. Mrs. Gingold told the truant officer, “As a matter of fact, he’s in the other room practicing.” She then picked up a rolling pin and added, “He goes to the New York Philharmonic on Friday afternoons. Do me a favor, and leave this house. Next time I see your face, you’re going to get it over the head.”
• When soprano Joan Hammond was a child, an accident severely scarred her left arm, so she always wore long-sleeved clothing when she grew up. At a concert in Australia, she wore long sleeves, upsetting a woman in the audience who said, “Why does she wear them? So ugly and old-fashioned! It spoils an evening’s entertainment looking at them!” Unfortunately for the overly critical woman, Leo, Joan’s brother, was in the audience, and he told her about Joan’s childhood accident and resulting scars, then asked, “Do you come to a concert to criticize clothes or to listen to the music?”
Featured in a 1933 Disney cartoon, this song was a huge hit in its day, and remains one of the most well-known Disney songs. What is the title of this song that also served as the inspiration for the title of a 1963 Edward Albee play?
In the 1920's, he saved Warner Bros. from bankruptcy and insiders called him "the mortgage lifter". With 27 Hollywood films to his name, what is the name of this four-legged international motion picture star?
Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin (September 1918 – August 10, 1932) was a male German Shepherd born in Flirey, France, who became an international star in motion pictures. He was rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who nicknamed him "Rinty". Duncan trained Rin Tin Tin and obtained silent film work for the dog. Rin Tin Tin was an immediate box-office success and went on to appear in 27 Hollywood films, gaining worldwide fame. Along with the earlier canine film star Strongheart, Rin Tin Tin was responsible for greatly increasing the popularity of German Shepherd dogs as family pets.
After Rin Tin Tin died in 1932, the name was given to several related German Shepherd dogs featured in fictional stories on film, radio, and television. Rin Tin Tin Jr. appeared in some serialized films, but was not as talented as his father. Rin Tin Tin III, said to be Rin Tin Tin's grandson, but probably only distantly related, helped promote the military use of dogs during World War II. Rin Tin Tin III also appeared in a film with child actor Robert Blake in 1947.
Rin Tin Tin's first starring role was in Where the North Begins (1923), in which he played alongside silent screen actress Claire Adams. This film was a huge success and has often been credited with saving Warner Bros. from bankruptcy. It was followed by 24 more screen appearances. Each of these films was very popular, making such a profit for Warner Bros. that Rin Tin Tin was called "the mortgage lifter" by studio insiders. A young screenwriter named Darryl F. Zanuck was involved in creating stories for Rin Tin Tin; the success of the films raised him to the position of film producer. In New York City, Mayor Jimmy Walker gave Rin Tin Tin a key to the city.
Rin Tin Tin was much sought after and was signed for endorsement deals. Dog food makers Ken-L Ration, Ken-L-Biskit, and Pup-E-Crumbles all featured him in their advertisements. Warner Bros. fielded fan letters by the thousands, sending back a glossy portrait signed with a paw print and a message written by Duncan: "Most faithfully, Rin Tin Tin." In the 1920s, Rin Tin Tin's success for Warner Bros. inspired several imitations from other studios looking to cash in on his popularity, notably RKO's Ace the Wonder Dog, also a German Shepherd dog. Around the world, Rin Tin Tin was extremely popular because as a dog he was equally well understood by all viewers. At the time, silent films were easily adapted for various countries by simply changing the language of the intertitles. Rin Tin Tin's films were widely distributed. Film historian Jan-Christopher Horak wrote that by 1927, Rin Tin Tin was the most popular actor with the very sophisticated film audience in Berlin. "He is a human dog", one fan wrote, "human in the real big sense of the word."
Billy in Cypress U.S.A. was first, and correct, with:
Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin.
Rin Tin Tin
Alan J answered:
Rin Tin Tin.
Rin Tin Tin, who should be on the five dollar bill.
Leo in Boise replied:
The dog that saved Hollywood was Rin Tin Tin. My generation knew him as
a popular TV star.
Roy, still Antifa, still a Snowflake, still isolating in Tyler, TX said:
I was pretty sure I knew who that four-legged legend was who earned that title. But when I Googled "The Mortgage Lifter" to get a good graphic, I got a bunch of stuff about heirloom tomatoes!!! WTF!!! So I went back to the top and added the name I had expected to find, and sure enough, that doggone Cavalry Dog I would see every Saturday after the Newsreel and before the feature movie was my confirmation! It was Rin Tin Tin!!! But I was seeing him in the 1950s. I had no idea he was around in the '20s.
Deborah, the Master Gardener said:
I don’t know but my WAG is Rin-tin-tin. Dumb name, smart dog.
Nice low-key holiday; will try to carry the vibe into this week.
Dave in Tucson wrote:
Rin Tin Tin was the dog who saved Hollywood. Have no idea if he bit any actors or pooped on the studio floor.
Daniel in The City answered:
Rin Tin Tin
Michelle in AZ responded:
Rin Tin Tin
Cal in Vermont replied:
Rin Tin damn Tin. On TV Rusty would say "Yo Rinty!" which was the cue for the dog to bite the bejeebers out of somebody. Good times!
DJ Useo wrote:
"Rin Tin Tin", a mongolian name which I believe translates to "Shedder". lol
Barbara, of Peppy Tech fame said:
The answer is Rin Tin Tin.
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Recorded on October 15, 28, 1957 at Capitol Studio in Los Angeles.
“LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE was recorded at the same time as her albums with Louis Armstrong and in the midst of her epic 'Songbooks' project, celebrating the composers of the 'Great American Songbook' and Broadway. The album features only four songs written by the composers featured in her 'Songbooks', instead concentrating on very famous ballads by lesser known writers. Some songs on the album were also recorded with Louis Armstrong on the albums that they collaborated on. Stan Getz is featured on tenor sax on four tracks, including ‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘You're Blasé.’ Ted Nash plays the alto sax and solos. Cover photos are by the great Phil Stern. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE was targeted at ‘people in love.’ But its real audience, then as now, was anyone who loves timeless songs impeccably sung. What was timeless in 1957 still is.”
Aaoka Ai, a fan, wrote, “‘Jazz is everything,’ I've heard said. I have no argument. Just listen to this perfectly sung and performed contemporary perfection.”
Price: £1 (GBP) for track; £5 (GBP) for 16-track album
A little cluster of small earthquakes to start the day. Yee haw.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'FBI', then a FRESH'FBI: Most Wanted'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Ronan Farrow and Brandi Carlile.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Neil deGrasse Tyson and Arlo Parks.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Young Rock', followed by a FRESH'Kenan', then a 'This Is Us', followed by a FRESH'New Amsterdam'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Pete Davidson, Gaten Matarazzo, and Glass Animals.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 3/16/21) are Joel McHale, Yara Shahidi, and Mark Harris.
Scheduled on a FRESHLilly Singh is Julian Dennison.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Pooch Perfect', followed by a FRESH'black-ish', then a FRESH'mixed-ish', followed by a FRESH'Soul Of A Nation'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Ray Romano, Romany Malco, Nessa Barrett and jxdn featuring Travis Barker.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'Supergirl'.
Faux has a RERUN'The Resident', followed by a RERUN'The Masked Singer'.
MY recycles an old 'Chicago PD', followed by another old 'Chicago PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by the movie 'Demolition Man', then the movie 'Deep Impact'.
[6:00AM - 11:00AM] STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
[12:00PM - 7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
[8:00PM] JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
[10:30PM] ESCAPE PLAN
[1:00AM] JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
[3:30AM] ESCAPE PLAN (ALL TIMES ET)
Bravo has 'Chrisley Knows Best', another 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Dallas', then another FRESH'Real Housewives Of Dallas', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens: Live'.
FX has the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', followed by the movie 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse', then a FRESH'Mayans MC'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', another 'The Curse Of Oak Island', then a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'Assembly Required'.
[6:00am] Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet - Experiment 1205: Killer Fish
[7:45am] Grindhouse Presents: Planet Terror
[10:00am] The Devil's Rejects
[2:45pm] Dawn Of The Dead
[7:00pm] Shutter Island
[10:00pm] Scream 4
[12:30am] Shutter Island
[3:30am] Dawn Of The Dead (ALL TIMES ET)
[6:00am - 9:00am] gomer pyle, u.s.m.c.
[1:00pm - 1:00am] law & order: criminal intent
[5:30am] the andy griffith show (ALL TIMES ET)
SyFy has the movie 'Death Wish', followed by the movie 'GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra'.
The closing of physical libraries because of the pandemic has slowed but not stopped patrons and others from calling for books to be banned or restricted.
On Monday, the American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020, from Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” compared to 377 the year before. The number of challenges is likely far higher than reported; the association estimates that only a small percentage are formally registered or publicized — a trend that got worse during the pandemic.
“The shutdowns didn’t just make it less likely that patrons would complain, but because of all the furloughs and layoffs at schools and libraries, it disrupted the whole infrastructure that enables us to be aware of complaints,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, who directs the association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Alex Gino’s “George” was the most frequently criticized book, with objections including LGBTQ content and “not reflecting the values” of the community. The No. 2 book for complaints was Ibram X. Kendi’s and Jason Reynolds’ “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” challenged in part for “selective storytelling incidents” that do not reflect racism against all people.
A second book co-written by Reynolds, “All American Boys,” faced complaints about political bias, bias against men, and the inclusion of rape and profane language. Others in the top 10 include Angie Thomas’ bestseller about police violence, “The Hate U Give”; John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”; and the National Book Award winners “Speak,” by Laurie Halse Anderson, and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.
The producers of The Shape of Water will no longer have to contend with a copyright lawsuit that claims that Oscar-winning Guillermo del Toro film infringed the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Zindel. On Friday, Disney's Fox units, Guillermo del Toro and other defendants filed court papers indicating that the parties in the litigation had reached an agreement to dismiss the case.
When contacted about the development, a spokesperson for Searchlight (one of the co-defendants) released the following statement: "David Zindel, the son of Paul Zindel, author of Let Me Hear You Whisper, acknowledges, based on confidential information obtained during the litigation process, that his claims of plagiarism are unfounded. He acknowledges Guillermo del Toro as the true creator of The Shape of Water. Any similarity between the two works is coincidental."
The suit earned international attention when it was filed in Feb. 2018. Zindel's family went to court right before Oscar voting finished that year, and the allegation that Guillermo del Toro's movie was substantially similar to Let Me Hear You Whisper prompted a legal battle where judges looked at two works where love of a creature trapped in a science facility factored heavily.
It didn't take particularly long for a district court judge to initially reject the case. Just months after the suit was filed, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson wrote, "Although the Play and the Film share the basic premise of an employee at a scientific facility deciding to free a creature that is subjected to scientific experiments, that concept is too general to be protected."
For legal insiders, the Shape of Water litigation also is a postscript to another high-profile case in the entertainment industry from a decade back — that being the long war over rights to Superman. Marc Toberoff, who represented the Zindel family, once represented Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in an attempt to terminate a copyright grant to Warner Bros. The Superman studio, in turn, was represented by Daniel Petrocelli, whose showcase winning move in that old case was to allege that Toberoff had tortiously interfered with deals. After the Shape of Water litigation was revived by the 9th Circuit, Petrocelli took over Fox's defense from Loeb & Loeb — presenting a rematch between the two attorneys. There won't be a trial in this case either.
After 30 years, a TV adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings long thought lost has resurfaced. The 1991 Soviet television adaptation has been uploaded to YouTube in two one-hour videos.
The film focuses on the events of the first book in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, and features many elements that were excluded from the popular global theatrical release by director Peter Jackson, including an extended sequence featuring the character Tom Bombadil—one of the biggest omissions by the bigger-budget 2001 film far more of us have seen.
Originally broadcast on TV in 1991 (and then never aired again), the film was thought lost to time by those who had seen it. But as reported in The Guardian, Leningrad Television successor Channel 5 uploaded the film to its YouTube page with little fanfare, surprising fans who had given up on seeing the production again. It is believed to be the only adaptation of these books produced in the Soviet Union.
For better or for worse, the primitive special effects and low budget are very apparent—moreso than in many other B movies of the time you may have seen. Grainy characters' arms are cropped out in the middle of the frame as they are set against fuzzy fake backgrounds. And the film employs a visual language that is altogether alien to modern cinema, with sets and costumes that look more at home in a low-budget theatrical production and characters who gaze into the camera directly when they speak with eerie commitment.
Titled Khraniteli ("Keepers"), the film is believed to be based on a Russian-language translation of Tolkien's work by Vladimir Muravyov and Andrey Kistyakovsky, and it is of course in Russian. But if you don't speak Russian, fret not: YouTube's autogenerated English closed captioning is adequate enough to give you the gist of what's happening.
Audiences have known her as Thandie Newton for over 30 years. Now, the Westworld actress has revealed that is not her real name. Her real name is Thandiwe Newton.
Newton’s full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton. Thandiwe is pronounced “tan-DEE-way” and it means “beloved”. In an interview with British Vogue, she revealed that her name was misspelled in the credits of her first film in 1991, Flirting which co-starred Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor. As a result, Thandie Newton has stuck for over three decades. It’s not known why she waited so long to revert to the real spelling of her name — but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we refer to her as Thandiwe Newton from here on out.
“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me,” said Newton in the interview with British Vogue. “And to not be complicit in the objectification of Black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one.”
Newton continued, “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.”
The Emmy-winning actress has become an outspoken advocate on numerous fronts. In the British Vogue article, it mentions her involvement in the African American Policy Forum and the #sayhername campaign founded by her friend Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality”. Newton is also a board member of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, which supports women survivors of sexual violence in Congo with the City of Joy project. She also helped establish One Billion Rising which campaigns to end violence against women. She was also awarded the OBE in 2018 for her contributions to charity and film. “We can make a difference,” she said.
During Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up)’s presidency, the UC Davis law professor Carlton Larson spent a lot of time on the phone telling journalists: “It’s not treason.”
Trump’s behavior towards Russia: not treason. All the FBI investigations Trump labeled as treason: also not treason. Then came the 6 January attack on the Capitol by hundreds of Trump supporters. That was treason according to the founding fathers, Larson wrote in an op-ed the next day.
But in the three months since 6 January, however, there has been little public discussion of “treason” as the framework for understanding what happened, Larson said. “Everything was ‘Treason, treason, treason,’ when it wasn’t, and now you have an event that is closer to the original 18th-century definition of treason than anything that’s happened, and it’s almost silent. Nobody is using the term at all,” he said.
Federal prosecutors have brought cases against more than 300 people allegedly involved in the Capitol insurrection. So far, many of the rioters have been charged with lower-level offenses, like “disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building”. A few members of extremist groups, including the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, are facing more serious conspiracy charges.
Treason is defined in the US constitution as “levying war” against the United States, or “adhering” to the enemies of the United States and “giving them aid and comfort”. The framers had in mind “men gathering with guns, forming an army, and marching on the seat of government”, Larson said.
Since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up) and his Republican allies have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the event that left five dead and scores of others wounded. His supporters appear to have listened.
Three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try to overturn his November election loss, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists "trying to make Trump look bad," a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.
Six in 10 Republicans also believe the false claim put out by Trump that November's presidential election "was stolen" from him due to widespread voter fraud, and the same proportion of Republicans think he should run again in 2024, the March 30-31 poll showed.
Since the Capitol attack, Trump, many of his allies within the Republican Party and right-wing media personalities have publicly painted a picture of the day’s events jarringly at odds with reality.
Hundreds of Trump’s supporters, mobilized by the former president's false claims of a stolen election, climbed walls of the Capitol building and smashed windows to gain entry while lawmakers were inside voting to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. The rioters - many of them sporting Trump campaign gear and waving flags - also included known white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys.
Researchers have long debated what the 10-foot-long tooth that erupts from a narwhal’s head is actually for. Perhaps it has something to do with sexual selection, and males with longer horns attract more females. Or maybe the things sense salinity. Or perhaps a narwhal uses its tusk to flush out prey on the ocean bottom.
Whatever the purpose, scientists know this for certain: the Arctic region, which the narwhals call home, is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and by analyzing these tusks, researchers can glean surprisingly detailed insights into how the animals are dealing with catastrophic change. It’s not looking good.
Writing in March in the journal Current Biology, scientists described what they found in 10 tusks collected from animals in northwest Greenland. Because a tusk grows continuously over the many decades of a narwhal’s life, the researchers could read the outsized teeth like the rings of a tree. They found that between 1962 and 2000, the mercury in the tusks increased by an average of 0.3 percent a year, but between 2000 and 2010 it increased by 1.9 percent per year. This is consistent with increased mercury discovered in the bodies of other top predators in several regions across the Arctic, possibly due to air pollution blowing in from the south.
The scientists are also finding evidence in the tusks that the narwhals’ diet is changing, from consuming species associated with sea ice to eating more open-ocean species. This corresponds to a dramatic decline in Arctic sea ice since the year 1990.
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that bioaccumulates in species as they ingest it over a lifetime. When an organism at the bottom of the food chain consumes mercury, it collects in its tissues. Then something bigger eats that animal and its mercury, and so on up the food chain.
Cherry blossom season in Japan is an annual spectacle that signals spring – but in 2021, spring has sprung earlier than usual. In fact, this year Kyoto saw the earliest cherry blossom season in 1,209 years, according to data collected by Osaka University.
The 2021 cherry blossoms peaked on March 26, which hasn't occurred since 812 AD, according to the data. The cherry blossoms have come close to beating the record – peaking on March 27 a few times – records show.
Yasuyuki Aono, a researcher at Osaka Prefecture University, wrote in the study that he used diaries and records about cherry blossoms, or "sakura," kept by emperors, aristocrats, governors and monks in Kyoto, dating back to 812.
The early peak this year is likely due to climate change, experts told the Associated Press. Cherry blossoms in Japan usually peak in April, and timing of their bloom can provide information for climate change studies, Shunji Anbe, an official at the observations division at the Japan Meteorological Agency, said.
According to the agency's data, the average temperature in Kyoto also been steadily climbing – 51.1 degrees Fahrenheit in March 2020, compared with 47.5 degrees Fahrenheit in March 1953. This year's average March temperature in Japan has been 54.3 degrees Fahrenheit.
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