BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 7 April, 2015


7 April, 2015

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Paul Krugman: Economics and Elections (NY Times)
What mainly matters is income growth immediately before a vote. Can anything be done about this weakness?

JENNY WILKINSON: Sexually Assaulted at UVA (NY Times)
IN 1997, I was sexually assaulted by a fellow student at the University of Virginia. At a closed hearing, the university's committee on sexual assault found him responsible. His punishment? A letter in his file.

Paul F. Campos: The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much (NY Times)
What cannot be defended, however, is the claim that tuition has risen because public funding for higher education has been cut. Despite its ubiquity, this claim flies directly in the face of the facts.

Andrew Tobias: Spring Cleaning
The first thing to say about storage bins is - just throw it all out instead. You'll never get around to dealing with all that stuff, you'll just be paying monthly rent for years . . . for decades . . . and if the monthly storage fee rises (and it will), what are you gonna do? Move it all? Where?! 000 heirloom in your bin will have cost you $18,000 to store ($30,000 before taxes).

Frank Bruni: Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana (NY Times)
All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they're an offense. And that's precisely what the florists and bakers who want to turn them away are saying to them.

Serena Bramble: "Watch: All of Sterling Archer's Literary References: A Video Essay" (PressPlay)
Secret Agent. Asshole. Book nerd? Sterling Archer, the modern take-down of James Bond on Adam Reed's cult animated show Archer, is many things, but that last detail has always been a quirk in the show, with literary references spouted out almost as often as jokes about oral sex.

SUPERCUT: Sterling Archer's Best One-Liners (Extended Version)
The best one liners from everyone's favorite international spy.

David Bruce: Wise Up! Bible (Athens News)
Ellen C. Waller, a Quaker, asked the children in her class to check and make sure that they had the Revised Version of the Bible, from which she was teaching. One child said that she had the wrong version of the Bible, because it wasn't "Revised" - it was "Holy."

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On what TV series did Mrs. Naugatuck replace Florida Evans?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This American icon's legal name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed his and his son's names following a 1934 trip to Germany. By what name is this man better known?

      Martin Luther King, Jr.                                                      Source

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King's legal name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed his and his son's names following a 1934 trip to Germany to attend the Fifth Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin. It was during this time he chose to be called Martin Luther King in honor of the German reformer Martin Luther.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:
   Martin Luther King,jr.

Alan J said:
   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Randall wrote:

mj replied:
   The man's dad was prescient
  Martin Luther King Day sounds so much better as a holiday.

Adam answered:
   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marian responded:
   Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
   Martin Luther King visited Deutschland (in transition to Uber Alles) in 1934 attending the Fifth Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin. His daddy dug Martin Luther, the revisionist of Jesus lore, so he stuck Michael with it. What a strange trip that must have been! But he was only viewing it through a five year old's perspective. Why did he have a 'junior' after his name when he was no longer a 'Michael'?

Lackluster Lois Of Oregon said:
   Whoa, they had a BAPTIST CONVENTION in GERMANY in 1934!?! I just don't know how to feel about that (could that have had an effect on young Hitler?), and can't imagine how Martin Luther came to be associated with Baptists as he was basically just a Plain Wrap Catholic simply divorced from the pope, kind of like Henry VIII, and Baptists have always struck me as...well...guanopsychotic second only to Pentecostals (FYI: why won't cannibals eat Pentecostals? They keep throwing up their hands!). Happy to learn MLK jr. was a Star Trek fan and made the "sand dune" scene in Star Trek V possible.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Martin Luther King Jr.

DJ Useo responded:
   I never met him, but he seems to have been a smashing bloke. Cheers to Martin Luther King Jr.

Deborah responded:
   As time permitted I did some research but came up with nothing.
  My answer is - I have no idea.
  S.H.I.T. (So Happy It's Tuesday).

MAM   , wrote:
   Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of the German reformer Martin Luther, a Catholic priest and theologian 1483 - 1546.

Joe S    , took time from his birthday celebrations to answer:
   Martin Luther King jr.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Reader Question

Re: Nightly Show

I'm wondering why you don't have a TV listing for the Nightly Show that replaced Colbert.

Fond regards~ d
   "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." - John Ruskin -

Thanks, Doug!
Don't know why, but Comedy Central doesn't list the guests scheduled on Larry Wilmore's show on their schedule, but they do for both Jon Stewart & @Midnight.
Clicking on the link to The Nightly Show, the page only displays the guests for the show that just aired.
And, the e-page is uploaded earlier than when Comedy Central gets around to updating the current day's schedule.
Would gladly include Larry's guests if I could find timely listings.



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Last Night

Sunny and seasonal - almost.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 3/25/15) are James Franco, Jake Johannsen, and Action Bronson.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE are Rob Corddry, Megan Mullally, and Tig Notaro.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Louis C.K., Sophia Bush, and Who Is Fancy.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jon Cryer, Kat Dennings, and Michael Chernow & Daniel Holzman.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/18/15) are Rob Corddry, Hidden Ritual, and Michael Johnson.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH 'Forever'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/16/15) are Kevin Hart and Brad Paisley.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'Weird Loners'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Surviving Marriage'.

AMC offers the movie 'Van Helsing', followed by the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 13 - Homeward
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 14 - Sub Rosa
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 15 - Lower Decks
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 11 - The God Complex
 [1:00PM]    Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Revisited: Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Mike & Nellie's
 [4:00PM]    Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 7
 [5:00PM]    Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 8
 [6:00PM]    Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 1 - The Blue Planet
 [7:00PM]    Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 2 - The Deep
 [8:00PM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 4 - Autumn
 [9:00PM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter NEW
 [10:00PM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
 [11:00PM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 4 - Autumn
 [12:00AM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
 [1:00AM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
 [2:00AM]    Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 7
 [3:00AM]    Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 8
 [4:00AM]    Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 1 - The Blue Planet
 [5:00AM]    Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 2 - The Deep    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Newlyweds: The First Year'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Brickleberry'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Peter Dinklage.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Andrew Santino, Jessimae Peluso, and Adam Ray.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Broken City', then a FRESH 'Justified'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH "Blood & Glory: The Civil War In Color'.

IFC  -   
 [7:30AM]    THE BANK JOB
 [3:00PM]    THE BANK JOB
 [5:30PM]    ERASER
 [10:00PM]    TRANSPORTER 3
 [12:15AM]    GAMER
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Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Iconoclasts-Ron Howard & Steve Nash
 [6:45AM]    Roll Bounce
 [9:15AM]    The Red Violin
 [12:00PM]    Brokeback Mountain
 [3:00PM]    Peggy Sue Got Married
 [5:15PM]    The Cider House Rules
 [8:00PM]    Behind The Story With The Paley Center-Parks and Recreation
 [9:00PM]    We Are Marshall
 [12:00AM]    Behind The Story With The Paley Center-Parks and Recreation
 [1:00AM]    The Ninth Gate
 [4:00AM]    Stolen    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', and 'Haunting: Australia'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Ricky Gervais, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Awolnation.

 [6:00 AM]      The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
 [8:00 AM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [9:45 AM]      The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
 [11:45 AM]      Casablanca (1942)
 [1:45 PM]      Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
 [4:00 PM]      Passage to Marseille (1944)
 [6:00 PM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
 [9:45 PM]      The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)
 [11:30 PM]      Fonda on Fonda (1992)
 [12:30 AM]      Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993)
 [2:00 AM]      Bacall on Bogart (1988)
 [3:30 AM]      To Have And Have Not (1944)
 [5:15 AM]      Key Largo (1948)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  04/08/15

TCM spends the night with Anthony Quinn
 [7:00 AM]      St. Martin's Lane (1938)    [AKA: 'Sidewalks of London (1938)']
 [8:30 AM]      Waterloo Bridge (1940)
 [10:30 AM]      The Knack...And How To Get It (1965)
 [12:00 PM]      The Prince And The Showgirl (1957)
 [2:00 PM]      Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
 [4:00 PM]      Five Million Years To Earth (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      Royal Wedding (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      La Strada (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      Black Gold (1947)
 [12:00 AM]      A Dream of Kings (1969)
 [2:00 AM]      Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)
 [3:45 AM]      Sinbad The Sailor (1947)
 [5:45 AM]      Larceny, Inc. (1942)

USA has a FRESH 'Sirens'.

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2nd L) poses with fellow cast members at the New York Premiere of the fourth season of the HBO television series "VEEP" in New York City April 6, 2015. From left are Gary Cole, Dreyfus, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky, Sam Richardson, Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons.
Photo by Mike Segar


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Visited Edward Snowden

John Oliver

John Oliver sat down with National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden on HBO's "Last Week Tonight" for a wide-ranging interview that was funny and, at times, surprisingly tense.

Oliver, who flew to Moscow to conduct the interview, grilled Snowden on the leaked documents.

The comedian and former "Daily Show" correspondent pointed out that Snowden's actions led to the disclosure of sensitive information beyond the NSA's controversial government surveillance program, including the revelation that the United States was monitoring al-Qaida in northern Iraq.

"The New York Times took a slide, didn't redact it properly, and in the end it was possible for people to see that something was being used in Mosul on al-Qaida," Oliver said.

John Oliver


Paul Haggis attends a special screening of "Ex Machina" at the Crosby Street Hotel on Monday, April 6, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


Makeover For Statue

Lucille Ball

They may have loved "I Love Lucy" but many in Lucille Ball's western New York hometown have no affection for her life-size statue in a local park.

Since the bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2009 in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the village of Celoron, the statue has been blasted by critics who say it bears little or no likeness to the popular 1950s sitcom actress and comedian.

Village officials told The Post-Journal of Jamestown that they've talked to the sculptor about making changes to the statue's face, but the artist wants as much as $10,000 to alter his artwork. Other sculptors have quoted a price tag of about $5,000.

The statue was commissioned privately by a couple who hired a sculptor from neighboring Jamestown, 60 miles south of Buffalo. The 400-pound statue was installed in August 2009 in a park Celoron, where Ball spent much of her youth.

Lucille Ball


Newhead News


150 Years Ago

Appomattox Court House

The site where Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago on Thursday, effectively ending the United States' bloodiest war, is proof that history's biggest turning points can occur in the smallest places.

Ceremonies, re-enactments by thousands in Union and Confederate uniforms, and bell ringing will commemorate the Army of Northern Virginia's surrender at the village of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, ending four years of fighting that cost 620,000 lives.

The handful of buildings had been a backwater with a few score inhabitants when Lee's exhausted and badly outnumbered army was cut off by Grant's forces, said Ernie Price, chief of education services at the small Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, about 3 miles (5 km) east of the town of Appomattox.

The surrender of Lee's 28,000 men at Appomattox Court House meant that the United States would remain intact and abandon the system of slavery that had propped up the southern economy. Increased wartime production of munitions and uniforms also helped the nation lay the groundwork for its growth into an industrial giant over the next century, he added.

Appomattox Court House


Actor J.K. Simmons throws out the ceremonial first pitch before an opening day baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins in Detroit, Monday, April 6, 2015.
Photo by Carlos Osorio


Ghostly Faces And Invisible Verse Found

The Black Book of Carmarthen

Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh.

"The Black Book of Carmarthen," dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin.

In 1904, Sir John Williams, the founder of the National Library of Wales, bought the book, which measures 6.7 by 5 inches (17 by 12.5 centimeters). Only recently did Myriah Williams and Paul Russell, a professor at Cambridge's department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC), examine the pages of the book.

Using UV light and photo-editing software, Williams and Russell revealed glimpses of some of the erased doodles. For instance, page fol. 39v of the newly visible work includes ghostly faces and a line of text accompanying them, which date to the 14th or 15th century, Williams said. On the following page, fol. 40v, a full verse, possibly dating to the 13th century, came to light. "There is one more drawing so far that we are still working on," Williams said.

The Black Book of Carmarthen


Wake-up Call


Revenue Grab


Nic Truong of Mississauga, Ont. has a dream job: he plays video games and posts clips of them on YouTube for his fans.

But now, Nintendo is asking YouTubers like Nic to hand over at least 40 per cent of their ad revenue for any video starring Mario or Link.

Truong, better known as TetraNinja, has built a following of more than 800,000 on YouTube by providing play-by-play commentary on video games. These clips are called "Let's Plays," and they're some of the most popular gaming-related videos on the internet.

YouTube videos generate money for the uploaders in several ways, but most of them are tied to ads - either "pre-roll" ads that play before the clip, or banners that are superimposed on them. But a video creator needs to surpass a certain threshold before they get a cut of the ad revenue.

Since Google already claims 50 per cent of the total ad revenue generated by videos, the creator and Nintendo's share would be divvied up from the remaining 50 per cent.



Kashmiri traditional folk dancers perform during the season's opening of Siraj Bagh, claimed to be the largest tulip garden in Asia, on Zabarwan Hills in Srinagar, India, Monday, April 6, 2015. The opening of Kashmir's flower garden, unfolding over 1.2 million tulip bulbs of nearly 60 varieties, marks the beginning of a new tourism season in the valley.
Photo by Mukhtar Khan


Glaciers To Shrink


The glaciers of western Canada, one of the world's most picturesque mountain regions, are likely to largely melt away over just three generations, scientists said on Monday.

By 2100, the glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia are set to shrink by 75 percent in area compared to 2005 levels, and by 70 percent in volume, according to their predictions.

But in two out of the three regions that were studied, the decline could be even more dramatic -- over 90 percent.

The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, was headed by Garry Clarke, a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.



Just Call Him Juan

Jeb Bush

Likely Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush (R-Terry Schiavo), who was popular among Spanish-speaking voters while Florida governor, marked himself as "Hispanic" on a 2009 voter registration application, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The newspaper posted a fuzzy copy of the form, which it said it obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. The circle marked "Hispanic" was checked. The next circle said "White, not Hispanic" and was not checked.

"My mistake! Don't think I've fooled anyone!" Bush wrote on Twitter on Monday, responding to a message from his son calling him an "honorary" Latino.

A Bush spokeswoman said it was unclear how the error was made. "The governor's family certainly got a good laugh out of it," spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. "He is not Hispanic."

Jeb Bush


Local residents dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of the region ride during heavy snowfall to get blessing for men and beast at the traditional Georgi (St. George) horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015.
Photo by Matthias Schrader


UN Peacekeepers Targeted


A confidential Spanish military report on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Israeli shelling in Lebanon said he was manning a post that appeared to have been targeted, a newspaper reported Sunday.

El Pais cited extracts from the report which drew on testimony from soldiers following the January 28 incident when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hezbollah attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead.

Corporal Ivan Lopez Sanchez, who was stationed nearby, told investigators that the UN position was clearly targeted.

"Every time, they corrected the trajectory from Majidiye to the 4-28" post, where the UNIFIL peacekeepers were stationed, he said.

Another Spanish soldier, Sergeant Julio Xavier Garcia, echoed Sanchez, saying the shells initially fell about 500 metres (yards) north of the UN post and then they "corrected the trajectory towards the position."



Radiation Detected Off Canada's Coast


Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday.

Trace amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 were detected in samples collected ON Feb. 19 off the coast of Ucluelet, a small town on Vancouver Island in Canada's British Columbia, said Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist Ken Buesseler.

The levels the group detected are extremely low. For example, swimming in the Vancouver Island water every day for a year would provide a dose of radiation less than a thousand times smaller than a single dental X-ray, Woods Hole said.

Buesseler said he expects similar low cesium levels to gradually reach other North American shores, possibly extending along the U.S. West Coast from Washington state to California.



Dressed in folk costumes young women run away because young men pour water from their buckets on them as members of Nyirseg Dance Group perform Easter folk traditions in the Museum Village in Nyiregyhaza, 227 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, April 6, 2015. According to a several hundred years old tradition of Hungarian villages young men pour water on young women who in exchange present their sprinklers with beautifully coloured eggs on Easter Monday.
Photo by Attila Balazs


Record Strandings

Sea Lions

A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded on Southern California beaches so far this year, a worsening phenomenon blamed on warming seas in the region that have disrupted the marine mammals' food supply.

The latest tally, reported on Monday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is 20 times the level of strandings averaged for the same three-month period over the past decade and twice the number documented in 2013, the previous worst winter season recorded for Southern California sea lions.

Scientists believe the animals are suffering from a scarcity of natural prey that has forced nursing mothers to venture farther out to sea for food, leaving their young behind to fend for themselves for longer periods of time.

The shift in the food chain around the marine mammals' principal rookeries off Southern California is believed to be triggered by warming waters linked to unusually weak winds along the West Coast.

Sea Lions


Most Reliable Predictor Of Water Use

Los Angeles

Lush lawns and vibrant trees suggest that some California households are dragging their feet when it comes to water conservation.

Wealthier neighborhoods in Los Angeles are less likely to cut back on their water use, according to experts. It appears some would rather keep their deep-green grass as beautiful as ever - even as California battles with the fourth year of its historic drought.

Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, conducted a study of residential water consumption in the city of Los Angeles to uncover what drives water use and which strategies curb it most effectively.

"Wealth was the most reliable predictor of water use. The wealthy used more than three times the water of nonwealthy people," she said in an interview with Yahoo News.

Los Angeles



In Memory

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson, a musical theatre actress and cabaret star who earned a Tony Award nomination and was cheered for her ability to harness the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, has died. She was 90.

Christopher Denny, Wilson's friend, said she died Sunday in New York after having suffered two strokes over the last several days.

Wilson's most famous stage role was the 1988 Peter Allen musical "Legs Diamond," for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. Her other Broadway credits include "Park" in 1970, "The Girl in the Freudian Slip" in 1967 and was a replacement for the role of Babe Williams in the original run of "The Pajama Game."

But it was as a singer - known for her interpretations of such songwriters as Sondheim, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern and Porter - that made the biggest impressions, from recordings like "Julie Wilson Sings the Cy Coleman Songbook" to her live sets at the Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel.

Wilson was born Oct 21, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, and recorded several albums, including "My Old Flame," ''Live From the Russian Tea Room" and "Julie Wilson at the St. Regis."

She is survived by her son, actor, writer, and producer Holt McAloney.

Julie Wilson


In Memory

Tom Towles

Tom Towles, the moustached character actor who popped up in several Rob Zombie's movies, has died. He was 71.

Towles' spokeswoman Tammy Dupal said in a statement Monday that the actor who appeared in "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" died April 2 in Pinellas, Florida, from complications following a stroke.

Towles' memorable roles included a serial-killer sidekick in 1986's "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" and an obnoxious zombie apocalypse survivor in the 1990 remake of "Night of the Living Dead."

His other film credits included Zombie's 2007 remake of "Halloween," ''Grindhouse," ''The Pit and the Pendulum" and director Michael Mann's "Miami Vice."

Towles TV credits included "Seinfeld," ''NYPD Blue," ''L.A. Law," ''ER," ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," ''Star Trek: Voyager" and "Firefly."

Tom Towles



With wings fluttering, a sparrow flies in to join two others are are feeding from the hand of a man at Ueno Park in central Tokyo, Japan, April 6, 2015. Tokyo's highest temperature rose to 22.9 degrees in centigrade, 5.7 degrees higher than average year, almost same as usual mid-May.
Photo by Kimimasa Mayama



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