Ria Misra: Why Harley Quinn Is Batman's Most Tragic Character (io9)
There's certainly no shortage of tragic characters roaming the streets of Gotham - from the orphaned, crime-fighting socialite with a penchant for spelunking to the once-promising DA with a now visible dark side. But does Batman's grimmest story actually belong to Gotham's (other) psychotic clown?
Amber Humphrey: Revisiting 'Batman: The Animated Series' 20 Years Later (Film School Rejects)
When I was about ten years old, I used to plop myself down after school in front of my '90s-chic, wood-paneled TV set with a Capri Sun and the soft, moist remnant of the ham and cheese sandwich that I hadn't finished at lunch, and not just watch, but absorb Batman: The Animated Series. The suspense! The drama! The musical numbers about domestic abuse! What more could a fifth-grader ask for?
Aisha Harris: The Director of The Lobster on Satirizing the Way Society Pressures Us to Find a Mate (Slate)
The Lobster, the latest feature from acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), draws you in with its off-kilter premise: David (Colin Farrell) lives in a city where being single is illegal, and all singles are escorted to a private facility that specializes in helping-or really, forcing-them to pair up. The catch: Residents must find a match within 45 days, and if they don't, they are turned into the animal of their choosing and released into the forest for the rest of their natural lives.
Jerome Lester Horwitz (October 22, 1903 - January 18, 1952), better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and vaudevillian actor. He was best known as the most outrageous and energetic member of the American farce comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his older brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. Curly was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!", "woob-woob-woob!", "soitenly!" (certainly), and barking like a dog) as well as his physical comedy (e.g., falling on ground and pivoting on his shoulder as he "walked" in circular motion), improvisations, and athleticism. An untrained actor, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woob woob" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert. Curly's unique version of "woob-woob-woob" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges' second Columbia film, Punch Drunks, in 1934.
Curly was forced to leave the Three Stooges act in 1946 when a massive stroke ended his showbusiness career. He suffered through serious health issues and several more strokes until his death in 1952 at age 48.
Randall was first and correct with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
The bald Howard brother, I forget the first name.
Curly Howard, of the 3 Stooges fame. I had no idea.
North wind blowing hard today, bringing high 80's and low 90's later this week. I'll trade you for your marine layer, Marty, for a couple days.
Curly Howard, One of the Three Stooges.
Lois Of The Loganberries said:
That was the lovely and talented Curly. We miss you, man.
Dale of Diamond Springy Springs, Norcali replied:
That's one of my early life role models (along with Eddie Haskell),and heroes, Curly Howard. And of course I had mastered all his moves. No one should ever be allowed to portray him in film or media…he can't be duplicated…he can only be imitated…Wow, I'm so fuckingly serious and high minded today…
Curly also developed a set of reactions and expressions that the other Stooges would imitate long after he'd left the act:
"Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" - Curly's traditional laughter, accompanied by manic finger-snapping, often used to amuse himself;
"Woob, woob, woob!" - used when he was either scared, dazed, or flirting with a "dame";
"Hmmm!" - an under-the-breath, high-pitched sound meant to show different emotions, including interest, excitement, frustration, or anger; one of his most-used reactions/expressions;
"Nyahh-ahhh-ahhh!" - scare reaction (this was the reaction most often used by the other Stooges after Curly's departure);
"Laaa-Deeeeeee" or simply "Laaa, laaa, laaa" - Curly's working "song"; also used when he was acting innocent right before taking out an enemy
"Ruff Ruff" - dog bark, used to give an enemy a final push before departing the scene, or barking at an attractive dame;
"Ha-cha-cha-cha-cha!" - a take on Jimmy Durante's famed call, used more sparingly than other expressions;
"I'm a victim of soycumstance [circumstance]";
"Soitenly!" ("certainly"; often misheard as "Soiteny")
"I'll moider you!" ("I'll murder you!"; used as a threat, but much more by Moe than by Curly);
"Huff huff huff!" - sharp, huffing exhales either due to excitement or meant to provoke a foe;
"Ah-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba!" - used during his later years, a sort of nonsensical, high-pitched yelling that signified being scared or overly excited.
"Indubitably" - an expression used to feign an intelligent response.
"Hee Beee Beee Beee Beee Beee" - scared or embarrassed reaction.
"Oh WISE Guy, Eh?" - annoyed response.
"Oh Look!" - surprised remark, usually about a common object.
DJ Useo answered:
love that curly. 3 stooges sounds like fun to me.
Curly Howard ~ Best known as a member of the American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges.
Joe S took the day off.
mj took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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.
A bit of sun mid-day, but the marine layer rolled back in early.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Anthony Anderson, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Coldplay.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Kate Beckinsale, Bill Hader, and Catfish & the Bottlemen.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Chicago Med', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Simon Cowell, Josh Gad, Anthony Bourdain, and Mario Batali.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Greta Gerwig, and Allison Miller.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Moby, Goldlink, and Shane Black.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH'Marvels Agents Of SHIELD', followed by another FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 5/9/16) are Ryan Gosling, Dave Salmoni, and Mash-up Monday with Flo Rida Georgia Line.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'Containment'.
Faux has a FRESH'Megyn Kelly Presents', followed by a FRESH'Coupled'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then another FRESH'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars: Barry's Best Buy'.
AMC offers the movie 'Die Hard', followed by the movie 'Con Air', then a FRESH'The Night Manager'.
[6:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Shooting Survival
[7:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave
[8:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-European Alps
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Old Neighborhood
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Bella Luna
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-Schisms
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-True Q
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Rascals
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Spring
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Summer
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-On Thin Ice
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-An Epic Journey
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
[11:00PM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 4
[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: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-On Thin Ice (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck Mediterranean Social', then another FRESH'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH'Tour Group', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Identity Thief', followed by the movie 'Sweet Home Alabama'.
History has 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then a FRESH'Top Gear', followed by a FRESH'Car Hunters', then another FRESH'Car Hunters'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
[6:30AM] MARON-Marc's Roommate
[7:00AM] MARON-The Field Trip
[7:30AM] BANGKOK DANGEROUS
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Winter
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Don't Lie to Me
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Can't You Hear Me Knocking
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Street Fighting Man
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Winter
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Don't Lie to Me
[3:00AM] BLOW (ALL TIMES EDT)
[8:45AM] Adventures in Babysitting
[11:15AM] The Matador
[1:15PM] What About Bob?
[5:30PM] Animal House
[8:00PM] Beverly Hills Cop
[12:15AM] The Professional
[2:45AM] Snake Eyes
[5:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network
[5:15AM] The Cooler (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Land Of The Lost', followed by the movie 'The Lone Ranger'.
On a RERUNConan (from 3/22/16) are Amanda Peet, Lamorne Morris, and Ty Segall & the Muggers.
The CIA inspector general's office - the spy agency's internal watchdog - has acknowledged it "mistakenly" destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved, Yahoo News has learned.
Although other copies of the report exist, the erasure of the controversial document by the CIA office charged with policing agency conduct has alarmed the U.S. senator who oversaw the torture investigation and reignited a behind-the-scenes battle over whether the full unabridged report should ever be released, according to multiple intelligence community sources familiar with the incident.
The deletion of the document has been portrayed by agency officials to Senate investigators as an "inadvertent" foul-up by the inspector general. In what one intelligence community source described as a series of errors straight "out of the Keystone Cops," CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document, filled with thousands of secret files about the CIA's use of "enhanced" interrogation methods.
"It's breathtaking that this could have happened, especially in the inspector general's office - they're the ones that are supposed to be providing accountability within the agency itself," said Douglas Cox, a City University of New York School of Law professor who specializes in tracking the preservation of federal records. "It makes you wonder what was going on over there?"
Former boxer Roberto Duran, left and actor Robert De Niro pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film Hands of Stone at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 16, 2016.
Photo by Joel Ryan
A 64-year-old man who lost most of his penis to cancer is recovering well after undergoing the United States' first penis transplant operation, doctors said Monday.
The 15-hour surgery took place earlier this month at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and is the third such operation known in the world.
"The patient, Thomas Manning, 64, of Halifax, Massachusetts, continues to recover well, with blood flow established to the donor organ and no signs of bleeding, rejection or infection," the hospital said in a statement.
The penis came from a dead donor who matched Manning's blood type and skin tone.
Manning expressed his gratitude to the donor and his family, which has asked to remain anonymous, and said he wanted to go public with his story to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with the loss of a penis.
One civilization's trash is another civilization's treasure. A ship in Israel's Caesarea Harbor was filled with bronze statues headed for recycling when it sank about 1,600 years ago. Now, thanks to a chance discovery by a pair of divers, archaeologists have salvaged a haul of statuary fragments, figurines and coins from the seafloor.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (May 16) the discovery of the Late Roman-era artifacts, which include a figurine of a moon goddess and a lamp carrying the likeness of a sun god. Archaeologists also found two stashes of coins, still clumped in the shape of the vessel that once carried them.
The coins found in the wreckage date to the mid-300s A.D. Some show Constantine, who ruled the Western Roman Empire from A.D. 312-324, and who unified the Eastern and Western Roman Empire in A.D. 324; he ruled both until his death in A.D. 337. Other coins show one of Constantine's primary rivals, the Eastern Roman Emperor Licinius, who was defeated by Constantine in A.D. 324.
The ship appears to have hit stormy weather at the harbor entrance, drifting until it smashed against the seawall and sank. Archaeologists found the ship's iron anchors, which seem to have been hoisted into the sea in an attempt to stop the ship from drifting. They were broken by the wind and waves.
The 'Oppenheimer Blue' is one of the rarest diamonds available on the market and the largest ever blue diamond to ever be offered on a public sale that will go under the hammer in Christie's semi-annual auction in Geneva in one-week time.
Estimated between $38-45 million, the rectangular-cut diamond weighs 14.62 carats, and has been graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as "fancy vivid blue", meaning its blue color ranges from medium to dark in tone, and from strong to very strong in saturation, without the presence of any other tint, like gray for instance which is commonly observed in blue diamonds.
"This diamond is all the more rare than in nature only 0.5% of all diamonds extracted do present a blue color. And just one percent of this 0.5% will produce diamonds qualified as "fancy vivid blue", that is bright blue." Christie's specialist Jean-Marc Lunel explained.
Along with this rare blue diamond, a pair of fancy vivid orange-yellow 12.20 and 11.96 carat earrings, estimated between $9,759,910 and $12,842,000 will go under the hammer among 280 lots.
Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest, the French newspaper La Croix reported on Tuesday.
In an interview with the Catholic daily on Monday, the pope said it would be "contradictory, imprudent" to seek Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation at this stage.
"We will see after the end of (any) trial. But (to seek his resignation) now would be to imply guilt," the pontiff said.
Francis said he believed Barbarin had "taken the necessary measures, he took things in hand. He is brave, creative, a missionary. We should now wait for the outcome of the civilian judicial procedure."
Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, France's second largest city, is facing a storm over his handling of allegations against Father Bernard Preynat, accused of sex attacks on four boy scouts between 1986 and 1991.
Women dressed in the traditional clothes of the Sorbs attend a mass in Rosenthal, eastern Germany, Monday, May 16, 2016. Traditionally on Whit Monday catholic faithful Sorbs, a Slavic minority near the German-Polish border, celebrate an open air mass in the small village east of Dresden.
Photo by Jens Meyer
Iranian police have arrested eight people in a new crackdown targeting "un-Islamic acts" online such as female models posting images of themselves without their hair covered, state media reported Monday, part of a larger cultural struggle in the Islamic Republic over the country's future.
The arrests follow the detentions of artists, poets, journalists and activists as moderate President Hassan Rouhani's administration secured a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
The arrests and harsh sentences handed down signal that hard-liners in the police and judiciary, who were unable to stop the accord and fear looser social norms will weaken the Islamic Republic, still hold significant power in the country.
State television said this latest operation, called Spider II, particularly targeted users of the Instagram picture-sharing application. Instagram, owned by Facebook, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The television report included footage of model Elham Arab, known for her portraits in wedding dresses, speaking before Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi in a conference room, her blonde hair hidden under a black chador.
A tiny Vermont college that has faced financial troubles since it was headed by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will close at the end of the month, officials announced Monday.
Burlington College has been struggling under the weight of its $10 million purchase of property and buildings it made in 2010 from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington during Jane Sanders' presidency.
President since 2004, she wanted to double the then-200 student school enrollment by 2020. Sanders left the private liberal arts college in 2011. A request to the Sanders campaign for comment from Jane Sanders drew no immediate response.
Last year, the college sold most of the land it had purchased on the Lake Champlain shore, widely considered the most valuable undeveloped real estate in Burlington, to a developer for $7.65 million. But that was not enough for the school to regain its financial footing.
It was placed on probation by its accrediting agency in 2014 for a lack of sufficient financial resources. Its lender in April told the college its line of credit would not be renewed.
Participants of the Koetzing Pentecost Ride ride their horses near Bad Koetzing, Germany, Monday May 16, 2016. The procession of 900 horsemen is one of the oldest traditional events in Bavaria. The 'Maennerleut' make an around seven-kilometer pilgrimage on the back of richly adorned horses from Bad Koetzting to St. Nicholas Church in Steinbuehl.
Photo by Armin Weigel
The congregation that worships at the nation's oldest synagogue prevailed Monday in a bitter legal fight that threatened its existence, as a federal judge ruled it may now control its own destiny and decide what to do with a set of ceremonial bells worth millions.
The lawsuit pitted congregants at the 250-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, against the nation's oldest Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel in New York City.
U.S. District Judge Jack McConnell on Monday awarded Congregation Jeshuat Israel, of Newport, control of Touro, rejecting arguments from Congregation Shearith Israel that it is the synagogue's rightful owner.
McConnell also ruled the Newport congregation is the owner of a pair of ceremonial bells, called rimonim, and may do what it chooses with them. The bells are valued at $7.4 million.
McConnell's 106-page decision reads at times like a history book and relies on documents that go back to Colonial times. It recounts the early history of Jews in America and traces the origins of the Jews who populated Newport beginning in 1658.
Masses of tiny red crustaceans known as tuna crabs have washed up for a second straight year along stretches of the Southern California coast in a phenomenon marine scientists say is linked to a rise in ocean temperatures.
Waves of the dead or dying tuna crabs have been found carpeting the shoreline at various Orange County spots, including Huntington Beach and Newport Beach south of Los Angeles, since the middle of last week.
The crabs normally inhabit waters off the Baja Peninsula, in the Gulf of California and the California Current, but warming ocean currents periodically carry the crustaceans farther north and closer to shore, according to scientists.
Also known as pelagic red crabs, the bright salmon-colored creatures resemble small lobsters or crayfish, measuring 1 to 3 inches (2.5-7.6 cm) in length.
Scientists advise the crabs are not safe for human consumption because they may have ingested toxin-producing phytoplankton
Jane Little, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist whose career spanned a world-record 71 years with a single orchestra, has died at age 87 after collapsing onstage during a performance.
Little collapsed Sunday during a performance of "There's No Business Like Show Business," the orchestra said. She was briefly revived before dying at an Atlanta hospital.
The bassist was recognized by Guinness World Records for the longest professional tenure with a single orchestra earlier this year when she performed Feb. 4. That was 71 years to the day since her first concert with the group's forerunner, the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The Atlanta native had joined the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra at age 16, after two years of studying bass in high school, orchestra officials said. She attended the University of Georgia and studied for four years with the principal bass player of the Chicago Symphony.
Little played the double bass, the orchestra's largest instrument.
"Wrapping one's hands around a bass requires a great degree of physical strength - something that at 87-years-old and 4 feet, 11 inches, Little did with ease for more than seven decades," the orchestra said in a statement.
Her success in a role traditionally reserved for men served as an inspiration, said the orchestra's executive director, Jennifer Barlament.
Details of a memorial service were still pending on Monday, the orchestra said.
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