BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 10 December, 2014


10 December, 2014

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M Is FOR MASHUP - December 10th, 2014

Mashup Showcase Hits The Airwaves

From DJ Useo

Well, you know I love me some fine bootlegged mashups. I would never have written this weekly column for seven years if I did NOT! Over the ten years of mashing I've done, I've discovered, ( & sometimes even interacted with ) innumerable talented home producers. That's why I decided to do a new 30 minute, bi-weekly podcast featuring only one mixer per show. The only theme I ask for is that the guest pick the tracks themselves, insuring that the show portrays them in the light they like best. The shows will keep me warm in "my old age". lol.

Now, it's not so easy to select approximately 27 minutes worth of tracks, not when you have a hundred or so lovely tunes in your back catalogue. It is fun, & rewarding though, so that reveals the second motivation of mine in releasing this series. I'm hoping to motivate the talents I like best into enjoying their output, & maybe even inspire MORE MIXING! So far, I've made nine episodes, with the next due to drop on the 15th of December. It's hard to describe exactly how happy I feel when I hear the shows afterward. All I know is it's mighty tough to keep from changing the pace to weekly!

As I look back over the shows so far, I observe that they maintain an excellence throughout. None of them use the same source musicians, for the most part, but each has honed their sense of great music into an audio rapier sharp enough to cut even the dullest ear. All of the shows have detailed playlists, & links to the mixers' sites, so you can obtain the broadcast singles, & tons of other tracks not heard in the show. Here's a full chronological & numbered list of all the shows so far. You can stream, or download the shows, so you can collect them all.

Mashup Showcase Number 00 - DJ Useo

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Mashup Showcase Number 01 - Voicedude

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Mashup Showcase Number 02 - oki

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Mashup Showcase Number 03 - DJ Spider

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Mashup Showcase Number 04 - DJ Le Clown

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Mashup Showcase Number 05 - Lizzart

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Mashup Showcase Number 06 - TjT

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Mashup Showcase 07 - Solcofn

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Mashup Showcase 08 - G4Gorilla

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Mashup Showcase 09 - MP3J

Coming December 15 2014!

If you like one of these shows, you'll love them all! So much more could be said about each individual producer, but the music says way more than I ever could, & it says it better. You'll be surprised how fast a 30 minute show flies past. You'll be longing for more! Then, there's the fact that good mashups always leave you loving to hear the source songs again.

You'll experience the phenomena yourself. Grab them all, they'll get you through the year end holidays in a great way.


Recommended Reading

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Andrew Tobias: 321,000 Jobs - But What About Benghazi?
Major Republican accomplishments these same six years include:
    - Blocking the American Jobs Act that would have boosted the economy revitalizing our crumbling infrastructure; …

Froma Harrop: Are Americans Turning Post-Materialistic? (Creators Syndicate)
Nowadays, despite the lack of spectacle, much shopping is moving online. The purchases there are more targeted. People going into the stores, meanwhile, are observed honoring strict shopping lists. Impulse buying seems on the way out.

Joe Queenan: Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great (Guardian)
Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant.

Joe Queenan: "Comrades in arms: why big-screen bad guys are always Russian" (Guardian)
The Equalizer, John Wick and The November Man are just the latest films with Russian gangsters. Joe Queenan dissects Hollywood's most predictable casting cliché.

Joe Queenan: Why have Hollywood's henchmen turned into incompetent knuckleheads? (Guardian)
A henchman should be menacing. He's meant to kill, torture and maim. But with John Wick and The Equalizer, we get poorly trained incompetents. Even the henchcrow in Sleeping Beauty would put them to shame Warning! Contains spoilers for The Equalizer

Freddie Francis on The Innocents (Criterion)
The last picture I worked on as a cinematographer in my first phase (with the exception of another in 1964 and my return to the craft in the 1980s) was Jack Clayton's now cult classic The Innocents (1961). The film was, and still is, one of my favorites, and I consider it as one of the best-photographed films I have ever done. I was, and will always be happy with the look of the picture and so I never get bored with it.

Shannon Gadberry: 5 Creepy Types of Mind Control Hidden in Everyday Design (Cracked)
Get a dude who grew up in rural Mississippi in a room with somebody who was born and raised in San Francisco, and you find that where you live has a lot to do with how you see the world. You might think this is simply the difference in your neighbors, but it's not; the physical layout of your town or city affects you. And these days, a lot of that shit is done on purpose.

Who said it: Charlie Brown or Friedrich Nietzsche? (Mashable)
Everyone's favorite bald-headed blockhead isn't just the socially awkward loner the rest of the Peanuts gang make him out to be. His often nihilistic musings on life over the last 64 years make him a lot like 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals (Vox)
Of course, none of these fictional characters actually wrote the paper, titled "Fuzzy, Homogeneous Configurations." Rather, it's a nonsensical text, submitted by engineer Alex Smolyanitsky in an effort to expose a pair of scientific journals - the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic sans-loving Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This Emmy Award winning fictional rhythm and blues musical group featured A.C., Beebop, Stretch and Red. By what name are they collectively known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who said: "It's been a struggle for me because I had a chance to be white and refused."?

      Richard Pryor                                                      Source

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 - December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC.

Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities, and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession"; Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years." This legacy can be attributed, in part, to the unusual degree of intimacy Pryor brought to bear on his comedy.

Pryor won an Emmy Award (1973), and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. Pryor is listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Richard Pryor

Charlie wrote:
   Richard Pryor.
  Who is, of course, highly quotable on the subject of race.

Adam answered:
   Richard Pryor.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Richard Pryor

Marian responded:
   Richard Pryor

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   Richard Pryor, of course! One of the brilliant minds of the 20th century. Yeah, he got off the stage..

DJ Useo said:
   I think the man who said that was Richard Pryor.
  If only he was still here to say more.
  From the streets to stardom, Richard Pryor | African American Registry

MAM   wrote:
   Richard Pryor 1940 - 2005 ~ on his infamous famous experience of being caught on fire after a crack session that had him running down a street naked.

Deborah answered:
   That quote is by Richard Pryor. What a talent.

Randall took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.

BttbBob   returned to semi-retired status.

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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Marc Perkel




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Last Night

Sunny, but cool.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Stalker'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Meryl Streep, Rebel Wilson, and J. Cole.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Mila Kunis and Bob Saget.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Nealon.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Cameron Diaz, Richard Engel, and Bob Mould.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Thomas Sadoski, Weezer, and Orenda Fink.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Nashville'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Marisa Tomei, Marcus Scribner, and Smashing Pumpkins.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen'.

MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.

A&E has 'Duck Dynasty', another 'Duck Dynasty', still another 'Duck Dynasty', yet another 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Country Buck$', then another FRESH 'Country Buck$'.

AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters II', followed by the movie 'The Santa Clause 2', then the movie 'The Santa Clause 2'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 23 - Rightful Heir
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 24 - Second Chances
 [12:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Ep 11 - Colonial Day
 [1:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Ep 12 - Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 9 - El Greco
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Peter's
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 2
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 3
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 5
 [7:30PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [10:00PM]    The Game - Season 1 - Episode 6 NEW
 [11:10PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [1:45AM]    The Game - Season 1 - Episode 6
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 2
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 3
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 4    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Top Chef', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chief'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'South Park', then a FRESH 'Key & Peele'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Suki Kim.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Sarah Koenig.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Prometheus', then a FRESH 'American Horror Story'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Down East Dickering'.

IFC  -   
 [6:15PM]    HOT FUZZ
 [9:00PM]    HOT FUZZ

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Charlie Darwin
 [7:00AM]    Dream School-Chuck D & Adam Richman, ``Man v Food'', Talk Back
 [8:00AM]    Spy Game
 [10:45AM]    Beyond the Sea
 [1:15PM]    A Mighty Wind
 [3:15PM]    Best in Show
 [5:15PM]    Tootsie
 [7:45PM]    Uncle Buck
 [10:00PM]    Uncle Buck
 [12:15AM]    Tootsie
 [2:45AM]    We Don't Live Here Anymore
 [5:00AM]    Law & Order-Aria    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Final Destination 3', followed by the movie 'The Fifth Element'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Rebecca Romijn, Robert Patrick, and Mo Mandel.

 [6:00 AM]      Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972)
 [7:00 AM]      Man Of The People (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      Love, Honor And Behave (1938)
 [9:45 AM]      The Long Voyage Home (1940)
 [11:45 AM]      Three Cheers for the Irish (1940)
 [1:30 PM]      Flight From Destiny (1941)
 [3:00 PM]      Casanova Brown (1944)
 [4:45 PM]      Three Wise Fools (1946)
 [6:30 PM]      Handle With Care (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration: Reiner-Leighton (2014)
 [10:00 PM]      The Sure Thing (1985)
 [12:00 AM]      AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration: Reiner-Leighton (2014)
 [2:00 AM]      Village Of The Damned (1961)
 [3:30 AM]      Carnal Knowledge (1971)
 [5:30 AM]      Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  12/11/14

 [7:45 AM]      Now Playing December (2014)
 [8:15 AM]      Miss Robin Crusoe (1953)
 [9:30 AM]      Island of Lost Women (1959)
 [11:00 AM]      Prehistoric Women (1967)
 [12:45 PM]      The Viking Queen (1967)
 [2:30 PM]      She (1965)
 [4:30 PM]      The Vengeance of She (1968)
 [6:15 PM]      One Million Years B.C. (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
 [9:45 PM]      Holiday Affair (1949)
 [11:30 PM]      It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
 [1:30 AM]      Fitzwilly (1967)
 [3:30 AM]      Bachelor Mother (1939)
 [5:00 AM]      Susan Slept Here (1954)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Jane Wilde Hawking (L) poses with actress Felicity Jones as they arrive at the UK premiere of the film "The Theory of Everything" which is based around Stephen Hawking's life, at a cinema in central London, December 9, 2014. Felicity Jones plays Jane in the film.
Photo by Andrew Winning


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Man and Woman of the Year


mtvU named comedian John Oliver and nurse Kaci Hickox its 2014 "Man and Woman of the Year" on Tuesday.

The two Emmy-winner and the healthcare worker will be honored on-air and online segments for their dedication in 2014 to "challenge the status quo, inspire debate, and create positive change."

Hickox is a Doctors With Out Borders volunteer worker who fought two different medical battles at home and abroad. In Sierra Leone she combated the spread of Ebola. When she returned to the U.S. she was placed under a questionable mandatory quarantine and thus had a new fight against misinformation surrounding the spread of the disease.

Oliver made his mark in 2014 after transitioning from a supporting role on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with John Stewart to his own HBO comedic news series, "Last Week Tonight." It offers a satirical but often pointed look at news issues like net neutrality and student loans, which are important to younger viewers but frequently ignored by other outlets.



Actor Bill Irwin poses with the Hand up gesture at the premiere of "Into The Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


War On Women


A new dress code for the Montana House of Representatives that bans jeans and warns women to watch skirt lengths and necklines has drawn the ire of female lawmakers, who say it suggests they cannot independently decide what attire is appropriate.

The wardrobe code was enacted by male leaders of the Republican-controlled House in advance of a legislative session that begins on Jan. 5. Most members of the chamber's Democratic minority are women, who say they were not consulted about new rules that target them for apparel infractions.

The code endorsed by incoming House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R-Inch Worm) advises male lawmakers to wear such clothing as suits and dress boots in a style termed "business formal."

It prohibits female legislators from wearing items like leggings and open-toed sandals, and cautions them to "be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines."



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Leaves Money For Charities

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers' left her daughter, Melissa, in charge of her fortune and left money for some of her favorite charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to Rivers' 2014 will, which was filed in New York State Surrogate's Court, the late comedienne made Melissa Rivers her will's executor with "the broadest and most absolute permissible direction" over a fortune that has been estimated as high as $150 million.

Other charities she singled out were the New York-based food pantry God's Love We Deliver, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation in Manhattan.

The late comedienne asked that her business manager Michael D. Karlin and interior designer Robert Higdon be named co-executors of the living trust. Specifics of her assets and how they will be divided haven't been disclosed.

Joan Rivers


Actress Meryl Streep attends the premiere of "Into The Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Guess Not

'Chrisley Knows Best'

On camera, the family on USA's "Chrisley Knows Best" has briefly addressed son Kyle's second-season absence, saying he's "going through a difficult time."

Heading into next Tuesday's season finale, patriarch Todd Chrisley said his 24-year-old son is off his medication for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and is estranged from the family. Kyle confirms he's not taking his medication but said he has seen a new doctor who questions his diagnosis.

Kyle is living with his wife, Alexus, whom he married in April, and hasn't seen his father, siblings, stepmother Julie or 2-year-old daughter Chloe in months. The toddler lives with Todd and Julie, who share custody with Kyle.

In any case, Todd said in a recent interview his son will not return to the show, which was renewed for a third season. He needs structure, the father said, and filming a television show isn't conducive to that.

Kyle said he doesn't want to be on the show. "I never even liked being on the show. I was uncomfortable," he said. "You can tell just looking at me the first season. ... Everything about it is fake."

'Chrisley Knows Best'


Wake-up Call


Denounces 'Angry' Former CCR Members

John Fogerty

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty is less than thrilled that his onetime bandmates are now suing him for a variety of claims, including trademark infringement for allegedly using the band name. Although the lawsuit did not conclude by asking the singer to stop playing his CCR songs live, Fogerty said in a statement that he's standing by his works.

"The people who come to my shows know they will hear me sing and play the songs I wrote and recorded over the past four decades of my career," the singer said. "Every night we play live, I'm thrilled to see all of those fans singing along to the songs that have touched them. I am at a wonderful place in my life. I am playing the music that I love and wrote, with full joy and having my son Shane joining along side of me - It doesn't get much better than that.

"No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs," he continued. "I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road."

Members of Creedence Clearwater Revisited - original CCR bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, as well as the wife of the band's late rhythm guitarist (and John's brother) Tom Fogerty - contend that when John made comments to CTV that he would prefer they didn't tour as CCR, he was violating a contractual agreement, among other claims.

John Fogerty


Actress Christine Baranski attends the premiere of "Into The Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Their Time, Your Dime


The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Inc warehousing contractor.

The court decided by a 9-0 vote that employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions facilities in Nevada, where Amazon merchandise is processed and shipped, cannot claim compensation for time spent undergoing screening - up to half an hour a day, according to the workers - aimed at protecting against theft.

The ruling is likely to benefit other companies facing similar lawsuits including Amazon, CVS Health Corp and Apple Inc, according to Integrity's lawyers. The cases against Amazon, Integrity and other staffing companies affect up to 400,000 workers, with plaintiffs claiming hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, according to court filings.

Justice Clarence "Slappy" Thomas (R-Long Dong Silver) wrote on behalf of the court that the screening process is not a "principal activity" of the workers' jobs under a law called the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore is not subject to compensation.

For workers to be paid, the activity in question must be "an intrinsic element" of the job and "one with which the employee cannot dispense if he is to perform his principal activities," Thomas wrote.



Actress Tracey Ullman and son John McKeown attend the premiere of "Into The Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


GOP Demands

Sony Hack

A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded the company cancel the release of "The Interview," a film comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea's leader.

A letter posted on a file-sharing site on Monday asked Sony to "stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!" It was signed by GOP, the nickname for the "Guardians of Peace" group that says it is responsible for a cyber attack at Sony that began Nov. 24.

Pyongyang has denounced "The Interview" as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war" in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The letter also said the GOP was not involved in a threatening e-mail sent to Sony staff on Friday. That e-mail claimed to be from the group.

Sony Hack


Director Jean Marc Vallee, Producer/Actor Reese Witherspoon, Author Cheryl Strayed, Laura Dern and Producer Bruna Papandrea attend the Portland Premiere of Fox Searchlight's "Wild" at Cinema 21 on Monday, December 8, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.
Photo by Todd Williamson


New Secrets Law


Waving banners and beating drums, hundreds of Japanese took to the streets of Tokyo to protest a strict new state-secrets law taking effect on Wednesday that critics charge will help conceal government misdeeds and limit press freedom.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the law, which was passed a year ago amid protests, is essential to convince allies led by the United States to share intelligence with Japan.

Critics counter that whistleblowing on government misdeeds will be chilled. Reporters Without Borders has called the law "an unprecedented threat to freedom of information".

The law mandates prison terms of up to 10 years for public servants or others leaking state secrets, while journalists and others who encourage such leaks could be imprisoned for five years. Kyodo news agency said that some 460,000 documents would be affected immediately.



Actors Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt attends the premiere of "Into The Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Blames Atheist Conspiracy

Kirk Cameron

For weeks now, a battle of biblical proportions has raged between believers and non-believers, Christians and atheists, and, yes, even good and evil, according to former child actor and current Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron.

The battleground for this epic struggle: the Internet, where Cameron's recently released movie, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," has received some rough audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and, worse, garnered the ignominious distinction of being ranked No. 1 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Bottom 100 … meaning, it's the worst movie of all time.

Despite being panned by professional critics, Cameron, who played Mike Seaver on "Growing Pains," is convinced that his film's painfully low rating from IMDB users is the result of "haters," "pagans" and an atheist conspiracy that was allegedly hatched on Reddit.

Fighting the good fight last month, Cameron pleaded with his fans on Facebook to give his movie a boost by helping him "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes."

It didn't work. After a wave of support briefly shot the rating past 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, prompting a congratulatory Facebook post from Cameron, the rating plummeted. Like really, really plummeted.

Kirk Cameron


This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows two nearly identical Tiffany wisteria lamps designed in 1901 that will be sold by Sotheby's on Dec. 17. The lamps, which are among more than 30 other Tiffany lots in the auction, could sell for up to $1 million each at auction.


Rocketry Club Launches Porta-Potty


On Saturday in southwestern Michigan, at an event dubbed Thrusting the Throne, Michiana Rocketry club members successfully launched a 10-foot, 450-pound porta-potty into the air.

Thirty-eight seconds later, it landed 2,000 feet away, narrowly missing a pick-up truck on its way down.

The club members spent more than two years planning the launch, with about 30 people working on the rocket before its inaugural flight.

The rocket was lifted by 2,865 pounds of thrust. Just six seconds of thrust cost about $2,600 in fuel.



The Mercury Friendship 7 capsule piloted by John H. Glenn Jr., in 1962, on the first manned orbital flight by an American is viewed by a visitor to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
Photo by Gene J.Puskar


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 1-7. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: New England vs. San Diego, NBC, 21.15 million.
    2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 15.14 million.
    3. "The OT," Fox, 14.75 million.
    4. NFL Football: Miami vs. N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 11.75 million.
    5. "NCIS," CBS, 11.58 million.
    6. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 11.51 million.
    7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.48 million.
    8. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.28 million.
    9. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.23 million.
   10. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.62 million.
   11. College Football: Florida St. vs. Georgia Tech, ABC, 10.15 million.
   12. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 9.64 million.
   13. "Christmas at Rockefeller Center," NBC, 9.52 million.
   14. "Peter Pan Live!" NBC, 9.21 million.
   15. NFL Football: Dallas vs. Chicago, NFL Network, 9.11 million.
   16. "I Love Lucy Christmas Special," CBS, 9.06 million.
   17. "Modern Family," ABC, 9.02 million.
   18. "CMA Country Christmas," ABC, 8.9 million.
   19. "Survivor," CBS, 8.71 million.
   20. "The Mentalist," CBS, 8.7 million.




In Memory

Mary Ann Mobley

A former Miss America who went on to appear in movies with Elvis Presley and make documentary films around the world has died.

A spokesman for the University of Mississippi confirms Mary Ann Mobley Collins died Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California. She was 75.

Danny Blanton of Ole Miss says Collins was close friends with the university chancellor. She graduated from Ole Miss in 1958, the same year she won the Miss America crown.

She became an actress a few years later, with credits including such TV shows as "General Hospital," Diff'rent Strokes," and "Perry Mason," and films such as "Girl Happy" with Presley and "Three on a Couch" with Jerry Lewis. It was on that film she met her husband, Gary Collins, who died in 2012.

Mary Ann Mobley



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