• Paul Cézanne was an Impressionist perfectionist. He made Ambroise Vollard sit 115 times while creating his portrait. When the portrait was finished, Mr. Cézanne declared that its only satisfactory part was the front of Mr. Vollard’s shirt.
• Romaine Brooks painted many celebrities. She found it difficult to get Jean Couteau to sit so she could paint him until she discovered his weakness — she bribed him with pieces of chocolate cake.
• Actress Sarah Siddons’ nose was somewhat longer than usual. When Thomas Gainsborough attempted her portrait, he exclaimed, “D*mn it, madam, there is no end to your nose!”
• Mike Balukas was an artist at the Walt Disney studios in the early days. He was deaf, so he was unable to hear people shouting “Earthquake!” in times when people had an urgent need to shout “Earthquake!” in order to get other people out of buildings that might quickly collapse. Therefore, Mr. Balukas used to place a number of short pencil stubs on top of his desk. When an earthquake occurred, the pencil stubs fell onto his drawing board, and he knew to get out of the building — quickly. Recognizing an opportunity when they saw it, other Disney employees would sometimes sneak into a room that shared a wall with Mr. Balukas’ room, and they would bang on the wall until the pencil stubs fell onto Mr. Balukas’ drawing board, sending him running for safety.
• Old money doesn’t like new money. That is what Alva Smith discovered when she married William K. Vanderbilt in the 1870s. Although Mr. Vanderbilt had approximately $100 million, they were 100 million new dollars, and so old money did not especially care for the Vanderbilts. However, Mrs. Vanderbilt wanted to climb the social strata, and so she hired an architect to design a $3 million mansion for her and her husband. Unfortunately, the architect she hired was Richard M. Hunt, whose idea of a private joke was to build her a replica of the mansion of Jacques Coeur, a famous 15th-century social climber.
• Children’s book illustrator Victoria Chess owns two cats, Zazou and Pearl, which like to play practical jokes on her pet dog. Working together, Zazou and Pearl capture a chipmunk and carry it into the house, where they release it near the dog. They then sit back and watch the dog explode into a furniture-upheaving frenzy.
• Practical joker Hugh Troy once painted a mural for the Bowery Savings Bank in New York City. The mural depicted the New York port in the heyday of the clipper ships. In the foreground was a clipper ship with its mast filled with signal flags. Deciphered, the signal flags read, “Keep your money in your mattress.”
• American artist Romare Bearden was light-skinned and could have passed for white if he had wished. In fact, when he was a young man, he was a good baseball player and could have passed for white in the white-only major leagues if he had wished; however, he had absolutely no wish to pass for white. One day, when he was three years old, his parents took him shopping in the white section of Charlotte, North Carolina. His mother went into a store, and his father left young Romare in their horse-drawn carriage for a moment to look in a store window. When his father came back to fair-skinned Romare in the carriage, white people were shocked and thought that he was a kidnapper. Soon afterward, his family moved to New York City, where they hoped to find a less racist area of America.
Winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, it was written for Audrey Hepburn, but became Andy Williams' theme song. What is the title of this Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer classic?
"Moon River" is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won the 1962 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The song has been covered by many other artists. It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1962 (and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremony that year). He sang the first eight bars of the song at the beginning of each episode of his eponymous television show and named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri, after it; his autobiography is called "Moon River" and Me. Williams' version was never released as a single, but it charted as an LP track that he recorded for Columbia on a hit album of 1962, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes.
Mercer and Mancini wrote the song for Audrey Hepburn to sing in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. The lyrics, written by Mercer, are reminiscent of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, including its waterways. As a child, he had picked huckleberries in summer, and connected them with a carefree childhood and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Although an instrumental version is played over the film's opening titles, the lyrics are first heard in a scene where Paul "Fred" Varjak (George Peppard) discovers Holly Golightly (Hepburn) singing the song, and accompanying herself on the guitar, while sitting on the fire escape outside their apartments.
There was an eruption of behind-the-scenes consternation when a Paramount Pictures executive, Martin Rackin, suggested removing the song from the film after a tepid Los Angeles preview. Hepburn's reaction was described by Mancini and others in degrees varying from her saying, "Over my dead body!" to her using more colorful language to make the same point.
Moon River. Hepburn sang (or lip synced) the song in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), based on a Truman Capote short story when he was still considered a genius. The movie glossed over the fact that Hepburn’s character was a prostitute (escort) and today is dated, especially the racially offensive bit about Andy Rooney playing an obnoxious Japanese neighbor. Even 15 years after WWII, it was still pretty common to hold Japanese in contempt and it wasn’t unusual for them to be referred to as Japs or Nips.
The film was a big hit and made a big star out of George Peppard (sitting with Hepburn) | Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi
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i’m going with Moon River as i don’t know any other Andy Williams song titles right now….
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Deborah, the Master Gardener wrote:
I’m going with “Moon River.” I always liked Andy Williams; my mother and I watched his tv show.
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Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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Moon River. I'm crossing you in style some day.
Joe ( -- Vote Blue, No Matter Who -- ) wrote:
Ah youth. I remember this song well. It's "Moon River." We had a lot of Teen dances on the weekend in my youth and I would always make it one night with my lady-love, at least one night on a weekend. When Moon river was played I would grab my girl and head to the dance floor and sing Moon River in her ear as we danced cheek-to-cheek as I loved that song. One night my girl pulled away, looked at me and plainly said, "Joe, don't sing." Ah, youth.
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Music: "Fog is a Funny Thing" from the album UNTENABLE
Artist: Bad Moves
Artist Location: Washington, D.C.
BAD MOVES is:
Emma Cleveland David Combs Katie Park Daoud Tyler-Ameen
DfectiveDtective , a fan, wrote, “Bad Moves’ brand of adolescent angst-fueled power-punk has gone to college, emerging older, wearier, and wiser, while retaining all of its rebellious energy. Aside from some inaudible vocals on the first few tracks, UNTENABLE is a thoughtful, dystopian delight; though that’s no surprise from a band that writes and plays each song like it’s their last. Favorite track: ‘Fog is a Funny Thing.’”
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CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN'Young Sheldon', then a RERUN'The Unicorn', followed by a RERUN'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESH led on a Stephen Colbert are Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Jason Sudeikis and Tori Kelly.
NBC begins the night with the FRESH'NBC News Special', followed by a RERUN'Ellen's Game Of Games', then a RERUN'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Seth Meyers, David Blaine, and Burna Boy.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Paula Pell, John Lutz, and John Berman.
On a RERUNLilly Singh (from 1/23/20) is Fortune Feimster.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Holey Moley', followed by a FRESH'Don't', then a FRESH'To Tell The Truth'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel, with guest host Rob Lowe, are Ramy Youssef and Dawes.
The CW offers a FRESH'Killer Camp', followed by a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'MLB Baseball', then pads the left coast with local crap
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AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters', then the movie 'Ghostbusters II'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - Prophet Motive
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[10:00AM] STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - Through the Looking Glass
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - The Die Is Cast
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The Outcast
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Cause and Effect
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The First Duty
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Cost of Living
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The Perfect Mate
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Imaginary Friend
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - I, Borg
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[8:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[11:00PM] GANGSTER SQUAD
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[4:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - Voyage of the Damned (ALL TIMES ET)
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FX has the movie 'The Martian', followed by the movie 'The Martian', again.
History has 'Mountain Men', another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', then a FRESH'Alone'.
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[7:15A] Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Space Mutiny
[9:30A] Final Destination 2
[11:30A] Final Destination
[3:45P] Tremors II: Aftershocks
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SyFy has the movie 'Beetlejuice', followed by the movie 'Twister'.
On a RERUNConan (from 7/9/20) is Jameela Jamil.
The author and comedian, who has broken out during the pandemic on TikTok for her Trump impersonations, including her viral "How to Medical" video, has landed a variety special at Netflix.
Titled Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine, the special will feature vignettes focusing on issues related to politics, race, gender, class and other topics. An array of short interviews and sketches featuring special guests will also be part of the special. The one-off will premiere at a date to be determined in the fall.
Natasha Lyonne (Netflix's Russian Doll, Orange Is the New Black) will direct the Cooper special and exec produce alongside Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens via their Animal Pictures banner. Paula Pell, AGI Entertainment's Chris Burns (Cooper's manager) and Dan Powell of Irony Point will also be credited as EPs.
Cooper's first video, How to Medical, posted April 23, has already received more than 21 million views across TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The 50-second video features Cooper speaking over audio of Trump's proposed COVID-19 cures of UV light and disinfectant.
Before How to Medical, Cooper was a writer and correspondent on the Stephen Colbert-produced CBS All Access pilot Old News. She wrote the best-selling book 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings and How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings. She next will write a modern, comedic take on a Dale Carnegie book for Audible Originals.
Stevie Nicks is voicing her concerns over the surge in coronavirus cases in the United States, encouraging fans to practice precautionary measures amid the pandemic as Americans "are dying because people aren’t wearing their masks."
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, 72, shared what the novel virus can do to the human body, writing, "Are you aware, everyone, that if you survive this virus~ you will be fighting the after-effects for the rest of your life. Micro-blood clots~ in all your organs; in your brain~ neurological problems; a cough that rips your throat apart and keeps coming back."
"This virus can kill you. It can kill me. Kill my chances of pulling on those boots and hitting the road~ Kill the chances that any of us in the music community will ever get back to the stage, because we would never put you in danger," Nicks said, before urging followers to "never take you and your life for granted."
"The masks and the distancing have now become a political statement. It is not political. It is a silent killer hiding in the shadows. It is stalking you. It doesn’t care who you are…It’s just looking for a victim," she wrote. "And you don’t have much time…"
Just minutes after Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate, President Donald Trump (R-Failure) took a few shots at her during a press conference, calling her “disrespectful…horrible…extraordinarily nasty.”
A few hours later, Fox News host Little Tucker Carlson (R-Fop) was himself accused of being disrespectful when speaking about Harris, repeatedly mispronouncing her first name on his top-rated show.
Carlson said “Ka-MAL-a,” stressing the second syllable. The California Senator’s name is actually pronounced “KAM-a-la,” with the stress on the first syllable.
Carlson’s guest, Democratic political consultant Richard Goodstein, sought to help the Fox News host. When Goodstein related the proper pronunciation, Carlson responded,”OK. So what?”
Carlson laughed saying, “So I’m disrespecting her by mispronouncing her intentionally? So it begins. You’re not allowed to criticize Ka-MAL-a Harris, or KAM-a-la.
Yale physicists have developed an error-correcting cat—a new device that combines the Schrödinger's cat concept of superposition (a physical system existing in two states at once) with the ability to fix some of the trickiest errors in a quantum computation.
It is Yale's latest breakthrough in the effort to master and manipulate the physics necessary for a useful quantum computer: Correcting the stream of errors that crop up among fragile bits of quantum information, called qubits, while performing a task.
In a traditional computer, information is encoded as either 0 or 1. The only errors that crop up during calculations are "bit-flips," when a bit of information accidentally flips from 0 to 1 or vice versa. The way to correct it is by building in redundancy: using three "physical" bits of information to ensure one "effective"—or accurate—bit.
In contrast, quantum information bits—qubits—are subject to both bit-flips and "phase-flips," in which a qubit randomly flips between quantum superpositions (when two opposite states exist simultaneously).
A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault.
The rules, which take effect Friday, expand the rights of the accused, narrow the definition of sexual harassment and reduce the scope of cases that schools are required to investigate, among other changes.
In a suit challenging the rules, attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia argued that the policy would block schools from investigating certain sexual abuse complaints and would discourage students from reporting assaults.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the ruling is “yet another victory for students and reaffirms that students’ rights under Title IX go hand in hand with basic American principles of fairness and due process.”
Under her overhaul, the definition of sexual harassment is narrowed to "unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive” that it denies a person access to a school’s education programs or activity.
More than 900 frontline healthcare workers have died of Covid-19, according to an interactive database unveiled today by the Guardian and KHN. Lost on the Frontline is a partnership between the two newsrooms that aims to count, verify and memorialize every US healthcare worker who dies during the pandemic.
It is the most comprehensive accounting of US healthcare workers’ deaths in the country.
As coronavirus cases surge – and dire shortages of lifesaving protective gear such as N-95 masks, gowns and gloves persist – the nation’s healthcare workers are again facing life-threatening conditions in southern and western states.
Through crowdsourcing and reports from colleagues, social media, online obituaries, workers’ unions and local media, Lost on the Frontline reporters have identified 922 healthcare workers who reportedly died of Covid-19.
The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is currently out of commission after a thick support cable fell onto the dish, creating a large gash. It’s yet another setback for the beloved science facility, which hasn’t fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
At around 2:45 a.m. local time on Monday August 10, a three-inch thick auxiliary cable fell onto the observatory’s main reflector dish, creating a 100-foot-long scar, reports UCF Today. The cable is used to support a metal platform above the observatory. All scientific work done at the Arecibo facility is on pause, pending repairs. The cause of the cable failure is not yet known, nor is cost or time required for the fixes.
Around a half-dozen panels on the Gregorian Dome were also damaged when the cable fell, as was a platform used to access the dome. The Gregorian Dome, which rests some 500 feet (152 meters) above the surface of the dish, houses a multi-beam receiver capable of scanning multiple points in the sky simultaneously.
Constructed in 1963, the Arecibo Observatory, with its 1,000-foot-wide disk (305-meter), is one of the most powerful radio telescopes on Earth, second only to China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST. At Arecibo, scientists conduct all sorts of work, from atmospheric and planetary science through to radio and radar astronomy and even searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, also known as SETI. On Tuesday, the official Twitter account for the SETI Institute tweeted out a picture of the damage simply captioned: “We have no words.”
Driver’s license photos aren’t always the best, but when a Tennessee woman received her new ID the picture was perfect — for a furniture store.
Jade Dodd renewed her license online and received it, but to her surprise, the photo wasn’t a picture of her. It only showed an empty chair.
“The lady at the DMV did not really believe me when I was like ‘hey, I need my license fixed,’” Dodd said. “Then, she looked it up in the system and goes, ‘oh, I need my manager for this.’”
The chair ended up being the focal point of the license because it was the last photo taken and saved to Dodd’s file, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security told WKRN-TV. The photo was taken accidentally, the department said.
Dodd said she wasn’t upset by the mistake. Instead, she said it lightened the mood amidst the coronavirus pandemic and provided her and her coworkers with a few laughs.
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