Jim Avery: "6 Celebrities Who Tried Kickstarter (And Failed Hard)" (Cracked)
Everywhere you look, there's plenty of success to be found on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Unfortunately, failure too abounds -- which is always extra humiliatingwhen the person behind a campaign is more famous than 99 percent of the people on the planet. Think about that. Some random nobody managed to get $55,000 for potato salad, and the following celebrities still failed miserably to reach their goals.
Bert Lahr, born Irving Lahrheim (August 13, 1895 - December 4, 1967), was an American iconic actor, particularly of stage and film and comedian. Lahr is principally known for his role as the Cowardly Lion, as well as his counterpart Kansas farmworker Zeke, in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was well known for his explosive humor, but also adapted well to dramatic roles and his work in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway.
Alan J was first and correct with:
He was a lion, not a mouse
That would be Burt Lahr.
Ah, the Cowardly Lion - Bert Lahr.
I blew it about those damn "meeces" - like I said, it's been years since I've seen them.
According to people who are paid to predict the weather, it's supposed to be triple digits over the next few days. I call it summer. Maybe it will help my tomatoes ripen and my Armenian cucumber to set fruit.
Hope everyone has a cool weekend.
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.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Angel From Hell', followed by another FRESH'Angel From Hell', then a FRESH'Rush Hour', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with the movie 'The Bourne Identity'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN with Miley Cyrus.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN'Dr. Ken', then '20/20: In An Instant'.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'UFC Fight Night', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'The First 48: Houses Of Horror', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Gangland', then another FRESH'The First 48: Gangland'.
AMC offers the movie 'True Grit', followed by a FRESH'Hell On Wheels', then a FRESH'American West'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Suspicions
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Rightful Heir
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Night Terrors
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-Identity Crisis
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Nth Degree
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Allegiance
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Captain's Holiday
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Tin Man
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Hollow Pursuits
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-The Most Toys
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Sarek
[5:00PM] LADYHAWKE (1985)
[7:30PM] THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005)
[10:00PM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
[12:00AM] LADYHAWKE (1985)
[2:30AM] THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005) (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'Fast Five', followed by the movie 'Fast Five', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Cop Out', followed by the movie 'Rush Hour'.
FX has the movie 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit', followed by the movie 'Star Trek'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Fuelin' Around
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Fiddlers Three
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Hokus Pokus
[7:15AM] THE THREE STOOGES-I'm a Monkey's Uncle
[7:40AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Love at First Bite
[8:05AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Malice in the Palace
[8:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Matri-phony
[8:55AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Mummy's Dummies
[9:20AM] THE THREE STOOGES-No Dough Boys
[9:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fun It
[10:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
[10:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Needs You
[11:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
[11:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
[12:15PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
[12:45PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
[1:15PM] SCARY MOVIE
[3:15PM] VEGAS VACATION
[5:15PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[8:00PM] TRAINING DAY
[10:45PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[1:30AM] TRAINING DAY
[4:15AM] THE TORTURED (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Full Monty
[8:00AM] Indecent Proposal
[10:30AM] Groundhog Day
[1:00PM] Grosse Pointe Blank
[8:00PM] Animal House
[12:30AM] Groundhog Day
[5:30AM] Anaconda (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Clash Of The Titans', followed by the FRESH'SyFy Presents Live From ComicCon', then the movie 'Clash Of the Titans', again.
Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein, left, poses with Jay Sweet, executive producer of the Newport Festivals Foundation, backstage at the festival on Friday, July 22, 2016, in Newport, R.I., the first of three days of concerts at Fort Adams State Park.
Photo by Michelle R. Smith
If Internet headlines in the twilight of his sixteen-year tenure as host of The Daily Show are to be believed, Jon Stewart is a destructive man. The subjects of his scrutiny - right-wing figures and the media outlets that covered them, usually - were, the headlines read, "destroyed," "demolished," or occasionally "eviscerated" by Stewart's indignant brand of comedy.
On Thursday night, just under a year after he handed the Daily Show reins to Trevor Noah, Stewart returned to the nation's screens, joining his old friend Stephen Colbert on the main stage of The Late Show. He wore a T-shirt and a scruffy grey beard - the joke being, of course, that retirement normally means earlier bedtimes.
But Thursday night was a warranted exception. It was hours after Fox News CEO Roger Ailes - a frequent Stewart target - announced his resignation following accusations of sexual harassment, and mere minutes after the end of Donald Trump's bombastic final speech at the Republican National Convention.
"You feel that you're this country's rightful owners," he said, addressing those in the right-wing media who he said have enabled Trump. "There's only one problem with that. This country isn't yours. You don't own it."
When former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to discuss a movie on his life, he never thought he would be making his own film debut.
Stone had initially interviewed Snowden to include him in DVD outtakes, Snowden said via video link late Thursday in San Diego after a screening of Stone's "Snowden," which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character.
But Snowden and Stone ended up filming nine takes for a scene in which he talks about his fears stemming from his actions.
The movie, due out in September, follows the 2013 events that led Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, to expose the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs and flee the country after the government filed espionage charges against him.
He was granted asylum in Russia later that year, and has lived there since with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills.
A small Hollywood studio behind Martin Scorcese's stinging movie about greed on Wall Street has been swept up in a multibillion-dollar financial scandal tied to the prime minister of Malaysia.
Red Granite Pictures, which produced "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was named on Wednesday in a federal complaint that alleges the studio was implicated in a money laundering scheme by an investment and development company called 1MDB.
The investment fund is owned by the government of Malaysia, whose prime minister Najib Razak has been targeted by the massive scandal.
Razak is the step-father of Riza Aziz, the co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, which came up with the more than $100 million needed to finance the film.
The production house hit back at the allegations on Thursday insisting that it was not aware of any illicit funds being funnelled through the company
Laura Veirs, from left, k.d. lang, and Neko Case, of case/lang/veirs, perform on the Quad Stage at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 22, 2016, in Newport, R.I., the first of three days of concerts at Fort Adams State Park.
Photo by Michelle R. Smith
Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town's water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday.
A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is "marijuana THC-related," the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook posting.
"At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities," the sheriff's office said. "Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water."
Captain Michael Yowell of the sheriff's office said there was evidence that the well was tampered with, and that the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation have joined the probe.
The Lincoln County health department said in an alert that residents should avoid drinking, cooking or bathing with the town's water for at least 48 hours.
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down a state law requiring parental notification for girls under age 18 seeking abortions, agreeing with pro-abortion rights advocates that the mandate approved by voters in 2010 was unconstitutional.
Justice Daniel Winfree, writing for the majority, said the court was not deciding whether abortions should be available to minors without restrictions but that the abortion notification law violated Alaska's constitutional equal protection provisions giving the same rights to all Alaskans.
In a concurring opinion, Justice Dana Fabe disagreed that the law violated the girls' equal protection rights but said she believes it violated their right to privacy.
The decision was praised by pro-abortion rights advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, which challenged the law.
"A young woman seeking an abortion doesn't need additional hurdles. She needs a doctor," said Joshua Decker, executive director of Alaska's ACLU, in a statement.
In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winner Charlie Boice, left, is fed birthday cake by 2014 winner Wally Collins at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. The cake was served as a facet of the island city's Hemingway Days festival that annually honors Ernest Hemingway around his birthday. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West during the 1930s.
Photo by Rob O'Neal
The earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday.
Temperatures recorded mainly in the northern hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with an early and fast Arctic sea ice melt and "new highs" in heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels, point to quickening climate change, it said.
June marked the 14th straight month of record heat, the United Nations agency said. It called for speedy implementation of a global pact reached in Paris last December to limit climate change by shifting from fossil fuels to green energy by 2100.
"What we've seen so far for the first six months of 2016 is really quite alarming," David Carlson, director of the WMO's Climate Research Program, told a news briefing.
"This year suggests that the planet can warm up faster than we expected in a much shorter time... We don't have as much time as we thought."
just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent" within three months.
"Given the above, the Chair of the CNIL has decided to issue a formal notice to Microsoft Corporation to comply with the Act within three months," writes the CNIL. "This proceedings only commits French Data protection authority. The other data protection authorities belonging to the WP29 Contact group are continuing their investigations within their respective national procedures."
As for the consequences of failing to meet these standards: "Should Microsoft Corporation fail to comply with the formal notice within the specified timescale, the Chair may appoint an internal investigator, who may draw up a report proposing that the CNIL's restricted committee responsible for examining breaches of the Data Protection Act issue a sanction against the company."
Although Microsoft failed to explain why it continues to collect so much seemingly irrelevant data from users or even address the legitimate security concerns raised by CNIL, at least the company appears to be taking this seriously.
A former "Melrose Place" actress convicted for a fatal drunken driving crash in 2010 faces a re-sentencing after the state appealed her initial sentence as too lenient.
A state appeals court on Friday ruled the trial judge must offer a more detailed justification for why he downgraded Amy Locane-Bovenizer's sentence to three years.
She was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, assault by auto and other offenses and faced a sentencing range of five to 10 years on the most serious count.
At her February 2013 sentencing, the judge sentenced her below the prescribed range, citing the hardship on Locane-Bovenizer's two young children, one of whom has a serious medical and mental disability.
The sentence outraged friends and relatives of the victim, 60-year-old Helen Seeman, and the state appealed the sentence shortly after.
People are seen watching hot air balloons fly overhead during a two-day international hot air balloon festival in Eshkol Park near the southern city of Netivot, Israel July 22, 2016.
Photo by Amir Cohen
North Korea's state radio has recently broadcast strings of indecipherable numbers, Seoul officials said Tuesday, in a possible resumption of a Cold War-era method of sending coded messages to spies operating in South Korea.
A female announcer at the radio station read numbers for 2 minutes on June 24 and 14 minutes on Friday, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry and National Intelligence Service. A copy of those comments provided by the ministry included phrases such as "No. 35 on Page 459" and "No. 55 on Page 913."
During the Cold War, Pyongyang sent such numbers via shortwave radio to give missions to agents dispatched to South Korea, according to captured North Korean spies. It later reportedly stopped such broadcasts once it could communicate with its spies overseas via the internet, and as animosities with South Korea eased following a historic inter-Korean summit meeting in 2000. Relations have deteriorated greatly since then as North Korea has pursued the development of nuclear weapons despite international sanctions.
The announcer in the North Korean broadcasts described the numbers as "review assignments in physics (under the curriculum of) the remote educational university for the geological expedition members across the country" or "practice assignments in mathematic lessons (under the curriculum) of the remote educational university for expedition members of team No. 27."
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