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  • Gary Kurtz, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Producer, Dies at 78

    09/24/2018 9:28:03 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 13 replies
    The Wrap ^ | September 24, 2018 | Beatrice Verhoeven
    Gary Kurtz, a producer on “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” has died. He was 78. According to a statement by The Kurtz/Joiner Archive, the producer died from cancer on Sunday in North London, England. “Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47pm after living with Cancer for the last year,” read the statement. “We have him to thank for these wonderful memories that he made for us all. Gary Kurtz helped to create the force and it is with us always. Gary Kurtz left behind Clare Gabriel, Tiffany Kurtz, Melissa Kurtz,...
  • Humane restaurant in mean to get lobsters high on marijuana smoke before killing

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one. A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is owned by a registered medical marijuana caregiver.
  • Church and State (a play)

    09/18/2018 12:05:12 PM PDT · by rey · 1 replies
    Raven Theater ^ | 18 Sept, 2018
    A local theater group is putting on a play, "Church and State," "A topical look at gun violence, religion and politics that is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting." "In the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator running for re-election candidly questions his belief in God to a blogger, perhaps crushing his re-election hopes. There are no easy answers in this topical look at gun violence that is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting. Interested in the in-depth Backstory? Read it here. We'll also have copies at the theater." I'd go and...
  • Black-ish’s Jenifer Lewis wore Nike on the Emmys red carpet to support Colin Kaepernick

    09/17/2018 8:45:55 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Vox ^ | September 17, 2018 | Alex Abad-Santos
    On an Emmys red carpet filled with designer gowns and dashing tuxedos, Broadway and Black-ish star Jennifer Lewis opted to wear Nike. “I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” Lewis told Variety during her red-carpet interview before the ceremony. She described her thought process in coming up with the idea to wear Nike as asking herself, “What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike. I’ll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance! We need more corporate America...
  • Jim Caviezel's 2014 Shelby GT500 Super Snake - Jay Leno’s Garage

    09/17/2018 4:38:41 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | http://freerep2018 | Jay Leno
    Wow! This is one you need to see. A Mustang tribute to fallen Navy Seals
  • ‘Murphy Brown’ To Tackle Trump’s Wall & ICE, Casts Adan Rocha As DACA Dreamer

    09/13/2018 10:25:26 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 73 replies
    Deadline ^ | September 13, 2018 | Nellie Andreeva
    As an inherently political comedy, CBS’ Murphy Brown revival was fully expected to take on the Donald Trump presidency, and now we know it will include his controversial immigration policies. Relative newcomer Adan Rocha has been cast as a new series regular on the new Murphy Brown, from original creator Diane English and Warner Bros. TV. First appearing in the show’s second episode, he will play Miguel, a Mexican Dreamer who came to the United States at the age of one. Now he’s a college student working at Phil’s Bar alongside Phyllis (Tyne Daly) for extra money to put toward...
  • David Hockney painting expected to break auction records

    09/13/2018 8:50:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    AP ^ | September 13, 2018 | Joceyln Noveck
    One of David Hockney's famous "pool paintings" is coming to auction and is expected to sell in the $80 million range, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. The British artist's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)," to be auctioned at Christie's in November, is considered one of his premier works. Christie's has estimated the work at about $80 million, but says it expects it to sell for more. The previous record for a work by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million...
  • FReeper Input on Home Security Systems

    09/12/2018 5:58:44 PM PDT · by waterhill · 41 replies
    9-12-2018 | Myself
    I am thinking about setting up a wireless security system. I want just the basic plug in and go, no monthly fees.
  • Pussy Riot member in critical condition after possible poisoning: reports

    09/12/2018 4:30:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2018
    A member of the Russian punk rock protest group Pussy Riot is reportedly hospitalized and in critical condition after what those close to the band member suspect may be a poisoning. Pyotr Verzilov is being treated in the toxicology department of Bakhrushin City Clinical Hospital in Moscow, according to Russian news outlet Meduza. Verzilov was hospitalized late Tuesday after losing his sight, speech, ability to walk and consciousness, his partner, Veronika Nikulshina, told the outlet. Nikulshina said Verzilov started to feel unwell following a court hearing on Tuesday. The two were arrested during a day of protests in Moscow earlier...
  • Where Al Qaeda Began: 48 Photos From The Soviet-Afghan War

    09/11/2018 2:02:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    All That's Interesting ^ | Apr 2017 | Mark Oliver
    The Soviet-Afghan War changed the world. This nine-year power struggle in a small, landlocked country ultimately led to some of the most profound moments in modern history. This one conflict sparked the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Osama bin Laden, the age of jihadist terrorism, and the birth of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. In time, the ripples of the Soviet-Afghan War brought the Twin Towers to the ground, brought American troops to the Middle East, and created a new era of wars and terrorism that plague the world today...
  • Emmys Hit New Diversity Milestone As Black Actors Sweep All Guest Categories

    09/08/2018 10:33:45 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    Deadline ^ | September 8, 2018 | Nellie Andreeva
    Comedy’s “it” girl, Tiffany Haddish, winning Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live, set the tone for what became a historic night at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday. All four guest acting categories went to Black actors, Haddish, Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Katt Williams (Atlanta) This blows past previous high water marks — in the past two decades, there have been only two instances of multiple wins for black guest actors — in 2003 and 2014. Both times two of the four winners were people of...
  • Tyler Childers/ Oneida

    09/08/2018 10:53:52 AM PDT · by waterhill · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/08/2018 | youtube
    A most excellent young songwriter. Kentucky born Tyler Childers. This is real Americana. Enjoy.
  • Geoffrey Owens Joins Drama The Haves and the Have Nots Following Trader Joe's Job-Shaming (tr)

    09/07/2018 5:49:48 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 9 replies
    TV Line ^ | September 7, 2018 | Ryan Schwartz
    Geoffrey Owens is returning to prime time in the wake of a recent job-shaming controversy. The Cosby Show vet has joined the cast of the OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots in a recurring capacity, according to TMZ. He’ll appear in 10 episodes throughout the upcoming Season 6 in an undisclosed role. Tyler Perry, who created The Haves and the Have Nots, first reached out to Owens via social media on Monday after certain media outlets sought to shame the Cosby alum for working at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in Clifton, N.J. “I’m about to start shootings...

    09/07/2018 1:54:00 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 9 replies ^ | 9/7/18 | Rubinstein Chopin - Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 (Rubinstein) DJT ………………… when you feel the heavy evil is too sick in your face ………….. listen to the man, my friend ……… Frederick Chopin. All will be well if you take the time to hear this! I love you DJT ………….. I love Chopin.He loves goodness excellence, and troubled times.Please listen to how this song trails off ……………. It will be like the slow death of the communist/socialist Democrats in this country. ***************I say …………….. even though it breaks my heart that I use this exquisite song here…………………. It is a...
  • Academy Retreats on ‘Popular’ Oscar Category for Now

    09/06/2018 2:13:56 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    MSN / Variety ^ | September 6, 2018
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its new planned “popular” Oscar “merits further study” and will not present the new category at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. The organization stated that “while remaining committed to celebrating a wide spectrum of movies,” it recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year “creates challenges for films that have already been released.” The AMPAS board of governors will continue to be actively engaged in discussions and will be seeking input regarding the category going forward.
  • Did Mona Lisa Suffer from Hypothyroidism?

    09/06/2018 6:35:35 AM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | Sep 4, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    The Mona Lisa, also referred to as La Gioconda (or La Joconde), has endured centuries of fascination by artists, researchers, medical professionals, and even thieves. (snip) The Mona Lisa attracted medical attention in 2004 when a team of rheumatologists and endocrinologists suggested that skin lesions and hand swellings visible in the portrait may be indicative of a lipid disorder and heart disease.Specifically, they asserted that familial hyperlipidemia and premature atherosclerosis could have caused Lisa Gherardini’s death. They also proposed that Mona Lisa’s famous smile may have been the result of Bell’s palsy.After examining the painting, Dr. Mehra and Campbell found...
  • Designated Survivor Saved! Netflix Rescues Axed Kiefer Sutherland Drama

    09/05/2018 5:21:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    TV Line ^ | September 5, 2018 | Michael Ausiello
    It appears there has been a recount! As foreshadowed by our August 13 Blind Item, the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor — cancelled last May at ABC — has been resurrected by Netflix, with the streamer ordering a 10-episode Season 3. Netflix confirmed the news late Wednesday, while also announcing that Neal Baer (Law & Order: SVU, Under the Dome) has taken over showrunner duties. This marks the series’ fourth showrunner change in two years. To recap: Amy B. Harris (Wicked City) originally served as showrunner on the series (which was created by David Guggenheim), only to be replaced in...
  • Hollywood Melts Down During Kavanaugh Hearings (tr)

    09/05/2018 7:11:32 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 4, 2018 | Justin Caruso
    Hollywood celebrities reacted to SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing on Twitter Tuesday with unhinged angry attacks on President Donald Trump and Republican Senators. Before the hearings began, comedian Chelsea Handler called for the Senate to block the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. “We can’t let them roll back the progress we’ve made on women’s rights. We’ve got to keep fighting. The hearings start Tuesday. We’ve tied up their phone lines, now let’s flood their mailboxes! Send this postcard to urge your Senator to BlockBrett,” Handler tweeted.
  • Law & Order: Hate Crimes Ordered to Series at NBC, Will Debut as Part of SVU

    09/04/2018 3:27:11 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    TV Line ^ | September 4, 2018 | Andy Swift
    The next chapter in Dick Wolf‘s criminal justice franchise is officially in the works with NBC ordering 13 episodes of Law & Order: Hate Crimes. Per a release, this new series is “based on New York’s actual Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the U.S. The unit, which pledges to uphold a zero tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind, works under the NYPD’s real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU’s detectives to assist in their investigations.” As you might have been able to infer from that last sentence, the Hate Crimes team will...
  • What a great time to be alive! CREAM

    09/04/2018 1:52:53 PM PDT · by mylife · 71 replies