BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 22 August, 2010


22 August, 2010

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Wyclef Jean Disqualified From Haitian Presidency, For Failing to Produce 'Voodoo Certificate'


Recommended Reading

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Matt Donnelly: Cameron Diaz named the most dangerous celeb on the Internet
Who knew that loving Cameron Diaz could be so risky? Turns out that searching the Web for the bubbly blond star comes with this year's highest chance of encountering corrupt sites and malicious software.

Jack Shafer: Greetings, 18 Percenters!
Let's meet the knucklehead Americans who think Barack Obama is a Muslim.

According to the latest safety reports, workplace injuries are on the decline in our country. Great! Only... it's untrue.

Nine Years Later, Afghan City is Buzzing But Still Menacing.

Civilians to Take U.S. Lead as Military Leaves Iraq (
As the United States military prepares to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, the Obama administration is planning a remarkable civilian effort, buttressed by a small army of contractors, to fill the void.

Ask the indie professor: why shout for a song the band will never play? (
When a guy yells for an obscure B-side the band haven't played in 17 years, he isn't talking to them; he's talking to you.

Luaine Lee: Comedian Dave Foley is a standup guy (McClatchy-Tribune News Service)
It's a lucky thing that Dave Foley is good at comedy - because he's bad at everything else. "I'm terrible at so many things," says the star of the late sitcom "NewsRadio."

Troy Patterson: 50 Years of Rat Packing (
How an OK movie and a circle of drinking buddies became an iconic American attitude.

Michael Ordoρa: Getting to the truth of Pat Tillman's death (
Amir Bar-Lev chronicles a determined family's struggle for answers in the documentary 'The Tillman Story.'

After Stanley Kubrick (
Christiane Kubrick had 42 wonderful years with her husband. But in the decade since his death, she has been beset by tragedy. For the first time, she talks about losing one daughter to cancer, another to Scientology - and why her uncle made films for Goebbels, writes Jon Ronson.

Your next box set: King of the Hill (
Almost closer to a real-life sitcom than it is to its animated peers, King of the Hill is a tender, funny portrayal of middle America, writes Will Dean.


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The Weekly Poll


The First Ever BadtotheboneBob's Emmy Contest!

Well then, Poll-fans, here are the 21 categories and nominations. I would suggest a cut and paste action and then adding yer predictions... Best of luck be upon ya!


Drama Series

     Breaking Bad • AMC
     Dexter • Showtime
     The Good Wife • CBS
     Lost • ABC
     Mad Men • AMC
     True Blood • HBO

Lead Actor, Drama

     Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad • AMC
     Michael C. Hall, Dexter • Showtime
     Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights • NBC
     Hugh Laurie, House • FOX
     Matthew Fox, Lost • ABC
     Jon Hamm, Mad Men • AMC

Lead Actress, Drama

     Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer • TNT
     Glenn Close, Damages • FX Networks
     Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights • NBC
     Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife • CBS
     Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC
     January Jones, Mad Men • AMC

Supporting Actor, Drama

     Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad • AMC
     Martin Short, Damages • FX Networks
     Terry O'Quinn, Lost • ABC
     Michael Emerson, Lost • ABC
     John Slattery, Mad Men • AMC
     Andre Braugher, Men Of A Certain Age • TNT

Supporting Actress, Drama

     Sharon Gless, Burn Notice • USA
     Rose Byrne, Damages • FX Networks
     Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife • CBS
     Christine Baranski, The Good Wife • CBS
     Christina Hendricks, Mad Men • AMC
     Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men • AMC


Comedy Series

     Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO
     Glee • FOX
     Modern Family • ABC
     Nurse Jackie • Showtime
     The Office • NBC
     30 Rock • NBC

Lead Actor, Comedy

     Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory • CBS
     Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO
     Matthew Morrison, Glee • FOX
     Tony Shalhoub, Monk • USA
     Steve Carell, The Office • NBC
     Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock • NBC

Lead Actress, Comedy

     Lea Michele, Glee • FOX
     Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures Of Old Christine • CBS
     Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie • Showtime
     Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation • NBC
     Tina Fey, 30 Rock • NBC
     Toni Collette, United States Of Tara • Showtime

Supporting Actor, Comedy

     Chris Colfer, Glee • FOX
     Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother • CBS
     Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family • ABC
     Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family • ABC
     Ty Burrell, Modern Family • ABC
     Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men • CBS

Supporting Actress, Comedy

     Jane Lynch, Glee • FOX
     Julie Bowen, Modern Family • ABC
     Sofia Vergara, Modern Family • ABC
     Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live • NBC
     Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock • NBC
     Holland Taylor, Two And A Half Men • CBS

Miniseries or Movie


     The Pacific • HBO
     Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) • PBS

Made-for-TV Movie

     Endgame (Masterpiece) • PBS
     Georgia O'Keeffe • Lifetime
     Moonshot • HISTORY
     The Special Relationship • HBO
     Temple Grandin • HBO
     You Don't Know Jack • HBO

Actor, Miniseries or Movie

     Jeff Bridges, A Dog Year • HBO
     Ian McKellen, The Prisoner • AMC
     Michael Sheen, The Special Relationship • HBO
     Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship • HBO
     Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack • HBO

Actress, Miniseries or Movie

     Maggie Smith, Capturing Mary • HBO
     Joan Allen, Georgia O'Keeffe • Lifetime
     Dame Judi Dench, Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) • PBS
     Hope Davis, The Special Relationship • HBO
     Claire Danes, Temple Grandin • HBO

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie

     Michael Gambon, Emma (Masterpiece) • PBS
     Patrick Stewart, Hamlet (Great Performances) • PBS
     Jonathan Pryce, Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) • PBS
     David Strathairn, Temple Grandin • HBO
     John Goodman, You Don't Know Jack • HBO

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie

     Kathy Bates, Alice • Syfy
     Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin • HBO
     Catherine O'Hara, Temple Grandin • HBO
     Brenda Vaccaro, You Don't Know Jack • HBO
     Susan Sarandon, You Don't Know Jack • HBO

Reality and Variety, Music or Comedy

Reality Program

     Antiques Roadshow • PBS
     Dirty Jobs • Discovery Channel
     Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution • ABC
     Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List • Bravo
     MythBusters • Discovery Channel
     Undercover Boss • CBS

Reality-Competition Program

     The Amazing Race • CBS
     American Idol • FOX
     Dancing With The Stars • ABC
     Project Runway • Lifetime
     Top Chef • Bravo

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

     Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race • CBS
     Ryan Seacrest, American Idol • FOX
     Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars • ABC
     Heidi Klum, Project Runway • Lifetime
     Jeff Probst, Survivor • CBS

Variety, Music or Comedy Series

     The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
     The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
     Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO
     Saturday Night Live • NBC
     The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien • NBC

Variety, Music or Comedy Special

     Bill Maher "...But I'm Not Wrong" • HBO
     Hope For Haiti Now • Tenth Planet Productions and MTV
     The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS
     Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction • HBO
     The 25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Concert • HBO
     Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me • HBO

Total correct predictions takes The Prize. Again, that would be a $50 VISA gift card mailed directly to you from 'yours truly'.

Also, again, ties will be resolved in a scientific manner involving the ever fabulous, Maddie Muffin (Future Nobel AND Pulitzer Prize winner, President of the United States AND General Secretary of the UN amongst other notable achievements to numerous to mention)...

"My Grampa is The Best!"

The 21 nominations/categories will run daily until August 28th.

Response cut-off time is 3pm EDT, Saturday, August 28th, and will be posted for all to see August 29th (Emmy Day).

The winner will be the one with the most correct predictions and will be announced Tuesday August 31st.

Oh, and please make it easy on me and don't wait until, like, the last minute and flood me with your predictions, eh? Good luck be on ya, Poll-fans!

Send your predictions to:


Here's a complete list of all Emmy Nominations - 2010.


Wake-up Call


Trivia Question of the Day

Whose trade mark was verse written in anapestic tetrameter?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What TV character's catchphrase was "God will get you for that!"

      Maude                                                      Source

Maude is a half-hour American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 22, 1978.
...Maude sometimes got in the last word during their many arguments with her hallmark catchphrase, "God'll getcha for that, Walter."         Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

KEVIN W answered:
   And then came Maude!

Marian the newly retired teacher replied:

Sally said:
   Actually, the phrase should be: "God will get you for that, Walter." This was often uttered by the woman men loved to hate, "Maude," played by actress, Bea Arthur. This was my least favorite of Norman Lear's shows, but still had good moments in the show.

  Imprinted on the apron is the catch phrase, "God Will Get You For That." It is suggested to be worn barefooted and pregnant - and then came Maude...
  PS: The precious grandson came home from his one-week, sleep away camp last night. I am so proud of his Mom (and me) who have survived the ordeal quite well - but it was a LONG week for us...

Charlie responded:

MAM   wrote:
Beatrice Arthur as Maude Findlay in 'Maude'

  "God will get you for that,Walter!

BadtotheboneBob answered:
   Oh, my Gawd! It 'Bea' da bawdy 'Maude'... Haha... that was fun...

And, Joe S   responded:
   Maude Findlay. You know, people raved about Maude. I never cared for the show, it just didn't float my boat. I never cared for Bea Arthur either, I couldn't see the attraction. I watched the show every chance i got because I was rather enthralled with Adrienne Barbeau. Obsessed, that's a better word than enthralled.



Sick Days


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and a bit cooler.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Mintues', followed by a FRESH 'Big Brother', then a RERUN 'Undercover Boss', followed by a RERUN 'CSI: The 2nd One'.

NBC opens the night with LIVE 'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with maybe an old 'Monk', and maybe an old 'Dateline'.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by another RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', then a RERUN ''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition', followed by a FRESH 'The Gates'.

The CW fills the night with the movie 'The Flying Scotsman'.

Faux has a RERUN 'American Dad', followed by a RERUN 'Simpsons', then another RERUN 'Simpsons', followed by a RERUN 'Cleveland Show', then a RERUN 'Family Guy', followed by another RERUN 'Family Guy'.

MY recycles an old 'That 70s Show', followed by another old 'That 70s Show', then an old 'House', followed by another old 'House'.

A&E has 'Criminal Minds', another 'Criminal Minds', still another 'Criminal Minds', followed by a FRESH 'The Glades'.

AMC offers the movie 'Unbreakable', followed by a FRESH 'Rubicon', then a FRESH 'Mad Men'.

BBC  -   
 [11:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 4
 [12:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 3
 [1:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 2 Darmok
 [2:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 3 Ensign Ro
 [3:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape - Episode 1
 [4:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape - Episode 2
 [5:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape - Episode 3
 [6:00 PM]   Nature: Shaped by Time
 [7:00 PM]   All About Apes
 [8:00 PM]   Star Trek Nemesis
 [10:30 PM]   My Supermodel Baby
 [11:30 PM]   Star Trek Nemesis
 [2:00 AM]   My Supermodel Baby
 [3:00 AM]   Baby Beauty Queens
 [4:00 AM]   Baby Birthday Bashes
 [5:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [6:00 AM]   BBC World News    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has all 'Top Chef' all night.

Comedy Central has 'Lewis Black: Black On Broadway', 'Sinbad: Where U Been?', and 'Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger'.

FX has the movie 'The Wedding Singer', followed by the movie 'Made Of Honor'.

History has 'Ice Road Truckers', another 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH 'Ice Road Truckers', then the FRESH 'Swamp People'.

IFC  -   
 [6:30AM]   Food Party
 [6:45AM]   Maria Full of Grace
 [8:30AM]   Blood & Wine
 [10:15AM]   Last Days
 [12:00PM]   Ideal
 [12:30PM]   Ideal
 [1:00PM]   Ideal
 [1:30PM]   Ideal
 [2:00PM]   Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy
 [3:00PM]   Blood & Wine
 [4:45PM]   Heaven
 [6:25PM]   Blow Out
 [8:15PM]   Love and a .45
 [10:00PM]   Freaks and Geeks
 [10:45PM]   Heaven
 [12:30AM]   Blow Out
 [2:20AM]   The Whitest Kids U'Know
 [2:35AM]   Love and a .45
 [4:20AM]   Last Days
 [6:00AM]   Dallas 362    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:35 AM]   A Little Trip To Heaven
 [8:10 AM]   Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
 [10:00 AM]   Cities On Speed - Shanghai (Episode 3, Season 1)
 [11:00 AM]   Know Your Mushrooms
 [12:15 PM]   ICONOCLASTS - Venus Williams + Wyclef Jean (Episode 6, Season 4)
 [1:15 PM]   MAN SHOPS GLOBE - Thailand (Episode 1, Season 2)
 [1:45 PM]   MAN SHOPS GLOBE - Scotland (Episode 2, Season 2)
 [2:15 PM]   Beautiful Losers
 [3:45 PM]   Manon On The Asphalt
 [4:00 PM]   A Little Trip To Heaven
 [5:30 PM]   Ran (1985)
 [8:15 PM]   Under The Bombs
 [10:00 PM]   The Last Mistress
 [12:00 AM]   Who Loves The Sun
 [1:35 AM]   Under The Bombs
 [3:15 AM]   The Last Mistress
 [5:10 AM]   Who Loves The Sun     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Final Destination 2', followed by the movie 'Predator 2'.

TCM spends 24 hours with John Mills.
 [6:00 AM]      Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
 [8:00 AM]      Hobson's Choice (1954)
 [10:00 AM]      Dunkirk (1958)
 [12:30 PM]      The Way to the Stars (1945)    [AKA: 'Johnny in the Clouds']
 [2:30 PM]      Operation Crossbow (1965)
 [4:30 PM]      Gandhi (1982)
 [8:00 PM]      Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
 [10:15 PM]      The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
 [12:15 AM]      Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958)    [AKA: 'I Was Monty's Double']
 [2:15 AM]      Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Monday  -  08/23/10

TCM spends 24 hours with Elizabeth Taylor.
 [6:00 AM]      Lassie Come Home (1943)
 [7:30 AM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [9:45 AM]      Life With Father (1947)
 [11:45 AM]      Father Of The Bride (1950)
 [1:45 PM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)
 [4:00 PM]      The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Butterfield 8 (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Raintree County (1957)
 [11:00 PM]      Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [1:30 AM]      The V.I.P.S (1963)
 [4:00 AM]      X Y & Zee (1972)

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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery shows a screenprint of first lady Michelle Obama by Mickalene Thomas.Move over Martha Washington. Martha Stewart is taking her place in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The museum's new exhibit, 'Americans Now,' opened Friday, featuring some famous names from science, business, government, entertainment and the arts. Images of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are among the portraits.
Photo by Mickalene Thomas


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25 Bizarre Coins that are legal tender


Sweden Withdraws Warrant

Julian Assange

Swedish authorities revoked a short-lived arrest warrant for the founder of WikiLeaks on Saturday, saying a rape accusation against him lacked substance.

Julian Assange, who was believed to be in Sweden, remained under suspicion of a lesser crime of molestation in a separate case, prosecutors said.

The nomadic 39-year-old Australian dismissed the allegations in a statement on WikiLeaks' Twitter page, saying "the charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing."

WikiLeaks is preparing to release of a fresh batch of classified U.S. documents from the Afghan war, despite warnings from the Pentagon that they could endanger American soldiers and their Afghan helpers.

Julian Assange


Argentine-born pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, top, and musicians from the West-Eastern Divan orchestra look toward a loud person in the audienceduring an outdoor concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday Aug. 21, 2010.
Photo by Eduardo Di Baia


10 reasons why Goats are the most awesome animals


Given Greedom Of Glasgow

Billy Connolly

British comedian Billy Connolly was looking forward Saturday to exercising his new rights to graze animals in the middle of Glasgow after he was awarded the freedom of his native city.

His new honour brings with it various antiquated privileges and duties, including the right to fish in the River Clyde and graze livestock on common land.

"I am completely blown away. I am thrilled," Connolly said.

Connolly, who is married to the Australian comedian turned psychologist Pamela Stephenson, started out as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards before moving into folk music.

Billy Connolly




Lnks Deal

Vintage TV

Hundreds of hours of footage of iconic movie stars and newsreel footage from the likes of Getty Images, BBC Archives and Eagle Rock Entertainment will find their way onto TV screens next month, as backdrops for a new British music TV channel.

Billed as the first ever music channel in the U.K. for the over-fifties, Vintage TV is dedicated to music from the 1940s to 1976 -- the era before music videos became ubiquitous.

Vintage has hired a specialist production company to create new music videos fashioned from archive content of the time. Around 120 videos will be ready by the September 1 launch, including rare footage of Marilyn Monroe in the video for "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," images of Martin Luther King in the video of Elvis Presley's "If I Can Dream" and film of The Rolling Stones revamped for a video of "Not Fade Away."

Around 500 videos are expected by the end of January. The concept has been launched by Vintage TV founder David Pick, who said he was excited by the new concept. "Each video offers a definitive blend of music and social history, and stands alone as a cultural piece in a never-before-seen form," he said.

Vintage TV


Actress Ann-Margret and her husband Roger Smith pose at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles August 21, 2010.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives


Moving Sale

'Amityville Horror'

The owner of the New York house made famous in the 1979 film "The Amityville Horror" is holding a moving sale.

The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial on Long Island has been on the market since May for $1.15 million and is under contract. Owner Brian Wilson is holding a moving sale Saturday. Items include furniture and exercise equipment, not loot from the house's infamous past.

The Oscar-nominated film is based on the story of the Lutz family's brief stay in the house in 1975 after six members of the DeFeo family were shot and killed as they slept. Oldest son Ronald DeFeo Jr. was convicted.

The crime spawned a book and a series of movies that chronicled various supernatural horrors, including visions of walls oozing slime and moving furniture.

'Amityville Horror'


Vidiot Speak


Haiti Ruling Ends Run

Wyclef Jean

In the span of a few weeks, hip-hop star Wyclef Jean turned the world's attention to a little-known political race in a small, impoverished Caribbean country - with little campaigning, no TV ads and zero debates.

Within a few seconds at a hastily called news conference Friday night, Jean was barred from running for president in Haiti, presumably because he didn't meet the residency requirements.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter says he will stay involved, though in "a different role than I had anticipated it to be," according to his statement Friday.

Jean said little Saturday as he attended a church service in Croix des Bouquets, the small town northeast of Port-au-Prince where he was born. He was preparing to fly back to the United States where his wife and daughter live later in the day.

Wyclef Jean


Robert Morse and a guest arrive at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


What Is Evil?


Shopping "Speidi" Sex Tape

Spencer Pratt

"The Hills" TV stars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, once dubbed "Speidi" as a couple but now in the throes of a nasty divorce, found themselves at the center of a new controversy on Friday when Pratt was reported to be shopping around a sex tape that he claims features himself and his estranged wife.

Celebrity website TMZ said Pratt had asked for a meeting with Los Angeles porn film company Vivid Entertainment about selling the alleged tape. Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch told TMZ he had spoken with Pratt "about a sex tape with Heidi Montag...We are in early negotiations to possibly come to terms for a deal."

Pratt later told that he has "been making films since I was in the 7th grade. I'm looking forward to people seeing my directorial debut".

Montag, 23, is in the process of divorcing Pratt, 27, after 15 months of marriage. Pratt said earlier this week that he planned on writing a tell-all book about their relationship, which began when they were both featured on the MTV series. Montag told TMZ she might sue to block it.

Spencer Pratt


Robin Williams, right, and Susan Schneider arrive at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


101 Hacks for the Devoted Home Gardener


Judge Criticizes Prosecution

Anna Nicole Smith

A judge delivered a harsh assessment Friday of the evidence and charges against two doctors and a lawyer in the ongoing Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case.

The criticism came as Superior Court Judge Robert Perry reluctantly agreed to let jurors see a videotape of Smith on an awards show in a performance her former boyfriend Larry Birkhead testified was considered "loopy, wacky and crazy" by many people.

Perry said outside the jury's presence that he was concerned about the prosecution's case.

"It's the people's position that Anna Nicole was kept in a drugged state," Perry said. "They claim she was a pawn in the hands of her handlers and doctors who kept her in a drugged state to control her and her money."

The evidence so far does not support that, he said.

Anna Nicole Smith


John Lithgow, right, and wife Mary Yeager arrive at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Your Bra Can Kill You - and Other Medical Myths


Pukkelpop Festival

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

The lead singer of the British electro-pop group Ou Est Le Swimming Pool committed suicide after performing at a rock festival in Belgium, organisers said Saturday.

Charles Haddon killed himself on Friday after his three-piece band played at the danse hall of the Pukkelpop festival near the Flemish town of Hasselt, festival organiser Chokri Mahassine told journalists.

Belgian media said Haddon jumped off a pillar, falling to his death on the artists' parking lot.

The three-day festival, which ends Saturday, includes big name bands such as Placebo, Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age and The Prodigy.

Haddon's suicide was the second death at the festival, after the sound engineer of the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club died of a heart attack on Thursday, local media said.

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool


Wanda Sykes arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


The Tragic Death of Practically Everything


Sues Concert Promoter

Bret Michaels

Two weeks ago, Bret Michaels showed up in Syracuse, N.Y., to perform a concert. He arrived at the venue only to find that the gig had been postponed without his knowledge.

The rocker and "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, fuming from the incident, has just filed a $5 million lawsuit against the concert promoter who allegedly claimed that the show didn't happen because Michaels was going to appear on TV instead.

Around the same time that Michaels was scheduled to perform in Syracuse, he appeared on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Can a modern-day rock star appear in two locations at the same time? Thanks to the wonders of technology, he can. The TV show was taped.

So on Monday, Michaels sued Michael Banks and Aloha Events for breaching his contract and exposing him to public contempt and ridicule with allegedly defamatory statements about his schedule.

Bret Michaels


Fred Willard arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


10 Telephone Inventions That Failed Miserably


Sues Over 'Harry Potter Condoms'

Warner Bros.

Movie executives behind the lucrative Harry Potter franchise are taking legal action against a Swiss condom brand for allegedly naming their products after the boy wizard.

Bosses at the Warner Bros. studio are said to have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the company making Harry Poppers, which feature an illustration of a condom wearing round glasses and waving a magic wand on the packet.

The legal action, reported by Swiss newspaper Bote, is said to come in a bid to banish the brand from stores ahead of the release of the next installment of the movie franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, in November.

Warner Bros.


Isaiah Mustafa poses with the award for outstanding commercial for 'The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, Old Spice Body Wash' in the press room at the CreativeArts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Museum of Depressionist Art


On The Rise In Germany

Radioactive Boars

When Georg van Bebber hauled back his wild boar from Ebersberg forest near Munich after a day of hunting, he was exhilarated about his impressive prey.

But before he could take it home, a Geiger counter showed a problem: The boar's meat was radioactive to an extent considered potentially dangerous for consumption. It needed to be thrown out and burnt.

Almost a quarter century after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, its fallout is still a hot topic in some German regions, where thousands of boars shot by hunters still turn up with excessive levels of radioactivity. In fact, the numbers are higher than ever before.

The total compensation the German government paid last year for the discarded contaminated meat shot up to a record sum of euro425,000 (about $558,000), from only about euro25,000 ten years ago, according to the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin.

Radioactive Boars


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In Memory

Jack Horkheimer

Jack Horkheimer, the creator and host of the PBS show "Star Gazer" who helped popularize naked-eye astronomy, has died. He was 72.

The Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, where Horkheimer was director emeritus, said in a news release that the astronomer died Friday afternoon of a respiratory ailment.

Horkheimer was director of the planetarium for more than 35 years.

Millions of people have watched the weekly "Star Gazer program since its inception in the 1970s, getting advice on what to look for in the night sky.

Jack Horkheimer


In Memory

Harold Dow

Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, who helped shape the documentary program "48 Hours" and covered the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst and the Sept. 11 attacks, has died. He was 62.

Dow died suddenly Saturday morning in New Jersey, network spokeswoman Louise Bashi said. He lived in Hackensack, but it wasn't immediately clear if he'd been at home.

Dow had been a correspondent for "48 Hours" since 1990. His 40 years with the network and its affiliates also included reporting for "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and "CBS News Sunday Morning."

A "48 Hours" report on runaways earned him a George Foster Peabody Award. He also won five Emmys, for work including coverage of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and of American troops' movement into Bosnia in 1996.

Dow landed an exclusive interview with kidnapping victim Hearst in December 1976, and he had the first network interview with O.J. Simpson following the 1994 killing of his ex-wife. He barely escaped one of the falling twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, the network said.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their three children.

Harold Dow


In Memory

Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingensief, one of Germany's most provocative theatre directors, died of lung cancer on Saturday, organisers of the Ruhr Triennale festival said. He was 49.

Schlingensief, a director from Berlin's Volksbuhne theatre, was due to present his latest production "S.M.A.S.H." at the festival, but had cancelled the performances in July due to his illness.

He is best known for casting neo-Nazi skinhead amateur actors in his "Hamlet" production, burning an effigy of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and wearing a placard inscribed with "Kill Helmut Kohl".

Schlingensief, who would have been 50 this October, was known as the "terrible child" of German theatre and fearlessly attacked hot-button issues.

In Vienna, his TV show, "Auslaender raus!", or "Foreigners out!" denounced the rise of populism and racism, with a Big Brother send-up where real asylum seekers lived inside containers -- resembling wagons that deported Jews -- and the public was invited to vote on candidates, who would not be voted off the show, but out of the country.

Christoph Schlingensief



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