Daily Show’s Trevor Noah thinks it’s finally time to talk about guns in America

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In the wake of a mass shooting that left 59 dead and more than 520 people hurt, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is a time to unite as a country.” 

Well, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah thinks that’s BS. On Monday night, he called out politicians and members of the media who claimed right now is not the time to talk about gun control. 

“I feel like people are becoming more accustomed to this kind of news,” he said, noting there have been 20 mass shootings in the two years he’s lived in the United States. 

After the latest shooting — in which a gunman fired at a country music concert from his Las Vegas hotel room — pundits even turned to hotel security as a possible culprit. Instead of, you know, sane gun laws. 

“We seem to do everything to avoid talking about guns,” Noah said. 

The talk show host pointed out that Congress was still considering the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which would make it easier to buy silencers and armor-piercing bullets.

“I can only say I’m sorry,” Noah told the people of Las Vegas, “sorry that we live in a world where people would put a gun before your lives.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/02/trevor-noah-daily-show-las-vegas-shooting/

Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez team up for Puerto Rico relief effort

(CNN)Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are joining forces to bring relief to Puerto Rico, which is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis after being hit by two hurricanes back-to-back.

The goal, according to a release posted by Anthony, is to fast-track the efforts to get food, medicine, power and communications to the people of Puerto Rico.
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull, Vin Diesel, Jimmy Smits, John Leguizamo, Ricky Martin, Alex Rodriguez and more have joined the effort.
    A GoFundMe drive has been established, with money raised to be distributed among the American Red Cross, Reach Out Worldwide, United Way, and United for Puerto Rico.
    About 97% of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are without power and half without running water, more than one week after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
    Maria’s landfall came just weeks after the island took a hit from Hurricane Irma.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/27/entertainment/marc-anthony-jennifer-lopez-puerto-rico/index.html

    Jimmy Kimmel’s baby may save healthcare for 30 million people

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    Welcome to 2017, where the American government has ceded its already crumbling moral authority to the former host of The Man Show.

    Don’t you miss the 2016 election now?

    Still, the last few days have produced some of the best material late night television has ever had to offer, and all it’s because of former Man Show star, Win Ben Stein’s Money co-host, and late night host, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel has not only taken on the Senate’s practically homicidal Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, he’s done it without resorting to lies or distortions (how quaint!). He accomplished this by speaking from a place of deep empathy, and by centering on a character that remains untouchable across the political spectrum: his baby.

    Back in May, Kimmel’s newborn son had to undergo an emergency open-heart surgery. It was this hardship that brought America’s perilous healthcare situation into sharp focus for the comedian. And as he’s grown more vocal about the issue, he returns to his own child as the impetus for his outspokenness.

    That’s why every counter-attack by GOP politician and pundits against Kimmel has fallen flat on its face: in the symbolic war between sick babies and man-baby Senators, the sick baby will always win.

    By positioning his baby at his monologue’s heart and center, he’s created the most sympathetic protagonist imaginable and made anyone who opposes that character a hateful antagonist by extension (which, I mean, is accurate). Everyone who attacks Kimmel’s position, is essentially attacking his baby. 

    Not a good position for a politician.

    “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there’s a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said in May. “If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make … we all agree on that, right? I mean, we do!” 

    Babies work. There’s a reason why every politician is required to take a photo with them at some point in their campaign.

    When I was a social worker, we talked a lot about “worthy victims” and “unworthy victims.” “Unworthy victims” are people a society has collectively decided are victims because of their own poor choices: the poor, victims of sexual assault, the homeless, welfare recipients, people of color, criminals and undocumented immigrants. “Worthy victims,” by contrast, are folks that society has deemed sufficiently worthy of empathy (and consequently, of charitable donations) including sick children, the elderly and people with *certain* disabilities.

    That doesn’t mean that worthy victims are exactly living large in America. Just think of the folks who were cruelly pulled from their wheelchairs by Capitol police while protesting Trumpcare that summer. But it does mean that they, culturally at least, have tremendous worth. I can’t think of a stronger symbolic lead than Kimmel’s son — a sick, wealthy kind with a devastating illness — followed closely by his acerbic father. Is there anything Americans love more than a cynical man, who simultaneously knows his facts and is deeply in touch with his own tenderness?

    Of a Fox and Friends host who attacked Kimmel for his monologues, Kimmel had this to say:

    “And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that, I’ve learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation,” Kimmel said. “I don’t get anything out of this, Brian [Kilmeade], you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you.”

    Just look at how these Republican politicians and pundits tiptoed around his attacks, especially as  they relate to Kimmy’s son, and relied on the tired excuse than Kimmel wasn’t smart enough to analyze the bill because’s he’s a late night comedian. 

    Remember: these folks voted for a man who recently made up an African country in front of Africans and didn’t realize that Frederick Douglass was dead, so we’re not exactly dealing with “wonks” here. 

    All late night comedians have in some ways impacted culture and by extension, politics, but Kimmel might become the first late night politicians to have an immediate, substantive impact on policy. There’s a Jimmy Kimmel test Senator Cassidy once told Congress it has to pass. Kimmel even ended his monologue with a screen full of Senator’s phone numbers, amplifying his personal story and turning it into collective action.

    Babies work. There’s a reason why every politician is required to take a photo with them at some point in their campaign. There’s a reason why political ads that include children, like this one of Hillary’s, are far more effective than those that feature rehabilitated criminal — even though both would be endangered by Graham-Cassidy.  Kimmel even admitted that he was “politicizing his baby” for the greater good.  

    Doing anything that might directly harm babies is one the last moral lines we have around these broken parts. Let’s see if one man’s 13-minute monologues are powerful enough to keep us from crossing it.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/21/jimmy-kimmel-secret-weapon-baby/

    Selena Gomez’s best friend gave her a kidney this summer

    (CNN)Selena Gomez revealed on Thursday that she received a kidney transplant from her BFF.

    The singer posted a photo on Instragram that shows her and fellow actress Francia Raisa holding hands across their hospital beds.
    “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” Gomez wrote in the caption.” “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.”

      I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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      Gomez revealed her Lupus diagnosis in 2015 and last year took some time off as she struggled with the disease as well as anxiety and depression.
      The superstar said the transplant was “what I needed to do for my overall health.”
      She said she looked forward to sharing more with her fans later about her transplant journey, but in the meantime she wanted to thank her health team and Raisa.
      “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez said. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
      Raisa is an actress best known for her role as Adrian Lee on the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
      On Thursday, Gomez fans swarmed Raisa’s latest Instragram photo to thank her for the kidney donation.

      #tacotuesday You feel me 🌮🇲🇽🇭🇳

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      “You’re amazing,” one person commented. “You’re one hell of a friend.”

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/entertainment/selena-gomez-kidney-transplant/index.html

      Jerry Lewis, comedian, dies at 91

      (CNN)Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, said his publicist, Candi Cazau. He was 91.

      Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering.
      Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early ’60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Patsy.” Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist.
        He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as “Jerry’s kids.” The telethon, long known as “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011.

        Loved and criticized

        Despite his success, Lewis also was a controversial figure. A number of people suffering with muscular dystrophy claimed Lewis presented victims as childlike and worthy of pity, rather than as equal members of society.
        Lewis lost some fans when he criticized women doing comedy — “I think of (a female comedian) as a producing machine that brings babies in the world,” he once said — and when he lashed out at MDA critics. “You don’t want to be pitied because you’re a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!” he said in 2001 on the “CBS Morning Show.” He later apologized.
        When Lewis was one of America’s leading box office attractions, critics mocked him for the broadness of his comedy — and took more shots at him when he became a renowned figure in France. In 1984, the French awarded Lewis the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest tribute.
        He was emotional, big-hearted, eccentric — once successful, he never wore a pair of socks twice — proud and forever playing to the back row.
        He seldom apologized for it.
        “Let me tell you that probably 50% of the film community plays a game and does their thing because they’re prominent and they’re making a lot of money. And what they do is they give up a piece of their soul … and for them, they’re comfortable, and they feel that’s fine,” he told CNN’s Larry King in 2000. “It was never fine for me and I wouldn’t go there. I told (legendary Hollywood gossip columnist) Louella Parsons I thought she was a fat pig, because I thought she was. I had an opinion.”
        The controversy Lewis stirred up over the years did little to dampen his peers’ and successors’ appreciation of his art. Several celebrities took to social media to share their sadness over his passing.
        Comedian Jon Lovitz called Lewis an “amazing talent,” while “Star Trek” actor George Takei thanked him for “the laughs and the feels.”
        “I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful… …haven,” actor Patton Oswalt wrote.
        Wrote Public Enemy frontman Chuck D: “Earth is less funny today.”

        A lonely boy

          Jillette: Jerry Lewis was the king of comedy

        Joseph Levitch — he changed the name to Lewis as a teenager — was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1926. Entertainment ran in the family: His father was a vaudeville performer, his mother a piano player. Lewis occasionally performed with his parents, and by the time he was a teenager he had developed his own act. He was a regular in New York’s Catskill Mountain resorts, popular summertime retreats for area Jews.
        But Lewis was also a lonely boy, essentially raised by his grandmother. Lewis told King that his comedy was rooted in hurt.
        “I found (the comic) through pain. And the pain was that I couldn’t buy milk like the other kids in school at recess time,” he said.
        He met Martin at a club in 1945 where the two were performing as soloists. The next year they premiered as a duo in Atlantic City, New Jersey. According to show business lore, their first show flatlined and the team was warned by the club manager to improve or be fired. For the second show, the two went wild with a no-holds-barred mix of comedy and music. It was a hit.
        Within four years, they were headlining and breaking records at New York’s Copacabana club. Lewis later wrote that they set off Beatlemania-type reactions among fans — especially female fans — long before the term Beatlemania was coined.
        Martin played the romantic, crooning straight man, and Lewis was the anything-for-a-laugh comedian of chaos. (Some observers called them “the organ grinder and the monkey.”) The act often featured a stint of Martin chasing Lewis around the stage. They appeared on the very first “Ed Sullivan Show” (then called “Toast of the Town”) and shrewdly negotiated control of their various appearances, earning them millions.
        But over the course of a decade — a period that included 17 movies, beginning with 1949’s “My Friend Irma” — the two grew apart. Toward the end, Martin told Lewis he was “nothing to me but a dollar sign.” Martin’s last performance with Lewis — also at the Copa — was on July 25, 1956.

        Big life post-Martin

        Despite the acrimonious breakup, the two eventually reconciled, and Lewis and James Kaplan released a book in 2005 with a title that explained how Lewis saw the relationship: “Dean and Me (A Love Story).”
        Upon their breakup, Martin was expected to be the greater success. He was an established singer and was beginning to make inroads as a respected actor, including performances in two 1958 films: “The Young Lions” (opposite Marlon Brando) and “Some Came Running” (with Frank Sinatra, with whom Martin would become longtime pals as part of the Rat Pack).
        Lewis, on the other hand, was considered a lightweight, if crowd-pleasing, clown. His early solo films, such as “The Delicate Deliquent” (1957) and “Rock-a-Bye Baby” (1958), made under a longstanding contract with producer Hal Wallis, were more of the same.
        But upon the end of his Wallis contract, in 1959, Lewis set out to take greater control of his work. He signed a huge contract with Paramount, a seven-year deal promising him $10 million and 60% of the profits for 14 films, according to his agency biography. He starred in “Cinderfella,” written and directed by the noted comedy director Frank Tashlin, and — when that movie was held for release — came up with “The Bellboy,” a silent-film-style story of pratfalls and adventures that Lewis wrote, directed and starred in.
        It was for “The Bellboy” that Lewis first used video assist, so he could monitor his performance as he directed. He received a patent for the invention.
        “The Bellboy” was released in July 1960 and was a hit, helping establish Lewis as an auteur. He exercised similar writing-directing-starring control over several successive films, including “The Errand Boy” (1961), “The Nutty Professor” (1963) and “The Patsy” (1964).
        “The Nutty Professor” was perhaps the prototypical Lewis vehicle. A twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the film starred Lewis both as nebbish professor Julius Kelp as well as smooth-talking boor Buddy Love, the man he turned into after drinking a strange potion. (More than one commentator has compared Love to Martin, Lewis’ former partner, but the filmmaker regularly denied Martin was the basis for the portrayal.)
        Lewis considered it his best film, and the American Film Institute ranked it as the 99th-best American comedy of all time. Eddie Murphy remade the film in 1996, and Lewis brought a musical version to the stage in 2012.

        ‘Mozart of humor’

        In 2015, the Library of Congress announced it had acquired a huge collection of films and documents from Lewis, including copies of his most popular films, home movies and spoof films made by Lewis at home, which sometimes starred neighbors such as Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
        “For more than seven decades I’ve been dedicated to making people laugh. If I get more than three people in a room, I do a number,” Lewis told the library. “Knowing that the Library of Congress was interested in acquiring my life’s work was one of the biggest thrills of my life.”
        Though Lewis’ humor sometimes left reviewers cold, he had a sizable fan base.
        “My generation, we grew up on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. They were our heroes,” said the late British funnyman Marty Feldman, crediting Lewis as one of the reasons he became a comedian. “Jerry Lewis actually has genius.”
        “Lewis is the Mozart of humor,” wrote Agnes Poirier of the UK newspaper The Guardian in 2006. “You can keep sneering. I don’t care.”
        Lewis remained a box office attraction during the 1960s, but his popularity waned with changing tastes in comedy and some dismal films, such as “Way … Way Out” (1966) (“About as funny and unusual as the daily trip on the subway,” wrote The New York Times) and “Which Way to the Front?” (1970).
        One attempt at an early-’70s film comeback, “The Day the Clown Cried” — intended to be Lewis’ first serious film — became Hollywood legend.
        In the rarely seen film, Lewis plays a circus clown, Helmut Doork, who ends up entertaining children at a concentration camp — and eventually leads them to the gas chamber. The movie was never released but has been viewed by a select few, including comedian and “Simpsons” star Harry Shearer, who was blunt in his assessment.
        “This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is,” Shearer told Spy magazine in 1992. “‘Oh, my God!’ that’s all you can say.”
        Lewis rarely lacked for activity or money — he performed regularly, including an annual Las Vegas gig that paid him well — but he struggled to remain relevant. His 1980 comeback comedy, “Hardly Working,” was given zero stars by Roger Ebert, who said it was “one of the worst movies ever to achieve commercial release in this country.” (But it was a smash hit in Europe.)
        In the 1980s and ’90s, Lewis picked a handful of serious roles that earned him positive reviews. He played a kidnapped talk show host in Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film “The King of Comedy,” earning a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actor. He was a clothing business owner in a plotline on the late-’80s show “Wiseguy,” and he played a wise comedy legend in the 1995 British film, “Funny Bones.”
        Lewis stayed active, touring and working periodically in TV and films. In 2013 he starred in the drama “Max Rose,” and in 2016 he had a role in “The Trust,” which starred Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood. Both films were flops with critics, but RogerEbert.com’s Glenn Kenny, in reviewing “Max Rose,” said Lewis’ performance was “full of virtues: He’s committed, disciplined and entirely credible.”

        He helped raise billions

        For many years, Lewis was most known for his work as the fundraising face of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
        He started his activity with MDA in 1951, according to his agency biography, although why he got involved has remained a mystery over the years. In 1956, he and Martin hosted an MDA telethon that raised $600,000. The first Labor Day Telethon, which was held in 1966 and aired only in the New York market, raised more than $1 million.
        By 1973, the year the telethon moved to Las Vegas, it had a network of more than 150 stations and was raising more than $10 million.
        The annual telethon, which aired live and ran for as long as 21 hours, was filled with traditions. “Tonight Show” co-host Ed McMahon joined Lewis for many years and would cue up the band when the tote board hit another big number. (McMahon died in 2009.) Lewis welcomed hundreds of guests, including the entertainment flavor of the month, surprise stars — John Lennon dropped by in 1972 — or old friends: In 1976, he reunited with Martin, thanks to the intercession of mutual acquaintance Frank Sinatra.
        And he was defiantly Lewis: clowning, raving, doing impromptu soft-shoes with the tie of his tuxedo undone. He traditionally concluded the broadcast with the Broadway standard “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
        In 2011, Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced they were parting ways, and in 2015 MDA announced that there would be no more telethons, although Lewis worked with MDA in 2016 on a promotional video.
        The “Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon” raised more than $2.4 billion, Lewis told the Las Vegas Sun in 2010. Lewis was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Motion Picture Academy in 2009.

        Success as a ‘total idiot’

        Lewis wasn’t the picture of health. He survived prostate cancer and underwent open-heart surgery. He once smoked five packs of cigarettes a day, and — because of medication — once tipped the scales at close to 300 pounds. He developed dependencies on painkillers, which was related to a 1965 spinal injury suffered during a pratfall.
        He also never lost his edge. Asked by “Inside Edition” in 2010 what he thought of troubled young Hollywood stars such as Lindsay Lohan, he let fly.
        “I would smack her in the mouth if I saw her,” he said. “And I would be arrested for abusing a woman.” He added that he’d be happy to “put her over my knee and spank her.”
        Last year he engaged in such a bizarre interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the publication headlined its article, “The most painfully awkward interview of 2016.” Video of the exchange, in which a sullen Lewis rarely used more than three words to answer a question, went viral.
        He could also be a soft touch, donating time and money to organizations such as the March of Dimes.
        Lewis had six children, five sons and a daughter, by two wives. One son, Gary, became the lead singer of the 1960s pop group Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
        Through it all, he never lost his outlook. “I’ve had great success being a total idiot,” he once said, combining both ego and self-deprecation.
        “You’re still 9, right?” asked King in 2000.
        “Oh, yes,” replied Lewis. “I will cut your tie some night with a scissor.”
        Correction: An earlier story misstated the name of the deceased. Comedian Jerry Lewis has died at age 91, according to his publicist.

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/20/entertainment/jerry-lee-lewis-dies/index.html

        Glen Campbell, hit singer and guitarist, dead at 81

        (CNN)Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday. He was 81.

        Watch “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN TV.
        “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell … following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” a Facebook statement said.
        Campbell is best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-’60s to the late ’80s: “Gentle on My Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” among them.
          They fit in neatly on both pop and country radio, with two of them — “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights” — hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
          He was also famous for “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” a TV variety show that ran from 1969 to 1972.
          Before he became a solo star, Campbell was one of the music business’ most in-demand session guitarists, known for his astonishing speed and his brilliant ear.
          He was part of the famed “Wrecking Crew” of L.A. session musicians that included Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, Larry Knechtel and Carol Kaye. The crack band played on records by Phil Spector, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the Monkees, the Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra.
          That’s Campbell’s fretwork on the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and “Help Me Rhonda,” Sinatra’s “Something in the Night” and Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” among hundreds of recordings.
          Such versatility was a necessity to get work and stay fresh, Campbell said in an interview. As a teenager, he was in a band with his uncle and the group had a regular radio gig.
          “Music was my world before they started putting a label on it,” he told ClassicBands.com in 1999. “We had a five-day-a-week radio show, six, seven years. You use up a lot of material doing that. We did everything from country to pop, when rock came along.”
          Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz and other musicians flooded Twitter with tributes to Campbell.
          “Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten,” said fellow country star Charlie Daniels.
          “RIP my dear old friend Glen Campbell. Music has lost a giant of a man & a talent. I shall be forever grateful for everything he did for me,” said singer Anne Murray.
          The singer’s daughter, Ashley Campbell, said she is “heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”

          Seventh son of a seventh son

          Glen Travis Campbell was born April 22, 1936, in Delight, Arkansas, a very small town in the southwestern part of the state. (More accurately, he was born in Billstown, an even smaller community outside of Delight.) His father was a sharecropper and Campbell was his seventh son — making Glen, according to many sources, the seventh son of a seventh son.
          He learned to play music on a five-dollar Sears guitar he received from his father, taking lessons from his Uncle Boo. His family moved to Houston when he was an adolescent. From there, he journeyed to Albuquerque to join his uncle’s band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. He later formed his own group, the Western Wranglers.
          But the real activity was in Los Angeles, where Campbell moved in 1960. He drew the attention of record companies with his song “Turn Around, Look at Me” — later a hit for the Vogues — and quickly started playing recording sessions, where his bright guitar picking and lightning fingers stood out.
          His colleagues were in awe. Many members of the Wrecking Crew were longtime professionals who’d come from the jazz and pop worlds with years of training. Campbell could just flat-out play.
          “Glen Campbell didn’t really read music. He could look at charts and get a sense of what was going on, but everything he did was by ear,” said Hal Blaine, one of the great rock ‘n’ roll drummers.
          And Campbell had a blast.
          ”Boy, I was floatin’ on high water, coming down from Arkansas and getting to play music with these people,” he told The Age of Melbourne, Australia, in 2009.
          He didn’t spend all the time in the studio, either. When Brian Wilson decided to stop touring with the Beach Boys, Campbell replaced him on the road. Always hoping for his own singing career, he put out a regular stream of singles. At one point in 1967, he opened for the Doors — just him and his guitar, dealing with a crowd clamoring for Jim Morrison.

          A Rhinestone Cowboy

          It wasn’t until being paired with a sympathetic producer, Al DeLory, that Campbell found his groove. He first hit with “Gentle on My Mind,” a John Hartford tune that was a minor success upon its first release in 1967.
          That was followed by Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” Campbell’s breakthrough, and continued with “I Wanna Live,” “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife,” and perhaps Campbell’s most fully realized song, the Webb-written “Wichita Lineman.”
          The song was an answer to a Campbell request, Webb recalled in 2012.
          ” ‘Phoenix’ could have been a one-off thing,” Webb told American Songwriter. But not long after meeting in person, Campbell called Webb. “He said, ‘Can you write me a song about a town?’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know … let me work on it.’ And he said, ‘Well, just something geographical. … And I remember writing ‘Wichita Lineman’ that afternoon. That was a song I absolutely wrote for Glen.”
          Campbell won four Grammys at the 1968 ceremony, in both pop and country categories.
          By late 1968, Campbell was a TV star as well. He had taken over the time slot of the controversial “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” for the summer and ended up with a surprise hit. CBS brought the show, now titled “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” back in January 1969. It ran for three years.
          He was criticized for his clean-cut image and lighthearted attitude in the midst of late-’60s turmoil, but that was OK with him.
          “If I can just make a 40-year-old housewife put down her dish towel and say ‘Oh!’ — why then, man, I’ve got it made,’ ” he told Time magazine.
          Later in 1969, he hit the big screen as a co-star in the John Wayne film “True Grit.”
          Meanwhile, his songs hit the charts with the regularity of an assembly line, though seldom becoming big hits. He finally had a resurgence in the mid-’70s, however, with “Rhinestone Cowboy,” one of the biggest hits of 1975, and “Southern Nights,” a remake of an Allen Toussaint song.

          Fall and rebirth

          The high life took its toll, however. He drank heavily and did drugs. He became a mainstay of gossip columns in 1980, with his third marriage over, when he struck up a relationship with country spitfire Tanya Tucker. He was 44, she was 21, and their affair was tempestuous, full of expensive gifts, public displays of affection, rip-roaring fights and more melodrama than an album’s worth of country songs.
          The relationship lasted 14 months.
          In 1983, Campbell married Kim Woollen, a former Rockette, and with her help, he cleaned up his act. There were a couple falls off the wagon — in 2003 he was stopped for drunken driving in Phoenix and briefly jailed — but, in general, he held up his end of the bargain.
          “Before I met her, I didn’t know where I was at, or where I was going. And after I met her, I knew where I was going, and I knew where I to wanted to go,” he told CNN in 2012.
          In 1994, he wrote a memoir, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” which talked about the good times and bad. He became a regular presence in Branson, Missouri, playing his hits and joking with the crowds.
          In 2011, he announced he had Alzheimer’s. Despite the diagnosis, he released an album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” to positive reviews, and followed it with a tour. He was showered with awards, including a lifetime honor from the Grammys.
          The Alzheimer’s Assocation mourned the singer’s death, saying he and his family “helped to bring Alzheimer’s out of the shadows and into the spotlight with openness and honesty that has rallied people to take action on behalf of the cause.”
          Later, he made a documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” that showcased the struggles on his final tour. A song from the movie, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” was nominated for an Oscar.
          During the “Ghost” tour, there were times he would forget lyrics or find himself suddenly unfamiliar with a chord change. The audience urged him on, singing the song and guiding him back into the groove.
          He told CNN he had no regrets.
          “I am content with it. Don’t cry over spilt milk,” he said. “Get up and be a man and do what you have got to do.”
          Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim, and eight children. Three previous marriages ended in divorce.

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/entertainment/glen-campbell-dies/index.html

          New documentary carries on Leonard Nimoy’s legacy

          The late Leanard Nimoy (left) and Julie Nimoy, his daughter and writer of the new documentary.
          Image: Julie nimoy  and David knight

          The love for Leonard Nimoy lives long and prospers, but does the world really need two Nimoy documentaries, one from each of his biological children?

          Logically speaking, yes it does.

          Our films are very different, said Julie Nimoy, referring to her new documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, and For the Love of Spock, the 2016 crowd-funded documentary by her brother Adam.

          The latter film focused on the sometimes-fraught relationship between Adam Nimoy and his father, Leonard, who played the iconic Star Trek vulcan Mr. Spock on TV and films for almost 50 years. It was also an examination of how Nimoy built the character of this seemingly emotionless and exasperatingly logical starship science officer.

          Our film really is a celebration of dads life Leonards life and his career and his struggle with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Julie Nimoy explained.

          Documentary co-writers and husband and wife David Knight and Julie Nimoy.

          Image: julie nimoy and david knight

          As originally envisioned, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, which premiered in April at the Newport Beach Film Festival and airs this fall on PBS, would have focused almost exclusively on COPD and the actors battle with the progressive disease. Nimoy and her husband David Knight had already made a handful of health-related films and saw an opportunity to continue Leonard Nimoys efforts to raise awareness about a disease that 11 million people, according to the American Lung Association, have been diagnosed with (though many millions more may have it and not even realize it).

          Leonard Nimoy, a two-pack a day smoker from the age of 17 until he was 55, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013. An intensely private man, he hid his condition from the public until he was spotted in a wheelchair and on oxygen at JFK airport.

          Julie Nimoy told me that, after talking to his second wife Susan, Nimoy decided to go public about his condition with Piers Morgan on CNN. That transformed him into an advocate who spent much of his last two years posting about the dangers of smoking and COPD on social media.

          Nimoy was aware of Julie and Davids plan to make a film. He gave his blessing. We thought he could narrate it, be a part of it, said Knight.

          Everything changed, though, after Leonard Nimoys death in February 2015 at 83. When Julie and David saw the outpouring of sympathy and intense interest in Nimoy, we thought, lets not just focus on COPD, lets make it a celebration of his life, said Knight.

          The Nimoy family.

          Image: julie nimoy and david knight

          Remembering Leonard Nimoy became a family film, exploring the relationships Leonard Nimoy had with his second wife, Susan, his children, Adam and Julie, his stepson, and six grandchildren. There is, naturally, a deeper look at the intense bond Julie had with her father.

          For many years, we had the same hobbies and likes, said Julie, who was 11 when Star Trek first aired in 1966 and her father became an unexpected international star.

          The documentary explores what that was like for Julie, but she also makes clear that she knew Nimoy the actor far outside the Star Trek stage.

          Leonard Nimoy loved the stage and, especially during the lean years in between the end of Star Trek the original series and the reboot of the Star Trek franchise on movie screens in 1979 spent years doing the summer stock circuit with him and her mom.

          A poster for the documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy.

          Image: Julie nimoy and david knight

          He was involved in theater work throughout the country. I went with him and my mom to pretty much every state, remembered Julie.

          Obviously, the film also explores Nimoys portrayal of Spock and how Julie witnessed the making of what is widely considered his most memorable Star Trek film scene.

          Trained as a Chef and caterer, Julie Nimoy worked on the set of Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn and watched as they filmed Spocks famous death scene (spoiler: he comes back in Star Trek III).

          I was there every day. [The documentary includes] my interpretations of my feelings on the set and the impact of that scene, said Julie.

          Even though the documentary will satisfy Trek nerds, it may be a deeper and sadder journey than Adam Nimoys film (Adam serves as consulting producer on the Julies documentary).

          It is an intimate look at his life and his passing. said Julie.

          Left to right: Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay.

          Image: julie nimoy and david knight

          While they were never able to interview Leonard Nimoy for their documentary, the film does include footage from his last birthday on March 2014.

          I shot it with my phone, she said, I did not know it would end up in my film.

          The documentary chronicles Nimoys fast decline and his difficult decision to, when even the most aggressive therapies had failed, to decline further treatment.

          Julie recalled that, by late 2014, the actor couldnt breathe without oxygen.

          He made a decision about treatment, said Knight, Controlling his destiny.

          While Leonard Nimoy was a private person, he did enjoy his retreats, activities (photography, piloting) and time with friends, much of which COPD took from him.

          The disease may also be at the root of his break with Star Trek co-star and long-time friend William Shatner. In his own book about Nimoy, Shatner recounted how, in the last few years of Nimoys life, they lost touch. Shatner couldn’t pinpoint the root cause.

          William Shatner (as Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (as Spock) on Star Trek VI.

          Image: Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

          I honestly dont know, said Julie when I asked her if she had any insight into the rift. Both she and David were aware that Nimoy and Shatner had drifted apart, but, said Julie, her father didnt get into detail. She also noted how supportive Shatner has been of her efforts to complete and promote her documentary.

          But then she added, It was really hard during last year and a half of [Leonards] life to be real social. He had this debilitating illness and found it very hard to breath, be active, and be around a lot of people.

          Perhaps, Nimoy just retreated a bit from his world as COPD began to curtail his activities, including spending time at his beloved Lake Tahoe home. The 6,000 ft. of the elevation made breathing on his own virtually impossible. The disease, said Julie, took away pleasure.

          Leonard Nimoy and Julie Nimoy on his boat at Lake Tahoe.

          For as difficult as some of the subject matter is, Remembering Leonard Nimoy is also a celebration of his life and will offer fresh insight into the personal side of Leonard Nimoy. Julie promises video and photographs that no one has ever seen, as well as an interview with Susan Bay, whom Nimoy married in 1989. She opens up about what it was like, marriage, health, what it impacted, said Knight.

          If nothing else, making the documentary, which airs this fall on PBS networks across the U.S. was a cathartic experience for its author, Julie Nimoy. It kept him close to me. It was good for me, she said, adding that it was also sad. There were a lot of hard moments looking back at all the old family photos and memories.

          Ultimately, Remembering Leonard Nimoy could work on multiple levels. Its a permanent record of the bond between a father and daughter and a call to action for smokers and others susceptible to COPD. My goal is to continue my dads mission to create awareness around this disease, said Julie.

          Bonus: Things you didn’t know about Star Trek

          Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/17/remembering-leonard-nimoy-documentary/

          ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ gets more screenings after Paris Climate Agreement fallout

          In the wake of President Trump’s devastating decision on the Paris Agreement, the makers of An Inconvenient Sequel are adding extra free screenings of the film around the country on June 6.

          The documentary about climate change has been updated for its official July release to reflect recent developments regarding the Paris Agreement and what that means for the United States and the rest of the planet.

          Currently, scheduled screenings include Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Voorhees, New Jersey, with updates being added to the site as they are scheduled.

          Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenkissued a statement following Trump’s decision:

          “We were shocked and disappointed to hear President Trump’s announcement…In our new film,An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,we filmedbehind-the-scenes in Paris to show thehard work, finesse, and passion that went into making the agreement happen.We hope that the hard work of those who made the deal happen will not be in vain. The good news is that there is a great deal to be hopeful about. The technology exists to create enough clean energy for the world economy and to avoid total climate catastrophe. Now that President Trump is pledging to do less to keep America’s commitment tothe world, we must all step up to do more to ensure the health of our planet.”

          Al Gore, who appears in both An Inconvenient Sequel and An Inconvenient Truth and has been a vocal advocate of climate change action for decades, called Trump’s decision “reckless and indefensible,” adding that it “undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanitys ability to solve the climate crisis in time.”

          Posted on his official website, Gore’s statement continued, “But make no mistake: if President Trump wont lead, the American people will.” Gore’s comments are already being backed up by a growing grassroots movement from individual American citizens and local and regional U.S. leaders who have pledged to uphold the tenets of the Agreement.

          An Inconvenient Sequel will be released nationwide on July 28.

          Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/03/inconvenient-sequel-screenings/

          Fans of its diversity are pissed ‘Sense8’ was canned during Pride Month

          Someone just told them about the cancellation …
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          Netflix canceled Sense8 after two seasons, the streaming service announced Thursday.

          It was a bitter blow to fans of the diverse show, especially on the first day of LGBT Pride Month.

          Created by The Matrix masterminds Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Sense8 won praise for its diversity and inclusivity both on screen and behind the scenes, which made the cancellation especially hard for fans to swallow and they made their disappointment known on Twitter.

          Netflix also heralded the show’s diversity in a statement announcing the cancellation.

          After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end, said Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.

          The news comes a week after Netflix pulled the plug on Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down after one season.

          Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/01/sense8-canceled-netflix/

          ‘Mom’ ditches Emmy campaign to donate to Planned Parenthood

          (CNN)CBS’s “Mom” put its plans for an Emmy campaign on hold in support of Planned Parenthood.

          Explaining their decision, star Allison Janney told “Access Hollywood”: “It just seems like now is a time to do something like this — as the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood.”
          Janney, who plays Bonnie on the series, is a long-time advocate for the organization. Janney said her great-grandmother worked with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and her mother once sat on the board of an affiliate organization.
            Planned Parenthood has been a frequent target of GOP initiatives.
            In April, President Donald Trump signed a bill that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, like Planned Parenthood.
            The majority of federal money given to the organization funds preventive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests and other women’s health services, according to information on Planned Parenthood’s website.
            “It’s been part of my family,” Janney said. “It’s an organization that’s important and needs to be here.”
            Janney has won two Emmys for her work on “Mom” and seven Emmys total.
            “Mom” has been praised during its four seasons for tackling issues like addiction, breast cancer and adoption.
            “I’m proud of all of us at ‘Mom’ for making that decision,” she said.

            Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/entertainment/mom-emmys-planned-parenthood/index.html