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Overnight: RIP Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall



It's sad to have to say goodbye to two people who have meant so much to us throughout our lives but that's what today has brought to us.

Lovely Lauren Bacall has moved on, Robin Williams as well.

Tonight we have two embeds, one each of their work (which don't begin to show you their incredible range of talent.).

More on Lauren Bacall from the BBC:

US film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.

Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not.

More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination

Read more here.

Our Political Carnival posts on Robin Williams:

A page of articles about Robin Williams on the BBC website here.

Lauren Bacall's 'Whistle' Line:

Robin Williams on Mork and Mindy

Mork and Mindy Season 1 Episode 21 In Mork We Trust


I Could Have Been Elliot Rodger


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Mickey Rooney Dies at the Age of 93



From the BBC

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies aged 93

Mickey Rooney, the child actor who became the world's top box-office star, has died aged 93, US police say.

Born in Brooklyn, he began his career aged 18 months in his parents' vaudeville act, Yule and Carter, and never really retired.

By 1965, Mickey Rooney's 200 films had earned more than $3bn (£1.8bn) around the world.

Sir Laurence Olivier once referred to him as the greatest film actor America ever produced.

From Wikipedia:

Mickey Rooney (bornJoseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.

He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an HonoraryAcademy Award, two Golden Globesand an Emmy Award.


Overnight: Life After Pi : Visual Effects in Hollywood


Visual EffectsLife After Pi : Visual Effects in Hollywood

The Life of Pi was an enormously successful movie, created (as a movie) almost entirely with special effects from all over the world but many created right in Hollywood by the Visual Effects ('VFX') company 'Rhythm and Hues'. Rhythm and Hues was not a profit participant in its success and closed its doors soon after receiving an Oscar.

Here's the whole story on YouTube from


Tuesday Links


Drought in Australia

Is Drought Becoming the New Normal for Australia?

Arizona Senate Actually Does It: Turn Gays Away Passes

Washington Lobbyist Pushes Bill Banning Gays from the NFL

The real monuments men: History trumps Hollywood

At 4.4 Billion Years Old, Oz Crystals Confirmed As World's Oldest

Tea Party candidate mocks fatal gunshot victims on Facebook, because we all know how funny that is

Oakland Artist Crafts Homes for Those Who Have None


Monday Links


Photos: Sochi Olympics day 15 highlights

Has the US Alpine ski team embraced ageism?

Syrian refugee children forced to work to support families in Lebanon

The $11 Billion Year
From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System

Angry crowd runs George Zimmerman out of Miami

Walker Aide Dismissed 'Crazy' Woman Who Starved In Mental Health Facility

13 Ways Europe Does Food Safer, Cleaner, and Kinder

Can You Walk On Water?

Watch what happens when the Tea Party takes over a school board. Warning: It gets ugly

Wes Anderson: In A World Of His Own

Watch This Fish Drive A Tiny Car (Really!)


Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85



(CNN) -- Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.
She was 85.
Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from Cheryl Kagan said.
She began acting at age 3 and became a massive box-office draw before turning 10, commanding a then-unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie.

Here's more from CNN

The Little Princess: Shirley Temple - the Beginning