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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

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Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, whose Oscar-winning thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” terrified audiences and introduced one of the most indelible villains in movie history, died Wednesday morning in New York. He was 73.

He died of complications from esophageal cancer, according to a statement from his publicist.
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Demme won consistent acclaim as the director of such diverse movies as the Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense”; “Philadelphia,” the 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS; and “Beloved,” the 1998 Oprah Winfrey movie based on Toni Morrison’s bestseller about a 19th century slave haunted by the ghost of her daughter.
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 But it’s “Silence of the Lambs” for which he was best known. The 1991 movie, based on Thomas Harris’ novel, swept the Academy Awards the following year, winning Oscars for best picture and its two stars, Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, whose Hannibal Lecter character became a cultural icon. Demme also won the Oscar for best director.

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Jonathan Demme at the New York Film Festival in 2012.

 Jonathan Demme at the New York Film Festival in 2012.

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Erin Moran, Who Played Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 56

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Erin Moran, the former child actor who played the sweet but mischievous Joanie on the television series “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department in southern Indiana confirmed her death. Ms. Moran was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon and died in her home in New Salisbury, Ind., the authorities said.

An autopsy showed that she most likely died from complications of cancer, the sheriff’s department said in a statement on Monday.

Ms. Moran, who started acting at 5, got her first taste of television in a commercial for First Federal Bank. She went on to play minor characters on television and in film in the late 1960s and early ’70s. At 12, she landed her biggest role: Joanie, the freckle-faced troublemaker and sister of Richie Cunningham, the all-American teenager played by Ron Howard.

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Erin Moran, standing, with her television family on “Happy Days,” from left, Marion Ross, Ron Howard and Tom Bosley. Credit ABC, via Photofest

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The Powerful Osprey

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The Powerful Osprey

 BOTH THE BIRD AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY ARE INCREDIBLE

 Unbelievable how strong these guys are!

 Hard to believe this Osprey got 5-6 fish at a time and then got a flounder under 3 feet of water and made off with what looks to be a 5+ lbs steel head. Have you ever seen a bird shake water off like a dog does? Wouldn’t want to get in its way when its eyes are locked onto you and talons in the “load” position! It’s talons are amazing!

 There are 3 sequences in this one video:

 1st sequence – catches half a dozen fish in one strike.

 2nd sequence – plunges talons into deep water to grab the prey.

 3rd sequence – captures a big old fish that looks as if it weighs more than he does!

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Osprey’s catch after diving into school of fish

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Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

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Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.

You can use AutoDraw on your phone or desktop and the experience is pretty straightforward. You simply start drawing your best version of a pizza, or house, or dog, or birthday cake and the algorithms try to figure out what it is that you’re trying to draw. It then tries to match your squiggles with drawings in its database, and if it finds any possible matches, it’ll show them in a list at the top of your virtual canvas. If you like one of those options, you simply click on it and AutoDraw replaces your amateurish creation with something a bit slicker.

Artists who want to donate their drawings to the project can do that here, by the way.

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Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning

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We need Dave Chappelle’s humor in Trump’s America now more than ever

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After more than a decade flying mostly under the radar, comedian Dave Chappelle is back with a new Netflix comedy special that debuted Tuesday. 

He picked the perfect time to make a comeback. Donald Trump’s America is a place so frighteningly chaotic that sometimes the most rebellious thing you can do is laugh at it.

Chappelle’s comedy is the kind of smart, incisive, dark humor that’s most useful when the political tide is running against it. He came to prominence in the early 2000s, when George W. Bush was president and the country’s racial justice agenda seemed to stop at the symbolically fruitless task of burying the “n-word.” His hit comedy program, Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, poked fun at the racial pageantry of the United States, giving viewers countless classic sketches: the black white supremacist, Clayton Bigsby; the Niggar family; and the “Racial Draft,” to name just a few. 

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We need Dave Chappelle's humor in Trump's America now more than ever

                                                      Dave Chappelle                               Image Credit: AP

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Chuck Barris, ‘King of Daytime TV’ Who Claimed to Be CIA Assassin, Dead at 87

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Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” ”The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” died at 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin.

Decades before shows such as “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” came along, Barris put everyday people who did not mind exposing their vulnerabilities or answering embarrassing questions before the cameras.

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Image: Chuck Barris Chuck Barris hosts “The Gong Show.” Ron Tom / NBC via Getty Images

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Rumor has it that some of you have this strange rule of always up voting ass.

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Trying to figure this out!

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