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Mickey Easterling’s Memorial Service Sounds Like It Was a Real Hoot

SourceFriends and family of Mickey Easterling are saying their final farewells to the well-known New Orleanian.

The philanthropist, socialite and proud Louisiana native passed away last week at the age of 83.

More than a thousand people attended her larger than life memorial service, with Mickey just as she wanted to be remembered… causally sitting on an iron bench, wearing a magnificent hat with a glass of champagne in one hand and a cigarette holder in the other.

“She`s in a Leonardo outfit,” says Sammy Steele who did Mickey’s hair and make-up. “And I actually dressed her tonight for the occasion.”

It`s no secret Mickey loved to be the center of attention.

But she always turned that attention into helping people in need.

“She touched so many different people. She made such a contribution in our city, to arts and the community,” says Steele.

“Mickey is known for throwing some of the most memorable New Orleans party`s.

“One specific one I remember was the one she gave for Lena Horne.

“It’s like something out a department store window in New York. On 5th Ave.,” says Steele referring to how Mickey’s memorial service was planned by her ahead of time, “This is what she requested. She`s sitting in a garden scenery to depict her back yard. This is what she wanted. No stone was left unturned for this memorial.”

“She looks wonderful,” says one bystander. “She looks just like Mickey.”

Mickey is a Graduate of Mt. Carmel Academy.

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Well this is horrifying. Nothing like going to a memorial service for someone and having their corpse on display in full decorative garb. I’ve never been to New Orleans but for some reason this doesn’t sound out of the ordinary for people down there. If a thousand people showed up for this memorial service and had a party then it leads me to believe that this is a normal occurence in New Orleans. Maybe it’s just a Northeast thing but I’d feel uneasy being in the same room as the corpse of the person I was there to memorialize. I will admit that Mickey had one hell of an oufit on though. That pink boa is gasoline injected fire. Now I can add a corpse to the list of things that are better dressed than me. Happy Monday indeed.

– Ryan

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Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In: Amazon Signs Deal to Stream HBO Shows

SourceTake that, Netflix. Beginning on May 21 the multi-year agreement will enable Amazon Prime subscribers to stream series including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, and later — about three years after episodes initially air — Girls, The Newsroom and Veep. In addition, by year end Amazon will offer HBO GO on its new Fire TV platform. (It’s already available to HBO subscribers on other devices including Google’s Chromecast.) The shows will still be available on HBO’s platforms, but the companies say that this is the first time the premium pay TV channel’s shows have been licensed to an online-only streaming service. “As owners of our original programming, we have always sought to capitalize on that investment,” HBO EVP of Business and Legal Affairs Glenn Whitehead says.

Amazon shares are up 1.4% pre market, and Netflix is down 2.7%, following the announcement. That suggests investors didn’t fully accept Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ claim on Monday that the streaming video providers can peacefully coexist. “It’s a very much not a zero-sum game and we are building this ecosystem together that’s about Internet video and the more players there are in Internet video, the bigger that ecosystem gets,” he said. “The big theme is Internet video is taking share away from linear video. So we are all participating in that transformation.” He has more mixed feelings about HBO: In January he joked that HBO chief Richard Plepler’s Netflix password was probably: “Netflix bitch.”

Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil says HBO probably made its deal with Amazon, instead of Netflix, because there’s less overlap among their subscribers. Still, it’s “clearly a negative for Netflix, given the high profile nature of the HBO content” and could “somewhat limit” the streaming company’s just-announced plan to raise its prices for new customers. He notes, though, that HBO and Amazon released few details about the deal terms and that it doesn’t include all HBO shows.

Fuckin’ internet is right, Tony. Last week I wrote about how I didn’t trust Amazon anymore because they had the craziest person in the world Gary Busey pimp their TV product. I take all that back now. Any streaming service that gives me another outlet to watch my pal Tony is alright in my book. Why Netflix never signed this deal is beyond me, but it’s their loss. HBO has the best shows to offer to a streaming service, and the biggest advantage is their rewatchability factor. I’ve watched The Sopranos three times from beginning to end and if I get sick this weekend I could start all over and have just as much fun. Plus, the list of older HBO shows is the television version of murderer’s row. The Sopranos. The Wire. Deadwood. Oz. Entourage. The Life and Times of Tim. Six  Feet Under. And that’s just my personal short list. If you can’t find a show to fall in love with and watch over and over on that list then you hate television. Simple as that. Amazon Prime just pulled a game changing move. Watch your ass, Netlifx.

– Ryan

 

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