Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 10, 2011
June 10, 2011
So you're having a baby. Congratulations! That little bundle of joy is going to cost you.
The U-S Department of Agriculture estimates it'll costs $226,920 for a middle income family to raise a child for 17 years.
The agency's annual report finds the cost of raising a child rose 2 percent in 2010.
The largest expenditures are housing costs, followed by child care, education, and food.
Editor's note: Bail sold separately. (Maiman)
Trolling for publicity:
JENNIFER COOLIDGE is headed out the road. The hilarious cougar --best known as "Stifler's Mom" in the "American Pie" franchise --tells AbsoluteNow.com she's written a new stand-up act and is hitting the comedy circuit. It's a change of pace for the actress, she says it's quite different from TV or film and is excited about seeing the world. (Lee)
As we told you earlier this week, that red leather jacket that MICHAEL JACKSON wore in the "Thriller" video will be auctioned later this month.
The L-A Times says some of the estimated 200-to-400-thousand dollars from the sale will be donated to the California animal preserve that is home to the two Bengal tigers that Michael used to keep on the Neverland Ranch.
The auction in Beverly Hills will be held June 25 and 26. It will also include the glove Jackson wore to an American Music Awards ceremony, an ELVIS PRESLEY TCB necklace, a jacket worn by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN during his “Born to Run” tour and the wool cape RINGO STARR wore in THE BEATLES’ movie, "Help!" (Bartha)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Over in London, England, super model CHRISTIE BRINKLEY is set to make her West End debut as Roxie Hart in a four-week run of the musical, "Chicago." She made her Broadway debut in the show earlier this year
Christie, who's now all of 57, told the BBC her ex-husband BILLY JOEL, "always used to say I could do a Broadway musical."
Consumer Goods Technology reports pro quarterback and Heisman trophy winner TIM TEBOW is the new "face" of Jockey International’s newest collection of innovative underwear. Jockey Staycool is designed to help regulate skin temperature and keep you cool and comfortable. (What a missed opportunity for a second career for Rep. ANTHONY WEINER! --Kaye)
TV veteran WILLIAM SHATNER keeps getting gigs. Although his series, "(Bleep) My Dad Says" was cancelled by CBS, the Hollywood Reporter says he's play a recurring character on this coming season of the USA network show, "Psych."
Lowest common denominator:
Would you marry someone with seven-thousand piercings?
DOUG WATSON did. In what the London Telegraph described (with a pic, of course) as a "low-key" reception, Doug married ELAINE DAVIDSON, "a bizarre sight in a flowing white wedding gown and floral tiara with only her face visible, which was painted green and covered in 192 piercings."
Doug's fashion choice was a little more muted: Navy blue suit, light blue shirt, tie. She's 46; he's in his 60s.
"Elaine looked astonishing," said Doug. "People see the piercings but I see the amazing personality underneath."
The couple met 15 years ago and has been together ever since. And Elaine, who runs an aromatherapy shop, has really moved up in the world since then. When first accredited by the Guinness World Record book in 2000, she had a mere 462 piercings.
The 6,925 she lugs around now are said to weigh almost seven pounds. (Maiman)
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