Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 15, 2011
July 15, 2011
Lots of airlines charge hefty baggage fees now, but if they lose your luggage, would you get reimbursed? Guess again, Sherlock.
Under new federal rules about to kick in, the airlines are supposed to reimburse passengers for baggage fees if the bags are lost and pay consequential damages when the luggage is late.
But when you read the fine print, it's clear the airlines only have to pay when the bags are lost for good. That loophole in the rules is a cash cow for the airlines: Nearly 31 million bags are misplaced and rerouted every year and unless you raise a stink, the airline will look to not pay a penny to reimburse you for the inconvenience they caused. (Maiman)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Big rumor of the day is that LEA MICHELE and CHRIS COLFER --who play Rachel and Kurt on "Glee"-- will not be leaving the franchise after all. RumorFix.com claims the pair is actually being spun off into their own show at the end of the season where the pair will head to New York to try their luck in the Big Apple.
There was a foreshadowing of the move at the end of last season, when the pair was at Nationals in new York, and they snuck on stage in the "Wicked" theatre and sang a couple of songs.
And regardless, everybody at "Glee" has got to be pretty pumped for the upcoming season --they were nominated yesterday for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, with Chris himself getting an additional nomination as well.
Stars and their movies:
KATY PERRY prepared for her role in "The Smurfs" by hitting the java bar. The pop tart plays "Smurfette" in the new animated feature and says the character's voice is just like when she's had too much coffee. (Lee)
KATY PERRY is hiding a secret --she actually doesn't like candy! Although most of her sets, dresses and scenes are candy-themed, the singer tells Us Weekly magazine that she has a "salt-tooth" but "french fries and potato chips on stage" wouldn't look as cute.
Guess what --looks like MILA KUNIS is actually going to the Marine Corps Ball after all! Mila's rep told FOX411.com that any reports that she was trying to get out of attending the November affair in North Carolina with Marine Sgt. SCOTT MOORE "are false."
It was FOX411.com that originally played the video for Mila last week, and got her answer on tape. So party on, Sarge!
Movies opening this weekend (Jul 15):
Look out for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which is already tracking some 82 percent ahead of the last Harry Potter film at the international box office.
In one day, on Wednesday, the movie made $43 million overseas, when it opened in 26 countries. And, as we mentioned yesterday, advance sales have already topped $26 million here in North America. So, look out --the film already opened at midnight at 38-hundred theatres across the U-S and Canada.
--"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," (3D-2D, IMAX; Adventure-fantasy; wide release, rated PG-13), starring DANIEL RADCLIFFE, EMMA WATSON, RUPERT GRINT, RALPH FIENNES, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, ALAN RICKMAN, etc. Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for the epic final battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world.
--"Winnie the Pooh," (Animated, wide release, rated G), with the voices of JIM CUMMINGS, CRAIG FERGUSON, TOM KENNY; narrated by JOHN CLEESE. Eeyore loses his tail; Owl sends the gang on a quest.
If reality stars are doing it, then it must be a trend: The craziest look in summer hairstyles this year is multi-colored dip-dyed hair.
SNOOKI from "Jersey Shore" was just spotted this week with the tips of her long black hair dyed pink and platinum-blonde. But you can credit (or blame) former “The Hills” star LAUREN CONRAD for launching the trend. She had been letting readers of her beauty blog vote on her grooming decisions. And the result was a multi-colored tie-died look on her blonde hair that made fashion bloggers go wild last week. Fashionista.com says it looks like Lauren’s stylist used a new technique that’s “a really fantastic effect.”
If you don’t have blonde hair, you have to strip out your natural hair color before getting the Crayola colors to stick. If that’s too much of a commitment, colored hair extensions also work for a dip-dyed fake-out. (Bartha)
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