Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 18, 2011
November 18, 2011
Movies opening this coming weekend (Nov 18):
The new "Twilight" movie is expected to make between $110-125 million this weekend. A smattering of "Breaking Dawn, Part I" reviews:
--"...It's disappointing that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity." Justin Chang in Variety
--"...you can practically hear every second ticking by while awaiting the payoff." Todd McCarthy in the Hollywood Reporter
--"...all-pain/no-pleasure." Lisa Schwarzbaum in Entertainment Weekly
--"...Part 1 doesn't disappoint." Alynda Wheat in People
--"...I lived a thousand lifetimes watching it, and died a thousand deaths." Dan Kois in The Village Voice.
--"...the latest and best of the movies." Manohla Dargis in the New York Times
--"...a significant number of its 117 minutes do seem like hours." Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune
--"...what's the difference? You know they'll go and see it anyway." Ross Brittain
Wasted away again in Margaritaville:
A lot of people caught this story yesterday. A Long Island man wearing a t-shirt reading "I'm A Drunk" is facing drunk driving charges after he crashed into a police car early yesterday morning.
The entire message on KEVIN DALY's t-shirt reads: "I'm Not An Alcoholic, I'm A Drunk. Alcoholics Go to Meetings." (click the link to check out the photo)
The cop in the car he hit, as it turns out, is assigned to the Suffolk County Police Department's alcohol fatality enforcement team. He was treated for minor injuries.
Daly, who's 22, wasn't hurt.
Editor's note: It's always nice for the cop when the perp does all the grunt work, ain't it? (Maiman)
Nike stands by Paterno:
Nike is not changing the name of its “JOE PATERNO Child Development Center.” Critics think the name of Nike’s on-site corporate day care center is “inappropriate,” and have been after Nike to change it since the Penn State sex scandal went public.
The day care center is at Nike’s corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. They told Women’s Wear Daily that its “relationship with Penn State remains unchanged.” And an industry analyst says that’s the right move. Nike “took more flak for not cutting ties to TIGER WOODS and KOBE BRYANT for their own sex scandals.”
The company’s relationship with Penn State has come under scrutiny since the allegations that former assistant coach JERRY SANDUSKY abused young boys went public. Paterno is named in the grand jury report: In 2002, a then-graduate assistant reported to Paterno that he witnessed Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the Penn State locker room. Paterno, in turn, reported the incident to his superior. But under heavy criticism for not also taking steps to call police, Paterno was fired by the University. (Bartha)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
It's over. DEMI MOORE is divorcing ASHTON KUTCHER.
Moore made the announcement with "great sadness and a heavy heart."
While there were rumors earlier this month that Kutcher was unfaithful, Moore didn't address that in her statement --directly, that is. "As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
Background: People magazine says Ashton has apparently cheated for the last time --there was a one-night stand with 22-year-old SARA LEAL that she claimed happened on his sixth wedding anniversary with Demi back in September. And before that, 22-year-old BRITTNEY JONES claimed she had sex with Kutcher in July of 2010.
Translation: Kutcher is a horndog who got tired of being married to a now-49-year old woman.
Editor's note: Who gets custody of Bruce Willis? (Maiman)
A multi-millionaire who gave all his money away last year says he's not sorry he did it.
Orange.co.uk reports 49-year-old businessman KARL RABEDER gave away all his cash, a private jet, a mansion and several limos and sports cars. Now, he lives on less than two-thousand dollars a month and he's never been happier. Rabeder says, "Love, sunshine, fresh air --those are the things that make me happy" ..."Seeing pictures of me back then as a millionaire, I look so miserable."
Most of his cash was given to people in third-world countries. (Still)
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