Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 29, 2011
November 29, 2011
30 years ago today, NATALIE WOOD drowned after apparently falling off the back of a yacht (1981). Natalie's husband, ROBERT WAGNER was on board along with her "Brainstorm" co-star, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN.
Along the Primary trail:
HERMAN CAIN attempted to get ahead of his latest political scandal by announcing on CNN that another woman would soon be making an allegation against him.
Sure enough, another one did. An Atlanta woman claimed she had a 13-year-long extramarital affair with Herman Cain.
In an interview airing last night, GINGER WHITE told Atlanta's Fox 5 that she was aware Cain was married and aware she was involved in a very inappropriate relationship.
Described as a "businesswoman" in the Fox 5 report, White supplied copies of her cell phone bills that showed 61 calls and texts over four months ending this September. When the station texted the number, Cain called back.
White said she came forward because she was offended by the way Cain attempted to minimize and dismiss allegations of sexual harassment that have come to light over the last month. "It bothered me that they were demonized," she said.
The reporter who conducted the interview, DALE RUSSELL, began promoting his scoop on his Facebook page yesterday afternoon, claiming in the online promo that Cain "denies an affair, but not a relationship." In a statement to the news channel later, however, Cain's lawyer didn't deny that alleged affair occurred, instead saying it was nobody's business and out of bounds to the media.
What did you buy online yesterday? Cyber-Monday sales hit a record $1.2 billion, up 20 percent from last year. ComSource, which tracks online sales, says half of all adults were shopping online yesterday.
The hottest item was the tablet: iPads, and especially Amazon's KindleFire. ComSource, which monitors online sales, says half of all adults were buying online yesterday.
Social Media --you are what you tweet:
A new survey of more than 12-hundred executives responsible for hiring decisions in Australia by Pure Profile finds that 28 percent of the respondents use social media to screen job candidates by doing research into their backgrounds. Within this group, respondents said they were turned off by something posted on a profile around 40 percent of the time. That compares to one-third who said that something posted on a profile helped decide them in favor of a particular candidate. (Kaye)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Remember LINDA PERRY from the band 4-NON-BLONDES? The lady-loving singer seems to have a new girlfriend by the name of SARA GILBERT from "The Talk." TMZ.com features pictures of the gals holding hands during a walk around West Hollywood. Sara just called it quits with ALISON ADLER last August and they have two children together. (Lee)
Gossip Central: tabloids:
What's hot in Hollywood from Star magazine:
--Huggable Hangers, velvet-covered hangers in 20 colors www.hsn.com
--UP, a bracelet thats works with an iPhone app to track your daily activity, sleep pattern and eating habits $100 bucks at www.att.com
--My City, My New York by author JERYL BRUNNER with stars favorite secret spots to hang in the city that never sleeps $13 dollars at www.amazon.com (Myers)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
If the whole "Twilight" series hasn't been enough for you as a vampire fan, how about a vampire ballet?
Oh, yes --it's really in the works. In fact, the BBC reports British choreographer MATTHEW BOURNE is working on a new version of the famous ballet, "Sleeping Beauty," but with "vampiric influences."
If his name rings a bell, it's because he's the guy who re-did "Swan Lake" with an all-male cast.
The new "Sleeping Beauty" will be staged next Christmas in London, with a potential tour afterward.
Broadcast, cable and video news:
The holiday classic, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is on CBS tonight (8 pm Eastern) and we probably don't need to belabor the fact that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is also on tonight (10 Eastern, CBS); if you're in it for the musical performances instead of the scantily-clad models, you'll see KANYE WEST, NICKI MINAJ and MAROON 5.
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