Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 22, 2012
February 22, 2012
Another great moment last night from NJ GOP Gov CHRIS CHRISTIE on CNN. Christie sat down with PIERS MORGAN talk about a number of topics, presidential politics and tax policy.
When Morgan talked about billionaire WARREN BUFFETT's desire to be taxed more, Christie said, "He should just write a check and shut up." (Pacelli)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
ADELE gave the middle finger at the British Music Awards Tuesday night in London. The Grammy-winning diva went M-I-A after accepting an award for best album. People magazine says she was in the middle of giving her acceptance speech when the show’s host interrupted to introduce the big-in-the-90s band BLUR. The crowd booed. And Adele flipped her finger. She later explained the gesture was directed at “the suits” running the awards show, and not her fans. She said that she was “sorry if I offended anyone, but the suits offended me.” (Bartha)
Gossip Central --tabloids:
Star magazine claims that they have talked to WHITNEY HOUSTON's personal drug dealer. The dealer told the tabloid that her drug use "was worse than anyone knew."
Locked Up for their own good:
A guy in Leechburg, Pennsylvania, read about a robbery and recognized the thief --himself.
The NY Post says TIMOTHY BEER claims to suffer from split personality disorder. When he realized that one of his other personas had robbed a local restaurant, he turned himself in.
No word on whether his Good Samaritan personality gets a reward. (Still)
No luck for PHIL SPECTOR. Yesterday, the Supreme Court said no again to giving his murder conviction another look. Phil's lawyer had appealed the decision, claiming that the record producer's constitutional rights were violated at his second murder trial. The first one ended with a hung jury. So, 72-year-old Phil will remain in prison, serving 19-years-to-life for the 2003 murder of actress LANA CLARKSON. (Marino)
Stars and their movies:
JENNIFER ANISTON gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning at 11:30 am (Pacific). Her star --not under the TV category for "Friends" but in the motion picture category-- will be at 6270 Hollywood Blvd in front of The W Hollywood Hotel. In that same vein, Jen has never gotten an Oscar nomination, although she was nominated five times for an Emmy Award (with one win) for "Friends." The star is --as you may have guessed-- part of the PR hype for her new movie, "Wanderlust," with PAUL RUDD, which is opening this Friday.
Aliens and anal probes:
Look out MITT ROMNEY and BARACK OBAMA --you have some competition.
The Huffington Post says alien abductee UFO PHIL (website) claims he has the right to assume the presidency without a single vote. The cult songwriter and self-proclaimed 'man of science' says, "Don't worry, Obama, Mitt Romney and whoever else can still have their little election. That's not going to affect me." That's because UFO Phil --real name PHIL HILL --plans to become President of Earth. That's right --the entire planet.
Phil says, when he assumes global leadership, he will finally release the government's top secret cache of UFO files. He also promises to form some kind of UFO council called the 'Senate for Terrestrial Alien Relations' (S.T.A.R.). Oh, and he wants to tear down the Statue of Liberty and put up a statue of some alien being named ZAXON in its place.
You might be wondering under what authority UFO Phil can claim his new title. He says the aliens themselves have appointed him leader of the world.
FYI: UFO Phil has appeared alongside MTV comedian TOM GREEN. And, one of his original alien-themed songs is used as the theme song for Coast to Coast AM on Premiere Radio Networks. Phil can be reached for interviews at (323) 319-4836 or by emailing him at his website, www.ufophil.com. (Still)
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