Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 27, 2012
February 27, 2012
Gas prices are going up, up, up, and with them, the price of everything else as well, including food.
Darden Restaurants, which operate the big chain restaurants including Red Lobster, the Olive Garden and others, say they expect the price of beef to skyrocket 12 percent in the next year. Chicken prices will "only" go up two percent.
The good news: fish prices are expected to drop a bit.
SETH ROGEN has been named High Times magazine’s 2012 Stoner of the Year. His parents must be so proud. That makes the “50/50” star a two-time winner of the dubious honor. Seth was first given the –um, honor?-- in 2007. That's when he was named co-stoner of the year with his “Pineapple Express” co-star JAMES FRANCO.
Rogen told People magazine that by being given the title a second time, he'd "won the one award" he's always wanted to get. (Bartha)
No love for NICOLE "Snooki" POLIZZI in Newark, NJ.
When the "Jersey Shore" star and her co-star, JENNIFER "J-WOWW" FARLEY, wanted to film their reality show in Newark after Hoboken turned them down cold, they had to be surprised when Mayor CORY BOOKER turned them down flat.
The Newark Star-Ledger says the Guv sent the guidettes a note saying he didn't want to strain the city's budget by over-allocating police resources to the pair, saying (in part): "I hope you can appreciate that my first priority is the safety and well-being of citizens and visitors." In short: "See ya."
However, the fun couple did shoot several scenes in Jersey City earlier in the month, despite some local business which erected "No Snooki" signs.
Unlike past years, this year the guys who hand out the annual Razzie Awards (honoring the worst performances in movies) decided to post the results on April Fools' Day, with the nominations coming out this past Saturday, the day before the Oscars.
With that in mind, congratulations go out to ADAM SANDLER, who broke a Razzie record by picking up 11 Razzie nominations for his various work this past year as an actor, a writer and a producer on "Jack and Jill," "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star" and "Just Go With It."
And, because he played both a male and female in "Jack and Jill," he got nominations for Worst Actor and Worst Actress as well. MARTIN LAWRENCE, who played "Big Momma" in this year's sequel, also picked up a nod for Worst Actress as well.
SARAH PALIN, although not traditionally considered an actress (in Hollywood, that is) also picked up a nomination for Worst Actress for her performance in "The Undefeated."
As far as worst movies overall, "Jack and Jill" got 12 nominations, including worst film, actor and actress for Sandler, supporting actress for KATIE HOLMES and supporting actor for AL PACINO. Other films in the category included "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," which Sandler co-wrote; "New Year's Eve"; "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"; and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1."
Jeremy Lin Update:
This JEREMY LIN stuff is starting to get outta hand. Now he's getting an ice cream flavor.
Ben & Jerry's has started selling a new flavor, Taste the Lin-Sanity. The flavor features vanilla frozen yogurt with lychee honey swirls and pieces of a waffle cone for dipping. It's being sold only at Boston's Harvard Square location in honor of Lin, who graduated from the Ivy League school.
The flavor first had fortune cookies for dipping, which the company pulled, saying they were too soggy --although some thought the inclusion of fortune cookies was racist.
Meanwhile, Nike announced Friday that it will begin selling Lin-themed shoes, the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low sneakers, a version of the ones Lin has been wearing all season.
Editor's note: Fortune cookies are racist but lychee nuts aren't? Maybe we should throw in some Top Ramen noodles.
--Fortune cookies are not from Asia, neither is Jeremy Lin. They're both Asian-American. It's actually quite appropriate.
--As a white person, I find vanilla offensive. (Maiman)
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