Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 2, 2012
March 2, 2012
Trash talk and satellite dish:
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and MARIA SHRIVER. Are they getting back together or not?
Rumors have been floating that the two were trying to reconcile, but Us Weekly says they are not in counseling and are "through for good." If they’re spotted together in public, it's only "because of their family." (They have four children together.)
But that's not what the NY Post is saying. Their dish is that Maria doesn't want a divorce for religious reasons (she's Catholic), and the two are going to couples therapy. A source told the paper she's "still struggling with the humiliation she endured by him." Other "friends" say Arnold is desperate to win her back, promising he's changed.
Shriver filed for divorce last summer following news that Arnold had fathered a child with their maid 14 years ago. (Bartha /Maiman)
Editor's note: I say they get back together. All the Kennedy women stay with their cheating husbands. Its a family trait. (Maiman)
Gay Marriage Update:
Gay marriage is now legal in the state of Maryland. Democratic Gov MARTIN O'MALLEY signed the bill into law yesterday, making Maryland the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Getting the bill to his desk was quite a challenge despite the large Democratic majority in the state legislature. Factions of lawmakers with Catholic and evangelical ties were against legalizing gay marriage, and the bill barely squeaked by the House of Delegates with a vote of 71 to 67.
Opponents are expected to challenge the new law through a referendum in November. They'll need to collect 56-thousand signatures to get it onto the ballot. (Maiman)
Rounding up the usual suspects:
Police in Philadelphia arrested a woman they say was planning to administer butt injections.
The street lingo is a "pumping party." They're for people who want a butt enhancement. They inject silicone into your butt, or at least that's what they tell ya. It doesn't work, and it's not unusual for someone to fall seriously ill after receiving an injection.
Police arrested PADGE WINDSLOWE, who's already under investigation for a botched butt-enhancement procedure on 20-year-old last year. That person died after the procedure was performed.
Editor's note: First of all, if anything, Americans need smaller asses, not larger.
--That's a long way from the ol' Tupperware party. (Maiman)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
It's good to be the BIEBER. Yesterday was JUSTIN's 18th birthday, and his manager gave him a Fisker Karma. That's a really really expensive plug-in hybrid car. It goes for $100-thousand dollars. Yes, for a car. Justin got his sweet ride on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Only a few people own a Fisker Karma, including LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, AL GORE, COLIN POWELL and ASHTON KUTCHER's character on "Two and a Half Men."
The Bieber also got a big honor at Madame Tussauds --a brand new wax figure. Actually, Madame Tussaud's had a wax dummy of him with SELENA GOMEZ, but that was back when he was younger. Now, since he's turned 18 and is a man, there's a whole new Bieber, which begs the question --what will he get when he turns 21? (Marino)
Stars and their movies:
Another sign that Paramount Pictures is going ahead with a "Top Gun" sequel --they just hired the guy who wrote "The Town" to write a script for "Top Gun 2."
"The Town" starred BEN AFFLECK, JEREMY RENNER and JON HAMM and made around $150 million worldwide; the Hollywood Reporter says the hiring is a sign the company is serious about the sequel.
No word about whether TOM CRUISE will have a cameo --or more-- in the sequel.
It's not just "Die Hard" movies for BRUCE WILLIS. Columbia Pictures announced yesterday he'll be doing an action-thriller called "Five Against a Bullet," in which he'll play one of five bodyguards who are hired to protect a Mexican politician from a drug cartel during an election.
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