Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 6, 2012
April 6, 2012
It is Good Friday on the Christian calendar:
Christians solemnly commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, an event which would trigger the resurrection, the seminal event of the Christian theology. As is the case every year on Good Friday, volunteers honor the suffering of Christ by being nailed to wooden crosses in the Philippine village of San Pedro Cutud.
This year, Manila's Tempo newspaper reported that 20 people were on the list of penitents, including 50-year-old RUBEN ENAJE, who has had himself nailed to a cross every year for the last 25 --more than half his life. He's known in the Philippines as "The Jesus" of Cutud. Several others have done it the last few years but no one comes close to this guy.
This year, Ruben says he plans to do it again... and next year, too, but tells Tempo "After Good Friday next year , my 27th nailing, I will stop." Enaje also said he had been asked by ARCHBISHOP ANICETO to end his panata --or vow of sacrifice-- for good.
"This is not just for fun or for money," he said. "This is a spiritual vow as a way of thanking God for sparing my life when I fell from a three-story building several years back."
Several other villages plan to hold their own crucifixion events.
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
KIM KARDASHIAN is moving on from KRIS HUMPRIES with (wait for it...) KANYE WEST! TMZ.com caught the two leaving a showing of "The Hunger Games" in New York City this week and the hip-hopper is already rapping about his new lady. KW's new single, "Theraflu," talks about "falling in love" with the bootylicious brunette when she hooked up with her future ex-husband.
Meanwhile, the reality darling's sisters aren't doing too well in the tricky game of love. Friends tellIn Touch Weeklythat KOURTNEY's baby daddy, SCOTT DISICK, flirted with "dozens" of girls in Miami and young KHLOE has become quite reclusive, sits at home alone and is "so depressed." (Lee)
Any single dude better have a good job if he wants to date EMILY MAYNARD. Sources tell In Touch Weekly the brand-new "Bachelorette" made producers on the show "pre-qualify" every suitor to make sure their bank account is just as big as hers!
Phone starter: Fess up, girls --would you date a man that made less money? (Lee)
JESSICA SIMPSON has been called out for possibly ripping off CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN's designs. A fashion blogger at CellarPaper.com first spotted the uncanny resemblance between Louboutin's distinctive hot pink "Staratata" strappy sandal and Jess' "Evangel" design. In fact, the only noticeable difference is in the price. The Louboutins cost $995 dollars. Jessica's: only $98 dollars. (Bartha)
Mom-to-be NICOLE "SNOOKI" POLIZZI is going to add children's and infants slippers to her footwear line. New York magazine's The Cut column says that the "Jersey Shore" star will sell the kids' slippers for $15 a pair on her website, snookislippers.com. They'll be available later this spring. (Bartha)
How about a reality show about... bacon?
Believe it or not, Daily Variety says the same guys who produce TLC's "The Little Couple" and "I Get That A Lot" for CBS-TV have partnered with a company that sells bacon-related products to do a reality show about them.
JUSTIN ESCH and DAVE LEFKOW already produce stuff like Bacon Salt, Baconnaise, Bacon-flavored popcorn and other stuff, like bacon-flavored envelopes and even a bacon coffin (complete with interior bacon air freshener).
Now, they'll have their own TV series.
FYI: Here's a link to their company, J&D Foods.
The Reel Deal:
Good news... that movie, "Bully," now has a "PG-13" sticker on it after the Weinstein Company turned in a re-edited version of the film about the bullying epidemic in America's schools.
The Hollywood Reporter says the MPAA changed their rules to pass the rating. In the initial version there were six uses of the "F"-word, which is only allowed once in a film rated PG-13.
In the new version, the ratings board is allowing three uses of the "F"-word, which is used several times in a crucial scene when a boy is bullied aboard a bus.
The movie will be out in 55 markets next weekend with the new rating.
See ya: JIM MARSHALL, inventor of the Marshall amplifier, has died. He was 88 years old. If your ears are still ringing from a concert you went to in the 80's, you can thank Jim for that. Before he came up with the Marshall stack, the loudest and most powerful guitar amp for its time, musicians were touring with tiny amps that could barely be heard over the crowd. Combine a Marshall amp with a Gibson Les Paul guitar, and you have the ultimate rock 'n' roll equation. That's why Jim's nickname was "The Father of Loud." He may be dead, but Jim's legacy will always go to 11. (Marino)
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