Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN is launching a luxury make-up collection. The shoe designer famous for his red soled stilettos is bringing his signature color to everything from nail polish to lipstick. Women's Wear Daily says the full collection will be called Christian Louboutin Beauté and will hit store shelves in late 2013. (Bartha)
This weekend's hot movies (Daily Variety):
Week two of "The Avengers" was as good as anybody else's outstanding week one, pulling down over a $100-million bucks at the box office. In fact, "The Avengers" is the first film in Hollywood history to make more than $100-million dollars in its second week, and in two weeks, the movie has almost exceeded the eight-week gross of "The Hunger Games" ($374 million vs $387 million), which shows you how strong this film is.
So far, worldwide, the film made it to the $1 billion mark on Sunday and will shortly pass the $1.12 billion earned by "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which --up until now-- has been the number four best-grossing film of all time.
JOHNNY DEPP's "Dark Shadows" was a distant second, but managed to do well, with $28.5 million.
Legendary bass player DONALD "DUCK" DUNN has died. He died in his sleep Sunday morning after performing two shows at a Tokyo nightclub. He was 70. Donald's bass can be heard on countless of hit records by OTIS REDDING, SAM & DAVE, WILLIAM BELL and just about every other artist on the Stax Records label. That's because he was a member of BOOKER T. & THE M.G.'s, the house band for Stax. Dunn went on to do sessions with hundreds of artists look for that classic Memphis sound. He was also part of the original Blues Brothers Band, and appeared in the movie. (Marino)
Health and Medical Briefs:
A diabetic Denver teen found out the hard way that insulin pumps should not go through airport full-body scanners.
According to MSNBC, 16-year-old SAVANNAH BARRY was on her way home from a school trip. At the airport, she showed an agent from the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) a doctor's note explaining her medical needs. She was told it was safe to go through the full-body scanner, but when Savannah told her mother what happened, her mom called the pump's manufacturer and was they instructed her that the girl would have to remove the now-defective pump as soon as she landed in Denver.
Animas --the company that makes the ten-thousand-dollar pump-- says the x-rays used in the airport scanners can damage the software that regulates insulin delivery in pumps. The teen diabetic is now calling on the TSA to educate its agents about how to handle diabetic passengers in the future. (Page)
BRANDI GLANVILLE is completely ticked at ex EDDIE CIBRIAN. Star magazine reports that Eddie has forbidden Brandi from having their sons on camera for her Bravo reality show. At their sons recent soccor game, the kids sat with Eddie and his wife LEANN RIMES while Brandi sat alone.
Trolling for publicity:
ADELE has mastered the fine art of avoiding the paparazzi through some interesting fashion choices. The chart-topper told MATT LAUER the secret is rocking her jammies in public! Adele recently wore floral bottoms, a green coat and pink pumps topped with an umbrella and attracted no attention. The shy super star admits she doesn't want to be in people's faces, just make music. (Lee)
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
Europe's hottest property market right now? London, where a bunch of very rich French folks are looking to move after France elected Socialist FRANCOIS HOLLANDE earlier this month. His proposed a top income tax rate of 75-percent on incomes of 1-million-euros or more has many companies operating in France telling their top-paid employees to relocate across the English Channel.
There's also been a recent run on properties in Belgium as well. (Pacelli)
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