Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012
One of the world's wealthiest bachelorettes is back on the prowl. TMZ.com reports ELIN NORDEGREN has given businessman JAMIE DINGMAN the boot after one year of togetherness. The stunning blonde and former ex-wife of TIGER WOODS isn't crying in her Chardonnay over the split --she was spotted working on her tan in Miami over the weekend. (Lee)
Disneyland is raising its admission prices to a staggering $87 for a simple one-day, one-park pass.
It's the second price hike in less than a year (it bumped admission to $80 last June). The park has now raised ticket prices in four consecutive years, pushing the cost up by $21 a ticket over that span, and entry now costs $46 more than it did 11 years ago.
The price of annual passes has also gone up, with the most expensive premium pass (which includes 365-day access and parking) now costing $649. Tickets to the much-larger Disney World Resort in Orlando are already $90.53.
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
There was a bit of drama at the Billboard Music Awards last Sunday night. Sources tell TMZ.com that a few members of the late WHITNEY HOUSTON's family weren't thrilled about being seated next to her sometime-boyfriend, RAY J. Word is the singer's sister-in-law and manager, PAT HOUSTON, was particularly ticked, asked security to move him, the hip-hopper refused and things almost turned physical. The situation was quickly diffused because the tribute to Whitney was just about to go down and the peacekeepers warned Pat it would probably be caught on video.
For what it's worth, RAY J says she "ruined what was a great opportunity to honor the woman who I loved." (Lee)
Meanwhile, WHITNEY HOUSTON's daughter was gambling in Las Vegas over the weekend. Small problem there: BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN is only 19-years-old. TMZ.com has footage of Bobbi hitting the slots Saturday night with her 22-year-old boyfriend at the MGM Grand. She was in town for Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. Underage gambling is a misdemeanor in the state of Nevada, and you can get up to six months in jail or a thousand-dollar fine. Things could be even uglier for the MGM Grand. (Marino)
It's good to be the Queen. QUEEN ELIZABETH apparently has assistants break in her shoes for her. Her majesty's designer, STEWART PARVIN told the Sunday Times that the queen's shoes "have to be immediately comfortable... She does get someone to wear them. [Because] the Queen can never say, 'I'm uncomfortable, I can't walk any more'."
The designer also says that every outfit in the queen's royal closet has a name, because "It's the only way we
know which is which." Her staff also catalogues where every outfit has been worn so that she doesn't wear the same dress at a later event. Her most popular dress is a yellow number called the "Buttercup." (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Congrats to former "King of Queens" and now "The Middle" star, PATRICIA HEATON, who'll be getting the 2,472nd star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame this morning. RAY ROMANO will be speaking at the ceremony. "The Middle's" season finale airs tomorrow night.
On tonight's Season 3 finale of "Glee," we'll meet Santana's mom, Maribel, played by GLORIA ESTEFAN. You'll see her with Santana and Brittany at their dinner in Breadstix.
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