Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 14, 2012
June 14, 2012
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
The boys in ONE DIRECTION are already spending some of their hard-earned, newfound wealth. PerezHilton.com reports band member ZAYN MALIK just bought his first home in North London for a whopping 3.1-million-bucks! Rumor has it the 19-year-old is trying to be smart with his cash, but fell in love with the place and is already planning some parties around the indoor pool. (Lee)
DEMI LOVATO and BRITNEY SPEARS are at each other's throats. Star magazine reports that "The X-Factor" judges have a tense relationship off air. Sources say that Demi thinks Britney is a twit and Brit thinks Demi is beneath her. While Demi has a juicer and organic vegetables on set, Britney is all chips and mac and cheese. (Myers)
KANYE WEST and KIM KARDASHIAN are rocking matching pairs of Nike Air Yeezy II sneakers. The publicity-loving duo sent Twit-pics of their new kicks earlier this week. People magazine says the Kanye West for Nike sneakers are like "Christian Louboutins are to fashionable girls. Everyone wants them, but few actually get them." Nike is only releasing three to five thousand pairs of the limited edition sneaks worldwide. They retail for $245. They went on sale Saturday and are already sold out. But the shoes are selling for thousands on eBay. One pair is even listed for $90-thousand bucks! (Bartha)
Update: Daily Variety says a federal judge has scheduled a hearing tomorrow morning (Friday) to consider CBS's attempt to get a restraining order over ABC's new reality series, "Glass House," on the grounds that it is a ripoff of "Big Brother."
As we've mentioned before, the show is scheduled to debut on Monday... but maybe not. Stay tuned.
This has to hurt. You're a politician with the same name as a famous rock star... but he's endorsing your opponent! Republican Illinois Congressman JOE WALSH does not have the support of EAGLES guitarist and solo artist, JOE WALSH. He's already endorsed Democrat TAMMY DUCKWORTH for that seat, and Joe will do a fundraising concert for Tammy as The Real Joe Walsh. (Marino)
If you love cheap pizza, you'll love this.
Apparently, the next big fast food craze in America will be vending machine pizza. Invented by Italian CLAUDIO TORGHEL, Let's Pizza is setting up a new American headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Torghel's vending machines mix the dough, add sauce from a tube, bake the pie, then spit it out in under three-minutes.
A promotional YouTube video (here) says the machine uses only "fresh ingredients" and the pizza has "total hygiene" because no human hands ever touch it. A fresh vending machine pizza will cost under six-bucks. (Still)
Most Americans don't think they need to make six figures to be successful.
A new poll of 5,772 workers found that a little less than 30 percent would define success as raking in between $50 and $70 grand a year; another 23 percent said they'd be happy with less than $50-thousand.
But some still shoot high: The CareerBuilder survey did find that about 10 percent of respondents equated success with a salary of more than $150-thousand.
So how are Americans stacking up? A little less than a quarter of those surveyed were happy with their current salaries. Another 45 percent did say they were close to the salary they wanted, but 32 percent said they were nowhere close.
Editor's note: Yeah, well, those are the unemployed people in an Obama economy. (Maiman)
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