Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 29, 2012
June 29, 2012
Another milestone for "Fifty Shades of Grey" athor E-L STONE, whose first novel in her erotic trilogy has become the fastest adult paperback novel to sell one million print copies. The previous record-holder was DAN BROWN, who hit it with the best-seller, "The Da Vinci Code." It took him 36 weeks to reach that mark, but it only took "50 Shades" 11 weeks.
Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks such stuff, says "50 Shades" also broke the weekly record for paperback sales, selling just short of 400-thousand copies, beating the previous record-holder, J-K ROWLING.
Amazon.com also said earlier this week that "Fifty Shades of Grey" was the first ebook to sell one million copies for Kindles as well.
Meanwhile, the UK's Daily Mail reports E L JAMES is pullling in over one-million-bucks per-week, there's a movie deal in the works and she credits her success to ladies that need a "holiday from their husbands." (Lee)
LADY GAGA and TAYLOR KINNEY are still together. Pics in this weeks In Touch magazine show the couple cuddling on a hotel balcony in Australia where he joined her on her world tour. (Myers)
LADY GAGA reportedly set a world record for most-money-ever-spent-on-an-ALEXANDER McQUEEN dress. Women's Wear Daily says Gaga scooped up the designer's coveted "The Girl Who Lived in The Tree" dress for almost $133-thousand dollars at an auction held Wednesday night at Christie's auction house in London. She apparently out-bid institutions and couture collectors from around the world." The original McQueen was sold as part of a huge auction by beer heiress and fashion-lover DAPHNE GUINESS to benefit a charitable foundation. (Bartha)
Stars and their movies:
"Magic Mike" opens today, and we won't know how successful it is until Monday, but Deadline.com says director STEVEN SODERBERG and star CHANNING TATUM already are working on a Broadway musical based on the show. The film is partially based on Channing's experiences as a stripper in Tampa, FL, when he was 19.
Trolling for IQ points:
Officials in Michigan are distributing talking urinal cakes to bars and nightclubs.
The NY Post reports the state Licensed Beverage Association is using the devices to warn drinkers about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. As customers use the urinals, the devices play a recorded message encouraging drunks to call a cab. (Still)
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