Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 19, 2012
July 19, 2012
A restaurant in China cut staff and hired a noodle-making robot.
Orange.co.uk says the cafe in Jilin City is attracting diners from miles away. Everyone wants to try noodles made by the droid known as ULTRAMAN. Restaurant owner QIAN HU bought the robot for two-thousand dollars. He says it works twice as fast and doesn't ask for a paycheck. (Still)
JERRY SEINFELD will release his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" videos beginning today on Crackle.com.
How about a reality series starring PETE ROSE?
Entertainment Weekly magazine says TLC has begun production on a reality series starring the 17-time All-Star who was banned from baseball for gambling on games while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds.
Pete, who's now 71, will be seen with his 30-something Playboy-model-slash-fiancée KIANA KIM as they try to blend their families... his in Las Vegas and hers in Los Angeles.
Some of the shows already taped involve a trip to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Kim getting a breast reduction. Yeah, as Pete tells the magazine, "We're just a normal family with 4,200 hits."
Taking everything much too seriously:
A Seattle couple crossing the border from Canada to Washington spent two hours at a detention center, facing a potential $15-thousand-dollar fine after customs agents discovered chocolate eggs in their car.
The pair was heading back from Vancouver when they decided to bring home some Kinder Eggs for friends and family. Kinder Eggs are a hollow chocolate egg with a toy inside, and they're illegal in the U-S because they can pose a choking hazard for children.
The fine for bringing the eggs across the border is $25-hundred bucks per egg, or $15-grand for the six in the trunk. In the end, the couple was let off with a warning.
That's pretty standard. Border agents don't usually fine travellers for carrying the chocolates; they just confiscate them. Roughly 60-thousand Kinder Eggs were seized last year.
Editor's note: Good lordy! First we hear that Canadians are wealthier than Americans. Now the Canadians are beating us in the chocolate egg department! Mr President, we must NOT allow a chocolate egg gap!
--Note: Despite a ban on Kinder Eggs, there is no ban on Kinder Gardeners. You're welcome. (Maiman)
JANET JACKSON is very upset. Us Weekly says she doesn't want her niece, PARIS, to star in a new movie called, "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys." She's only 14 and Janet says her brother, MICHAEL, wanted to keep his kids out of the business until they turned 18. Paris got the movie role last December. (Marino)
You can pretty much rule out NJ Gov CHRIS CHRISTIE as Romney's running mate; he's delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month, a slot usually used by a party to groom its next potential presidential candidate (see Obama, Barack).
The other thing is that the slot is usually distinct from the vice presidential nominee's speech.
The speech is set for Tuesday night, August 28th. (Maiman/Pacelli)
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