Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 17, 2012
August 17, 2012
Condé Nast --the publisher of Vogue, Allure, Glamour and a bunch of other major fashion magazines-- just released its first-ever iPhone game. It's called "Fashion Hazard." NY Magazine's The Cut says the game simulates walking down a treacherous catwalk. Players have to tilt and jiggle their phones – their phones, I said – to collect coins and avoid typical catwalk hazards like other models and... um, snakes? The app is only 99-cents.
Editor's note: And apparently designed by someone who has never even seen a fake runway show staged before. Snakes? That's not a runway hazard. Some real-life fashion hazards:
--Five points for every inch of stiletto heel you successfully wear on the runway (5 inch heels = 25 points.) Lose points for falling.
--Lose points when blinding flashbulbs cause you to walk off the catwalk.
--Earn points for dodging cell phones thrown by tantruming supermodels.
--Lose points for eating and gaining weight.
--Lose points for not eating and becoming anorexic. (Bartha)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Are you on the hunt for a sassy new ride? JAY LENO has just the car for 'ya! JustLuxe.com reports the late-night comic's 2012 Fiat 500 is going on the auction block tomorrow in beautiful Pebble Beach, California. The vehicle is the second out of just 500 made, features a five-speed manual transmission and the winning bidder will also get a personal tour of Jay's amazing automobile collection. The sick whip is expected to go for 25-to-35-thousand-bucks and all proceeds will be donated to the Fisher House, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded American soldiers and their families. (Lee)
When the going gets tough, the investors get antsy.
Facebook's stock hit an all-time low in Thursday morning trading as a lock-up period on the company's IPO ran out, giving investors an opportunity to ditch out on their shares.
The social-media giant's stock closed at $19.87, nearly half the value it opened at ($38) when the stock went public in May. That's a market-value decline of about $40 billion, making Facebook the worst-ever large-scale IPO on record.
Who would be the most unlikely artist you'd expect to cover a RAMONES song? Get this. CEE LO GREEN has recorded the punk pioneers' 1976 classic, "Blitzkrieg Bop" as the theme for the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football. Cee Lo said punk is a lot like hip-hop because it's like (quote), "making something out of nothing." Cee Lo also needs your help. He wants you to send in video of yourself and your friends shouting "Hey, Ho, Let's Go!" If he likes it, you'll be in the official video. Send your submission to nfl.com/fanthem.(Marino)
Trolling for IQ points:
Fans of the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey might be a little disappointed with what appears to be the latest edition.
Orange.co.uk says the publication is billed as a "stunning tour de force" that becomes "darker and darker" as the book continues. But, it turns out this version of Fifty Shades of Gray is actually just a notepad featuring 200 blank pages on different shades of gray colored paper. The book is available online by author SHERIDAN SIMOVE. (Still)
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