Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 23, 2012
August 23, 2012
Looking at Logos:
Apparently Nike doesn't think the recession has touched people who really, really love LeBRON JAMES. The company is releasing its most expensive sneaker ever this fall, a $315 LeBron basketball shoe, thus testing the $300 price barrier.
If it makes you feel any better, the LeBron X Nike Plus will feature motion sensors that will measure how high the wearer jumps.
Nike is raising prices by five to 10 percent across the board, citing increasing labor, materials, and shipping costs.
But even dedicated Nike fans are starting to balk. "Prices are getting crazy excessive," says one customer, "and as long as we continue to buy sneakers, Nike is going to keep increasing the prices." The customer has been using YouTube and Twitter to urge others not to buy the LeBron shoes.
FYI: Another interesting tidbit: Air Jordans, which sold for $64.99 in 1985, will now set you back $185. (Maiman)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
KRISTEN STEWART is paying the price for stepping out on ROBERT PATTINSON. Friends tell Us Weekly the "Twilight" cutie isn't sleeping, cries all night long and "is close to a total meltdown." Word is she's desperate to fix things, undo mistakes and still wears the gold ring he gave her.
Phone starter: Have you ever forgiven a cheater? Let's be honest, Kristen's infidelities have nothing on someone like ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER. Robert is four years older than her --a lifetime when you're in your twenties --and they started dating when she was just a teen. It seems she's completely miserable-- what would you do? (Lee)
Overheard on Sunset Blvd:
Meanwhile, ROBERT PATTINSON's PR flack says he didn't pull out of the upcoming "Twilight" conventions. He tells the GossipCop website, "We have not cancelled any confirmed professional appearances for Robert. Specifically, he was never invited or set to attend these events."
In other words, how could he pull out of an appearance when he was never going in the first place?
Word broke over the weekend that he, KRISTIN STEWART and TAYLOR LAUTNER would not be attending the conventions after Kristin's affair with RUPERT SANDERS, the director of her movie, "Snow White and the Huntsman," was revealed.
Editor's note: in other words, nothing's changed --none of the stars will be there. Non story. Shut up.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
It's official. THE BEATLES' third movie, "Magical Mystery Tour" will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The print has been fully restored from the original color negative, and the music has been remixed for 5.1 and stereo. There will also be a super deluxe set that has the DVD and Blu-ray, along with a 60-page book, and a reprint of the original mono double 7-inch vinyl E.P. that was released in the UK only back when the film was shown on the BBC in 1967.
Look for all of that on October 9th, which would have been JOHN LENNON's 72nd birthday. Plus, there will be a limited theatrical release on September 27th. The DVD and Blu-ray will also include a ton of bonus material, including a documentary about the making of "Magical Mystery Tour," along with a director's commentary track from PAUL McCARTNEY. Yes, he actually directed the one hour special, which was panned after it aired on December 26th, 1967, in black & white.
FYI: The band DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE got its name from "Magical Mystery Tour." In one of the scenes, the BONZO DOG BAND performs a song called... "Death Cab For Cutie." So, now you know. The Bonzo's included NEIL INNES who went on to create the Beatles' parody group, THE RUTLES. and wrote quite a bit of music for MONTY PYTHON. (Marino)
CBS is pushing the premiere of its new Sherlock Holmes-style show, "Elementary," Sherlock-themed dinners at 10 Brit-loving spots like English pubs across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta and Dallas. The show stars JONNY LEE MILLER and LUCY LIU, and premieres Sep 27.
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