Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 17, 2012
October 17, 2012
DAVID ROSE was a deaf paraplegic with severe cerebral palsy who became an Internet sensation in recent weeks thanks to his inspirational blog posts and tweets (and retweets from the likes of KIM KARDASHIAN). When the 24-year-old died last week --his sister posted the news on his now-defunct DaveonWheels blog-- the obituary got picked up around the nation and even the world. And now it all turns out to be a hoax.
A skeptical blogger first exposed the ruse, followed by more bloggers with more details on the rise and fall of the fictional David Rose. His still-anonymous creator has apologized, saying he didn't intend to profit from the blog and never dreamed it would get the attention it did.
"David was just a character, a part of my psyche," he writes, and the intent was to inspire people to live better lives. He also apologized to Virginia's HUNTER DUNN, the real paraplegic whose photos he stole and passed off as David Rose. "There is no conspiracy here, just a guy with a twisted psyche who realizes he's caused a lot of damage and now needs to try to figure out how he's going to live with himself." (Maiman)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
DANNY DeVITO may have missed his mid-life crisis, but is making up for it at the tender age of 67. Insiders tell RadarOnline.com the newly-single actor is planning to buy a flashy automobile, has been testing out Porsches and Ferraris and also wants to get a tattoo! Word is he'd like an easy, care-free life like buddy JACK NICHOLSON and the freedom to do whatever he wants. (Lee)
Gossip Central: tabloids with Cory Myers:
JESSICA ALBA is using a body double. According to Star magazine, the mom of two wasn't happy that she didn't have her old body back when she started filming "Sin City 2" so she told producers that she needed a body double for her nude scenes.
Stars and their movies:
JOHNNY DEPP has branched out from the movies to the publishing business.
Johnny has opened up a publishing company whose first product will be BOB DYLAN's new book, "The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan." The book will be out in stores in 2015.
BEYONCE will be the halftime entertainment at the Super Bowl. The big game is February 3rd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Beyonce is up against last year's performer, MADONNA. 114-million people watched the Material Mom do her thing, which is more viewers than the actual game had. (Marino)
Trolling for IQ points:
A jewelry store in Iowa is handing out free guns to future grooms.
The NY Post says jeweler HAROLD VANE BEEK wants to "do something for the boy who doesn't like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer". So, men who spend two-thousand dollars or more on engagement rings will receive a free rifle. (Still)
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