Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 31, 2012
October 31, 2012
Kids will be trick-or-treating, and parents will be looking for clever new hiding spots for all the candy they bring home.
Health experts suggest in order to avoid a sugar overdose on Halloween, start with a full dinner before the costumes go on. It's also a good idea to set limits before the plastic pumpkin starts filling with goodies. Let kids know ahead of time how many pieces of candy they'll be allowed to eat while they're out. Too many "fun size" and "mini" candy bars can really add up.
As soon as you get home, put the candy away. Parents can pack a piece or two in their child's lunch box for the week.
A Cleveland Clinic dietician suggests if you want to help like-minded parents, you can always hand out raisin boxes or oatmeal packs for Halloween. (Page)
Congratulations to ALICIA RICHMAN, who just made the Guinness Book of World Records for donating a whopping 87 gallons of breast milk! FitPerez.com reports the milk machine gave birth in March of last year and noticed she was making much more than her baby boy could ever drink. The gracious new mommy contacted the Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas, gave up her extra liquid gold and fed hundreds --perhaps thousands --of premature babies around the country. (Lee)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
What TV show does the first family watch together?
PRESIDENT OBAMA agreed to do an interview with TV Guide magazine, which asked the Chief Executive what their favorite TV show was at the White House. Answer: "Michelle and the girls and I love watching 'Modern Family'."
The First Fan also said he liked "Homeland" and "Boardwalk Empire," as well as "The Wire," and admitted he was "an avid watcher of SportsCenter," adding "Michelle also likes watching 'The Biggest Loser' because the contestants inspire her."
While we're on the subject, the First Family nonwithstanding, "Homeland" pulled in just over two million viewers on Sunday night, which is nearly 20 percent more than last week, and it's biggest audience to date. With the President's endorsement, can it only get bigger? But AMC's show, "The Walking Dead," continues to dominate the Sunday landscape, with 10.5 million viewers --up 10 percent from the previous week.
Stars and their movies:
The big Hollywood news yesterday was that Disney picked up GEORGE LUCAS' company, Lucasfilm, Limited, for a mere $4.05 billion-with-a-B dollars.
Even bigger news for "Star Wars" fans --there's three more "Star Wars" films included in the deal as well.
The new films will begin with "Star Wars: Episode 7" sometime in 2015, and then an "Episode 8" and "Episode 9" after that.
But wait --there's more: the deal also includes the rights to build "Star Wars" rides in the Disney theme parks and guess what --the rights to any more "Indiana Jones" films as well, although HARRISON FORD is getting a bit long in the tooth for any new action films.
Possible titles of the next Star Wars film (Maiman):
--"Star Wars VII -- the Hangover Diaries"
--"Silent But Deadly, the Phantom Odor"
--"The '$100 Billion in the Bank Isn't Enough' Sequel"
--"Darth Vadar, Horrible Bosses, 2"
--"The Girl with the Dragon Tatooine"
--"Star Wars, Episode 6 --a Quinn/Martin Production" (baby boomers only)
--"The Good, the Bad, and the Really Rich Creator"
--"Thin Script, Weak Acting, Cool Special Effects --As Good As it Gets"
--"Theatre Full of Geriatrics"
--"Star Wars VII, The Undiscovered Profits"
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