Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 30, 2012
November 30, 2012
Going Chapter 11:
Yesterday, the bankrupt Hostess Brands asked for a judge's approval to give top executives bonuses totaling $1.8 million.
Wait, aren't they supposed to be out of money?
The company is arguing that the pay is needed to keep 19 corporate officers and "high-level managers" through the liquidation process, which may take up to a year. The bonuses would come in addition to their regular salaries.
The company's closure came largely due to a long series of poor management decisions, ultimately costing over 18-thousand union workers their jobs. (Maiman)
Like you really care:
Looking for a special gift for that amazing man in your life? Don't bore him with another tie or soap on a rope, park a piece of American history right in his garage! TMZ.com reports the "Batmobile" from the original "Batman" series is going up for auction and the car has been carefully maintained by the man who designed it --GEORGE BARRIS --since 1965. Unfortunately, Santa won't be able to deliver this beauty in time for Christmas --it doesn't hit the auction block until January. (Lee)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
RICKY MARTIN is heading to Australia.
Yesterday we told you he's leaving his Broadway show "Evita" at the Marquis Theatre --today we find out he's on the way to become a judge on Australia's version of "The Voice" when the show returns next year, replacing none other than KEITH URBAN.
The announcement was made on Australia's version of "A Current Affair" last night. Other judges on the Aussie version of the show include SEAL, JOEL MADDEN and DELTA GOODREM.
It just wouldn't be "Christmas In Washington" without a chubby Korean rapper. PSY will be one of the headliners at the big event at the National Building Museum, which will air on TNT, December 21st. CONAN O'BRIEN will be back to host this year's show and the Hollywood Reporter says "X Factor" judge DEMI LOVATO, PSY and Miss DIANA ROSS will all appear on the show as well, along with "Smash" star MEGAN HILTY and "American Idol" winner, SCOTTY McCREERY.
The show will once again be taped at DC's National Building Museum, with PRESIDENT OBAMA and his wife in attendance. Perhaps he'll even be persuaded to do a bit of the "Gangnam Style" dance as well! (Marino)
The Reel Deal:
Guess who's upset about a new film called "Fifty Shades of Grey: the Triple-X version"?
As you might expect, the big shots at Universal Studios, which already shelled out $5 million for the rights to the best-selling book series by E.L. JAMES, has their collective panties in a wad over the prospect of a porn film based on the same title.
The Hollywood Reporter says a new lawsuit filed by Universal Studios says Smash Pictures actually lifted the "exact dialogue, characters, events, story, and style" from the original novel --but is not a parody. In fact, the lawsuit calls it "a rip-off, plain and simple."
It's always a good idea to get along with your neighbors. Here's proof.
The NY Post says a wealthy woman in Australia left her entire fortune to a next-door neighbor. BETTY HARRIS completely wrote her family out of her will because they tried to put her in a nursing home. Now, the neighbor gets the entire 12-point-5 million dollar estate. What did the unidentified neighbor do to deserve it? She reportedly handled Harris' errands, like buying her bread and milk. (Still)
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