Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 16, 2013
July 16, 2013
Should workout groups have to pay a fee to work out in a public park? That's precisely what the city of Denver is thinking about doing.
The city council will take up that question next week, and a proposal to charge fees for organized groups that use city parks. Groups of 25 people or less would have to pay fees ranging from $4.50 to $32.50, depending on the park, season and time of day for groups of 25 people or less, per 90-minute session.
Editor's note: Would you be willing to do this? Doesn't the public already pay for the parks with tax money? (Pacelli)
Top talkables of the day:
That didn't take long.
Just two days after a Florida jury acquitted GEORGE ZIMMERMAN of murder, one of the jurors has signed with a book agent. Juror B37, who plans to stay anonymous at least for now, will write about her experience serving on a high-profile murder case and why the panel had to find Zimmerman not guilty.
The juror yet hasn't inked a book deal, but that's probably only a matter of time. (Maiman)
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
Perhaps we've taken narcissism and social networking a step too far: there's a new social network devoted exclusively to one's butt.
Bootifly.com was launched by the company Gluteboost, which sells what they call "an all-natural butt enhancement supplement." It's described as an "online community and social network where Gluteboost users can connect with one another and share their stories and photos of their buttock enhancement journeys." Buttock enhancement journey. Let that one sink in for a moment.
Gluteboost's president JONATHAN WEISMAN says that "The great thing about this social network is that it's totally devoted to butt enhancement, so the community is very tightly knit and focused on a common purpose."
Editor's Note: Whatever jokes you use, make sure no one on your show is the butt of them. Ha. (AB)
FARRAH ABRAHAM is just dandy after getting booted from rehab. RadarOnline.com reports the "Back Door Teen Mom" is spending her summer doing appearances at (ahem) adult expositions, while her family is also cashing in on the obnoxious reality "star's" fame. The porn queen's father couldn't be more proud of his baby girl, swears he doesn't "enable her" and revealed on Facebook that we can read all about it in an upcoming book set for release. (Lee)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
From the "Whatever happened to..." department, Playbill magazine reports former "American Idol" finalist CLAY AIKEN will be doing the lead role in ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" this summer at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.
The play runs from Jul 31 to Aug 25.
Stars and their movies:
Today's the day "Breaking Bad" star BRYAN CRANSTON will be getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Brian's star --the 2,502nd-- will be placed in front of the Redbury Hotel at 1717 Vine Street. Bryan's "Breaking Bad" co-star, AARON PAUL, and "Malcolm in the Middle" co-star, JANE KACZMAREK, will be on hand for the unveiling at 11:30 am (Pacific).
Bryan is the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards to receive three consecutive wins. He also won a Screen Actors Guild award this past year for his role in "Argo," playing CIA operative Jack O'Donnell.
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