Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 27, 2013
September 27, 2013
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Tongues are wagging about ROBERT PATTINSON's hot new romance with a smokin' brunette. Although sources tell RadarOnline.com that SYDNEY LIEBES "kind of" looks like KRISTEN STEWART, the rest of the world thinks she's a dead-ringer for PIPPA "Hot Buns" MIDDLETON. Sydney's a career woman, works as a personal trainer and they met while she got him in shape for "Mission: Blacklist."
Word is the fitness freak is a "good girl," couldn't care less about celebrity status and kindly refused to discuss their relationship with the gossip site. (Lee)
Guess who ruined Halloween for everyone this year? With everybody talking about MILEY CYRUS' twerk-tastic performance at the recent MTV Video Music Awards, it should come as no surprise that the Miley costume will be a big hit for Halloween.
Amazon.com has re-packaged that Beetlejuice costume, too, so that your male cohort can look like ROBIN THICKE as well.
The Miley costume includes the now-famous Foam Finger Miley used to mentally scar the world during her "Blurred Lines" duet (just $14.99 --although you can get a cheaper version for just $9.99) along with several versions of tank tops, T-shirts and sweatshirts with Miley's teddy-bear bustier on the front.
HalloweenCostumes.com also provides a way to replicate the "We Can't Stop" video, complete with french-fry-covered skull and money sandwich, too. (Bartha)
Taking everything much too seriously?
Two supermarket chains in England are apologizing after marketing "insensitive" Halloween costumes.
Mental health groups condemned retailers Asda and Tesco for selling a "mental patient fancy dress costume" which included a blood-splattered straitjacket and meat cleaver. The orange jumpsuit also has the words "Psycho Ward" imprinted across the back.
A spokesman for the charity Rethink Mental Illness claims the costume was "breathtakingly insensitive," adding to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Asda, which is owned by WalMart, said it was "deeply sorry" and promised to make a large donation to a mental health charity. Tesco also apologized and removed the item from its shelves. (Still)
Sir PAUL McCARTNEY can now add "Shakespearean Actor" to his resume. The Los Angeles Times says that on Wednesday, he was part of the 23rd annual "Simply Shakespeare" an all-star benefit in Santa Monica and played Elgamour in the Bard's "Two Gentlemen Of Verona." TOM HANKS and his wife, actress RITA WILSON, came up with the idea to put McCartney's songs into the play, so Paul got to sing, too. The show opened with Paul singing "Live & Let Die," backed up by JACKSON BROWNE's band.
It wasn't just hits. Paul also did the obscure, "Dress Me Up As A Robber" from his 1982 album, "Tug Of War." Why? Because it fit with the action of the play! A real highlight was Paul and WILLIAM SHATNER taking on "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." Of course, Shatner did his own version back in the "Star Trek" days. During a love scene with CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, Paul said, "Careful now, my wife is in the front row." Christina stopped kissing Paul, turned to the audience and screamed, "YES!!!" JASON ALEXANDER joined in on the harmonies for "Let It Be," and the final number of the evening was "The End" from "Abbey Road."
FYI: In 1964, THE BEATLES did a bit of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on a British TV special called "Around The Beatles." Paul played Pyramus. (Marino)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Girls who eat peanut butter during their formative years may improve their breast health later in life.
Findings published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment show that girls ages nine to 15 who regularly ate peanut butter or nuts were 39-percent less likely to develop benign breast disease by age thirty. Although it's noncancerous, benign breast disease increases a woman's risk of breast cancer later in life.
Researchers say the girls ate peanut butter or nuts twice per week. Researchers say beans, lentils, soybeans and corn may also help prevent benign breast disease. (Page)
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