Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 20, 2013
November 20, 2013
Auto World /Gas Guzzlin' Update:
For the first time, starting next year, you'll be able to buy a car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Hyundai will introduce a hydrogen-powered version of its Tucson SUV, which will initially only be sold in California (the state has nine filling stations available). As more filling stations are built, the car will be sold in other areas.
Details, including price, will be announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Toyota and possibly Honda are also expected to sell a similar vehicle in 2015. (Maiman)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Now that "Spider-Man" is ready to turn off the dark for good on Broadway, a Las Vegas production is in the works. Playbill.com says the show will close January 4th, 2014 on Broadway, and the producers are getting ready to bring Spidey to Sin City. They said (quote), "Las Vegas, with its year-round stream of tourists seeking the world's best entertainment, is the natural home for this next incarnation." Well, it will have to be different, and shorter than the Broadway version. Vegas shows usually run just 90-minutes, which is the most time the casinos can handle having folks away from the gambling tables. (Marino)
After years of "secret talks" and fizzled rumors, Monty Python is finally, officially reuniting --for real, this time.
Troupe member TERRY JONES confirmed to the BBC, "We're getting together and putting on a show --it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The reunion is expected to feature all five surviving members: Jones, JOHN CLEESE, ERIC IDLE, TERRY GILLIAM and MICHAEL PALIN, performing their first official stage show since the '80s.
Though the troupe is remaining tight-lipped about the specifics ahead of a planned press conference scheduled for today, rumor has it the stage show is just the beginning, with a TV and/or film deal to follow.
The five Pythons were last seen together in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival, where they recorded a sit-down interview and performed a few bits.
GRAHAM CHAPMAN, the sixth Python, passed away in 1989 of cancer. He "joined" the other members on stage at the Aspen appearance in the form of a urn full of ashes, which Gilliam "accidentally" knocked over. (watch --Maiman)
Another setback for CASEY KASEM's children.
Casey's three kids, JULIE, KERRI and MIKE, filed suit to take conservatorship of their father because Casey's second wife, JEAN, refused to let them see their father, who has advanced Parkinson's disease and reportedly has only months to live.
The kids --who are aged 38 to 41-- staged a protest outside Casey's home last month, but Jean wouldn't let them in.
In the latest development, a judge has now denied a request for the kids to take temporary conservatorship. TMZ.com reports the judge believes the attorneys for each side can work out visitation rights and also said Casey is getting proper treatment at home.
The revolver carried by JAMES "WILD BILL" HICKOK on the day he was shot to death failed to sell at an auction in San Francisco on Monday.
Bonhams Auctioneers started bidding on the Smith & Wesson Number 2 revolver at $150-thousand dollars. There was activity early on, but bidders fell short of the private unpublished reserve price set by the gun's owners. Bidding ended at $220-thousand dollars. Hickok's revolver has an estimated value of between $300-and-$500-thousand dollars. (Still)
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