Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Dec 5, 2013
December 5, 2013
Sucks to be you:
CHRIS HEMSWORTH has some seriously bad luck. As we told 'ya last week, (RBR 11.26.13) he's filming "In the Heart of the Sea" in the Canary Islands and took his wife and daughter on a pleasure cruise when the ship sank, then the cast and crew had to evacuate due to flash flooding on Monday. Director RON HOWARD Tweeted out photos of the scene and says they waded through calf-high water to escape. (Lee)
KERI RUSSELL will be double and triple-checking her locks at night. Sources tell the NY Post's Page Six gossip column the actress was sleeping early yesterday morning when two men broke into her house in Brooklyn Heights. "The Americans" beauty woke up to find her Filson bag, Macbook Air, necklace and earrings missing and reported the crime to local authorities. Luckily, the men in blue were on the case and questioned a father-and-son about the burglary in the 84th Precinct. (Lee)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
CARRIE UNDERWOOD has it all --looks, talent, fame, fortune and some serious haters lurking in cyberspace. The country cutie is set to reprise the legendary role of MARIA Von TRAPP in RODGERS and HAMMERSTEIN's "The Sound of Music Live" tonight and some people aren't too happy about it. Poor Carrie tells Entertainment Weekly she gets "hate Tweets" saying she's "not JULIE ANDREWS," despite the fact that the 78-year-old singer is a big fan.
For her part, Julie thinks it's "time somebody had another crack at it" after 50, long years and thinks the idea of doing the show live must be "daunting." Look for the production with "True Blood's" STEPHEN MOYER and AUDRA McDONALD from "Private Practice" tonight at 8/7 central on NBC. The NY Daily News also reports the family of Maria von Trapp will be glued to the TV with guests at their Stowe, VT, ski lodge during the live broadcast. (Lee)
Health and Medical Briefs:
It's pretty common knowledge that vitamin D is important for healthy bones, but new studies show that low levels of the vitamin could harm the brain.
Findings published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine explain that rats fed a diet low in vitamin D for several months showed signs of damage in their brains. The rodents also showed lower abilities in learning and memory. (Page)
Artsy-fartsy and cool:
A Russian photographer is making a name for himself by taking incredibly detailed pictures of snowflakes.
Moscow-based ALEXEY KLJATOV uses specialized equipment that he built himself, eliminating the need for expensive cameras and lenses. He used parts from antique cameras and attaches them to wooden boards using a screws and tape. It doesn't sound like much, but the result is an amazing series of super-close-up high-res snowflake photos that have to be seen to be believed. (Still)
LORDE will perform on tomorrow night's "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS and ROBIN THICKE are also set to take the stage in Los Angeles during the live CBS telecast. TAYLOR SWIFT and KATY PERRY have already taped their performances for the show. Oh, and Grammy nominees in a few major categories will also be revealed. (Marino)
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