Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 14, 2014
January 14, 2014
Nervous flyers will be relieved to learn that last year was the safest ever in terms of airliner crash fatalities, with only 265 casualties out of roughly 31 million flights throughout the world, compared to a ten-year average of 720 annually.
That's the fewest number of fatalities on record. It was also the second-safest year in terms of deadly plane crashes, 29 in 2013, compared to 32 on average.
The Aviation Safety Network calculates their findings on flights carrying at least 14 passengers. (Maiman)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Disney's "Frozen" won the Golden Globe Sunday night for Best Animated Feature, and now there are plans to bring that story to Broadway as a musical. Playbill.com says Walt Disney CEO and chairman BOB IGER announced that "Frozen" will be adapted for the stage, with all of those great songs. No casting has been revealed yet, or an opening night, but you'll find out about all of that soon. (Marino)
Popped by the cops:
The DUI du jour goes to catwalker KIARA BELEN. TMZ.com reports the runner-up from season 19 of "America's Top Model" got popped by LAPD's finest last Saturday morning, was immediately hauled off to jail and someone came to bail her out a few hours later. (Lee)
Best ratings for the Golden Globe Awards in 10 years thanks to celebrity hosts TINA FEY and AMY POEHLER. In fact, two years ago --before the women took over-- the show was down 30 percent compared to last night's.
Daily Variety says around 44.2 million people watched.
Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, approximately 10 percent of the 122-minute broadcast was taken up by watching the winners make their way up to the stage.
Stars and their movies:
From LIBERACE to comic book hero --add MICHAEL DOUGLAS to that upcoming "Ant-Man" movie.
PAUL RUDD has already been cast in the title role for the Marvel movie, and in a surprise move, Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas has agreed to play scientist Hank Pym, who was the very first Ant-Man in the original Marvel comic book in 1962, then became Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and even the tiny Wasp for a while in the comic's back story as he played around with a chemical he invented which lets him change his size.
Small town, small people:
The "Mile 420" highway marker in Colorado was replaced with one that reads "Mile 419.99" because pot fans kept stealing the "Mile 420" signs. The sign along Interstate 70 near Stratton was most recently stolen sometime in the last year.
PS: Ain't the only sign to be replaced by the Dep't of Highways. ABC News reports Cameron Pass in Larimer County has a "Mile 68.5" sign after frequent thefts of the "Mile 69" sign.
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