Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 24, 2014
February 24, 2014
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
JUSTIN BIEBER is looking to buy a massive mansion in Atlanta's tony Buckhead neighborhood because he wants to be close to the city's rap scene. The rich people of Buckhead are less than enthused about his move.
In fact, a group of them called the "Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition" is staging a protest today at 421 Blackland Road, which happens to be the exact address of the $11 million dollar home Bugatti Biebs has his eye on. They lay out their case on a Facebook page for the event, saying Bieber's relocation would be "nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community. Some can't even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence, before. What's to say he won't do it again?" (Maiman)
Are you looking forward to sticking your toes in the sand this summer? Why not head to the super-chic Hamptons for a little R&R? RadarOnline.com reports ANDERSON COOPER is renting out his six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home for a budget-friendly $150-thousand dollars from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The place has quite a history --BUDD SCHULBERG wrote the screenplay for "On the Waterfront" at the mansion where you can relax in a heated granite pool complete with Jacuzzi. (Lee)
The actual hat that PHARRELL wore at the Grammy awards is now on sale on eBay. The vintage, Canadian Mountie-styled hat became an overnight sensation on Grammy night, inspiring its own Twitter account and launched hundreds of Pharrell's Hat memes.
New York magazine's The Cut says proceeds will benefit his charity for underprivileged children, From One Hand to Another. At last check, Pharrell's hat had 68 bids on it, up to $12-thousand, 5-hundred dollars. Bidding closes this coming Sun, Mar 02. But if you just like the hat... and don't really care if it once sat on Pharrell's head, for a limited time you can buy it from VIVIENNE WESTWOOD's website for the more reasonably-priced $180 dollars. (Bartha)
Losers in Lockup:
A guy in Sumter, South Carolina, aroused suspicion when he offered to pay his dinner tab with a very large amount of cash.
After his debit card was declined, MICHAEL WILLIAMS allegedly tried to pay for his meal at Applebee's using a 'trillion dollar bill'. Staff was unable to break such a large bill and called police instead. Williams was arrested on an unrelated charge. Cops are still investigating Williams' claims that he's a legitimate trillionaire. (Still)
Make a movie about the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND and you can almost guarantee someone will get hurt, or even die. Variety says the crew of the GREGG ALLMAN biopic, "Midnight Rider," was working Friday on private land in Wayne County, Georgia, which has tracks owned by CSX Railroad crossing over the property. The crew was told to expect two trains to pass and to stop working until they passed. They did, but, then a third train came barreling through, killing one crew member and injuring seven others. This tragic accident could end production on the film, for good. (Marino)
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