Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 17, 2014
March 17, 2014
Stars and their movies:
KATE WINSLET is getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame this morning.
KATHY BATES and JAMES CAMERON, who directed her in "Titanic," will be on hand to speak at 11:30 am (Pacific) as she gets the 2,520th star in front of the W Hollywood Hotel at Hollywood and Vine.
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Most of the crowds at Broadway musicals are tourists, but some left New York City with a bad taste in their mouths ...literally! The New York Post says 84 members of a high-school choir from Virginia went to see "Phantom of the Opera" Saturday night, and 13 of them spent most of the show vomiting. The group had dinner Friday at Bubba Gump Shrimp Friday night, and Dallas BBQ for lunch on Saturday. Both are located in Times Square, near the long-running musical's home at the Majestic Theater. Four of the sick kids had to be removed from the balcony during the first act, while more made their way out of the theater during intermission. A few brave, but still nauseous kids stuck it out until the end of the show. Many asked to be taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. (Marino)
KRIS JENNER is suffering from Expandis Badonkadonk. Pics in this weeks Star magazine show the mom of the KARDASHIAN clan looking a little large in the back end, much like her famous daughters. Sources say she's been stress eating because of her divorce from BRUCE JENNER, KHLOE's divorce from LAMAR ODOM and her cancelled talk show. (Myers)
Irish Factoids (Irish Tourist Board):
--The shamrock was first used by St Patrick to convert the Irish king Leary to Christianity. He explained the Trinity by showing that just as the three leaves made up one shamrock, so did the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit make up one God.
--The official emblem of Ireland is a silver and gold Irish harp on a blue background. The oldest Irish harp in existence is the "Brian Boru Harp," dating from the 14th century and named after the most famous king in early Irish history.
--The shillelagh was named for a village in County Wicklow where oak and blackthorn trees are plentiful. It was first displayed in battle in 1209.
--The tri-color Irish flag [green, white, and orange] first gained acceptance as the flag of Irish independence in 1848, and became the national flag when Ireland finally achieved its independence in 1921.
Irish traditions explained by Better Homes & Gardens magazine:
The ritual of serving corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day was started by Irish-Americans in the mid-1800s. Corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon in the traditional Irish dish of bacon and cabbage.
Legend has it that Saint Patrick used three-leaf clovers to illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). They are abundant in Ireland, which is why they became a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. Four-leaf clovers are rare and are therefore considered lucky.
According to the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, if you can catch a leprechaun, he is obliged to tell you where his gold is stashed. But keep a close eye on him; legend has it he's liable to disappear if you look away. (Kaye)
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