Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 26, 2014
March 26, 2014
When you're a celebrity couple, what's the best way to end your marriage? For GWYNETH PALTROW and COLDPLAY frontman CHRIS MARTIN, you do it on GOOP.com, which is Gwyneth's newsletter. Their statement begins (quote), "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate." The couple recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. They have two kids, nine-year-old APPLE and seven-year-old MOSES. (Marino)
Editor's note: I think it's somewhere along the lines of the "We had to burn the village in order to save it!" ethic. It's like when your boss lets you leave early and you think "I love working here!" But you don't. You love leaving there. (Maiman)
He's dead, Jim:
MANTECORE, the white tiger that mauled ROY HORN of SIEGFRIED & ROY, is dead at the age of 17. Roy himself, who spent months in the hospital after the 2003 attack, said "The world has lost one of its most majestic creatures and I have lost a brother." The tiger --who was still part of the duo's show at Vegas's Mirage Resort & Casino-- passed away after a short illness.
"It was my great honor to be beside him at the end. He is now playing with his siblings in White Tiger heaven," he told Daily Variety. And on his Facebook page, he said the tiger apparently thought he was pulling Roy to safety after his high blood pressure made him dizzy. The move trashed Roy, who eventually had to have 25 percent of his skull removed. Now, Roy says, "I feel like a part of me is gone."
Trolling for publicity:
SHAKIRA --whose "Hips Don't Lie"-- (ever, we assume) claims she can also use those hips to put her legs over her head. Shakira told Marie Claire magazine that the secret behind her truth-telling body parts is that she's double-jointed, "which freaks people out." She also says she's a TV junkie when it comes to "Seinfeld "and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" reruns. And the song that always puts her in a good mood: NIRVANA'S "Smells Like Teen Spirit." (Bartha)
Is BRITNEY SPEARS ready to walk down the aisle again? According to Star magazine, the singer will be footing the bill for her nuptials to boyfriend DAVID LUCADO including paying for her own wedding ring. The only caviat is her dad JAMIE, who's the conservator of her estate and all her money, to approve the marriage and all the expenses that go with it. (Myers)
A fish at an aquarium in England has fallen in love with a plastic toy.
Staff at the Great Yarmouth Sea Life center claim a lonely cow-horned boxfish named BESS became dreamy eyed when the plastic toy was added to her tank. Bess, who is the only cow-horned Boxfish at the aquarium, is now reportedly "infatuated" with a toy they named BLURP. Curator CHRISTINE PITCHER says the toy has spikes "which are similar to the boxfish's own horns so it's likely the fish thinks it's another boxfish." The staff decided to leave the toy in the tank permanently so Bess doesn't end up brokenhearted. (Still)
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