Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 21, 2014
April 21, 2014
MosKa, an Australian energy drink that claimed to naturally increase sexual performance, was banned in its home country after authorities found it contained vardenafil, a drug you may recognize by its brand name: Levitra.
The "100 percent natural traditional sex food" with "no drug or chemical in it" that MosKa advertised, it turns out, was too good to be true.
Giving customers an erectile dysfunction drug they aren't prescribed carries health risk beyond anything that might last more than four hours. Levitra poses serious side effects for men with preexisting heart conditions, and can cause unsafe drops in blood pressure when taken with certain other drugs.
MosKa apologized in a statement on its website, claiming a third-party manufacturer included the drug without its knowledge.
Editor's note: Maybe they were just tired of making soft drinks. --Maiman)
Like you really care:
Are you looking for a great place to relax and unwind this summer? STEVEN SPIELBERG is renting out a little piece of paradise! RadarOnline.com reports the legendary filmmaker's Southern California beachfront home features ocean views, seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a movie theater and goes for just ...$150,000 per-month. (Lee)
Is JULIANNE HOUGH broke? Star magazine reports that the singer/actress/dancer thought she'd be getting tons of offers but after splitting with RYAN SEACREST, her professional tanked. She's on a dance tour with her brother DEREK right now and is expected to head back to "Dancing with the Stars" next season. (Myers)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
As you know, an avalanche last Friday on Mt Everest killed 13 people when a wall of ice fell off the left side of the mountain. At the time, there was a question as to whether anyone was killed who might have been acclimating themselves for the Discovery Channel's "Everest Jump Live," or the production of the movie, "Everest," which stars JAKE GYLLENHAAL, ROBIN WRIGHT, JOSH BROLIN, SAM WORTHINGTON and others.
Deadline reports there were no fatalities for either production and most of the fatalities were experienced sherpas that guide climbers to the summit. This is the start of the "busy season" for climbing Mt. Everest.
However, the cable channel announced over the weekend that out of respect for the families of the fallen, they would not be going forward with "Everest Jump Live." Climber JOBY OGWYN, who holds the record for the fastest ascent of the mountain, was set to climb up, then strap on a wingsuit and fly down, the event hosted by NBC's "Today" show co-host, WILLIE GEIST.
The Hollywood Reporter says part of the trail up has totally collapsed and will have to be rebuilt before climbing can resume.
Off the beaten path:
Canadian pizza chain Boston Pizza (real actual thing) is holding a social media poll to determine which non-pizza food item it will attempt to graft pizza onto next. The current frontrunner is a six-layer pizza cake. Repeat: a six-layer pizza cake.
Boston Pizza already makes a chipotle chicken and bacon pizza taco and "Pizzaburger" sliders, and this campaign seems like an obvious publicity rollout for the cake. Pizza-flavored mints are in a very distant second place, and nobody's really into a "pizza beard" face protector. It's possible the whole "If You Like It, We'll Make It" game is rigged.
If all goes well, Canadians will soon have access to a baked mountain of pizza that's "great for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, weddings, and even lonely nights watching infomercials."
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