Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 28, 2014
August 28, 2014
Politics and Sucking Up:
No big surprise that a new, detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups shows that the GOP is still having major problems with its image as perceived by women voters. Politico reports thst the new report says female voters view the party as "intolerant," "lacking in compassion" and "stuck in the past."<>Bid'ness is Bid'ness:
The study says that women are "barely receptive" to Republicans' policies, and the party does "especially poorly" with women in the Northeast and Midwest. It was put together using eight focus groups across the country and a poll of 800 registered female voters this summer. (Pacelli)
If you find that a six-pack of beer isn't quite enough, you'll love this.
A craft brewery in Texas is selling a 99-pack of beer for $99-bucks. Austin Beerworks decided sales of its extra-pale ale weren't living up to expectations, so they hired creative agency Helms Workshop. CHRISTIAN HELMS says his agency decided to reinforce the idea that it was a beer that people should reach for morning, noon, and night. They did a limited test run of 20 cases of 99-packs, and they sold out instantly.
Helms says now they've been caught with their pants down because they created a high demand, but they've completely run out of product. Don't worry, they plan to make more. (Still)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
You probably figured this would happen.
The Hollywood Reporter says NY Times writer DAVE ITZKOFF is in the process of writing a biography of ROBIN WILLIAMS, which will be published by Henry Holt and Company. No date for the book, yet.
Itzkoff was the same guy who wrote the Times' front-page obit of Robin after he died, as well as a 2009 profile of the comedian for the paper.
On, off and way-off Broadway:
When BRADLEY COOPER begins performances of "The Elephant Man" on November 7th at Broadway's Booth Theater, he'll be joined by Academy Award nominee PATRICIA CLARKSON as Mrs. Kendal, and former "Boston Public" star ANTHONY HEALD as Ross and Bishop Walsham How. (Marino)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
"Friends" fans will be delighted to hear they can grab a cup of Joe at the sitcom's Central Perk coffee shop. That's right, they're installing the fabulous orange couch and other furniture from the show at 199 Lafayette Street, in SoHo to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved series.
Warner Bros. has teamed up with Eight O'Clock Coffee for the project and the show's barista --JAMES MICHAEL TYLER, best known as Gunther --will be making appearances from September 17th through October 18th when the doors close.
MTV News also says there will also be numerous photo ops, weekly sing-alongs to Phoebe's classic songs, contests, giveaways, "Friends" merchandise you can purchase, and free cups of Eight O' Clock Coffee --including their limited-edition Central Perk Roast-- for everyone.(Lee)
That ALS "ice bucket challenge" has reached "The Simpsons."
Yes, bigger stars than Homer Simpson have taken the challenge and had water poured over their head, but Homer is the first cartoon character to make it happen.
And although Homer simply pours a glass of water over his head, Bart doesn't let him get off so easy, using a helicopter to drench him.
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