Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 4, 2014
September 4, 2014
More problems for Malaysian Airlines.
The airlines --which lost an entire plane and all its passengers-- has just introduced a "bucket list" contest which asked passengers which destinations were on their "bucket list" --or places they'd like to visit before they died.
Not really funny, considering the loss of flight MH370, which vanished on Mar 08 with 239 passengers and crew aboard, or MH17, which went down after it was hit by a surface-to-air missile in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.
Now, the airlines has been renamed "Win an iPad or Malaysia Airlines flight to Malaysia" after they admitted the original name was inappropriate (or "poor taste").
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Today's the day ANGELINA JOLIE and BRAD PITT's official wedding photos are out on newsstands. Brangelina reportedly received $2-million dollars from People and Hello! magazines.
One of the most historic love letters ever written is hitting the auction block. The San Francisco Chronicle's "Daily Dish" gossip column reports a note from ELIZABETH TAYLOR to RICHARD BURTON from 1974 is up for sale and she penned it for their 10th anniversary --just weeks before they parted ways. The actress reveals her "fear, my delight, my pure animal pleasure of you," as well as "my jealousy, my pride, my anger at you, at times" but most of all, "my love for you."
The duo went onto divorce, then remarry in 1976 and call it quits again in 1976. (Lee)
People are wondering how JAMIE DORNAN's wife, AMELIA WARNER, is handling his playing Christian Grey. According to Us Weekly, the couple, who have a nine-month old daughter, had a LONG talk before he took the job and now she constantly teases him about being such a big sex symbol. (Myers)
"Let's Do The Time Warp Again!" MAC Cosmetics has just released its "Rocky Horror Picture Show" collection. Instyle.com says MAC's 21-piece color collection celebrates the 40th anniversary of the cult classic starring TIM CURRY and SUSAN SARANDON ("Dammit Janet!") It ranges from $14 to $44 and includes loose glitters and pigments, a six-pan eyeshadow palette, eye liners, faux lashes and mascaras, nail lacquers, and a variety of sculpting and setting powders. And of course, a killer statement red lipstick. MAC'S Rocky Horror collection hits stores nationwide and online October 2nd. (Bartha)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Forbes magazine released it's 2014 list of the top-10 highest grossing TV actresses yesterday, with "Modern Family" star SOFIA VERGARA topping the list with a salary of $37 million per year. The list also includes revenue from other endorsements and licensing deals, and for Sofia, that includes Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders, AT&T and the medication, Synthroid. The top-10:
10. Lena Dunham, "Girls," $3.5 million,
9. Clare Danes, "Homeland," $5 million,
8. (tie) Kerry Washington, "Scandal," Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl," and Courteney Cox, "Cougar Town," $6 million each,
7. Mindy Kaling, "The Mindy Project," $6.5 million
6. Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation," $7 million,
5. Alyson Hannigan, "How I Met Your Mother," $9.5 million,
4. (tie) Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy," and Cobie Smulders, "How I Met Your Mother"; $10 million each
3. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, "The Big Bang Theory," $11 million
2. Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU," $13 million
1. Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family," $37 million
The new "Guinness Book of World Records" will be out next week, with a few rock and pop stars getting in on the fun:
--METALLICA gets in the book for being the only band to ever do a concert on all seven of Earth's continents in one year. The "Freeze 'Em All" show in Antarctica last December sealed the deal.
--ONE DIRECTION did something even THE BEATLES couldn't achieve. The boy band debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with its first three albums: "Midnight Memories," "Up All Night" and "Take Me Home."
--MILEY CYRUS is now the "Most searched-for pop star on the Internet."
--KATY PERRY is the singer with the most Twitter followers, clicking in with 52,463,838.
--And, here's to EMINEM for having the "most words in a hit single." "Rap God" has 1,560-words in six minutes and four seconds. (Marino)
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