Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 8, 2014
September 8, 2014
40 years ago, ex-President RICHARD NIXON received a "full, free and absolute" pardon for all offenses against the U.S. from President Gerald Ford.
Wedding dress watch: Star-watchers spotted GEORGE CLOONEY's fiancée, AMAL ALAMUDDIN, at the London HQ for Alexander McQueen this weekend. That would be the same fashion house where creative director SARAH BURTON fashioned Duchess KATE MIDDLETON's iconic wedding gown. The fashion house gave People magazine's Stylewatch a good old-fashioned "no comment" on the reason for Amal's visit. But the international attorney and the actor are in full globe-hopping wedding planning mode. They got their marriage license on August. They plan to hold the ceremony in Italy at Clooney's digs on Lake Como. And Women's Wear Daily reported last week that the groom was being fitted for tuxes by Giorgio Armani. (Bartha)
Meanwhile, the NY Daily News reports Amal has registered in Britain for her upcoming Italian wedding to George. The filing is required for Britons marrying abroad.
Although the details of the upcoming wedding remain scarce, STARLA CLOONEY, George's aunt from Ohio, has told reporters BRAD PITT is expected to be best man.
However, a rep for George has denied the report in this week's In Touch magazine that Amal is already pregnant.
Today's police blotter:
A French man was sentenced to 10 months in prison for harassing his ex-girlfriend with 21-thousand calls and texts in just one week. The NY Daily News reports he'd made a bunch of improvements to their apartment before they broke up in 2011, and for 10 months he sent as many as 73 calls per day asking that she give him some money to replace the cash he'd laid out. She blocked her phone line, but then, he targeted her parents and workplace instead. Now, he's received month in jail for each month he'd been harassing her.
The Reel Deal:
JENNIFER LAWRENCE is in the Guinness Book of World Records now.
She picked up the listing as the highest grossing action movie heroine, thanks to her role as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." The first two "Hunger Games" movies grossed over $1.5-billion dollars worldwide. Also making their debuts in the new edition of Guinness:
--BEYONCÉ (fastest-selling iTunes record; 828,773 copies worldwide in three days last December),
--MILEY CYRUS (most searched-for pop star on the Internet)
--KATY PERRY (most popular Twitter user; over 56 million followers)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
LADY GAGA performed at a Fashion Week event in New York City Friday night and actually expected people to shut up and listen. The New York Post says Gaga was singing jazz standards at the Plaza Hotel while all the very fabulous party guests did their own thing. She stopped the band during her second song and shouted (quote), "Will you (expletive) shut up? We're playing some jazz. Goddamn rich people." No one really paid much attention to Gaga at the black tie event, except when she belted out some high notes. The evening honored women in fashion including LINDA EVANGELISTA, BROOKE SHIELDS, and, yes, Gaga herself. (Marino)
Okay ladies, you can relax now and put your underwear back on. A new study says there's no chance your bra will cause cancer. In other news, there was actually a need to do a study to prove bras don't cause breast cancer. Rumors of the bra-breast cancer connection started circulating, thanks to the internet and a single book published back in 2005. The book suggested that bras interfered with lymph circulation and interfered with waste removal. But that idea is about as realistic as the Double-D cup on a Victoria's Secret push-up bra.
WebMD.com says a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington found "no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman's risk for breast cancer.... The risk was similar no matter how many hours per day women wore a bra, whether they wore a bra with an underwire, or at what age they first began wearing a bra." (Bartha)
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