Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 9, 2014
October 9, 2014
The new Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out. Fashionista.com says the obscenely-priced Christmas catalog is slightly less obscene this year... no item costs more than $500-thousand dollars, and 40 percent of the book's gifts are priced under $250 bucks. But it's reputation for insane gift ideas remains intact. They include:
--His & Hers Vilebrequin Quadski. A what-ski? A Quad-ski… a land and water jet ski.
--The Vanity Fair Academy Awards Experience at $425-thousand. That includes styling and an invite to the Vanity Fair party.
--The 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q-4 will only set you back $95-thousand.
--The most expensive gift: The House of Creed Custom Fragrance and a trip to Paris. At the low-low price of $475-thousand.
--The cheapest option: a Molton Brown Bubble Bath Bauble at $15 bucks.
Editor's note: Yes, we know, it's not even Halloween yet. This has been going on for years now. Time to get over it and move on. (Bartha)
Fan of Red Bull energy drinks?
The company is giving out free Red Bull products in order to settle a class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit claimed that Red Bull used false advertising and misled customers about the strength and effects of its product. The company denied it categorically, but in its settlement, agreed to pay out $13 million.
BuzzFeed sez if you purchased at least one Red Bull beverage between Jan 01, 2002, and Oct 03 of this year, you can file a claim for either $10 in cash or $15-bucks worth of Red Bull products. Simply head over to www.energydrinksettlement.com, fill out a claim online or download a form. No proof of purchase is required. Claims must be submitted by March second of next year (2015).
On, off and way-off Broadway:
How'd you like to hang LIZA MINNELLI on your Christmas tree? Broadway Cares continues its ornament series with Liza from the 1970s, dressed in a sexy red sequined outfit. The lights of New York City are behind her and she'll be the star of your holiday season. The six-inch glass ornament is available now for pre-order at broadwaycares.stores.yahoo.net. (Marino)
We've seen MICHELLE OBAMA in London. We've seen her in France. And now she's telling the world that she wears Spanx for underpants. The comment came as the First Lady hosted the White House's first ever "Fashion Education Workshop." New York magazine's The Cut says the First Lady wore a dress designed by a student at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, chatted it up with Vogue's ANNA WINTOUR and designer DIANE VON FURSTENBERG. And then she sang the praises of Spanx C-E-O SARA BLAKELY, concluding with, "Spanx is a multibillion-dollar company... And we all wear them with pride." (Bartha)
Another day, another remake in the works for TV.
The Hollywood Reporter says Showtime and MGM TV are working on a new TV version of "In the Heat of the Night," based on the 1967 SIDNEY POITIER film that won five Oscars.
It's not the first time for a show based on the movie --back in 1988, CARROLL O'CONNOR and HOWARD ROLLINS starred in an NBC series which lasted for four years and another year at CBS.
No word on casting yet.
THE WHO took a lot a drugs in the old days. They still do, but now ROGER DALTREY says his drug of choice is... Imodium! He told the UK's Daily Mirror that The Who has recorded one new song, "Be Lucky" for the upcoming 2-CD collection, "The Who Hits 50!", but there's more to come. Roger said he and PETE TOWNSHEND will eventually have a full album of new songs out at some point. Probably after the "farewell" tour which begins in Dublin, Ireland, on November 26th. (Marino)
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