Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
The Ebola Mess:
PRESIDENT OBAMA said late yesterday that he's now considering appointing a so-called "ebola czar" to help manage the current situation. The president also told reporters that although he doesn't have a "philosophical objection" to imposing a travel ban from West Africa, he's still being told by experts that such a ban could result in people trying to hide where they are coming from and actually be less effective in screening out possible Ebola carriers.
The president met late yesterday with CDC Director Dr. TOM FRIEDEN, Health and Human Services Secretary SYLVIA BURWELL and others.( Pacelli)
Ready for a TV show about Ebola?
The Hollywood Reporter says director and producer RIDLEY SCOTT is one of the people behind a new, limited TV series based on the 1992 novel, "The Hot Zone" by RICHARD PRESTON. In the book, a guy gets a viral disease while visiting a cave in Kenya. When he's treated at a hospital in Nairobi, he has many of the same symptoms as somebody with Ebola and it turns out he has the Marburg virus, a close cousin of the Ebola virus, and dies, passing on the disease to his doctor.
The book was a best seller when it was first put out... and there's no reason to think a movie based on the book won't be just as terrifying with what's been happening in the past few months in Africa.
The gown AMAL ALAMUDDIN wore for her wedding to GEORGE CLOONEY is now available to buy... if you have $25-thousand dollars to spare. The original custom-made OSCAR DE LA RENTA gown was made of appliquéd ivory tulle, 14 yards of Chantilly lace and a hand-embroidered bodice bedecked with beading a crystals. Stylecaster.com says the designer plans to release a near-exact version of Amal's gown next year. It will be exclusively available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. (Bartha)
At the local Cop Shop:
Police in Colorado's capital city are warning parents to watch out for marijuana in children's Halloween candy this year.
The Denver Police Department created a public service announcement warning that it's hard to tell the difference between regular treats and cannabis-infused candy. The department recommends parents throw out candy that doesn't look like it's from a recognizable company. (Still)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
AL PACINO will be back on Broadway in the fall of 2015. The New York Times says he'll star in the world premiere of a new DAVID MAMET play called "China Doll." Mamet said he wrote the play for Pacino, and it's about a billionaire with a much younger fiancee who is about to retire but takes one last phone call before closing up shop. Al was in the 2012 Broadway revival of Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," this time as Shelly Levene. He played Ricky Roma in the movie version. "China Doll" will open next October. (Marino)
Only 499 people will get to own a Ferrari LaFerrari, and SAMMY HAGAR is one of them. Motoramic says the Red Rocker plunked down $1.4-million dollars for the car at his local dealership in San Francisco, but that wasn't the end of it. Sammy and his wife had to make the trip to the Ferrari factory in Modena, Italy, so that the driver's seat could be custom fit for his behind. He also had to pick the colors at the factory since the car will be hand built from top to bottom. No, Sammy did not choose a red exterior. He settled on cream with a brown interior. He'll have the 1,000-horse power, 6.3-liter V-12 engine delivered to his house before Christmas. (Marino)
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