Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Oct 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
Us versus the news media:
A new Harris Poll finds Americans are increasingly fed up with news coverage that skews toward the sensational, superficial, and sports-centric.
The poll finds that 76 percent of U.S. adults surveyed believe celebrity gossip and scandal stories receive too much coverage, while 49 percent believe that entertainment news in general gets too much attention.
Some 44 percent believe that the news focuses too much on professional spectator sports, and 33 percent believe the same for politics and elections. (Kaye)
Trolling for IQ points:
A video clip has gone viral featuring a pair of priests involved in a dance-off contest.
The video was shot near the Vatican in Rome, Italy. It features two American priests --in full priest garb-- challenging each other and performing tap dance and Irish folk dance moves while a large crowd gathers around them. The video is racking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Some critics have said the priests shouldn't have been dancing under a crucifix and a painting of Pope Francis, beacuse it's "disrespectful." (Still)
MADONNA's iconic pink "Material Girl" dress, the gown she wore for her ill-fated wedding to SEAN PENN and the brooch she wore as Breathless Mahoney in the movie "Dick Tracy" are among the 130 collectables going on sale next month. The Hollywood Reporter says the auction is the largest-ever collection of Madonna memorabilia to hit the market. The auction will take place at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills and online. It will include:
--That "Material Girl" dress --originally made for a MARILYN MONROE biopic-- has bidding set to start at $20-thousand bucks.
--Madonna's "Desperately Seeking Susan" jacquard cropped tuxedo jacket and golden pharaoh earrings. Bidding starts at $15-thousand for the jacket, $35-hundred dollars for the earrings.
--More than 40 dresses and accessories from her role as Argentina's first lady in the 1996 movie "Evita."
--A one-of-a-kind, $15-thousand dollar MARLENE STEWART blue tulle dress that Madonna wore onstage during her 1987 "Who's That Girl" world tour. (Bartha)
Thank goodness MINDY KALING has a sense of humor.Us Weekly reports that in an interview with the New York Times, the actress told a story about being at a party and having an 80-year-old man mistake her for Nobel Peace Prize winner MALALA YOUSAFZAI, the 17-year-old Afghan girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban and lived and fights for women's rights to education. Mindy said, "Did he really think I'm Malala? And that if I were, I'd be at the Boom Boom Room? That's the best thing that's happened all night." The actress also tweeted that she was excited because she's 35 and Malala is 17!
Phone starter: Have you ever been mistaken for someone else, famous or not?
Editor's note: My husband was at a county fair with me and country singer CHRIS CAGLE was performing. Several women/girls approached him to talk and flirt thinking he was Cagle! And far be it from my husband to tell them any different. So I promptly brought him on stage with me and straightened that crap right out! (Myers)
Forget about trick-or-treating with his four-year-old son --ROBIN THICKE is enjoying some very adult Halloween fun. TMZ.com reports the "Blurred Lines" singer hit up a costume shop called Trashy Lingerie where he promptly purchased skimpy sets of bras and skirts for his four lovely female companions for the low, low price of $28-hundred dollars. (Lee)
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