Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 12, 2015
January 12, 2015
Back from a week broadcasting live in the Dominican Republic to the Frozen North...
"Batman" debuted on ABC-TV, starring ADAM WEST and BURT WARD as the Caped Crusaders, 1966. The first villain featured was the Riddler, played by FRANK GORSHIN. At that point, MICHAEL KEATON was 14, KIM BASINGER, 12, GEORGE CLOONEY --oh forget it, you get the picture.
--100 years ago today, in 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives denied women the right to vote.
Top talkables of the day:
We may now actually find out what happened to that AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea, because the search teams have apparently found the plane's black box, which scientists will use to trace the last minutes of the flight... and the 162 people on board the jet.
The teams located two strong signals --which reportedly come from the black box and its backup-- yesterday, but will have to send divers down to recover them from the ocean floor.
As the annual Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up this weekend in Las Vegas, TCL, the big Chinese electronics maker, pushed out the rumor that it was considering making the Palm Pilot again. It bought the brand from Hewlett-Packard last year and says it's going to trot out a new digital personal organizer to go along with its line of Alcatel OneTouch smartphones.
Golden Globe Awards:
The Golden Globes are over, and once again TINA FEY and AMY POEHLER were great in what is supposed to be their third and final night as hosts of the show. They starting by saying the Globes would celebrate "all the movies that North Korea was OK with" and then brought in a woman dressed up as a North Korean army officer who mocked them and didn't like anything that was said.
The girls also --as promised-- did indeed slam BILL COSBY while talking about the movie "Into the Woods":
Amy said: "In 'Into the Woods,' Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince... and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby."
They also took a shot at GEORGE CLOONEY, who was this year's CECIL B De MILLE honoree --with Amy suggesting the humanitarian award might have just as well gone to his new wife, AMAL, who spent the last year working for the United Nations.
Meanwhile, GEORGE CLOONEY, HELEN MIRREN, DIANE KRUGER, PATRICIA ARQUETTE and KATHY BATES turned out on the Golden Globes red carpet in support of the victims of the Charlie Hedbo terrorist attacks in France. Clooney walked the red carpet with a "Je Suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") badge attached to the left breast of his suit. His wife, human rights lawyer AMAL CLOONEY, attached a "Je Suis Charlie" pin to her Dior clutch bag. Kathy Bates printed the phrase on the back of her mobile phone. Helen Mirren wore a brooch in the shape of a pen on the shoulder of her red dress. The Daily Mail said the pen pin was her "symbol of respect for the fallen cartoonists [and] a show of support for freedom of speech and expression." (Bartha)
Taking everything much too seriously:
A Belgian student traveled all the way to Texas to meet someone because Facebook suggested they should be friends.
25-year-old VICTOR VAN ROSSEM says he became curious when the social media website suggested he friend 49-year-old artist NEAL D RETKE. Van Rossem and Retke only had one mutual friend, and nothing else in common. But, after browsing Retke's profile, Van Rossem became intrigued with the man. So, he and a friend traveled over five-thousand miles to Austin, Texas to meet the stranger. Once they arrived, they spent a week searching for Retke by putting posters up and asking people on the street if they knew him. Eventually, they found the guy. Van Rossem says, "I am really happy I met Neal, we had a connection, had a lot of fun and I consider him a friend now." The men created a documentary about their journey and posted it online.
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