Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 28, 2015
January 28, 2015
The Stock Market:
Apple announced yesterday they'll be rolling out the "Apple Watch" this April.
Apple CEO TIM COOK told Wall Street analysts the smartwatch was "right on schedule" along with a personal endorsement --"I'm using it every day and love it and can't live without it," he said.
Meanwhile, he also announced that Apple had it's best quarter ever, with $74.6 billion dollars in first quarter revenue, a gain of 30-percent. The new iPhone 6 models were behind the profit, since Apple reportedly sold 74.5 million iPhones, along with 21.4 million iPads, and 5.52 million Macs.
Stars and their movies:
That movie about Apple's STEVE JOBS is finally under way. Universal Pictures says filming began yesterday in San Francisco on the biopic which will star MICHAEL FASSBENDER as the Apple guru and SETH ROGEN as STEVE WOZNIAK, along with KATE WINSLET as former Macintosh marketing boss JOANNA HOFFMAN, JEFF DANIELS as former Apple CEO JOHN SCULLEY and KATHERINE WATERSTON as Jobs' ex-girlfriend CHRISANN BRENNAN.
"Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting" director DANNY BOYLE is behind the cameras and AARON SORKIN --who wrote "A Few Good Men" and the TV series, "The West Wing"-- did the script.
The Reel Deal:
Everybody was all excited over yesterday's announcement that there's a new "Ghostbusters" movie on the way and it'll have an all-female cast.
Show-biz trades report MELISSA McCARTHY has already signed up as one of the proton-pack wielding members and Sony Pictures is reportedly talking to KRISTEN WIIG and two other "SNL" cast members, LESLIE JONES and KATE McHINNON.
The movie will be out in the middle of next year --Jul 22, 2016, according to director PAUL FEIG, who posted the update on Twitter.
Today is the 30th anniversary of the all-star recording session for "We Are The World." Right after the "American Music Awards" were handed out on January 28th, 1985, a fleet of limos took some of the biggest stars in the world to A&M Studios for the session.
The song was co-written by LIONEL RICHIE and MICHAEL JACKSON, but USA Today says Lionel originally want to write it with STEVIE WONDER, but he was too busy. Lionel and Michael listened to a lot of national anthems to get the right feel for the song.
Since this was way before TMZ, not a lot of people knew the secret session was happening. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN drove over in his truck and parked across the street in a Rite-Aid lot! Most of the artists who sang on the track had never heard the song. There were no MP3's back then and the backing track was barely finished in time for the session.
With so many artists in the house, a few people tried to lend their hand to how the song should sound. It was RAY CHARLES who stopped all that and told everyone to be quiet and just listen to what Michael Jackson had to say. Lionel Richie decided to be the first voice you hear because he wanted to just get out of the way.
The USA FOR AFRICA single was released on March 7th, 1985, and sold more than 20-million copies. $75-million dollars was raised to fight poverty in Africa, and the song won three Grammys in 1986 including song and record of the year. (Marino)
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