Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 20, 2015
March 20, 2015
With the first day of Spring comes the freebies...
--Olive Garden: Take $4 off a purchase of two entrées when you order online with code 4OFF2D. The restaurant also has a "buy one, take one" deal to buy a dine-in entrée and get a second to take home starting at $12.99.
--Outback Steakhouse: Outback is offering a free Bloomin' Onion appetizer with any purchase on March 20 at their restaurants.
--Rita's Water Ice: Rita's is celebrating its 20th annual first day of spring with a free regular size serving of Italian ice.
--Dairy Queen: If you buy a Blizzard treat, you can get a second one for just 99 cents through March 31.
--Chili's: You can get a free appetizer or dessert with an entree purchase with a printed coupon.
Filling a need:
Bayer wants to create a whole lot of flowers (50 million!) to feed the bees this year, so you can request a free packet of flower seeds to be sent to you --and if you have a black thumb, can alternatively request that the flowers be planted and tended on your behalf. Easy web site: feedabee.com. (Bayer makes aspiring but also has a sizeable crop science division --Kaye)
WILL.I.AM is teaming up with Gucci to create a high-fashion wearable device. New York magazine's The Cut says their "smartband" will make phone calls, send texts, and play music, among other features. (Bartha)
EVA MENDES told TV's "Extra" she would never wear sweatpants because --as she put it: "Ladies, [the] number one cause of divorce in America is sweatpants. No, you can't do that."
Phone starter: The obvious question is "what can you wear to be comfortable and yet still be sexy in... and what would you husband /boyfriend say?"
Here's one you probably didn't see coming --Mr. T, the former star of "The A Team," has got a brand-new home improvement show on the Do-It Yourself cable channel (DIY) called (wait for it...) "I Pity The Tool."
Variety reports T "will show a tender side as he helps people in need of redoing kitchens and living rooms."
As T put it in a recent interview: "You can't just knock down everything. There might be electrical wiring. There might be a gap open. You have to take your time. You have to scout things out. If you do the wrong thing, it's going to be a disaster."
Where did T get his street cred for this kind of show? Apparently he learned brick masonry and cabinetmaking in high school and worked demolition jobs before making it big in movies and TV. The show is set to debut later this year, and will reportedly also show him lending a hand to people who need it, like military veterans or people going through hard times.
The Reel Deal:
Disney is working on a movie about Philadelphia's break-out Little League pitcher, MO'NE DAVIS.
Deadline reports "Throw Like Mo" will tell the story of the 13-year-old triple threat, who loves baseball, basketball and soccer and made history this past summer as the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series and was the first Little League player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Mo'ne said "A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true" (Cue the "When You Wish Upon a Star" music...).
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