Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 27, 2015
March 27, 2015
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
The Senate voted 57-to-43 yesterday to ok a budget amendment that would give married same-sex couples access to Social Security and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. That amendment was offered by HI Democrat BRIAN SCHATZ.
Eleven Republicans --all of whom are up for re-election next year-- voted with Democrats in support of the amendment, which backs equal treatment for "legally married same-sex spouses," giving them access to Social Security and VA benefits no matter what state that they live in. (Pacelli)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Here's a shocker --MADONNA is still high-maintenance after all these years and lived up to her diva reputation during her week on ELLEN DeGENERES' daytime talk show. Insiders tell RadarOnline.com that the material mom brought along a huge entourage, needed an entire set of trailers, demanded expensive health foods and made the studio pony up the cash for her personal hair and makeup artists. (Lee)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
JASON ALEXANDER is returning to his Broadway roots. The Hollywood Reporter says he'll be taking over for his former "Seinfeld" boss LARRY DAVID in Larry's hit comedy, "Fish In The Dark." The play was supposed to end its limited run on June 7th at the Cort Theater, but since that entire run is sold out, the show has been extended through July 19th. Larry steps out on June 7th with Jason taking his lead role of Norman Drexler on June 9th.
Larry said (quote), "Not only was I fortunate enough to write for Jason Alexander on 'Seinfeld,' but I also had a ringside seat watching his brilliant, indelible performances. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard he was replacing me in 'Fish in the Dark.' Finally I can enjoy the show."
Jason was a Broadway actor before he got the role of a lifetime from Larry and JERRY SEINFELD as George Costanza on "Seinfeld." He won a Tony Award in 1989 for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in "Jerome Robbins' Broadway." (Marino)
Crooks too stupid to live:
If you're going to rob a bank, showing up drunk and by taxi is NOT the way to go. STANLEY GEDDE of Tallahassee, Florida, did just that, telling the cabbie that he'd pay his $25.50 cab fare when he came out the of bank. Inside he told the bank manager that he had a gun and C4 plastic explosives and "would blow this place up,". He demanded $100 thousand dollars.
Police showed up and found him spaced out in the manager's office. Stanley didn't go quietly, resisting arrest and getting tased before officers were able to get him under control. On top of the attempted robbery charge, he's also facing a petty theft charge from not paying his cab fare. (Myers)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Look for RIHANNA, MADONNA, SNOOP DOGG, IGGY AZALEA, MEGHAN TRAINOR, JASON DERULO, JENNIFER HUDSON, JASON ALDEAN, NATE RUESS, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, KELLY CLARKSON and ALESSO to perform during Sunday night's iHeartRadio Awards. JAMIE FOXX is set to host the three-hour awards ceremony at LA's Shrine Auditorium, which will be broadcast live on NBC, as well as iHeartMedia stations nationwide. Iggy Azalea and SAM SMITH lead this year's nominations.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
BRITNEY SPEARS has gone back to school. People magazine says she's taking math classes so she can help her sons SEAN PRESTON and JAYDEN JAMES with their homework. Sean Preston is 9 and he'll be in the fifth grade starting in September so that means he'll be taking pre-algebra. Britney said (quote), "They go to a really hard school, and this week we had three hours of homework [a night]. Some of it is hard for me. Next year when [Preston's] in fifth grade, he's going to be doing pre-algebra, and I'm taking classes so I know how to do it!" (Marino)
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