Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 4, 2015
June 4, 2015
Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
How about two more presidential candidates!!!
---Former RI Gov. LINCOLN CHAFEE formally announced his bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination yesterday, becoming the third candidate to challenge party front-runner HILLARY CLINTON. The 62-year-old former Republican and Independent announced his campaign in a speech at George Mason University in Virginia, saying, "I enjoy challenges and certainly we have many facing America... If we as leaders show good judgment and make good decisions, we can fix much of what is ailing us."
--On the Republican side, former TX Gov. RICK PERRY is due to launch his second White House bid later today, after a failed and highly-criticized run back in 2012. He was able to raise a ton of money and generate a lot of quick buzz, but faded just as quickly after a handful of gaffes, including one moment during a debate when he couldn't remember one of the federal agencies he had pledged to eliminate.
He later blamed that and other gaffes on pain medication he was taking at the time. (Pacelli)
Filling a need:
Putting a serious dose of fear in someone can make them open up their wallets in record time! TMZ.com reports the popularity of the movie "San Andreas" has caused a huge run on emergency supplies and the website EarthquakeStore.com has seen a 300 percent increase in sales. If you're interested in stocking up, a Quake Alarm will alert you before the ground starts moving for $34.95, while the Deluxe Preparedness Kit features sleeping bags, food bars, orange safety vests, a hand saw, fire starter sticks and a water purification kit for the low, low price of $250-bucks. (Lee)
We told you yesterday that BOBBY FLAY got a big surprise while receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but his estranged wife denies she hired a plane to fly a banner reading "Cheater" overheard. An attorney for actress STEPHANIE MARCH revealed in a statement to Us Weekly that her client is "absolutely not behind this." (Lee)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
In the works: stage shows based on classic sitcoms "Cheers" and "The Brady Bunch."
Variety reports CBS has hooked up with SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ's family --he's the guy who created the "Brady Bunch" TV series-- and are working on a "comedic musical stage show" with the same characters from the original show.
Schwartz also created "Gilligan's Island," but there's no word about THAT being produced.
CBS is also doing "Cheers Live on Stage," which "will showcase classic moments from the long-running sitcom."
Taking everything much too seriously:
GODZILLA is now an official resident of Japan.
Back in April, the infamous movie monster was named as an ambassador to Tokyo. But, last week he was granted official Japanese residency. The government even produced official paperwork for Godzilla. The Immigration Bureau of Japan says anyone who's been sentenced to fines or imprisonment is not allowed to become a permanent resident of the nation. But, luckily for Godzilla, he's never been convicted for any of his destructive acts. And, he's never spent time in jail. (Still)
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