Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 8, 2015
June 8, 2015
Overheard on Sunset Blvd:
Another JACKIE CHAN film in the works.
Variety reports Jackie, who's now 61, is in talks to star in the action thriller "The Foreigner," based on the 1992 STEPHEN LEATHER novel, "The Chinaman."
Jackie would play a restaurant owner in London's Chinatown who is tracking down a group of Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his daughter.
Editor's note: IMDb.com says Jackie is also working on "Karate Kid 2" with JADEN SMITH, "Rush Hour 4" and will be one of the voices of "Kung Fu Panda 3."
JENNIFER LOPEZ has been sued for being too sexy. TMZ.comsays an educational group in Morocco was offended by her televised concert on May 28th from the capital city of Rabat. The lawsuit claims J-Lo's performance (quote), "disturbed public order and tarnished women's honor and respect." If she's found guilty, Jennifer could get up to two years in jail. (Marino)
Jedi mind tricks:
A New York man didn't have the good fortune that he was looking for when a fortune teller took him for more than $700 thousand dollars. The unidentified man, who's 32, just wanted psychic PRISCILLA DELMARO to find him love. She told him evil spirits were keeping him away from his love, a woman named MICHELLE, who he claimed did not share his love back.
He gave Priscilla multiple payments including $80-grand for a bridge she would use to trap the evil spirits. He also gave her a $30-thousand dollar Rolex watch and a $40-thousand dollar Tiffany diamond ring to cleanse his sins and protect his energy. Below is a breakdown of the charges:
--First visit to psychic: $2,500
--Second visit to psychic: $9,000
--Diamonds to protect his energy (Tiffany & Co ring): $40,064
--Rid him of evil spirit stalking him: $56,000
--Fake funeral ritual: $40,000
--Time machine to cleanse his past (rose gold Rolex watch): $30,000
--80-mile bridge to lure spirit into another realm: $80,000
--90-mile bridge for Michelle's spirit: $90,000
The man finally went to police after he found out Michelle had died of a possible drug overdose and Delmaro tried to convince him that her spirit could be brought back in the body of another woman. (Myers)
TONYA CARPENTER was sitting in the second row of the Boston Red Sox-Oakland Athletics game at Fenway Park Friday night when third baseman BRETT LAWRIE hit a ball, breaking his bat at the handle and sending the big, upper part helicoptering into the stands where it hit Tonya in the head.
She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is still in serious condition.
"It was violent," one witness said. "She bled a lot. A lot. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that." She is expected to survive, although her injuries were classified as "life-threatening."
There have been other times when injuries were caused by a broken bat:
--In a 2008 game at Dodger Stadium, a fan suffered a broken jawwhen a bat flew into the stands. Her injury --as well as Tonya's-- was caused by a bat made from maple, which reportedly are three times more prone to shattering than the traditional ash bats.
--In a 1970 game at Dodger Stadium, a 14-year-old boy was killed by a foul ball. It's the only death attributed to that kind of accident at a major league ballpark. However, about 1,750 spectators get hurt each year by batted balls, mostly fouls, at major-league games, or at least twice every three games, according to Bloomberg News. That's more often than a batter is hit by a pitch, which happened 1,536 times last season, according to Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
Injuries related to high heeled footwear has nearly doubled over a 10 year period. New research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that U.S. emergency rooms treated more than 123-thousand high-heel related injuries between 2002 and 2012. More than 19-thousand of those injuries happened in 2011 alone! Sprains and strains to the foot and ankle were the most common complaints, and most patients were in their 20s and 30s. U.S. News & World Report says:
--More than 80 percent of the high-heel injuries were to the ankle or foot.
--Slightly less than 20 percent involved the knee, trunk, shoulder, or head and neck.
--About one in five of these accidents resulted in a broken bone.
--Nearly half the injuries occurred in the home.
--To reduce the risk of high heel injury, wear the right footwear for the right occasion.
Phone starter: Do you wear heels around the house? (Why??) Where is the most ridiculous place you (or someone you know) has worn heels? (Bartha)
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