Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 31, 2015
July 31, 2015
VALERIE HARPER was rushed to the hospital last Wednesday night. "Entertainment Tonight" reports the legendary actress was all set to perform in the musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It" in Maine and the director told the crowd she planned to return after some rest and fluids. However, fire department officials told "Entertainment Tonight" they'd gotten a call around 9 pm the night before regarding a 75-year-old woman unconscious backstage at the theater. A spokesman for the theater said that Harper had been hospitalized "as a precaution," was "resting comfortably" and would remain in the hospital for observation. But Deadline reported Thursday that the hospital said she'd been discharged. Unfortunately, insiders claim the 75-year-old"s health is "very bad" and she hasn't felt well all week. The "Mary Tyler Moore" star was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in 2013 but was treated and has been in remission. (Lee)
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
More good poll numbers for DONALD TRUMP. Trump tops a new Quinnipiac University poll of Republican voters nationwide, grabbing 20-percent support, with WI Gov. SCOTT WALKER next at 13 percent and JEB BUSH third at 10-percent.
But despite Trump's number one poll standing, HILLARY CLINTON would beat him, 48-to-36-percent, in a hypothetical match-up. In other possible pairings, Bush holds a narrow 42-to-41 lead over Clinton, while Walker trails Madame Hillary, 44-to-43. (Pacelli)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Another day, another star that wants to hang out in the White House! This time, the honors go to ANGELINA JOLIE, who could be teaming up with HILLARY CLINTON! An "advisor" to the A-lister tells MIKE WALKER of the National Enquirer that she'd love to be the Vice Presidential running mate with Madame Hillary and can bring "over the top connections!" Word is hubby BRAD PITT is totally on-board with the idea and the missus is willing to leave Hollywood behind for the gig. (Lee)
MELISSA McCARTHY's long-hyped clothing line has finally made its debut. The Hollywood Reporter says the Melissa McCarthy Seven7 line includes neutral toned basics in quirky patterns like leopard print and oversize plaid, as well as tailored separates and denim. Prices are under $150 dollars and are available in sizes 4 to 28. It goes on sale September 1st, with a preview sale being held on the HSN channel August 13th. (Bartha)
Ever get stuck in the middle of two large people on an airplane? JAMES ANDRES BASSOS was none too happy about having to sit next to one large man on a long flight in 2011. He's filed a lawsuit against Etihad Airways saying that had to twist and contort his body for long periods of time from Sydney to Dubai and now he has back problems. Bassos also claims that the "grossly overweight" man was coughing and had fluid coming from his mouth. Bassos asked to be moved five hours into the flight but the airline refused. He complained again and was moved to a crew seat.
A judge has upheld the lawsuit and is allowing Mr. Bassos to go forward with it. (Myers)
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