Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 3, 2015
August 3, 2015
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
Another new poll... and DONALD TRUMP is still laughing. He tops a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal nationwide poll of Republican voters with 19-percent support, followed by WI Gov. SCOTT WALKER with 15-percent and JEB BUSH at 14-percent.
In that same poll this past June, Bush stood atop the GOP field, with Trump at just 1-percent. (Pacelli)
Bid'ness is Bid'ness:
If you've just changed jobs, number one, congrats! Number two, here's how to win everyone over. It's a jungle out there. Cosmopolitan magazine says:
1. Don't hide out. You need to ask everyone's names and duties as soon as possible, so you're not stuck going, "Ah, her. In the cubicle over there. With the cat photos. Name?"
2. Show off NEW ideas. Don't annoy your co-workers by suggesting ideas that have already been tried or discarded already. Also, don't try to overdo it-- try to find one project where you can shine, instead of trying to fix everything.
3. Be as nice to the custodian as you are to the CEO. Not only do people notice how you treat others, but good luck getting the projector working before that big presentation if you pissed off IT.
4. Don't play favorites. Remember that there's a ton of backstory and history you've just been thrown into, and you don't want to become joined at the hip to one person only to find out they're the local pariah. (AB)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
The HOUSTON and BROWN families are putting the HATFIELDS and McCOYS to shame. As you know, BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's funeral took place in Atlanta over the weekend, but it was anything but serene when LEOLAH BROWN began screaming at PAT HOUSTON as she was about to speak. TMZ.com reports the 22-year-old's aunt yelled that Pat was "wrong for this" --apparently referring to the fact that she solicited for donations to her charity rather than flowers.
Luckily, TYLER PERRY was there to usher her out and Leolah told reporters that WHITNEY HOUSTON's ghost will be haunting Pat.
As if all this weren't bad enough, BOBBY BROWN's wife ALICIA ETHEREDGE suffered a seizure that night and had to be rushed to the hospital. (Lee)
What happens when you invite two members of the VILLAGE PEOPLE to perform at your private party, but they hate each other? The Page Six gossip column in the New York Post says Hamptons big shot Sir IVAN WILZIG hired RANDY JONES, the original cowboy, to do his solo act at a Studio 54-themed "summer bacchanal" on August 22nd at Sir Ivan's castle. Well, that didn't sit too well with FELIPE ROSE, the original Indian who was also hired to perform. Felipe has the legal right to use the Village People name and doesn't want to be anywhere near Randy. AWK-waaaaard! Well, Randy is willing to "bury the tomahawk" with Felipe so the party can go on. It's a benefit for The Peaceman Foundation and all of the guests have to dress like a member of the Village People: cowboy, Native American, construction worker, GI, leatherman or cop. (Marino)
High school hijinks:
An 18-year-old in New York is mad at the school district --because she graduated.
MELISSA MEJIA claims she was "stunned and embarrassed" when officials at William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens told her she was getting a diploma. Mejia claims she didn't have nearly enough credits to graduate. She says, "I don't like receiving what I would call a handout, but that's what happened. New York City gave me a diploma I didn't deserve."
Even the teachers admit students were given credits for classes they had actually failed. Bryant High School math teacher MARY BOZOYAN says, "The administrators are trying to get as many students to graduate as they can." (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Didja love AMC's "Mad Men"? Would you like to have an official prop from the series?
Turns out the production company that did "Mad Men" is auctioning off the various props, wardrobe pieces and set decorations from the show, including:
--Don Draper's 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
--Don Draper's Brooks Brothers suits, sunglasses, business cards and his Manhattan penthouse furnishings;
--Plus wardrobe, office accessories and personal effects for every major character including Peggy Olsen, Pete Campbell, Roger Sterling, Betty Draper and Joan Harris.
The close to 14-hundred items are now up for bidding at ScreenBid, until this Thu, Aug 06.
The Ross Brittain Report has been perfected by Ross and his award winning writers to provide customizable show prep every weekday morning. To see why it's one of the most important show prep services in the US, or for a free two week trial, please contact us using the contact info below in the "About The Author" section.