Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 15, 2015
September 15, 2015
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
If Liza doesn't get paid, then Liza don't play! The UK's Sun newspaper says LIZA MINNELLI has canceled her upcoming shows in the UK because the promoter couldn't come up with the money for her fee. The producer blames the economy and high ticket prices for scrapping the two-night engagement at the London Palladium on September 20th, and Sheffield City Hall on the 22nd. Liza was going to be interviewed for 90-minutes each night by Sir BRUCE FORSYTH, then do a few songs with her pianist BILLY STRITCH. (Marino)
Stop the presses! Hold the phone! Call the cavalry! KATE MIDDLETON has bangs now! Fashionista.com says The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted over the weekend heading to church in Scotland with the new hairdo and wore her hair half-up/half-down for the service. Hairstylists better get their scissors sharpened, 'cuz oodles of women are going to be asking for a similar trim this fall. (Bartha /Lee)
Top-10 Party Schools:
Playboy has released its annual ranking of the top party schools for 2015. And congratulations to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, which made the list four times in the past, but it finally was selected for the top spot this year.
The folks at Playboy magazine, which puts out the annual party list, says students there like block parties, hang out on a hilltop nicknamed "Bong Hill" and like to spend time bar-hopping in the Appalachian college town.
Ohio University dethroned last year's number-one party school, the University of Pennsylvania, which actually dropped out of the top-10 completely this year. The complete top-10:
10. University of Michigan
9. University of Mississippi
8. University of Wisconsin
7. Syracuse University
6. University of Texas
5. University of Illinois
4. Tulane University
3. Florida State University
2. University of Iowa
1. Ohio University
Broadcast, cable and video news:
The A&E network says they'll be doing a one-hour special called "Cosby: The Women Speak" this Thursday at 9 pm (Eastern). The special will reportedly give the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault a chance to make their grievances public, and include interviews with more than a dozen women, including actress LOUISA MORITZ, publicist JOAN TARSHIS and model BEVERLY JOHNSON.
Variety reports new and past accusers of the more than 50 women who've said Cosby assaulted them will appear on the special to tell their stories.
Taking everything much too seriously:
The man who holds the title of "World's Longest Tongue" is putting his talents to good use.
26-year-old NICK STOEBERL is using his four-inch tongue as a paint brush. Stoeberl explains, "It's a gift. I have to use it." Now, he spends his free time painting images of his favorite animal --the beaver. Stoeberl also plans to eventually tongue-paint a series of works inspired by ANDY WARHOL. (Still)
Forbes magazine recently came out with its NFL teams' values... the Dallas Cowboys lead at $4-billion dollars, making them the most valuable sports franchise in the world for the first time since 2007.
Forbes ranked the New England Patriots second, with a valuation of $3.2 billion, followed by the Washington Redskins, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. The average NFL team is now worth nearly $2-billion bucks, a 38-percent increase from last year, according to Forbes. The Buffalo Bills are last in the NFL at $1.4 billion.
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