Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
DAVID HASSELHOFF is now DAVID HOFF, after officially changing his name at 63 years old. He posted a video clip on Twitter showing the documents with his new name, saying "Big news today and a massive relief for me. I hope everyone can understand... it feels great!"
The White House:
Another embarrassing episode for the Secret Service. A uniformed Secret Service officer assigned to the White House has been suspended and charged with sending explicit photos of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
However, he was actually texting an undercover officer posing as an underage girl on the social media application Kik. Thirty-seven-year-old LEE ROBERT MOORE of Church Hill, Maryland, was charged with attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor. (Pacelli)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
If you're headed to New York City for the holidays and want to see "The Lion King," you may be in luck. The musical is usually sold out for every performance, but Playbill.com says the show is launching an online ticket lottery. Starting Monday at 10am, you can enter to guarantee a chance to buy tickets for the next day's performance. You can only enter once a day, or you will be eaten by a lion. Get all the details at lionking.com/lottery. (Marino)
Hood by Air is teaming up with TV's "Empire" for a fashion collection inspired by the hit Fox series. The HBA.Empire range includes newsprint sweatshirts, dresses, shorts and tops featuring popular images and quotes from the series. It also includes champagne glasses, keychains and a pillow backpack. The Hollywood Reporter says there are also plenty of looks inspired by TARAJI P. HENSON's over-the-top fashion icon, "Cookie Lyon." Prices will range from $15 to $300 dollars and is on sale now at Hood by Air's website. (Bartha)
The Reel Deal:
Funniest movie screenplays: The Writers Guild of America has selected the 101 funniest movie screenplays and announced them earlier this week in Hollywood. WOODY ALLEN and MARSHALL BRICKMAN's script for "Annie Hall" was number one; Woody had six other scripts on the list. The late HAROLD RAMIS had four scripts on the list, while MEL BROOKS had three --all in the top 12. In the top-10:
10. "National Lampoon's Animal House"
9. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
8. "Blazing Saddles,"
7. "Dr. Strangelove,"
6. "Young Frankenstein,"
3. "Groundhog Day,"
2. "Some Like it Hot,"
1. "Annie Hall"
FYI: In the top-20, "This is Spinal Tap," "The Producers," "The Big Lebowski," "Ghostbusters," "When Harry Met Sally," "Bridesmaids," "Duck Soup," "There's Something About Mary," "The Jerk" and "A Fish Called Wanda." Find the whole list HERE.
Looking for love in all the wrong places:
A Canadian bride lost her parents two days before her destination wedding. CHARLES McKENZIE, who was 67, and his wife, DOROTHY, who was 63, were found in their hotel room hottub in Mexico, dead. After an investigation it was discovered that the couple was getting amorous in the hottub when Mr. McKenzie had a heart attack. He unfortunately, smothered his wife, causing her to drown. (Myers)
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