Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 5, 2016
January 5, 2016
It's the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Yep, today's the day for the 12 Lords-a-Leaping, etc, so get out the wallet. It also makes tonight the Twelfth Night, traditionally the date all Christmas trees, ornaments, etc, should be taken down.
Along the Primary trail:
Former President BILL CLINTON came off the sidelines yesterday, making his first solo appearance on behalf of his wife's White House campaign. In an appearance in Nashua, NH, he chose his words carefully, and refused to take the bait from DONALD TRUMP, who began invoking the former president's "abuse" of women last week.
Asked by MSNBC's ANDREA MITCHELL about Trump's comments, Bubba said, "How I feel is only relevant once they pick a nominee... We're trying to win a primary. We're trying to do that first." (Pacelli)
Another @$#%* Press Release:
The virtual reality craze is about to hit with the Oculus Rift headset going on-sale for pre-orders starting tomorrow at 8 pm (Pacific). No word yet on how much the virtual reality headset will cost, but company officials say it will ship with free copies of the games "Lucky's Tale" and "EVE: Valkyrie."
Oculus is owned by Facebook, and the headsets will compete directly with ones done by HTC and Sony, which may announce their cost and first sale dates at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Looks like model KELLY ROHRBACH will take on the PAMELA ANDERSON role of C-J Parker in the upcoming "Baywatch" movie.
Variety reports the casting for the movie reboot is nearly wrapped up, with DWAYNE "The Rock" JOHNSON and ZAC EFRON starring along with "San Andreas" actress ALEXANDRA DADDARIO playing the role of Summer --which was originally done by NICOLE EGGERT.
Johnson posted a video on Instagram of him and Rohrbach adding a twist to the show's classic slow-motion running scenes.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Media mogul ROBERT STIGWOOD has died. He was 81. Robert watched over CREAM and the BEE GEES as manager, produced films like "Saturday Night Fever" and stage musicals including "Jesus Christ Superstar," as well as owning his own RSO Records label. Robert was born in Australia and after arriving in London started booking bands. He took over THE WHO's live gig business and through a smart business deal got them away from Brunswick Records in 1966 to the Reaction label which he owned. The same year, Stigwood helped ERIC CLAPTON, JACK BRUCE and GINGER BAKER, his clients from two different bands, form Cream. A year later, Robert signed the teen pop sensation, the Bee Gees and helped re-launch their career. The group would eventually sign to Stigwood's RSO Records which produced the biggest-selling soundtrack of all time, "Saturday Night Fever," along with the movie, followed up by the big screen version of Broadway's "Grease" and that film's soundtrack. Stigwood's one major failure, which nearly ruined the Bee Gees and just about killed off the career of PETER FRAMPTON was the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie. He survived.
FYI: Stigwood was business partners with BEATLES manager, BRIAN EPSTEIN. Shortly before he committed suicide in 1967, Epstein merged his NEMS company with Stigwood's. The Beatles hated Stigwood and were very angry that Brian made the deal. Brian liked Robert and besides the music, they had something else in common. Both men were homosexual which was illegal at the time in the UK. (Marino)
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