Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 25, 2016
January 25, 2016
Broadcast, cable and video news:
"X-Files" star DAVID DUCHOVNY is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning at 11:30 am (Pacific) in front of the Fox Theatre at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard. “X-Files” creator/director/executive producer CHRIS CARTER and comedian GARRY SHANDLING will be on hand to speak at the dedication. Garry, of course, played talk-show host Larry Sanders, and David was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearances on "The Larry Sanders Show."
Getting up to speed:
The East Coast is still recovering from a historic snowstorm that shut down mass transit, cancelled Broadway shows and killed 18 people. Winter Storm Jonas dropped as much as:
--37 inches in Maryland (biggest snowfall ever in Baltimore);
--38 inches in Virginia;
--22 inches at the National Zoo in Washington, DC;
--29 inches in North Jersey,
--35 inches in Pennsylvania (the fourth biggest snowfall in Philadelphia's history), and
--30.5 inches in New York City (just a tenth of an inch from breaking the all-time record).
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
Because of the massive blizzard that dropped almost 30-inches of snow on New York City, all Broadway shows were canceled on Saturday. That meant there were no matinees or evening performances. But, everything was back to normal for yesterday's matinees. If you were travelling to Manhattan from out of state to see a show, you probably got a refund, not tickets for another performance. The New York Times says that happened to the 2,600 people expecting to see "Hamilton" on Saturday. The musical is sold-out for many months, so there was no way to get a seat for a different matinee or evening show. It takes a lot for Broadway to shut done, but once New York Governor ANDREW CUOMO announced a travel ban, then closed all public transportation, the theaters had no choice. (Marino)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Believe it or not, there are still honest, genuinely good people walking the mean streets of New York City. TMZ.com reports MARK RUFFALO lost his cell phone and wallet during the huge blizzard that hit the East Coast last Saturday, two young ladies named AMENAIDE and CATHERINE discovered it while walking home from the Shake Shack and called a number someone sent in a text message. Their father, PETER BROWN, says the director popped by to pick his items, gave the girls a $100-dollar reward and promised them a signed photo of "The Hulk." (Lee)
Health and Medical Briefs:
The dating app Tinder has agreed to provide locations on its app where users can get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Time magazine says Tinder made the move after battling with the Los Angeles-based AIDS Health Foundation since last fall, when the group ran an ad campaign that linked Tinder with the spread of STDs. As the new health safety page was added to the Tinder app, the foundation has agreed to halt its campaign in New York and Los Angeles. (Bartha)
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