Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 8, 2016
September 8, 2016
This is probably the coolest dad ever.
A dad in China spent $70-thousand dollars building his son a 13-foot-tall mecha robot suit. YIN HUAJUN posted online video of his teenage son test driving the big yellow robot, which looks like something out of the Transformers. The suit has massive moving arms and moves on wheels. Huajun, who runs a factory, used equipment from work to assemble the battle bot. (Still)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
Think you can sit next to KELLY RIPA every morning and interview big stars? The perky blonde has your chance! Kelly teased a "big announcement" about her new co-host this week and the show is having a contest for a one-day stint. Fans can upload video on their Facebookpage or website until September 20th.
Meanwhile, TheWrap.com compiled a list of the gentlemen who are most likelyto permanently land the gig based on the Positive Q score --a number used in showbiz to rate someone's likability.
10. FRED SAVAGE
9. JERRY O'CONNELL
8. MARK CONSUELOS
6. CHRISTIAN SLATER (tie)
6. ANDY COHEN (tie)
5. CHRIS HARRISON
4. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
3. ANDERSON COOPER
2. JUSSIE SMOLLET
1. MORRIS CHESTNUT (Lee)
It's not just a crematorium... it's a meth lab:
Funerals aren't just for bodies anymore. JAMES SCHRIVER, who's 59, and his brother GEORGE, who's 53, of Memorial Mortuary & Crematory in Aberdeen, Scotland, apparently thought they would earn some extra money while taking care of people's deceased loved ones. The two were arrested in April after police found three pounds of pot and some meth at their place of business. The brothers were charged with two felony drug possessions and got five year suspended prison sentences. (Myers)
Stalking New York Fashion Week:
KANYE WEST presented his Yeezy Season 4 Adidas collection yesterday --and it was, by almost all accounts-- a hot mess! Peoplemagazine says Kanye "kidnapped" guests by driving them to an undisclosed location that wound up being Roosevelt Island in New York's East River and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Show-goers were then greeted with an outdoor show featuring "an army of models standing and sitting and baking in the sun."
According to numerous accounts, the models (all dressed in those skin-toned body suits that look like Spanx) "camped out in the middle of the runway had to take breathers, sitting and being passed water from members of the audience, to help stay upright" in the hot weather. One model walking the runway lost a shoe and ditched the other one all together. Another broke a heel and had to be helped down the runway by a bystander. Yet another was reported to have passed out, getting help not from the show's crew but from an audience member.
The Yeezy show was a kind of unofficial kick-off to New York Fashion Week, which goes full tilt starting tomorrow... But the complaints over how the show was handled overshadowed the Yeezy clothes themselves. They were heavy on the skin-tight knit sweaters and thigh-high boots, including a set of see-thru thigh-highs. And of course, members of the Kardashian-Jenner-West Industrial Complex came out to support Kanye. KENDALL and KYLIE JENNER wore athleisure Yeezy. KIM KARDASHIAN WEST herself wore --big surprise-- a skin tight ribbed Yeezy sweater dress with over the knee boots. (Bartha)
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