Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check
February 18, 2011
ROD STEWART is a father yet again. He and his wife PENNY LANCASTER welcomed their second son together on Wednesday. People.com says AIDEN STEWART weighed in at 7-pounds, 3-ounces. This is child number eight all together for Rod. (Marino)
With the Daytona 500 this weekend, a reminder that it was ten years ago today (2001) that NASCAR driver DALE EARNHART died of head injuries, after a crash on the final turn on the final lap at the Daytona 500. He was just 49, and the first driver ever to be killed at Daytona. He had to be cut out of his car after his crash, which appeared at first to be a minor fender-bender. Earnhart was a seven-time Winston Cup winner and won 76 races at Daytona over his 25-year-career, more than any other driver.
It's not too soon to be thinking about Father's Day and we have the perfect gift: The Motor Sofa.
Suzuki is proudly showing off its road-ready sofa car at Chicago Auto Show. It has a one-cylinder gas-powered engine that gets about 40 miles to the gallon (though no word on its top speed). It's made from a recycled sofa that seats three and even comes with loose coins, cookie crumbs and pocket lint under the seat cushions.
Editor's note: Call me when they come up with a flying Lay-Z-Boy. (Maiman)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Need more proof that life just isn't fair? The publicity-loving KARDASHIAN clan pulled in $65-million bucks last year! Insiders confirmed the news to the Hollywood Reporter and say the family's success boils down to raw energy and intelligence. Mom KRIS JENNER is quite proud of her decision to launch a reality show on the E! network and dreams of having the show go on for twenty-six seasons. In fact, the product is so popular she regrets not having more kids. (Lee)
BROOKLYN DECKER worked extra hard to look good in that yellow bikini. The 23-year-old model and wife of tennis ace ANDY RODDICK tells Us Weekly magazine, "I knew I was going to be coming slo-mo out of the ocean (in her movie debut "Just Go With It") so I upped the gym workouts and weights!" (Myers)
ERIC ROBERTS is coming back to TV. Deadline.com reports he'll be starring in the ABC drama pilot, "Grace," in which he'd play a famous choreographer named Michael Grace, who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters with different mothers.
CHRISTINE LAHTI is coming back to TV as well. She won an Emmy for her role in "Chicago Hope" 13 years ago, and she'll be starring in a new medical drama called "The Doctor," for CBS, playing a mother who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice.
Since MICHAEL JACKSON's death in 2009, his estate has earned more than 310-million dollars. The Los Angeles Times says the administrators used 159-million to pay down Michael's debts which are reportedly upwards of 400-million dollars. Industry experts say that like ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHN LENNON and JIMI HENDRIX, The King of Pop will continue to generate income for many years to come. Michael's 1982 album, "Thriller," remains the biggest seller of all time. (Marino)
A legless man and a guy without arms have started performing together on stage (pictures).
According to AOL News, JIM GOLDMAN was born without arms and DANNY FRASIER lost his legs when he was three. The 26-year-old Frasier, who is 2-feet 11-inches, bills himself as the "World's Smallest Elvis". And, Goldman uses his feet to perform stunts with circular saws and other woodworking tools. Together, they perform shows to raise money for charity.
One of the show's organizers said, "I realized how much I take for granted every single day of my life. These guys are not only amazing in what they do, but in how they give of themselves." (Still)
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