Welcome to Naked News, I'm Eila Adams. I'm coming to you today from a place called Cherry Beach. It's a popular tourist spot on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kat Curtis is in our Naked Newsroom to kick off the show and unfortunately she's got some "not so great" news for borrowers in the US. Here she is with a Naked News Bulletin.
The US Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that interest rates COULD be going up, in as little as 6 weeks. They'll remain unchanged for the moment, as the fed wants to see further economic improvements and higher inflation before any increase is pushed through. Interest rates have been near to zero since the start of the recession in 2008. Might be time to lock in those mortgages.
The most advanced fighter jet ever made will soon make its debut with the US Marine Corps. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been 15 years in the making. It's packed full of state of the art technology including supersonic speed, stealthiness, extreme agility and the most advanced weapons system the world has ever seen. All that advanced tech doesn't come cheap. The current bill for the project is nearing 400 BILLION dollars. Marine Corps bosses are expected to sign off on a squadron of F-35's in the next few days.
And we've got a new candidate for boss of the year! Nevzat Aydin, the CEO and co-founder of a Turkish food company has just paid out 27 million in bonuses, to 114 employees! The generous move comes after the company was sold to a German buyer for 589 million. Aydin said that his employees deserved to benefit as they had contributed to the success of the company. That's the sort of attitude I wish MORE business leaders would have. From the Naked Newsroom, I'm Katherine Curtis!
I'm Angie Heyward here once again to present our BOOB of the WEEK! This time, it's one Todd Fassler of San Diego. See, Todd likes snakes. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Snakes are cool. Todd even had a pet rattlesnake at one point. But he set it free because he thought animal services would "appreciate it". I don't actually know what he means by that, but it kind of sets the tone for what he decided to do recently.
He must have missed his slithery ol' buddy, and when he stumbled across another rattlesnake in the brush, he decided to try and make friends with it... by picking it up and taking a SELFIE! Want to guess how the rattlesnake responded to a strange guy grabbing it and telling it to "say cheese"? If you guessed the snake got pissed off and BIT our Todd right in the arm, you're a winner!
Todd spent five days in hospital, including time in the ER and intensive care. He required so much anti-venom that it cleared out the supply at two hospitals. His arm blew up like a balloon and turned a garish shade of burgundy. He also got hit with a hundred and fifty THOUSAND dollar hospital bill, which he's hoping to get subsidized by the state's Medi-Cal medicaid program.
All this for a selfie with a rattlesnake. A selfie. With. A rattlesnake. We've crowned other selfie idiots with our Boob of the Week designation for damaging historical artifacts and injuring themselves through lack of awareness of their surroundings. But a RATTLESNAKE selfie has elevated the idiocy to an epic new level. It's practically beyond WORDS. It's just... AAAGH!
Have you ever seen the movie "Idiocracy"? I LITERALLY fear THAT is our future. Soon. Because just when you think people have been the boobest they can be, some would-be Parseltongue decides to play with a rattlesnake for a selfie. So it is with great conviction that I declare you, Todd Fassler, our Boob of the Week. Smarten up! For Naked News, I'm Angie Heyward.
We'll check in with Nat and her weather forecast shortly. My good friend Madison Banes joins us now to take us INSIDE THE BOX, with the latest from TV land. And I hear one of ESPN's biggest names has finally landed somewhere, Madison.
That's right Eila, you'll recall that Bill Simmons was fired by ESPN for comments he made about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
I remember, it was a pretty big deal because of his tenure and popularity at ESPN.
Well I'll have you know Mr Simmons is doing okay for himself and has landed a pretty big deal at HBO. Here's the details. Welcome, INSIDE THE BOX everyone! Bill Simmons is taking his considerable talents to HBO! He'll host his own weekly talk show, and will also consult with HBO sports on new documentary features. Simmons was the leading force behind ESPN's hit 30 For 30 series of sports films. On top of all that, he'll also continue to produce a podcast. His "BS Report" podcast on ESPN was one of the most downloaded on the iTunes charts. Simmons says that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape.
Sharknado 3 debuted last week on SyFy, and if you're a fan of the cheeseball horror series you won't have to wait too long for another installment! The network has announced that Sharknado 4 is in the works, and it'll have an innovative social media-related twist. The third flick ended on a cliffhanger for Tara Reid's character, April. Fans will get to choose whether she lives or dies by tweeting #AprilLives or #AprilDies. Celebrity guests from David Hasselhoff to Ann Coulter appeared in the third flick, and director Anthony Ferrante says he has a dream celeb for the next one: Mr. Bill Murray. Fingers crossed!
A happy 75th birthday goes out to one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time - if not THE greatest - Mr. Bugs Bunny! THIS week in 1940, Bugs made his official Warner Brothers' debut in a short film called "A Wild Hare". It co-starred his long-standing nemesis Elmer Fudd, who heads out to the woods to hunt pesky wabbits. Bugs has undergone a few different facelifts over the years, but he's never changed his mischievous ways. Happy birthday, doc!
Speaking of classic characters, it looks like Al, Peggy, Bud, and Kelly Bundy are getting back together for a reunion! A spinoff spearheaded by David Faustino - who played Bud - has been picked up by Sony. Exact details of the series haven't been released, but Faustino says the entire cast has signed on for smaller roles. We can't wait to see Ed O'Neill play an older, crustier Al Bundy. Watch for the new show next year.
And it's the end of an era at Comedy Central. No I don't mean the departure of Jon Stewart from the Daily Show. I'm talking about the end of the hit series "Key and Peele". The dynamic duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have announced that this fifth and current season will be their last. It's not a complete surprise, given how popular the guys have become since the show started in 2012. Key is nominated for a supporting actor award at the upcoming Emmys. Comedy Central is also planning an animated spinoff of the pair's hilarious "Vandaveon and Mike" characters. Upwards and onwards, gents! I'm Madison Banes, and that's what's happening, Inside The Box. Don't go away.
This weekend is the thirty-fourth anniversary of the launch of MTV! We're commemorating this iconic moment in pop culture with a look at some of the most INFLUENTIAL music videos EVER, in THIS EDITION, of the Naked Weather Forecast.
Let's begin with a little Brainstorm Trivia shall we. In 1982, a pair of singers known as The Weather Girls had a top ten dance hit about a particular type of precipitation. Do YOU know what that precipitation was? Stay tuned for the answer.
And now, the forecasts! The very first video played on MTV was, fittingly enough, "Video Killed The Radio Star", by The Buggles. The video was prototypical of the early New Wave genre. It was also relatively cheap and quick to shoot, which probably contributed to its influence! The Buggles hailed from England, where this weekend the capital city London will be cloudy with a high of 76 (24C)
Norway's A-Ha took the world by storm with their video for "Take On Me". It used a technique called rotoscoping to integrate pencil-sketch animation with live action, with the singer seamlessly moving between the real world and a comic book. The song spent 23 weeks on the Hot 100 chart in the US. Norway's capital of Oslo has a damp and cloudy weekend in store, with the mercury only touching 70 (21)
ZZ Top's "Legs" video got PLENTY of attention when it hit the airwaves. And why wouldn't it? It's got a sweet 1933 Ford, furry spinning guitars, and women in very short skirts and high heels. The video won the first "Best Group Video" at the MTV Video Music Awards, and helped make ZZ Top's album "Eliminator" their most successful to that point. ZZ Top is from Houston, Texas, where it'll be sunny and hot this weekend, with a high of 100 (38C)
And you CAN'T talk about influential videos without mentioning Michael Jackson's "Thriller". It was the first music video to really combine music with actual film making. The video was 13 minutes long, and cost over half a million dollars to create. Thriller is considered the most successful music video of all time, with over nine million copies sold. Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, which has a mix of sun and rain predicted, and a high of 86 (30C)
Now, here's the answer to today's Brainstorm Trivia question! The Weather Girls' biggest hit was "It's Raining Men"! Interestingly, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Diana Ross all turned down the chance to record the song, which went on to sell over six million copies.
That's it for this week's Naked Weather Forecast! For Naked News, I'm Natasha Olenski.
Facebook is now the MOST used tech product in the WORLD. Nearly 1 point 5 BILLION members are visiting the site, according to a June report. That means more people are using it than are using Microsoft's Windows operating system! And more good news - second quarter ad sales are up 43 percent from last year, while mobile ad revenue has skyrocketed a staggering 62 percent! We're guessing that investors are giving this news a big, fat LIKE on their newsfeeds!
If you hate waiting in line you're going to LOVE the newest update for Google Maps! Using data from recent, historical visits, Google can now recommend the busy times to avoid at your favorite local business. Once the location has been selected in Maps, a drop down menu reveals a daily planner of average attendance numbers.
And... it only happens once in a blue moon. I'm talking about the appearance of an actual BLUE MOON, that is! We'll be seeing the rare lunar phenomenon in the skies Friday night. Now, it isn't LITERALLY blue. The name refers to having an extra moon in a calendar month instead of the usual one. It's fairly rare – hence the saying. So make sure you check it out because the next one won't be around until January 2018! From the Naked Newsroom, I'm Katherine Curtis!
Thank you Kat! It's time to TURN IT UP because Carli Bei is standing by with the latest in music news, INCLUDING a Rolling Stone who just REFUSES to gather moss!
The Rolling Stones have only just finished their latest tour but Keith Richard's is still running on all cylinders. “Crosseyed Heart”, the guitarist's first solo album in 23 years, is set to be released September 18th. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, he's also the subject of a new documentary hitting Netflix in September. “Keith Richards: Under The Influence” takes a look at the music and musicians that inspired the rock and roll legend. Not bad for a 71-year-old!
Trent Reznor is bringing Fight Club to Broadway! The Nine Inch Nails frontman is teaming up with the film's director David Finch to create a rock opera version of the hit flick. Reznor and Fincher have collaborated several times before. Reznor produced the Oscar-winning score for Fincher's “The Social Network” and last year's “Gone Girl”. I wonder if they'll be changing the first rule of Fight Club from 'don't talk about it' to 'don't SING about it'!
Neil Young has decided to pull his entire music catalog off streaming sites due to the poor sound quality. The singer-songwriter used his Facebook page to announce that he was removing his songs from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. Young's Geffen Records produced albums from the 80's will remain on streaming services as he doesn't have full control over these releases. Young says that he would consider using streaming services again if the sound quality improved.
Have you ever wondered what music New Yorkers are listening to? Or maybe what the hipsters in Austin, Texas have cued up next on their iTunes? Well, now you can find out through Spotify's new interactive musical map! The online streaming service has created playlists for over a thousand cities across the globe, showcasing the top 100 songs for each region. We all have busy lives so this is the PERFECT way to keep your finger on the musical pulse without even having to put on pants!
That brings us to this week's album review: Wilco's Star Wars. The release was a bit of a surprise – there was no warning and no promotion before the album went live on the band's website July 16th. Another surprise? The band has gone and made one of their STRONGEST albums to date. On Star Wars, Wilco shows they're still in touch with their strengths. Have a listen to 'Taste the Ceiling' at the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Confidence brims through this 11-song recording and the result is their catchiest and most accessible record in years. At 33 minutes, you'd think it might come across as all too brief, but that's the perfect amount of time for a band who knows how to satisfy their fans. We're giving Star Wars 4 Naked Ns out of 5! The album is available to download for FREE on wilco world dot net, right now. Turning it up for Naked News, I'm Carli Bei!
Madison Banes and Katherine Curtis answer a few emails from viewers, about the Toronto International Film Festival, Victoria Sinclair's iconic "stocking disrobe", and bare feet versus shoes.
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