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The end is nigh, so says famed Hollywood Publicist Julian Myers. The erosion caused by the writer's strike according him will be too hard to weather. Hmmm...we respectfully disagree. Hollywood has weathered much stronger and more "perfect" storms in the past. One needs to look no further than Aeon Flux, Catwoman, or Elektra for proof. Sure it looks grim at the moment, and there won't be any Golden Globes, but the studio's and networks will eventually throw the writer's a few more crumbs, and all will go back to normal.
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We told you our thoughts on the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. If you need more urging to go and see it this weekend (tonight would be a great night with the weather in nyc), read what The New Yorker said about the film...."It Feels Like Nothing Less Than The Rebirth Of The Cinema." Better than film of the year, film of the decade. It is the rebirth of the cinema! Wow, we don't know if we'd go that far, but it's certaintly worth a viewing (or two).
21 year-old British Actress Gemma Arterton will be the new Bond Girl in the up and coming Bond22 (the working title for the film). Casino Royale was such a tour de force with Daniel Craig that we can't wait for this one to come out next November. In the meantime, Miss Arterton has a lot of work ahead of her if she is to fill the shoes of other notables like Ursula Andres who started off the tradition of the Bond girl posters being hung up in boy's room across the world when she played Honey Rider in Dr. No, the first Bond.
First of all, she should start by convincing the writer's to change her character's name. She is set to play Bond Girl "Fields", which is already a MAJOR dissapointment. Why would the franchise go and break the chauvinistic tradition of Bond Girl names like Pussy Galore? Fields? Come on, anything would be better than that. We love our old school Bond with all of his womanizing ways, it's a shame that these days, in our PC modern culture, we probably won't get to see too much of him anymore. Good thing there are plenty of reruns on TV of old 007 movies, showing James in all of his former glory.
...Literally. Today is the first Monday of the new year, and we have a feeling that 2008 is going to be a great year. Britney lost the power to see her children, Lohan is making massive efforts to stay sober, and the presidential election is already starting to provide us with new material to talk about. What better way to start off the year than by immersing yourself in a story of the survival of the human spirit that will leave you wanting to get off your ass and really start LIVING!
If you are having trouble getting into the new year's spirit, we suggest heading down to the infamous Angelika theatre to see the incredibly moving film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The film, directed by Julian Schnabel, is based on the novel by famous Parisian Jean-Dominique Bauby (April 1952 –March 9, 1997). Bauby was best known for being the editor of the popular French magazine ELLE. While driving with his son in the countryside, the 43 year old suffered a stroke which left him paralized from the head down, his brain fully functionable. The charasmatic Bauby, literally became an island in one day, suffering from the rare disease known as "locked-in syndrome" which has been described as "the closest thing to being buried alive."
Comic books are notorious dork magnets...that being said, who hasn't at one point or another yearned for the next chapter in their favorite superhero's tale. Being the New Yorkers that we are, our favorite superhero has always been Batman. Dennis O’Neill, a former writer and editor for DC Comics, has said that,
"Batman's Gotham City is Manhattan below Fourteenth Street at eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November."
The last one, Batman Begins, was a much darker and more sinister version of the tale, but it also brought a heightened sense of reality to the caped-crusader’s story. That is why we were thrilled after seeing the trailer for the next portion of the Batman series, The Dark Knight, which looks like it will pick up right where the last one left off. This one also looks like it will even feel more allusionary to New York when you look at the cast. Christian Bale will again play Bruce Wayne, (New York's first Patrick Bateman), Heath Ledger will be Joker, (famed Williamsburger). Cool New York Mommy Maggie Gyllenhal will play Rachel Dawes, (so happy to see Katie Holmes go), and Aaron Eckhart, (our favorite little New York smoker), will play district attorney Harvey Dent- who any true Batman fan knows will later become the infamous Two-Face. Originally, we were skeptical about Heath Ledger playing the Joker, but after seeing him in costume in the trailer, and hearing his creepy voiceovers in the background....we are confident that he will send us clinging to our seats. So while you will have to wait until July for the full-length movie, check out the trailer above for a quick fix.
God I have such fond memories of Pee-Wee's playhouse. Is that fucked up? Oh, I don't care, how great, by the way were his Christmas specials? There are a whole bunch of them up on YouTube, but the one I remember the most is when Charo was on singing "Feliz Navidad"...does anyone else remember this? I had that song in my head from that day forward and everytime I hear it I think back to this episode (shown above). Also, LOVED Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, the movie where he goes on a journey to find his stolen bike "I know you are but what am I"...."Francis!".... "La LA LA, La La La"...god he's great. I was so sad when he got thrown in jail, (though my parents never told me why and I didn't find out until adulthood-GROSS!) Still, I mean it's like Michael Jackson...the guy has major issues but it doesn't mean I can't enjoy his music right?
Anyway, Paul Reuben, the man behind the Pee-Wee announced that he has TWO feature films in the works! He told MTV that: "I feel like the time is really ripe right now. A lot of the kids who grew up with the show are young adults. The college kids are middle-aged adults. I feel like I have enough of a built-in audience to make back an investment." One of the films would be a continuation of the play house show but would take the characters out of the house for the first time into "puppet land". The other one would be a film following Pee-Wee on his quest for a music career. Can the 55 year old (!) Reuben pull it off? If not, he has debated using Johnny Depp for the character which would be amazing! Either way, I am tuning in to all news Pee-Wee for awhile
In between all of your holiday merriment, here are some other suggestions:
This weekend DJ Ultragrrrl(Sarah Lewetinn) will be spinning at the Madewell store from 3-7 pm. A former assistant editor at Spin Magazine, Ultragrrrl has been a force in the music industry, founding the record label Stolen Transmission. In addition she was an early manager of My Chemical Romance and stellastarr*
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Head over to Pop Burger's new location on 58th street Saturday night around 10:00pm for the "Sneak Preview and Party" of the new POP Burger lounge. Though, won't be much of a secret...the store opened it's doors early, today at 11:00 am.
Finally, on Sunday between 3-6 pm, head on over to the newly opened Blue & Cream store on Bowery for an UES trunkshow. UES does not stand for Upper East Side in this context...it represents the Upper Echelon Shoe brand. These sneakers have been worn by everyone from Diddy to Grandmaster Flush, to Slick Rick.
There's also a couple new movies out including:
The Golden Compass starring Nicole Kidman
Atonement starring Keira Knightly
Juno with Ellen Page
Grace is Gone with John Cusack
And, if you haven't seen No Country for Old Men...it is painfully brilliant.
It seemed just yesterday Chris Noth was running into the bathrooms at Bungalow 8 and partying at the Pink Elephant into the wee hours of the morning. But it seems the actor and investor in The Plumm did have time to pull a Tom Brady and make his live-in girlfriend ("actress" Tara Wilson) preggers. So does this mean an end to his partying? Nah...they have no plans for marriage.
So who exactly is Tara Wilson? Well her IMDB resume is thin at best. Her only credit in the last 3 years is a 2007 flick titled "Frame of Mind" starring guess who? Chris Noth of course.
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"When there's something strange, in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call?....
GHOSTBUSTERS!" God what a movie. What a special year it was when Ghostbusters came out. Do you guys remember how utterly awesome that film was?! You know the fire house that they shot pieces of the film is located at W.Broadway and Moore street in Tribeca?? Right next to Bubble Lounge (one of our favs). Anyway, they're making a video game. It's going to be rad. We are over joyed. This may be old news but it made our Friday.
Last month, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera made a guest apperance on MTV's Total Request Live. While there, she shared her thoughts on the her contemporaries saying what we've all been thinking: that Hollywood’s out-of-control young things should stop partying and “get a job." “I can’t get into trouble because I’m working all the time,” she told Damien Fahey. “I’m too busy working and focusing on what I’m doing to be out partying.”
This is why, we think it's highly ironic when we read in the Observer that Lindsay Lohan is in "serious talks" to take on a 3-episode role on the show. She would play a fallen beauty queen who takes a gig as the assistant manager of the fast food chain where Betty’s dad toils. Sounds about right to us. We hope the strikes won't have any effect on making this happen as we are hoping that Lohan will pick up some real life work-ethics lessons on set...at the very least, hopefully she'll observe a thing or two from Ms. Ferrera, an ACTUAL EMMY WINNER.
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The fourth day of the Writer's strike is on, and it sounds like a party at the Time Warner center at Columbus Circle. The picketing writers have been joined by the likes of Robin Williams, David Duchovny, Tim Robbins, Roseanne Barr, and Holly Hunter. We are tempted to head down and check it out, see how things are going, check the morale levels, etc. And if we get bored, maybe we'll stop by Rande Gerber's Stone Rose for a mid afternoon bloody mary. Anyone care to join for a trip to the celeb-studded picket lines?
Friday, March 7
Sean MacPherson took some time out to chat with us about his new restaurant, so click through to find out why we\'re calling Margaux your new go-to in NYC.