“What has always bothered me about SATC is the writing. It’s abysmal. Take every clichéd joke and narrative device you can think of, throw it in a food processor, and you have yourself a SATC teleplay. Samantha is considered the comic relief in this series and her jokes make a Jay Leno monologue sound cutting edge. And I resent that SATC supposedly represents the apex of female-targeted comedy when there’s so much better written female-centric comedy out there (watch “Parks and Recreation” sometime. No really, please watch it or it will die).”—Drew Magary shares his thoughts on “Sex and The City 2.”
“When President Obama recently said that [the BP oil spill] is the first thing he thought of in the morning and the last thing he thought of before going to bed, I was concerned… Because I realized that the gap between his attention and his effectiveness is bigger than I thought.”—Newt Gingrich told a crowd at the 92nd St Y on Thursday evening. Gingrich was at the Y to talk shop with reporting veteran Jeff Greenfield for the pundit’s popular “In The News” interview series.
A Manhattan investment advisor to celebrities, politicians and business tycoons was arrested by federal authorities this morning for allegedly perpetrating a $30 million fraud and Ponzi scheme, law enforcement officials said.
Ken Starr, who boasts a client list that includes Annie Leibovitz, Uma Thurman, Martin Scorsese, Wesley Snipes, Henry Kissinger, Caroline Kennedy and Robert Ziff among others, was arrested by IRS agents this morning and is expected to face investment fraud, tax fraud and other related charges, officials said. He is expected to appear in court later today.
Federal officials say that using his client’s money, Starr last month bought a new condominium for $7.5 million on the Upper East Side which featured five bedrooms, a 32 foot indoor pool, a 1,500 square foot garden on the main floor and a wall of floor to ceiling windows. The bulk of that money, $4.2 million, came from a client identified as an “elderly heiress” who is nearly 100 years old.
Also arrested this morning was Andy Stein, the former Manhattan borough president and New York City Council President. Stein is expected to face charges for allegedly lying to law enforcement officials conducting the probe.
Most people consume the game from someone’s house where it will be warm and dry even if the field is covered by a few inches of snow and lashed by howling winds. Those games are awfully fun to watch on television and there’s just not much reason to think it is going to result in a poorly played game or a disadvantage for either side.
Take the 2008 playoffs, for example. Before the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, the conventional wisdom was that the Packers would benefit from frigid temperatures at Lambeau Field. The Giants won the game. Then came the Super Bowl when the high-octane Patriots offense — honed in the Northeast, we might add — failed to ignite in perfect Arizona conditions. Both of those games, as it happens, were tight contests that thrilled everyone watching them. Football works in all weather and good football teams win no matter what the mercury might say that day.
The New York Society Library accepted a copy of “The Law of Nations” from the staff of Mount Vernon. Our founding father checked out the book back on Oct. 5, 1789. That would make it 221 years overdue.
Perhaps he lost it; perhaps he forgot about it; perhaps he just loved that book so much that he couldn’t stand to part with it. Whatever the case, he never returned it.
In fact, that original book may never be found. The folks at Mount Vernon heard about the missing book and looked everywhere for it. They finally found a replica online for about $12,000.
And so the great George Washington is no longer on the hook for that missing book. It’s a good thing, too. His late fee was about $300,000.
Larry David is always pretty close-mouthed about his upcoming episodes, but heading into season 8 for “Curb Your Enthusiasm" we know at least one star he wants to bring on board — comedian Ricky Gervais.
"I’d love to have him on," David said in a "Curb" conference call. "And I’m going to see if there’s anything he’s right for this year."
The two clearly have a strong mutual comedic respect for each other, and appeared as panelists on the “Marriage Ref” this year as well. For many “Curb” fans, this would be a good example of dream casting.
From our new California politics blog “Prop Zero”:
A new non-partisan public poll, from the Public Policy Institute of California, shows that November’s California ballot initiative to legalize and tax marijuana is likely to be a close vote (49 percent favor, 48 percent oppose).
To win, the pro-legalization side will have to convince the old (support for the initiative is lowest among voters who are 55 and older), women (only 42 percent of women in the poll support the initiative, while 54 percent of men do), and especially Latinos (62 percent in the PPIC poll oppose the initiative).
So get ready to see campaign spokesmen and spokeswomen who can reach that demographic: old, Latino women. (Yes, Mr. Marin, 63, and his aging comedic partner, Tommy Chong, are already on board with the measure).
And get ready for ads — probably web ads, since it’s not clear whether TV stations will run ads — with grandmother types talking about how they don’t approve of drugs, but want something as prevalent as marijuana to be safe, regulated and taxed.
Nadya “Octomom” Suleman is taking a “do as I say and not as I do” approach to pets.
Outside of her La Habra home on Wednesday, the mother of 14 told a crowd of reporters and paparazzi that dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered.
"All my children have a loving home but the sad fact is … there are not nearly enough good home for the 8 million dogs and cats who enter animal shelters every year, half of whom must be euthanized due to lack of good home," said Suleman, standing in front of a PETA banner.
And how did PETA convince the queen of in vitro to take a stand against animal overpopulation?
We went through a Beatles revival last summer with the whole Rock Band Beatles game and remastered back catalog. Well, now it’s time for the Rolling Stones to have their turn. It’s a Stones revival this year (they’re not actually dead, or even retired, but let’s ignore that for now).
The band just released a deluxe reissue of “Exile On Main St.” which is one of the greatest albums of all time and anyone who says otherwise is stupid and shouldn’t be your friend. The reissue comes with a whopping 10 bonus tracks culled from the original recording sessions. And now, documentary filmmaker Robert Frank is set to unveil a one-hour documentary about the recording of that same album called “Stones In Exile.”
“We’re obviously facing a very difficult budget situation… So the question was how do we let people know about what we’re facing and what the consequences will be, because this is the people’s library”—
a question posed by President and CEO of the New York Public Library, Paul LeClerc.
“In “Curb,” Larry runs a comic balance between being an angry (and rich) fish out of water in Los Angeles and getting his comeuppance from fellow transplanted New Yorkers who know his weaknesses. Richard Lewis, the fouled-mouthed Susie Green and breakout bit players like last season’s Mocha Joe speak a language Larry understands, but would sometimes rather forget… It seems fitting that the city, an unspoken presence in “Curb,” is set to finally get its comic close-up amid the disorder that is Larry David’s TV life.”—Jere Hester argueing that “Curb”s move to New York will be a natural fit for Larry David and the rest of the cast.
With her career already on shaky ground, Katherine Heigl has teamed up with Ashton Kutcher for Killers, an action-romcom hybrid about a woman who unwittingly marries a spy with a license to kill. Is it possible Heigl is unaware of the fate that befalls Kutcher’s blonde female co-stars?
A starring role alongside Ashton Kutcher is where the careers of blond actresses go to die.
"We have no idea what the show is called," Halpern tells us. "We have been workshopping a bunch of names. But we know we cannot use (expletive) in the title."
It was widely reported that CBS executives were using the television friendlier “Stuff My Dad Says” variation of the title to refer to the show. But Halpern says this would NOT be the final name for the show. “That’s almost like saying, here is this watered-down version of something you used to like,” says Halpern.
“Over the last 20 years, Law & Order became a New York City institution. It began filming in the City at a time when few series did, and it helped pave the way for the more than 150 television shows based here today, including the Law & Order spinoff Special Victims Unit, which will continue. Law & Order not only broke the record for New York City’s longest-running primetime series, it set the record for the longest-running crime series in the nation, collecting numerous Emmy awards along the way. It also helped launch the careers of thousands of talented actors and featured many memorable performances – although my cameos are not among them. We’re grateful to Dick Wolf for choosing New York City as its location for all of these years, and for helping showcase the City’s depth and versatility as a setting and all of the advantages of filming here.”—Mayor Bloomberg’s statement on the end of Law & Order
Dun. Dun. So the bell tolls for the original “Law & Order.”
The last crime solved on the iconic New York City drama will be this month, NBC officials confirmed. But even though the last episode will be May 24, but die-hard fans may see the blow lessened a bit as NBC said it will launch new a “Law & Order” franchise in Los Angeles and will continue “Law & Order: SVU” for another season.
A 21st season would have set a record for the longest running TV drama series. If it is indeed canceled, “Law & Order” will be tied with “Gunsmoke” for the longevity title.
The New York-founded ice cream brand celebrates its 50th Anniversary on May 18 by giving away free scoops between 4 and 8 p.m., but Brooklyn Heights blog notices that a new location in the neighborhood celebrates its grand opening by running the special tomorrow from noon to 10 p.m. Try to get to both. [Häagen-Dazs Shops/Facebook, Brooklyn Heights Blog]
“Facebook data science manager—yes, that job exists—Cameron Marlow tells the San Francisco Chronicle that female Facebook users generally become less happy after they become engaged, but cheer up to new levels of happiness after marriage—when the men promptly become more negative. Says the MIT doctorate holder, “These fit the gender stereotypes so perfectly that it’s almost uncanny.” Further confirmation of conventional wisdom: Though women fare better, open relationships suck for pretty much everyone, reducing positive feelings 15 percent compared with being single.”—Facebook Knows What Makes Women Miserable - Facebook - Gawker (via peterwknox)
“Comedy has always been second banana in Hollywood. Comedies never win Oscars. Comedies are never given high budgets (except in the case of “Pluto Nash”), because they usually require no effects and comedy doesn’t translate well overseas. Despite the success of “The Hangover” and Judd Apatow’s first two movies, comedy is still Hollywood’s stepchild. And with 3D taking over, it’s possible Hollywood could lock it away in an even more remote part the house. Possibly the attic.”—From Drew Magary’s latest piece - “3D: The Future Of Movies, The Death Of Comedy”
American University has purchased enough credits to match their annual electricity usage of 53 million kilowatt hours. In the D.C. area, Catholic University of America is the only other unversity to buy green power credits.