“I would buy anything as long as it had an ‘LV’ on it; I would buy bread.”—Johnny Weir on his love of Louis Vuitton - just one golden quote of many from a Bluefly video that goes inside Weir’s closet, brought to us by ThreadNY.
bittman is back! for all those who loved the 101 simple salads, there is now 101 grilling recipes…just in time for the 4th of july weekend. and of course, it all sounds amazing.
"29. Six-minute steak, plus a little marinating time: Soak skirt steak in a mixture of soy, lime juice, garlic, ginger and sugar (or mirin) before grilling. (The time it takes to heat the grill is long enough.)”
“Those photographs were taken by a very great art photographer, one of the best in Europe. Whenever I work with a really good photographer, I try to give him or her their own artistic freedom because that’s how you get the best work, or, at least, the most interesting work. I gave [photographer Juergen Teller] his freedom and that was the result. I like the photos because I thought they were naked in the proper sense of the word: I’ve got very little makeup, there’s no elaborate lighting and it’s simple and real. They weren’t intended to be sexy. I think sex and nudity are two different things. People tend to get the two mixed up”—Helen Mirren responds to outcry over “nude” photos at press day for her new film, “Love Ranch.”
"Murray’s aversion to the handler cocoon has affected him in two ways: He has been allowed to live a simple life, largely removed from the public eye, but he has also been unable to temper rumors about his private life and his sometimes notorious behavior. Did he actually show up unannounced to a Halloween party in Williamsburg after spending most of the night with the members of psych-rock duo MGMT? Is there any truth to speculation that he washed dishes for a group of Scottish co-eds at a late-night bash in St. Andrews? How accurate were the allegations that Murray was abusive and addicted to drugs, news that surfaced when Jennifer, his wife of 11 years, filed for divorce in May of 2008? It’s impossible to say. But to meet Murray is to trust, despite the mythology that obscures the man, that he is a decent, if slightly eccentric, guy."
“My window is open here in Manhattan, and when the Americans scored, you could hear the roar in the street. I’ve never heard anything quite like that here, to be honest. I’m sure that’s what it was like everywhere across the US and wherever Americans were watching this game.”—
The World Cup always brings the inevitable cries of AMERICANS WILL NEVER LOVE SOCCER from people who were never asked to love soccer. It’s an odd phenomenon. There are some folks in America who like watching this stuff, and just because ESPN is airing it and covering it and promoting it doesn’t mean they want to seal you off in a room, tape open your eyes, and force you to adore Lionel Messi. I get people who don’t like soccer. I don’t really get people who feel like soccer is ATTACKING them.
Anyway, these ratings are high for a good number of reasons. First off, this year’s U.S. team is extremely likable and has played two thrilling draws thus far. Their Wednesday match with Algeria will decide whether they advance, and that game will deliver enormous ratings, bigger than what we’ve already seen.
Furthermore, ESPN recently acquired rights to the English Premier League and has covered EPL more extensively than they ever did before. Giving the EPL exposure is an important part of drawing more Americans into soccer, because we American folks know our own soccer league (MLS) is lousy. We don’t accept competition that’s anything less than the best in the world, and justifiably so. It’s much easier to get into soccer when you’re watching Manchester United, and not the KC Wizzzzz.
“Drexler’s need-to-know approach to business is illuminated in WSJ’s massive six-page interview, “the Retail Therapist,” which explores the ins-and-outs of his mind-boggling retail career (he increased revenues at The Gap from 400 million to 14 billion before being fired abruptly in 2002) but also his quirks. For example, an an elaborate intercom system allows Drexler to communicate with his staff of 695 at any time.”—Thread NY discusses J Crew’s CEO Mickey Drexler and his recent write-up in WSJ Magazine.
“On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are “It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!” For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth … it doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.”—"Breaking Dawn" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s view on the birth of Edward and Bella’s child, as told to the LA Times.
From PopcornBiz: This kinda thing isn’t new. “Law & Order,” of course, was infamous for swapping out female assistant DA’s whenever it suited Dick Wolf’s fancy. Carey Lowell begat Angie Harmon begat that one blonde lady begat you get the idea. “House” tabled Jennifer Morrison’s Cameron in favor of Olivia Wilde’s Thirteen, a character the show can easily do without. And Jorja Fox was fired “CSI” (then rehired before she left again) for asking for a raise.
Keep in mind all these female actresses on “Criminal Minds” are being cut away for budget reasons while CBS happily renews Charlie Sheen’s “Two And A Half Men” contract for $2 million an episode. Sheen, as you may know, was arrested earlier this year for allegedly threatening to kill his wife. He’s indispensable. Paget Brewster? Not so much.
The Internet is poised to overtake newspapers as the second-largest U.S. advertising medium by revenue behind television, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook for 2010 to 2014.
Oh, America. Oh, how I’m disappointed in you. The new “Karate Kid” movie destroyed at the box office this weekend. And while that’s very nice, given that the movie got decent critical reviews, you people are only encouraging Hollywood. You just handed them a freshly laminated license to remake every classic 80’s movie you hold dear. Welcome to the new Hollywood business cycle.
It now involves remaking the same 100 movies every 20 years. And now that “The Karate Kid” has proven that model effective, you can now expect the following 80’s remakes to land at your door any day now. Why, they could even remake CADDYSHACK! What’s that? They did already? YOU SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING?!
ET: Oh, you think they can’t remake ET? They CAN. They can have Justin Bieber play Elliott and have him and the CGI-produced ET go soaring through the sky on a magic Razor Scooter.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High: With Dax Shepard as Spicoli! You tell me that’s not a huge upgrade over Sean Penn! Also, this version will be PG-13 and won’t feature Phoebe Cates’ breasts. Not good.
Tootsie: With Seth Rogen. Because there are still people in the flyover states who find a man in drag to be CRAZY.
A Christmas Story: It’ll be just like the original you know and love, only this time it will star Suri Cruise and she’ll spend 90 minutes pining for a 4th-generation iPhone to go with her iPad. And she’ll totally get it when he daddy points out a mysterious gift hidden behind the family’s altar to Xenu. Want more? Head to PopcornBiz
“If everything you do people find fault with, why do you do it? Nobody needs that aggravation… The guy that runs BP didn’t exactly go down there and blow up the well. And what’s more, if you want them to fix it and they are the only ones with the expertise, I think I might wait to assign blame until we get it fixed.”—Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, in his weekly radio address.