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A friend as well as a fan, Jack Nicholson remembers Kobe for 'just how great a player he was'
Longtime Lakers fan and season-ticket holder Jack Nicholson spoke with KCBS' Jim Hill on Monday about the death of Kobe Bryant.
"My reaction is the same as almost all of L.A. You just suddenly, where everything was solid, there's a big hole in the wall," he said. "I was just so used to seeing and talking to Kobe. It kills you. It's just a terrible event."
Asked what he would remember most about Kobe, Nicholson said, "I remember in totality just how great a player he was. But you know, I teased him the first time we met. It was in [Madison Square] Garden in New York, and I offered him a basketball and asked him, did he want me to autograph it for him? He looked at me like I was crazy."
In reference to Bryant's sense of humor, Nicholson said, "He got all the jokes. That's for sure.
"I sat right behind his jump shot on the left-hand side. I can see him going up, and I can tell the first instant if it was in."
basketball  lakers  kobe  RIP  flying  children  celebrity 
25 days ago by rgl7194
Jeffrey Epstein and the Myth of the ‘Underage Woman’ - The Atlantic
One more shameful truth Jeffrey Epstein symbolized: a culture that continues to write girls out of its stories
On monday, the new york times columnist James B. Stewart published a remarkable article: a summary of an interview he had conducted last August with Jeffrey Epstein. The two were ostensibly talking together about matters of business—about rumors that Epstein had been doing advisory work for the electric-car company Tesla. But Epstein, in Stewart’s telling, kept guiding the conversation toward the secret that was at that point no secret at all: the fact that Epstein was a convicted sex offender. “If he was reticent about Tesla,” Stewart wrote, “he was more at ease discussing his interest in young women”:
He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable. He pointed out that homosexuality had long been considered a crime and was still punishable by death in some parts of the world.
It’s an argument that is reminiscent of the glib comments Epstein made following his release from a 13-month semi-incarceration, the result of a shockingly lenient plea deal struck in 2008. (“I’m not a sexual predator; I’m an ‘offender,’” Epstein told the New York Post in 2011. “It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”) The 2018 version of the argument added a new element, though: It suggested that consent laws were little more than prudishly narrow accidents of history. It insisted that Epstein himself was that most tragic, and heroic, of figures: a person born in the wrong place, at the wrong time. And it attempted, in all that, a sweeping feat of erasure: Epstein’s claim attempted to undermine the testimonies of the more than 80 women who have come forward to say that Epstein molested them when they were girls. Some of the women say they were as young as 13 when the predations began.
celebrity  crime  epstein  gov2.0  money  politics  sexual_abuse  women  sex 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
FDNY Reviewed 4chan Post About Jeffrey Epstein’s Death
About 38 minutes before news outlets first reported Jeffrey Epstein's death in prison, a 4chan user published a detailed post about it.
The Manhattan Correctional Center where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10.
The New York City Fire Department looked into whether an employee posted about Jeffrey Epstein’s death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
After telling BuzzFeed News the post was "under review," an FDNY spokesperson said authorities "determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department."
"An investigation is a formal act which brings about a process which includes interviewing witnesses, serving notice, determining credibility of witness statements — and that was not warranted nor did it take place here. This determination was made after a review of the incident. We looked at the information provided by [a BuzzFeed News] reporter and we looked at our own records and there was no match," said FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer, who added that the FDNY's Office of Healthcare Compliance conducted the review. "It doesn't match our medical records."
Almost 40 minutes before ABC News first reported Epstein’s death on Twitter, someone posted still-unverified details on 4chan, the anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls and white nationalists.
celebrity  crime  epstein  gov2.0  politics  sexual_abuse  suicide  alt-right  nationalism  forum 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Check out Scott Disick's $3 million five car garage
I know a lot of people will watch this video to see his beautiful house but not me. I watched this to check out Scott Disick's amazing 5 car collection. Scott, for those of you who don't know is a TV personality and is most famous for being the boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian. So yes, he has been on 'Keeping up with the Kardashians'.
I think it is safe to say he has a fairly varied garage which is always a good thing to have. He starts with his black on black Ferrari 812 Superfast which I must say is a winning spec. He then moves onto his Shelby Cobra which is says is an original, which is very cool indeed. He then shows us his Rolls Royce Dawn, followed by his Range Rover and his Bentley Bentayga (which the Kardashian's seem to have an endless supply of).
He says he is very much into his Range Rovers and if he could have just one thing in the world, it would be his Range Rover. Yet, he claims he hasn't even driven his new one yet! So, if you add all these cars together, the total comes out at around $3 million. It is unknown how much the Cobra would be worth but it is around the million dollar mark.
cars  celebrity  garage  video  drivetribe  ferrari  shelby  bentley 
october 2019 by rgl7194
Alyson Stoner Reveals She Previously Sought Treatment for Eating Disorders | PEOPLE.com
Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner opens up for the first time to PEOPLE about going to rehab for her past eating disorders and debuts her newly shaved head
For the first time, Alyson Stoner is opening up about the extent that child stardom impacted her life.
After the actress and singer burst into the spotlight at age 9 when she appeared as the pig-tailed dancing kid in Missy Elliot’s “Work It” music video, roles in films like Cheaper by the Dozen, Step Up and the Disney Channel original Camp Rock soon followed. Stoner was considered a showbiz veteran by her early teens, but fame and nonstop work took a toll on both her emotional and physical well-being.  
“As a kid, I learned to make fire out of fumes,” Stoner, 25, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “It’s all I knew.”
When she was only 6 years old, Stoner started developing health problems related to her high-stress environment in the industry, including severe anxiety that led to heart palpitations, hair loss and seizures. She also says she had trust issues, difficulty socializing with people her age and a terrifying fear of failure.
The pressure to be perfect eventually led to battles with anorexia nervosa, exercise bulimia and binge-eating disorder.
“Some people are complimentary of me when it comes to maybe not acting out in ways that they see other child stars behaving,” she says. “I was acting out, but I chose vices that were societally acceptable and praiseworthy.”
disney  celebrity  hair  health  diet  video 
october 2019 by rgl7194
Kirkville - Amazon to Introduce Celebrity Voices for Alexa: F*ck Yeah!
Among Amazon’s other product announcements yesterday was one that surprised me. Not the announcement itself, but the fact that it’s taken so long for a company to do this. Amazon is introducing the Samuel L. Jackson celebrity voice for Alexa. At only 99c (introductory price; it will cost $5 later), you can have Samuel L. Jackson talk back to you from your Amazon Echo.
I think there could be a huge market for this. Imagine getting some more A-list celebrities, especially those with recognizable voices, to do this; it could sell a lot more of these devices.
As for me, I want Bob Dylan to give me directions in CarPlay.
amazon  voice  assistant  celebrity 
september 2019 by rgl7194
Kate Winslet Suits Up for Peter Lindbergh Shoot in L’Uomo Vogue | Fashion Gone Rogue
Actress Kate Winslet trades in red carpet glamour for more down to earth style in the November 2015 cover story from L’Uomo Vogue. The British star of ‘Steve Jobs’ poses in menswear inspired pant suits and separates for the photo shoot captured by Peter Lindbergh of 2b Management.
Clare Richardson styled Kate in oversized coats, form-fitting jumpsuits and oxford style shoes for the black and white portraits. Looking like a true movie star, the blonde draws upon her acting experience in the moody shots.
Kate Winslet wears menswear inspired looks photographed by Peter Lindbergh
In an interview with WSJ. Magazine earlier this year, Kate revealed that she keeps her Oscar in the bathroom. “The whole point is for everybody to pick it up and go, ‘I’d like to thank my son and my dad’ — and you can always tell when someone has, because they’re in there a little bit longer after they flushed. They’ll come out looking slightly pink-cheeked. It’s hysterical,” she told the publication.
actress  celebrity  fashion  model  photography  magazine  2010s  tie 
august 2019 by rgl7194
The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People - The New York Times
Almost exactly a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2018, I visited Jeffrey Epstein at his cavernous Manhattan mansion.
The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.
So one of my first thoughts on hearing of Mr. Epstein’s suicide was that many prominent men and at least a few women must be breathing sighs of relief that whatever Mr. Epstein knew, he has taken it with him.
During our conversation, Mr. Epstein made no secret of his own scandalous past — he’d pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting prostitution from underage girls and was a registered sex offender — and acknowledged to me that he was a pariah in polite society. At the same time, he seemed unapologetic. His very notoriety, he said, was what made so many people willing to confide in him. Everyone, he suggested, has secrets and, he added, compared with his own, they seemed innocuous. People confided in him without feeling awkward or embarrassed, he claimed.
celebrity  crime  epstein  gov2.0  legal  money  politics  sex  sexual_abuse  suicide  trump  nytimes 
august 2019 by rgl7194
How Epstein Got Rich: Clue Buried in Lawsuit? - WhoWhatWhy
People wondering how Jeffrey Epstein acquired his enormous wealth may find a clue on page 5 of the lawsuit, filed — and later withdrawn — by Katie Johnson against Donald Trump and Epstein for allegedly raping her when she was 13 years old.
Tiffany Doe, a material witness named in the lawsuit, had agreed to provide sworn testimony, “fully verifying the authenticity of the claims” of Johnson. Doe said she had been employed by Epstein for more than 10 years as a “party planner” and had witnessed everything described by Johnson.
In fact, it was her job to witness all the sexual escapades that went on in Epstein’s mansions — and to report to him everything she had overheard. He told her “knowledge was king” in the financial world. From page 5 of the lawsuit:
As a result of these underage sex parties, Defendant Epstein was able to accumulate inside business knowledge that he otherwise would never have been privy to in order to amass his huge personal fortune.
It is clear that Epstein did throw wild parties with young women. Did he learn anything from the pillow talk? From the bragging of men trying to impress each other with their inside knowledge of upcoming secret deals? If “knowledge is king” — what about Epstein’s knowledge of who did what to underage girls at his parties? Did Epstein blackmail any of these men?
Knowledge is king indeed.
sex  crime  money  celebrity  trump  sexual_abuse  legal  epstein  suicide  gov2.0  politics 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Marlene and Madonna 1933 – 1993 – Luciano Lapadula
Madonna has always drawn with skill and intelligence, to the look of the great divas of the past to build its image. They compare only one of many aesthetic reproduced; inspired by the singer actress, chameleon and unconventional, Marlene Dietrich.
The actress is portrayed in a series of shots in 1933, the singer revisited the same look when, in 1993, was the guest of Pippo Baudo in the program Double Match, through which sponsored her film Body of Evidence.
music  movies  celebrity  actress  fashion  clothing  women  tie  30s  90s  pop_music 
august 2019 by rgl7194
See Johnny Depp Sing David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ With Hollywood Vampires – Rolling Stone
Song will appear on band’s upcoming LP, ‘Rise’
Johnny Depp and his bandmates in the supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which includes Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, holed up in Berlin’s Hansa Studios last year to record a cover of one of David Bowie’s biggest hits, “Heroes.” The Thin White Duke himself had cut that very track there a little more than four decades prior.
Video of the Vampires’ session, which took place on June 5th, 2018, shows Cooper entering the studio as Perry works an eBow to approximate the soaring feedback Robert Fripp recorded for Bowie in the summer of ’77. The band kicks in, and Depp sings the song’s iconic opening “I … ” with his mohawk pulled back and a feather hanging in the back. You can see sweat on his face before it cuts to live-performance footage of the band and tour-bus footage. Cooper stands beside Depp deferentially in the studio and plays maracas onstage.
music  video  hard_rock  bowie  cover  celebrity  songs 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Dree Hemingway - Female Fashion Models - Bellazon
Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel Hemingway and great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.
Mother agency: ELITE
Height: 5'9"
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 32"-23"-34" (US)
Shoe size: 8 US
model  actress  celebrity  hair  photography  forum 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Rihanna Slams Trump for Not Calling Mass Shootings Terrorism | Consequence of Sound
Singer slams POTUS for failing to call a spade a spade in the wake of yet more mass tragedies
In the wake of yet more tragic mass shootings across the country, many politicians are once again resorting to their ineffectual “thoughts and prayers” line. Rihanna isn’t having it, though, as she stepped up to call out Donald Trump for failing to call recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Gilroy, California what they truly are: acts of terrorism.
Sharing a screenshot of Trump’s tweet about Saturday’s attack in El Paso, Rihanna wrote on Instagram, “Um… Donald, you spelt ‘terrorism’ wrong! Your country had 2 terrorist attacks back to back hours apart leaving almost 30 innocent people dead. This, just days after yet another terrorist attack in California…”
The singer went on to insinuate that Trump’s immigration and gun control policies alongside his racist rhetoric have done nothing to stem the tide of gun violence in America, and are rather contributing to it. “Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA!” she wrote. “Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!!”
Read Rihanna’s full Instagram message to Donald Trump below.
music  celebrity  instagram  trump  politics  gov2.0  guns  terrorism  murder 
august 2019 by rgl7194
How we made the original Murder on the Orient Express | Film | The Guardian
‘I don’t think the cast of the new film have the same horsepower we had’
Richard Goodwin, producer
It was difficult to persuade Agatha Christie to sign over the rights. She’d hated the film version of The ABC Murders. But she trusted us. Sidney Lumet was directing, even though his agent didn’t want him to. She called it “the dumb train movie”. She wanted him to work in Los Angeles, but he didn’t like it there.
The cast were all such huge stars, yet somehow the film cost only $4.5m. Were there any divas? No, they were well behaved, although Lauren Bacall insisted on having her shoes made in Paris, Albert Finney got paid more because his Hercule Poirot had most of the lines, and Sean Connery got a percentage because he was such a big star. The rest all got paid the same: $100,000 each.
Vanessa Redgrave would spend all her lunchtimes converting the workers, making speeches about politics in the canteen, while the rest of the actors would sit and listen to John Gielgud telling his amazing stories. Eventually, the guys in the canteen asked if we could get Vanessa to go and talk to someone else.
We had terrible trouble filming the scene where the train is blocked by a snowdrift. The problem was that it hadn’t snowed. Everywhere you looked, it was just brown. We were shooting in France, near the Swiss border, so I ordered 10 trucks to come down from the Alps with snow. Sidney was relaxed about it all. “Don’t worry,” he said. “It’s going to be all right.” And that night it snowed heavily and it all worked out beautifully. You need luck in movies. Perfectly good, well-meaning films get nowhere because they don’t have any luck. I don’t think it’s all about skill.
I only met Agatha Christie briefly. She was ancient by then and using a wheelchair. She was very much an observer, watching everything. We showed her the film and she liked it. I know it’s a terrible thing to say, but I don’t think the actors in the new film have the horsepower of the ones we had. Ingrid Bergman – you couldn’t believe she’d be doing that part, such a tiny role. It was extraordinary, really. They all did it for Sidney. They loved him.
movies  detectives  70s  train  murder  europe  celebrity  luxury  travel 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Twitter got me to meet. . . - Dodger Yard
Hey, it’s Juls!
Thanks to Twitter, I had the chance to meet Alanna Rizzo. This was back in May when the dodgers were playing the Braves, and it was one of the many games I went by myself.  Alanna posted on Twitter and by some luck, she responded to my tweet. Within that response, I asked if I could meet her. I waited on the field level, down by the dugout, and waited for my moment. Alanna noticed me, waved me past fan services and approached me.
Let me just say, in that moment of me standing waiting for her. . I was NERVOUS. I was worried I was going to say the wrong things, or make myself look like a fool. As a young woman who grew up loving baseball, it has been amazing to see women IN baseball. Alanna is a beacon for other young girls that want to one day work within some type of capacity in the field of baseball.
Alanna came up to me, I thanked her for allowing me to come meet her. She was completely engaged in our conversation, and asked if I wanted a picture.
After the picture, I asked if I could speak a little more with her. Alanna removed her earpiece and let my “word vomit” spill out. I went on to say so much (that felt like a blur) but essentially telling her that I appreciate all she does in not only baseball but in her animal rescue.
baseball  dodgers  celebrity  twitter 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Gloria Vanderbilt: 1924-2019 | Shorpy Old Photos | Vintage Photography
Gloria Vanderbilt, the society heiress who stitched her illustrious family name into designer jeans and built a $100 million fashion empire, crowning her tabloid story of a child-custody fight, of broken marriages and of jet-set romances, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 95.
— New York Times
January 1955. "Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt in her New York City apartment with Stanislas and Christopher, her sons by conductor husband Leopold Stokowski." Color transparency from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Gloria Vanderbilt Builds a New Life." View full size: https://www.shorpy.com/node/24867?size=_original
RIP  shorpy  fashion  society  50s  photography  celebrity 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Marketing guru Jane Buckingham caught up in college admissions scandal - Los Angeles Times
For years, Hollywood turned to marketing guru Jane Buckingham to find out what kids really want, drawing on her extensive expertise on the youth zeitgeist. She once charged $2,500 a head to attend her Trend School, a seminar focusing on the consumption habits of Generations X and Y.
But Buckingham, 50, now faces federal charges that she was involved in the widespread college admissions scheme that has ensnared Hollywood celebrities and shined a light on how wealthy parents allegedly paid bribes to give their children an advantage in the competitive process.
Buckingham, who once authored a book titled “The Modern Girl’s Guide to Sticky Situations,” wanted desperately for her son to attend USC. So the Los Angeles marketing maven — once called the Martha Stewart of the younger generation — turned to William Singer, a college admissions advisor, to help her son score high on the ACT standardized test, prosecutors alleged.
Together, they allegedly arranged for Buckingham to make a $50,000 donation to a charitable organization in exchange for someone to take the test in place of her son, according to charges filed by Department of Justice officials on Tuesday.
The substitute test taker scored a 35 for the son — in the 99th percentile.
college  crime  FBI  fraud  money  parenting  scam  marketing  celebrity  latimes  admissions 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Literally Just 26 Pictures Of Kristen Stewart And Her Newly Shaved Head That You Can Stare At All Day
Welp, it happened to you. You saw that Kristen Stewart buzzed her hair (and dyed it platinum blonde again), and now you need to look at every possible photo of the insanely hot new look. Well then, here you go! Below you'll find literally just 26 photos of Kristen Stewart's new hair, because it deserves all of your attention. Enjoy scrolling!
hair  actress  celebrity 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Emma Thompson’s letter to Skydance: Why I can’t work for John Lasseter - Los Angeles Times
When Skydance Media Chief Executive David Ellison announced this year that he was hiring John Lasseter to head Skydance Animation, many in and outside the company were shocked and deeply unhappy. Only months earlier, Lasseter had ended his relationship with Pixar — where he had worked since the early ’80s — and parent company Disney after multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior and the creation of a frat house-like work environment. Lasseter had admitted to inappropriate hugging and “other missteps.”
After announcing the hire, Ellison sent a long email to staff, noting that Lasseter was contractually obligated to behave professionally, and convened a series of town halls in which Lasseter apologized for past behavior and asked to be given the chance to prove himself to his new staff. Meanwhile, Mireille Soria, president of Paramount Animation, with which Skydance has a distribution deal, took the highly unusual step of meeting with female employees to tell them that they could decline to work with Lasseter.
But it was Emma Thompson, the politically outspoken newly anointed dame commander of the British Empire who made the first real definitive statement on Lasseter, and one of the most significant decisions in post-#MeToo Hollywood.
In mid-February, it was reported that the two-time Oscar winner had pulled out of Skydance’s highly touted animation feature “Luck,” citing her concerns about Lasseter’s hiring. According to her representatives, from the moment the hire was announced, Thompson began conversations about extricating herself from the project; she officially withdrew Jan. 20.
movies  actress  celebrity  sexism  sexual_abuse  latimes  #MeToo 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt + Zhou Xun Star in IWC Portofino Ads by Peter Lindbergh | Fashion Gone Rogue
IWC Taps Stars for New Ads–Following up the first part of the campaign starring Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova, watch maker IWC has launched its latest advertisements starring actors Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Zhou Xun, Ewan McGregor and Christoph Waltz for its IWC Portofino line. Peter Lindbergh of 2b Management captured the black and white photographs where the stars are pictured in classic black suiting with white tops and loose ties.
actress  fashion  bowtie  photography  advertising  celebrity 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Schwarzenegger and Obama Backing Redistricting Reform - The Atlantic
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barack Obama don’t agree on much—but they’ve both turned redistricting reform into their main political cause for the years ahead.
LOS ANGELES—Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger agree: Neither thinks Donald Trump has any business being anywhere near the White House, but the main political issue they’re going to focus on for the next two years is redistricting reform.
The clock is ticking. The 2020 census, and the nationwide 2021 redistricting right after, are around the corner. Deadlines for ballot initiatives and legislation are already on the horizon for some states to change their procedures before then. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court could soon take up a case that would gut most of the efforts at redistricting reform that have, over the past 10 years, changed how states draw the maps that determine who runs where for Congress and their own legislatures.
To hear the redistricting-reform advocates tell it, democracy is on the line. But, they say, the attention to the issue that’s exploded since the 2016 election came at the perfect moment to tap into the anger at a broken system and fundamentally change how the country works.
gerrymandering  politics  gov2.0  obama  actor  celebrity 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Dwayne Johnson Disputes Veracity of “Snowflake” Comments | Music News | Consequence of Sound
"The interview never took place, never happened, never said any of those words"
Earlier today UK tabloid The Daily Star published comments attributed to Dwayne Johnson in which the actor expressed his disdain for the current generation of “snowflakes.” “If you are not agreeing with them, then they are offended — and that is not what so many great men and women fought for,” Johnson was quoted as saying. “People can be who they want, be with who they want, and live how they want. That can only be a good thing — but generation snowflake, or whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.”
Now, Johnson has taken to Instagram to dispute the veracity of the purported comments. “Earlier today online, an interview dropped, apparently it was with me, where I was insulting and criticizing millennials. The interview never took place, never happened, never said any of those words,” Johnson says in the video. “Completely untrue. 100 percent fabricated.”
actor  celebrity  interview  fake  millennials  F&F 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Showtime Rams? Not yet, but Rams are ready for the A-listers - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- In the spotlight of a prime-time NFL showdown, Robert Woods caught a touchdown pass and never broke stride as he approached the end zone suites at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Los Angeles Rams receiver leaped to exchange a poster-worthy high-five with rapper YG, who boldly stood on a table top above the crowd clad in a bright yellow jacket, ready to celebrate with his hometown team.
“It was a big-time celebration in the Coliseum,” said Woods, who has played in the historic venue for five seasons dating back to his college days at USC.
football  rams  celebrity  LA 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Robert De Niro: ‘Trump is a real racist, a white supremacist’ | Film | The Guardian
The notoriously reticent star has become one of the most vocal critics of Donald Trump. He talks about how the man in the White House makes mobsters look bad, the damage being done to America – and how he fears for his mixed-race children
Here, with Orson Welles and Spike Lee on the walls, and James Dean and Natalie Wood on the doors to the toilets, is where Robert De Niro might have died. In October, a pipe bomb addressed to the actor was sent to the New York warehouse where his film production company hugs an atrium dotted with vintage movie posters.
A security guard found the suspicious package in the mailroom at 5am and police vehicles swarmed the Tribeca neighbourhood before dawn. De Niro got a call from security early that morning telling him the pipe bomb was being removed. “Naturally you are concerned,” he says phlegmatically. “It’s just what it is. Just be careful.”
Cesar Sayoc, a bodybuilder, pizza deliveryman and fanatical supporter of Donald Trump, was subsequently arrested in Florida and charged with sending a total of 13 pipe bombs to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other critics of the president. De Niro says only: “There are a lot of crazy people out there. Everybody’s got their reasons.”
actor  celebrity  trump  politics  gov2.0  racism  KKK 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain remembered by Mark Lanegan | Food | The Guardian
25 June 1956 - 8 June 2018
The musician remembers his friend, the charismatic chef, author and presenter who was as warm and enthusiastic in private as he was on screen
Mark Lanegan
Sun 16 Dec 2018 03.00 EST Last modified on Tue 18 Dec 2018 05.51 EST
It broke my heart when Tony died. I loved so much about him. His obvious love for life and for people. His balls-out willingness to do whatever was put in front of him. He was ultra-charismatic on television, in his writing, and in person, but totally down to earth with everybody he met. I was a fan for years before we became friends. He seemed like someone who would be great to hang out with. And so it turned out.
I first came across Tony watching his shows on the Travel Channel [No Reservations and The Layover]. Then I got Kitchen Confidential [his 2000 bestseller about working in New York kitchens] and just loved it. A few years later, he got to know Queens of the Stone Age, but I had left the band as a full-time member by that point. The guys had heard he was in town, invited him to a show, and they just hit it off. He had such a great sense of humour. He got them to play Christmas songs in Christmas jumpers on his show. After that, Josh [Homme, Queens of the Stone Age frontman] introduced Tony to my music. He got into it pretty heavily, which I heard about. I found it unbelievably gratifying.
lanegan  adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  music  friends 
january 2019 by rgl7194
How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success
With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
“Expedition: Robinson,” a Swedish reality-television program, premièred in the summer of 1997, with a tantalizing premise: sixteen strangers are deposited on a small island off the coast of Malaysia and forced to fend for themselves. To survive, they must coöperate, but they are also competing: each week, a member of the ensemble is voted off the island, and the final contestant wins a grand prize. The show’s title alluded to both “Robinson Crusoe” and “The Swiss Family Robinson,” but a more apt literary reference might have been “Lord of the Flies.” The first contestant who was kicked off was a young man named Sinisa Savija. Upon returning to Sweden, he was morose, complaining to his wife that the show’s editors would “cut away the good things I did and make me look like a fool.” Nine weeks before the show aired, he stepped in front of a speeding train.
celebrity  trump  business  tv  gov2.0  politics  reality_show 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Durante Sings: 1968 | Shorpy | Historical Photos
October 1968. "Entertainer Jimmy Durante performing nightclub act with showgirls." 35mm negative from photos by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine assignment "Pinocchio Lives!" View full size: http://www.shorpy.com/node/24196?size=_original
shorpy  photography  60s  music  celebrity  hair 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Celebrities And Lawmakers Flood Twitter With #TrumpResign Tweets | HuffPost
“I’ve been saying for a long time that the one honorable thing Trump could do would be to put down his cell phone and go peacefully into the dark.”
President Donald Trump had the dubious honor of being in two hashtags calling for him to resign. The social media posts were trending globally on Twitter late Friday into Saturday.
Celebrities, including “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, “Star Trek” actor George Takei and comedians Kathy Griffin and Patton Oswalt, joined national lawmakers and hundreds of other citizens in posting messages with the #TrumpResign or #ResignTrump hashtags ― many referencing the partial government shutdown.
politics  gov2.0  trump  twitter  celebrity 
december 2018 by rgl7194
All Tom Cruise Movies Ranked From Top Gun to Mission Impossible
He's more than a guy who looks good in Ray-Bans and runs a lot.
In 1981, Tom Cruise made his first on-screen appearance shirtless, wearing a pair of cut-off shorts and bragging about starting shit on fire. Since then, he's led an illustrious career, remaining one of Hollywood's last bankable action stars (in 2012, he was the highest paid man in the business). Now in his 50s, the guy is still actually jumping from airplanes, running (oh, so much running), and leading one of the best action franchises of all time that's not about superheroes. These are the best Tom Cruise roles of all time, ranked from worst to best.
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december 2018 by rgl7194
Poll Says Beyoncé is Most Politically Divisive Celebrity | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are viewed as less divisive?!?!?
There’s a lot of division in our country right now, as a glance at any daily newspaper will tell you. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that Beyoncé is Queen, yas? Well, apparently not, according to a new poll that finds Bey is the most politically divisive celebrity in the US.
Conducted by Morning Consult (via The Hill) the poll asked 6,609 Republicans and Democrats their opinions of members on the Forbes 100 list of highest-paid entertainers. While Beyoncé, who vocally supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and gave a politically charged performance of “Formation” at the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, received a net 63% favorable rating among Dems, Repubs had her at -3%. That 66-point gap was the largest amongst any of the celebs on the list, beating out Sean Hannity (65-point gap) and Rush Limbaugh (61-point gap) to claim the title of Most Politically Polarizing Entertainer
politics  celebrity  ranking 
november 2018 by rgl7194
RAF 100: Carol Vorderman, 57, steals limelight in full uniform as she marks centenary | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk
RAF turns 100 today and to mark the Royal Air Force’s centenary, Carol Vorderman was on hand to celebrate with the likes of Prime Minister Theresa May, Princes William and Harry as well as Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
The Countdown legend donned her full uniform to mark 100 years since the Royal Air Force started, which was being marked with a day of events in London.
The 57-year-old Air Cadet ambassador was pictured as she arrived at a service at Westminster Abbey alongside prominent members of the royal family.
Wearing her blonde tresses tied up, Carol Vorderman beamed as she chatted to a companion ahead of the service.
Sporting a navy hat, the presenter stood out from the crowd in a shirt, tie and matching jacket and skirt.
military  uk  uniform  celebrity  anniversary  actress  royalty 
november 2018 by rgl7194
LA Rams’ offense shines in Week 10 thanks to Halle Berry - Turf Show Times
Yup.
Yes, the Los Angeles Rams used an audible call of “Halle Berry” on Sunday which quickly caught the attention of the star of B*A*P*S...
Rams QB Jared Goff responded in kind...
football  rams  goff  actress  celebrity  twitter 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff ecstatic Halle Berry heard him use her name as audible call
Jared Goff is quickly learning the perks that come with playing in Los Angeles.
As one of the new stars of L.A., Goff has been getting a lot of attention. He and Sean McVay have embraced it with some of the best audible calls in the league, which came to the forefront last season with “Ric Flair” and “Obama.” On Sunday against the Seahawks, Goff yelled out another celebrity’s name.
“Halle Berry. Halle Berry. Halle Berry. Turbo, set!”
The actress caught wind of Goff’s audible call and responded on Twitter.
football  rams  goff  actress  celebrity  twitter 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Schwarzenegger's Plans for 2020 Gerrymandering Reforms - The Atlantic
The former California governor helped support multiple ballot measures this year that will change how legislative districts are drawn. He already has his eye on more reforms in 2020.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to travel to the future of the gerrymandering war.
Tuesday brought wins for independent redistricting commissions that Schwarzenegger backed in three of the four states where they were on the ballot—Michigan, Missouri, and Colorado, with Utah still counting, but also trending toward yes. Now the former California governor has begun planning a summit for advocates, donors, and the people behind some of the successful campaigns to brainstorm and build to more wins.
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november 2018 by rgl7194
Rams' Jared Goff happy his 'Halle Berry' playcall was heard by the actress
LOS ANGELES -- Rams quarterback Jared Goff hoped that when coach Sean McVay relayed the "Halle Berry" playcall Sunday that the stadium would be quiet enough for it to be heard on TV -- and for the actress herself to hear it.
Mission accomplished.
Goff became a giddy kid when told in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum locker room following the Rams' 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks that Berry tweeted about his pre-snap shoutout.
"Wait, hold on, are you serious?" Goff said. "She heard it!"
Goff would not say why the playcall was named after her, for fear of giving away the play.
But McVay said he named the play after Berry because of her beauty, and that it was a compliment to the Oscar winner.
football  rams  goff  actress  celebrity  twitter 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Taylor Swift's #JustVoted Instagram Campaign Is Smart - The Atlantic
On the social-media site, the once-apolitical musician has been rewarding new voters with attention.
It’s the final days before a national election, which means that the celebrities are getting out the vote. Will Ferrell is knocking on doors in Georgia. Travis Scott is rallying with Beto O’Rourke in Texas.
Taylor Swift? She’s at a hideaway in Australia, talking to her cat.
Which is not to say she’s uninvolved. Her Instagram story has recently morphed into a continuously updated gallery of people who have newly registered to vote or voted early. Tag #justvoted and mention Swift in your Instagram caption, and you too could get beamed to Swift’s 112 million followers—with custom, cutesy annotations. “Not all heroes wear capes … Some wear voting stickers on their fingers,” Swift (or an assistant) wrote under one fan’s pic, which she also festooned with hearts, stars, a smiley emoji, and a “QUEEN” banner.
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november 2018 by rgl7194
Stream Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born Original Soundtrack | New Music | Consequence of Sound
Featuring contributions from Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, Mark Ronson, and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow
Today marks the release of A Star Is Born and, with it, the film’s original soundtrack. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream the OST in full below.
The 19 original songs feature stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, with contributions from Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, Mark Ronson, and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Peppered amongst the tracks are 15 dialogue tracks “featuring those moments that will take listeners on a journey that mirrors the experience of seeing the film,” according to a press release. A version of the album sans dialogue is also available.
movies  review  celebrity  soundtrack  gaga 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born OST | Album Reviews | Consequence of Sound
A familiar story gets a new lease on life with a soundtrack that shares in the magic
The Lowdown: As winter turns to spring, as the phoenix dies to be reborn, so does old intellectual property become new again. A Star Is Born was made in 1937 and remade as musicals in 1954 and 1976. Bradley Cooper steps into the leading man’s guitar strap, last worn by Kris Kristofferson, and the first few songs of the soundtrack belong to his surprisingly soulful voice. His country rock stylings are soon joined by Lady Gaga in a role previously played by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. Soon Lady Gaga takes over the album, and then the guitars give way to glittering synthesizers. There are songs of love and strife and loss. In the end, the instrumentation is stripped away until all that’s left is a piano, a voice, and a handful of heavy words. The soundtrack tells pretty much the whole movie — for better mostly, but sometimes for worse.
movies  review  celebrity  soundtrack  gaga 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Wins First Emmy for Outstanding Writing | TV News | Consequence of Sound
“He’s off on a journey to parts unknown. We wish we could be there to shoot that journey..."
This year’s Emmy Awards don’t take place until Monday, September 17th, but the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out this past weekend at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Among the big winners were Saturday Night Live with a whopping seven wins, Atlanta with three wins, Rick and Morty winning Outstanding Animated Program for “Pickle Rick”, and the late Anthony Bourdain going six for six with his posthumous nominations.
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september 2018 by rgl7194
How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million - The New York Times
Inside the growth of the most controversial brand in the wellness industry.
On a Monday morning in November, students at Harvard Business School convened in their classroom to find Gwyneth Paltrow. She was sitting at one of their desks, fitting in not at all, using her phone, as they took their seats along with guests they brought to class that day — wives, mothers, boyfriends. Each seat filled, and some guests had to stand along the back wall and sit on the steps. The class was called the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports. The students were there to interrogate Paltrow about Goop, her lifestyle-and-wellness e-commerce business, and to learn how to create a “sustainable competitive advantage,” according to the class catalog.
business  actress  celebrity  nytimes 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Talks Harvey Weinstein, Clintons in Final Interview | Consequence of Sound
The late chef and author also took Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders fans to task
It’s been just over a month since the suicide of author, chef, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. One of his final interviews, an in-depth discussion with Maria Bustillos of the newly-launched blockchain-based web magazine Popula, was conducted back in February and has just been published. The conversation covered a wide array of subjects, with Bourdain giving some characteristically blunt comments about many sociopolitical matters.
Prior to his death, Bourdain was dating Asia Argento, one of the women at the center of the New York Times article that exposed Harvey Weinstein. As such, Bourdain was an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement and a staunch opponent of Weinstein. While he and Bustillos were discussing how the only way to stop the immoral acts of powerful people is to publicly humiliate them, Bourdain imagined the former A-list producer forced to eat at a low-rent restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was his way of explaining that while he’d love “to see him, you know beaten to death in his cell,” it’s actually more satisfying to watch horrible individuals suffer the consequences.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  interview  politics  hillary  sexism 
july 2018 by rgl7194
9 famous faces on what they love about the web – World Wide Web Foundation
For the past three decades, the internet and the web have been an empowering force for forging connections, learning, earning, and building global networks. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the power of connectivity. Here’s what some famous faces have to say about it.
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july 2018 by rgl7194
eat well, travel often | shopmidnightrider: “Travel isn’t always pretty....
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind.” Anthony Bourdain ( June 25th 1956 - June 8th 2018 )
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  EatWellTravelOften  quotes 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Queens of the Stone Age Singer Reveals Heartbreaking Note From Anthony Bourdain - AlternativeNation.net
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme tweeted on Friday about Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide earlier this month.
He said, “Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Ariane, this was your father. Humbly yours, Joshua.”
Below is the note from Bourdain.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  children  food  music  travel  tv 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Wrote a Letter to Josh Homme’s Daughter | Consequence of Sound
Homme's daughter became upset after seeing Bourdain break her father's guitar on an episode of No Reservations, prompting Bourdain to write her an apology
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has shared a letter written by Anthony Bourdain to Homme’s daughter, Camile. As Homme tells it, his daughter became upset after seeing Bourdain break her a guitar during a 2011 episode of No Reservations profiling Homme. After hearing of Camile’s reaction, Bourdain wrote a letter to assure her that the broken guitar was a prop and not one actually belonging to her father.
“That this was in fact a not so subtle reference to the early works of John Landis and John Belushi is something you could hardly have been expected to know, Animal House having been released long before you were born, and I apologize,” Bourdain wrote. Had Bourdain actually broken Homme’s guitar, “Daddy would have been really angry… and as he is a large man, I strongly suspect I would not still be here to write this letter,” he added.
bourdain  music  children  adventure  celebrity  food  travel  tv 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Chefs & Celebrities Respond to Anthony Bourdain Death | Tasting Table
News, stories and reactions from the past week
In the week since Anthony Bourdain's tragic death, his friends and, fans have joined chefs and celebrities in pouring forth with words and photos in commemoration.
Media
• This opinion piece in The Washington Post about "why Iranians love Bourdain."
• CNN collected stories from readers about what Bourdain meant to them.
• Netflix announced that it would keep Parts Unknown available to stream.
• "Anthony Bourdain was the best white man," Mallika Rao wrote for Vulture.
• The New York Times on what he meant to people of color.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Watch Pearl Jam Dedicate Tour Kickoff to Anthony Bourdain | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Ever classy, the Seattle rockers also paid respects to the Spade family
Pearl Jam is a class act. Listen to any number of bootlegs from the Seattle rockers and you’ll see that Eddie Vedder and the gang have their hearts in the right place. Well, traditions die hard, and last night, the band came out in a state of love and trust for their European tour kick off at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam with a few dedications.
“We dedicate this to Anthony [Bourdain], my friend David [Spade], his brother Andrew [Spade],” Vedder said, the latter two being the brother-in-law and husband, respectively, of designer Kate Spade. “They are deep in our hearts tonight and we thank you.”
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  music  concert  PJ 
june 2018 by rgl7194
We Need to Talk About Anthony Bourdain | Food & Wine
As I see it, you either have to deal with the slightly uncomfortable situation of having your line cook cry in front of you, or you cry at their funeral. I'm sorry to make it sound that dire, but it is.
Chefs die all the time, and no one talks about it. There are a million reasons for this, but the thing is that it happens constantly and it's only spoken of in hushed tones so no one gets upset. Other people's feelings are awkward, and we as a culture are exceptionally crappy at talking about them. We're all afraid of making things worse, or seeing someone in a different way, or having them see us in a vulnerable state. But as I see it, you either have to deal with the slightly uncomfortable situation of having your line cook cry in front of you, or you cry at their funeral. I'm sorry to make it sound that dire, but it is. Especially today.
Anthony Bourdain killed himself. I don't know why. Even if I did, it wouldn't matter, because it cannot be undone or make anyone feel any better. There was absolutely no one else in the world like him, and the constant refrain I heard from chefs, writers, and food lovers I met through my work as a journalist was, "I want to be Anthony Bourdain."
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain, Renegade Chef Who Reported From the World’s Tables, Is Dead at 61 - The New York Times
Anthony Bourdain, whose darkly funny memoir about life in New York City restaurant kitchens made him a celebrity chef and touched off his second career as a journalist, food expert and social activist, was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in France. He was 61.
His death was being treated as a suicide. Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the prosecutor for the city of Colmar, in the Alsace region near where Mr. Bourdain was found, said the death was by hanging. “At this stage, we have no reason to suspect foul play,” he said.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Heck Yeah Mia Farrow
This Tumblr is dedicated to the lovely and sweet actress and humanitarian, Mia Farrow. I hope you enjoy my obsession with her. Please note that I do not own any of these photos. No copyright infringement is intended.
Run by Miss Retro
actress  celebrity  photography 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain: America’s Ambassador to the World | Editorials | Consequence of Sound
A tribute to a man who followed fate and became America's favorite traveler
Some men get a haircut in high school and just stick with it until the day they lose it all. It’s a metaphor for how the male of the species lives his life post-college: stuck in his ways, unable to change with the times, wondering out loud when things will go back to what they perceive as “normal.” Anthony Bourdain was a man that the world saw change and grow throughout the years, from his first New Yorker piece to his recent alignment with the #MeToo movement. Bourdain always kept it real, but his reality was perpetually changing.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Josh Homme, Barack Obama, More Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain | Consequence of Sound
Neil deGrasse Tyson, celebrity chefs, and the late traveler's favorite breakfast restaurant also express their condolences
The world woke up to sad news today when we all learned of the death of Anthony Bourdain, the beloved TV personality, chef, and author. The 61-year-old died of an apparent suicide in France while filming an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown. In the wake of his passing, prominent individuals from former political leaders to rock icons have been paying tribute to the late world traveler via social media.
Former President Barack Obama sent out a picture of himself and Bourdain from an 2016 episode of Parts Unknown shot in Hanoi, Vietnam. “He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together,” Obama wrote.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Goodbye Anthony Bourdain – Om on Tech
It has been six days since I got back from Iceland. And every single day has been spent in bed – dealing with conjunctivitis, cold, cough and fever. Despite all precautions, all sort of vitamins and even getting decent sleep. And yet, it has been a rough few days. Even though I have tried to keep up with work — thanks to Zoom video conference, I have fallen behind on my emails.
And if that was not enough, I have been devastated by the news of the suicide of Kate Spade, a designer who works were appreciated by millions of women around the world. But today, my world got a little darker. Anthony Bourdain, a chef and a food journalist I admired deeply committed suicide in France. His show Parts Unknown was the only show worth watching on CNN. I loved his previous travel shows as well.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain has died at 61 | TV News | Consequence of Sound
The Emmy-winning CNN host reportedly committed suicide in France
Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, and Emmy-winning television personality, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.
The news was confirmed by his own network, CNN, who released the following statement:
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Barack Obama Just Delivered Emotional Statement About Anthony Bourdain – The Political Voice
Barack Obama, even out of office, remains the President this country deserves. And more importantly, he’s the leader that this nation needs – now, more than ever. With kindness and compassion, Barack Obama’s abundant intelligence, experience and wisdom was apparent in every move he made as leader of this country. To say he made us proud to be American, would be a massive understatement.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
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june 2018 by rgl7194
What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Cities - CityLab
The work of the acclaimed chef and writer, who has died at 61, provides a model for a truly inclusive urbanism based on the creativity of all human beings.
Anthony Bourdain is one of the two people who have most inspired my work on cities and urbanism. Where Jane Jacobs helped define my intellectual agenda, it was Bourdain, who died on Friday morning at age 61, who motivated me to spread the message of cities and urbanism broadly.
A brilliant chef-turned-writer-turned-TV-star who was as good or better on camera as he was on the page, most people saw him as a chronicler of food and culture. But I always saw him as a chronicler of cities, and a truly great urbanist. He may not have seen himself that way—in recent years he ceased to refer to himself as a chef or a journalist, so single-minded was he as a traveler and epicurean—but it’s a central part of his work and legacy.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Remembering Anthony Bourdain, Dead at 61 - The Atlantic
The chef and writer, who died at 61, changed the way we think about restaurant kitchens and the people who work within them.
What made Anthony Bourdain distinct as a writer was what made him a great television personality: He unprettified reality and found a deeper truth in the lives of people who made food. He did not so much glorify the hot line as much as talk about the grit it took to work and live there, the strangely insulated and relatively safe world it became for people who had often grown up in unsafe worlds, the barracks mentality that fostered its own language and code of behavior.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain modeled how to be an American abroad.
Anthony Bourdain modeled how to be an American abroad.
Anthony Bourdain very nearly ate his first meal in Japan at a Starbucks. As he recounts in Kitchen Confidential, the 2000 memoir that made him a celebrity, he had been dispatched in 1998 by the owners of Les Halles, the New York restaurant where he was executive chef, to open a Tokyo branch. Hungover and bleary-eyed at 5 a.m., the man who would one day preach the gospel of culinary adventurism—but at the time had almost no experience with international travel—“didn’t have the nerve” to go into a noodle shop, being “acutely aware of how freakish and un-Japanese I looked.” He writes, “The prospect of pushing aside the banner to one of these places, sliding back the door and stepping inside, then squeezing on to a stool at a packed counter and trying to figure out how and what to order was a little frightening.” Thankfully for him—and the rest of us—fortified by a latte, he summoned the nerve to go out and slurp down some soba.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Dead | Tasting Table
The ‘Parts Unknown' host was 61
Anthony Bourdain, TV host, author and one of the most prominent celebrity chefs in the food world, has passed away, CNN announces.
The Parts Unknown host was in France working on a future episode, when close friend and Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert discovered him unconscious in his hotel room. Although exact details have not been announced, CNN confirms that the cause of death was suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network says in a statement. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time." 
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Dies By Suicide: His Best Music Moments - Stereogum
This morning brings the impossibly sad news that Anthony Bourdain, the near-universally beloved celebrity chef and TV host, has died. CNN reports that Bourdain died via suicide in France, where he was filming an episode of his show Parts Unknown. His friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found him unresponsive in his hotel room this morning. Bourdain was 61.
Bourdain was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. After dropping out of Vassar, he became a chef, coming up in New York’s restaurant scene. Bourdain became famous after he turned his 1999 New Yorker article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” into the bestselling 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly. From there, Bourdain hosted the TV shows A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown, venturing around the world to speak with locals and to try the different kids of food, always doing whatever he could to show local cultures on entirely human terms.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Maker of Ambien to Roseanne: “Racism is not a known side effect” | Consequence of Sound
Roseanne previously said she was under the influence of Ambien when she went on a racist Twitter tirade
For all the racism and xenophobia being spewed on Roseanne’s account, Twitter can also be a wonderful place — especially if you enjoy a bit of trolling. Late last night, in an attempt to explain away the Twitter tirade that led to the immediate cancelation of her ABC sitcom, Roseanne said she was under the influence of Ambien. In response, Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, has issued a statement (via Twitter) assuring non-racist users of the sleep aid that they have nothing to fear.
“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
tv  celebrity  racism  politics  gov2.0  twitter  drugs 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Roseanne Canceled by ABC | TV News | Consequence of Sound
Rosanne Barr referred to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the "offspring of the 'Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes'.'"
ABC has pulled the plug on its revival of Roseanne following racist remarks made by the show’s star, Roseanne Barr.
In tweet posted Tuesday morning, Barr referred to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” She later deleted the tweet and apologized for what she called a “bad joke,” but the damage was done. Within hours, ABC decided to cancel Roseanne.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.
tv  celebrity  racism  politics  gov2.0  twitter  sitcom 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Meditating on Seinfeld’s Series Finale | Editorial | Consequence of Sound
The polarizing ending to the show about nothing might actually mean something
Seinfeld went off the air at the peak of its popularity. As Jerry Seinfeld explained at the time, “For me, this is all about timing. My life is all about timing. As a comedian, my sense of timing is everything.” It was exactly the kind of outside the box thinking we had ironically come to expect from the show. And really, such a tactic was just part of his grab bag of tricks as a comedian. But for many, the ending was simply inscrutable.
The last episode was an hour-long bonanza that hinted at a love between Jerry and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and success for George (Jason Alexander) before snuffing out both storylines in favor of a bizarre, absurdist plot in which the four main characters were literally put on trial for their nine years of callous indifference and selfish behavior on the show. Surprising and original, yes. But the ending ruffled more than a few feathers.
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may 2018 by rgl7194
Betty Loves Bernie: 1954 | Shorpy | Vintage Photography
September 1954. "Photographs show actress and daytime television host Betty White at home in Los Angeles with her dogs." 35mm negative from photos by Maurice Terrell and Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size: http://www.shorpy.com/node/23392?size=_original
actress  celebrity  fashion  50s  dogs  shorpy  photography  LA 
may 2018 by rgl7194
This video of The Rock giving a motivational speech to the Lakers will make you want to run through a wall - Silver Screen and Roll
Dwayne Johnson, better known as “The Rock,” stopped by the UCLA Health Training Center to talk to the Lakers about how to stay motivated amidst success.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson always seems to be on the hunt for his next blockbuster, and his latest video with the Los Angeles Lakers might be the most ambitious crossover event in cinematic history.
Okay, so that’s probably overhyping things a bit, but while we knew The Rock had spoken to the Lakers earlier this year, we didn’t know what he had said, until now at least. The Rock’s speech was as charismatic and funny as anyone who has watched his movies would expect, but it was also surprisingly introspective and inspiring.
lakers  basketball  video  actor  celebrity 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain’s Journey Deep Into the Heart of Trump Country: ‘I Was Utterly Disarmed’
The ‘Parts Unknown’ host discusses his upcoming West Virginia episode, why he won’t be filming in Russia and Turkey anymore, and how Trump is going to ‘come crashing down.’
“It was never really about food,” Anthony Bourdain says of his CNN series Parts Unknown. 
For Bourdain, his focus began to shift from the culinary to the cultural in July 2006, when he and his crew found themselves trapped in Beirut during the Second Lebanon War, a 34-day military conflict between the Israel Defense Forces and Iran-funded Hezbollah terrorists. The second-season finale to No Reservations, the previous iteration of Parts Unknown, documented that chaotic, war-torn week in Beirut, and earned an Emmy nomination.
celebrity  tv  trump  politics  food  bourdain 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Natalie Portman: Holocaust is no more tragic than other genocides - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post
In an interview with 'The Independent', she questions the precedent of putting Holocaust education before all other national tragedies.
Holocaust survivor advocates harshly criticized Natalie Portman on Sunday, after the Israeli-born actress/director stated that the Shoah is no more tragic than other genocides and questioned its prominence in Jewish education.
In an interview with The Independent published on Friday, the American movie star questioned prominence given to Holocaust education at the expense of other mass murders.
“I think a really big question the Jewish community needs to ask itself, is how much at the forefront we put Holocaust education. Which is, of course, an important question to remember and to respect, but not over other things,” she was quoted as saying.
She recalled learning about the Rwandan Genocide during a visit to a museum and being shocked that while the Holocaust figured prominently into her education, a contemporary genocide did not.
According to the United Nations, 800,000 people, “perhaps as many as three-quarters of the Tutsi [tribal] population” were killed during the course of the early ’90s genocide.
interview  actress  celebrity  history  politics  middle_east 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Impossible Cool. Isabella Rossellini.
“True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind.”
quotes  actress  celebrity  style  impossible_cool 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Eight master thieves are up to no good in the new Ocean’s 8 trailer | Consequence of Sound
The twists and turns of the Ocean's series return to theaters on June 8th
As more footage emerges from Ocean’s 8, the female-fronted update/continuation of the heist movie series, it looks like the film’s all-star cast might really be putting together something solid. At their best, the Clooney-led trilogy of Ocean’s movies made for the exact kind of breezy, quick-witted action capering that summer movie audiences will always crave, and now there’s a chance to inject new life back into the franchise.
movies  crime_drama  women  trailer  celebrity 
april 2018 by rgl7194
This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson. | The Nation
In Hell’s Angels, the gonzo journalist wrote about left-behind people motivated only by “an ethic of total retaliation.” Sound familiar?
In late March, Donald Trump opened a rally in Wisconsin by mocking the state’s governor, Scott Walker, who had just endorsed his Republican opponent, Ted Cruz. “He came in on his Harley,” Trump said of Walker, “but he doesn’t look like a motorcycle guy.”
“The motorcycle guys,” he added, “like Trump.”
It has been 50 years since Hunter S. Thompson published the definitive book on motorcycle guys: Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. It grew out of a piece first published in The Nation one year earlier. My grandfather, Carey McWilliams, editor of the magazine from 1955 to 1975, commissioned the piece from Thompson—it was the gonzo journalist’s first big break, and the beginning of a friendship between the two men that would last until my grandfather died in 1980. Because of that family connection, I had long known that Hell’s Angels was a political book. Even so, I was surprised, when I finally picked it up a few years ago, by how prophetic Thompson is and how eerily he anticipates 21st-century American politics. This year, when people asked me what I thought of the election, I kept telling them to read Hell’s Angels.
politics  trump  history  gov2.0  celebrity 
april 2018 by rgl7194
For Stormy Daniels, swatting away Twitter trolls is a work of art - The Washington Post
Stormy Daniels on Twitter has the air of a very smart cat batting off a series of very dumb mice, who come at her under the delusion that the relationship is reversed.
“Scank,” one man tweeted at her on Friday. He has 94 followers and a bio that lists him as “Soldier for the Constitution.”
“The correct spelling is ‘skank,’ ” Daniels replied promptly.
“Actually, ‘skanky whore,’ ” another mouse leaped in, attempting to aid his brethren in the attack.
Daniels cheerfully wrote back: “. . . at least according to my business card.”
trump  porn  twitter  troll  politics  celebrity  sexism 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Stephan Hawking: do what you do best – The Catholic Astronomer
The world has lost a great luminary of science. Brother Guy Consolmagno called Hawking a "scientist of admirable intuition, who knew even more extraordinarily to give a human face to cosmology and to astronomy."
Professor Hawking had a significant public following. I recall learning this lesson first-hand when he gave a public talk while I was a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley.
There was so much interest that we had to book a venue to hold the hundreds of ticket-holders. I recall volunteering to serve as an usher. Later I would find out just how very much ushers were needed at this popular event. This is because dozens of disabled individuals found their way to this auditorium. I recall that Professor Hawking offered advice. He said not for everyone to see him as a role model and study mathematics, but rather for each person to find out what one does best and then do that one thing.
Hawking is probably most famous for writing his book on the history of the universe entitled, "A Brief History of Time," as well as for his work on black holes.
science  celebrity  disease  RIP  quantum  astronomy  books 
march 2018 by rgl7194
That one time Stephen Hawking went for a carriage ride in Texas | Ars Technica
Hawking spent a lot of his limited time trying to engage the public.
I first met Stephen Hawking in March 2003, when the most famous scientist in the world visited Texas. For a young science reporter at the Houston Chronicle, an invitation to interview Hawking during a stop in College Station rated as a real coup.
Reporters never like to submit their questions to a subject in advance; indeed it is something I often refuse to do. However, with Hawking and his limited ability to communicate, this was a prerequisite. As almost all of his motor skills had atrophied, Hawking used a custom-made computer to form words, which were then spoken through a voice synthesizer. Typically, he could form a short sentence in about five to 10 minutes.
science  celebrity  disease  RIP  quantum  astronomy  books 
march 2018 by rgl7194
What Stephen Hawking Taught Me | FiveThirtyEight
How could someone write a history of time? And how could that person possibly make it brief? Time is a dimension; it is the fabric of reality. Writing a history of time would be like trying to write a history of up, or the history of green.
But when I read “A Brief History of Time,” Stephen Hawking’s popular-science touchstone, at some point in middle school, it felt more accessible than I expected. It described how we know what we know, and in doing so, it taught me the rules of the universe. I found those rules had profound implications. The book introduced me to the idea that science is a search for meaning amid complexity, and for the answer to why the universe — and everything else — came to exist.
Depending on your thoughts about the afterlife, Hawking is no longer among us. He died March 14 at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.
science  celebrity  disease  RIP  quantum  astronomy  books  538 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Stephen Hawking, legendary theoretical physicist, dies at 76 | Ars Technica
Hawking's family: "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man."
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has passed away at the age of 76.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," according to a statement released by his family to British media early Wednesday morning. "His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him for ever."
The Hawking family also noted that Stephen died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England.
Tributes to Hawking have already begun pouring in from around the globe. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, wrote on Twitter:
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
science  celebrity  disease  RIP  quantum  astronomy  books  twitter 
march 2018 by rgl7194
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking, world-famous physicist dies at 76 | Consequence of Sound
Hawking's life was depicted in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, for which Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for Best Actor
Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, has died at the age of 76.
At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). At the time, doctors gave him just two years to live. He survived 55 years, but the condition left him paralyzed. Despite the disability, Hawking continued to teach and publish, emerging as the foremost expert on quantum mechanics. He achieved worldwide fame with his 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, which sold over 10 million copies and spent 237 weeks on the British Sunday Times best-seller list. He subsequently made cameos on popular American television programs including The Simpsons and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
science  celebrity  disease  RIP  quantum  astronomy  books 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Woman behind 'inclusion rider' explains Frances McDormand's Oscar speech | Film | The Guardian
Professor responsible for concept spotlighted in McDormand’s acceptance speech tells the Guardian how it can boost diversity
Many people watching the Oscars were left scratching their heads when Frances McDormand finished her speech with the phrase “I have two words for you: inclusion rider.”
An “inclusion rider” is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in their contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity.
The concept was explored in a TED talk in 2016 by Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California. Having examined the data on diversity in US-produced films, which showed that casting was not representative of the population, she suggested that an “equity clause” or an “inclusion rider” could be part of the solution.
movies  celebrity  award  speech  sexism  racism 
march 2018 by rgl7194
And the Latest Celebrity to Half-Shave Her Head Is... | Glamour
... Jaime Pressly! Check it out.
At the premiere of The Nut Job in Los Angeles, Jaime modeled a half-shaved haircut on the red carpet. She's had short hair since summer, but this is certainly a dramatic new look for her.
We've seen Pink, Miley Cyrus, Rosario Dawson, Rihanna, Michelle Williams, and other celebrities rock the half-shaved look, also known as an undercut, and it appears this punk trend is trudging on into 2014. Either that or Jaime's buzz is related to a film she's working on.
What do you think of Jaime Pressly's shaved head and of the whole half-shaved-head/undercut hair trend? Want to see it continue, or do you think we've seen enough of it already?
actress  celebrity  hair 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Exclusive extract: Brave by Rose McGowan — the actress on what happened in Harvey Weinstein’s hotel suite | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times
In October, the actress went public with allegations against the Miramax boss. Now, in an exclusive extract from her memoir, she describes her upbringing in the Children of God sex cult, her rise to fame — and the attack that almost destroyed her
In a stone barn, in a tiny town in the Italian countryside, delivered by a blind midwife, I came into the world. I suppose sometimes you’re just earmarked for weirdness from birth, and I think I’m one of those. The barn was on the property of the Duke of Zoagli, who, upon joining the Children of God, donated his estate and land to the cult. It was beautiful there, in the rolling hills outside Florence, the dark-green cypresses and silvery-green olive trees, vineyards and orchards, those enormous old terracotta jars holding red geraniums. I suppose if you have to be in a cult, it was as good a place as any.
From my earliest memories I recall hearing a lot about a terrifying man named “Moses” David Berg, our fearless leader in the Children of God. He would send his directives out in cartoon pamphlets called “Mo Letters”. Whatever Moses David wrote, that’s what was done — as if the ruler of the universe had spoken.
actress  celebrity  sex  crime  books  sexism  hair 
february 2018 by rgl7194
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