Yoni Lotan, scheduled to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade July 10 and 30, has kicked it up a notch. His perfectly timed bit as a FIFA soccer referee running around Times Square and giving passers-by yellow and red cards for various social media and other fouls is gaining media steam.
Back in the early 1990s, celebrity journalist Gregory Speck published an intriguing, imagined Tinseltown dinner party book Hollywood Royalty and spent three years/$50,000 amassing a large taxidermy collection.
Per a fascinating New York Times item by Michelle Higgins, he is now selling a Central Park West co-op for $3.95 million, with or without those animals. Realizing that only some may be interested in the additional option of stuffed animal heads, Speck and his listing agent came up with a novel solution:
The online listing will offer two sets of photos. One will show the apartment as-is, the other will have most of the taxidermy edited out “so prospective buyers can get a sense of the grandeur of the apartment,” which has a dining room and a maid’s room, Mr. [Robert] Dowling [of Halstead Property] said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy a home at the Beresford, an iconic New York City landmark, one of the most prestigious addresses in the city.”
Not too long ago, the New York Times caught up with South Carolina comedienne Liza Dye, who was seriously injured in a February New York subway mishap and back on a local stage here just a few months later. More recently, it was the turn of thestate.com to chronicle this story.
Carrie Battan‘s NYT lede was pretty good:
Can a calamity plus a couple of months at Bellevue Hospital Center equal comedy?
But The State’s Alex Hicks Jr. went one better:
As a performer, everyone always tells you to break a leg. Few, however, actually do so.
“Are you floppin’ to me?”
Mercifully, today’s rain-soaked Germany-USA contest featured very little of that aspect of the otherwise usually beautiful game. But if it had, a certain unexpected guest at a Brooklyn viewing party could have most authoritatively yelled out that query to the big-screen TV.
De Niro was in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood Thursday to film The Intern and, according to a neighbor, he wanted to take a break to watch the crucial World Cup game between the United States and Germany. The neighbor told Business Insider their apartment building got an email from Warner Bros. asking if they could help De Niro see the game.
When Paramount rolls out the red carpet June 25 for its latest Transformers sequel, a sideline transformation will also be on display. Instead of Westwood, CA, Michael Bay and co. will be tub-thumping in front of a New York marquee.
According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Pamela McClintock, Transformers: Age of Extinction is one of a number of 2014 Hollywood tentpoles to notably premiere in NYC rather than LA. This is due, she writes, to the rise of fly-backs by stars from far-away international destinations and… Jimmy Fallon:
“We are probably doing double the number of premieres in New York than we did three or four years ago,” says Craig Waldman, founder of events production company 15/40…
Remember the concept album? It still exists. Gabriel Kahane‘s latest, The Ambassador, is all about Los Angeles, with each track sung from the perspective of a specific Lalaland address. On the the title track, for exampe, Kahane embraces the POV of a doorman at the bygone Ambassador Hotel.
The singer-songwriter has also penned a fun New Yorker essay on the age-old dismissal of Los Angeles by New Yorkers. He starts off with a good theory as to why that is:
The notion that LA is a place unsuitable for serious thought is one many of us cling to in order to justify the cramped and sometimes squalid conditions in which we live in New York…
I spent six years writing music (which, for most people, requires silence) in a small apartment one floor above a middle-aged couple whose domestic disputes frequently reached decibel levels that would not have been out of place on a tarmac at J.F.K. And there was the time when, working as a bartender, I watched my boss at a dingy midtown bar douse his genitals in vodka in order to “sterilize” himself after a basement assignation with a female patron, only to turn around and fire me an hour later for “overpouring” and thus wasting his liquor. I told myself that these were the wages of true artistry.
New York Observer staff writer Vinnie Mancuso decided it might be fun to visit some of the iconic Manhattan locations featured in Louis CK’s sitcom. However, as his slide show documents, the halo of the F/X series was – on this night at least – hard to pin down.
A man in line at the Comedy Cellar had never heard of the show. A waiter at Banjara, one of two restaurants featured in the “bang-bang” back-to-back meals Louie episode, went out of his way to deny being a witness to any location shoot. Finally, at the very end, Mancuso found a show fan at the Ukrainian diner Veselka:
My waitress was a pretty blonde with the interesting name of Karlyn. She was from New Jersey. She would probably be out of my league on a night that I only ate one dinner. But I pressed my luck, for the sake of this tour.
So wait, let me get this straight: buying Madison Square Garden, for whatever exorbitant sum that might cost, is a good idea because it keeps Microsoft from buying a tech company?
The way Yates sees it, Microsoft made a bad deal in 2007 [for aQuantitative], so it should spend money on a sports stadium. Really.
When your article begins with this:
And then immediately follows, before any article text, with this:
You’re well on your way to a Divine bit of feature-interview journalism. Freelance writer Mark Yarm hung out with the 68-year-old Waters last month as the Baltimore native, with two other signs besides the one shown above, did some signature promotion for new book Carsick. Out this week, Waters’ latest tome details a recent cross-country hitchhiking trip from San Francisco to his beloved hometown.
Is this Capital New York headline a tad sarcastic? Maybe. But even if Bjoern Kils isn’t quite “Living the Dream,” he’s still got one of the least desk-chained and highly hourly-compensated gigs on the Manhattan media horizon.
Per Joe Pompeo‘s recent field trip, Kils is captain of the New York Media Boat, a Willard Marine Sea Force 7-meter Standard vessel that when not booked for a media gig, ferries sightseers. Media clients have included the Golf Channel, Celebrity Apprentice, MSG Channel and more:
Kils has hosted reporters from the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg for a press event touting a solar-powered ship; shuttled CNN to the site of the great JFK jet-ski security breach of 2012; and taken the Chasing New Jersey team on a tour of the Garden State’s ravaged coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.