Archives: March 2007
Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings
WHAT: George Saunders and Jonathan Lethem at Housing Works
WHO: Saunders, Lethem and the Housing Works staff
WHERE: Housing Works
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The last time we went to a reading at Housing Works, we spotted Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze discussing making Jackass 2. Plus, they probably have really good chai.
Mia Farrow doesn’t seem too worried about starring in E.T.: Back on Planet Earth or any other Spielburg opus.
John Travolta is ready to move back to the mothership, if global warming gets worse.
Courtney Love cares only that her self-esteem is limitless and intact.
Britney and Kevin are finally split up.
Persecution of Christians goes on–Chris Sligh booted from American Idol.
Let’s see: How a presidential candidate theoretically might handle his cabinet meetings if he’s elected 20 months from now, or a pre-Easter faux-controversy over a chocolate-ized Jesus by an inconsequential artist so contrived you could set your Swatch to it.
FBLA is late with our Andrea Keller: Top Design insights, but we have a good excuse. NBC asked to check out her responses first and took their own sweet time about it. Make of that what you will. Hmmm. So, read on for the Chef’s Table challenge, and we promise to speed things up.
Blogging Top Design is all up-to-date. So is Pink Navy. So is Top Design Blogger.
Anyway, Andrea won the challenge, but hasn’t gotten the prize yet–$2500 to spend at Jonathan Adler. FBLA can’t help but wonder if that’s trade or retail.
FBLA: Did anyone know that you had all these restaurant world connections (wine, teaching at Otis), etc?
AK: I don’t think so–they knew that I teach at Otis but not that it was restaurant design. Both of my brothers are in the food industry and live near Napa valley, one is a winemaker and the other is a distributor of organic meat products/ranch consultant. When Todd was describing a cuisine based on the finest quality ingredients, my thoughts immediately went to Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and Thomas Keller at the French Laundry (sadly no relation). That’s how I started on the image of stone walls, thinking of a California vineyard and the food culture of northern california. To incorporate arts and crafts I wanted to emphasize joinery in the woodwork, and I found some William Morris-style textiles with a leafy pattern.
Women’s groups who complained about billboards depicting a woman’s abduction, torture and death tell FBLA today that they feel vindicated by MPAA sanctions against a film company responsible for those Captivity ads.
According to Variety:
Genre banner After Dark Films was slapped with an unprecedented sanction by the Motion Picture Assn. of America on Thursday for posting explicit ads publicizing its horror pic Captivity. The MPAA had previously ruled the ads as inappropriate.
As a result, the MPAA has suspended the ratings process for Captivity and is requiring the horror specialist to clear with the org all further promo materials as well as locations and venues of ad buys.
MPAA has never before required a film company to clear locations and venues of ad buys, and the 30-day suspension of the ratings process casts doubt over whether Captivity will receive a rating before its planned May 18 release.
We hear NBC Universal’s iVillage.com will shutter its print magazines including — focus on your breathing — Lamaze Pregancy, Lamaze Parents, Lamaze Para Padres and BabySteps. The magazines, published twice annually, had been distributed free at childbirth education classes through — keep breathing, honey — Lamaze International.
Calls to NBCU/iVillage have yet to be returned.
The 2008 Elections: What Would Clooney Do?
Chris Sligh, Lame Guy: The American Idol also-ran says, “I never came into this
wanting to win it.” So what was the draw, Chris? The public humiliation?
Impulse Buy: Alec Baldwin was so moved by a soldier’s tale in the NYT, that he’s paying her college education.
Vanity Fair Predicts Wall Street Crashes | Shoket: ‘Tremendous Responsibility’ To Tribe | Defending Katie | Bono Knighted | Fuller Sacrifices Car
- Trump: Continues to set “shameless self-promotion bar” lower than general public thought humanly possible. [WWE]
- Seventeen: “Fun hyper great energy.” [ETP]
- Vanity Fair Ad Pages: Determine stock market crash. [Brandweek]
- Couric: Getting slammed over Edwards interview. [National Journal]
- U2 Rocker: Still not “Sir.” [BBC]
- Bonnie Fuller: Forgos ride to save staffer. [NYP]
At the Virtual Worlds Conference, MTV’s Jeffrey Yapp, announced a new virtual world product to join its Virtual Laguna Beach and Virtual Hills. The Virtual Pimp My Ride property will allow users to enter an online version of Van Nuys, California–one of the centers of car culture-and customize cars, race them, and join clubs.
FBLA is pretty sure this was dreamed up by someone who’s never, ever been to the real Van Nuys and would rather die than do so.
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