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Archives: April 2014

Bob Barnett, Million Dollar Decorators and the Guys Behind Bradley Cooper’s Boxer-Briefs

LunchAtMichaelsWe, not of the town car set, braved the elements to get to Michael’s today and once we dried off, found plenty of the usual suspects at their perches doing the power lunch thing, despite the monsoon. In attendance: attorney-to-the-A-List Bob Barnett with Susan Zirinsky, Bravolebrities Kathryn Ireland and Martyn Lawrence Bullard, The Post’s Keith Kelly and a squadron of publicists ordering Dover sole and billing their media clients for time served.

I was joined today by Adam Dinkes and Yarden Gagnon of Tani USA, a “premium” brand of underwear and loungewear that originated in Asia under the name Tanitex. The luxe line is family-owned and was founded over an decade ago with 300 stores in China alone. Adam, the brand’s president and creative director Yarden are launching Tani USA for men in the states on Nordstrom.com in June. (The line is currently available on their website, taniusa.com) The body conscious briefs with “unprecedented stretch and recovery” are a favorite of Neil Patrick Harris, Daniel Craig and Bradley Cooper. (If you’d like to take a moment to ponder this, we’ll wait.)

Adam Dinkes, Diane Clehane and Yarden Gagnon

Adam Dinkes, Diane Clehane and Yarden Gagnon

Clearly not for the guy who buys his Fruit of the Looms at Target, a pair of Tani’s boxers start at $40 and loungewear can run up to $300. But why so pricey? Tani “meets the demands of the growing population of consumers who appreciate the very best in performance fabrics.” Obviously, if you want any item of your wardrobe to perform, it should be your underwear.

Lest you think these guys are newcomers to the business, let me enlighten you. Yarden’s CV includes over two decades at Calvin Klein, where he oversaw product and design for the the designer’s iconic underwear during the era that spawned the company’s much talked about advertising campaigns featuring Christy Turlington, Zoe Saldana, Eva Mendes, Hillary Swank, Djimon Hounsou and Jamie Dornan (whose ads must have factored into the producer’s decision to cast him as the lead in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey).

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The Good Life is Going Well, Says Dr. Oz

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Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

“I think TIME 100 is an iconic event,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz at the TIME 100 Gala last night, where Seth Myers poked fun at everyone from President Obama to Charlie Rose.

We last spoke to Dr. Oz when our intrepid Lunch columnist Diane Clehane got the scoop on his new magazine. FishbowlNY wondered how the doctor was doing with the challenges of launching a print mag: “I’m [still] learning about the business,” he said. “The biggest challenge is being really concrete in the advice you give.”

Like everything he does, Dr. Oz seems to be handling all the challenges with aplomb. “[The magazine] is going well. We sold out the first issue, and we sold over 200,000 subscriptions, so I’m happy,” he said. The Good Life now has two issues under its belt.

For more on the event, head over to our sister site TVNewser.

Many Sides | Good Try | 90s Remix

AgencySpy: Here’s a powerful and thought-provoking campaign on issues facing the transgender community.

TVNewser: Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren says Donald Sterling should “get out, pay the fine, sell the Clippers as soon as you can.” Which is exactly the opposite of what Sterling will likely do.

FishbowlDC: The public demanded it, and now we have it — an update on Lorena Bobbitt.

Journo Sings the Praises of Her Much More Talented, Musical Brother

DaveSabinaNot too long ago, ex-New York regional newspaper reporter Susannah Strumfeld decided to take a vacation of sorts. Having quit her job with Spotlight Newspapers in the summer of 2013, she headed west, where she immediately began second-guessing her decision:

I flew to California to travel with my brother Dave and his girlfriend, Sabina, for 10 straight days, the most we had spent together in years. I was skeptical to go at first. I had just quit my job and gotten out of a relationship and here I was, in sunny California, with my brother and his girlfriend – the musical troubadours who were madly in love. I thought my heartbroken self was going to die. They made incredible music together and sang into each other’s eyes and they were healthy and happy and I wanted to kill them.

But then I realized how happy their music made me. And how happy they made me. And how playing music with them was so natural. And how Sabina inspired me to travel like my gut was telling me to. And how their ridiculously complicated love story brought hope to my cynical self.

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Sweeping Changes at Self

We have a suggestion for Self staffers — duck, because the axe is swinging. Mary Murcko and Joyce Chang — the glossy’s publisher and editor, respectively — have only been on the job for three weeks, but they’re already making sweeping changes.

According to Adweek, Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing have all been cut. Yikes.

The moves are a result of Chang’s goal to change Self from a fitness magazine to more of a women’s general interest title.

When Rob Reiner Met the Future, Second Mrs. Reiner

ShutterstockRobReinerMichelleSingerWe’ve been reading and greatly enjoying the various write-ups about Rob Reiner‘s receipt on Monday night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award. And to veteran New York journalist Paula Schwartz goes the FishbowlNY prize for most entertaining and exhaustive such summary, shared via the website reellifewithjane.com.

It’s not quite the how-to-fake-an-orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally… But as Schwartz recounts, there were some memorable real-life fireworks during the making of the rom-com, courtesy of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld:

Also during that shoot, Sonnenfeld introduced Reiner to his future wife, Michele Singer, a photographer. He thought they would make a perfect couple and on a double date, he heard Reiner tell Michele, who smoked cigarettes, “You know, you really shouldn’t smoke. It’s not good for your health.” Reiner’s future wife countered, “And you shouldn’t be so f***ing fat.”

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Oprah Considers Buying LA Clippers

Now that Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, the list of people who want to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers is steadily growing. Of course Sterling won’t go down without a long, annoying legal fight, but nevertheless, everyone seems to have interest in the franchise if and when it gets put up for sale. Our favorite potential owner so far? None other Big O.

According to ESPN, Oprah is considering buying the Clippers. The media maven would be part of a team that includes David Geffen and Larry Ellison. If the trio ends up buying the team, we’re setting the over/under for average number of fans who show up to Clippers games with signs that read “You get a win! You get a win! You get a win!” at 455.

Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (He even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather, who for some odd reason felt it was necessary to speak of his interest by stating “Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do.”

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Who is: The Perfect Sports Jeopardy! Host

According to Awful Announcing managing editor Matt Yodel, this fall’s jock-spinoff of the Alex Trebek staple with Dan Patrick hosting makes a lot of sense:

There’s a huge market out there for sports trivia and the addition of Patrick will immediately give this show credibility.

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AP got the tipped scoop from Crackle yesterday, ahead of today’s lunchtime NYC presser. On this morning’s Dan Patrick Show meanwhile, DP was repeatedly explaining to stream-feed viewers why he was all dressed up with a post-broadcast place to go. He also reminded that Sony has been trying to put together a sports version of its iconic quiz show for several decades.

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Harvard Announces Nieman Fellows

Nieman-logoHarvard University has announced the 77th class of Nieman Fellows. The fellowship seeks to “encourage innovation, experimentation with digital and social media and other collaborative ventures designed to transform and strengthen the news industry.” Each person will study at Harvard during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Below are the national fellows. Click through for the full list.

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New York Times Company Vet: ‘Micro-Payments Are Ultimately the Future’

At the recent Future of Media conference put on by UK newspaper The Scotsman, there was some very informative field intelligence shared by Jeff Moriarty.

JohnstonPressLogoMoriarty is currently the chief digital and product officer for Johnston Press. But previously, he spent several decades with the New York Times Company and was an instrumental part of the Boston Globe‘s transition to the paywall world. Via post-keynote interview  with The Drum’s Angela Haggerty, Johnston suggested that price is not the main factor when it comes to online-content subscribers. It’s more a matter of people willing to pay for content vs. those who are not:

The future of paid content is something Moriarty believes will be best-served on a micro-payment model similar to that of iTunes, although he said it could take years for the industry to create it.

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