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Posts Tagged ‘Melena Ryzik’

Michael Keaton Talks Birdman, Oscars

There is a lot of verisimilitude not just in the idea of Michael Keaton playing a one-time Hollywood franchise star struggling with the burden of residual fame, but also in the credits for Birdman. Scanning through the descriptors for some of the smaller roles, it feels like the filmmakers have really nailed a key part of NYC:

Annoying Tourist
Annoying Times Square Guy #1, #2, #3
Shocked Audience Member
Tourist with Bagel
Crazed Fan/Stalker

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Fifty Reasons to Love John Waters

JohnWatersLincolnCenterBeginning tonight with Female Trouble and ending September 14 with Cry-Baby, Film Society Lincoln Center is paying tribute to an American original via “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?

If Waters so chooses, FishbowlNY can take 50 more years. Partly because it will mean that we are treated to many more interviews like this one, in the New York Times, by Melena Ryzik. Here’s the 68-year-old Waters on the halo of the Lincoln Center event:

The retrospective is “the first time I can say I’m really being honored without irony,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s like being alive at your funeral. I’m not going to get anything better.”

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NY Times Names Cara Buckley New Carpetbagger

The New York Times has named Cara Buckley as its new Carpetbagger blogger. As the Carpetbagger, Buckley will be tasked with covering the endless Hollywood award shows. Prior to covering culture for the Times, Buckley served as a reporter for its metro desk for seven years.

“As a new addition to the department, Cara has already made many of her inimitable talents known, expertly interviewing several of this year’s nominees while doggedly covering the scuttlebutt of the 2014 race,” wrote the Times’ culture editor, Danielle Mattoon, wrote in a memo.

Buckley is succeeding Melena Ryzik, who will now focus on general news and features.

Carpetbagger Torch Passed On

Award season just won’t be the same this year, and it’s not just because there will be 10 movies up for Best Picture. Variety announced yesterday that new media reporter David Carr of The New York Times will no longer be covering the Hollywood gala beat, and his Carpetbagger blog will now be written by Melena Ryzik.

At first we were worried that this meant Carr was slowly being filtered out of The Times (or worse, already let go!) but he says he’ll be keeping his “day job” for now. But he will miss covering the self-congratulatory festivals that he’s been commenting on since 2005: “I love my fake friends…Penelope Cruz air-kissing you, even when she’s not exactly sure who you are, has to have an effect on you.”

If we had our say though, we’d hand that blog right over to Toby Young.