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Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand Herald’

Graham Norton on Tom Cruise, ‘Bad Boyfriend’ and More

GrahamNortonHeDevilCoverPolly Vernon‘s profile of Graham Norton for the New Zealand Herald is unlikely to leave a single reader “banjaxed.” As opposed to Norton himself, to whom Vernon at one point applies that descriptive to convey the talk show host’s reaction to a question about the perhaps-missed-opportunity of engaging a female sex surrogate.

Vernon and Norton are a match made in dazzling-wit heaven. The 51-year-old UK media star, who foresees exiting his BBC America talker in three years, says he is at peace with both not making it “big” in the U.S. and being less proactive than a certain year-older A-lister:

Tom Cruise is supernaturally good at [being nice]. Nothing will prepare you for it. He is like an alien. He’s like someone from a different planet! So like, on the way in here, he’ll have met that manager guy, who did introduce himself to me, but I don’t remember his name. Tom will know it! And on the way out, he’ll thank him for everything. And then that guy will love Tom Cruise forever. We can be pleasant to him, but already we’ve messed up, because we don’t remember his name. And the difference is that.”

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Kiehl’s Wines, Dines and Wows Visiting International Journalists

From a modest apothecary in New York’s East Village, Kiehl’s has grown to international brand-name status and a New Jersey factory where 10 new products are hatched each year. But there’s no rest for those toiling in the world of wicked complexions.

And so, the company recently flew in a gaggle of international journalists, put them up at the Mondrian in Soho and raced them through a vertiginous series of events. If the rest of the resulting coverage is anything like that of Amanda Linnell, a reporter for New Zealand Herald‘s Viva magazine, mission accomplished!:

After lunch we’re off to learn about a new men’s product, Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Cream, which launches in New Zealand next week. Tucked away at 137 Perry St (just down the road from Carrie Bradshaw‘s apartment in Sex and the City) is the Cooper Classics Collection of vintage cars and here we meet guest speaker, Kiehl’s ambassador Doug Stoup. An extreme adventurer, he regularly goes on missions to the North Pole or paddle boarding in the Amazon, and is a hardcore tester of their products. He regales us with fascinating stories of derring-do.

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