“After the movie’s over, she will be here answering your questions,” spluttered entertainment troublemaker Perez Hilton to an “animated” (read: gay) audience at the Crosby Hotel’s theater last Sunday. Shindigger and others had gathered for a sneak peak at Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, featuring the bawdy Broadway legend, back in Manhattan two years after allegedly retiring to sedate Birmingham, Mich., the town of her youth. Read More
The Year Observed
Interviewing Elaine Stritch is like asking a hemophiliac for a pint of blood. “Everybody’s got a sack of rocks,” she says. Every now and then, she reaches her long, bony fingers into the sack and throws one at you. The best thing you can do is give up and just get out of the way. This is a valuable lesson learned early by astute director Chiemi Karasawa in the captivating documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. You will go away knocked right out of your snow boots.
We sexted, we filibustered, we shot selfies at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. We made bad websites. We were led astray by cronuts and tempted by imaginary girlfriends, and we shamed our dogs on Facebook. Let he among us who has not twerked pop the first hip bump! We hurled epithets at photographers, stunk up the basketball court and humiliated our spouses. Atonement in January’s harsh glare is nigh, but first, a salute to some of the year’s more colorful newsmakers. Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has no sympathy for one of his biggest fans.
Mr. de Blasio today said that actor Alec Baldwin deserved to be fired from his new MSNBC talk show for allegedly using “inappropriate” and “sad” anti-gay slurs–but left the door open for the often hot-headed actor to attend his inauguration.
Alex Baldwin is leaving MSNBC, the New York Post‘s Richard Johnson reports.
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Actor Alec Baldwin, facing backlash over anti-gay remarks recently directed at a photographer, is now an attack line in Idaho politics.
Earlier this morning, the conservative group Club for Growth sent out a press release slamming GOP Congressman Mike Simpson as an “Alec Baldwin Republican” who is “more in touch with the values of Hollywood liberal Alec Baldwin than it is with the people of Idaho.”
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Have you heard? Video is really big right now. The New York Times launched “The New York Times Minute,” a one-minute video news report that will come out three times a day and summarize three stories. Microsoft Corp. is the official launch sponsor. (NYT Press Release)
NYU professor Jay Rosen is joining Glenn Greenwald’s Pierre Omidyar-funded new journalism venture, where the media critic will advise and weigh in on what is temporarily being called NewCo (Jay Rosen’s Press Think)
High times won’t be coming to Bill de Blasio’s New York.
The front-running mayoral candidate refused to back the legalization of marijuana in New York City, despite repeated prodding from actor Alec Baldwin on the debut of his new show on MSNBC last night, which featured an hour-long sit-down with the candidate.
Alec Baldwin has gotten into another physical altercation with a photographer trying to snap his picture, reports TMZ. But this time, at least, nobody is pressing charges.
Mr. Baldwin was out and about with his wife, Hilaria Thomas, when the notoriously volatile 30 Rock actor got into a confrontation with a photographer. Ms. Thomas, who gave birth last Friday, was forced (forced!) to duck into a nearby tea store to avoid the pap.