The Year Observed
PR POWER LIST
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
Celebs don’t call 911 in an emergency; they ring their PR people. In the old days, a well-placed item could defuse a crisis. But in a universe of voracious gossip blogs, omnipresent iPhones and truthiness, managing mishaps is much messier. How did PR pros handle the year’s most high-profile gaffes? Read More
Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.
Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.
Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?
The Amanda Files
Writer and former Daily News gossip columnist Jo Piazza was in her gynecologist’s office in March, seated in an uncompromising position, when she decided to return to the world of covering celebrities in their most compromising positions.
Ms. Piazza, who by then was a senior editor and political reporter at the website for Al Gore’s Current Read More
only in new york kids
There was a great deal of scandal and intrigue this afternoon as The Observer headed down to the hottest ticket in town: the sidewalk outside of Amanda Bynes’ West 47th Street apartment.
Finding a clutch of bored paparazzi huddled on the asphalt opposite the Biltmore apartment block, we got to work buttering them up. Most Read More
The Amanda Show
What are the odds? New York Times media reporter David Carr slipped in the rain on Thursday night and broke his arm in three places. In an odd twist of fate, Mr. Carr, while waiting to be treated at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Emergency Room, saw a be-wigged starlet in handcuffs who has become a tabloid fixture of late: Amanda Bynes.
Despite his injury, Mr. Carr, a prolific tweeter, naturally tweeted about the incident.
Big Apple Idolatry
Amanda Bynes was arrested Thursday night after reportedly throwing a bong out the window of her midtown apartment. The former child star was charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana.
For anyone who’s been tracking Ms. Bynes’s recent activity—especially anyone who’s been following her on Twitter—news of Ms. Bynes’s latest Read More
Big Apple Idolatry
– We know: it’s getting dark earlier, the elections are tomorrow and we’re still suffering the fallout from last week’s hurricane. (Um, not to mention the nor’easter headed our way on Wednesday. FUN!) On the other hand, here are some videos of Tom Hanks being really confused on a German sketch show called Wetten Daas!
Big Apple Idolatry
– In her continuing efforts to upstage that total biatch Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes decided to strip down in a tanning salon lobby in New York and run around screaming “I’m a retired multi-millionaire!!” Said an eyewitness, “There was definitely something wrong with her.” What do you think it was?
— The Church of Scientology has written a strongly-worded letter to Vanity Fair about Maureen Orth’s cover story on Tom Cruise and the woman auditioned to be his girlfriend, Nazanin Boniadi. It’s eight pages long. In it, the church threatens, “If Vanity Fair goes forward with publication of such defamatory allegations, now that it is on notice that the story is false, the stain on its reputation will last long after any reader even remembers the article. The sting of the jury verdict will last longer still; far longer than any pleasure from racing to publish a poorly researched and sourced story.”