The Eight-Day Week
For those whose favorite holiday movie is Eyes Wide Shut (hey, it all goes down right around Christmastime), the Bootstrap Project, a nonprofit promoting the sustainable trade of artisanal crafts, has just the event for you; tonight’s its Holiday Masquerade, a cocktail party where masks (the more elaborate the better) are de rigueur … Meanwhile, Read More
For a big star, Brad Pitt chooses to waste his talent in boneheaded ways that never cease to amaze me. For every single solid, carefully written, value-packed entry in his oddball career—like Se7en or Moneyball—you get two or three choices only a moron could make. To a growing list of dumbbell duds like Tree of Read More
Big Apple Idolatry
Last night the Cinema Society and Men’s Health presented Brad Pitt‘s latest feature (besides those Chanel ads), a dark shoot-em-up called Killing Them Softly. The after party, held at No. 8, was jammed back full of celebs, though Mr. Pitt, Harvey Weinstein, Jack McBrayer, and Amy Adams remained secluded from the whole ordeal by two large security guards who literally linked arms to stop the crush of people from trying to wiggle their way into the VIP area.
– 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!
fall arts preview
Last Sunday, Chanel released its first CHANEL N°5 spot featuring Brad Pitt talking in front of a wall. But apparently no one wanted to see that, so the execs went back to the drawing board and came up with this: the same script, but with more chicks in Tarsem-esque imagery.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Vulture reports on the crisis on the set of Brad Pitt’s new movieWorld War Z–one that makes the unfinished movie’s plot about a zombie apocalypse seem almost inviting.
Apparently, Brad Pitt is no longer speaking to relatively untested director Marc Forster–whom Mr. Pitt had pressed for as a director–and the actor, not the Read More
The 4th of July has come and gone and so, we hope, has our recent streak of broiling-hot weather. (Hell’s Kitchen, indeed.) Our personal cooling-down strategies: abusing office A/C (which is at least 10 degrees cooler than the window units in our sauna-like brownstone), answering the dual siren calls of the ice-cream man’s perpetually creepy jingle and the music wafting from the beer-chilled bar around the corner, and visiting the city’s “pop-up pool” that opened last Friday under the Brooklyn Bridge. (What is a pop-up pool, exactly? And how does it differ from an inflatable one?)
To be fair, there’s one thing we can thank this scorching heat for:
Letter from Cannes
Brad Pitt’s mother has been confirmed to be the author of a letter to the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri. Jane Pitt, responding to an author who claimed Mitt Romney’s Mormonism was at issue for Christian issues voters, noted: “any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting Read More
Here comes the sun. All week, the Cannes Film Festival has been drenched with relentless rain, billowing wind and a sweater-worthy chill—plus a dearth of high-wattage stars, ever since Bill Murray and his Moonrise Kingdom crew left after opening night. But all that changed this morning as the clouds parted in the Mediterranean skies and Brad Pitt popped up onscreen at the 8:30am screening of Killing Them Softly.