Kings of Queens
It’s Queens’ time to shine!
Long Island City was once a barren post-industrial wasteland, but recent efforts are shifting the borough into a plausible location to live. Jet Blue flew its headquarters over two years ago and Queens Plaza is booming with real estate, but is it really New York if you aren’t living next to some college students?
Columbia’s football game against Cornell last Saturday has received a lot of attention lately. It’s not the team’s stellar play that has people interested—they are 0-9 on the season—but rather the school band. Perhaps they were simply fed up with the program’s disappointing performance, or maybe—and this seems more likely—they were just flat-out bored, but Read More
Cam Gigandet is the phenomenally camera-ready new movie hunk with a baby face and abs for days whose main contribution to the mediocre films he’s appeared in is stripping down to as few items of clothing as the censors will allow and showing off more skin than talent. It was the talking point of his scenes with Cher and Christina Aguilera in Burlesque and Nicole Kidman in Trespass. The pecs got all the reviews. But he’s obviously a determined cuss. The new comedy Five Star Day goes for feelings instead of stupid jokes, Mr. Gigandet leaves on more clothes than you’ll ever find on Chris Evans, and he’s not bad.
Like Crazy is an endearing film about intelligent young people (what a relief) and the resilience it takes for their love to overcome geography. Anna (enchanting Felicity Jones) is a British college student with the most beguiling eyes since Jean Simmons’s, earning credits for a series of writing courses in California. Jacob (Anton Yelchin) studies furniture design and lives with his widowed mom. They’re both only children who find in each other the humor, caring, togetherness and sense of belonging they never had before. Refreshingly languid in giving the two students time to think and grow and get to know each other, the film moves into their hearts and so will you.
These days, NYU seems to be lacking in its young stars, the co-eds who split their time between homework and Hollywood. Can it really have been seven years since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were walking around Washington Square Park in trash bags? How time flies.
But now it appears another starlet will get an education Read More
A pinch of cinnamon, a dash of sugar or a drop of Tabasco has enhanced many a disastrous, dried-out holiday feast, but even the combined flavors of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can’t salvage a turkey like Larry Crowne.
During a surfeit of vampires, vulgarity, 3-D action comic books, CGI effects and worse, I applaud Read More
Syracuse’s oft-quoted “Professor of Culture” Robert Thompson weighed in on MTV’s Skins controversy this morning on NPR, saying the last word we’ll ever need to hear on the subject. Thompson, whose official title is founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, is notorious for his availability to Read More
“Am I the only one who doesn’t take mints from anyone, even friends, because I’m terrified someone has laced it with LSD?” writes outrageousnb, the first commenter on the New York Times‘ City Room post about the massive $11,000 drug sting that claimed five Columbia students this morning. “This happened to me once Read More
Apple is ready to play hardball with Fei Lam, the teenager from Queens who built a six-figure business selling parts for the unreleased white iPhone 4.
According to Lam’s attorney, Andrew M. Jaffe, private investigator Jimmy Robbins, who first contacted Lam, was working for Apple.
But when Jaffe called Robbins, he was informed that Robbins Read More
Loco for that Loko
Though a single Four Loko may contain the equivalent of five beers, it’s not necessarily the alcohol that’s earned the beverage its notoriety. It’s the heart-palpitating portions of caffeine, taurine and guarana — potent elixers that the founders announced will no longer be mixed into the beverage.
Phusion Projects, the drink’s parent company Read More