Lucas Gives Interviews
FastCompany secured an interview with the mustachioed mystery man. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio took his infamous “dad humor” to The Daily Show this evening, where he took jabs at the Upper East Side and his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, and proved he could eat pizza like a normal New Yorker: with his hands, according to a mayoral pool report.
“What else could we do to the Upper East Side?” asked host Jon Stewart, who earlier had joked about the new mayor shipping snow to the tony neighborhood, where some residents complained about cleanup after last month’s second major snowstorm.
“No, but I am really over Jennifer Lawrence!” you told us. “Like, I was really into her last year, but this constant ‘America’s Sweetheart’ thing is pretty grating, and those backlash pieces really have some good points.”
“It’s not even like I don’t like her,” you continued. “I like her fine. She’s a great actress. I just don’t understand why she gets sooooo much attention for being quirky off-camera.”
To which we rolled our eyes, collectively, and steered you towards this video of Ms. Lawrence getting genuinely upset at infotainment program Access Hollywood for giving out Homeland spoilers during her meet-and-freakout with star Damian Lewis.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today refused to explain his recent comment labeling Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign “racist.”
Speaking at since first open-question press conference since New York magazine published the controversial comments ten days ago, Mr. Bloomberg repeatedly insisted he would not talk about the race to succeed him.
“Look, I’m gonna stay out of this race,” he said in respond to the first question, which asked what he meant by the remark and whether he thought it played a role in Mr. de Blasio’s Democratic primary win.
Thank You Come Again!
Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to have actually retreated from his accusation that Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign was “racist” for deploying his multiracial family on the trail, according to an updated version of the New York magazine story that has dominated the campaign trail today.
Although the interview still quotes Mr. Bloomberg describing the campaign as “class-warfare and racist,” when pressed on “racist,” he is now quoted saying, “Well, no, no,”–suggesting the mayor did not entirely stand behind his own wording.
Interview with a Vampire
When Hank Azaria arrived to meet me at the corner of Central Park West and 75th Street one morning, his look was more Upper West Side dad than movie star—sneakers and gym shorts, water bottle in hand, backpack slung over his shoulder.
It isn’t hard for him to go incognito in the neighborhood where he Read More
“So, what’s it like living on abandoned island with your vampire family?” The Observer asked 22-year-old Bill Skarsgård, star of the new Netflix original series Hemlock Grove. (Out today! Consume it!) We were at No. 8, where the lanky Mr. Skarsgård was partying with his co-star, Landon Liboiron, and the show’s co-creator, Brian McGreevy, who also wrote the book on which the series is based.
Mr. Skarsgård looked slightly offended. “We don’t live on an island,” he said.
Although Nemo assailed our city with buckets of snow, threatening to grind Fashion Week to an unfashionable halt, The Observer would not be stopped. Shindigger was front and center at all the best New York Fashion Week had to offer. Who could forget Jason Wu’s billowy evening wear? Or Prabal Gurung’s must-buy Cesare Casadei military knee-high boots with python? What about Moncler’s stunning Star Wars-inspired fashion presentation?
Between the fabulously overpriced couture and the Oscar-worthy production values, the circus that is Fashion Week doesn’t just entertain us, it makes us whole again. With the desperate posing and the mere pleasure of sitting next to some of the most heinously obnoxious fashions mavens ever to breathe, it’s just consummate bliss!
A few weeks back, the author George Saunders, who is blond, with the shaggy beard of someone who has better things to think about than his appearance, was sitting in a Murray Hill hotel with The Observer, playing Jishaku, a Japanese strategy game involving magnets. Several rounds in, he abruptly announced that he would have to stop playing. He was “too competitive,” he said, and couldn’t “concentrate on winning and talking” at the same time.
Putting down his magnets, he launched into an explanation of his parodic use of idiomatic language in his fiction.
The concept had gestated during his years as a geophysical engineer and technical writer for Radian International, an environmental engineering company. There was a lot of on-the-job jargon.
“I got the idea that technical language isn’t necessarily nonpoetic language,” said Mr. Saunders, 54, whose sixth book, the story collection Tenth of December, came out last week from Random House. Eventually, he left Radian to pursue an M.A. in creative writing at Syracuse University. “I’d understand it,” he said of his Radian-speak (though he could have also been telling of his fiction), “but to the outside world it would sound like this nonsense language.”
While conducting a new Interview chat with Mila Kunis, James Franco indicated that another costar of his is something of a diva:
The movie is a comedy, but it’s kind of an outrageous one, and this actress—I won’t say who, but she had a smaller role in the film—walked off the movie in Read More