“Tru$t U$,” read the sign behind the bar of the Roseland Ballroom last Thursday night, as a couple hundred reporters, ad sales reps, financial backers and celebrities crammed into the performance space to see the Adult Swim upfronts. Well, that wasn’t exactly true—most people weren’t there to see the new lineup of shows that will air on Cartoon Network, or to rub elbows with Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), Paul Scheer (Filthy Sexy Teen$), Seth Green (Robot Chicken) or Aziz Ansari, who will be doing a voice cameo on Venture Bros. Instead, they were there to see the night’s entertainment: Kanye West.
Somehow, Adult Swim, owned by Turner Broadcasting, has always managed to book the most impossible talent for its upfront events. Two years ago, Jay-Z performed a 50-minute set; last year, T.I. was the main draw. But something about booking Mr. West—who had been the star guest and musical entertainment at the Met Gala the previous week, and would be closing out the season of Saturday Night Live two days later, and whose new album (the title leaked to the press: Yeezus) drops June 18—was an extra-special get.
Apparently I’m not alone in my growing disgust with movies glorifying the physical and mental abuse of people in general and the butchering of women in particular. I had nightmares following the news of the three kidnapping victims in Cleveland who escaped unspeakable horrors after being imprisoned by a maniac for a decade. But I Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Salvatore Ferragamo is celebrating 35 years of its iconic Vara shoe, the pump with a signature bow. The party features 21 “iconic girls,” from New York society staples Lauren Santo Domingo (dubbed the next Brooke Astor), designer Minnie Mortimer, Olivia Palermo and director Chiara Clemente to movie stars Camilla Belle and Lake Bell and supermodels Read More
Sundance Film Festival
While it seemed most of the action at the Sundance film festival had been happening at night behind colossal bouncers, The Observer caught wind that there was an equally exciting, yet slightly bizarre, scene taking place in the light of day: celebrity gifting suites. We took the opportunity to start our day a bit earlier to see what all the commotion was.
Running time 118 minutes
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers
Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Lake Bell
Meryl Streep is on a roll. After winning so many critics awards for channeling Julia Child in the amazing Julie & Julia, a performance that’s certain to make a big noise on Oscar Read More
As guests arrived at the Whitney Art Party at Skylight on Hudson Street on Wednesday, June 17th, the coat check was crowded with young men and women who unwillingly had to wear a jacket due to the cold weather. Socialite Lydia Hearst had just stopped by to say hello. “I have a plane to catch Read More
Well, the Cyrus clan has done it again. Both father and daughter have taken something that should annoy and frustrate—Billy Ray’s cloying country ballad “Achy Breaky Heart” and Miley Cyrus’s saccharine, yet sassy songstress on Hannah Montana—and spun pop culture gold. (This is the sports equivalent of two brothers winning back-to-back Super Bowls. Read More