Shield your eyes
There’s a moment in this preview for Oprah’s new documentary, Lindsay, where you wonder what it is that you’re watching exactly. Is this just another faux-concerned exploitative series about a troubled celebrity? Since Oprah hired Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (and because she’s Oprah), we really don’t want to believe that this is another The Two Coreys, or Celebrity Rehab or even Living Lohan.
One of the rooms will be decorated with mug shots of celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Frank Sinatra. Read More
In late September, chef Jamie Bissonnette stood nervous as hell at some East Village bar. “I can’t take it,” he said of opening Toro, his first New York restaurant. “We open tomorrow. It took over two years. It’s all on the line now—my life, career, everything.”
Three months later, on New Year’s Eve of all days, The New York Times’ food critic, Pete Wells, dropped a wonderful two-star review on Toro, writing, “How can a menu this big have so many excellent dishes and so few disappointments?”
Living La Vida Lohan
As I write this, I’m about to board a boat with “Lindsay Lohan’s thug,” a.k.a. Ray LeMoine, a guy whose recent press mentions range from face puncher to humanitarian to bar owner. Indeed, over the past few days, Mr. LeMoine has become a tabloid anti-celeb, and we’re on the run.
Fashion Week Observed
Dina Lohan, mother of the completely stable, drug-free Lindsay Lohan (our generation’s poster child for Adderall addiction) was arrested Thursday night in Nassau County for drunk diving. O’doi.
Fashion Week Observed
It was Wednesday, more than a week into the biannual cocktails-and-couture marathon. And though there’s still one more night, the bash for Olivier Zahm’s ultra hip magazine seemed like the grande finale. Read More
How is it possible that the Boom Boom Room is still the Boom Boom Room? New York spots aren’t supposed to survive the winter after Fashion Week. But somehow the Top of the Standard, the golden canopy in Gotham’s skies, has lasted a half-decade.
“What makes it enduring?” Andre Balazs asked us during the rollicking five-year anniversary party he threw for his joint Thursday night. The proprietor of the fine cocktail spot and the hotel that houses it was standing steps away from the Boom Boom Room’s sprawling classic bar, its centerpiece bursting as always with gold-lit tubes like a giant warped church organ. “I think it’s the people, it’s like a child growing up. You can have all the great things, the great view and everything else, but the key to anything is attentiveness.”
The Rich Are Different
Viewers may have been disappointed after tuning into Oprah’s Next Chapter with Lindsay Lohan last night; the starlet turned media train wreck stuck to the repentant rehab-er script and forwent any bombshells about her personal life. Nor did Oprah, who gave Ms. Lohan $2 million in July for the exclusive interview and an eight-part docu-series, press The Canyons actress on any subject, making for critically boring programming and further reinforcing everyone’s belief that the moment Lohan appears on camera, a production becomes unwatchable. Not even Oprah, apparently, is immune to the curse.
However, there was something to be salvaged from the otherwise tame interview with the 27-year-old:
Oracle chief Larry Ellison has saved Carbon Beach, a section of Malibu, from pink slime burgers and sticky, soda-covered floors by importing a couple of bougie restaurants.
The Hawaiian island overlord is also Carbon Beach’s biggest landowner, so he used his oracular influence to persuade Nobu Matsuhisa to toss the town a sushi resto, The Hollywood Reporter says. Great idea if they’re trying to lure the real Lindsay Lohan, who hasn’t been seen since her evil twin took over in 2004.
At the beginning of The Canyons, Paul Schrader’s new low-budget noir thriller, which premiered on Monday night in New York, viewers are treated to an eerie slideshow of old, dilapidated movie houses, long ago abandoned. It’s a stark visual commentary on the current state of American cinema, or at least a certain kind of moviegoing Read More