Big Apple Idolatry
- Feel like you just spent the day totally brain dead, shuffling mindlessly with hundreds of other glazed-eyed former human beings for several hours? Don’t worry, the election is almost over, and Brad Pitt’s adaptation of World War Z finally has a trailer!
As the last several day’s headlines have been about the devastation of New Jersey–and more specifically, its shoreline–in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it was inevitable that some cynics among us would eventually get around to making Jersey Shore jokes. For example, one very funny person tweeted on Wednesday: “Snooki is a lot like Hurricane #Sandy. They’re both heading to The Jersey Shore with intentions to blow everyone within a 50 mile radius.” (You can tell this person is very good and funny on Twitter because he or she got 1,346 retweets from that zinger.)
Last night was the 2012 MTV Music Awards, for anyone who didn’t spend the evening celebrating Fashion’s Night Out or glued to Fox News, CNN or MSNBC. And it seemed like a lot of people tuned in … at least half of our Twitter feed was dominated by messages about Kevin Hart, Pink, One Direction and, yes, Frank Ocean.
Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the news that Snooki had a baaaabyyyyy with boyfriend Jionni LaValle, MTV took the opportunity to announce that it is ending Jersey Shore after its sixth season. And like the classy network it is, it had camera crews from her spin-off at the hospital documenting the miracle of life, with her boyfriend filming the whole thing as well, possibly to go on the air at some point.
What did you expect from a network that’s still making money off of Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant?
Despite rumors that NewsCorp’s The Daily has been put “on watch,” it seems that publisher Greg Clayman is feeling optimistic about the future.
(Update: It looks like today wasn’t the best day for Mr. Clayman to close on a million-dollar house. A few hours after publishing, news broke that The Daily is planning to lay off a third of its staff.)
Mr. Clayman and wife Amanda have purchased a townhouse co-op in Brooklyn Heights for $1.16 million, according to city records.
This morning brought MTV’s announcement of its Video Music Awards nominees, with established pop artists like Rihanna and Katy Perry competing with upstarts like Gotye and girl-of-the-moment Carly Rae Jepsen. In the marquee category, Video of the Year, the nominees are:
- Drake ft. Rihanna, “Take Care”
- Gotye ft. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Read More
“I’m more inclined to see the villains’ point of view in my movies,” Doug Liman told The Observer on a brisk October afternoon over bottles of Poland Spring in the Tribeca studio of his production company, Hypnotic. “When you grow up in New York, you’re more inclined to see everybody’s point of view.”
Mr. Liman, who was raised on the Upper East Side and graduated from Fieldston and later Brown, was answering our question about how a local sensibility has crept into his Hollywood work. He does seem to have a soft spot for certain bad guys—say, Chris Cooper’s Conklin from Bourne Identity, whom the director based on Oliver North. “You identify with all the bureaucratic hassles that he has to deal with,” Mr. Liman told us. “People who believe they are patriotic, bypassing all these rules of law to get done what they think is right.”
Sundance Film Festival
On last night’s episode of the MTV reality show, viewers tuned in to see Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola get into a weave-pulling contest with some rando on Jersey Shore. But in reality, the new Dangerous perfume brand ambassador was spending her Thursday evening hanging out at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, along with some of her costars.
Wait, Williamsburg? But that’s where people who don’t own TVs live!
Occupy Wall Street
Day 2 of the Sundance Film Festival found The Observer snowbound in the extreme. We’re talking enough snow to give Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City transit system nightmares. Astronomic surcharges became the norm as Park City’s anemic livery force struggled to even make the most ludicrous time frames: ”Yeah I can have a guy up there in like 3 and a half hours?” deadpanned one audacious taxi dispatcher, who seemed to take pleasure in seeing so many city slickers squeal.
Wait, what? The Occupy Wall Street casting call for MTV’s Real World isn’t until next weekend, yet the network already has a premiere date for another reality show about the 99 percent? That’s right: in two weeks get ready to delve into the “true life of an Occupier.“