(All photos by Astrid Stawiarz)
“I don’t know what a socialite means today,” said Cornelia Guest, the world’s first celebutante. “It used to mean someone who is doing philanthropy—these women who were in society to do charity. But who knows what it means right now.”
Along Came A Spider
It’s hard to find anything wrong with a parade float featuring vibrantly colorful sculptures of tropical fish, penguins and Shamu the killer whale. Then again, that’s what we have PETA for.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, traditionally controversy-free event, has incited the ire of PETA and friends, who have found issue with SeaWorld’s “A Sea of Read More
Oh, Chris Christie, ever a man of the people. First he saved New Jerseyans from the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, and last Friday, he saved innocent schoolchildren … from a spider.
A video posted to YouTube last week shows an heroic scene from a group of schoolchildren’s visit to the N.J. Governor’s office: After somebody Read More
Earlier today, The Observer wrote an article that detailed the controversy surrounding the deaths of 27 animals at a Warner Brothers-owned farm in New Zealand. The Wellington farm housed trained animals for Warner’s $500 million production of The Hobbit.
While we cast some doubt over the timeline of the events that apparently exonerated both Peter Jackson and the American Humane Association (which is the only organization allowed to issue those “No Animals Were Harmed”™ disclaimers) from investigating the deaths, PETA–which is protesting the film’s release–offered us some insight into the matter.
Big Apple Idolatry
Yesterday afternoon, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit hit its first scandalous speed bump after the AP spoke to several animal wranglers who claimed to have witnessed the deaths of at least 28 animals housed at a Warner Brothers-owned Wellington farm that was being used as a holding pen for the film’s four-legged characters.
After the leak about the avoidable demise of horses, sheep, goats and chickens, all there is left to do is find out who will fall on their mighty Glamdring for this PR disaster.
So far, the likely candidates include:
– Jon Hamm’s girlfriend is not a fan of Jon Hamm’s penis getting all the attention. Also, apparently Jon Hamm doesn’t wear underwear? Very cool.
No wonder HBO turned down The Corrections…they probably can’t afford it! Yesterday, the news broke that Luck, the David Milch/Michael Mann show that was put out to pasture after suffering from low ratings and terrible P.R. due to multiple horse deaths, cost parent company Time Warner $35 million to cancel.
But it doesn’t end there…the sinkhole of a show could continue to balloon in costs despite being off the air, thanks to a new filing by PETA to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for an independent investigation of animal abuse.
After the two unfortunate accidents resulting in horses being euthanized on the set of Luck, an HBO show about the seedy world of horse-racing and abuse, we were starting to wonder if the drama was actually a documentary.
Now a third horse has died, and we think we have our answer.
Critics have already been effusive in their praise for Luck, the new HBO show created by David Milch. Executive produced by Michael Mann and by star Dustin Hoffman, the series sets out to expose the seedy underbelly of the thoroughbred racing scene.
But eagle-eyed viewers may notice one detail missing from the pilot episode, as well as one additional installment: the American Humane Association’s usual seal of approval certifying that “No Animals Were Harmed” during the filming of the show. Instead, those two episodes state merely that “The American Humane Association Monitored the animal action.”
That’s because while Luck takes a hard look at those who exploit animals for money, the show itself has come under scrutiny after two of the horses used in the production broke their legs during filming and had to be euthanized.
Liam Neeson’s wolfy action flick The Grey has PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) snarling and snapping at film producers. In a post published last Thursday in PETA’s official blog, blogger Michelle Sherrow first expressed anger that the filmmakers had not kept their word to PETA representatives: