Reading with James Franco
A little over a week ago we noticed that James Franco–currently starring in Oz: The Great and Powerful, an autobiographical look at the actor’s life as a con man who lies about his accomplishments and convinces a lot of other people to do work for him so he can take credit for it–had started reading Teddy Wayne’s tremendous book about a tween celebrity, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. Of course, being James Franco (note to James Franco: please title your next movie that), he couldn’t just post a picture of himself reading the book, so he added a little puppet friend to help him out.
Now, half a month later, Mr. Franco may have finished the book, but his little buddy hasn’t. And now his buddy has his own buddy … a doll that looks like it came off the set of his other documentary, Kink.
Only a few days after Sandy terrorized the Eastern Coast and before droves of generous volunteers began their efforts to rebuild the seaboard, the damage done by the hurricane was visible against the landscapes of the region.
Coney Island, in particular, was littered with refuse from the Atlantic: the remnants of people’s homes, lives and Read More
The death toll from Hurricane Sandy last night has climbed above 30 and is likely to increase as emergency workers continue to survey the extensive damage across a number of states. “The worst is over,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an interview earlier today. “I believe the worst may be for New Yorkers when they realize the extent of the damage….We don’t have the final number of fatalities because we haven’t found everyone yet.”
after the storm
As all New Yorkers are well aware, Hurricane Sandy brought a devastating combination of winds and ocean surges to the city last night, resulting in a multiple deaths and untold amounts of property damage. Throughout it all, as with many major emergencies, a remarkable collection of photos capturing the action emerged.
Ku Klux Kibble
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke may hate the Jews, but he sure loved his dog, Torri. When the seventeen-year-old, all-white (naturally!) Maltese died a few months back, Mr. Duke did what any of us would do after the loss of a beloved pet–he filmed a nearly fifteen minute video tribute to the dog and uploaded it to YouTube complete with an emotional folk soundtrack, photos of Torri exploring the great outdoors and musings on the nature of life, death and grief.
Mr. Duke initially made his “Tribute to Torri” private, but he has since relaxed the clip’s privacy settings at “the urging of those who met Torri over the last 17 years.” We’re so glad Mr. Duke chose to share his video, because it’s all kinds of incredible. Despite how amazing this video it is, it somehow seems to have escaped the attention of the internet, so we present it to you now.
Foursquare gave its users an early christmas present this year, adding photos and comments to its mobile app for iPhone and now Android.
According to founder Dennis Crowley, users are already uploading close to one photo every second, and that’s not even counting the Android users who will start taking photos today.
As Mark Read More
The new features added to Foursquare today transform it into a more robust social network that could compete with Facebook for a broad swath of user activity.
By adding comments and photos to check ins and archiving all of this activity on a history page, Foursquare has created a real “social diary” for users. Read More
Foursquare is rolling out two new features for its app today that will help position the service at the center of the mobile zeitgiest.
IPhone users will have photos and comments added to their Foursquare app today, with these features scheduled to roll out to Android next week and Blackberry next month.
Comments will Read More
The Social Network
Mark Zuckerberg is all grown up. The venerable news program 60 Minutes did their second interview with Facebook’s CEO last night.
The first time, back in 2008, Zuck seemed every bit the akward nerd, stumbling on questions. Last night he came across as a confident business leader, while his Harvard nemeses, the Winklevoss Twins, Read More
On Oct. 25, Gawker received a graphic crime scene photo from a tipster in the East Village. Gawker ran the photo, which showed the dead body of Christopher Jusko, a 21-year-old who was stabbed to death that same morning. After complaints from Jusko’s friends and family, the picture was removed.
TBD’s Ryan Kearney, Read More