Of Wine and Women
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s 19-year-old daughter, Chiara de Blasio, released a video today acknowledging her struggle with long-rumored substance abuse problems.
In the video, which was sent via email, Chiara talks about her battle with clinical depression, which she said spurred a reliance on drugs and alcohol.
Just one more reason for women to love wine!
Earlier this week, Manhattan’s own gourmet popcorn purveyor, Populence, announced that they had joined forces with New Zealand winemaker Kim Crawford to craft a wine-spiked popcorn. Between the choices of Pinot Noir Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle, movie night just became a whole lot classier. Read More
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning star of Capote, recently revealed that he has spent the past year spiraling out of a prescription drug habit and into a week-long heroin snorting binge. That Mr. Hoffman, whose iconic voice and posture has been imitated by many, also disclosed (to TMZ.com) that he had struggled with drug issues in the past and had fallen off the wagon after 23 years clean only serves to make the amount of time the actor spent in detox more confusing.
Back to the darkness of wedding-bell blues. Another Happy Day is another strained comedy about another dysfunctional family, but with some fine performances by a stellar ensemble of first-cabin performers that are definitely worth applauding. Despite the obvious comparisons to Jonathan Demme’s sprightly Rachel Getting Married, Noah Baumbach’s dreadful Margot at the Wedding and a dozen other movies about how weddings bring out the worst in everybody, this one does mark an auspicious feature debut by a very talented writer-director, Sam Levinson, whose career is totally worth keeping an eye on.
I tend to forget how marvelous Ellen Barkin can be until she gets the rare chance to pull out all the stops in a movie like this.
Charlie Sheen is not usually a quitter, but last week he threw in the towel and said goodbye to his hard partying ways. He’s currently in rehab, to detox from some serious issues he’s been having.
Wait, what serious issues, the uninformed asks. Let’s see. There’s the six-month bender that ended up costing him Read More
Charlie Sheen’s much-publicized embrace of gratuitous drugs and prostitutes came to an end last week, when a trip to the hospital forced him to throw in the towel and enter rehab. But look at all he endured along the way! Who knows how he kept on trucking despite an incident at the tony Read More
New York, you have a problem, but the rest of the country is here to help.
Minnesota’s Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center is already working on a new rehab center in Tribeca, and now The Journal reports that California clinic Passages, which holds retreats in Malibu and Ventura, is thinking of opening a Read More
There have been thousands of foreclosures in the city — and thousands more to come! — but none, that The Observer knows of, have involved a drug and alcohol rehab center, certainly not in the city’s most expensive neighborhood.
The Real Deal is reporting that the Betty Ford of the Midwest, Read More
Lindsay Lohan’s drug problems have been well publicized, but now she is struggling with a darker issue: Twitter addiction.
According to the The Daily Mail, staff at the Betty Ford Clinic, where Lohan checked in last month, have restricted her to just two hours of cell phone use a day for communicating with Read More