on the rebound
Basketball is back. Three weeks after opening night was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, four months after the Knicks let Jeremy Lin slip out of town, 13 years since the Knicks’ fluke run to the NBA finals, and two decades since Pat Riley’s tough-guy team captivated New York in the early years of the Giuliani era, fans in the world’s greatest basketball city care without cynicism again.
The Isiah Thomas era and the Knicks’ failed pursuit of LeBron James are old news. The Nets’ long struggle for big-city relevance got lost somewhere in New York harbor. When the teams squared off Monday night in Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, the city had plenty to cheer about: real stars, the top two spots in the Atlantic Division standings and the eyes of millions upon us.
Spike Lee Joints
Apparently drama works in daytime. E-Poll Market Research has released a study (unscientific, it would seem) of the most politically divisive celebrities–those preferred disproportionately by either Republicans or Democrats. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the conservative voice on The View, is the most disproportionately loved by GOP members–with a difference of 51 percent in her approval by Read More
Sundance Film Festival
We’re starting to believe that Spike Lee is either a genius or has gone absolutely insane. (Kind of like Peter Jackson, n’est pas?)
First he spends years jerking us around about an American version of Old Boy, even threatening to put Steven Spielberg in charge and giving Will Smith the lead role of Oh Dae-Su. (For those who haven’t seen the film, that’s akin to doing a remake of Schindler’s List where Zac Efron plays Oskar. And it’s directed by Rob Reiner.)
Thankfully, this idea was scrapped and the two leads will now be Josh Brolin and the South African guy from District 9. Still iffy, but it has the potential for genius.
And then we read what Mike Tyson is saying about his upcoming Broadway show, which Spike Lee directed, and the needle swings back to “crazy.”
While it seemed most of the action at the Sundance film festival had been happening at night behind colossal bouncers, The Observer caught wind that there was an equally exciting, yet slightly bizarre, scene taking place in the light of day: celebrity gifting suites. We took the opportunity to start our day a bit earlier to see what all the commotion was.
The Observer arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last night as the first guests were arriving for the Multicultural Gala. A small protest had gathered outside, but guests braved their way past the blaring whistles, careful not to tread on the hems of their evening gowns as they ascended up the front staircase. The Read More
The signs that this was not a typical press screening came early—a group of teens, screaming in the direction of cops guarding their barricade, held a sign reading that they’d been there since six. It was 6:02 when the Observer arrived at the Regal Cinemas in Times Square, and 6:03 when the Observer realized they Read More
Sounds like there was an awkward moment between Governor David Paterson and Reverend Al Sharpton last night at Soho Grand, where Sharpton was celebrating his 55th birthday with Spike Lee, State Senators John Sampson and Malcolm Smith, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, among others.
According to the Daily News, Paterson tried a joke Read More
Monday: Mad Men
The comedy stylings of Jimmy Barrett. The sexy manipulation of Bobbie Barrett. Freddy Rumson’s retirement party. Joan’s shocking rape. Roger’s new wife. Betty’s marital infidelity. Peggy’s flirtation with Father Gill. Don’s sojourn to Los Angeles. If you have a spare 13 hours lying around today, we can’t think of a Read More
Monday: The Bachelorette
All the rose petals, candles, sky-diving, cringing hands-over-face-embarrassment and general buffoonery has led us to tonight, when our Bachelorette finally picks her man on the big finale. And yes, we are sort of un-ironically excited! Who will Jillian, former hot dog Read More
Overhwlemed by choices? Here are the Observer’s top nine picks at Tribeca. Click on the slideshow to see what not to miss! And check back during the week for dispatches, updates and everything else from the festival. Read More