Saving Mr. Banks, the new film chronicling Walt Disney’s bid to secure movie rights to Mary Poppins, was released on Friday. Although an incredibly talented and innovative animator, director and producer, Disney’s reputation will be forever tarnished by his well-known anti-Semitism and support for racist causes. Disney participated in several racist initiatives, including the pro-Nazi German American Bund and was a close friend of the Nazi propagandist and Hitler confidante Leni Riefenstahl. He was also allied with the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, another anti-Semitic organization.
Tomorrow, the memorial for Whitney Houston will take place in Newark, NJ at the New Hope Baptist Church. Speculation for the funeral’s guest-live began almost immediately after the news of Ms. Houston’s death: Would ex-husband Bobby Brown be invited? (Yes he would.)
Fashion Week 2011
We felt woefully under-dressed as we stepped into the 2nd floor foyer of the Waldorf-Astoria, the entrance to Bette Midler‘s Hulaween party. The theme was Día de los Muertos – the Mexican Day of the Dead – and although we felt like zombies after occupying Wall Street earlier that Friday evening, we weren’t decked out in any apparel that suited the $1,000-a-plate dinner.
President Bill Clinton stood between two tables at last night’s amfAR gala at Cipriani Wall Street, and his renowned magnetism — unfettered by age or that new-ish slim physique — created a bottleneck of rubber-necking party-goers at the center of the ballroom. He was there to receive an award for his work in AIDS prevention, Read More
Last week, members of President-elect Barack Obama’s Inaugural Committee announced that they had chosen HBO to televise the opening ceremony of the inauguration, which will take place at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Today, HBO announced its lineup for the ceremony—dubbed "We Are One: Read More
Shout out to the XFL!
The ongoing TV coverage of the Democratic convention at Invesco field is borrowing a move from the football playbook.
The stadium skycam is currently zipping around, flying low over over the field.
From a couch inside the CNN Election Express mobile studio-newsroom, the Media Mob is watching the feed as Read More
Can a slim townhouse at 615 West End Avenue entirely encompass Manhattan’s evolution? The place was a rooming house with six apartments per floor; then in 1976 it sold for about $100,000 to a hip choreographer who shared the space with renters; and now it’s a $6 million place for a management consultant who specializes Read More
The Buffalo News reports on how developer Howard Milstein, who held onto a Times Square property for 20 years before selling it for allegedly 65 times the original price, is doing something similar in Niagara Falls–well, except for making such a hefty profit. But that city’s Mayor is getting itchy that Milstein’s company Read More
AIMEE: Brian and I are camped out watching reruns of Entourage when we hear a few familiar notes and Jeremy Piven starts dancing. I light up and involuntarily begin swaying to the music, like a muppet.
“Why does this song sound familiar?” Brian asks looking at me.
“This is ‘For Once in My Life!’ Read More
Ratings are in for NY1′s two-and-a-half hour live coverage of this past Friday’s memorial service for Luther Vandross: The event drew a 1.2 rating, a whopping figure for the station in the afternoon time slot.
The all-star sendoff–featuring Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder–was seen by an average of about 89,200 households, with Read More