Around the town
Vox Media is buying Curbed Network, “a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs,” for an estimated $20 to $30 million. (Fortune)
Is Rupert Murdoch really happy? Sure. He’s an 82 year-old media mogul who is not going to jail for phone hacking. Plus, he bought a vineyard! (USA Today)
It’s a big month for Tony Danza. For starters, the paperback edition of his best-selling book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had, was just released. Then there’s his new role as a crass Italian father in the romantic comedy Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut about love in the age of porn addiction, out this week. And to top it off, Mr. Danza takes the lead in the musical adaptation of the 1992 movie Honeymoon in Vegas, which premieres this week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. In a recent conversation with the Transom, the Brooklyn-born former boxer, TV star and talk show host told us all about his late-career renaissance.
A benign little time-waster called Don Jon marks the writer-director debut of momentary dweeb flavor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars as a pornography-addicted student named Jon Martello, Jr., a bartender with a reputation for bedding a different girl every weekend, which does not explain why he doesn’t seem to know any. Still, he’s the envy of his college buddies, even though they all seem more like high school sophomores. They don’t know he spends most of his time pleasuring himself while watching X-rated websites on his laptop. Even the film’s title is a takeoff on the libidinous legend of Don Juan—get it? There’s a lot of pressure to live up to the porn star image he has created for himself that young Mr. Gordon-Levitt cannot achieve. Most of the time he doesn’t even try. For a vanity showcase most wannabe actor-writer-director hyphenates would kill for, he appears to be coasting on cruise control.
A snowy Friday night on the Lower East Side kicked off with a gathering of bodies looking for warmth at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, where The Cinema Society and Artistry were hosting a screening of the hip zombie flick Warm Bodies. Although director and screenwriter Jonathan Levine managed to roll through with most of the Read More
Hold Me Closer Tony Danza
If you love throwing money at vaguely worded, half-baked Internet “performance art projects” as much as you love Who’s the Boss, do we have a Kickstarter for you! Meet Louis Crisitello Jr. and Hugo Ball, the creators of the $2,100 fund-raising campaign for something called “
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As Seen in SCENE
If you haven’t met Priyantha De Silva, there’s still a good chance you’ve encountered him, perhaps when he was pretending to be someone else: cherubic cocktail chaser, uncredited Academy Award-winning producer, conspicuous Condé Nast editor, philandering philanthropist, ICM agent or the creator of the Kardashians. Some say that if you put your ear to a martini, you can almost hear his overdone debonair voice: “What do you mean I’m not on the list? Don’t you know who I am?” Priyantha De Silva was that really, really sweaty guy of Sri Lankan descent who successfully crowbarred his way into progressively higher social circles, ultimately crashing down into of Manhattan’s most closely guarded venues: Rikers Island.
Has Zac Effron ever wondered if there was more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? His resume doesn’t lend much insight: Men’s Health cover boy, professional chick-boner inducer, potential cyborg sent here to destroy us—the guy has it all. We found ourselves within point blank range of the Zef at last night’s Cinema Society screening for The Lucky One, a fact we relayed to a female friend later in the evening:
Of all the reality TV setups I’ve seen, my favorite by far is Tony Danza on A&E playing a Philadelphia high-school English teacher. He dances, laughs, talks too much and cries four times in one episode. When a student asks if he’s a millionaire, he replies that a million isn’t what it was. Then he Read More
In Other News, ROUND 'EM UP
- Yes, Tony Danza has a reality show in which he is…a teacher? What? But also, he allegedly “cries no fewer than four times” in the first episode. Yes. Give us more. Who’s the boss…of emo-land?
- Broccoli advertises. People pay attention and buy more broccoli. Does this mean people are Read More
The Lotte Berk Method flagship exercise studio on East 67th Street is closing, after catering to the rich, famous and saggy for the last 35 years. “It’s like a divorce,” said Upper East Side writer and dismayed devotee Cathy Rubin after her 8:15 a.m. class yesterday. “Really, it breaks your heart.”
Lydia Bach, the owner Read More