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Intelligencer: April 11–18

The Harvey Weinstein diet book, a sports bar for sports stars, Wall Street slap fests, and more.


It Happens This Week
• Taxes are due.
• Mayoral candidates Ferrer, Weiner, and Fields clash at a Wagner College forum.
• For better or for worse, release of the latest Mariah Carey album (The Emancipation of Mimi) will probably draw more attention.
• And Sir Elton John and John Waters host a New Museum gala in honor of Cindy Sherman.

Deal-a-Meal The Weinstein Way
Cipriani and Harvey team up for mogul diet book.
Next up for Disney divorcé Harvey Weinstein: a diet book? Last November, Weinstein announced that under the supervision of restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani, he’d lost 80 pounds. “Another 20,” said Cipriani at the time, “We’ll do a book: the Cipriani Diet.” It’s unclear if he made it to 100, but Weinstein’s been busy talking to publishers (not including Miramax Books) and working up a proposal, while Cipriani submits some “low-carb, high-pleasure” recipes (like modified eggplant parm) to nutritionists for approval. And what separates it from low-carb competitors? “A lot of the other books’ recipes don’t actually taste that good,” Cipriani says. Collaborator Weinstein will taste everything. Then there’s the exercise component. “Cardio,” Cipriani trills, rolling the “r.” “It’s not easy with Harvey, but we do our best.” A Miramax spokesman wouldn’t say how much his boss had lost (but says he’s “looking good”). Cipriani says: “He has a longer way to go. After he’s done with all these new deals, he can concentrate on losing more weight.”
—Boris Kachka

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