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Mega Food Weekend Takes Over Pier 94

Culinary events in New York are getting bigger all the time, and now comes word of a behemoth so immense that it’s going to require all of Pier 94. Cook. Eat. Drink. Live., to be held October 26-27th, will be a kind of vast, sprawling combination of a giant trade show (think the Fancy Food Show) as well as a giant dining event (à la Taste of New York), adding in fifteen cooking classes a day, five wine-tasting classes, and five mixology classes too, all with the likes of Will Goldfarb, Ilan Hall, Josh DeChellis, and Paul Liebrandt. Normally, this orgy of A-list epicureanism would cost $325 a day, but buy tickets with the NYMAG code for a reduced rate of $175 a day or $350 for the weekend, including all demos. Cook. Eat. Drink. Live [Official Site]

Oracle of Omaha Screws With Everyone's Head

FINANCE • Buffett to the rescue: The Oracle of Omaha may take a 20 percent stake in crisis-ridden Bear Stearns. If the deal goes through, Bear CEO Jim Cayne will have another new bridge partner to brag about. [NYT] • Goldman Sachs named Edward Forst as co-head of investment management, a troubled group with a mere $796 billion in assets. Forst takes the place of Eric Schwartz, who's retiring after 23 years with the bank. [NYP] • "The tears of Chuck Norris would supply enough liquidity to solve the credit crisis. Too bad he never cries." [Bloomberg]

Jerry Seinfeld Has Daddy Issues

Seinfeld's Time magazine profile suddenly turns dark when he candidly credits his father's death for his success.

Bloomberg's Got Mommy Issues

Bloomberg
The federal government filed a lawsuit today against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's company, Bloomberg L.P., after receiving complaints from three senior-level executives at the company and finding "a pattern or practice of wrongful discrimination against females based on their sex and pregnancy by decreasing their pay, demoting them, diminishing their job duties and excluding them from other employment opportunities when they become pregnant and when they return from maternity leave." According to a copy of the suit obtained by New York, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that after their pregnancies some of Bloomberg's female employees were demoted, isolated from meetings and other employees without justification, and told, "You are not committed" and "You do not want to be here" by their superiors. When Bloomberg's pregnant staffers complained, the lawsuit alleges, their complaints were dismissed. A Bloomberg spokeswoman could not be reached for immediate comment.
Geoffrey Gray Related: Baby Bust at Bloomberg? [NYM] Chairman Mike [NYM] UPDATE: From Bloomberg spokeswoman Judith Czelusniak: “We believe strongly that this lawsuit is without merit and we will defend the case vigorously.” (You can download a copy of the suit here)

‘Kid Nation’: Fresh Meat

The kids debate the ethics of killing animals and reach a consensus: They feel like chicken tonight.

Nino Selimaj Fights for Right to Display Picture of Regis

Nino Selmaj
Osso Buco owner Nino Selimaj, who recently received a threatening letter from Douglas Band, Bill Clinton's Fonzworth Bentley, that demanded he remove a photo of himself with Chelsea Clinton from the wall of his restaurant, has decided to stick it to the man. According to Selimaj, removing the photo would set a bad precedent. "We have Derek Jeter, we have Regis Philbin, we have Rudolph Giuliani, Danny Glover, Mariah Carey [and] Sopranos [castmates]," Selimaj told this morning's Post. Crazy though he may be, Selimaj seems to be legally in the right.

O'Reilly on Defense Over Sylvia's; Osso Buco Owner Won't Take Clinton Down

Bill O’Reilly says his comments at Sylvia’s were “cherry-picked” from a conversation about racial stereotypes. [AP] Nino “thousand-dollar-pizza” Selimaj tells the Post that he won’t take down a photo taken of him with Chelsea Clinton from one of his restaurants even though Bill Clinton’s lawyer wants him to since that would set a bad precedent for the other photos he's taken with boldfaced names: “We have Derek Jeter, we have Regis Philbin, we have Rudolph Giuliani, Danny Glover, Mariah Carey [and] Sopranos [castmates].” [NYP] Related: We Try a $1,000 Pizza, Maintain That We Aren’t Publicity Tools Tom Colicchio takes over Top Chef blogging duties from Bourdain and trades caustic commentary for a more scientific synopsis of what the contestants did wrong. [Tom’s Blog/Bravo]

Anna Faris's Dad Reads Vulture!

Last Friday we reported on the news that Anna Faris's next film will be a biopic on porn star Linda Lovelace, jokingly noting "Her parents must be thrilled!" It turns out we were right.

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Are a Little Gross

Anderson Cooper talks to his young gay friends about AIDS. Jerry Seinfeld brags about the time Jessica Seinfeld touched a stick covered in urine to his bed pillow. Meanwhile, ex-Seinfeld producer Larry David couldn't be happier he's lost the ball and chain. Liz Smith finds Charlie Sheen more palatable than Denise Richards. Notorious PR pit bull Pat Kingsley has "FINALLY" resigned from PMK-HBH — or is she being "pushed out?" Donald Trump called both Mark Cuban and Dan Rather "losers" in the same day. That is, like, his favorite word.

Josh DeChellis Brings Special Beer and More Special Foods to BarFry

Josh DeChellis
When Josh DeChellis opened up BarFry, we were a little skeptical. It seems a waste of the chef’s prodigal talent to just be throwing stuff into a pot of oil, which is pretty much what we imagine tempura cooking to be. Well, not to worry. Like he did at Sumile Sushi, DeChellis is breaking out his brilliant composed dishes.

‘Gossip Girl’ Goes Straight to the ‘O.C.’ Place

In case you forgot, on the second episode of Gossip Girl, otherwise known as Statutory Rape in the City, the anonymous narrator really drums it in that this show is based in Manhattan, more specifically Upper East Side.

Bill O'Reilly: The Backlash to the Blacklash

Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly's comments on his radio show about that time he dined at Sylvia's with Al Sharpton, as noted by Media Matters, caused such a furor earlier this week that last night CNN was prompted to ask:"Is Bill O'Reilly Comment on Race an Imus Moment?" Today, the rage faded a little, not because of O'Reilly's impassioned defense of himself but because it was so obvious from the tape that he was genuinely surprised by the fact that black people are just as civilized as white people. "Imus' 'nappy-headed hos' remark was clear-cut, shocking racism with a hefty dash of sexism to chase," wrote Rachel Sklar of Eat the Press. "O'Reilly's comments were ignorant as hell and betrayed so preconceived notions, that's for sure, but if you read his comments in full, they read like 'clueless white guy' rather than 'deliberate racist.'" But is it something more than cluelessness?

Douglas Band Is Having the Worst Day Ever

Chelsea Clinton
Douglas Band, former White House intern and Bill Clinton's longtime personal assistant, is having one hell of a day. First there was the Wall Street Journal story this morning, which basically blamed him for getting the Clintons to sink a ton of cash into a questionable real-estate deal with Raffaello Follieri and took an incidental shot at him for how his job used to be carrying the president's cell phone around. Now Band's gotten the Clintons into trouble with another loopy Italian.

Market Table Already Bumpin’

Market Table
Market Table has opened for both lunch and dinner with little fanfare, and what we hear today predicts future success. Chef-owner Joey Campanero tells us that he did two and a half turns at lunch today (roughly 100 customers). Plus, the retail counter is cha-chinging away. The biggest seller, Campanero says, is the burger. No surprise, given that it's made from the same magic meat found in burgers at the Spotted Pig, Stand, Borough Food and Drink, City Hall, and even (though not exactly) the Shake Shack. Expect a tough table: the place is even smaller than the Little Owl, Campanero ’s perpetually packed West Village favorite. Related: Shop Like a Chef (Preferably in His Own Store)

Dan Rather Is Considering Subpoena for Bushes 41 and 43

Dan Rather
Darth Rather choked back tears today during an emotional interview with "Q&A Café" host Carol Joynt, saying "You've never met anybody who had more respect for the presidency than I do." But when Joynt asked him whether he'd like to subpoena George Bush as a witness in his lawsuit against CBS, he said he'd "like to not answer the question." Joynt took his response, and his knowing look, to mean that he's strongly considering the possibility. Rather also got teary when he talked about family members and close associates who said he shouldn't file the suit. And, he insisted, the whole thing wasn't born out of resentment. "I'm not angry," he said. "I'm not bitter." We're betting, though, that he's at least a little bit salty about the way Katie Couric last night called out his reporting in the National Guard story that got him in trouble. "There were things in there that were quite egregious in terms of how it was reported," she told the National Press Club. "And sloppy work is sloppy work … They did not dot their I's and cross their T's when it came to that story … And our job is to get right." Which probably comes as a surprise to Rather, who thought Couric's job was to take the news and "dumb it down" and "tart it up." Couric Weighs in on Iraq, Rather [Yeas and Nays/San Francisco Examiner] Rather Chokes Up, and Hunkers Down [Yeas and Nays/San Francisco Examiner]