East Villager Yearns for Pre-Giuliani Quality of Life
In this week’s Video Look Book, Crif Dogs manager Peggy Punch recalls the East Village of old, when the Cro-Mags thrashed the Continental and Tompkins Square Park was a thriving tent city. Ah, don’t you just love the smell of someone else’s urine in the morning? “I’m really actually bummed out on the East Village right now. It’s not gritty,” says Punch. “It’s not what New York City used to be for me when I was 15 coming here and being a little bit scared.” Today, Punch slings some of the city’s finest hot dogs and considers single-handedly upping the neighborhood’s grit factor by getting another tattoo. Watch the video.
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Sundance Report: Justin Theroux’s Hat Trick Yields Big Weinstein Sale
Justin Theroux is running a filmic trifecta at Sundance this year. He steals Zoe Cassavetes’s Broken English out from under Parkey Posey with a dazzling performance as a self-loving L.A. actor (is there another kind?); in David Wain’s Biblical takeoff The Ten, he plays what he calls “Jesus Christ, or something”; and then there’s Dedication, his first directorial effort, a New York–set dark-toned romantic comedy starring Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore, which the Weinstein Co. snapped up for a cool $4 million. We spoke to Theroux the day after Dedication’s premiere and found him sporting a hand-drawn “Brad Pitt 2006” T-shirt and a necklace made of human teeth.