After browsing through the food section of a popular men's lifestyle magazine one evening, a thought popped into my head: I could really go for some homemade quesadillas.
I am sent dozens of PR pitches a day. I am not some cutting-edge tastemaker; I get these because of my publicly listed email address and lax spam filter. I received one last week that was formatted like the others--boldfaced celebrity name, idiot-proof "WHAT/WHY/WHERE/WHEN" matrix, ironic public rel ... More >>
The New York Post had a promising story this morning about a Facebook group created by East Hampton locals dedicated to calling out the douchey behavior of the elitest weekenders invading their hometown. "Facebook page nails Hamptons D-bags for their bad behavior and maddening antics" the headline ... More >>
Aspiring rapper Mr. B, a.k.a. Belmont University freshman Blake Mankin, became the king of fast-food viral videos when this Wendy's drive-thru-inspired rap was featured on the Today Show's "What's Trending Today" segment. Mr. B heads to Wendy's with some pals to order burgers -- "I want everything ... More >>
Some ridiculous dipshit* somewhere, we don't know who**, once said "There are no second acts in American lives." Really now? Try telling that to cop killer Ice T next time he's drinking wine with a smitten Kathie Lee and Hoda on the fourth hour of the Today show like he did yesterday. Or Arnold Schw ... More >>
The wonderful thing about being wealthy is that some people want to stay that way. Or maybe they want to project the image that they're not wasteful, because that would seem creepy and inappropriate. Or they are sometimes flamboyant with their wallets, but seize a bargain when one's available, eve ... More >>
Just when you think they're done, they're back!
Photo courtesy John DeLucieJohn DeLucie, chef and Gossip Girl icon Yesterday we spoke with Crown chef John Delucie about fine dining and customers who order $125 steaks for their dogs. Today we shift gears as he tells us about his favorite neighborhood haunts and how he feels about gracing th ... More >>
Willow the Cat has finally been reunited with her family, who flew all the way to New York to retrieve her. The cat, whose path from Colorado to New York was a mystery till Gothamist got a tip that she arrived here on a plane with a post-ski-trip New Yorker, met the Squires family again for t ... More >>
Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina at Central Park this morning.Yesterday my wonderful colleague Jen Doll penned a list of 11 things to do in NYC before the summer ends, and I'd like to add one item to her list: Catch one of the outdoor concerts put on by the national morning shows. This morning I ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanA little after 7:30 a.m. this morning, women and men in neon workout gear were lined up in front 35 West 48th Street. Fifteen minutes later, a car pulled up in front of the building, and out stepped actor Ryan Reynolds, who kept his tanned head down and walked into the buildin ... More >>
This dog, a Boston terrier named Mackie, has been featured on the Today Show. He is that awesome. Watch, and you'll see why.
I just got back from the Friars Club, where Today Show fourth-hour hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were celebrated with a luncheon and an onstage interview. And Kathie Lee revealed that among their viewers, "There are a lot of drag queens."
It's a commonly held belief that the irascible Dov Charney is simply a pervy sexual predator, and that the latest round of women accusing him of misdeeds have truly been abused. But the reality isn't shaping up to be that simple. Emails and texts from Irene Morales, the former employee suing ... More >>
Have you seen the video of the magnetic boy, to whom objects like frying pans and spoons cling as if they were superglued to his little body? Plates, too, love Magnetic Boy, and computers and electronics stop working immediately in honor of his presence. This may hinder his ability to get a job, but ... More >>
A man hurdled a set of barricades during a live broadcast of this morning's Today Show, the Post reports. Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, and Willie Geist were discussing upcoming guest Mackenzie Phillips when a 33-year-old Brooklyn man screamed, "I'm God's gift to music" while trying to storm the ... More >>
Not the First Time the British Empire Is Responsible for a Hunger Strike19-year-old Estibalis Chavez has been camped outside of the British Embassy in Mexico City for over a week, refusing to eat. Her cause? She wants to be invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Will somebody ... More >>
Barbara Bush, the half of George W. Bush's twins not on the Today show, stars in a new Human Rights Campaign video in support of marriage equality, "publicly breaking ranks with a father who, as president, pushed for a constitutional amendment banning such unions," according to the New York Times. B ... More >>
Our poll winner and his runner-up James Murphy turn their private flaws into public triumphs
Following House Speaker-designate John Boehner's Sir-Weeps-a-Lot moment on 60 Minutes recently, along with the salty, flowing waves of 2010 man-tears (including Charlie Rangel's please don't censure me sobs and Chris Brown's spontaneous waterworks at a Michael Jackson tribute), the Today Show ... More >>
And can you blame him? The performance, set to take place on November 26th, was meant to follow this awful interview that Matt Lauer recently conducted with the rapper ("I want you to just look at his face..."), also on The Today Show. But if Kanye West has proved anything in 2010, it's that he do ... More >>
Everybody just stop yelling, OK? Photo by Daniel Snyder.In the week we talked about Odd Future, kidnapping and murder, and why we sometimes like the things that repel us, we also saw the group live--alongside every other music critic in the city. They struck a weird balance to the other big r ... More >>
Marcel Lapierre, the Beaujolais winemaker who preferred to focus on the terroir of the region rather than push ubiquitous Beaujolais Nouveau, has died at age 60 in Lyon, France. [NY Times] Wine cellars, once hidden underground, are now increasingly important designer-driven showcase pieces ... More >>
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, a 29-year-old assistant district attorney in Brooklyn who's currently on The Apprentice, has resigned from her legal gig to focus on, we guess, being the best apprentice she can be. Or on being a star. Which is happening!!! Apparently, jurors had started to recognize her, ... More >>
Remember that whole Lady Gaga Penis Conspiracy? It was basically the "Birther" Movement of Pop Culture and the only thing that distinguished the two was that Lady Gaga's Penis Conspiracy Theorists are far more interesting, compelling, and genuinely sane characters than Orly Taitz. Also, they ... More >>
Is your wife as sweet as that sundae? "Sweeter than that," Harry Cooper, 98, told the Today Show camera this morning as he shared an ice cream sundae with his wife of 72 years, Barbara, 93. (Video after the jump, if you missed it.) The couple, Poppop and Cutie to those close to them, grin at ... More >>
Here's your Thursday afternoon treat: A dancing Brazilian baby who employs squatting pelvic thrusts, finger-pointing, shimmies, and walking the dog to glorious effect. His festively tied low-rider diaper only adds to the effect, although, frankly, the song gets a little repetitive. Shouldn't ... More >>
Remember the show Wanna Be a VJ that was on MTV about a decade ago? It was a contest show hosted by Carson Daly, and MTV awarded the winner a one-year contract to be a video jockey on Total Request Live. (Remember TRL?) Well, the Web 2.0 version of the VJ search is calling for open nominatio ... More >>
Also, it won't ever be of concern to President Barack Obama, because Barack Obama is an intelligent, rational person, who won't dignify stupid, irrational people. Which he basically implied to America when he sat down for a Today Show interview with Matt Lauer yesterday.
Jeffrey Ross shows off the art of the insult
Transplanted Tennessean Harold Ford Jr., reported looking at a run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the upcoming Democratic primary, seems to realize he's not in Dixie anymore, and has reversed himself in favor of gay marriage. When Ford ran for the Senate in his old home state in 2006 ... More >>
McDonald's will soon start offering free WiFi access as part of its transformation from fast-food joint into hang-out destination. As of mid-January, the Golden Arches will lift its $2.95 WiFi fee at 11,000 of its 14,000 U.S. locations. [Wall Street Journal] A new study from the Netherlands ... More >>
Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Danny Meyer appeared on the Today Show yesterday talking about "things restaurants aren't telling you." Does untouched bread from the breadbasket get recycled? Um, no. Does a rib-eye that gets dropped on the floor in the kitc ... More >>
Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular is a big draw, but the competition is fierce -- White Christmas is returning to Broadway this winter, despite its parlous original reviews -- so RCMH has taken steps, so to speak, to steal a March of the Wooden Soldiers on wannabes: they've launc ... More >>
ABC's Good Morning America has increased its credibility by hiring comedian Steve Harvey to dispense relationship advice. Since achieving national attention as an expert dispenser of swear words and homey anecdotes in the movie The Original Kings of Comedy, Harvey has become a cuddly sitcom a ... More >>
For the first time in nearly eight years, the head of the Statue of Liberty will be open to the public starting July 4. Interior Secretary made the announcement on the Today Show this morning. "The economic times we're going through really call for hope and optimism," he said. "Nothing symbolizes ... More >>
Bristol Palin has reemerged as a spokesperson for abstinence. The famously knocked-up daughter of GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin said on today's Good Morning America that "regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only way that you can effectively, 100 pe ... More >>
The magic's in the wakeup
The marriage of a lowbrow chain and an upscale avant-garde brand? Off with their clothes and into my shopping bag!
Just got back from the Hilton in midtown after three hours of dick and pussy jokes from some of the biggest stars of TV and film. Over plates of rubbery chicken, with Howard Stern in the audience, with Aretha Franklin doing the most amazing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner ever (and while playi ... More >>
Brooklyn's indie publishers turn the page
It was funded right before the crash. The owner jumped off the building.
Kerry's like a pig! No explosives went anywhere!