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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"Anna (Wintour) is furious that the Met Gala got upstaged by Kiefer doing something stupid at an after-party that wasn't even part of her event. Now that's all anyone is talking about, not her party. And she is so genuinely fond of Jack, she has supported him and Lazaro for years, she really feels they are part of the future of American fashion. So she's doubly annoyed." (Stylelist via NYMag)



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"There’s more than 250 years separating Baron Benjamin de Rothschild from Bernard L. Madoff. This isn’t an insignificant issue in Geneva where at least eight banks had about 10 billion Swiss francs ($8.8 billion) with Madoff, who pleaded guilty in March to masterminding a $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Investors are preparing lawsuits against firms that gave their cash to the New York con man. Five Aurelia Finance SA fund managers, who invested with Madoff, were charged last month by a Geneva magistrate for mismanaging client assets. 'Madoff has become a filter for everyone’s perception of whether banks were doing their job,' said Leslie Gaines-Ross, chief reputation strategist at the Weber Shandwick consulting firm in New York and author of 'Corporate Reputation: 12 Steps to Safeguarding and Recovering Reputation,' (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2008). 'Rothschild is one of the few that is still admired and holds true to its reputation.' Baron Benjamin, head of the Geneva arm of the Rothschild family that financed the Suez Canal and Wellington’s victory at Waterloo, is betting that heritage will help his firm grow. Rothschild had no investments with Madoff." (Bloomberg)



"There was nothing remotely criminal about the actors at the Cinema Society screening of the (The Brothers Bloom premiere) Tursday night, sponsored by Thakoon and Nars. In fact, it was more of an intimate family affair as stars Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody were joined by many of their family, neighbors, and friends at the Tribeca Grand Hotel viewing ... Guests like Weisz's husband Darren Aronofsky, Narciso Rodriguez, Zachary Quinto, Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, Dree Hemingway, Olympic fencers Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse, and Esther Canadas traveled cinematically through Prague and beyond and landed at the Penthouse of the Soho Grand Hotel for a dinner of mini filet mignons, radish salad, and freshly baked brownies." (Fashionweekdaily)



"An eclectic range of stories - from boys’ private school cliques to the history of wartime food preparation, from an often naked gang of moped riders to birdwatchers seeking the Holy Grail of (extinct) woodpeckers, North America’s largest - and some say most important - documentary film festival, Hot Docs, is wrapping up its successful 16th edition this Sunday. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a 'packaged list' of films that shouldn’t be missed when they come to a festival, a theater or TV screen near you. As with all lists of course, this one is subjective, based on titles screened which made their world or North American debut at Hot Docs." (IndieWIRE)

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