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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"On Sept. 27, Kim Jong Un was named to a lofty post in North Korea's army, presumably in preparation to succeed his father as the country's ruler. FP looks at the world's autocrats-in-training who are waiting to take over their fathers' regimes." (ForeignPolicy)



"Few have borne the brunt of Rahm Emanuel’s hard-charging style more than Capitol Hill Democrats – and now some hope his departure Friday will help shake up a White House team that has butted heads with Congress.  And while incoming interim chief of staff Pete Rouse is roundly winning praise on the Hill, some Democrats – particularly on the left — fret that President Barack Obama’s decision to pick an insider, even temporarily, sends a worrying signal that he’s not prepared to confront his team’s problems on everything from messaging to policy to style. 'They’re too disconnected from the grassroots and members of the House close to the grassroots. If they don’t change, we’ll probably be stuck in the same situation in two years and then they’ll be on the ballot,' said Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), one member who has been pointedly critical of Emanuel’s performance in his 22 months as Obama’s top aide. Some, like House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), even say Obama should look outside politics to the world of business to replace Emanuel permanently. To Clyburn, Obama has too many aides and advisors who have never worked in the 'real world. I believe that the president needs more diversity of thought around him,' said Clyburn, the top African-American in Congress. 'I do believe theory is good. But I would like to see some people who have practical experience too.'" (Politico)



"Facebook has 500 million worldwide members and counting—but is it bigger than Justin Timberlake? The pop star was on hand for last night's Cinema Society sneak peek at The Social Network, the much talked-about film that claims to tell the true and tumultuous story behind the paradigm-shifting site's creation. In what has to be considered one of the year's more interesting casting choices, JT plays Sean Parker, the hotshot Napster entrepreneur who helped sink the traditional music industry. As Timberlake rather diplomatically put it, "I kind of identified with both sides of the fence.' The screening (which drew the likes of Adrien Brody, Donna Karan, and Ethan Hawke) went ahead without Rooney Mara, who plays Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg's wounded ex, and director David Fincher. Their status update? They're in Sweden, filming the American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Jesse Eisenberg's star turn as Zuckerberg has been garnering Oscar buzz, even if MySpace China director Wendi Murdoch (who declared herself a fan of the film) suggested at the after-party at the Gansevoort Park Avenue that his portrayal was a bit keyed up. 'Mark talks less, and he doesn't talk that fast,' she pointed out." (Style)



"Supermodel Naomi Campbell is vacationing on a yacht off the Italian coast with her boyfriend, Russian entrepreneur Vladislav Doronin, and a revolving group of friends that included Quincy Jones and Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Rafaeli. This year has been a big one for Campbell, who celebrated her 40th birthday in May with a lavish party on the French Riviera. It marks another kind of milestone for her as well, the 25th anniversary of that fateful day in 1985 when she was photographed hanging out in her school uniform on the streets of London, thus launching a career in fashion that’s been both legendary and tumultuous: from her ascent as a teen to the highest echelons of the industry; to the indelible imagery she has been involved in creating; to the deep bonds that she has formed with some of the most important designers of the era; to the new ground she broke as a woman of color in a field that is still troublingly homogenous; to the well-documented personal issues and legal wrangles that have at times threatened to overshadow her remarkable body of work. The laidback, jovial vibe aboard the boat is a stark contrast to the media furor that surrounded Campbell earlier in August, when she was forced to testify before a war crimes tribunal in the Hague at the highly publicized trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor." (Interview)



"Josh is one of two fellas behind the website StreetEtiquette.com I especially love the tweed blazer paired with his patterned shirt. The velvet slippers are also a really nice way to bring in fall when its still nice out. Of course, some of you will want to hate-different strokes for different folks... but since you know me, I will add- while I might lengthen the jacket sleeves a tad, I love how he is werking this lewk! His bracelets sort of compensate for the shortness and it doesn't bother me a bit." (MisterMort)

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