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Friday, January 28, 2011

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres


"JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has spent much of the World Economic Forum going around like a frat president whose members have been caught drinking, telling everyone who will listen how 'unfair' it is that everyone should be punished by regulatory reform when it was just a few raucous individuals that caused all the problems. But when he stood up during a panel to ask French president Nicolas Sarkozy to get the G20 to avoid 'overregulation' of banks, Sarkozy was having none of it, telling Dimon that the actions of the banks during the crisis 'defied common sense' ... Earlier this week at Davos, Dimon told the assembled CEOs and politicians that it was wrong for banks to 'bend down and take it,' and got visibly animated and irate when an audience member asked him a pointed question about Americans' anger at the bank bailout." (NYMag)


"Kacey Jordan, the porn star who smoked crack with Charlie Sheen shortly before his hospitalization, shared some good news today: Her 'babe rank' just skyrocketed! How good is a Charlie Sheen scandal for a porn star's career? A quantitative investigation. FreeOnes.com, an aggregator of adult photos and videos, quantifies (NSFW) the demand for each 'babe' on its site by tabulating how many views her images and videos accumulate in any given 24-hour period. On the day that Kacey Jordan's name made headlines and she gave an interview about smoking crack with Charlie Sheen, Jordan skyrocketed into the top 10." (Gawker)



"Photographer Henny Garfunkel has been on the scene in Park City shooting celebrities all week, and Vulture brought you the first batch of her striking portraits the other day, including shots of Kate Bosworth, Ed Helms, and Ben Foster. Now, enjoy the second half of her portfolio, where stars like Zooey Deschanel, Eva Green, Jeremy Piven, and Rob Lowe manage to look glamorous while wearing winter-weather clothes. Also: Elmo! (And for the rest of our on-site coverage of this year's festival, click here.)" (Vulture)


"On the gray winter mornings at this out-of-the-way farm town on the scrubby brown steppes between the Mediterranean coast and the Sahara desert, you still see a few old farmers in hooded brown cloaks rolling to market on donkey carts. The occasional old woman, hunched against the cold, comes down the main road through town, tugging a camel. But come about 9 a.m. in Sidi Bouzid -- where 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi lived, burned himself to death, and launched at least one revolution in the Arab world so far -- the blue metal courtyard gates creak open on the squat stucco houses around where he used to live. Out marches an army: broad-shouldered men in their 20s and early 30s in hooded sweatshirts with Sacramento Kings' emblems, or other allusions to Western culture. Young women, crisply dressed in fashionable calf-high boots, clinging long sweaters, and humongous bug-eyed sunglasses. The crowd, growing in number as it streams into Sidi Bouzid's main streets, strides purposefully out of narrow neighborhood gravel lanes smelling of dried sewage. Those still in school proceed to the classroom, while those without jobs make their way to Sidi Bouzid's coffee shops. But where they -- the Arab world's youth army -- are headed right now is, effectively, nowhere. North Africa and the Middle East now have the highest percentage of young people in the world." (FP)


"THE DETAILS, starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks, is a black comedy about fate and triggered in my mind the cliché, 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions.' Maguire hasn’t really played the morally ambiguous central role before and it was nice to see him graduate from the boyhood roles that made him famous (Wonder Boys, The Ice Storm, Pleasantville). Here, plays a doctor obsessed by internet porn, who is also attempting to nurture a garden in his backyard until a gang of raccoons comes along, setting off a series of events that makes backyard landscaping the least of the good doctor’s problems. There are nice supporting turns from the kooky cat lady neighbor (Laura Linney) and Maguire’s medical school best friend (Kerry Machington), but to offer another cliché, the 'parts' or the 'details' do not add up to a whole, and the film can’t really decide if it’s in on the joke. Sometimes a grand piano really does fall from the sky, a gag the director drops very early on, and it’s either a wake up call or the end of it all. With The Details’uneven tone, I think you could interpret this either way and it will be interesting to see how the general public embraces the film, as it’s been one of the biggest sellers of the festival, distributed now by The Weinstein Company." (VMagazine)

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