Saturday, June 19, 2004

A Little of the Old In and Out

In: Clases to Masses. After Isaac Mizrahi's strong showing at his Target fashion Show, Karl Lagerfeld took to heart the mantra: "classes to the masses":

"One of the most venerable names in haute couture will embrace bargain shoppers when Chanel and Fendi designer Karl Lagerfeld launches a new line for H&M, the mecca of disposable chic.

"'Karl Lagerfeld has been with the classes, now he's going to the masses,' said retail consultant Howard Davidowitz.

Out: Man-slapping by any other name is not as sweet. Apparently Regis Philbin took the back of his hand to NY Daily News gossip columnist Ben Widdicombe, a vicious man-slapping if I ever heard one:

"Regis and Joy Philbin were at Sirio Maccioni's Le Cirque 2000 this week to help him launch his memoirs. I asked Regis what he'd learned from the restaurateur. 'He taught me how to enjoy food!' Reege barked, before slapping me in the face (in an affectionate way, but still, it was kinda weird)."

Not since NY Times boldfacer Joyce Wadler took took an elbow to the breadbasket has there been such an outrage. One of my bretheren in the scoop is taking a bitchslapping (The Corsair sprints regally with a purposeful look in his eye to the scene of the crime). Man down! Man down!

In: Madison and Vine. Must advertising and editorial in the media combine in roder to survive? The Page Sixers report:

"MEDIA bigs Tom Freston, Lenny Lauren, David Granger, Joe Perello, Steven Rubenstein, Charlie Walk and George Wayne were among the guests at a party at Vela hosted by Jason Binn to toast Advertising Age editor Scott Donaton for his "Madison & Vine: Why the Entertainment and Advertising Industries Must Converge to Survive." The book includes interviews with the likes of Les Moonves, Jimmy Iovine and Miles Copeland and carries cover endorsements from Harvey Weinstein, Mark Burnett, Kurt Andersen and Donny Deutsch."

The Corsair has noted this emerging trend in the magazine industry.

Out: Krumping. In tommorrow's New York Times Arts and Leisure section, Valerie Gladstone and Madonna's choreographer Jamie King chat urbanely about the urban dance phenomenon that has, by virtue of this very discussion, jumped the shark:

"Valerie Gladstone: What's the krump?

Jamie King: Madonna likes me to bring her the newest thing. The krump is very in-your-face, very angry and confrontational, with the arms spread wide in a threatening manner. My dancers told me about it. It looks like you're fighting. It's a way for kids in tough neighborhoods to express their aggression, without really fighting. That's what she and I like about it."

In: The new expose of the Bush Administration (how many are there?). The Guardian writes:

"A senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Qaida and that an "avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked" war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands.
Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts of the Bush administration: that Bin Laden and al-Qaida are "on the run" and that the Iraq invasion has made America safer.

"In an interview with the Guardian the official, who writes as 'Anonymous', described al-Qaida as a much more proficient and focused organisation than it was in 2001, and predicted that it would "inevitably" acquire weapons of mass destruction and try to use them.

"He said Bin Laden was probably 'comfortable' commanding his organisation from the mountainous tribal lands along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan."


Out:This juicy little blind item from the blog (via Popbitch):

"Blind items are the new black! Sandwiched among salacious gossip about Brits we've never heard of, Popbitch proffered this great blind item:

"Which TV and film actor didn't stay lonely when his actress wife went off to New York to film? The actor wiled away most of his time at the local Starbucks in Malibu and when the coffee shop wasn't open, took the 18 year-old waitress back to his place for "coffee".

"The headline was 'The Truth is Out There,' a hint so obvious that even those crybabies who complain in the comments section about perplexing LA.COMfidentail blind items will figure it out. Here's another hint: if this is the guy we're thinking of, he was a well known lothario before tying the knot."

That's so easy, I'm not even going to Duchovny it with an answer ... oops! My bad.

In: Is Drew Barrymore getting married to Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes'? That's what that significant cultural artifact Star Magazine says:

"It was an emotional roller coaster for Drew Barrymore last week. First, the two-time "Angel" visited her ailing father, John Drew Barrymore, 50, at a Santa Monica Alzheimer's care center on Monday, June 7. It must have been a painful visit, because she left in tears. Thankfully her boyfriend of two years, Fabrizio Moretti, of the hot band The Strokes, was at her side.

"The tears soon turned to tears of joy when the lovebirds were spotted gushing over engagement rings at Cartier jewelers on Rodeo Drive in L.A. just two days later. On June 10, the newly-svelte Barrymore, 29, and Moretti, 24, were seen holding hands and being very touchy-feely in the store."


And, finally, also In: Congratulations to for their first scoop, a doozy:

"We hear from a well-placed operative within MGM that Sony's rumored $5 billion purchase of the movie studio is a done deal. The news should be announced early next week. In the meantime, we can get back to our favorite pasttime: watching media conglomerates swallow up pieces of Hollywood in pursuit of the ever-elusive 'shitergy.'"

Way to go, guys.

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