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Friday’s Political Roundup

Posted by thelanetrain on October 24, 2008

Hah, this actually happened last week (I think) after Sen. John McCain mistakenly walked off the stage in the wrong direction (and not, according to popular belief, by trying to initiate a game of grabass with Sen. Obama).  But aside from this attention grabbing (pun intended) picture, two very important political items occurred this week, one local and one bizarre.  Details after the jump.

After The Jump: A mayor for life and a Hockey Mom goes to Neiman?

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Real Worlders Finally Descend on Brooklyn. Everybody Hide!

Posted by thelanetrain on August 15, 2008

This picture from Newyorkology shows a bunch of faux-hipsters walking down some abaonded Red Hook street with a camera crew guiding them along the way, and clearly, it appears to be the Real World Brooklyn crew.  Gawker has some lovely cast bios on each of the seven drunk therapy cases housemates and provides insight into what they’ve done so far during their stay.  Predictably, they go clubbing, barhopping, they meet/talk to/fuck the locals (and each other), and it appears that for the most part, the picture above and the ones on the linked site are some of the only times you will be able to see them sober.  Personally, its always gratifying to see how they film those “walking” shots (as these photos explain).

I’m not sure how long they’ll be in town for, but if anyone runs into one these seven strangers picked to live in a house together, contact me!

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Is The Daily News In Trouble? Or Desperate? Or Both?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 13, 2008

I’m not sure what to think about The New York Daily News new marketing campaign, but it is certainly making the city’s #2 tabloid paper looking more and more desperate.  It all started when the Daily News called my house to get me a low-rated subscription, and begged to keep me on the phone.  Then I saw them cutting their prices while on sale at a local newsstand, offering a reduced price if it was paired with a purchase of polar opposite Wall Street Journal.  But the icing on the cake was seeing a vendor make his way up and down a 4 Train peddling the paper and hollering for customers.  It was just like those guys who sell candy for the Harlem Basketball League, or beggars asking for change, but from “New York’s Hometown Paper”.

Gawker keeps telling us that printed journalism is dead, or on its way to a slow painful death at least.  But this latest show of desperation by the Daily News is getting me legitimately concerned.  How can a paper that nobody takes seriously get any lower?  Maybe they should consider being bought out by a major corporation.  Then they could become a vindictive, snarky, and thoroughly entertaining outlet of corporate America and the conservatives.  Like this shitty rag!

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Mary-Kate Olsen: Actress, Socialite, Pusher?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 5, 2008

Everyone knows how crazy the Olsen Twins are, or really, how crazy Mary-Kate Olsen has been lately.  When we last saw her, she was locking lips onscreen with Sir Ben Kingsley in “some little indie film that nobody’s gonna see“.  Now she’s being shoved back into the media circus again, but this time, as suspect #1 in the investigation of Heath Ledger’s death.  FOR REAL?  What would Danny Tanner say?

After The Jump: Immunity, OxyContin, and why MKO is under fire.

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Less Than 24 Hours Until Total Doomsday

Posted by thelanetrain on July 24, 2008

Alright New Yorkers, listen up.  Whatever you do tomorrow, avoid Rockefeller Center, and avoid it like the plague.  Why?  Oh nothing, it’s just that teen pop sensation and recent troublemaker Miley Cyrus will be hitting The Today Show for a free concert tomorrow.  Yes, you heard me right.  So if you’re a mother, prepare to be woken up at 3am tomorrow morning so you can bring your teenage and tweenage girls out to Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the megastar, all while battling tens of thousands of anxious young fans.

And if you commute through the area, consider changing your route.  Chances are you’re probably not going to make it into work tomorrow if you even think about going within a 4 block radius of the plaza.

(Photograph via The Guardian)

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Real World Will Cement Red Hook as New York’s Scariest Neighborhood

Posted by thelanetrain on July 23, 2008

Yes, yes, we all know that MTV’s stupid drunk juggernaut The Real World is going to be in Brooklyn very soon, but like, stuff keeps happening, you know?  At first, the Real Worlders were going to be living in an exclusive Brooklyn Heights penthouse loft, but according to Gawker, renovations were coming along a little too slow for the producers’ tastes, so they decided to move the cast to a giant pier building in an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s getting gentrified by the minute: Red Hook.  So the lovable neighborhood that was once home to stevedores, hookers, and underground drug trafficking is now home to an Ikea, Fairway, and soon, seven drunk twenty somethings who love to bitch and fight.  Sweet.

(Photograph via Klarinetic)

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Gossip Girl Moving Production Back to the Upper East Side

Posted by thelanetrain on July 23, 2008

Spotted:  A bunch of yellow flyers posted to “No Parking” signs along a certain Upper East Side thoroughfare.  It looks like the CW’s smash hit Gossip Girl will be once again returning to Manhattan from its extended stay out in The Hamptons.  We’re not sure who will be at the upcoming shoot.  Will it be a classic power struggle between S and B (and hopefully V)?  Maybe an appearance by Nate, Chuck, or Dan?  Or perhaps a solo with Little J.  We don’t know for sure, but if you can get up that early, perhaps you can partake in watching some gossip in the making.

You know you love me, xoxo

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Posted by thelanetrain on July 18, 2008

The news gods must have been smiling down upon New York today, because you just can’t make shit like this up.  Splashed across the front page of AMNY today was the simple headline, “SI vs. NJ: IT’S ON!“.  Oh noes!  What could it possibly be?  Apparently a bar-fight broke out somewhere on the Jersey Shore between a Jersey Girl and a Staten Islander, which caused the town’s mayor to call Staten Islanders a bunch of guidos.  Whoa there!  Them’s fightin’ words!  So true though because there are no guidos in New Jersey, right?

After The Jump: Mayor Pringle‘s (oh man, this story cannot get any better) harsh words

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Press Coverage War: Brinkley/Some Dude vs. A Rod in Madonna Minus C-Rod

Posted by thelanetrain on July 9, 2008

Crazy divorces seem to be all the rage in the entertainment world.  This blog has been closely following the Rodriguez divorce, accented with hints of fake Britons and hookers.  However, I’ve been completely ignoring the other crazy divorce that’s been dominating the news, which really shouldn’t be happening.  Both zany episodes should get some amount of equal attention here, but it’s really hard to tell which divorce is more bizarre.  I think it’s time I weighed the issues and found a winner.

After The Jump: The Battle of the Bizarre Headline-Grabbing Divorces

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Third Man Climbs Times Building, Proves Architects Created a Disaster

Posted by thelanetrain on July 9, 2008

Last month, a couple of crazy guys found it necessary to climb to the top of the New York Times building.  And after their individual stints landed them on every nightly local newscast and got them arrested, people thought that nobody would be dumb enough to do it again.  Well today, some other guy proved to us that history can repeat itself.  Gawker reported today that a third man carried a banner up 10 stories before unfurling it.  According to The Daily News, the whole stunt was a protest against Al-Qaeda (so you know this guy isn’t a terrorist, just an overzealous flagwaving American, like this guy).

What I’d really like to know is:  what in the hell were the architects thinking when they designed the building?  Did they not perceive that in a city filled with over 8 million crazies, nobody was going to try and scale the damn building, which is essentially a 52 story ladder?  Maybe they should just cover the building in spikes, or grease the rods everyday.

On the flipside, this is the best thing to ever happen for the Times, considering that nobody really reads newspapers anymore.

UPDATE 7/10: Construction workers are now taking down many of the ceramic tubes on the building’s facade after realizing that three climbers is too many [NYT]

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