May 28, 2013 |
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. -- President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie reunited for a buddy trip to the beach Tuesday, showing off the improvements to the Jersey Shore in the seven months since it was hit by Superstorm Sandy and encouraging tourists to return to the storied vacation destination. “The Jersey Shore is back, and it's open for business,” the president said on a cloudy and drizzly day. The trip served as a sort of tourism commercial, featuring the two politicians playing at an arcade on the boardwalk, high-fiving excited kids and marveling at a giant sand castle under construction.
May 24, 2012 |
After five seasons, the hit reality show"Jersey Shore"has spawned no shortage of spinoffs - towels, tanning oil, even greeting cards featuringNicole "Snooki" Polizzislurring catchphrases. Somehow a transition to the stage seems fitting, if not inevitable. "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera," playing at the Hayworth Theatre in L.A. through June 27, has all the clubbing, tanning and "smushing" ("Jersey Shore"-speak for sex) set to music, with the cast of bronzed "guidos" and "guidettes" from the TV series played by sketch comedy veterans, a Tony Award-winner and a Buttafuoco.
January 13, 2011 |
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Monday . Maybe I've become lightheaded due to the lack of saturated fats, but I am beginning to believe that there are things we can learn from the cast of "Jersey Shore. " At the ridiculous heart of the "gym, tan, laundry" mantra often uttered by the muscle-bound gentlemen of the hit MTV show are elements of narcissism and personal pride.
November 15, 1998 |
On warm summer nights, the edge of the land glows with a neon exuberance that seems oddly out of time--beacons of an America full of families with money in their pockets, tail-fin cars in their driveways and their best days just down the road. Each summer, the moteliers of the Wildwoods switch on their iridescent marquees, and the signs over 13,000 rooms come wildly alive: Caribbean and Lollipop. Satellite and Bel Air and Ebb Tide. Aquarius and Ala Moana and Grecian Gardens.
July 27, 2011 |
Outside Florence's ancient Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, people are milling around the quiet Piazza del Duomo, calmly taking in the last moments of a May evening. Just a few blocks away, inside a renovated bank building, a much noisier scene is unfolding. The buzzing of electric hair clippers can be heard through the walls as a quartet of amateur barbers unsuccessfully attempts to fade a hairline. Pranksters hold a stuffed squirrel hostage. Two lovers forlornly debate their relationship as their scantily clad roommate insensitively interrupts to smoke a cigarette.
December 11, 2012 |
WILDWOOD, N.J. - This boardwalk beach town, packed in summer and ghostly in winter, has become the last refuge for several hundred homeless survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Many place their hope in Lisa Brocco-Collia. At 41, she seems as much a force of nature as the storm itself. Her home was partially condemned after floodwater surged through the first floor. But she's been far too busy as a volunteer relief coordinator to move - setting up a donation center at the VFW post, arranging free dinners at a downtown restaurant, visiting families with her clipboard, keeping tabs on state and federal agencies, pestering politicians.
December 26, 2013 |
Evelyn Lozada of "Basketball Wives" is engaged to the Dodgers' Carl Crawford. The baseball star popped the question on Christmas Day. The pregnant starlet made the announcement with an Instagram photo, simply captioning a picture of the enormous engagement ring on her finger with "YES!" PHOTOS: The Hollywood baby boom "I'm overjoyed and in complete and utter shock!" the 38-year-old told People. "What a different year and a half it has been - I'm truly happy!"
September 30, 2011 |
How can a home television set cost $85,000? It's big. Bang & Olufsen's new BeoVision 4-85 plasma TV has an 85-inch screen, measured diagonally, which conveniently comes out to $1,000 an inch. But there is at least one other plasma TV of that size, and it costs far less. Panasonic's 85-inch model goes for about $40,000. B&O, known mainly for its high-end audio equipment, boasts other attributes for its BeoVision set, including a triangular speaker system that jets out from under the screen, 3-D capability and proprietary enhancements to picture quality.
October 2, 2011 |
For MTV, the situation was more than awkward . In fall 2008, the network was bingeing on manufactured reality shows that celebrated wealth and excess just as the country was staggering into a recession. Banks were failing, people were losing their jobs and college students were facing uncertain futures. But on MTV, the glamorous clique from "The Hills" was indulging in West Hollywood shopping trips and getaways to Cabo San Lucas. And on "My Super Sweet 16," the parents of a South Carolina beauty queen spent tens of thousands of dollars to give her the perfect birthday party, complete with a baby-blue Hummer.
April 22, 2013 |
Marc Jacobs isn't one to shy away from fashion risks. The often iconoclastic superstar designer - who has become synonymous with a certain young, casually cool New York state of mind - helped usher in the controversial "heroin chic" look in the '90s and favors a combo of kilts and combat boots for his daily work uniform. But for Jacobs' debut film role in the indie drama "Disconnect," which arrived in theaters in limited release last Friday, the style maven was forced to step outside his comfort zone - in terms of both fashion and raw physicality.