January 9, 2014 |
Thanks to a brewing scandal centering on the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, it might seem like Fort Lee, N.J., with its massively snarled traffic, has something in common with Los Angeles. But blood-boiling gridlock is hardly the only similarity between the two places: The site of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal was, in fact, once a cradle of the American film industry. The city that sits across the Hudson River from Northern Manhattan was a precursor of sorts to Hollywood when it came to film activity.
July 24, 2013 |
Snooki and JWoww, a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi and Jenni Farley, seem to have upset the residents of the Pelican Island community in New Jersey. More than 40 residents of the neighborhood met at a property owner association meeting to protest the filming of the "Jersey Shore" spinoff series "Snooki & JWoww" because they do not want to thwart rebuilding efforts following the destruction of Superstorm Sandy, NJ.com reports . The neighborhood sits...
December 7, 2011 |
First it was artificially tanned, party-crazed Italian Americans. Now it's mud-racing, squirrel-hunting Appalachians. MTV is again at odds with state film officials who refuse to subsidize the network's latest reality TV show with tax credits. West Virginia film officials have cited MTV's unflattering depiction of state culture in "Buck Wild. " The show, scheduled to start filming next spring in Charleston and Sissonville, follows a group of recent high school graduates living in rural West Virginia as they participate in homegrown activities such as mud-racing.
January 6, 2011
SERIES The Big Bang Theory: Leonard has an idea for a smartphone application, but it causes friction in his friendship with Sheldon in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Wipeout: Contestants tackle an extreme obstacle course in the "winterized" edition of the competition series (8 p.m. ABC). 30 Rock: Jack (Alec Baldwin) tries to influence a congressional election to help a candidate (John Slattery) whose victory would benefit the network in this new episode (8:30 p.m. NBC)
November 6, 2012
Re "Where the shore used to be," Nov. 4 The decade from 2001 to 2010 holds the record for the most Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes: eight. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and severely damaged other cities on the Gulf Coast. Now we have Sandy, which has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage in New York and New Jersey. Will this decade break the previous record? How many more hurricanes and tornadoes must occur before the governments of the world admit that "we have met the enemy, and he is us," as Pogo famously proclaimed?
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.
January 10, 2014 |
He has berated questioners at campaign events from California to New Hampshire, called a former Navy SEAL an idiot for criticizing his education policies and, wielding an ice cream cone, dressed down a passerby in a widely broadcast confrontation along the Jersey Shore. Chris Christie's success owes largely to his image as the unvarnished, let-the-chips-fall antithesis of the buttoned-down politician who can barely breathe without first polling the response. "I am not a focus-group-tested, blow-dried candidate, or governor," Christie said at Thursday's operatic news conference, in which he abjectly and repeatedly apologized for the action of staffers who tied up the George Washington Bridge, apparently to punish a small-town mayor.
April 10, 2013 |
A week after the death of "Buckwild"reality-TV star Shain Gandee, MTV has decided to cancel the series. Production on the show's second season was suspended after news broke last week that the 21-year-old had been found dead in his truck, along with his uncle and a friend, after going "mudding" (off-roading), near Sissonville, W.Va. The network ultimately decided not to move forward with the series, and episodes that had already been shot will not be aired. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The network issued the following statement: "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of "BUCKWILD" in West Virginia.