Over the weekend, the New York Times published a satirical piece in which Larry David imagines how his fawning mother might have defended him if he had been the Boston Marathon bomber. The article, inspired by Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s vehement denial that her own sons were behind the bombing, ruffled a lot of feathers — which led New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan to address the piece on her blog this afternoon, effectively writing that she thinks the Times shouldn’t have run it.
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Doctor Who, Southland, Girls, and a host of other media were honored by the Peabody Awards this morning in the program’s annual announcement of its winners.
Administered by the University of Georgia’s journalism school, the Peabodys occupy a specific intersection in the yearly awards space by honoring “achievement and meritorious service” across multiple forms of broadcast — TV, radio, the Internet — which means each class can include an elastic number and type of winners.
Among those honored include D.L. Hughley’s satiric The Endangered List for Comedy Central, the SCOTUSblog, ABC’s documentary on Robin Robert’s battle with illness, The New York Times’ multimedia project “Snow Fall,” and The Library of Congress’ “Media Mechanics” mini-documentaries.
Meanwhile, both the “seemingly immortal” Who and Michael Apted’s Up series were honored with Institutional awards for being great for a very long time and Lorne Michaels was the recipient of an Individual award because “he’s the patron saint of satirical television comedy and, as one of his old co-conspirators would say, you’re not.”
See the entire list of this year’s 39 selections – all honored equally, as per the Peabody’s egalitarianism.
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Forget Raymond: Everybody loves Connie Britton, a woman who manages simultaneously to be a role model, a sex symbol, and a dream-BFF for anyone who ever obsessed about Friday Night Lights (read: the whole Internet).
And if you don’t love Connie Britton, chances are you just don’t know much about her yet — which is where the New York Times Magazine‘s new Britton profile comes in. The 3,100-word piece is stuffed with tidbits that prove why Connie’s the best; here are seven of the most notable ones.
1. She was a hair’s breadth away from starring in Jerry Maguire, but Renée Zellweger — an actress profile writer Susan Dominus calls “so tiny and tousled that she looked newly hatched” — ended up just beating out Britton for the part. Her final assessment of why she lost the role? “Maybe I was too tall.”
2. She taught aerobics to the luckiest gym-goers in New York City before she got famous.
Have you ever been duped by an Onion article? I personally was convinced that Oprah Winfrey was going to donate her final studio audience to charity a few years back. It’s therefore not too surprising, but still extremely embarrassing, that The People’s Daily – the online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper — ran an article and 55-page photo spread yesterday in honor of The Onion‘s pick of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un as 2012′s “sexiest man alive.”
The photos include Jong-un squinting, waving, touring a facility with his wife, and engaged in other manly deeds. And the kicker? One of the pictorials shows the cherubic hunk on horseback (too bad he’s fully clothed). READ FULL STORY »
Oh, so that’s why this week’s Saturday Night Live was underwhelming! All the show needed was a flavoricious punch of Donkey Sauce, expertly delivered by Bobby Moynihan’s cackling take on Guy Fieri.
It’s a shame that the following bit — in which Fieri stops by Weekend Update, only to discover that the New York Times wasn’t exactly into his new restaurant — got cut from Saturday’s show. Moynihan’s Fieri voice is spot-on, and his shocked response to the Times review — “Oh, that’s not off the chain. Oh, that’s very much on the chain” — was much funnier than any Timberlake-free musical monologue. Though Update’s Petreus scandal and Chris Christie segments definitely hit, including the Fieri thing on the live show would have been icing on the cake.
But hey, at least NBC isn’t letting the bit go unseen. Feast your eyes on this, hombres:
After reading Pete Wells’ scathing — and hilarious — review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in The New York Times, EWers Denise Warner, Erin Strecker, and Lanford Beard jumped at the chance for a night in Flavor Town. So was it really as bad as Wells’ made it out to be? Well read our post-dinner conversation and watch our reactions to some of the food below! READ FULL STORY »
Earlier this week, the New York Times published a scathing review of Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant that has resonated through Flavor Town and beyond. The piece — penned by restaurant critic Pete Wells — took aim at everything from fishy-tasting marshmallows to a drink that “tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde,” reserving some special scorn for Fieri’s own divisive personality: “When you cruise around the country for your show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, rasping out slangy odes to the unfancy places where Americans like to get down and greasy, do you really mean it?” Wells asked. “Or is it all an act?”
This morning, Fieri appeared on the Today show to respond to a few of the 34 biting questions Wells posed in his review. The Food Network star — who doubles as America’s 10th highest-paid chef, according to Today — opened by saying that Wells’s over-the-top negativity was uncalled for: “I just thought it was ridiculous,” he told Savannah Guthrie. “I mean, I’ve read reviews. There’s good and there’s bad in the restaurant business, but that, to me, went so overboard it really seemed like there was another agenda.”
When humanoid monster truck Guy Fieri opened his newest restaurant in Times Square this fall, you could practically hear critics all across New York City sharpening their knives. The joint is a ready-made, “Donkey Sauce”-covered punchline for writers hungry for a creative way to express disdain — who could resist a 500-seat macho wonderland that serves monstrosities with names like “Ain’t No Thing Butta Chicken Wing” and “Guy-talian Nachos”?
But even in context, the New York Times‘s review of Guy’s American Kitchen stands alone. It’s so contemptuous, so angry, and so hilarious that it rivals the paper’s bitchiest greatest hits — articles like A. O. Scott’s review of Good Luck Chuck or Cintra Wilson’s takedown of a new J.C. Penney in Herald Square.
Don’t believe me? Here are a few of the best lines from food critic Pete Wells’s piece, which is written as a series of breathless, incredulous questions for Guy Fieri himself:
– “Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?”
Is Nate Silver a witch? All signs point to “yes” — though he’s traded bubbling cauldrons and broomsticks for statistical models and pure reason.
After correctly predicting another presidential election with his patented FiveThirtyEight model, Silver is enjoying the sweet, sweet taste of mathematically ensured victory — which is all the richer for coming after high-profile detractors sniffed that Silver couldn’t possibly be as accurate as he was in ’08. On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart tried to encourage Silver to gloat, maybe by yelling something along these lines: “I AM NATE SILVER, LORD AND GOD OF THE ALGORITHM!” Since Silver abides by the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, he declined — though if you squint, you can tell he’s totally nursing a butterbeer hangover.
See Silver and Stewart discuss magic, arithmetic, and one of The Daily Show‘s favorite subjects (utter bulls—) below.
While watching Barack Obama’s halting, pause-filled performance in last Wednesday’s debate, liberals across the country found themselves wishing that the president had been prepped by someone more focused, someone more aggressive, someone like, say, snappy dialogue writer extraordinaire Aaron Sorkin. Unfortunately for them, there’s no way to grant this wish short of stealing Professor Frink’s time machine. But at least those folks can take solace in Sunday’s New York Times, which contains the next best thing to a Sorkin-penned debate: a Sorkin-penned dialogue between President Obama and imaginary ex-president Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, last seen thinking about “tomorrow” on The West Wing‘s series finale.
Sorkin pal Maureen Dowd invited her famous friend to imagine a post-debate conversation between the real commander-in-chief and the one Sorkin made up. Sorkin obliged, just like he did in 2008 when Dowd first asked him to write Obama/Bartlet fan fiction. The final product features vintage Sorkinese, cigarettes, a barrage of statistics, and cameos from Jim Lehrer and The Newsroom‘s Will McAvoy. Here’s the real meat of the conversation:
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