Earlier this week, New York magazine’s Andrew Rice reported that journalist Matt Taibbi had left First Look Media, the journalism startup of eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar. Today four of Taibbi’s former colleagues reveal, in a detailed blog post published on First Look’s own site The Intercept, why exactly Taibbi left the company. It’s not pretty.
It'll be another two years or so before the general public will be invited to gaze upon the unparalleled panoramas of New York City from the observation deck at One World Trade Center, but today, a lucky few got to be the first to visit the quarter-mile-high "room with a view" known as One World Observatory.
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first promotional stills from Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Western film, Django Unchained. The image above shows the movie's protagonist, Django, played by Jamie Foxx, striding beside Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter who teams up with Django to hunt down the freed slave's former owners, the Brittle Brothers.
Just when we'd managed to shake our uncontrollable addiction to Lostpedia, brand-new footage from the upcoming Season 5 of Lost has hit the internet. What do we learn (after an interminable recap of previous storylines) about the island hijinks we'll be seeing come January 2009? Sayid gets a gun! Hurley gets a gun! Kate gets a gun! Probably even the baby gets a gun! As is par for the course with Lost, the footage only raises new questions; specifically, where is the return of Michelle Rodriguez (and her vibrator)? And, perhaps most importantly, is Jack's missing chest hair still in the clutches of the smoke monster? [The Lost Vault]
We have a vivid memory of attending opening day of The Phantom Menace back in 1999: As the lights dimmed, one Darth Maul groupie—who appeared to achieve his ornate facial markings through the liberal application of drugstore lipstick and black shoe polish—shouted "16 years!!!" to appreciative cheers. What followed, of course, was not just unworthy of the 16 year wait since the previous Star Wars installment, but probably not even worth the two hours it took to sit through the movie itself. You could read it on the disappointed faces of each and every man, woman, and Ewok filing out of the theater that night, some of whom are to this day traumatized by the patois-spouting duck-ape called Jar Jar Binks.
The WOW Report gave today's NY Times piece (which we mentioned a little bit earlier) about recently "voluntarily resigned" First Look Studios CEO Henry Winterstern a once-over, and isn't necessarily buying that the combination of his great taste in expensive office furnishings and poor choice in movie projects was the reason for his hasty departure from the company, passing along this gossip about what might have gotten him ousted:
Today's NY Times chronicles the "classic Hollywood tale" (keywords: hubris, quick rise, sudden demise) of First Look Studios' Henry Winterstern, who arrived in town a couple of years ago with nothing but a crazy dream about making it in the showbiz and one of those huge bags of hedge-fund cash that's so popular with the kids these days, dumped the contents of that bag on the floor of a fancy office in the new CAA building, then proceeded to light it on fire, a business plan that earned him a"voluntary" resignation from his job on Friday. And now, the Telling Anecdote indicating that Winterstern's priorities might have been in the wrong place: