The new Spider-Man show on Broadway cost $60 million to make. Expenses included a sophisticated stunt system normally used for cameras in football games - traveling at up to 50 mph - and paying U2 to write the score.
Judi Giuliani, former mayor Rudy Giuliani's third wife and the woman he started dating when he was still married to his second, is turning 55 today. Actor Benjamin Bratt turns 46. 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl is 68. TV producer/writer Steven Bochco (LA Law, NYPD Blue) is turning 66. Movie director James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line) is 46. Fallen hip hop producer Scott Storch is turning 36. Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri is 42. And Michael Lohan Jr., the brother of Lindsay and son of Michael and Dina, turns 22 today.
Valentino and Vogue co-hosted a cocktail party to benefit New Yorkers For Children at Valentino's Madison Avenue store last night. Guests included Fabiola Beracasa and Erin Fetherston (left), Fern Mallis, Tinsley Mortimer, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Maggie Betts, Paul Sevigny, Bebe Neuwirth, Jennifer Creel, Selita Ebanks, Alina Cho, Kate Schelter, Antony Todd, Tatiana Platt, Kevin Liles, Denise Wohl, Di Petroff, Felicia Taylor, Erica and Geraldo Rivera, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Dori Cooperman, Maggie Rizer, Allison Sarofim, Lydia Fenet, Vanessa von Bismarck, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Susan Shin, Tracy Stern, Melissa Berkelhammer, Stephanie LaCava, and, yes, "Real Housewife" Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen. [PMc, Wireimage, VF, SF]
• Martha Stewart has sold a third of her shares in her eponymous media company. But she's still as anal as ever around the office. [NYP, Gawker]
• Bill Kristol's New York Times column has come to an end. [NYT]
• Fashion and beauty magazines will see a 22 percent decline in advertising pages during the first three months of the year. [WWD]
• Doubledown Media, the publisher of Trader, is reportedly up for sale. [NYP]
• Conde Nast is reorganizing its web division. [MW]
• Moody's has downgraded New York Times Co. debt to junk status. [NYP]
• A long Q&A between Lesley Stahl and Rachel Maddow. [Wow]
• Sundance ended yesterday without a big sale. [NYT]
• Once again, Paul Blart: Mall Cop was No. 1 at the box office. [THR]
Judi Giuliani is turning 54 today. We're guessing a very expensive gift will be headed her way later today courtesy of the former mayor. Also celebrating: 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl is 67. Benjamin Bratt is turning 45. TV writer/producer Steven Bochco is 65. Record producer Scott Storch is 35. And Michael Lohan Jr., the brother of Lindsay and son of Michael and Dina, is turning 21.
Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes has a new gig: She's promoting Little Barrel, a line of "clothing based on the love of drinking wine." The company was apparently founded by Stahl's daughter and neckties with images of little wine glasses go for $75. The site's tag line? "Enhance your vineyard lifestyle." [Fox News]
60 Minutes and former CBS White House correspondent Lesley Stahl's breathless recounting of the "cat burglar" who broke into her apartment and stole her jewels, on the new menopausal Wowowow site, reads like a hardboiled detective drama. "'We know him,' said Detective Kenney. 'He's a serial. This is his pattern, his MO.'" It's a bit unnerving, and perhaps unbecoming, to see her going on at length about rather quotidian personal dramas; the web is an undignified place for old-media icons. But at least Stahl has a little perspective: "What I am thankful for is that our housekeeper wasn't harmed..." The NYPD actually made her a WANTED poster, so you'll want to click for that and the rest of the drama.
With his 27 percent stake in the company, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is worth about $4 billion. (In an interview aired last night, 60 Minutes put the figure at $3 billion, but the venerable show is — how to put this delicately? — incorrect.) So what does a billion here, a billion there do for the 23-year old founder? Not much to improve his wardrobe, apparently. "You don't look like you're buying expensive clothes," interviewer Lesley Stahl tells him. Ouch. And it sounds like that paper wealth isn't doing much to improve Zuck's housing situation, either.
"Facebook headquarters in downtown Palo Alto looks like a dorm room," Lesley Stahl narrated during last night's 60 Minutes piece on the company. "Facebook employees," Stahl also tells us, "show up late, stay late, and party really late." At the end of the the montage, it cuts to a darkened room where an employee continues to grind out work on his laptop while several others sit scrunched shoulder to shoulder on a red couch. There's also a DJ in the room. "Get down!" the music exhorts, 'cause it's totally like party planet down in Palo Alto. Woo. Wake us when they start taking their clothes off or putting on Viking helmets.
"You seem to be replacing Larry and Sergey as the people out here who everyone is talking about," 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his interview last night. In response, Zuckerberg sniffs. Then there's a beat. He blinks. Then Zuckerberg asks: "Is that a question?" He looks off camera and chuckles. Here's to another 100 years of puff pieces turned sour by petulance.
No one expects the fannish inquisition. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can breathe easy; he has nothing to fear from 60 Minutes after all. From the looks of the teaser CBS News is running for his upcoming interview, the hardest question Zuckerberg got asked was if he got in trouble at Harvard for launching Facemash, a predecessor of Facebook built from photos he hacked out of school servers. The venerable news organization even got his net worth wrong — he owns 27 percent of Facebook, making him worth $4 billion on paper, not $3 billion. So much for factchecking. Here are the questions we wish CBS's Lesley Stahl had asked — but doubt she bothered:
Facebook has bigger problems than the possibility of an FTC inquiry. 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl recently visited the company's Palo Alto offices, says Kara Swisher of AllThingsD. According to Swisher, Stahl interviewed CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Kelly, the network's chief privacy officer. Which can only mean one thing: A major exposé on Facebook coming soon on the hard-hitting CBS news show. Don't think it's serious?