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Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman
Thu Feb 12
You gotta feel for Phoenix during his viscerally uncomfortable interview with Letterman last night (or when he hung up on us). But come on: "It's just a little joke," right?
Digging for Dirt: He was a man who loved watching people kick things
Thu Feb 12
We all mourned the passing of Wu-Tang prodigal Ol' Dirty Bastard a few years ago (with much wailing and upturned 40s). Like many music icons, he died before his time, and left us with many unanswered questions. Author Jaime Lowe has tried to answer some of those in her recent biography, Digging for Dirt, which she reads from tonight at the Court Street Barnes & Noble. In honor of the dearly departed, we're listing our five favorite martial arts films of all time. (1) 36 Chambers of Shaolin: It's one man's quest to harness the powers of the Shaolin Temple and bring their unbeatable fighting style to the masses. It also explains how the deadly tri-nunchucks were invented. See the other four fighting flicks after the break! (2) Master of the Flying Guillotine: It's not polite to wear a hat indoors, nor to make fun of the infirm. And check out those eyebrows! (3) Lone Wolf and Cub: Lest we give all of our love to Chinese wire fu, this adaptation of the popular manga...
TONY @Shorty Awards: winners, presenters and OMG space man!
Thu Feb 12
Hopefully, the Oscars will take a cue from the Shorty Awards at Galapagos Art Space last night. Winners kept acceptance speeches under 140 characters at this ceremony for 2008's best users of Twitter, the Web phenom that lets friends and family know what you're doing every hour of your mundane life. "We thought it would be 20 of us in a bar," said cocreator Greg Galant, "But then within 24 hours it was the hottest thing on Twitter and just exploded." Presenters and winners were more than happy to give us their latest tweets about Twittering. @Gregory You can actually be great at one line of content, the same way you can be great at writing an article or a book. MCHammer It's an extension of who you are. It's work, it's friends, all in one place. Hootsuite [winner for best "app"] More rapid than the AP. It there's an earthquake, you'll hear about it on Twitter before the radio. @hanniversary [winner for best "startup"] I can't imagine my life without Twitter. I...
Date Our Friend: Rachel
Thu Feb 12
Rachel, 25 Manhattan, sports public relations Seeking men Says Rachel: "I like jewelry and heels yet also have a strong affinity for sports and beer. I smell nice, can drive a stick shift and, one time, had 37 cents in my bank account. My parents are lovely people, and I only cry when I get a bad haircut. You might also be interested to know that I'm an excellent cake decorator and can freestyle rap with the best of them—which more than makes up for my subpar singing ability that I willingly showcase in karaoke bars throughout this fine city." Says Jamie Mandel, marketing coordinator: "If you were tight with Gramps, you'll love Miss 'I'll drink beer, but I love Johnnie Walker.' Rach yells an impressive percentage of correct answers at the TV during Cash Cab, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and gets dirty playing...well, any sport she's asked to join. She's a tall one, prone to tumbles (so she'll need a strong guy by her side), but even falling, she looks good in her...
Valentine's Day shopping made easy
Wed Feb 11
Olia Design necklace La Perla lingerie Artists & Fleas: Get Your Cupid On Valentine's Day may very well be a made-up holiday fabricated by Hallmark just to piss you off, but if you're in a relationship, you still have to buy a gift. Make the best of it by supporting local artists and picking up limited-edition one-of-a-kind wares from this indoor indie-artist-and-designer market. Last-minute deals include Olia Design "make love" and "kiss me" hand-stamped sterling-silver necklaces, trimmed from $69 to $49; and Clarebare organic cotton ruffle bloomers, snipped from $30 to $24. 129 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-541-5760). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Sat 14 noon--8pm. La Perla Gentlemen's Event for Valentine's Day Guys don't mind shelling out a few bucks for sexy lingerie because they're the ones who ultimately get the gift. Good news for them: This underpinning store is offering a 30 percent discount on any purchase, a...
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