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Monday, April 12, 2021

mo coco
In an industry where a secret is never really a secret, today’s news that Conan O’Brien will return to television in November with an 11pm show on cable network TBS qualifies as a wild curveball.

I’m hoping he keeps his guest-warlock-on-“Bewitched” beard. Or regrows it, if necessary. It works for his Twitter avatar, so it’s sure to work for his return to latenight! (Speaking of which, he needs to book his lone Twitter followee as one of his first guests.) Plus, he needs to decamp from Los Angeles and bring his new show back to where he belongs: New York. Make it happen!

Nothing to do now but wait until the show’s debut toward the end of the year. And to heed the closing comments on this development to O’Brien himself:

“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.”

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/12/2021 10:09pm
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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Does Chelsea Handler, and her caustic talkshow, represent the next wave of late-night TV comedy?

All of this is slightly reminiscent of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Nobody is going to argue that [Jo] Koy and [Heather] McDonald are the next Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner. But there is something about the shambolic round table sessions of “Chelsea Lately” that recalls the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” where the skits sometimes fell flat (except to the people who were performing them), where no one looked quite like what people imagined a TV star to look like — and yet a small, fiercely loyal audience responded and made the show a hit.

I’m more a fan of Handler’s than of that roundtable she insists upon holding. There’s insider patter, and then there’s the baseless preening that Koy, McDonald, and the other second-rate comics engage in in front of the “Lately” cameras. They’re desperate for televised attention and exposure, and it shows, and it also shows how not ready for prime time they truly are. Handler probably does have what it takes to ascend to the next level, but she’ll do it without those hangers-on.

Anyway, on to the main reason I wrote this post: As an excuse to run the above photo again. Both billboard and van are long since gone from their original locations on Lafayette Street in NoHo; last I looked, a vodka ad had replaced the “sharpest tongue” messaging for “Chelsea Lately”. It’s not nearly as eye-catching.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/11/2021 09:20pm
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The reinvention of Mike Tyson continues: He’s literally going to the birds, via a reality show on Animal Planet.

Tyson, a life-long pigeon keeper, will star in a series about bird racing… “I may have stopped fighting,” says the former heavyweight champ. “But I never stopped flying birds. It’s my first love.”

The show, to be called “Take on Tyson,” pits Tyson and his birds against the best racing-pigeon owners in New York.

Apparently, pigeon racing is an organized sport, governed by something called the American Racing Pigeon Union. Presumably, the world of cockfighting would have been Plan B.

I don’t doubt Tyson’s devotion to his winged friends, as displayed on this old “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” segment. Still, don’t be surprised if one of the signature moments from this show ends up being Tyson taking a bird-sized bite out of an under-performing flier.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/16/2010 11:39pm
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Monday, March 15, 2021

Rielle Hunter is back, with a tell-all interview in GQ Magazine about her Presidential-quashing paternity affair with John Edwards.

Not that I care much for political scandal, even one as sorted as this one. I am happy to see that Hunter took a little time in the interview to acknowledge her antecedaneous 1980s fictional depiction:

There’s been one time period in my entire life that I would qualify myself as promiscuous. There’s this Jay McInerney book ["Story of My Life," narrated by a character based on Hunter, who briefly dated McInerney], and let’s correct a part of that right now. In my early twenties, there was a time period when I, in the late ’80s, did cocaine. And partied. I was living in New York City… But the point being, I was never, as it’s been reported, a drug addict. The word “addiction” means inability to stop. I stopped doing drugs in my twenties. As for being promiscuous, I would say that I was a bit promiscuous for about six months. But it was because I was partying, and there were a lot of very good-looking available 20-year-old men around that you’d be partying with, and there was a lot of, you know, hooking up going on.

So Hunter confirms that she was the inspiration for Alison Poole. At least, the Alison Poole character in “Story of My Life”. Maybe not so much for Poole’s crossover appearance in another, contemporary literary setting:

It must have also impressed fellow ’80s lit sensation Bret Easton Ellis, because he wrote McInerney’s Alison Poole right into the cultural earthquake that was “American Psycho.” Being “American Psycho,” Poole’s scene was short and includes brutal sodomy — and the Kentucky Derby, if memory serves.

No need for Hunter to deny ever attending the Kentucky Derby. Or hooking up with Patrick Bateman — because let’s face it, Edwards was close enough.

UPDATE: I guess I need to reread “Glamorama”, because I’d completely forgotten that Ellis had revived Poole-slash-Hunter in that later novel:

In “Glamorama”, Poole’s characterization is amplified, but only slightly more nuanced. She’s the coke-addled, sex-fiend girlfriend of a jealous club owner who happens to also be sleeping with the protagonist of the novel, Victor Ward, who is a model and promoter. Once again, the first time readers meet her is during a sex scene. After which, she berates Ward for not breaking up with his other girlfriend, a supermodel… Later, Poole loses it at her boyfriend Damien’s club opening after a rival for Ward’s affections, Lauren Hynde, sets her off.

As with the “American Psycho” appearance, no surprise that Hunter wouldn’t have brought up this later, even more unflattering portrayal. All told, I still go with the late truth about Hunter, because it’s easily stranger than either Ellis’ or McInerney’s fiction.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/15/2010 03:21pm
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Sunday, February 07, 2021

In a fairly staid commercial lineup for Super Bowl XLIV, the clear winner for me was this utterly improbable pairing of David Letterman and Jay Leno (with Oprah in the moderating middle):

Maybe even funnier than the ad itself is the lengths taken to keep its inception secret:

The spot was shot last Tuesday afternoon, under the strictest of secrecy which involved both Mr. Leno and Ms. Winfrey flying in surreptitiously to New York, and arriving incognito at the [Ed Sullivan Theater], while Mr. Letterman was in the midst of taping his show for that night. It also involved Jay wearing a disguise: hooded sweatshirt, glasses and faux mustache. If you happened to be on Broadway between 53rd and 54th street last Tuesday about 4:15, you might have seen a man fitting that description slip into the theater by a small entrance under the marquee.

All that for a “Late Show with David Letterman” promo. And it basically topped every other $3-million, 30-second spot of the night. Dave might have been complaining about his “worst Super Bowl party ever”, but it produced the best commercial break during the whole game.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/07/2021 11:45pm
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Saturday, January 30, 2021

It’s nearly a decade old now, but this techno-tuned song about Russian leader Vladimir Putin is still going strong:

How strong? In keeping with the cult-of-personality theme in Putin’s political career, consider the winning of hearts and minds via urban sing-a-longs:

It’s winter in Russia. At night, Muscovites crowd the clubs and request their karaoke favorite, “A Man Like Putin.” I want a man like Putin, who’s full of strength. I want a man like Putin, who doesn’t drink. I want a man like Putin, who won’t make me sad.

The techno-pop tune by the duo Singing Together first appeared mysteriously in 2002 and quickly topped the charts in Russia. It went on to become a Putin theme song, still played at his rallies. Catchy and ironic, this was a new kind of propaganda song.

Popular propaganda has morphed into pop-prop — certainly a long way, stylistically, from old-wave Soviet agitprop. And to underline that shift, it appears that “A Man Like Putin” was written and produced on the strength of a $300 bet, then later co-opted by pro-Putin boosters. I guess free-market sensibilities are verifiably ingrained in Mother Russia now…

Between this lyrical adulation and his feats-of-strength outdoorsman photos, one wonders if Putin didn’t engineer his rise to power just so he could pick up chicks easier. Sort of a Bill Clinton blueprint for political deftness.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/30/2010 06:07pm
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Monday, January 25, 2021

driveI was quite amused today to see a copy of Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue: An American Life” sitting on dashboard of my morning bus, obviously in possession of the bus driver.

Because it was all too obvious that he was practically brandishing the hardcover, making sure that every rider that got onboard had a good view of it. Between that, and the staredowns he was administering, I’m pretty sure the driver was daring someone, anyone, to challenge him on it. Given the well-known proclivities of a good cross-section of New Yorkers, I’d imagine the odds are good that he got into more than one verbal joust with various passengers during his shift.

All I can say is that, during my half-hour trip, no one took the bait. Not that you could tell the difference by the driver’s customarily crabby demeanor.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/25/2010 07:29pm
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Friday, January 22, 2021

It’s the end of an era — or the end of an error, depending on your outlook. “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” breathes its last breath tonight, bringing a close to a messy divorce between O’Brien and NBC over the network’s late-night talent shuffle.

The final show is definitely a must-see. I don’t know if we’ll see a Jack Paar-level of kiss-off from Conan, but a sendoff is a sendoff, regardless of the parting shots.

And with Conan out of the way, the battle between Letterman and Leno resumes. I’m curious to see if Leno’s audience is as portable as it’s been to date: Keep in mind that that 5-million viewership for “The Jay Leno Show” matched what he pulled in nightly when he was on “Tonight”. It’s not the same exact crowd watching him at 10:00 as at 11:30, but the bulk of it probably is. Does that mean Leno slides right back into the lead versus Letterman and CBS? Or has this episode damaged Leno’s appeal, as many critics speculate?

I’d bet that Leno will be back on top in short order. Ultimately, the audience doesn’t care about the off-camera machinations. Plus, Letterman’s been reluctant to make any necessary changes to his show, regardless of the competition — he won versus Conan through little action of his own. A sort of sick entropy will take hold over late-night, once again…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/22/2010 06:25pm
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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Not only did New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow make an overt comparison between Sarah Palin and Lady GaGa in the headline of his “Lady BlahBlah” piece today; he also weaved some GaGa-ness into the body of his writing:

I embedded as many of her song/cd titles as possible in my column. How many can you find?

I’m a sucker for word games! Especially pop-cultural ones. In descending order, starting from the top of the column, I find:

1. She’s never speechless.

2. And, she has one of the best poker faces in the game…

3. She continues to command the spotlight while they dance in the dark.

4. The race for the nomination may not be given to the slick or to the strong, but to this fame monster who seems to have the stamina to endure until the end.

Really not that many embeddings, even considering how short Blow’s column is. Overall, I prefer comparing Palin to G.I. Joe’s Baroness

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/16/2010 02:40pm
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

super conan land
Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after NBC announced its salvage plans to move Jay Leno back to 11:35, Conan O’Brien announced that he’s extracting himself from the network’s resultant late-night traffic jam:

Mr. O’Brien’s statement Tuesday said that he so respected the institution of “The Tonight Show” that he could not participate in what “I honestly believe is its destruction.”…

The statement also took NBC to task for not giving the show more time or supplying stronger lead-in audiences, which could be interpreted as a shot at Mr. Leno’s poor performance at 10 p.m. (Though Mr. O’Brien mentioned Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon in his statement, he never referred to Mr. Leno by name, only by the title of his show.)

“After only seven months,” Mr. O’Brien wrote, “with my ‘Tonight Show’ in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime time by making a change in their long-established late-night schedule.”

So NBC basically gets its wish: Leno back as “Tonight Show” host for the full hour, followed by Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly (like either of those two matter). Conan will eventually get a new show with FOX. Letterman will have on-air gloating material for months to come. And Leno gets back to his old digs, which is what he wanted all along (so color him complicit in pushing out Conan).

I personally like Conan’s comedic sensibilities, but I’ll point out that none of this would have happened had he not tanked in the ratings versus Letterman. Even during the last couple of years of his “Late Night” run, O’Brien really seemed to be drifting in his output. Maybe this shock to the system will rejuvinate him, in whatever direction he chooses to go.

As for NBC: This would be their second failure at handling a talent overload in their late-night roster, going back to the Leno-Letterman battle to succeed Johnny Carson. In the future — assuming there is one for them — they should just bite the bullet and let the also-ran jump ship early, and avoid the longer-term headaches.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/13/2010 08:08am
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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Looks like NBC’s bold cheap 10PM experiment with “The Jay Leno Show” has crashed and burned, with a scramble-back plan about to take effect:

The network has a plan in the works to restore Jay Leno to his old spot at 11:35 each weeknight for a half-hour, while pushing the man who replaced him, Conan O’Brien, to a starting time of 12:05 a.m. Mr. O’Brien would then have a full hour…

The moves are being driven by pressure from NBC’s affiliated stations, which have seen ratings for their late-night local newscasts plummet since September. That was when NBC began “The Jay Leno Show,” a prime-time version of Mr. Leno’s old late-night show. Mr. O’Brien succeeded Mr. Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in June.

Though Mr. Leno’s prime-time show has not fallen below the ratings guarantees that NBC gave to advertisers, it has averaged only about five million viewers a night. The NBC station managers have blamed consistently low lead-in audiences for much of the falloff in their news ratings — and local stations rely on news programs for the majority of their revenue. The affiliates are due to meet with NBC on Jan. 21.

Good luck keeping that configuration in place. Chances are good that Leno will instantly start lobbying for a full hour, which will entice O’Brien to ultimately jump ship to a competing offer from FOX. Unless NBC discovers a power to add an extra hour to the clock, there’s simply not enough room to accommodate both personalities.

As for the notion of transforming 10PM into the new gateway for late-night, that was doomed from the start during this era of the DVR:

The upshot of this is that, of course, the 10PM slot and most/all of Friday primetime is a challenge for original network programming. It makes you wonder why NBC is so big on “The Jay Leno Show” to occupy five days’ worth of late-primetime slots. Could they not have seen this viewer-habits trending forming a year ago? Or did they see it, and still gambled on the combination of Leno’s appeal and lower production costs carrying the day?

Obviously, the gamble crapped out. The fallout will follow.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/07/2021 11:51pm
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As far as a medium-term cultural impact from Avatar, I believe that Bret Easton Ellis has, via tweet, nailed it on the head:

A lot of gays at Avatar at The Dome tonight. Well, now we know what the most popular Halloween costume in West Hollywood will be this year.

Running around half-naked and coated in blue body paint, validated by popular entertainment. It’s a no-brainer.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 01/07/2021 11:04pm
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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

on guard
Aside from the municipal debt-load, what does Donald Trump think is New York’s most pressing problem heading into the new year? Guardrails:

“Whenever I drive the roads in this city, I see these terrible, truly awful guardrails. They’re dented, they’re broken, some of them are completely rusted out. To me, it’s supposed to go hand in hand: You fix the roads and then you fix the guardrails simultaneously, but it doesn’t seem to happen that way. So debt and the guardrails — but almost more, I’d say the guardrails. The guardrails are just in such bad shape.”

Funny what you see from a limo’s-eye view. Maybe those unsightly guardrails scare that thing on his head…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/05/2021 12:55pm
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Monday, December 28, 2020

swoon riverOver the past couple of weeks, it’s slowly dawned on me that many a modern-day woman has a thing for the late Audrey Hepburn.

And why not? A half-century after her iconic turn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn remains an ideal of simple elegance, eminently approachable and attainable. She evokes a sensibility composed of both sophistication and innocence — a combination that’s considered practically oxymoronic in our more jaded times.

What I can’t figure out, though, is the desire by women to emulate the classic Audrey look, even when it’s not necessarily a natural fit. In separate instances, I’ve been told by female acquaintances (including one via tweet) that they were sold on a dress, hairstyle, etc. because it gave them that Audrey Hepburn quality. In each case, the women in question had physical features that were decidedly unlike Hepburn’s, i.e. curvy, blonde, or olive-skinned. That such a diverse representation of femininity would all aspire to be Audrey says something about the idealization at play.

Along with the real-life examples, I have Penelope Cruz’s recent turn in Broken Embraces on my mind, too. Cruz plays a film-within-a-film role in this movie that’s consciously a Hepburn clone. While she pulls it off nicely, I was reminded that Cruz ordinarily doesn’t come across as Audrey type.

So, what is it? Why does Audrey Hepburn command such devotion among female fans? What’s with all these latter-day Audrey “girl crushes”? My Y chromosome wants to know…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/28/2009 11:53pm
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Sunday, December 27, 2020

love and money
In the video for her latest hit, “Bad Romance”, Lady GaGa has upped the ante for pop-music product placement:

Lady GaGa is so beyond any kind of embarrassment that she’s made mercantilism its own aesthetic. In her previous video for “LoveGame,” a street tough swigs from a bottle of Campari as he watches Lady rut and grind (Campari, for when your evening plans call for rough sex on the subway). In the video for mega-hit “Poker Face,” the card table is emblazoned with the logo for Bwin.com. She quaffs Neuro sports drink in the “Paparazzi” video; sports a Baby G watch in “Eh Eh (Nothing I Can Say)”; and wears Beat headphones by Dr. Dre (including a version of her own design) in at least a couple of videos.

All was prelude, however, to the “Bad Romance” video, which features placements for no less than 10 products: a black iPod; Philippe Starck Parrot wireless speakers; Nemiroff vodka; GaGa-designed Heartbeats earphones (via Dr. Dre); Carrera sunglasses; Nintendo Wii handsets; Hewlett-Packard Envy computers; a Burberry coat; those crazy, hobbling Alexander McQueen hyper-heels; and enough La Perla lingerie to choke an ox.

This isn’t a music video so much as the QVC Channel you can dance to.

Of course, rap music has been in the for-sale lyric-dropping business for years, so Lady G isn’t blazing any trails here. Except perhaps in breaking down the double-standard that such music commercializing deals have carried: Urban acts get a pass for the seeming sell-out, while traditional pop/rock artists get a harder time over sullying the fabric of their songs with overt pay-for-play elements.

And yet, there is a subtle distinction with Lady GaGa: All the “Bad Romance” product placements are visuals, inserted into the music video. None of that exists in the song itself — the lyrics are generic enough, lacking any name-brand mentions. So if you don’t catch the video, and instead just hear the song on the radio or on your iPod, you aren’t aware of the overt selling job.

Does this mean it’s more acceptable for mainstream artists to sell advertising space within certain zones — the videos, concert sponsorships, etc. — as long as they keep the songs, i.e. the core products, “pure”? From a segmenting perspective, is there more value in exposing ad messaging to video viewers than to track listeners? Is there still a double-standard at play after all?

Lots to think about. I’ll do just that while I’m listening to the “Bad Romance (Chew Fu H1N1 Fix)” remix for the 31st time. Should be easy without all the in-video ads to dazzle my eyes.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 12/27/2009 10:40am
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Saturday, December 26, 2020

I came across the final episode of “Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut” a few weeks back. It contained a quote by John Cleese that I haven’t been able to shake loose from my mind:

“As you get older, you laugh less, because you’ve heard all the jokes,” says Cleese. “It’s the real stuff that makes me laugh [now].”

It’s a somber outlook on the prospect of aging. Who wants to reach 80 or 90 with a diminishing supply of chuckles? Especially when it’s due to lifelong repetition.

Cleese’s observation sticks with me because, despite being several decades younger than him, I’m experiencing that same been-there-done-that dynamic. Not so much with comedy — I still enjoy a healthy amount of laughs, both through presentational comedy and the “real stuff” everyday interactions. But in a wider cultural sense, I certainly get the sensation that advertising, movies, TV, sports, politics, and a range of other interfaces are serving up the same themes I’ve seen earlier in my life.

It’s occurred to me that this is, in fact, by design — there really is a finite amount of truly original ideas out there, and it’s just a matter of repackaging them. The killer is that they just get aimed at a whole new generation of audiences/ consumers/ constituents, who are experiencing those things for the first time. The subtext, of course, is that the older generations who recognize the rerunning don’t count as much in terms of the reactions — again, a somber realization that aging comes with not only less original stimulation, but also with increasing irrelevance.

I suppose I should cherish the jokes that tickle my funnybone, while they still are hitting that target. As for the real stuff, there’ll be no shortage of that.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/26/2009 11:26am
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Friday, December 18, 2021

Matisyahu is getting a lot of mileage out of this customized dreidel-shaped disco ball. I stayed up late enough last night to catch this funky ornament shining brightly on “Late Show with David Letterman”, during the singer’s performance. I guess the dance club installations of this signature prop have been a success, and it’s now a built-in part of his stage show.

Alas, no accompanying rendition of the Dreidel Song. I’m still waiting for Matisyahu to put his own unique spin (yes, pun!) on that old traditional number.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/18/2009 09:01am
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Wednesday, December 16, 2021

Yes, there’s a level of irony in Tiger Woods losing his longstanding corporate endorsements just as his mistresses start picking up their own. It’s like the marketing ecosystem needs to achieve a fearful symmetry, adultery aside.

Not that said symmetry lines up dollar- or prestige-wise. Fact is, new BidHere.com “holiday spokesperson” Jamie Jungers ain’t quite hitting it out of the park:

She can’t even read the script off the screen, much less memorize it. And does BidHere.com not even have a real video camera?

If there are further stunt-sponsorships to be had by Tiger’s 10 12 14 (and counting?) tigerettes, and we have to endure the video spectacle, then I’d say we all, truly, will have suffered from this affair.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/16/2009 09:29am
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Tuesday, December 08, 2021

At one point during dinner last night at La Bonne Soupe (where I, somewhat ironically, did not have the soup), I was convinced that Sarah Silverman was sitting just a couple of tables over.

Then the woman got up to leave, and I could see clearly that it wasn’t her. I mean, it was certainly her, in that she was whoever she was. But she wasn’t Sarah Silverman.

I dejectedly turned my attention back to my table’s post-dessert chit-chat. I’m pretty sure my dining companions hadn’t noticed my preoccupation, nor my subsequent disappointment.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/08/2021 09:16am
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Friday, December 04, 2021

News of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton getting engaged triggered this never-before-realization by me:

Everyone’s heard of New York’s a-little-too-hip Chelsea neighborhood. And everyone’s heard of (in one way or another) the nearby Hell’s Kitchen section of town.

What not everyone might know is that these two zones are, in fact, adjacent to one another. And furthermore, efforts to gentrify Hell’s Kitchen have led to a mostly real-estate bred movement to replace the colorful moniker with “Clinton”, which is in fact the historical name of the area.

So, you can see where this is going. Yes, you can indeed stroll from the 20s to the 50s on the West Side, and correctly claim to have taken a “Chelsea-Clinton walk”. Or a “Chelsea-Hell’s walk”, either way.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/04/2021 02:12pm
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Thursday, December 03, 2021

Now that Tiger Woods has gone public with his extramarital infidelities, wife Elin is not looking for a divorce. Instead, she’s seeking a revised prenuptial agreement that, for her, means more money and less time put in:

The initial prenup was worth $20 million after 10 years of marriage. However, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker has reported that Elin Woods will receive an immediate payment “into an account she alone controls,” and that the 10-year timeframe — which began when they married in 2004 — has been shortened and the value increased “substantially.”

The Daily Beast quotes “a lawyer familiar with the couple’s negotiations” in reporting that the term of the prenup has been shortened to seven years, and that a series of staggered payments could increase the total value to $75 million.

So, let me get this straight: Tiger has to pay his wife in order for her to continuing being his wife — and then, for only for a limited time. In what’s presumably, if not a wholly-loveless marriage, then one that’s filled with less love than before.

I’m not seeing how a divorce wouldn’t be preferable. Even if the dollar amount ramps up considerably (I hear Tiger would be out some $300 million), at least he’s entirely free and clear to go his own way afterward. The pre-nup situation seems like paying for prolonged punishment. Cut bait and run, I say.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/03/2021 11:26pm
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