Posts Tagged ‘The New Yorker’

Harvey Weinstein & Barbie

October 23, 2017

Harvey Weinstein & Barbie
Above: Harvey Weinstein and Madison

“In 2005, [Harvey] Weinstein made a cameo appearance as himself in an animated feature film, starring Lindsay Lohan, called ‘My Scene Goes Hollywood.’ The movie, part of the Barbie franchise, was distributed by Miramax’s family division and produced by Mattel, which was trying to lure back the tweens who were ditching their Barbies for a line of sexy competitor dolls called Bratz.

To keep up, Mattel produced an edgy line of dolls called My Scene. Barbie became a night-clubbing New York high schooler, with a multiethnic girl posse named after Manhattan locales: Madison, Chelsea, Delancey, Nolee (for Nolita). An animated Web series followed, with echoes of ‘Sex and the City’ and the Gossip Girl books. Parents watched uneasily as their eleven-year-olds grooved to the My Scene theme song: ‘We’re going out tonight / This scene is outta sight!’ After years of stagnation, Mattel’s share price turned around.

‘My Scene Goes Hollywood,’ which was released on DVD, was My Scene’s cultural apotheosis. It’s a friendship morality tale (Barbie and pals are cast as extras in a Lindsay Lohan movie; Madison falls for the caddish male lead, and ditches her friends). Weinstein shows up on set in the film-within-a-film. As the director yells ‘Cut,’ an imposing show-business dude—Weinstein—hovers with a proprietary air: sunglasses, dark suit, turtleneck, hands in pockets. The dude, in Weinstein’s voice, says, ‘Picture looks great, Jim. I’m really excited about it.’ The My Scene girls, dressed in school uniforms, recognize him and squeal.”

More:

“Harvey Weinstein’s Cameo in a Barbie Movie,” Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker [links added]

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Political Piñatero

April 11, 2016

Political Piñatero

The only substantive thing to come out of the Republican presidential race so far is the Donald Trump piñata, especially if you put candy in it. Jonathan Blitzer has a profile of artist Dalton Ávalos Ramírez at The New Yorker:

“The Man Behind the Trump Piñata,” Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker
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Top image: Donald Trump piñata by Dalton Ávalos Ramírez.

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Flint: Fear the Water

March 18, 2016

A New Yorker video, produced by Zackary Canepari and Jessica Dimmock.

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Slavery in America

February 19, 2016

The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, was founded by German émigré Ambroise Heidel and his family in 1722, and his son Jean Jacques Haydel Sr. converted it to sugar cultivation in the early 1800s. The property passed through several hands before it was purchased by New Orleans attorney John Cummings, who spent 16 years and $8 million of his own money transforming it into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery in America.

“The Whitney Plantation is not a place designed to make people feel guilt, or to make people feel shame. It is a site of memory, a place that exists to further the necessary dialogue about race in America.”

— “Telling the Story of Slavery,” Kalim Armstrong, The New Yorker

More:

“Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum,” Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters

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Death of a Young Black Journalist

August 2, 2015

Death of a Young Black Journalist

“The most basic instinct of a local reporter is to take the importance of her neighbors as a given. In a community like Anacostia—where more than ninety per cent of residents are African-American, one in two kids lives below the poverty line, and incarceration and unemployment rates are among the nation’s highest—this is another way of saying that black lives matter.”

— “Death of a Young Black Journalist,” Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker

More:

“Charnice Milton Was Killed in Community She Loved,” Richard Prince, The Root

“Charnice Milton,” NotionsCapital

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Lobsternomics

August 21, 2013

Lobsternomics

Prices are going up worldwide. Oil, wheat, rice … everything but the price of lobster dinner. A lobster population boom has lowered prices in supermarkets but the price of a lobster dinner in a U.S. restaurant remains high. That’s because “… economically speaking, lobster is less like a commodity than like a luxury good,” writes James Surowieki, “which means that its price involves a host of odd psychological factors.”  Find the fishy financial facts here:

 “Clawback,” James Surowieki, The New Yorker

Related:

“Your Lobster Roll Is A Rip-Off,” Alexander Abad-Sandos, Atlantic Wire

“”Lobster Supply Chain,” [Infographic] Michael Fisher, Portland Press Herald

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BP Cooks!

June 21, 2010

Bp Cooks!

Keep your skillet good and greasy with BP. The oil giant has recipes for disaster mighty good eatin.’ Read “The BP ‘I Hate to Clean Up’ Cookbook” by Patricia Marx in The New Yorker.

 

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