Monday, November 26, 2007

1st\NW Quadrant 12/3 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 3, 2007

Jonathan Lethem Selects

From October 15–November 19 BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, presented Jonathan Lethem Selects. One of Brooklyn’s favorite local authors, Friends of BAM Chair Jonathan Lethem often writes about his deep love of popular culture, including music and movies. Lethem curated this series from some of his favorite, rarely-screened films. Fittingly for a writer who enjoys playing with the conventions of hard-boiled detective fiction and noir, a number of Lethem’s selections featured criminal protagonists or work within the framework of a crime thriller (High and Low, The Lineup, Murder By Contract, and Straight Time). The series also includes a lineup of witty comedies and riveting dramas: Ruggles of Red Gap, This Sporting Life, La Collectionneuse, and Love Streams. Jonathan Lethem Selects included Ingmar Bergman’s Shame (Skammen) also screening as a partof BAM’s tribute to Bergman. This series is part of BAM’s 25th Next Wave Festival. (BAM)

Italian Court Bans Gossip

An Italian circuit court ruled Friday that reporting gossip in Italy will be illegal unless it helps make a larger point about the figure in question.

The case is part of a wider effort to improve standards on Italian television. State broadcaster RAI said this year that it would stop airing reality programming when current contracts run out, and the company also announced plans to remove advertising from one of its three networks by the end of 2009 in order to allow it to broadcast more cultural programs without consideration for economic factors.

Upon announcing the ruling, the Rome court said it would "remove gossip that exists only for gossip's sake." (
Hollywood Reporter)

NY1 Anchor Loses Mind

Gary Anthony Ramsay, a longtime reporter and a weekend anchor for NY1 News, left the station this week, days after calling in to one of the channel’s live shows [“The Call,” an evening call-in show] under a false name [Dalton, from the Upper East Side] and commenting on a news story, a lapse in judgment that Mr. Ramsay described as “a flash moment of frustration.”

The topic was Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York police commissioner facing a 16-count federal indictment, and the indictment’s effect on the presidential campaign of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

“So which is the real Bernie Kerik?” Mr. Ramsay asked on the show. “Is it the one who pleads not guilty before or is it the one who pleads guilty after he cuts a deal that he’s comfortable with?” (New York Times)
(Photo courtesy of the Daily News)

Frida Kahlo(R) Skin Care Line

New York City-based Naturals Skin Care, Inc. today announced the launch of the Frida Kahlo(R) skin care line. The company has also opened their first retail space, "Frida Store", at 95 E. Page Avenue, Staten Island, New York, to showcase the new line of 100%
natural skin care products.

The Frida Kahlo skin care line and retail store are the brainchild of Venezuelan-born aromatherapist, holistic cosmetologist, and Naturals Skin Care CEO, Antonio Sciortino. Last year, Sciortino and partners Carlos Dorado, President of Casablanca Fashion Group, Alberto Perosch, and Antonino Sciortino met with the Kahlo family in Mexico to acquire the rights to the name and likeness of the renowned painter and activist for their skin care line. (PRNewswire)

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain. Kahlo was married to and influenced by the Mexican/Spanish muralist Diego Rivera and shared his Communist views. (Wikipedia)

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