Evelyn Nesbit

 Architect Stanford White began a scandalous affair with Evelyn Nesbit, a sixteen-year-old chorus girl appearing on Broadway in "Floradora."

Two years later, Evelyn dumped him for actor John Barrymore, then married millionaire cocaine addict Harry K. Thaw, heir to a railroad fortune. Soon after the marriage, upon learning his wife's virginity had been lost earlier to White, the enraged Thaw hired four private investigators to trail White.

On June 26, 1906, White attended the opening night of "Mam'zelle Champagne," a revue in which he invested. In the middle of a number called "I Could Love a Million Girls," Thaw shot him three times at point-blank range. White died instantly and was buried in Long Island. Newspapers everywhere printed lurid details of the scandal for months.

Thaw was tried, declared not guilty by reason of insanity, and spent seven years in an asylum. Promptly upon his return to society, he divorced Evelyn. She returned to the stage, took drugs, attempted suicide, sold her story to the movies (she's played by youthful Joan Collins in "The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing"), and died in 1967 at age eighty-two.

via http://www.museyon.com/.../chronicles-of-old-new-york.../

From Taxi Driver to 25th Hour: 11 of the best New York films

The Sweet Smell of Success (Credit: Alamy1. The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

If one film cries out New York, it's this classic, with Tony Curtis as the wily, ethically challenged publicist Sidney Falco and Burt Lancaster as the unscrupulous, powerful gossip columnist JJ Hunsecker. Set against what are literally the bright lights of Broadway and Times Square – gloriously shot by the great cinematographer James Wong Howe – Hunsecker lives in a sumptuous apartment, holds court at a nightclub, and makes and breaks careers. With a jazz soundtrack, The Sweet Smell of Success has it all: fame, ambition, backbiting – the very qualities that make the city so alive. Hunsecker's attempts at wielding political power give the story a timely resonance, and the chiselled dialogue includes the classic line from Hunsecker to Falco: "I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic".

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2. Do the Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee may be the quintessential New York director. His brilliant depiction of an ordinary Brooklyn neighbourhood on a blistering summer day remains a galvanising immersion into everyday New York with all its problems. Sadly, it is even more relevant as it depicts the racial tension that erupts between the black residents – including Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin Out and Lee as Mookie the pizza delivery guy – and Danny Aiello as Sal, the Italian-American pizzeria owner. The scene in which police choke Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) to death is terrible to watch because it seems so real. Jessica Green, curator of the New York museum's series, calls it "the definitive New York film because it's contesting with transforming neighbourhoods and questions of class and race". 

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3. The Naked City (1948)

Jules Dassin's crime noir, which follows two detectives trying to solve a young woman's murder, starts with an overhead shot of the city, and never loses it connection to the pavement those detectives pound and the neighbourhoods they traipse around, right through to a spectacular chase scene on the Williamsburg Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. The hokey voiceover is hilarious today, ending with the line, "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them," but the film is a delight to watch. Goldstein, Film Forum's curator, has made a fascinating short, Uncovering the Naked City, following Dassin's authentic locations, and points to the texture of the film as its essential New York quality. "If you take those vignettes [of the setting] out, all you have left is a pot boiler," he tells BBC Culture. "You put them in, and it becomes this beautiful love letter to the city."

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4. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

The image of Audrey Hepburn in pearls, sunglasses and Givenchy, sipping coffee outside the window of Tiffany's after a long night out, is as iconic as the Statue of Liberty. But while the statue stands for freedom, Hepburn's Holly Golightly is New York glamour itself. The dark side of her life as a woman to whom men give $50, supposedly to tip the ladies' room attendant but really for more, is glossed over of course, as the film makes her life of parties, champagne and fabulous clothes seem carefree and tantalising. Mickey Rooney's role as Holly's neighbour Mr Yunioshi now lands as an unforgivable ethnic stereotype, a blight on the movie. But Hepburn's performance as the backwoods Lula Mae, who came to New York and reinvented herself as Holly, is enduring. There may be no film that has attracted more people to New York, shown here as a glittering city of transformation and possibilities.

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5. 25th Hour (2002)

This may be one of Spike Lee's least personal films, based on a 2000 novel by David Benioff (later co-creator of the television adaptation of Game of Thrones) but Lee  transformed the story into one of the most eloquent yet subtle evocations of New York in the aftermath of 9/11 ever put on screen. The story follows Edward Norton as Monty, a convicted drug dealer on his last day before reporting to prison, but his regrets and fears play out in the shadow of a mournful post-9/11 moment that Lee establishes throughout. From the haunting blue lights of the Twin Towers memorial tribute rising in the sky to a Wanted poster of Osama Bin Laden, the background touches are uncommented on but part of the city's fabric, along with the simmering ethnic tension that is a constant in New York's history. Monty's and the city's sense of loss become inseparable. One of Lee's most underrated films, 25th Hour is evidence that he really is the best of New York directors.

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6. It Should Happen to You (1954)

Movies are filled with young women who come to New York to make their names, but none as effervescent or funny as Judy Holliday in this classic. Decades before the concept of "famous for being famous", Holliday played Gladys Glover, a model who wanted people to know her name, and rented a billboard in the heart of the city to do just that. Without explanation, it just said Gladys Glover, a sight that tickled her, confused the pubic and annoyed her romantic interest, whose on-screen credits read "Introducing Jack Lemmon". Goldstein says that when the film was shot, "They actually had a billboard in Columbus Circle that said 'Gladys Glover'. And people wondered, 'what the hell is Gladys Glover?'" The film offers a sly, sophisticated take on the hunger for fame, even if it ends with Gladys's unsettling – and today unlikely – choice to go back to being an ordinary person.

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7. Taxi Driver (1976)

Sure, Travis Bickle could have driven a cab in some other city, but it wouldn't have been the same. Robert De Niro is seared into our memories as Bickle standing in front of his mirror saying "You lookin' at me?" But don't forget the atmospheric city he drives through in Martin Scorsese's dark vision of New York in the crime-filled 1970s. The night streets are full of bright lights piercing ominous shadows, a place where Jodie Foster plays a child prostitute whom Bickle decides to save, and Cybill Shepherd is the wholesome campaign worker he takes on a date to a sleazy 42nd Street porn cinema. Scorsese's direction and Paul Schrader's screenplay create the precise gritty landscape where Bickle's past in the Vietnam war and his disturbed present, haunted by PTSD, can flourish and grow, until his disgust with the city turns into violence.

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8. Hester Street (1975)

The late 19th-Century neighbourhood of Jewish immigrants on New York's Lower East Side might stand in for all immigrants coming to the city over the centuries. Carol Kane was nominated for an Oscar as Gitl, a traditional young mother who arrives in the US from Eastern Europe with her young son to join her husband, only to find that he has changed his name from Yankel to Jake, and is having an affair with a more modern woman. Through Kane's eloquent portrayal, director Joan Micklin Silver's sepia-tinged period piece, much of it in Yiddish, raises a question that goes to the heart of immigration, then and now: "how can you retain your identity yet fit into this new world?" And in its own quiet way, it is a feminist work, as Gitl comes to determine her own future, a trope that plays into the bedrock idea of New York as a city of possibilities.

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9. Moonstruck (1987)

When Cher, in her Oscar-winning role as the widowed Loretta Castorini, tells Nicolas Cage, hopelessly in love with her as Ronny Cammareri, to "Snap out of it!" it is just one of those iconic moments in a romantic comedy that is as funny and charming as ever. The film takes full advantage of its authentic New York locations, including Loretta's Brooklyn neighbourhood, with the hair salon that transforms her from ordinary to glamorous, and the corner restaurant where she and her close-knit family are regulars. A date with Ronny takes her to Manhattan and Lincoln Center, where they meet at the fountain outside and where, inside at the Metropolitan Opera, she discovers the wonders of the building's grandeur and of La bohème. Moonstruck embraces the city's small corners, family feeling, unexpected romance and its internationally famous sites close to home.

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10. El Super (1979)

There are dozens of under-the-radar gems about New York. This small and frankly hard-to-find indie about a Cuban immigrant family adjusting to a new life is among the best, a drama with a light touch, vivid characters and the feel of detailed reality. Roberto (Raimundo Hidalgo-Gato) is the superintendent of a large building, whose working class residents' lives are similar to his. He, his wife and their Americanised daughter left Castro's Cuba a decade before, a fact that shapes their desire for freedom as well as their inability to go back. But their story is also timeless as it reflects the ups and downs of living in a different, unsettling world. Exhausted and tired of the snowy streets, Roberto calls New York "the land of work and cold". He says, "This city is killing me, little by little," a potent reminder that even when New York is a dream, it is not always easy.

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11. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Nothing could be less authentic than this madcap Depression-era comedy, in which an indulged Fifth Avenue heiress named Irene Bullock, played by Carole Lombard at her most antic, falls for Godfrey, played by William Powell at his most urbane. She discovers him in a homeless encampment while looking for a "forgotten man" during a scavenger hunt, hires him as the family butler, and the film drops us into the reckless, thoughtless, comically disorganised lives of the empty-headed rich. The film's touch of social commentary about the underclass is diminished when it turns out Godfrey is highly educated and also from a wealthy family, but the Bullocks in their grand apartment, dressing for dinner, capture the cosmopolitan, aspirational image of New York that the movies did so much to foster. In reality, the Bullocks' fictional address would have put them on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the costume institute's annual gala proves that the frothy rich are still a captivating part of the city's story.

via BBC Culture

Amazing Moment Trapped Humpback Whale Is Cut Free In Australia


A 10m humpback whale has been rescued after becoming entangled in a shark net off Australia’s Gold Coast. Workers used delicate equipment to cut the whale free during the early morning operation. Environmental groups have pushed for the removal of nets during the whale migration season, which sees tens of thousands of the mammals pass Australia’s east coast.

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Producing in 30+ Aphorisms... Because we always need more in the collection by TED HOPE


If producing movies is your profession, I know your pain and I am sorry for you. It is a tough job and no one really knows what you do.

There are statements producers and other come up with that do a decent job capturing what is that we all do, in whole or in part. Billy Ray did it quite well on his Strike Talk podcast last week, in comparing indie producers to family farmers (don’t miss it, it is in the first 6 minutes). This is that collection of such statements, albeit much shorter versions than Ray’s. Taken together they do a decent job giving the layperson a better understanding of our noble art.

Producing in 30+ Aphorisms

  1. Producing is a wonderful life but a lousy job.

  2. Filmmaking is about things going wrong — not getting it right. The producer gets to fix the problems, ideally before they happen.

  3. The Producer is the one who prepares the future and mines the past so the director can stay in the present.

  4. Producers lift the good into great, the mediocre into magnificence, all  with a constant commitment to operational improvements, while always pushing for the experiment over the proof.

  5. Many people have good ideas; producers are the few who get the good ideas done.

  6. (Holistic) Producers are the ultimate generalists, shunning specialization by committing to perpetual responsibility for the entire process for ever and ever and across the entire ecosystem.

  7. A Producer not only finds money you trust, enjoy, & respect, but also the sort that inspires all sides to keep partnering with (or at least aims for).

  8. A Producer transforms the dark side (what could go wrong) of tomorrow to reveal the bright side shining (seizing what is possible) on the Now.

  9. The art of the samurai is knowing how & when not to draw one’s sword.

  10. “They are waiting to see you blink… Don’t blink.” — Christine Vachon (on A Dirty Shame)

  11. Engineer serendipity. Build the architecture for serendipity to happen.

  12. Manage complexity, and render it beautiful.

  13. You won’t find a true collaboration until you fully understand what you, them and it all look like, feed on, and best thrive with.

  14. Know the big vision, the practical vision, and how by meshing the two, we come to something greater than any one dreamed.

  15. Know how to take time wisely, spend money to save money, and to develop the pattern recognition for where things are headed far before they arrive.

  16. Prepare for good luck and bad luck both, and utilize each plan to clearly focus on actually having neither right here right now.

  17. Don’t settle for the way things are; free us from the dark dominion of the status quo. Something somewhere needs you to make it better right now.

  18. Don’t sacrifice nuance or beauty for getting things done — but make sure you get things done.

  19. Unearth what you never imagined.

  20. Don’t overpromise,  but overdeliver instead. It is a failure to not exceed expectations.


  21. Build the road to the North Star.

  22. Use the Serenity Prayer. It is the Producer’s Bible.

  23. Love deeply, lead with kindness, and the chop the infection off at the foot.

  24. You aren’t doing your job of producing until you fire someone for not doing their job well enough.

  25. Repeating the same thing and expecting different results is not a sign of insanity if you have built yourself (and your team) to consistently change and evolve. The action/behavior may remain the same but the participants do not.

  26. Produce a constant random access inspiration.

  27. It is all one song or movie that slowly finds it way. We are building on the shoulders of our predecessors while paving the path for our followers.

  28. Producers know when new paths should be built for people to walk on or instead when to reinforce where they’ve already walked.

  29. Transform error into insight. Pondering & cultivating hunches & whimsy allows errors & accidents that free us from our ruts, routines, privilege & indoctrination.

  30. Create positive contamination. Make useful & beautiful mistakes.  

  31. Place yourself where you can access the adjacent possible.

  32. Cultivate & maintain ties to other communities, as they allow ideas to migrate from one world to another and thus experiment with new tools, concepts, etc. outside of ones own discipline .

  33. The Filmmakers’ Dilemma: whether you need an agent, media attention, a former-star actor, a teaching gig side-hustle, or $… 1. When you need them most, they have no want for you.  2. When they want you most, you have little need for them. 3. When you’ve worked with them repeatedly, they won’t treat you with respect, until you leave them. 4. If they’ve pursued you heavily, they’ll ignore you in a year or so if you are “still working on it”.

The Meg 2: The Trench - Chinese Poster!

Its first installment was hailed as one of the best examples of Sino-American film co-production.

This photo from 1902 shows French knife grinders. They would work on their stomachs in order to save their backs from being hunched all day.

They were also encouraged to bring their dogs to work to keep them company and also act as mini heaters by having them rest on their owners’ legs.

They were also called ventres jaunes (“yellow bellies” in English) because of the yellow dust that would be released from the grinding wheel.

Weird History: Who the People In Famous Paintings Actually Were


Ever wonder about the identity of the woman posing for the Mona Lisa, or think about the life of the “farmers” depicted in American Gothic? Check out who the people in these 12 famous paintings actually were. Artists Leonardo da Vinci, Andrew Wyeth, and Grant Wood get all the acclaim for their priceless works of art. But what about the models that inspired those artists? It’s rare to ever hear their stories. Perhaps the models were artists, as well? Maybe they were the artist's secret lover? Or, could it be in some cases that the model is actually the artist doing a disguised self-portrait?