Archive for June, 2009

25
Jun
09

celebrity sightings/encounters/experiences

One of the aspects of New York City I was most looking forward to was the inevitable celebrity sightings! So far, New York has not disappointed me. My celebrity sightings/encounters/experiences are due to both my internship and chance. Here’s a rundown of who I have seen recently.

 

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

We were eating at a Mexican restaurant in Chelsea. My half of the table was situated just outside. I saw Christine goofily waving at someone. When I turned to see who it was, I exclaimed, “Oh hey!” as if Michael Ian Black and I were best friends (which we are). He gave a cheery “hello” and kept on walking.

 

John Krasinski

John Krasinski in his adorable GAP ad

John Krasinski in his adorable GAP ad

So I didn’t actually see John Krasinski, but I did talk to him on the phone. Christine’s friend saw him at the Met, shoved a phone in his face and made him talk to us. We were on speakerphone and very confused. After a few awkward hello’s, he told us: “Okay, I’m going to go back to the museum now.” 

 

Amber Tamblyn

 

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

 

 We went to the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island and I saw her walking around! I was happy to see a celebrity out and about and not being bugged by anyone. I was tempted to chase after her, though, because she originated the role of Emily on General Hospital, and I love soap opera stars.


Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel as King Neptune

Harvey Keitel as King Neptune

Speaking of the Mermaid Parade, Harvey Keitel was King Neptune, so we got to wave out him and shout his name. Analisa wanted to yell, “I loved you in Little Nicky!” I wanted to yell “I loved you in Mean Streets and Sister Act! Both are amazing movies!”

 

Brooke Hogan

Brooke Hogan

Brooke Hogan

So technically I only saw the back of her head when I was at work, but I’m counting it. 

 

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis

He stopped by our offices to film a segment for the web site, and he said hello to the interns. He was very nice and very tall and told us all to go see his Broadway show, Rock of Ages. I probably won’t see it.

 

Speaking of Broadway, I was bound to walk by the Red Carpet of the Tony Awards, wasn’t I? I hung around for about 20 minutes before heading to Analisa’s to actually watch the Tony’s. But here’s the people I was able to get pictures of. Sadly, there’s no Liza:

 

John Stamos

John Stamos

 

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

 

Stockard Channing a.k.a. First Lady Abbey Bartlet

Stockard Channing a.k.a. First Lady Abbey Bartlet

 

Bret Michaels (or at least that's his hat)

Bret Michaels (or at least that's his hat)

 

Just a teaser: I’ve also met Cloris Leachman and Kellan Lutz (Emmett, Twilight), but both of those warrant longer posts. So there’s more to come!

20
Jun
09

I wish all traffic lights were like this

 

Traffic light near Grimaldi's in Brooklyn

Traffic light near Grimaldi's in Brooklyn

20
Jun
09

My unpaid internship

I’m so sorry everyone! I haven’t posted anything here for a long time. Plenty of you have already asked where my new blog updates are, so I apologize. I guess I’ll get things re-started by giving you all an internship update.

I don’t want to go into too many specifics about my internship on the Internet, but I’ll share a bit here. You all know where I’m working, and I hope you’re all buying the magazine! Even though I don’t write anything and don’t always get printed credit, the work I do still shows up in the magazine in some form. I did get a reporting credit for conducting a poll a couple weeks ago. It was pretty neat seeing my name printed in a major magazine, even if it was only for asking people who wore a dress better.

I’ll be honest: Sometimes I don’t feel that I’m being fully utilized at my internship. I’m getting my Master’s degree in journalism, but I have to listen to my supervisor lecture all of us interns about what a credible source is. (Did you know that blogs aren’t credible sources, but the New York Times is? My world was shattered.) But other times, all of the time spent doing menial tasks or sitting around with absolutely nothing to do seems worth it. There is a LOT of downtime some days. I’ve never seen so many people fight so hard over the chance to transcribe a tape. But when you’ve been checking Facebook and chatting online with your roommate (hey Katlin!) for two hours, you get desperate to do anything. But like I said, there are plenty of times when it all seems worth it.

For example, I never imagined that I would get the chance to interview Francis Ford Coppola on my very first event assignment. As a former film major, just meeting him was a huge moment for me. I also got to interview Ralph Macchio from “The Karate Kid” at the same event, which was fun because we just talked about “Ugly Betty” the whole time (he’s on the show now). Neither of my interviews made it into the magazine, but I have now learned that the trick to getting anything in an issue is to somehow mention Robert Pattinson. Maybe I’ll have luck with that when I interview Cloris Leachman on Monday.

So there are highs and lows at my internship. A low would be being sent to 72nd and Broadway in the pouring rain because Jon Gosselin was spotted walking there three hours earlier. A high would be hearing Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone, talk about the magazine industry and Hunter S. Thompson for two hours. Either way, it’s all one big learning experience. Hopefully by the end of the summer I’ll have a pretty good idea of whether the magazine industry in New York is for me. So far it’s a toss up.

02
Jun
09

Accordion-playing Boba Fett

 

Little-known "Star Wars" trivia: Playing the accordion is actually Boba Fett's day job.

Little-known "Star Wars" trivia: Playing the accordion is actually Boba Fett's day job.

 

We were sitting on the steps of the Met eating bagels (from Tal’s) last week when we saw this man (or boy?) in a handmade Boba Fett mask walk past us. I thought he was crazy, especially when he sat down and pulled out an accordion. (No joke, though, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the accordion). A group of school children on a field trip were grabbing lunches of hot dogs and ice cream bars outside the museum, so the man had an instant and fascinated crowd. What was the first song in his set? The “Star Wars” theme of course. I gave him $1 because that’s just awesome. My University of Notre Dame Super Bowl of Pop Culture champion trivia team, The Boba Fett Fan Club, could have used his mask-making abilities last year.