Friday, March 1, 2024

Empire State of Blog: Keitel Sups, Soap Spoofs, IPad Scares

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Yes, that was Harvey Keitel having dinner at the Waverly Inn the other night. The Waverly remains the hot spot of the West Village despite losing our pal, chef John deLucie to the new Lion, east of Sixth Avenue…

Hilarious: “One Life to Live” ‘s ad-libbing Tuc Watkins got a dig in on Scientology on Monday, claimed he was the minister who married Tom and Katie, and wore Joseph’s amazing technicolor dreamcoat from a road production; the show played Sam & Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming” during a great wedding episode as well. Star Bobby Woods (pictured) is a big friend/fan of legend Sam Moore

…Megabillionaire Ron Burkle seen at T-Bar at Savanna‘s in Southampton…No idea if his Miramax deal is on or off…Phillippe Chow in Easthampton hosted an eclectic group: Blackstone Group’s Stephen Schwartzman, Stavros Niarchos, Vito Schnabel, Devon Aoki, and deejay Paul Oakenfold…Not, believe me, at the same table…

Vice President Joe Biden‘s Secret Service shacked up at the Southampton Inn and had lunch at the restaurant Oso. Where was Biden? Being Vice President…

…the new food destination for those heading back to the city from the Hamptons is Gregory Baumell‘s amazing Stone Turtle in Island Park, just off the L.I.E. past Rockville Centre. Baumell is the star who made the Half King such a hit in Chelsea…He serves something called a Chocolate Ashtray stuffed with vanilla ice cream…

…Last Friday night, stopped into the Apple store on Fifth Avenue around 1:40am after decamping Elaine‘s. Manager Amy insisted she’d never heard that AT&T’s unlimited data plan was ending on Sunday. I told her it had been in the New York Times. “Unless Apple tells us so, I don’t know anything about it.” IPads may be the greatest thing ever invented, but those staffers come off like cult members…Weird…

And like the Lost City of Atlantis, AT&T World Net Service disappeared a few days ago. AT&T fobbed off their email business on Yahoo. No notice to the customers. The result was that all Blackberry’s and other devices were disconnected and had to be re-validated. I lost all the emails on my Blackberry. There is no one to call. The AT&T 800 number is gone. Email to the press rep, one Mark A. Siegel, went unanswered…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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