January 15, 2009 in Features

Stone cold fashion criticism

 
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Carla Bruni
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Despite the best efforts of Heidi Klum and company, the world of fashion commentary just hasn’t been the same since the passing in October of the notorious Mr. Blackwell.

Now, though, someone is attempting to fill the acid-tongued void. It’s political consultant Roger Stone, the self-described “G.O.P. hitman” ( www.stonezone.com) who has posted some tasty fashion barbs.

Atop his “Worst Dressed Men & Women” list for men: “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell (“a fashion tragedy”), Justin Timberlake (“slobbish”), Ashton Kutcher (“ought to be run over by a trucker”), Johnny Knoxville (“a true fashion jackass”) and Pete Wentz (“sprezzatura gone all wrong”).

And women: Pink (“an atrocious stew”), Sarah Silverman (“a crying shame”), Madonna (“It’s not just me who’s sick of her look; I think she’s sick of herself”), Samantha Ronson (“nothing wrong with looking like a boy. Just try to look like a cute boy, please”), Christiane Amanpour (“she just may have spent too much time living with the livestock in the Afghan countryside”), Ivana Trump (“Which part of ‘over’ does Ivana not understand about the 1970s?”), Gloria Steinem (“a disheveled monolith”).

His “Best Dressed” man: President-elect Barack Obama (“not stylish, but perfectly consistent”). And woman? French First Lady Carla Bruni (“she glows with a mysterious freshly satisfied look”).

Lil’ Kim knocks rap flick

The biopic “Notorious” won’t open until Friday, yet it’s already attracting … well, notoriety. Rapper Lil’ Kim, who was a big part of The Notorious B.I.G.’s life, isn’t happy about the way she’s portrayed in the film about the late hip-hop artist (aka Christopher Wallace).

“The film studio and producers involved were more concerned about painting me as a ‘character’ to create a more interesting story line instead of a person with talent, self-respect and who was able to achieve her own career success through hard work,” she said in a statement.

‘Prisoner’ earns final release

Number Six finally escaped. Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show “The Prisoner,” died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 80.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama “Columbo,” and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film “Braveheart.” But he was most famous for “The Prisoner,” a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small enclave known only as The Village, where a mysterious authority named Number One constantly prevents his escape.

Quotable quote

Comedian Paul Mooney, from the New York Post: “Santa Claus was good to everybody this year. He gave the black folks Obama, and he gave the white folks O.J.

The birthday bunch

Actress Margaret O’Brien (“Meet Me in St. Louis”) is 72. Singer Captain Beefheart is 68. Actress Andrea Martin is 62. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 52. Actor James Nesbitt (“Waking Ned Devine”) is 44. Singer Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam is 42. Actor Chad Lowe is 41. Actress Regina King is 38.


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