Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Paul Mayer, Creative Director of Paul Mayer Attitudes
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Growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s in Paris, Paul Mayer was highly influenced by the cultural aspects of the fashion-driven capital of the world. His mother Mathilde Mayer was a perfect Chanel customer. She had four Chanel tweed suits: navy and turquoise, dark blue, light pink and purple and classic black. Though Paul admired both and the beauty and craftsmanship of the Chanel suit, the shopping excursions he accompanied his mother on were for her footwear, establishing an early education for young Paul who would later set the world on fire with the best ballet flat known to women.
In France, it was customary to invest in three pairs of shoes annually and Mathilde Mayer brought Paul with her to Charles Jourdan in Paris at Place de la Madeleine. She bought navy, black patent and a cognac shade of a classic pump. The Charles Jourdan brand, founded in 1910 headquartered in Romans, France, set the standard in fashion and opened their Paris store in 1957. Later in 1959, they were granted a license to design and manufacture Christian Dior. There were few imports and French shoemaking was still regarded as high quality.
At this point in time, Paul viewed shoes as a necessity though his design career was budding since he made jewelry that he sold in St. Tropez on the Cote D’Azur on the pier of the harbor when he was eleven. Paul crafted slave Egyptian style bracelets for the upper arm. At ages eleven and twelve, Paul was an enterprising entrepreneur with sellout collections leaving him laughing all the way to his overflowing piggy bank bursting with bills. Very cute, Paul developed a summer clientele that took him seriously, purchasing his bracelets, rings and suede beige natural shirts as well as spray painted hand designs. At age 12, Paul successfully sold these shirts for a sensible amount: their dearness exceeded a bottle of Krug at famed clubs Papagayo or Byblos of Les Caves du Roy. Paul’s great uncle Charles and Paul’s father George set a precedent for entrepreneurship in the Mayer family in their agricultural machinery business, which was far from fashion yet central to business building.
In 1974, Paul Mayer left Europe to establish residence in Montreal, Quebec. One day, Paul walked in the Charles Jourdan Montreal store and found the display a shocking contrast to the pure beauty he remembered from the Place de la Madeline store. Proud of his French heritage and personal knowledge of fashion, Paul queried the employees on why the store didn’t look great. He was hired on the spot, and began working there the following Monday.
The first thing Paul Mayer did at his first day at Charles Jourdan was rearrange everything from the sofa to the hosiery displays, and he was the Montreal store coordinator. In 1977, Paul had the opportunity to travel to Manhattan to the typically gorgeous Charles Jourdan store here, which we believe was located at the current location of the Peninsula Hotel.
Paul met the sales agent for Pancaldi, a dominant women’s shoe brand of the time which also designed and manufactured Walter Steiger, who is Paul’s favorite shoe designer to this day. Pancaldi also made Manolo Blahnik shoes at that time which was early in Manolo’s career. The sales agent hired Paul to sell and detail shoe collections, which marked the commencement of Paul Mayer’s professional fashion design career. In detailing these collections under the parent brand Pancaldi and Walter Steiger and Manolo Blahnik, Paul chose color combinations, prints and fabrics for them, where his tenure lasted until 1980.
In 1979, Paul Mayer met Jeff Levy and Paul’s first shoe collection under his own name began in 1981. Their first label in 1981 was named Paul Jeffries and their first collection of heels, wedges and sandals was produced in Greece. They sold a lot of shoes at their first show, however there was a mishap in the manufacturing process and all the sandals were made with a strap too short, making the sandals unwearable. Oops. Then they moved manufacturing to Italy and the label became Paul Mayer in 1982.
From 1982 to 1988, Paul designed couture footwear characterized by boots in cashmere, exotic alligator and ostrich skins, and even mink. The sky was the limit and they were crazy. How it has changed from the late 80’s to today: creativity today is rewarded whereas in the 1980s and before the status quo was stagnantly celebrated. Lanvin, Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Balmain all worn by Jackie O dominated the industry while emerging designers with independent labels had few opportunities. Creative at that time did not mean what it means today. Today, Paul Mayer Attitudes captures the mood, the feeling and the attitude of the woman of 2015. We could not be more thrilled to present Paul Mayer as our latest Mover and Shaker and we love him! Peachy Deegan interviewed Paul for Whom You Know.
Peachy Deegan: What are your first fashion memories?
Black and white movies from Brigette Bardot. I was too young to watch those but I did anyway at age 6 or 7. Those were not typical children’s movies. She was the first one that wore ballet flats and she was the one that brought ballet flats to the world. Brigette made them hip just as Audrey Hepburn made the kitten heel famous. “And God Created Women” I saw in the Gaumont Palace movie theater and it was a chic experience with reclining red velvet seats. No popcorn, but you could get Tonic or Gingerale from Schweppes or orange, apricot or peach juices from Pampam. This movie in particular stands out the most because she exposed what women ought to be able to be.
Do you have any of your mom’s suits or shoes today?
Tell us about your Brigitte Bardot encounters in person please.
She was on the pier at St. Tropez when I saw her with my dad and we also saw her at the Papagayo. She just began as a resident of St. Tropez.
And Madame Edith Piaf?
She was a friend of my father’s. Just before he died his memory of Piaf was so poignant. He used see her at concerts and dinner afterwards.
Tell us about your love affair with black patent and how it was derived.
I was in patent leather black shoes from age six. Patent leather can be shined up with hairspray and always look brand new. It brings a polished look to any outfit from jeans to ballgowns.
What did you like to wear growing up?
Bermuda shorts, blue blazer, white shirt and a Hermes tie was my look from birth to today.
How did you establish your elegant taste levels?
What do you know now about starting your own business that you wish you knew in 1981?
It’s all about money.
What are your competitive advantages in making the most comfortable, beautiful ballet flats in the world?
Women just love our consistency in fitting the sixteen year old to the ageless beauty.
What fashion designers in history do you admire most and why?
Christian Lacroix because he brought music, costume design, and theater to life. If you have the chance you should see his fashion shows on tape.
Where do you take inspiration from in new designs that come out?
The mood of the world, the mood of the country. What really looks good on an American woman. She’s different. You can always tell an American woman traveling. She’s either in Nikes or she’s in Paul Mayer.
How many new designs come out per season?
Our loyal customers are just waiting for exciting new color combinations and derivations from our classic to add to their existing brilliant collection. I want to make to make them happy and and not only meet but exceed their desires.
Which have been the most popular new designs of 2014 in terms of best sellers and what do you attribute that to?
White lug soles that seem weightless: they are not even an ounce. The look is urban chic goes to Palm Beach and cool.
How do you balance between producing classic styles and being on-trend concurrently?
Adapting trend materials to our shoes achieves the proper balance in ballet flats. Our customer wants to be on trend, not trendy. If animal prints are in in ready-to-wear, we can have an animal print which would be on-trend, but not be trendy. Trendy would be an animal platform ubersexy stiletto that would be challenging to walk in.
How did you decide to have your factory in Spain?
Economics and not compromising quality and craftsmanship.
What should the world know about Jeff Levy overall and both personally and professionally?
I would not imagine my life without him; Jeff is a real rock who puts up with me which is not an easy task. Thirty-five years later...
What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
What are you proudest of and why?
Being able to have a working and personal relationship for thirty-five years. I would never have made it without Jeff.
What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do?
I’d like to host my own cooking show and call it AM/PM; of course the PM has a double entendre.
What honors and awards have you received in your profession?
No formal awards, however I find it completely rewarding to see my shoes grace the feet of unsung women heroes behind great American corporations whether at the helm or married to it. The feet of understated celebrities I am proud make happy.
What one word best describes you and why?
Charismatic because of Hawaii. I recharge my batteries there.
What do you take your sense of identity from?
LaGuardia Airport because it represents the commencement of my regular Hawaiian rejeuvenation and it gets me to any destination that is ubercharging.
What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? And Paris? And Hawaii?
Oyster Bar at Grand Central in Manhattan.
Brasserie Lipp in Paris.
Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian.
What is your favorite shop in Manhattan? And Paris? And Hawaii?
Burton in Manhattan.
Hermes in Paris.
Cartier in Hawaii.
If you could hire anybody who would it be and why?
A mini me! For obvious reasons.
What is your favorite drink?
Dewars and water.
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party?
Sneezing my drink all over Ivana Trump at the Pierre Hotel for a black-tie cocktail party. Fortunately, this was not the first time I met her.
What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? And Paris? And Hawaii?
Joe Allen in Manhattan, best tartar in the world.
Train Bleue in Paris.
Azure in Hawaii-lobster cappuccino to-die-for and abalone.
What is your favorite Manhattan book or favorite character in Manhattan literature? And Paris? And Hawaii?
The Manhattan screenplay by Woody Allen.
Anything by Hemenway since he lived in Paris.
The History of the Royal Hawaiian-the second hotel open in Hawaii-it had barbed wire on it during WWII.
Who would you like to be for a day and why?
President of the United States to moderate the shocking polarization here today; I would like to unite the people for the sake of our future.
If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? And Paris? And Hawaii?
I’d like a cancer treatment center named after me in Manhattan.
I’d like a haven named after me for battered children who are abused in Paris.
In Hawaii, I’d like a working shelter named after me.
What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? And Paris? And Hawaii?
Playing hockey in Central Park in Manhattan, in Paris scoring nine for ASPTT when I was thirteen in team handball, and in Hawaii fishing for seven pound Ahi tuna.
What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? And Paris? And Hawaii?
I like to be on my terrace and see helicopters, boats, and chartered flights all concurrently in Manhattan. In Paris, go to Harry’s Bar. In Hawaii, pilot Kepoika II.
If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why?
John McEnroe because watching him gave me inspiration.
What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? And Paris? And Hawaii?
Titanic the Broadway show in Manhattan, Musee D’Orsay in Paris, and Archives of Black and White Photos at the Honolulu Museum-Beach Boys, Surfers, WW I and II and Pearl Harbor.
What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world?
I participate in 40 carrots which is an organization in Sarasota, Florida in conjunction with wine, women and shoes and in wealthy cities different chapters exist. It educated kids on having kids.
What do you think is most underrated and overrated in Manhattan? And Paris? And Hawaii?
Manhattan: Underrated: Sixth Avenue Food Trucks and Overrated: Tavern on the Green
Paris: Underrated: Real Champs Elysee and Overrated: Champs Elysee
Hawaii: Underrated: Cruise on a Catamaran at 10am where you can see dolphins, whales and turtles and Overrated: Sunset Booze Cruise on the same catamaran
Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it?
Peachy’s Picks because I like see what Peachy likes to eat, and of course the four columns on shoes I love.
What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I love bowties, brisket from Texas, the airport shop in Portland, Oregon, Marie Antoinette in Fort Worth (the best gift store).
How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
Through Peachy or my instagram-Paul Mayer Shoes.
Paul Mayer's luxuriously, comfortable designs keep women coming back for multiple -- even dozens -- of pairs. Classic, yet contemporary and always comfortable, his shoes are an addiction that we highly recommend. A staple of the Paul Mayer collection is the simple ballet-flat, with true ballerina construction for a perfect fit that comes in a variety of colors and materials. A cult favorite is the cozy, a flat with lavender-scent infused soles adding style and fragrance to collector's closets as Paul's designs emerge in sophisticated design incarnations season after season in the most incredible hues, textures and modern innovations in luxury footwear because we know firsthand how incredibly brilliant he is. Mayer founded the brand in 2004 with partner, Jeff Levy. All shoes in the line are manufactured in Spain’s Valencia region, along the Mediterranean coast by a skilled staff of 12 artisans. They craft each pair of shoes with an old-world attention to detail that includes in-house embroidery, quilting and stitching as well as custom tanned leather. This allows the brand to cater to each retailer’s specific demands in with timely and consistent alacrity, with orders completed in an unheard-of 3 to 5 weeks. When not in New York, Paul can be found traveling to his myriad of stores across the country meeting his loyal clientele or vacationing in his favorite spot, the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach.
Of course, you need the right shoes to go with your gown Peachy says!
"The notion of dressing like a princess is one Vogue has actively encouraged. Over the years, the magazine has been a portal into the world of the Windsors, and its photographers - Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon, David Bailey, and Mario Testino among them - have captured the most candid moments, from Royal weddings, birthdays and coronations, with a sense of unbridled celebration and a stirring of sentiment befitting the best fairytales." (Ellison, p. 58 Fantasy). If you read Whom You Know, we are guessing you like to dress like a princess (Tenley!).
It's the holiday season and high time for your own best gowns to emerge! Or, you may be in the midst of designing your next one. An incredibly inspirational book is being released this December by Firefly and it chronicles the history of the gown through the glorious incomparable international archives of Vogue. It was a distinct pleasure to read and peruse the phenomenal photography, and the photography was just as superlative as the gowns themselves. This should not surprise you if you've been reading Vogue throughout the years! Vogue itself started in 1892 to cover the lifestyle and fashions of New York High Society...and we imagine the gown was the central focus of this upper echelon! We love the underlying history lesson going on: we quote and concur with page 91: "history lessons have never been so breathtaking" and seeing covers with a price of one shilling is indeed a riot.
Written by the Fashion Editor of the Financial Times (we have read this paper and did you know it is printed in a PEACHY hue...we read it in our Canary Wharf days), Jo Ellison, this work is testament to all the Cinderella dreams any girl has ever had and is a concrete manifestation of the word gorgeous. We love that Ellison is formerly the Features Editor of British Vogue; we think Americans have a lot to learn in Fashion from those on the other side of the Pond. (Have you seen our multiple posts on Lotus, since 1759, oldest English shoe brand.) We were psyched to see Mover and Shaker Zandra Rhodes featured on pages 101 and 162-3.
Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue, states in the foreword:
"...and what is more desirable than a gown? Gowns are exceptional and often excessive. They have little to do with daily life and are part of a world of imagination and indulgence."
In this work, gowns are sorted according to their mood. It does not read chronologically but rather by category, the five being:
Classical presents beaucoup de draping flowing throughout the decades seamlessly. Architect of the Bias cut, Madeleine Vionnet was quite the advocate of fluidity in Grecian design. A lot of thought must have been put into the arrangement of the pages and thinking about how designs should complement one another; the photographs of the horizontal designs (yes we think you do need to be this tall and thin to wear them!) on p. 290-1 exemplify this.
Of course, earlier years are drawings rather than photographs, however the p
ages not to miss in photography are:
p. 170 Clifford Coffin, July 1948, Stonehenge, Matilda Etches
p. 193 Cecil Beaton, October 1948, Queen Elizabeth, Norman Hartnell
p. 278 Norman Parkinson, September 1957, Dresses in London East of the Tower Bridge
p. 244-5 Norman Parkinson, December 1957, Christmas Red Dresses
p. 46 Helmut Newton, April 1966 Rolls Royce/John Bates/Christian Dior (NOT the Downton Abbey Version)
p. 274 Peter Knapp, September 1971, Pierre Cardin Taffeta Flower Gowns
p. 234 Horst P. Horst, November 1986, Silhouette Versace
p. 236 Patrick Demarchelier, October 1987, Linda Evangelista in Saint Laurent's feathers
p. 154 Peggy Sirota, June 1991, The Birth of Venus, Giorgio Armani
p. 108 Arthur Elgort, December 1995, Cindy Crawford in Red Isaac Mizrahi
p. 147 Regan Cameron, June 2005, Cate Blanchett in Red Alexander McQueen
p.65 Tim Walker, July 2005, Blue dress, spiral staircase, Stella McCartney
p. 93 Tim Walker, August 2006, 'England Dreaming' Alexander McQueen
The only thing we would have added would have been Charles James since we believe we did not see him included; you should have seen his work at The Met earlier this year if you didn't, you can still read that book by Yale.
Of course when we review a book we are looking for content, but we always notice presentation. This is one of the most beautiful books we've ever seen, cased in a matching royal aqua hardcover and matching box, complete with Vogue permanent ribbon bookmark. Escape it all and enter the ultimate in the world of beauty between two covers! It's an excellent gift for the fashionable as well, and every princess you know.
Vogue: The Gown by Jo Ellison has earned our Highest Recommendation.
“What is more desirable than a gown? Gowns are exceptional and often excessive. They have little to do with daily life and are part of a world of imagination and indulgence.” - Jo Ellison
Vogue: The Gown (Firefly Books, December 2014, $125.00 hardcover) is an exquisite limited-edition portfolio of 300 of the most desirable haute couture gowns in modern fashion history. The inspired creations from over 135 designers are photographed by more than 90 of the industry’s most cutting-edge image-makers.
More than a collection of photographs of dresses, Vogue: The Gown is a curated exploration of the art of fashion photography: how, inspired by literature, art and current trends, elaborate and detailed fantasies are created in which the model and her gown become the focus.
In selecting the gown, British Vogue features editor Jo Ellison noticed that five themes emerged based on the mood the gowns evoked. “Gowns may be a surprising outlet for emotional expression, but they capture a whole range of moods – mystery, darkness, tragedy, triumphalism, seduction, indulgence, malevolence, magnificence. They offer us an easy shorthand for every nuance of the human condition.”
Vogue: The Gown is organized into five categories that speak to those moods, as much as to style: Classical, Fantasy, Decorative, Drama, and Modern.
The earliest gown is from 1917 and the latest are from 2012. They are not in chronological order however and it is quickly apparent why: they are timeless.
“The trends in dressmaking have followed clear revolutions: silhouettes shrink to the slimmest of lines only to explode into great clouds the following year; hemlines rise and fall like the tide, and waistlines scuttle up, down and around the female frame with exasperating impatience. What is dernier cri for a moment will disappear for years before making a reappearance decades later, reinterpreted for a new age,” says Ellison.
The Classical gowns draw on the simplicity of early Grecian robes that envelope the woman in folds arranged to perfection. The introduction of jersey materials in the Thirties allowed master drapers like Madeleine Vionnet to summon Greek goddesses to their ateliers.
A little girl’s Fantasy dress must have a sweeping skirt and clouds of taffeta. Vogue
understands: “Vogue has always seen itself as fashion’s fairy-godmother – blessed with the power to fulfill all our wishes, no matter how outlandish”, filling its pages with “make-believe ball gowns spun out of thin air.”
Fashion shoots have a “story” behind them. “Who might wear such a dress, we wonder? Where might they be? As Ellison explains, Vogue prints “the stories that explain the clothes” and the gowns in Drama put no limits on Vogue’s imagination.
Not surprisingly, the Decoration gowns are all about the ornamentation— “Hedonism, decadence, embellishment and sparkle – so much sparkle!” —that designers lavish on haute couture creations.
And, what makes a gown Modern? “Sometimes it presages a sea-change in fashion, an entirely different outlook and approach.” It could be a new silhouette, a technical innovation but it must be challenging, visionary and timeless.
Vogue: The Gown is both an evocative celebration of almost a century of fashion history and a stunning collection from the very best fashion photographers, and many of the fashion superstars of the modeling and the acting world. The book is a mesmerizing exhibition of the best and most iconic images from the pages of the world’s most fashionable magazines.
About the author:
Jo Ellison is the fashion editor of the Financial Times. Former the features director of British Vogue, Ellison has worked extensively in the Vogue archive and has written numerous features about the magazine’s illustrious relationships with photographers past and present.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Horrible Bosses 2 by Warner Brothers Pictures Will Have America Laughing Out Loud Led by Star Jennifer Aniston Says Whom You Know, Starting November 26, 2014! Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates
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Just look at that face.
Having a horrible boss is no laughing matter!
(If you are one of the two people that worked with Peachy on THAT project, we hope you are chuckling already.)
Everyone could do with a little more laughter, and Horrible Bosses is back in their sophomore flick that's a follow up to the 2011 hit, and they've pulled out all the witty stops. The chemistry behind the team of Nick, Dale and Kurt (Bateman, Day and Sudeikis) is just what the tickle bone doctor ordered!
Though we've had horrible bosses in the past, we must admit we are pretty in love with the current boss here (Peachy!) and our heart goes out to you if you are afflicted by working for a devilish master.
Great comedies start with intelligent writers, and Horrible Bosses 2 has them: the screenplay was written by Sean Anders and John Morris, story by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and Sean Anders and John Morris, based on characters created by Michael Markowitz.
Everyone knows that Whom You Know celebrates entrepreneurs that excel, and boy we can't wait to try this shower gadget...Nick, Dale and Kurt (Bateman, Day and Sudeikis) are going into business for themselves, and instead of launching their project through social media they go on a morning television show to open the story (come on guys, this is 2014!). The exaggeration of the hosts are so spot-on you'll want to make sure you definitely visit the little girls or boys room before taking your theater seat.
A side note: this entrepreneurial team manufactures in the USA!
And, it's a good thing that Nick is the talker for the team. Of the three musketeers, Bateman is the most commanding and funny-bone tickling, and we also liked his great work in This Is Where I Leave You recently.
Oh my goodness sit tight for the ADDICTION CIRCLE.
Jennifer Aniston is on FIRE.
The best acting work in this work is led by phenomenally hilarious Jennifer Aniston, who is pure brilliance with every delivery. Some men in this movie were good, some were great but none were as funny as Jennifer! Her timing and the looks in her eye and the intonation in her voice made Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. the star of the show. And, we liked her outfits! Where can we get that pleated skirt? She and Sudeikis really wowed us in We're the Millers as well.
Wait until you hear about what she COLLECTS.
Oooh la la.
The casting was well-executed and Chris Pine (we loved his work in Jack Ryan!) was most accurately placed. Unlikely friendships develop...
You'll learn something about how valves work...
Lovely product placement for Red Twizzlers...
...and car chases you'll wish you were part of! Kick up your adrenaline, get ready to belt out some sounds of funny, and go on this ride! Escape from your real world and your job, in particular.
Leave your boss at the office, but do bring your co-workers in crime.
Finally, for all the hockey-enthused that read us you ought to know that the Stanley-Cup-Winning L.A. Kings play a role in this!
Horrible Bosses 2 is Recommended by Whom You Know!
The follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses” reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs: Nick, Dale and Kurt.
Jennifer Aniston (“We’re the Millers”) and Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) also reprise their “Horrible Bosses” starring roles, while Chris Pine (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and Oscar® winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained,” “Inglourious Basterds”) star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
“Horrible Bosses 2” was directed by Sean Anders and produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern, Chris Bender, John Rickard and John Morris. Serving as executive producers were Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, John Cheng and Diana Pokorny. The screenplay was written by Sean Anders & John Morris (“We’re the Millers”), story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Sean Anders & John Morris, based on characters created by Michael Markowitz. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz (“Horrible Bosses”).
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Julio Macat (“Pitch Perfect”), production designer Clayton Hartley (“We’re the Millers”), editor Eric Kissack (“The Dictator”), and costume designer Carol Ramsey (“Identity Thief”).
A New Line Cinema Presentation, a Benderspink/RatPac Entertainment Production, “Horrible Bosses 2” is set to open on November 26, 2014. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated R by the MPAA for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.
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If you see a restaurant mentioned once in passing, you ought to wonder. What you should not wonder about is the absolutely delicious Italian cuisine that our friend Paul (the owner, of course) delivers consistently at the popular Da Tommaso! This is our third trip so far to this midtown hotspot on eighth avenue. We were welcomed promptly upon our arrival and seated during a busy time for them-a lot of people that go see shows come here before or after, and note we find their service to be super efficient if you are on your way to a show. This third time was supercrowded and there was not a single empty seat so make your reservations! Peachy Deegan began by sipping a lovely Italian red.
We first visited Da Tommaso in 2012:
and it earned another review in early 2014:
We believe their guest return rate is between 60-70% and once you eat the Tortellini Gratinata you will see why.
If we return to a place often Peachy Deegan orders the same thing to see that you are consistent (or not!) however she was feeling somewhat adventurous. She does not remember trying Spiedino Alla Romana before anywhere...
If you are an avid reader you know Peachy has a ridiculous addiction to fresh (and we do mean fresh-if she buys it it has to be warm) mozzarella and burrata and the word mozzarella jumps out and screams her name when she sees it printed on a menu. This dish is skewered bread and mozzarella with anchovy sauce and it was superb though we will warn you it is a bit salty! A terrific beginning and a joyful start. Note this does not photograph well but the taste is amazing! And speaking of addiction...
To Peachy, the crowning glory of this menu is the Tortellini Gratinata. This pasta dish is the stuff dreams are made of and notice who did not order Fettuccine Alfredo this time. You need to try this dish it is one of our favorites across the board! Every creamy dreamy bite is pure ecstasy and your palate will be truly elated at your choice, not to mention your stomach which has now entered culinary paradise. We are truly sad when our plate is empty!
For her entree, Peachy Deegan chose the Pollo Romana which you can see above is a symphony of flavor! Sometimes we don't like dishes with too much activity, however Da Tommaso has paired every component with thought of how they will taste together (some newer overly creative places we think need to spend more time thinking about how flavors marry, or not!) and the chicken with mushrooms, peas, baby artichokes and ham is enchanting. We also adore the broccoli on the side and our invisible angel of nutrition still named Bloomberg despite the administration change approved. (we don't listen to him during the pasta courses)
Finally, when you encounter the decadent course called dessert, the reason why Da Tommaso has been in business for 27 years and counting will be confirmed once again. Paul Da Tommaso himself has been in the restaurant business for 37 years, and the chocolate souffle was all that we'd want it to be: fresh, flavorful, dotted with cream and oozing with euphoric chocolate! Victory.
Our esteemed panelist adds:
DaTommaso is a Broadway tradtion for many, with its location and snappy service. In a comfortable room on Eighth Avenue, Paul the affable owner holds forth with his delectable Italian cuisine. Crowded even on a week night, DaTommaso should be on your list of musts when visiting New York City.
Start with a serving of mussels (I like the red sauce) Cozze Posillipo with a crisp chilled glass of Orvieto.
The portion of mussels is just enough to satisfy, and you'll find the spoon handy for finishing every drop of the light tomato sauce. For pasta, the angel hair, again in a red sauce, but this time, laced with vongole. That's clams, in case Capellini Alle Vongole isn't part of your everyday vocabulary. The red clam sauce was fragrant, and redolent.
Made with just tomato, garlic and herbs, and an enormous amount of little neck clams, this pasta choice brings home what DaTomasso is known for. Choice ingredients, fresh preparation, and perfect balance of flavors. The little neck clams are local, from Long Island, and opened with each order., not served in the shell, as many restaurants do. With a solid choice of chicken, veal, beef and seafood as a main course, andyone you bring with you will have no problem finding something they love on this menu.
We chose the Salmone Alla Mostarda, a treatment never savored before. And a delight it is, with whole mustard seeds ground into a lovely cream sauce, over a perfectly cooked piece of salmon. The Orvieto continues to be a wonderful choice throughout the meal, lending its note of Italian fresh to every course. After tasting this salmon, I'll never be able to eat this popular fish any other way I fear.
Onto dessert, with a "Stop" sign: the portions are huge. Be ready for dessert at DaTommaso. Save room, or come back after the show, because they are wonderful, fresh and extemely generous in size. The tiramisu was served in a salad bowl, if that gives you any idea of proportion. As a lover of tiramisu, I try to sample it everywhere, just to know where to have the best example of this creamy Italian concoction. Not always fabulous, it sometimes gets tricky. Not to worry here, though, because the way they have combined the gently soaked cake with the lightly scented and flavored cream is a dream made in heaven. It's enough for two, if you're in a compatible mood. The perfect finish, with a rewarding expresso,a nd your evening is just begun. For the theatre crowd, DaTommaso is the beginning of a scintillating New York night on the town. The waiters and chef understand what timing is , and make sure you get to your show of choice on time. That is a specific and important point, and is a great part of the draw here. It's a crowded restaurant for a reason: they know what they're doing and you'll love them for it.
Peachy continues to pick Da Tomasso!
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JULIEN’S AUCTIONS OFFERS NEVER BEFORE SEEN STAR WARS MEMORABILIA AND ARTWORK FROM 1974 & 1975 FROM ARTIST & PROTOTYPE DESIGNER COLIN CANTWELL One of a Kind Collection Offers Memorabilia from Star Wars: A New Hope, 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Historic Documents from the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in 1969 December 5 & 6, 2014 Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen
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Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced an exclusive auction event of unprecedented historical and pop culture interest. The Colin Cantwell Collection will include exclusive memorabilia from the fascinating career of a pioneer in the arts and sciences who has dedicated his life to pushing the envelope of what is possible not just in film and television, but science as well. The collection of extremely rare artifacts has been preserved within his own private collection and will be auctioned on December 5 & 6, 2014 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Fans, collectors, and film enthusiasts will have the chance of a lifetime to bid on previously unseen memorabilia from classic films and television shows such as Star Wars: A New Hope, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Buck Rogers, WarGames, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, and even the first IMAX film (then called Omnimax, with “Voyage to the Outer Planets”, which was written and directed by Colin Cantwell). Also expected to get attention from historians is the set of NASA Apollo 11 flight plans that Mr. Cantwell used in studio at CBS as he worked with Walter Cronkite in his historic broadcast of the 1969 moon landing. In addition to rare original Star Wars artwork is an original copy of one of the earliest drafts of the film, then titled “Adventures of the Starkiller (Episode One) ‘The Star Wars’”.
Colin Cantwell, both a computer and science fiction movie pioneer, was instrumental in advancing technology with cutting edge techniques and a unique vision for realizing the dreams of notable filmmaking auteurs. Colin's career began in 1955 when he attended the University of California Los Angeles as an art and engineering major. After suggesting that UCLA add an animation major to their curriculum, Colin then became the first animation graduate from the University.
While at UCLA, after listening to a Buckminster Fuller seminar, Colin spent three days analyzing the content to determine what Bucky Fuller might have missed. As a result, Colin developed the concept of Cosmic Biodesics. Today, Colin is still working on innovative developments in this area.
A few years later Colin joined Hewlett Packard where he designed 36 demos with interactive graphic applications and 5000 colors that took Hewlett Packard from green computer screens into the world of color computer graphics.
His next adventure was working as a public information liaison at NASA. In this role, Colin created TV animation for each new mission to Mars, Venus, and following planets.
1968 took Colin to England where he worked on the classic Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. During a midnight snack at Kubrick's home, a frustrated Kubrick told Colin that he had replaced his fourth composer and still was not satisfied with the music. Colin then suggested that Kubrick go for a memorable opening with the music "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss. Colin also suggested the compositions of “Adagio” by Aram Kachaturian and “Atmospheres” by Gyorgy Ligeti.
In addition, Colin designed the title scenes and managed the completion of the animation for the last three months of production on the film.
In 1973, at the Ruben H. Fleet Space Theater Planetarium, in San Diego, Colin wrote, designed, and directed the first OMNIMAX spherical projection movie, Voyage to the Outer Planets. OMNIMAX is now known as IMAX.
Colin's most notable contribution to the film industry was working closely with George Lucas on the space ship designs for the original 1977 Star Wars film, Star Wars: A New Hope (now known as Episode IV). This includes the prototype models and designs of the X-Wing, Y-Wing, Tie Fighter, Star Destroyer, Death Star, Landspeeder, Sandcrawler, and Millennium Falcon, as well as the T-16 Skyhopper that Luke is seen playing with in the film. In addition, in pre-production discussions, he outlined his vision for some of the fighting scenes including the climactic battle scene at the Death Star, and contributed the idea of there being a trench with a weakness that could be exploited by our heroes.
For Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Colin presented Steven Spielberg with his vision of the first scene design of the hovering alien ship. Doug Trumball then became responsible for designing the scenes in the final movie.
Around 1979, Colin developed a revolutionary new device called an interactive motion control system. This allowed animators to more easily simulate the movements of the spacecraft during the design phase of space battles in the Buck Rogers TV Series (1979-1981). Colin subsequently proposed the creation of Universal's Hartland special effects facility.
In one of his last Hollywood projects, Colin was asked to design the NORAD war room scenes for the movie WarGames (1983). The 12 giant War Room wall screens were programmed by Colin in a rush environment where each screen's programming occurred the night before filming. These "large monitors" were, in fact, about 6x8 inch Hewlett Packard computer monitors that were enlarged for dramatic movie effects.
One of his most memorable and important experiences was in July of 1969. At that time, Colin was positioned behind Walter Cronkite in the CBS studio while Walter gave a riveting description of the first Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Colin was at the "Hal 9000" computer that was feeding Walter the actual flight information that was broadcast live on TV during the moon landing.
Today, Colin continues to advance his Stellar Biodesics concept that he has been developing since the Buckminster Fuller seminar in 1955.
“The Colin Cantwell Collection is beyond extraordinary,”said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for collectors to own a piece of history from some of the most important moments in film and television.”
Highlights of The Colin Cantwell Collection include Original NASA Apollo 11 Flight Plan with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, Eight Different Star Wars Pre-Production (1974/1975) Full Color Illustrations (Estimate: $2,500-$5,000 each), Six Different Sets of Initial Star Wars Starship Designs (Estimate: $500-$1,000 each), 2001: A Space Odyssey Production Notebooks (Estimate: $500-$1,000), Close Encounters of the Third Kind Pre-Production Full Color Devil’s Tower Illustration for Computer SPFX Experiments (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), WarGames Collection of Special Effects Equipment (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500), a January 1975 Original Star Wars screenplay, then titled “Adventures of the Starkiller” (Estimate: $2,500-$5,000) and an extraordinary array of many more collectible pieces of rare memorabilia. Fans and collectors can view the entire collection atwww.juliensauctions.com.
All of the property in the auction will be featured in a full color limited edition catalogue available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com.
Exclusive video interviews with Cantwell at Original Prop Blog can be viewed here:http://www.originalprop.com/blog/?p=38472.
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