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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JON FAVREAU DIRECTS AND STARS IN A DELICIOUS COMEDY FEATURING SCARLETT JOHANSSON, ROBERT DOWNEY JR., JOHN LEGUIZAMO, SOFIA VERGARA, OLIVER PLATT AND TWO-TIME OSCAR®-WINNER DUSTIN HOFFMAN: CHEF, BY UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY WHOM YOU KNOW! AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK DVD, DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™ ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens


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We review many movies, but don't feel like our daily life is portrayed in them regularly.  We found one!  Chef is an absolute must see for ANYONE that eats, and especially if you are an insider to the food industry, which is growing in leaps and bounds as far as we can see.  Chef gives a real humanity to the culinary world.   Many people told us we had to see this movie, and we could not be more delighted to work with Universal Studios Home Entertainment on this winner releasing today on DVD and video.  We cannot overemphasize how educational about social media this movie is -and in an extremely fun way we might add- for everyone that owns a business, food business or not.  Contained in this film are social media lessons we have been trying to teach the world for five and a half years...at the conclusion, you will know why you should be on Twitter.

First, you must buy it.  
Did we mention it comes out on DVD and BluRay today, silly.
When you are out, be certain you have a detailed shopping list of your favorite foods to have on hand, or better yet just ring up your favorite restaurant for takeout which of course means Garlic Shrimp from Solera  (we even got Barbie into it!).  Or maybe restaurants should just have movie night and show screenings of Chef.  It would be utter torture to watch Chef if you are hungry.  Even if you have a full stomach, this movie will make you super hungry.  We actually stopped the movie to make grilled cheese when we saw that being made, and we didn't just watch Chef once.   We are so into this movie we watched the whole thing a second time in less than 24 hours listening to the color commentary, nearly as good as Andre Lacroix calling a hockey game.

We have the utmost respect for Jon Favreau learning all of the cooking techniques, and he is quite the talented knife wielder.  Chop Chop Chop!  His vegetable murders are hypnotic!  We like how he rocks the Vitamix!  Every aspect of Chef is truly committed to authenticity, and this makes all the difference.   It wouldn't have been such a good movie if he were faking.  Jon plays Carl Casper, a restaurant chef, but alas, not a restaurant owner.  His creative juices in the kitchen are stifled by restaurant owner Riva, played by Dustin Hoffman who plays the menu conservatively, telling Carl to keep the star dishes of the menu on that make the paying customers happy.  We love the line that argues how you would not be happy if you went to a Rolling Stones concert and they didn't play Satisfaction.  And he is right that sometimes (not all the time) "when you put that artsy shit on the menu, people don't like it."

We were dying of laughter at some parts.  We do not tell you the bad things we've eaten! We found the listening skills, overall style and personality of the publicist character played expertly by the talented Amy Sedaris highly laudable.

We do not tell you the mistakes people make either when we review them!  Huge mistake number one by Chef Carl is not being on Twitter.  He learns!  Two thumbs up to his genius son Percy, played by Emjay Anthony.  This kiddo is wise beyond his years.  Many people in restaurants forget that the world is much larger than them, and the world is on Twitter.  The one thing that Chef Carl does know about Twitter is not to be an Anthony Weiner, so he's got a start.

If a commercial kitchen is unfamiliar territory for you, know that the language is akin to a trading floor, and not the PC type you'd find ubiquitous in large institutions today: we're talking the Liar's Poker Human Piranha-type floors.  If you still don't know what we're talking about, think Pirates.  In other words, it's fun.

Chef Carl seeks greener pastures once he leaves the restaurant, and as you may have heard he opens a food truck, starting in Miami and driving across to California.  We liked how their menu was representative of the different spots they made along the way like Austin, Texas and New Orleans.  The singing while driving was contagiously entertaining!  The comradery that develops during this project will make you wish you were with them, watching their dream become a reality.  It's a fantastic American story, and we like how at the very end they do put a Made in the USA mark.  We wish they came to Manhattan, but then they might have met a girl that asked them where the microgreens were on the sandwiches.

The script could not have been better, and the edits made for the final movie cut are superb.  We strongly prefer a top script executed well over films with all the bells and whistles of the  technical feats of movie making without the substance.

We hope you include Manhattan, ConnecticutBoston, and Washington, D.C. in your sequel!  We say you can't beat the culinary endeavors on the East Coast.  And we think we have always been a super fair and pretty nice critic, so the twist at the end of the movie with the critic/Chef Carl relationship we found fantastically winning.

If you like to be happy and do not like to be hungry (isn't that everyone?), you will be thoroughly entertained by Chef.

Chef is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.


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A disenchanted master chef reclaims his love for cooking and his family during a rollicking road trip through some of America’s most mouthwatering food destinations in Chef, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ on September 30, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Writer, director, actor Jon Favreau (director Iron Man, Elf) stars in this heartwarming comedy with something on the menu for everyone. The Chef Blu-ray™ Combo Pack include uproarious deleted scenes, as well as feature commentary from Favreau and the film’s technical advisor and co-producer, food-truck pioneer Roy Choi.

An online feud with an influential food critic (Oliver Platt) and a creative disagreement with his investor (Dustin Hoffman) convince Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) to hang up his apron at a posh Los Angeles bistro and get his mojo back in Miami’s Cuban-inspired cuisine. When his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) helps him get a fresh start with a rundown food truck, Carl and his best friend and sous chef Martin (John Leguizamo) head across the country with Carl’s young son Percy on a culinary adventure that helps Carl rediscover what matters in life.

Robert Downey Jr. (Ironman, Sherlock Holmes), Scarlett Johansson (Her, The Avengers), John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Ride Along), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family,” Machete Kills), Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, Win), Oliver Platt (“Fargo,” X-Men: First Class), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy, “Alpha House)” and two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman (Meet the Fockers, Rain Man, Kramer vs. Kramer) star in a film that Pete Hammond of Movieline praised as: “Highly entertaining!...It’s got it all: laughs, warmth, terrific actors and lots of mouthwatering food. Jon Favreau has cooked up a real winner NOT to be missed!”

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™. 

· Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. 

· DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away. 

· DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 


Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD 

· Deleted Scenes

· Feature Commentary by writer and director Jon Favreau, and chef and co-producer Roy Choi 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION - Blu-ray™:

Street Date: September 30, 2014

Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Rating: R for language, including some suggestive references

Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles



TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:

Street Date: September 30, 2014

Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61130279

Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Rating: R for language, including some suggestive references

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles


About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Whom You Know Recommends Moto in Black/White/Red by Lotus Shoes, Established in 1759 in England! Just Stunning for Fall.


We are always on the prowl for gorgeous new shoes, and our four shoe columns are our pride and joy!  One of the brands newest to us but oldest in the existence of shoe history is Lotus, a brand from the United Kingdom which is swimming across the pond and into your closet!  We've been working with this brand for a year, and we are impressed.

Please meet the Moto!

Classic styling never goes out of fashion, so the Lotus Moto court shoe is a worthy investment.
These pair perfectly with all of your favorite LBD's (little black dresses) and are versatile enough to dress up a pair of jeans.  Their heel is a comfortable height giving you lift without the teeter-totter factor that you will fall over because the heel is too high.  The style is classic yet the color combination makes this choice an interesting one, setting you apart from the crowd.  Whoever said classic is boring did not see this style and color combination!


 With a trio of colours (we'll humor them on their spelling-we like the shoes!) encapsulated on the leather upper and a 5.5cm stiletto heel, this Lotus style will be a great addition to your wardrobe.  From all angles, you will have great looking feet!  We like the stunning red stitching too.

The stats:



Classic Lotus ladies’ court shoe
Leather upper
Pointed toe
5.5cm stiletto heel


 Continue to be excited for the latest and greatest of this prestigious English brand that's making its way across the pond, now seen on the feet of Peachy Deegan.





Established in 1759, the Lotus brand holds an incredible heritage with a wonderful tale to tell. Unfolding the Lotus story and echoing the intriguing legacy of the oldest British footwear brand in existence, the Lotus archives hold an abundance of delightful artifacts from the brand's 250 year history.
Signature Lotus styling is applied to both timeless classic options and a wealth of contemporary, easy to wear footwear styles. Lotus designs exude sophistication and quality. Many styles from the ladies' Lotus footwear collection perfectly harmonise with a number of co-ordinating bag designs in key shapes for the season, the perfect mother of the bride combination. In addition, Lotus recently introduced a range of formal and casual handbags aimed at the style minded women in search of a chic work bag or weekend option. 

Lotus also offer stylish men's collection which we look forward to featuring. The Lotus collection is functional, stylish and distinctive, options range from essential casuals to smart formal options.


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On Living, by Katharine Hepburn

“Wouldn't it be great if people could get to live suddenly as often as they die suddenly?” 
-Katharine Hepburn

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Peachy Picks Novella Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Fresh Origins is America’s leading producer of Microgreens and Edible Flowers. Combining the benefits of an ideal climate with a deep passion for quality and innovation, Fresh Origins products are sought after by the finest restaurants and top chefs. The farm is located in the picturesque rolling hills of San Diego County, where the near perfect weather allows for production and harvest all year. Fresh Origins produces almost 400 Microgreens, Petitegreens, Edible Flowers, Shoots, Tiny Veggies™ and related items. Many are not available anywhere else, with new introductions nearly every month. Fresh Origins products are on top of the finest cuisine in the world! Fresh Origins supplies distributors of specialty produce who serve fine dining restaurants and resorts nationwide. There are also a few online sources of their products available to private chefs and home cooks. Read our first Culinary Queen interview with Kelly Sasuga:
For more information about Fresh Origins, visit their website at 
 
 If you enjoy Da Nico in Little Italy, which is a Peachy's Pick, you will also enjoy Novella, the latest and greatest to us from the owner of both spots, Nicky.  It is a more intimate location down the street with lovely ambiance, and you are bound to have a great experience.  When we arrived we were graciously greeted by everyone at Novella and the management staff did a wonderful dinner.  We met Nicky at the Da Nico review, however, he was not present at this one.
As soon as we were seated we began sipping a robust, deep Italian Barbara D'Asti Duca Di Aleramo from Piemonte.  To Peachy Deegan, nothing beats a fabulous red from Italy (except maybe another knockout red from Italy!).  Not only was there regular fresh bread, but also we delighted in mozzarella bread, which in our book is always even better! 
 The seasoning was great and when the bread is superb, that usually means great things are on the horizon of the dinner table.  Note we do not often mention bread or service as we expect them to be excellent (everyone knows we are coming!), however in this case both the bread and the service were exemplary.  We are just missing some good stories about Nicky, so perhaps we will add some next time... 
 If you read closely, you know mozzarella is a magic word around here (Burrata even more so...!).  As an appetizer, Peachy chose the Mozzarella in Carozza: fried mozzarella served with tomato sauce.  Simple and delicious, it hit the spot.  Novella uses terrific ingredients including Caputo flour imported from southern Italy and San Marzano tomatoes. 
 Although he's no longer in office, Bloomberg the angel of nutrition is always perched on Peachy's shoulder invisibly during all dining reviews.  He ensures that vegetables, especially green salads are part of the meal.  In Connecticut, this happens automatically so growing up way before Peachy ever used a Bloomberg terminal or knew who he was, she thought it was normal to always have a salad first.  Sometimes we are of the mindset of less is more, and that was true this day.  Peachy chose the Insalata Tri-Colore which boasted fresh baby arugula, radicchio and endive in a balsamic dressing.  We'd definitely order it again.   And look, they listened and put the dressing on the side which is how Peachy likes it.
 We suggest getting a table near the window if you can so you can enjoy the people watching as well!  It's also nice to see the sun go down and the ambiance alter nicely.
 
 We also tried this Sangiovese which was a stellar transition into our pasta course.
 For the pasta course at many places, Peachy Deegan likes to order Fettuccine Alfredo and it was just captivating at Novella.  She was immediately silenced and connected with it.  Though this is not a difficult dish to execute overall, not every place does it well.  You should know if you are here, the pasta courses we tried and the ones we saw others order all looked fantastic.  It is Little Italy, after all!   
 As an entree, the decadently delicious Saltimbocca alla Romana proved to be tender and exquisite.  The presentation was enticing and the vegetables on the side added color, texture and nutrition.  Broccoli de rabe we ordered on the side and it was enhanced by garlic and extra virgin olive oil.  The portion sizes of everything are generous, and this is a good place to go if you are hungry! 
 Though everything we tried prior was laudable, perhaps Novella saved the best for last.

 We like the straightforward approach Novella has in serving quality ingredients attractively that result in something scrumptious, not dressing them up too much.
  Fresh fruit and cream is just amazing when the quality is there! 
 The chocolate cake is not to be ignored and starting with the sweet scent of chocolate you notice the moment it joins your table, you know the right finish is in your stomach.
Our esteemed panelist adds:
I had the pleasure of accompanying Peachy Deegan at the Novella restaurant in Little Italy. Don't let the outside construction discourage you from visiting this quaint italian restaurant.
The waiters and staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. The music was soft and catchy. I especially loved the lighting. It has a soft, romantic ambiance. My first dish I started with was the Mellanzane Rollatine.
 It was the perfect amount to share with someone. It was delicious. The eggplant was sliced nice and thin and there wasn't too much ricotta and mozzarella if there is even such a thing. I then ordered the Insalata Novella. 
This was my favorite dish of the night. It had baby greens, strawberries, pine nuts in a light balsamic vinaigrette. It was absolutely amazing. I didn't order my dressing on the side, and it came out perfectly. One of their house specialties is the Ravioli della Casa:
The ravioli literally melts in your mouth. It had so much flavor. The pasta portions are hearty!  Stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheese in a tomato sauce, this dish was enjoyable just as much if not more when I had leftovers for lunch the next day. 
For an entree I ordered the Pollo Scarpariello boneless. I would like to say I am a chicken connoisseur. I have eaten chicken in so many different ways. This chicken dish was done so well. It was flavorful, moist, and was accompanied by a nice amount of vegetables. Last, I ordered the cannoli. 
It was served with crushed pistachios which gave a nice twist on the traditional dessert.  Novella has all of your favorite traditional italian specialties, and they are all done really well.
Peachy Picks Novella!
Novella is Recommended by Whom You Know.
Novella is at 191 Grand Street in Little Italy, Manhattan.
212 966 0555

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Monday, September 29, 2014

CEA Joins Global Tech Industry Calling for ITA Win in November

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® issued the following statement on behalf of CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro in response to today’s global tech industry statement in support of a November conclusion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion:

“Eighty-two tech signatories from around the globe, representing tens of thousands of businesses, are rallying together to support trade negotiators from all member economies in the ITA. We have an opportunity now to come together, bridge gaps and finalize this negotiation so that a huge win may be announced in Beijing at the November APEC Leader’s meeting. Global tech leaders from China, the U.S., the EU and all across Asia and the world agree that the time is now. We all hope to celebrate the announcement of a successful ITA conclusion in China."

The ITA has not been updated since its creation 16 years ago. An expanded ITA could remove tariffs on an estimated additional $800 billion in information and communication technology trade globally. Updating the ITA to include modern tech products is vital in assuring that the agreement’s many benefits extend to the world’s citizens. 


The Innovation Movement unites those who believe innovation is critical to American global leadership and economic growth, supporting public policies that encourage and advance American business and shore up our economy for future generations. To learn more about the campaign and how to join us, click here.


About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online atCE.org, DeclareInnovation.com

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Whom We Miss: Strudel Marinelli, Beloved Dachshund Daughter of Mover and Shaker Tony Marinelli and His Wife Cynthia

Strudel with her mom, Cynthia Marinelli

In Memoriam of our Dear Friend Strudel! xoxo Peachy


Beloved daughter of Cynthia and Tony, 
sister of Sauci Marinelli

As told to Peachy Deegan by Mover and Shaker Tony Marinelli:
(for everyone that likes the Washington, D.C. restaurant column, Tony gets all the credit for that starting since he helped us get our first review there at Clyde's.  Tony worked at Clyde's when it opened while he was a student at Georgetown University (up with the Jesuits!).  It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know.)

On the back of our favorite car (our 20 yer old GMC) is a sticker that says:

"My dachshund is smarter than your honor student."  
Below is why we put that sticker on our car.

We all know how be beautiful Strudel was. We took it for granted.

What few knew was how smart she was.

From a very early age, Strudel realized that her job #1 was "to get noticed."

She reasoned that if you don't get noticed...nothing happens.

She then as a puppy began to invent her "bag of tricks."



Standing up was her default trick. She relied on that move heavily.

Looking mournful and employing those large sad brown eyes to elicit 
pity was another favorite. Cynthia and I are convinced she practiced 
"the look" in the mirror while we were gone. Sauci knew this and saw her 

doing it but she's no snitch.


Putting both her paws on your foot and pushing down hard when one was having breakfast, lunch or dinner was another.  
In moments of desperation, she would resort to her Germanic blitzkrieg move of 
sneaking up behind you and using both paws to pounce on the back of your knees resulting in the victims legs to buckle. Rommel would have been proud.

All of this behavior was done for the cause of "getting noticed." 


She never resorted to whimpering or crying.

THAT device was employed by "lesser' dogs. 

 She had nothing if not style.

Strudel was, however, not above stealth and or just taking what she believed was hers.

ALL FOOD belonged to Strudel.

There was the case of the MISSING SANDWICH.

Cynthia with her usual kindness made me a ham and cheese on multigrain bread with a little mustard and a little mayo. Just then the phone rang, and I put my sandwich down to pick up a 3 minute phone call. When I returned the sandwich was gone. Getting on in years and knowing that I devour everything in 10 
seconds flat, I asked myself: 

"Did I eat that sandwich already?" 

Then I asked Cynthia: "Honey, did you eat my sandwich?" 

She said no and right away we both looked at Strudel. There was tiny bit of mustard spotted on the side of her mouth.  

She was young and hadn't yet learned the importance of "destroying the evidence."


There were also the cases of the: 

VANISHING BOWL OF ALMONDS 

and the

THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SAGA BLUE CHEESE...





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Strudy you will be greatly missed but we look forward to hearing the next adventure of your sister, Sauci!

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“WE NEED TO TALK”: CBS SPORTS TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER ALL-FEMALE NATIONAL SPORTS SHOW “We Need To Talk” To Be Hosted, Produced and Directed by All-Female Team “We Need To Talk” Debuts Tuesday, September 30, 2014 on CBS Sports Network in Primetime at 10:00 PM, ET



CBS Sports will launch WE NEED TO TALK, the first-ever all-female national weekly sports show, airing in primetime beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on CBS Sports Network. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and David Berson, President, CBS Sports.

Featuring CBS Sports’ deep roster of talented female journalists, including those who serve in various high-profile roles at the CBS Corporation such as lead reporters on THE NFL ON CBS and SEC ON CBS, pregame analysts and radio hosts, WE NEED TO TALK brings together these most accomplished women to share their knowledge and opinions by offering a unique perspective of the sports landscape. The CBS crew will be joined by other prominent women from the sports world, including former and current athletes, television and radio personalities, league and team executives, and top news and sports journalists from around the country. 

“This is a very proud moment for all of us at CBS Sports,” said McManus. “A sports show featuring all women is long overdue, and we are thrilled to be able to make television history this fall with the national launch of WE NEED TO TALK.”

“From the moment news of the show spread, the reaction we've received has been nothing short of amazing,” said Berson. “We've been inundated with notes from women across the industry requesting to join the extraordinary women at CBS Sports to create a fun, unique and informative show for all sports fans.”

Each week, the WE NEED TO TALK panel will feature a core of CBS Sports announcers including Lesley Visser, the highly acclaimed Pro Football Hall of Fame sportscaster in her 40th year covering sports and a trailblazer for women in the industry; Amy Trask, the first female CEO in the National Football League and a contributor for CBS Sports Network’s THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW; Tracy Wolfson, lead reporter for CBS’s NFL and NCAA Tournament coverage; CBS Sports Radio host and veteran television broadcaster Dana Jacobson; and Allie LaForce, lead reporter for the SEC ON CBS.

WE NEED TO TALK also will include multi-Emmy award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for NFL Network and Correspondent for HBO Sports; Laila Ali, four-time boxing world champion and daughter of legend Muhammad Ali; four-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time WNBA champion Lisa Leslie; 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres; two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash; four-time Olympic medalist and veteran sports reporter Summer Sanders; and former professional tennis player and First Vice President of the USTA Katrina Adams.

The show will feature high-profile men and women from the sports, news and entertainment worlds. CBS THIS MORNING co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King‎ will appear as guests. Additional guests will be announced as the season progresses.

WE NEED TO TALK will be led by Emmy Award-winning Coordinating Producers Emilie Deutsch andSuzanne Smith, the only woman currently producing or directing NFL games. Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc will produce with Smith directing.

“This is nothing less than a cultural pivot point,” said Visser. “There are many shows have a woman on, but not one that has a table filled with women. “When I started covering sports in 1974, the credentials often said, ‘No Women or Children in the Press Box.’ Forty years later, we are accepted as members of the media, assistant coaches (San Antonio Spurs), college officials and executives. We have learned to love sports the same way boys and men do - not all of them played the game either. I'm proud to play for CBS.”

“With so many women already working in prominent roles across CBS Sports, it’s a privilege to be a part of this unique project, bringing all their talents and experiences together under one show,” said Smith. “We have an opportunity here to have some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in our business talk sports, offer opinions and have some fun.”

Each week the show will feature a rotating group of female panelists from within the CBS Corporation and beyond, discussing all the hot topics and the latest news from across the sports landscape including the NFL, MLB, college football and basketball, NBA, NHL, golf, tennis, auto racing and much more.



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Whom You Know has not yet seen this show.

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On Children and Boundaries, by Katharine Hepburn

“Children need boundaries, so they can know how far they have to go to get beyond them.” 
-Katharine Hepburn

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Peachy's Pet Pals: The Fish in Culinary King Sal Scognamillo's Aquarium

"Spotted orange tail file fish. Blue jaw trigger fish!" Sal tells Peachy...

...and this might be the first time that we've featured fish that Peachy did not devour!  When Sal is not in the hot kitchen, he is cooling off by his delightful kingdom of pesce!  (that's fish in Italian.)  It's not total serenity though because Sal is successfully exercising, slimming down while he watches his friends swim by.

And, in case you want to EAT fish:
Founded in 1944 by Pasquale "Patsy" Scognamillo, Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been in its current and only theater district location on West 56th Street (in the building just next to the original site) since 1954. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year, the one and only Patsy's Italian Restaurant has had only three chefs--the late Patsy himself, his son Joe Scognamillo, Joe's son Sal Scognamillo; it is this family's labor of love. Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been known for years as Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurant, and in fact, his family still enjoys dining at Patsy's Italian Restaurant whenever they are in town. In addition to Sinatra and family, Patsy's Italian Restaurant has become a favorite with countless stars on both the east and west coast, who have come to regard Patsy's Italian Restaurant as a mecca of Italian fine dining. They enjoy the restaurant's remarkable signature dishes, including succulent Veal Chops Siciliano, spicy Lobster Fra Diavolo, tender Chicken Contadina, and savory Calamari stuffed with seafood and more including some of the finest pasta dishes in the city. Patsy's Italian Restaurant's famous sauces, made from the freshest, most mouth-watering ingredients, are available in better supermarkets and specialty food stores throughout the U.S. Some of Patsy's Italian Restaurant high profile patrons include Rush Limbaugh, Al Pacino, Placido Domingo, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Tom Hanks, Madonna, George Clooney, Rappers Heavy "D" and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey,Tony Bennett, Don King, Robert DeNiro, Don Rickles, Jacklyn Smith, Phyllis George, Stephen King, Mario Puzo, Calvin Klein, Carroll O'Connor, Jon Bon Jovi, Liza Minelli, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Chris Noth, Farrah Fawcett, Chevy Chase, Cheryl Ladd, Huey Lewis, and Patty LaBelle, to name several. Sal Scognamillo is the first feature in Whom You Know's Culinary Kings and Queens, and Patsy's is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.




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THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO; MARTIN SCORSESE AND DAVID TEDESCHI DIRECT Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of HBO

For over 30 years, Stribling and Associates has represented high-end residential real estate, specializing in the sale and rental of townhouses, condos, co-ops, and lofts throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and around the globe. Stribling has more than 200 professional brokers who use their respected expertise to provide personalized service to buyers and sellers at all price levels. A separate division, Stribling Private Brokerage, discreetly markets properties over $5 million, and commands a significant market share in this rarified sector of residential real estate. Stribling is the exclusive New York City affiliate of Savills, a leading global real estate advisor with over 200 office in 48 countries. 
Whom You Know Congratulates their new President, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan: http://www.whomyouknow.com/2012/12/breaking-manhattan-real-estate-news.html

Featured in image: Robert Silvers
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of HBO

We can definitely relate to being absolutely surrounded by books!  HBO Documentaries have  another successful edition in their hit parade of the best collective documentaries anywhere: The 50 Year Argument, which is a colorful history of The New York Review of Books.  Many of you are familiar with this publication, however, if you are not, know that like us, it is an independent thinker but unlike us, it can address controversial issues, and some legendary topics include Russian Translation, Orientalism and Gore Vidal vs. the World on Everything.  Borne out of a newspaper strike, The New York Review of Books is clearly for the intellectual covering not only books, but also events and ideas.   Captain of this ship is Robert Silvers!  We like his half circle desk.
Featured in image: Robert Silvers
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of HBO

A problem in editing for many publications is that it is done by committee.  At The New York Review of Books, like us, it is done by one person.  Bob is a one-man editor and we love it!
We love the aerial footage of New York at the opening, and have true empathy and appreciation for the start of their publication, however printing costs were far different than internet publishing 50 years ago!  The input by Colm Tobin was incredibly insightful, and his thoughts about ideas, concepts, community discussion and critics we agree with.  Sex and violence is addressed in the 50 Year Argument which is entirely relevant today given news of recent weeks.  Also, the issue is raised questioning public relations here, and we found that quite interesting!

Featured in image: Yasmin El Rashidi (Contributor)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO

Yasmin El Rashidi and her commitment to integrity we found highly laudable, and the New York Times and Washington Post are criticized here for publishing things that according to her did not happen.  
If you love words, and believe words mean things, you will find kindred spirits here!

"...[quoting a metaphor] influence moves like the knight in chess, one move straight and then diagonally.  It doesn't go in straight lines."
-Andrei Skaharov

Featured in image: Martin Scorsese and Robert Silvers
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of HBO

 The 50 Year Argument is Recommended by Whom You Know!


P.S. Martin Scorsese, if you are reading, tell your wife that this documentary reminded us of a Prescott Program...(we googled that, and nothing showed so maybe they have been discontinued at our alma mater.)

Featured in image: Martin Scorsese and Joan Didion
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of HBO

Directed by Oscar® winner Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT profiles the provocative and influential publication The New York Review of Books, and its charismatic and indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers, who, along with co-editor Barbara Epstein (who passed away in 2006), has guided the Review since its launch in 1963. The documentary debuts MONDAY, SEPT. 29 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Sept. 29 (3:45 a.m.) and Oct. 2 (8:00 a.m., 3:15 p.m.), 5 (1:45 p.m.), 8 (4:00 p.m., 12:35 a.m.) and 11 (9:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 1 (8:15 p.m.), 9 (2:00 p.m.), 14 (11:00 p.m.) and 19 (10:50 a.m.)

THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT marks Scorsese’s third documentary to be presented on HBO, and Tedeschi’s first co-directing project with Scorsese. Produced by Margaret Bodde, David Tedeschi and Martin Scorsese through the filmmaker’s Sikelia Productions banner, their previous HBO collaborations include “Public Speaking” and the Emmy®-winning “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”

Weaving together rare archival material, original vérité footage filmed in the Review’s West Village offices, contributor interviews and portraits by celebrated photographer Brigitte Lacombe, along with excerpts from the work of iconic writers, THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT illustrates the depth and scope of the paper, which continues to thrive today.

Confrontation and intelligent argument are in the publication’s DNA. "When we started the paper, we weren't seeking to be part of an establishment," confides Silvers, recalling the early days of the Review. "We were seeking quite the opposite, we were seeking to examine the workings and truthfulness of establishments, whether political or cultural. As long as we could pay the printer, we could publish anything we wanted, and no one could stop us."

Notes Scorsese, “I have learned so much over the years from The New York Review of Books – it’s given me so much that I jumped at the chance to make this film. And David and I both welcomed the challenge of making a film that reflected what is so unique about the Review, really, a film about the adventure of thought, and, as Colm Toibin puts it, the sensuality of ideas. I hope we succeeded.”

“The Review has such a venerable history, but what truly amazes me is how they engage with the world today,” says Tedeschi. “Shortly after we finished the film, the CIA officially joined Twitter, and the Review responded by tweeting throughout the day excerpts from articles on the CIA black sites, on torture. That confrontational impulse is something we wanted to capture in the film.”

With history as the backdrop, this examination of the establishment is woven throughout THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT. Mary McCarthy travels to Saigon during the Vietnam War to argue against the American presence there. Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer battle over feminism. Michael Greenberg chronicles the anger and frustration of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Joan Didion reads from her searing article about youths wrongly convicted in the 1989 Central Park Jogger case.

Among the other notables also featured in interviews and archival footage are: W.H. Auden, James Baldwin, Mary Beard, Ian Buruma, Michael Chabon, Noam Chomsky, Mark Danner, Yasmine El Rashidi, Jason Epstein, Timothy Garton Ash, Stephen Jay Gould, Elizabeth Hardwick, Vaclav Havel, Zoe Heller, Jennifer Homans, Robert Lowell, Avishai Margalit, Daniel Mendelsohn, Darryl Pinckney, Oliver Sacks, Andrei Sakharov, Susan Sontag, Colm Toibin and Derek Walcott.

The passion for truth and intellectual freedom that first inspired Silvers and Barbara Epstein to create the publication has endured throughout its history. “Magazines don’t change the world, but they shape a certain kind of climate of ideas,” says contributor Avishai Margalit. “There is a metaphor: Influence goes like the knight in chess, one move straight, and then diagonally. It doesn’t go in straight lines.” Consistently holding an exacting mirror to “the establishments” of the time, The New York Review of Books has revealed the power of ideas to shape history.



THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT is an HBO Documentary Films presentation; a production of BBC Arena, Sikelia Productions and WOWOW in association with Verdi Productions and Magna Entertainment; edited by Paul Marchand and Michael J. Palmer; cinematography by Lisa Rinzler; portraits by Brigitte Lacombe; supervising producer, Mikaela Beardsley; executive producer for BBC Arena, Anthony Wall; executive producers for WOWOW, Hajime Hashimoto and Kayo Washio; executive producers, Chad and Michelle Verdi and Joshua Sason; produced by Margaret Bodde, David Tedeschi and Martin Scorsese; directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi.

Featured in image: Margaret Bodde, David Tedeschi and Martin Scorsese
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of HBO

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