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Day 2 On The Set With The Jonas Brothers
Nick Jonas Kevin Jonas, Taylor Swift
Nick Jonas drives horse & buggy
Kevin Jonas as hot dog vendor
Lorenzo Lamas & The Jonas Brothers
Lorenzo Lamas, at left, & friends meet the Jonas Brothers in Central Park

New York, August 14, 2008 – Thursday, we found the Jonas Brothers shooting scenes for their 3-D concert movie for the second day in a row, this time on the other side of Central Park at Columbus Circle.  And unlike yesterday, the boys were in costume as iconic New York City tradespeople.  Kevin Jonas worked as a hot dog vendor at a street cart, and today we found out Taylor Swift’s role – the country music star was a customer; she bought a hot dog from Kevin!  Kevin was not wearing gloves while serving the food – does that meet the city’s health code?

Nick Jonas drove one of those horse drawn carriages that tourists and lovers ride through Central Park.  Nobody famous was riding in Nick’s carriage, from what we could tell.  Joe Jonas played a cop, directing traffic in uniform, but he’d finished his scene before we arrived. 

Again, it was a hot day, and makeup artists were busy with frequent touch-ups and brow mopping.  And there were even more fans than the day before; foreign tourists seemed to have no idea who the Jonas Brothers were – but their kids did. 

Oh, and we forgot to mention that the previous day, Lorenzo Lamas walked through the park carrying Mary Poppins playbills and accompanied by two little girls, who were thrilled to meet the Jonas Brothers.  They offered Lamas and friends seats to watch the taping.

Related: Day 1 With the Jonas Brothers in Central Park

 

 
On the Scene With The Jonas Brothers in Central Park
The Jonas Brothers
Nick, seated at left, Joe & Kevin Jonas in Central Park
Kevin Jonas Joe Jonas Taylor Swift
Kevin Jonas
Joe Jonas
Taylor Swift

New York, August 13, 2008 – The Jonas Brothers took over Central Park South today, shooting scenes from their upcoming 3-D concert movie.  Security measures didn’t stop hordes of fans from descending on the set, at the pond across from the Plaza. 

There were many extras in the scene, mainly teenage couples, but the fans were mostly younger.  It seemed that some extras brought along their friends – just to gawk at the Jonas boys.  Even funnier, police officers working to control the crowds brought their own kids to watch!  Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas were all pretty laidback and nice to the fans, shaking hands and signing autographs; they didn’t get annoyed at all – even though they did many, many takes of the same song, over and over outside in the hot sun. 

Country sensation Taylor Swift hung around the set, apparently waiting for her scene, which did not materialize – until the next day.  (We have another report coming on Thursday’s shoot!)  At one point, Taylor went into the Jonas Brothers’ tent, causing tittering among some on the set.  She was just trying to get out of the blazing sun, people! 

For some reason, Taylor Swift’s reps tried to block her from being photographed – unsuccessfully, see our shot at left.  However there were eager paparazzi; one who snuck through a flowerbed of rare plants was held by the police and issued a summons.

More from the Jonas Brothers shoot on Day 2.

 
Miley Cyrus Can't Control Her Tongue
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Miley Cyrus sticks out her tongue on the Today Show
Miley's tongue goes left
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus's tongue goes right
Miley's tongue leans right again on Today show
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus
Miley's tongue sticks straight out
Miely's tongue at right again

New York, July 25, 2008 – Miley Cyrus appeared on NBC’s Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, and during her performance, the 15-year-old pop phenomenon’s tongue seemed to have a mind of its own.  Miley’s tongue seemed to favor the right side, but she also licked to the left and the center.  What’s up with that?

 
Laurie Anderson's Homeland Returns to NYC
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson rehearses "Homeland" at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson in rehearsal

New York, July 22, 2008 - A year ago Laurie Anderson played the Highline Ballroom as a part of the High Line Festival curated by David Bowie. That intimate venue and the dozens that followed throughout North and South America and Europe in many ways have served as Anderson's laboratory for the project she calls Homeland.  "Homeland is about love and war -- two things that have been on my mind recently," said Anderson in an interview with Lincoln Center Festival's Charles Sheek.  "So more or less I collect ideas in notebooks and put them in stories and songs.  It's great to edit them with a live audience so touring has been essential to the creation of the piece."  As a light-show performance, Homeland has evolved in the last year from the hyper-frenetic digital projections of Mark Coniglio as staged at the High Line Festival to the more languid lighting of the current production.  This latest installment of Homeland, however, continues to employ those naked incandescent light bulbs at the ends of long electrical cords.

Tuesday afternoon's dress rehearsal doubled as the press photo-call and hinted at the refinement coupled with force that is Laurie Anderson's program.  Both the musicians and the stage lighting were put through the paces one last time before the opening notes were to be played Tuesday evening.  At one point during the rehearsal, Anderson and her sound man Charlie Campbell spent a solid five minutes attempting to isolate a low-level, nearly inaudible whirring noise coming from her side of the stage.  Meticulous timing was the goal as they planned the exact time Campbell should mute the sound of Greg Cohen's electric bass just as he was to set it down in exchange for his upright, in order to reduce as much ambient sound as possible lest it clang into, say, the bird sounds delicately being made on the viola by Eyvind Kang.  The attention to detail is surely nothing new to Anderson, but all the same no less important for this homecoming of Homeland to Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, which runs for five nights through Saturday, July 26th.

Text and photographs by Damien Neva

 
Smoking Joe Frazier Visits Sports Museum of America
Joe Frazier Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier beneath portait of Muhammad Ali at Sports Museum
Joe Frazier loans fight robe to Sports Museum of America

New York, July 16, 2008 – Boxing legend Joe Frazier paid a visit to the Sports Museum of America in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, where he mingled with season ticket holders over lunch.  Looking around, Frazier noted that the museum has a huge picture of his arch-rival Muhammad Ali on the wall; “but I had to hunt down a picture of me”, he quipped.   The father of 11 children also said that one of his daughters can beat him up. 

Smoking Joe loaned the Sports Museum his fight robe from the 1974 Jerry Quarry match, and later signed autographs in the museum shop.  Frazier is a world heavyweight boxing champ and an Olympic gold medal winner.

 
Antonio Banderas Dances, Charms at Fragrance Launch
Lin-Manual Miranda Antonio Banderas Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas
In the Heights star Lin-Manuel Miranda
Antonio Banderas shows us Blue Seduction for Women
Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas

New York, July 10, 2008 – Antonio Banderas introduced his new fragrance, Blue Seduction for Women, at a fun event on Thursday afternoon that included a performance by cast members from Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.  Banderas charmed everyone, talking and laughing with reporters with wife Melanie Griffith by his side.  The couple sat together and watched the performance, and Banderas even hopped onstage to join the dancing, thrilling the kids from House of the Roses, a Banderas fragrance beneficiary, who took part.

In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise appearance at the launch event.  He told us that Banderas had come to see the show the day before – and that he wore Banderas’ fragrance Spirit when he heard the actor would be coming!  “I smell like Puss in Boots”, Miranda said with a devlish grin, referring to Banderas' hilarious Shrek 2 character.

Related: Is Antonio Banderas returning to Broadway? We sent the scoop to New York Magazine

 
T. Boone Pickens Chooses CNBC Over Fox Business News
T. Boone Pickens' tie
T. Boone Pickens
Detail of T. Boone Pickens' necktie
T. Boone Pickens' tie
T. Beoon Pickens' necktie
T. Boone Pickens kicks off his shoes at press conference

New York, July 8, 2008 – At T. Boone Pickens’ press conference on Tuesday to announce his new wind turbine energy initiative, pickensplan.com, we found out the billionaire oilman’s preferred source of business news.  While standing in front of a team from Fox News readying for an interview – and just after wrapping an interview with Bloomberg – Pickens told an assistant, “Turn on CNBC.  I want to see what the markets are doing.”   This despite the fact that Fox launched a business news channel last year.  (The assistant actually tuned in MSNBC, we believe.)

Pickens made himself at home at the press conference at the Palace Hotel in New York City, even sitting down and removing his shoes at one point.  The conservative Texan wore a red necktie with a bear and butterfly pattern, and we heard someone wonder aloud if the tie was a reference to the Grateful Dead dancing bears logo. 

Pickens sees his new wind-based energy plan as a way to reduce America's dependence on oil – and a way to make money. 

 
Naked Cowgirl Granny in Times Square
Naked Cowgirl
Naked Cowgirl seen in Times Square on June 19, 2008
Naked Cowgirl's guitar
Detail of Naked Cowgirl's guitar
Naked Cowgirl
This Naked Cowgirl does more than just sing

New York, June 19 2008 – There’s the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, and apparently he spawned a female imitator, the Naked Cowgirl (although we personally have never seen her, she has a Web site with photos and video.) 

Perhaps it was their grandmother we ran into yesterday on Times Square?  She billed herself as the “Naked Cowgirl”, but unless the other Naked Cowgirl has aged a lot since she posted the photos on her Web site, it’s safe to say this is a knockoff. 

This being New York, a copyright infringement lawsuit can’t be far off, right?

 

Photos: Caroline Torem-Craig

 
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