By Joe Alexander | With Photographs by Patrick McMullan.
Movies : The Good, The Bad, and The Boring
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill is the season’s biggest bore. Affleck, who should have looked in the mirror and stepped aside for a younger Channing Tatum or Chris Pine, said “I get this panicked sense, ‘Is it good? It’s horrible, right? It’s going to bomb.’” Clearly he saw a preview. Ben’s not superhero material and clearly Jennifer Garner feels the same way after she caught him sleeping with the nanny. On the other hand, Garner doesn’t over reach in her family friendly flick Miracles from Heaven. She sums it up saying “You should walk out of this movie feeling inspired and with a sense of hope.” Disney’s Zootopia with the voices of Jason Bateman and Shakira about animals trying to live in harmony is a good choice for the kids. I can also recommend the sci-fi wonderment Midnight Special starring Kirsten Dunst, who confessed “I will do anything with a good filmmaker.” If you prefer your superheroes with a sense of humor, I strongly suggest you see Ryan Reynolds in the thriller Deadpool but I give pass on the dull Allegiant, ditto to the edgy but flawed Hardcore Henry. Need a laugh? Try The Boss with Melissa McCarthy, who mused “People have told me my entire life what I can’t do, bless them. And then I’ll take the core of whatever it is that’s making those people act so crazy and crank it up to 11. I’m quite sure I’ve never seen an epic boob fight in a movie before.”
Gucci ambassador Charlotte Casiraghi kept things pumping on the dance floor when she joined her mother Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld in Monte Carlo. Supermodel Victoria Silvstedt helped INCC Parfums’ President Remy Deslandes launch Monaco, a fragrance for men and women, at a benefit for the Princess Grace Foundation USA at the Crem Club in the tiny principality, Monte Carlo. Others trying on the alluring new frangances were James Davidson, Christine and George Ledes, Princess Grace Award winners Antonia Berasaluce and Lucien Postlewaite.
Pitbull performed at what Michael Strahan called “the biggest and best bar mitzvah I’ve ever been to.” The two million dollar extravaganza was produced by Michael Cerbelli of Cerbelli Creative who helped create the weddings of Paul McCartney and Billy Joel. The event at the Barclays Center featured a chainsaw wielding ice sculpture artist and two full scale amusement park rides called Freak Out and Seven Seas. The honoree made his grand entrance by propelling down from the ceiling onto the stage as the crowd roared. cerbellicreative.com
The Modern Museum of Art
Painter Hunt Slonem, a favorite of Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore, and J. Lo, whose works are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA, unveiled his “Antebellum Pop” exhibition at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge. The artist recreated rooms from his historic Louisiana plantation using millions of dollars of historical décor from M.S. Rau Antiques. Among the treasures were a crystal and bronze dore Baccarat chandelier circa 1880 worth $128,500, a “glitwood Chiniserie” frame and an English mahogany pedestal dining table from 1820 worth $448,500. rauantiques.com Critics and curators raved about Slonem’s signature bunnies, birds, and butterflies. rauantiques.com ; huntslonem.com
America’s Next Top Model
America’s Next Top Model alum Xiomi Frans-Cuber previewed her new health and beauty website Don’tEverSayNever.com at KTCHN in The OUT Hotel. Xiomi is also an aestetic plastic surgey nurse and demotalogy expert (BSN) who specializes in injectables. After a Q & A with fans about her skincare routines and diet, she watched a performance by members of the original cast of the Broadway musical Once, including Brandon Ellis and Claire Wellin. On another night, Rema Webb, who co-stars with Jennifer Hudson in the broadway hit The Color Purple, also performed her one woman show Children Will Listen in the hotel’s event space 42 West. Glee star Alex Newell and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Titus Burgess have also been spotted rocking out at this off broadway hot spot. theoutnyc.com
New York Met stars Travis d’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki, and Logan Merrett at Treadwell Park, the craft beer hall on E. 61 St., talking with real estate developer Steven Vornea, animal activist and actress Leesa Rowland, and stem cell guru Dr. Christopher Calapai. Recently, the hotspot celebrated German Beer Day with Radeberger Brewmaster Udo Schiedermair showcasing the ultra- rare Radeberger Zwickel Bier and other German favorites. treadwellpark.com
Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Alicia Keys are among the fans of Stage 48. Perched above the nightclub is Cantina Rooftop, a traditional Mexican restaurant and lounge. The opening featured a bevy of beauties from Dale Noelle’s TRUE Model Management, Poker Queen Beth Shak, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Mark, and event planner Andrea Correale. In addition to his authentic Mexican menu, Chef Gonzaola Colin’s sexy new space will feature homemade guacamole and taco stations. cantinarooftop.com
Surf City and Zeppelin Hall
With the weather warming up the fashionistas are heading to Surf City in Jersey City, where they can take in the spectacular views of Manhattan and Liberty Island. The new menu features everything from lobster rolls to decadent crab cakes and fish and chips. The megabar and restaurant also features a wide variety of playful tropical frozen cocktails. surfcitybar.com
Nearby is Zeppelin Hall, who just hosted their infamous Baconfest. Dishes included the Bacon Tomahawk Ribeye made with three pounds of steak and two pounds of bacon! The popular restaurant will feature innovative and mouthwatering BBQ dishes all summer long.