Around 1:00 AM in downtown New York City, police cornered protesters who have been camping in tents in Zuccotti Park (AKA “Liberty Park”) for the last two months as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police, acting on an order from Mayor Bloomberg—the legality of which was specious—gave protesters only minutes to pack up and move, promising that the demonstrators would be able to return once police had “cleaned up” the area.
Then, for the next several hours, NYPD loaded protesters’ tents, food, equipment, and medical supplies into garbage trucks, confiscating as many as 5000 books that had been donated to the #OWS movement. Maybe more chillingly, all press was penned a safe distance away (and in the meantime, airspace above Zuccotti Park was also closed, so that even CNN’s helicopters couldn’t see in from overhead) in what was seemingly a concerted effort to squelch mainstream news coverage. City councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was supposedly beaten before his arrest, other reporters were arrested (with New York Times contributor Jared Malsin first among them), and still others had their press credentials taken away by police. But without the mainstream press present to either report or confirm, other stories—really damning, real-time reports and photos of police using tear gas and “sound bombing” to control the displaced crowds—had, by morning, become the stuff of speculation.
Meanwhile, celebrities on Twitter joined the outcry:
Photo: ows peaceful gathering downtown. Police blocking our way. http://tmblr.co/ZfxHVyByoR3d
#OWS moved out of Liberty Park “because they’re blocking 1st responders”- here’s my 1st response “that’s bullsh—t.”
A real life horror movie is unfolding in NYC as police tear apart #OWS camp. Watch here: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc Stay safe NYC
November 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Jenn
But—as if you could forget!—the SNL season premiere aired last night, and Alec Baldwin hosted for the 16th time. I will continue to never forgive Alec Baldwin for that time he was a huge jerk to me, but the guy is so, so talented anyway.
Steve Martin, who has hosted 15 times and has never been a jerk to me, made the obligatory gag cameo. I agree when New York Magazine wonders why he didn’t walk into the frame more than once, though. That would’ve been so cute! Like a running “Oh, no! Steve Martin is horning in on your glory” joke throughout the show.
Those hipsters at the A.V. Club have to hate on everything ever, and their recap snarked all over every great bit. If there weren’t a solid “B” score at the top of the screen, I would’ve assumed they hated the show completely. Here are two bright sketches that made the A.V. Club yawn:
September 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Jenn
Guess who’s going to be the opener for this year’s season of Saturday Night Live? Well, Alec Baldwin, which is appropriate, only because he’s done it forty-seven times or something like that, but the musical guest is going to be Radiohead. How off-the-hook is that? I just love Radiohead, and I especially love seeing them not in a huge venue that packs in 250k people all screaming and swaying and drinking and smoking and I can’t see a damn thing and then someone slips me something in something I shouldn’t be doing anyway and I have to spend a quarter of the show in the ladies’ room waiting for my unawareness that the world is both spinning and rotating to come back.
Yep. I’m looking forward to seeing Radiohead from the confines of my living room, because at least there, it is safe. Er. Ish.
SNL premieres this Saturday at 11:30 PM EST.
September 22, 2011 at 6:30 am by Sarah
Is it Don Henley, is that who I’m thinking of? Or is it some mixed-up cousin of El Guapo (or did your lame ass never see The Three Amigos)?
Anyway, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand were photographed and subsequently Tweet bombed by movie director Adam Shankman for Rock of Ages, the very flick that the two currently have in production, and this was the result.
Also, is anyone else seriously creeped out by Russell Brand like I am, by the way? Am I the only one who peers at him uncertainly and reminded of a weird old mothball-and-gin-smelling auntie, what with his lank black locks, rather perky and effeminate button nose, and his livery lips?
More importantly, I suppose – if you had to pick one, who’d you bang: Russell Brand or Alec Baldwin?
June 1, 2011 at 5:30 am by Sarah
These days, one of the first things I think about when I wake up is Charlie Sheen. Is that sad? Seriously, my routine involves making the bed, petting the puppy, turning on the computer, and Googling Charlie Sheen. It seems like good ol’ Alec Baldwin has been following a similar routine, because he took some time to write up a bit of decent advice to Charlie:
But you know what you should do? Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck. Go on Letterman and make an apology. Write a huge check to the B’Nai Brith. And then beg for your job back. Your fans demand it. You will never win because when you are as big a douchebag as some of these guys are, they have no choice but to snuff you. (Do you secretly want to get snuffed? So you can go back and make movies?)
Sober up, Charlie. And get back on TV, if it’s not too late. This is America. You want to really piss off Chuck and Warner Brothers and CBS? Beg for America’s forgiveness. They will give it to you. And then go back. You are a great television star. And you’ve got the gig. As I learned from closely observing Tony Bennett so I could impersonate him on SNL, this is supposed to be fun.
P.S…. buy Cryer a really nice car.
That sounds like some pretty solid advice, but some of that’s got to sting. How closely has Alec been following Charlie this past month or so? Like, has he heard the man talk at all? Charlie Sheen has centered his life around the idea of winning, and he clearly knows how to work a machete – I’d be a little more delicate with my words if I were Alec.
March 13, 2011 at 10:00 am by Emily
Last night, Alec Baldwin hosted the 35th season finale of Saturday Night Live. I’m not sure when I started liking Alec Baldwin, but it happened and I don’t know how I feel about it. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were there too, so it was a double dose of goodness.
By the way, I don’t really believe Alec Baldwin is greater than Betty White. She’ll always be my favorite.