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Scott touts Fla’s turnaround, but his inbox tells another tale

by John Kennedy | August 26th, 2013

Rick Scott’s early-stage reelection campaign is pivoting almost exclusively around Florida’s economy, with the governor finding ways big and small this summer to tout what he calls the state’s “turnaround.”

Scott last week promoted job growth before corporate titans, addressing a Wal-Mart manufacturing summit in Orlando and later, business leaders gathered at The Breakers in Palm Beach.

But while he was out stumping, Scott’s email in-box told another story.

Several voters sent terse replies to the thousands of electronic newsletters his office blasts out highlighting the state’s economy under the theme, “It’s Working.”

“Really? I’m not. Thanks to you,” wrote Angela Hawkes, 40, of Brandon, who last year lost her $73,000-a-year job as an account executive for a credit union and is still looking for work.

Hawkes later told The Palm Beach Post that anger and frustration finally prompted her to write the governor.

“I think the rebound is overplayed,” she said. “Things are getting slightly better. But too many people are still underemployed and underpaid.”

Long plagued by lousy approval ratings, Scott will win re-election only if, unlike Hawkes, Floridians feel warmed by the state’s recovering economy and credit him with providing the spark, analysts said.

Mileposts like the state’s monthly consumer-confidence survey point to a wary public. The latest report is due Tuesday.

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19 Responses to “Scott touts Fla’s turnaround, but his inbox tells another tale”

  1. kelly Says:

    Politicians’ impact on job creation is overrated. Businesses create jobs when demand for their products or services increases. Demand increases when people have money. People have money when they are working. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  2. Stephen Says:

    So, what are we supposed to think? There are 20 million people in this state, and one of them is out of work and sent an unhappy, accusative email to the governor. Of course there are still too many people out of work. Of course it’s frustrating for them. Yes, incomes are still low.
    But things are improving; and they are improving in Florida faster than in the nation as a whole. I think the governor deserves a lot of credit for that. He has been making the kinds of changes that allow businesses to grow and create jobs.

  3. Concerned Says:

    The fastest way to turn around our economy is tout ourselves to the rest of the nation as a state that offers low wage, low skill workers in ample supply and at an affordable cost. Factories, retail distribution centers, and similar jobs are perfect for our population. It’s when we get mixed up with the high skill, highly educated labor force that the disconnect takes place. No one, not even people who live here, consider Florida a mecca of intellect. Why are we playing this charade? Let’s put locals to work in factories and Walmarts and put an end to the unemployment problems here.

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Kloss however is the most pleasant, cordial and unpretentious girl in the business. A huge credit no doubt to her parents, but an even bigger credit to a girl who had booked campaigns for Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta and a feature article, yes article, in Vogue before she turned 18. That is the kind of resume that allows one to play darts with a BlackBerry and their assistant’s head should they so desire.Kloss, much like the original ppa seems to be well on her way to forming her own international posse as well, like her idol Christy, with pals Toni Garn, Frida Gustavsson and best bud Jourdan Dunn filling out the crew. What’s more, her debut on another coveted catwalk seems almost guaranteed later this year as, now no longer a minor, Kloss will surely be tossing on a pair of wings for a certain lingerie company that another pal, Iman, joined last year.So keep an eye on all the American gals kids, and Kloss specifically. 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This all stems from a rule of etiquette called the Jante Law: Don’t think you are anything or any more than us, i.e. don’t be flaunting your logo mania in my face bitch! Once you pick up on this vibe, you realize it is a quite cozy way of living. Speaking of cozy, it is the Dane’s favorite word, (hygge). Because of this they light candles at breakfast, love thick warm scarves and are especially good at snuggling. Liz Taylor hits The Abbey in L.A. Again! – Is Adele’s song “Chasing Pavements” too gay for U.S. airplay? Huh? Something can be too gay? — Steven Soderbergh is gonna make a biopic about Liberace? Yay! Sequins! Candlelabras! But it’ll star Michael Douglas as the icon. Er… Huh? – Marc Jacobs and his strapping man-pony got kissy at Pastis in NYC this morning. Um, you guys gonna finish those fries? – A new Antony and the Johnsons song. Brought to you by Prada!!! Er, this is runway music? – VH1 has been hyping the crap out of their new Sharon-Osbourne hosted redux of Charm School, featuring the Rock of Love slags. Is it worth watching without Mo’Nique? Decide for yourself. – Good pre-Broadway word on the 9 to 5 musical!!! Yay! As if we ever doubted Dolly… – Finally, some hot new DJ Earworm mash-ups for your weekend, via Arjan. Want some Lady Gaga with your Mary J., New Order and Queen? Yes you do! – Paula Abdul won’t perform her awful new single at the Super Bowl, but don’t think we’re off the hook; they’ll show a taped performance.- Along with Daniel Edwards’ golden Oprah sarcophagus, Radar commissioned artists to make Oprah Cereal and an Oprah comforter. – Queer singer Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu will write a personal haiku for 234 people. – The American Idol judges liked an openly-gay contestant from Iowa – After serving as a guest judge, Sarah Jessica Parker pitched a reality show for artists to Project Runway producers. – Since we can always use more, Tyra Banks will produce a fashion-industry competition show a la The Devil Wears Prada. – Ed Westwick got his fashion wings this weekend, when he walked in designer Philipp Plein’s menswear show. Westwick is the current face of Plein’s label — here he is suckling at the teat of a lady model, while creeptastic Terry Richardson looks on:This isn’t Westwick’s first go ’round the fashion folk — he’s also modeled for K-Swiss shoes and Filipino label Plenshoppe — but it’s his first runway venture.Here he is, all suited up while Plein opts to let his chest breathe. Nice dirt-stache, Westwick!Here, Westwick gives his best “Blue Steel.” As someone who’s stood slightly near him before, I wonder if his relative shortness caused a problem for Plein. No matter, when you’ve got Chuck Bass’s face, people tend to work things out for you.Speaking of good ol’ Chucky B., doesn’t Westwick’s face — snarling and slightly bored at the press conference for Plein — look deliciously Bassian?Westwick is hardly the only male actor to add “model” to his CV. Below, Adrien Brody, Emile Hirsch, Jamie Bell, Garret Hedlund, Willem Dafoe and Gary Oldman walk in the Fall/Winter 2012 Prada show.All photos courtesy Getty ImagesAND… One more little preview of tonight’s show. This one was a quickie that Jujubee and I shot in the alley behind the venue of the . Yep, we’re classy like that.Like I’ve said before, join us at 9:30pm on Logo, or just right here at to catch all of the stylish pre-show fashion stuff, or for the big show at 10pm ET. Here’s a few fashion teasers for ya right here to get you primed…Ongina arrives for the show. Let the glamour begin!!!After the jump see pics, and see if you can guess who’s wearing what for the QUIZ pics! Answers at the very bottom!!!I liiiiive for this shot of Jessica Clark — who won last year’s “Cause You’re Hot” award and who co-hosts this year’s Red Carpet pre-show with MikeDiamond… Girl knows how to work a breeze!QUIZ QUESTION 1: Can you guess who’s rocking these brutally hot shoes. Spiky, but very ladylike…QUIZ QUESTION 2: Guess which of your red-carpet pre-show cohosts rocked this spangly necktie option. How many South African villagers died for this trinket, eh?Nice belt bling!!!!! QUIZ QUESTION 3: Guess which outlandish OMFG Internet Award nominee delivered this subtle bit of flair.QUIZ QUESTION 4: Can you guess with RuPaul’s Drag Race diva rolled in toting this furry fierce Prada luggage? Hint: She served you Viva Glam in Season 1!QUIZ QUESTION 5: Can you name this fab comic — seen on Ugly Betty — who rocked some gay couture schoolboy realness on the carpet?QUIZ QUESTION 6: Can you tell which Drag Race glamazon is serving us these hot legs? Halleloooo!QUIZ QUESTION 7: And which Drag Race superstar rocked these big fake rubber boobs on the runway? Huh? Tell me that!!!!QUIZ QUESTION 8: So, what flamboyant Olympian is being extra-good and serving us these shiny pink flats?And finally… No question here. Just a legendary shot of Janice Dickinson and Tammie Brown, two genius kindred spirits unleashing a whole thermos full of krraaazzzzzyyy on the NNN Awards suckers. Well done, ladies!!!!Tune in tonight for the big show. Right here starting at 9:30pm.And now, the quiz answers:1. Jessica Clark2. Mike Diamond (And no S. Africans died for this bling, people; it ain’t real!)3. Hunter of Hunter & Jessica4. Ongina5. Alec Mapa6. Shangela7. Tyra8. Johnny Weir Jeremy Piven better not disappoint Anna Wintour as host. She’s in competition mode now.I think I have some sort of Devil Wears Prada fantasy complex, as I always eat up any sort of hard evidence that really is a hugely controlling, rampaging, scary dragon lady – to make me feel I know it first-hand, I guess, which I definitely don’t.So I started scrounging when Conde Nast for their fourth-annual Fashion Rocks event. On the list are host Jeremy Piven, along with performances by Fergie, J.Lo, Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fallout Boy and Avril Lavigne, among a few others. I’m impressed!What is Fashion Rocks anyway? And yes! There is Anna gossip…after the jump! Fergie and J.Lo will both be performing at Fashion Rocks. Would Anna approve of Fergie’s high-waisted ways, though?So Fashion Rocks is the unofficial kickoff of New York Fashion Week, and it’s supposed to celebrate fashion’s relationship to music, a relationship I wasn’t really aware of, but that’s cool. Fashion Rocks is also a Conde Nast magazine supplement (I remember a Dreamgirls-skinny Beyonce with Jamie Foxx on the last cover), and Ms. Anna is in charge of it.New to this year’s event is , a fashion production company, that will present different fashion segments between musical numbers.And as far as gossip goes, I read that Anna and rival (OK, not really rival) Conde Nast editor Graydon Carter (he’s the head guy for Vanity Fair) are totally competing now! Graydon’s a part of the first-annual Movie Rocks event, which celebrates the relationship between fashion and movies. Graydon will be doing a Movie Rocks magazine supplement as well.Fashion Rocks will be in September and Movie Rocks will be in December, and they’re both airing on CBS, and apparently both editors are hauling ass to "snatch up available talent" first. This new lineup makes me think Anna’s a hard woman to beat.There are worse work trips to take than San Francisco in June. I was in town for the 33rd Annual Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco’s international LGBT film festival, and the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the world. The festival is held annually over the two weeks leading up to Pride, which in San Francisco as in New York is celebrated on the last Sunday in June. June is a very, very nice time to be in San Francisco. The weather, which was sunny, clear, and reminiscent of some luscious tropical island, inspired the urge to run around outside and see lots of things. It’s hard to find down time to explore the city when there are so many good films showing at the festival. Fortunately, over a week’s time I was able to squeeze in a little of both, and in the process got to know the character of four distinct neighborhoods.The EmbarcaderoFoodies looking to retreat to a quiet corner of the bustling downtown area should head for the downtown waterfront on the Embarcadero. You could probably eat three meals a day for a week in the before you started to consider there might actually be other places in the city to check out. The Ferry Building Marketplace is the neighborhood’s foodie hub; a light airy space containing numerous gourmet specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. About ten years ago I came across a recipe for one of the easiest, tastiest and quickest dishes I know. To this day I’ve made it countless times for friends who are always impressed at how delicious and unique it is. I knew it was from a restaurant called ; imagine my surprise when I found The Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. I stopped at one of their outdoor tables on the bay for lunch and had a terrific meal of Slanted Door spring rolls followed by Rice Noodle Stir Fry. Subsequent trips to the Ferry Building (and there were many) brought me to the where the sourdough cheese roll offers a luscious fusion of tangy dough and cheddar, and the ham and cheese turnover is a buttery, flaky treat. offers authentic flavorful Mexican food; there’s nothing like fresh spicy tacos consumed while sitting outside just on the edge of the bay. Don’t miss the gelato from , but be prepared to choose between more flavors one might think were possible. If it helps I loved the chocolate hazelnut best.All through the summer the crowds at the Ferry Building swell Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for the . The Market’s self-described tagline, “sustainable street food meets the best local produce,” is an apt description. Some of the areas best chefs turn out excellent dishes on street carts, made from local ingredients which can also be bought at the market food stands. There’s also a fun selection of arts and crafts from local merchants.If you want daily access to this culinary wonderland, and the many great restaurants located on “restaurant row” across the street, check into the , one of several Kimpton Hotel properties in San Francisco, and one of the only hotels perched directly on the bay. Kimpton Hotels are always a good deal and super gay-friendly, and this particular location boasts a stunning view starring the Bay Bridge. At $109-$309 per night, it’s affordable upscale lodging in 31 cozy, well-designed rooms. Harbor Court offers essential modern amenities like Aveda products, iPod dock, and free internet access for guests who choose to sign up for their loyalty program. It’s refreshing to see that Kimpton wears its rainbow proudly; everyone who signs up for the loyalty program is asked if they want to receive the LGBT newsletter, and Kimpton offers special promotions for stays during Pride. Court Hotel is connected to the in the same building and offers five floors of yoga, weights, cardio machines, a swimming pool, and a full size basketball court.If that’s not enough to work off all that food, the bay waterfront provides a scenic backdrop against which you can stroll, jog, bike or blade from the Ferry Building all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Along this scenic route you’ll pass the departure points for numerous boat tours and cruises, the famously touristy area, as well as several marinas, parks, and even a small sandy beach. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious continue your route across the Golden Gate and check out Marin County’s spectacular view of the city. Union SquareShopaholics may want to stay closer to the shopping action around the nearby Union Square area, which offers the full spectrum of national retail stores from North Face to Prada. Here you can find all the usual suspects in good-looking apparel (Banana Republic, Zara, Levi’s, etc), as well as the higher end names (Coach, Armani, Gucci, Chanel), in a bustling downtown setting. Those in need of cozy bed and a nearby shopping bag repository should check into the , another Kimpton property that’s located on the doorstep of Chinatown and central to everything in the downtown area. Offering all the same amenities, gay-friendly service, and inimitable style as its sister locations, the Triton is a more laid-back and spirited, occupying a unique place at the intersection of the space where art geek meets rock & roll chic. Not sure what that looks like? Let’s put it this way – you can check out the latest issue of celebrated artist Shepard Fairey’s hot magazine in your room, and if you’re familiar with that magazine you know what I’m talking about. I was fortunate enough to stay in the Kathy Griffin suite (!), which was designed by . Hayes ValleyUp Market Street toward the Castro, a ways from the Union Square area is the more recently developed Hayes Valley neighborhood, a hipster chic area which is a lot quieter than downtown and home to more locally-owned stores and restaurants. Check out the unique offerings at , a furniture and house wares store with a great eye for design and style. I’m not even sure how to describe some of the store’s brilliant and unique offerings, but I did get to try sitting on a gothic throne and they sell that really cool alarm clock that gives the appearance of a block of wood with LED light. After puzzling over Propeller, pop into for beautifully crafted artisanal chocolates in a boutique setting. For dinner I’d recommend, no wait – insist – on nearby , whose daily menus change to reflect the most recent offering from area farms and sources of sustainable meat and fish. I met a friend for an incredible dinner; we started with Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella, and the Wood-roasted Asparagus with Preserved Lemon-Olive Relish, and it would be impossible to say which was better. Their Poussin with Roasted Apricots and Chicken Liver Toast was equally delicious, and with the menu changing every day you always have a fresh excuse to return.The Hayes Valley is convenient to a fun variety of nightlife. It’s not far from Fulton Street, and a couple other areas known for bustling nightlife. A coworker introduced me to nearby which is a whole experience unto itself. Their slogan, “Why just eat when you can feast all your senses,” pretty much sums it up. Getting a table here can be a challenge as you’re competing with multiple birthday and bachelorette parties for space to enjoy fabulous drinks, good food, and of course the transgender dance performances which are the signature highlight. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in the room who isn’t celebrating something, the show is indeed impressively spectacular, and it’s all rowdy good fun. The CastroAnd then there’s The Castro. Home to the marvelous Castro Theater, , and of course quite a lot of queer culture and history, and the setting for much of the film Milk. The is currently presenting a limited-time exhibition mounted in an empty store front on the corner of Castro and 18th Street. Open through October 19, 2009, the exhibit shows a fascinating cross-section of queer history as seen through four points of view: People, Places, Politics and Pleasures.Visit the Castro during the last two weeks of June and catch the latest and greatest in LGBT independent film during Frameline. Exhibiting every year at three local theaters, Frameline attracts queer filmmakers from around the world to take part in screenings, parties, events, and panels about independent film. The films cover an impressive amount of territory in all the L,G,B, and T categories and break new ground in areas of interest to our community. Feature films, documentaries, and shorts programs come from around the country and around the world, and it’s frankly impossible for anyone not to find something for them.Castro Street and the surrounding area also offer a selection of great (and very gay) shops, restaurants, and nightlife. offers a fun showroom filled with items whose only common trait is great design sensibility. Furniture, books, t-shirts, wall art, and more bedeck the shelves and walls of this groovy boutique. Check out their web site, which does a great job of showing off their style. The geekier at heart should visit local comic book shop which in addition to a strong selection of comics, toys, and graphic novels, also offers a featured section promoting the work of local gay comic book artists. And a section of bacon-themed products; I bought the Gummy Bacon because, how do you not?For dinner you must try the long-running neighborhood favorite whose warm atmosphere provides a relaxing environment in which guests enjoy wonderful Mediterranean food. The best way to sample everything is to get one of the mixed platters which offer a generous selection and serving of such dishes as hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli, spicy chicken in filo, and their incredible pomegranate chicken drumsticks, whose meat falls off the bone.Down the other end of Castro check out , which aptly describes the feeling you’ll have while enjoying the Thai restaurant’s signature cocktails and delicious dishes. I especially love the Thai Chicken Noodles. It’s a little heavy on the sauce but what a sauce – spicy and sweet and served over sautéed soba noodles with chicken strips. LGBT nightlife has always held a strong foothold in this neighborhood and the latest additions and changes seem to be going over well with locals and tourists alike. Check out the newly refurbished across the street from the Castro Theater, which has a new look and a new energy. And up the hill a bit is the new hot spot. A popular bar with enough energy to fill a small club, Trigger draws a slightly older crowd with a little bit of a West Hollywood vibe.Finally don’t even think about leaving Castro, or San Francisco for that matter, without sampling a confectionery masterpiece from . Located almost on the corner of Castro and Market, this tiny institution is just big enough to hold a cookie counter where one can sample fresh-baked cookies big and small, plus brownies and other sweet and sticky treats. If you’re feeling like a bit of a hot cookie yourself you can pose in a pair of hot cookie underwear and get your photo added to the wall, whose presence is almost enough of a reason to stop in.I swear I saw films too. I did, I really did. And the proof is that now and in the coming months you can watch many of the , , on these pages! San Francisco’s just too fun a town to visit and not explore though. So whether you’re in town for the festival, for an event, or just to hang out, be sure to get around and check out everything it’s got to offer.And the winners are… Helen, Forest & Jennifer? Or not? What do YOU think?Okay, you already knew that in living rooms, bars and coffee klatsches from coast to coast, gays gather to watch each year, with everyone weighing on who they want to win, who they think will win, and who they think should win. This year’s the gays at are looking to Yep, and you can sound off on this year. Should Dame Helen be crowned The Queen of Hollywood, or should the Prada-draped Devil known as Meryl Streep take home the prize? Will indie fave Forest Whitaker score a golden scepter thanks to his regal role as The Last King of Scotland? And is there any doubt that Jennifer Hudson will be telling everyone that she’s not going home without an Oscar?There’s more after the jump, film-lovers!!!But that ain’t all… In the , you can also vote on who wore the worst Oscar Dress ever (Bjork has some scary competition, fyi…), which gay indie film was the year’s best (Adam & Steve and Shortbus—watch out for those cute lesbians from Imagine Me & You), and even which cinematic diva is likely to inspire drag queens (Effie White vs. Captain Jack Sparrow??!)… Plus, who’s just plain old HOT? (Daniel Craig as 007, meet Dreamgirl Beyonce…)You know… Frankly this may be the BEST Oscar dress ever. After all, we’re still talking about it, eh?It’s Secret Agent Man vs. Soul Sister in the battle of Sexy!Other polls include “Best Use of a Prop” (from the beer bong in Jackass Number Two to the cell-phone mania of The Departed), “Best Non-Lesbian Lesbian Film” (Will Stick It rate a 10?), and which was the “Best Action Flick with a Secretly Gay Agenda” (Paging Wolverine! Come in, Wolverine!)?Wolverine: Manly Mutant or Covert Queer Activist? You decide…I’ll serve up the results of the big categories next Monday, while we’re all recovering from Oscar parties. Babel’s Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi comments on the insanity of Oscar season.P.S. Frankly, come next Monday I’ll be recovering from these series of promos that Logo will be airing all this coming weekend. A get together and . You’ll see killer filmmakers like Craig Chester (Adam & Steve) and Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S., The L Word) chat and spar with film experts like writer Alonso Duralde (The Advocate, 101 Films Every Gay Men Must See) and film historian Jenni Olson. And strangely, you see my chatty self on there, too. Consider yourself warned… Gays on Film! From left, gabby movie folks film writer/critic Alonso Duralde, dilmmaker Angela Robinson, some gay dude in a tie, filmmaker Craig Chester and film historian Jenni Olson.So go for your , like,  Announcing the Golden Globes: Rosario Dawson wins for Best Bangs; Matthew Perry for Most Surly-Looking; and Jessica Biel for Most Earth-Toney. were announced! This morning! One can debate what really mean (if anything—did you see the that aired on Trio in 2003? —it was kind of cool), but I’m more than happy to sound off on them.Her Royal Highness Helen Mirren and her onscreen prince, James Cromwell.Best Picture – Drama: I’m still wanting to see The Departed, but by and large these all seem kind of dull. But I’m gonna root for The Queen. Helen Mirren rocks. She was in Caligula! And did you ever see The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover? Insanity. Or The Comfort of Strangers? Or last year’s bonkers Shadowboxer? She’ll do anything. That’s always worth an award in my book. Plus, you know she must have a wicked sense of humor; I wanna have dinner with her and gossip about showbiz. You know she’d trash talk folks—but in a hot, brainy way. Borat has arrived. Best Picture – Comedy or Musical: For this one, I feel like the lead characters should be forced to sit down and work it out. Borat could hit on Deena from Dreamgirls. Prada’s Miranda Priestley could throw her fur coat and bag at Effie White—and we could watch the fur fly (literally and figuratively). Gay, depressed Steve Carrell from Little Miss Sunshine could hook up with Borat’s gay porn-star son. After which, they could all have cigarettes, courtesy of Aaron Eckhart. Oh, but the award? I loved Prada, but it would be more demented and rude if Borat won. Go Kazakhstan!“Let me take these glasses off so I can be even MORE fierce, thanks.”Best Actress – Drama: See my notes on Helen Mirren and The Queen above. I think she oughtta win. Penelope Cruz’s fake butt and cleavage should be awarded some special prize, though. And Judi Dench should win some medal of valor for agreeing to be on 30-foot wide screens with no make up whatsover, frowning and scheming and stalking Cate Blanchett in a ratty sweater for 90 minutes. Kate Winslet should still win something for her performance as herself on Extras last year. And Maggie Gyllenhaal? Love her, but she’ll be back plenty of times. Give it to Mirren! (Again, see above)Give Forest Whitaker an award. He helps in soup kitchens with Loretta Swit, for goodness sake!Best Actor – Drama: Forest Whitaker. He’s playing an African dictator in a historical political film. And he’s awesome. Besides, if Mirren wins for The Queen, it’d be cool if Whitaker won for The Last King of Scotland. Maybe they could get matching crowns instead of Golden Globe statues. Cute idea, right?You gonna tell her she’s not gonna win? I didn’t think so…Best Actress – Comedy/Musical: I enjoyed Beyonce in Dreamgirls, but no. Toni Collette I worship, but no. Annette Bening is always amazing, but no. Renee Zellweger – too puckery. So, it’s all about . The white floppy Dorothy Hamill ‘do cinched it for me. And that scene in the hotel with no makeup when she reveals that her husband is leaving her is amazing.(Basically, if you’re over 50 and show up onscreen without makeup, I’m yours.)“And you can tell everybody, that this is your thong…”Best Actor – Comedy/Musical: Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat. Because you know he’d give the most amazing/offensive acceptance speech ever. In a lime green mega-thong. Which I enjoy looking at way too much. Best Supporting Actress: I’m thinking it’s between Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls, and the brilliant Emily Blunt for The Devil Wears Prada. They both rule their respective films. Blunt is like every cool woman you wanna hang out with at a boorish fashion party in New York. Hudson’s the gal who was your fag-hag best bud in theater in high school who’s made good. How about we give them both the award (a tie!) and then spin them off together in their own series, Effie & Emily? They could solve crimes, turn out gut-busting diva numbers, make fun of Beyonce, and wear bitchin’ eye shadow and hellacious dresses. Eddie says: Smirk all you want, people. This award is mine!Best Supporting Actor: First, you’ve got Brad Pitt (Babel), Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) and Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland), which sounds more like the wall of a gay dorm room ten years ago than actual award nominees. Then Jack Nicholson, who’s always great. But give it to Eddie Murphy. Yes, I know he performed wildly homophobic rants in his stand-up 20-some years ago. I think he’s smarter now. And he does deliver the most impressive acting that you’re gonna find in Dreamgirls, anchoring the chiffon and flighty diva drama with a real sense of hard-won survivor cred. And yes, he’s sings and dances fabulously. Smells minty–and awardy.Best Foreign Language Film: Volver. It’s not as punch-you-in-the-stomach fierce or powerful as All About My Mother, but even Almodovar at his second best is more inventive and assured a filmmaker as just about anybody else. And I love a good ghost story where women cook, cut hair and hide bodies. The TV Nominations: Ummm… I say Heroes for Best Drama. Edie Falco for Best Actress/Drama for The Sopranos (because I just think she’s amazing; although I’d love to see Evangeline Lily win for Lost, just because she’s “Freckles.”) Michael C. Hall for Best Actor/Drama for Dexter (I’ve not seen it; but I love that he’ll play anything. And that’s he’s weirdly creepy/hot. Which is soooo wrong.) Best Comedy = Ugly Betty or Weeds. Best Actress/Comedy, Mary Louise Parker, because is she ever not perfect? Best Actor/Comedy, Jason Lee. ‘Cuz he’s hot (in a goofy, foxy, slovenly, hilarious way).For a full rundown of the nominees, go .Thanks everybody! Stay gold-en!Hailee Steinfeld sat front row at the Miu Miu show in Paris this afternoon wearing what appears to be a look from the Spring 2012 line that her friend, Miuccia Prada, designed. She is 14-years-old.Other things Ms. Steinfeld has done this past year: get nominated for an Academy Award, appear in the pages of Vogue, become the face of Miu Miu and announce she will be playing Juliet in a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet written by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes and costarring Oscar winner Holly Hunter.Just like our freshman year of high school. Just. Like. It.Who’s all for gay marriage? Hillary… Is that your hand raised? This blog usually doesn’t get political, but there’s a dishy bit of reporting on the blog on the 2008 campaign on The New York Times‘ site today, about how may be quietly, stealthily loosening her firm stance on whether or not she . Seems that will Clinton still favors civil unions over full-on "marriage," she’s not gonna stand in the way if gay marriage goes legit in NY, and becomes a state-decided issue… Which contradicts her earlier steadfast support for the DOMA. But just go read the story and see for yourself.In the meantime, you can still vote for what you think should be. At the top of the running is KT Tunstall’s "Suddenly I See" (cute, but overused already thanks to The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty), "Rock This Country" by Shania Twain (wha? people still listen to Shania Twain?) and "Beautiful Day" by U2 (ZZzzzzzzz…) My fave of the top ten so far? "The Best" by Tina Turner (but isn’t the proper title "Simply the Best"???). Because Tina just wins, whatever the contest. Though, actually, I like by Klymaxxx for Hill. ‘Cuz, why not?And I do like Hillary’s about the song contest. Maybe she actually has a sense of humor?Designers just like the rest of us start getting excited for Fall (true, sweater-underneath-a-waxed-canvas-jacket, Fall) right around mid July when just breathing feels like eating french onion soup. Which is why most of the early Fall lines in stores now are heavy on the wear forwards but woefully remiss in the wear now. After hours spent clicking through very snappy tweed overcoats that will be perfect 2 months from now, here are five Fall trends that you can actually throw on now-ish.Pleated Trousers from Paul Smith and Jil SanderAs a former militant supporter of flat front, and only flat front, the transition to a pleated trouser can be a slow and painful one, rife with bad memories of men of a certain age in Dockers that ballooned out from the waist and puddled at the ankles.  What finally won me over were slim, single pleated, slightly shorter, versions like this from and that referenced and other 1950′s bad asses. With pleats and cuffs all over the Fall runways, these lighter weight wool versions are also the perfect way to have one leg in the new while still keeping your cool.Nylon Anoraks from Woolrich Woolen Mills and Band of OutsidersColorful, transitional, outwear inspired by  has been a runway mainstay for several seasons now, but August and September are the perfect time to actually put it to use.  Stow these lightweight versions from streetwear guru, , and west coast disaffected preps, , in your desk drawer or go-to work bag now for those angry late summer storms and then put them on under a heavier coat or blazer when the weather turns.Indigo Shirts from Adam Kimmel x Carhartt and Our LegacyThe trick to embracing the ascendancy of blue collar chic without looking like every other “cool dad” eating a brunch of grass fed scrapple in Brooklyn, is to opt for an indigo dyed shirt that still goes slightly against the grain like this railroad inspired number from or this beautiful abstract print from the nordic gentlemen at .  The unique details of both these shirts makes them great stand alone pieces that can be worn, collar open, now or under a blazer or cardigan later.Knitted Blazers from Woolrich and LanvinWith all the easy, throw-on appeal of your favorite sweater but using a structured jacket construction, knit blazers like these from and  can upgrade your collection of tees and polos for the rest of the summer and look just as at home over a shirt and tie come September.Camel Colored Peak Lapel Suit from Gant RuggerEven though this wool suit may look stuffier than a church social right now, the fact that it’s only half lined makes it the ideal for early September.  hits all the right cultural touch points with their slim tailoring and peaked lapel jacket. It’s part east coast prep, part continental high roller, all new American gentry.Antique Henleys from Levi’s Vintage Clothing and Homespun KnitwearDetails like slubby, textured yarns, woven muslin plackets, and their form fitting shape make these henleys from and  a cut above the .  Wear them now unbuttoned on their own to channel Paul Newman on the weekends and come Fall layer them underneath a flannel or leather jacket to still channel Paul Newman on the weekends.While it make sense to snatch up all of the above now and get your Fall started right, there are a few things you may be able to hold off on until they’ve hit the clearance rack or the bottom of a cardboard box in a TJ Maxx in Iowa 4 months from now. Like or or .Evan Widhu is a men’s wear buyer in New York. His favorite part of Fall is not having to see anyone’s toes in sandals for the next 8 months.Carey Mulligan tied the knot with Mumford and Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford over the weekend and now is reporting the actress has with director Spike Jonze, which begs the question — is Carey Mulligan pregnant?Mulligan and Mumford met as children and reconnected again as adults, with Mumford proposing to the actress in August after just a few months of dating. Among those in attendance at the wedding were Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller, herself a soon to be mom.Mulligan could of course just be taking time off to enjoy married life, but with her recent projects The Great Gatsby and Inside Llewyn Davis wrapped and no projects on the horizon, she could be getting ready to start a family.The actress will be making her first public appearance following her nuptials when she next week in NYC, maybe we shall know then.McAdams returns to her romantic comedy roots. Thank God.The trailer for the new film Morning Glory hit the internet last week, and since then people have been buzzing over whether McAdams is the next or (as Katherine Heigl screams silently in her dungeon lair.) To me, the film looks like it might be the next Devil Wears Prada, and even shares a screenwriter. High powered media job with little pay and demanding co-work

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