By Kim Severson The New York Times Sun., Aug. 19, 2018 Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement. Her boyfriend, culinary television star Anthony Bourdain, eagerly joined the fight. But in the months that followed her revelations about Weinstein last October, Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18. That claim and the subsequent arrangement for payments are laid out in documents between lawyers for Argento and Bennett, a former child actor who once played her son in a movie. The documents, which were sent to the New York Times through encrypted email by an … [Read more...] about Asia Argento, who accused Harvey Weinstein, made deal with her own accuser
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NEW YORK: Artwork, memorabilia, personal possessions and other ephemera from the collection of actor Robin Williams and his former wife Marsha will hit the auction block in October with a portion of proceeds benefiting causes they supported, Sotheby's said on Friday.The "Creating a Stage" auction will take place on Oct. 4, Sotheby's said, featuring noteworthy sculpture and contemporary art as well as more personal items such as bicycles, wristwatches and Hollywood memorabilia, including Williams' Hollywood Walk of Fame Award.Williams, the Oscar-winning star of "Good Will Hunting" who was beloved for his manic humor, died in August 2014 at age 63 in a suicide in his Northern California home that shocked fans worldwide.The sale, slated for Oct. 4 in New York, will encompass works and items spanning the couple's "diverse interests and careers, all reflecting their shared passion for collecting," the auction house said in a statement.Marsha Williams, a producer, was the actor's second … [Read more...] about Collection of late actor Robin Williams to hit auction block
By Emily Donaldson Special to the Star Fri., July 6, 2018 James Wood’s second novel, which chugs into the station fifteen years after his debut, The Book Against God (he’s been busy), is a quiet anti-epic firmly in the realist mould; no surprise, given Wood’s consistent elevation of the latter via his columns as book critic at The New Yorker and his several works of criticism, including 2008’s How Fiction Works. Set in 2007, with Obama still a freshman on the national scene, Upstate takes place over six days, during which 68-year-old Alan Querry, a property developer with working-class roots from northern England, comes to visit his daughter, Vanessa, a philosophy professor living in Saratoga Springs, NY (the “upstate” of the title). Joining them, too, is Vanessa’s younger sister, Helen, a successful music executive at Sony in London — alarm bells having been raised about Vanessa’s mental health by her American … [Read more...] about How do you gauge another person’s happiness?
People want a logical explanation for suicide, a convenient trajectory of events that they can put their finger on and wrap their minds around. But mental illness is not palatable and easy to understand, so there’s no room for ignorance. One of the common myths about mental illness is that it is not an illness at all. That it is a product of one’s imagination and can be cured by thinking good thoughts and prayers. That those afflicted with it can just snap out of it. That it is something they brought upon themselves. And that they are weak and selfish when they take their lives,” says Shamaine Buencamino. The renowned actress, wife to fellow performer Nonie Buencamino, and mother of four, experienced a seismic shift in her life in 2015 when her teenage daughter Julia was found dead in their home. Julia had been struggling with mental illness, to an extent that her parents weren’t aware of. This is sadly more common a tale than we dare to discuss, and more … [Read more...] about Can we save loved ones from suicide?
The latest celebrity to die by his own hand is Anthony Bourdain. Others on the suicide list include Robin Williams, whose death Spade was fixated on, and designers Alexander McQueen and L’Wren Scott. Bright, cheery and unpretentious, the Kate Spade bag was a staple in every cosmopolitan woman’s wardrobe from the ’90s onwards. Embodying the all-American spirit of New York, these attributes of the winning brand could very well describe its creator, who started the eponymous line together with her husband, Andy Spade. Born in Kansas, Missouri, Kate would say at interviews that early on she didn’t even know Chanel and migth very well spell it “Channel,” but when she ended up working at Mademoiselle magazine, she realized there was a need for more accessible bags for women like her during a time when status European labels reigned. Andy and Kate Spade, the couple who epitomized all-American accessible luxury Sitting with her future … [Read more...] about Kate Spade… and now Anthony Bourdain