METRO - Director Daniel Barnz recalls coaxing actress Maggie Gyllenhaal to star in his inner-city school drama, "Won't Back Down." "She was concerned about the long summer shoot and being away from her children -- which is funny, because this movie is all about a great mom who sacrifices so much for her kid," he says. "But I was like, 'No, Maggie!"...continue to the full article here.
METRO - Occupying a 127-year-old red-brick smokehouse, this charming dive — more East Village than Financial District — prides itself on being one of the last watering holes frequented by Fulton Fish Market workers. Today, it attracts an eclectic mix of artists and local residents escaping the Seaport throngs. From 4 to 8 p.m. daily, pair their signature Dark & Stormys, Bloody Marys and Laura Palmers (all $6) and $4 drafts with homemade mac...continue to the full article here.
METRO - As she munches on Peanut M&Ms, exchanges a quick word with her publicist and taps out a lightning-fast text message — “I’m so sorry, just making arrangements with the kids,” she blurts — Denise Richards is every bit the multi-tasking mom. But in a matter of hours, she’ll dial up the glamour, working the red carpet for the premiere of Madea’s Witness Protection, the seventh installment in Tyler Perry’s ever-expanding franchise....continue to the full article here.
METRO - Asking James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, to whittle down his mag’s annual list of 100 products, people and ideas that dramatically altered the food landscape (aka, the Saveur 100) is like coaxing an adoring mother to pick her most beloved child.“Parents never say they have their favorite children— but they do,” admits Oseland with an amiable laugh...continue to the full article here.