Is Astoria Assemblyman Mike Gianaris (l.) just another role being played by Chris Noth (r.) the actor best known as Mr. Big, the love interest of Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City,"the HBO smash filmed in Astoria?
Not Your Average Girl
Queens' Lucy Liu in "Kill Bill"
After a series of head-spinning, roundhouse-kicking, often villainous martial arts action roles, it’s time for Jackson Heights native Lucy Liu to try on something a little different.
In the upcoming Charlie Chan movie, she takes on the role of Charlie Chan’s granddaughter, who also happens to be named Charlie.
Liu’s action credits include “Payback,” “Shanghai Noon” and “Charlie’s Angels,” crescendoing in the graphically violent “Kill Bill,” now in theaters. Her character in Quentin Tarantino’s “Bill” is O-Ren Ishii, a particularly lethal member of the elite Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, or DVAS. One bloody scene even presents Liu rendered in anime, or Japanese animation.
Of the new Charlie Chan movie, Liu is quoted in the Orlando Sentinel as saying, “Charlie won’t be a stereotype this time. He won’t be fat. He won’t have a Fu Manchu. He won’t be what people back then thought Charlie Chan should look like. He’s not going to be played by a white guy. He’s going to be a woman, and Asian. We’re going to turn this negative thing, this offensive caricature, on its head.”
Models Of Queens
She’s acted in “One Fine Day,” “The Peacemaker,” “Sex in the City,” television commercials and MTV videos. But it’s her beautiful size six feet that are insured by Lords of London.
You may or may not remember her film roles, but chances are you’ve seen Annette Linton’s feet, which have been showcased in Oprah Magazine and Marie Claire, as well as Kenneth Cole, Tiffany and L’Oreal ads.
“I do all sorts of modeling, but I make the most money from my feet,” Annette said. “I have a perfect size six foot, which is perfect for shoe modeling.”
Advertisers can’t seem to get enough of her feet.
Linton remembers one casting director who saw her feet and said, “Oh, these are the L’Oreal feet! We’ve been looking for you.”
The television show “Extra! Extra!” even followed her for a whole day to find out how she takes care of her feet.
Annette shared a few of her secrets with QConf: She always sleeps with cotton socks filled with Vaseline, gets a pedicure once or twice a week, never wears stiletto shoes (“they scar your feet”) and always wears cushy inserts in all her shoes.
Annette said she sometimes has to wear heels, but most of the time she wears sneakers to protect her perfect feet.
Years ago, Linton left York College after just a year and a half to pursue her blossoming modeling career.
Though she now lives in New Jersey, Annette says she goes home to Jamaica every weekend to visit her sister and mom.
She says determination is the key to success as a model: “You just have to believe in what you want to be and just go for it.”
Eric and Peter Sitting In A Tree…
It was a “cute” affair in Rainey Park recently when Coun-cilmembers Eric Gioia and Peter Vallone, Jr. exchanged flirtatious words of mutual admiration – an exchange that might alarm Gioia's new fiancée.
The two infatuated politicians share not only boyish good looks (or what
passes for good looks in the ranks of the City Council) but also the Long
Island City waterfront park, which divides their districts.
A press corps had gathered to hear Mayor Mike Bloomberg and various Parks
Department honchos discuss a new public-private partnership that will revive
over a dozen parks throughout the city, including Rainey. But the boys had
other things in mind.
Bloomberg flipped a coin to award the privilege of speaking first to Vallone,
who glanced about the park, drenched in warm autumn sunlight, and remarked,
“Isn’t this beautiful?”
As he spoke, he turned and gestured out towards the clear view of the
Manhattan skyline across the river, but happened to point directly at Gioia.
“Not Eric Gioia,” Vallone blurted out in good humor as the press
chuckled at his miscue. “Though he is cute,” Vallone continued, “but
he’s engaged so forget about it.”
Gioia took the podium next and repaid his colleague’s sentiment. “I
think you’re cute too, Peter,” Gioia gushed in mock schoolgirl fashion.
And, for the benefit of the crowd, Gioia offered up a number to call for a
good time. “Ladies and gentlemen, his cell phone number is…” Gioia
said, trailing off.
Whoopi's in Astoria
Whoopi and the Mighty Quinn
When comedian Whoopi Goldberg announced that she would be filming her new show “Whoopi” in Queens, she also promised to patronize local businesses.
Well, in a recent episode of her show, she made good on her promise.
The show recently featured a scene of a woman attending a wake. Smack dab in the middle of the scene was a beautiful, top-of-the-line wooden casket – and it was purchased from none other than Quinn Funeral Home in Astoria, down the block from Kaufman-Astoria Studio where “Whoopi” is filmed.
A spokesperson for the show confirmed that the casket was obtained from Quinn, and said, “We were in need of a casket, and getting it this way was very convenient. That’s all there is to it.”
As for how the cast of “Whoopi” is dealing with filming in Queens, the publicist said, “They like it.”
Wanna Buy NYC Water?
We recently wrote about Councilman Leroy Comrie’s gut-busting remark at an environmental meeting in which he joked that his district’s water quality may improve so much that “we can bottle it and call it ‘Water From The Hood.’”
And though it was a laughing matter then, a look west across the country to San Francisco might actually get some water officials’ juices flowing over here.
San Francisco started bottling and selling the same exact water it delivers to its taps at $1.25 a bottle this March. The water comes from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada.
“The sale of Hetch Hetchy Mountain Water provides a unique opportunity to promote San Francisco as well as raise public awareness of our precious water resource,” Mayor Willie Brown said this spring.
New York City has a pretty good reputation for its water; here in the northeast, it’s considered among the best-tasting anywhere.
So how about bottling our H2O?
Put a City seal on it, charge $1 a bottle, and with the drought officially over and an extremely rainy summer, it could quickly solve our budget crisis.
We put a call in to our environmental commissioner, Chris Ward, asking him what he thinks of the idea. He hasn’t responded as of press time.
But Mayor Mike knows a good business deal when he sees one.
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