From the Editor-in-Chief: Nobody enjoys a come back story more than me. I still want to punch the crap out of the air every time I hear the theme to “Rocky”. So when I learned Jersey girl turned Hollywood party girl, Tara Reid was coming back stronger than ever as one of the original “American Pie” cast in “American Reunion,” I couldn’t say no to a cover story. I’ve interviewed Tara once before when she was still a major player in the pre-LiLo party scene. Back than she was outspoken, unapologetic and honest about her life and career. Today, nothing has changed aside from the fact that the former party girl is more likely to be seen at cocktail hour rather than happy hour. But as you’ll read in the April issue, the sexiness and swagger that made Tara a Hollywood superstar 10 years ago is still status quo. Also, I strongly recommend you check out our steamy video of Tara’s exclusive photo shoot on our website Metropolisnights.com. So much is going on behind the scenes with this magazine. I wish I could spill my guts. But I can tell you that after just 3 months the buzz about Metropolis Nights has grown beyond what I ever could have imagined. Thank you to all the advertisers who have enthusiastically jumped on board and embraced ua. Of course I would not be doing justice to this issue if I left out a big thank you to all the talented writers who have joined our team. I also have to give props to our Web-TV team and Sapphire Gentleman’s Club who allows us to broadcast Metropolis Nights TV every Wednesday evening from the “Boomer and Carton VIP Suite”. Forgive the plug, but you can watch all our shows on our website 24 hours a day. Now the big question: Who do we feature on the cover for our May issue? We have some pretty good ideas. What’s yours? I want to hear from all of you! Cheers, Chaunce Hayden Editor-in-Chief Cell: 201-873-3874 @ChaunceHayden Chaunce@metropolisnights.com
April 2012 February 2012 FOUNDERS FOUNDERS
Robert Gartside Gartside Robert Melvin Melvin DeLeon DeLeon EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chaunce Hayden Chaunce Hayden
ASSOCIATE EDITOR A.J. Benza A.J. Benza
EXCUTIVE DIRECTOR Hendrick Lee Hendrick Lee
ART AND DESIGN DIRECTOR
ART ANDHarold DESIGN DIRECTOR Duarte Harold Duarte FASHION DIRECTOR
Krys Longan FASHION EDITOR Krys Longan
HubertDIRECTOR Moda CREATIVE Hubert Moda
Stephanie Antonio WARDROBE/STYLIST Stephanie Antonio
Rosa FasoloWRITERS CONTRIBUTING LuisFasolo Soto Rosa Jacquelyn Perrone Luis Soto Chantel Gabel Jacquelyn Perrone Steven Schwartz Chantal Gabel Leanne Aciz Steven Schwartz Will Love Leanne Aciz Kurt Loder Will Love AngelaKurt Pompelli-Butler Loder Chu Angela Dave Pompelli-Butler Leilani & Leilani & Biago Biago Rachel Manzer Rachel Manzer April Matera April Matera ACCOUNT SALES ACCOUNT SALES Dasha Savostyanova Diane King Courtney Krompier D.J. Herrmann John Drugach PHOTOGRAPHERS PHOTOGRAPHERS Harold Duarte
Harold Duarte Brandon Uhr
Brandon Uhr HAIR/MAKE UP STYLIST Karla Serrano Lauren D’Amelio Lauren D’Amelio Karla Serrano
DISTRIBUTION MANAGER DISTRIBUTION MANAGER D.J. Herrmann
TABLE OF CONTENTS 6 Man Cave Gadgets - Stats - Comparisons 8 Fashionista Fashion & Trends 11 Talkin’ Out Loud Keep her off the pole! 12 Ladies Lounge Shopping - Surveys - Must Haves 16 Bar/Restaurant Review Rivara’s Restaurant 18 Life Lessons with Lou Take her to a hotel...for your own good. 20 Metro Art Tattoo Gallery & Convention.
22 Tara Reid
Former Hollywood party girl is back!
29 Between the Sheets Loving me some porn. 30 Sports with Schwartz Baseball is finally back. 32 Kayla Whitaker April Angel of the Month. 37 The Lion’s Den Do Players Fall in Love? 38 Industry Spotlight Boom Burger’s hunky bartender. 40 Metropolis Skies April Horoscope. 41 Film Review The Hunger Games. 44 Bar-Whining What does last call mean? 47 Music News Music - Quotes - Jokes 48 Jersey Jewel Stunning Kiara 51 The Ugly Truth Russel “Creepy” Brand. 53 Jersey Gent MTV’s Kenny Santucci. 54 B.A.M.F. Megan Fox. 58 Exposed Spotted! - Mob Wives Big Ang.
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The good: The Sony Alpha NEX-7 delivers excellent raw photo and solid video quality in a package that’s beautifully and functionally designed, yet relatively compact. Though expensive for an essentially nonprofessional camera, it doesn’t seem overpriced. The bad: As with many competing products, the camera’s JPEG algorithms need some optimization, some aspects of operation feel a little laggy, and it’s missing some useful features. The bottom line: With a lot to like and just a little to dislike, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 comes up a winner, albeit an expensive one.
Aventador J Speedster
Cell phone radiation levels...WHAT THE HELL DOES IT ALL MEAN? A cell phone’s SAR, or its Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. All cell phones emit RF energy and the SAR varies by handset model. We know. WTF?
If you’re concerned about limiting your SAR exposure, you can take a few easy steps. You can text instead placing a voice call, use a speakerphone or headset whenever possible, and carry your phone at least 1 inch from your body (making sure the antenna is facing away from you). Some researchers also caution Samsung Vibrant - SAR .89 Apple iPhone 4 - SAR 1.17 against using your phone in areas with a weak signal since phones emit more electro-magnetic radia- Samsung Epic 4G - SAR .68 T-Mobile Dash 3G - SAR 1.47 tion during those times. Children, who have smaller HTC Legend - SAR .56 Palm Pixi Plus - SAR 1.47 and thinner skulls, should limit cell phone use, and Samsung Fascinate SAR .57 Motorola Droid - SAR 1.49 people of any age should not sleep with an active Samsung Captivate SAR .42 Rim BackBerry Bold 9000 - SAR 1.51 phone next to the bedside or under the pillow.
Apple iPhone 3 - SAR 0.79
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Rim Blackberry Curve 8330 - SAR 1.45
Just like its predecessor, we can expect to see the Lamborghini Aventador range blessed with a more extreme and track-orientated SuperVeloce version. A hint could have been tentatively displayed within the design of the one-off Aventador J speedster that graced the Geneva Motor Show this week. Therefore, rendering extraordinaire Wildspeed has gone ahead and used his talents to create a rendering of what an Aventador SV may look like. The rendering features the front spoiler design from the Aventador J as well as additional carbon fiber elements such as the side sills and a rear wing. The new Aventador SV will likely lose a few pounds to bring the overall kerb weight to around 1475kg. Additionally, the 6.5 liter V12 engine will be tuned to bang out a few extra ponies to bring total output to around 740PS (544kW / 730hp). Want to know the price? If you have to ask you can’t afford it.
When we think of the word “Technology” most of us automatically envision innovations that affect our everyday lives in a positive way. The new app that tells you if you’re prone to erectile dysfunction, a car that runs totally on buffalo piss or some sort of magical new GPS that will tell you if you’re significant other is feeling the flesh of another human being. A lot of the newest technologies are much like the lifecycle of the hottest new band, here today, gone later today. Each month Metropolis Nights will take some new service, app, appliance or whatever the “buzz” of the month is and put it through its paces to rate this new modernization with our “progress meter” rating system. If the technology scores a 1 on the progress meter, it’s probably not worth investing in. Conversely, if the innovation scores the top score of 5, it will mean that this product is a game changer. If you have something that you feel is new, exciting and will push bounds of progress, simply email “Geek Monster” at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll review your latest and greatest and see if what you think is cool really is. Roy McDonald is the owner of The Production Plant, a high-end post-production studio located in TriBeCa.
iPad lives up to
the insane hype?
In a word... No. Here are the big 3 top gripes about the new iPad It Runs Hot!
Real hot. As much as 116 degrees Fahrenheit when running the graphics-intensive game, Infinity Blade. That’s a whopping 13 degrees hotter than the iPad 2. Apple countered that this falls within its thermal parameters.
The high-res screen has led to the second major criticism: apps that demand more storage. Apps tuned to take advantage of the new iPad’s screen can be twice as big as the previous version of the app. Infinity Blade 2, for instance, leaps from 318 MBs to 791 MBs. While this might seem bad enough, it gets a lot worse. App devel-
opers aren’t allowed to create versions for different iPads. If you have an older iPad and update apps regularly (and really, who doesn’t?), then you’ll end up with the same big app tuned for the new iPad but unable to enjoy the benefits of the improved graphics.
Don’t Break It
The last criticism -- lack of repairability. Apple has made the iPad extremely difficult to perform repairs, says iFixit, a consumer gadget repair site that broke the story about Apple’s use of iPad teardown, iFixit’s skilled technicians used a heat gun on the glass to loosen the adhesive, as well as guitar picks and suction cups to lift the glass. Most people will end up breaking the glass, iFixit says. April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 7
Fashionista By Krys Longan
A SHIRTDRESS FOR EVERY SCENE
A key to easy travel is a well-packed suitcase, which is why whenever I roam during warm weather months I pack a shirtdress. This incredibly versatile item can be worn so many ways it’s like having three or four ensembles in one item. For example, the Indigo Stripescreen (made of cotton, selling for $135) can be worn with flats for day, or high heel sandals for night; pair it with cute Converse sneakers and a denim jacket for afternoon touring, or wear it over jeans, switch the tie belt for a beaded version, and wear it with stilettos for going to a club. An even simpler version is available in silk for $150, featuring short sleeves and available in a sophisticated “ink” color. The Cityguide Shirtdress could even be worn for work, perhaps with a couple long gold chains and a pair of slingback pumps. Or throw on flats and lots of bangles, and voila! Weekend wear. These dresses and others can be purchased at www.madewell.com..
SHOE STYLE IN THE SUBWAY
It’s not often that an advertising campaign makes me reconsider a fashion label, but Cole Haan’s “Subway Stories” caught my eye while I was sitting on the E train the other morning. Not only are they visually arresting—each letter of the company’s name is spelled out using a specific subway line (although the Q line had to substitute for the “o” in Cole)—but the idea behind the ads are quite romantic. Metro riders are encouraged to send their own personal subway stories to the Cole Haan Facebook site, where they have the chance of being chosen and featured in one of the advertisements. The approach was so unique and fresh, it convinced me to check out their website, even though I generally think of this brand as too conservative for my tastes. And to my pleasant surprise, the company has updated its product to reflect a more urban vibe. For example the Vivian sandal, which features Nike Air technology for comfort, is cool and modern, with its edgy color combination of green and purple. This sexy shoe has a 3.5” heel and sells for $298, and it’s also available in a brown and purple combo, or basic black. Menswear shoes are a hot trend for spring, and the Skylar oxfords pictured playfully combine metallic gold leather with a traditionally masculine silhouette. They would look equally adorable with rolled-up boyfriend jeans or a knee-length dress, and sell for $248. Other colorways are black and white, brown and white, and brown and hot pink…so sweet! For me, warm weather means breaking out my favorite flats. The Nadine is an open-toe ballet slipper that features the Nike Air comfort and sells for $158. I love the “chickadee” shade shown, or you can buy it in black, gold, metallic, and hot pink. You can shop for these styles and many others at www.colehaan.com.
CORAL REEFS: NOW IN TRAVEL SIZE
A change of seasons should bring with it a change of cosmetics. Clean out that dirty little make-up bag you’ve been lugging around this winter, and fill it with spring and summer palettes. I love this foursome from Chantecaille called The Coral Reefs: It’s a cunningly designed kit that contains three eye colors and a cheek flush, all with a shimmer of gold. Check out the pattern on the individual circles, and the fact that eye and cheek colors are in one container. You can buy it at www.bloomingdales.com for $79. 8 Metropolisnights.com April 2012
GET JERSIFIED With Stephanie Antonio
Its now April and the smell of spring is in the air, which means its time to get your spring fashion trends together. Some of the fun trends that you will be seeing a lot of this session are:
Pleated skirts: Pleated skirts have been seen on the runways a lot this session and will continue to be popular throughout the year. There are plenty of ways to rock them. You can pair them with a slouchy top, denim jacket and/or a skinny belt. The Neon trend: that’s right, these vibrant bold hues are back, but how in the world are we suppose to coordinate these bright colors without looking too flamboyant? Simple! If you are unsure how to work these colors into your wardrobe then start off small. Instead of the boring conservative pumps, try incorporating some neon pumps with your favorite little black dress for a night on the town or even a neon handbag with your outfit or some neon accessories for that pop of color. Then when you feel like you feel more comfortable with it you can move on to neon clothing pieces. One thing is for sure, neon is the perfect summer look, so why not rock it! Its fun, bright and makes you look more tan then you really are. Don’t be afraid of neon’s and bright colors instead embrace and enjoy them. Tangerine: According to Pantone, Tangerine (also known as Tangerine tango with a dash of coral) was chosen as “the it” color of the year for 2012. This shade looks great with natural basics or for a color blocked effect you can add another bright piece to the outfit. Pastel colors: One of the most essential things to remember when incorporating pastels to your wardrobe is to know what colors coordinate with them and which ones don’t. When wearing pastels you want to stay away from black. Pastels are great colors for people with cool undertones. One of my favorite things are pastel pants cause its so easy to style around and it looks fabulous for the spring.
Hair is what makes Jersey
Peplum: The easiest way to sport the peplum silhouette is to wear a peplum dress. The peplum trend puts a lot of emphasis on the hip area, its like a waist defining magician. Color blocking: This trend is a matter of simply pairing two or more bold colors together on your own or a lot of times you can find clothing pieces that already have color blocking incorporated into the piece. If you’re not sure what colors you should pair together try looking at a color wheel so that you can then have a better idea of what colors complement each other. Graphic ﬂorals: Floral prints are definitely one of my favorite things to wear during the spring time. There are so many options when it comes to this trend. Floral dresses, pants, tops, scarf’s, shoes, and the list goes on and on. There are so many different beautiful floral prints to choose from... the options are endless. Crop tops: this trend started out strong last summer and its back again just as strong this session once again. You can easily pair a crop top with shorts, a skinny belt and some wedges and you’re good to go. Some people are a bit timid to wear crop tops cause it shows some of your mid section. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. I personally don’t mind that it shows off my mid section, but if you are one of those people that don’t feel comfortable with that then just throw on a cute matching lace spaghetti strap top underneath. Polka dots: Yes, polka dots are trendy this session and, believe it or not, it is possible to wear them without looking like a human version of Minnie mouse. Remember to stay within the same color scheme.
By Jacquelina Bi
Spring has arrived , and all the new hair trends are arisin g! The dull look of ju st one color, has now be come boring and th e two tone look has mor e appeal. Brunet te s are now getting high lights to brighten th em selves up! Red he ads are going fo r the strawberry blonde look, and and blon des are going brighter ! Stylish up-dos ar e coming into play, since the sun is getting stronger and the temperature is ris ing, us ladies need to find away to put our ha ir up in a sexy way! M en are shaving th eir heads with some cool de signs in their fade s to add some funk to that simple cut! M ost are afraid to go ba ck to blonde beca use of the damage it can do if done th e wrong way, the key to pr otection is not to over lap the blonde and pr oduct! Product is super important!! My su ggestion would be to stick with Moroccan oi l, it truly renews the hair, protects it, and ad ds shine! I would n’t use anything else!! H ead bands are co ming back into play with big flowers, 70s hippy headbands, the trends are comin g back... but are definitely updated in a 2012 way! April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 9
Talkin’ out Loud By A.J. Benza
From the crib to the pole
ot a call from an old friend the other night at 5:45 in the morning, crack-is-dawning, mouth-is-yawning. Didn’t want to pick up, but I knew he was an expectant father, so – me being a loving father – I picked up and listened to the details. Said he had a little girl. He breathlessly gave me the newbie’s height and weight – though I never understood why these silly details matter at all – and told me she had lots of red hair. I’ve been in his shoes a couple of times, so I know he was in no mood for a quick lecture on fatherhood. (He had calls to make, cords to cut, swaddles to fold.) But that’s what dad’s do. With his kid’s red hair alone, I could’ve given him a dissertation on the dangers of being a daddy to a daughter with hair the color of heartbreak. But now wasn’t the time. I quickly told him that he will slowly view the world differently and to get ready for God repaying him for every time he ever made an ex- girlfriend cry. “Welcome to the club,” I said. “You have all the tools you need. The only thing you don’t have is a CLUE.” “Ugh,” he said. Preparing for and raising a son is somewhat of a snap for a man. You can rough house with him, raise your voice an octave or so and, as he gets older, plopped him down in front of the TV and have him watch the Giants, Knicks and Yankees. Hell, my four-year-old already knows how to fetch
me a beer. But being alone at night with a newborn girl is beyond hard. In fact, there are times when Mommy wants to get out for a night with the girls and you’re stuck staying home with HER. Things might go smoothly for an hour or so, but then there comes the night when SHE just starts crying uncontrollably for what seems like hours on end. My shrink told me this is called ‘separation anxiety,” and the baby’s shrieks are attributed to not seeing Mommy as the equivalent of not seeing, for instance, her own legs. They are so attached to Mommy at that age, that they actually believe their Mommy is literally a piece of them. And it is in those moments of sheer terror that I used to wish I was anywhere but home. I swear, I could’ve been deep in Indonesia, inside a mud hut, with a dead hooker by my side and no wallet on me….and I believe I could’ve gotten out of that situation unscathed. But your newborn daughter crying uncontrollably at 2 AM, and you’re doomed. But I’ve gotten off subject. The bottom line is, this new, little girl in my friend’s life has already made him a better man. And it will continue to do so. The only thing we have to do as men, as fathers, is to make enough money and be there emotionally enough as to – as Chris Rock aptly put it – “keep her off the pole.” But with my daughter named Roxy, and my buddy’s little girl named Lexie, I think we’re already behind in that goal. The next night when I called him, it was late and I know he was exhausted, but I wanted to tell him about a nightmare I had. It featured my buddy and I at a strip club much later in our lives and the club’s deejay had grabbed the mic and was screaming shout-outs and drink specials to the crowd. “Now, gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for,” he said as “Girls, Girls, Girls” blared on the sound system. “Turn your eyes to main stage for tonight’s feature attraction….the insatiable Roxy and the sexy Lexie!”
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By Rosa Fasolo
The Ladies Lounge GO BOLD OR GO HOME THIS SPRING
iPod speakers for your gal?
With Easter happening this month, how about grabbing some blinged out portable iPod speakers for your gal? “Presents for Easter?!” you ask? Hell yeah! Get off your duff and surprise that special someone with the gorgeous gift of sound. Besides, those peeps are just too damn sweet! Try something that looks similar but gives you so much more... The “new for 2012” chicBuds Fauvette Speaker Platinum Edition takes their original speakers with gold swirl designs and bumps them up to a whole new level. With an eye for attractive designs as well as functional and convenient fashion forward electronics, the peeps (get it?!) at chicbuds have created a sparkly crystal-covered “songbird” that boasts two metal ‘Fauvette’ plaques for wings. Available in black, hot pink, or gold, this portable 3-inch 2-watt speaker is compatible with the iPod, iPhone, computer or basically any listening device. With the built-in rechargeable battery, you just plug it into your computer to charge and you’re ready to get the party started! Available for $39.99 at www.chicbuds.com
Whether you’re partying it up for spring break, attending an ultra chic work event or preparing to walk down the aisle, this Fashion Emergency Kit is an absolute must-have for all females! Jam-packed with products to prevent (or repair) virtually any wardrobe malfunction, this kit is the ultimate lifesaver when it comes to last-minute fashion disasters. Great to have on hand at your or your overnight desk, in your purse bag! Hollywoodfashionsecrets.com
This spring the classic satchel has a new contemporary twist. Satchels and bright fluorescent are all the rage right now and this pairing is hitting the fashion scene hard. The Fluoro satchel from
PAINT ME PRETTY
You know that spring is in the air when the weather gets warmer and the nail salons get busier. Pastels are being spotted all over the runways this spring, so have fun with your color choices this season! I recommend this pistachio color from Essie’s spring collection called Navigate Her, sure to put some spring in your step. Snag this chic shade at Ulta.com.
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MUSIC & ZEN
For all of you yoga fanatics—whether you’re at home or on the go, this audio yoga mat from Gaiam is a great find! It’s designed with a small built-in speaker so you can work out or meditate while listening to your MP3 player! It rolls easily and stores in most standard yoga bags. Amazon.com
Training for an upcoming marathon? Need a little extra motivation to fit into that skimpy bikini? Well ViewSPORT sweat-activated fitness gear has a pretty cool way to get you to the next level during your workout. When you sweat, motivational messages like “Chase Me” or “I Run You For Breakfast” appear on the shirts. So the next time you get lazy and want to end your workout early, make sure you’re wearing one of these tanks, it’ll keep you going til’ you sweat it out! shopviewsport.com
When Mother Nature is at her worst this month don’t let her rain on your parade and don’t forget to leave the house with your rain gear! Play in the puddles all you want with these legendary Hunter rain boots—comfy, a great fit and never go out of style. And we can’t forget the umbrella of course. Take the city by storm (literally) with this super cute Kate Spade New York City Lights Automatic Umbrella. Saksfifthavenue.com
COLORFUL STEMS Denims got a whole new meaning this spring. In keeping with the trend of neon and bright pastels, not only are accessories going bold but so is denim. Grab a bright pair of denim skinnies, like this pair from Forever 21 guaranteed to brighten up any simple top. Available in endless colors at Forever21.com
SHARING IS BLARING
With beerbeque season upon us, what better way to blare your beats and test those latest dance moves in preparation for the summer, than with this Retro Boombox! Channel your inner 80’s with this fun gadget from iHome, available in bold pink and classic grey. Playing music off your mp3 device has never been easier. Start the party where ever you are
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BAR Review 10 questions with
Peter “PK” Karounos
The man behind the
BOOM at Boom Burger!
When at Boom Burger, don’t forget to ask your bartender for a
A shot of Grand Marnier dropped into half a pint of Blue Boom. YUM!
Boom Burger is located at 375 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ • (201) 843-2666 16 Metropolisnights.com April 2012
Chaunce Hayden: Have to ask. Is there such a thing as a “Boom Burger”? Peter Karounos: Yes! The signature “Boom Burger” is an 8oz. custom blend Pat LaFrieda burger stuffed with American cheese on the inside! An “explosion” of cheese.. Hence the “BOOM!” You seem to be able to pull off the ability to combine a great restaurant with a fun place to meet for drinks. What’s your secret? [Laughs] It’s a secret! I agree it is definitely a hard thing to do. My major goal with creating Boom Burger was to provide a hi- energy eatery with special detail and attention focused on design. Also, simplify the menu in which all items are done well, and then wrap it all up in a package that I now call “Social Dining.” Going out to eat is not just to feed your hunger, it should hit and “feed” different emotions & feelings of socializing, positive vibes and of course value, without being stuffy. That’s what I have tried to create with Boom Burger. There was a massive opening in the casual dining market with an emphasis on being “social.” I attempted to capture that. One of the things we like about Boom Burger is the ambiance. On behalf on the staff of Metropolis Nights, thank you for keeping the lights low. Seriously, we like the low lights. What did you have in mind when you designed Boom Burger? I believe atmosphere is one the most important parts of what distinguishes one restaurant venue from another. I believe the design of a venue should be apparent from the first inception of a customer seeing a logo to the customer seeing the outside of the building. And then finally when the customer walks into the venue. When they walk in the atmosphere and most importantly, the lighting, is what sets a mood and leads the customer into whichever feeling we are trying to implement in their minds. To me, lighting and atmosphere decides if they feel at home, comfortable and cozy and warm in the venue. Which in turn, if they like your product, will make that customer into a repeat customer over and over again. Boom Burger is more than just burgers. What do we need to know about your menu and those amazing burgers? Well first and foremost... Boom Burger is a full fledged “burgerjoint” which is a word I use with pride. A “burgerjoint” in the sense that it is casual, priced for value and an emphasis, of course, on our burgers. We went with celebrity butcher Pat Lafrieda, not because of his impeccable name in the food industry, but because of the quality of his product. His quality and handling of beef is leaps and bounds ahead of any meat out there. Being that our emphasis is on burgers, I also wanted to make sure the rest of our menu was vast enough to cater to the masses, but also intimate enough to put the same quality and attention as we do to our burgers, to all our fresh salads and appetizers. They are all outstanding. Would you call Boom Burger a sports bar as well? Boom Burger has 40 Large screen HDTV’s and we show all sporting events and Pay Per views, Plus, we never charge a cover charge for sporting events. So yes, its an amazing place to watch your favorite sports. What’s been the biggest challenge so far? The biggest challenge was making a “Burgerjoint” cool and trendy. Cool enough to make it a scene, but also not overdone where it overshadows what is the mainstay of the concept, which is food. I believe we succeeded in doing both. How long have you been in “The biz” so to speak? What should we know about you? I was born in the Bronx and raised in Jersey. I have been “in the biz” for just about 15 years and it has been one amazing ride I have to say. The venues I have designed/created/operated and promoted which are all located in New Jersey are: The Crowbar, Metro Lounge, Circa Bar & Restaurant , Studio 4 Ultralounge Megavenue, Ultrabar Indoor/Outdoor , Merge Nightclub at the Jersey Shore & now... Boom Burger Food|Drink| Social. Carol your manager stands out from the crowd. We always see her introducing herself to the customers. How important has she been in creating your unique vibe? Carol has an amazing, friendly and an upbeat personality! That is definitely the vibe we would like to send out to a customer coming into Boom. She makes people feel comfortable and is there to give them attention and service that all customers deserve to get when visiting us. Around what hour does Boom Burger transform from great place for lunch and dinner to great place to have a good time with friends in the evening? Boom is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, after work and late night cocktails....As the night goes on the bar area becomes very “social” and gets busier and busier. What are your Boom Burger plans going forward? What’s next on the agenda? Expansion plans are already in motion and Boom is a concept that I truly believe can be successful in any metropolitan area around the country. The price point is right, the atmosphere is exciting and it caters to the masses. I think it’s a formula that will have longevity and it takes advantage of what I see as an “opening” in the market place. I got big plans for this “ burgerjoint!”
Interview by Chaunce Hayden Photography By Harold Duarte April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 17
ost of the time people go out to clubs, bars, happy hour and social events to have a good time with friends and maybe make new ones. Guys and girls night out are mostly a time to just let your hair down and relieve some stress with a few drinks and great conversation. Other times the mission of that evening for both men and woman are to get a “Hookup”. Flirting , drinking, eyes connecting , dancing , and just a lot of trying to get to know each other. It all takes place when you meet someone at the club. I see this as “the interview process”. I can always tell when men and women are trying to pass the interview process. And when (or if) they pass the interview they usually take each other home and you can figure what happens afterwards. No need to give details. We all have done it. On one particuliar Friday night I saw the interview process take place with one of our regulars. To explain what Friday night is like, it goes like this: It starts with a lot of corporate, young and old professionals enjoying our drink specials and free buffet. After Happy Hour our Friday night begins and that’s when it gets nuts. Just to give you an idea, the age range is between 25-45 both men and woman. On this particular night the happy hour was pumping with about 45-60 people enjoying the festivities. It was a beautiful summer day and it felt like it was going to be a great start to the evening. As I’m looking over the bars checking out who is enjoying themselves, I notice one of my regulars “James” enjoying his food and drink. As the early evening went on I noticed groups of women dominating our happy hour. I really couldn’t explain it, but for some reason groups of 5 to 6 women from all age ranges were all over the club. But that’s not a problem to me, I consider that a good thing. As the evening went on, I notice James was getting the attention of this particular group. I noticed this because the women were really into what James was saying. Now you guys might not see anything wrong with this, but I saw it pretty interesting being James was 22 and the group of women were about 4550. It looked like these woman were looking for a little “boytoy” and James was the candidate. I bumped into James near the men’s room and he had a smile as if he hit the lotto. I asked how the night was going. He, of course, had nothing but great things to say about the evening and added that one of the women , Theresa, was hinting on taking him home. He explained that the group of women were all out celebrating her divorce being final, and they figure to go out and have
By Lou Soto
u o L h t i W s ” P n U o K s O s O e H L
a good time. The evening was getting pretty hot and heavy for James. Some dirty dancing, shots, a little shared hookah and more drinking was showing me where this evening was going to end. As the evening was winding down the women in question were starting to exit one by one leaving James alone with her. This evening, in my eye, was every young man’s dream. Hooking up with an older woman, “A Cougar”, has to be the ultimate accomplishment for a young man. Not for James unfortunatly. As you might guess this story is not over. There’s something I want you young bucks to understand when hooking up with any woman. Take them to a HOTEL! NEVER EVER NEVER EVER EVER EVER (Chris Rock Voice) take them to their place. Well James learned this lesson the hard way. I found this out a few weeks later when he came back in to pick up his credit card he left behind. He was in such a funk and was so upset. When I asked him how the evening concluded. I thought he was going to cry. He thought the evening was going to be glorious, but as he explained to me it was a horror story. In the middle of the heat of the moment, the ex-husband walks into the house drunk. I guess he still had the keys. As the ex walks into the bedroom James jumps off Theresa and gets in self defense mode. The funny thing about this nightmare, as he explains to me, is that he thought Theresa was going to yell at the ex and tell him he has no right coming into the house. She yelled alright but it wasn’t what he thought. I THOUGHT HE WAS YOU! James looked at her like she had 3 heads and was in disbelief (as was the stunned ex-husband). Remarkably, she was yelling that he looked so much like him and it was an innocent mistake. Of course the ex didn’t buy her outragious story and tossed his house key into the Hackensack river. Turns out she just didn’t want the ex to know she was already sleeping with someone before the ink dried on their divorce papers. God only knows what medications she’s currently on. James recently told me that he is still interested in older women, but paying for a hotel room and a cab to take her home would’ve been a better choice. James still comes by my club, but he has become great friends with the local hotel managers and cab companies. And how was your weekend?
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Interview by Chaunce Hayden Photography by Noah Shultz
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est known for her iconic role as “Vicky Lathum” in the 1999 hit comedy American Pie, Jersey girl Tara Reid is known for playing the infamous “blonde vixen.” Of course Tara is also known for some unforgettable tabloid news making moments as well. But that was than, and far from now. Some might say Tara Reid in 2012 is reinvented or maybe she just grew up? Tara’s first major film role came in 1998, playing “Bunny Lebowski” opposite Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. She then appeared in the teen horror film Urban Legend, also released in 1998. The next year this Wyckoff, New Jersey native became a superstar with the box office blockbuster film, “American Pie.” Tara began her career by appearing in many television commercials for products such as Jell-O, McDonald’s and Crayola. In 1995, she broke into television drama, landing a recurring role as “Ashley” in the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. In 1999, Tara appeared in Cruel Intentions. The same year American Pie hit the big screen, which catapulted her career to the next level. In 2000, she starred in Director Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, opposite Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern and Liv Tyler. She also appeared in The Visitors, with Christina Applegate, Jean Reno and Christian Clavier. In 2001, Tara starred in Josie and the Pussycats. In 2002, she starred in Van Wilder opposite Ryan Reynolds, playing his love interest. Three years later, Tara starred in My Boss’s Daughter opposite Ashton Kutcher and yet again the movie was a blockbuster hit. Tara guest starred in the NBC hit comedy Scrubs from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, Tara starred in the comedy If I Had Known I Was a Genius with Whoopi Goldberg and Sharon Stone. In 2008, Tara launched her clothing line Mantra. Her designs are made with a goal in mind, to have women feel super sexy and comfortable, and with each piece containing a specially beaded piece always containing the eye of protection. Despite a few years out of the Hollywood limelight, Tara recently starred in The Big Lebowski 2, but that was just a warm up for what’s to come this month. Get ready for the highly anticipated film American Reunion starring the entire original American Pie cast. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Tara about her life and career and how it feels to be back on top.
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Chaunce Hayden: So how difficult was it to get the entire original cast back for American Reunion? Tara Reid: It took us a long time to get everyone back together because of scheduling. But we worked it out and it all came together. It was an exciting time. Honestly, it was just like a real reunion, just like the name of the film. When you were approached to do an American Pie reunion movie after so many years, what was your first thought? I thought it was a really good idea and I thought the concept was fun. Not only does it bring everyone back to see each other, but also the concept of seeing each other as many years later is amazing. Some come back skinny, some come back fat, and some come back with children and married. So there’s so much besides just coming back and seeing each other again. Plus the script is so well written! We had such a good time doing this. Be honest, you put a bunch of actors in a room together after so many years and don’t you size each other’s career’s up? Did the set have that undertone for the first few days? The beauty of the story is that mentality exactly. It’s like life imitating art. All the things we went though the past decade really did happen. We really haven’t been together until now. It wasn’t like we just rushed out a script and two years later made a sequel. The story line was pretty easy to come in and play. Of course we were all concerned as to who we were coming back as. We’re we going to come back successful or a freak? The most anticipating part of this movie was getting the script and sees how they aged your character. So how has your character Vicky changed since the first film? If you remember Vicky from the very beginning, her whole concept was about having a serious boyfriend and going away to college. She was worried about losing her virginity to him and he always had to say I love you and she was always a good person. Now she’s living in New York City and she’s a business women and single. So she comes back to attend the reunion and she sees her first love and his married and some of the other characters have kids. All those things make her think, “Did I make the right choice? Should I have picked love instead of my career?” She’s like a typical girl in her 30s who looks back and wonders should she have made other choices in life. She’s happy, but she questions her choices. “American Pie” was such an iconic film. Even today it’s popular. Do you feel any pressure on how American Reunion will be reviewed by the critics and if the audience will buy into the reunion premise? Of course there’s always pressure. But you can only do what you can do. You try to do your best work and than work hard to promote it. However, at the end of the day, we’re not doing an Academy Award winning movie with Meryl Streep. It’s a comedy and it’s fun. Here’s a question you know that’s coming. Would you consider this your comeback film? I would say it probably is. “American Pie” has a huge place in my heart. It was a number one movie in the box office and we’re hoping it will be a number one movie in the box office again. So of course our expectations are for it to do great. From the first film many opportunities have come to me. Around 28 movies later here we are. So at the end of the day I would be lying if I didn’t think this film will do great. We will find out soon! Soon after “American Pie” you became the 24 Metropolisnights.com April 2012
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original modern day tabloid party girl. I agree with you. I was on the cover of every tabloid. Yes, technically I was one of the first “Party girls”. But I was so young when it all started. I have since grown up, but I’m also not saying I still don’t like to have a good time and go out. But I’ve grown up. I think you’ll see that through my work and how I am these days. It’s like learning how to walk. You can never prepare for that kind of success. It happens and than you have to learn how to deal with it. With success come good times and bad times and I’ve had my fair share of both. I remember watching the now infamous red carpet slippage, the late night benders and very public break-ups. All those things seem so similar to what Lindsay Lohan has gone through the past few years. Do you see any comparisons between you and Lindsay? Sometimes. But the tabloids and the way the media reports stories has changed so much over the past ten years. It’s not the same anymore. It’s much more aggressive now. With me, it was just kind of starting. Now it’s gotten to a point where it’s crazy. What advice would you give Lindsay? I can’t really give Lindsay advice. It’s kind of a weird comparison because I’m not her. She’s much younger than me and we’re totally two different kinds of people. Lindsay got in trouble with the law. I’ve never been arrested or in trouble with the law in my life. My biggest crime is dancing on a table or being in San Tropez popping champagne. That’s it with me. It’s not me going to jail or seeing me in court. So I can’t really give her any advice about the trouble she’s gotten in. The moral of the story is, eventually the media just moves on to another hot, young actress. I agree. Eventually the story gets old. There’s always going to be another actress and another story. Eventually everything changes. But the moral of the story is also; you don’t have to end your story there. You can change and move on and learn from your mistakes. You just keep going. Was there ever a time when you were worried you may not work again? That the only thing people thought about when they heard your name was “party girl”? Of course. Everyone who goes through that craziness thinks it’s not fixable. But at the same time if that’s all you think about you’ll drive yourself crazy. At the end of the day I know who I am and I know what I’m about. I keep going from there. Not to change the subject, but this shocked me. I had no idea you did a reality TV show in Britain last year called, Celebrity Big Brother. What inspired you to do that? What we do in America seems to be the face of everything. But there’s nothing wrong with doing different things in different countries. It didn’t air in America so to me it was like a game you can have fun with. It was something to play with. It was something fun, I did it and now I’ve moved on to my next project. It was good timing. I had a lot of stuff coming up and it was an easy
time to have fun with something like that. I always thought you would be perfect for Dancing With The Stars. They’ve asked me to do it a million times, but to be honest with you, I just couldn’t do it. I’m not that well coordinated. I would really be setting myself up with something like that. I mean, never say never. But definitely not right now. Do you look back at your career with any regrets? Regret is a hard word to use. Have I made mistakes? Yeah, but that’s what defines you as a person. I’ve gone through a lot of good experiences, a lot of bad experiences and a lot of tough experiences. But right now I’m in a really good place. I’m excited about everything that is happening. There have been so many reports about your love life. I’ve read that your engaged, married, single and a little of all of the above. Care to comment? All I’ll say there’s nothing interesting to tell you. Next question. You once said your ultimate dream is to win an Academy Award and have children.
Is that still your ultimate dream? Absolutely. Do you watch the Oscars and think what it would be like to walk on that stage? I think we all do. At least every actress does. I’ve definitely had that fantasy and that dream where I stand up in front of my peers and give that acceptance speech. Yes, it’s my ultimate dream. Hopefully there’s still time! (Laughs) Do you watch your own films? I don’t really watch my own films. I think I’ve done 32 movies in my life. I’ve seen them all but I don’t watch them. There’re many more movies I would rather watch than watching myself. Watching a film and actually making it is weird. It’s not the same experience. I’d rather move on to the next thing and see what happens. Some actors get uncomfortable looking at themselves on a big screen. Some, on the other hand, love it. How about you? You never really like yourself in a film. You always think you sound weird and April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 25
you look weird. You’ve been so open and honest in the past about your own insecurities including eating disorders and body image. How do you feel these days about yourself? That’s one thing people say, but I’ve never had an eating disorder. Ever. Every tabloid has made up that story. But everyone who knows me knows that I have no problem eating. I’m thin, but I don’t have an eating problem. Thank God! You really do look amazing. The photos you took for this magazine are off the charts. Thank you. Plus, you did Playboy recently; so obviously, you’re feeling good about your body. Yep! But it depends on the pictures and the photographers you work with. A great photographer is going to make you look so much better. Some photos I’ve taken I want to save and show my grandchildren and other’s I look at and think, “Oh, they’re terrible!” At the end of the day you’re a Jersey girl. I don’t have to tell you right now, being from Jersey is cool. Finally! I look at those Jersey shows on television and they’re just comical! People from Jersey just aren’t like that. They’re really not! We’re not all like that. We did a skit with the Jersey Shore cast for American Reunion and I was in shock that they were really like that! I will never forget where I’m from, but come on, not everyone from New Jersey is like those people. I’m not just picking on Jersey Shore. They are all crazy. The hair people, the housewives…. All those Jersey reality shows are crazy and we’re just not all like that. I don’t know anyone like that and I’m from Jersey. Is there one secret about yourself you’d like to share. Something you’ve never told anyone. Hmmmm. I’m sure there are many. Do I want any of them to come out? Probably not. I like to keep those secrets locked away. So there’s still things we haven’t dug up about you and turned into a headline? I promise you there’re still some things you don’t know.
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By Angela Pompelli-Butler
Between T heSheets I love me some porn
ersonally I’ve been wondering where the good old times of curling up with a tub of popcorn with that special someone and a good porn movie have gone? I’ve asked myself this question, because I am guilty of this as well. With the high-tech world we live in, everything is just a touch away. Why put in the extra work to go to a creepy adult store in the middle of the night where everyone can see you, when you can just order from the comfort of your own home. It makes sense, but takes the fun out of the whole experience. It’s almost like a lost art form. Pornography is best explained as the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. YES…PLEASE! It is mostly depicted in movies, on the internet and magazines. Pornography has made its way into 221 million homes in America and grosses $100 billion dollars a year. Shit, the porn industry could pay off the national debt! While some love the porn industry, others find it distasteful and want nothing to do with it. It’s totally a personal decision, but don’t hate, at least until you try it! For me, viewing strangers doing their thing in front of other strangers turns me on. It almost gives you the permission to just let go and be yourself; even if just for a moment. Watching a good porno, can not only enhance your auditory sensors, from hearing moaning and screaming, it can enhance your visual sensory as well. Such as watching things like hair pulling and spanking. Regardless of what senses it may intensify, it makes way for amazing sex that you will never want to end. It can be professional, amateur, or voyeuristic in nature. If you are a rookie to the porn world, you may just want to imitate the acts seen on TV; almost like an instructional video. If you are a polished vet, like me, you may use pornography as a way to get horned up and do your own thing. If you’re a real connoisseur, you and your partner could create and act out your own porno. People do it all the time, just make sure you are in a committed relationship and trust the person you are with. After all, you don’t want it to get into the hands of other people, or you might end up like Kim Kardashian! Either way, I truly believe it works for everyone. Kisses, Angela
If you have stories or comments you would like to share, please email me at Angela at email@example.com.
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By STEVEN SCHWARTZ with GLEN HERSKOWITZ
BEEN BERRY BERRY GOOD TO ME!
double switch. What this is about is making sure that a whack job like Wade Boggs has all 107 chicken legs he needs to eat before a game so he can perform at his very best. This is about Kris Benson and keeping him focused and true to his wife Anna, so that she wouldn’t take revenge by sleeping with the entire Mets organization as she vowed in 2005. This is about Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson swapping wives, kids, dogs and the family goldfish. Do you think Yankee Manager Ralph Houk was prepared to deal with this at the beginning of the 1973 season?
So rejoice Met fans, your 10 dollar tickets will soon be available on Stub Hub. I can taste those sub sandwiches from Momma’s or maybe a burger and a shake from the Shake Shack or maybe both. Yankee fans, is there anything better than the Steak sandwiches from Lobels? I can’t wait to sing and cheer on the grounds crew to the t’s springtime as we shake off the Village People and YMCA. God Bless doldrums of even the mildest of winters America. Take Me Out to the Ballgame. (can you say global warming?), spring Maybe, just maybe this year I’ll get a trepresents the birth of a new season shirt from the Pepsi crew and the t-shirt and the sport that best parallels that launchers. Do you think Jobba will get is baseball. I love baseball. No other it together this year? I can’t wait to get sport mirrors life as much as baseball. my kids to their first game of the new From spring training to the start of the season and see the smile on their face. regular season, to the summer and the It’s only in baseball where a tsunami of Will Ike Davis be the savior? Why don’t dog days and 162 games of the regular chaos can be changed by the surethey bring in relievers in the Yankee season, to the mad scramble to the handed guidance of a great manager. Toyota Celica anymore? Remember playoffs, the new single elimination wild So who do you want managing your those goofy baseball golf carts from card games, the divisional series, the team Don Mattingly or Don Rickles? Shea? So come on Jeff Wilpon bring league championship series and on to How’s Donnie Baseball dealing with the in those fences. Hal Steinbrenner I can the World Series, its baseball…. Hope chaos that is the Los Angeles Dodgers? throw down that rosin bag with gusto! I springs eternal. Let’s Go Mets! Hey, come to think of it why not Don am the Manager and I am ready for the Rickles? My mother could manage the baseball season. Baseball been berry Considering that the teams that go to Dodgers as long as she brought a big berry good to me! the World Series will play in excess bowl of Matzo ball soup, picked up my of 200 games, baseball is with you dry cleaning, made my bed in the mornevery single day. Baseball is a simple ing, checked my math homework and elegant marathon. But let’s face it, we gave me a kiss on the cheek when I got ain’t talking rocket science. Why are a boo-boo, I’d play my ass off for her! some teams successful and others not? It’s because they have the best Child So it’s okay if our World Series ManPsychologists managers. How imporagers have issues. Is it a problem if tant are the managers? It has nothing former Cardinal Manager Tony LaRussa to do with baseball. It has everything likes to drink and drive? Well sure it is! to do with being a good administrator, a Is it a problem if Ranger Manager Ron beloved priest, a best friend an enWashington likes to snort coke? Well dearing uncle and the great motivator sure it is! But somehow they got it done who knows his superstars and his role and brought their teams to the World players. See Joe Torre, 4 time Yankee Series last year. They’re only human World Series Champion Manager. and somehow despite their shortcomThis is not about X’s and O’s. This is ings and the shortcomings of their playnot about calling a hit and run at the ers and the dysfunction of your favorite right time. This is not about making a team, hope springs eternal.
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Angel of the Month
What is the sexiest part about you? I would have to say my eyes.
Since you’re Angel of the Month should we consider you a saint?
No, I don’t think I should be considered a saint. I’m not that perfect.
What’s the most devilsh thing you’ve ever done?
The most devilish thing I’ve ever done is tricked people into thinking I’m an angel. My halo hides my horns well.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Absolutely nothing. I am who I am and won’t change a thing.
What makes a man sexy to you? Confidence not cockiness.
Best pick up line you ever heard?
“Do you have a quarter? Because I told my mom I’d call her when I found the woman of my dreams.”
Photography By Brandon
Are married men more interesting than single men? No. Marriage is a beautiful thing and should not be corrupted.
Jersey Shore or a quiet restaurant? Jersey shore! I love being young, wild, and reckless!
If you could be anywhere in the world right this second, where would it be? On a beautiful beach soaking up sun and learning to surf.
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Tequila? Jack? or Jager?
Jack Daniels! Iâ€™m a southern girl and southern girls got to have their whiskey!
Name one thing today that people in 1965 can relate to? Sex, drugs and rock & roll!
Finally, tell me one secret about yourself nobody knows?
Nobody really knows how much of a car guru I am.
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Once again we have sent our Metropolis Nights research department to meet with the unnamed self-proclaimed Player who delights in using women like disposable wash rags. Since we try to remain as clinical in our study as humanly possible, we try not to judge. However, don’t let that stop you from formulating your own opinion on nightlife’s most notorious user of the female gender. One thing we know about a Player is that he usually doesn’t have a girlfriend. Why is that? A player would never have a girlfriend and for good reason. Well at least never just ONE. But anyway, a girlfriend is an anchor. She will only stop you from having fun and of course you can forget meeting other girls. Isn’t that the point? Yes and no. You have to understand that the Player is a human being. And human beings have feelings and fall in love. But at the same a human being wants the same things as the Player. Which is? Sex! Lots of sex! The only difference between the human being and the player is that the Player acts on his feelings. Yes, he may be lonely, but that’s part of what being a Player is about. You give up one for the other. Sex is more important than the security and love of a single woman. Sounds like a real conﬂict. It really is a conflict. It’s very difficult. But like I said, all males are the same. We all want sex. So what’s the downside to having the love and company of one single woman? Where do I start? When you have a girlfriend you just want to stay home. The number one thing every guy thinks about when they go out partying is hooking up with women. So why would you want to take your girlfriend out to a club, NOT be able to hook up with other girls, AND deal with all the crap that’s bound to occur.
Such as? First of all she’s going to cost you tons of money. You’re going to have to pay for her and her friends. Secondly, girls actually go out just to have fun dancing and joking with her friends. But we all know why guys go out. So your girlfriend is oblivious to the fact that every other guy in the club is looking at her like a piece of meat. And if a guy bumps into her trying to grab that piece of meat for himself, you could end up getting stabbed in the stomach while trying to defend her honor. You see the problem here? Okay, I hear what you’re saying. So how do you know when you’re falling in love? There are many signs. The first sign is you still want to talk to her after sex. Ouch. You also will probably want to take her places or do things with her that don’t normally lead to sex. That’s when you know you’re in trouble. What do you do to stop such a horror from happening? Date and date often! Sleep with as many girls as you can find. Don’t even think about it. Don’t worry about if you like their personalities or not. You’re just sleeping with them. But of course use protection or you’ll end up with other problems that we’ll get into later. So is the need for sex biological? It’s in both men and women’s nature to hook up. But the difference is, men are biologically predisposed to screw anything that moves. And women are genetically designed to be monogamous and nurturing. Do you ever think maybe it’s time to stop being a Player? I do. I think about. But a true Player is never sure if he’s ready. Yes, I get lonely. But that’s part of the lifestyle. You have to accept that you have times of loneliness. One day I’ll stop and settle down. I just don’t know when. You’ll be the first I tell.
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The man behind the most controversial website we love to visit Chaunce Hayden: Why do we see much cheating going on today?
Noel Biderman: I think it’s being driven by women. Whether it’s my website or Facebook or any one of a number of social websites. Women are no longer showing a tolerance to not being treated properly. If you’re in the nightclub business, you know that on ladies night, men figure it out.
Who cheats more, men or women?
Men have always cheated more. That’s documented in every culture and in every society. Although we are seeing female infidelity rates creeping up into the 40 percent range. I don’t know it’s going to be long before more women are unfaithful than faithful.
There are those who blame Ashley Madison. com for being a big part of the reason people cheat on each other today. Do you take that personal?
I never take it personal. A lot of that is based on the wrong presumptions that you can convince someone to cheat. Long before I created Ashleymadison.com there was infidelity. In fact, there are cultures in the world where cheating is punishable by death! That’s because it’s an action that’s based on our biological needs. My job isn’t convince people to cheat. No advertisement can make someone cheat. I’m not capable of that. But what I do offer people is not to have an affair in the work place or lose their job over an affair with a coworker.
Has Facebook’s popularity hurt your business? It seems, people use Facebook to find love and sex as much as any other forum.
I think it has. When I started this business my role was to cannibalize the single dating sites. I wanted to move affairs out of the work place and keep it private. Than Facebook emerged. Now my role is to tell people Facebook is meant to share information and data. Now I have to tell people that Facebook is the wrong place to try and have an affair. I’m even trying to get Facebook to allow me to advertise. It would be good for them and good for my business. Facebook is about sharing information. Ashleymadison.com is about hiding information.
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Of course you can love your partner and still cheat. We have this romantic notion that you can only love one person at a time. But that’s not the case. You can love and cherish your partner and your children and all of those things that go along with it. However, your sex life can still be mundane. So we stop being monogamous. But that doesn’t mean we stop loving the people we love.
What’s the biggest mistake a person makes when they cheat and get caught?
Digital lipstick. Text messages, emails, voicemail etc. Don’t leave behind digital lipstick. That’s how people get caught in 2012.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Some people think I started Ashleymadison.com because I needed a personal playground. I never heard of a worse expenditure of 40 million dollars than trying to meet women. I’m sure there are a lot better ways to meet women. I think calling me the most hated man on the Internet or all the other labels I’ve been given is very misconstrued. I’m not the cause. I’m sure I’ll be reviewed differently as time goes on. Look at Hugh Hefner and how his public image has changed over the years? Listen, I’m not going to get any humanitarian awards, but I do think future generations will see me differently.
Have you ever been approached to have your own reality TV show?
We did get approached and there was a point and time where it would have been fun. But we’re a big corporation now. I think we’re a little bit over that kind of message. We’re global now and it’s a business. I don’t think I have Kardashian like drama going on every day. I’m pretty much a stay at home husband and dad.
Finally, have you ever been caught cheating yourself?
I did like everyone else during my college days. It’s almost a right of passage. But as you mature you change. Listen, I’m the first to admit that if one day I woke up in a sexless marriage I would have an affair. I’m not a priest and I didn’t sign up for that. Also, I’m not prepared to lose my children or cut my economics in half for sex. Have I cheated in my marriage? No. But if I was in a sexless marriage you might want to check back with me in ten years and see where I’m at.
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SKIES APRIL HOROSCOPE
In 2006, NASA dispatched the New Horizons spacecraft to explore the outer reaches of the solar system. New Horizons has been over the storms and around the moons of Jupiter and is now beyond the halfway point between Earth and Pluto. This week through mid-September, Pluto goes retrograde suggesting that a transformation is underway, though we cannot fully move forward until we look back and assess where we’ve been. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You haven’t attained your goal yet, though it’s not for lack of trying. You’ve taken action. Your head and heart are in the right place. The most likely reason for the delay is that you’re simply not ready for the responsibilities (and headaches!) that go along with your goal. Appreciate this blessing in disguise. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You don’t believe you should be immune from trouble and strife. Instead, you accept that obstacles are a part of life, and you welcome the challenge this presents. Seeing life as a game helps you take a playful approach. Being a mature problem solver, you’ll inspire others to behave in kind -- and possibly to hire you. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The animals take leisure time at their, well, leisure. Human animals like you sometimes subvert these instincts in order to answer an email or cook dinner. When will you unwind? When you finally let yourself. Hint: Sooner is better than later. Thursday and Friday will treat you gently, so take advantage. Relax! CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re talking to yourself in a certain manner all day long. Do you know what you’re saying? It’s time to become more aware of this, as there’s a specific message being communicated from you to you that isn’t helping matters one bit. With simple awareness of this, you can change it, thus changing your destiny! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Truth and facts are not the same things. Facts can be checked, but truth is trickier because it’s highly personal and individual, based on a philosophy or a feeling. You’ll be looking for information this week to guide your way. Don’t get too hung up on the facts. What will help you more is the truth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It is said that there was a soldier in World War II who fell from an airplane, without a parachute, from an altitude of about 18,000 feet and survived. His fall was cushioned by the branches of pine trees and a blanket of deep snow. You may feel lucky this week, and you will be! But pack your parachute anyhow. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It’s nice when the things you want come easily to you. But thinking it should always be this way is a recipe for frustration and sadness. You accept that challenge is just a part of life, and you welcome it. You feel ready to take on the full range of responsibilities that come with successful living. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Pressure should not be allowed to build in our lives. It’s not good for your attitude, and it’s not good for your health. Help yourself out by regularly letting off steam this week. Also, lessen the effects of high-pressure events by doing what it takes to make sure you’re really ready for them. Plan ahead. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). New goals won’t gel until you’ve taken them through a process of soul searching. Though you want something, in moments of being extremely real with yourself, you may, deep down, encounter resistance to the idea. When this happens, consider it a breakthrough. It will help you want the right thing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Objectively, you may not want to be a part of a clique, but you may realize today that you already are. At least, that’s how it’s seen from another person’s point of view. You’ll have to go out of your way to be aware of this -- to reach out and prevent others from feeling like outsiders. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People who have made mistakes and have been forgiven will have more love to give. This is true because they’ve been on the receiving end of a bigger love; they’ve been shown the way. It’s something to take into account, as you’ll be in a position to accept a gift from such a person this week. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your brain is always working to protect you and your assets, the most important of which is your time. Snap judgments based on visual cues, stereotypes and the like will, for the most part, be accurate enough to keep you from getting distracted by people and situations that will waste your time.
Relax, you legions of We have a winner. H
ollywood didn’t screw up the film version of Suzanne Collins’ young-adult bestseller about a survival-of-the-fittest reality show that sends home all its teen contestants, save the victor, in body bags. The screen “Hunger Games” radiates a hot, jumpy energy that’s irresistible. It has epic spectacle, yearning romance, suspense that won’t quit and a shining star in Jennifer Lawrence, who gives us a female warrior worth cheering. That’s more than you can say for the castration job that the suits did on Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” franchise. I’ll admit that “Games” isn’t the scary, eruptive firecracker of my dark, Tarantino-fueled imagination. And if you’re among the 26 million who devoured the Collins trilogy -- “The Hunger Games” followed by “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” -- you know it could have been. But even wearing a PG-13 harness to ensure profitability, “The Hunger Games” gets your pulse racing. It’s about something pertinent, the mission to define yourself in a world that’s spinning off its moral axis. As 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, the renegade hunter who kills with a bow and arrow and stands up to take the place of her younger sister in the deadly Games, Lawrence reveals a physical and emotional grace that’s astonishing. Give her the deed, because she owns this movie. It’s not just that Katniss makes “Twilight’s” Bella Swan look like the wimp she is, it’s that Lawrence, 21, is an acting dynamo with the skills to let us into Katniss’ searching mind. Last year, Lawrence won an Oscar nomination for playing an Ozark girl in “Winter’s Bone.” She’s just as affecting this time, lending primal force to this dystopian fable of a society out of sync with human values. ‘Hunger Games’ actors reveal fave foods ‘The Hunger Games’ is a box office hit Fans hungry for ‘The Hunger Games’ High hopes for ‘The Hunger Games’ At 142 minutes, “The Hunger Games” can go from rushed to draggy. But director Gary Ross (“Pleasantville,” “Seabiscuit”) hits the high spots, using action to define character instead of obliterate it. He wisely brought in Collins to collaborate on the script he wrote with Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass”). That way, even when the book’s events are condensed or characters eliminated, the feeling stays true. “The Games” are a punishment invented by the Capitol of Panem (read: North America) for the 12 districts whose rebellion against Capitol rule was crushed more than 74 years ago. The attitude of President Snow (Donald Sutherland, wily in his evil) is “You screwed us, so we’ll screw you.” Every year on Reaping Day, a boy and a girl (ages 12 to 18) from each district are chosen by lottery to fight to the death in a televised gladiator event devised by head Games-maker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley). Ratings are not a problem. Even in downtrodden District 12, where Katniss hunts for scraps to feed her sister and her widowed mother, viewing the Games is mandatory. You won’t need your arm twisted to see the movie, artfully shot by Tom Stern (“Mystic River”) as the scene shifts from the perverse lushness of the Capitol to the stark landscape of the battle zone. And did I mention makeovers? All the Tributes (that’s what contenders are called) get them. Katniss has fashion genius Cinna (Lenny Kravitz doing a fun spin on Tom Ford) to create a wow dress that bursts into flame at the hem. Nice one. Like Bella before her, Katniss is pursued by two laddies-in-waiting, in this case Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), the strapping District 12 hunk and fellow illegal hunter she leaves behind, and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the baker’s son who joins Katniss in the Games and secretly pines for her. Are you Team Gale or Team
Peeta? You might not care as much, since neither has the exotic allure of a vampire or a wolf. But Hemsworth (“The Last Song,” with girlfriend Miley Cyrus) quickly establishes a strong, appealing presence. And Hutcherson (“The Kids Are All Right”) brings humor and a bruised heart to a boy who needs to mature fast. Dynamite actors dot the film. Stanley Tucci is a brilliant blend of mirth and malice as Caesar Flickerman, a TV host who reps the dark side of Ryan Seacrest in this lethal version of “American Idol.” Elizabeth Banks brings malicious wit to the bewigged and powdered PR guru Effie Trinket. “May the odds be ever in your favor,” announces Effie with inane sincerity. And the reliably stellar Woody Harrelson cuts deep as the perpetually s***faced Haymitch Abernathy, a former victor in the Games now acting as mentor to both Katniss and Peeta. When he’s not falling-down drunk, Haymitch instructs his protégés on how to suck up to sponsors who send supplies into the arena when a Tribute wins audience favor. So-called reality TV is given a sharp, satirical kick as Tributes learn to play and pander to hidden cameras. Is Katniss really falling for Peeta as she nurses his wounds, or is she faking it to save her a** and his? Discuss. Sadly, the erotic heat that Collins generates between Katniss and Peeta in a hidden cave never rises above room temperature onscreen. Hand-to-hand combat does fuel the intensity as Katniss fights career Tributes trained to go medieval on enemy ass. Check out machete-wielding Cato (Alexander Ludwig) and knife-throwing Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman), not to mention a swarm of deadly, genetically engineered wasps called Tracker Jackers. The caring bond Katniss forms with Rue (Amandla Stenberg), the youngest Tribute, is just a brief break from the assaults aimed to make Katniss trade her soul for survival. For all its compromises, “The Hunger Games” is a zeitgeist movie that captures the spirit of a soul-sucking age in which ego easily trumps common cause. Ironically, the kill-to-win ethos that dominates movies from 1987’s prophetic “The Running Man” to the undiluted brutality of Japan’s “Battle Royale” in 2000, may find its largest viewership in “The Hunger Games.” But will mainstream audiences respond to the moral challenge churning under the popculture razzle-dazzle? It’s anybody’s guess. My advice is to keep your eyes on Lawrence, who turns the movie into a victory by presenting a heroine propelled by principle instead of hooking up with the cutest boy. That’s what makes Katniss revolutionary. May the odds be ever in her favor. April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 41
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By Leanne Aciz
alcohol is involved and sometimes it takes longer to get an intoxicated customer to leave than it would for somebody with a sound mind. Every bar/club/lounge I’ve ever been to uses “bar time”, and the popular ones I’ve gone to close up A HALF HOUR EARLY because they know they need that much time to get the place back to normal. Who is a customer to say whether or not the bartenders have enough time to wipe the bar, clean the dirty glasses, bring up cases of beer for the next day, count the tips, call taxis for customers who shouldn’t drive home, etc.? The point is, that as a customer, you are required to follow the establishments rules, like it or not. If you don’t like going home around 2am, go to the city where bars are open until the wee hours for the kind of people who like to stay out. Then there are the customers who think they are entitled and invited to stick around even after we close. Even if you date the bartender, party with the boss, or knew the owner since he/she was 10 years old, that does not mean that you should feel like you deserve to sit around at the bar watching everyone close up. Why not? Simply because bartenders can’t relax until the bar is completely clear.
hat does Last Call mean to you? To a bartender it means serving the last round of drinks in an attempt to get their ass back home in a timely fashion. To respectful customers, it means time to get your hands on that last drop of alcohol before you attempt to get back home. But for some people, “last call” is just something insignificant annoying bartenders yell out because... well, who cares, let’s get drunk!? As a bartender, it is my duty to tell those specific customers that deliberately ignore last call that sticking around and putting us on the spot to serve you that last drink at 1:59 is outrageously rude. I can’t tell you how many times steam has poured out of my ears because some customer who was ‘having a bad day’ gave me the puppy dog eyes and begged for ‘just one more drink’. What am I supposed to do? Say no and piss this already melancholy customer off, so that he never comes back in? Not only do I lose his money, but so does the bar. Being a bartender means having sympathy for the customers who come in looking to drown their sorrows, and it’s annoying when somebody pulls at my heart strings just to get an extra drink at the last minute. The bar I work at has a clock that is several minutes fast so at the end of the night, the bartenders have time to clean, count tips, and get everybody out while taking a minute to breathe after a long night. I’ve heard several customers complain about the fact that the clock is 5-8 minutes fast and that we are basically cheating them out of those few last minutes to savor whatever they have been drinking. My response? Give me a friggin break. Nobody gets hostile towards ShopRite or Best Buy for closing at a certain time. Let me remind you that at bars, 44 Metropolisnights.com April 2012
Plain and simple, nothing good happens after 2 am which is why the law says bars must close at that time. In fact, nothing really good happens after midnight, but thats another article, another time. If a bartender calls out LAST CALL, do your civic duty and order your last round. Hell, order 3 beers if you have to, but just make sure you leave when it’s time to close the doors. If not out of respect for the bartenders who have spent hours entertaining and serving you, but to serve an example for the customers who simply do not care. Believe me, the bartender will remember your hospitality and treat you accordingly next time. Nothing makes me happier at the end of the night than the customer who nods out of understanding and very simply, leaves. Bartenders do their part, make sure you do yours.
Rivara’s by Diane King
Family business still around 39 years later and going stronger than ever!
Frank Rivara has been in business since 1973 with the best food and entertainment for almost 39 years in Bergen County. The Owl Pub Is quickly becoming known as the Musicians Hot Spot of Bergen County. With Sunday Open Mic Night , musicians and people are coming from all over the tri-state area to the Owl Pub for great music, great food and a great time! Boasting top name bands such as Painkillers, Flashover, and Iron Horse just to name a few! The Rivera Brothers Frank & Victor named the Owl Pub after a stuffed Owl hidden in a dark corner of their attic! The Logo, Inspired by Frank’s daughter, Brecken [left] has also added to a family owned & inspired business. Rivara’s family restaurant is well known for the best baby back ribs around. The Owl Pub is the “pub” side of Rivera’s Restaurant, so after a great meal you can walk next door and enjoy live music in the perfect atmosphere! One of the greatest features about Rivara’s is when you enter this restaurant, they make you feel as though you are entering their home! Rivara’s and the Owl Pub is the “Cheers” of Bergen County where “everyone knows your name” and you are just like family! 39 years in business proves it!
Rivara’s legendary history: The building was purchased by the Rivara twins, Frank and Victor Rivara, and it was originally an ice house where people would buy large blocks of ice. To their fortune, the name Owl & I gave us a logo and instant recognition. And this only complimented the timely success of their nightclub restaurant. The time period was characterized as the wild west for the bar business, and the Owl & I quickly became the most successful watering hole in the area. Creating nostalgic youthful memories for thousands of its patrons! The dining room was the main disco area while our lounge was THE place to hear rock music, catering to each crowd. This run-away train lasted for 12 years with no brakes until change in the economy and politi-
cal views slowed things down. Due to the sudden change, The Owl & I was forced to reinvent itself, and adapted by focusing on high quality food and a relaxing dining experience. In 1988 there were major renovations, the addition of a banquet hall, and then finally the name change to Rivara’s Grill House. Ever since, it has been the place for customers to enjoy the best “baby back ribs” around. A comfortable family dinner, a large banquet, or just a night out on the town, The Rivara family welcomes you into our home.
Located at: 6-18 Maple Ave, Fairlawn, NJ 07410 (201)797-4878
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Boom Burger Bartender
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Boom Burger is located at 375 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ â€˘ (201) 843-2666
How long have you been bartending? About a year and a half. But I’ve been in the service industry for about 9 years now. You look more like a bouncer than a bartender. Well? That’s funny you say that because I started out as a bouncer 3 years ago. I was actually a lot smaller than I am now. That’s probably why I only lasted a few months before they promoted me to be a bartender! Do you have a drink recipe that never fails? It’s so hard sometimes because not everyone likes the same type of alcohol. Lately Ciroc Redberry and soda with a lime has been working for me, but I usually go towards my awesome “Orange Crush.” Always works for the ladies. What’s the biggest challenge working at Boom Burger? The TV’S! Getting the right channels on the right TV’s on a busy night is so hard. Other than that, trying not to eat all the food is a big challenge. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of NCAA Basketball fans at Boom Burger. Is it hard not to get caught up in all the excitement? Yes! Especially when I have 97 percent of my bracket correct on ESPN. I love all sports, so when there is a great game going on it’s really hard for me to break away. Although when it’s busy I’m all business.
#justsayin Lady Gaga Been working like a crazy bitch all day. Need to
smoke a joint or something; or maybe just a good punch in the face. PROPS PROPS PROPS.
Lamar is such a bad influence with the sweets! LOL I need to step away from the Hot Tamales!
Amanda Bynes Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem. If I
don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it. PS: I month later she tweeted: “I’ve unretired.”
50 Cent I’ll be honest I don’t think I’m gonna live much
longer. That’s why I started my street king movement. I want to mean more in other peoples lives.
What’s your favorite night of the week? Friday nights are probably my favorite night of the week. We get a good happy hour crowd that carries over into the night. Plus a lot of beautiful ladies seem to come in that night. Will your co-workers be jealous that the spotlight in on you this month? Not at all. Actually I think it was my two co-workers who got me to do this, so I think they support me. We all love working with each other so there should be no hard feelings...I hope! How many Boom Burgers have you eaten? Honestly only one I think. I try to eat as healthy as I can. So I love the chicken caesar salad and the steak salad. But if I want a burger I’ll have the Jersey Guido with chicken. But the bacon double is my guilty pleasure. What’s the key to being a great bartender? Experience, passion, and personality. I‘m a firm believer that if you love what you do it will show through your work and that a solid foundation of experience will take you a long way. Also a great personality is a must because you interact with all kinds of people on a daily basis and you need to be able to handle all situations and interactions the right way. For the ladies who might want to come and meet you. What nights do you work at Boom Burger? I am usually there Thursday through Sunday nights.
Joker’s Wild There was an elderly man who wanted to make his younger wife pregnant. So, he went to the doctor to have a sperm count done. The doctor told him to take a specimen cup home, fill it, and bring it back the next day. The elderly man came back the next day and the specimen cup was empty and the lid was on it. Doctor: What was the problem? Elderly man: Well, you I tried with my right hand...nothing. So, I tried with my left hand...nothing. My wife tried with her right hand...nothing. Her left hand...nothing. Her mouth...nothing. Then my wife’s friend tried. Right hand, left hand, mouth....still nothing. Doctor: Wait a minute. You mean your wife’s friend too?! Elderly man: Yeah, and we still couldn’t get the lid off of the specimen cup. April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 47
HOME TOWN: COLOMBIA! FAVORITE FOOD: SUSHI! NEVER GETS OLD. FAVORITE CLUB: LAVO. GREAT MUSIC.GREAT CROWD. FAVORITE DRINK: ANYTHING FRUITY AND GIRLY. FAVORITE SPORT: SOCCER FAVORITE MUSIC: HOUSE MUSIC. DANCING IS IN MY BLOOD.
Photography By Harold Duarte
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: MIAMI!
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Truth By Chaunce Hayden
There are many kinds of creepy...There’s being 50-years-old and playing in a metal band creepy. There’s starring in your own MSNBC “To Catch A Predator” episode creepy and there’s that horizontally challenged unibrow guy creepy. Personally, I think the worse kind of creepy of all is something called, Russell Brand. Trust me, I’ve been around a lot of celebrities who give me douche chills, but nobody matches the vomit inducing level as that of this narcissistic asshole. Listen, even if Brand did nothing the rest of his slurring miserable life, he’d still be one of the most unlikable human feces on the face of the earth. Just by the very nature of being alive, Brand has reached shocking levels of universal disdain, in part because of his lack of talent (I dare you to make it past 15 minutes of “Arthur”), in part because of his over the top British marble mouth accent. And how the hell do you fuck up a marriage to anyone with blue hair? She has blue hair dude! But recently Brand has turned his rapidly descending career into a nose dive to hell when he was arrested after allegedly stealing someone’s cell phone and throwing it through a window. The incident in question took place several weeks ago in New Orleans, when Brand reportedly snatched a cell phone from a photographer hoping to get a shot of the actor. According to the photographer, Timothy Jackson, Brand approached him in his car, took his iPhone and threw it through a window of a nearby building. A warrant was issued for this human ball sack and he was charged with “simple criminal damage” to property valued at $700. Okay, maybe to this failed comic/husband $700 isn’t a lot of cash. Anyone who rents elephants instead of limos on his wedding day obviously has a lot of coin, albeit really bad taste. But I’m sure that the paparazzi whose crappy job it is to make sure dopes like Brand stay relevant, that iPhone was probably the central universe of his career. Fuck him...right Brand? After all, who gave that wanker permission to invade your holy space in life? So naturally your soon to be has-been instinct was to stop the evil tabloid empire from sporting yet another
pointless image of your repulsive mug by tossing his iPhone through a window. My question is: Why is Brand still sucking valuable air? Personally, I would have driven around the Bayou in long, steady circles while Brand’s slowly disintegrating body dragged from my car door. Too harsh? I would almost agree if it weren’t for Brand’s tweet right before his arrest.
@rustyrockets Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory. On behalf of Steve Jobs, every person who ever worked at Apple, the entire USA as well as my swollen hemorrhoid.... May whom ever is standing next to you at this very moment, remove your droid (or whatever the hell you slur into) from your clammy meat hooks and proceed to insert it into the darkness of the unholy orvis of your boney body. April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 51
What do you think of the current drama going on with Jersey Shore and the cast? Rehab, preggers, banned from Hoboken... etc? I think it’s everyday day shit that happens to everyone. It’s just magnified cause of who they are. I like those kids! Snookie is a sweetheart. Wish her and Jionni the best. Hope to be at the wedding. You’re obviously a good looking guy. Any problems with female stalkers? [Laughs] I def get some weird shit on twitter. But guys are the ones who get weird. I can handle the girl. What’s been your most memorable MTV moment? Hosting the “Jersey Shore” live stream from Times Square. That was awesome! Never felt more alive. When are you going to get your own reality TV show? I was offered a reality show few months ago with me and my girlfriend. Just not what I’m looking for.
Photography By Harold Duarte
Okay, so what do you do to stay in to shape? I always train like there’s a challenge coming soon. I do it all from boxing to yoga and dance classes. I use everything I could as a workout. Cause you never know. But I’m also in the process of becoming a personal trainer in NYC. How many push-ups can you do? Don’t lie! [Laughs] Seven. It’s my lucky number. Your secret to perfect hair? Definitely just good Italian genes. And I don’t wash my hair every day. It needs to be a little oily to look good. Tell your female fans something about you they don’t know. I’m a fantastic slow dancer! April 2012 Metropolisnights.com 53
By Chaunce Hayden
Lil’ Kim tells why Biggie locked her away...
In the 1990s, there was no R&B band quite like Jodeci. While Boyz II Men, with their clean-cut image, were cut from a more traditional R&B cloth, K-Ci, JoJo, Dalvin and DeVante were the bad boys of the genre. No wonder they fit in so well with rappers, collaborating with the likes of Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Redman. They almost cooked up a collaboration with Lil’ Kim as well, but the Notorious B.I.G. put a stop to that. “Big was very protective of me, like overprotective,” Lil’ Kim said recently. In the early ‘90s, Jodeci got their start at Uptown Records, where their talent was cultivated by a thenunknown Sean “Puffy” Combs — whom fans now simply call Diddy. Under the young executive’s watch, the quartet released their multiplatinum 1991 debut Forever My Lady, but somewhere down the line the relationship soured. Kim recalled one incident where she and Diddy’s Bad Boy crew had a run-in with Jodeci in a hotel. “Me and Keisha from Total were in the hallway talking to Dalvin and, I think, JoJo,” she remembered. “Puffy and Big were looking for us, and when they found us, Big just started draggin’ me by my coat and Puff was like, ‘We don’t eff with them. What are y’all doin’ talkin’ to them?’ Despite the incident, Jodeci later wanted to include Lil’ Kim on a remix of their 1995 single “Luv U 4 Life” and offered her a lot of money to do it, but Big, who was both Kim’s musical mentor and lover, vetoed the feature. “At that time, it was the beginning of my career; I hadn’t seen that much money for one record,” Kim recalled. “So Big comes to where I was stayin’ and he’s like, ‘You ain’t goin’ nowhere, I’m gonna go out there to see what’s goin’ on,’ “ Kim remembered of Biggie’s interference while laughing. “He locks me in the room; he was like, ‘Oh you ain’t gonna go do no song with them.’ “
SAY IT AIN’T SO!
Please God, not a boy band!....Adele lost the top spot on the Billboard chart to Bruce Springsteen, and it seems that five British boy-banders are now also eyeing the crown. One Direction’s U.S. debut, Up All Night, is looking to sell big and give the big-voiced British songstress and the Boss a run for their money. “There didn’t seem to be much hype until all of a sudden it sort of exploded,” Keith Caulfield, associate director of charts at Billboard, told MTV News about the tween phenomenon hitting the mainstream. “The album should do somewhere in the range of 160,000 to
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180,000, that’s what we’re projecting right now. It’s a little hard to gauge just because they’re so youth-appealing and because they’re basically a boy band, it’s hard to project how consumers will react to the album. It could go higher; it could go a little lower. So, it has a definite shot at #1. And if it does debut at #1, it would mark the first time a British group’s first album has debuted at #1. Jack Black believes Kurt Cobain ‘was the king of rock.’ The actor performed a family friendly rendition of Smells Like Teen Spirit, one of the late musician’s legendary songs with band Nirvana, in last year’s hit Disney film The Muppets. However, Kurt’s widow Courtney Love told TMZ that she felt Jack’s kid-friendly cover ‘raped’ the rock star’s memory. Jack doesn’t believe he defamed Kurt in any way with his tribute.’I beg to differ. That’’s absurd, absurd, absurd,’ Jack told E! Online this week at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.’I personally hold no one in higher esteem in the world of rock. Kurt Cobain for me is at the top of the pyramid. He was the king. When he died it was sort of the end of rock.’ Jack, who has appeared in and lent his voice to several children’s films over the years, will continue to make movies for tots. He hopes to unite with Angelina Jolie to make a third Kung Fu Panda animated feature.’I hope we do,’ he shared. ‘The films were really good, but that’’s not in my control. That’’s up to the powers far above me. Who knows-it could be Kung Fu Tiger next and I’’m out of it. You never know.’
LOCAL GUITAR HEROS:
THE REPLICANTS The Replicants are not only comprised of some of the best musicians in the tri-state area, they are proud to be referred to as “party professionals”. From old favorites, classic dance and hip-hop to the newest cutting edge hits and everything in between they perform with a passion and enthusiasm that is infectious. Each member brings their own style and influence to each song; injecting itinto performances that leave audiences begging for more. From beginning to end The Replicants will have you singing, dancing and enjoying an event to be remembered long after it’s over. Go to Monteentertainment.com for more info.
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By Rachel Manzer
alibu barbie, it’s over! Tennessee native Megan Fox, with her dark hair, Crater Lake blue eyes, and perfected sun-kissed tan has replaced your plastic coke bottle shape body with her real 34c-24-24 meretriciously sculpted body. Women hate her and men hate that they love her and that’s why we love her. Megan (now married to Brian Austin Greene) seduced Americans in 2007 with her sassy mechanic role in the movie Transformers, forcing American’s to shovel out a grand total of 709 million dollars. She dodged freakishly large autobots, effortlessly escaped deadly explosions, captured the heart (I mean penis) of her than tattle tale bitch of a co-star Shia LaBeouf, (who later shamelessly threw her under the bus when he found out she had rekindled her love with Brian) captured and tortured that fiery pistol of a decepticon. This girl got down and dirty and you men did not hear one nagging whine about the dirt under her nails. The perfect woman! Her provocative performance earned her the same spot as “Mikaela Banes” in Transformers 2 Revenge of the fallen in 2009. Sadly Transformers 3 opted for Malibu barbie instead of Fox (rumors have it she compared her director to Adolf Hitler) so our favorite little starlet moved on to star in Jennifer’s Body 2009, in-between the shooting of the two Transformers movies where she played the role of a man eating demonic cheerleader. This was the perfect role for her as she seemed to have perfected the art of eating men alive in real life. During her interview with GQ in September of 2008 she vocalized her bisexuality with a stripper and donned us with graphic details on this love affair. Even though she recanted that statement during a 2009 Elle interview men were still left with the scandalous images she forever etched in their perverted minds. She stated “They’re boys; they’re easily toyed with. I tell stories and have them eating out of my hand. Not all of it is true. In fact, most of it is bullshit! The real story is more sobering. It’s not a sexy, fun-time, fantasy story. But that’s not the story you tell GQ.” World’s sexiest liar! With the major media from Transformers and her QC interview, media and men starting psychotically publishing her every action. Even though she’s personally responsible
for the drive of the atrocious amount of traffic to the website TheBachelorGuy.com many websites boycotted her because of her over- publicized sex appeal. Alright it’s time to get real here. I have gushed and secretly crushed over her rockstar life but I failed to tell her real story behind her bad girl reputation. Her tattoo’s, open sexuality, and sailor mouth give her this tough girl edge. In real life she’s rocking the halo! She is (throw up in your mouth) loyal to her hubby and makes it known in 90% of her public interviews how much she loves him. She’s quiet. She had an intimate wedding as opposed to a “my big fat fabulous wedding” drama saga. She’s brutally honest. Once in an interview she was asked how she felt about being a role model. Her response ““It depends on what your idea of a role model is. If your idea of a role model is somebody who’s gonna preach to your kids that sex before marriage is wrong and cursing is wrong and women should be this and be that, then I’m not a role model, but if you want your girls to feel strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right, then I want to be that type of role model, yeah.” **tears rolling** She doesn’t need acting classes to win an Oscar! To pass this bronzed beauty with an intact soul up would be columcide! Welcome to the BAMF club Megan.
So she lies, has tattoos and curses like a sailor! She also openly admits she smokes pot. She also stated that she does not consider it a drug and would be ﬁrst in line to buy a pack of joints. This all makes her HUMAN and not a fake broad! That’s why were addicted to her.
The party of the year took place March 16 at 46 Lounge in Totowa, NJ. The packed house came to see their favorite “Mob Wife” Big Ang. The popular reality star was a blast (no pun intended). And the best part is, nobody got whacked! 46 Lounge also played host to The Black Out Party. The sexy evening was highlighted by the mullti-colored glow stick batons. Hundreds of party goers danced into late into the evening with their foam glow sticks. Something tells me that’s not the last we’ll see of those things.
By Harold Duarte
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