*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***“Gotham” stars and off-screen couple Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin at a screening of “Tower” at the Edition in NYC. ***Stephen Sondheim at a New York Film Festival screening of “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” — about the theater icon’s infamous Broadway flop, “Merrily We Roll Along”. ***Charlie Rose having a business meeting at Nello in NYC. ***Dakota Fanning dining at 1770 House while in the Hamptons for a screening of her new film “American Pastoral,” which opens Oct. 21. ***Actor / producer Brian Connors having dinner at the legendary Izzy’s Deli in Santa Monica last night. ***Kristen Stewart’s new film “Personal Shopper” was infamously booed by some at the Cannes Film Festival, but received a warmer reception here. After its New York Film Festival premiere, guests buzzed about one scene in particular in which Stewart “is seen topless . . . and pleasures herself while texting a mysterious stranger.” She stopped into a Moët/Cinema Society after-party at the Skylark in NYC, where guests including Michael Stipe and Cuba Gooding Jr. stayed till 2:30 a.m.
*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Short-fingered vulgarians beware: Spy magazine is back. The celebrated satirical monthly — which coined that epithet for Donald Trump after its co-founding editor, Graydon Carter, discovered that Trump’s stubby digits are a sore subject — will return for the remainder of the election cycle. Marking the 30th anniversary of Spy’s first issue, the “digital pop-up” mag will try to re-create its rapier wit to lunge at both candidates.
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Television talent agent Sean Grumman abruptly left Creative Artists Agency on Tuesday, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. Grumman was escorted out of the agency’s Century City, Calif., offices by security, one of the insiders added. The rep for actors like Golden Globe winning “The Affair” actress Ruth Wilson had been with the agency for roughly 15 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Jeff Jampol, manager of numerous rock n’ roll estates from Michael Jackson to The Doors, will be the next guest-of-honor at the acclaimed “City Talk” conversation series on Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm in the private room of the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Benjamin F. Payton, a civil rights advocate who was instrumental in transforming the historically black Tuskegee Institute in Alabama into the more broadly encompassing Tuskegee University over nearly three decades as its president, died on Sept. 28 in Estero, Fla. He was 83. His death was announced by the university, which was founded in a shanty in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1881 by Booker T. Washington.
*LBN-COMMENTARY By Charles Krauthammer: Only amid the most bizarre, most tawdry, most addictive election campaign in memory could the real story of 2016 be so effectively obliterated, namely, that with just four months left in the Obama presidency, its two central pillars are collapsing before our eyes: domestically, its radical reform of American health care, a.k.a. Obamacare; and abroad, its radical reorientation of American foreign policy — disengagement marked by diplomacy and multilateralism. Obamacare. Last Monday, Bill Clinton called it “the craziest thing in the world.” And he was only talking about one crazy aspect of it — the impact on the consumer. Clinton pointed out that small business and hardworking employees (“out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week”) are “getting whacked . . . their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.” This, as the program’s entire economic foundation is crumbling. More than half its nonprofit “co-ops” have gone bankrupt. Major health insurers like Aetna and UnitedHealthcare, having lost millions of dollars, are withdrawing from the exchanges. In one-third of the U.S., exchanges will have only one insurance provider. Premiums and deductibles are exploding. Even the New York Times blares “Ailing Obama Health Care Act May Have to Change to Survive.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Susan Estrich (Attorney): Does it really take the most vulgar, rude, offensive, racist, bombastic, insensitive, unqualified, disrespectful boor ever to be nominated by a major party in our lifetimes to finally get a highly qualified woman into the White House? Seems so — assuming we’re lucky, of course, and we don’t make complete fools of ourselves, merging the White House with the Trump Network and calling it the Trump House (where the Lincoln Bedroom will now be available to any billionaires, not just the ones who contribute). This is awful. It is beyond bad. There is nothing to enjoy. It is horrible to watch. I’ve been watching the debates with my students, but I’d rather we were watching any debate from any other campaign ever. I would like them to see decent candidates, ones who cared enough to try their hardest and do their best — not foul-mouthed boors who talk “locker room talk” every minute of the day. Did you see Donald Trump repeatedly duck the question of whether he still talks this way? Tell me: Did he wake up one day and see the light? This is who he is. He makes no bones about it. He is the most authentic candidate I have ever seen.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Without Notes” with Father Michael Manning – Episode 3: Defending the Church :https://youtu.be/HAB7aj-NDsU
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Seriously, why didn’t we sell tickets? If only our national election had been pay-per-view for the rest of the world, we could have wiped out the national debt. But while viewers around the world seem to be lapping up our national reality TV show, are we, the citizens of America, going to get anything out of it? Specifically, are we going to get the thing we need most and have enjoyed least this century: effective government? We have too much deferred maintenance to fix, too much deferred leadership to generateand too much deferred reimagining to undertake to wait another four years to solve our biggest problems, especially in this age of accelerating technology and climate change. If we will have indulged in almost two years of electoral entertainment and pathos just to end up back where we were, only worse, with even more venomous gridlock in Washington, it won’t just be emotionally depressing, we’ll really start to decline as a nation. When we forfeit governing our country strategically at the national level for this long, inevitably the roof will start to leak and the floors will start to buckle. But how can anything good come from a campaign where the entertainment is increasingly X-rated and where the winner will be so morally injured — because of the hatchet wounds that were inflicted by the loser or that were self-inflicted?
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