Question of the Week
President Obama delivered the commencement address to almost 600 female grads of Barnard College on Monday, and spent the bulk of the speech enthusiastically encouraging the young women to “fight for a seat at the head of the table.” But he attributed the guidance that garnered the most cheers from the audience to First Lady Michelle: you can look good and be at the top of your professional game.
So, during our week out on the town, we asked everyone we ran into:
What did you think of Obama’s advice to young professional women that they can be “stylish and powerful”?
Herewith, an array of reactions from Hugh Dancy, Mary McFadden, Patrick Wilson, Mark Ruffalo, and Gavin McInnes (who, naturally, embraced the opportunity to make an Oprah joke).
Waiting in the lobby of the Midtown East home of the interior designer wet dream penthouse apartment of John and Andrea Stark, we heard the bellhop turn to one of our companions waiting in line for the elevator.
“You’re the Hulk, aren’t you??!” The young man asked feverishly, as if hoping that the actor in our midst would suddenly turn green and start screaming in nouns and verbs.
“Yes, Mark Ruffalo, nice to meet you,” he said. The elevator doors opened, and the anti-hydrofracking advocate attempted to enter, as we were already running a little late to an event for The Common Good, Patricia Duff‘s non-profit public advocacy group.
The bellhop stepped in front of the open door, barring entrance. “Hey, can I get a picture?” He asked, breaking really the only rule of being a good hotel employee.
The door almost dinged shut, but we grabbed it with our hands. Mr. Ruffalo looked slightly pained, but put on his game face. “Sure!” he said, while one of his people snapped a picture.
“Okay, up we go! Can’t keep the ladies waiting!” The Hulk took a dapper step into the elevator and winked at us.
Taking our spot on the red carpet last night for the latest edition of Cinema Society, The Observer found itself giddy at the prospect of coming face to face again with French “triple threat,” as our gracious host Andrew Saffir so accurately pointed out, Melanie Laurent.
Tribeca Film Festival
Fans of art house movies were in for a blockbuster surprise today, as the Tribeca Film Festival announced that Marvel’s summer tentpole feature, The Avengers, will be closing out the week of indies, docs, and foreign flicks on April 28th.