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September 23rd, 2009 12:00 am WW Editorial Staff | Scoop

Gossip Should Have No Friends


  • AS THE PANCAKE TURNS: The space from whence no crêpes return will soon boast another tenant. Suzette, a crêperie and dessert spot helmed by former Chez Panisse and Bluehour pastry chef Jehnee Rains, will open this Thursday in the lot at 2921 NE Alberta St.—the same space last occupied by Tour de Crêpes, and before that by Fold Crêperie. There’s hope this eatery will stay put: Rains plans to fight the French pancake curse with French almond teacakes, housemade ice cream and crème brûlée baked in little Mason jars—not to mention an arsenal of sweet and savory crepes served with champagne, wine and beer 9 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

  • LOST IN SPACE: Laika’s first action after blockbuster Coraline? Laying off its computer animation team. Phil Knight’s cartoon company announced Friday it would terminate approximately 60 people as part of a continuing pruning of its CG animation wing—which lost 65 employees in December after deciding to ax a computer project called Jack and Ben’s Animated Adventure. “These positions will not be practical until LAIKA approaches pre-production on a CG feature in the future,” notes an official Laika statement released Tuesday. WW’s examination of the layoff notice released to the state shows that Laika’s firings include 13 technical directors, two animators, four software developers and three recruiters—including a stop-motion training specialist. After stop-motion cartoon Coraline grossed more than $120 million worldwide, the company has yet to officially announce a follow-up project—though sources say it’s likely to be Paranorman, about a boy who fights zombies.

  • MR. GENEROSITY: Writer David Guterson has told Portland Center Stage he’ll donate all his royalties from the company’s upcoming stage adaptation of his novel Snow Falling on Cedars to an organization building a historic site on Bainbridge Island to commemorate the Japanese internment. Good for him. We’re donating all the royalties from the upcoming film adaptation of our work, Candidates Gone Wild: An XXX Adventure, to the “Move Portlandia Off the Ugly Beribboned Box” fund.

  • HARD TARGET: If Lincoln High School head football coach Chad Carlson can’t keep his temper under control, then perhaps his American Gladiator wife, “Jet,” can show him some discipline. Carlson pleaded guilty last Thursday to interfering with police after getting into an argument with MAX security Aug. 29 following an Ultimate Fighting Championship event at the Rose Garden. Carlson is married to Monica Carlson, a former Blazers dancer and active sports model. The NBC American Gladiators TV show gave her the name “Jet” for her speed and agility.
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