If it seems to you that actress Diane Lane is living out your fantasy life on screen, you’re not alone. It’s hard not to be jealous of Lane, who has made a career acting out other people’s wildest fantasies on screen: cheating on a husband with a younger man, moving spontaneously to Tuscany and fixing a crumbling villa, kissing Richard Gere or even just looking like Diane Lane.
She was in town recently to attend the Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of “Paris Can Wait,” directed by Eleanor Coppola, the 80-year-old wife of Francis Ford Coppola. Lane plays the lead, an American woman married to a neglectful husband, acted by Alec Baldwin. She takes a road trip with her husband’s French business partner, traveling from the Cannes Film Festival to Paris. Wine, beautiful scenery, a touch of tragedy, romance and lots of carbs ensue.
But making movies in beautiful locations is still hard work. Lane talked to LLNYC about the rigors of movie making and the challenges of being a women in Hollywood today. Lane is a lot of fun to talk to — she has lovely meandering way of speaking, unusual for a native New Yorker. Even in a drab interview location (a windowless WeWork office) her star power was on display.
And speaking of cheating — well, we have a lot to say about it, even if most New Yorkers are loathe to fess up about their own indiscretions. Our article, the “Ins and Outs of Cheating,” looks at the ways that technology aids and also trips up cheaters today, as well as the professionals who enable affairs. We’re talking about the real estate brokers, attorneys, tech gurus, doormen, drivers and concierges that wealthy Manhattanites employ in the service of their extracurricular love affairs.
Also in this issue, we spent a lot of time with the incredibly generous chef Eric Ripert, who takes a decidedly different approach to being a celebrity. Ripert, the mastermind behind Le Bernardin, one of New York City’s longest-running, three-Michelin-starred restaurants, hasn’t spun out his fame. He’s eschewed the spotlight and branding opportunities in order to cook in his own kitchen and on his terms. And the results speak for themselves. Not only is Le Bernardin a top NYC restaurant — holding a four-star rating from the New York Times since 1986, longer than any other restaurant, but Ripert is, in a word, happy. He’s content with the balance he has in his life to focus on his work and his family. And happiness is something that money cannot buy, or so they say.
Elsewhere in the issue, we had to get over our squeamishness for a story on Korean beauty products, which use very natural ingredients like snail mucin and egg membrane. Hop on over to Barney’s to check out the new collaboration with K-Beauty powerhouse, Peach & Lily.
You’ll want to look your best for the Hamptons season, starting imminently. We’ve got a look at some of the priciest summer rentals still available for this summer with spreads so big you need a golf cart to get around the property.
We also had a chat with Lexi Lawson, one of the stars of “Hamilton,” about her pre-show routine. On the Upper West Side, a nabe not known for trendy restaurants, we talk to the folks at White Gold Butchers, a British-inflected whole-animal butcher shop and eatery from Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield. We also have a preview of a much-anticipated auction of artwork owned by the late owner of the Chelsea Hotel, collected sometimes in lieu of rent, back in the days when one could live la vie bohème.
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