2012年3月4日

Shinan: Jim Carrey, sugar daddy


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What 23-year-old college student wouldn't want to get with this?
Jim Carrey’s latest gig? Well, technically speaking, it constitutes “edible crystalline carbohydrates, mainly sucrose, lactose and fructose.” Less technically, but more to the point, according to a press release received during the holiday silly season: “Jim Carrey is officially a Sugar Daddy.” Magna cum laude, baby.
The media announcement made by the founder of the “largest sugar daddy dating website, seekingarrangement.com,” was precipitated by news in the dying days of 2011 that the Ace Canadian was spotted holding hands with a mystery woman in L.A. This followed a revelation by the New York Post that the lady love is, in fact, Anastasia Vitkina, a 23-year-old college student from New York who began dating Carrey after his rupture with Jenny McCarthy last year. The late breaking news also has it that the two have been spotted at a Guns N’ Roses gig in Los Angeles. Yes Man, indeed.
It’s elementary, as Brandon Wade, founder of seekingarrangement.com, says. In a Darwinian bombshell, he wants to reassure us that Carrey and Vitkina are “no different than the hundreds of thousands of relationships formed between older sugar daddies and younger college sugar babies” on his website.
“A sugar daddy is a successful, wealthy and usually older man who is willing to pamper a sugar baby in return for friendship, companionship, or romance,” continued Wade, who also happens to be the author of a “definitive” guide on the subject.

More on the subject? “Given the current economic crisis,” we’re told, “many struggling college students prefer to date older and wealthier men over the typical college romances. Sugar daddies have the financial resources to afford first class travel, five-star hotels and Michelin-rated restaurants.”
In terms of the celebrity allegro, of course, this equation is hardly new, and while some people might immediately conjure up pajama visions of one Hugh Hefner, to me, it seems, our Carrey is turning into the late, great Tony Curtis before our very eyes!
Both have an onscreen lightness, and jocularity when required. Like Carrey, as well, the screen legend from Hollywood’s Golden Age seemed to come with his share of inner demons.
The Some Like It Hot star married much, and caroused even more famously. But always younger — his last wife being 42 years  junior to his sprightly 73! As the screen legend once no-fuss-no-muss put it, “I wouldn’t be caught dead marrying a woman old enough to be my wife.”
Scene! Heard!
Meanwhile, I see, I hear:
That multimedia mammal Douglas Coupland is preparing to unveil a new exhibition of art later this month at Toronto’s Daniel Faria Gallery. “Welcome to the Twenty-First Century,” is the embracing title of the show, with the work promising to be “a fusion of paint with contemporary codes, vector graphics and text-based slogans.”
And:
That more than a decade after the tipping point of The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell remains flummoxed about it all. When asked about his best bestseller in an interview recently with Fast Company, the Canadian brainiac shrugged. “When I wrote it, my only real hope was that my mother would like it,” he said. “I’ve considered all my books to be very private, idiosyncratic projects designed to make me happy. And I’m forever surprised when they make other people happy, too.”
Finally:
Superstar chef Susur Lee was off and at it first thing on New Year’s Day, at Pearson Airport. Family trip to Tokyo, that’s what!

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