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A weird combination of events led to a string of nights out for me. In perhaps the most evident sign that a good time was had: the amount of photos I have from the weekend is scarce. But regardless, here are a few with context.

So when I signed off the air on Friday night, I headed to the East Village. There is a bar there that I’ve been wanting to have a drink at called Kelly’s. The pub positions itself as a “hockey bar” and specifically as a drinking establishment that supports the Buffalo Bills and Sabres along with the Chicago Bulls and Cubs.

Interesting mix, but I didn’t ask questions. The deep fryers stay on late, the Labatt Blue Light is cold and the Sabres were on a west coast trip – meaning the game didn’t start until 10:30p p.m.


Of course I showed up to support my team, and they even won! A great time along with a few chicken wings were had, and I’m looking forward to returning soon. Afterwards, I bounced around the East Village with a friend before making my way back uptown with a pit-stop at a go-to of mine, Jimmy’s Corner. It’s a dive bar in Times Square and it is fantastic.

It also wouldn’t be the last time I visited that spot over the weekend, although I did finally get to meet THE Jimmy.

On Saturday I made a rare appearance in Brooklyn. I ate thai food in Williamsburg with my old college roommate who I hadn’t seen in forever and his girlfriend who I hadn’t seen period. They have dated now for about two-and-a-half years but due to a number of circumstances, namely travel and schedule, I didn’t meet her until Saturday. She was lovely and it was great to catch up with both of them.

Then I literally walked around the corner from the restaurant to a house party my friend was having for her birthday. The plan? Stay for an hour or so, then head back to the East Village because the Sabres were still on the west coast.

What actually happened? I hailed a cab home around 4 a.m.

Sunday I made my way back to Brooklyn (who am I at this point?) to grab dinner with the birthday girl. We ate at this cozy little spot in Brooklyn Heights called Armando’s; the place has been around since the 20’s and Marilyn Monroe and some of the Dodgers were known to hang out there. We left the restaurant just as the Academy Awards were starting; the fine folks at OK! TV invited us to their viewing party in midtown at Refinery Rooftop, so we obliged.


That is the second and final picture that made its way to the Internet from my weekend. Although after the party I did have yet another opportunity to snap a picture in Jimmy’s Corner, but taking pictures in dive bars usually isn’t my style.

It was great to join PIX 11’s 5 o’clock news broadcast Saturday with anchor Kaity Tong and chat about Sunday’s Academy Awards. By the way, my pick to win Best Picture is “Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton. (Click the photo to watch the segment)

Over 14.7 million tweets were sent out Sunday evening during the 86th Academy Awards. The telecast, buoyed by big performances and host Ellen DeGeneres, saw a 10-year high in ratings. About 43 million Americans watched the 3-and-a-half hour broadcast. It is the highest rated entertainment program since the series finale of the sitcom “Friends.”

Speaking of Twitter, a record was broken during the show. DeGeneres’ A-List filled “selfie” was retweeted over 3.1 million times. The previous retweet record was President Barack Obama’s reelection tweet. It was re-published about 778,000 times. Ellen’s account also gained a couple of million followers in the process.

“I was at the In Style viewing party, and I was like, ‘This is absolutely brilliant right now,’” “Extra TV” host Maria Menounos told me, before an unfortunate revelation. “I never even saw it on Twitter because I wasn’t using my phone at that time. I had no battery left.”

Menounos went straight to the viewing party after covering red carpet arrivals for the TV show. She enjoyed the Oscars fashion the most.

“We were all waiting for Brad and Angelina to show up of course,” Menounos said. “I think that they looked incredible, especially Angelina.”

The TV host also gave props to the leading men of “Dallas Buyers Club.” Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto each wore white tuxedo blazers, won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively, and left the audience with poignant acceptance speeches.

“Cate Blanchett as well, I thought she was hilarious,” Menounos continued when asked about her favorite acceptance speeches. Blanchett won Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine” and dropped a “#suckit” to Julia Roberts, even though Roberts wasn’t nominated in the same category. “And of course, Lupita’s (Nyong’o) was so moving, it even made Brad Pitt cry.”

Pitt had a feature role in “12 Years A Slave,” the film that went on to win the night’s biggest honor of “Best Picture.” Nyong’o took home Best Supporting Actress.

Both were featured in Ellen’s selfie, which actually sent so many users to Twitter that the social network broke down. According to Twitter statistics, over 254,000 tweets per minute were sent during the selfie portion of the broadcast. The photo was snapped by Bradley Cooper and also included Nyong’o’s brother, Jolie, Leto, and Kevin Spacey.

An alternative view of the moment showed Liza Minnelli attempting to show her face in the picture, but not able to get around the other celebrities. Minnelli was the subject of Ellen’s sharpest jab during the show’s opening. DeGeneres joked that the 67-year old actress looked more like a man dressed to impersonate Minnelli than Minnelli herself.

Catch Maria on “Extra” weeknights at 7 p.m. on WNBC.

Props to Keith Olbermann for pointing out why a Will Smith oft-handed comment was quite clever and ingenious of the movie star.

whoppi… steve martin… billy crystal… justin timberlake?

which one of these things doesn’t belong? i like justin, but i don’t think this is such a hot move. the rumor is here.

a no brainer… clearly ryan seacrest and gary busey are going to win that one in a landslide every time…

too bad ben was preoccupied…

a no brainer… clearly ryan seacrest and gary busey are going to win that one in a landslide every time…

too bad ben was preoccupied…