"Should the African American community be focusing on black-on-black crime and the carnage in our inner-cities, and not on George Zimmerman?" Chris Wallace said that a few days ago on Fox News. But you could pull a similar question from a range of sources. The sentiment is widespread these days--a ... More >>
From a deranged Dirty Harry to the rise of Honey Boo Boo, it was a long, strange, sad, and silly trip
Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne dreams weird and hard and big. What often starts of as a whimsical vision might just end up as a new world record (for the most live concerts in 24 hours) or a limited-edition vinyl release infused with the blood of other artists (as was the case for 2011's The Flamin ... More >>
CNN superstar Anderson Cooper came out yesterday, and I felt it was a major move, if such a long time a-coming that I've turned gray (and it doesn't look quite as dashing as it does on Anderson). In fact, Gawker's Max Read just did a history of Anderson coverage and noted the early importance of my ... More >>
As of noon EST, Hunter Moore's revenge-porn site Is Anyone Up?, the subject of our recent cover story, has been shut down after being taken over by the website "Bullyville." The letter below is what's currently posted to the domain formerly known as Is Anyone Up:
In the past month, because they endorsed multiple (and sometimes bizarre) anti-abortion laws and denounced efforts to have contraception included in health insurance plans, conservatives found themselves advertised as making a "war on women." But last week they were able to turn the tables, because ... More >>
The hated revenge-porn profiteer says he wants to teach a lesson with his web site. How long before the 26-year-old learns one himself?
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's scandal has already inspired a Law & Order: SVU episode, but now it's going to become a film starring Gérard Depardieu as the former International Monetary Fund head. According to the AFP, director Abel Ferrara told Le Monde about plans for the film, which he said would sh ... More >>
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player It's no great surprise that the story of Willow the cat, who went missing in Colorado five years ago and was just found on 20th Street in New York City, has captured the hearts and minds of Americans and beyond. After all, she's a cat -- peop ... More >>
Last night at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama absolutely eviscerated Donald Trump, who sat there stone-faced, his melon-colored hair glinting obscenely as the president leveled zinger after zinger at him. In short, it was awesome. Obama also laid into Michele Bachmann, Tim ... More >>
I'm serious! I'm talking about How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the Broadway revival of the 1961 show about an ambitious young man tirelessly climbing the corporate ladder. (And no, he doesn't do it naked on top of a horse.) With Mad Men in the air, this is the third period ... More >>
CBS News announced yesterday that correspondent Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square on February 11, amid celebrations following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. The outpouring of support for Logan online was immediate, as news organizations, blogs, and T ... More >>
drunkdiet.comLuc Carl, drinking and dieting.The USDA Dietary Guidelines state that moderate drinking is good for your health, but surely this is not what they meant.
Why isn't the murder of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father, allegedly at the hands of anti-immigration vigilantes in Arizona, a national news story, we wondered on Friday afternoon. The trial of Shawna Forde, who prosecutors say led the raid of the Flores home to steal drug money, bega ... More >>
This is from Confessions of A Gay Anchorman, TV personality Charles Dabney-Perez's new book: "In 2001, Barry Diller married fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, a marriage that some reported was an attempt to put to bed rumors of his homosexuality. "Though he and Ms. von Furstenberg have ... More >>
Nicki, P!nk, Gaga, and those two other ones taste the rainbow
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the feds got off their duffs?
Big, lavish complex planned—hotel, dance club, spa. Y'all come!
You didn't pass gas, it's just Carl Paladino's campaign mailer. The Tea Party gubernatorial candidate and wealthy businessman thinks Albany stinks, and he sent out a garbage-tinged mass flyer to widely diffuse his point. Not only does Paladino -- who won in the election upset against GOP fron ... More >>
Stacey AndersonSarah Jessica Parker spends another Sunday in churchOh, to be a fly on the wall at the fashion PR houses when they plan the front rows; it must involve the most strategy since storming Normandy. Sunday's celebrity lineup at Diane von Furstenberg was the master class, conspicuou ... More >>
Things People Say That Cost Them Their Media Jobs, CNN Edition: In the great and recent tradition of White House Press Correspondent Helen Thomas, and Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel, for the third time this summer, someone has said something that has more or less cost them their job once ... More >>
George Rekers, looking straight as hellPlease excuse most of the forward-thinking, tolerant world for being a bit excited and snide about the news of Baptist minister and public homophobe George Alan Rekers' taste for hiring men to touch him. Each and every time this sort of thing happens, it ... More >>
Last week's series on Scientology by Anderson Cooper was so effective at lulling us to sleep, we overlooked a nice pick-me-up from, of all places, the National Enquirer. How's this for a time-release bomb? Jason ("My Name Is Earl") Lee divorced actress Carmen Llywellyn in 2001, but only now ... More >>
Marty unloads on DMTonight, Anderson Cooper sat down with Marty Rathbun, formerly the second-highest ranking member of Scientology, for an interview. Marty, as usual, comes off as calm, cool, and credible as hell. But Cooper's big piece can be summarized thusly:
Beghe, right, and Marty Rathbun, a man who should figure prominently in Cooper's special.Just had a great conversation with Jason Beghe, the actor who famously defected from Scientology two years ago. He understands the point I made yesterday -- that it irks me when Anderson Cooper announces ... More >>
The WrapThe Wrap is reporting that Anderson Cooper will begin a four-day CNN special series Monday titled Scientology: A History of Violence. This is becoming a drumbeat now, after the St. Pete Times's excellent series last year revealed that Scientology's diminutive leader, David Miscavige, ... More >>
Straining at the ropes at the International Escort Awards.
Gaga for Gaga! And that Steve Buscemi—what a character!
If this doesn't say it all, don't know what does Wyclef's Yele charity has recently drawn a firestorm of criticism, but he's not the only musical figure trying to mobilize folks and funds on behalf of Haiti. There's also an impressive number of benefit concerts and music events happening in the cit ... More >>
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
Hairy times also with queens, Basterds, and Hamptons royalty.
In death, Michael Jackson gets Baba Booeyed. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York eases on down the road of The Wiz: "As is well known, Michael Jackson was most happy in his fantasy lands -- and the New York of The Wiz is pure fantasy. The city that inspired it is gone. Michael Jackson is gone. Roger E ... More >>
Last weekend The Volokh Conspiracy did a three-part series on "the Nazification of the Bush Administration," recalling, TigerHawk said, the "tastelessness, shrillness, and sheer unhinged insanity" of liberals who called Bush a fascist. "As Obama Derangement Syndrome and condemnation thereof rise in ... More >>
How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all
Celebrating a historic night with once-cynical jazz heavyweights
And Mamet books Broadway revivals, and several people reveal altered states.
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
Chatting with Legally Blonde's Orfeh. Plus: Outtakes from the urban-myth closet.
Straight talk from CNN's Roberts about his molesterbut not a word about his boyfriend
NYC celebs take over Fontana's, Annex, Slipper Room, Corner Billiards
The death and life of network evening news; plus: Krugman's journey to prime critic of Bush
Life-swapping your way into a new reality