What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
Last week, we brought you several moments from Scientology's big L. Ron Hubbard birthday event that was held on March 10 in Clearwater, Florida. Here's another few minutes from that celebration that we alluded to earlier, during which church leader David Miscavige uses the church's "Writers of the F ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 films in focus by Andrew Sarris 'Tis the season to grind out 10-best lists, and this is certainly not the year to turn one's back on tradition. Still, there is at least one prominent film critic who ... More >>
The late David Carradine.Hemet, California's Zen Timothy Singleton is in jail after allegedly chasing his in-laws through the streets with a samurai sword. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that his father-in-law was slashed in the leg and his brother-in-law was wounded by glass shattere ... More >>
Jay Reatard, gone but not forgotten.It is depressing but accurate to note how inexorably the internet bends toward death, and how much of the work of professional critics these days is announcing it, verifying it, and making sense of it (often in that order, unfortunately). Michael Jackson, a ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithA few of the many Iron Maiden fans Igor photographed last night. Iron Maiden Monday, July 12 Madison Square Garden There is, still to this day, an Iron Maiden dress code. It consists of denim. A black T-shirt with the band's logo in that inimitable Metal Lord font. And somewhere i ... More >>
What the King of Pop left behind, and what he took with him
There's a new book that's to die for! It's Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of The Famous and Infamous by Alan W. Petrucelli, and it's a Hollywood Babylon-style rundown of the best (as in worst) star deaths--how they croaked, what they last ate, what they last said, and who smoked the ... More >>
Fearlessly combining Afrobeat with Chinese mysticism
2009 will surely go down as the dyingest year in celebrity history, when the only gossip about stars was that they'd suddenly stopped breathing. It's only July, and so far we've already lost the lustrous likes of:
The results of the second David Carradine autopsy is out. His examiner, forensics expert Dr. Michael Baden, says he was asphyxiated. We figured. What else has Dr. Baden got? "Now why that happened is still what we're working on," he offers. He says Carradine wasn't a suicide, the hands tied behind h ... More >>
If David Carradine really died in drag, as the New York Post reported, it wasn't the first time. In full cross-dress regalia, he played Pearl, a co-kidnapper of a screaming baby, in the obscure 1989 film Sonny Boy. Leonard Maltin describes the movie as a "repulsive, socially unredeemable waste of ... More >>
Poisonous chatter, but the ending will leave you in Stritches.
On Third Avenue. Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... More >>
The independent autopsy is over, and Dr. Michael Baden has determined that Kung Fu actor David Carradine's death was not a suicide after all. (That was the original conclusion by Thai authorities when they found him all trussed up last week; later came the auto-erotic asphyxia scenario.) The next st ... More >>
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
Vincent Gallo in Tetro In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla testifies to the alternating agony and ecstasy of Brooklyn's own art-rock lobsters, the Dirty Projectors. Cristina Black talks with downtown ingenue Regina Spektor. Dan Weiss on Sonic Youth's newest, The Eternal. Don ... More >>
After a lifetime of political hackery, former city councilmember Noach Dear, who had never even practiced law, became a municipal judge. Who knew he'd become a savior to hundreds of New Yorkers harassed and dunned by unscrupulous and sometimes crooked debt collectors? And that he'd get standing ova ... More >>
Way before David Carradine's sad and possibly kinky death by strangling, obscure character actor Albert Dekker (Dr. Cyclops) met a similar freaky fate. According to an upcoming book called Morbid Curiosity by Alan W. Petrucelli, in 1968 Dekker was found not only dead, "he was naked, kneeling in the ... More >>
We're going to milk this fucking David Carradine thing for all it's worth. For one thing he's a celebrity nude as well as a celebrity corpse. For another, there are shocking new revelations: The Smoking Gun has divorce papers from Carradine's fourth ex-wife which accuse him of "deviant sexual behavi ... More >>
Hmm. The presumption was suicide, but now it is being suggested that David Carradine's death might be homicide, or just a good time gone wrong. Police in Bangkok say the now-famous curtain cords were tied around Carradine's neck and genitals, suggesting auto-erotic asphyxia. A Thai forensics specia ... More >>
President Obama graciously escorted GM into bankruptcy.Enemies decried his kind words and big speech to the Muslim world, but it still went over big. Can't touch this! We're beginning to think that Obama's letting total lunatics attack him on a government website just for the laughs. Patriots ... More >>
In the week "I ain't shoot nobody in like...since the early 90's" irretrievably entered the American lexicon, we learned with some dismay that David Carradine very likely left this earth the hard way. And more grim news: Koko Taylor, 1928-2009. Live: Doves cry at Terminal Hall, Art Brut's second-ni ... More >>
Paprika dreams a little crazy dream
Victor Varnado is a white black man. And he wants you to crack up about it.
At a jujitsu program in the Bronx, soft is hard and surviving is victory.
Ethereal yin to Vol. 1's visceral yang, Tarantino's epic ends in a breeze of sweet reason
Back from the dead with the new Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino exposes the dick drive, movie ultraviolence, and his foot fetish