What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
The Master is the eagerly awaited Paul Thomas Anderson film about a man (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) who starts a cult-like religion in the 1950s. Sound like anyone, maybe with the first initial L.? Well, Hoffman says this movie has nothing whatsoever to do with Scientology.
Filmmaker Sam Feder has opened Kickstarter funding for a documentary about recent Village Voice cover gal Kate Bornstein. Go to Sam's page to find out how you can help finish the project!
On Sunday, we broke the news that the lyrics to Lisa Marie Presley's song "So Long" -- from her new album Storm and Grace -- contained an even more obvious message that she was leaving Scientology than the one we perceived in the single she released in advance of the album a month ago, "You Ain't Se ... More >>
As we reported in a previous post, Filipino boxer/congressman/Roman Catholic Manny Pacquiao doesn't agree with President Barack Obama (and the majority of Americans) that gay people should have the right to get married. Not only doesn't Pacquiao agree with Obama, he cites a passage in the bible that ... More >>
No one is more independent then Joe Lieberman. One year, he'll run as former Vice President Al Gore's running mate; another year, he'll throw his support behind John McCain and act like 2000 never happened. The senator from Connecticut is a true maverick but, this election cycle, he's calling i ... More >>
We used the news from Russia this week as an excuse to mix up a shaker of vodka martinis. After quite a few glasses garnished with olives, we got a bit lightheaded, but we never felt the desire to ban L. Ron Hubbard's books. This was a strange week of Scientology news around the world, but we kept ... More >>
Our readers send us the most wonderful things. By e-mail and snail mail, our far-flung correspondents put in our hands Scientology's tasteless fundraising mailers (which we use in our recurring Sunday Funnies posts), they send us over-the-top glossy Scientology magazines, and of course they send us ... More >>
You've watched us reveal all but the top five entries in our big countdown, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- now it's your turn to vote for your own list! Here's the link you've been waiting for -- now go and tell us who you think is doing the most to contribute to the Church of Sc ... More >>
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>
Want to have Tom over to your place for dinner? Apparently all it takes is some yummy coconut cake.Another revelation this afternoon from Marty Rathbun, formerly one of the highest executives in Scientology who defected in 2004 and since 2009 has been criticizing church leader David Miscavige ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. A-Team novelizations Small But Deadly Wars; When You Comin' Back, Range Rider?; Old ... More >>
Statues of no limitations—the Academy Awards bring the crazy
Yippee ki yay, fils de pute
all photos by Rebecca SmeyneDavid Yow, Halloween saviour Jesus Lizard Bad Brains Empty warehouse, North 10th Street Saturday, October 31 So you go to the much-ballyhooed Vice Halloween Party, the 15th anniversary bash in Williamsburg that the lifestyle brand reportedly dropped $250,000 to throw. Y ... More >>
We know we're a little late on this one, but we're still in shock (and awe) after watching Jason Beghe's star turn in this week's Californication season premiere, in which he revealed series television's first "mangina." You remember Beghe, a veteran TV (Melrose Place) and film (Monkey Shine ... More >>
Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Too hot to deal? Take shelter in the cool and dark of the matinee.
The Lordz, Brooklyn rap-rock's preeminent wiseguys, crank the bass and wax Soprano
They came from within: How War of the Worlds anticipated the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard
Living the life in a new HBO comedy about celebrity and friendship in the Hollywood Hills
New Cinderella Comes to Town, and Old Gems Shine
Monica Lewinsky's the New Jenny Craig Spokeswoman. Motivated?
Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).
On the nature of nymph mania