A Maureen Orth-penned story in the new Vanity Fair goes full speed ahead with a rumor we've long heard--that after Tom Cruise's split with Nicole Kidman in 2001, Scientology conducted a casting call to find a replacement, auditoning women in what was basically the biggest star search since Scarlett ... More >>
Last year, the Church of Scientology bought the studios that had been the home for KCET, the public television station in Los Angeles. Now, news organizations are reporting that Scientology plans to use the facility for its own TV station, and broadcast the way other religions do. So far, however, ... More >>
The 1962 Granny Guignol classic Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? is being remade by Walter Hill, and it's time to line up two stars who are over the hill to play the parts. You know the drill. Jane is a nutjob who's stuck in her cutesy-pie kiddie routine and is so adorable except that she viciously ... More >>
Celebrate disco and the Bee Gees
In last week's print issue of the Village Voice, we spent time with Lloyd Kaufman, the Troma Entertainment president and splatter-comedy director who's currently remaking his early '80s original, Class of Nuke 'Em High this summer. Kaufman's known for his prolific career in the independent undergrou ... More >>
Enjoy a rustic bloodbath
Back in October, we reported that Russian law enforcement agents had raided a Church of Scientology in Moscow, breaking down doors to get into store rooms (see the photo at right). A court there had found L. Ron Hubbard's literature to be "extremist," and called for a ban on his books in Russia. Y ... More >>
As you know, the current column is a feisty Q&A between myself and WE stars Joan and Melissa Rivers, which I should have subtitled "Two Jews and a Pizza Place." And I really know my stuff! I knew, for example, that in one episode of Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, daughter dearest is seen yelp ... More >>
This Saturday, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will conclude with shows by Brownsville's mighty M.O.P., who will perform their rambunctious brand of rap down under the Brooklyn Bridge, and, er, noted Queens representer Q-Tip. Rappers from Brooklyn have never been shy about proclaiming their her ... More >>
Whether they were playing drag queens or women, a lot of name actors have been willing to step into the heels and do it up. Who's your favorite? Liev Schreiber in 'Taking Woodstock'
Sad news this morning that Jeff Conaway has been in a deep coma for several days and is not expected to live. Those familiar with Conaway's eternal problems with substance abuse will perhaps not be surprised to hear that an overdose of painkillers has him at death's door. Reporters are askin ... More >>
It could happen, even though John"Junior" Gotti himself doesn't know anything about Franco! According to the New York Post, a movie is being readied for 2013, with John Travolta as Gotti Sr., and director Nick Cassavetes apparently wants Franco for the offspring. (Well, after hosting the O ... More >>
Last night's Golden Globes were...weird. They were sad, they were awkward, they were kind of bleak and sinister, like a cocktail party gone on way too long, till everyone's smiles are forced and dresses rumpled. The Social Network did well, winning four awards, as did Glee, which took home th ... More >>
HarperCollins is suing Gawker Media for publishing excerpts of Sarah Palin's new autobiography, America by Heart, before its release date. On Thursday, Palin tweeted: "The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?" Gawker's respons ... More >>
Party Animals, Robert Hofler's excellent new book about flamboyant '70s producer Alan Carr, is chock full of info and insights. Grab a copy and you'll learn how: *Bette Midler refused to be an Oscar presenter after not getting nominated for "her over-the-top performance" in Beaches *Novice ... More >>
To celebrate Elvis Presley's 75th birthday, Free Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), which cares for people with disabilities, brought some Elvis impersonators to Osso Bucco on University Place -- including one of FREE's own residents, Steven Malerba (described by the program's Gre ... More >>
Stacey Anderson Margaret Cho plus Emilyn Brodsky, Elon James White The Living Room Wednesday, October 21 I don't know what the true barometer for stupidity is, but it may just be this: not realizing you are watching a bisexually themed comedy show, instead of a depressed Russian folk singer-songwr ... More >>
Wait, let me try to clarify that headline. I have no idea if emerging star Bradley Cooper is uncircumsized or not (though I have my suspicions). But I HAVE exclusively learned that his small role had been cut out of the upcoming comedy Old Dogs (starring Robin Williams and John Travolta), bu ... More >>
And you thought you were a freak in high school?
Those darned kids—like Alig, Lindsay, Samantha—will do anything to get attention, won't they? By Michael Musto
We aren't usually much troubled by celebrities' affiliations with Scientology. Hell, Celine was a Nazi collaborator, and we still love his books. And we're not such fans of Look Who's Talking Too that Kirstie Alley's and John Travolta's religious beliefs would spoil it for us. We do like Nancy Cart ... More >>
With Barack Obama's victory last night, what some view as an eight-year long national nightmare will finally come to a close in January. So it was somewhat ominous that, during its election coverage last night, CNN repeatedly ran an ad for an upcoming movie insisting that "The conspiracy begins this ... More >>
Uptown Saturday nights are more fabulous all the time. Meanwhile, back at the Tonys . . .
Premieres can be achingly tedious affairs where you stare at the floor as the filmmakers get up to publicly admire each others’ spunk and perspicacity. ("Thanks, Vince. You helped make Fred Claus a life-altering labor of love!") But at the recent premiere of The Orphanage, the spooky-dooky film Sp ... More >>
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