F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz-age-set novel The Great Gatbsy has long been considered pretty unfilmable, despite it's having been filmed again and again. The story of a war vet peeking into the lavish life of the title rich man and finding parties, costumes, and lunacy, just might be better on the writ ... More >>
Paper's Angelo Pitillo nabbed an interview with one of our all-time favorites, Karen Black--she of the wonderful eyes, burning intensity, and wry humor--just as she's being celebrated in a well-deserved film festival right here in our fair city. Pitillo lauds Karen's timeless glamour and charm and g ... More >>
Lovable kook and daring actress Karen Black is ill, which makes Nitehawk Cinema's series homaging her even more eye-crossingly special.
Everyone on earth has a kickstarter campaign these days, whether to finance their documentary about the mating rituals of moths, their Broadway musical of The Miracle Worker, or their cancer treatments. (True story. We love you, Karen Black) But what would you ask people to help launch into the cul ... More >>
Yesterday, I sent out a notice that Karen Black's husband was asking people for money to help Karen get to Europe for some treatments that could save her life. Karen--Oscar nominated for Five Easy Pieces and the star of many other films--has cancer, and is down to 96 pounds after having part of he ... More >>
With the publication of the best-selling onanism epic Portnoy's Complaint in 1969, people would randomly shout at author Philip Roth on the street, "Leave it alone!" They may have had a point, but Roth, of course, was writing about a character--though he admits that having an alter ego on the print ... More >>
Little Seizures are a one-yearish-old band populated by roughly 80%, uh, wizened local punk veterans. Their howling and chutzpah heave out like a bunch of brats, though, and it's especially evident on their brand-new 7" "Pizza Punk," which bounces around with Johnny Thunders-like riffs, Angry Samoan ... More >>
Scientologists don't really have a Sunday service. They like to say that they do, because they crave mainstream acceptance. But unless Xenu rested after six days and L. Ron Hubbard just forgot to mention it, there's no reason for Scientologists to treat Sunday any differently than every other day of ... More >>
Oh my, do we have a treat for you today. For several weeks now, we've been reporting on the "L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future" contest. For several years, certain writers have questioned the connection between the contest and Scientology, which owns and operates it. And recently ... More >>
This weekend's lengthy profile of Marty Rathbun by The Independent's Guy Adams really brought back a lot of memories for us. Last year, we brought you frequent coverage of the bizarre "Squirrel Busters" siege at Rathbun's house near Corpus Christi, Texas. For some five months, a strange spiritual s ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
In a play! In the book Robert Altman, An Oral Biography, Cher remembers that Altman wanted her to play the transsexual Joanne in the 1981 play (and later movie) Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. But Cher didn't want to go there.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 20, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 16 films in focus By Andrew Sarris The 44th annual festivities of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began with a whimper and ended with a bang, demonstrating that, among other things, Oscar ... More >>
So says the beleaguered club's Twitter account, a statement confirmed by a club spokesman who tells us that, starting tomorrow, "we're officially allowed to be open." Closed Thursday night in a police raid over third party drug charges that date back to June, July, and August, Santos will hav ... More >>
A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg St. Ann's Warehouse Friday, January 22 Nothing crystallizes the identity politics lurking somewhere near the core of pop music quite like benefit and tribute concerts, where donor acts reconstruct the beneficiary in their own image, often to revelatory - or, nearly a ... More >>
Presenting a '70s hit list where the results aren't pretty
"These deeply personal, campy, and insightful essays illuminate the eternal bond between gay men and their fabulous diva icons," says the blurb on the back of a new book called My Diva. And you know it's true because that blurb was written by yours fucking truly! The book has 65 gay men beating off ... More >>
When butts and vaginas become one
The Deitch Projects annual Art Parade, that carnival of nudity, floats, funny hats, balloons, street-artistry, the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and more, has been cancelled, due to rain. Early word is a tentative reschedule for Spring '09.
A previously unpublished saga of an $8 million check
Art production fund, to the Armory!
Julie Atlas Muz and Michael T let their freak flags fly, among other things
From the 'Voice' archives: Remembering Robert Altman through the words of Voice critics past
New Art Parade doesn't suck; Tommie Sunshine wants Revenge
The Cock go-goes on its way, leaves crusty trail of nostalgia
Anti-RNC parties bring back lewdness, courtesy of the First Amendment
James Iha and John Cameron Mitchell take a break from the daily grind
The Shaved-Vagina Monologues