Kirstie Alley

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Miley Cyrus Redeems Herself on SNL

    To say that Miley Cyrus has over-saturated all channels of popular culture since her notorious VMA performance on August 25 would be, well, kind. Her maniacal, tongue-sprouting grin or gyrating, vinyl-clad body--or both!--have been ubiquitous since. Dialogue detailing cultural appropriation and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Scientology's Obsession With Hollywood Proving Costly In Its Time of Crisis

    In 1955, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard announced "Project Celebrity," coming up with a list of Hollywood stars he wanted his followers to treat as "game" to hunt down for the church. And while Hubbard didn't succeed in bagging Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar, or Liberace (!), his organization did event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Narconon Not Scientology? Then Why Is Its Leader in the Church's Concentration Camp?

    On Saturday, we took you inside the troubled Scientology drug treatment center in eastern Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead. Three deaths have occurred at the center since October, and the most recent of them, Stacy Murphy, 20, was found on the morning of July 19. A former patient of the center who kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2012

    Scientology Drug Program Narconon's Licensing "Extremely Vulnerable" After Oklahoma Deaths, Says Insider

    Scientology is facing crises on several fronts: flagging membership, internal schisms, relentless Internet exposure, and whole new levels of public consciousness and mocking because of a celebrity divorce and an upcoming movie with Oscar buzz. But perhaps the most surprising component of the church ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Scientology: Kiwi Reporter Puts Lisa Marie Presley On the Spot; Playboy Blows Tom Cruise

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2012

    Lisa Marie Presley Says "So Long" to Scientology

    Last month, we noted that Lisa Marie Presley's single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," which she released ahead of her new album, Storm and Grace, came with lyrics that read like a kiss-off to the Church of Scientology, even using some of Scientology's jargon -- like the very telling word suppressive. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Scientology in France: Still Guilty of Fraud

    Big news this morning out of a French appeals court, where a decision was handed down regarding Scientology's 2009 conviction for fraud. Scientology watchers around the world have been keeping an eye on the proceedings, which were wild and woolly: in November, Scientology's entire contingent of att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2012

    What is Scientology?

    L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder​Although we've written hundreds of articles about Scientology over the years, and other news organizations have contributed hundreds more -- not to mention the numerous books, television programs, and countless websites dedicated to the subject -- without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2011

    Scientology Capsize: Commenters of the Week!

    The scene here in the underground bunker is like the quiet after a major storm. A hurricane blew up out of the Caribbean this week and hit us square on. The place is a mess. The cats are skittish. But the excitement has finally died down a bit, the lights are low, the empty bottles have been cleared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Scientology Celebrities Who Partied on the Freewinds While Valeska Paris Was Held on the Ship Against Her Will

    We've been reporting all week on the stunning story of Valeska Paris, the Swiss-born woman who now lives in Australia and who says that from 1996 to 2007, beginning when she was only 18 years old, she was held on Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, as a virtual prisoner. Valeska alleg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Hey, Scientology Celebrity, Here's Your Media Training Checksheet!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Hollywood Whores Audition Notice: Let's Cast It

    ​Kirstie Alley may be coming to Broadway in a Lance Bass-produced play called The Fabulous Lies of Hollywood Whores, according to the Times' Patrick Healy. If everything works out, Kirstie would play "the Pimp," a lady with an upscale escort service that's run out of a department store, but h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2011

    Scientology Apotheosis: Commenters of the Week!

    Well, this was a week we've been looking forward to for some time here in the underground bunker. And now that we've finally finished our big countdown, there's a slight feeling of letdown here at Scientology-watching central. Even the cats are listless. But let's look back at a week that was. We s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 9: Jason Beghe

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Janet Reitman: An Interview with the Author of Inside Scientology

    Janet Reitman​On Tuesday, we sat down with Janet Reitman, author of the terrific new book Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, which is just hitting bookstores and will be released officially in July. Inside Scientology is a masterful telling of the Scientology ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Ten Famous Guys Who Like Fat Chicks

    Dan Weiss is the author of the blog Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks and he's profiled in this week's feature, "Guys Who Like Fat Chicks." He put together a list of ten males who appreciate larger ladies in Western mass culture because, frankly, there aren't all that many. Fat Admirers do exist, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Scientology and Proposition 8: Debunking the Church Myth That It Stays Out of Politics

    Kirstie Alley, ballot neutral.​One of the most interesting things about Lawrence Wright's recent article about Scientology in the New Yorker was the way he exposed the hypocrisies and outright lies of the wacky organization's top members and spokespeople. But there's a key assertion peddled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Jennifer Coolidge Strikes Comic Gold

    ​Jennifer Coolidge (of Christopher Guest mockumentary fame) was a scream doing her standup act at Comix the other night. Here are some of her riotous observations:

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Lbs., the Movie: Worth the Weight?

    In this era of food porn and lifting the veil on major food corps, a film about the struggles of overeating may seem trite, or incredibly appropriate, depending on your perspective (and is probably far more watchable than Kirstie Alley's Big Life). Lbs. takes a look at food addiction through the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Arkansas Senator Wants to Ban All Junk Food in Schools; Restaurants Praise the Text Coupon

    ​Despite the advent of smart-phone apps, enhanced mobile websites, and scannable 2-D bar codes, restaurateurs find that simple text coupons can be efficient and successful. [Nation's Restaurant News] Americans are developing a more sophisticated palate for cheese, according to experts, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Tavern on the Green Donates Two Tons of Food; New York Has Its Own Grain Belt

    ​Taiwan is looking to mend trade ties with the U.S. after recently repealing its decision to import U.S. beef products. A change to Taiwan's food safety laws made some U.S. beef products no longer eligible for import. [Reuters] New York's grain belt is being revived and expanded with specialt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Bring Back Special K!

    ​Cocaine became hot again a few years ago--though like Kirstie Alley, it never really went away. And so everywhere you go, you still see teeth-chattering, nose-twitching blabbermouths who never listen to a word anyone says except for "Here's more coke." Enough already!

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Voice of Bart Simpson Robo-Calls for Scientology

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Details Fucks Me Over Once Again!

    I must be on some shit list that Details magazine has of people to call for quotes that will be cut somewhere in the editing process—comments that will give the article some kind of starting point that can later be shredded down by overpaid temps who can't afford anti-anxiety meds. Throughout the ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2008

    What to Get L. Ron Hubbard for his Birthday

    How “Anonymous” has changed the game of exposing Ron’s ruthless global scam

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    Project Runway: The Gastric Bypass Episode

    Thank God we only ever bet fake money, because we were positive the guest judge was going to be Kirstie Alley or Valerie Bertinelli last night on Project Runway. Instead it was a guy from the Gap. Boring! So, after a couple of weeks of lame challenges, Bravo brought back the magic with a bunch of l ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2007

    The Harlem Renaissance

    Jay-Z's heroin-soaked retro moves push things forward

  • Columns

    June 26, 2007

    Two Hot to Handle

    I talked to Dancy, but Christian bailed. Paris Hilton got out, too.

  • Screens

    December 13, 2005
  • Columns

    June 21, 2005
  • Film

    June 21, 2005

    Mystery Scientology Theater

    They came from within: How War of the Worlds anticipated the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard

  • NYC Life

    March 8, 2005

    Do These Jeans Make My Butt Look Big?

    Butt mania sweeps the nation

  • Screens

    March 1, 2005

    Telly Tubby

    Famished for more sitcom stardom, Alley eats her way to the top, one fat joke at a time

  • Columns

    March 1, 2005
  • Art

    January 11, 2005

    The Half-Life of Celebrity

    Let them eat stars: Pop-culture vultures circle the flesh of the semi-rich and famous on VH1

  • Columns

    July 13, 2004
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    March 26, 2002
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    February 15, 2000
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    December 7, 1999
  • Film

    July 27, 1999