When Nelson Mandela died last week, the internet had its own sort of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which went rather less well than South Africa's. As Mandela is a well-loved world figure, it's only natural that even his former enemies would want to act like they liked him when he passed; an ... More >>
Toby Jones (above) plays the great Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO movie The Girl, about the way the British director tormented actress Tippi Hedren (played by Sienna Miller) during the making of the 1963 nature-gone-amok thriller The Birds. It premieres October 20, just in time to beat the Hollywood f ... More >>
Last Tuesday a Democrat came from behind to win a special election in New York's overwhelmingly Republican 26th Congressional District. Kathy Hochul's surge coincided with heavy, issue-specific campaign advertising, reminding NY-26 voters that Republicans in Congress supported a plan to turn Medicar ... More >>
Gotham gossip loses grip, fights off rabble. Rattled tattletales tell all.
You've heard that old fable -- favored by Orson Welles, among others -- about a frog whom a scorpion asks for a ride across a stream. The frog reasons that the scorpion won't sting him while they're both in the water, because then they would both drown. So he consents. But the scorpion stings him ... More >>
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