MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Angelina Jolie in a Michael Bay production. In the 30 years since MTV first hit the air, the music video has proven itself as a medium able to collapse high and low cultureor, ... More >>
gonyc.comAs The New York Times reported earlier today, the Oak Room will close tonight. Its demise had been anticipated since May, when its owners, who had been locked in a lawsuit with the Plaza Hotel, announced that the 104-year-old landmark would close. The shutter is bad news for its empl ... More >>
For some reason, creative visionaries have felt emboldened to spill their deep, dark admiration for Adolf Hitler in public lately. First, designer John Galliano was ruined for screaming such thoughts at someone he felt deserved to be in an oven. And now, filmmaker Lars von Trier has been ba ... More >>
As if Charlie Sheen and reportedly shoddy condo construction weren't bad enough, the Plaza Hotel is once again in the news for the wrong reasons.
As you know, John Galliano was suspended by Dior after his allegedly anti-Semitic rant against a couple in Paris last Thursday (Galliano denies it and is crying "defamation"--but today, a clip surfaced of him saying "I love Hitler"). The same day, Charlie Sheen went into crazed radio-show ... More >>
One thousand based gods at last night's Highline Ballroom. Twitpic via Debby LONDON"I'm the first rapper ever to write a book in email and text message form," Lil B says from a Highline Ballroom stage, surveying the sold-out room. "At 19! And they had the nerve to call me stupid." Lil B is no ... More >>
Earlier this week Charlie Sheen became the new Mel Gibson after a cocaine-fueled semi-rampage at New York's not-well-suited Plaza Hotel. He allegedly hit hooker/porn star Capri Anderson and screamed the n-word, all while his ex-wife Denise Richardson and their children slept in a nearby room. ... More >>
Today, I'm leaving New York for five months and embarking on a semester abroad. As such, I won't be able to write for Runnin' Scared anymore, or at least not till I'm back from Prague. So I just wanted to say, bye for now, see you later, and thank you very much.
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. My Coloring Book of Old Testament Bible Stories Author/Artist: None listed Date: ... More >>
Celebrity interviews exist on a strange spectrum of self-awareness. From enigmatic to overshare-y, it's all for publicity, leaving it as the readers' job -- should they care at all about something as trivial as celebrity journalism -- to deduce where the subject's quest to create a character ... More >>
President Obama appeared on morning lady-gabfest The View today to discuss a lot of things, including some of our favorite fluffy pop-culture topics. Some think that the highest office in the land shouldn't deign to drop in on such a program, but we had been waiting with bated breath for Bara ... More >>
This month has been miserably hot and humid, spawning piece after piece about heat-related everything: from power outages to cooling stations and beyond. Having exhausted most of the humidity-ridden news coverage and digging for a new angle, the New York Times ran a piece pointing out that h ... More >>
Have you played with I Write Like yet? It's the site where we learned that Madonna's daughter and Kurt Vonnegut are basically the same writer. It's also been telling some users they write like Dan "Da Vinci Code" Brown, and people are getting pissed.
On Tuesday, BP was supposed to begin testing the new cap over the Gulf oil leak that they say has the potential to stop the gushing flow. So we all waited around, biting our nails, crossing our fingers, and news-surfing for confirmation of success. On Wednesday night, what they said would be ... More >>
In case you missed my scintillating column this week -- and there's no decent reason why you should have -- let me drag out a part of it that deals with the acclaimed lesbian family dramedy The Kids Are All Right. I write about "one plot aspect that initially made me queasy in my pants. (Sp ... More >>
Jibz Cameron's hot at the Hot! Festival. Plus The Kids Are All Right and Kisses
"In Washington, it's a little like American Idol except everyone's Simon Cowell" is pretty good. So's the Special Olympics joke, which his opponents would probably praise as "politically incorrect" if it were being delivered by, say, Mel Gibson. So fuck those PC dorks. Obama explains his socialist ... More >>
Featuring indie spirit, for good and evil
Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black
Commiserating with fellow club columnist Romano. Plus playgoing and going to play.
Silence is an act of opposition in long, hushed monk doc
Joe Carnahan's overly slick, heavily edited dark comedy works despite itself
On the beauty but hollow humanity of micromanaged Mac rock
Redford vs. De Niro: Utah fest moves into Tribeca's backyard
Stable relationship: Gay frontier weepie is Hollywood's straightest love story in years
Michael Moore and Spider-Man fight evil in two new summer blockbusters
Rain of terror: Post9-11 eco-disaster special indicts Dick Cheney, promotes Fox News
Religious Studies gets a second life. What does the Supreme Court think?
In the Movies, Men Are Bigger Than Women Even When They Aren't