From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the nonfiction knockout of TIFF thus far is The Act of Ki ... More >>
Our tipsters continue to funnel us the best Scientology material at a rapid rate. May 9 was Dianetics Day -- 62 years since the day in 1950 when L. Ron Hubbard first published Scientology's Ur-text, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health -- and already we have in our hot little hands the vid ... More >>
Jesse is back!There's been a lot of disturbing news for Scientology watchers to sift through lately -- what with mothers separated from their sons, and a woman stalked because she's trying to design a better ice-maker, it's been a weird and depressing week. But last night, we were stunned by ... More >>
Hey kids! Got bad eyes? Wanna fix 'em, cheap? Check out the Groupon Deal of the Day, which offers surgery ON BOTH EYES for a mere $1,895, compared to the average cost of $4,200. Sound good? Wait, there's more. If you're not willing to do this for your poor children, they will endure years of torment ... More >>
I love the tax man
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. Does anyone who goes to local rock shows actually have their shit together enough to get out of town on Independence Day? I didn't used to think so, but now I can s ... More >>
Not last night, but you get the idea.Clare and the Reasons are terrifyingly cute. They could destroy all worlds of lesser cuteness, blasting apart their molecules like Oppenheimer, and the band displayed this menace instantly via their stage props: brittle bundles of winter foliage, washboard ... More >>
Poor Lenny "Nails" Dykstra. The former Mets star-turned-stock-picker has not, so to speak, been getting pitches to hit. Back in November he had to settle up $138,872 in tax-preparer fees. Now TheStreet.com has pulled his financial column. His wheeling and dealing in the car-wash business has landed ... More >>
The New York Sun says a community forum Andrew Cuomo hosted on the Upper West Side -- of the sort New York pols have been hosting since Peter Stuyvesant had two legs -- "Ups Speculation On His Future," specifically that he will run for Mayor in 2009. Of course the Sun can't get anyone, least of all ... More >>
Novelist offers up a shrewdly funny take on money, death, and vanishing species
With dazzle to spare, all that glitters isn't golden in Ophuls's Madame De . . .
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