As we reported yesterday, the Bloomberg administration lost its lengthy and expensive legal battle against a Freedom of Information Law request by Sergio Hernandez, then a Village Voice intern, requesting the administration's emails concerning the ill-fated hiring of former Schools Chancelor Cathie ... More >>
Two of my "best bashes in history" were casino galas that were outrageouly lavish and star studded, just the way events in a glitzy gambling temple should be. First of all: The opening of the Mohegan Sun Hotel and spa in Connecticut in 2002 How's this for a gala weekend? Friday night in the bi ... More >>
I should know! I spend half my day deleting them--and the other half answering them, ba dum pum. (10) "Nothing beats a huge stick" ("The size of a man's member is a sensitive issue. We understand your need for privacy.") Oh, do you? Well, thanks so much. Now why don't you really understand that ... More >>
Well, I'm Italian! (And she's half.) It's part of You Like Me!, a wacky revue in which an assortment of wonderfully offbeat performers re-enact classic acceptance speeches in all their weepy glory.
For a certain demographic, anyway. And it definitely has the official description of the decade: "93% of all men are into oral sex, as a German survey claims. "The fact that approximately 80% of them don't know how to perform a good blow job or how to contribute to a good performance as a receiv ... More >>
Have you seen the Men of the Stacks calendar? It's a calendar featuring 12 months of sexy male librarians, and it's been mentioned on Oprah's blog. If that doesn't excite you, are you even human? If that doesn't excite you, you should also know that Men of the Stacks is available for $19.99 (order i ... More >>
The trial of the century might be the Rod Blagojevich trial. But the television program of the century is clearly the Oprah Winfrey show. As such, a potential juror being questioned on the second day of selection for the Blagojevich retrial explained that she had tickets -- and not just one, ... More >>
"I will destroy you with my eyes."A super-scientific Hallmark UK poll has declared that you will basically become your mother at the age of 32. That's horrifying enough, but even worse, according to the respondents, you'll start saying the annoying, naggy things she does, watching the soap op ... More >>
A priest from Ohio was arrested on Sunday for DUI after he wrecked his car. It's pretty much your standard man of faith gone wrong story, until what happened next... Once in jail, Father Ignatius Kury started misbehaving. And that's where nakedness and Oprah comes into the mix. [Warning: Don't watch ... More >>
Our critic leaves Peter Parker hanging
Good morning, happy back-to-work Monday, and welcome to 2011! Today is Joe Coscarelli's first day of weekday blogging on Runnin' Scared, which we are very excited about. Please join me in heckling him as much as possible. In other morning news... • Yesterday in New York a suicidal man jump ... More >>
Remember when Oprah Winfrey told Barbara Walters that Gayle King is so very many things to her, including the mother she never had? Well, Gayle was moved to tears to hear that on TV, since it's not the kind of thing you get up the nerve to vocalize in person.
New sex research from the University of Alberta indicates some interesting things about young women and oral sex. The short and sweet: It's becoming common -- maybe even as common as regular sex, not that "regular" indicates any sort of judgment, mind you. In fact, oral has "become a fundamen ... More >>
Here's some news that will make you forget all about the oil spill and whether Charlie Rangel violated ethics rules and how freakin' hot it is. This news, in fact, will make you forget possibly everything except the clear and present reality that we are all most certainly doomed. Kate Gosseli ... More >>
Here's all the proof you need that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are as romantically on fire as they were the day he proposed to her atop the Eiffel Tower.
Anna Wintour, Diddy, and Oprah got their rap on like it was 1998. MTV's Jersey Shore is being sued for profiting off of... being Jersey Shore. Letterman's extortionist is off to the hoosegow. The SexFraggle now known as Ke$ha played a Bat Mitzvah at Cipriani. These are Wednesday's Gossip Folk ... More >>
Yes, a talk show host had me on to discuss a talk show host last night, when the hilarious Joy Behar devoted a segment of her HLN show to Kitty Kelley's headline grabbing book about Oprah Winfrey. When Joy mentioned the lesbian rumors shot down in the book, I smirkily said:
Consider this column still "in beta" or whatever, but we're gonna start rounding up some of our local gossip for you. We don't have a better title for it right now, and if you have one, we'd love to hear your ideas. In the meantime, we've got Oprah's big "get," Cindy Adams and Her War at Home ... More >>
Rich Juzwiak's FourFour blog is required reading for any number of reasons: his absolute command of subjects ranging from horror movies, The-Dream, or America's Next Top Model chief among them. But mostly it's the animated GIFs. Nobody on earth is doing better work in this regard. We have already ... More >>
So Tyler Perry--you know, the Madea guy--is writing and directing a film called For Colored Girls, based on the brilliant series of monologues called For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. (The play surfaced in '75, when you had to have long, interesting title ... More >>
Photo borrowed from nerdapproved.com From the producers who brought us African American Lives and Oprah's Roots comes a new PBS series called Faces of America. Popular icons like Stephen Colbert, Malcolm Gladwell, and Yo Yo Ma have agreed to have their DNA deconstructed to discover what role their ... More >>
"I faked my own death and everybody believed me: even my mum cried when she read about it in the paper." In 2000, Australian artist Ben Frost faked his own death, sending out newspaper funeral notices that doubled as invites to his solo exhibition. Some, of course, saw this in poor taste--but wha ... More >>
Remember when Minnie Driver turned on Oprah and discovered that Matt Damon had given her the axe? What a way to go! Even worse was the actress I know who found out that her longtime director lover was tossing her to the curb--via fax! Not even a messenger pigeon! I've always felt that anyone who's ... More >>
The French spend more time eating and drinking than the rest of the world, according to a new study. Other findings include how the Turkish spend their free time: 35 percent of it is for entertaining friends; while Mexicans and the Japanese spend half their free time watching television. [CNN] For ... More >>
In the week that we thought maybe we had swine flu, ran frightened from our offices, wandered the East Village for hours looking for wireless or a good doctor, and eventually received an email with the subject line "It's NOT Swine Flu," we sheepishly came back to our desks, only to find an army of c ... More >>
A lit agent is shopping around a book proposal for an offline version of the popular website This Is Why You're Fat.[Eat Me Daily]McDonald's President and COO Ralph Alvarez says it's a misnomer that the company is doing well because of the economic downturn; McD's is preparing for a challenging year ... More >>
We can never get enough Sarah Palin, so we're pleased to announce that in a poll conducted by real estate company Zillow, the governor of Alaska has been named America's Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbor. She took 14 percent of the vote, with Oprah Winfrey a point behind. Oprah outpolled Palin a ... More >>
Indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie finally hit the mainstream
No more governor, so it's full speed ahead with Valerie Bertinelli and Kerry Butler
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Beowulf, meet the Replacements! Great books from 2007 you may have missed.
Clothing trades: How to make friends and shop without money
Uncle Dave's daily music enjoyment program
Snarltooth seether heads beyond the valley of the handlers, but good luck hearing her do it
What's Behind the Sudden Surge in Spirituality?
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