In the latest step in what has be one of the most morally repugnant scams in recent history, a caseworker employed by the organization managing reparations to survivors of the Holocaust has pleaded guilty to her role in a 31-member conspiracy to steal $57 million from the settlement fund.
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In December, I finally got the chance to meet Paulette Cooper when we had breakfast near the offices of the Voice. For many of us who toil in this business of reporting on Scientology, we have no greater hero. Paulette's 1971 book, The Scandal of Scientology, was one of the first exposes of the chur ... More >>
Paulette CooperLast week, at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, the Simon Wiesenthal Center gave Tom Cruise its annual Humanitarian Award. As we pointed out earlier, this did not go down well with people who wondered why such a famous pro-justice organization would give an award to a man almost syn ... More >>
When America watched its sweetheart Sandra Bullock get humiliated by her philandering husband Jesse James, the salaciousness was compounded by the fact that not only was the man sleeping with a porn star, but he was sleeping with a porn star who liked to dress up like to dress up like a Nazi. ... More >>
A few weeks ago, the music writer Dave Tompkins took a podium in one of NYU's many windowless annexes to promote his upcoming book, How To Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II To Hip-Hop. Behind him was a still from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms frozen on the projector screen. In ... More >>
Our film critic J. Hoberman is filing regular dispatches from this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's time, finally, to hear about Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
Inglourious Basterds--a World War II spaghetti western even more drenched in film references than blood
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