I read the Kaus article in question and think Mickey is just wishin' and a hopin' that all conservatives and Republicans, including those in charge at FOX, are necessarily anti-immigration in all regards. They're not (Jeb Bush, for instance). FOX might just be treading lightly on the issue while they see how the 2016… » 3/17/15 8:12pm 3/17/15 8:12pm

I agree that the award is a poor decision, but for one reason only - Blurred Lines does not appear to be a direct ripoff of Gaye's song. Whether or not the song caused Gaye's heirs any "financial hardship" is irrelevant, as are the other rationales the author cites. By the same token, when a court found that George… » 3/11/15 6:13pm 3/11/15 6:13pm

Sounds like O'Reilly has been embellishing or conflating or whatever. Difference between Williams' situation and O'Reilly's is that Williams is supposed to be a newsman and O'Reilly hosts an opinion show; the credibility bar is understandably set much higher for the former. » 2/19/15 7:29pm 2/19/15 7:29pm

My neighbor's friend has nothing to do with show business or the show business community, but read a bunch of accounts of Keven Spacey's exploits on the website Gawker, and said to me "Hey, doesn't this guy Spacey ever think about anything except sex?" You can believe me or not, but that's what he really said. » 2/19/15 12:08am 2/19/15 12:08am

What might Joni do to help your heartbreak? I think she's doing alright for someone with health problems. She's certainly not the first to point out that Dylan (great as he is) is a serial plagiarist; even better, she wrote a song about the time Jackson Browne beat the crap out of Daryl Hannah (I think Browne echoed… » 11/26/14 10:52am 11/26/14 10:52am

For me (and fwiw), the top for each is Prince's "1999", Michael's "Rock With You", Madge's "Live To Tell". Always fun to read lists like these. » 9/18/14 12:24pm 9/18/14 12:24pm

I'm not a big fan of Dean's politics, but I've never heard anything about him being a jerk on a personal level. Further, the overly enthused soundbite that took down his presidential aspirations reflects more on the public's unreasonable criteria for assessing candidates than it does on Dean himself - no one's career… » 3/05/14 10:17am 3/05/14 10:17am

Wasn't it this year that Dylan again accused Woody Allen of child molestation? Maybe Max was just a little flustered, so soon after declaring God a neurotic pervert. » 3/03/14 1:02am 3/03/14 1:02am

And Russia's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and Czechoslovakia in 1968, and Hungary in 1956 were because they sensed that the U.S. would invade Iraq later on. » 3/01/14 11:08am 3/01/14 11:08am

Gotta disagree about the Runaways; I saw their debut show at CBGB's and they blew the crowd away - "Cherry Bomb" was fantastic. Joan Jett was definitely more than a "prop". » 2/22/14 6:25pm 2/22/14 6:25pm

I agree that she didn't want attention, and I also think Maslin's sibling rivalry theory sounds bonkers (didn't Ronan pipe right up to support Dylan?). There's little doubt in my mind, considering how Dylan describes in her Times piece how she feels when Allen's work gets awards, that the timing of it was designed to… » 2/22/14 12:57pm 2/22/14 12:57pm