Councilman Blasts ‘Blatant Bigotry’ in HBO Documentary on the Catholic Church

Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)
Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)

This morning, Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich took to his Facebook page to post a scathing review of Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in The House of God, an HBO documentary on the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. Mr. Ulrich had several issues with the film, which he characterized as “an exploitive and biased account of a dark chapter in the history of the Catholic Church.”

“As a proud Roman Catholic, I am truly offended by the blatant bigotry contained in HBO’s so-called documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in The House of God,” Mr. Ulrich wrote. “It accuses His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of being complicit in covering up sex abuses cases involving Catholic priests and unfairly criticizes the late Pope John Paul II. Above all, its chock full of anti-catholic rhetoric and demonizes members of the clergy (most of whom are dedicated, compassionate and pious men).” Continue reading “Councilman Blasts ‘Blatant Bigotry’ in HBO Documentary on the Catholic Church”

Lena Dunham May Have Voted After All

Lena Dunham (Photo: Twitter)
Lena Dunham (Photo: Twitter)

Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO’s zeitgeisty comedy Girls, took to Twitter this afternoon to fight back against reports she did not vote in the presidential election last year despite filming a controversial ad urging others to cast a ballot for President Barack Obama. According to officials at the Board of Elections in Brooklyn, Ms. Dunham’s claim she voted by affidavit ballot may have merit.

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How Ed Koch Helped Make Nikki Finke a Reporter

Nikki Finke during her days in Mr. Koch's office as depicted in a 1974 New York Times  engagement notice.
Nikki Finke during her days in Mr. Koch’s office as depicted in a 1974 New York Times engagement notice.

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has had an influence in Hollywood as well as the Big Apple. Before coming to City Hall, Mr. Koch spent eight years in the House of Representatives. One of his staffers was Nikki Finke, who went on to become one of the most influential and feared reporters in the entertainment industry and, according to Ms. Finke, her time working with the future mayor in Congress helped inspire her to become a journalist.  Continue reading “How Ed Koch Helped Make Nikki Finke a Reporter”

Mayoral Candidates With ‘Buscemeyes’

In honor of Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi’s entrée into the mayoral race today, we decided to give all of the declared and all-but-official candidates a photographic makeover based on a Buscemi-inspired internet meme.  Continue reading “Mayoral Candidates With ‘Buscemeyes’”

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal

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David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. (Photo: PaulaBroadwell.com)

Writers who craft the infamous “ripped from the headlines” plots on Law & Order: SVU are apparently having trouble keeping up with the ongoing scandal over former CIA Director and retired general David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer. Now that the story has grown to include another general and an FBI agent accused of sending shirtless pictures of himself to a woman the man in charge of the sex crimes-focused cop show sent a tweet begging for mercy. He also threw in Sesame Street muppet Elmo, who had a sex scandal of his own break this week.

“Memo to:FBI/CIA/NATO/SesameStreet From:SVU Writers’ Room–Please slow it down, we’re having a hard time getting this all down,” wrote SVU showrunner Warren Leight this morning. Continue reading Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal”

Majority of New York Voters Do Not Want Alec Baldwin to Run For Mayor

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Alec Baldwin (Photo: Getty)

A new poll of the race to replace term-limited New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released last night included actor Alec Baldwin, who has hinted he might run for mayor. Based on the numbers, Mr. Baldwin might want to abandon his dream of sitting in City Hall. According to the poll, which was conducted by NY1 and Marist College, 66 percent of New York voters don’t want Mr. Baldwin to even try running for mayor.  Continue reading “Majority of New York Voters Do Not Want Alec Baldwin to Run For Mayor”

Schwarzenegger’s Signing: Fans Flock Downtown to Meet Action Hero-Turned-Author

 Schwarzeneggers Signing: Fans Flock Downtown to Meet Action Hero Turned Author
Arnold Schwarzenegger mugging for the cameras at McNally-Jackson (Photo: Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke)

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held an impromptu book signing at indie bookstore McNally-Jackson in Nolita this afternoon. Mr. Schwarzenegger announced the surprise signing via Twitter and in a note on Facebook leading a crowd of over 100 almost exclusively male fans to rush downtown to shake the Governator’s large hand and have him sign copies of his tome Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. Continue reading “Schwarzenegger’s Signing: Fans Flock Downtown to Meet Action Hero-Turned-Author”