Steve Carrell's Terrifying Performance in Foxcatcher: NYFF Dispatch One

As they did for the Toronto Film Festival, film writers Fariha Roísín and Sara Black McCulloch are covering the New York Film Festival this year as a series of conversations about the festival and its programming. The first dispatch includes Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carrell in a… » 9/30/14 3:20pm 6 minutes ago

YouTube Community Scrambles to Address Its Creep Problem

Last week, popular YouTube prankster Sam Pepper was justifiably raked over the coals over a video that depicted him forcibly grabbing women's butts and laughing at it like a stoned child after a dental appointment. Days later, news reports raised some serious allegations against Pepper: that he also sexually abused… » 9/30/14 3:11pm 15 minutes ago

Radio Host: Amber Rose Caught Wiz Khalifa Having Threesome With Twins

When Amber Rose filed for divorce from Wiz Khalifa, it was immediately chalked up to infidelity—unnamed women for him, and Nick Cannon (why?) for her. The details were vague until this morning, when radio host Peter Rosenberg said on the air that Amber walked in on Wiz having a threesome with twins. » 9/30/14 2:55pm 32 minutes ago

Diaper-Changing Dad Mad at Chipotle for Saying No to Shit on Tables

A family dining at a Midwest Chipotle location discovered that the restaurant's bathrooms didn't come equipped with baby-changing tables, so they decided to swap out their 1-year-old's soiled diaper right there on the dining room table. After a manager asked them to take it to their car instead, the father sent the… » 9/30/14 2:47pm 40 minutes ago

Are You Better Off Kicking a Cat or Killing a Pedestrian in New York?

Here are two stories from today's New York Times about law-enforcement priorities and matters of public outrage in New York City. The first is a front-page news story, describing the prosecution of a 22-year-man in Brooklyn who violently kicked a cat and posted a video of the kicking to Facebook: » 9/30/14 2:40pm 47 minutes ago

Tech's Push to Help Schools Looks Like a Campaign Ad For Ed Lee

Just two weeks before San Francisco's 2011 mayoral election, billionaire angel investor Ron Conway pushed out a viral campaign ad for Mayor Ed Lee that featured cameos from local sports stars and Silicon Valley tech celebs. Now, 13 months before Lee's next election, Conway's techie advocacy group has released another… » 9/30/14 2:34pm 52 minutes ago

One Person Rushed to Hospital in Reported Shooting at Louisville HS

One person has been taken to the hospital after reported gunshots erupted at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Ken. Just before 2 p.m. local time, students walked out of the building single-file with their hands clasped over the heads. The elementary school next door has been placed on lockdown, WAVE reports. » 9/30/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

White House Intruder Was Only Tackled Thanks to an Off-Duty Agent

The Secret Service agent who eventually stopped Omar Jose Gonzalez, the man arrested earlier this month for running into the East Room of the White House with a knife, was off-duty and just happened to be leaving as Gonzalez was running through the building, the Washington Post reports. » 9/30/14 2:16pm Today 2:16pm

What Were Those Horrifying Death Clouds Over NYC This Morning?

Social media lit up around 7:30 this morning with hundreds of pictures of an incredibly dramatic sky over New York City, with layers of dark, intense clouds swirling over Manhattan. Clouds this ominous usually signal the approach of a horrible storm or Tammy Swanson. What kind of clouds were they? » 9/30/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Rikers Guards Who Hogtied, Beat Mentally Ill Man May Actually Be Fired

The guards at Rikers Island are notoriously violent toward inmates—especially mentally ill ones—and it's relatively rare that even documented beatings result in punishment for those responsible. That's why it's a surprising, encouraging development that a judge recommended the termination of six employees this week. » 9/30/14 1:47pm Today 1:47pm

Darren Wilson No-Show Threatens to Derail Year-Old Drug Bust

In February 2013—over a year before he killed Michael Brown—Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson arrested Christopher A. Brooks for marijuana possession, a case for which he was given an official commendation. Unsurprisingly, at a preliminary court hearing in Brooks' case yesterday, Wilson was a no-show. » 9/30/14 1:38pm Today 1:38pm

Uber Used Private Location Data for Party Amusement

The reasons to dislike Uber are as large and numerous as its paper valuation, but they all revolve around one central free market conceit: Uber never hides its contempt for you. The latest example comes from venture capitalist Peter Sims, whose ride was tracked to entertain guests at an Uber party. » 9/30/14 1:29pm Today 1:29pm

Epidemics Are Not Natural

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Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why. » 9/30/14 12:58pm Today 12:58pm

Aretha Franklin Annihilated Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on Letterman

Audio of the purse-carrying gift from heaven Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (with a twist of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") made the rounds on the internet yesterday. Later, she tore the roof off David Letterman's studio when she performed the medley on the Late Show (it's the first… » 9/30/14 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

America's Ugliest Accent: Scranton vs. NOLA; Tallahassee vs. Minneapolis

Welcome to another edition of America's Ugliest Accent, where we as a country gather together to determine which of us in this great nation of disgusting vocal squalor has the least listenable accent. Every day this week, Round One of the Tournament, we'll be presenting two face-offs between cities. You, humble… » 9/30/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

School Says Horny Teens Can't Focus If Girls Wear Jeggings

A North Dakota high school has banned female students from wearing leggings, jeggings, or tight jeans, citing concerns that such attire can be distracting to their male classmates, and also makes girls look too much like a pre-bathtub-scene Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. » 9/30/14 11:50am Today 11:50am

Your Guide to Binge-Watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix

Gilmore Girls, the perfect series that continues to bring together girls who thought they were smart in high school, is coming to Netflix tomorrow. Every episode, every pop culture reference, and every town event will soon be more accessible than coffee at Luke's Diner, when Luke and Lorelai are not in a fight. Here's… » 9/30/14 9:00am Today 9:00am