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Notes on a Scandal
This movie with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett is a hothouse psychodrama, full of outrageous and florid sentiments that are made semipalatable by the quality of the craftsmanship involved.
Film Review  January 12, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...No matter what kind of odor remover you use in an attempt to disguise your trash, the stench is bound to leak through sooner or later. That common knowledge might have been valuable to everyone involved with Notes on a Scandal, although in all likelihood it would have prevented the making of the film..."

School for Scandal
In Scandals of Classic Hollywood, UT grad Anne Helen Petersen analyzes the machinery of celebrity gossip
Screens Story  October 23, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...When a celebrity scandal comes down the pike these days, it's usually something really salacious like leaks of nude photos, domestic abuse, severe mental health issues, and Charlie Sheen. We expect our celebrities to go big or go home with their misbehavior; nothing less than a full-on public image immolation will do..."

Davis Shines While Linking TEF Scandal to Abbott in Debate
Davis takes off the gloves in second, final guv debate
DAILY News  October 1, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Davis, on the attack, took Abbott to task over the TEF scandal, and in doing so, displayed her ability to emerge as a strong voice against the institutional pay-to-play strategy that has plagued the state for decades. “You were the chief law enforcement officer over the Texas Enterprise Fund..."

'9.79*' Revisits '88 HGH Scandal
Johnson comes off likable, Lewis a bit of a jerk
DAILY Sports  October 9, 2012, by Will Eidam
"...Over the past week, ESPN has advertised 9.79* as a doc focusing on one of the biggest sports scandals of all time, but if you were born after 1980 (and aren’t Canadian) like me, you’ve probably never heard of nor cared about Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson. So to spend two hours discovering who Johnson was and what the 1988 HGH scandal meant for sports is a history lesson I can easily learn something from and enjoy...."

Family Connections Nonprofit to Close Doors Amid Scandal
Former executive director wanted on criminal charges
DAILY News  April 12, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...On March 11, Ridley says, Family Connections received an e-mail from Aponte announcing her retirement. Family Connection’s internal bookkeeper has also resigned, although she is not implicated in the scandal...."

Schools of Scandal
Rep. Rose hopes reforms to state schools go deeper than a name change
DAILY News  May 20, 2009, by Richard Whittaker

Buried in Scandal
SCI and the Money Trail
News Story  March 25, 1999, by Robert Bryce

Scandalous Summer Soul Playlist
Scandal Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas explains
DAILY Music  June 17, 2015, by William Harries Graham
"...Ready for some uptown/downtown soul music? Are you prepared for the most styling musicians of all time to give rhythm and rhyme to the next three months? Welcome to a video playlist inspired by the hit television series Scandal...."

Welcome to Tomstown
In the burgeoning Tomstown scandal, you can't tell the players or the plot without a program
News Story  March 19, 2004, by Michael King
"...House majority leader, and Craddick of Midland, the speaker of the Texas House. Both Toms are now embroiled in the investigation of what's shaping up to be Texas' biggest political scandal since the Sharpstown affair of the early 1970s..."

Quiz Show
Trying to pinpoint precisely when 20th-century America lost its innocence is a futile pursuit; it presupposes that this nation of contradictions initially had virtue to lose. Nonetheless, Quiz Show posits...
Film Review  September 23, 1994, by Steve Davis
"...Trying to pinpoint precisely when 20th-century America lost its innocence is a futile pursuit; it presupposes that this nation of contradictions initially had virtue to lose. Nonetheless, Quiz Show posits that the television game show scandal of the late 1950s kindled a disillusionment in America that has culminated in the generally accepted belief today that everyone has a price..."

The Boys of St. Vincent
Loosely based on the Mount Cashel scandal of a few years back, this two-part Canadian television docudrama investigates the nightmarish world of a Catholic-run orphanage where the priests in charge...
Film Review  September 16, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Johnny Morina, Henry Czerny and Brian Dodd. Loosely based on the Mount Cashel scandal of a few years back, this two-part Canadian television docudrama investigates the nightmarish world of a Catholic-run orphanage where the priests in charge just can't seem to keep their hands off their youthful wards..."

City Zero
This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight Zone. Alexei (Filatov) is a...
Film Review  December 6, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Leonid Filatov, Oleg Basilashvili, Vladimir Menshov and Elena Arjanik. This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight Zone..."

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Account of the informant who brought down Nixon's administration
Film Review  October 20, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The Watergate scandal that, as the overly explanatory title of this biopic notes, has been much in the news of late, and with good reason. Once again, there are rumors of a paranoid, unstable West Wing shirking its constitutional duties in favor of right-wing demagogues and ideologies..."

Woody Harrelson reunites with the director of The Messenger to create this portrait of a very dirty cop.
Film Review  February 24, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The Nineties were not a good decade for the Los Angeles Police Department in terms of its public image. The citizen video of the Rodney King beating was on repeat play as the decade began; then came the 1992 riots, and the decade closed out with the Rampart scandal, in which several dozen police officers from the Rampart division were implicated in corruption and misconduct..."

Barbecue and Good Ol' Boys
A promotions scandal suggests the good ol' boy network is alive and well at DPS.
News Story  November 21, 2003, by Lucius Lomax
"...The cheating scandal that is now festering at DPS headquarters in Austin shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone. That the promotional exam for 11 captain positions was rigged, to allow favored officers to advance, is pretty clear: One of the three original conspirators, a deputy commander of the DPS Narcotics Service, had an attack of conscience and kept a diary of the plot..."

City Hall
Hardly the nail-biting suspense thriller the ad campaign has played it up to be, City Hall is instead a thoughtful meditation on the workings of mayoral politics -- and business...
Film Review  February 16, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Hardly the nail-biting suspense thriller the ad campaign has played it up to be, City Hall is instead a thoughtful meditation on the workings of mayoral politics -- and business as usual -- in the dirty heart of the Big Apple, less of a whodunit than a who knew what, when, and why. Pacino is NYC mayor John Pappas, who, at the height of his re-election campaign, finds his office embroiled in the scandal resulting from the death of a six-year-old African-American boy killed in a shoot-out between an undercover police officer and a Mafia don's punk nephew..."

Sharpstown vs. Tomstown
Will "Tomstown" be as big as Sharpstown?
News Column  March 5, 2004, by Michael King
"...That's a quote often heard this week among Capitol observers with particularly long memories. For the rest of us, "Sharpstown" refers to a Texas political scandal more than 30 years ago whose fallout included a remarkable turnover among elected officeholders and a consequent legislative effort to clean up state politics..."

The Eyes of Tammy Faye
After the holocaust, three things will remain, says Tammy Faye Bakker Messner's most recent TV co-host, gay comedian JM J. Bullock: Roaches, Cher, and Tammy Faye. The well-documented public life...
Film Review  September 8, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Together they helped found three different Christian television networks; launched one of the first satellites for broadcast use; and co-founded the massive Christian theme park, Heritage USA, near Charlotte, N.C. She stood by her man through his scandal over the affair with Jessica Hahn and his imprisonment for financial irregularities at Heritage USA..."

Backstabbing for Beginners
Diplomacy and corruption mix in true-life drama.
Film Review  May 11, 2018
"...Not reviewed at press time. International intrigue set against the background of the kickback scandal surrounding the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food Program..."

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Annette Bening soars in the last days of starlet Gloria Grahame
Film Review  February 2, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...It says a lot about Bening that you can take away one of her signature traits and she still takes your breath away. Here, Bening re-keys her seductively husky voice higher and breathier to play Gloria Grahame, the one-time Oscar winner (for 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful) whose star dimmed as she aged and scandal tainted her career..."

Oliver Stone tackles the famous whistleblower
Film Review  September 16, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Oliver Stone, our national cinematic conspiracy theorist and all-around anti-establishment auteur, digs deep into the latest and most illuminating political scandal of our times with this taut and entertainingly paranoia-inducing biopic-cum-technophobic history lesson about the NSA’s Public Enemy and Global Fugitive No. 1..."

Drama about how Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes got fired from CBS
Film Review  October 30, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The truth told here belongs to Mary Mapes (Blanchett, marvelous as usual), a 60 Minutes producer who worked with Dan Rather (Redford, delivering a plausible facsimile), both of whom lost their jobs at CBS in the wake of the Memogate scandal of 2004. Based on Mapes’ book about the events, the film begins as this accomplished producer is riding a career high with Rather’s groundbreaking report on the Abu Ghraib prison, and is embarking on her next project: a look into George W..."

The Last of Robin Hood
Kevin Kline is Errol Flynn in this confused story of his late-life affair with 15-year-old Beverly Aadland.
Film Review  September 5, 2014, by Louis Black
"...But this story really requires a much more coherent telling to work. The Last Days of Robin Hood combines shredded bits of biography, scandal-sheet gossip-mongering, and philosophical retrospective into an unsightly and, unfortunately, uninteresting mess...."

Based on a book by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh, this film keeps close company with a nihilistic character, but unwisely pulls its punches.
Film Review  June 6, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...All that's standing in his way are his five co-workers, also up for the job. Through his game of shame, scandal, and blackmail, the film follows his attempts to secure that position at the expense of his fellow cops..."

Page One: Inside The New York Times
The slow death of print media and the often shambling efforts of newspapers to reinvent themselves is one of the main topics of this documentary.
Film Review  July 1, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Chronicle isn’t immune to these seismic upheavals – maybe you’ve noticed some names have disappeared from our staff box? – and recently the Statesman announced a dozen early buyouts of veteran reporters and editors. These are sink-or-swim times for print media, a fact grimly illustrated in the film when one Times employee frames a wave of layoffs thusly: “We have to dump bodies overboard.” Page One’s wandering attention touches on the Pentagon Papers, WikiLeaks, and the enduring embarrassment of the Judith Miller scandal, with asides from an impressive array of talking heads like David Remnick, Gay Talese, and Clay Shirky. (It should also be noted that Page One wears its pro-Times bias on its sleeve, right up to the rankling but now-common inclusion of a “get involved” Web address at film’s end.) Page One is most compelling as a moving-picture portrait of the prickly personalities at the media desk – a department often tasked with writing obituaries for its own industry – including Media Desk Editor Bruce Headlam (good for gallows humor), irrepressible tweeter Brian Stelter (a wunderkind blogger wisely recruited by the Times), and, most especially, David Carr..."

Material Girls
The Duff sisters star as heiresses who must learn to earn a living when their cosmetics firm goes belly-up.

Film Review  August 25, 2006, by Brian Clark
"...In this comedy, apparently aimed only at the 10- to 13-year-old female demographic, the Duff sisters stretch their acting skills as two shallow socialites whose father, the king of a thriving mascara company, has just passed away. When a scandal breaks that threatens their inheritance and leaves them temporarily less rich, the twins must buckle down to save their father's company and, presumably, learn that there's more to life than clothes, make-up, and partying..."

Fun With Dick and Jane
The original version of this comedy was a little countercultural, a lot class-conscious, and a touch subversive; this remake is all farce when what is needed is satire.
Film Review  December 23, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It lays out the basic plot and then tromps up and down on it. The story, about an upper-middle-class married couple who hit an unexpected downturn when the husband loses his job due to the corporate malfeasance of others, seems perfectly suited to our current era of corporate scandal as names like Enron, WorldCom, and Adelphia have become synonymous with white-collar banditry and crimes against the underclasses..."

Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows is the rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children’s point of view, forgoing easy sensationalism and poignancy for naturalism and honesty.
Film Review  April 8, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film is inspired by a real event that happened in Japan in 1988 in which a mother of four – ages 4 through 12 – abandoned the children, leaving them to their own devices. It was a scandal that gripped Japan, but Kore-eda forgoes easy sensationalism or poignancy..."

She Hate Me
Spike Lee strikes out with his new "joint" about an unemployed whistle-blower who makes a living impregnating sperm-deprived lesbians.

Film Review  October 1, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...His most prominent lesbians stomp around in stilettos (when they’re not lounging in lingerie) and speak to Jack in a perpetual come-on coo, whereas his corporate figureheads are slick, smarmy caricatures. Maybe the one-dimensionality of his characters is meant to achieve a fabulistic effect (especially when Jack links his plight to that of the security guard who busted the Watergate scandal wide open), but the execution is lacking, to say the least..."

The Contender
Timely as can be, The Contender arrives on the scene this presidential-election season as a sober reminder of the evils inherent in attempting to pervert the democratic process. As cautionary...
Film Review  October 13, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...2 spot after the sitting vice president dies in office. This precedent-setting appointment of a woman appears scuttled by the emergence of a particularly salacious sex scandal that is said to have occurred many years before, during the senator's college years..."

Wild Man Blues
Two-time documentary feature Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (American Dream, Harlan County, USA) has quite unexpectedly turned her camera from the recording of labor disputes to this film portrait of Woody...
Film Review  June 5, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The most revealing aspect of the movie is in the details it shows of the Woody/Soon-Yi relationship -- and, face it, that's what most of us are really coming to see. Far removed from the lurid scandal trappings that have colored their affair (and marriage), the couple appears to be a comfortably balanced duo..."

Dumb and dumber. No, not Jim Carrey's latest. I'm talking about the recent trajectory of Demi Moore's script choices. I mean, really. First, there's The Juror in which the sculptor/mom...
Film Review  July 5, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Then there's her unforgettable bowdlerization of Hester “Like a Virgin” Prynne in last year's model of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. And now this, the film adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's popular novel about the ironic intersection of sex, scandal, politics, and corruption in steamy southern Florida..."

This Boy's Life
This Boy's Life is based on author Tobias Wolf's autobiographical memoir about growing up in the Fifties in the company of his divorced and seemingly footloose mom Caroline (Barkin). The...
Film Review  April 30, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Barkin's Caroline, who initially seemed like such a marvelous Fifties free-spirit character, gets lost in the mix and ends up a sideline cipher. Director Caton-Jones (Scandal, Memphis Belle) once again shows his flair for period detail though he never here exerts his grip on the human drama..."

Doc Hollywood
So far Caton-Jones, director of the very British Scandal and the World War II valentine Memphis Belle, has shown a resistance to being pinned down, and Doc Hollywood isn't going...
Film Review  August 9, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...Fox, Julia Warner, Woody Harrelson and Bridget Fonda. So far Caton-Jones, director of the very British Scandal and the World War II valentine Memphis Belle, has shown a resistance to being pinned down, and Doc Hollywood isn't going to make it any easier..."

The Hightower Report
The real stink in Flint, Michigan's water scandal
News Column  February 18, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...The Flint water scandal is a perfect expression of the right-wing mentality of self-entitlement. To them, "public service" means elites serving themselves – the actual public be damned...."

Point Austin: The Law Is a Ass
The Great Open Meetings Scandal comes to its legalized conclusion
News Column  October 26, 2012, by Michael King
"...So ends one of the sillier yet more lamentable episodes of Austin politics, although as Mike Kanin points out ("Open and Shut,"), the reverberations of the Great Open Meetings Scandal (ca. 2011-2012) are likely to continue for some time..."

The Austin Ch30nicles
John Pierson recalls when the Chronicle published Rick Linklater's Dazed and Confused diary
Screens Story  September 2, 2011
"...It was a delicious scandal. Producers Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel, along with everyone at Universal, were instantly aggrieved..."

Digging Mountains Out of Molehills
The hive mind ain't down with the Texas Lege.
DAILY News  October 1, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...But I don't. This is a TV-news manufactured "scandal."..."

Deep in the Heart of Texas Political Scandals
Crimes, carousing, and contravention from the Capitol grounds
News Story  January 5, 2017, by the News Staff
"...In 1979, the tenured Democratic speaker of the House fell from grace when he was discovered to have accepted a $5,000 cash gift from a supporter who just happened to work with the FBI. Within a year, Clayton was indicted for the scandal – dubbed "Brilab" by the Bureau – and charged with extortion, racketeering, fraud, and conspiracy..."

From Sharpstown to Funeralgate
News Story  July 8, 1999
"...By many accounts, Funeralgate threatens to become the biggest influence-buying scandal since Sharpstown, the banking controversy that rocked Texas in the early 1970s...."

Lege Lines: Think of the Children
Can the Lege fix Child Protective Services?
News Story  May 11, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...In 2007, it was the Texas Youth Com­mission. Administrators and policymakers had ignored that scandal for years, and it only came to light in the Legislature when Texas Ranger Brian Burzynski refused to let the physical and sexual abuse of young inmates continue to go unnoticed..."

Funeralgate Hits Texas
What Did Bush Know?
News Story  July 8, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...Clearly, the politico with the most to lose in Funeralgate is Bush. And he's staying as far from the scandal as he can..."

State Emergency-Leave Rules Tightened
Comptroller will now verify all applications
News Story  June 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...What's the worst way to get rid of a scandal at a state agency? Claim it's not a scandal, then tighten the rules to stop the non-scandal from ever happening again. On June 1, Gov..."

Point Austin: In With the New
A fresh-faced City Council gets ready for 2015
News Column  December 23, 2014, by Michael King
"...31. According to the Statesman, last week Adler gathered all the newly elected members together at his home, and the Austin Monitor reported that he had "met with each of the 10 district Council members-elect." They better take good notes, since that's a luxury they won't enjoy in 2015; any such gathering (or round-robin conversation) will soon violate the Travis County Attorney's interpretation of open meetings laws, to which the current Council has been bound since the Great Open Meetings Scandal of 2011 (see "Open Meetings: Case Closed?" Oct..."

Davis: Abbott Failed to Police CPRIT
Senator accuses attorney general of turning a blind eye
News Story  May 15, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's become one of the potentially most damaging and pervasive scandals in recent Texas political history: A state fund, created to fight cancer, funneled cash to private firms with little or no oversight. It's a sad switch from CPRIT's origins as possibly the state's last truly bipartisan measure..."

Extreme Temperature Swings
AFS Essential Cinema kicks off Asia: Hot and Cool series
Screens Story  December 28, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Two things that always give us great joy," Lord Jo-won coolly confides to his former lover, Lady Cho, before embarking on a wicked game. That's the heart of Untold Scandal, the lush Korean adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses..."

Rating the VH1 Divas
This year’s crop prepare to lipsync for their lives
DAILY Qmmunity  December 14, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...Nerve: Although Miley has done much to try to prove she is not that innocent, most of her scandals seem to be designed to piss off her dad...."

TV Eye
I'm not an expert on American Idol, but I play one on TV
Screens Column  May 13, 2005, by Belinda Acosta
"...Except for the 6:45am call, I thought it would be an easy gig. Now, with the "scandal" rocking the show, I've suddenly become the go-to person for all things American Idol..."

'He's Forked Himself'
Our Full conversation with Louis Dubose about 'The Hammer'
News Story  October 29, 2004, by Michael King
"...Authors Dubose, a former Austin Chronicle politics editor, and Reid have been longtime observers of Texas politics, and have followed DeLay throughout his career, but this has been an extraordinary year for DeLay-watchers indeed. Their subject has been much in the news lately, for ethics "admonitions" from his fellow House members and for campaign finance scandals involving his close associates in Texas and D.C..."

The Body Politic
Columns  February 6, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...The most basic standards of journalism and mercy were dismissed as inapplicable. So CNN was tacitly admitting that this scandal is not news, not really..."

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