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December 20, 2019

On a spring day in 1997, a veteran porn actor, bodybuilder and strong-arm man named Paul Barresi picked up a supermarket tabloid and spotted a 24-karat opportunity. What caught Barresi’s eye was an intriguing story about vice cops stopping actor Eddie Murphy just befor...

December 13, 2019

In September 2002, when Timmy Iannello was still involved with the Garden of Eden, a doorman named Michael Tardio was murdered off-premises in a bizarre incident in North Hollywood where he and a friend from Las Vegas were shot and killed. According to police, their re...

December 10, 2019

“It’s a revisionist kind of mind

It’s just a little town down in Indochina…”

                             -- Alex Chilton, “Bangkok”


July 22, 2019

60 years ago, the late great craggy carny barker of character actors Lewis Arquette found himself in the Soho District of Manhattan sharing a syringe with jazz musicians. It was the first and last time Arquette shot up.

In the summer of 1994, some 50 films and 5 kids (a...

September 26, 2017

FRACKED UP!: Hollywood,Interrupted Visits America’s New Boomtown

by Mark Ebner

Three hundred miles due north of Deadwood, South Dakota and roughly half as many years past its 1870s heyday, a new gold rush is threatening to give that storied spectacle of exuberant capital...

September 25, 2017

He ran one of California’s biggest drug empires… …complete with all the trappings — Ferraris, strippers, tricked-out jacuzzis, and garish fake waterfalls – then, the Feds ran him. A star informant takes us through his personal hell…

The first sign that something was wro...

September 25, 2017

Pit Bullies, New Times,

Published Date: New Times Los Angeles, November 7, 1996
Author : Mark Ebner

A coin toss determines which dog gets which corner in the pit. The toss also decides which dog will be washed first to cleanse it of poisonous substances it may have been...

September 4, 2017

In 1999, Rolling Stone assigned Hollywood reporter Mark Ebner to the story of Philip Gale, an MIT prodigy born into Scientology who killed himself on the birthday of the cult's founder. The organization sent Rolling Stone a damning dossier on Ebner and the story was sp...

September 4, 2017

In 2007—seven years before she publicly came forward—I spoke with Joan Tarshis, a former Hollywood publicist who claimed that Bill Cosby raped her. After our talk—and, of course, much

more research—I filed a version of the following story on my website Hollywood, Inter...

September 1, 2017

Author's Note: Exposing the criminal mind-control cult of Scientology for Spy magazine in '96...

“If you really want to enslave people, tell them that you’re going to give them total freedom.”

- L. Ron Hubbard

I am an ex-drug addict who has solicited prostitutes in my day...

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