Eaten Alive (1977) is Tobe Hopper's follow-up to Texas Chainsaw Massacre. An evil motel owner keeps a pet gator. As the film opens, Roberta Collins is working in a cathouse run by Carolyn Jones, when Robert Englund comes looking for "something different." She is in no mood for a pain in the ass, refuses him, and gets thrown out of the cat house on the spot. She ends up at the motel, but when the owner recognizes her as one of "Hattie's girls," he kills her and feeds her to his gator. A Family of three show up, and the gator eats their little dog. The husband decides to shoot the gator, and our favorite hotel owner kills him and feeds him to the gator. He then ties the wife to the bed, and chases the little daughter under the house.
Next, the father and sister (Crystal Sinclair) of the dead hooker arrive looking for Jones. They are given the clue about the cat house, and go off to visit the sheriff. Then Englund shows up with Janus Blythe for a night of sex, but the two run afoul of the owner, and are now all targets.
This was shot on a set and the hotel seems very claustrophobic. The plot is monotonous. It is a chance to see an early appearance of Englund (long before Freddy Kruger), and we have good nudity fro Collins, Sinclair and Blythe. Collins wears a very thin nightie, and the other two are in only skimpy panties. IMDB readers have this at 4.7 of 10. The transfer is a decent job working with poor prints, It is letterboxed to the original theatrical ratio. This one is only for genre addicts and fans of the director or cast members. Low C-.
"Lost in Translation"
Lost in Translation (2003) is a very well-made indie from Sofia Coppola shot in Japan, and featuring Bill Murray as an aging actor there to shoot a whiskey commercial, and Scarlotte Johansson as the wife of a photographer who is also in Japan working. The two end up driven together despite the age difference by loneliness and the isolation of being in a very foreign country alone. To fully appreciate this film, which doesn't really have a big cinematic plot, I think you need to have lived the story. So much resonated with me from my business travels. It was also an interesting look at Japan today, which is very different from what I saw there i the mid 60's.
Golden Globes loved this film, and especially Murray's performance. Johansson runs around the first half of the film in flimsy panties, and we have topless exposure from some strippers. IMDb readers have this at 8.2, which makes it currently the # 146 film of all time. I loved every moment of it. Murray played exactly the emotions I have often felt, and Johansson was wonderful and appealing. It was a unique concept, and was done very well. This is a B-. Even those who aren't drawn to character driven comedy/dramas will probably enjoy this one.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
The Last Hand (1995 or something)
Again, I think you need to see both of our reviews to get the
This film is also known as After the Game.
Tuna's comments in white:
The Last Hand (1995, 1997, 2004) was
completed and copyrighted in 1995, released on German TV in 1997 as
After the Game, and is now in the US on DVD. IMDB scores this 2.0.
Interestingly, over half the votes are perfect 10s, and 9% of the
10s are from people who gave no demographics. The median score is
actually 10, but IMDb makes a mathematical adjustment for
A man wins big in a Monday night
poker game in Elko Nevada. On the way home with the money, he is
shot and killed, and the car blows up. His son comes to town to find
out what happened. The police have no interest in calling it
anything but a drunk driving accident.
The people in the game all figure
prominently in the plot, so let's run through them quickly. The
casino owner, the brother of the murdered man, another casino owner
the owner #1 is deeply in debt to, and that man's wife (Susan
Traylor). Pay close attention to an ugly briefcase, because
each time it is opened, the contents change among women's underwear,
coke, and lots of money. The casino owner's girlfriend, Hudson Leick,
also figures prominently in the story.
Traylor is evidently sleeping with the casino owner, her husband,
the dead man, and pretty much everyone else in town. Leick, it seems, also plays around a lot, but ends
up in the company of the son of the dead man. Everybody wants the
coke, the money, and the deed to the casino, which is almost as
elusive as the magic suitcase. One by one, everyone is killed except
the son of the dead man. We see him hitchhiking out of town
But then the son is
picked up by his dead father. We then see the son dead, being put into
the coroner's wagon. Then they see Hudson Leick hitchhiking as well. The son
says, "Again?" The father answers, "The game is never over."
The only comment at IMDB says:
"A film noir murder mystery from the camp of Hitchcock, Welles, and
""After The Game" is a film that was influenced by the Coen
brothers':"Blood Simple", Wim Wenders':"Wings Of Desire", and
Shakespeare's: "Hamlet". It deals on the surface with greed, murder,
deceit, lust, and revenge while on a subtler level it explores the
spiritual world of Karma, and the afterlife. The world as we know it
is only an illusion, much like a movie. I hope "After The Game"
provokes thoughts that both tantalize and enlighten."
Indeed, pretty high praise for writer/director Brewster MacWilliams.
I would have been even more impressed had that not been written by
Scoop's comments in yellow:
I love Tuna's review. Oh, Brewster,
dude, you are so BUSTED!
DVD box says:
"A film noir murder mystery from
the camp of Orson Welles, and Stanley Kubrick. The Last Hand stars
Robert Dubac, Lou Rawls, and Frank Gorshin."
Well, at least he left Hitchcock
and Shakespeare out of that one (how did he miss Tolstoy and
Kurosawa?) but Frank Gorshin and Lou Rawls were not exactly "stars".
The Riddler was in the opening scene and did a wild overacting gig
as the murder victim, after which he was just the dead guy that the
plot revolved around, marked most vividly by his total absence until
the absurd ending which Tuna mentioned. Poor Lou Rawls, once an
A-list singer, seems not to have managed his money when he was
making it, because he now seems to have no career at all. If you
watch this movie without knowing he is in it, then someone informed
you of that a week later, you'd never remember who he was. Bob Dubac
was the star. He had some talent, but apparently never worked in films again, so I'm not
sure why one would use his name to promote the film.
Tuna's favorite plot gimmick was the
confusing suitcase, but my favorite was the ever-present knife.
Scene One: the Evil Dude lynches
Our Hero from a barn door, but does not snap his neck, and leaves a
knife stuck in the barn, with which Our Hero simply cuts himself
Scene Two: just a few
hours later, Our Hero ties up the Evil Dude's legs and leaves him
in the desert to rot. Having learned absolutely nothing from his
own rope-and-knife experience just a short time earlier, Our Hero
leaves a knife within reaching distance of Evil Dude. The SAME
knife that he himself had just used to cut his own ropes.
Scene Three: now this is weird. See
if you can follow me. The Other Evil Dude comes out to where the
Evil Dude has been left to die in the desert, and taunts the
tied-up Evil Dude before shooting him, delaying just long enough
so that Evil Dude, now only pretending to be tied up, uses the
magic knife to slit the throat of his tormentor. Apart from the
silliness of the whole thing, there are two big loopholes in that
logic (1) nobody told Other Evil Dude where Evil Dude was tied up
in the desert, or even that he was out there. How the hell did he
find him, or even know to look for him? (2) apparently, after Evil
Dude freed himself with the magic knife, rather than walking into
town, he simply lay in the desert pretending to be tied up, hoping
someone would find him so he could use the ol' "pretending to be
tied up trick", despite the fact that there was absolutely no
reason to expect anyone to come looking for him, let alone find
him. Of course, his completely illogical strategy worked, and the
Other Evil Dude was kind enough to do a bunch of talking and
tormenting before shooting him, or the ol' "pretending to be tied
up trick" would have been fatal.
I just have to say that
it really takes a dedicated mobster to wear a black suit with a
black shirt and gold chains in the desert. (Movie
House page has a photo of Evil Dude
I also have to say that I
liked the movie much more than Tuna did. I agree with Tuna about the
ending, and I agree with Tuna about the weakness of the confusing and
illogical script, but I think ol' Brewmac did show some talent as a
director. Several scenes are storyboarded very imaginatively, and he
created some nice noir lighting effects. The opening scene is an
uninterrupted tracking shot all the way through a casino into the back
room where the big-shots are playing. He didn't maintain that quality
consistently, but there were some flashes of real pizzazz for such a low
budget film. It's too bad Brewmac thought he was a writer. If he had
directed someone else's script, he might have made a career for himself.
OK, I admit I only watched the movie to
see The Evil Callisto's breasts
- Susan Traylor (1,
- Hudson "Evil Callisto" Leick. I thought she
was really hot in Denial, but she really didn't look good here. (1,
- There is a new trailer up for
King Arthur, with Keira Knightley and Clive Owen.
Documents from Saddam Hussein's oil ministry reveal he used
oil to bribe top French officials into opposing the imminent
U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Oil minister Louis
Renaud said he was "shocked, shocked" to hear of corruption
influencing French foreign policy, just before he retired on
his share of the Iraqi bribes.
Simpsons lists // Prank calls to Moe's
The Weekend Warrior - this weekend's movies and box office
LORD OF THE RINGS’ WINS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION.
Party Chooses Aragorn over Kerry
Soul singer James Brown arrested for domestic violence.
Mr Brown made a statement to police, but nobody could
R. Kelly's judge orders him to stay away from Jacko.
It is not known if they can hang with Roman Polanski.
Teens charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct, after they molest
girls, photograph the actions, and post the photos on the
internet. Smart lads.
- Weird idea of the day.
Pink Floyd wrote The Dark Side of the Moon so that it can act
as a background score for The Wizard of Oz
Casting rumors: Beyonce as Lois Lane, Johnny Depp as Lex
Luthor. Oh, that Johnny Depp. He make-a me cry.
BUGS IS OUTED IN RADIO POLL: "BUGS Bunny has been
outed by a gay radio station. Gaydar has named Bugs, famed for
his battle of wits with hunter Elmer Fudd, at number five in
their Top 10 gay cartoon characters. But the smart-alec Warner
Bros favourite was beaten to the top spot by Waylon Smithers,
Monty Burns' assistant in The Simpsons." What about Jimmy
Olsen? Tell me he didn't smoke the kielbasa.
The government actually does something of the people, by the
people and for the people! Starting Thursday, if
you have Caller ID you'll know when a telemarketer is trying
to reach you. That's when Federal Trade Commission regulations
kick in requiring telemarketing firms to identify themselves.
Such calls had shown up on Caller ID as 'out of area.' Now the
name displayed by Caller ID must either be the company trying
to make a sale or the firm making the call. The display must
also include a phone number that consumers can call during
regular business hours and ask that the company no longer call
THE leader of a prostitution ring that ran a two-page
advertisement in the yellow pages was sentenced to nine years
in prison. The article doesn't say which category
they were listed under. Do they have a listing for "hookers"?
Star Magazine: Bush Girls Gone Wild!: "From
barhopping to smoking and ditching their Secret Service
security, Star reports on the first daughters' eyebrow-raising
Astronomers using the Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea and the
Hubble Space Telescope have obtained rare 'before' and 'after'
images of a giant star blowing apart. And after
they threw away those Kathy Bates pictures, they got back to
that boring old astronomy.
AMERICAN CURVES magazine
"Name that Candybar" - from the Science Museum of Minnesota.
They have an odd concept of science up there in Minnesota.
Apparently this was a lot easier for Jesse Ventura to
understand than all those crazy formulas and equations.
Utah man sentenced for taking his 15-year-old aunt as his
fourth wife. According to his family, he now has at
least 17 children, and he is only 32 years old.
The Romp is back online, in partnership with National Lampoon
Wicked Weasel Bikinis - new for January
2004 Links on the left lead to other naughty
- True or false. There is a so called
"lost episode" of Married with Children, never
aired in the USA, in which Al and Peg go to a sleazy motel and
watch a porn film - which turns out to star their neighbors,
Steve and Marcy.
- Rick Salomon, Paris Hilton's former boyfriend and co-star
in that grainy green video, has offered to settle a lawsuit
he's brought against the Hilton family--if only Paris's papa
would just agree to allow Salomon to distribute the sex tape
on a 'pay-per-view basis.'
The Smoking Gun is there.
Movie Title Screens Page A great collection, but
they have to figure out a better way to organize it. The pages
take forever to load.
Court Date Set for Madonna, Ritchie Case. Director
and actor Vincent D'Onofrio alleges that Madonna and Ritchie
stole his idea to remake Swept Away, then cut him out of the
credits and compensation. So - they stole his idea to steal
somebody else's idea and re-make it? Well, by God, I believe
the court should award him 100% of the profit from that film.
But it is a little hard to believe that somebody would WANT
their name on the credits for Swept Away. If I were Guy Richie,
I would change the entire credit section to read "Vincent
D'Onofrio is solely responsible for this film. That is all."
R&B Singer Faith Evans Arrested for Drug Possession in Georgia.
Naoto Hattori is one weird artist. .. Hieronymus
Bosch on acid. Click on "Gallery" to get the first of four.
The United Nations probably will allow director Sydney Pollack
to make a feature film on its premises. The movie is to star
Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn.
Hunter Thompson finds Super Bowl inspiration in the Book of
Revelations, then takes the Panthers plus seven,
predicting that the Pats will win, but not cover.
Sperm whale explodes in Taiwan: A dead sperm whale
being transported through a city on its way to a research
station suddenly exploded yesterday, splattering cars and
shops with blood and guts and sperm of a quality not seen
since Ron Jeremy's last visit.
John Stewart interviews Senator John McCain
The Daily Show looks at the mood in New Hampshire
Courtney Love in court again- and lookin' as good as ever.
If you just have to see that new Pepsi ad with Beyonce, Pink,
and the Mouseketeer, here's a site with links to several
How far can you bat a penguin? I tried 10 times and
my best was 308 feet. One reader sent in a screen cap of his
323.5, another sent in 421.5. (421.5 is freakin' awesome!)
President Bush comes up with one of his greatest Bushisms ever
: "the illiteracy level of our children are appalling"
Yes, it are, aren't it? And the press secretary left this - in
writing - on the official site at whitehouse.gov!
This second link goes to a book based on the President's most
famous Bushism, "Is our children learning".
'Crazy Legs' Hirsch Dies at 80
I guess this is the so-called "Donna
D'Errico sex tape". I reached this brilliant
conclusion from the fact that the URL is
DonnaDerricoSexTape.com. It is not a sex tape at all, by the
usual definition, but rather a scripted parody of the Paris
- The trailers for
Harry Potter and the whatever the hell it is this time.
Will Dubya dump Dick?
The Pope fears George Bush is the antichrist: I'm
confused. So the actual Antichrist just turns out to be a
puppet of Dick Cheney? I just expected the Antichrist to be so
much more ... authoritative and sinister and diabolically
brilliant, and not somebody who reminds me of my dim-witted
uncle. You know, an Antichrist more like General Zod and less
like Ted Bessell. I have to go back and read Revelations.
Maybe the dim-witted uncle thing was mentioned in there.
Latest Explorer hole could be devastating
- Four more free movies from
Playboy's Amateur Home Videos!
Four more free movies from Playboy Plus!
How well did the polls do? The actual results:
Kerry 39-26. Re-apportioning the undecideds, Gallup had it
Kerry 37-26, Zogby had it Kerry 38-25, the RCP average of all
major polls called it 38-26-13-12-8, which was just about
perfect (actual: 39-26-12-12-9). As you can see from these
tables, Real Clear Politics is an excellent site to bookmark
if you are interested in thorough factual summaries with
- Quote Quiz. Who said, of the Oscars,
"My first reaction was to ask whether the Academy had suddenly
gone mad". Hint - he was nominated as Best
- True or false?
The Super Bowl has been a good predictor of stock market
Urban Legends Reference Pages takes on Super Bowl Legends.
Global warming could plunge Europe into new ice age within
many of our lifetimes. Huh? The logic sounds
twisted on the surface, but is not if you look at a map and
ask yourself, "Why is Hudson's Bay freezing cold while
Northern Europe has moderate temperatures?" The answer: the
Gulf Stream. Now what if the Gulf Stream were re-routed or
Patrick Stewart isn't a science-fiction buff, and
has no idea what phrases such as 'space- time continuum' mean.
He told a Sarasota Film Festival audience this week that he
loved playing Picard, but 'couldn't understand half of what he
Kucinich To VH1: I'm Down With Hip-Hop. Howard Dean
countered by calling it "the shiznit", and John Kerry said
that he was "a bad-ass mofo".
Safe sex is for losers and Republicans.
Letterman's top ten best things about having a stripper as
Letterman's Top Ten Al Roker explanations for the intense cold.
The Smoking Gun reports: "Vice President Dick Cheney and his
wife reported income of $36 million on their just-filed 2000
income tax return"
- Good news for hoops fans.
After his health scare, Rudy T is rebounding nicely.
No drinkin', no cigarettes, no bad foods, no cancer.
TONY Blair is today sensationally cleared of any dishonourable
or underhand conduct leading to the suicide of tragic
scientist David Kelly. The BBC, however, has been a
naughty little network.
FRENCH MARS PROBE SURRENDERS Robotic Arm Extends
White Flag. At a press conference in Paris, French President
Jacques Chirac denied that the probe had surrendered, arguing,
“This mission was always intended to be eight seconds long.
The probe has performed courageously and superbly.”
archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for inclusion in Other Crap
are the latest movie reviews available at scoopy.com.
- The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the
review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
- If there is a white asterisk, it means that
there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined
there might be something else of interest.
- A blue asterisk indicates the review is written
by Tuna (or Junior or Brainscan, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
Words and .wmv's from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh
Holly Hunter in Thirteen. This performance was
nominated for an Oscar. (.avi version, .wmv version)
What can ya say? Susan Sarandon and Catherine
Deneuve slobbering on each other in The Hunger. Sure it's
pretentious, but who the hell cares with these two making whoopee?
Astoundingly, this film is not available on DVD. (.avi version, .wmv
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
'Caps and comments by Brainscan:
Theme for the day is Pets on videotape. Not Lassie or
My Friend Flicka, but the Pets who went from the
Guccione publication to Hollywood. All of these are
VHS caps, which usually means they are so bad it's
time for a duck-and-cover drill. But this new
vidcapping thingee I have is kicking some serious ass
In alphabetical order, by first name:
Angela Davies, who as Angela Nicholas was Miss Aug
'85. Here she is in Hot Club California (1999). Two
sport-humpin scenes, one in the pool and the other in
the hottub (everyone who does someone else in this
movie does it in or near water). All three collages
show Ms Davies' nicely natural upper bod, but to my
eyes the second is most impressive 'cuz it shows off
her bum. Woman had to have been in her thirties when
she made this film, but holy moley she and her rumpus
are in el primo shape.
Brandy Sanders, who as Jisel was Miss May '90. Three
collages from Killing for Love (1995). Scanman has a
bunch of terrific caps of this same scene in the
Encyclopedia. I concentrated on one small part of the
best sport-humpin scene in the history of B movies.
In these, Jisel who was briefly Brandy Sanders and is
now Brandy Ledford, rides the love pony. I know those
are robo-hooters, but if every gal in Hollywood
visited her cosmetic surgeon, implants would have a
much better reputation.
Devinn Lane, Miss Oct '99, in Talk Sex (2001). Very
nice hooties in the shower with her fella. I
understand that Ms. Lane did the nasty for real on
screen at some point in her (ahem) career.
Mariwin Roberts was Miss April '78 and made a fairly
long list of B movies. These are caps from Sun
Bunnies (1979). Recall that even with the several
nude scenes Ms. Roberts has in this film, I consider
it the worst movie I've ever seen. And you got
consider the source, here.... I've seen some real
stinkers just to cap the odd naked performance or two.
There are five collages worth of Mariwin... first two
have her undressing, and the last three have her doing
the double-backed monster.
- Mariwin Roberts
Last up is my favorite Pet of all time, Sheila
Kennedy, Miss Dec '81 and Pet of the Year for 1982.
The caps come from a campy treat entitled Ellie
(1984). Sheila plays Ellie, and Ellie plays deadly
games with the sons of her stepmom. It is a silly
tale of vengeance, in which Ellie traps or confuses
her prey by stripping. Works for me.
First collage has Sheila/Ellie taking off her top.
Second collage is an amalgam of two scenes, that
together show off all three B's.
Third collage has Sheila romping around in an attic.
This is a hooters-mainly scene, but the upper right of
the collage shows her panty-clad crotch as she gets to
tusslin' with her stepbrother. Welcome to Alabama.
This is a cool series of 'caps featuring a whole bunch of toplessness from a variety of slasher pics. Some famous, some not so much. (that applies to both the movies and the actresses).
- Elizabeth Berridge, best known as Mozart's wife from "Amadeus" (1984). Here she is topless in scenes from the 1981 movie "The Funhouse". You can see her on the big screen as Annie Oakley in the upcoming "Hidalgo".
- Kathleen Kinmont, the busty B-babe and ex-wife of Lorenzo Lamas is caught taking off her bra in scenes from "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988).
Of course no slasher flick can be complete without several gratuitous nude scenes with hot unknown babes.
- Unknowns from "Friday the 13th Part 2" (1981).
- Unknown toplessness from "Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers" (1988).
- More topless unknowns, this time from "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland" (1989).
|The UK actress many Yanks will recognize from the Sam Jackson movie "Formula 51" aka "The 51st State". Here she is topless in scenes from the recent Ewan McGregor movie, "Young Adam".
|The mega-gorgeous Jolie showing cleavage and going topless in scenes from "Original Sin" (2001). Fans of Jolie's lucsious lips will appreciate link #5.
|AS2 'caps of the French actress going topless and full frontal in scenes from "Mille désirs" aka "La Vengeance de Laura Gil" (1996).
|Some Paris pokies and cleavage from the "Lost Episode" of her FOX series "The Simple Life".
|Señor Skin 'caps of the Canadian actress topless in love scenes from the softcore series, "The Hunger", episode: "Brass".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
MARTHA STEWART TRIAL BEGINS
Not A Fan? - In opening statements of Martha Stewart's trial in New York,
prosecutor Karen Patton Seymour told the jury that Stewart had committed
"serious federal crimes" by selling off 4,000 shares of stock on an insider
tip and lying to investigators because she was "afraid it would be bad for
She wanted to remain "the most beloved person on Earth."
Martha's opening statement: "If it's a crime to try to keep up
appearances, then I'm guilty!"
No Prob: Avoiding Martha Is A Reflex - The judge warned jurors to avoid
media coverage of the case, telling them that if they see a headline about
it, turn the page; and if they hear a story about it, change the channel.
That's my game plan, too.
And if they see a K-Mart, keep driving!
And do NOT accept any festive cherry rum cakes from the defendant!
CRISTAL TO BE SCARCE AT SUPER BOWL
It's Ludicrous! - If you're going to Houston this weekend for the Super
Bowl, better bring your own Cristal. Area bars and restaurants say their
entire stock of the high-end champagne, lionized by such rappers as Snoop
Dogg and Ludacris, is reserved. And distributors have been out for weeks
and don't expect more before Sunday. But you can still get some if you go
to one of the Super Bowl parties thrown by someone like P. Diddy.
I'll have to see if I can find P. Diddy's tailgate party.
Everywhere that P. Diddy goes, there's a Cristal shortage.
If they can't get more, the Super Bowl may have to be postponed.
Remember the good old days, when Super Bowl fans drank beer?
OSCAR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
But She's Already Botoxed - Academy Award nominations were announced
Tuesday. "Lord of the Rings" leads with 11. Among the surprises:
13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes of "Whale Rider" became the youngest
person even nominated for "Best Actress"...
Usually, an actress has to be over 21 and ride a LOT of whales before
she gets that far in Hollywood.
..."Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" was nominated for Best
Picture, despite so-so box office...
It picked up the support of confused "Far Side" fans.
...Nicole Kidman and "Cold Mountain" were snubbed, as were Tom Cruise and
"The Last Samurai"...
As a samurai, he cannot live with this dishonor.
Hollywood looked at Tom and Nicole and said, "You know...they have
....Sean Penn was nominated for "Mystic River," and he plans to attend, but
the New York Post reports that insiders think he's already blown his
chances by snubbing three previous Oscar nods and not showing up at the
Golden Globes. Producers also fear he'll make a leftwing political speech
that upsets TV viewers, but with Johnny Depp, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin
also nominated, there are plenty of chances for that.
But think of how much we'll learn about economics and foreign policy!
This Oscarcast could make last year's Michael Moore rant look like the
Republican Convention keynote address.
If they only nominated Republicans, the show would be over in 10