This collage of Maribel Verdu
is from the Spanish movie "Sinatra" (1988).
Odds and Ends:
This is WKRP's Jan Smithers
(Bailey) on Battle of the Network Stars, wearing a bathing suit, and
getting dunked by Dick van Patten - as announced by Cosell! No real
nudity, but fun nostalgia, and who didn't have a crush on her? (zipped
Jessica Biel hasn't done any screen nudity even though
she posed for a nude magazine layout. She comes kinda close in
clip from London. (zipped .avi)
Bridget Fonda's booty is not visible in the widescreen DVD of
Jackie Brown, but was seen quite clearly, in its entirety, in the full
screen VHS version. (zipped .avi)
One of our all-time faves, Virginia Madsen in one of
her sexiest roles, in Gotham. (zipped .wmv)
Where the Truth Lies (2005)
Tuna has this one nailed today (see below), so I just did some
Movie House page here.
This is a surprisingly explicit gyno-cam shot of an
This is a composite of two frames of
notable because it shows her pubes and breasts together.
This is the last frame of an Alison Lohman sequence,
before the cutaway.
This was the best I could do to get an enlarged gyno-cam
shot of Rebecca Davis. The shot, indeed the entire scene, is "hazy"
President Bush's Remarks on Totally Safe Fire Sale of
American Ports to Arab Nation We're Desperately Trying to
Bribe Into Not Blowing Us Up (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)
"Distillery to Revive 184-Proof Whisky"
What was the most cringe-worthy movie moment of 2005?
- There were four moments creepier than Bob Hoskins'
A teenage guitarist got so carried away while bouncing up
and down on his bed that be bounced of a window to his
- He was allegedly mimicking a rock guitarist
The trailer for Think Tank, a new comedy which seems
to have a similar sense of humor to Napoleon Dynamite
Kimmel's Unnecessary Censorship: Feb 24th
Weird shit of the day:
A Movie In Which Sock Puppets Do Drugs
Diebold whistle-blower charged with stealing their
- "Although state law protects whistle-blowers from
retaliation by their employers, they can still be
- I don't believe there is a jury in the country who
would convict this guy. I'll be shocked if the jurors
don't give him a standing ovation.
The R-rated trailer from Slither
BoingBoing banned in UAE, Qatar, elsewhere. Our response
to net-censors: Get bent!
Wisconsin Thieves make off with $26,000 of beer
The R-rated trailer for The Heart is Deceitful Above All
- "From cult author J.T. LeRoy's best-selling novel
'The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,' comes Asia
Argento's bold cinematic adaptation of the controversial
story of a mother and her son living hard and fast in
the dark fringes of America."
- NOTE: JT Leroy was supposed to be a boy who started
writing at age 16, and his works were supposed to be
semi-autobiographical. It turned out that he never
existed at all. The stories are complete fiction, and
were written by a 40-year-old woman.
Coming Soon has three new clips from the remake of The
Hills Have Eyes
BIN LADEN TO RUN U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ... White House
Defends Latest Deal
- “Osama bin Laden is eminently qualified to run the
U.S. Postal Service,” Mr. Cheney told reporters. “For
one thing, he’s already disgruntled.”
'Da Vinci Code' Court Case Opens in London
- The authors of the 1982 nonfiction book "The Holy
Blood and the Holy Grail," are suing publisher Random
House, Inc. over the allegation that parts of their work
formed the basis of Dan Brown's novel.
- I'm not sure how they could have any case. Many
works of fiction are based on some work of (real or
alleged) non-fiction. Shakespeare himself based plays on
Holinshed's Chronicles and North's translations of
Plutarch. As part of his research, Brown took some of
their claims and wrote a story based upon them in part.
It seems to me that Shakespeare's relationship to
Holinshed's Chronicles is precisely the same as Brown's
relationship to the litigants' book, and that doesn't
sound like copyright infringement to me. It sounds like
- The British courts may see it a different way, but
to me it sounds like a couple of guys trying to make a
fast buck because Brown's book was a financial
McCloud dies at 81
- He was a Hollywood anomaly - married to the same
woman for 60 years
Gazillions of Brokeback Mountain Parodies Brokeback
Does Bode care about the Olympics?
URL says it all:
- "Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's
what separates us from the animals ... except the
Commercial for a UK Gun Shop! (Excellent
Study finds all Olympians find other countries national
London cops find George Michael "slumped over the steering
wheel of a car allegedly littered with drugs."
SUPREME COURT ORDERS WHITE MOVIEGOERS BUSSED TO "MADEA'S
NICK LACHEY MARRIES AND DIVORCES ASHLEE SIMPSON OVER
WEEKEND. Nick also seeks spousal support.
Dateline Hollywood unveils their new movie critic.
A trailer for The Outsider, a documentary about
renegade filmmaker James Toback.
SADDAM SENTENCED TO BE PRESIDENT OF IRAQ Angry Hussein
Scientists calculate that money DOES buy happiness.
Idol' contestant strikes poses for Maxim
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, as reviewed by
The Filthy Critic
- "Pure masturbatory horseshit."
- "Sometimes a movie's title tells you it's gonna be
more full of itself than one of those contortionists who
can suck his own dick. The Three Burials of Melquiades
Estrada is just that. Not the contortionist; that would
have been more entertaining. I mean the movie. It stinks
of vanity the way an 82-year-old lady does of cheap
perfume and soggy diaper."
Drew Lachey Wins 'Dancing With the Stars', just edging
out Tom Arnold and the late Sebastian Cabot
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Where the Truth Lies (2005)
Where the Truth Lies (2005) is Atom Egoyan's attempt to make a
Giallo, but using his usual methodology, and highlighting his favorite
theme of dealing with loss. In this case, it was the death of a young
woman in the hotel suite of a comedy team clearly patterned after
Martin and Lewis. Nobody was sure she was murdered, the comedians
seemed to have airtight alibis, and the event has long since passed,
but the comedy duo split up permanently, seemingly as a result of this
death. Thus, this death caused many "loses." There was the girl's
mother, who lost her, and her father, who lost his mind over it and
committed suicide over it. There was the best friends/comedy act
losing each other over it, and before the film ends, the main
character loses her childhood hero.
In good Egoyan style, he slowly unwraps the story in layers, much like
peeling an onion, and the chronology is not linear. The pace, as is
usual with his films, is relaxed. Unfortunately, there is little depth
to each layer to hold interest, and he put his audience to sleep long
before what was actually a surprise ending. (The identity of the
murderer is a surprise, even if the reason for the break-up is not.)
The story was a raunchy potboiler at heart, about two comedians who
held nightly orgies, and survived their yearly telethon with pills and
booze. The first problem is that we start the film with the knowledge
that the girl was dead, and know where she was found. Further, at no
point in the story was anyone else threatened or in any kind of
jeopardy. Even after the whodunit is solved, there are no
consequences. That doesn't leave much room for suspense. So lacking
suspense, it would have been necessary to load the film up with sex
and nudity. Egoyan has never shied away from sex and nudity, but had
very little given the story. In fact, each nude scene was required by
His leading lady, Alison Lohman, supposedly an ambitious wannabe
writer who will stop at nothing to get at the truth was horribly
miscast. She looked like Bambi and sounded like Melanie Griffith.
Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon were improbable choices for the
Martin/Lewis team, and the so-called comedy material they performed on
stage was not good at all, making it hard to believe that they had
Had this been made by a new director, or even one I didn't admire so
much, I would probably not have been as disappointed.
The film is not without plusses, mainly in what is called production
value. Some of the scenes were hang-on-the-wall beautiful, and the
nudity featured attractive people in good light, although the sex
scenes failed to generate any heat. Critics were unkind, some going so
far as to say that Atom had become a B sleaze director, others
claiming that he lost his touch. I don't think either is true. The
script called for the nudity and sex, and the film craft is fine. It's
just that storytelling simply doesn't work.
The story was simply not suitable for an Egoyan approach. It would have
taken a genre master to make a successful whodunit out of this one, and
Egoyan's peculiar hybrid of whodunit and melodrama will not please many. Egoyan fans will miss the depth; sleaze fans will be
disappointed by the level of nudity and sex; mystery fans will find a
complete lack of mystery and suspense.
Scoop's note: the Divorce Law series continues tomorrow. Tuna had one
for today, but I asked him to do Where The Truth Lies instead, since the DVD
hits the shelves today.
Dann reports on Domino:
Anticipation is the Mother of disappointment. I was really looking forward
to seeing this 2005 action adventure loosely based on the life of
Domino Harvey, but directory Tony Scott's decision to make the
visual part almost unwatchable with heavy saturation, off-color filters,
overlays and camera motion, and a ton of other visual effects, made it
very hard to like. The story and action were great, however.
played very well by Keira Knightley, was the daughter of actor
Laurence Harvey. She had a successful career as a Ford model, but grew
bored with the glitterati scene and became a bounty hunter.
There's plenty of action
and general ass-kicking when the crew of bounty hunters she's with becomes
involved chasing a gang of armored car robbers, who are in turn being
chased by the mob and the FBI. Throw in a crazed TV producer, a
not-totally-honest bail bondsman, and a terminally ill young girl, and you
have a fun ride, if you could only see it.
The cast was great, story
and script were exciting, and I just wish they'd had a director that
wanted to make a movie people could actually see. It's well worth
watching, but be prepared to be really annoyed at the visual quality.
Incidentally, the real Domino Harvey died June 2005 of an
accidental drug overdose.
Pat's comments in yellow...
is blaming the
producers of her MTV reality show "Newlyweds" for making people think she's
a dumb blonde." She told FemaleFirst.com, "People should know there was a
script of sorts, and I just played that role. I am nothing like that
* She played it so convincingly, she must be the greatest actress in the
world! Why is she doing "The Dukes of Hazzard" instead of "Hamlet"?
The Bill Clinton Presidential Foundation in New York is advertising for
interns. They are seeking "candidates who are diligent, resourceful,
professional and intellectually curious," and who want to gain "hands-on
experience" by "interacting directly" with Clinton's staff. It's an unpaid
position, and there are 25 openings.
* And you must be willing to lick them all.
* Also, you must be able to fit under a desk.
* Looks like Clinton's staff is ready to grow!