"In Harm's Way"
In Harm's Way (1965) is an Otto Preminger film staring John Wayne, with Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Paula Prentiss, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, Slim Pickins, James Mitchum, George Kennedy, Barbara Bouchet, Larry Hagman, Carroll O'Connor and Henry Fonda. The film opens the evening of Decenmer 6, 1941, at a dance in the officer's club at Pearl harbor. We meet a few of the characters, most notably Barbara Bouchet, whose husband is aboard ship. She is a party girl, dances seductively, then leaves with another officer. The two go to the beach, she skinnydips, cut to them waking up under a blanket on the beach, and all the Zeros in the world descending on them. Wayne is the commander of a battle wagon, and one of the few to get his ship out of the harbor to relative safety, only to be hit by a torpedo.
His arm is broken, but, more importantly, he deviated from standard procedure, and is made to ride a desk. We meet his son whom he has not seen since he was a child and Wayne divorced. The son is now a Jr. officer, but, raised by his wealthy mother, is a snob and a politician, wanting to ride out the war as a journalist, and staff to a congressman turned officer. The son is dating Jill Haworth, a young nurse, but his intentions are anything but honorable. Wayne meets her roommate, Patricia Neal, and they start a romance. For the rest of the film, Wayne struggles to get a shipboard command back, and then win WW II by himself.
The story, based on the novel Harm's Way by James Basset, is far more complicated than that, and completely fills the 2 hour and 45 minute running time. The entire film was shot on location, and battle scenes were filmed aboard Naval vessels. Bouchet shows most of her breasts in the skinneydipping scene, and Jill Haworth has good see-through action just before she is raped. Despite nudity, strong sexuality, war violence and a rape, this was rated PG.
IMDb readers have this at 7.0. It was nominated for an Oscar for Black and White cinematography, and Patricia Neal won a best foreign actress BAFTA. The complex plot was very much in line with other WW II films, and Preminger's trademark epic scope was very much in evidence. While this was a late entry into the WW II war hero genre, it was a good one. For me, the strength of the film was in developing characters and relationships making it much more than an historical reenactment. This is a C+.
Mobsters (1991) is a Mafia story chronicling the rise of Luck Luciano and his partners Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Frank Costello. Sarting as street toughs in a rough neighborhood run by waring Dons, they fight their way to the top, starting with small time bootlegging. Leads included Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, Costas Mandylor and Lara Flynn Boyle as Slater's main squeeze. I personally saw nothing to elevate this above standard Mafia film level, other than very nice cinematography.
The nudity was a huge disappointment. A body double for Lara Flynn Boyle shows a breast, if you single frame through a jumbled sex scene, an unknown and out of focus showgirls shows breasts in the background, and Lynette Waldon shows breasts. Although her head is not in the frame along with her breasts, the shot was a continuous pan down from her face, so they are at least her breasts. IMDb readers have this at 5.2 which is about right. Not especially bad or especially good, in other words, nothing special. C.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
MLB Preseason rankings. The submitter also wanted to
point out that if you live in Florida and want to see your
favorite team play, wait until your team comes to Tampa to play
the Rays, and you can get incredible seats! Tampa has great
weather, a pleasant park, and an empty stadium. In fact, if you're
under 60, the Rays might let you suit up and pitch a few innings.
The Million Dollar Babe in a bikini. Swank has a seriously healthy
and fit body on 'er.
NBAE turns actors into serious hoopsters.
Ratherisms - Dan Rather Quotes From Election Night
Rather leaves with credibility down.
Vida Guerra will bring her magnificent behind to the April issue
WWE diva Christy Hemme will appear nude in the April Playboy
Marlon Brando to play Jor-El in Superman Returns. With
the possible exception of Elvis, Brando is the first guy I can
recall to use death as a positive career move.
About 24,000 clips from The Upside of Anger. In a rare
disturbance of the time-space continuum, these clips are
cumulatively longer than the actual movie. This is the romantic
coot-comedy with Coster and Joan Allen. You think it's impressive
that Brando is doing scenes after his own death? Let's see him
drag his fat decaying ass into a romantic comedy like Costner.
IN FINAL BROADCAST, RATHER REVEALS THAT THE FREQUENCY IS 102.7,
closes the book on this decades-long mystery.
- The South Park tribute site has now made available:
Mr Garrison's Fancy New Vagina. (Garrison had a sex
Teen Sends Student Semen-Frosted Brownies. Amazing that
the police would care about that when they eat so often at
McDonald's and every Big Mac they order gets an extra helping of
... um ... secret sauce.
The Weekend Warrior's predictions for this coming weekend.
He expects Robots to open with a monstrous $50 million, Hostage to
ease into a mediocre fourth place, and Mel Gibson to make even
more money off Jesus Chainsaw Lite.
- This week's movies:
Robots - 67% positive reviews.
- This week's films:
Hostage - 31% positive reviews. A few people think it's
a decent popcorn flick, but most say Hostage sticks to the formula
of dramatic swelling music, slow motion action, cliches, Bruce
Willis squints, and improbable plot twists.
Incredible comparison of Sin City graphic novel to movie stills.
Jeff Gannon's entry in Wikipedia. Somebody went batshit
with this research.
Roger Ebert gets a record amount of mail about his pan of Mad
Black Woman. "I have received more e-mails than about
any review I have ever written, outnumbering Fahrenheit 9/11 and
Passion of the Christ put together. And they were not all the same
message, generated by some web site or its followers. Each
manifestly came from an individual reader who felt moved to
If you can, be sure to stop in Washington State this week for your
complimentary buggering. State official declares: "It's
anal sex week."
Daily Show: As Syria is set to pull out of Lebanon, demonstrations
range from extreme to kissable.
Jon Stewart talks about his mom: "As Martha Stewart is released,
take a listen to the ambient sound of reporters in their natural
Martha on parole? Stephen Colbert talks to another ex-con about
the uncertain future Martha Stewart faces.
Naked Woman rides down a steep hill on a bike - and YOU decide
what she will hit. I liked "industrial fan", but "Whoopie
Goldberg" was also good.
'The Da Vinci Code's' amazing success. First printing
85,000. Total sales to date: 25 million copies. Brown's previously
unknown "Angels and Demons", published in 2000, now has eight
million copies in print!
Here is the trailer for the French film Look at Me.
- "This is the story of Lolita Cassard, a young woman of
twenty years who has it in for the entire world because she
doesn't look like the girls in glossy magazines, who doesn't
look a thing like her young mother-in-law, and who would so much
like to feel beautiful, at least in her father's eyes, if only
her father's eyes could find her. But this is also the story of
a man named Etienne Cassard, who doesn't see other people much
at all because he's busy looking at himself, feeling older, a
man who very likely wanted for love himself, who struggled long
and hard to find his place in the world. This is the story of
writer named Pierre Miller, who's lost faith, who doubts he'll
ever meet with success, who meets with success and who meets
Etienne Cassard. This is the story of a singing teacher, Sylvia
Miller, who believes in her husband, at least in his talent, but
who has doubts about her own and that of her pupil, Lolita -
until she realizes she's the daughter of Etienne Cassard, the
author she admires so much. This is the story of human beings
who know exactly what they'd do if they were somebody else, but
can't handle being themselves very well, who are very simply
struggling to find out who they are."
Here is the trailer for Face: "Set in Queens in both
the '70s and the '90s, 'Face' is the coming of age story of two
women caught between the conflicting cultures of their traditional
Asian heritage and the surrounding influence of urban life."
Bruce Willis has revealed he threatens to kill his teenage
daughter's boyfriends. So, let me see. They can either
believe he is kidding, or believe they are about to date a girl
who carries the DNA of a psychopath. It would have been
interesting if I had been the right age to date Rumer because when
I was 16, I would often beat the living shit out of my date's
father with my car antenna. You know, just to establish who was
truly in control.
Charlie Sheen: "I did not cheat on my wife. The reason for our
separation is a private matter between the two of us."
She files for divorce while six months pregnant; he never cheated
on her ... makes you wonder what the hell happened with those two?
I believe him, and I agree that their pain is not something the
public has a right to know about, but I think he'd be better off
just letting us think he cheated on her. Otherwise we'd imagine
some really demented stuff. I mean, what is the deal? Did he make
her wear thick-rimmed glasses and pretend to be Dave Garroway in
bed? Or did he ... wait, I think I'll just imagine in private as I
think about demented things being done to Denise Richards
Scotty Evil creates a comic book - and it sounds like a
pretty cool idea.
Weekly World News: "WORLDWIDE TOILET PAPER SHORTAGE LOOMS "
Conan previews the next series of "State Quarters"
U.S. FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN FIND DETAILED DIAGRAMS OF RUSSELL
CROWE. Bush now calls the outspoken actor the main
front in the war on terror.
- Mr. Bush said he was instructing his military commanders in
Iraq to transfer five thousand troops currently stationed in
Basra to Mr. Crowe’s beach house north of Sydney. “We will fight
the terrorists at Russell Crowe’s beach house so we do not have
to fight them here,” Mr. Bush said.
- But moments after Mr. Bush’s speech, al-Qaeda chief Osama
bin Laden issued a new statement saying that the information on
the laptop was no longer valid: “It is true that Russell Crowe
was on our list of targets when ‘A Beautiful Mind’ came out, but
after ‘Master and Commander’ we took him off.”
Everything that you could possibly want to know about the first
episode of the upcoming "Clone Wars" series. The
submitter wrote, "This cartoon version of Star Wars Episode 2.5 is
far better than the live action movies. I would bet that it will
be even better than Episode III."
Muscle-bound thespians play the part. Page 3 pays
tribute to the 10 most memorable -- and memorably bad --
performances by athletes.
- Actually, they missed the best of all. Alex Karras (who
eventually became a good professional actor) certainly met the
criterion of "memorable" in his film debut as Mongo in Blazing
Saddles. Has everyone forgotten the brilliant moment when he
punched the horse?
- Karras, by the way, was so good in college that he almost
won the Heisman trophy - as an interior lineman! He finished
second in the balloting to John David Crow. Second place is the
closest the Heisman has ever come to awarding the statue to a
- Only one defensive player has ever won - Charles Woodson,
who was impressive enough to take the Heisman from no less a
name than Payton Manning his ownself, despite the fact that it
was Manning's senior year and Woodson was only a junior at the
- The year that Karras finished second, an OFFENSIVE lineman
- How old is Vinny Testaverde? The year he won the Heisman,
one of the guys he beat out was The Boz!
Here is the 1957 Heisman balloting. (The Heisman
people have a great website. I got distracted there for a long
Weekly World News: "DOCS PUT COMPUTER PORT IN MAN'S BRAIN".
Now he's a genius ... who loads software directly into his
Governor Joe Piscopo??
The British celebrate their most important holiday, National Frog
Day. Unbeknownst to me, Britain has developed
critically low frog populations. OK, I have to admit I don't
really care about that, and I don't even have a decent joke for
this section . I just really wanted to use the word "unbeknownst"
once in my life.
Claim: Some new Wisconsin quarters contain a printing error that
makes them especially valuable. [[[---]]] Status: True.
Claim: An unsuccessful contestant on The Contender committed
suicide after being bumped from the show [[[---]]] Status: True.
First Look at Doom, starring The Rock
- In May of 2002, a survey found no difference between the
credibility of Brokaw, Rather, and Jennings. All three scored
approximately 20% in "do not believe what person says." All
three network anchors have lost credibility since then, but
Jennings and Brian Williams are still in the 20s on that
measure. Rather has skied to 44!!
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the
since it's sorta in real time.
to submit a URL for 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.
To help keep the Oscar talk going for just a few more days, here is this week's poll...
Best Oscar Winning Nude Performance
Of the Best Actress Winners who showed nudity in their award winning roles, who gave the best nude performance? I think I've included every actress to show Oscar some skin. If I missed anyone, let me know.
There are a couple on the list that push the definition of nudity, (Hunt's scenes were see-thru and partial, MacLaine's nudity was very brief, and Christie's was rear only) but it's my poll, so ppphhhtttt :-p
Here are the results of our most recent other polls...
The Top 20 Nude Scenes of 2004
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 80s
The Best Nude Film Debuts of the 90s
Which actress has been the most convincing playing a stripper.
Who has the best bum in Hollywood?
Best All Time Television Comedy
Email Scoopy Jr. with nominees, comments or suggestions.
|No nudity from the Mexican actress in these 'caps from "Un Mundo raro" (2001), but she does look pretty darn good in several form fitting outfits. She also shows some cleavage, strips down to her bra and shows us a down-shirt view while she's bent over a desk gettin' some lovin'.
|I belive the IMDb has her listed as Hyeon-a Seong. Here she is in scenes from the Korean movie "Juhong geulshi" aka "The Scarlet Letter" (2004). We see some far off toplessness as well as partial breast and bum views.
Here's a fantastic set of collages by Zon featuring the ladies (and nudity) from the excellent, early 90's HBO series "Dream On".
Check out the 10/08/04 and 10/09/04 updates in the Back Issues for Scoop's comments about the series and even more pics.
- Laura Albert. Topless in #1. Tied to the bed with whip cream on her breasts in #2.
- Susan Ashley, stripping off her shirt. Some 30-somethings may remember her as one of the former hostesses of the MTV game show "Remote Control".
- Carolyn Lowery, very nice topless in scenes from the episode "And Your Little Dog, Too".
- Cherie Michan shows off her big'uns after losing a hand during a game of strip poker.
- Paula Trickey topless in bed in scenes from the episode "Futile Attraction". You may remember her as one of the stars of late 90's series "Pacific Blue".
- Also from the "Futile Attraction" episode, Connie Woods gets topless and fulfills a cheerleader fantasy at the same time.
Johnny Moronic takes a look at the 'urban' film, "Trois 3: The Escort" (2004).
- Maya Tai Dorsey, topless and baring a little bum in a sex scene.
- Patrice Fisher shows toplessness and thong views while getting up from the massage table.
||The former Spice Girl posing nude for charity. The source: a book called "Four Inches". The charity: Elton John AIDS foundation. The nudity: she's fully nude in a side view with strategic placement of arms, shoes and hips so that she doesn't reveal too much.
||Kitt 'caps of the busty B-babe and former Mrs. Lorenzo Lamas showing off her big'uns in scenes from "Rush Week" (1989).
|Maia Cathrine Stien Karlsen
|Marvin 'caps featuring Karlsen baring almost everything while riding a dude in scenes from the Norwegian movie "Mørkets øy" aka "Island of Darkness" (1997).
|Señor Skin 'caps of the Italian actress baring breasts and bum while gettin' it on with Keanu in scenes from the 1991 Gus Van Sant movie "My Own Private Idaho".
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
"CONVERTING" MARCIA CROSS
Not That Desperate - "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross says that ever
since a phony rumor she's a lesbian hit the Internet, men have been trying to
"convert" her. She told the New York Post that at a recent Hollywood party, a
man came up and whispered, "I heard you were gay. Let's get a room and prove
that wrong." She replied, "Sorry, I'd much rather be gay than sleep with you
just to prove I wasn't."
And the guy replied, "Okay, then can I watch?"
When she turned him down, he knew she MUST be gay.
She should've shown more respect and just said, "No thank you, President
A few encounters with men like that, and she might decide to just become a
"KIDNAPING" JUST A SEX GAME
I Saw This On "CSI" - Police in Brunssum, Holland, got calls that a young
blonde in high heels and fishnets was struggling with three men who'd handcuffed,
gagged and blindfolded her and were stuffing her into a van. 22 cops rushed
to the scene, but it was just an elaborate sex game. When they burst into the
van, nabbed two half-dressed men, and ungagged the woman, she yelled, "You
stupid bastards! I've been trying to set this up for months! And now you've
ruined it, just when it was getting interesting!" They advised her to stage her
pretend kidnapings in her home.
She usually does...Her neighbors don't bother calling the police anymore.
Why did she send them away? They were 22 men with handcuffs!
Her fantasy was to be kidnaped, and the men's fantasy was to gag her.
Next time she's being stuffed into a van, the police will know to ignore