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"Terms of Endearment" (1983)

I can't possibly improve on Maltin's Summary:

"Wonderful mix of humor and heartache follows the relationship of a mother and daughter over the years. Consistently offbeat and unpredictable, with exceptional performances by all three stars; first-time director Brooks also wrote the screenplay from Larry McMurtry's novel. Won Oscars for MacLaine, Nicholson, Screenplay, Director, and Best Picture. Sequel: THE EVENING STAR. 4 stars."

In first time director and screenplay writer James L. Brooks own words, it was supposed to be a comedy that dealt truthfully with cancer, so it was a challenge to keep it funny. He accomplished that by being unpredictable, and with very clever writing. The night before Winger's wedding, MacLaine tells her, "You are not special enough to overcome a bad marriage." She then decides not to attend her daughters wedding, as the hypocrisy had been bothering her anyway. In a classic first date scene between MacLaine and Nicholson, we have:

Nicholson: "You're gonna have to trust me on this ... you need a lot to drink."
MacLaine: "To break the ice?"
Nicholson: "To kill the bug you have up your ass."

And, late in the film, as Winger is dying of cancer, Shirley tells her son-in-law, "Working full time, raising three children and chasing women requires a lot more energy than you have."

Watch for small parts by Danny DeVito and John Lithgow. I had seen the film before, and knew I would be having a rare chance to watch an outstanding film today, but I didn't realize that MacLaine, in addition to several pokies, had a real nip slip while fighting in the surf with Nicholson.

Winger lost Best Actress to Maclaine, and the vote must have been close. Director Brooks mentioned in the commentary that Winger tried the entire film to get to MacLaine, but that Shirley never lost it once on camera. In addition to the five Oscars the film won, it was nominated for 6 others. The film was made for $8.5m, and, including rentals, has grossed $158.65m. There is no A, just like there is no perfect 10, but this film is a high B+.

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  • Shirley MacLaine (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    "FX 2" (1991)

    FX 2 (1991), which IMDB calls F/X2, is a two and a halfer. That is, it is about 2 1/2 stars, or watchable but not in any way memorable. Maltin agrees with me, Ebert is even lower at 2 stars, and Apollo says 24. IMDB readers give it 5.2/10. The film grossed $21.082m. The exposure is from one time wonder, Lisa Fallon, who was used as a decoy to catch a peeper/attacker.

    Special effects expert Bryan Brown agrees to help the police nail a suspect. When things go horribly wrong, he ends up battling the NYPD, the mob and a deputy DA. He brings in his old police buddy, Brian Dennehy, to help. The film is not without entertainment value. In my favorite scene, Brown uses items from the shelves of a supermarket to defeat an armed attacker. For instance, he turns three cans of hairspray and a can of baked beans into a grenade. That scene was cut in New Zealand, who felt their deviant youth didn't need any more great ideas like that.

    This is a sequel to FX, which was not much better. C-.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    There's no nudity in Antitrust, including in the deleted scenes on the DVD. While it isn't the greatest film of the year, it isn't as bad as the critics said. (Berardinelli gave it one star, for example). One of my funnier reviews.

    Speaking of one star. Exit Wounds. Two words: Steven Segal.

    And then there's Get Over It. This is not a bad little flick. Don't stand in line for it, but it's a pleasant little entertainment about a high school loser who asks the girl next door to help him win back his really cool girlfriend. Just take a wild guess just whom he falls for. Yes, I know the premise is dumb and the resolution completely obvious. The movie does have its share of cliches, but I thought it was a pretty good piece of fluff. Dunst has a lot of talent - has been good in everything I've ever seen her in except that Crow sequel.

    • Kylie Bax (near topless)

    • Kirsten Dunst (bikini top). Now here's the girl Uncle Hef should hire. If I were Heffy, I'd offer some serious megabucks to Kiki, Katie Holmes, and Kournikova and see if I could reel in one or two of them. They might say no, of course, probably will, but if they say yes, do you think he might sell a few of his rabbit-oriented periodicals?

    Perhaps Tuna will look at the DVD of Hangman in a week or so. I didn't have it, so worked from a video. There is some modest nudity, but the VHS images are virtually useless. Possibly there would be a decent angle on Amick with a DVD. The movie is  ... different - a super-criminal story - Dr Doom in a skirt. I thought they stopped making those. It's actually fairly good for a zero budget cable flick. Read my review. Perhaps I spoil the fun too mich, but I thought the criminal played some pretty good tricks on the cops.

    Graphic Response
  • Salma Hayek from "The Velocity of Gary" (1998). Salma shows some partial side breast exposure, and as Graphic discovered...there is also a very brief nip slip!

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

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    Alex Kingston
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    7, 8, 9, 10)

    The "ER" star showing all kinds of goodies in the UK movie "Croupier".

    Here's the breakdown:

  • Full frontal nudity...Links #5, 6, 7 ,8 and 9
  • Topless...Links #4, 10
  • Pokies...Link #1
  • Cleavage...Links #2, 3

  • Carrie-Anne Moss
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    The gratuitous shower scene and some pokies from "Red Planet".

    (1, 2)

    From "Dark Stories: Tales from Beyond the Grave". #2 has full frontal nudity.

    Rachel Fielding Side breast exposure from the UK movie "Nasty Neighbours" (1999).

    Lindsay Duncan
    (1, 2)

    From the 1989 UK mini series, "Traffik". Full frontal nudity in #1, topless in #2.

    Sophie Marceau
    (1, 2)

    Scenes from "Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours" (1989). Full frontal exposure in #1, topless only in #2.

    Monica Broeke Full frontal, plus bare bum nudity in scenes from "Premiers désirs" (1983).

    Kirsten Nehberg Getting it on in scenes from "Mexico City". Fully nude with clear breast exposure, and possibly a bit of pubes if you look hard enough.

    Renata Dancewicz
    (1, 2)

    Beautiful, full frontal and rear nudity in excellent lighting. Scenes from "Der Teufel und die Jungfrau" (1995).

    Melanie Smith Melanie is best known as Jerry's semi-recurring girlfriend in Seinfeld (the one who saw George's "shrinkage"). Here she is looking great topless in "The Baby Doll Murders"(1993) and putting the word "hot" into hot tub, as well as leaving no doubt about her lover's "shrinkage" -or lack thereof.

    Suzanne Snyder Suzanne Snyder is Another Seinfeld babe who played the blonde neo-Nazi Ave in "The Limo" episode and later Poppy's daughter/Jerry's girlfriend in "The Pie" episode. Here we see her topless in "Femme Fatale" (1991), modeling a sexual aide used by ugly women.

    Ala Sloatman Lala Sloatman is a niece of the late-great Frank Zappa. She has a topless love scene in "Amityville: A New Generation" (1993).

    Terumi Matthews From "Madonna: Innocence Lost" (1994), a television movie about the material girl played by newcomer Terumi Matthews who shows her butt in this footage that was not shown in the initial television broadcast (but available on video).

    Romy Walthall From "Thief of Hearts" (1984)...In the unrated foreign version, Romy Walthall (aka Romy Windsor) can be seen topless, then full frontal as she is putting on her pants after having sex. In 1984 she also appeared in Animal House on a raft, better known as "Up the Creek".

    Renee Humphrey In 1994's "Jailbait", Renee does a love scene which reveals some breast exposure. Later we get to a better topless view.

    Jennifer Mayo Bare breasts in a love scene from "Scarred" (1984).

    and ...
    Halle Berry Halle looking great at the premiere of "Swordfish". If you haven't heard yet...Halle shows her breasts in this movie! The full story is below in today's Celeb News.
    Jennifer Connelly
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    Question...Why isn't "Mulholland Falls" available on DVD? Connelly's nude scene alone makes it a thousand times better than half of the crap that is already out there! So what if it isn't the greatest film ever made. Who cares! It has Connelly in a hot steamy sex scene, and that's enough to get me to buy it.

    Celeb News
  • From Berry was given a 500,000 bonus to appear topless in her latest film!

    Golden Globe-winner Berry is starring with John Travolta in his new thriller Swordfish. She got the extra cash for agreeing to some tasteful nudity, the New York Daily News reports.

    The actress, who appeared in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and the X-Men, had initially refused to strip for her role in the film.

    But director Dominic Sena promised her a bonus on top of her $2 million salary for appearing opposite the Saturday Night Fever star.

    Eventually she agreed to bare all for $500,000.

    "Yep, $250,000 per," Mr Sena told the newspaper.

    The money is earned in a scene where she is sunbathing with her chest covered by a book, which she removes to gain the attention of her co-star Hugh Jackman.

    Halle said the role was a change from the serious characters she was more used to playing in the past.

    "I got to be just a girl who's sexy and strong and smart and used every part of me that I could to get my way," Halle told USA Today.

    "I always wanted to be taken seriously and tried to do character things. I finally got to be a femme fatale, which I was afraid of my whole career. And that felt really fun."

    The film stars Travolta as a maniac hired by the CIA to coerce Jackman's character, a computer hacker, into stealing six billion dollars in government funds.

  • Tequila Helps Actress Take Her Clothes Off

    CANNES, France (Reuters) - Former model Rebecca Romijn-Stamos said Sunday she had taken to the bottle to calm her nerves and do a strip tease in Brian De Palma's forthcoming erotic thriller "Femme Fatale."

    "It was the scariest thing I've ever done...practice and a couple of shots of tequila got me through it," she told Reuters at the Cannes film festival.

    Romijn-Stamos, who starred in the recent hit "X-Men" and the soon-to-be-released remake of "Rollerball," plays Laure in "Femme Fatale," a con woman who is trying to outrun her past by stealing another woman's identity.

    "I'm a raving bitch," she said candidly of her part. The film, which also stars Antonio Banderas, is currently shooting in Paris and Cannes and is, according to Romijn- Stamos, a highly stylized homage to the great British director Alfred Hitchcock and film noir.

    She also admitted that the film veered toward the absurd at times, though she thought this was De Palma's aim.

    "He's a little twisted and this movie has a lot of those things," she said.

    Thanks to Pat Reeder at The Comedy Wire for bringing us the stories.

  • The Funnies
  • Things to do at Wal-Mart when you're bored.

    1. Set all the alarm clocks to go off at ten minute intervals throughout the day
    2. Put M&M's on layaway.
    3. Walk up to an employee and tell him in an official tone, "I think we've got a Code 3 in house wares," and see what happens.
    4. Tune all the radios to a polka station; then turn them all off and turn the volumes to "10."
    5. Challenge other customers to duels with tubes of gift wrap.
    6. Make a trail of orange juice on the floor, leading to the rest rooms.
    7. Move "Caution: Wet Floor" signs to carpeted areas.
    8. Set up a tent in the camping department; tell others you'll only invite them in if they bring pillows from Bed and Bath.
    9. When someone asks if you need help, begin to cry and ask, "Why won't you people just leave me alone?"
    10. Look right into the security camera, and use it as a mirror while you floss your teeth.
    11. Take up an entire aisle in Toys by setting up a full scale battlefield with G.I. Joes vs. the X-Men
    12. Ask other customers if they have any Grey Poupon.
    13. While handling guns in the hunting department, suddenly ask the clerk if he knows where the antidepressants are.
    14. Switch the men's and women's signs on the doors of the rest rooms.
    15. Dart around suspiciously while humming the theme from "Mission Impossible."
    16. Set up a "Valet Parking" sign in front of the store.
    17. Sit on a chair and read a book for hours.
    18. Hide in the clothing racks and when people browse through, say things like "pick me! pick me!!"
    19. When an announcement comes over the loudspeaker, assume the fetal position and scream, "No, no! It's those voices again!"
    20. If the store has a food court, buy a soft drink; explain that you don't get out much, and ask if they can put a little umbrella in it.

    And last, but not least...
    21. Go into the dressing room and yell real loud..."Hey, we're out of toilet paper in here!"

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