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Today, June 1, is the 75 anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's birth. Fox did an amazing restoration of 5 of her best-known films, as well as the special presentation, and the resurrection of footage from her unfinished film Something's Gotta Give. The five films included in this boxed set include:

"Bus Stop"
"How To Marry a Millionaire"
"There's No Business Like Show Business"
"The Seven Year Itch"
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

I got through the first three today, and will do the last two tomorrow. I have seen enough already to say that the appeal of these films is 90% Marilyn. She contractually was entitled to a great deal of artistic approval on all of her films, and made sure that she always shone. If you are a serious film buff, or a Marilyn fan, I recommend buying this boxed set. All 5 films were lovingly restored from old, difficult negatives and prints, and are presented in anamorphic wide screen. I am a little disappointed in the dearth of special features, which consist of trailers and before and after restoration examples, but the films speak for themselves.

"Bus Stop" (1956)

Bus Stop is a hokey film that has Don Murray as a cowboy/ranch owner from Montana who comes to Phoenix for a rodeo. He meets Marilyn, who is hustling drinks and singing at a tavern, and decides that he is going to marry her. Never having been off of the reservation, he is sure he can simply rope her and bring her home the way he would a steer. One of the highlights is Marilyn singing "That Old Black Magic" with a hillbilly accent. Even though the plot was silly, and Murray's performance would have seemed over the top from the cheap seats in a stage play, the film held my interest beginning to end for one reason, Marilyn.

Maltin says 3 1/2 stars and IMDB readers have it at 7.0/10. I will give a B-. There is an innocence to this film, much like Marilyn's sexy innocence. Marilyn has cleavage, legs and pokies.

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    "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

    This is really Ethel Merman's signature film, about a vaudeville family. We start with the three Donahue's, and the act grows as their family grows, to a total of 5. Things begin to fall apart when the oldest son decides to become a priest, and the younger son becomes a lush, partly because he has fallen for Marilyn, and doesn't think she cares about him. He disappears. The film ends with Ethel Merman's most famous song, and one of the real moments of film. Ethel is playing a benefit at the closing of a theater they had performed in, and is singing "There's No Business Like Show Business." Near the end of the song, the long missing son appears in the wings, an E5 in the Navy, and, obviously with his life together. Ethel sings "Lets's go on with the show," sees him in the wings and nearly runs to him, then finishes with "Let's go on with the show."

    Maltin says 2 1/2, and IMDB readers have it at 6.4/10. It is mostly a vehicle for Irving Berlin songs, but does have some lavish sets that take full advantage of wide screen. If you don't like musicals in general, you probably won't like this one at all. Marilyn has cleavage, legs and pokies. C+.

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    "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953)

    For me, the weakest of the three films I watched today, Marilyn clearly didn't have a lot of artistic control on this film, and wasn't on stage nearly enough. She, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall are three models who move into a fancy apartment hoping to snag millionaires as husbands. Marilyn's character is not especially developed. He principle trait is bumping into walls because she is too vain to wear her glasses.

    Maltin says 3 stars and IMDB readers have it at 6.8/10. It does feature three of the most beautiful and charismatic women to ever appear in film, and speaks of a much earlier skirmish in the battle of the sexes. A reader submitted review at IMDB is worth reading, "An over excited critic once wrote that seeing Monroe in Cinemascope was like being smothered in baked Alaska." This was the first film done in Cinemascope, and certainly shows Marilyn to advantage. This has the least sexy costumes of any of the three. C+.

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    Red Line. How can I describe it? Here are some items to whet your appetite.

    1. Stars Corey Feldman as a mobster.

    2. Does not star Corey Haim

    3. Corey Feldman has sex with Julie Strain.

    4. Jan-Michael Vincent made this film very shortly after his accident, and I think some scenes (where he's talking on the phone) were actually shot in his hospital bed. (You can see his ID bracelet on his wrist)

    5. Watching this is exactly like watching someone play a driving game at the arcade. Much of the film is shot with a hood cam. The rest is Vincent on the phone.


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    Encyclopedia, volume H, part 3 is updated

    Movie News
    Comments from Aint it Cool News about the new Halle Berry/Vinnie Barbarino movie, "Swordfish". After a recent test screening, this is what one one of their readers had to say...
    "Halle Berry, a chaise lounge, and the two most perfect breasts this film geek has ever seen!"
    "Swordfish" opens next Friday, June 8th.

    Jane Fonda
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    Outstanding collages featuring topless scenes from "Barbarella" (1968). According to the IMDb there is a remake announced but not yet in production. Drew Barrymore is set to star as the new Babs.

    Robin Tunney
    (1, 2)

    Some of the best topless 'caps I've seen from the movie "Supernova".

    Kelly Rutherford 'Caps of Kelly in her bra plus a very brief bit of breast exposure in scenes from "Angels Don't Sleep Here" (2000).

    Alice Krige The Borg Queen without all of the make-up and implants. In fact she's not wearing much of anything in these topless scenes from the movie "Habitat" (1997).

    Carole Laure
    (1, 2)

    Very nice topless and bare bum views from the 1981 movie "Un assassin qui passe"

    Eva Grimaldi The Italian born actress doing full frontal and full dorsal nudity in these scenes from "Jours tranquilles à Clichy" (1990).

    The babes of "Club Wild Side"

    Julie Condliff In her only film credit, Julie gives us a peak at all three B's. Mostly robo-hooters of course, but also a bit of far off bush, and a hint of bum.

    Sage Kirkpatrick Also known as Laura Palmer. Here she shows off her big'uns, as well as her bum.

    Monique Parent A Skinemax regular showing plenty of breast exposure, as well as a hint of bum.

    Lauren Hays One of my all time favorite Skinemax babes. Boobs only in these phony sex scenes, but she does have some of the best breasts money can buy.

    Blackshine's Fashion Scans
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  • Cameron Diaz. #1 has excellent see-thru exposure. (1, 2, 3)

  • Carré Otis (1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Carla Bruni (1, 2)

  • Chandra North. In #1 and #2 she is fully nude, but goodies are just out of sight. (1, 2, 3)

  • Christy Turlington and some friends. One friend (Kara Young) is topless in link #1. (1, 2, 3)

  • Manon von Gerkan

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    Halle Berry What's wrong with this picture? On the left you have one of the most beautiful women to ever walk this earth. On the right, you have the latest handsome stud from Down Under. And then in the middle...

    Halle, again A few preview images from "Swordfish". Halle in nothing but sexy black undies. Plus...look right in the middle, see the frame with Halle in a lounge chair? That will be the scene where she flashes the goods!

    Jamie Lee Curtis
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Fantastic topless scenes from the 1983 movie "Love Letters", by Penman.

    Cynthia Gibb Dann's visual review of Cynthia's performance in "Youngblood".

    Sharon Stone Breasts and a nice thong view in this collage by Pro featuring scenes from "The Specialist".

    Celeb News
    Pam settles yet another '80s rock star sex tape lawsuit with IEG. Now her reputation will be pristine until that sex tape with Elvis Costello pops up ;-)

    Pat Reeder, The Comedy Wire

  • Pam Anderson Settles Suit Over Video

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pamela Anderson has settled a lawsuit over another sex tape she made with an '80s rocker, her lawyer said Wednesday.

    The porn company Internet Entertainment Group agreed to pay the actress and Bret Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, a seven-figure sum and destroy all copies it acquired of a homemade sex video featuring the couple.

    The Seattle-based company previously settled out of court with Anderson over a similar video it distributed showing her having sex with her ex-husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. The video became a best seller that continues to spread through the Internet.

    Unlike that case, however, the Michaels-Anderson tape was never widely distributed because attorneys for the pair secured a court order blocking the release.

    "You're not going to see this tape distributed now, and you're probably not going to find copies of it already out there,'' said David W. Weeks, Anderson's attorney.

    Both Anderson, 33, and Michaels, 38, filed $90 million lawsuits against the Internet company in 1998, claiming the sale of the video violated their privacy.

    As part of the settlement, Seth Warshavsky, president of IEG, issued an apology for previously claiming Michaels had given the company the video. It's unclear how the company acquired the tape.

    "Michaels and Anderson have consistently opposed and fought the distribution of this tape. ... We will be more vigilant in the future to avoid such disputes,'' Warshavsky said.

  • The Funnies

    1. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying "Why, thank you"
    2. (Though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.)
    3. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.
    4. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.
    5. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
    6. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter and doesn't like dogs/cats.
    7. Good sex should involve laughter. Because think about it. It is funny.
    8. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape.
    9. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship, "I apologize" and "You are right."
    10. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
    11. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.
    12. The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was "Go! You might meet somebody!"
    13. If he/she says that you are too good for him/her-believe it.
    14. I've learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?
    15. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
    16. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!
    17. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
    18. Knowing how to listen to music is as great a talent as knowing how to make it.
    19. Work is good but it's not that important.
    20. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.
    21. And finally ... Be really nice to your friends. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.

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