This zipped .avi is the high definition version of the Annabeth Gish scene in s1e1 of Brotherhood. As one reader pointed out, the editing sure smells of "body double," although we do not know for sure either way.

Two zipped .avis of Cybill Shepherd in The Last Picture Show. In the first, she and The Dude fail to accomplish her deflowering. In the second, she undresses self-consciously for skinny dipping.  The Movie House Review is by Tuna. (I haven't watched the film in more than thirty years, but I have no reason to dispute his rating of A)

Some subtle but very welcome nudity from Tia Carrere and Tatiana Ali in Back in the Day. (Zipped .avi)






Peter Cullen will voice Optimus Prime in The Transformers movie.

A "webisode" promoting The Messengers
  • "There is something wicked coming this way as the Pang Brothers and Ghost House Pictures join forces for a chilling new thriller. An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota and the Solomon family (Stewart, McDermott, Miller) is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder."

I don;t know if the movie itself is any good, but you WILL be impressed by the high definition trailer from The Fountain, Aronofsky's new movie
  • "'The Fountain' is an odyssey about one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th century Spain, where conquistador Tomas Creo (Hugh Jackman) commences his search for the Tree of Life, the legendary entity believed to grant eternal life to those who drink of its sap. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife Isabel (Rachel Weisz). Traveling through deep space as a 26th century astronaut, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries of life that have consumed him for more than a century."

Pearl Harbor Historical Photos - many taken on December 7, 1941, some of them from Japanese planes

Retailers are moving slowly on HD-DVD
  • They aren't really going to get much of my money until: (1) Someone develops one reasonably-priced device that plays all DVD formats. I'm not going to get stuck with a proprietary losing format like BetaMax. (2) The device needs to be fully connective with my computer, like an external hard drive, as opposed to a stand-alone piece of hardware. (3) Somebody has to develop good easy-to-use capture software for HD-DVD.

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is (Still) Pammy ... Pam Anderson and her rather imperfect commitment to animal rights.

Colbert chats with Tom Brokaw

"Still searching for a new black friend, Stephen Colbert explains the friend exchange rate industry standard."

Stephen Colbert asks NAACP chairman Julian Bond to help pick his new black friend.

"Colbert Report: Know a District: Florida's Fightin' 19th"

Jon Stewart discusses the president's speech to the NAACP

The Daily Show advises you on cashing in on a hurricane

"Top Ten Signs You Chose A Bad Plastic Surgeon"
  • Sitting in the waiting room: Kenny Rogers

"Top Ten Signs There's Trouble At The New York Times"
  • Pages 2 through 20 are corrections of previous edition
  • Every sentence begins 'So, like ...'
  • Headlines fold over to create surprise Mad magazine-type hidden message

"Top Ten Answers To The Question, 'How Hot Is It?/"

"Top Ten Ways Disney Is Cutting Back"
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie sold to Chinatown restaurant
  • For an extra hundred bucks, you can ride Cinderella

Top Ten Signs You're Watching A Bad Pirate Movie
  • Stars Johnny Depp's half-brother Kenny Depp
  • Most of the action takes place at a Long John Silver's in Harrisburg

Colin Farrell confronted by woman in Leno's audience

Oops, Mom Googled Me .. and found "9 Tips for Surviving the Holidays at Your Republican Parents' Home"

Al Gore in Grease 3

SCTV - Shoot At The Stars

SCTV- John Candy festival - Turk Gruman, Police Dispatcher and Dr Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses

Colorful character actor Jack Warden Dies

The trailer for The Covenant, Renny Harlin's new thriller.
  • "In 1692, in the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts, five families with untold power formed a covenant of silence. One family, lusting for more, was banished - their bloodline disappearing without a trace. Until now. The Covenant tells the story of the Sons of Ipswich, four young students at the elite Spenser Academy who are bound by their sacred ancestry. As descendants of the original families who settled in Ipswich Colony in the 1600's, the boys have all been born with special powers. When the body of a dead student is discovered after a party, secrets begin to unravel which threaten to break the covenant of silence that has protected their families for hundreds of years."

The trailer and five clips from Half Nelson (2006)
  • "An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit (Ryan Gosling) forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

The trailer for The Pursuit of Happyness, a tear-jerker starring ... (wait for it) ... Will Smith.

  • Clerks 67%
  • Monster House 66%
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend 54%
  • Lady in the Water 21%
Two noteworthy items: (1) My Super Ex-Girlfriend has one of the highest scores ever seen among movies withheld from critical pre-screening. (2) It will be interesting to see if Shyamalan's film can survive both a crowded field and scathing reviews. The box office analysts are still fairly bullish on it.

Nissan pulls raunchy Kiwi car ad with Kim Cattrall

The most memorable instances of sporting rage

The mystery of Angelina Jolie's nose

Clerks II: Smith vs Siegel

Colbert talks about Buck O'Neil, the 94 year old professional baseball player

"Colbert Report: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why don't you give it to Bush, NAACP?"

"Colbert Report: Oprah and Gayle"
  • "Even Oprah's friendships are on a higher level than everyone else's."

"Colbert Report: The Convenientest Truth"
  • Stephen has put together his own PowerPoint presentation/top grossing documentary.


Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Carnivale Season 2 (2005) - Part 3

The last four episodes (9 through 12) end this series without a bang (nudity), and with a whimper.  Many sub-plots were left unresolved when the finale offered more questions than answers. I suppose it is possible that this was how the second season was originally supposed to end before they writers found out about the cancellation of the series, but I doubt it. It does leave room for more episodes, but they would have to forge ahead without the central conflict or the critical character of Jonesy.

Frankly, I think the show's premise was the cause of its short lifespan. Part of the interest was in trying to figure out all of the relationships between characters, and to understand the nature of the central conflict. As each puzzle piece fell into place, there was less mystery, escalating the revaluations. To carry additional seasons, it would have been necessary to find some other central conflict, and to add characters and sub-plots. Carnivale has, and will probably continue to have, a cult of followers who would like to see the series revived. I would not be opposed to that if they can duplicate the look and feel and offbeat energy. It was a very interesting piece of TV for two full seasons. Many series run out of ideas long before they are cancelled. Maybe it isn't all bad that this one ended while it was still strong.


Somersault (2005)

Somersault (2005) is an Australian drama, seven years in the making, centered on a runaway teen girl named Heidi (Abbie Cornish). As the film opens, she is flirting with her mother's boyfriend. Mum returns, sees them kissing, and doesn't react well, so Heidi skips town. She lands in a resort town with the idea that a man she once met from there will be glad to see her. He isn't. She lands a job in a BP convenience store, scores an affordable flat with a motel owner whose son is in prison, and picks up a boyfriend of sorts. Then we begin to learn that she craves intimacy and companionship. She is clearly too young to be on her own and making her own decisions (I would guess the character's age to be 16 or 17), and makes a mess of everything.

This was the first film to win all 13 of the Australian Film Institute's film awards. In fact, it won virtually every film award Australia has to offer, and they even invented a few new ones. Clearly writer/director Kate Shortland knows how to make a film. I didn't find the story at all compelling, but she created Heidi as a flesh and blood person, and a totally believable character, and actress Abbie Cornish plays Heidi as a perfect Lolita. She has an angelic face and lovely budding figure, which she shows frequently in sex scenes and a bath scene.

The photography decision was an interesting one. Shortland and the DP chose to shoot it hand-held to provide intimacy and to give the characters more freedom in movement, but they used all long lenses to narrow the depth of field, thus creating a sense of intimacy with the characters. The DP praises the focus-puller for managing to keep the characters constantly in focus under difficult circumstances.

I look forward to seeing more of Shortland's work. After this critical success, I am sure she will have little trouble finding projects.

This is a C+, but for a limited audience.

IMDb readers say 6.8.

The film grossed $3.5 M in Australia, but only $91K in a very limited US run.


Abbie Cornish. She keeps her bush hidden, but we are treated to numerous views of her pert breasts and tight buns.








Dann reports on Vlad:

Flesh-filled action/adventure/comedy from France (1984, with English sound track) has become somewhat of a cult classic. Also known as The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak, there's no real sex in the movie, but the unrated version is loaded with nudity. Oh, and there's a story too, although it's pretty weak.

Gwendoline is searching the Orient for her father, an explorer last seen combing the Land of the Yik Yak for a rare butterfly. She enlists the reluctant aid of an adventurer to help find him, and together with her faithful female companion, they face dangers from an evil tribe of Amazons who capture them.

Yeah, it's pretty corny, but very well done and a lot of fun. Beautiful Tawny Kitaen is a perfect Gwendoline, Brent Huff was a great adventurer, and Zabou, not ugly either, made a good faithful companion. Furthermore, the naked women in this film were too numerous to count. A lightweight but very cool flick.

Zabou Tawny Kitaen others





April Tung in Koma
Callie Thorne in Rescue Me, s3e7
Malin Ackerman in Entourage, s3e6
Robyn Palmer in Jekyll and Hyde
Katrina Matthews in Jekyll and Hyde
Giovanna Mezzogiorno in La Finestra Di Fronte
Lucia Jimenez in Occhi Di Cristallo
Heather Doba in Mr Jingles
Jessica Hall in Mr Jingles
Morjana El Alaoui in Marock






Rent-A-Girl (1965)

This movie has to tbe the distilled essence of all that was the grindhouse nudie scene in New York of the mid-to-late 60's.  In it is everything.  And by everything I mean we have us an innocent lost in the Big City, predatory managers of a sex business, parties that closely resemble a five-ring circus of freaks on acid, a tablespoon of revenge and a heaping helping of topless gals.  That the topless gals include both Darlenes (Bennett and Gigi), Barbara Woods AND June Roberts tell you just about everything you need to know.  And there is some rough stuff, but it so over-wrought you just gotta laugh your way through it. 

Story goes that a clueless woman, played by Barbara Wood, wants to model so badly she convinces herself that posing topless in front of a brick wall is high art.  This woman is not so much clueless as she is a brick wall herself, against which all clues about all matters bounce right off.  She has gone so far as to
hook up with the only guy in all of Manhattan who has no interest in boning her.  Barbara is convincing,
too...which means either she dug real deep to come up with a character so dense most black holes are envious or she had no need to dig at all. 

The people upstairs from her run a modeling agency.  Uh huh, and I am Secretary of the Treasury.  She signs up to work for them but discovers a bit late in the game that they are in the business of providing the wealthy and the powerful with willing young women. Think of Heidi Fleiss transported 2500 miles over and 20 years back. But that simple plot device allows the writer/director William Rose to film several women in a topless state of existence.  'Tis a work of genius.

Along the way you see topless auditions, topless posing and topless/bottomless body painting...never any bush, however. All things lead to a party in which three women play a game of strip pool with a guy who
never misses a shot, two gals do some topless calisthenics, and two of the topless pool players slap each other's behinds with paddles all the while couples tongue wrestle and grope each other in full sight of everyone else.  At that point, oddly enough, things turn rough.  A rich bitch who has hired gals from the agency to whip is herself given 40 whacks, followed closely by the application of a hot branding iron to Barbara's butt.  Ah, the fun these people have.  Barb goes to the cops, they tell her to get
lost and she runs home to her Viagra-deficient boyfriend.  The end. 

Now 'bout the nudity.  We get to see Barbara Woods topless in her bathroom and then posing for some high-class pics, sure to be published in Elle.  Nice looking woman.  The woman living above her, who manages the rental agency, gets topless in what is supposed to be a lesbian scene, except that the other
gal just sorta disappears.  She is lovely and has a very nice frame but I haven't a clue what is the
actress's name, so I called her Unknown Actress 1.   

Darlene Bennett plays one of the agency's models. She is tied up and hosed down, all the while topless, and she is the first of three gals to lose her shirt in a game of pool.  In that losing game she is followed closely by June Roberts and Unknown Actress 2.  All three women look great. particularly when they are all
in the same shot.  Then Darlene and June try to slap each other's behinds whilst blind-folded.  Try to wrap
your mind around that one.  I realized while putting together some of these frames that Darlene appears
from the neck down much as Marilyn Monroe did.  Both women were what the Yiddish refer to as zaftig, which in modern parlance can be defined as an antonym to Keira Knightley. 

Gigi Darlene shows up at the same party, doing some on-the-floor exercises with another topless woman.
For those of you who live in the Dallas area, that kind of thing happens at all New York parties.  Along the way we are treated to the sight of three models who I cannot match with the list of names given in the credits.  That is no big loss for two of them, but Model #3 deserves better.  When in clothes, she is nothing special, but something very positive happens when the top and bottom are removed.  She is short and a bit plump but the gal's body has some serious tone.  That's a good thing, too, because she spends the most on-screen time in some state of undress.  First, she auditions for a job and then she is sent to be the canvas upon which two painters draw all manner of visual gibberish. Attractive lass, this model #3... whoever she was. 

So what's it all mean?  At one time Rent-A-Girl was considered depraved enough to convince a judge it should be banned from public viewing.  Awwww, isn't that cute?  Forty years later and Boys Don't Cry is
both much more troubling and widely complimented as a work of cinematic art.  No one will ever call Rent-A-Girl art, but nothing about it will disturb you in the least.  Time has turned it into a mild amusement and...this part is important...another source of Darlene Bennett nekkidness.  Say hallelujah.

Film clips (a total of eleven avis zipped into six files, one per subject):


Darlene Bennett
Gigi Darlene
Barbara Wood
June Roberts
Various Unknowns (one woman per row)






Emmanuelle Criqui at the premiere of Miami Vice
You have to admit that Hilary Swank always stays in shape. She has to be the buffest Oscar winner.
Speaking of buff, Tara Reid has really been hitting the gym herself. Unfortunately, it seems to be a gym owned by former wrestler Dusty Rhodes.
When Caroline Winberg was 17, she claimed that she was being harassed by 59-year-old Mick Jagger.

Pat's comments in yellow

Today, the US Post Office begins selling a series of stamps honoring comic book superheroes.  The characters are Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman and Green Arrow, whose super power is that he's really good with a bow and
arrow.  More superhero stamps are expected to be released soon. 

*  If you're really excited about this, then licking a Wonder Woman stamp is probably as close as you'll ever come to putting your tongue on a woman.

The Republican race for governor of Nevada has an unusual entrant: porn star Mimi Demayo.  Demayo complained that the media are shutting her out of polls and interviews, but said this isn't a publicity stunt.  She says she's deadly serious, that her #1 priority is improving education, and that she believes her hard core porn background will help her by drawing attention to the race.

*  Her motto is, "If you're going to be screwed by a politician, why not enjoy it?"

Heath Ledger, whose breakthrough role was as a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain," has reportedly agreed to play the Joker in the next "Batman" movie

* In this version, the Joker doesn't overdo the makeup; just a light foundation and a little bronzer.

On this day in 1925, in Dayton, Tennessee, the "Monkey Trial" ended with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution.  The conviction was later overturned.

*  But if Bush can get just one more Supreme Court justice, it will be reinstated.