Here is a zipped .avi of Toni Collette in Japanese Story, a favorite of the arthouse set a few years ago. (Movie House Review)

Tropical Snow is a film which seems to have been forgotten completely by DVD producers, but it's pretty much THE film to see if you are into Madeleine Stowe's pretty bum, which is featured in several scenes. There are even a few rear views of the Cave of the Eighth Happiness, as my imaginary Asian friends call it. Here's the zipped .avi from a VHS tape. A few sample captures follow. The quality is not good, but there's nothing better available, to my knowledge. Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll air it on HDTV.

Madeleine Stowe


Mia Sara has a lot of fans among us, but some of her prime exposure hasn't migrated to DVD. Today we're looking at two 1995 films, when she was 27 year old. The Set-Up (zipped .avi from a VHS tape) is not available on DVD anywhere, to my knowledge. The quality of the film clip is not bad at all, considering that the source is VHS. Here are some samples:

Mia Sara in the Set-Up


The Maddening, another 1995 film starring Mia Sara, is available in a German DVD and has just been released on a Region 4 DVD in Australia, but has never come to Region 1 DVD. I don't actually have a clip from this one, but there is only a quick flash of nipple anyway. Here is a capture from the Graphic Response collection:

Mia Sara in The Maddening





25 actors who were way too old when they played high school kids.

Japanese kids are always thrilled when they see the clunky truck and hear the merry tinkling music in the streets on a hot day ... "Porn man's comin'!"

The Daily Show goes trendspotting: Demetri Martin takes a look at the hot trends coming out of the Middle East, like Hookahs

The Daily Show finds that the Middle East conference in Rome ranks pretty low on the Condi-Meter.

The Daily Show: Oh, sure, every citizen in Kuwait gets $700. But does their entire studio audience get a free car?

The Daily Show discovers that God promised the same land to three different religions. Oops!

Coming Soon now has the trailer and four clips from Babel, Inarritu's latest.
  • "Armed with a Winchester rifle, two Morrocan boys set out to look after their family's herd of goats. In the silent echoes of the desert, they decide to test the rifle... but the bullet goes farther than they thought it would. In an instant, the lives of four separate groups of strangers on three different continents collide. Caught up in the rising tide of an accident that escalates beyond anyone's control are a vacationing American couple (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett), a rebellious deaf Japanese teenager and her father, and a Mexican nanny who, without permission, takes two American children across the border. None of these strangers will ever meet; in spite of the sudden, unlikely connection between them, they will all remain isolated due to their own inability to communicate meaningfully with anyone around them. From Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu comes a film that is at once intimate and epic, shot in four countries, cast with actors and non-actors, and concludes his trilogy that started with 'Amores Perros' and '21 Grams.'"

Feds Warn Of Marijuana-Filled Gumballs .. and very cute ones, I might add!

Mirror Has Two Faces -- and Two Chins Babs is not lookin' good.

Johnny Carson as Ronald Reagan calls in Jim Baker to discuss his agenda for a press conference. (Basically a tip o' the hat to Abbott and Coistello's famous "Who's on First" skit.)

Landis says he didn't cheat in Tour win.
  • The U.S. cyclist failed a drug test after stage 17, which is when he began his comeback.

Cool ... NASA's Hubble Home Page

The Straight Dope: What does the S in the dollar sign represent?

And you thought Hurricane Katrina was a tragedy ... "An effort to honor the late actor Don Knotts with a statue of his most famous character has ended with the destruction of an unfinished clay sculpture of Deputy Barney Fife."

Brokeback Piano: Nicolas Cage to play Liberace

Triumph the Insult Dog at Comic-Con

"HeadOn: apply directly to the forehead!"

WTF? You never know what kind of crap will catch the internet's attention. This is now floating around everywhere. This one is only 13 seconds long, but one version is three minutes long, with the same phrase repeated again and again.

It took a while but the Fun Movie Quiz guys have now posted Part 3

World Trade Center, September 13, 2001
  • "These photos were taken at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site in New York, on September 13, 2001. They were taken by someone named 'Ed' who was allowed into the area by a member of the emergency response crew, at a time when all civilians -- including most journalists -- were forbidden to enter the area. As a result, these photos are just about the only close-ups ever taken of the World Trade Center site so soon after the 9/11 attacks."

Tips to BEAT THE HEAT by First Lady Laura Bush (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)

"Paris Hilton says that Barry Manilow is one her favorite singers. Just don't ask her to name any of his songs.
  • "I don't know what he sings, but he's sexy. He has nice calm music."

The trailer for Point of Contact
  • A man wakes after 12 years only to find he's able to see the dead.

A really short and totally lame new clip from The Covenant, Renny Harlin's new thriller

The trailer for Azumi
  • Evil warlords ... yadda yadda ... Shogun ... yadda yadda ... usual Japanese suspects

Seven new clips from MIAMI VICE (Click on "Film Clips")

The trailer for The Black Dahlia
  • Master storyteller Brian De Palma, known for such classic crime dramas as "The Untouchables," "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way," as well as his suspense thrillers "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill" and "Blow Out," directs this adaptation of James Ellroy's ("L.A. Confidential," "American Tabloid") best-selling crime novel. "The Black Dahlia" weaves a fictionalized tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity around the true story of the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. Two ex-pugilist cops, Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett), are called to investigate the homicide of ambitious silver-screen B-lister Betty Ann Short (Mia Kirshner) A.K.A. "The Black Dahlia"-an attack so grisly that images of the killing were kept from the public.
    While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the sensational murder threatens his marriage to Kay (Scarlett Johansson), his partner Bleichert finds himself attracted to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank), the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families-who just happens to have an unsavory connection to the murder victim. True crime meets urban legend when De Palma brings Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia" to the big screen.

California radio station changes format from Christian to "porn"
  • Now it calls itself "Porn Radio" -- "all sex radio, all the time," with a suggestion that people under 21 not listen.

"U.S. TO MOVE TROOPS FROM SOUTHERN IRAQ TO NORTH, AND FROM NORTHERN IRAQ TO SOUTH" ... 'Operation Shell Game' To Confuse Insurgents, General Says

Publicist: Hasselhoff was sick, not drunk
  • NOTE: witnesses watched him drinking beer and hard liquor in the airport lounge

The Hoff - drunk in public again.

I Love You Too, Cecilia Lucas
  • A Berkeley student wrote a love poem to Hezbollah. This is the response of the Hezbollah Poetry Society

Something Awful: Fashion SWAT goes to a science fair

Nostalgia: Vintage Radio: Bakelite, Catalin, Plastic and Non-Wood Radios

Office drone by day, stripper by night

Classic TV - the WKRP Turkey Drop

Tori Spelling will only get about one sixth of one percent of her father's fortune
  • Of course, that's still close to a million bucks, so our impoverished hearts can't really bleed for her.

"Horse head found in politician's pool"
  • "Police do not know if the horse was dead before its head was removed."

Two early versions of clips from the new Simpsons movie.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock to wed numerous times.
  • The future Mrs Rock said, "I'm going to get married a few times this month to the same guy"

Your tax dollars hard at work: "The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it a federal felony for Webmasters to use innocent words like 'Barbie' or 'Furby' but actually feature sexual content on their sites."

This week's movies:
  • The Ant Bully, 3000 theaters, 33% positive reviews.
  • John Tucker Must Die, 2500 theaters, no advance reviews.
  • Miami Vice, 3000 theaters, 60% positive reviews.
  • Scoop, 500 theaters, 33% positive reviews
  • Little Miss Sunshine, 7 theaters, 93% positive reviews
One of life's important rules is that critics always like films in seven theaters.

The Weekend Warrior makes his predictions for the upcoming weekend's box office
  • He thinks it will be a tepid week, with Miami Vice topping the field with an uninspiring $29 million, and the other two new films coming in below $15m.


Movie Reviews:

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


The Last September (1999)

The Last September (1999) is an adaptation of a novel by famous Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Bowen. An Anglo/Irish co-production which IMDb lists as French, it is a first film by theater director Deborah Warner, and has an all-star cast of acting talent including Maggie Smith, Jane Birkin, Fiona Shaw and Michael Gambon. It is set in September of 1920 during the period when the British control of Ireland was challenged by Irish rebels, and it was obvious to the members of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy that that life as they knew it was about to end and their grand houses would have to be abandoned.  The story takes place at one such house.

So far, I am describing an historical drama, but this film is actually a love story, which may account for the sharp division among critics.

Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith, solid members of the Anglo-Irish ruling tribe, preside over a grand house, which fills with visitors trying to enjoy September, but having trouble with the violent backdrop that continuously reminds them of impending change. Their niece, played by then newcomer Keeley Hawes, is now of age, and seems to be in love with romance. She has a suitor, a dashing captain with the British Army that is too far beneath her social station for anything permanent, and she has an interest in the brother of her best friend, a member of the resistance.

Lambert Wilson and Jane Birkin arrive as houseguests, trying to hide the fact that they are now homeless. Fiona Shaw, who is also in her own "Last September" as she is again engaged, but this time at an age where she can't break it off, and will have to wed a stuffy old stockbroker. She does become the friend and confidant of Keeley Hawes. In fact, many in the cast are gong through their own "Last Septembers" giving the title extra meaning. In addition to the acting talent, County Cork and cinematographer Slawomir Idziak became important characters in this film.

IMDb readers have this at 6.0. Ebert scores it 2 stars, or not very good by his rating system, while Berardinelli says 3 stars, which is very good from him. Metacritic rates it 69. It grossed less than $.5M in a very small US release, and doesn't seem to have been screened in the UK at all. If you like historical dramas and love stories, you might enjoy this one. If not, at 103 minutes, it will be a long watch. C.


Keeley Hawes shows breasts in a foreplay scene.

Scoop's note: see Keeley's latest nudity down in the Catch o' The Day







Chloe Sevigny in 3 Needles
Danielle Winits in SeEuFosseVoce
Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane) in Deadwood, S3, E7.

This one comes with a zipped .avi film clip.

Thembi Nyandeni in  Tsotsi


One more gorgeous Hugo collage of Salma Hayek in Ask the Dust
One more Hugo collage of Siena Guillory in Silence Becomes You
From my mailbox:

Hey Scoop. 

You know you've been looking at celeb sites way too long when you can not only spot a fake right away but also recall the original as well!  That's the case with the alleged Holly Marie Combs scan that you were sent.  The original was actually Heather Stewart Whyte ... I guess I have that embedded in my mind because I searched out all of her pics way back in the 90s when she was a regular in the Victoria's Secret catalogs. 

Anyway, here's the side by side comparison



Original Fake
Alison Routledge in The Quiet Earth
Keeley Hawes in A Cock and Bull Story



Pat's comments in yellow...

Some little girls in Charleston, West Virginia, got a thrill when President Bush came to town for a Congressional fundraiser.  They had a lemonade stand with a sign reading "Lemonade 50 cents. Cool, refreshing, yum."  Bush spotted it from his motorcade, had all the cars stop, and asked reporters, "Anybody thirsty?"  He passed out lemonade, posed for some photos with the girls and gave them five dollars.

*  Of course, as soon as he left, their lemonade stand was driven out of business by Wal-Mart.

Plantation, Florida, police officer Laurie Primeau was suspended without pay until a hearing after she allegedly swerved and nearly collided with a police car.  The deputy stopped her and said she was drunk and naked from the waist down.  He said he asked her, "Where are your pants?" and she replied, "I don't know."  Primeau is a 27-year police veteran, the 1994 Officer of the Year, and the DUI instructor at the police academy.  She had a large open bottle of Southern Comfort in the car, but her attorney claims she used it to train police recruits.

*  Same reason she wasn't wearing pants.