Permanent Midnight (1998) is a drugs suck comedy based on the autobiography of television writer Jerry Stahl. As the film opens, he is working in a fast food restaurant as part of his drug rehab when Maria Bello pulls up driving the wrong way, asking him for matches. The two end up in a motel room, and he relates his life story to her between sex acts. He achieved a great deal of success in Hollywood, but shot it all into his arm or put it up his nose. He married a Brit (played by Elizabeth Hurley) to get her a green card, and ended up having a baby with her.
Bello shows breasts near the end of the film. Jerry Stahl eventually got clean, as does Ben Stiller playing him in the film. Those who have been reading me for awhile no I am not big on drugs suck films or expository dialogue, but this was well acted enough and humorous enough to hold my interest . IMDb readers have it at 6.1 of 10. Berardinelli noticed that the film covered no new ground, but was well enough made that he awarded 3 stars. Ebert also awarded three stars with similar comments. It has an overall 60% positive at IMDb. This is far from my favorite genre, but the homorous way the story was told, and the excellent performance from Stiller made it watchable. The proper score is C+.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
New to DVD this week.
Hellboy has no nudity, but it is one of the most entertaining films
of the year, and is on a comprehensive two-disk DVD.
will not be nominated for an Oscar, because they don't seem to give
Oscar nominations for acting in silly movies, but I doubt that you will see a
more charismatic and engaging
performance this year from anyone.
Here is the comments page.
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004):
New to theaters this week.
Harold and Kumar is a stoner comedy. Although the
entire film is based on a case of the munchies, there are more than a few twists
on the stoner genre.
The protagonists are neither
brain-dead white surfers nor slacker Rastas. The two lead stoners
are an overachieving, responsible Korean investment banker and a
brilliant Indian guy rebelling against an overachieving family.
Their situation reflects why marijuana is smoked by "normal" people,
and not just by stereotyped bakeheads. Harold, the investment banker,
is wound too tight and keeps too much inside. He can't even summon
up the nerve to talk to the beautiful women who flirts with him in
Burning one on Friday gives him a little escape from his uptight
world and lets him retreat into a hidden part of his personality
that he would like to be closer to the surface. Kumar, the Indian guy, is a fun-loving slacker, but not
because he lacks brains and ambition. He aced the MCATs and has a natural
aptitude for medicine. It's just that he's just not ready to join
the serious world yet ...
like many of us ...
... including some far older than Kumar's 22.
Although this is not a muckraking film about
prejudice and oppressive social conditions, it is an incisive film.
It's interesting to note that these two guys are a realistic
representation of a whole sub-set of young Asian-Americans. They are
not different in any way from bright European Americans of their
generation, but the world doesn't see it that way. Although the boys
have no accents, are no different and don't attempt to be different
from any other Americans, the people in the cruel streets insist on
pigeonholing Harold and Kumar into Asian stereotypes. Even their
fellow Asians are guilty of this! (Harold doesn't want to hang out
with the smart, serious Asian girl who has a crush on him, and he
certainly doesn't want to attend a meeting of the Asian Students
Society, which bores the shit out of him. He just wants to summon up
the nerve to get acquainted with the gorgeous Latina next door.)
Despite the presence of "Finch" in a minor role, this
is no sentimental American Pie film. The script is not bound by the
limitations of reality. The boys walk out of jail when the racist
cops find someone with darker skin to occupy their attention. Their
car is stolen by Doogie Howser. They escape from one predicament by
riding away on a stoned Cheetah.
And those are the things that actually
happen in their surrealistic world ...
the things in their fantasies get really
... Kumar imagines a love affair and subsequent
marriage to a giant bag of chronic who wears the official white
gloves of 30s cartoon characters. Harold enters a White Castle
cartoon for a journey that resembles a scene from Who Framed Roger
The situations and the humor are finely tuned to the generation born in
the late 70s and early 80s. The novice screen writers were born in 1977 and
1978, and they know what they're talking about. The boys' neighbors
are obsessed, for example, with a movie called The Gift, because it is the one
time that Katie Holmes showed her magnificent breasts. Since I am a
guy who writes about movie nudity, a
long-time webmaster of a celebrity nudity web site, and the father
of a young man about the same age as Harold and Kumar, I can tell you
that the screenwriters nailed this. If guys their age wrote the NY Times, the first appearance of
the topless captures from The Gift would have been announced in bigger
headline type than "Hitler Invades Poland". One of Kumar's neighbors
is asked to explain how good Katie's breasts are. He responds, "You
know the Holocaust? Think of the opposite of that."
my review of The Gift, I
wrote "Anyway, it's not a bad flick. The
script is predictable and especially cliché-ridden, but that's
partially balanced off by competent direction, a really good cast
headed by Cate Blanchett, and Katie Holmes's breasts. Did I mention Katie Holmes's breasts?
The first shot of Katie's redoubtable hooters comes 00:01:06 into the
film - before the credits! Now that's entertainment. Not to mention
the director's accurate assessment of a valuable asset.")
There are some great comic home runs in this movie. Neil
Patrick Harris is brilliant as a twisted version of himself. Harold
and Kumar have a brilliant, unprintable discussion about the proper
use of nose hair clippers. There are also some wild swinging
strikes. As usual in this kind of flick, there are gross-outs which
are intended to be funny but end up just gross. There are jokes
which don't work, and other jokes which are funny but overstay their
On balance - well, I thought it was pretty funny, but
not as consistently hilarious as some other critics have contended.
I'm not sure my opinion matters much. I'm 55 and haven't fired up a
doob in about three decades, so I'm not the target audience. This
film is intended for the 18-29 audience, especially the guys who
burn one occasionally. I think it will resonate with them, as
Swingers resonated with guys slightly older who preferred their
mind-altering substances in liquid form.
I'm writing this on the day it opens.
Box Office Mojo is predicting a $13 million opening weekend
on 2000 screens, which implies that it will do $40-50
million overall. It will do better if general audiences
respond as favorably as the critics.
Lohan's Rolling Stone pictures
American League At-bat music
Five great unfinished films.
The upside of having 14 fingers: typing championship. The
downside: forget about a gold glove.
GUY RITCHIE threatened to break the face of one of MADONNA's
Kabbalah advisers, sparking a furious row between the superstar
couple. It's high time Richie found his backbone.
New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi has been diagnosed
with a benign tumor, but is expected to return to the team later
this season after undergoing treatment.
Tyson's latest comeback ends in a fourth round KO.
The pilot for American Dad, from the creator of The Family Guy
- Whitehouse.org -
Jenna & Barbara Bush: The First Twins answer your questions.
Was Paris Hilton beaten?: "Photos taken Wednesday and
Thursday in Los Angeles show Paris Hilton with a fat lip, bruising
on her arms and what appears to be swelling under her eye."
- The first trailer for Matt and Trey's new film,
TEAM AMERICA, World Police
22nd Annual Testicle Festival
"Poor Old Edgar Derby" passes away.
Nic Cage Marries 20 Year Old Ex-Waitress at 3rd Wedding
- Some funny behind-the-scenes stuff from
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. Click on "videos",
then click on "manly? yes"
Roger Ebert orders THE VILLAGE to be plowed over and converted to
a suburban shopping mall. One star. : "'The Village' is
a colossal miscalculation, a movie based on a premise that cannot
support it, a premise so transparent it would be laughable were
the movie not so deadly solemn. It's a flimsy excuse for a plot,
with characters who move below the one-dimensional and enter
Flatland. Eventually the secret is revealed. To call it an
anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to
prefixes. It's a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of
narrative originality from It Was All a Dream. It's so witless, in
fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the
film so we don't know the secret anymore. And then keep on
rewinding, and rewinding, until we're back at the beginning, and
can get up from our seats and walk backward out of the theater and
go down the up escalator and watch the money spring from the cash
register into our pockets."
The Village is now down to 44% good reviews, after 57 critics have
been counted. : Some of the comments were harsh." 'A
high-camp melange of Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Skinner's
Walden Two, The Village may be the year's worst film.'"
Four film clips from Collateral, with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise
Oh My God! "South Park" Syndicated.
Lawsuit Over 7 Year Old "Sexual Predator". Ah, these
kids today with their fancy action figures and their sodomy ...
Is Squidward the new Spock?
- Gotta love the internet.
Even gangsters have their own blogs now.
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog poops on Fox's Sean Colmes
Comic Fred Willard at the Democratic Convention
The Columbia Journalism Review looks at George W. and the Texas
Press. “Where is the guy we sent to Washington? The
truth is, I don’t know President Bush. The person I knew was
Governor Bush. I really liked him. I still do. But I’m ambivalent
about his alter ego.”
Italians angered by smelly salami poster in London underground.
They warned the British that any continuation of inaccurate
Italian stereotypes would result in people getting ... I believe
they called it, "wacked".
Stuff sent a reporter, posing as a hot screenwriter, to pitch
ludicrous television pilots to Hollywood studios.
Pope lashes out at feminism. It says radical feminism's
view of equality "has in reality inspired ideologies which for
example call into question the family, in its natural two-parent
structure of mother and father, and to make homosexuality and
heterosexuality virtually equivalent..."
The Daily Show's Ed Helms introduces us to colorful Boston locals
The Daily Show reviews John Kerry's campaign theme, "I'm Not
The Daily Show's Rob Corddry gives us a tour of his native Boston.
The Indian city of Varanasi is going through around 600,000
condoms a day.
- It's not easy to adapt the local economy when Colin Farrell
is filming nearby.
- Kidding aside, they don't use them for sexual intercourse at
all, but in the process of weaving saris.
"As a general rule, anyone aspiring to be the commander in chief
should always try to avoid looking like a Teletubby."
Allegedly, the new ending to Return of the Jedi
CNN asks The Daily Show's Jon Stewart about the convention.
Latino Review has lots of new pictures from Exorcist: The
JoBlo's "Hottie Update!"
Mark Wahlberg will portray 'In Cold Blood' killer Perry Smith and
Sandra Bullock is in talks to play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author
Harper Lee in the Truman Capote biopic Every Word Is
The Northern Lights, as seen in Quebec
Not Ottawa but Pottawa, as Muggles descend on Canada.:
"Academic and literary papers to be delivered at the Harry Potter
fan convention this weekend in the Canadian capital. No one under
the age of 16 will be permitted at what the convention's website
is billing as an "adult oriented" event." Yeah, who do those kids
think they are anyway, being interested in .... um ... a kid's
book about ... um ... a bunch of kids? Now if we can just get
those damned kids out of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew
conventions, we can have some decent adult-oriented fun. Anyone
seen my realistic, life-sized, silicone Iola Morton fuck doll?
More adventures of Bill and Ted
The complete guide to flight attendant uniforms, past and present.
I don't really care about this, but I'm impressed by the work that
went into it!
Trump wants $18 million an episode for the second season of "The
Apprentice" He got $50,000 per episode for the first
Party time at UCSC
Cinema's Scariest Scenes - with film clips
Pretty funny vid with Will Ferrell as the President
The NEW adventures of Bill and Ted
Spoof website will stay online. The UK Cabinet Office
is "unlikely to take any further action" over a spoof website
which parodies its online Preparing for Emergencies advice. (See
the actual parody site in the link below)
Here is the parody site which mocks the official government site,
For a community that cares not for TiVo, much less TV, the Amish
are pretty hot prime-time stars. And the best thing
about making fun of them on TV - they'll never know!
The Daily Show's Lewis Black reports from the designated protest
area of the Convention.
The Daily Show presents Tuesday's highlights of the convention
Here's the trailer for Suspect Zero. An FBI Agent gets
called in to investigate a strange murder. When the trail leads
him to the suspect, he realizes that he has been drawn into a
psychological labyrinth that turns what is expected upside down.
(Theaters: Aug 27)
The exclusive trailer for 'Friday Night Lights'
starring Billy Bob Thornton as a high school football coach in
small town Texas.
Other Crap archives. May also include newer material than the ones above,
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.
Words from Scoop.
.avi's from Shiloh.
.wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.
NOTE: because of a unique combination of
circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial
bandwidth theft, we will have to do all of our movie files in zip
format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a
you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in
the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there.
I know this is not especially convenient, but it
allows the film clips to continue. I can protect .zip files from
hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some
reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not
play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory
work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this
new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want
to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips
(1983) - Day 2
Valerie Kaprisky again
Breathless, aka "A bout de Souffle".
Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble
with the codecs for these movies:
FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use
DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use
virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the
vids says the video codec: DivX Decoder Filter & audio
codec: Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with.
When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG
Layer-3. A friend of mine told me about compressing the
audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been
capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this
info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp &
asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using
camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could
never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost
too much to buy in my opinion.
A reader says:
You mentioned that some users were
having trouble with the videos on your site. There is a tool
designed to determine what codec is needed for a video.
http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ Hope this is useful to you
or your users.
I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9.
The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in
the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly
larger, and slightly lower quality.
NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.
Today from the Ghost...'caps and vids of Paula Trickey playing a 'brass pole enthusiast' and showing breasts and thong views in scenes from the sequel that simply begged to be made..."Maniac Cop 2" (1990).
- Paula Trickey
- Paula Trickey zipped .wmvs
'Caps and comments by The Gimp:
Here are vidcaps of former Pet and occasional B-movie bimbo Devinn Lane in scenes from the adult film "Improper Conduct" (2003). She
does a lot in this movie. Two gals and three guys. Babe has put on some weight since she was a Pet in 1999. October, I think. But all the equipment is original.
First up, the softcore stuff. Breasts everywhere, plus a gyno-view in #2 and a back door view in #3.
These start the more serious, hardcore stuff. The first four are from a scene where a scary-looking Brigitte Kerkove munches Devinn's carpet.
- Devinn Lane
This next batch are from Devinn's first boy-gril scene of the movie. Lots of positions that make her look very good, IMHO.
The 'caps in link #6 finish off the scene the way these sorts of things finish.
Link #7 is a collage of 'caps from a behind-the-scenes extra on the disk. It basically showed everything again, only a lot quicker and from a different angle. It was kind of cool.
The last batch of goodies from "Improper Conduct". Devinn does a couple more guys and another gal. Plus as a bonus, I threw in 3 collages of Aria Carrera doing what made her famous.
- Devinn Lane
- Asia Carrera
'Caps and comments by Dann:
"Model Lust" (The New Girl)
This 2003 direct-to-video soft porn includes a story, but no one will pay that much attention to it. Released on DVD as The New Girl, it makes clear with the beginning titles, full of attractive naked young women, what you're in for.
The plot, for those that care, tell of a young woman who goes to Los Angeles to "find herself". Hooking up with her cousin, a beautiful model, she is introduced to the model scene and starts posing herself.
In the middle of all this, she is confronted by a man claiming to be an government agent who suspects the photographer of espionage, and asks for her help.
Plot's really lame, but as sexploytation flicks go, I've seen a lot worse.
|You've seen her on TV in "Tru Calling", "American Dreams", and the daytime soap "Loving". Now here she is topless and making out with another woman (Nicki Micheaux) in scenes from the made for Showtime movie about life in a brothel outside of Reno..."The Ranch".
|Tabloid pics of the young UK singer caught in a bikini and holding her bare breasts at the beach.
|The "Star Wars" star looking mighty good on Thurday night's Letterman.
|Señor Skin 'caps of the woman often called the "Queen of Body Doubles". She has been the stunt butt and boobs for A-list celebs like Kim Basinger, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand. Here is she is doing a little acting herself and showing all 3 B's in scenes from "The Naked Truth" (1992).
|Pat Reeder www.comedy-wire.com
Pat's comments in yellow...
GETTING RICH OFF KABBALAH
They Don't Ward Off Con Men - The New York Post's Page Six reports that many
Jewish leaders have condemned the Los Angeles Kabbalah Center for being more
interested in selling such things as Kabbalah Bottled Water than in teaching
real Judaism. Now, they note that Target.com is carrying red Kabbalah strings,
like the ones Madonna and Britney Spears wear. Target guarantees the strings
have been to Israel, "to the ancient tomb of Rachel the Matriarch, and
returned imbued with the essence of protection" and they "protect against the evil
eye." Price: $25.99 a string.
They obviously don't protect you against gullibility.
Wow, what a deal! Madonna paid $3,000 for hers!
Rachel must be spinning in her ancient tomb.
At K-Mart, you can buy a Kabbalah string designed by Martha Stewart for
ANNA NICOLE POSES NUDE TO PROVE SHE'S NOT SCARRED
Posing Nude Is Her Staple - Anna Nicole Smith posed nude for MAO, a Fashion
Week publication, for an odd reason: to prove she hasn't had her stomach
stapled. A MAO spokesman said Smith is dogged by rumors that her weight loss was
not due to "TrimSpa, baby!," as she says in commercials, but to stomach surgery.
He said, "I was there and can 100 percent vouch that she had no scars."
Well, not on her stomach, anyway.
Or staples, unless she's the centerfold.
I'm sure his eyes were riveted on her stomach.
She had to pose nude: apparently, they go into your stomach through your
COURTNEY'S CASES COMBINED
Just Make It Life In Rehab - Tuesday, Courtney Love was sentenced to 18
months in drug rehab on one of the many charges she faces, and on Thursday,
officials agreed to moved her assault trial so it can take place in the same
courtroom as her drug possession trial.
Does this mean she can't take drugs during her assault trial?
This way, she won't get lost walking down the hall.
It's finally happened: Courtney is charged with more crimes than we have
NO MORE "MISS AMERICA" TALENT COMPETITION
Trampolines Would Give Them A Ratings Bounce - The Miss America pageant is
eliminating the talent competition. Instead, they'll show a video montage of
the women's talents from preliminary contests, and the producers will choose
just one to perform live. CEO Art McMaster said if it were up to him, he'd show
all 52 talents, but ABC demanded the ratings-poor show be trimmed. Aside from
singing and baton twirling, previous "talents" have included tractor driving,
stomping on broken glass and trampoline jumping.
But the trampoline jumping was the only reason to watch!
Their mothers told them to learn a skill in case the pageant thing didn't
I say leave the show the same length but make the swimsuits smaller.
These days, people who want to hear bad singing just watch "American Idol."