"Animal House"

Animal House (1978) is now 25 years old, and they have released a special anniversary edition. Let me get the bad news out of the way first. There is no new footage, even though there were several minutes of running time cut from the first rough cut. Also, the transfer is no better than previous releases, and is just a little dark.

The DVD includes "Animated Facts" which pop up during the film, but I didn't get a chance to explore those. They have a new 'where are they now' feature expanding on the ending of the film, and a lengthy making of featurette, which is mostly what I will be talking about. The film came about because Douglas Kenney was burning out, and threatened to quit the Lampoon. To keep him on board, they told him they were going to make a movie. He and Herold Ramis churned a High School Charles Manson thing called Laser Orgy Girls, which was way too strange to make, so they said let's move it to college. The added Chris Miller to the writing team based on some articles he had written for the Lampoon about his frat days. The three divided the story into thirds, after three months of brainstorming and comparing notes on everything they could remember from college. After each finished their thirds, they swapped and rewrote each other's section. Once they had a script ready to show around, they found nothing but closed doors.

Out of the blue, Universal contacted them, and said that if they ever had anything for a film at the Lampoon, let him know. Universal gave them a development deal on the spot. The project nearly didn't get green-lighted, do to the cast of unknowns (John Belushi, Thomas Hulce, Stephan Furst, Mary Louise Weller, Kevin Bacon, Karen Allen, Tim Matheson) but they relented when Donald Sutherland, a known player, joined the cast. John Landis was chosen based on his comic sense making Kentucky Fried Movie. Finding a location proved nearly impossible, as no college wanted any part of this film, until, at the last minute, The University of Oregon offered their campus. The dean had turned down The Graduate as a film that would go nowhere after reading the script, and didn't want to make the mistake again.

Before start of principal photography, all of the Deltas moved into the same hotel, the Roadway Inn, and hung out together. They actively ostracized the crew, and the players that were Omegas, while partying constantly. By the time filming started, they were very close. Shortly before filming started, they were invited to an Omega type frat party, and ended up getting beat up after Tim Matheson hit on the girlfriend of one of the head preppy bothers, then drenched another with a cup of beer. This also united the Deltas.

The studio was not impressed with their initial screening. They just didn't understand it. Then they tried a sneak preview with a real audience went crazy over it, and the rest is history. IMDB readers have this at 7.5 of 10. US gross was 141.6M, and it has earned another $70.8M on home video. It is the first, and the best, film in its genre. I am sure all of you remember the breast exposure from Mary Louise Weller and her sorority sisters, Lisa Bauer and Sarah Holcomb, buns from Karen Allen, and lingerie from Verna Bloom and Martha Smith. A very talented cast and crew went into the making of this film, but it is really John Belushi that is remembered. I have included a collage tribute to him along with the nudity. This is somewhere in the A to A- range. I suppose there are some who wouldn't be won over.

  • The one and only, John Belushi

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  • Karen Allen (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Lisa Bauer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Martha Smith (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Mary Louise Weller (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Sarah Holcomb (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Unknowns (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Verna Bloom (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    I'm on limited action this week. Catch ya soon.



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    Graphic Response
    Vidcaps from the 1976 movie, "Welcome to L.A."

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

    Still in theaters!
    An awesome first look at the indie film "Swimming Pool" (2003)! Thanks to LC.

    Long time cult favorite Charlotte Rampling is in her late 50's and still looks great nekkid! Here we see her topless and going full frontal (with near-gyno views!).

    • Charlotte Rampling (1, 2, 3)

    Next up...the gorgeous young French actress Ludivine Sagnier is either nekkid or in a bikini pretty much throughout the entire film. Here we see her amazing breasts, and going full frontal in a very dark scene.

    • Ludivine Sagnier (1, 2, 3, 4)

    'Caps and comments by C2000:

    A comdey about the perfect actress - Oscar winning acting ability, beauty, and the willingness to do nudity - generated by computer. It's Rachel Roberts in most of the scenes but they gave her a sheen which is a shame as she's very pretty in her own right. Tried something a bit different with the caps as the official site had some great nude posed pics.

    • Rebecca Romijn showing some very nice cleavage. (1, 2)

    • Rachel Roberts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Anita Pallenberg
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Ewa Aulin
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

    Mr. Nude Celeb takes a look at the 1968 movie "Candy", co-starring Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, Walter Matthau and Ringo Starr. Ewa Aulin in the lead as 'Candy' goes topless and shows partial rear nudity. Anita Pallenberg also goes topless.

    Marina Zudina
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

    Larisa Khusnolina
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

    Señor Skin 'caps from the low budget thriller, "Mute Witness" (1994). Zudina bares all 3 B's (the bush views are very brief), and Khusnolina is topless. According to IMDb trivia, Alec Guinness' cameo in this flick was actually filmed 9 years before the rest movie was shot.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    It Got Old After The Sixth Day - The New York Times reports that Fox News senior vice president John Moody has ordered reporters to stop making puns on Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies when discussing his political campaign, such as "Total Recall," "The Running Man" and "The Governator." In an internal memo, Moody said it wasn't "fair and balanced" because it belittled the seriousness of his candidacy. Besides, he said the "circus component is starting to subside," and Californians want to hear about serious issues.

  • They DO?!...Who are these mythical Californians who read the New York Times?
  • Fox reporters were also ordered to stop asking Arnold, "Boxers or briefs or 'Commando?'"
  • Just because this race has a clown, a midget, two half-naked ladies and a strong man doesn't mean it's a circus!

    His Pockets Will Jingle All The Way - In other Arnold news, Gov. George Pataki's fundraising team is planning a "New Yorkers For Arnold Schwarzenegger" dinner to raise money for Arnold's campaign at $1,000 a plate.

  • $1,000 a plate is less than Arnold usually pays for dinner.
  • $1,000? I didn't know steroids were so expensive!
  • That's a lot of money, but it's a desperately needy cause.

    Sweet! - A Krispy Kreme donut truck was making a delivery near Detroit Monday morning when someone jumped in and drove off. Two hours later, the thieves called a Krispy Kreme manager to say they were holding the donut truck for ransom and wanted $100 to return it. Detroit police caught one suspect on a street corner holding a bag of donuts, and another with a Krispy Kreme company cell phone, but the donut truck was nowhere to be found. As of last night, they were still searching for it.

  • They've got the entire Detroit police department on this case!
  • I'll bet some cop already found it and just can't bring himself to return it.
  • They only wanted $100 for a truckload of Krispy Kreme donuts, so police suspect they're planning an insanity plea.

    She Met A Sexy Doctor Who Cured Her - Julia Volkova, one of the two self-professed teen lesbian lover singers of the Russian pop group Tatu, had to cancel a concert tour after she was rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation to have her appendix removed.

  • So there is the answer to "where are they now"