Follow-up notes on yesterday's column:
Tuna previewed the Cold Around the Heart DVD and found that,
like the German issue, it is missing the best nudity from the
fullscreen DVD. See his review below.
One reader alerted me that the Brenda Strong nudity in Skin
Deep was done by a body double. This quote from Brenda is found at
"One of the reasons I took my name off of Skin Deep had to do
with a violation of trust between myself and the director, Blake
Edwards. To make a long story short, I had agreed to do the part based
on three great scenes with John Ritter. I think it ended up being
one short one and a love scene. Needless to say he shot more of
the love scene than he had promised, I got upset, and in the end a
body double did all the nudity that looks like me. I took my name
off the film for principle simply because I didn't want people to
think I had done such a nothing (after editing) role, and did the
The nudity is filmed with the woman's head turned away from the
camera, and that certainly supports her story.
Natalie Portman in Closer:
The HDTV broadcast of Closer shows a definite nipple from
Third party videos:
Talk about the classic nude scenes!
Nasty Kinski in Cat People.
(Three .avis zipped
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"Boy, three, buys car on
- This is a real
story from BBC. The kid didn't buy a toy,
but a $15,000 car!
"Top Ten Signs Osama Bin
Laden Isn't Really Dead"
- He's appearing in
Atlantic City this weekend with Tony Danza
- He's captain of the
Muslim team on the all new 'Survivor'
- Empty case of
Yoo-Hoo was recently discovered in lawless
border region of Afghanistan
- During Fashion
Week, he unveiled his fall line of turbans
The Best Video Games in
the History of Humanity
Pope says Islam is
The top ten movies of all
time, as chosen by Leo DiCaprio
Headline of the day:
"Toilet paper dress wipes
out all rivals in designer contest"
The birds sing a
sweeter tune. The sun shines brighter than
Paris Hilton And Nicole
Richie Are Friends Again!
A line rarely seen in
a news story:
"I have monkeys in my
- ... and they've
been very bad monkeys, and I have to spank
Dog starts car after
The trailer for Requiem
- A small town in the
1970s in southern Germany. Michaela, 21, has
grown up in a deeply religious family, with
a kind but weak father and a cold-hearted,
distant mother. Despite her years-long
battle with epilepsy, Michaela burns to
leave home and study at the university.
There, her first taste of freedom, her
budding love for Stefan and her friendship
with Hanna crack open the shell of faith and
family within which she had always felt
secure and protected. The result is a
breakdown. Not a normal epileptic attack,
but a frightening onrush of grotesque faces
and voices. Afraid of being sent back home
to her family, Michaela seeks help from a
priest who reinforces her conviction that
she is possessed. Though Stefan and Hanna
entreat her to seek psychiatric help, they
are unable to break through the dense
religious and moral ties binding Michaela to
her family, and leave her to her fate..."
Crowe says he doesn't "do charity work" for
A classic music video:
David Hasselhoff - Hooked
on a Feeling
Soldiers to be equipped
with such blasters in future (Photo)
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
The Notorious Betty Page (2005)
The Notorious Betty Page (2005) is an HBO biopic about the "greatest pin-up
model of all time." The story begins with the Estes Kefauver smut hearings,
where Irving Klaw was on trial for bondage photos, mostly of Betty Page. The
film hops around in time, and also in place, as it shows her childhood in a
religious family in Tennessee, her modeling career in New York, and her
excursions to Miami. Influential in her life were Irving Klaw and his sister
Paula, and photographer Bunny Yaeger. Gretchen Mol played Betty Page, and if
you compare her performance with the short of the real Betty Page called
Presenting Betty Page from the special features, you can see what a remarkable
job she did capturing Betty in the film.
Betty's early life could have been better, as her mother was overly strict
and her father was abusive. Her first marriage ended badly with her husband
also abusing her, so she set off to the Big Apple to get rich and famous in
movies. What she found instead was that she was a natural model, and when she
started working for the Klaws doing fetish material, she was making good money
and becoming famous. Eventually, she left modeling and rediscovered religion.
That is where the film ends, but Betty is still alive now and doing well,
after a rocky time in her 50s. She makes no apologies for her nude and fetish
modeling, saying she is proud of those photos.
Betty Page shows breasts and buns in the short feature. Gretchen Mol shows
both full frontal and rear nudity. Note that New York shots were in B & W, and
Florida was in color.
IMDb readers say 7.1. The attention to period detail was excellent, and
also the costuming. The photo shoots portrayed in the film were based on real
shoots from Betty Page's career. While presenting the career of Betty Page,
director Mary Harron was also trying to show sexuality in the 50s. I would say
she accomplished both goals, but the lion's share of the credit must go to
Gretchen Mol. This is a C+.
Cold Around the Heart (1997)
Cold Around the Heart (1997) is finally due for release on Region One, but
you might not want to rush out and order it. This is the widescreen version
- the best nudity from the full frame VHS version is absent. The only
remaining nudity is some brief looks at Kelly Lynch's breasts.
This is a heist/double cross/road movie. Scoopy found the material trite
and derivative, and I can't disagree with that, but a few of the twists did
come as a surprise to me. Kelly Lynch and David Caruso have robbed a jewelry
store, and three people are dead. The cops are in hot pursuit and gaining.
Lynch is driving, and either pushes Caruso out of the car, or he falls when
she swerves to avoid an oncoming car. In either case, she takes off and he is
in the hospital under armed guard. He has no trouble breaking out. Now he is
out after Kelly and revenge.
Along the way, Caruso picks up hitchhiking runaway Stacey Dash, whose
father beat her frequently. Lynch stops at their fence to convert the rocks to
cash, but he won't touch them. Then starts the cat and mouse game among the
principals. Frankly, your possible enjoyment will be much greater if any of
the many twists surprise you, so I will stop here.
First-time director John Ridley, who also penned the film, won the best director
award at an obscure New York film festival which
showcases minority films. Ridley is a prolific author, and narrates a regular
feature on National Public Radio. You can learn more about him at the
I score it C-. Genre addicts might not mind it because it is an adequate
genre effort that. The same film made in the 70s or 80s might have been far
better because the film would have benefited greatly from more nudity, which
would not have been difficult to include.
IMDb readers say 4.4.
Jacqueline Lovell and
Amanda Sanches in The Key to Sex
Michelle Johnson in
Tales From the Crypt
I have never seen this nude before. It certainly appears to
Milla Jovovich, but I can't verify it or figure
out the source.
Pat's comments in yellow...
Last Friday, a Canadian adjudicator ruled that two teenage twin sisters
suffered sex discrimination because they weren't allowed to try out for the
boys' hockey team. She awarded them $3500 damages and struck down the policy
requiring students to play on teams of their own gender. Now, schools are
already getting requests from boys to play on girls' teams. A Manitoba school
athletic official said the boys were very honest and admitted they weren't good
enough to make the boys' basketball team, but they said they love basketball and
think they're good enough to make the girls' team.
* In fact, they're hoping to make the entire girls'
Andrew Bell of Tampa, Florida, called the police to report that he had been
threatened with a gun at a Target store in a dispute over the last Tickle Me
Elmo toy. The new TMX Elmos that go into hysterical fits when tickled are so
hot, they sell out within minutes. Bell claims he was approached by a man who
was angry that he'd gotten the last Elmo. He said the man demanded the Elmo,
pulled out a pistol and said he "had no problem shooting" him over it. He said
he couldn't believe someone was willing to shoot him "over this stupid Tickle Me
Elmo freaking doll."
* But when he thought about it later, it kinda tickled
* To add insult to injury, that damned Elmo just stood there laughing at him.
A painting attributed to Adolf Hitler sold for $20,000 at auction in Britain
Tuesday, despite experts' doubts that he really painted it
* But Mel Gibson claimed the painting just goes really
well with his sofa