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HBO is taking a little break from the cable nudity leadership as Showtime steps into the spotlight. There are two great scenes to look at today.



The first scene, featuring Eva Amurri on Californication, will be a contender for the best nude scene of the year. Eva is Susan Sarandon's daughter, she's stacked, and her chest wasn't obscured by any fancy lighting or tricky cuts - it's right out there to look at in HD. Several guys captured this and I couldn't decide whose vids to use, so I just zipped 'em all up for you (including a slo-mo). Go crazy. Lots and lots of frame grabs and collages below.



Somewhat lost in the excitement over Amurri was this nice little look at Courtney Ford on the new episode of Dexter. Screen grabs below.


Nude on Stage

An interesting comparison.

Lea Michele in Spring Awakening

Lea left the role and then her replacement, Alexandra Socha, was captured in the exact same scene, wearing the identical costume.



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Rowing Through


Helen Shaver film clip, frame grabs below


Scoop's notes:

Helen was 45, still hot.

I don't agree at all with the one star awarded this Canadian film by the Toronto Star, but I thought they had one funny line in the review:

"In managing to be both simultaneously meek and inscrutable, Rowing Through is at least representative in its role as the first official Japanese-Canadian production ever" 

I don't know. It seems to me that Japanese-Canadian projects should concentrate on cartoons with giant-eyed kids playing hockey and holding pelts. Plenty of pelts.

Kidding aside, I don't think the movie is meek at all. It realistically portrays the flaws of some athletes who rebel childishly against authority; it features a 24 year old Olympic hopeful with a 45 year old Russian girlfriend; it includes a crazy energetic sex scene which ends when the woman says "slow down, it's not a race"; and it shows a bunch of athletes behaving the way athletes really behave - talking dirty, playing jokes on each other, constantly jealous of each other. It has toplessness from a 45-year-old woman and full-frontal nudity from an attractive woman in her 20s. The main character calls a press conference so he can call U.S. President Jimmy Carter a "little peanut-farming cocksucker."

Does that sound "meek"?

The least meek thing about it is that it lets us into the thoughts of the athletes during times of stress, and they really think some pretty nasty things about their opponents.

As for "inscrutable" ... well, maybe. 

The screenplay is based on a David Halberstam book called The Amateurs, which posited that the oarsmen of the 70s were the last real amateur athletes, because whatever they did in rowing, they did for their own satisfaction. No outsiders followed their results. They attracted no cheerleaders, no fans, no groupies, no sponsors, no Wheaties boxes, no endorsement contracts, and no press. During the Olympics, they were always far from the main venues, attracted no sponsors, and got listed as an afterthought in the newspapers. And that was the summit of their fame. Their other competitions never made the papers at all.

The book and the film detail the struggles of three of these athletes and their mutual coach. Those four men (Tiff Wood, John Bigelow, Joe Bouscaren, Harry Parker) actually worked day-to-day on the project, and were allowed to keep everything in the film in synch with the way it really happened. Not that it matters to the audience. It could all be fictional and you'd never know it because, after all, nobody remembers these guys. That's pretty much the point. Their obscurity made them perfect as the metaphorical representation of genuine athletic purity.

The main character in this drama lived an athletic life even more anonymous than usual for a rower because he couldn't even get to the Olympics for his one moment in the sun (or at least near the sun). After all the years of self-denial and rigorous training, he wasn't permitted to participate in the 1980 Olympics because he was American and the United States withdrew from the games. In case you had forgotten, President Carter pulled the American athletes out of the Moscow Olympics because Russia invaded Afghanistan. At the time, Carter's action merely seemed like a pointless, grandstanding gesture which had the side-effect of ruining the lives of a lot of people who trained all their lives for the Olympics, many of whom would never get another chance, because an athlete's window of opportunity is very short in some sports. From our current perspective, Carter's gesture seems more than merely futile, because the United States has since proved that it is not really all that opposed to invading Afghanistan! Unfortunately, that generation of athletes can't get their lives back, although the main character in this film tried his best to do do. He postponed his dream for another four years, and kept training well past the age when it was practical to do so.

Rowing Through has a gritty, real feel to it that is missing from most sports movies. In essence, it's the Jack Webb version of a sports movie - "just the facts, ma'am." There's no winning one for the Gipper, no unrealistic last minute miracles, no poetic speeches. The result? Well, let's face it, unembellished reality is not always interesting. The script, like the reality it adheres to, can be boring at times, not to mention repetitious, excessively technical, excessively sentimental, and unfocused.

But it also has moments when it is very, very good.  




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