'Caps and comments by Tuna
Inserts (1975) is a Richard Dreyfuss tour de force that came and
went virtually without notice. Rated X at the time of release, it was a
film without much of a potential audience.It is essentially a two act play
set in the depression, with a very limited cast, and takes place entirely
on one set. Dreyfuss plays "The Boy Wonder," who was a prodigy during the
silent era, but was unable to make the switch to talkies. He now hides in
his bungalow, and earns money for cheap cognac making pornos for Big Mac
Hoskins is more than just a petty thug who is financing pornos. He plans
on getting rich from the newly planned freeways. No, not via real estate,
but from opening up hamburger stands and gas stations along the freeways.
The female star of the porno is a former silent star, now turned junkie
(Veronica Cartwright). Dreyfuss is filming her and "Rex the Wonder Dog"
(the male star and funeral director who wants to make it big in the real
movies, played by Stephan Davies) when Big Mac arrives with his girlfriend
"Jessica Harper), a cash envelope for Rex the Wonder Dog, and smack for
Cartwright. Act one ends when Cartwright ODs.
Act two is a cat and mouse game between Dreyfuss and Harper. Dreyfuss is
supposedly impotent, and, like everyone else in Hollywood, Harper wants to
be a star, so she parries with Dreyfuss to do the "inserts" he needs to
finish the film. This is where the film sparkles, with both some of the
cleverest dialogue I have listened to in a long time, and top notch acting
from Dreyfuss and Harper.
Then there is the nudity -- nearly non-stop. Cartwright shows everything
in both color and black and white, and Harper is topless through the
entire second half of the film. IMDb readers say 5.8, with only 202 votes,
and Ebert awarded 2.5 stars in a mostly negative review. If the film had
an intended audience, I was it. I frankly adored this film, and chortled
all the way through it. This is a strong C+. If it is your kind of film,
it is a sure winner, and it has finally been released in a pristine, uncut
If you are opposed to nudity, simulated sex, character driven plot, and
lots of clever dialogue, you will want to skip it.
Scoop's note: the 5.8 at IMDB baffles the hell out
of me. I would have expected it to be in the low 7s, or even better. I pretty much liked
it as much as Tuna did. The entire film takes place in one room, more or
less, so you action-hounds won't find it up your alley, but the plot does
have a bit of forward momentum, and the characterization is excellent, as is
the dialogue. It is a rare script which manages to be highly intelligent
without being aloof and intellectualized. And, of course, it has nudity
and dirty talk about on the all-time top rung of the Hollywood ladder. I
can't recall any film in which a mainstream actress did nudity
competitive with what Veronica Cartwright did here, or talked naughtier
than Dreyfuss and Harper.
Web (Uncle Scoopy)
I added several thousand new pictures throughout the
Encyclopedia. The individual volumes which have been updated are
highlighted in yellow.
The reviews for Batman
Begins and Saving Face can be found below in the Movie Section, or by
clicking on "Movies" up in the toolbar.
This is all
new to me. I noticed that one of the bulletin boards had some captures of
a topless Edie Falco in a 1997 movie. I checked it out on Mr Skin's site,
and he never heard of it, but he had some captured of her in a different
1997 movie. If you're an Edie fan, this is your day.
Captures and comments from the Ghost.
Zipped .avis, caps, and comments by ICMS
First of all I'd like to express a big warm
welcome to Tuna. I'm glad to see he is back on board and hope to enjoy his
contributions for a long time to come.
Today we've got three clips (1,
3) of Rebecca De Mornay
from 1996's "Never Talk to Strangers". If you like long romantic topless scenes
in subdued light, this is certainly your cup of tea. A little bit more exposure
by Rebecca mightn't have gone astray, but who am I to complain.
Our second contribution for today is "La vida es
silbar" (1998), aka. Life is to Whistle. It is a Spanish-Cuban co-production
in which two actresses show some skin.
Claudia Rojas can be seen topless in a
women's dressing room when a guy walks in saying: "What's wrong, have you
never seen a dressed man before?".
Isabel Santos prefers the G.I. Jane look
and offers breast and buns to the Fun House viewers.
'Caps and comments by Hankster:
As always, while the rest of us try to catch up on history, LC is capturing
things from the future. I think he figured out how to take Hankster's time
machine forward. Or maybe he owns a Delorean.
Aure Atika in 2005's De battre mon coeur s'est arrete (The Beat that My Heart
Also from 2005, Catherine Divine in The Long Weekend
same movie, Holly Eglinton
same movie, Jennifer Walther
Lyndsey Marshall in an episode of Rome called Centurion (Episode 8)
Four more of those kinda-sorta see-through pictures of Terry Farrell
Here 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 ICMS, or somebody else besides me)
- If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too
ashamed to admit it.
VIDEO: The unrated version of Original Sin with Jolie and Banderas
How to Blog Good: Style-ize For Maximal Impactfulness
Letterman's Top Ten Signs Sylvester Stallone Is Too Old To Play
- Love interest played by Carol Channing
- His stunt double: Wilford Brimley
- Opponent in 'Rocky VI' is a guy with a cloak and a scythe
- Keeps getting asked out by Anna Nicole Smith
The Surrealism gallery
Family Guy - Journey Karaoke
Three new film clips from The Legend of Zorro
The Top Five Inappropriate Sports Franchise Names
Jesus Christ has unveiled his very own line of condoms for
protecting His "chosen people," from unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
- "Jesus Christ spoke to me personally last night,” said Pat
Robertson on his TV show, ‘The 700 Club.’ “And Jesus told me how
excited He was about this new product idea He Had for His own line
of Holy condoms. He gave me these designs for how He wants it to
look and everything, and He told me it was not only my duty to
make it happen, but to sell Jesus Brand Condoms on His behalf.”
Bush Withdraws Miers, Nominates Larry The Cable Guy For High Court
World Iron Man Championship To Add 'Chickens Stuffed Down Trousers'
Slate looks at The Colbert Factor
I Love The 80s ... 3-D
Cruise and Katie to live in Toledo? It turned out that Ohio was
the only state they could both spell.
Conan delivers the latest entertainment news.
Six clips from Bee Season
- It stars Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche in a story about an
overachieving family, focusing on the daughter who made her own
mark as a spelling bee champion
Parents Group Warns Against 4 Fox Shows, thus assuring their
cult status with young viewers.
- The group's president, L. Brent Bozell, said he was alarmed
that the three Fox Sunday night comedies are being marketed as
family-friendly. "Families should not be deceived," he said. "The
top three worst shows all contain crude and raunchy dialogue with
sex-themed jokes and foul language. Even worse is the fact that
Hollywood is peddling its filth to families with cartoons."
- I agree with Bozell that cartoons are "even worse." If I'm
going to see sex and nudity, by God, I want it to be real chicks,
not some fuckin' drawings.
Jon Stewart talks about China/USA relations.
"Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged, according to one of her
Beowulf co-stars, Ray Winstone "
- Ray Winstone? Beowulf with a cockney accent? Oh, well - I
guess if Crispin Glover can be Grendel, anything is possible.
ProFootballTalk.com -- Best Pro Football Scoop on the Internet
- "We've received a tip from a reader in Minnesota that airline
reservation records indicate a person with the same name as a
Vikings player purchased at least one of the tickets apparently
used to transport the entertainment from other states to the Twin
Cities for the escapades on the S.S. Love Sponge. If plane fare
was purchased for the purposes of transporting a person across
state lines for prostitution or illegal sexual activity, a
violation of Title 18, Section 2421 has occurred. The penalty is
1-to-10 years in the hoosegow."
"It's been confirmed: Hurricane Wilma, with a pressure of 882 mb, is
the most intense hurricane on record"
- Wilma is expected to hit the Yucatan, then turn NW into the
southern portion of the west coast of Florida. It is too early to
make specific and accurate predictions, but the
current modeling shows it pounding smack-dab into Naples/Ft.
Myers/Sarasota. As we have noted here in previous links, Tampa Bay
is not much better prepared for a major hurricane than was
- Submitter wrote: "I have to admit, I spent most of my morning
going through this site. Tons and tons of info on baseball parks
(past, present, future, major league, minor league, ect.), league
histories, photos, on and on and on. Just a neat site. I lost
track of the specific page that I wanted to link to, so here is
one that is as good as any. The home page, however, is just OK."
"Broncos QB Jake Plummer called me on my cell phone Thursday night,
and in a profanity-laced tirade, shredded me and Broncos fans like a
Your $3.00 gasoline at work:
Check out these construction and engineering projects planned for
the United Arab Emirates
Madonna lectures Hunter College film students
- I guess Steve Gutenberg was busy.
- Hunter College has also lined up Bill Shatner for the Music
Appreciation students and Michael Moore for Phys Ed
Top 50 Baseball Free Agents 2006
- No blockbuster possibilities this year, but a few interesting
speculations: Nomar to the Marlins. Durazo and Dotel to the
Conan O'Brien - the Angel returns
Beckhams in court
- "David and Victoria Beckham are going to court in December to
prove their marriage isn't a sham. The soccer star and the former
Spice Girl deny that they ''cynically and hypocritically' present
a false image of a happy marriage in order to protect their
commercial interests. The couple are suing the British tabloid
News of the World "
Pat Reeder - www.comedy-wire.com
SADDAM'S LAWYER MOVES FOR ADJOURNMENT
And We Want Judge Ito! - Nearly two years after his capture, Saddam Hussein
finally goes on trial today, and his attorney said "President Saddam" is "100
percent sure he is innocent." The attorney said his defense will not focus on
the details of the 1982 massacre he's accused of ordering - the first of several
mass murder charges he's facing - but on the broader issue of the legitimacy of
the Iraqi court. He plans to ask for an immediate three-month adjournment of
the trial to pursue that issue.
* If that doesn't work, he'll ask for a six-month
adjournment so Saddam can hunt for the real genocidal dictator.
* If there's one thing Saddam Hussein can't abide, it's a rigged trial.
* He will also argue that Saddam is more legitimate than the court, because
the last time he ran for president, he got 108 percent of the vote.
KATRINA RELIEF MONEY TIPS STRIPPERS
Your Tax Dollars At Work - The Boston Herald reports that Hurricane Katrina
evacuees in Massachusetts are being arrested for public drunkenness after
spending their $2,000 federal relief money on booze and strippers. One stripper
said, "They were tipping me $5 a pop. I told them I felt bad taking their
money. But I still took it."
* Hey, it makes them feel like they're back home in New Orleans.
* At least it stimulated the economy...Stimulated the evacuees, too
FECES MAYORAL CANDIDATE STEAMING MAD (CAREFUL! NOTE SUBJECT!)
At Least He Admits It - James Skwarok, a Canadian activist who campaigns against
dumping raw sewage into waterways by dressing as Mr. Floatie, a smiling piece of
excrement, is going to the British Columbia Supreme Court. Mr. Floatie was
nominated for mayor of Victoria, but officials say only real people can run
under their real names, and Mr. Floatie is a costume character. Skwarok
said he's "fuming," and that Mr. Floatie is a tireless and high-profile
environmental crusader. He said, "Of course, I'm not a real person. I'm a big
piece of poop."
* That makes him qualified to hold any political office.
* That didn't keep the current mayor from getting elected.
* According to the latest polls, he's #2.
* His campaign slogan: "Go with the flow!"
WOMAN GIVES BIRTH ON "BIG BROTHER"
Little Sister - In another milestone for reality TV, a woman on the Dutch
edition of "Big Brother" gave birth Tuesday to a daughter on live TV. The mom
thought it would boost her chances of not being voted off and winning $477,480
(US). Under prearranged rules, the show agreed not to air anything
explicit. And to protect the baby's privacy, she will stay in a room with no
cameras, get off-the-air visits from her mother and grandparents, and she can't
be shown for more than eight hours total during the rest of the series, which
ends December 22.
* The producers were hoping for a boy, so they could air
a big Hanukkah circumcision special.
* Someday, she'll hate her mother for limiting her time in the spotlight.
* That's more privacy than most women giving birth get these days.
* The father isn't there...He got voted out of the mom's life long ago.
FINISHING SCHOOL FOR MEN
Who Wears The Pants? - Actress and etiquette expert Diana Mather has opened the
world's first finishing school for men, in a castle in Scotland to combat the
rise of louts. Mather says men come from around the world for her
three-day course in proper British manners. Among the things men learn: how to
walk upright while balancing a book on their heads; how to give a power
handshake; how to dance a Scottish reel; how to sew, iron, fly-fish and
skeet-shoot; and scariest of all to most men, which wine glasses and cutlery to
use at a formal
dinner. They're also taught such basic manners as holding the door for a lady,
which Mather says rabid feminists have demonized, but most women like.
* Are the men also taught how to tell which women will like it?
* Once women know the man can sew and iron, they won't care if he holds the
* Most importantly, they learn how to sit in a kilt.
* Most women would be happy if the finishing school could just teach the men
not to finish first.
"BOMB" ACTUALLY JUST A SPACE ALIEN REPELLENT
And He Smells Different - Some new tenants in a home in Davenport, Iowa, found a
box containing what appeared to be a bomb. Police said it looked scary but
wasn't explosive. Turned out it had been left behind by the former tenant. She
said it was sent to her mom by an astrologer friend who believed aliens live
under the ground, and it was a device he'd made to create vibrations to scare
them away. She said her mom no longer talked to him because he was "a little
off his rocker."
* What was her first clue?
* You might say his vibrations scared her away.
* Oh yeah? Well, has she ever been attacked by subterranean aliens since she
got that device? Hmmmm??!
ANIMAL LOVERS PROTEST CHOKING THE CHICKEN
Don't Grip Too Hard - Australia's RSPCA is up in arms over a toy from Taiwan
called "Choke The Chicken." It's a dancing toy chicken, and kids are encouraged
to grab him by the neck, squeeze, and watch him squawk and flap madly. An
RSPCA spokesman called it sick and grossly irresponsible, saying, "What next?
Burn a cat? Shoot a dog?" But the toy maker said the RSPCA should be spending
its time saving real animals and Choking the Chicken is just an amusing and
harmless way to relieve stress.
* That's what I've always said.
* Just like their next toys, "Burn The Cat" and "Shoot The Dog."
UNDERWEAR YOU DON'T HAVE TO WASH
Keeps Skid Marks Fresh! - The Daily Mail reports that a British company is
launching a new line of underwear called North Face briefs that can be worn for
days without washing. The fabric contains small fragments of silver to stop
bacteria from multiplying, and the weave prevents odor-causing microbes and
mildew from growing. A spokesman said they are "sure to appeal to blokes
everywhere who may be slightly challenged in the washing machine department."
* Or the "remembering to buy toilet paper" department.
* Those men need so much silver, their shorts will clank
* Now their friends will be saying, "What's that odd metallic smell?"
* What's the big deal about underwear you can wear for days without washing?
I've had that for years.
MADONNA GROVELS TO ABBA, LECTURES STUDENTS
Tap-Dancing Queen - Madonna told Attitude magazine that Abba never lets people
sample their songs, so to use "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" in her new single, she had
to write a groveling letter, begging them and telling them how much she
worshiped Abba and wanted to pay homage to them.
* "Homage" meaning "as little royalty money as possible."
* Abba's reply: "Gimme, gimme, gimme!"
* Abba didn't want to be associated with Madonna because they think she's
Bad Films 101 - Tuesday, Madonna made a surprise appearance at Hunter College in
New York to lecture film students.
* Madonna lecturing film students is like William Shatner lecturing music
* When the film students learned they'd be taught by Madonna, they demanded
their tuition back.
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