To those of you in the USA celebrating a
Thanksgiving is a double holiday for us. In addition to the obvious, it's also
the day we adopted as our anniversary date for the Funhouse. I know that I
started publishing in November of 1995, but I don't remember the exact date,
so I use Thanksgiving as a safe marker, since it's at the end of the month.
And that means that today is our 15th anniversary. The site started as a free
site on an AOL URL in November of 1995, when Bill Clinton was still in his
first term. It moved over to scoopy.com some time in 1996, then became an
"adult verification" site on scoopy.net in the summer of 1997, and finally
became a subscription site on scoopy.net from May of 1998 to the present day.
Anybody remember when it was a partner with another celeb site called
Atlantis, and both were free sites sponsored by another site called A Sexy
Cafe? Were any of you actually around all the way back in the AOL days, when I
wrote the whole thing in a character voice? Those things happened a long time
ago, 14-15 years in internet time, which is like 200 years of real time.
It's been a lotta years.
Miley Cyrus turned three years old on about the same day the site began.
Both of my parents were alive when the site began. Now they're both gone. When
I started to write this page my youngest was nine years old. Now she's a music
video co-ordinator who works with some big-time stars in L.A., as well as an
experienced world traveler whose life is far more interesting than mine. My
second-youngest was eleven years old. Now he has two daughters of his own. My
oldest son, known to many of you as Scoopy Junior, who collaborated with me on
the site for years, is nearly 40 years old.
In the early days we had an Industry Insider who would occasionally send in
celebrity pics of parties at his own house, sometimes even with a little
C-list celebrity nudity! The Insider was really Dale Davis, the surfing
photographer. Dale became a close friend of mine. We talked on the phone every
day, and he sent me all kinds of cool memorabilia and various photos and
videos which I still have sitting around somewhere. That seems like it
happened about a week ago, but Dale died of a stroke more than nine years ago,
when he was younger than I am now.
But, you know what? It's still fun.
Some site trivia:
- The first picture ever to appear on the site was the one of Madonna
- The first "branded" imager/contributor was a guy nicknamed Helcrom. I
have no idea where he is now.
- Tuna, once our most prolific contributor (although OZ and Aesthete may
actually have passed him by now), and a daily columnist for about a decade,
is now a
spectacularly good photographer. He's an amateur, and I'm not an expert,
but I think his best nature photography could be in National Geographic. He
has the eye, and he also has mad Photoshop skills to polish it all.
Catch the deluxe version of Other
Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles,
Cherry Tree Lane
Cherry Tree Lane is a British home invasion
thriller about a middle class couple who are about to sit down to dinner
when three thugs force their way into the home and beat up the man and gag
the woman. It seems they want their teenage son who has ratted them out
and they want their revenge. While waiting, the thugs make themselves at
home. Not much more than that. Set, for the most part, in real time, this
film is quite brutal, but the last half loses focus as the film
desperately tries for a longer runtime. It wants to be Funny Games (two
films I thoroughly hate) and at least is not as arrogant as Funny Games,
but in the end, I don't know what the point of this film is other than
showing a brutal home invasion (at least Funny Games has a point, even if
we're bashed over the head with it). The final shot could've been
concocted by Michael Haneke himself. A complete misfire from a director
who had two solid previous outings (London to Brighton and The Cottage).
Rachael Blake film clip. The collage
(Aussie TV 2007-2010)
Pia Prendiville film clip
Monica Keena, as photographed by Dan-O
A couple more of Viva Bianca in Spartacus, just because they are
spectacular in HD.
I don't know a lot about the Red Riding trilogy. The crime
thrillers appeared on TV in the UK last year and had a brief and
limited theatrical release in the USA earlier this year. I'm going
to go out on a limb and guess there are three of them, but I could
actually be wrong because the books were called the Red Riding
Quartet. I guess one of the books sucked!
Wikipedia page for the movies, and that page also links to the
info on the books, if you just have to know what happened to #4.
At any rate, only two of the three films are represented here:
Rebecca Hall in Red Riding In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (HD)
Kelly Freemantle in Red Riding In the Year of Our Lord 1980 (HD)
Elizabeth Mastrantonio in White Sands (1992) in HD
Lynda Wiesmeier in Evil
Town, (1987) as they call Green Bay. Or is it "title town"? See
Ruby Larocca in the
timeless screen romance Faces of Schlock. (2009) Sample below
Janna Lisa Dombrowsky and Susanne Sach in Bandaged (2009).
German production filmed in English. IMDb description below.
"Since his wife's death, Arthur, a peculiar and severe surgeon,
cloisters his teen daughter Lucille inside a strange mansion.
Desperate, Lucille tries to commit suicide and ends up with her face
completely burned and bandaged. Arthur, with the assistance of his
aunt, prepares a weird skin graft in order to give back Lucille a
face, a face that resembles his beloved and deceased wife. To take
care of her, the father then hires Joan, an attractive nurse with a
somber past. Lucille and Joan start a forbidden and passionate love