"The L Word"

The L Word (Pilot Episodes) (2004) is a Showtime softcore lesbian soap, written and produced by lesbian Ilene Chaiken. The pilot does the usual job of establishing main characters, and starting a plot line for each. Jennifer Beals and Laurel Holloman are in a long term committed relationship, but are having some troubles. Their sex life has degraded. They want to conceive a child. Mia Kirshner has just moved to LA, is a wannabe writer living with her boyfriend, and is strongly attracted to lesbian club owner Karina Lombard. Katherine Moennig is obviously out, and rather promiscuous, but actually yearns for a real relationship. Beals is half sister to Pam Grier, a dysfunctional entertainer.

The pilot evidently ran two nights. It includes nudity from Beals (dark breast shot), Holloman (breasts in good light), Moennig (full frontal), Kirshner (breasts in two different sex scenes) and two unknowns. According to the commentary by Beals and Chaiken, they not only have to please Showtime, but also all of Chaiken's lesbian support group as well, so I suppose it has authenticity. I will reserve judgement until I have seen more, but nothing about this pilot caught my interest.

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  • Jennifer Beals (1, 2, 3)
  • Katherine Moennig (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Katrina Lombard (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Mia Kirshner (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)
  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Unknown #2 (1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Head in the Clouds (2004):

    Despite the presence of Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, this film bombed miserably at the US box office. It maxxed out at 47 screens, and after 10 weeks it has taken in the princely sum of $383,000, which probably didn't even pay for the manicures for Cruz and Theron. Last week it took in $1,100 on four screens.

    I haven't seen the film, but it was filmed by the guy who did Sirens, so you know it should look great, and Charlize definitely looks great again. The IMDb rating is weak, and it sounds like a chick-flick. It comes to DVD on the 25th of January.


    Endangered Species (2002):

    Surprisingly, there are intelligent and thought-provoking elements in the basic premise of this grade-B sci-fi film made in Lithuania.

    Suppose you are a game warden or an anti-fur activist. You find a poacher about to kill a rare leopard for the pelt. Would you kill the poacher rather than let him fire that shot? Of course not. He's a human being. You would try to prevent his action, perhaps try to get him arrested, but not kill him.

    Now suppose that there is a race of highly advanced beings. They prize the skin of earthlings. They have made earth a game preserve and have forbidden the hunting of humans. But there is still a big demand for human skins on their planet, so poachers come to earth to hunt us. Their game wardens will try to prevent them from poaching, but will not shoot the poachers. Why not? Go back and read the previous paragraph. You would not kill a member of your species to protect an inferior species. Neither will these guys.

    Arnold Vosloo plays the game warden. Some Lithuanian guy plays the poacher who murders dozens of humans for their pelts. Eric Roberts plays the human cop investigating the murdered humans. Eric doesn't have the firepower to defend against the powerful alien, so he keeps begging the alien game warden to use his own powerful technology to counter the bad guy's powerful technology, but the warden, although a good guy, will not take the life of a member of his own race just to defend mere human animals.

    Not a bad premise at all. In the hands of James Cameron or somebody like that, it could make for a terrific movie, an exciting thriller which also has far-reaching social implications.

    Unfortunately, Cameron and his peers were nowhere to be seen, and we are left with bad dialogue (much of it dubbed), laughably bad special effects, miscast actors (John Rhys-Davies as an American cop?), and production values only slightly worse than those on the vintage Dark Shadows soap opera.

    Way to go, lads. Terrible movie from a great idea.

    I did learn some interesting facts about making cheap movies in Eastern Europe. Here are some of the things I discovered:

    (1) They use about a half dozen English speakers. (In this film, Roberts, Rhys-Davies, Vosloo, Tony Lo Bianco, the coroner, and the woman who played Roberts's wife.) The people in small parts simply speak their lines in Lithuanian and are dubbed over in post-production. The guy who played the poacher was on camera more than anyone else, but this presented no problem since the character did not speak any earth languages.

    (2) They create the illusion that the film is made in an American town by using only a few signs. The police station is a local building with some inexpensive English language signs hung on it. Same with the local strip club and health club. A couple of cars are painted to look like American police cars from a generic city.

    (3) They are not especially careful about where they film, because all traces of local culture and signage are blurred out in post-production. Here's the way it works. As they drive through the streets, the words on all the street signs are blurred out. The identifying signs on local gas stations and retail establishments are blurred out. This film actually has a long chase scene through the streets of Vilnius, and I watched it very closely. There is nothing to betray the location. It might have taken place in Syracuse, except that there is something vaguely unfamiliar about it. There are no oil companies in America that use that color combination, for example, so even though the brand names are blurred away, it is obviously a brand that does not really exist in Syracuse or anywhere else in the USA.

    To tell you the truth, the whole process is quite ingenious, and I had a good time studying how they disguised Vilnius and its inhabitants to look like some generic small city in the rust belt.

    The good news is that the nudity is plentiful, and the women are lovely. The final flesh count: frontal nudity from two identified actresses, breasts from eight or nine more, of which two are identified.

    Since the alien poacher prizes the best human pelts, he does his hunting in strip clubs and health clubs. The film begins in the woman's locker room of a health club, where two completely naked women have a long chat as they prepare to become victims. Later on, the poacher wreaks havoc on a strip club, where we see an unidentified topless waitress, several unidentified topless strippers, and a lovely topless bartender (Viktorija Soldatenko). The three identified actresses all speak with perfect American accents. Of course the words we hear don't even come close to matching their lip movements! Additional nudity is provided by the breasts of Sarah Kaite Coughlan in a sex scene with her cop husband (Eric Roberts).


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    1984 - (1984 - when else?) - part 2

    Hello Scoopy !
    Bush lovers will most likely find these clips a treat.

    I'm not talking politics here but am referring to the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton. The film is of course an adaptation of George Orwell's grim but surprisingly accurate vision of the future written back in 1948, and I must say that the film is even more depressing than the book. Suzanna Hamilton plays the female lead role and back in 1984 audiences raised their eyebrows when she showed her pubes and, by doing so, managed to get her name noticed. See, it was a gigantic bush even by the standards of those days, so how must this look to some of today's people who adhere to the no pubes rule aka. the little girl look?

    Anyway, here are #6-10 out of ten clips. The first five are found in yesterday's edition.

    Yours faithfully,


    Crimson Ghost
    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    First up from the Ghost...Margot "Lois Lane" Kidder's niece, Janet. Here is the Canadian actress topless and baring her bum in the shower. Scenes from 2002's "Darkness Falling".

    • Janet Kidder (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    • Janet Kidder zipped .wmvs (1, 2, 3)

    Next up, a couple of vids of Olivia Williams baring her breasts in scenes from the Kevin Costner movie "The Postman" (1997). Clip #1 also features a very brief bit of pubes as Williams climbs into bed.

    • Olivia Williams zipped .wmvs. (1, 2, 3)

    Brooke Burns Bikini 'caps from a recent episode of "North Shore".

    Kristen Bell The cute blonde star of "Veronica Mars" wearing a tight little tank top and a cheerleader outfit on a recent episode.

    Eva Longoria

    Heather Stephens

    Nicolette Sheridan

    Teri Hatcher
    (1, 2)

    The latest from the "Desperate Housewives". The future Mrs. Scoopy Jr (in my dreams) Eva Longoria in seen in bed in her undies.

    Sheridan shows cleavage and pokies while riding a mechanical bull.

    Hatcher is all dressed up in #1, and doing a silly dance in tight top before trying to ride the bull in #2.

    Heather Stephens had a guest spot on last week's episode, and is wearing a tank top and tight jeans in the scene we have here.

    Alexa Davalos

    Christina Cox
    (1, 2)

    Thandie Newton

    Next up...a few scenes from the recently released DVD of "The Chronicles of Riddick".

    The skin...
    No nudity, but Alexa Davalos and Christina Cox both show some sweaty cleavage. Cox also shows off her amazing abs. Thandie Newton also showed a bunch of cleavage and wore several form fitting dresses.

    The rant...
    I absolutely loved the original "Pitch Black". It was visually wonderful, chock full of sci-fi thrills and it gave us Vin Diesel as of the best anti-heroes we've seen on screen in a long time. Best of all it was decently written and well executed on a budget of only $23 million! By the time it left theaters, it was a profitable movie that had brought in about $53 million world wide. Later it became a big hit on DVD, and apparently that's when the studio execs started seeing dollar signs.

    Fast forward to summer 2004 and along comes the sequel, and one more classic example of just how bad the Hollywood Studio system can be. When will Hollywood learn that taking a small, surprise hit and trying make a big budget summer blockbuster sequel just doesn't work! They backed "Riddick" with a budget of $110,000,000, made sure every scene had tons of CG effects, and softened up our anti-hero so he would be more cuddly and marketable enough to get a PG-13 rating.

    The result..."Chronicles" didn't even break even, and for good reasons.

    The original was a lean, mean sci-fi flick on alien world, that put a hand full of surivors up against man eating monsters. A simple story of survival with a great survivor was a bad guy who was just as unpredictable and dangerous as the monsters -no heart of gold bullshit.

    In the sequel we have an evil empire (yawn). An evil leader who is half dead (which gives him magic powers). Some people with funny haircuts and big plastic armor. Plus they even tossed in some kind of "Minority Report"-like psychics.

    The basic plot is that the evil leader is so bad that only another bad guy can stop him and save the universe. (On a side note, I guess this proves Dark Helmet's theory that Evil will always triumph over Good, because Good is dumb.)

    This time out, our big twist is that apparently Riddick really isn't that evil after all. In fact he's from a race of people that are genetically ass-kicking, but as fate would have it, the evil leader killed Riddick's people. So he's not really a bad guy, he's just horribly scarred from a childhood trauma. Maybe someone should give him a hug.

    The original had a great pace, scenes chock full of nail bitting tension and some genuine thrills. The sequel is just one more predictable, big budget summer action flick. Vin was still pretty cool, and his paycheck was basicially half the budget of "Pitch Black" kudos there big guy. However I must say this....Vin, if you really are considering a third movie in this series...please, I beg you, don't do it. Just stop now. There are better projects out there for you.

    Franka Potente Another cool find by LC featuring scenes from a movie not yet available on home video. According to it's production company's web site, it's currently set for a "late 2004" theatrical release. Here is the "Run Lola Run" and "Bourne Identity" star topless in scenes from "I Love Your Work".

    Julie Gayet One more rare find by LC. Here is the French actress baring all 3 B's in scenes from "Clara et moi" (2004). So far this movie has been seen at a few film festivals and in French theaters, but no DVD info is availble yet.

    Jane Stowe
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Stacey Leigh Mobley
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Señor Skin takes a look at the 1997 Skinemax flick, "Sex, Lies & Politics" (1997). Jane Stowe is topless and Mobley (aka adult star Holly Hollywood) bares breasts, bush and shows some thong views.