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A few tidbits from Sleuth
In the 12/10 {Sunday} Fun House, there is a scan identified as "Ines Sastre, Laetitia Casta and Heidi Klum" together... with many lusting comments about the legs of Ines. Unfortunately, they belong to Ines Rivero--another, younger Brazilian supermodel, of whom there are two runway shots in the Naked Encyclopedia.

Also, it is not Cheri Oteri in the Saturday Night Live sketch with Charlize Theron and Ana Gasteyer. Cheri left the show prior to this season {does the name "McLean Stevenson" mean anything to her?}. The third woman is the show's former director of writing, Terri Fay, who now co-anchors the "Weekend Update" segments every week with the totally in-over-his-head Jimmy Fallon.

I hope these two earth-shattering corrections will once again make the world safe for democracy...


Tuna's views on "the world's ugliest stripper":

While I will admit that Scoopy found an ugly stripper last night in Fear City, I think he, uncharacteristically, way overstated the case by crowning her the ugliest in the world. Ugly is largely a matter of taste, therefor a consensus would be required to bestow the ugliest stripper award. My nominee for the coveted World's Ugliest Stripper award is Lin Tucci in Showgirls. May we have the envelope, please.

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    "Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)

    Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) was released in a special edition DVD set Nov 21st of this year. Voted number 50 of all time by IMDB readers at 8.4, it is too important a film to ignore completely. The original story, written in French by Pierre Boulle, contained no women at all, but some were added at studio (Columbia Pictures) request to help box office. Columbia also demanded that an American be cast in a major role, so a part was written in for William Holden. The budget was $2.8m, which was very high by mid 50's standards, and Columbia thought women were essential to a successful box office. Also not in the original novel was the destruction of the bridge. This was added by blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson (who were not originally credited due to the Hollywood blacklisting) to provide a suitable climax to the epic film. The original author later remarked that if he had thought of it, he would have blown up the bridge in the novel.

    This is a wonderful two DVD release in a special keeper case, and has an interesting booklet. The first DVD contains the film in its original aspect ratio and a very good transfer, with the second DVD holding the Special features, including a fascinating "making of" documentary, several featurettes, a gallery of advertising art and publicity photos, theatrical trailers and more.

    The original novel told the true story of the building of a railway across Thailand by the Japanese using mostly American POWs captured in the Philippines. Thousands died from malnutrition, disease and gunshots. The film is more about the characters, and the triumph of will of the British soldiers over their Japanese captors.

    As the film starts, a brigade of British prisoners marches into a POW camp. While marching in, they are whistling "The Colonial Bogie March," which has very rude lyrics, and was meant as an insult to the Japanese. I recall this song being on every radio station, and in every juke box in 1957. The commander orders that they build a bridge across the River Kwai, and that everyone, officers and enlisted alike, work on it. He is unimpressed when Alec Guinness reminds him that the Geneva Accords clearly state that officers may not be required to take part in manual labor. Guinness refuses to allow the officers to work, and is locked in a small metal box called the oven for several days. The rest of the officers are also locked up. Eventually, due to the lack of progress on the bridge, the commander finds a way to give in and save face as well by lifting his officer work order to celebrate a Japanese holiday. Guinness decides that the best way to improve moral and turn the brigade back into a unit is to actually take over the building of the bridge, and to build a good one. William Holden, an American POW, has escaped. He is enlisted to return to the camp with British commandos to blow up the bridge.

    Many aspects of this film are amazing. First and foremost, there is the struggle between Guiness and Hayakawa, where both end up with a respect for the other, but little understanding, and Guiness ends up more or less in charge. An interesting tidbit from the commentary was that zoom cameras did not exist at the time. The long shot at the end from overhead, where we recede from the bridge was done in a helicopter flying sideways away from the bridge. The bridge was not only built full-scale from trees near the river, but had to support the train. This film gained director Lean International status.

    Bridge on the River Kwai won 7 Oscars:

    Best Actor - Alec Guiness
    Best Cinematography - Jack Hildyard
    Best Director - David Lean
    Best Film Editing - Peter Taylor
    Best Music, Scoring - Malcolm Arnold
    Best Picture - Sam Spiegel
    Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, - Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson

    Sessue Hayakawa was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor

    Maltin gives it a perfect 4. Box office figures are not available, but, according to the commentary, it was very profitable, not only for the studio, but for Holden, who received a cut of the box office, and for the widow of the man who wrote the Colonial Bogie March.

    Rather than caps of the film, which have no exposure from the small parts with obscure actresses, I have grabbed the publicity stills and posters. Despite the poor market at the moment, I advise a buy on this DVD.

  • Bridge On The River Kwai (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

    "Amazon Women on the Moon" (1987)

    Amazon Women on the Moon is another of the Kentucky Fried Movie, Groove Tube, Can I do It Til I Need Glasses genre. That is, it is a series of skits loosely tied together by some thread. In this case, a woman is pushing buttons on a remote to rescue her husband from inside the TV. As the opening credits say, it stars "A whole bunch of actors." Among these are: Arsenio Hall, Phil Hartman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sybil Danning, B. B. King, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Guttenberg, Slappy White, Steve Allen, Henny Youngman, Ed Bagely Jr., Jenny Agutter, Ralph Bellamy, Andrew Dice Clay, and many more. In the skit I capped, Monique Gabrielle is the "Pethouse Pet of the month." After she poses for a nude shoot, she leaves the studio nude and walks around LA, giving a typical centerfold commentary on her likes and dislikes, and ending up in church.

    My favorite skit has B. B. King making an appeal for donations for the fund for black men born with no soul. In another, a Siskel and Ebert type team critique the life of one of their viewers. Later, we see his wife and family at the funeral home for his farewell roast. The wife is the last to speak, and steals the show. This should be enough to give you the idea. If you like this type of film, which I do, this is one of the better ones.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    I worked on Men of War. There isn't any reason to watch the movie, a dumbed-down mercenary flick shot on location in Thailand, and starring Dolph Lundgren. Dolph is virtually a guarantee of top-drawer cinema, isn't he? I take that back. There are two reasons to watch:
    • pretty pictures of waterfalls and beaches in Thailand
    • pretty pictures of Charlotte Lewis without her shirt. Charlotte looks very, very good without her shirt.

    TomCat worked on The Thief, the Cook, his Wife, and her Lover, probably Peter Greenaway's angriest film, a masterpiece in many ways, but as strange as you'd expect from a man whose favorite image is decaying flesh.

    The stuff:

  • Charlotte Lewis, "Men of War" (1, 2, 3)
  • "Men of War"
  • Hellen Mirren, "The Thief, the Cook, his Wife, and her Lover" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Here's a little challenge...
    This is a TomCat vidcap of Melanie Griffith, obviously a fairly recent one, not from her youth, but I don't recognize the film. I searched, but could not find the scene 'capped anywhere. Any ideas?

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    Comments by Brainscan:

    Angela Nicholas

    Gina Mastrogiacomo
    (1, 2, 3)

    Tis the season to be busy. And so I have only four things for you today, all of them vidcaps produced with my most recent and favorite toy. So here's the poop:

    Movie is called "Alien Space Avenger." Found it in the Sci Fi part of the video store but this one is a comedy, or at least a campy attempt at such. In a pre-MIB sendup of the less respectable journals, this movie has the author of action comics getting it right when he draws a good alien fighting four bad aliens, all in human form. So the bad aliens try to kill him, and though they have succeeded in wiping out whole gangs of folk they cannot get this guy. Things were played light throughout; that, and the fact the copy I rented was subtitled in Spanish, made it a pleasant experience to watch... and read (the idiom "who cares" was translated as "not one of us is concerned.")

    So how's about the babes? Angela Nicholas was a B-movie bim in the late 80's and early 90's. She starred in classics such as Psychos in Love and Galactic Gigolo (not starring Rob Schwartz). In these caps she is an alien screwing a human (played by 80's pornstar Jamie Gillis); differences in their "chemistry" literally burns him to a crisp.

    And the other babe? Who is Gina Mastrogiacomo? One phrase will help: "Is this some kind of bust?" Remember? From Naked Gun 2 1/2? Leslie Nielsen and his posse enter a shop and a scantily clad woman shoves her chest out and asks, "Is this some kind of bust?" And Nielsen replies, "Why, yes, they are quite impressive, but that's not why we're here." Remember that? Well, the woman was.... Gina Mastrogiacomo. That bit part, this little movie and maybe two other appearances was it for Gina. Before she left, however, she had an extended nude scene in Alien Space Avenger.

    Starts out with her supposed to be on top of the comic-artist; but you may notice the she is wearing white bikini bottoms, which I imagine would be difficult to penetrate. The sequence, then, is of her riding up and down on thin air, I suppose.

    Artist dude throws her off of him when he gets an idea for a villain; she is surprised (sitting there in her bikini bottoms again) and almost does a Susan Blakely in rolling off the bed (bottoms have disappeared by then).

    Gina then takes her time dressing in leather pants, without the benefit of lingerie. My kind of girl.

    So Gina's not a raving beauty but we've all seen her semi-dressed, so it seemed a good idea to fill in the missing spaces.

    Sonja Martin
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
    9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
    All kinds of nudity in these great scans from a German version of a non-bunny magazine.

    So you say that you don't have a subscription to German magazines...Well then you may have seen her in "Emmanuelle 4", or in the Linda Blair, women-in-prison movie "Red Heat".

    An excellent assortment of collages. No nudity today, but if you're a fan of any one of these ladies, you can't go wrong by adding Skease's 'caps to your collection.

    Denise Van Outen Barely keeping her boobs in her dress while presenting the record of the year show.
    Sophie Ellis-Bextor Singing at the record of the year show.
    Melanie Blatt Singing at the record of the year show.
    Christina Ricci Vidcaps from "Sleepy Hollow".
    Charlize Theron Scenes from "The Astronauts Wife".
    Katie Holmes In 'caps from "Go".
    Denise Richards From "The World in Not Enough"
    Sophie Marceau Also from "TWINE"
    and ...
    Lisa Boyle
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    Part 2 of Scanman's salute to Lisa in "I like to Play Games".

    Here's the low down:

  • Link #1 Lisa teasing us in a limo
  • Link #2 Lisa goin' solo. Fully nude but only boobs are in sight.
  • Link #3 Lisa gettin' it on. Boobs, and some pubes,
  • Link #4 Lisa gettin' it on a little more, and also giving us some full frontal nudity. By the way...she really needs to work on her tan.
  • #5 More boobs, and a far off posterior view.

  • Tori Spelling
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    Apparently, since 90210 has gone off the air, Tori has become a Latina swimsuit model. These scans from the December issue of Stuff.

    Béatrice Dalle
    (1, 2)
    One of the naughtier celebrities...According to her bio in the IMDb, the French actress was supposed to play Bruce Willis' wife in "The Sixth Sense", but was declared an "Undesirable Immigrant" by the American Ambassador to France and was denied a work permit.

    Plus...she's been convicted for drugs and stealing jewels, and she was also arrested for beating up a meter maid that gave her a ticket because she parked in a handicapped spot. Kinda like Robert Downey Jr. and Zsa Zsa Gabor rolled up into one!

    #1 has Béatrice in a very see-thru top. #2 is a nip slip.

    Kristen McMenamy A frontal B&W by FinnCap

    Brooke Langton Excellent cleavage 'caps from the Keanu movie, "The Replacements", by TAG.

    Katherine Barrese Nice topless vidcaps from the 1990 movie "Jezebel's Kiss".

    Samantha Mathis Great topless 'caps from one of the better teen angst movies of the 90's, "Pump up the Volume".

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