He was the kind of man who made the right impression on fellow Presbyterians in their swank Fort Lauderdale church--a political conservative who said he was on a mission from God to sell insurance and clean up Fort Honky-tonk. And Doug Danziger did his darndest, campaigning noisily against adult bookstores, massage parlors and night clubs with nude dancers. So how come he ended up paying for sex with a housewife while her cop husband hid in a closet and videotaped their conjugation on the family bed? Read all about it in The Creep, the Cop, His Wife & Her Lovers, by Pat Jordan.
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Finally, We've Been Hustled By Experts Department: I opened the package. In it was a tape recorder with a cassette already in it. I punched the play button and heard the opening notes of the Mission: Impossible theme. My assignment, if I chose to accept it? Open the Remingtons' dossier. The Remingtons--Jimmy Griffin, Richard Mainegra and Rick Yancey--are a new Nashville trio made up of guys who've had previous musical success in the business. Their publicists at BNA Entertainment deserve special mention for their witty presentation. You take a listen to the LP. I get to keep the tape recorder.
Interracial Romance sets off a storm of controversy in Mississippi Masala (Goldwyn), an unassuming but exceptionally engaging story directed by Mira Nair (whose Salaam Bombay! won her an Oscar nomination for 1988). Denzel Washington and movie newcomer Sarita Choudhury supply potent chemistry as the star-crossed lovers. He plays an African American who has never seen Africa; she is a Uganda-born Indian beauty who has never been to India. They meet in Greenwood, Mississippi, when her car rear-ends his truck. Romance ensues but goes awry when one of her relatives discovers them together in a Biloxi motel. While their respective families glare across a cultural chasm, his carpet-cleaning business collapses and her parents start planning a return to Uganda, from which they and other Asians had been expelled by dictator Idi Amin. Moving back and forth in time, from gilded memories of Africa to the gritty facts of small-town Southern life, Masala--the word stands for a heady, varicolored mixture of spices--is ethnic drama with a pungent aftertaste.
Fasten your seat belts: John McNaughton, who directed Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, is making a mainstream movie--this time for executive producer Martin Scorsese. Mad Dog and Glory is the story of a Mobster (Bill Murray) and the moll (Uma Thurman) he lends to a shy police photographer (Robert De Niro). Talking on the phone with McNaughton is to share the conversation with partner Steven Jones, co-producer of Mad Dog. "Steve's on the line, too," McNaughton says. "He and I are creative collaborators--been together on every film." McNaughton, 43, is a Chicago-born former carpenter who had been building Burger Kings when he met Brooklynite Jones, 41, on the rock-music scene. "I played keyboards, Steve was a drummer." Both Jones and McNaughton had been doing commercials when they were approached, says McNaughton, by "a video guy I knew who said, 'Here's a hundred thousand dollars, go make a horror film.'" That film was Henry, which was followed by the film version of Eric Bogosian's one-man show Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and a mostly unseen science-fiction film, The Borrower ("It got caught in a movie company's bankruptcy proceedings"). Making the connection with Scorsese was the result of persistence: "I'd had my agent send him a copy of Henry, but I guess he never saw it." Another agency later, Henry was resubmitted--"and Scorsese called me the next day."
Fuzzy-haired deadpan comic Steven Wright doesn't see the world the way other people do, so it follows that the same applies to the way he views videos. Wright (who won a 1989 Oscar for his short, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings) prefers to create original entertainment using the only two videos he owns--Little Dorrit ("I'm a Charles Dickens freak") and Dr. Strangelove--and a fast flick of the eject button. "I'll be watching one of them, then I'll change the tape very quickly. If you make the switch at just the right time, Little Dorrit helps develop nuclear weapons. She even argues with George C. Scott over whether or not to bomb Russia. It's a whole other story." So are you, Steve.
If the recession has taken a bite out of your household budget, help is as close as your VCR. From PBS Home Video (800-776-8300) comes Money, Money, Money, a five-tape finance guide compiled from the network's The Nightly Business Report and Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser. And Better Insights, Inc.'s How to Fight Higher Real Estate Taxes and Win! stars tax consultant James R. Siudut, who gives the skinny on how to slash property taxes and "beat County Hall." The vid costs $39.95 (plus $3.50 for shipping) and includes a workbook and checklists. Call 800-321-3439.
Get with the Program: Now that you've learned to set the clock on your VCR (or have you?), it's time to learn to program. Mitsubishi's ViewPoint On-Screen Operating System (available on the Hi-Fi S-VHS model HS-U65) uses menus, a cursor and a calendar display to give you datebook programing of up to eight events over four weeks.
Video goes green? Columbia/TriStar has begun packaging its promotional videos in politically correct 100 percent recyclable boxes using nontoxic, water-based inks. The first title for the environmentally conscious? The Unborn. ... Golfers needn't wait for good weather to get back into the swing of things. Enter Video Hypnosis: Golf (Valley of the Sun Publishing), an odd links lesson with no golf clips. Using Kubrick-like graphics, spooky voice-overs and flashing subliminal messages, the vid is designed to get the golfer to his "alpha level." Cute idea, but not an easy sell to the boys at the country club.... It was only a matter of time: Long Dong Silver, the jumbopenis-packing star of the Clarence Thomas hearings, has begun popping up on video. One company called ABC Shipping is hawking three seven-minute Silver vignettes for $25, while another outfit, Bijou Video, is charging $49.95 for a Dongster feature called Conquering Cock. Just thought you'd like to know.
The Recession is good news for somebody: publishers of personal-finance books. Bookstores are bursting with a bewildering array of volumes on how to make money, invest it and save it in these tough times. Are any of them worth the price? The answer is a qualified yes.
When Bill Moyers interviewed Robert Bly on PBS two years ago, no one expected the public reaction that followed. Bly's artful use of image and myth (as well as his perceptions about the contemporary American male and what ails him) caused his message to spread like wildfire through a segment of this culture.
The summer after my freshman year in college, I worked as a waiter at a fancy resort and spent many wonderful evenings with a waitress who enjoyed playing strip poker. I'd played a few times in junior high with a girl who lived nearby, but that was more of a variation on show-me-yours-and-I'll-show-you-mine. That neighborhood girl and I didn't do much once we'd stripped. But my waitress friend showed me how much fun strip poker can be as foreplay. Recently, I've played a few times with my wife and we've enjoyed it, but we're ready for something different and perhaps a bit more elaborate. Is there anything out there?--P. L., Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Since 1981, about 200,000 Americans have contracted AIDS. Condoms would slow the spread of the disease and condom commercials aired on network television would reach millions, yet the Big Three refuse to accept ads for national broadcast for fear of offending viewers. Here's how they explain it:
Having delivered the keynote address at a V.F.W. convention, Dan Quayle found time to share a couple beers and a little conversation with some young vets. Eventually, talk came around to combat experience. A burly Marine took off his hat, pointed to a jagged scar atop his head and said, "See that? Panama City."
The biggest young actor in America--at six feet two inches and 260 pounds, he dwarfs Penn, Dillon and Depp--Forest Whitaker is also one of the least likely stars in American film. He's overweight. He's shy. And he's black, a condition that has cost him a few plum roles in Hollywood. Whitaker won the Best Actor award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as doomed jazzman Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's "Bird." He has also appeared in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money," Oliver Stone's "Platoon" and Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam" and headlined with Gregory Hines and Robin Givens in Bill Duke's "A Rage in Harlem," which Whitaker co-produced. He now stars with Ray Liotta and Kiefer Sutherland in "Article 99." He is suddenly, at 30, a power to be reckoned with.
The swing era started out one tune to a side on shellac 78s, eventually made its way onto vinyl albums and now arrives scrubbed and polished on sumptuous CD reissues and collections. If you want to think swing, start with these.