Seven Rounds with Pam. It's more than any man could hope for. Yet here she is, Pammy the Great, the Golden Delicious, in her lucky seventh pictorial in Playboy. The inventive photos by David LaChapelle pushed the boundaries of sexual adventure without falling off the edge. As the playland expands, so does our understanding of the physical sciences. For example, the clitoris is less like a button and more like an iceberg. There is a woman out there who once came 134 times in a row. And like protean batsman Mark McGwire, porn stars sip nutritional cocktails to help them keep wood. Yes, we have the recipes and more astounding news in True Sex Tales of the 21st Century. It's by Chip Rowe, the Playboy Advisor.
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Natasha Henstridge knows she'll be forever remembered as the sexy alien chick with the out-of-this-world libido in Species and Species II, but that hasn't stopped this 26-year-old Canadian native from diversifying her résumé. After her breakout role as Sil in the surprise hit Species (she was number one among Sci-Fi's Sexy 50 in Femmes Fatales), the former model struggled through the Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick Maximum Risk. She took time off after having a baby with actor Liam Waite and won Kudos upon her return for supporting roles in The Whole Nine Yards and Bounce. Henstridge gets back to her roots this summer as the female lead in John Carpenter's thriller Ghost of Mars. Also look for her in the title role of The Judith Exner Story, Showtime's new biopic.
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On was released in 1971. Motown has just reissued this masterpiece in a two-CD deluxe edition. The first disc contains the darker, funkier Detroit mix completed a month before the version we all know. The second CD is anchored by a previously unreleased live version of the album, recorded in D.C. in 1972. Featuring many of the album's original musicians (James Jamerson on bass and Robert White on guitar), the CD records a unique event.
We're Loud and We're Proud Department: When Monkee Mickey Dolenz led 2001 drummers from around the world in a drum roll, everyone had to wear ear protectors. The drummers, at the Hard Rock Hotel Universal Studios in Orlando, were trying to set a Guinness World Record for the longest and largest drum roll in history.
Don't be surprised if you smell burning rubber the next time you're playing a PC racing game. Or if a restaurant's website offers "free smells" to help you decide what to have delivered. The concept is called scent enabling and it should start turning up in video games, DVD movies, websites, e-mail, music and television later this year. Users purchase a peripheral that connects to your computer through a USB port. When positioned on your desk, the apparatus will serve as a scent synthesizer capable of emitting a broad range of odors concocted from oils stored inside a replaceable container similar to a printer cartridge. The device is triggered by the click of a mouse on a web page, or from a time-release track embedded in a DVD movie or computer game CD-ROM that tells it to release a fragrance at a given moment. Don't worry about the device's stinking up your entire house. The peripheral emits only in the area directly surrounding it. And if you have an aversion or allergic reaction to certain scents, the included software can be programmed to block them. Perfume companies have already invested heavily in this technology, hoping the application will boost online sales. Eidos, creator of the Tomb Raider video game series, has hinted at plans to include the smell of dusty caves and dungeons in future installments. Expect the PC version of the scent-enabling peripherals to hit retailers by fall, priced about $200. A TV version will debut in 2002.
Inspired TV junkies short on cash are cracking open their TiVos in search of more memory. Rather than paying $700 for Philips' top-of-the-line HDR612 (with 60 hours of storage), people have devised a way to more than double the storage capacity of cheaper, entry-level machines. On the surface, it sounds like a simple computer upgrade: Take a $300 unit that stores 20 hours of programming, open it up with a screwdriver and add a 40-gigabyte, off-the-shelf hard drive (for about $170). The resulting system now holds at least 60 hours of television and saves you more than $200. But the process can be tricky—even dangerous. First, TiVo is based on Linux, an open-source operating system that's widely available but not so familiar to average computer users as are Windows and Mac systems. According to a source who has performed the upgrade on many a TiVo, you have to be comfortable issuing Linux commands (which can be accessed, along with a detailed FAQ, at TiVofaq.com/hack/). Because opening your TiVo voids the warranty, a wrong move will leave you with a worthless piece of metal. Even more risky, a slipup could get you electrocuted, as the TiVo unit has an unshielded power supply. (Even when turned off, the machine can give you a shock.) However, our source tells us that if you're PC adept and careful and have about three and a half hours to spare (the time it takes to back up TiVo's A drive into your computer and perform the upgrade), upgrading your TiVo could prove to be an excellent adventure and a way to save some cash. And don't worry. Currently, the folks at TiVo don't mind people "upgrading" their units, so long as their subscription fees continue to roll in.
We've caught so many subway riders playing solitaire on their Palm Pilots that we're beginning to wonder why they don't just carry Nintendo's new Game Boy Advance (about $100). The system's 32-bit processor and color LCD screen are powerful enough to reproduce certain PlayStation graphics. Nintendo has promised 60 games ($30-$40) before year's end, and the system is compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles. Future plans for Game Boy Advance: an optional cable that will allow as many as four players to compete, using a single game cartridge and interaction with the company's Game Cube video game console, which is due sometime next year.
Just because a hit song has yet to be written on a PlayStation 2 doesn't mean you can't try. With the MTV Music Generator 2 by Code-masters you can build a tune from thousands of vocal, drum and instrument samples. You can also use the Riff Editor to write a melody note by note and add effects such as echo and flange. If you would rather remix, Music Generator can record samples from your CDs and paste them into new songs. So you don't have to play solo, the game includes Music Jam, a mode that lets as many as four players (or up to eight with Sony's optional multi-tap peripheral) jam simultaneously. Start there and do your solo record later.
If you Admire John Turturro, Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp, it's worth watching The Man Who Cried (Universal Focus), though the film is a disappointment. Director Sally Potter (Orlando) sets out to tell a saga about a Russian Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) whose loving father leaves her behind to build a new life in America in 1927. His plan to send for his daughter goes awry when her village is attacked and the little girl is sent off on her own. She is raised by foster parents in England, but never seems to fit in and has only a crumbling photo of her father to remind her of her roots. Her singing talent earns her a job in a Paris nightclub, where she meets a flamboyantly sexy Russian dancer (an almost unrecognizable Blanchett) who tries to educate Ricci about the ways of the world. Depp effortlessly embodies the part of a gypsy attracted to Ricci, while Blanchett takes up with egotistical Italian tenor Turturro, as the specter of war grows around them. Potter's ambitious script tells us nothing we don't already know about the period, and her central character is ill-served by Ricci, whose endless close-ups reveal nothing; she is acted off the screen by her co-stars. The word that best describes this film is misfire. [rating]2 bunnies[/rating]
With Moulin Rouge on theater screens everywhere, the question arises as to the future of the movie musical. Baz Luhrmann, the high-profile director of Romeo and Juliet, coupled with Nicole Kidman, created a monster that could persuade a Hollywood studio to revive any genre, even break-dancing movies.
Jessica Cauffiel. First Noticed: As Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin's daughter in The Out-of-Towners. Later won co-starring parts in Road Trip and Valentine.Next Up:Legally Blonde, in which she and Alanna Ubach play sorority queen Reese Wither-spoon's best friends. "We represent the superficial materialistic stereotype. My character has tumbleweeds running through her mind, but she has the classic heart of gold." What Her Hollywood Friends Don't Know: She's an accomplished jazz singer with training in musical theater. The Best Advice She's Received About Playing Comedy: From Out-of-Towners' costar John Cleese, "Never be conscious of yourself being funny." She's Most Recognized For:"Road Trip, even though my screen time was only four minutes after it was pared down. If I wear my hair curly, women in elevators say, 'You're the girl with the baseball bat!' " Her Advice for performers just starting out: "Find that thing you're good at, the thing that makes you unique, and stay there. That's what will make you succeed." How She Sees Herself: "I'm a comedienne; I feel it's what I'm best at. I exited the womb with a top hat and cane. Laughter is a momentary escape from reality. There's nothing more satisfying."
The Anniversary Party (See review) Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming host a memorable party full of drama, color, humor and dynamic performances by friends Kevin Kline, Phoebe Cates, Gwyneth Paltrow, Parker Posey and John C. Reilly. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
"My favorite movies are Mean Streets, Manhattan, Taxi Driver, Casino—which I think is a masterpiece—and Monty Python and the Holy Grail," says actor Denis Leary. "They're great movies, with great directors and great actors. I'll watch those movies, plus another 10 or 15, once or twice every year. I have a big screen in my office in the city and another one in my country house, so I'll just sit down for marathon viewings."
You don't need to be a fan of the Sci Fi Channel to appreciate Nova Scotia's Lexx, a space adventure produced in Halifax with less self-importance than is typical for the form. In fact, now that the first eight episodes of the show's second season have been collected on a pair of DVDs (Acorn Media, $30 each), you don't need cable. A black comedy more akin to the BBC's Red Dwarf than Star Trek, Lexx features sizzling German-born beauty Xenia Seeberg as Xev, strange visitor from another planet, with sexual urges far beyond those of mortal women. Alas, because all of her fellow crew members are sexually unavailable for one reason or another, they basically cruise the galaxy, blowing up planets (successfully) and looking to get laid (unsuccessfully). Although the DVDs do include a few extra scenes that didn't air on Sci Fi, poor Xev's drive remains in Park at disc's end.
Director Larry Clark's Bully, in theaters this month, is based on the Florida case of a teen bully lured to his death by his fed-up high school victims. When it comes to alpha males, revenge isn't often right, but it's always sweet.
Steven Spielberg's Al: Artificial Intelligence was a project that Stanley Kubrick worked on but decided he couldn't complete. It's time to savor those astonishing films he did finish. Criterion Collection is out with a two-disc Spartacus ($50) with multiple commentaries—including blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's. The Stanley Kubrick Collection from Warner Bros. ($200) includes The Shining, Barry Lyndon, Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita, Clockwork Orange and an excellent full-length documentary from Kubrick collaborator Jan Harlan.
The Quotes that follow are from a web page for the University of Michigan's Programs in Women's and Gender Studies (flint.umich.edu/departments/catalog/cas/wgs.html). This particular program was chosen at random, but be advised that there are hundreds of well-funded gender studies programs in colleges and universities across the U.S.
Steve McQueen's 12-minute chase through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt is one of the most famous car scenes ever filmed. McQueen drove a 1968 Mustang GT fastback (pictured above left) that's not too different from the Ford 2001 Mustang GT Bullitt coupe pictured here. For about $27,500, you get a new Mustang GT Premium coupe tricked out with a special Bullitt package that includes a 275 hp V8, five-speed gearbox, performance suspension and such interior appointments as special instrumentation, a six-disc CD player and aluminum trim. Exterior touches include rocker moldings, side scoops and a Bullitt badge. Available in three colors: blue, black and green (shown). Because only 5000 Bullitt Mustangs will be offered for sale, the car should become a collector's prize.
"I grew up poor, so I wore sweats a lot—and still do," says Trevor Goddard (right), a former boxer who plays Mic Brumby on CBS' Jag. (His favorites are by Nike and Tommy Hilfiger.) Being from Australia, Goddard is also partial to Kangol caps with the kangaroo logo. "I turn them backward the way Samuel L. Jackson does." Suits from Ermenegildo Zegna and Versace are his choices when he's dressing up, "but I don't want to sound like a wanker saying, 'because I'm now on a show, I sleep in Versace.' That's not me." Alan Cumming (right), who's in Josie and the Pussycats and The Anniversary Party, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Jennifer Jason Leigh, says he loves Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Prada. But his favorite designer is Cynthia Rowley. "She's a good friend, and I was her muse for a collection she did last year. Cynthia's clothes are very colorful and very me."
Funky condoms. The funkiest is Night Light, the first glow-in-the-dark condom cleared for marketing by the FDA. "Every night will be a little brighter with the Night Light," says Davin Wedel, president of Global Protection, the manufacturer. "We would like to give the phrase 'rise and shine' a whole new meaning." Price: about $4 for three, from nightlightcondoms.com. •#x2022;#x2022;#x2022; Status malt beverages. Madonna was seen drinking Smirnoff Ice at the film premiere for her husband's film Snatch. Pop the top off a cold 12-ounce long-neck and drink Ice right from the bottle—no sissy glasses. The taste is citrusy, with light carbonation. Great for the beach. Price: about $7 a six-pack. Bars, clubs and restaurants carry it, too. •#x2022;#x2022;#x2022; Internet radios. Philips' FW-i1000 is one of the first minisystems to free Internet radio from your PC. Attach it to your broadband connection and you'll be able to tune in to any of the thousands of global broadcasts available online. Our current favorite: traffic reports from Bloemfontein, South Africa. •#x2022;#x2022;#x2022; Monitor prices. Samsung has introduced a 15-inch flat-panel monitor priced at $550. The SyncMaster 570 vTFT takes up just a third of the desk space needed for a CRT model. It also calls for considerably less electricity than a similar-size CRT would.
Mention the Catskills and that old sleepyhead Rip Van Winkle jumps to mind. There is another Catskills world—a cluster of streams and rivers where anglers have fly-fished for trout for more than a century. But casting from the shore of Esopus Creek (above) at Elmer's Bend is only part of the sport's pleasure. Private clubs, where tall fish tales are swapped over tall glasses of scotch, also abound. For a look at the rivers, tackle and heritage of the sport, pick up a copy of Land of Little Rivers, a $60 book that's a "story in photos of Catskill fly-fishing," by piscatorial historian Austin McK. Francis. Contact Beaverkill Press at 212-288-7782 to place an order or go to beaverkillpress.com.
Baseball players and managers going for the gold now tote something silver along with them, too. The latest locker-room status symbol is the snazzy silver-mesh shave kit by Zirh pictured here. According to the company, it's the on-the-road choice for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez and Joe Torre—among other major leaguers. (Celebrities such as David Schwimmer and Jason Priestley also like it.) The kit contains four Zirh products: Clean (an alphahydroxy face wash), Scrub (an exfoliant), Shave Gel with aloe vera and Soothe (moisturizer). The price: about $60, in department stores or from zirh.com.
—a classified advertisement placed in Canada's National Post by Brian O'Dea, who completed his sentence earlier this year. O'Dea, 52, says he received hundreds of responses, including inquiries from ad agencies, trucking companies and fishing boat owners. He now hosts a weekly talk show on Canadian television about dnig legalization, harm reduction and recovery.
Two San Francisco artists have created a series of sex toys guaranteed to offend, arouse or amuse. The collection includes a Buddha, the devil, the grim reaper, Moses, Judas, the Virgin Mary and two versions of Jesus. They're sold for $40 to $75 each at divine-interventions.com, where visitors are invited to leave comments. So far everyone has found the idea outrageous.
When Matt Damon wants to know what buddy Ben Affleck is doing for dinner, he doesn't pick up the phone. Instead, Damon, like a lot of other celebrities, uses the latest must-have accessory—the two-way pager. These handheld devices allow users to get e-mail, compose a reply on a tiny keyboard and send it out wireless. It's a silent alternative to the ubiquitous cell phones of Hollywood a perfect way to communicate in either a noisy club or a quiet meeting room. Forget the age-old exchange of business cards. Place two pagers next to each other and push a button: "Beaming" trades your contact information digitally.
In a world where one third of the people eat with their fingers, one third with chopsticks and one third with knives and forks, wining and dining abroad can get tricky. An innocent mistake such as using your left hand to pick up or serve food in an Arab country can leave your host aghast. (Sorry, lefties, Muslims reserve that hand for the bathroom.) File the following tips next to your passport.
Pam Anderson is bigger than life itself. Do we exaggerate? Are there skeptics among you? Gaze upon these photos and embrace Pam. She is a dream walking. And sitting. And lying down. She has become an object of worship–even of idolatry. She could be the reason Taliban militants blew up those statues in Afghanistan. They were driven to it by those bewitching satellite transmissions of "Baywatch." Pam's image is universally worshipable. But who needs a golden calf? She has golden calves, golden thighs, golden ta-tas and ya-yas. She is pure gold, from hair to heart. She is a living goddess who invites your gaze. She wants you to know her story. So she and consummate photographer David LaChapelle conspired to re-create the defining moments of her enchanted life. Why? So that it may serve the historical record.
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Colombia: Out of Control—While he was making Our Lady of the Assassins in Medellín, Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder kept a diary describing a place where murder is common and corruption is a given—And the government is powerless to stop it. It's an astonishing report