Seattle. Quebec, Genoa. You don't need a weatherman to know which way the WTO blows. When 200,000 people are willing to travel to a protest, be choked by a blast of pepper spray and get seen on TV holding a stupid puppet, it's time to sit up and take notice. Many protesters do it solely on principle, which makes their hatred for the gnomes of the global economy oddly impressive. The article What Do These People Want? by Gina Welch looks at the struggle against the power of multinational companies. Anyone who's ever had a job and distrusted a corporate boss will be able to relate. Makes you want to grab a 40 and flip off the cops as you turn a nollie nosegrind. No? Then perhaps you haven't keyed into skateboarding, now as rebellious as rock used to be. And it's not that pretty stuff you see on ESPN2, either. In Dirty Skate Kings by Dean Kuipers, we profile a handful of big ballers like Chad Muska and the Piss Drunx, who shun the mainstream and who just happen to be millionaires.
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Finding the wherewithal to make a movie is a formidable task, but getting your movie seen can be even tougher. This month, a number of worthwhile independent films are counting on critical support--and word of mouth--to find an audience.
Fairuza Balk. On the Character she Plays in the Fifties Drama Deuces Wild, Now in the Aters: "She's cool. She's had a really hard life, and she's nuts. Her brother is a drug dealer and into the cool gang scene. She's been left to be the adult all her life, so she's tough." Her Unexpected Natural High: "My greatest compliment was being recognized by two women who said, 'Oh yeah, you were the girl in The Craft.' Then they continued talking and mentioned this girl and another girl, in Valmont and Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, and they thought they were two different actresses. That means you've changed so completely and your character is so believable that they don't connect it to you. That's what we all strive for as actors." Why she Loves Meryl Streep: "She's my idol in the acting world. She's the pinnacle. How she embraces her characters, the depth of cher characters, is incredible to me. And everyone I've ever spoken to who's worked with her says how incredible she is to work with." What Completely Terrifies her: "I'm terrified that one day I'll see myself in a movie. That's my greatest fear, ever."
[movieTitle]Better Than Sex[/movieTitle] (See review) Australia has given us one of the sexiest movies ever made--and one of the most candid examinations of male-female relationships, in and out of bed. [rating]3-1/2 bunnies[/rating]
"My favorite new movie is Amores Perros, which intertwines three stories in a creative way," says actor Miguel Ferrer. "But when I was 12, Goldfinger was amazing. 'No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.' Some of my other all-time favorites are Fail-Safe, Cool Hand Luke and Our Man Flint. Didn't James Coburn rock? And, of course, Casablanca, which I discovered after seeing Play It Again, Sam. I also have to go with A Clockworld Orange, which was rated X when it first came out. I borrowed my friend's draft card and snuck in. Midnight Cowboy was rated X at first, too. And then there are all the other classic X movies---Behind the Green Door, The Devil in Miss Jones, Deep Throat. At 17 years old, it was a big event for me to see porn."
With all respect to Mervyn LeRoy (Little Caesar, 1930), Howard Hawks (Scarface, 1932) and Raoul Walsh (White Heat, 1949), Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather set the standard for screen gangsterdom. This three-film saga stands above the great genre films that followed in its wake, such as Brian De Palma's 1983 Scarface remake, Martin Scorsese's brilliant Goodfellas (1990), and HBO's The Sopranos. At its core a romantic celebration of family, the trilogy depicts the Corleones' lives in sumptuous detail. The DVD collection (Paramount, $105) includes five individual discs--The Godfather Part II is a two-disc affair, and the fifth disc includes deleted scenes, rehearsals, storyboards, documentaries and features on the music and cinematography. All three films appear in letterbox format, enhanced for 16:9 televisions, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and, of course, Coppola's commentary.
One of the better things to come out of the Napoleonic Wars was the inspiration for the fictional British soldier Richard Sharpe--a rifleman who served under Wellington. Bernard Cornwell's series of novels detailing Sharpe's exploits became the basis for Masterpiece Theater's production of the Sharpe series. It was a hit on TV and it is fabulous on DVD. Sean Bean, as Sharpe, is perfect as the hero elevated from the ranks who earns the respect of his men, his general and a gaggle of ladies along the way. This is highbrow entertainment that accommodates our taste for gunpowder and action. The complete 15-disc set, from BFS Video, sells for $330. Francophiles beware: This is a biased view of the conflict.
Kelly joe phelps gets bored with repeating himself, which is why he moves between jazz bass, slide guitar and traditional fingerpicking. On Sky Like a Broken Clock (Ryko), he studies people who are trapped in lives that they wouldn't have chosen. Backed by drummer Billy Conway from Morphine and bassist Larry Taylor of Tom Waits' band, Phelps' acoustic guitar sparkles.
I Called You here today to estimate the latitude of your gratitude. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I thought it would be a worthy exercise to list a few of the many things in this world that make us grateful to be male.
I love to give my husband blow jobs, but he wants me to swallow and I can't stand the taste. Playboy recently ran an article that said drinking pineapple juice helps prevent "funky spunk." Exactly how much pineapple juice should a man consume, and how often, to alter the taste of his semen? And how soon should I expect to notice a change?--M.L., Virginia Beach, Virginia
Judges across America have become creative. In Texas, a wife beater was told to apologize to his victim on the courthouse steps at high noon. A doper found himself parading the sidewalk wearing this sign around his neck: I Went to jail in Texas for Possession of Drugs. A shoplifter had to stand in front of a store carrying the sign I Stole from this Store.
The headline in The New York Times last spring proclaimed On sex, U.S. and France speak same Language. Researchers had compared landmark sex surveys from both sides of the Atlantic and discovered that if you ask the same questions, you get the same answers. Monogamy is still in fashion: More than 90 percent of the men and women who lived together reported that they had had only one sexual partner in the past year. No statistical difference was found in the length of marriages. About half of the French respondents reported having sex two or three times a week, while about a third of the Americans surveyed claimed the same frequency. Sexual frequency declined with age, more so for American women than for French women.
This past spring, a group of conservative politicians and activists held a press conference to voice their support for the Children's Internet Protection Act. The new federal law requires public libraries and schools to add content filters to terminals with Internet connections, or risk losing federal funds.
Smile, you're on the Live Jail Cam. For more than a year, crime, com has partnered with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to broadcast from inside the Madison Street Jail in Maricopa County, Arizona, Arpaio says he wants the world to see that inmates are not mistreated. But because most of the people who appear on camera have not yet been charged with a crime, critics say the cameras are an invasion of privacy. One group has filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit to turn them off, saying it's illegal for Arpaio to use jail cameras for anything but security. Earlier this year, Arpaio pulled the plug on a camera that prisoner advocates say had been trained on a toilet used by female inmates. An attorney for the sheriff's office conceded only that one camera had been "misaligned."
As part of a discussion on controversial art, a University of South Florida instructor invited graduate assistant Derek Washington to present his photo Nigger Lover. One of the 250 students in the Introduction to Art class, Nicole Ferry, described the image to her father, who wrote a letter to school officials. "I am not an art critic and loathe censorship, but from my perspective, you have exposed my daughter to crude and disgusting pornography." A year later Nicole Ferry sued the school, the instructor and Washington in federal court, charging sexual harassment. USF paid her $25,000 to settle; officials say they wanted to fight, but the state's Division of Risk Management wouldn't allow it. Take a long look at Washington's photo. The state of Florida is ready to pay for your suffering.
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A barber pole twirls outside the window and three barber chairs are in a row, facing a wall of mirrors. On a shelf is a collection of razors, clippers, scissors and aftershave lotion. When a man lazily sits in one of the chairs, the barber, who is dressed in white, asks, "What'll it be?" The guy answers, "Just a trim."
They've made headlines in Seattle, Quebec, Genoa and Washington. Tree-huggers march alongside steelworkers, making common cause with students, Sixties protest veterans, anarchists, church congregations and assorted others to protest the "secret government" that really rules the globe.
My father throws his Mini into fourth, simultaneously knocking the gearshift against my left knee. "Sorry," I say, even though he hit me, then I curse myself for falling into the old ways. At least I don't move my leg, which would be impossible to do anyway in this stupid bumper car. "Everything's tiny in Europe," my roommate warned me before I left, "even the pussy." Maynard is crass, but I like him. He's real Texas. When his dad comes to visit, they put on big hats and go out two-stepping at the Broken Spoke. I can't imagine going to a place like that with my own father and asking women to dance. I'd feel obliged to warn anyone who said yes to him.
Lindsey Vuolo confesses she's in Playboy because her friend Kristy kept encouraging her to submit pictures. "She said, 'I bet you any amount of money they'll call you,"' says Lindsey. "I finally told her to take the pictures, send everything in and put her name as the contact because I didn't want to deal with the disappointment, since I had only modeled for a local swimsuit calendar before. One month after Kristy sent in the photos, she called me and started screaming. She has a really good eye for this. I think she's living vicariously through me."
The martini--the cocktail that Hemingway wrote made him "feel civilized"--is getting a face-lift. Although the first martini recipe that called for an olive was printed in 1888, today's new wave of premium gins and vodkas uses gamishes that range from cucumbers to oysters. Papa would probably approve. As a correspondent, he was reputed to have gone through World War II with twin canteens, one filled with gin and the other with vermouth. Contemporary martinis call for gins such as Old Raj, a 110-proof time bomb that costs about $50 a bottle. Ninety-four-proof Broker's, another new gin, contains 10 botanicals--the most prominent being lime, coriander and juniper. Although Broker's label states it is "the perfect basis for a gin and tonic," the clean, juniper-thick flavor is just right for a martini misted with vermouth. The removable bowler hat on the bottle top is a cute marketing trick. Bafferts gin is light and triple-distilled with only four botanicals--lemon peel, orange peel, coriander and a hint of juniper. The family-owned distillery calls Bafferts "a gin even a vodka lover will fall for." While the original martini was made with gin, vodka is just as popular, thanks to fallout from the Fifties' cold war. Now the silver bullet takes aim at Russia's newest vodka, Kryshtal Charodel. Both the water used for distillation and the finished vodka are filtered by a two-week soaking in crushed flint found only in the Republic of Belarus. This natural filtration creates a vodka that is thick, oily and aromatic. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Norway's latest export, Christiania, distilled (continued on page 170) Martini (continued from page 113) six times, is one of the lightest.
There's a foot-long hole in a wall at Area Xbox, the space at Microsoft's Redmond campus where the company's first home video game console was developed. The hole is circled with a bold black marker and labeled "Seamus was here"--enshrining a mishap by 33-year-old Seamus Blackley, Microsoft's Xbox technology officer. He created the hole by crashing a motorized skateboard in the hallway during the early days of Area Xbox, back when there was talk of building a half-pipe in the office.
Tell us Your Fantasies: Recently, I've had one I really like. Here's how it goes: I'm this mischievous spirit who drifts in through the window, nude and natural, and I take advantage of a guy who is sound asleep. The thrill of the fantasy is that I force him to have sex with me. I walk over to the bed and climb on top of him. I use his penis for my pleasure. I have multiple orgasms--clitoral, G spot and vaginal. I just come and come and come. Then he awakens and he finds me on top of him. I bend down to kiss him. He's not expecting me, and he doesn't even want me to be there. Gently, I continue riding him while watching his face so I can better feel how to give him pleasure. His expression tells me that I am pleasing him. Even though he tries hard not to come, he's totally in my power. He's grimacing, he's trying hard not to come. I know the exact rhythm to give him the utmost pleasure. He spasms and wrenches all his energy into me, and it propels me into a great orgasm. The most incredible sensation I've ever had is when his semen spills into me. I love it. It's powerful! It's wonderful! The whole of his manhood is dripping out of me, and I get drunk on that experience. I like the fact that I'm in total control of his pleasure and my own. And only when I am satiated, and I've satiated him, do I get up and leave out the window.
It's four A.M. and a small crowd bounces out of a Tampa strip club called Mons Venus for a breath of-humid night air. Pro skateboarders Kareem Campbell, Rob Dyrdek and Caine Gayle grab beers from three cases stashed in the trunk of a rental car and sit out front. Other skateboarders show up, some with girls in tow from the annual skate contest at the Skate-park of Tampa. Dancers often turn up at the skatepark when the contest is in town.
Angelica Bridges has what it takes to stand out in a crowd. "You can't help noticing a red-head, because we are only four percent of the population," says the former Baywatch siren. "I'm a walking contradiction. Most people assume I'm this fiery, passionate woman, and that's true. But I also meditate, pray, go to church every Sunday, rescue animals and want a house with a white picket fence. I'm a total kook, a Lucille Ball type of girl who loves to crack jokes and make animal sounds." Angelica has an array of cartoon and animal voices that she uses in radio commercials, and she demonstrated them by barking and yelping at us over the phone. "I don't take myself seriously at all, so my forte is obviously comedy," she says. "Laughter is so healing. My dream is to host Saturday Night Live."
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It's 85 degrees in Key West. How many nights does it take before tall drinks with paper umbrellas get old? Up north, we celebrate frost on the pumpkin with brandy by the fire. Très Vénérable cognac by Delamain, no less. Such cold-weather fuel tastes even finer when it's sipped from an oversize snifter. We like the great indoors. There's time for TV and popcorn, so we've hooked our tube to Sony's new SAT-W60 receiver. It's designed for use with Ultimate TV, which integrates DirecTV satellite programming with digital video recording that can store more than 30 hours of programming and Internet access (with six e-mail accounts). The SAT-W60 also allows you to record two shows at the same time. (Playboy TV and Casablanca, perhaps.) We doubt you'll have trouble finding something to watch, but just in case we've included three DVDs: Creative Positions for Lovers, Playboy 2000: The Party Continues and Akira, a Japanese animation classic. Other indoor pleasures we're celebrating include a Sulka silk robe, two books--Baseball: 100 Years of the Modern Era, 1901--2000 and Horst Portraits: 60 Years of Style--plus the Franklin Mint's deluxe Harley-Davidson edition of Monopoly, in which the tokens and money are stashed in the board game drawer. Add some massage oils and an electronic massager (it's as close as you can come to having your own masseuse) and, as the jolly fat man in the red suit likes to say, "to all a good night."