Playmates put the ruff-ruff in ratings. When NBC was up against that behemoth known as the NFL Championship game, they devised a Super Bowl sundae--an all-Playmate Fear Factor. And when it came time to sex up Anne Robinson's Weakest Link, they went all-Playmate, too. We don't mind sharing our eye for talent, so we're showcasing our Nielsen sisters in a Playmates in Prime Time photo album. Speaking of frieze-frames, we also anoint Dalene Kurtis the newest member of the super-Centerfold pantheon. Hail Dalene, Playmate of the Year! Her pictorial was shot by Stephen Wayda.
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When Walt Disney outwitted the financiers, pundits and naysayers and scored a hit with his first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world clamored for more. But Disney didn't want to repeat himself and refused to make a sequel to Snow White.
About a Boy Hugh Grant is perfectly cast as a London swinger who finds himself becoming a surrogate father to a 12-year-old boy in this adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel. A first-rate tragicomedy. 3 [bunnies]
"Film noir paints worlds of alienation, pessimism and cynicism. And certain film noir elements have worked their way into my films," says director Terry Zwigoff, creator of such visions of alienation as Crumb, the critically acclaimed biopic of cartoonist R. Crumb, and last year's Ghost World. "My favorites are Scarlet Street by Fritz Lang, The Asphalt Jungle by John Huston and the original Blue Angel--now, that's a beautiful film." The outsider feeling extends to some of the San Francisco-based filmmaker's contemporary favorites. "I love Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors and Scorsese's King of Comedy. I like Kubrick a lot--Barry Lyndon and Lolita are great. And everything by Sam Fuller, especially The Big Red One."
To mark the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese's film of the Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz, MGM has released a Special Edition DVD. The 16x9 digital transfer has the original stereo mix as well as a new digital mix in 5.1 surround sound, supervised by Robbie Robertson. Bonus material includes previously unseen jam footage and performances. There are two full-length commentaries, one featuring Robertson and Scorsese doing a shot-by-shot narrative; the second has Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and others deconstructing lyrics and telling stories about the group and its final concert. The Last Waltz closed the most fertile era in American rock music. This film is an eloquent, bittersweet testament.
Joe Sarno's 1967 erotic drama Inga, starring long-limbed ballerina Marie Liljedahl, makes its way onto DVD this spring, bringing to mind other groundbreaking films that are now coming-of-age rituals. Get out your hankies.
Tell me what you want, what you really, really want department: We want to know why the Brits made a documentary on the life of Posh Spice. The ITVI network said, "She's one of the most famous women in the world and will appeal to everyone." We thought that was Britney. Relling and Rocking:Love, Sex, Drugs and Money,Guy Ritchie's next movie, starring his lovely wife, will be out any day. Madonna is also doing a song for the new James Bond movie. . . . LL Cool J will be seen next in a romantic comedy, Deliver Us From Eva. After that it's a thriller with Val Kilmer,Mindhunters. . . . The Spinal Tap crew is turning to folk. Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean play folkies past their prime in a new movie. Newsbreaks:Movin' Out, a musical of Billy Joel songs, will open in Chicago before heading for Broadway in October. . . . A rock opera using Springsteen songs--sanctioned by the Boss--is in the works. The director showed the piece, called Drive All Night, to Bruce this past spring. In other Springsteen news: Nils Lofgren says the band has been recording, even though it could be months before a CD is ready. . . . Save June 15--16 for the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. . . . Nancy Sinatra's new CD, California Girl, has Brian Wilson on a cover of you-know-what.
London's Heathrow Airport, the world's busiest international hub, has its eye on iris-recognition technology to tighten airport security. In a five-month trial by EyeTicket currently under way at Heathrow, as many as 2000 Americans and Canadians flying on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways into the UK will gain entry by staring into a small camera that recognizes their irises to identify them. The digital camera takes an image of the iris, converts it into code and compares the code with information stored on a database to find a match. No passport is required and no ticket is necessary. The system is also capable of expediting check-in, visa processing and registration at the hotel. To participate, passengers enroll at airport-based clubs. How safe can we feel with this type of identification system in place? Seriously safe, according to EyeTicket. Iris recognition offers a significant level of detail, which is vital for identifying people. The iris has 240 unique areas (compared with the face, which has about 80, and fingerprints, which have 20 to 40). The technology is also more hygienic since it requires no contact with the body. The procedure is considered to be as safe for your irises as being videotaped, as no laser or potentially harmful light is involved. Iris-recognition stations are operating in the Virgin Atlantic lounges at New York's JFK and Washington, D.C.'s Dulles airports.
Porn star boot camp. A penis with 21 piercings. Potent aphrodisiacs. These are a few of the topics Playboy TV tackles on Sexcetera, a one-hour documentary-style series that lets its hosts get down and dirty while reporting on erotica. Sexcetera started as a page in Playboy and reemerged as a short news segment on Playboy TV. "In 1998 we changed it into a show about young, hip reporters who get into the stories they investigate," says worldwide production vice president Eric Deutsch. "We sent Hoyt Christopher and Frank Gianotti--two guys you would like to party with--on a $20 million plane featuring an in-flight strip club. Another time they went to the Bahamas on a private cruise with naked girls. They do outrageous things that are every man's dream." Sexcetera is one of the longest-running programs on Playboy TV. At the beginning of each episode the reporters discuss who's getting naked, who's trying the latest sex toy and who has the wildest field assignment. Besides Hoyt and Frank, reporters include sex columnist Susannah Breslin, MTV Jackass alum Scott Potasnik, actor Sam Phillips and Playboy TV vets Kira Reed and Lauren Hays. The hosts are required to check their inhibitions (and sometimes their clothing) at the door. Here are some of our favorite segments:
You can Look it up: Lou Gehrig first stepped into the batter's box as a pinch hitter for the New York Yankees on June 1, 1925, and never missed a game thereafter until April 30, 1939. He played 2130 consecutive baseball games before he retired, which was a record he held until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1995. Except for his first and last two seasons, Gehrig hit over .300 every year, and in 1934, he led the American League in hitting with a .363 batting average. His teammates nicknamed him Iron Man for his durability.
For her 40th birthday, I bought my wife of five years a 1982 Corvette. We are Corvette nuts--for more than 20 years I've been buying, restoring, selling and maintaining them, and my wife has always liked them but didn't get into them until we started dating. I own a 1972 convertible that is my treasure. It's a little tricky to drive, so she had always asked me before she took it. Now the tables have turned. She says I must ask to take her car--the one I bought, maintain, fix, clean, polish and wax. She checks the mileage and last night threw a fit because I had used her car to go to lunch. I sold my Camaro Z-28, my motorcycle and my kid's four-wheeler to get this car for her. I consider myself the leader of the household and I'm not inclined to ask her to drive the car. I recognize that it's hers--her name is on the title--but who's out of line here? I think she's being ungrateful. Frankly, I'm sorry I bought her the car. I am not so sure I don't want her to pack her shit in it and take off.--J.C., Memphis, Tennessee
Did the events of September 11 change America? Apparently not. One constant has been the ability of opportunists to exploit the tragedy. We've kept a list of behavior that went beyond bad taste into the realm of "what were they thinking?" Among the many examples: A few days after planes flew into the WTC and the Pentagon, a cremation society ran an ad illustrated by a line drawing of the twin towers.
In the Sixties and Seventies, smut merchants slipped their films past censors by calling them documentaries about nudity and sex. One of the first mass-marketed adult films was a 1968 quickie called Pornography in Denmark, followed by a collection of stags billed as The History of the Blue Movie. Today, porn is respectable enough that serious filmmakers regularly visit the San Fernando Valley, where most adult videos are shot, to search for the meaning of choreographed sex. They drop by sets and production offices and corner the usual suspects, such as Bill Margold, a former performer who now heads the Free Speech Coalition. Even the National Film Board of Canada (Give Me Your Soul) and PBS (American Porn) have dispatched crews to the Valley; PBS distributed its report in edited and unedited versions and presumably made sure Jesse Helms didn't see either.
In Washington, D.C., the Justice Department has installed $8650 worth of TV-friendly curtains that conceal a partially nude female statue representing the Spirit of Justice. Its exposed breast often shows up in photos taken at news conferences (right). In San Francisco, organizers of a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues agreed to cover a 300-pound sculpture of a vulva, a ball made of bras and other artwork they'd placed in the marble lobby of the Masonic Auditorium (top left). The artist who created what she bills as the "world's biggest pussy" offered to obscure her sculpture in lace during work hours, but the theater insisted the covering be opaque. In Halifax, England a trust commissioned three statues for display at the Calderdale Royal Hospital. The artist envisioned two of the three as female nudes (one sitting, one standing, at left) "because the form has always been a means to express life, hope, beauty and dignity." The hospital has asked the artist to add slips, saying the nudes might distress its breast-cancer patients.
By midafternoon on Thursday, October 25, 10 people had gathered in a storefront in West Hollywood to bake pot brownies and fill 400 sandwich bags with weed. If all went according to plan, about two pounds of marijuana would be distributed the next morning to members of the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Co-op, just as the group had been doing three times every week for the past five years.
The World Series hero as gung ho geek? You might think so, given Curt Schilling's collections of sports and military memorabilia and his fondness for role-playing games. But put a baseball in his hand and Schilling changes from Dilbert to Superman, a 6'4", 230-pound fireballer who humbles .300 hitters. Last year Schilling, 35, won 22 games and lost only six for the Arizona Diamondbacks, with an earned run average of just 2.98. He dueled teammate Randy Johnson for supremacy among big league pitchers, and together they led the D-backs into a classic World Series against the mighty Yankees. And when game seven began, it was Schilling who took the ball for his team. Pressure? Nah. Schilling, who makes $10 million a year, knew what to expect that night. He had worked it all out on his laptop.
On a typical day, there are 32,000 commercial flights in the U.S. With more than 3 million people in the air, the American sky is like a 51st state--only it's governed by a single agency with a record of unimaginable negligence. Since the Federal Aviation Administration came into existence in 1958, it has been torn between two mandates: to promote air travel and the fiscal health of airlines while ensuring passenger safety. For years, the FAA has played a central role in the government's unwillingness to protect its citizens.
The Indian Point nuclear power plant is situated just north of Manhattan on the Hudson River. At a press conference outside New York City Hall last November, Robert Kennedy Jr., who heads the legal team for the environmental group Riverkeeper, called for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shut down the reactors "until a full review of the plant's vulnerabilities and safety system is conducted." Activists called the plant a "nuclear bomb 30 miles north of New York City"--a meltdown of the reactors would imperil 20 million people and turn New York City into a ghost town. Weeks later, Senator Hillary Clinton announced plans to expand evacuation plans in the event of a meltdown from a 10-mile hot zone to a 50-mile radius that would include New York City. Nuclear plants are obvious targets, but there is no consensus on how to deal with an attack from the air.
Producers say the real action in TV takes place off camera. We'll let you be the judge. But first, consider this behind-the-scenes look at the Playmates who lit up living rooms this year on Fear Factor and Weakest Link. Fear Factor winner Lauren Hill (below) shares some backstage secrets: "You are there all day, and they make you wear blindfolds--in the car, anyplace you go. You have no clue what's going on. Every event is a complete surprise until they show it to you, and it's time to do it. You think, My God, I can't believe I'm going to do this. You can't be scared. You have to go for it. You forget the cameras are there because they are constantly filming you, even when you're not doing anything. For the water stunt, they had cameras up above, in the water, everywhere." All those lenses, and we're still the only ones with the money shots.
Sara Was an artist. Which meant that there was paint everywhere--all over her jeans (knees artfully ripped), crusted under her fingernails, spattered on the floor of her studio. There were splotches on her forearms in the shapes of African nations. Sometimes she brushed her bangs away from her face, inadvertently trailing white streaks in her hair. Her being an artist was probably the reason her name lacked an "h" as well.
When rock stars hit town, they make a statement. They understand that showmanship is part of the game. Even when they're not onstage, it's all about stealing attention and flashing confidence. To prove the point, we lined up some of our favorite new musicians to model the latest nightlife styles. Get ready to jam. Don't make a living with a band? You can still dress the part. All you need is flair. Nothing says wild like leather. And remember: The shirt you wear out at night should be so vibrant it wouldn't feel right during the day (unless you really are a rock star). So don't be afraid to spend a chunk of your fashion budget on clothes your boss would not appreciate. Think a crazy mélange of clothing and don't forget the finishing touches--shiny accessories can make all the difference when you're basking in the spotlight.
I am a mutt," says Michele Rogers of her exotic good looks. "My dad is Hawaiian and my mom is a mixture of French, Irish and German." The Honolulu native abandoned leis and pristine beaches when, at the age of three, she moved to Michigan with her mother after her parents' divorce. "It was total culture shock," she says. "From there we moved to California, but I like to go back to Oahu or Maui a couple of times a year." The 26-year-old makeup artist is now in the business of making women more beautiful. "I've been doing makeup since I was 18," she says. "I love art, and my work is so creative. You can transform a person by using different colors and textures. It's fun."
The ousted CEO of a company decided to help out the incoming CEO. "I've left two envelopes in the safe," the departing CEO said. "When you encounter a crisis you can't handle, open the first envelope. If you run into more trouble, open the second one."
"There are no borders in this struggle to the death. We cannotbe indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, becausevictory by any country over imperialism is our victory, just as anycountry's defeat is a defeat for all of us."--Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, addressingthe Organization of Afro-Asian Solidarity
How do you get what you want from a man? If I'm not getting an orgasm and I'm not telling him what he's doing wrong or what he's doing right--whatever the problem is--it's half my fault. There must be at least a moment in the night where something he was doing felt so good, so I would tell him, "That feels really good." He knows to stay there and work with it. I mean, no girl is going to feel the same pleasure from a certain stroke or movement. We all have different sensation buttons. I know a lot of girls who don't have an orgasm unless a guy goes down on them. Why doesn't she show the guy what she's doing to her own body to get herself off and then he could add to it? Just by being a man, he adds to the whole experience and makes you feel good. When I'm in love and I'm having sex with the guy I love, it's making love and I'm feeling pleasure from it. If I'm not feeling pleasure, then I'm not intimate enough, and I'm not in love with him.
We always thought Colombia's best export was coffee. Now we have a new favorite--Shakira. This Barranquilla-born pop princess has been giving her fans in Latin America and Europe a rush ever since she was 13, when she released her first of four Spanish albums. Americans didn't get hooked on Shakira until the recent release of her first album in English, "Laundry Service."
The second son of Mexican immigrants, Oscar De La Hoya grew up in East Los Angeles. He was originally attracted to baseball, but he followed his older brother to the neighborhood gym and took part in boxing workouts. Discovering he had a powerful left hand, De La Hoya began winning local tournaments. At 19, he won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games. He won a gold medal in his weight division.
You've spent 1001 nights conquering every position in the Kama Sutra. Now what? Maybe it's time you and your partner thought out of the box and out of the bedroom. How about doing the deed in an undersea lodge, in a cedar tree that overlooks Mount Rainier or in the same Manhattan hotel room made famous by Madonna in the Eighties? We've done our homework and here nominate 11 unconventional places in North America to shack up--and many of them cost less than regular hotels, inns or resorts. Pack light. We know what you're doing.
<p>I never thought in a million years I would win Playmate of the Year," says Dalene Kurtis. "It won't hit me until the issue comes out and I see myself on the cover." For the readers, it wasn't even close; Dalene was the runaway vote magnet in the Pmoy sweeps. When we caught up with her, she was stuck in Los Angeles traffic and in the process of changing digs. "I'm moving to Manhattan Beach to be closer to Playboy for my Playmate of the Year duties," she says. "I would love to do charity work to benefit animals. I also do Operation Playmate for the troops and would be honored to visit some of them on a battleship. What they're doing for our country is amazing, and I want to show my patriotism in any way I can."</p>
It's almost worth playing sleazy strip clubs on the outskirts of Las Vegas just to be able to hangout backstage at a classy joint like the crazy horse, weevil. Just don't let on that we rolled a couple of drunk penguins at the Baccarat table for these tuxedos.
The next time will be different. The biggest fear in the airline industry and in law enforcement isn't the large airliner being used as a missile. What keeps everyone up at night is a scenario in which a number of pilots load explosives or bioweapons on small private planes and crash the planes into radio transmitters, water plants, power plants, nuclear reactors, stadiums or shopping malls. There are 5300 public-use airports in the U.S. and about 19,000 landing areas. And they are nearly impossible for a federal agency to police; security at small airports is handled by the towns that own them. Witness the suicide of 15-year-old Charles Bishop, who stole a plane and crashed it into a Tampa office building last January.
Billie Vincent worked at the FAA for 30 years. He held positions in air-traffic control (eventually running the biggest air-traffic control center, in New York) and served as a liaison to Congress. From 1982 to 1986 he served as the chief of security. Now 67, Vincent is the president of Aerospace Services International, a firm that consults on security measures. But he still finds time to level the charge that the FAA is a floundering, inept organization.
We have shelves full of CDs and DVDs--and the collection keeps growing. DVD burners such as Pioneer's Elite DVR-7000 and Philips DVDR985 can record up to two hours of content to discs that can be played in most DVD players and drives. But don't try to make copies of DVD movies that you've rented. They have built-in copyright protection. For fast editing and compiling, Yamaha's CDR-HD1000 CD burner has a 20-gigabyte hard drive. It can store 30 CDs to make mixes. Or use its jukebox function to play music randomly from memory. Minidiscs sound great, don't skip and allow you to rearrange tracks. Sharp's SD-NX10 system plays minidiscs and CDs. That way you can listen to your CD-R mixes and your minidiscs.
Who Wants to be A Playmate?--Here's A First: We held A Nationwide Search for our next Centerfold and Taped it for fox TV. Catch all of the Backstage Action, the Fabulous Finalists--and the Gorgeous Winner, Miss July
Mira Sorvino. Now onscreen in: The genderbending period comedy Triumph of Love, with Ben Kingsley. With five Movies Coming up, will she be taking a breather? "Right now, I'm taking a little time off. I bought a house last year for the first time--I've always been an apartment dweller--and I'm renovating my house." Is Moviemaking in Europe Different from that in America? "Definitely. There is a more relaxed feeling. There is wine at every meal--that's a huge difference. I think people there insist on enjoying their lives while they work." What do people recognize you most for? "For a long time it was Mighty Aphrodite, except people don't recognize me because they don't think I look the same physically. I get a lot of reaction to The Replacement Killers--'Hey, you were bad!' And I actually had a little girl come up to me in the Louvre a few months ago and start doing my lines from Romy and Michele. I was so flattered. It was so cute, and she said, 'Yeah, I've seen it 50 times."'