For most actors, having just one role that stays forever lodged in the popular consciousness would be enough. Bill Murray could have hung it up after Caddyshack: His gopher-hunting groundskeeper will be quoted through the eons. But he's gone on to star in some of the most memorable comedic roles of the past 25 years, in movies such as Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Rushmore. In anticipation of Murray's latest movie, Lost in Translation, Contributing Editor Warren Kalbacker caught up with the kingpin of comedy for 20Q. "He doesn't give you one-liners," says Kalbacker. "I don't know if intellectual is the right word to use, but I felt I was in the presence of a real thinker. If he'd never done comedy, I never would have suspected him of being a comedic actor. That's not to say he wasn't funny—but it wasn't shtick."
Every day means fireworks at Hef's, but on the Fourth of July he kicked it up with live jazz and a slew of revelers. A few days later ESPN2 brought Fight Night to the Mansion, with a broadcast seen around the world.
When Heidi and Jenna (Soul Sister Survivors, August) stripped for chocolate and peanut butter during an immunity challenge, I hoped that Playboy would be their next stop. The photos are beautiful, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed. Heidi and Jenna are covering up too much. Your photos of another survivor, Jerri Manthey, are better. She bared all.
Eminem may have bad-mouthed a former flame played by Taryn Manning in 8 Mile, but the real Slim Shady liked her band, Boomkat, so much that he put one of its songs on the soundtrack. "I felt he was a kindred spirit," says Taryn, who sings for the soulful trip-hop duo, while her brother Kellin arranges the music. "People call me a triple threat because I act, dance and sing. My dad was a singer and a keyboard player, and people used to call him the funkiest white man on the planet." Taryn turned heads as Britney Spears's pal in Crossroads and can next be seen playing a mountain woman in Cold Mountain. Making movies and promoting an album, Boomkatalog One, doesn't leave much time for dating, but Taryn says she prefers guys outside showbiz. "With actors, I feel like I'm fighting for the mirror," she says. "I never had an on-set romance, but I would have with Eminem. Brittany Murphy got him first." Taryn confesses that being fired from a movie inspired her to start writing music. "That just fueled me," s he says. "My definition of success is to have fans who are really into our lyrics—maybe they put Boomkat on to get through a difficult time. I want people to know that singing is truly my calling."
Even the Bandit wouldn't have seen it coming. In less than a third of a second, the latest police laser speed guns take several hundred readings from the license plate or headlight of an approaching vehicle and calculate its speed. At 500 feet, the gun's beam is just 18 inches in diameter, compared with the 150-foot swath of radar that dashboard detectors can more easily pick up. According to field tests organized by Carl Fors of Speed Measurement Laboratories, your detector may sense the light beam at 1,000 feet, but by then it's already too late. At 500 feet, you'll hear nothing. Some guns have digital cameras that snap a photo of your car and its license plate, then add a speed-time-date stamp for the judge. This allows the officer to skip court. (As long as you trust the technology, it also prevents arbitrary tickets.) The most advanced guns shoot through snow, rain and windshields, which lets the officer sit inside the cruiser. They also indicate when the gun is being jammed or if a vehicle has a detector. Leadfoots, beware.
Perhaps there is a corporation somewhere that appreciates art inspired by and containing bits of its trademarks. But Carrie McLaren hasn't discovered it. Concerned that companies are using intellectual property laws to stifle free speech, the editor of Stay Free magazine organized an exhibit called Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age (the headline above uses an alphabet, created from product packaging, by Heidi Cody). The exhibit, which includes music and videos, runs October 3 to November 2 at the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia. It can also be seen online at illegal-art.org. These days, prudent pop, collage and hip-hop artists consult with lawyers before sharing their work. Even the threat of a lawsuit can keep art out of view.
Thank You, Mr. Sam It i s a little past midnight in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Alice is on her knees on a cold linoleum floor, feverishly moving bottles of Woolite from a stack of cartons to a perforated steel shelf. The air is redolent of cotton candy and popcorn, and even in the dead of night Wal-Mart's flagship store is as busy as a carnival midway. Here on Walton Boulevard, out by the interstate, the 178,000-square-foot store is crowded with families, pale as cheese in the fluorescent light, buying, buying, buying: tools, towels, sweatsuits, barbecue grills, baseball bats, pork butts, copies of Seabiscuit, toothpaste, auto parts, frozen broccoli. Alice, which is the name I will give to this dignified woman in her middle years, raises her forearm to wipe her damp bangs from her forehead. Her royal-blue uniform vest is clean and crisp, and a big button above her name tag announces Great Job: I'm a Shareholder!
Travel the world and you'll notice two highlights: the women, who never cease to amaze us, and the language barrier, which somehow makes even the mundane seem sexy. In Rome we got a kick out of this laundromat sign: Ladies, Leave Your Clothes here and Spend the Day having Fun. In Paris we took a cue from a hotel note that read, "Leave your values at the front desk." As for the girls, Playboy has been involved in global warming since 1972, when we launched our first foreign edition, in Germany. Today we have 18 foreign titles, and since you may not have access to newsstands in faraway lands, we decided to show off our favorite models from recent issues. See? We're one step closer to world peace.
You're at your desk when an instant message pops up: "Don't forget tonight: Bucs vs. Raiders, eight PM." This isn't a reminder for Monday Night Football—it's a message from your Xbox confirming your next NFL Fever match. With both the Xbox and PS2 claiming more than 500,000 online players and 50 Net-capable games before year's end, there may never again be an actual person around to feel the burn of your victory dance. Here's a look at the latest features worth getting blisters over.
How could a girl as gorgeous as Divini Rae have escaped our attention until now? Maybe the fact that she spent much of her life in a remote Alaskan fishing village has something to do with it. "The only way to reach my village is by plane or boat in the summer," Divini says. "I felt a little cut off. Most other kids had TVs, but we could pick up only two channels there anyway." Despite the long Alaskan winters, Divini grew up with a disposition as sunny as her name: "My mom told me that the first thing she thought when I was born was that I was like a divine ray of sunshine." Growing up in a home with no running water or electricity, Divini became an avid reader and graduated early from high school. She then studied psychology and journalism at an Oregon college before a vacation to Sydney, Australia led to modeling and voice-over work. She lived in Sydney on and off for five years before moving to Los Angeles. "Now when I go back to Australia, I affect an accent a little," she confesses. "That way they don't ask me, 'How long are you here on vacation?'" Divini also dabbled in acting down under, starring on the TV drama Above the Law and hosting a show on which she interviewed sports celebrities. She even launched her own monthly magazine, SWAY (Sydney Will Amaze You), documenting the city's abundant nightlife. "Hef granted me an interview, and that issue is now a collector's item," she says. "I headed a talented group of people at the magazine—it was my baby." Now the entrepreneur is busy putting together a sexy calendar of Playmate friends to be sold on her website, divinirae.com. "Since I appeared in the Girls of Australia layout in the December 2000 Playboy, I've met lots of down-to-earth, beautiful women," she says. "I've never done a calendar before. It will be hot!" Miss November's enthusiasm for what lies around the corner is infectious. This is one brainy beauty whose hands are never idle. "It's rare that I relax," she says. "I have so much energy that I do sit-ups to feel productive while I watch Will & Grace." She's just as focused about the type of guy she likes to hang out with. "I'm into the person and not his looks," she says. "I know that is a cliché, but I'm attracted to charisma and sophistication—someone who is articulate, likes to read, has a silly sense of humor and is easygoing. I like men to be men, and I want to be treated like a lady—open doors for me, speak respectfully. I'm classy and not into the bad-boy thing or celebrity egos. Just gentlemen with manners for me."
Dent Island lies in northern Puget Sound—36 miles long and half that wide, shaped about like a stomach except at Fort Beaver, the belt line, where it cinches in almost to nothing, and at the ends, where it tapers. It's a $7, 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland over the coldest water you will ever cross, and visitors are encouraged. Every spring, in fact, the island tourist commission buys advertisements in West Coast travel magazines that say, "Dent Island—come fall in love all over again."
I have convinced myself that the final night of Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp is no big deal, no different from putting on a skit with my cabin mates when I was nine. But this isn't the stage at Camp Winnawoka; it's the Bottom Line, a world-famous club in Manhattan. And this isn't a marshmallow on a stick in my hand; it's a bass guitar, on which I am expected shortly to accompany camp counselor Roger Daltrey. Yes, that Roger Daltrey. Probably best not to dwell on the fact that I'd never picked up a bass before three days ago.
Some actresses are content to play the same type of character in every film they make. Daryl Hannah, on the other hand, has portrayed a mermaid, a clone, a cavewoman and a 50-foot housewife, just to pluck a few roles from her eclectic resume. That diversity, coupled with periodic tabloid cameos, has led to a hazy public perception of just who resides inside that bombshell exterior. So as Daryl hits the big screen in yet another eccentric role, playing a one-eyed martial arts assassin in Quentin Tarantino's hotly anticipated Kill Bill, we were more than happy to let her get a few things off her chest.
Whenever I've tired of the vanilla world of mainstream media, I always return to the Raucous, Push-the-Envelope Environment of the Rustler Boutique and Erotic Emporium, Weevil... It's a pervert's home-away-from-home!
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Instead of strapping on a pair of skis and waiting an hour in a lift line, try bombing the mountain aboard one of these new-school snow toys. The success of snowboarding has made a slopeside speed fix more accessible than ever before; Vail, Tahoe, Copper Mountain, Sugarbush and other North American resorts have opened areas for nonskiing thrill-seekers. Winter tubes, bikes, snowshoes and sleds are fun, but our favorite powder toy is a Sims snowboard (left) featuring adult film star Jenna Jameson. "Ours are the only boards you'll want to sleep with," says the company. Isn't it afraid that will bring on an early thaw?
The Last Days of Jam Master Jay—A Year Ago Run-D.M.C.'S Groundbreaking DJ was Gunned down While Playing Video Games in his recording studio. An arrest has yet to be made. How did the Killer get in? Why was there no Surveillance tape? And what activities led up to the Fateful night? Whiter Frank Owen walks the mean streets of Hollis. Queens and gets in with jay's posse