"When we were kids he could be a real pain in the ass," says Tom Farley Jr., big brother of Chris Farley, the star of Saturday Night Live and Tommy Boy. Over the years Tom came to admire his kid brother and was hit hard by his overdose in 1997. Farley heads up the Chris Farley Foundation, through which he uses his family's brand of humor to help kids fend off peer pressure, drugs and booze—three things that killed Chris. Now Farley has co-written The Last Days of Chris Farley, an excerpt from the upcoming book The Chris Farley Show (Viking). To tell Chris's story, Farley and Tanner Colby sat down with family, friends and co-stars including Chris Rock and David Spade. Throughout Chris's life we all used to get together and tell stories about him," says Farley. "I couldn't imagine doing this biography any other way. Only this time I told people not to hold anything back."
Joe Domanick is very complimentary to Los Angeles police chief Bill Bratton in Saving Los Angeles (February) but at the expense of trashing a lot of officers past and present. I don't know how we survived as the premier police department in the world for 40 years without outside help. The LAPD did have a lew ofF years after I retired and before Biatton came aboard, but that was because the department became politicized and two chiefs were selected through the political process rather than intensive exams. Bratton told me before he became chief in Los Angeles that his success in New York was due to putting in place I-APD practices whereby uniformed officers could aggressively enforce the law. Naturally, I wish him the best.
l'alton Oswalt's article about dating a stripper (Peace Through Pule Dancing, February) is inappropriate and offensive. Women who choose dancing as a career have tough enough lives without being stereotyped. You should have called the article Date a Psxcho. since the girl depicted is obviously elemented and not so obviously a stripper.
The antics of Corri Fetman, the attorney who introduced her overtly sexual ads on billboards and trucks in Chicago and posed for you ("Scorcher in the Court," After Hours, February), trivialize an important issue. Divorce is not glamorous for anyone involved, especially the children.
How can you name the 21 Sexiest Commercials of All Time (February) and not include Rachel Specter's? The RGX Bodyspray chick deserves more credit, not to mention a im.wiioy pictorial. J.Jacobs Alexandria, Virginia
If you're wearing a shirt with French cuffs, the setting likely calls for elegant, fairly simple cuff links. But once in a while you get to break out a novelty pair, and these flash card-like enamel squares by Simon Carter are ace. Combinations include doggy and style, melons and jugs, and sixty and nine. Those Brits are so clever.
When the Four Points hotel chain, a division of Sheraton, placed an ad for a CBO (chief beer officer) for its new worldwide beer program, more than 7,000 people applied. The part-time position involves visiting breweries, festivals and bars to select beers for hotel menus.
(Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon) The Wachowski brothers put a high-tech spin on this live-action version of the 1960s Japanese animated TV series. Hirsch, playing the kid born to race his family's Mach 5 car, competes in the dangerous cross-country rally that killed his brother.
(Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski) Pacino, a college professor of forensic psychiatry, receives a death threat warning him that he has only 88 minutes to live. Racing against the clock, the professor must track down three suspects: an ex-girlfriend, a troubled student and a serial killer waiting it out on death row.
(Jason Segel. Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis) Segel wrote and stars in this Judd Apatow-produced comedy about a guy jetting off to a Hawaiian resort, hoping to recover from being dumped by his longtime girlfriend (Bell). Things get dicey when his ex happens to stay at the same hotel with her new rock-star boyfriend.
Hapless hunter Josh Brolin finds $2 million from a west Texas heroin deal gone terminal and spends the rest of 2007's best picture Oscar winner on the run from Javier Bardem, with local sheriff Tommy Lee Jones a few sunbaked beats behind. Adapting Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same
Sexy ingenue Beau Garrett busted out as a Guess model in the 1990s before busting out of her bikini in the vacation-phobic thriller Turistas (pictured). See her next in the wedding-day romantic comedy Made of Honor.
Planning on committing a crime and looking for a deterrent better than three strikes? Peruse our picks for the highlights of prison lit. House of the Dead is based on Dostoyevsky's nine-year exile in Siberia, and while grimly realistic and spare, it is also a humanist's tribute to man's capacity to overcome the indignities and miseries that attend not just forcible con-
THESE HAND-POLISHED BLINDE shades ($295, osainternational .com) work just fine for a lazy day by the pool, but they also have the strength and fit for a more active afternoon. A stainless-steel core hugs your face gently but firmly with hinges anchored by Blinde's seven-barrel, six-pin system. The lenses ward off mother nature's attempts to scorch your retinas, while five anti-reflective layers block bounce-back glare and a hydrophobic coating protects the lenses from dust and dirt. Cool.
IF YOU'RE GOING to hang something on your ear all day, know that—like it or not—you're accessorizing. Plantronics' Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset ($150, plantronics .com) eases the sting a bit and won't make you look like the Borg's latest acquisition. Tipping the scales at just eight grams, it's comfortable for long-term use and has a minimalist design that doesn't scream "tech dork." Also, its charging case gives you an extra five hours of talk time on the go.
FOR THE LIFE of us we can't figure out why most shelves are so goddamn boring. Say good-bye to rectilinearity with the Opus Shelving System ($495, dwr.com), whose odd angles allow you to buck tradition and compartmentalize your reading at the same time. The Opus can be placed on any of its four sides and stacked with other units to create as large a canvas as you need to express your bibliophilia.
WHEN THE POLISH start drinking, the smart money gets out of the way. Remember, this is a culture that developed round-bottomed shot glasses you can't set down. Belying this hard-drinking image, though, is the country's silky and flavorful U'Luvka vodka ($58). Made from a blend of rye, wheat and barley, with subtle notes of anise and grain, it's that rare vodka that is equally appealing in a cocktail or sipped neat at room temperature. Those looking for the authentic experience are directed to the signature ice bucket, which comes with a rackful of un-put-downable shot glasses ($350).
LEGEND HAS IT Ping-Pong was developed by bored British soldiers in India. In 1891 John Jaques, a London game maker, formalized the rules and table, and 1900 saw the first national championship, played on Jaques's "Prince Albert" table. Starting this month, exact reproductions of the Prince Albert ($2,975, newyorkfirst.com) will be available in the United States for the first time. They offer the most fun per square inch of any piece of furniture that isn't a bed.
SAY WHAT YOU will about Apple, but its foray into cell phones has made other companies step up their game. From top: Sony Ericsson's Z555 (sonyericsson.com) is proof that an entry-level phone can be stylish and feature-rich, with its diamond-black shell and gesture controls that let you end calls with a wave of your hand. Motorola's ROKR E8 (motorola.com) transforms its entire face to suit the task at hand, whether you're browsing the web, listening to music or (heaven forbid) making a call. Finally, LG's Voyager (for Verizon, lge.com) is gorgeous and versatile, with a force-feedback touch screen outside for making calls and triggering music and a generous qwerty keypad inside for texting.
IF ANY GAME needs to lighten up a little, it's chess. Add some much-needed whimsy to the ancient game of intellectual combat with Umbra's Wobble chess set ($263, umbra.com). Each space on the walnut-and-maple board is a concave indentation, and all the pieces have Weeble-like weighted, curved chrome-plated bottoms. Thus the slightest touch sends them bobbing to and fro, but none will ever leave its proper position. Overall it creates a far more relaxing environment in which to humorlessly bulldoze your competition.
USUALLY, IF LEATHER is submerged in salt water for years, it's useless. The exception: stingray skin, once used to protect samurai warriors in battle. These leathers of Thai origin are being revived as distinctive alternatives for men's accessories. This belt and wallet from Torino Leather ($220 and $140) have smooth beaded surfaces that are water-resistant and extremely durable.
I haven't had a serious girlfriend in four years. I meet girls who I think are girlfriend material, but I immediately lose interest as soon as I sleep with them. I miss being in a serious relationship but don't know how to get much further than a few dates. Is this just instinct encouraging me to spread my seed? What can I do to stop this from happening? I don't want to pass up a real relationship with a great girl because my penis is telling me, "Been there, done that, move on."—N.B., Sacramento. California
Your comments on drug testing in the NFL ("Unnecessary Toughness." February) could extend to drug testing in our society as a whole. Drug testing is currently used as an element of class warfare. The majority of jobs that require drug tests are blue-collar. But doctors, lawyers, the judges who send your ass to jail for using and the congressmen and
In February's "My Apostasy" John Banvillc tries to say religion focuses too much on the "sins of the flesh." and he asks. "What was it all about?" Well, since the 1980s something called AIDS is what it's all about, and those priests probably saved lives. I'm not lor the Spanish Inquisition or anything even close, but religion teaches us to be careful with sex
Berlin Mexico's ambassador to Germany made a formal complaint about a hit song featuring the chorus "Finger in the butt, Mexico." Ambassador Jorge Castro-Valle Kuehne wrote a letter to EMI, which released the tune by Mickie Krause, whose other hits have included "Go Home, You Old Shit" and "10 Naked Hairdressers." "As I'm sure you can understand," wrote Kuehne, "the lyric has aroused great outrage among the members of the Mexican community living in Germany, who have a right to be angry that Mexico's name is being used in this kind of disrespectful and disgusting way." Krause's response? "Onstage I also sing the lyric 'Finger in the vagina, Bosnia-Herzegovina,' and nobody has gotten worked up about that."
Bangkok As part of the ongoing scandal surrounding the destruction of CIA tapes depicting potential torture during interrogations, it has been revealed that the agency maintains facilities in Thailand where prisoners are taken for extralegal questioning. In what looks to be a bad sign, Thailand is not a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Also, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government granted a legal exemption to U.S. citizens
Washington. D.c. In the wake of a campaign to keep Congress from granting immunity to telecom firms that provided data to the Bush administration without warrants, Democracy for America—the advocacy group started by Howard Dean after his failed bid for the White House—has started a cell phone service called DFA Wireless. It offers an alternative for people who want to stop paying companies that have collaborated with the administration. In addition to supporting a business that pledges not to submit to warrantless wiretapping, customers get 30 free minutes of calls to the White House a month. Ten percent of regular charges are donated to DFA; the wireless provider also supports the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Democracy Now, the ACLU and other institutions that fight for phone and Internet privacy.
Washington. D.c Citing "multiple close-up views" of female buttocks, the FCC—following a long legal battle with the ABC TV network— fined 52 ABC affiliates $1.4 million each for an episode of NYPD Blue aired in 2003.
ver the course of several seasons on Saturday Night Live and the success of several theatrical blockbusters, Chris Farley established himself as the new John Belushi, the contemporary king of oversize manic comedians. Like Belushi, Farley's struggles with drugs and alcohol gave him an edge that simmered under the surface of characters such as his Chippendales Dancer and the van-dwelling Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker. When it came, Farley's death seemed like a sad cliche— however, it was anything but for those closest to him who watched his descent tragically, inexorably unfold. Here, in an excerpt from the forthcoming book The Chris Farley Show (Viking), family and friends, co-stars and colleagues recount the behind-the-scenes mayhem
A second-generation ballplayer with a major legacy to live up to, Prince Fielder, who turns 24 this May 9, appears to be more than ready for the challenge. He and his father. Cecil, are the first father and son to both have hit 50 home runs in a season, and Prince is also the youngest player ever to do so. Fielder currently plays first base for Milwaukee, but
When Boston won the World Series in 2004 euphoria rained down on Red Sox Nation like manna from heaven. It wasn't hard to predict how fans would react when Theo Epstein and company immediately started making changes. How could they ship out players who had helped the team win its first World Series in 86 years? But the front office stuck to its guns. By the time the Sox entered the 2007 World Series, only seven players remained from the 2004 championship team. We know what happened next. The holdovers played a key role in the most recent World Series win, of course, with David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez making a big impact. But Boston wouldn't have won last year if not for the new guys: Josh Beckett. Mike Lowell. Jonathan Papelbon and Dustin Pedroia. The retooling of the Red Sox underscores the delicate balance every team faces when it wins a title. Standing pat usually sits well with the media and fans, but it doesn't help a team put up more banners. The two years following the 2005 World Series win for the White Sox show what can happen when a team is complacent. Chicago did make one big move for 2006. trading Aaron Rowand to the Phillies for Jim Thome. But that move merely
Jacoby Ellsbury has forced a change of thinking in Boston: Prospects used to exist in Pawtucket solely as trade bait, but the kids aren't so bad after all. Just how special do the Red Sox think Ellsbury is? Well, at the age of 24 and yet to play a full season in the big leagues, he displaced veteran Coco Crisp in center field during last year's postseason and was the stumbling block for the Red Sox in acquiring Johan Santana in the off-season. The first major league player of Navajo descent, Ellsbury is the prototypical lead-off hitter and has the added attraction of being a Gold Glove-caliber defensive player.
At a young age Felix Hernandez had scouts flocking down dirt roads in Venezuela to watch him throw off the mound. When he was 14, the claim is, he threw a fastball that was clocked at 94 miles an hour. Now that he's 22 the word is he occasionally reaches 100 miles an hour. Signing Hernandez was a tribute to Seattle scouting director Bob Engle. Sure, the $710,000 bonus helped, but the Mariners reportedly offered Hernandez less money than
WHY IT COSTS WHAT IT COSTS Always be suspicious when someone tries to sell you something out of a briefcase. A fake may resemble the real thing, but there is a reason fine watches fetch prices to rival the CDP of a small nation. Leaving aside the countless hours of handcraftsmanship, the components' materials make a genuine difference. The best watches are fashioned from rust-resistant metals immune to magnetism and temperature fluctuations.
WHY IT FIT^ TOR DOESN'"P Looking good is not sufficient consolation for pinched skin or crushed toes. All shoes are designed around a wooden model of the human foot, called a last, and the shape of the last (there are many versions) affects how a shoe feels on your foot. During the construction process the leather is wrapped tightly around the last, but you should give your foot more room to move: The inside tip of a shoe should leave half an inch of space beyond your toes.
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Here are three reasons you should have watched Rock of Love. Below, the brunette is KRISTY JOE MULLER (from womenofplayboy.com), and the blonde is Cyber Girl MEGAN HAUSERMAN—both from season two. At right is season one's BRANDI C, who dabbled in porn as BRITTANY BURKE.
We've always maintained that it is possible—nay, preferable—to have a bar in every room of the house. The bathroom, of course, provides the trickiest challenge. Until our ice maker-medicine cabinet arrives, we'll make do with Woody's citrus shampoo and peppermint conditioner ($30 each, mugonline.com), which come in oversize booze bottles complete with liquor-pourer caps. Delicious.
Like a bicycle, diving fins capture your leg strength and translate it more effectively into thrust. Unlike a bike, fins haven't had gears— until now. The stretchy "power bands" in Slingshot fins ($220, aqualung.com) gather energy on the power stroke and release it on the upstroke for extra worn. Three stiffness settings (amounung
As we're sure Jesse Ventura would agree (see page 20). Caddyshatk isn't just a film about golf, it's a way of organizing your existence. Whether you're more like Carl Spackler or Ty Webb, you'll walk a little taller when wielding the Caddyshack putter (S250. caddyshackputter .com). It comes with a talking club cover that reminds you to "be the ball." To which we'd like to add, "Na-na-na-na-na."
Excited as we are about the start of baseball season, we can't help but feel daunted by the enormity of keeping track of 2.420 games, and that's not counting spring training and the playoffs. The folks at Ambient Devices understand. Their Baseball ScoreCast ($125, ambieiiidevices.com) uses radio signals to pull in up-to-the-minute scores and stats on every baseball game, placing the entire season literally at your fingertips.
Vegetables and relationships are best when new. Alcohol and Mamie Van Doren just seem to improve as time passes. So we find it fitting that Ms. Van Doren has released a wine, Mamietage ($130, mamiewine.com). What surprises us? The nude photo adorning one of the bottles (under a peel-away cover-up label) was taken last year, with Mamie in her 70s.
We have this recurring dream— no. not the one about our eighth-grade science teacher wearing nothing but a lab coat. This one is better. In this dream we are on the beach with a good, strong frozen margarita in one hand and a smokin'-hot babe in the other. There was a time when we thought this dream unattainable. That was before we became friends with Coleman's Rechargeable Portable Blender (S60, coleman.com), which can power up from a wall jack or your car and will do 20 to 30 pitchers on one charge. Now we just have to figure out how to convince the girlfriend to wear a lab coat on the beach.
As pollsters keep reminding us, George VV. Bush is one of the least-liked presidents in history. Which means January 20, 2009 (his last day in office) will be a day of celebration in many places. To anticipate it properly, pick up a Bush countdown key chain (58, bushtinier.com). It helpfully marks, to the second, how much longer we'll have Dubya to kick around.
Time, as men smarter than us have noted, keeps everything from happening at once. One of those things is music. Music takes time to record, time to listen to and time to remix. To honor this connection and also to, you know, look cool, we present the Tableturns watch by Kliid ($65. fludwatches.com), which reimagines the clock face as a spinning turntable. We'd like to think that if you scratched this thing skillfully enough, you could make fourth-dimensional hip-hop by mashing up yesterday with tomorrow.
PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR—FOR THOSE OF YOU DANGLING IN SUSPENSE OVER WHO WILL WEAR THE CROWN, WE'LL PROVIDE A HINT: SHE ALREADY HAS AT LEAST TWO THINGS IN COMMON WITH PMOYS JODI ANN PATERSON AND JENNY MCCARTHY.