Ah, another January—time to do some knee bends, start living within your means and break that addiction to online porn. Manage that and you may have a shot with Lisa Lampanelli. In The Hidden Charms of the Male Luddite, comedy's “lovable queen of mean" recalls her excitement at meeting a guy who had no laptop or cell phone.
HEF SIGHTINGS, MANSION FROLICS AND NIGHTLIFE NOTES
LUCK BE A LADY You can’t spell Planet Hollywood without H-O-L-L-Y, and the casino where she stars in Peepshow recently rolled out slot machines featuring Holly Madison. The word on the Strip is that gamblers can't keep their hands off Planet Holly.
THE OTHER KOREAN AUTOMAKER Thank you for the fascinating account of the career of Kim Jong Ryul, former personal shopper to North Korea’s ruling family (Shopping for a Mad Man, November). His memoir sheds light on one of the stranger episodes in North Korean history, namely the regime’s attempt to counterfeit the Mercedes 190.
You’ll never guess who took this photo. None other than the beautiful woman looking back at you—Chelsea White, a 21-year-old British model turned photographer. “I started taking pictures about a year ago,” she says. “I went out and bought a $3,200 camera—after which I thought, I’m going to have to stick with this now! Luckily, I got hooked."
The Coen brothers are hell-bent on restoring grit to True Grit. The writing-directing maestros saddle up to retell the saga of a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) in 1880s America who teams up with a one-eyed marshal (Jeff Bridges) to hunt down her father’s killer (Josh Brolin).
How long can you hold your breath? That's the challenge presented by Fox's mammoth 56-disc 24: The Complete Series, a compendium of all eight “days" in Jack Bauer’s (Kiefer Suther-land) split-screen world of terrorism and espionage. Early seasons are time capsules of cultural nostalgia (floppy disks!), with the first episode airing a little more than a month after 9/11.
Tony Goldwyn directed Conviction with Hilary Swank. Here is what he is waiting for in the mail. The Bridge on the River Kwai: “How can I not own this and every other film by David Lean?” Breaking Bad Season 3: “Vince Gilligan is a twisted genius."
Laura Dern has played a wide range of roles in her career, from brainy heroine (Jurassic Park) to clueless social de-generate (Citizen Ruth). She gets us "hotter than Georgia asphalt" when she takes a walk on the wild side with director David Lynch, as she does as free spirit Lula Fortune in Wild at Heart (pictured) opposite Nicolas Cage.
Here's a secret about video games: Some of them are realty smart. At the front of the class is Assassin's Creed, a brilliant historical action series set during the Third Crusade. As Ezio, a master assassin, players navigate the streets of 12th century Italy on stealth missions to kill members of the Knights Templar.
Tell her you're reading The New York Times while you squeeze in 18 holes on real courses such as Bethpage and Evian, in Real Golf 2011 HD ($6.99). Angry Birds ($4.99) sounds ridiculous: Hurl an arsenal of birds at soldier pigs hunkered down in elaborate fortresses.
Even France has nerds. For Tron: Legacy, the recent sequel to Tron, the early-1980s landmark of emerging computer animation, Parisian music duo Daft Punk has created a new soundtrack. They've got guts: Science-club graduates everywhere are waiting to blog “They've desecrated the original, OMG.”
The overgrowth of user-generated content on YouTube obscures like weeds: Search for a Doors video and you may end up watching a clip of a cat dancing to “Light My Fire." We vastly prefer Vevo, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, as the go-to repository for music videos and live performances.
Taschen Desk Calendar Get a Daily Dose of Playboy in 2011
Enjoy a Playboy moment every day of the year with Taschen's 2011 Playboy Vintage desk calendar. Each tear-off page features a classic photograph or illustration from the pages of PLAYBOY magazine. Thanks to the long-running friendship between Benedikt Taschen and Hugh Hefner, Taschen Books and Playboy have developed a strong partnership over the years.
Two is almost always better than one—particularly in matters of sex—which is why PLayboy TV is introducing “TV for 2" couples programming this month. Whether you are looking for spicy reality TV, candid sex advice or provocative story lines, this brand-new block of shows is guaranteed to turn up the heat and the intimacy on your date night, Enjoy reality programs such as Brooklyn Kinda Love (pictured, premieres Saturday, January 15 at 10 P.M. ET), which follows couples inside and outside the bedroom as they live their lives in New York City, and Swing (premieres Friday, February 11), on which monogamous couples get a first-time two-day pass to “the Lifestyle."
Throughout the last week of December, The Playboy Morning Show on Playboy Radio (Sirius 99/XM 99) will conduct its annual recap of the 10 sexiest moments of the year. Tune in as funny and irreverent hosts Kevin Klein and Andrea Lowell take a look back at the show’s most scintillating guests and events in 2010—from the sexiest tan line pageant at Playboy's Beach House to phone sex with Jenny McCarthy to "Dancing With the Porn Stars."
Whether she’s feeling romantic, seductive or mischievous, Playboy has the perfect scent to suit a woman's every mood. This month all three of Playboy’s female fragrances—the fresh and flirty Play It Lovely, the exotic and sensual Play It Sexy and the vibrant and edgy Play It Spicy—will be available at U.S. retailers for the first time.
Paradise lost? Hardly. Cloaked by the oldest living rain forest on the planet, the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa (daintree-ecolodge .com.au) in northeast Australia offers access to 1,200 square kilometers of natural wonder exactly as God intended.
From the moment I met Bill, on my flight from Tucson to Dallas, I knew he was the perfect man. When most women rattle off a potential mate’s must-have qualities, they usually include a decent job, sense of humor, good looks, a tongue with Parkinson’s disease.
I he first time I ever got really turned on giving a blow job I was 22, on a date with a man I barely knew but liked a lot. It was night, in a parking lot after a Bad Brains show, and he leaned against the hood of my car while I got on my knees. We could have been strangers—we almost were— and somehow the darkness, the anonymity of the situation liberated me from worrying about doing something wrong or feeling self-conscious.
My father cheated, my friends cheat, and I am ashamed to say I have cheated. I do not want to cheat anymore. Is there a medical procedure to curb my appetites? Would having a testicle removed do anything?—D.S., San Diego, California Don’t remove anything.
The shocking truth behind the Pentagon's efforts to suppress a book that strikes at the heart of the dysfunctional intelligence efforts
In October 2003 Major Anthony Shaffer was on an MH-47 Chinook helicopter roaring toward a rendezvous with a Ranger assault team near Asadabad, Afghanistan about eight kilometers from the Pakistan border. Wearing 40 pounds of body armor and brandishing an M-4 carbine and an M-l1 pistol, Shaffer was hunting Taliban insurgents as part of an initiative called Winter Strike.
The best we can... Our best isn't good enough—right now our eyes are far-reaching. Technology has blasted images at us from every corner of the world. It’s the ones that reach out... Even celebrities, our students, activists, brave ones that mold our lives now. It’s a revolution...
Susan and Brendan had been dating for a month when they decided to spend a weekend together in New York. They had met in Falls Church, Virginia, and while Susan was not completely sold on Brendan, sneaking around the office and having a quickie in the copy room kept her interested.
WHEN THE FBI BUSTED ANNA CHAPMAN IN NEW YORK SHE WENT FROM SECRET RUSSIAN AGENT TO THE BIGGEST TABLOID STORY IN THE WORLD. AND YET THE TRUTH REMAINS ELUSIVE. WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS AND PICTURES TAKEN BY AN EX-BOYFRIEND, WE TAKE YOU DEEP INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF THE ULTIMATE MODERN-DAY FEMME FATALE
JOHN H. RICHARDSON
DON’T LOOK AT THE PICTURES yet. Cover them with a hand, avert your eyes, fold the magazine over-because you’re facing a philosophical conundrum and even a moral choice, perhaps a definitional decision about the meaning of life. So read the story first, consider the meaning of secrecy and the elusive truth it conceals, and then decide-and God preserve your mortal soul.
The golden age for sexy secret agents was World War II. Come with us behind enemy lines
JOSEPHINE BAKER Though born in the U.S., Baker found fame in Paris, where her song and dance performances made her an icon. Ernest Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw." During the German occupation of France, she attended parties with highranking Axis officers and assisted the Allied forces by passing on intelligence, often encoding it within her sheet music.
Mickey bought me a goldfish he named Seven Cent. He's got an orange streak along his lateral line running from forehead to tail. His dorsal fin is as black as night and appears to have been chewed. Otherwise he is albino in coloration except for his tail, which is translucent.
On MTV, The Hills was the most popular Empire reality show; now, in the post-Empire, Jersey shore reigns
Bret Easton Ellis
The reality show has been around in one form or another since the Louds opened up their home on An American Family in 1973 on PBS (which should give you an idea of how the genre was once perceived), and it has gone through many evolutions in the culture, now culminating with Jersey Shore, which is defining the genre today.
THE BIG LOVE STAR AND INDIE DARLING TALKS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BAD-MOUTH YOUR HIT SHOW, THE DOWNSIDE OF SEX SCENES AND HOW SHE’S GETTING TIRED OF BOYFRIENDS WHO TEXT INSTEAD OF SHOW UP
PLAYBOY: You're known for your Oscar-nominated performance as the girlfriend of transgendered Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, and last year you won a Golden Globe for playing a sour, scheming polygamous fundamentalist Mormon wife on Big Love.
When it comes to wagering, the real party is being thrown by the online overseas sports books. WHY NOT HERE? One reason is the National Football League’s weird antigambling vendetta
<p>A platform emerges from a corner of the vast industrial room, rising over three levels of metal scaffolding to overlook what was once the centerpiece of the Prague sewer system but which now hosts a surreal party with a bizarre mix of postapocalyptic movie characters, statuesque European models, midgets and live pigs.</p>
For Anna Sophia Berglund it seemed like any other day at the Mansion. As Crystal Harris’s closest friend—“It’s bizarre. We were born 24 days apart. My mom is from Sweden; hers is from England. Our goals and morals are so similar!”—Anna routinely got sneak peeks of upcoming Playmates from Hef.
A man came home from work one evening and found his wife in their bedroom, packing a suitcase. “Where are you going?” he asked. “I’m moving to Las Vegas,” she said. “I heard that in Vegas I can get $300 to do what I do with you.” The man pulled out another suitcase and started packing his things.
Wow! A real live toucan!” Sleep deprived from the flight from hell—napped through 20 hours of layovers, an unscheduled fuel-leak landing in Cali, Colombia, as well as multiple security interrogations and baggage molestations—I almost think I’m hallucinating this Froot Loops-hued curiosity perched benignly beside me.
HOPS, HYPE, MONEY AND POWER: BROOKLYN BREWERY’S QUEST TO MAKE THE PERFECT BEER
STEVE HINDY SHUT HIS EYES, WAITING for a bullet to hit him. He was helpless, scared. It was 1980. Hindy, an Associated Press correspondent in Beirut, had been patrolling with United Nations peacekeepers when terrorists kidnapped them. The insurgents herded their captives into the basement bathroom of a school.
Obama before the signing of the health care reform legislation last year, Vice President Joe Biden was a model of decorum. “Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama,” he told the Democratic caucus and—because the event was broadcast live—the American people.
These are interesting times for fuck. Despite an effort by the FGC to crack down on the word, it is now more common at all levels of society. For instance, when Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley proudly called his team “world fucking champions!” before live television cameras after the 2008 World Series, a reporter was unable to find anyone in the stadium who thought Utley had done anything wrong.
IN THIS DARK COMIC MEMOIR, A LEGENDARY LONDON PARTYER AND CHRONICLER OF BRITAIN'S "CHEMICAL GENERATION" FINDS HIMSELF PAYING THE PRICE FOR TWO DECADES OF LATE NIGHTS. WOULD HE DO IT ALL AGAIN AT THE DROP OF A HAT?
So, doctor, can you explain why my sperm-which were fighting fit 19 years ago when they fertilized the egg that is now walking around as my 19-year-old daughter—are today, from what you're saying, utterly crippled?" The attractive young female doctor (long dark hair, glasses definitely in the "fantasy doctor" category) regarded me with a look that will be familiar to middle-aged lotharioS the world over.
THINK of these next six pages as the epic story of the rebirth of one of the most high-profile industries in the world. Forced into historic bailouts and layoffs and stunned by the economy, the car business imploded in 2008 and 2009. After too many high-profile recalls, even Toyota was cowed.
The letter from Egypt's most esteemed religious scholars—old gray men in turbans who act as the country's moral compass—was provocatively addressed: “To the Boys of the Brothels,” it began. Never mind that there is no such thing as a brothel in modern-day Egypt.
A heavenly refresher on the women who made 2010 stunning
Hey, you! Yes, you! Hef needs your help to make an important decision: Who should he crown as the 2011 Playmate of the Year? The winner will join a pantheon of beauties that includes Shannon Tweed (1982), Jenny McCarthy (1994) and Hope Dworaczyk (2010).
HOPE FOR HIRE Like fellow Playmates of the Year Brande Roderick and Tiffany Fallon, PMOY 2010 Hope Dworaczyk will attempt to impress Donald Trump as a contestant on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice. Her competition will include musician Meat Loaf, retired baseball slugger Jose Canseco, actress Marlee Matlin, former teen idol David Cassidy and songstress Dionne Warwick, among others.
A few summers ago two University of Illinois students spent an evening barhopping. In between stops, one of them urinated behind a bush. Campus police spotted him, but he was able to slip away. A cop did question the student’s friend, who claimed he didn’t know the fleeing drinker.
Peter Doherty may seem like an odd choice for a speaker at the 2009 Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, a giant interfaith conference held every five or so years. After all, the 1996 Nobel laureate in medicine isn’t religious per se.
Death penalty foes such as sociology professor Michael Radelet can sound intelligent (Reader Response, September), but what do you do with monsters such as Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, who tortured the Petit family in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007, before murdering Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11?
MAYWOOD, Illinois—After two men stopped their car facing the wrong way on a street that leads to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, officers went to investigate. In the trunk they found 50 kilograms of cocaine worth $19.4 million. What tipped them off?
THE YEAR IN SEX-FROM PROVOCATIVE ADS TO SHOCKING TELL-ALLS, WE HAVE IT COVERED. A ROUNDUP OF THE MOST SALACIOUS PEOPLE, MOMENTS AND HAPPENINGS OF 2010. NARCO AMERICANO—WHEN A U.S. EMBASSY EMPLOYEE AND HER HUSBAND WERE GUNNED DOWN LAST YEAR IN JUÁREZ, THE MESSAGE CAME IN LOUD AND CLEAR: VIOLENT DRUG CARTELS HOLD NO ONE SACRED IN MEXICO’S BLOODY NARCOTICS WAR.