I had hoped playboy would be the first of Conan O'Brien's interviewers to present some balance about his plight with NBC (Playboy Interview, December). O'Brien sold himself to the network as a solid replacement for Jay Leno, but in the end the network found it cheaper to pay him $33 million to go away. Now he will be considered a success if he attracts even half the audience Leno commands. Jim Cassidy Las Vegas, Nevada
I love "The Playboy Drink Generator" (Holiday Spirit, December). I am a zoo-keeper who moonlights as a bartender. One night I asked a beautiful redhead at the bar what I could get her, and she said, "Something sweet and delicious but strong. I trust your judgment." Five minutes later four more beauties (they were in a wedding party) asked for the "same drink Kathy got." I scrambled to recall what I had used! They asked what the drink was called. Seeing how the cocktail matched the color of Kathy's hair, and considering my passion for saving rhinos, the red rhino was born. It contains 1.5 ounces of vodka, one ounce of cranberry liqueur, 1.5 ounces of ruby-red grapefruit juice, 1.5 ounces of cranberry juice and a splash of grenadine. Shake and pour over ice in a highball glass. I finish it with an orange, lime and cherry garnish to look like a rhino horn.
I was stationed in South Korea along the DMZ with the 1st Cavalry Division. In the negotiating village of Panmunjom a soap opera played out reminiscent of the Kaf-kaesque incidents described in Shopping for a Mad Man (November). In Korean
As a novelist I can live anywhere. Like Joe Eszterhas, I chose Cleveland (City of Broken Dreams, December). I moved here from L.A. 20 years ago and have enjoyed every moment. It's a tough blue-collar city with pride and loyalty— we love our teams not because they win but because they are ours. People who dis Cleveland, like our late and unla-mented NBA superstar, do so because they have spent most of their lives with their head in a place that keeps them from seeing what the city is all about. Les Roberts Cleveland, Ohio
I hope the average reader sees Adam Carolla's rant (We've Built a Minimum-Wage Gilded Cage, November) for what it is— satire reminiscent of Jonathan Swift's. Anyone who draws attention to a problem by truth, lies or what rests in between (clever comedy) is a hero in my eyes.
Bravo for sharing Natalin Avci ("Becoming Attraction," After Hours, December). We need to see more models like her— only two percent of women are the size twos commonly shown in the media. Jo Anne Rickard Ellicott City, Maryland
Where have you seen Adrienne Rusk before? Pretty much everywhere. She has appeared on many television series (Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Mentalist) and in several films (The Social Network, Hot Tub Time Machine and the forthcoming Waterfor Elephants). In fact, the 26-year-old Wis-consinite has worked steadily as a model and actress ever since a studio photographer discovered her more than a decade ago. "He quite literally yanked me off the sidewalk," she says. When Adrienne isn't on set, she is pursuing her other passion—writing. "I feel blessed to be working in front of the camera, but I've been writing ever since I could hold a pen. I find it exciting to create, collaborate and pitch ideas."
Thirty years ago this winter the Clash's third LP, London Calling, arrived in stores in America. There was nothing like it: part punk, part pop, a little reggae, with plenty of built-in booze-and-drug-fueled rage, social commentary and pure musicianship. The Clash's two frontmen, Mick Jones and Joe Strummer, became instant superstars. While every punk wannabe tried to copy their gritty London getups, the bass player who stood toward the back of the stage, Paul Simonon, emerged as the band's—and the early 1980s'—punk rock sartorial standout. That's Simonon on the cover of London Calling, photographed at a 1979 show in New York. Want to re-create his timeless style? See the caption below.
HOW TO OpGnCl It The new trend in men's stores: shops that guys don't hate being in. We're talking about stores filled not just with clothes but with vintage motorcycles, rock-and-roll memorabilia, 1920s racing trophies, taxidermy, knives and pans for cooking elk steaks. It's man cave meets retail. Pictured above: Isle of Man (iomstyle.com) in Chicago, a completely curated lifestyle on sale. We love this Ferrari racing-boat model (yes, the Italian company made a few in the 1950s). Another favorite: Palmer Trading Company (palmertrading.com) in New York.
When Dan Dunn was hired to write the Imbiber mixology column for Playboy.com, he knew it would involve travel (Borneo, Bordeaux, Guadalajara, etc.). He didn't know that in the course of his reporting he'd witness pigs fornicating in the Dominican Republic, end up drunk with a famous porn star in her Hollywood hotel room or meet Prince Charles. This month Dunn's memoir, Living Loaded ($15, Three Rivers Press), hits; it's already being turned into a TV
Iranian-born designer Bijan of Beverly Hills, whose customers include Arnold Schwarzenegger and George W. Bush, bills his menswear as "the most expensive in the world." He recently announced a partnership to build 31 Bijan-style Rolls-Royce Phantoms, which are hitting the market now. So what does the man himself drive? Among his collection of supercars is this million-dollar-plus Bugatti—capable of more than 250 mph and with what looks like God painted on the hood. Beats a plastic Jesus any day. More on the Rolls at bijan.com.
Dubai may be the Vegas of the Middle East, but Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is becoming the region's Monte Carlo. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the only Formula One race held (in part) at night, is now
Sir Richard's condoms have nothing to do with Sir Richard Branson. Which makes us think the marketing of the world's only high-end fashion condom is disingenuous. But who cares? Your package deserves the best. A cross between gabardine and abstract expressionist art, the condoms are sold at outlets such as Paul Smith and Fred Segal. And every time you buy one, the company donates another to a country in need. Bonus: They're vegan! Info at sirrichards.com.
Andy Warhol is a polarizing figure. Take his movies: Are they genius? Or are they horrible, perhaps a joke? Critics go either way, but decide for yourself at New York's Museum of Modern Art exhibit Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures, closing March 21. Clockwise from top left: Flesh (1968), Trash (1970), Btood for Dracuia (1974) and Bike Boy (1967).
In the thriller Unknown, Liam Neeson plays a doctor who, after a car accident in Berlin, finds out not only that his wife (January Jones) doesn't recognize him but also that he's the target of assassins. The twisty movie, directed by Jaume Collet-Sera, also stars Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella and Aidan Quinn. "It has I a kind of noir feeling, a little like the first Bourne movie, where you're trying to figure out if the hero is a good guy or a bad guy," says Mad Men's Jones. "Every scene is through the eyes of Liam's character, and you're trapped in his head, unsure which way is up. Nobody is who you think they are, and I like that by the end all the mysteries aren't cleared up. You're intrigued and want more."
Actress Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander is the genius cyberpunk "girl" in the titles of the three books in author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Rapace lifts the three Swedish films to something more than Masterpiece Mystery! with nipples, piercings and blood. The late Larsson campaigned against the abuse of women. He pumps that into Salander, a victim of stunning abuse—raped in the first film, shot in the second, tried on trumped-up charges in the third— who gives it all back and then some. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray sets include a new documentary and much more.
British actress Minnie Driver, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Good Will Hunting, moonlights as a singer, having released two albums. We sing her praises when she busts out of her bodice, as in this scene from 1998's The Governess. See her next as Mrs. P opposite Paul Giamatti in Barney's Version.
In Dead Space no one can hear you scream. After escaping an abandoned ship infested with gruesome space necromorphs in the original game, hero Isaac Clarke awakens in Dead Space 2 (360, PC, PS3) as the only survivor left on the Sprawl, a deserted space city infested with more horrific beast-ies. The vibe is part Alien, part 28 Days Later as Clarke races through the city and floats through zero-gravity compartments while butchering undead creatures with a plasma cutter, javelin gun and other weapons. One tip: If you get cornered by a creature called the Puker, breach the hull and blow that sucker into deep space. VVV/2
r years of contributing to waistline growth, games are using the latest motion-based controllers to help players sweat off the pounds. EA Sports Active 2 (left; 360, PS3, Wii) designs a workout of exercises and activities such as mountain biking and includes a heart-rate monitor to measure the results. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (right, 360) uses the Kinect camera to analyze your body and track the results of customized workouts featuring martial arts, yoga and more.
MTV's Skins is adapted from the U.K. series of the same name, but its stylized, matter-of-fact depiction of teenage debauchery shares almost as much D N A with Larry Clark's 1995 film Kids. Our young heroes make no attempt to hide their obsession with sex and drugs. There's a compelling soap opera here, one the morality cops will be in a tizzy over. That's iust one more reason to
The genius of SportsCenter is the highlight reel, which distills the stop-start pace of major sports to the most exciting moments. Why watch the whole race when you can see just the fiery crashes? Why watch nine innings when you can get the home runs and sliding catches in a 45-second burst?
In January, Playbo TV launched it brand-new block o couples program ming, "TV for 2," with the sexy docu series Brooklyn Kinda Love. This month "TV for 2" brings viewers yet another steamy reality-TV series: Swing. In each hour-long episode of this titillating show, a different monogamous couple gets initiated into "the Lifestyle" when they spend an unforgettable erotic weekend hooking up with experienced swingers. The series premieres February 11, nine p.m. ET/PT.
Step inside Aston Martin's new seven-figure supercar
We're standing at the Aston Martin factory in Caydon, England with the legendary marque's director of design, Marek Reich-man, having a look at the new Aston supercar. So, Marek. the One-77—how did it come about? "Our CEO came to me and said, 'What would an Aston Martin supercar look like now. and what would it stand for?' The main thing we said was that it would be the essence of Aston Martin and would therefore be a piece of living art. The program name became Project Why, as in 'Why? Why not?' Literally because we can." This car will run nearly $2 million. How many will you be making? "Fifty cars would be too few because they would disappear into collections. One hundred cars? Probably too many. We didn't like 75—too obvious. We like seven and 007, and our CEO's birthday is the seventh, so we thought seven and seven together would make a great number." Each car is
From a distance, the newly opened Viceroy AnguiUa (from $450 a night, viceroyhotels andresorts.com) looks like a hyper-stylish cruise ship run aground on the most spectacular beach in the world. Dust a 20-minute ferry ride from St. Martin, it's a singular Caribbean property—complete with a spa, 166 plunge-pool-equipped suites and five top-shelf restaurants. And how's this for an oceanfront experience? Pristine sand, ridiculously blue waterandgraciousserviceby a staff that knows you need a drink long before you do.
Starting an offshore account is simple and can be completed online—proving your identity via a notarized copy of your passport should suffice. Barclays (group.barclays.com) and HSBC (hsbc.com) are a good fit for wealthy expatriates, while Swiss banks such as Credit Suisse
No tickets to the Super Bowl? No problem. Simply watch the game on Samsung's 55-inch 9000 Series HDTV ($6,000, samsung.com). The pencil-thin 1080p LED TV's true-to-life picture makes it seem as though Tom Brady's spi-
The Presso hand-pressed espresso maker ($T50, presso.us) takes the art of making highly caffeinated Java back to the basics—all the while swapping unsightly bulk for elegant, simple functionality. Hot water, premium coffee beans and a little upper-arm strength are the only ingredients required.
r\ number of girlfriends have asked me how I lost my virginity, and I've never known what to say because it happened during a gang bang. I was drinking with five guys and a girl. We all knew our female friend turned into a horndog when she got drunk, and one thing led to another. We had a rotation going for about two hours. (We weren't greedy, but she was!) Looking back I remember it as being a lot of fun; there were no hard feelings or regrets from anyone involved. But what should I tell people?—T.C., San Francisco, California
Based on the letters in the November issue, I am amazed so many Bible believers are playboy readers. If anything, I would have thought most readers are like me and know more about the Bible than your average Christian but don't embrace its dogma. Jesus made it perfectly clear in Matthew 5:28: "Anyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in
Concerning your response to two readers who wrote in October to challenge your description of Adolf Hitler as a "right-wing radical": I am a libertarian and use the widely accepted definition of right as being in favor of maximum personal freedom in all areas. This means having the least amount of government control as possible to maintain order. On the opposite side, the more you favor a strong, centralized government, the further left you are. By these definitions, totalitarian dictatorships, fascists and communists are on the far left. In succession, Hitler eliminated prayer from public schools and nationalized banks, car companies, schools and the health care system. He then rounded up his citizens into concentration camps if they were of a certain ethnic or religious background. Only then did he take his experiment beyond anything done by Franklin Roosevelt or Barack Obama. Talk about strange rebranding! Cancel my subscription immediately. Gary Engstrom South Park, Pennsylvania
While the "new Calvinists" are big fans of sexual abstinence, as Jessica Warner notes ("The United States of Abstinence," December), they seem to have made peace with alcohol. Such Calvinism favors a far more pronounced theory of human depravity and is beginning to thrive in Baptist circles, which may explain the lower rates of abstinence there than among Pentecostals. Unlike Christian perfectionists, new Calvinists believe they can't entirely escape from sin. Nevertheless, the demographer in me is convinced something else is going on. Emerging research reveals that conservative Christians under the age of 30 are considerably more approving of premarital sex, cohabitation and looking at