Now I watched alot of He-man and She-ra as a kid but I don't remember this one.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Anyone who reads ths blog on a semi-regular basis knows that I fancy myself a bit of an artist and until now I have stuck to mainly drawing and painting (traditional and computer) but I want to move on to another medium, photography. Yes after spending years staring at the pin-up photography of the greats like Bunny Yeager and Russ Meyer I'm seriously ready to try my hand at it but I'm having a small problem...I can't find any girls to model for me.
I am looking for female models of any size, shape, etc who are willing to take costumed or nude pin-up/ glamour photographs and let me stress I said costumed...or...nude. I'd prefer to have the freedom to pose models anyway my artistic vision sees fit but if your too shy to take your clothes off we can work around it.
So if you live in the Chicagoland area and are interested in making some money for a couple of hours of work please email me at email@example.com.
Posted by Becca at Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
"Her instinct, her mastery over the machine, was pure witchcraft. I cannot analyse this woman's acting. I only know that no one else so effectively worked in front of a camera." ~Bette Davis
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson (some sources cite her original surname as Gustafson) in Stockholm, Sweden September 18, 1905. Greta was the youngest of three children and had a remarkably close relationship with her father until she was fourteen when he took ill and died. Because of her father's sudden death she was forced to leave school and go to work. Her first job was as a lather girl in a barbershop and later she would become a clerk in the department store PUB in Stockholm, where she would also model for newspaper advertisements.
Her first motion picture aspirations came when she appeared in a group of advertising short films for the department store. These shorts were eventually seen by comedy director Eric Petscher and he cast her in a bit part for his upcoming film Peter The Tramp in 1922 (although her major motion picture debut was a year earlier in a low-budget film).
In 1922 she began studies at the prestigious Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. It was at school where she met director Mauritz Stiller. Stiller took a major hand in training her cinema acting technique, gave her the stage name "Greta Garbo", and cast her in a major role in 1924's silent film Gösta Berlings Saga (English: The Story of Gösta Berling) a dramatization of the famous novel by Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf.
Click here to watch a scene frome The Gösta Berlings Saga:
Garbo starred in two movies in Sweden in and one in Germany (Die Freudlose Gasse - The Joyless Street) before she and her mentor, Stiller were brought to Hollywood & MGM by Louis B. Mayer on the strength of Gösta Berlings Saga. On viewing the film, Mayer was impressed with Stiller's direction, but was much more taken with Garbo's acting and screen presence. According to his daughter, Irene Mayer, with whom he screened the film, it was look and emotions that emanated from her eyes that would make her a star. Unfortunately, her relationship with Stiller came to an end as her fame grew and he struggled in the studio system. He was fired by MGM and returned to Sweden in 1928, where he died soon after.
Throughout this period, Garbo was slowly emerging as a Galatea molded by a series of corporate Pygmalions. In photographs and films one can see her change from a pudgy shopgirl, through various metamorphoses as she enters the studio machinery, until she turns into the perfect Sphinx, the "face" captured in famous pictures by Edward Steichen and Clarence Bull, and other photographers of the period.
Garbo also made some of her best most interesting silent movies during this period, The Torrent (1926), Flesh and the Devil (1927) and Love (1927), the latter two with the popular leading man John Gilbert. Gilbert and Garbo had a much publiciszed romance until she was said to have left him standing at the altar when she changed her mind about getting married.
Garbo was also said to have had a few other lovers during this period; several lesbian or bisexual lovers, including Louise Brooks and the writer/socialite Mercedes de Acosta. Also an on-and-off affair with the primarily homosexual British photographer Cecil Beaton who writes about his somewhat requited passion for her in his published diaries.
Some also suggest that Garbo remained single in the United States because of an unrequited love for her drama school sweetheart, the Swedish actress Mimi Pollak. Garbo's personal letters recently released to the public indicate that she remained in love with Pollak for the rest of her life. When Pollak announced she was pregnant, Garbo wrote: "We cannot help our nature, as God has created it. But I have always thought you and I belonged together."
Garbo acheived enormous success as a silent movie star, and was one of the few who made the transition to talkies, even if she delayed the transition as long as possible. The studio worried endlessly about whether the world was ready for a talking Swedish Sphinx and asked her to make one more silent (it used a soundtrack with music and sound-effects only) film in 1929, The Kiss.
Garbo's low, husky voice was heard on screen for the first time in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie (1930), which was publicized with the slogan "Garbo Talks". The movie was a huge success, but Garbo personally hated her performance. In 1931 Garbo shot a German version of the movie, which she opinioned to be one of her best works on screen.
Unfortunately, her one-time fiancé, John Gilbert, whose popularity was waning, did not fare as well after the advent of sound, due to the high pitch and thinness of his voice, and his career faltered. His last appearance with Garbo, in Queen Christina, was not as bad as some critics have suggested: he suffered from the problem all of Garbo's leading men suffered, which was that she was inevitably stronger and more powerful than they were.
Gilbert, John Barrymore, Fredric March, Robert Taylor, and others ended up like feeble drones worshipping before the queen bee. Clark Gable was more than a match for Garbo, but she made only one early film with him, Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise. This may have been because the two greatly disliked each other - Greta thought Gable was a wooden actor while Gable in turn thought Greta was a snob.
Over the next few years Garbo appeared in movies like Mata Hari in 1931, Grand Hotel (1932), which won the Best Picture Oscar and featured Garbo as a Russian ballerina melodramatically delivering the famous line, "I want to be alone."
A contract dispute with MGM caused a two-year absence from the silver screen and when she finally settled on a new one, it granted her almost total control over her movies. She used this control to pick her future roles and influence the casting of her co-stars. John Gilbert came out ahead on this deal replacing Laurence Olivier, Queen Christina in 1934 and replaced with Gilbert. She also chose not to appear in 1935's Dark Victory, instead she insisted on doing another screen version of a Tolstoy classic, Anna Karenina (she had made a previous silent version Love with John Gilbert in 1927) with Frederic March.
Some of her most memorable performances in sound movies come out of this period. Her performance as the doomed courtesan in 1936's Camille, directed by George Cukor, was called the finest ever recorded on film and 1939's comedy Ninotchka was one of her favourites. She was even nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Anna Christie, Romance, Camille and Ninotchka.
Click here to watch a scene from Anna Christie:
Ninotchka was a successful attempt at lightening Garbo's image and making her less exotic, complete with the insertion of a scene in a restaurant which her character breaks into joyful laughter which subsequently provided the film with its famous tagline, "Garbo laughs!" A follow-up film, 1941's Two-Faced Woman, attempted to capitalize by casting Garbo in a romantic comedy, where she would play a double role that also featured her dancing, and tried to make her into "an ordinary girl." The film, directed by George Cukor, was a failure. It was Garbo's last screen appearance.
It is often reported that Garbo chose to retire from cinema after this film's failure, but already by 1935 she was becoming more choosy about her roles, and eventually years passed without her agreeing to do another film.
In 1949, Garbo filmed several screen tests as she considered reentering the movie business to shoot La Duchess de Langeais directed by Walter Wanger, but otherwise never stepped in front of a movie camera again. The plans for this film collapsed when financing failed to materialize, and these tests were lost for 40 years, then resurfaced in someone's garage. They were included in the 2005 TCM documentary Garbo, and show her still radiant at age 43. She was offered many roles over the years, but always turned them down.
Click here to watch her some screen tests shots from 1949:
Her last interview appears to have been with the celebrated entertainment writer Paul Callan of the London Daily Mail during the Cannes Film Festival. Meeting at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Callan began "I wonder . . ", before Garbo cut in with "Why wonder?", and stalked off, making it one of the shortest interviews ever published. The newspaper gave it a double page spread.
She gradually withdrew from the entertainment world completely and moved to a secluded life in New York City, refusing to make any public appearances. Up until her death in 1990, Garbo sightings were considered sport for paparazzo photographers.
Despite these attempts to flee from fame, she was nevertheless voted Best Silent Actress of the Century (her compatriot Ingrid Bergman winning the Best Sound Actress) in 1950, and was also designated as the most beautiful woman who ever lived by the Guiness Book of World Records.
And as a bonus here is a Disney's Silly Symphony from 1938 Mother Goose Goes To Hollywood featuring caricatures of great stars of 1938: Katherine Hepburn, les Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Charles Laughton, Spencer Tracy, Laurel & Hardy, Edward G. Robinson, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Greta Garbo... and Fats Waller and the great Cab Calloway. Due to those racist stereotypes, this cartoon has been banned.
Posted by Becca at Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Man this movie looks cool!
Based on the Arturo Pérez-Reverte books, Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.
Unfortunately all the trailers are in Spanish...but man does this movie look cool!
Posted by Becca at Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Sometimes I think that the technology used to create effects in movies has gone too far.
It was bad enough when they used images of Audrey Hepburn to advertise The Gap or when they made Fred Astaire dance with a vacuum cleaner to advertise Dirt Devil Vacuums but now, despite being dead for 33 years, director Rob Cohen, who made 1993's (fluke fantastic) Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, will recreate Bruce Lee using digital effects for an upcoming movie project called Rage and Fury. Cohen says, "Rage And Fury will feature an entirely photo-realistic Bruce Lee with new, advanced digital technology. Digital Domain who did XXX and STEALTH with me are on it big time".
This whole project just offends me, if Bruce Lee was still alive lending his support that would be one thing but it sort of feels creepy to use his image this way. I mean imagine the outrage if someone decided to digitally recreate Humphrey Bogart and Claude Raines for a Casablanca sequel. It just all feels so sleezy and wrong.
Posted by Becca at Saturday, November 25, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
"People love seeing violence and horrible things. The human being is bad and he can't stand more than five minutes of happiness. Put him in a dark theater and ask him to look at two hours of happiness and he'd walk out or fall asleep." ~Paul Verhoeven
When an attempted political coup in Northern Italy fails, most of the mercenaries hired by the coup leaders disperse. Not so Martin (Rutger Hauer), who intends to rob his duplicitous former employer Arnolfini (Fernando Hillbeck). Martin is able to raise his own army by using a stolen religious artifact as a talisman. He later kidnaps Arnolfini's prospective daughter-in-law Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh),who saves herself from gang rape by feigning eternal devotion to her captor. Weeks of plunder and destruction follow, with a deadly plague thrown into the stew.
Click Here to View the Trailer
Betrayed by power. Corrupted by love. Bound by honor.
A timeless adventure, a passion for wealth and power. Only the strongest will survive
In a savage time, torn between two rivals she fought for survival with the only weapon she had... herself.
This is director Paul Verhoeven's first American & English speaking film.
The script is partly based on unused material for the Dutch TV series Floris, which was the debut for Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven and Rutger Hauer.
Sites in Rumania, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Yugoslavia were considered, and rejected, before three locations in Spain – Belmonte, Cáceres and Avila – were chosen. The showcase was Belmonte Castle, which was used once before as a film set, in the making of “El Cid”. When the cast and crew arrived there, the fortress was in a state of real disrepair, and in order to make the castle safe for the actors, the construction team had to work under extremely hazardous conditions – floor were reinforced and laid with mosaic tiles, vast cathedral ceilings were repaired, whitewashed, then hung with blazing chandeliers, battlements were built above crumbling stone bastions, a moat was cut into the promontory surrounding the castle. The weather, dependable only in terms of freezing rain and gusting winds, complicated the process. At the end of ten weeks of filming in Belmonte, the sun finally emerged, the summer’s first heatwave set in and the cast and crew celebrated with a “Capae”, a traditional Spanish festival.
Flesh & Blood has been also aired on the Dutch T.V. in episodes, with some scenes that were not included in the theater version. The recent DVD version does have the extended international version of the film, though I am not certain if all the Dutch T.V. footage was included.
As a bonus here is the trailer for Paul Verhoeven's next movie Blackbook. It was released in Europe earlier this year with no U.S. release date at this time.
And as another bonus a truly strange commercial for Guinness featuring Rutger Hauer.
Posted by Becca at Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
From the Chicago Tribune:
Three years ago, while preparing to perform with Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, the rocker discovered that he had left his black trilby [hat] behind in London. Panic-stricken, Bono paid $1,500 to have it flown out to Italy.
Although the hat was given its own first class seat, the flight crew became concerned that it might get squashed, and moved it into the cockpit, where it traveled alongside the captain. On arrival it was collected by a driver, and delivered to Bono shortly before the concert.
Dude all I'm saying is that $1,500 could feed alot of starving children or dig some wells in Africa. Bono is a fucking idiot.
Posted by Becca at Tuesday, November 21, 2006
...or seen there is a trailer for the next Harry Potter movie, The Order of the Phoenix. Click here to check it out.
And just for kicks and giggles here is the german version of the trailer for Orden des Phönix. It's pretty fun to see what the characters sound like.
Posted by Becca at Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Created by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser (the same people who would eventually bring The Nanny to life) The Charmings covered this what if scenario: What if back in the storybook days, Prince Charming (Christopher Rich) married Snow White (Caitlin O'Heaney), and before they had a chance to live happily ever after, Snow's wicked stepmother, the evil queen, (Judy Parfitt) put a curse on them to make them sleep a thousand years - and accidentally hit herself and one of the dwarves in the process. They all woke up in the 1980's and moved to suburbia.
Admittedly this was a silly concept for a TV show but as one of this kids who loved fantasy movies and fairy tales I made an instant connection to it. The cast was also great, a young Christopher Rich (currently on the CW's Reba Sunday's at 6:00, watch it, it's good) as Prince Eric Charming, Judy Parfitt as the antagonistic stepmother Lilian, and a wonderfully disparaging Paul Winfield as the magic mirror.
Season 1 Opening:
A great mirror, mirror gag:
The Charmings also had some great guest appearances from the likes of Bernie Kopel (Doc, from Love Boat) who appeared as get this... a doctor... making a house call. On the way out, he notices Prince Charming watching The Love Boat on TV. So Doc stops and says, "Oh, the Love Boat. Sheesh. Grown men in knee-socks, how ridiculous."
A fun play on the old poisoned apple:
The ratings of the first season were less then spectacular so in the second season production was handed over to a new team and some changes were made to the show including a new opening and Caitlin O'Heaney who played Snow White in the first season as a sexy, bubbly, ditz was replaced by the more down to earth Carol Huston. Huston who I've seen on other shows, is normally a reliable but not an outstanding actress and many fans felt she was not right for the role.
Caitlin O'Heaney Snow White Number 1
Carol Huston Snow White Number 2
Season 2 Opening:
Never an overly popular show with TV audiences, half way through the second season ABC moved it up against The Cosby Show a ratings giant, it never had a chance. They advertised the move with one of those silly ads where the characters comment on their own show. Only in this ad, the silliness was dead serious. The queen stepmother, Lillian announces proudly: "Guess What? I've used my magic to move our show to a new day & time!" After she announces the new time slot, Prince Charming angrily yells, "Lillian! That's opposite The Cosby's!" Probably the one of the first times in the history of television where an ad for a TV show was also a complaint about the network it was on.
There are some conspiracy theories out there that Disney threatened to sue over the use of the Snow White character and the concept of the show feeling it borrowed a little too heavily from their 1937 animated movie and ABC killed the show as a quick way out of the situation. This does however only seem like a consiparcy theory.
ABC canceled the show in 1988 and prempted the final episode, as far as I am aware it has never been seen.
And now a classic episode of The Charmings; The Witch of Van Oaks:
This show has never been available on video or DVD, frankly I'm not sure it's ever been rerun though it is available for syndication. As one of my favorites as a kid I would love to have this as part of my DVD collection, please release it!
Posted by Becca at Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
You know just cause I think they are too much fun!
The Sound of Music:
Shawshank Redemption Romance: (I'm not quite sure this works 100% but I still found it amusing)
Scary Mary (as in Poppins):
The Shining as a Family Film:
Sleepless in Seattle as a horror film (this one is great, I love this):
Posted by Becca at Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
They've released the poster as well as all sorts of promo pics for the next Harry Potter movie and man I'm excited.
The new poster
Dumbledore's Army (Man Dan Radcliffe looks all foxy, yes there is something wrong with me).
Voldemort Under Water
A Gathering of Teachers
Does anyone out there know who he's kissing? I can't seem to remember this scene from the book.
Posted by Becca at Saturday, November 18, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Bono, whilst playing a gig in Glasgow, got the whole crowd to be silent and then began slowly clapping his hands. He got the crowd to clap along for a while, the stadium quiet except for the rhythmic clapping...
After a short period Bono spoke, saying that everytime he clapped his hands a child in Africa died...
Suddenly, from the front row of the venue a voice broke out in thick Scottish brogue, ending the silence as it echoed across the crowd, the voice cried out to Bono "Well stop ****ing doing it then!!"
Okay this is apparently an urban legend, no one can say for certain whether this actually took place or not...but I like to belive it did happen and just goes to substantiate a hypothesis of mine...Bono is an asshole.
Posted by Becca at Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
In the near future, sinister aliens and giant prehistoric monsters threaten civilization! The only one equipped to handle these disasters is the Science Patrol, a special police force with high-tech weapons and vehicles at their disposal. Led by Captain "Cap" Muramatsu, the Science Patrol is ready to protect the Earth from the ravaging monsters. But when the situation becomes desperate, Hayata, one of the Patrol's members holds the key to our salvation. Fate has given Hayata the ability to secretly transform into an amazing, superpowered giant from space. A being known as Ultraman!
I don't remember Ultraman having a surf board...
Ultraman was created by Eiji Tsuburaya, the father of the tokusatsu (special effects) genre in Japan, who also worked for the Toho studio on many monsters pics, beginning with Godzilla in 1954. Ultraman, however, was not the first special-effects TV show made by the company he founded in 1963. That honor goes to Ultra Q, a 28-episode black-and-white series modeled on The Twilight Zone. Broadcast from January to July 1966 on the TBS network, Ultra Q featured a human team that investigated extra- terrestrial phenomena and fought Tsuburaya's signature Toho monsters under new names (Godzilla became the odd-sounding Gomess). Nonetheless, for Tsuburaya and his company, Ultraman represented a big, ambitious step forward. The show was filmed in color, with a budget then considered huge for Japanese TV.
One outstanding feature of the Ultraman series was the use of various monster costumes, often wildly imaginative, and would later influence other series like Gatchaman and Himitsu Sentai Goranger. The principals were played by famous stunt actor Haruo Nakajima, who played the original Godzilla. His apprentice, Bin Furuya, started out as Ultraman. Nakajima had a martial arts background and used it to create a sense of drama in order to be dramatically effective in costumes that had little potential to show emotion. For the first episodes, and this is clearly evident in the action sequences, simple wrestling was done that gradually evolved into more complex fighting that would later be reflected in anime productions (dramatic windups, extravagant gestures prior to unleashing an energy attack, bellicose roars and threat displays, etc.). Often costumes of famous monsters like Godzilla or Gamera would be recycled and altered, sometimes with nothing more than spraypaint and often while the actor was still inside. Nakajima quipped once that the staggering gait of some of the monsters he portrayed was due less to his acting than to the fumes he had to endure. Some of the costumes could not be shown fully as his feet would be exposed, a necessary allowance to maintain balance in the often cumbersome outfits. Also, the expense of repairing the scale cities and landscapes used for battlescenes required economy of movement and meticulous planning.
Altogether, in the franchise's 40-year history, there have been a total of 16 official live-action TV series (not counting Ultra Q) and 19 movies.
God I loved Ultraman as a kid, watched the show faithfully, but I had no idea it had been around so long.
Click here to watch the very first episode of Ultraman from 1966:
Posted by Becca at Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
"I love big-breasted women with wasp waists. I love them with big cleavages."~ Russ Meyer
The son of a police man and nurse, Russell Albion Meyer was born on March 21, 1922 in San Leandro, California. Developing a great interest in film at an early age, Russ's mother pawned her wedding ring in order to buy him his first camera and by the age of 15 he had already made a number of amateur films. Although he briefly attended junior college, he admitted that he was pretty much self taught as a photographer and filmmaker.
In 1942, at the age of 20, Meyer joined the Army Signal Corps where he spent most of World War II filming combat footage in Europe, developing life long friends and his cinematic skills, some of the footage he shot can be seen in 1970's Patton. It was during the war, when, according to Meyer, he found himself at a French brothel with Ernest Hemingway, who, upon finding out that Meyer was still a virgin, offered him the prostitute of his choice. Meyer picked the one with the largest breasts.
After the war, Meyer went on to become a very successful professional still photographer, eventually moving on to pin-up photography and shooting pics of some well-known beauties like Tina Louise, Lili St. Cyr, Mamie Van Doren, Jayne Mansfield, June Wilkinson... the list goes on. He even shot some of the first and most memorable layouts for Playboy magazine.
Despite his success as a photographer Meyer heard the call of the silver screen and in 1959, Meyer made his film debut with The Immoral Mr. Teas, the story of a door to door salesman for dentists' appliances. Everywhere he goes he encounters beautiful "well-developed" nude women, which of course stir his interest. The only sound in the film is the voice of a narrator and a very monotonic musical theme played on the clarinet or some similar instrument. Teas is soft-core by today’s standards, but it was quite provocative at the time and is considered by many to be the first American porn film.
Teas was a financial success and Meyer used the proffit to make his next film Eve & the Handyman. Dressed in a long raincoat Eve (played by Meyer's then wife of the same name) follows the handyman around as he makes his appointed rounds. Voyeristically she watches as he has humorous run-ins while cleaning toilets, taking scrap metal to the dump, cleaning windows, delivering a tree, climbing poles, and remaining a gentleman while trying to help a topless hitchhiker. Eve premiered May 5, 1961 the first ten thousand customers were promised free bathroom plungers, and members of plumbers' union got in free and it was another financial success for Meyer.
A string of successful black and white nudie cutie movies followed eventually leading to a movie that would become one of the biggest cult films of all time, Faster Pussycat Kill, Kill. Three strippers (Tura Satana, Lori Williams & Haji) seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own.
Pussycat was unrelenting, sublime and had a tone that was serious as death. Critics of the time hated the movie and it was a financial failure that nearly destroyed Meyer's production company. Exhibitors were uncomfortable with the lesbian overtones and black and white pictures, even low budget ones were on the way out.
Click here to watch the trailer:
Meyer's next big hit was 1968's Vixen starring Erica Gavin. Erica Gavin stars as Vixen a Canadian mountain resort owner living with her naive pilot husband. While he's away flying in tourists, she gets it on with practically everybody including a husband and his wife, and even her biker brother. She is openly racist, and she makes it clear that she won't do the wild thing with her brother's biker friend, who is black.
Click here to watch the preview for Vixen:
Inspired by the sexually explicit movies being imported from Europe at the time Vixen is explicit but not hardcore, you wouldn't find a Meyer girl spreading her legs. Vixen was such a liberated girl you could almost hear the outrage of a million conservative and religious organizations. Meyer claimed he had endured 23 prosecutions in one year defending Vixen with a cost of over $250,000. Meyer even faced persicution from the infamous conservative figurehead Charles Keating. Keating claimed Vixen was obscene, and by way of an Ohio nuisance law demanded an injunction to prevent the picture from being shown in Ohio. After a long court battle Keating won his injuction and it is still illeagal to this day to show Vixen in Cincinnati.
There is a happy epilogue to the Vixen story not only was Vixen a box office smash earning over 26 million but Keating got his spiritual comupence. In the years after the Vixen case Keating would go on to become a very rich and powerful man in the banking industry, it all went to hell however in 1993 when Keating was convicted of fraud in the Lincoln Savings and Loan scandal. Countless people lost their life savings and Keating was sentenced to 151 months in jail.
Click here to watch a steamy scene from Vixen:
After seeing the incredible success of Vixen and Meyer's next film Cherry, Harry and Raquel; 20th Century Fox approached Meyer to make a sequel to one of their biggest movies Valley of the Dolls. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was intended to be Meyer's indictment of the love generation; an all-girl rock band goes to Hollywood to make it big. There they find success, but luckily for us, they sink into a cesspool of decadence. This film has a sleeping woman performing oral sex to a gun barrel. It has women posing as men. It has lesbian sex scenes. It was also written by a fellow lover a big busted women Roger Ebert, who had become friends with Russ Meyer after writing favorable reviews of several of his films.
Budgeted at a modest $900,000, the film grossed ten times the amount in the US market, qualifying it as a hit for the beleaguered 20th Century-Fox. Though tame by modern standards, Dolls was slapped with an "X" rating, and there was much negative publicity generated by the fact a major studio had allowed the "pornographer", Russ Meyer (labeled "King Leer" by the mainstream press at the time) make a Hollywood film for it's studio. Grace Kelly, who was a member of the board of directors of Fox, was outraged and lobbied to have the studio's contract with Myers terminated. After his next Fox film, The Seven Minutes flopped at the box office (possibly due to its lack of nudity and titillation), the studio terminated its relationship with Myer. He never made another film for a studio.
Click here to watch a preview for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls:
After 1973's Blacksnake Meyer returned to his sex-and-violence roots with 1975's Supervixens; Clint Ramsey (Charles Pitts) has to leave his job working at Martin Bormann's gas station and flee after his wife (Shari Eubank) is murdered by psycho cop Harry Sledge (Charles Napier), who tries to pin the murder on Clint. Crossing America, Clint gets sexually harassed on all sides by various voluptuous nymphomaniacs, and it all ends in a literally explosive climax.
1976's Up! Kicking off with the murder of one Adolf Schwartz (who bears a striking resemblance to another famous Adolf) by placing a ravenous piranha fish in his bathtub. Who did it? No-one knows or cares, as they're too busy being distracted by busty Margo Winchester (Raven De La Croix), who hitch-hikes into# town and gets involved with all the local men. It all ends with a series of complicated plot twists that reveal that just about everyone is really someone else. And if it gets too confusing, Russ Meyer helpfully arranges for a one- woman nude Greek chorus (Kitten Natividad) to pop up at intervals to explain what's going on.
And his last theatrical feature 1979's Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens; Levonna (Kitten Natividad) & Lamar (Ken Kerr) could have the perfect relationship if it were not Lamar's obsession with rear entry. After submitting to the one last time Levonna comes up with a plan. While Lamar is trying find other tail to try his technique on, Levonna becomes Lola with aid of a wig and a Mexican accent. A Mexican cocktail later Lola finally has Lamar straight, but he wasn't awake for it. The gay marriage counselor, attracted to Lamar's problem, couldn't help them and Lemar must finally seek redemption at the church of Rio Dio Radio and the laying on of hands by Sister Eufaula Roop (Ann Marie).
In 1977, Malcolm McLaren hired Meyer to direct a film starring The Sex Pistols. Meyer handed the scriptwriting duties over to Roger Ebert, who, in collaboration with McLaren, produced a screenplay entitled "Who Killed Bambi?" According to Ebert, filming ended after a day and a half when the electricians walked off the set after McLaren was unable to pay them. McLaren has claimed that the project actually died at the behest of main financier 20th Century-Fox, under the pretext that "We are in the business of making family entertainment".
Meyer spent the 1980s working on various autobiographies, both in film The Breast of Russ Meyer, a proposed bio-pic/ documentary based on his WWII experiences and in print, his three volume, 1,213 page magnum opus A Clean Breast. Click here to order.
Meyer died at his home in the Hollywood Hills, of complications of pneumonia and dementia, on September 18, 2004. Meyer's grave is located at Stockton Rural Cemetery, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. His headstone reads:
"King of The Nudies"
"I Was Glad to Do It"
FILM PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
MARCH 12, 1922
SEPT. 18, 2004
And as a special bonus check out the video for The Killers' All These Things filmed as an homage to Faster Pussycat and the movies of Russ Meyer:
Posted by Becca at Thursday, November 09, 2006
According to Britain's The Sun Newspaper Daniel Craig was so nervous about his sexy bedroom scenes in the new Bond movie Casino Royale he used stand-ins, admitting “I had stunt men all the way. Stunt penis? I’ve got four or five.”
That's so fucking lame! Why would you bother taking the role? You know Bond always has steamy scenes with his female co-stars. Yes folks Daniel Craig is some actor dedicated to his craft (that was sarcastic in case you couldn't tell).
And the silliest part of this whole thing...he's been naked in other movies! How can a man whose unafraid to get his kit off in other movies be afraid to have a few steamy scenes in the PG-13 rated Casino Royale? How steamy could sex scenes get in a PG-13 movie?
Anyways since Daniel Craig is such a fucking pussy about it, here he is naked. I don't like looking at it anymore than you do but serves him right for being such a fucking pussy.
Posted by Becca at Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Anybody out there catch South Park this week or last? They did this very funny two-parter where Cartman is frozen and wakes up in the future. The funniest part of each episode is a parody of the opening from the old Buck Rogers TV series. Click here to check it out:
The original Buck Rogers TV opening:
And just cause I love Buck Rogers so much here is the opening to the TV pilot movie. Did you know that the Buck Rogers theme had words? It does and they are awesome! There are also some pretty cheesy looking women sprwaled out around a slumbering Buck, you msut watch this:
Posted by Becca at Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
It's that time again folks, time to get out there and cast your vote. Doesn't matter whether your a republican, democrat, in-between or other this is our chance to show the government how you feel and really make some change.
Samuraifrog over at Electronic Cerebrectomy has a few really great posts on getting out to vote.
Like this really thorough investigation of Dennis Hastert: Yeah, THANKS, Denny
And proof why your one vote will make a difference: Your Vote Matters
And just cause I love it, here is a segment from Sesame Street with Grover helping Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence:
Posted by Becca at Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
And of course we have George Lucas to thank for getting us little perverts started with that silly metal bikini Leia wore in Return of the Jedi. Of course I always found it a bit strange that he was taping Carrie Fisher's breasts down in the first movie to eliminate jiggling then he puts her in the metal bikini in Jedi.
Here is a pic of Leia in the slave girl costume. This was a photo taken specifically for the cover of a children's pop cultura magazine. Georgie likes to start 'em early.
Obviously photoshopped but this is just hilarious!
I can't decide which of the next two I like better, call me old fashioned I guess I like the covered Leia best. Father and daughter...so wrong!
I wonder why no one has thought to build a Star Wars casino? Afterall that Star Trek experience in Vegas does amazingly well. Can't you see it now, half naked Star Wars characters running around serving drinks. Yoda could deal black jack and Luke Skywalker can have his own floor show.
Anybody out there need a new wallpaper?
Posted by Becca at Monday, November 06, 2006