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What people consider sexy can be completely subjective. Different strokes for different folks and all that jazz. But sex sells so Hollywood will find a way to subtly, or blatantly, insert into the plot, visuals, or characters. But sometimes there are instances where wires get crossed. A scene can suddenly be oozing sex for a completely different reason. Either the director has found a way to build on the sexual tension or the producers have found the right angle to sell the hell out of a movie.
Here are some scenes that are sexy…but for slightly odd reasons.
Dude Where’s My Car Kissing Scene
This stoner comedy isn’t an Oscar Winner but it does have a few funny moments. It also stars two of the hottest heartthrobs of the time, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. In this scene, the two guys decide to one-up Fabio and a sexy girl by mimicking what they do. It results in the two guys kissing for no apparent reason.
Why It’s Odd: It's random and completely out of nowhere. It was pretty shocking to see something so blatantly homoerotic in a stoner comedy in 2000.
Why It’s Sexy: Two major high profile heartthrobs locking lips? No brainer.
Jessica Rabbit's Big Number in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
This classic film put a noir spin on the cartoon universe, and one of the staples of noir is the sexy dame. Enter Jessica Rabbit. She may be a cartoon and married to an anthropomorphic rabbit, but she exudes sex. The choice of Kathleen Turner as the voice and the highly eroticized dimensions of her shape make her a drawing that jumps off the page into the realm of fantasy.
Why It’s Odd: She’s a cartoon! Even the most evolved of people would have trouble with the idea of a human being getting it on with a fictional cartoon character.
Why It’s Sexy: If this scene starred a human being you couldn’t deny the heavy sexual tension.
Top Gun Volleyball Scene
This movie straddles a lot of different genres. It’s partly a military romance like An Officer and a Gentleman. But its romance is secondary to the development of the Maverick (Tom Cruise) character and his struggle to break out of his father’s shadow.
Why It’s Odd: This scene is completely out of nowhere and gratuitous. Up until this point, the film seems oddly focused on actual military procedures of flying fighter jets. Then the entire crew decides to grease up and play volleyball? Hm...
Why It’s Sexy: A bunch of oiled up, half-naked men jumping around. The camera lingers on certain body parts longer than you’d expect.
Michael Fassbender Reveals His Endowment in Shame
Michael Fassbender plays a sex addict in this 2011 drama. It takes a bleak view of his addiction as it slowly consumes his character. Despite the various sex scenes in the film, the sexiest and most memorable is Fassbender running to answer the phone and revealing his magneto.
Why It’s Odd: It’s such a throwaway scene and doesn't seem particularly sexual in nature.
Why It’s Sexy: It revealed to an entire movie-going public that Fassbender was well-endowed. That reputation follows him to this day.
The Glove Scene in Age of Innocence
This Martin Scorsese film really showcases how amazingly talented they are outside of their more typical works. The director deviated from crime/mobster films to focus on infidelity in the 1800s. He captures so much of the raw sexual energy, guilt, and anguish of infidelity. In this scene, Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer are alone. The sexual tension reaches a crescendo as he removes her glove.
Why It’s Odd: The scene really just involves a stolen kiss and Day-Lewis touching the underside of Pfeiffer’s wrist.
Why It’s Sexy: There’s so much intensity and intimacy in this moment. It also is a mental turn on considering how reserved and repressed this society is and how they are breaking barriers. Plus, it’s so naughty.
Great Expectations Water Fountain Kiss Scene
This film is not often given the credit it deserves. It’s such an amazingly poetic and visually beautiful retelling of the Charles Dickens classic. Up to this point, Gwyneth Paltrow was Brad Pitt’s plain-looking girlfriend and daughter of Hollywood royalty. However, in her role as Estella, she really showed she had the intense sex appeal and devious side of a femme fatale.
Why It’s Odd: This scene mirrors a scene of the two characters kissing as children.
Why It’s Sexy: It takes a more sexually aggressive tone. A scantily clad Paltrow’s tongue lingers on Ethan Hawke in what has evolved from an innocent kiss into an explosive seduction.
Patrick Bateman’s Intro in American Psycho
This disturbing horror comedy skewers class, Manhattan, and sex. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a business exec by day and a serial murderer by night. The subtext is he’s so vapid and image obsessed that his madness gets away from him and he gets away with it.
Why It’s Odd: The dialogue is a banal reading of his morning to-do list.
Why It’s Sexy: Christian Bale’s epic body transformation and half nude morning routine is visually stunning. His work out, shower, and making breakfast in tighty-whities distracts from the banality of the dialogue.
The Shower Scene in Elf
Zooey Deschanel plays an unlikely love interest for an elf played by Will Ferrell in this Christmas comedy. It’s strange to imagine Ferrell’s man-child character having romantic feelings. And yet, he’s lured into the bathroom by Deschanel’s siren song.
Why It’s Odd: This movie is a kid’s movie. It seems strange to have a scene so unabashedly reflect sexual attraction. It’s also slightly creepy for him to enter the bathroom unannounced and this only reflects the slightly creepy nature of “It’s Cold Outside.”
Why It’s Sexy: Deschanel’s sexy singing voice and she’s in a shower. Fans of her quirky characters suddenly see her in a newly sexy way.
Actor David Arquette is set to play Canadian serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson in a new U.S. TV movie. The star will portray the 1990's murderer, who was known as the Happy Face Killer, in a Lifetime network movie tentatively titled Happy Face, according to Deadline.com.
Jesperson's six-state killing spree began in 1990, after an injury derailed his plans to become a police officer. He is currently serving three consecutive life sentences in America for the murder of eight women, but he claims to have to have killed 160 people.
Filming for the movie starts in November (13) in Vancouver.
Here at Under the Radar, our traditional modus operandi is to help spread the word about one up-and-coming actor/actress appearing in one of that week’s theatrical releases with whom you should get better acquainted. This week however, there are a plethora of new releases featuring scores of talented performers all right on the cusp of mega-stardom so it was difficult to narrow the field to just one. We have therefore put together a list of the top five names we think you should know at the multiplex this week.
Justin Theroux (Wanderlust)
Wanderlust is the story of a high maintenance New York couple who, upon losing both of their jobs, decide to move to a hippie commune as a drastic change of pace. With the leads being occupied by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, it would be easy to overlook one Justin Theroux. But Justin is a wonderful actor, someone you’ll definitely want to get to know even if you don’t immediately recognize him. He’s had recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, the HBO miniseries John Adams, and Six Feet Under as well as appearing in films such as Your Highness, Mulholland Drive, and American Psycho. In addition to his talent in front of the camera, Justin also wrote the screenplays to Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder.
Jennifer Carpenter (Gone)
If you find yourself sitting in the theater watching Gone this weekend and trying to place where you’ve seen Jennifer Carpenter before, more than likely you caught her on the wildly successfully Showtime series Dexter. She plays the police officer sister of a Miami forensics expert who also happens to be a serial murderer of…serial murderers (among other criminal elements). Another impressive credit on Carpenter’s resume 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The film centers on a lawyer who takes on the case of a priest whose attempt to exorcise a demonic presence from a young girl went horribly awry. Her performance in that film is nothing less than spellbinding.
Brian White (Good Deeds)
Brian White will be lighting up screens this weekend in the latest Tyler Perry film Good Deeds. White is an actor of whom I became a huge fan during his stint on the incredible FX series The Shield. On the show, White plays a hardnosed cop who gets assigned to the dark, morally nebulous strike team headed by Vic Mackey; mixing up the group’s longstanding dynamic and serving as the catalyst for the biggest shocker of the second season. He also appeared in Rian Johnson’s phenomenal neo-noir Brick and is set to co-star in Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods; my most highly anticipated movie of 2012. I am really interested to see where this guy’s career takes him.
Ken Marino (Wanderlust)
As Wanderlust is directed by David Wain, the appearance of actor Ken Marino is not a surprise. The two have been constant collaborators going all the way back to the MTV sketch comedy series The State from the mid-90s. Marino also appeared in Wain’s films Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models (also starring Paul Rudd). But if you really want to get a taste of Marino’s comic genius, I highly recommend a short-lived series called Party Down. On the show, Marino plays the owner of a catering company staffed almost entirely by people who would rather be doing anything other than catering. Marino also co-wrote both Wanderlust and Role Models.
Sebastian Stan (Gone)
One of the best things that can happen to a young actor anymore is landing a role, even a supporting role, in a comic book film. Sebastian Stan, who will be appearing in this week’s kidnapping thriller Gone, managed just such a feat when he played Bucky Barnes, the best friend of weakling-turned-super-soldier Steve Rodgers, in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger. I loved Stan as Bucky—he made us all fall in love with that character. In addition to appearing in a Marvel film, Stan was fortunate enough to work with world-renowned director Darren Aronofsky in the sinister, but artful Black Swan. He also made the perfect, textbook 80's bully in 2010’s meta comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.
The former West Wing star met with Jon-Adrian Velazquez on Monday morning (05Dec11), shortly before staging a press conference to plead with officials to take another look at his case.
Velazquez was imprisoned in 1999 after being convicted of killing a retired police officer. He has always maintained his innocence and Sheen believes him.
The actor says, "The case cries out for justice."
Velazquez appears to have a good case for appeal - his lawyers claim two key eyewitnesses have since recanted their identifications of him.
His defence team has asked the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to re-investigate the murder.
Actress and human rights activist Mia Farrow, Salman Rushdie, civil rights leader Revd. Al Sharpton, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and Davis' family friend Big Boi have all spoken out, urging authorities in Georgia to halt the execution, which was scheduled for 7pm local time on Wednesday night (21Sep11).
Davis was convicted in 1991 of fatally shooting off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail, despite prosecutors failing to find a murder weapon or any physical evidence linking him to the crime.
His lawyers have maintained their client is a victim of mistaken identity.
A plea for clemency was rejected on Tuesday (20Sep11) and one final appeal, filed on Wednesday morning, was also denied. Officials also refused Davis' last-ditch request for a lie detector test.
Reports suggest Georgia authorities are awaiting a verdict from the U.S. Supreme Court before deciding whether to press on with the execution by lethal injection.
Tweeting the news, Davis supporter Kim Kardashian wrote, "There's still hope! The Supreme Court has delayed Troy Davis's Execution for 1 hour to review his case!!!"
Fracture is definitely not a whodunit. From the get-go you know exactly who the murderer is: one Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) who after discovering his beautiful younger wife (Embeth Davidtz) is having an affair plans her murder--perfectly. At first Crawford readily admits to shooting his wife and is arrested and arraigned. When the case is handed to ambitious Assistant D.A. Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) who already has one foot out the door to join the high-stakes corporate law world he thinks it’s a slam dunk. But nothing is as simple as it seems. Beachum finds out--in court no less--that Crawford’s wife was sleeping with the arresting officer Detective Rob Nunally (Billy Burke) who never knew the true identity of his lover until he saw her lying on the floor in a pool of blood. The confession now seemingly coerced is null and void thank you very much plus the murder weapon is missing. D’oh! Thus begins a tense duel of intellect and strategy between the mind-game-playing Crawford and his wily quarry Willy who isn’t about to lose this case on technicalities. Or is he? Hopkins rarely ever disappoints even if the movie he’s in stinks to high heaven (remember Bad Company?). But when this Welsh actor gets a chance to really sink his teeth into something--say a well-written script in which he plays someone slightly unsavory--watch out. As Crawford Hopkins relishes every wink smirk and stone-cold moment of a man obviously affected by the knowledge that his wife is cheating on him. And keeping up every step of the way is Oscar nominee Gosling (Half Nelson) who is quickly becoming one of this generation’s better actors. It may be because he recognizes quality work when he reads it. Gosling never gives a false reaction as Willy whether it’s realizing he’s been duped in court quietly coming up with his own game plan or smiling sexily at his new boss--played vacantly by Die Another Day’s Rosamund Pike. In fact everyone else in the film pales in comparison to these two actors' intense performances. But that doesn’t really doesn’t harm Fracture in any way. Watching Fracture reminds you of another smart but tense courtroom drama: 1996's Primal Fear. Maybe that’s because Fracture and Primal Fear were both helmed by director Gregory Hoblit a guy who obviously understands how to work a legal thriller to its fullest advantage. Empowered by a fast-paced intelligent script from Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers Fracture isn’t about twisting the plot around in convoluted ways and trying desperately to trick the audience as many of these types of movies end up doing. Instead Hoblit hands in a basic premise--a man getting away with murder--and allows the action to unfold without baggage as Willy Beachum works out a way to nail his man. You might be able to figure it out before the climax is reached but that’s not the point. You’ll enjoy the journey to its conclusion nonetheless.
The Deputy District Attorney assigned to take charge of the Mel Gibson drunk-driving case has been replaced by the tough lawyer who once prosecuted Courtney Love.
Gina Satriano has signed on to prosecute the movie star, who was arrested and charged with a DUI in California at the end of last month.
Satriano has her hands full at the moment--she is also currently handling the case against Death Row murderer Rodney Alcala, who is fighting accusations of mass murder at a third trial in Santa Ana, California, according to website TMZ.com.
Jewish lawyer Ralph Shapiro was the original deputy DA in charge of Gibson's case.
The switch "was not the least bit unusual" according to a spokeswoman for the Malibu, California, District Attorney's office.
Gibson has been blasted in the media for making drunken, anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest by a Jewish police officer. The actor has since apologized for his comments.
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Former The Sopranos actor Lillo Brancato Jr. is hoping to strike a deal with prosecutors over his involvement in the murder of a New York City police officer.
The troubled star, 29, faces charges of second-degree murder, while his friend Steven Armento, 48, has been accused of first-degree murder for fatally shooting off-duty cop Daniel Enchautegui during a burglary in the Bronx last December.
Following a pre-trial hearing in Bronx Supreme Court yesterday, Brancato Jr.'s lawyer says, "He's not a murderer, and the conduct that he engaged in is a far cry from murder."
Brancato Jr insists he didn't known Armento--father of his ex-girlfriend Stefanie--was carrying a gun. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
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Movie star Ethan Hawke has offered his support to a convicted killer serving a 30-year jail sentence for murdering a police officer at the request of his mother Leslie.
The Training Day star has written to New Jersey's acting governor Richard Codey asking him to grant clemency to 65-year-old Melvina McClain, who has been in prison for more than 16 years after murdering her boyfriend, Det. Louis Glenn in 1986.
Hawke, who calls McClain "a woman important to my family," has requested Codey commute the imprisoned pensioner's life sentence "so she can live the last years of her life helping her children, her grandchildren and many others learn from her example of redemption."
Hawke claims a long history of abuse in McClain's life led her to the killing.
Hawke explains his mother befriended McClain before she was jailed and the two women have become penpals.
The actor's letter to Codey comes as the governor considers a clemency petition, which has the backing of the state Office of the Public Defender and claims McClain suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from a lifetime of psychological and physical abuse.
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Based on the true story of one of Canada's highest ranking Air Force Officers, Colonel Russell Williams, that follows the downward spiral of this public figure and the determined police work that brought him in.