“3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” has taken the box office by storm after it opened in packed cinemas across Hong Kong last Thursday, outselling James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure “Avatar” on its opening day and breaking Hong Kong’s one-day record for box office takings, en route to reclaiming its producer’s earliest record for the highest-grossing Category III (equivalent to R-rating)  movie of all time notched by the 1991 original “Sex And Zen”.

3D Sex and Zen Extreme Ecstasy Movie Poster

The 3D erotica, touted as the world’s first stereoscopic 3D softcore porn, raked in HK $2.79 million (US $360,000) on its first day, according to the Hong Kong Motion Pictures Industry Association.

This trumps James Cameron’s 3D extravaganza “Avatar”, whose opening gross in 2009 was HK $2.5 million, and more than doubled the HK $1.2 million opening of Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution.”

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You’ve probably  seen either the photos, or the trailer for the movie Your Highness, that show Black Swan’s Natalie Portman’s ass in a thong.  And Natalie is the last person who needs a double for her butt.

But the actress got one - not because her ass isn't up to scratch but so she didn't have to stand in an icy Belfast lake to film Your Highness.

Caroline Davis, a sultry Ulster model,  was paid Ł250 to save Natalie from getting her assets ass frozen.

She only stepped in as Natalie's character Isabel bends to dive in.

The following picture is indeed 100% Portman:

This is Natalie Portman

But the following piocture where she's about to dive into the water is Caroline, not Natalie.

This is not Natalie Portman but Caroline Davis.

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Shooting for the world’s first 3D pornographic film by a group of King Kong filmmakers has reportedly been completed and the long-awaited erotic 3-D movie is set for release in May.

The US 3.2 million dollar ’3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’ has already generated great interest in a host of Asian film markets, as well as Europe and the US.

Yukiko Suo as Dongmei

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Filming of the movie “The Lady”, the Anglo-French big screen version of the remarkable life of Myanmar freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi, was wrapped up on January 18. Michčle Abitbol-Lasry, the publicist for EuropaCorp-Left Bank Pictures-France 2 Cinema, the maker of The Lady, confirms that the eagerly awaited film is already in its post-production and is scheduled for worldwide release later this year.

The movie is directed by Luc Besson, the filmmaker who brought us The Fifth Element and The Professional. Aung San Suu Kyi is played by international superstar Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) while David Thewlis (of Harry Potter fame) plays her university academic husband Michael Aris. The movie, originally titled as “Into The Light”,  has been renamed “The Lady” which is the name that Suu Kyi goes by because saying her real name is forbidden in Burma.

Michelle Yeoh and Aung Sang Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh as Aung Sang Suu Kyi in a scene from The Lady

Besson said Aung San Suu Kyi was “more of a heroine than Joan of Arc” and he hopes the film would further disseminate her ongoing struggles. It is the fight of a woman without any weapons, just her kindness and her mentality. She is very Gandhi-like.”

On her first private meeting with Suu Kyi at the Yangon International Airport, Michelle said, “The first thing we did is hug and I thought you are really skinny, man. One of the first things she said was ‘Why doesn’t the BBC world service have more music?”

“You feel a real sense of calm when you’re with her. She’s a very striking figure. She is so proud of her culture and the best way to show it is with dignity and elegance. She has a glow and an aura about her.”

The film will chart her remarkable journey from housewife bringing up her children in Oxford to taking on the power of Burma’s generals by becoming opposition leader. Filming of the movie, which began on Oct 18, was done in various parts of Thailand, Myanmar, UK and France.

Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in a scene from the movie

It will build up to that awful choice she had to make between country and family when her husband, Michael Aris, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Yeoh, who made her name in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was instrumental in getting Besson on board to direct, helping to set up a meeting with the producer Andy Harries – who made The Queen – and the French director at Cannes.

The film is a co-production between Besson’s Europacorp and Harries’s Left Bank Pictures and has been written by the novelist and screenwriter Rebecca Frayn – Harries’s wife and the daughter of Michael Frayn.

Rebecca Frayn wrote the script over a period of three year, speaking to the key figures in Suu Kyi’s entourage to enable her to have a personal account of the national heroine of Myanmar who was put under house arrest most of her life.

Michelle Yeoh in another scene from the movie

Harries said the genesis of the project goes back to the early 1990s when he and his wife visited Burma. “At the time Suu Kyi had just won the election but was under house arrest. It was an extraordinary experience for us. On the one hand, it is a stunningly beautiful country but on the other it is frightening – the austerity, the poverty, the sadness of the people. We weren’t really allowed to go anywhere and people were scared of talking to us. It left a long impression on both of us.”

Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi

The film is not a biopic, said Harries. It will be set between 1988 – when Aung San Suu Kyi left Oxford to visit her sick mother and ended up staying – and 1999, the year Aris died after being diagnosed with cancer. Aris had been forbidden from entering Burma, a decision that left Aung San Suu Kyi with the almost impossible decision of whether to stay or go.

“The film builds to that incredible and depressing crossroads,” said Harries. “That is the human tragedy of it all.”

Harries knew that the key to the whole project would be the actress playing Aung San Suu Kyi. “There was never any doubt in my mind about who should play her, Michelle Yeoh was perfect.”

Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi...Micheele does look a bit like Suu Kyi in this photo

The script was sent to Michelle’s agent. “Michelle rang me 24 hours later saying she’d read the script and she was coming to London to meet me. We met, she looked at me and said ‘this is a fantastic script, how are we going to do it?’ ”

Although they are making the film without Aung San Suu Kyi’s permission, Harries said they felt a heavy obligation to get it right. “This is a very interesting story, a powerful story and, I think, an important story. She has not had the publicity that, say, Mandela had.

“Her situation is remarkably similar, she is one of those extraordinary people driven by principle who are determined to bring about change peacefully.”

Harries said writing the script involved talking to people involved in the story including monks, activists, diplomats and academics. “It is a bit like a jigsaw involving a very wide group of people who knew her, knew him, knew the family.

“A lot of the story, or the story we wanted to tell … of their relationship, is not known. It is a fantastic love story.”

I eagerly await this movie. And in the meantime, let’s pray for Aung Sang Suu Kyi!

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New Yorkers recently got winter dumped over their heads in a few swift hours, leaving families all over the tri-state area bundled together in their homes.

As the blizzard started to dump snow in Astoria, Queens on December 26, filmmaker Jamie Stuart broke out a camera and tripod and captured the beauty of the blizzard from his window in a short3-minute movie called Idiot With A Tripod as an homage to the 1929 movie “Man With a Movie Camera.”

Once he finished editing and scoring his work, he sent the short film to Roger Ebert, who writes on his blog why it should be an Academy Award contender in the Live-Action Short category: “You can tell from the cinematography he knew exactly what he was doing and how to do it. He held the Vertov film in memory. Stuart must already been thinking of how he would do the edit and sound. Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary.”

Ebert also went on to say that the movie should win an Academy Award for best live-action short subject.

Idiot with a Tripod is the final product of tons of snow, stuck cars, and the massive storm that hit the Northeast recently. The short film is only three minutes long, and is just about snow. Snow in the sense that dogs can’t go outside, cars got stuck and it was all caught on film.

Cars stuck in the snow

In my honest opinion, the movie is good. And I like the music too.

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Who was the top-grossing actress of 2010? Give you a hint: You may have difficulty spelling her name and you’ll have to go down the rabbit hole to find out.

Canberra-born actress Mia Wasikowska, who played the title role in “Alice in Wonderland,” may be new to Hollywood, but she has come within a whisker of bumping Leonardo DiCaprio off as the world’s top box-office earner for 2010.

Mia Wasikowska

Forbes magazine unveiled its Hollywood box office kings and queens on Tuesday and 21-year-old Wasikowska tied for second place with Johnny Depp on the important list, leaving a who’s who of Tinseltown A-listers in her wake including Robert Downey Jr, Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe and the stars from the Twilight films.

The list measures the actors who earned the most money at the box office this year. DiCaprio’s “Inception” made $1.1 billion at the global box office, while “Alice in Wonderland” made $1.03 billion.

Wasikowska also starred in the critically-acclaimed film “The Kids Are All Right,” with Annette Benning and Julianne Moore. That film, a critical darling and a likely Oscar winner, earned a respectable $29 million at the box office – a healthy return, since the film was made on just a $4 million dollar budget, Forbes notes.

Forbes described Wasikowska as the “big surprise on our list”.

“Wasikowska was lucky enough to star as Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. And while there’s no way she was the primary driver of ticket sales for the film (co-star Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton were much bigger draws), she did appear in almost every scene of the film, and can’t be fairly dismissed,” Forbes declared.

Alice in Wonderland was the second-highest grossing film of 2010 with $US1.03 billion ($A1.04 billion) in global box office takings, just behind Toy Story 3.

Depp should have been alone in second place, but his much-hyped new movie with Angelina Jolie, The Tourist, was a major disappointment at the box office leaving him tied with the Aussie actress.

In fourth position was Downey Jr with $US808 million in takings for ‘Iron Man 2’ and the comedy ‘Due Date’ while Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,’ which only opened a month ago, but has collected $US780 million, is fifth.

Another young Brit, Robert Pattinson, came in sixth with $US749 million for his Twilight films and the $US56 million tear jerker ‘Remember Me,’ which push his Twilight co-star and rumoured real-life love, Kristen Stewart, into seventh with $US698 million. Stewart also played Joan Jett in “The Runaways.”

While critics hated Sam Worthington’s 3-D Clash of the Titans re-make, audiences still paid up $US494 million in tickets to see the film, giving the Aussie eighth spot.

Will Smith is notably absent on this year’s Forbes list, but his 12-year-old son Jaden, however, took ninth position with $US359 million for The Karate Kid re-make. His veteran co-star in the film, Jackie Chan, playing the Mr Miyagi character, shared ninth spot with the youngster.

In compiling its list, Forbes did not include animated films, although Toy Story 3 and others were some of the top-earning of the year. Forbes concluded the stars are not really the big draw for the animated films.

Here are the top 10 actors that made it to Forbes list of highest-grossing movie stars in 2010:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio, $1.1 billion (“Shutter Island,” “Inception”)

Leonardo Dicaprio in Inception

2. Mia Wasikowska, $1.03 billion (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Kids Are All Right”)

Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland

2. Johnny Depp, $1.03 billion (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Tourist”)

Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland

4. Robert Downey Jr., $807 million (“Iron Man 2,” “Due Date”)

Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 2

5. Daniel Radcliffe, $780 million (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I”)

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 1

6. Robert Pattinson, $749 million (“Twilight: Eclipse,” “Remember Me”)

Robert Pattinson in Twilight Eclipse

7. Kristen Stewart, $698 million (“Twilight: Eclipse,” “The Runaways,” “Welcome to the Rileys”)

Kristen Stewart in Twilight Eclipse

8. Sam Worthington, $484 million (“Clash of the Titans”)

Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans

9. Jaden Smith, $359 million (“The Karate Kid”)

Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid

9. Jackie Chan, $359 million (“The Karate Kid”)

Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid

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The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning by Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood in Los Angeles yesterday, with The King’s Speech leading the pack with seven nominations, followed by The Fighter with six, The Social Network with five, and Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right with four each.

Colin Fith and Bonham Carter in The King's Speech

In the television categories, Glee led the parade with five nominations. Eight other shows — including 30 Rock, Dexter, Modern Family and Mad Men — scored three nominations each.

In the race for best motion picture drama, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and The Fighter will go up against the ballet drama Black Swan and dream thriller Inception when the Globes are handed out on Jan. 16.

On the best motion picture comedy side, Tourist will be competing for attention with Alice, the musical Burlesque, the alternative family tale The Kids Are All Right and the senior action movie RED.

Johnny Depp scored a double whammy, picking up two nominations in the same category — best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical. He received the nominations for playing the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland and as a man who stumbles into an international web of intrigue in The Tourist — a movie that Sony Pictures sold as a romantic thriller. Angelina Jolie, his seductive costar in that movie, earned a nomination as well.

The Golden Globes will be held Jan 16, again hosted by Ricky Gervais.

See the full list below:

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship

Jane Lynch, Glee

Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire

Julia Stiles, Dexter

Sofia Vergara, Modern Familly

Best Actress in a TV series, comedy

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Bic C

Lea Michele, Glee

Best TV movie or mini-series

Carlos

The Pacific

Pillars of the Earth

Temple Grandin

You Don’t Know Jack

Best original song – motion picture

Bound to You – Burlesque

Coming Home – Country Strong

I See the Light – Tangled

There’s a Place for Us – Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me – Burlesque

Best Actor, TV series comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a TV series, drama

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Kyra Sedgwick, the Closer

Best original score – motion picture

Alexandre Desplot, The King’s Speech

Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland

A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best screenplay – motion picture

Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours

Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, Kids are All Right

Christopher Nolan, Inception

David Seidler, The Kings Speech

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Netowrk

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie

Scott Caan,  Hawaii Five-0

Chris Colfer, Glee

Chris Noth, The Good Wife

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

David Strathern, Temple Grandin

Best TV Series, comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

The Big C

Glee

Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

Best foreign language film

Biutiful, Mexico, Spain

The Concert, France

The Edge, Russia

I Am Love, Italy

In a Better World, Denmark

Best animated feature film

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Tangled

Toy Story 3

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth

Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Dennis Quaid, The Speicla Relationship

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth

Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Judi Dench, Return to Cranford

Romola Garai, Emma

Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs

Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp – The Tourist

Paul Giamatti -  Barney’s Version

Jake Gyllenhaal -  Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack

Best supporting Actor in a motion picture

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best supporting Actress in a motion picture

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Actor in a TV series, drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie – House

Best Director – motion picture

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

David Fincher, Social Network

Tom Hooper – King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan Inception

David O. Russell – The Fighter

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

Alice in Wonderland

Burlesque

The Kids Are All Right

Red

The Tourist

Best TV series, drama

Broadwalk Empire

Dexter

The Good Wife

Mad Men

The Walking Dead

Best Actress in a motion picture, drama

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

Halle Berry

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Nicole Kidman has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Becca Corbett in the film Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for her role as Ree Dolly in Winter's Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Natalie Portman has been nominated in the best actress category for her haunting role in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Michelle Williams has been nominated in the best actress category for her role as Cindy in Blue Valentine

Best Actor in a motion picture, drama

Jesse Eisenberg – Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg received award buzz for his role as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

British actor Colin Firth, who stars in The King's Speech is up for best actor for his portrayal of King George VI

James Franco – 127 Hours

James Franco joins the best actor Golden Globe nominations for his fiercely brave role as rock climber Aron Rolston in 127 Hours.

Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling has been nominated in the best actor category for his role as Dean in Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg

Best motion picture, drama

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

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The world’s most famous car, the 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond 007 movies “Goldfinger” and “Thunderbirds”, sold at auction in London Wednesday for a lower-than-expected four million dollars.

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger and Thunderbirds

The James Bond car was earlier expected to sell in excess of $5 million by RM Auctions, the car auctioneer who handled the auction.

A spokesman for RM Auctions said that the sale price was “still a lot of money and I don’t think anyone’s disappointed.”

The auctioneers did not release the identity of the buyer, who paid 2.6 million pounds (4.1 million dollars, three million euros) for the Aston Martin.

This authentic Bond movie car is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ‘Q-Branch’ gadgets.

The car is also equipped with machine guns, bullet-proof shield, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, revolving number plates and smoke screen, all controlled by “toggles and switches hidden in the centre arm-rest.”

The gear stick top flips up to reveal the red ejector seat button. It also has a homing radar and a telephone mounted inside the driver’s door panel.

“The machine guns, as you can see, do come out of their intended place. As far as I know, they don’t shoot bullets, but then again, I haven’t tried,” Don Rose, a car specialist for the auctioneers, told AFP.

A machine gun barrel hidden behind a front light on the Aston Martin DB5

“He’s owned it now for 41 years, and it’s spent most of that time in a special room built in his house,” Rose said.

“It’s been out of the public eye, with one or two exceptions, for over 30 years.”

On being at the wheel, Rose added: “I’m a DB5 owner myself, so I do know what such a car feels like to drive. However, this one, because of its unique provenance, makes one feel very special.

“On one hand, it was a thrill; on the other, it was always in the back of my mind that I didn’t want to be the one to go down in history as the man who crashed the most famous car in the world,” he added.

The car has been on tour over the past five months, with appearances in Britain, Germany, Monte Carlo, New York and Hong Kong.

Sean Connery and the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger

The car was sold by U.S. radiobroadcaster Jerry Lee of Ohio, who bought it for $12,000 in 1969. Jeff Lee says he will use the proceeds from the sale to help finance his non-profit foundation.

Admission to the sale in Battersea, south London, required the purchase of an official auction catalogue available for 50 pounds.

The successful also gets a stay at the GoldenEye Island Outpost Resort in Jamaica, the original Caribbean estate of Ian Fleming, the British author who created James Bond, and a custom-made suit woven with gold thread made by the tailors who dressed Connery as Bond.

The 18-acre GoldenEye resort, once named one of the 25 Sexiest Places on the Planet (GQ Magazine), sits high on a ridge on Jamaica’s north shore, overlooking Caribbean waters and surrounded by tropical forests. James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, called Goldeneye home, and he’d certainly approve of what music mogul Chris Blackwell (pictured below) has done to the place since taking over.

GoldenEye Island Outpost Resort, Jamaica

James “Licensed To Kill” Bond Aston Martin DB5…….a car “licensed to thrill.”

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Bob Guccione, who founded Penthouse magazine in the 1960s and built a pornographic media empire that broke taboos, outraged the guardians of taste and made billions before his empire was decimated by a string of bad investments and Internet competition, died yesterday at Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano, Texas, after losing a long battle with lung cancer. He was 79.

Flamboyant Bob Guccione

Flamboyant Bob Guccione

Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini Guccione was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 17, 1930, the son of Anthony and Nina Guccione. He was raised Roman Catholic in Bergenfield, N.J., and said he considered the priesthood, but decided to be an artist. In 1948 he graduated from Blair Academy, in Blairstown, N.J. At 18 he married the first of his four wives, Lilyann Becker, and had a daughter, Tonia. The marriage soon failed.

Over the next 12 years he traveled in Europe and North Africa, sketching tourists in cafes and working odd jobs. In Tangier he met Muriel Hudson, an English singer. They traveled together for several years, were married in 1955 and had four children: Bob Jr., Nina, Anthony and Nick.

In 1960 they settled in London, where he ran a dry-cleaning business, drew cartoons for a syndicate and edited a small newspaper. A mail-order business, selling back issues of men’s magazines, put him deep in debt, and his wife left him, taking the children.

With Kathy Keeton, a dancer from South Africa who was his girlfriend, his business partner and later his wife, Guccione challenged Playboy at the height of the feminist movement and the sexual revolution, introducing Penthouse in the United States in 1969.

The adult publication billed itself as “the magazine of sex, politics and protest,” and quickly challenged Playboy magazine by offering a mix of tabloid journalism and provocative photos of nude women. The centerfolds were dubbed Penthouse Pets. Its images of women, often shot by Mr. Guccione, left little to the imagination. Compared with Playboy Playmates, as the Hefner centerfold models were known, Penthouse Pets were arrayed in more provocative poses. The magazine infuriated feminists and conservatives, but others praised it for breaking taboos.

In 1984 it was the magazine that took down Miss America, publishing nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the first black woman to hold the title. Williams, who went on to fame as a singer and actress, was forced to relinquish her crown after the release of the issue, which sold nearly 6 million copies and reportedly made $14 million.

One of Penthouse topselling issues featuring Vanessa Williams

Guccione built a corporate empire under the General Media Inc. umbrella that included book publishing and merchandising divisions and Viva, a magazine featuring male nudes aimed at a female audience. He also created Penthouse Forum, the pocket-size magazine that played off the success of the racy letters to the editor.

By the early 1980s he was one of America’s richest men, king of a $300 million publishing empire, General Media, which owned Penthouse, with a monthly circulation of 4.7 million in 16 countries, and 15 other magazines in addition to book, video and merchandising divisions.

An April 2002 New York Times article quoted Guccione as saying that Penthouse grossed $3.5 billion to $4 billion over the 30-year life of the company, with a net income of almost 500 million dollars.

Forbes listed Guccione in its Forbes 400 ranking of the wealthiest people, estimating his net worth in 1982 as $400 million. His art collections, worth $150 million, included works by Degas, Renoir, Picasso, El Greco, Dalí, Matisse and Chagall. Troves of art and antiques filled his Manhattan home, a 17,000-square-foot double town house on East 67th Street, and his country estate in Staatsburg, N.Y.

Guccione and longtime business collaborator Kathy Keeton, who later became his third wife, also published more mainstream fare, such as Omni magazine, which focused on science and science fiction, and Longevity, a health advice magazine. Keeton died of complications during surgery for an intestinal obstruction, aged 58, in New York City. Her death had profound effects on Guccione’s business and personal life.

Kathy Keeton...Bob Guccione's third wife

Guccione’s empire fell apart thanks to several bad investments and changes in the pornography industry, which became flooded with competition as it migrated from print to video and the Internet. His company, his world-class art collection, his huge Manhattan mansion — all of it, sold off.

Probably his best-known business failure was a $17.5 million investment in the 1979 production of  film “Caligula.” Malcolm McDowell was cast as the decadent emperor of the title, and the supporting cast included Helen Mirren, John Gielgud and Peter O’Toole. Distributors shunned the film. However, it eventually became General Media’s most popular DVD.

Guccione also lost $160 million on the proposed Atlantic City Boardwalk Hotel and Casino. He never received a gambling license and construction of the casino stalled.

Legal fees further eroded his fortune. Among those who sued were televangelist Jerry Falwell, a California resort, a former Miss Wyoming and a Penthouse Pet who accused Guccione of forcing her to perform sexual favors for business colleagues.

In 1985, Guccione had to pay $45 million in delinquent taxes.

Penthouse’s downtrend accelerated in the 1990s as Internet pornography grew increasingly available. Guccione responded with more explicit sexual content that drove advertisers and vendors away, limiting many sales to pornographic bookstores.

In 2003, General Media (the publishing company for Penthouse) declared bankruptcy, and Guccione himself resigned as chairman of the board and CEO of Penthouse International, Inc.

In 2004, a private-equity investor from Florida acquired Penthouse in a bankruptcy sale. Penthouse and related properties are now owned by FriendFinder Networks Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that offers social networking and online adult entertainment.

Guccione eventually went back to painting, and his works were shown at venues including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and the Nassau County Museum of Art in New York.

Married four times, Guccione is survived by his fourth wife April Dawn Warren Guccione, as well as daughter Tonia from his first marriage and daughter Nina and three sons Bob Jr, Anthony and Nick from his marriage to his second wife Muriel Hudson. He did not have any children with April and his third wife Kathy Keeton.

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25-year old actress, Sarah Butler,  is causing a ruckus as the lead role in the new unrated Anchor Bay rape-revenge movie, “I Spit on Your Grave,” that hit theater October 8th. The movie is a remake of the very controversial cult movie “Day of the Woman” that received a limited release in 1978 and a wider release in 1980 under the title “I Spit On Your Grave.”

Sarah Butler

Prominent film critics condemned the film for its graphic violence and the picture remains controversial to this day. The film was named one of TIME’s Top 10 Ridiculously Violent Movies in 2007.

Sarah Butler was born in Puyallup, Wash. She attended the University of Southern California and received a degree in theater and opera studies. Butler played the character of Belle at Disneyland, then entered the world of film and television. She has starred in episodes of “CSI: New York,” “CSI: Miami” and did a webisode for “Prison Break.”

In “I Spit On Your Grave”, Butler plays a novelist named Jennifer Hills who decides to stay at a cabin in the wood to finish her book without any distractions. The quiet is disrupted when Jennifer is brutally raped repeatedly and left for dead by some locals, which ultimately leads to her snapping and going on a rampage of vengeance after her attackers.

Sarah Butler in a scene from the movie "I Spit On Your Grave"

Butler was initially skeptical about tackling a film that was so intense and violent until her manager convinced her she had to do it. “I got to go through so much emotionally, and it’s a total honor as an actor,” Butler says. “That’s the stuff that we dream about, being able to go through so many live-changing experiences and come out completely different in the end.”

As Jennifer Hills, she is required to kill her attackers in increasingly brutal and inventive ways as retribution for raping and torturing her in the Louisiana backwoods. She shows no mercy as she embarks on her revenge.

Sarah Butler in a revenge scene

Butler is, in fact, extraordinarily bad ass in the film. While the controversial original spent much of its running time on the initial gang rape and torture of Jennifer, the 2010 remake flips the focus to her bloody revenge. Not that this made the 12-hour shoot in the mosquito-infested Louisiana woods that was required for the sexual assault scene any easier to endure.

For a preview of the movie, watch the official trailer:

“Underneath, it is the story of a woman who goes through a completely life-changing experience and comes out a completely different person in the end,” Sarah says. “That’s kind of like an actor’s biggest dream, to be able to play an arc like that.”

“There was a lot more gratuitous nudity in the original and it was lopsided as far as the attack on Jennifer and then her revenge,” Butler says. “The guys got a lot more time having their way with Jennifer than she did with them. I think she had a little too much mercy. She offed them pretty quick. That’s the biggest difference we made. There’s a whole torture element involved with my revenge. I spend some good quality time with each of these guys making them feel exactly what they put me through, but worse. So I feel like that kind of gives it more of a feminist edge than the original.”

That said, Butler acknowledges that fans probably won’t spend too much time unravelling the feminist leanings of “I Spit on Your Grave.”  It’s a horror movie: violent, visceral and intense, but with a “huge payoff” in the end. And it is bound to stir up a huge amount of controversy like the original.

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