MOVIE BLOOPERS ONLINE
You can argue that the creator of this site (Utah-based webmaster Dave Johnson) may have just a little too much time on his hands. Whether it’s noticing that Uma Thurman’s bangs are hanging freely in one take and pulled back in the next in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, or painstakingly freeze-framing The Fugitive to prove that Harrison Ford was inexplicably freed from handcuffs and, seconds later, shackled again, nothing gets past his pause button. B+
An extensive section devoted exclusively to the original Star Wars trilogy.
HEATH LEDGER ESTROGEN BRIGADE
Warning: According to Claire Phelps, the Brigade’s president, the site ”will be closed to new membership until next month.” Oh, no! And we were hoping to ask Heath whether he speaks any languages other than English (”The universal language,” the Patriot star says. Sigh … ) No matter, Ledger fans can still drool over the gallery of hunky pictures. B+
AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION FILM AND TV UNIT
Ever fret that Fido wasn’t handled properly in 101 Dalmatians? Never fear: AHA’s site helps animal lovers find out how critters were handled in a slew of movies (from Apocalypse Now to Nurse Betty). Most listings give detailed summaries of how they were treated, along with official ratings. Who knew that Road Trip, with the mouse-tonguing Tom Green, would be deemed ”acceptable,” while Disney’s Return to Snowy River would not? A
NEW! 100 HOT FREE MOVIE SCRIPTS + TRAILERS
Find out why Alan Ball’s whip-smart script for American Beauty won an Oscar, while the cringe-inducing dialogue for Batman & Robin, well, sucked, in this bare-bones yet compulsively readable collection of screenplays spanning comedies, dramas, and genres in between (Being John Malkovich). The site is a film-buff bookmark waiting to happen. A-
— Clarissa Cruz
THE JOHN HUGHES FILES
This tribute to the maestro of ’80s teen cinema, administered by Christine Gieseke of Greenbush, Minn., is a nostalgic cornucopia of film factoids. Breakfast Club aficionados learn that Hughes required the cast and crew to eat all their on-set meals in the cafeteria at the high school where the movie was shot; fans of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off discover that Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours to cultivate his drugged-out look in the police-station scene. (Or at least that’s the story told here.) A
The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) currently lists 17 unofficial sites covering Star Wars: Episode II and 5 for Episode III — both light years from release.
Many bands claim to appreciate their fans, but few provide backup. Enter The Offspring, whose official site is a virtual shrine of goodies for their loyal following. Alongside neatly organized links to lyrics, clips, and news, the band offers rare footage from the recording studio. These web-heads even tried to release their entire upcoming album, Conspiracy of One, for free on the site (but we’ll have to settle for the first single, due Sept. 29). A
KFUK Pirate Radio — an all-Offspring streaming radio station that allows listeners to whack the bogus duds.
Although this site dabbles with a tricky formula — part magazine, part online store — it nails the right mix of commerce and criticism. With categories ranging from ”Thugged Out” to ”Spaced Out,” HipHopSite is as comfy dissecting the latest from abstract beat-maker Dan the Automator as a new album from lyrical gymnast Canibus. B+
— Caryn Ganz
Visitors to the Dilated Peoples’ okayplayer.com site are faced with a decision: Ride the express HTML site for quick access to bios, pictures, and downloads, or hop on the local Flash site for a time-consuming but remarkable animated journey through the Dilated Underground Transit System (which bears a peculiar similarity to a certain New York City subway system). Although the visuals are dazzling, the content is sparse, especially when it comes to the group’s brand-new album, The Platform, and past releases. A-
ROUGH SURF: BRITNEY AND ‘N SYNC SUCK
It’s okay to hate the reigning teen-pop royalty — but doing it without being funny is the mark of a soon-to-be-unemployed court jester.
CHANGE OF HEART
The premise behind Warner Bros.’ answer to forced romance may be hard to swallow — the show invites less-than-blissfully coupled participants to venture out on other dates; at the end of the program, each pair picks between the old and the new — but at least you can share your own tales of the heart at this strangely useful official site. It even provides the awkward among us with advice (on conversing: ”Act interested. Smile and nod a lot”). C+
WONDER WOMAN — LYNDA CARTER BY ROB OLIVERA
Superfan Rob Olivera has not only created a rapturous shrine to television action heroine Lynda Carter, but filled galleries with photographs of Wonder Woman and shots of other individuals dressed up as the earthly delight. Cute or creepy? Well, that all depends on how you feel about men in bustiers and tiaras. B
What every home needs: a WW collector’s plate, and a real golden lasso.
Run by Warner Bros. (which owns the long-running NBC medical drama), ERTV has way more muscle than the Peacock network’s official site. Enhanced by shadowy graphics of X rays and animated lifelines, the site invites you to check in with the staff, watch video clips from the popular show, and even bone up on your hospital lingo with the glossary of tasteful slang (for example, a “crispy critter” is code for someone who has been burned to death). B+
HBO.COM: THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW
The official site for the hilariously offensive comedian’s talk show may not be much of a looker, but it delivers in all the right places. Find his keenly raw humor in the Cream of the Rock video clips, audio files, and up-to-date joke segments — yes, this material can be rough — where topics like Ellen and Anne’s recent split are skewered. And we don’t mean subtly. B
QUANTUM LEAP: THE ACCELERATOR CHAMBER
Venture through space and, well … but venture through cyberspace via Quantum Buc and Debbie Brown’s aged (it hasn’t seen an update in years) though truly informative website. Answering reams of FAQs (”Is Scott Bakula really as nice as he seems to be?” Short answer: Yup), they even manage to get a little crazy with the QL Drinking Game. This just might come in handy after browsing the endless list of Dean Stockwell’s acting credits. B-
— Ann Limpert
THE BEWITCHED WHO’S WHO
Even if you lived under some spell and missed Elizabeth Montgomery’s ’60s sitcom, fan mortals go to almost supernatural lengths to fill you in. Cleverly spiced with animated trivia games (save Darrin by collecting Carpathian Magicats!), charming character bios, and a detailed full-episode guide, this cute site will remind you where all of today’s TV witches get their roots. A
MUST-VISIT: http://www.users.global net.co.uk/~zap/soundsframe.html
Sample sounds like Samantha’s nose wiggle here.
ROUGH SURF: THE ROSIE O’ DONNELL SHOW
With seizure-inducing lights and a design scheme that could send even the color-blind running for cover, Rosie’s site is anything but.
TOYS FROM THE SIXTIES
What sets this ode to toys past apart from other collections is that creator Richard Miller supplies pictures and tells you how to play with such defunct diversions as King Zor and Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb, which those born after ’67 probably don’t remember. Here, you’ll also learn that the object of Odd Ogg was to roll a ball near enough to a half turtle/half frog’s mouth so that it hopped toward — instead of away from — you. There are more complete ’60s-era toy-collector sites, like Erick Erickson’s Marvin Glass page (which you’ll find a link to from this site), but few are as playfully detailed as this one. B-
NEW! MC HAWKING’S CRIB
What if Stephen Hawking, instead of being a brilliant physicist and best-selling author in a wheelchair, were a gangsta rapper? The result would sound something like E=MC Hawking, or maybe A Brief History of Rhyme, two of the pseudo albums dreamt up at MC Hawking’s Crib. The bio, detailing MC Hawking’s experiments with the Beastie Boys and rap-metal band Dark Matter, is full of antimatter. But the almost offensive MP3 cuts featuring a Hawkingesque computer-generated rapper voice shouldn’t be missed (”Kicking science like no one else can/My d— is twice as long as my attention span”). A
WORLD’S GREATEST HUMP CHARIOTS — WITH ED MCMAHON http://www.chickenhead.com/features/chariot/
This hump-chariot hall of fame not only features fine reproductions of a ’50 Ford tudor, a ’53 Cadillac coupe, and a ’56 Chevy hardtop but is narrated by the swingingest host of them all, Ed McMahon. It’s fun to imagine him working behind the brake counter at Pep Boys the day Mrs. O’Doylie stopped by and said, ”Eddie, come out here and look under my hood.” The rest of what happened in her ’56 Lincoln coupe is sure to get your engine humming. As is Ed’s va-va-vooming description of bedding all three Lamberta sisters in the back of his ’50 Studebaker pickup. You might just discover the true meaning of ”Heeeere’s Johnny!” A
— Noah Robischon
DUCT TAPE FASHION PAGE
You know what they say about duct tape, and it’s true: You really can do anything with it — like make formal prom outfits for him and her. Don’t believe me? Check out the couple who attended the senior prom decked out in duct. There’s also a picture of a fine-looking skirt-and-vest combo made by Tape This!, a duct-tape fabrications company featuring the designs of Kathleen McFarlin of Sacramento, Calif. Adherents to the cult of duct will want to click over to the homepage of the Duct Tape Guys (www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/), Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg, who have written four books on tape (no, not audiobooks). Now, that’s what we call sticking with it. A-
Want to know more about the real Stephen Hawking (the scientist — not to be confused with the real Slim Shady)? Check out his official site at http://www.hawking.org.uk.