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What Fun Productions
Posts: 20,129
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Follow this reporters unauthorized tour with photos.

http://www.vice.com/read/i-went-to-the- … depressing
Mar 30 13 07:48 am  Link  Quote 
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GCobb Photography
Posts: 15,885
Southaven, Mississippi, US


So this idiot went out there with an agenda it appears.  What did he expect from a place that is so dated?
Mar 30 13 07:53 am  Link  Quote 
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lynden
Posts: 8,562
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Great photo essay. And he's right, it does portray as a microcosmic view of the print industry.
Mar 30 13 08:01 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


Yeah, invite that guy to your party.

PS, I dropped off a bunny at the mansion before.
Yeah, it was all that a celebrated 70's pad would be.

Even Graceland is stuck in time.

It's not like it's some old-world medieval castle or Victorian.
What did the guy expect?
Mar 30 13 08:36 am  Link  Quote 
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Tom Linkens
Posts: 6,412
Lititz, Pennsylvania, US


Jules NYC wrote:
Yeah, invite that guy to your party.

Question is: Will they re-invite him?

Mar 30 13 08:52 am  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


"Rescue a Playmate"

That's one charity a lot of rich old guys would love to support big_smile

Not me though - I have an aversion to silicone....






Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com
Mar 30 13 08:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Jay Edwards
Posts: 17,702
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US


Hmm, the guy seems more envious than anything else...what a juvenile sap.
Mar 30 13 09:10 am  Link  Quote 
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C h a r l e s D
Posts: 9,304
Los Angeles, California, US


Some people just HAVE to complain.  Then blog about it.
Mar 30 13 09:18 am  Link  Quote 
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ontherocks
Posts: 22,180
Salem, Oregon, US


somehow i don't think i'd turn down an invitation just because the house looked a little old school. it's not about the house. it's about the people in it.
Mar 30 13 09:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


Tom Linkens wrote:

Question is: Will they re-invite him?

Exactly.
Highly doubt it.

lol

Mar 30 13 10:36 am  Link  Quote 
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bgcfoto
Posts: 5,442
Largo, Florida, US


This was a very annoying article to read. 

I'm pretty sure Heff doesn't care because he is MFing Heff!

I can't deny, the phone panel on the walls are pretty sweet!
Mar 30 13 10:52 am  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 31,986
Los Angeles, California, US


The real action is down below the mansion in the Bunny Cave.
Mar 30 13 11:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Bella la Bell
Posts: 4,451
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Wtf with the entire bathroom shit thing. Groossssss mother fucker.
Mar 30 13 11:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Chicchowmein
Posts: 14,348
Palm Beach, Florida, US


lame
Mar 30 13 11:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


Bella la Bell wrote:
Wtf with the entire bathroom shit thing. Groossssss mother fucker.

Thinking how rank that was myself!
Blargh!

Mar 30 13 12:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,982
Columbus, Ohio, US


Bella la Bell wrote:
Wtf with the entire bathroom shit thing. Groossssss mother fucker.
Jules NYC wrote:
Thinking how rank that was myself!
Blargh!

But but....he got to sit where.....ahhh, nvm. lol

Mar 30 13 12:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
What Fun Productions
Posts: 20,129
Phoenix, Arizona, US


The Playboy empire has been crumbling....

Not surprised money has not gone back into the mansion for upgrades.
Apr 01 13 08:40 am  Link  Quote 
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lynden
Posts: 8,562
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


I don't get it. No one was interested to see this unromantic view of the place that once represented the height of hedonism? I thought it was great.
Apr 01 13 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


Well...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c61/jbilotta/image_zps3a10d464.jpg
Apr 01 13 09:41 am  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 53,743
Buena Park, California, US


was he "invited" or just someone who forked out a few thousand for a ticket?
Apr 01 13 09:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Michael Bots
Posts: 5,453
Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Still attracts the right guests--

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar … efner.html


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/01/article-2302221-19075FC7000005DC-293_634x631.jpg

Easter at the Playboy mansion: Paris Hilton slipped into a pink bunny costume on Sunday as she partied with Hugh Hefner in Los Angeles
Apr 01 13 09:52 am  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 53,743
Buena Park, California, US


OMG...you should read the blog about how Hate Groups feel about Jennifer Lawrence.  That was funny.
Apr 01 13 10:09 am  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 34,455
San Francisco, California, US


I dunno.   I have been there on a regular day when nothing was going on.  It isn't what you would dream of.  It looked like a mansion that hadn't been spruced up for a party yet.  I guess it is getting a little old and run down.
Apr 01 13 10:10 am  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
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San Francisco, California, US


DP
Apr 01 13 10:15 am  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
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San Francisco, California, US


DP
Apr 01 13 10:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 53,743
Buena Park, California, US


GPS Studio Services wrote:
I dunno.   I have been there on a regular day when nothing was going on.  It isn't what you would dream of.  It looked like a mansion that hadn't been spruced up for a party yet.  I guess it is getting a little old and run down.

Kind of like buying a new car.  It's awesome! looks modern.  Cool bells and whistles.  Then in 20 years it feels dated and old.

Apr 01 13 10:24 am  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


lyndens wrote:
I don't get it. No one was interested to see this unromantic view of the place that once represented the height of hedonism? I thought it was great.

It would have been interesting if done less from the POV of a butthurt fratboy and more from that of a fairly dispassionate journalist.

Apr 01 13 03:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digitoxin
Posts: 13,332
Houston, Texas, US


I beleive that it is the private home (not owned by playboy) of an 80-something year old man.  It doesn't surprise me that it could use a bit of a face lift.  What does strike me is somebody deciding to stalk the place to post snarky cell phone pictures.  The entire commentary feels wrong to me.  Very wrong.  Would he go to some other 80 year old public figure's  home and do the same?

He could have observed and chronicled his "adventure" and reached the conclusion that the place is a little "dated" without the snark.  Unless, of course, the purpose of the adventure was the snark.
Apr 01 13 03:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digitoxin
Posts: 13,332
Houston, Texas, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:

It would have been interesting if done less from the POV of a butthurt fratboy and more from that of a fairly dispassionate journalist.

Yes.  You said it better than my post above.

Apr 01 13 03:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


And I *like* those phone/intercom panels in the grotto. I bet those rotary phone dials confuse the hell out of the current generation of Playmates.
Apr 01 13 04:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:

It would have been interesting if done less from the POV of a butthurt fratboy and more from that of a fairly dispassionate journalist.

lol

Apr 01 13 04:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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lynden
Posts: 8,562
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Orca Bay Images wrote:
And I *like* those phone/intercom panels in the grotto. I bet those rotary phone dials confuse the hell out of the current generation of Playmates.

That's how he keeps them there. They don't know how to call for a cab.

Apr 01 13 07:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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lynden
Posts: 8,562
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Orca Bay Images wrote:

It would have been interesting if done less from the POV of a butthurt fratboy and more from that of a fairly dispassionate journalist.

True, but is no one willing to look beyond the collegiate reportage to the great images of a decaying legacy?

Apr 01 13 07:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Dead account
Posts: 1,291
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


What a jerk.
Apr 01 13 07:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digitoxin
Posts: 13,332
Houston, Texas, US


lyndens wrote:

True, but is no one willing to look beyond the collegiate reportage to the great images of a decaying legacy?

No.  If you believe his words are tainted or biased, then his images may be too.

Apr 02 13 04:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


It was just as run down back in '98 when I went inside.
I noticed it too... not because it was 70's decorum which can be quite cool (did you know updated vintage is pricey in Manhattan lol).

It just had a worn-down feel.

I thought to myself, damn if you didn't make the 25gs to be centerfold, why would you want to stay here?

I would go to a party if asked, but if I wanted to be in a sea of bleach blonde women with big boobs, there are many places where they all flock to.
Apr 02 13 04:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Jim Ball
Posts: 17,040
Frontenac, Kansas, US


GPS Studio Services wrote:
I dunno.   I have been there on a regular day when nothing was going on.  It isn't what you would dream of.  It looked like a mansion that hadn't been spruced up for a party yet.  I guess it is getting a little old and run down.

Like Hef?

The guy who wrote this mentioned at the end of the article that he is Gay.  I wonder if that colored his perception of this shrine to heterosexual overindulgence?

Apr 02 13 09:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Russian Katarina
Posts: 1,413
London, England, United Kingdom


Jules NYC wrote:
It was just as run down back in '98 when I went inside.
I noticed it too... not because it was 70's decorum which can be quite cool (did you know updated vintage is pricey in Manhattan lol).

It just had a worn-down feel.

I thought to myself, damn if you didn't make the 25gs to be centerfold, why would you want to stay here?

I would go to a party if asked, but if I wanted to be in a sea of bleach blonde women with big boobs, there are many places where they all flock to.

They probably want to network for clients - some just for modeling, some for "side jobs". If high rollers still attend those mansion parties there will still be opportunities for these girls to score.

As mansions go I don't find this one particularly impressive in terms of opulence and grandeur. When it comes to interior design you either go big (like many newly rich Russian and Arab billionaires love to) or you go simple (prefered by old money) - make the architecture work with lots of whitespace and a few well-chosen, high quality items as décor. The mansion looks like they aimed for going big but ran out of money midway through the effort.

I suppose its the legends surrounding it that made the place work so well in the past. I wouldn't call it "sad" as one poster did, just the result of great PR that created a facade which doesn't live up to what's inside. In that regard it's just like the magazine has been over the last two decades.

When Mr Hefner is gone his new wife will probably sell the place anyway.

Apr 02 13 12:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jules NYC
Posts: 15,532
New York, New York, US


Russian Katarina wrote:

They probably want to network for clients - some just for modeling, some for "side jobs". If high rollers still attend those mansion parties there will still be opportunities for these girls to score.

As mansions go I don't find this one particularly impressive in terms of opulence and grandeur. When it comes to interior design you either go big (like many newly rich Russian and Arab billionaires love to) or you go simple (prefered by old money) - make the architecture work with lots of whitespace and a few well-chosen, high quality items as décor. The mansion looks like they aimed for going big but ran out of money midway through the effort.

I suppose its the legends surrounding it that made the place work so well in the past. I wouldn't call it "sad" as one poster did, just the result of great PR that created a facade which doesn't live up to what's inside. In that regard it's just like the magazine has been over the last two decades.

When Mr Hefner is gone his new wife will probably sell the place anyway.

Kat, you nailed it.

Apr 02 13 12:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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Russian Katarina
Posts: 1,413
London, England, United Kingdom


Jules NYC wrote:

Kat, you nailed it.

Someone suggested I should submit my pictures to Playboy or go to a Casting Call a few weeks ago. Made me chuckle.

Apr 02 13 12:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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