Former “The O.C.” actress Mischa Barton’s nude scene in British filmmaker Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring has been named the best celebrity nude scene of 2008 by celebrity nudity-obsessed blogger Mr. Skin.
To win this honorable distinction, Mischa Barton beat out ultra-sexy Sophie Monk, who came in at number 2 for her nude scene in Sex and Death 101, and hottie Heather Graham, whose backside-baring scene in Adrift in Manhattan ranked number 3. Congratulations, Ms. Barton, for the competition was very fierce.
By the way, who is this Mr. Skin fellow?
If you saw the Judd Apatow movie Knocked Up (starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl ), you may recall that Seth Rogen’s character comes up with a great idea for a website – one that is sure to be a huge moneymaker. And what, pray tell is his brilliant idea? To start a website featuring the steamiest Hollywood nude scenes. Sadly, though, he discovers that such a website already exists – namely MrSkin.com. — an actual, real-life website.
This reference in Judd Apatow’s blockbuster flick has served MrSkin.com well. The subscription-based site enjoyed a 35% boost in new visitors just after “Knocked Up” was released in June of 2007 (the site drew a staggering 2.9 million visitors that month). Apparently, a lot of men (are you surprised to learn that over 98 percent of the site’s members are men?) like to see naked starlets. (By the way, the site only evaluates naked female stars. If there isn’t already a website out there that assesses the nude scenes of Hollywood hunks, you might want to look into starting one. Even if you enjoy a fraction of Mr. Skin’s success you will be sitting pretty. But I digress.)
MrSkin.com, which is based in Chicago, is run by former futures trader Jim McBride. Though the 45-year-old Mr. McBride fancies himself the chief “sexecutive,” this company is no joke – at least not in terms of revenue. It takes in several million dollars a year and has about 40 employees. McBride, the go-to guy for information on celebrity nudity in film, is a frequent guest on radio shows, including Howard Stern’s Serious Satellite radio program.
Not surprisingly, the studios love MrSkin.com. In fact, they send advance DVDs for the site’s perusal on a regular basis. And they do so with the hope that Mr. McBride will mention one of their movies when he’s on the radio. A little free publicity never hurts – especially when it has to do with naked starlets.