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Movie stars may be often beautiful, but they are seldom flawless. Take a look at Richard Gere. Dr. Vail Reese did, and he saw a Becker’s nevus, a benign birthmark, on Gere’s back. A photo of Gere’s skin condition is just one of many on display on the Web site Dermatology in the Cinema ( “I want the site to reassure people,” says Reese, 32, a San Francisco dermatologist and film buff. “All these photos show Gere shirtless and with beautiful women. Obviously it’s not a problem.”

Launched last March, the site contains photos with informative captions of everything from W.C. Fields’s bulbous nose (a result of untreated adult acne) to Bo Derek’s overly tight braids in 10. The Now Playing section details skin conditions (real and makeup-created) of actors in current films, such as Ralph Fiennes’s burn-scarred face in The English Patient and Kim Novak’s on-again, off-again beauty mark in Vertigo. So far, Reese says, no celebrities have responded to his longdistance diagnoses, but he receives plenty of feedback from the site’s fans suggesting other examples. The site also hosts bulletin-board discussions on topics including Michael Jackson’s reported vitiligo (pigment loss). “I started that so people don’t think they’ll suddenly fade all over if they get it,” explains Reese. “Or do the moonwalk.”


It won’t shake you a martini, but The Ultimate James Bond: An Interactive Dossier will serve up nearly every drop of trivia—from missions to mannerisms—a Bond buff might thirst for. Take the two-disk CD-ROM’s Goldfinger file, which notes that German actor Gert Frobe’s dialogue was dubbed in English. Look at Dr. No’s file and discover that the Vatican disapproved of the film’s “ethical content.”

Dossier’s details, plus its photos of gadgets and foreign movie posters, are the work of Lee Pfeiffer, 40, who began collecting Bond memorabilia after seeing From Russia with Love at age 8. In 1992 he wrote The Incredible World of 007 and, last May, he quit his 20-year career in finance to devote his time to Bond projects. “I promised my wife that with these collectibles accumulating, I’d make lots of money,” he says. If his $40 Interactive Dossier takes off, consider it a mission accomplished.