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So, as the music builds to its inevitable crescendo, the camera slowly pans heavenwards and the credits duly roll on yet another year a legion of movie lovers loyally raise their glasses, stare wistfully into the middle distance and thus share fond, warm and altogether welcome memories of the last twelve months of movie making magic.
And with the curtains already beginning to close on us, the foyer slowly emptying and the hulking behemoth that is 2011 looming ominously on the aspect ratioed horizon what better opportunity is there to jump in our DeLoreans and take a nostalgic look back at the past ten years of cinematic splendour in order to pick out ten films that shone like precious jewels from the cavernous depths of 2001 to 2010.
Indeed, you needn’t look too far to stumble across a proliferation of end of the year “Best Of” lists literally bulging at the seams »
- Nick Turk
In the 2006 documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, lesbian director Jamie Babbit spoke openly about how the MPAA ratings board saw lesbian content in movies as offensive or racy content. To get an R rating on her film, But I'm a Cheerleader, she said she had to cut down the sex scene between Clea Duvall and Natasha Lyonne. For those who have seen the movie, you know there is no nudity and it's mostly some breathing sounds with brief glimpses of hands moving over skin under the blanket in the dark.
Yet you've likely seen much more explicit sex scenes between men and women on film, such as Monster's Ball or 9 1/2 Weeks.
The latest film to be part of a ratings uproar is Blue Valentine, which features Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams having "believable" sex. (Acting sex; not engaging in real sex acts, which does happen on film. See: The Brown Bunny. »
- Trish Bendix
Christina Aguilera’s first big bid for a movie career will get a boost from stars like Cher and Stanley Tucci, and her own considerable singing talent. But will it be enough to carry a story line that’s bombed so many times? Movies about show business, particularly stripping, burlesque and Las Vegas, have wrecked more than one budding actress’s career. (1995′s “Showgirls” was the kiss of death for Elizabeth Berkley). »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Girard)
- A look back at the roles that got away might soothe Mel Gibson's nerves now that his Hangover 2 role has gone to Liam Neeson. (The Lat's Patrick Goldstein looks at how loose lips lose jobs.) Here's a sampling, courtesy of TheDailyBeast: Demi Moore lost the lead in 1983's Flashdance to Jennifer Beals; Matthew McConaughey lost Jack Dawson in 1997's Titanic to Leonardo DiCaprio; Sandra Bullock lost Runaway Bride to Julia Roberts in 1999, the same year Michael Cera competed with Haley Joel Osment for The Sixth Sense; Meryl Streep was at one point lined up to play Evita before Madonna took over in 1996; Charlize Theron was in the running for Elizabeth Berkley's stripper in Showgirls in 1995; Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for Ewan »
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15 years ago today, 'Showgirls,' a movie about a fame-hungry dancer (Elizabeth Berkley, then known as Jessie Spano from 'Saved by the Bell') determined to make it in Las Vegas, infamously roared into theaters. It was immediately panned for its over-the-top plot, dialogue and lead performance, and most critics, including Roger Ebert, seemed to think it had completely wasted its Nc-17 rating.
But since its theatrical release, many people -- myself included -- have come to embrace 'Showgirls' for its so-called bad qualities, to the point where it has become a rare camp classic.
I was only nine years old the year 'Showgirls' came out, so I had to wait until it came to cable to see it, much to my parents' dismay. But to this day, for better or worse, it remains one of the quintessential movie-watching experiences of my life. »
- Andrew Scott
Jessie Spano is so excited. Shel's also so scared. The most histrionic scene in all five seasons of Saved by the Bell is etched in the minds of every child of the early '90s. While Joey Lawrence's "Woah" and Pauley Shore's "Wheez the Juice" have fallen by the wayside, Spano's exclamations after overindulging on caffeine pills have stood the test of time. So, if you're someone like Dan Levy and creating a web series that's an amalgamation of your favorite early '90s sitcoms, this is a scene you want to spoof. And wouldn't ya know, Levy channels one helluva Elizabeth Berkley. In the first installment of Atom's latest web series, Dan Levy's Laugh Track Mash-Ups, Levy plays your stereotypical, naive high school student from which all after school specials are made. Dripping with impressionability, Dan dives headfirst into illegal substance abuse with the helping hand of resident bad boy, »
- Joshua Cohen
A starburst of A-Listers will join forces with Uncommon Dialogue Films host Patrick Kilpatrick (Minority Report, Criminal Minds) to benefit the City of Hope Marrow Donor Program at the ‘2010 Hollywood Shotgun Sporting Clays Invitational.’
Triple B Shotgun Sporting Park is the backdrop for this star-studded competition on Saturday October 9th in Los Angeles, California. 200+ International Shooters and 40 Top Global Celebrities will enjoy a fun-filled day of World Class eco-friendly Sporting Clays shooting to benefit ‘Be The Match Marrow Registry’ at City of Hope.
Stars expected to take part include Colin Farrell (Phone Booth, Alexander), Aaron Eckhart (Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking), James Woods, (Shark, Once Upon A Time In America), Ron Perlman (Sons Of Anarchy, Hellboy), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer), Ivan Sergei (The Break-Up, The Opposite Sex), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, The Godfather: III), Michael Rooker (Cliffhanger, Jumper), Ralph Moeller (Gladiator, The Scorpion King »
I live in Seattle, and for years now, I've been hearing about the hilarious screenings by a local writer, David Schmader of the 1995 movie Showgirls — long considered one of the worst movies of all time. Schmader famously claims, "Each and every one of those people involved in making this movie is making the worst possible decision at every possible moment."
In short, Schmader says, the movie's awful-ness is so completely perfect that it actually raises the movie to a level of something approximating art.
The movie, the first and only Nc-17 film to get a wide release, was, of course, an infamous critical and financial bomb. But the studio behind the film had the last laugh when it become a major cult classic at midnight screenings (like Schmader's) and on VHS and DVD.
People were watching the film to laugh at it, but still.
As a result, when putting together »
The concept of this series is such: I choose a movie. We all choose our favorite shot(s) from said movie. I link up to everyone's choices each Wednesday. It's an eye candy free for all celebrating those single images in movies that we just can't live without. They're either the prettiest, the most telling, personally resonant, quite unexpected or just plain delightful.
Today's episode: Paul Verhoeven's gaudy masterwork Showgirls (1995). It's loud. It's trashy. It's colorful. It's spectacularly itself. Something all movies should strive to be. So, very briefly, I considered this shot from the opening sequence.
Because the "Huge" graphic makes me giggle. It can't have been an accident that that's the word that flashes in neon just as Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) pulls into Las Vegas. "I'm gonna win."
I almost went with anything from Nomi's first performance like these.
I love how distorted and fleshy the »
- NATHANIEL R
It's a pretty safe bet that you think you know Showgirls (assuming that you can solidly separate it from Striptease in your mind... a lot of people can't), but whichever set of thoughts you have about the 1995, Paul Verhoeven/Elizabeth Berkley vehicle, you probably don't know it as well as you think. Whether you think of it as simply one of the worst movies ever made, or a camp classic that is not so much bad as it is awesomely bad, it's safe to say that few have put the requisite energy into exploring the movie the way it deserves. You may even be savvy enough to think of the film as one of recent memories greatest career killers. Leaving off the actors, writer Joe Eszterhas and director Paul Verhoeven were laid flat by the film's release. Eszterhas was coming off Flashdance, Jagged Edge, Music Box, and Basic Instinct. Jade was already in the works, »
- Marc Eastman
Showgirls has attained the cult status that it was always destined for, fifteen years after release. It is rightly infamous. Elizabeth Berkley’s performance as Nomi, the dancer who’s not a stripper, has inspired thousands to re-watch the film over and over, to see her tussle with Gina Gershon and Kyle Maclachlan, to see her push things over and act pouty. It’s a career-defining performance, that’s for sure, as her Nomi Malone comes to understand the machinations of the Las Vegas showgirl life. It was also the beginning of the end for Paul Verhoven, who directed another masterpiece in Hollywood that was misunderstood (Starship Troopers), and then turned to lesser titles before heading back to Europe to write a book and direct Black Book (great film, btw.)
- Andre Dellamorte
DVD Playhouse—June 2010
The White Ribbon (Sony) On the eve of Ww I, a small village in Germany is struck by a series of tragic, seemingly unconnected events until the townspeople, and the audience, start to connect the dots. Shot in stark, beautiful black & white, director Michael Haneke has fashioned a haunting metaphorical drama that is as coldly chilling as anything made by Ingmar Bergman, and darkly unsettling as anything from the canon of David Lynch. A rich, tough, brilliant cinematic experience you’re not likely to forget. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bd bonuses: Interviews with cast and crew; featurettes. Widescreen Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Alice In Wonderland (Disney) Tim Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll classic finds young Alice (Mia Wasikowska), a 19th century girl who finds herself in an unhappy engagement to a boorish suitor, tumbling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she encounters magical cakes, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The line between parody and playing it straight can be exceedingly thin in Hollywood, and that division never really becomes clear until several years later. While most self-respecting cineastes wouldn’t be caught dead in something like Con Air in its original release, years later, it seems like Mel Brooks couldn’t have done a better satire himself. Coming off the success of Robocop, Total Recall, and Basic Instinct, Paul Verhoeven used his Hollywood credibility to produce two major films that blurred this line more than any others in recent memory: Showgirls and Starship Troopers. Of the two, Troopers is now more readily viewed as a satire, but Showgirls is the more subversive of the two, because it never, ever lets you know if its in on the joke. In the pantheon of legendary bad films to come out of Hollywood, there has perhaps never been another to make you »
- Anders Nelson
Chicago – I’ll admit that I never jumped on the “Showgirls” so-bad-it’s-good bandwagon that turned one of the biggest bombs of the ’90s into a cult hit that plays at midnight in theaters around the world. Not unlike “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” people have been drawn to the film that killed the career of nearly everyone involved and is so awful that it became the go-to bad movie reference until “Gigli” came out. Catch up with the suck on the “Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition.”
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
Seeing the film for the first time in a decade-and-a-half, I was struck by how truly horrible it is. History has produced a number of theatrical disasters that time proves out merely to be dull above anything else (ex., “Cutthroat Island,” “Waterworld,” “The Avengers,” many more) but “Showgirls” is an absolute train wreck from the very first scene. Paul Verhoeven has »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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David Arquette’s short film "The Butler’s in Love," screening in 3D, will open the Sixth annual Hollyshorts Film Festival on Aug. 5 at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles.
The film stars Arquette. Thomas Jane, Elizabeth Berkley, Richmond Arquette and Jennifer Siebel. It was written by Curtis Reynolds, produced by Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey, packaged by Tim Staples and distributed by Converge.
The festival runs through Aug. 12 at various locations throughout Hollywood. »
The Nc-17 cut of Showgirls is looking to make a big splash on its 15th anniversary when becoming available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time on June 15.
If you never caught Paul Verhoeven directing Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon wearing essentially nothing, we can help you out. To coincide with Showgirls' Blu-ray bow, we are awarding five readers the 15th Anniversary Blu-ray set in this contest. To enter simply fill out and submit the short form below. The odds of winning can be increased by returning any or every day the contest is running.
The show is about to begin. Sex, seduction and betrayal come together in the outrageously unforgettable camp classic Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition, hitting the strip on Blu-ray June 15 from MGM Home Entertainment. It's Vegas, baby, and Nomi's (Elizabeth Berkley) dreams and desires to make it big are as sharp as a stiletto heel. »
As season 10 winds down, I’m looking to the show’s future & planning a sure-to-be-epic season 11!
Now that Pamela Anderson is off Dancing with the Stars, I’ve officially lost interest in the rest of the season. No offense to the remaining contestants, but I’m just not that into them. So I’m shifting my focus to next fall when a new crop of celebs will hit the dance floor for our amusement. I’ve got a handful of suggestions for the producers over at ABC, including reality staple (plastic surgery pun intended) Heidi Montag and everyone’s favorite Golden Girl Betty White!
Tiffani Thiessen: Pretty much every season has had a former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast member (think Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, etc.) but there are still plenty of good ones left to use! Tiffani, 36, would be a double-whammy for the show, as she could also get the »
- Andy Swift
When we found out that Elizabeth Berkley is penning a self-help book for teen girls, we wondered what advice the star of Saved By the Bell and Showgirls would be passing along to the young ladies of the world. Alas, we’ll have to wait, as the book isn’t expected until next spring. Luckily, Berkley isn’t the first celebrity who’s decided she has advice for the masses. Below are a few excerpts from several other notable celebrity self-help books. We tend to agree with the Roger Ebert line of thinking when it comes to this sort of literature, but we think »
Berkley, who stripped down to play an exotic dancer in the 1995 film, is putting pen to paper for Ask Elizabeth - a self-help handbook based on questions she has been asked over the years.
The 37-year-old actress discusses self-esteem topics with young visitors to her Ask-Elizabeth.com website and that inspired the book, which is scheduled for release next spring. »
You can bring home an infamous 1995 film in a brand new Blu-ray release this June. Showgirls will be released on Blu-ray on June 15. This two-disc set will include both the DVD and Blu-ray and will be priced at $29.99 Srp. You can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan and Robert Davi.
It's Vegas, baby, and Nomi's (Elizabeth Berkley) dreams and desires to make it big are as sharp as a stiletto heel. When she catches the eye of Cristal (Gina Gershon), the Stardust's sexy headliner, Nomi is on the brink of living her dream. But she soon realizes that there is only room for one starlet on the marquee... and that either she or Cristal will have to take the fall! A sinfully lusty film no one should miss, Showgirls also stars Kyle MacLachlan and Robert Davi »
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