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September 2, 1990 | Nina J. Easton \f7
If the Motion Picture Assn. of America revamps its embattled rating system--possibly with an adults-only rating between R and X--director Paul Verhoeven could be one of the prime beneficiaries. After the graphic violence of "RoboCop" and "Total Recall," Verhoeven is turning his attention back to the bedroom, the place that helped launch his career in more liberal-minded Holland. "Film is trying to a certain degree to reflect reality, isn't it?" the Dutch filmmaker asks.
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October 2, 1995 | VANDA KREFFT, Vanda Krefft is a former free-lance writer whose feature articles have appeared in many national magazines. She is also the former senior editor of Playgirl magazine. She is working on her first novel. and
No, no, no--Kenneth Turan has entirely missed the point of "Showgirls" ("The Naked Truth About 'Showgir" Calendar, Sept. 22), although that's understandable. At first I too thought the movie was shockingly stupid and boring. But then I realized, "Joe Eszterhas isn't that bad a writer." "Basic Instinct," "Jagged Edge" and "Flashdance" were slick, effective pieces of manipulation. And Paul Verhoeven, he's the guy who directed "Soldier of Orange."
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February 11, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been corrected as indicated below.
Fans of '80's movies such as “Footloose” and “Fright Night”  would often prefer that their favorites remain  untouched by the Hollywood remake machine. But stars of the new “RoboCop” say that a variety of elements make José Padilha's take on the classic action blockbuster a welcome addition. The film, which takes place in 2028, follows Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a Detroit police officer who after being critically injured in the line of duty is rebuilt as part man and part machine by an ominous tech company; he is then set loose on the streets of Detroit to fight crime.
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August 23, 1990 | NINA J. EASTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Producer Irwin Winkler and writer Joe Eszterhas have quit the movie "Basic Instinct," and--in a move rare for Hollywood writers--Eszterhas on Wednesday publicly criticized director Paul Verhoeven for his plans to make the steamy thriller even more sexually explicit. "Basic Instinct" became one of Hollywood's most talked-about projects in June, when Carolco Pictures bought Eszterhas' script for a record $3 million.
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September 10, 1989 | JACK MATHEWS
It is dark and the air is stifling inside Stage 2 at Churubusco Studios, where the science-fiction film "Total Recall" is being made. Director Paul Verhoeven and his production crew, many of whom worked with him on "RoboCop," are backed into a corner of fabricated red rock catacombs, breathing the thick vanilla-scented prop smoke that is used to soften the image for the camera.
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April 1, 1991 | NINA J. EASTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The name-calling and angry accusations are behind them: Director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas have made amends over "Basic Instinct," the film project that Eszterhas publicly stormed off with his producer-partner Irwin Winkler last fall. "I'm going back on as executive producer," Eszterhas said in an interview Friday. "Whatever I can do to help, I'll do."
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June 28, 1990 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood is often fawningly referred to as "a state of mind" but these days it's more like a turbo-charged assembly line. The directors and screenwriters working the line are earning bigger bucks than ever before, but there's a catch: The only clear route to success is the well-travelled, four-lane, techno-violent freeway. For those filmmakers who are more comfortable with machines than with people--and their numbers are legion--this development is a boon.
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July 18, 1987 | KRISTINE McKENNA
"I always try to be the naughty boy," Paul Verhoeven gleefully confides during an interview at Laird Studios. "If someone tells me I can't do something, I simply have to do it!" The Dutch director best known for the 1979 film "Soldier of Orange," Verhoeven is the wickedly intelligent mind behind "RoboCop," one of the more artfully made films destined to leave a bloodstain on the American psyche this year.
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April 29, 1991 | DAVID J. FOX and DONNA ROSENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Filming the sexual murder thriller "Basic Instinct" in this city is turning into your basic nightmare. At every turn, Carolco Pictures seems to be running into difficulty with protesters, city officials and vandalism. Even the film's star Michael Douglas has had his bad moments.
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