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June 13, 2010 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A critical punching bag and box-office bomb upon its release in 1995, "Showgirls" has since been gradually rehabilitated to a state of semi-respectability. But the movie's fans are by no means of one mind about its strengths and weaknesses, nor do they even agree whether it is to be regarded with admiration or horrified awe. All of this raises the question: Is there a correct way to appreciate "Showgirls"? The afterlife of "Showgirls" — the story of an aspiring Vegas dancer, from director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas — mirrors that of many so-called cult movies.
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October 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
This week, "Blue Is the Warmest Color," the sexually explicit lesbian love story that won the  Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival , becomes the latest high-profile movie to be released with an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America.  The MPAA established the rating in 1990 to replace the X designation, which had been co-opted by the porn industry. The NC-17 label means no one under the age of 18 will be admitted to see the movie. It also means that some theater chains won't show it, some retail chains won't stock the DVD, and some media outlets won't carry the ads. PHOTOS: NC-17 films and why they got the rating Filmmakers sometimes edit their work to bring the rating down to an R. Some smaller, non-MPAA member distributors decide to let their films go out with no rating at all, which makes it unlikely for them to be shown in many cinemas or make much money.
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October 1, 1995
I read the review about "Showgirls" in your newspaper. Thank you! It was a breath of fresh air to me. "Showgirls" is pornography and not something I want advertised in my local newspaper. ERIC L. LAW Thousand Oaks We are writing in response to the decision of the Thousand Oaks Mann theater to play the NC-17-rated movie "Showgirls." We are highly offended that a Thousand Oaks establishment would seek to promote such filth and trash. As members of the community, we have a moral obligation to see that the businesses operating here maintain a high standard of decency.
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June 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Holly Madison is engaged, and she has a gargantuan ring that says so. Madison, 31, one of Playboy editor Hugh Hefner's many ex-girlfriends, who had their relationship chronicled in the E! reality show "The Girls Next Door," announced the big news on her blog late Monday. "I got engaged on Sunday!" Madison wrote. "My fiancé was so wonderful in creating such a romantic night!" PHOTOS: Oddly fantastic celebrity baby names Pasquale Rotella proposed to her Sunday while riding the Ferris wheel at Las Vegas' Electric Daisy Carnival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1995
I'm wondering, upon reading the many letters objecting to the screening of "Showgirls" in Ventura County at privately owned movie theaters, how all these people know so much about the film's content. If they all plunked down their money expecting a "family" movie and feel misled, (even in the face of the advertised NC-17 rating) they should demand their ticket money back from the theaters. If they are guessing at the movie's content and value because of the rating, they should simply stay away from the film, instead of cluttering up the letters pages with their censorship invective.
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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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March 2, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Life's a drag, but if we're talking about Los Angeles after dark, that's a good thing. The city's drag show scene, once a closeted affair hidden in dive bars, now sells out theaters and pulls in straight crowds. During the last 20 years, female-impersonator shows in L.A. have become more than dressing like Cher and lip-syncing "Believe. " "Performers are real singers and real writers," says Jon Imparato, director of cultural arts at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. "It's become an art form.
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September 30, 1995
The Times' review of "Showgirls" indicates it is "depressing," "dehumanizing" and "incoherent" ("The Naked Truth About 'Showgir" Calendar, Sept. 22). The review of "Seven" states, "If movies were rated by how many showers are needed before viewers can feel human again, this picture would go off the chart" (" 'Seven' Offers a Punishing Look at Some Deadly Sins," Calendar, Sept. 22). Shakespeare wrote that "something is rotten in Denmark." Thanks to the artistry and vision (self descriptions)
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January 31, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Follies' Cast: Juliet Prowse and Shani Wallis will play former showgirls, Dorothy Lamour will sing "Broadway Baby," and Yma Sumac will warble "One More Kiss" in her first "legit" appearance since 1951. They'll all be in Long Beach Civic Light Opera's staging of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies," March 1-18. Other prominent players will include Harvey Evans, Karen Morrow, Billy Barnes and Ed Evanko.
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May 16, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After nearly a decade as a Vegas showgirl, Patsy Rodriguez has plenty of stories about performances that didn't go quite as planned. She may not tell all, but she shares plenty when she meets visitors. Like the one about the time her wig fell off and got stuck to the shoe of her male dance partner. "It looked like he was dragging a dead dog," she says. Rodriguez tells several such stories as she leads guests on a behind-the-scenes tour of "Jubilee," the glitzy song-and-dance spectacular that's been playing at Bally's since 1981.
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March 6, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Valerie Perrine may be the only former Las Vegas showgirl to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Just a few years after she had hung up her glitzy showgirl costume, Perrine was the toast of the town as Lenny Bruce's stripper/showgirl wife Honey Harlow in Bob Fosse's acclaimed 1974 biopic "Lenny," with Dustin Hoffman as the groundbreaking comedian. After eight years working at the Desert Inn and the Lido, which was a topless revue, Perrine was visiting a friend in Los Angeles looking for career opportunities.
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June 18, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Sutton Foster - toast of Broadway, musical theater dynamo and an actress who has been hailed as a "triple threat" wonder by critics - is missing from the Great White Way. A year after scoring her second lead actress Tony Award for the revival of "Anything Goes" and dazzling the Tony television audience with her tap-dancing performance of that show's title song, Foster has switched coasts and turned away from the greasepaint and nightly standing...
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June 11, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Bunheads" is a new series from Amy Sherman-Palladino, who, half a generation ago (or so), created "Gilmore Girls"for my niece Zoe to bond with her mother over. It premieres Monday on ABC Family Channel, where it will sit companionably alongside that network's other series, built mostly around the travails of young women, and hopefully find the audience and corporate tenderness it deserves. Sutton Foster, a Tony-winning star of Broadway musicals but rarely seen on television - she was Coco, Bret's sign-holding girlfriend in the first season of"Flight of the Conchords" - plays Michelle, an aging Las Vegas showgirl at the end of her tassels.
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June 2, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - Lisa Medford looks playfully vampy in black stretch pants and a pink top showing just a hint of cleavage. Once a dancer, she moves gracefully about her tiny house like an actress in search of an audience. Now 74, she's an aging siren, still on her game, happily living alone in a suburban retirement community. Sure, she's getting on in years, but her spirit still soars with all those memories - the sheer naughtiness of her past. She keeps a life-size cutout of herself as a 19-year-old, when she says she became the first standing semi-nude showgirl in town, a gig that launched her career as a "Folies Bergere" show dancer and actress.
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March 2, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Life's a drag, but if we're talking about Los Angeles after dark, that's a good thing. The city's drag show scene, once a closeted affair hidden in dive bars, now sells out theaters and pulls in straight crowds. During the last 20 years, female-impersonator shows in L.A. have become more than dressing like Cher and lip-syncing "Believe. " "Performers are real singers and real writers," says Jon Imparato, director of cultural arts at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. "It's become an art form.
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December 12, 2011
'The Prince and the Showgirl' (1957) "My Week With Marilyn" depicts the making of "Showgirl," which costarred Monroe with Laurence Olivier, who famously told her: "All you have to do is be sexy, dear Marilyn. " 'The Misfits' (1961) The last feature completed by Monroe and costar Clark Gable was a box-office flop but was critically acclaimed. 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953) One of Monroe's best-remembered films featured Monroe's performance of the song often associated with the blond bombshell, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.
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October 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
This week, "Blue Is the Warmest Color," the sexually explicit lesbian love story that won the  Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival , becomes the latest high-profile movie to be released with an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America.  The MPAA established the rating in 1990 to replace the X designation, which had been co-opted by the porn industry. The NC-17 label means no one under the age of 18 will be admitted to see the movie. It also means that some theater chains won't show it, some retail chains won't stock the DVD, and some media outlets won't carry the ads. PHOTOS: NC-17 films and why they got the rating Filmmakers sometimes edit their work to bring the rating down to an R. Some smaller, non-MPAA member distributors decide to let their films go out with no rating at all, which makes it unlikely for them to be shown in many cinemas or make much money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Nick Boone, Agoura Hills
BIRDS OF PARADISE a novel collaboration -- Where we left off: What's on the coveted flash drive? That's been the $64,000 question from Day One, as a TV producer, a congressman and a pole dancer lead a cast of characters on a wild and mysterious chase across Southern California. Well, today's installment clears up a bit of the confusion, and makes one wonder if the venue might soon change from Beverly Hills to the glittering, desert city of sin, where the real-life mayor happens to be a former mob attorney.
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June 13, 2010 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A critical punching bag and box-office bomb upon its release in 1995, "Showgirls" has since been gradually rehabilitated to a state of semi-respectability. But the movie's fans are by no means of one mind about its strengths and weaknesses, nor do they even agree whether it is to be regarded with admiration or horrified awe. All of this raises the question: Is there a correct way to appreciate "Showgirls"? The afterlife of "Showgirls" — the story of an aspiring Vegas dancer, from director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas — mirrors that of many so-called cult movies.
TRAVEL
May 16, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After nearly a decade as a Vegas showgirl, Patsy Rodriguez has plenty of stories about performances that didn't go quite as planned. She may not tell all, but she shares plenty when she meets visitors. Like the one about the time her wig fell off and got stuck to the shoe of her male dance partner. "It looked like he was dragging a dead dog," she says. Rodriguez tells several such stories as she leads guests on a behind-the-scenes tour of "Jubilee," the glitzy song-and-dance spectacular that's been playing at Bally's since 1981.
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