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July 30, 2004 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
For our Showgirls watching pleasure, the folks at MGM now bring us a selection of drinking games, complete with a set of shot glasses. What, did they think we've been watching this movie sober? For a slim $39.98, you get the party essentials, plus the 1995 cult-favorite brainchild of director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas. Hot off the sensual whodunit Basic Instinct, Verhoeven and Eszterhas planned to make a big-budget, NC-17 morality tale. Instead viewers got a bunch of amoral women showing a lot of tail.
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September 22, 1995 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
With a budget of $40 million - and easily $10 million more dropped on advertising and marketing - Showgirls has to be the most expensive soft-porn movie ever made. And the most loathsome. At least the "erotic thrillers" that line the video store racks in all their Fatal Attraction/Indecent Proposal-variants (Fatally Indecent Seduction, etc.) arrive without pretense. If it's T & A you want, it's T & A you get - along with some rehashed USA Network murder mystery plot. With Showgirls, you get screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and director Paul Verhoeven - the A-list credentialed Basic Instinct duo back at it, all hot and bothered - with their idea of eroticism.
NEWS
September 22, 1995 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Showgirls" will make history. Not as the first big Hollywood movie to embrace - make that French-kiss - the notorious NC-17 rating. No, "Showgirls" will be remembered as one of the most expensively, indulgently horrible movies ever made - cult trash certain to be treasured by connoisseurs of bad dialogue, lousy performances and crap on a spectacular scale. Unknown actress Elizabeth Berkley stars as Nomi (a formal, Biblical version of Do-Me?) Malone, a drifter who hitchhikes into Las Vegas with dreams of becoming a dancer.
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June 6, 2000 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's last call at Showgirls. As staff and a dozen students from the nearby Gatekeepers Fellowship Church and school cheered, Pastor James D. Treadwell Jr. climbed behind the controls of an excavator yesterday and started demolishing the last major symbol of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's sleazy past. "We had the students there to see that their praying was not in vain," Mr. Treadwell said later. "It was exciting. " Once the loser in a state Supreme Court case over its nine-foot-high photos of scantily clad erotic dancers, the nude dance club is coming down as part of the $42 million project to overhaul the boulevard and turn the south side of the highway into a 32-acre park on the Cooper River.
LIVING
September 2, 2000 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Into the darkness of the coming decade, a force for righteousness has risen - an avenging angel with long, shaggy locks, love beads, and a paunch. He speaks in the bold language of long-cherished freedoms. He wields the First Amendment like a battering ram. He storms the bully pulpit to crusade against would-be vice president Joe Lieberman. He usually does these things with the top half of his shirt unbuttoned. Meet Joe Eszterhas, filmmaker and author turned anti-Lieberman crusader, who's popped up like a pimple all over the pop-culture map. He's taking out ads in Daily Variety, going on the Today show, penning essays in Salon.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1995 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Doctor, does my friend need help? He's a screenwriter, his name is Joe. Joe Eszterhas. I used to enjoy his sexual fantasies. You probably know the one about the Steeltown girl, by day a welder and by night an erotic dancer, who achieves her dream of joining the Pittsburgh Ballet, right? So in Flashdance, Joe created a disco dancer who aspires to the ballet. In his new film, Showgirls, the heroine likewise has aspirations and likewise ascends - from hardened hooker to lap dancer.
NEWS
October 10, 1995 | By John Murphy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
There will be no more showgirls in the township's streets. A local outdoor advertising company last week pulled ads for Showgirls, a $40 million movie featuring a G-string-clad aspiring Las Vegas dancer, out of six bus shelters after receiving complaints from residents. They said the ads were immoral. The ads show a nude woman cloaked in darkness. "We try to respond to requests of the community," said David Hammes, general sales manager for Revere National Corp. in Fort Washington.
NEWS
October 3, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The NC-17-rated "Showgirls" stumbled out of the starting gate its opening weekend, but Hollywood's steam quotient is still rising. Spike Lee says his upcoming "Girls 6" got an NC-17 but probably will be edited to an R. Greg Araki's "The Doom Generation," with a walk-on by Heidi Fleiss, will go the unrated route, a la "Kids. " Meanwhile the upcoming "Jade" has escaped with an R.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 1992 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Those who are familiar with producer Greg Thompson's shows in Atlantic City and elsewhere have a fair idea of what to expect. Thompson, you see, is from the chains and leather school of show business. Sexy young showgirls (often attired in little more than those chains and leather) are a staple, to be sure. One also can count on music - bombastic music - inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna. Toss in plenty of lasers flashing overhead, smoke drifting out on stage and other dazzling effects.
NEWS
April 22, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services, the New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly and People magazine contributed to this report
In between bombing in "The Scarlet Letter" and irking Pentagon brass with her next role as a Navy SEAL, Demi Moore has been vigorously peddling her June 28 release, "Striptease. " Now Hollywood execs on the project are worried that the actress is not helping their cause. If you saw Moore bumping and grinding recently on the Barbara Walters special, or caught her strip act last fall on "The Late Show" with David Letterman, you've heard her pitches promoting the flick. Acoording to Moore, "Striptease" is a paean to women's self-esteem: Yeah, I'm naked in a bar full of leering old men, but I'm stripping for myself.
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January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At the Copacabana, Edna Raphael Belle would stop the show with a swirl of curls. "Oh, honey, let me tell you," says Belle, 100, whose professional dance career as "Sandra Lydell" spanned four decades, including a six-year stand at the fabled Manhattan night spot. "I had real long hair, beautiful black hair, up in a Mexican hat. I'd take the hat off, put my back to the audience, let my hair fall . . . and the house would come down. The house would come down !" The retired showgirl - whom one writer described as "torridly terrific" - and I are chatting in her home at the Oaks of Weymouth, an Atlantic County retirement community close to the casinos she loves.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | Dan Gross
Gina Gershon warned her mother that she may want to skip "Killer Joe," in which the actress has a few scenes sure to make any loved ones uncomfortable. But mom still planned to bring 10 friends to see her daughter in the dark, violent William Friedkin film that opens here Friday. Gershon was recently in town to promote the film in which she co-stars with Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple, and Matthew McConaughey, with whom she shared a difficult-to-shoot scene that included a fried chicken drumstick.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2011 | By Dolores Barclay, Associated Press
Is NC-17 really the kiss of death? Will the merest flash of naked flesh or the softest moan from hot, sweaty bods doom a film to celluloid purgatory? Granted, while only one movie with the adults-only marker (no one under 17 admitted) has become a box-office hit ( Showgirls ), some have won critical acclaim. Midnight Cowboy , released before NC-17 with an X rating, even won a best picture Academy Award. With director Steve McQueen's hotly anticipated Shame opening (Friday in Philadelphia)
NEWS
December 13, 2009 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lillian Reis, 79, a colorful former showgirl and Philadelphia club owner implicated in a famous 1959 burglary in Pottsville, died Thursday at Virtua Marlton Hospital. A striking, stylish brunette in her heyday, Ms. Reis was known as Tiger Lil. She owned the Celebrity Room, a club that booked up-and-comers such as Don Rickles and Johnny Mathis, said her daughter, Midge Pfersich. Ms. Reis and her lover of 54 years, Ralph "Junior" Staino, who went to prison for the burglary and later for a racketeering and drug-trafficking case involving the Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo organized crime family, were friends with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and actor Robert Conrad, who once planned to make a movie about her. Pfersich described her mother as a modern-day Mae West.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2004 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
For our Showgirls watching pleasure, the folks at MGM now bring us a selection of drinking games, complete with a set of shot glasses. What, did they think we've been watching this movie sober? For a slim $39.98, you get the party essentials, plus the 1995 cult-favorite brainchild of director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas. Hot off the sensual whodunit Basic Instinct, Verhoeven and Eszterhas planned to make a big-budget, NC-17 morality tale. Instead viewers got a bunch of amoral women showing a lot of tail.
LIVING
May 24, 2002 | By Kathleen Nicholson Webber FOR THE INQUIRER
The day after the Pennsylvania primary, Jonathan Estrin was still passing out buttons, except his declared, "Go MAD. " Estrin, head of Drexel University's Media Arts and Design school, cleverly used the college's initials for a catchy motto and mantra. "Mad means an altered state from which you can be creative," he said. And "creative" aptly described the styles presented Wednesday night by the school's fashion-design students. Janai Myers gave menswear a shot in the arm with clothes inspired by warriors but also fit for a rock-and-roll kind of guy. Part Mad Max, part Gladiator and Braveheart, the collection included wool pants with leather buckles; woven leather tops that mirrored suits of armor; and hand-knit sweaters trimmed with metal rings.
LIVING
September 2, 2000 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Into the darkness of the coming decade, a force for righteousness has risen - an avenging angel with long, shaggy locks, love beads, and a paunch. He speaks in the bold language of long-cherished freedoms. He wields the First Amendment like a battering ram. He storms the bully pulpit to crusade against would-be vice president Joe Lieberman. He usually does these things with the top half of his shirt unbuttoned. Meet Joe Eszterhas, filmmaker and author turned anti-Lieberman crusader, who's popped up like a pimple all over the pop-culture map. He's taking out ads in Daily Variety, going on the Today show, penning essays in Salon.
NEWS
June 6, 2000 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's last call at Showgirls. As staff and a dozen students from the nearby Gatekeepers Fellowship Church and school cheered, Pastor James D. Treadwell Jr. climbed behind the controls of an excavator yesterday and started demolishing the last major symbol of the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's sleazy past. "We had the students there to see that their praying was not in vain," Mr. Treadwell said later. "It was exciting. " Once the loser in a state Supreme Court case over its nine-foot-high photos of scantily clad erotic dancers, the nude dance club is coming down as part of the $42 million project to overhaul the boulevard and turn the south side of the highway into a 32-acre park on the Cooper River.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1999 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We've all heard the dirt on Comedy Central's The Man Show, USA Network's Happy Hour, and The X Show on FX, the current spate of dirt-cheap variety-show- style cable programs that glory in booze, babes, third-tier celebrities, and jokes about bodily emissions. Critics hold their noses. Fans - or at least the rowdies recruited for the live studio audiences - seem to revel in the shows' in- your-face political incorrectness, and the bevy of gyrating, rump- shaking, bikini-wearing dancers.
NEWS
July 17, 1998 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before there were cheap gas, cheap booze and cheap women walking the strip, before there were rats and trash and abandoned lots, there was a vision of a tree-lined avenue gracefully leading into the heart of Camden County. County officials, in a bout of self-described optimism, say they believe Admiral Wilson Boulevard, home of oversized signs and nine-foot-tall posters of scantily clad women, can reclaim its lost character. And so, in what could be a $10 million endeavor, the county is seeking a professional planner to draw a master plan for a new and improved boulevard - a thoroughfare with parks and lamp posts and occupied buildings that would persuade even the late Admiral Henry Braid Wilson to drive down the two-mile roadway he once renounced because of its condition.
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