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Gina Gershon: Everyone’s Darlin’


Showgirls is infamous for a lot of things.  It killed any chance Elizabeth Berkley had of being a movie star.  It also put dents in the careers of Kyle MacLachlan, Joe Eszterhas and Paul Verhoeven.  They only person who came out smelling like a rose was Gina Gershon who knew just how to vamp up her performance.  Showgirls didn’t make Gershon a household name, but it put her on the map which lead to parts in movies like Bound and Face/Off.  In this profile from the July 1997 issue of Movieline, Gershon describes what it’s like to kiss costar Nicolas Cage.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Mommie Dearest Vs. Showgirls


Mommie Dearest vs. Showgirls

We’re down to our final four contenders for the crown of Best Worst Picture.  If you interpret that to mean “movies so bad that they are good”, today’s match has you covered.  Both Mommie Dearest and Showgirls were initially billed as dramatic movies.  As dramas, they both failed.  But audiences embraced both movies as campy comedies.  The degree to which that was intentional is both debatable and irrelevant.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Showgirls Vs. Under the Cherry Moon


Showgirls Vs. Under the Cherry Moon

Yeah, I’m pretty happy with the pairing of those two pictures.  It’s the little things like making it look like Prince is watching Elizabeth Berkley lick a stripper pole that make blogging such a rewarding endeavor.  Happy Father’s Day, everybody!  Let’s celebrate with the latest installment of the Best Worst Picture Bracket Game.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Showgirls Vs. Striptease


Showgirls Vs. Striptease

Yesterday’s Razzie bracket was filled with naughty parts.  Don’t put your clothes back on just yet!  Although a G-string and pasties is perfectly appropriate if you have them lying around your dressing room.  Today’s match features lots of pumping and grinding with a few lap dances thrown in for good measure.  So lube up that pole as we dive into today’s Best Worst Picture.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst of the Decade – 1990’s


Razzies 1990s

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

As part of the twentieth annual ceremony, the Razzies got retrospective.  They came up with two special awards to honor the worst of the 1990’s and two additional awards looking back at the twentieth century – or at least the two decades of the twentieth century covered by the Golden Raspberries.  In essence, this was one final chance for the Razzies to hit their favorite targets one more time.

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The Rise and Fall of Carolco


stallone - rambo

In the mid-to-later eighties, Carolco was riding high on a steady diet of action movies.  Midway through the next decade, it collapsed.  The story has been told in bits and pieces across various articles here at Le Blog.  But a reader named Matthew has worked with a friend to put together a YouTube series on the Rise and Fall of some of Hollywood’s bygone studios.  The first installment focuses on the action giants at Carolco.  Check it out.

Golden Raspberry Awards: 1995


Razzies 1995

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The sixteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1995.   Toy Story and Batman Forever were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Braveheart won Best Picture and Mel Gibson took home the Best Director statue.  Nicholas Cage won Best Actor for Leaving Las Vegas and Mira Sorvino won Best Supporting Actress for playing a prostitute in Mighty Aphrodite.  The Razzies were more interested in strippers than prostitutes as Showgirls dominated the awards.

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Paul Verhoeven: Playing with Fire


Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven

Looking back at the October 1995 issue of Movieline Magazine, there were lots of Halloween goodies.  At the time Paul Verhoeven sat down for this interview, he was coming off three box office hits in a row.  The director was promoting his follow-up to Basic Instinct.  Showgirls was already generating controversy for its racy content and the potential to become the first NC-17 movie to receive a wide release. Verhoeven seems optimistic that American audiences are ready for sexy movies while bracing for the political attacks he expects will come from Senator Bob Dole and his followers.  Of course twenty years later, we now know that Showgirls was a massive failure that contributed to the downfall of its studio, director and starlet not to mention the viability of the NC-17 rating.

In this pre-Showgirls interview from Movieline Magazine from 1995, Verhoeven discusses the dark side of Vegas, describes a lap dance and talks about the joys of working with young, unknown actors whom he can mold.  The director, who also has a PhD in math, also describes his love of nudity – especially female nudity and confesses that he never saw Saved By the Bell.  He also calls out Sharon Stone for her version of the famous leg-uncrossing scene from Basic Instinct.

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Totally Awesome Facts You Need to Know About Showgirls


Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls - 1995

Elizabeth Berkley – Showgirls – 1995

This week, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the greatest cult movie about Vegas showgirls ever to ruin the movie career of a Saved By the Bell cast member.  It is admittedly a very narrow category.  Critics hated it.  Audiences stayed home.  The movie and its star were held up for ridicule.  But two decades later, we’re still talking about Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls.  So here’s some totally awesome facts you need to know.

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What the Hell Happened to Elizabeth Berkley?


Elizabeth Berkley

In the early 90’s, Elizabeth Berkley was a rising star.  After several years on television, she was ready to make the leap to the big screen.  Showgirls was a huge opportunity.  The script was written by one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood and the director was A-list.  The last time Paul Verhoven and Joe Eszterhas collaborated, they made a star.  But this time, things worked out differently.  Instead of becoming an A-list actress, Berkley’s movie career went down in flames.

What the hell happened?

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