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By Cox News Service | October 28, 1990
"Pretty Woman," R, 1990, Touchstone, $19.95.Julia Roberts plays peek-a-boo with video viewers (and Richard Gere) this week as the gorgeous title character in "Pretty Woman."Priced at the consumer-friendly tab of $19.95, "Pretty Woman" is bound to make as much money on video as in the theaters. As the year's box-office tally stands, Garry Marshall's comedy is in first place with more than $175 million.Who could have imagined that a Cinderella tale about a Hollywood hooker and a Wall Street wolf would become Disney's top moneymaker?
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By Rachel Marsden | April 19, 2012
There's a scene in the movie "Pretty Woman" where the kindhearted hooker played by Julia Roberts asks her client, portrayed by Richard Gere: "Who do you want me to be?" Regardless of who she might really be, she realizes that it's far less attractive than a tabula rasa onto which her client can project his own desires, and around which she can then build a tailor-made, palatable persona. It's essentially the same principle that dating-and-mating books recommend adopting when suggesting that women retain an air of mystery at the outset of a relationship and be the first to hang up in phone conversations with a man. The idea underpinning these contortions is that whoever you truly are is less attractive than whatever someone can project onto you, so you should let them continue to dream about who and what you might be for as long as possible so you can rope them in. It's a strategy sometimes seen in politics, as well -- and in the case of the upcoming French elections set for a first round of voting this weekend, it may well be the winning strategy that determines the country's next president.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | March 8, 1994
WASHINGTON -- In a ruling that could further liberate songwriting as a form of social criticism, the Supreme Court lowered yesterday the legal risks faced by composers who borrow music or words from a song for a new version that pans or ridicules the original.The unanimous decision appeared to go far toward rescuing musical parodies from legal action under federal copyright law, and to give wider legal leeway for comic parodists like television's Mark Russell.The ruling involved the rap group 2 Live Crew's rewrite of the classic Roy Orbison-William Dees rock 'n' roll ballad, "Oh, Pretty Woman."
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December 4, 2011
Let the first word be one of compassion. For anyone who has a loved one missing, Godspeed the day of that person's safe return. Or failing that, Godspeed the bitter satisfaction of knowing his or her fate. To have someone you love vanish is, one imagines, a special kind of hell. That said, let the second word be one of exasperation. Another white woman has turned up missing. And, as predictably happens in such cases, television news has gone into overdrive, CNN, ABC, NBC providing breathless updates of Michelle Parker's disappearance, how she was last seen the day she appeared on "The People's Court," suing her former fiance, who is now the prime suspect in her alleged kidnapping.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1996
Two very good films compete with each other at 8: 30 tonight. Watch them both, if you can."The Bottom Line" (11 a.m.-noon, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Here's your chance to meet some of the new boys in town, as a flock of Ravens joins host Kweisi Mfume, Johnny Unitas, and Sun sportswriter John Steadman in discussing the NFL's return to Baltimore. Among the players: Larry Webster, Michael Jackson, Vashone Adams, Antonio Langham and Derrick Alexander."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Los Angeles Daily News | January 31, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Finally, an awards show that can accommodate both "Dances With Wolves" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.""Dances With Wolves" was voted Best Drama and "Ninja Turtles" Best Children's or Family Film by an estimated 1 million theatergoers polled to determine winners of the Movie Awards, which were presented last night at ceremonies broadcast on CBS."Pretty Woman" captured Best Comedy honors, while "The Hunt for Red October" won the Action-Adventure Film award.Richard Gere and Julia Roberts picked up comedy lead honors, and their "Pretty Woman" co-star Hector Elizondo shared the Supporting Actor-Comedy award with Joe Pesci for "Home Alone."
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By Glenn McNatt | June 28, 1993
Baltimore Harbor, 1943Sky on water on steelWater on sky on steelSteel on ships on waterSky on steel on shipsSky on steel on shipsDelilah, at the 2 O'ClockPut on a dress, honey,if you wantsto get a man.Men like apretty womanin a pretty dress,And you is pretty.I don't have timefor all that now.I told you, I'mthrough, andthat's all thereis to it.Can't youunderstand that?I know your feelingsis hurt and all,But I can't helpthat. That's justThe way it isI'm an honestperson, I don'tplay no games,And don't youtry to play no gamesOn me, either.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau | November 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the Supreme Court pondered yesterday the right of performers to make fun of someone else's song with a parody. But it did so in totally unfamiliar cultural territory: the worlds of rap and rock 'n' roll.Dealing with tunes their children or grandchildren would more easily recognize, the justices kept mainly to the legal questions -- except for a passing remark by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wondering whether it was musical progress to translate "rock" into "rap."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 21, 1991
Awise man once pointed out that the key to success was sincerity, and once you learned how to fake it, you'd do just fine. And that's why "Dying Young" will do well: It fakes sincerity wonderfully.Julia Roberts plays yet another mild variation on the persona she invented in "Pretty Woman" and refined in "Sleeping With The Enemy": A working class woman initially overmatched by someone from the higher precincts of the culture who ultimately, by virtue not merely of her beauty but also of her spunk and character, makes him need or love her.In this case, however, the romance plays as a triangle.
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By Los Angeles Times | August 10, 1992
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- No one could say that the strict Calvinist folks of South Africa weren't warned about their latest American import, "Basic Instinct."Long before the film arrived, the newspapers said that it was sexually explicit, violent, probably sexist.But, then again, maybe that's why the thriller, starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, already has cracked nearly every box-office record in South Africa."Basic Instinct" set a record for its opening weekend and its first week, in South Africa, collecting about $660,000 on 48 screens nationwide.
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Susan Reimer | October 10, 2011
Amanda Knox and Casey Anthony. Comely, 20-something, white women accused of horrible crimes, convicted by a salacious press but freed by the courts. Yet Ms. Knox flew home from Italy to Seattle to welcoming ceremonies, tears of relief, and the warm embrace of family and friends, while Ms. Anthony left her Florida jail cell under cover of darkness and went into hiding out of fear for her life. She is estranged from her family and said to be without a friend in the world. Ms. Knox was called a "Luciferina" and a "she-devil" and accused of participating in the throat-slashing murder of her virginal British roommate in Perugia, where both were exchange students, as part of some kind of crazed sex game.
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By Simon Habtemariam | September 15, 2011
Now that the “Sunny” writers don't have to improvise around Dee Reynolds' baby bump this season, “Sunny” fans may find themselves wondering, “Why is Mac the fat one now?” Maybe it's because Mac (Rob McElhenney) is carrying around a trash bag full of chimichangas. (To picture his new look, see Roger Clarvin - Will Ferrell's character in the Hot Tub Lovers skit on “SNL.”) Or maybe it's because the members of the gang have now reached their “Second Acts.” Dennis (Glenn Howerton)
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March 17, 2000
Let us now praise simple stories well told. "Erin Brockovich" is so disarmingly, deceivingly straightforward that it's almost jarring. Even more surprising, this unassuming movie comes from Steven Soderbergh, who has lent style and narrative complexity to such films as "Out of Sight" and "The Limey." Through the intrinsic power of his central character, brought to life by Julia Roberts, in her meatiest role and most accomplished performance yet, he has created the most unexpected movie of a career devoted to counter-intuitive turns: a mainstream Hollywood star vehicle.
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January 29, 1999
After a 62-day shooting schedule that took them from Baltimore to Berlin on the Eastern Shore, "Runaway Bride" wrapped up location shooting Tuesday inside a West Baltimore sound stage."
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 28, 1998
GOOD MORNING, daaahhhlings, and happy birthday, Julia Roberts. The actress, in Maryland for the filming of Lakeshore/Paramount's "The Runaway Bride," turns 31 today. (Only 31!)Is this woman livin' it or what? Her boyfriend is Benjamin Bratt of "Law & Order." She's making a movie here with the hunky Richard Gere - and getting paid more than $17 million to do it, one of the few actresses to command that kind of dough. (USA Today says the $17 million salary for "Bride" makes Roberts the highest-paid actress of all time.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1996
Two very good films compete with each other at 8: 30 tonight. Watch them both, if you can."The Bottom Line" (11 a.m.-noon, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Here's your chance to meet some of the new boys in town, as a flock of Ravens joins host Kweisi Mfume, Johnny Unitas, and Sun sportswriter John Steadman in discussing the NFL's return to Baltimore. Among the players: Larry Webster, Michael Jackson, Vashone Adams, Antonio Langham and Derrick Alexander."Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By McClatchy News Service | May 24, 1993
Singing for their supper is nothing new to the Capitol Steps, troupe of ex-congressional staffers who have learned that satirizing politics is a jollier way to make a living than working for politicians.But now the hit musical and theatrical group is singing to a different audience: the U.S. Supreme Court.Probably for the first time, a singing brief has been filed in the somber edifice where black-robed justices study Latin-laced tomes.The brief -- actually, an "exhibit" submitted in support of a brief -- lampoons President Clinton with "Pander Bear," a takeoff on the Elvis Presley hit "Teddy Bear."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 30, 1995
The O. J. Simpson trial is scheduled to resume today, and Fox's O. J. Simpson made-for-TV movie is scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow night. Welcome to OJTV: All O. J., all the time. There are, however, alternatives, at least for now.* "The American Music Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- Tonight's awards show includes a segment celebrating the 10th anniversary of "We Are the World" -- because, after all, we and the world are still here. Also, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince is scheduled to perform live, as is the Artist Still Known as Madonna, and the Artists Making the Transition From Boyz II Men. The show's hosts, Tom Jones, Lorrie Morgan and Queen Latifah, perform also, and the evening's strangest scheduled performance may well be that of "Tutti Frutti," sung by Little Richard and the Go-Go's.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 9, 1996
BERLIN -- Of the thousands of Germans whose lives were turned upside-down by the fall of the Berlin Wall, certainly one of the most jarring changes of fortune was visited upon Monika Haas.To the German state, Ms. Haas is the mysterious woman who, nearly 20 years ago, packed up her infant daughter and a stolen passport, flew to the Spanish island of Mallorca, tucked pistols and hand grenades into a baby carriage, and pushed her lethal cargo right past security guards at the international airport.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | July 25, 1995
Boston -- Hollywood has always been interested in sex for sale. It's a cottage industry of sorts. They've made a bundle on prostitutes from ''Pretty Woman'' at the low end of the streetwalker scale to ''Indecent Proposal'' at the high end.A few weeks ago, Hugh Grant became the most famous john in America simply by joining the town's three obsessions -- money, cars and sex -- together for one moment of what the law called ''lewd conduct.'' Then last week, Heidi Fleiss was back in court as madam to the stars while a videotaped Charlie Sheen owned up to some $53,500 worth of sex bills.
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