Fox catalog dump! Rain Man, Moonstruck and Last Tango in Paris are an eclectic mix of Award winners and nominees, and all could be considered either classics or “classics.”Such is the fickle nature of award winning – you never know if a film is going to stand the test of time and if winning an award will help or hurt that legacy. But now they’re all in Blu-ray, with some of the least polished 1080 transfers in a while. My review of Rain Man, Moonstruck and Last Tango in Paris follow after the jump.
Last December, we reported that Richard Jenkins was the first cast member on board the Farrelly Brothers’ The Three Stooges. Jenkins was set to play an abusive nun who torments Larry, Moe, and Curly at the orphanage where they grow up. As a huge Jenkins fans, I thought that was great news. Now 24 Frames is coming along to slap my enthusiasm in the face by saying that the Farrellys want to cast Cher as Mother Superior, the nun whom the Stooges terrorize. Now it’s possible that Jenkins’ nun would still be in the movie, but 24 Frames makes no mention of him. Cher had a cameo in the Farrellys’ 2003 film, Stuck on You. As someone who has never enjoyed anything I’ve seen Cher do (and that includes Moonstruck), I’m indifferent-at-best about this news.
Hit the jump for more on the project and other potential casting.
The new musical Burlesque, about a small-town girl looking to make it big, has been a passion project for writer/director Steven Antin. Wanting to remain true to the spirit of the art form that he loves so much, he gave the film’s Burlesque Lounge a rich personality and history of its own, with a playfulness and sexiness befitting of the era it became famous.
To bring Burlesque to life on the big screen, with all of its songs, performances and flash, the filmmaker knew it would take megastar Cher and someone with the talent of Christina Aguilera. In this exclusive interview with Collider, Steven Antin talked about collaborating with both women on the development of their roles, being involved with designing everything from the costumes to the look of the club to the song-and-dance numbers, and his plans for extended and deleted scenes on the DVD. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
In the new musical Burlesque, opening over the Thanksgiving holiday, Cam Gigandet portrays Jack, the confidante of small-town girl Ali Rose (Christina Aguilera), who has come to the big city in the pursuit of her dream to be a singing star. A fellow musician, Jack is shy about his own songwriting as he encourages Ali to take her rightful place on the stage.
The two have an undeniable and playful chemistry, that allowed them to have fun both on screen and off, even for their more intimate moments. During a recent interview at the film’s press day, the Twilight star talked about meeting and working with Cher and Christina Aguilera, doing on screen nudity and surviving L.A. when he first moved to town. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The stars came out to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on November 15th to celebrate Academy Award-winning superstar Cher’s return to the big screen with the highly anticipated Thanksgiving release Burlesque. Joining the music icon on the red carpet was Christina Aguilera, fresh from receiving her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that morning, and making her feature film acting debut as the small-town girl who moves to the big city to follow her dream of becoming a star singer. The leading ladies were joined by co-stars Julianne Hough, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Eric Dane and Peter Gallagher, along with writer/director Steven Antin, Will Ferrell, Ryan Seacrest, James Marsden, AnnaLynne McCord and Rebecca Gayheart. Check out all of the photos after the jump:
For the big screen musical Burlesque, Academy Award-winning megastar Cher ended a seven-year hiatus to take on the role of Tess, the glamorous proprietor of the dazzling Burlesque Lounge. When Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small-town girl pursuing her dreams to be a star, stumbles across the inspired musical revue, she becomes determined to prove she’s meant to be on that stage. As Ali comes into her own as a performer, Tess sees an opportunity to make use of her spectacular voice and showmanship in a way that will benefit not only both women, but the club itself.
At the film’s press day, Cher talked about maintaining a successful 45-year career in the entertainment business, working with someone as talented as Christina Aguilera and revealed that she enjoyed making Burlesque so much that she would like to do another film in the future. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
She has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, won five Grammy Awards, had three top five albums in the United States and is the only artist under 30 to make Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest singers of all time. Now, superstar singer Christina Aguilera is making her feature film debut in the big screen musical Burlesque, starring opposite musical icon Cher.
Ali Rose (Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice and big dreams. When she leaves her life behind and moves to Los Angeles, the wide-eyed young woman stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge and immediately becomes determined to bring her own singing and dancing talents to its musical revue. Clearly meant to be on a stage, Ali quickly makes friends and enemies among the other girls at the club, wins the affection of the bartender (Cam Gigandet), comes to the attention of a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) and is taken under the wing of the club’s glamorous owner, Tess (Cher), changing her life forever.
At the film’s press day, Christina Aguilera talked about how heavily involved she was with everything from developing the character and approving the revealing wardrobe to writing the songs and performing the musical numbers. She also spoke of the priceless advice she got from Cher and revealed how much she’s looking forward to the next chapter of her life, now that she’s turning 30 in December. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Sony has sent us eight clips from their upcoming film Burlesque. Directed by Steve Antin, the film stars Christina Aguilera as an aspiring performer whose vocal talents help revive an ailing Burlesque theater. The movie also stars Cher, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, and Stanley Tucci.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for interviews with the cast soon. Burlesque opens November 24th.
Due to the limited film experience of Christina Aguilera and her booming voice, Burlesque faces the brand of skepticism that comes with anchoring your movie with a musician. Writer/director Steve Antin did what he could to surround Aguilera with a seasoned cast, including Cher, who made the leap from song to screen herself with an Oscar win for 1987′s Moonstruck. Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, Eric Dane, and Stanley Tucci round out the cast — check out the first trailer for Burlesque after the jump.
For those looking forward to the musical Burlesque–starring Christina Aguilera, Cher, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, Eric Dane, and Stanley Tucci–seven images from the film are now online. The movie is about a small-town gal (Aguilera) who runs away from Iowa in search of fame and ends up waitressing at The Burlesque Lounge on the Sunset Strip and goes on to become one of its performers. The film was written and directed by Steven Antin with input on the script provided by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Diablo Cody (Juno).
Hit the jump to check out the images. Burlesque opens on November 24th.
From last night we have a slew of recently changed and freshly announced released dates to pass on. Leading with the most telling move, Sony thinks their recent MGM acquisition, the Kevin James comedy The Zookeeper, has earned summer tentpole status [THR]. The studio pushed the release date for this talking-animal comedy from October 8th of this year to July 8, 2011, with Sony distribution president Rory Bruer remarking, “It’s got tremendous heart and soul. And talking animals? Gimme a break, it’s so funny.” The animals who collectively function as Cyrano to James’s zookeeper are voiced by Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, Jon Favreau, Judd Apatow, and Cher among others.
After the break, you’ll find dates for Charlie St. Cloud, The Adjustment Bureau, Catfish, Cheaters, The Night Chronicles: Devil, James Cameron Presents Sanctum 3D, Your Highness, and something called Ballers.
Screen Gems has released synopses and some first look images from their 2010 films and it’s all after the jump. Some of the new/first look images are from The Roomate (starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly), Death at a Funeral (starring Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoë Saldaña), and Takers (starring Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, and Hayden Christensen).
Also, while they didn’t release any images, they did provide the first synopsis for Burlesque which stars Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci.
Check out everything after the jump. It’s posted by release date.
Do you love stories about small-town girls with big dreams who find their calling in the tasteful confines of a burlesque club? Well, you can finally retire that V.I.P. DVD edition of “Showgirls” because I’ve got something that (on paper) is far better. And it stars people who can act. Well, it stars Stanley Tucci. Hit the jump to find out more.
When I read previous log-lines for Kevin James and Rosario Dawson’s upcoming “comedy”, “The Zookeeper”, I didn’t know the animals actually talked. I was under the impression that the premise of “animals teaching their caretaker methods of dating and mating” was to be done through body language and skillful editing.
But because the premise of having a guy like Kevin James win over a woman like Rosario Dawson through the help of zoo animals isn’t outlandish enough, the animals actually talk. With celebrity voices. There will come a day when we will no long be able to devise an exaggerated parody of Hollywood product and that day will most likely be the one when “The Zookeeper” hits theatres.
According to Variety, the following celebrities either need money/want to be in a film their kids can enjoy/hate you: Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow. Nick Nolte, Jim Breuer, Faizon Love and Bas Rutten are also in negotations to join with Nolte voicing a gorilla. Nolte will not be aware of his participation in the film but rather, someone will just follow him around with a tape recorder and edit accordingly.
With this soul-crushing news, the most we can hope for now is that during filming, Kevin James is eaten by one of the animals which will be by far the funniest thing James ever did in his career.