December 04, 2010

I’ve added photos from the Los Angeles Premiere of Burlesque.

• Events & Appearances >> 2010 >> “Burlesque” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals
• Events & Appearances >> 2010 >> “Burlesque” Los Angeles Premiere – Red Carpet
• Events & Appearances >> 2010 >> “Burlesque” Los Angeles Premiere – After Party

December 04, 2010

BurlesqueA Screen Gems Pictures release. Directed by Steven Antin. Starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane, Peter Gallagher, and Alan Cumming. Rated PG-13.

In the recent review for the computer animated Tangled, I stated that it follows the classic Disney animation formula. Well, audiences now have the musical Burlesque and to say it follows the classic musical formula would be on point. How closely does it follow? Let’s put it this way – it goes back, way, way, way back to the musicals of the ’30s to work its plot, which has absolutely no surprises. Ever heard the one about the country girl with the talent to sing or dance or both who comes to the big city to go for her dreams? Of course you have. In fact, even if you don’t like musicals. Here it is again, retold by writer/director Steve Antin. Yes, retold. And that’s not a putdown, it’s a fact. Cher and Christina Aguilera help Antin put it over, and can those two sing – oh, you already knew that.

Aguilera is the small-town girl named Ali who, as the film opens, decides she needs to get out and head for Hollywood. She pounds the pavement and comes across the club named Burlesque. She tentatively enters and who’s on stage but the club’s owner, Tess (Cher), who does the number “Welcome to Burlesque.” Ali immediately wants onto the stage. To get there she needs the help of the club’s lead bartender, Jack (Cam Gigandet), who directs her to Tess and her friend/confidante/stage manger, Sean (Stanley Tucci). At first they give her the brush-off. Jack gives her a job waitressing. It doesn’t take Ali long to run afoul of the club’s star diva, Nikki (Kristin Bell), but Ali has the last word. The girls perform lip sync to classic songs but not Ali; she has the big voice. When her time comes, she stuns everyone, from Tess to the girls in the show to Nikki to Sean to Jack to the slick Marcus (Eric Dane), a rich guy who always get what he wants. What he wants in this instance is the club. Tess has plenty of bills and the bank is calling. He also wants Ali. That doesn’t sit well with Jack, who takes Ali in when she needs a place to stay. The thing is, he has a girl back in New York. But this being the classic Hollywood musical blueprint, the audiences know everything will work out. It takes about two hours to do so, but it never feels that way thanks to Cher and Aguilera as well as Tucci and Gigandet.

There has to be a “well-done” thrown writer/director Antin’s way as well. He stages some smart, sassy production numbers – although the fact that the club’s stage starts out small and seems to get bigger as the film moves along until the final musical number would put a smile on the faces of musical directors past. It doesn’t matter though because Antin creates a sexy film with the women scantily clad and the men, well – Gigandet is shirtless and then some.

Antin gives Aguilera the bulk of the songs and she doesn’t disappoint. There’s no denying the woman can belt out a song and the good thing here is she doesn’t overdo it. She looks great as well and her acting is not that bad. She has good chemistry with Cher and even better with Gigandet. As for Cher, well, she’s Cher, who never seems to age – the legs, the body – and she plays her heart out in every scene. Antin is wise enough to give her a solo, one the audience is waiting for, “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” complete with a single spotlight. She turns the power ballad into her new anthem.

But the most important thing Antin does is keep Burlesque out of the campy, cheesy zone it could have so easily fallen into. Watching the film you understand Antin takes all this seriously – the classic, small-town girl rises like a rocket to success. It all works and it’s the type of entertainment that Hollywood so often did but doesn’t anymore.

Too bad, because Burlesque shows that with the right director and cast, it’s still a formula that works.

Source: Wicked Local

December 04, 2010

I’ve added the movie poster, production stills and the soundtrack booklet for Burlesque into the gallery.

• Film Productions >> Burlesque >> Poster
• Film Productions >> Burlesque >> Production Stills
• Film Productions >> Burlesque >> Soundtrack

December 04, 2010

Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci and Cam Gigandet – the stars of Burlesque – talk gay bullying in a just-released video.

In the video from gay website, Tucci says the bullying directed at gay teens is a backlash against an increasingly gay-accepting society.

“Don’t you think it’s a reaction to a more open society, in the sense that as this society starts to create new freedoms and people start to feel more comfortable coming out, that there is going to be a reaction to that. An equal reaction to that would be the bullying,” Tucci says.

Cher disagrees, saying that maybe this generation is “less kind.”

“I mean you see it on reality shows, the paparazzi is much worse …,” the Academy Award-winning actress says.

Twenty-nine-year-old Aguilera, who is interviewed seated next to Gigandet, says she’s a longtime proponent of gay rights.

“Your individuality is the most important thing and you have to be able to rise above anything,” Aguilera says.

“Tell the bullies to fuck off,” Gigandet adds.

Source: On Top Magazine

December 04, 2010

Cam Gigandet has confessed that getting in touch with his arty side was a “challenge” in new movie Burlesque.
The Twilight hunk appears opposite singers Cher and Christina Aguilera as a piano-playing barman in the musical extravaganza, and found it a far cry from the action he is used to.

Cam told Men’s Health magazine: “Fighting and punching people comes a little more naturally to me than making drinks and hitting piano keys. But you’ve got to love a challenge.”

The 28-year-old former star of The OC and his girlfriend, Dominique Geisendorff, have a 19-month-old daughter, Everleigh Ray Gigandet, who the fitness fanatic says is helping to keep him in shape.

Cam revealed: “It’s been great having my little girl. It’s like having a workout 24 hours a day. I don’t need to go to the gym! I’m chasing after my daughter everywhere she goes.”

:: Cam’s full interview appears in the Men’s Health Jan/Feb issue, on sale December 6.

Source: Belfast Telegraph