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

December 03, 2010

The movie “Burlesque” has it’s roots in the classic musicals of the past in more ways than one. The music is catchy, the dance numbers are frenetic and the plot is simplistic at best. Although people do not break out into song in the middle of breakfast, they might as well, as the world of “Burlesque” borders on the surreal the way movie musicals tend to do. The bank is always foreclosing tomorrow, the solution is always just in time, and there’s always an excuse to sing. What is necessary to keep things from flying completely out of the realms of believability is a cast that can sell the world they live in to the audience.

Cam Gigandet and Christina Augilera do an admirable job of anchoring the film as leading man and woman. Christina plays Ali, a small town girl trying to make it big as a singer and a dancer, Gigandet plays Jack, the handsome bartender who takes her in, but cannot go from friend to lover as he’s engaged to be married.

There are a lot of firsts for both young actors in “Burlesque.” It is Christina Aguilera’s first feature film, and along with acting duties she wrote the music and performed it in the film. “It was exhausting… I had a lot on my plate.” said the young star. She does plan to keep acting, however, and didn’t want her first film to be a musical, but “‘Burlesque’ really spoke to me, I knew I had to do it.” she said smiling.

For Cam Gigandet, best known for playing villains like James the evil vampire in the first two “Twilight” films, it was his first go around as a romantic lead. This new direction “was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up” said Gigandet. When asked if he modeled his performance on any leading men of the past he said he did his own thing but of course that actors like Brando, Newman and McQeen influenced him Gigandet says with a smile “Those people know how to fall in love.”

Source: Hit Fix

December 03, 2010

Cam Gigandet has praised Christina Aguilera after working together on Burlesque.

The actress makes her big screen debut with the movie and Gigandet was impressed with the singer’s desire to learn and dedication to her role.

Speaking to Collider the actor said: “She has such an amazing work ethic that, if she was on set and there to work, whatever scene it was, she was fully there. She was open to learn.

“There was no ego surrounding her, as a music artist, when she came on the set to be an actress, so it was such a pleasure to work with her because I was able to watch someone figuring things out for the first time, finding their own process and figuring their way through how they work themselves.

“She learned things so fast. And to be able to help in whatever way I possibly could it made it cool to say I was working with Christina Aguilera on her first role.

The actor has already enjoyed success this year after starring alongside Emma Stone in comedy Easy A this autumn and has completed a series of movies.

Gigandet will be back on the big screen next year with Making Change, trespass and the delayed Priest, which sees him star alongside Paul Bettany.

Source: Female First