5 posts categorized "BURLESQUE"

Jan 25 2011
Many Of The Snubbed Won't Have To "Act" Surprised... Comments (8)

[UNSET]Academy voters to viewership: "Kiss our ass!"

This is not about merit. Or rather, this is never only about merit, so don't take my observations as endorsements or write-offs.

Oscarboring1 The producers of this year's Oscars telecast may have gone way populist, hiring attractive young stars James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts, but the Academy voters have gone the opposite route, shunning a surprisingly large number of glamorous stars who actually merited consideration.

Full list of Oscar nominations is here.

It struck me immediately as I listened to the nominees being announced this morning, the unfun lack of household names except in cases where the performance was beyond locked (Natalie Portman, Annette Bening).

PolishingOscar Off the top of my head, major surprise snubs include (in descending order of WTF?): Andrew Garfield for The Social Network (he was the heart of that movie, has acting cred from Boy A and is the next Spider-Man), Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine (a well-liked, extremely respected actor whose counterpart was honored), Mila Kunis for The Black Swan (she may be a newcomer to critical acclaim but she played two completely different roles, one of which was arguably the title character), Matt Damon for True Grit (an old favorite in one of the year's hardest-charging contenders to steal The Social Network's thunder), Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter (not considered a great thespian but he was responsible for the film existing and was the title character), Julianne Moore for The Kids Are All Right (she's been nominated and overlooked before, but this time was really exceptional).

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Dec 01 2010
Not Down, But Dirrty Comments (20)

Christina-aguilera-burlesque-late-night-05 I still say Burlesque is a bomb—or at least a bomblet. But to follow up on the contentious conversation about the Christina Aguilera/Cher vehicle (it's a bicycle built for two and nobody's wearing panties), I checked out its daily numbers and I was wrong about at least one thing—it's not dropping like a rock. In fact, it was up to #3 on Tuesday (with the weekend kiddie competition out of the picture).

Will it recoup? I still say no. It would have to make a lot of fucking money to make back the $55 million (or more) it cost to make, not to mention the blank-check promotion it's gotten. But it might have slightly longer than little-person legs after all. And its fans are hoping the Golden Globes, with its non-competitive comedy/musical category—in which even the cruddy Nine managed to get nominated—might help Burlesque over time.

With a review from the Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting that calls it "initially pleasant but ultimately sordid," maybe it's better for me to root for the movie, no matter how potentially lame it still looks to me! (They also point out that the film is morally offensive for having a "benign view of premarital sex and homosexuality" and its "possible acceptance of abortion, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, fleeting rear nudity, often suggestive and briefly obscene dancing, several uses of profanity and one rough and some crude and crass terms.")

Nov 29 2010
Hurlesque Comments (32)

Burlesque broke a leg in the bad way over the holiday weekend, making only $17 million since its highly publicized debut on Thanksgiving Day; for a film that cost over $55 million (and one whose daily attendance figures are sinking), that's the equivalent of getting the hook.

Meanwhile, Nikki Finke mrows that its director and the studio head who inexplicably greenlighted it broke up after 20 years of togetherness over disagreements while making the film.

I suppose the movie could have made even less money and been even more disastrous. Did any of you see it? I'm 100% certain it will get Netflix money from my household.

Nov 12 2010
Shooting From The Hips Comments (10)

Cher gave a hilarious interview to David Letterman last night. He deserves some of the credit for presenting her with a list of men she's rumored to have bedded, eliciting responses from her that ranged from "yes" to "once" to "noooo!", but giving candid, funny, earthy interviews is in my opinion what Cher does best. She also talks about her son Chaz's transition and her, er, eagerly anticipated film Burlesque (the lips and cheeks look painful! There, I said it!)...after the jump...

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Jul 02 2010
All About Steve Comments (14)


Wigstock has a sequel?

I'm not a huge Cher or Christina Aguilera fan, so I'm not sure what to make of Burlesque. The synopsis leaves plenty of room for doubt: 


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I don't know...it all sounds like Glitter meets Showgirls meets a Very Special Episode of Will & Grace (hence Cher).


Renée Zellweger looks like herself again!

SafariScreenSnapz001 But I just realized this is written and directed by Steven (né Steve) Antin (pictured), who was one of the most memorable on-screen snarky assholes of the '80s. He was always playing a pompous little jerk, which culminated with his appearance in The Accused (I believe he's buds with Jodie Foster) as one of the rapists; he was the one who the older guy kept egging on with chants of "do it, frat boy" or something similar.


Wow, Cher looks great!



Steveantin So forget about rooting for Ali aka Christina; the real success story—should Burlesque's November 24 release wind up foretelling serious awards consideration or should its b.o. be anything but stinky—would be in seeing still-cute Antin go from being pretend poisonous twink to for-real acclaimed (and out) writer/director.


Burlesque's director was its most interesting casting decision

So now I'm interested. More new Burlesque stills from Screen Gems after the jump...

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