Exclusive: Who Do You Love Movie Poster

Opening on April 6, in limited release, is director Jerry ZaksWho Do You Love. The movie is the story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, the label that helped popularize Blues music during the 1950s and ’60s.

To help promote the film, we’ve been given the poster to premiere, so hit the jump to check it out. We’ve also posted the full synopsis and cast list.

Who Do You Love” is a great snapshot of the era in which the music that was to become the foundation of Rock & Roll was created. The music, the cars, the clothes, and the many amazing characters of my childhood are brought to life in this film, which also gives a taste of the many roads travelled by my family to make Chess Records one of the greatest record labels of all time.”

Marshall Chess

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Friday, Feb. 27

"Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" is an all-too-conventional romantic drama with hot Latin music and dance, which Lions Gate and Miramax Films are enterprising enough to release with the "Dirty Dancing" imprint. The film bears no relationship to the 1987 hit film other than the resemblance of the sultry salsa dancing in 1958 Cuba to that film's American dirty dancing in the 1960s. Given the ingredients thrown into the mix here -- interracial romance, the Cuban Revolution, clashes of culture, the fusing of different '50s dance styles and the social ferment on the Havana streets -- it's disappointing the film is so sketchy and underdeveloped. The filmmakers may have sold their story short.

Diego Luna, the young star of "Y Tu Mama Tambien", demonstrates again that he has the makings of an international star while Romola Garai, who previously starred in "I Capture the Castle", brings freshness and vivacity to the role of a bookish high school student who discovers life and love Cuban-style on the eve of Castro's Revolution. With a hot soundtrack of Afro-Cuban and Latin music and a range of dance styles from choreographer JoAnn Jansen, director Guy Ferland pretty much delivers on the promise of "dirty dancing." But the film fritters away its dramatic punch with unrealized characters and a lackluster ending. Consequently, boxoffice prospects are only fair.

Katey Miller (Garai), 18, reluctantly moves with her parents and kid sister to Havana in 1958 when her dad gets a job there with Ford. Suddenly installed in a suite at a luxury hotel, Katey is expected to hang out with the country club set, which is definitely not her scene.

Her parents, Jeannie (an unusually stiff Sela Ward) and Bert (John Slattery), are former professional dancers, who gave that up to pursue the more middle-class goals of business exec and housewife. Two young men take an immediate shine to Katey. James (Jonathan Jackson), the son of her dad's boss, eagerly invites her to a country club dance. But it is Javier Luna), a hotel waiter, who catches Katey's eye.

Javier introduces her to a style of sexy dancing unlike anything she has ever seen before. Intrigued, she suggests they team up to win a dance contest by combining the structure of ballroom dance with the sensuality of the local dance. Since Javier has been fired for consorting with a hotel guest -- namely, Katey -- he agrees, to the disgust of older brother Carlos (Rene Lavan), a car thief and committed Castro-ite.

Then Patrick Swayze of the original "Dirty Dancing" turns up as a hotel dance instructor, who encourages Katey but takes no real role in developing her dance or choreography. Like so many of the movie's characters, he floats on the periphery of the story without contributing much to the complexity of the portrait of pre-Revolution Havana.

The Puerto Rican cities of San Juan and Ponce make a convincing old Havana. The soundtrack neatly mixes Latin beats with the high energy rock of that era. The costumes, too, are eye-catching especially the colors and styles in steamy club scenes.


Lions Gate Films

Lions Gate Films and Miramax Films


Director: Guy Ferland

Screenwriters: Boaz Yakin, Victoria Arch

Story by: Kate Gunzinger, Peter Sagal

Producers: Lawrence Bender, Sarah Green

Executive producers: Bob Osher, Meryl Poster, Jennifer Berman, Amir Malin, Rachel Cohen

Director of photography: Anthony Richmond

Production designer: Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski

Music: Heitor Pererira

Choreography: JoAnn Jansen

Costume designer: Isis Mussenden

Editors: Scott Richter, Luis Colina


Juvier Suarez: Diego Luna

Katey Miller: Romola Garai

Jeannie Miller: Sela Ward

Bert Miller: John Slattery

James Phelps: Jonathan Jackson

Eve: January Jones

Susie Miller: Mika Boorem

Dance instructor: Patrick Swayze

Running time -- 86 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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