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The concept hardly sounds like a hit: a dance contest for unknowns often doing unusual dances. Yet Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," which launches its 10th season Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14 and 15, continues to tap into what eludes other dance shows: the purity of the art.
"There is no question they have not seen it all before," Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge, tells Zap2it. "That is the joy of seeing dance develop. I do believe every season these kids get better and better. The one thing dancers have [over singers] is if you are tone-deaf, you still sound as bad as you did three or four years ago. If you are a dancer and train hard for three or four years, there is improvement."
"Everyone says, 'How are you going to tweak it?' " Lythgoe says. "The only way I would tweak it is possibly moving results to »
So You Think You Can Dance returns tonight, and what can I say? You’d have to be out of your mind to dislike this show. It’s filled with amazing talent that changes wildly from year to year, and the show’s celebration of dance culture is — for a Fox show going into its tenth season — alarmingly cool.
Today let’s psych ourselves for the new season with a quick lesson in the show’s best perks. Here are the five best things about So You Think You Can Dance.
5. The weirdo auditioners aren’t trainwrecks (usually).
Unlike American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance routinely offers up strange auditioners who, while perhaps not versatile enough for the Top 10, are interesting enough that we don’t pity their bizarreness. In fact, it’s the unconventional dancers who make Sytycd something of an educational experience. Take for instance Princess Lockeroo, »
- Louis Virtel
Angelina Jolie revealed to The New York Times that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy back in April after she learned that she was at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Now, Hollywood is standing behind the 37-year-old mother-of-six, with everyone from Giuliana Rancic to Elizabeth Banks speaking out in support of Jolie.
Having lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to breast cancer and knowing the pain of such a loss, Jolie said she did not want her kids to ever have to suffer like she did. "My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was," Jolie writes in an op-ed piece.
Related: Kathy Bates Gets Double Mastectomy
"We often speak of mommy's mommy, and I »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch to be written by Steinbeck’s Point Of View scribe Brandon Camp, with Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot attached to produce. Pitch is described as a supernatural thriller in the spirit of Ghost. Matt Smith will executive produce and Universal execs Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee it. Camp separately is working with Offspring writing the musical The Dance for New Line. Camp recently sold the Nicholas Sparks’ pilot to TNT based on Sparks’ A Bend In The Road. He is also writing to direct Benji, a re-imagining of the ‘70s family classic for Walden Media. UTA reps Camp and Offspring. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
We're getting to know the Film Experience community with reader spotlights once or twice a week. This may take awhile! Today we're talking to Troy from Maryland.
What's your first movie memory?
My first movie memory is seeing Annie in the theater with my mother, aunt, and cousin. I recall being thoroughly drawn in as everyone's favorite redhead clings to Punjab for dear life toward the climax of the film. I also have a vivid recollection of viewing Pinocchio when it was re-released in the early 1980s. I guess that makes me one of your elder readers.
Aw, we have readers of all ages. It's just the younger readers seem way less shy. When did you start reading Tfe?
Oscar race 2001 after a link from Sasha Stone's site. As someone who was not a fan of A Beautiful Mind, I was impressed by your incisive dissection of the movie's glaring flaws. »
- NATHANIEL R
Kosinski's Mind-boggling Sci-Fier to Boast Cruise's Biggest Domestic Box-Office Debut Weekend Since 2006?: Tom Cruise is no longer the superstar he used to be -- well, in case you believe the United States and Canada represent the whole world. (More information on Cruise's international b.o. allure further down.) Since J.J. Abrams' thriller Mission: Impossible III back in '06, only one Cruise movie in wide release has opened with more than $25 million at the North American box office: Brad Bird's fourquel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which brought in $29.55 million on its second weekend (and first in wide release) on Christmas weekend 2011. This weekend (April 19-21), Cruise returns to American and Canadian screens with Joseph Kosinski's "original" sci-fier Oblivion; initial (Friday) results have surpassed studio predictions and, for that matter, the predictions of most pundits. (Pictured above: Cruise in the box-office hit sci-fier Oblivion.) As per estimates »
- Zac Gille
It was a night of terrible kitchen mishaps for both teams on "Hell's Kitchen." That's not a good way to minimize the Gordon Ramsay yelling. And he certainly had plenty to yell about this week. On the women's side, they were cooking for director Adam Shankman. Susan dropped the ball on that one when she literally dropped the lamb.
I can’t believe you dropped the damn lamb for the VIP table. Bitch, you better get your sh*t together quick, homegirl!" Nedra always says it straight.
Things didn't go much better for the men. As Chef Ramsay put it, they tried to serve a table of "glamorous old ladies" fish with the parchment paper baked on. Buddy TV summed it up by calling the night a total fail for both teams. SheKnows was a little more optimistic, pointing out that at least both teams realized the mistakes before they left the kitchen. »
- Jason Hughes
Tuesday night brings us a new episode of Hell's Kitchen and the exciting conclusion to Chef Ramsay's possible four-person elimination cliffhanger. Mary, Nedra, Dan and Ray's fates are all on the line. Which one will be leaving, if any?
Asian Cuisine makes its way to Hell's Kitchen tonight after 11 seasons. This fortune cookie tells me that the VIP guests Adam Shankman of "Hairspray" fame and Rex Lee of "Entourage" are in for quite the show. »
MGM is in negotiations with Adam Shankman to direct The Machine, the action comedy starring Vin Diesel. The film was scripted by Night at the Museum scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Diesel is also producing the project.
It is a re-team for Shankman and Diesel, who previously worked together on The Pacifier.
In The Machine Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.
Do you think Vin Diesel and comedy are a good mix? »
- Lucas Lowman
Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried.
Diesel, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Two years ago, Vin Diesel signed on to star in "The Machine," an action comedy written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum). Now comes word that Adam Shankman has been hired to direct, which means he'll be re-teaming with Diesel after working together on "The Pacifier." In the new movie, Diesel will play a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world's first true ultimate weapon. Twenty years after the project was buried and decommissioned for reasons unknown, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government learns it has been reactivated, the Machine must protect the family harboring him. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Wanted) were recently brought on to provide a re-write. No word when filming is scheduled to begin. »
The last time that Vin Diesel, director Adam Shankman, and writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant teamed up the results were not pretty. I am, of course, referring to the 2005 family comedy The Pacifier, which featured the Fast & Furious 6 star playing a disgraced Navy Seal-turned babysitter. The film got crushed by critics, but actually wound up being a big box office hit, making over $100 million domestically on a $56 million budget. Still, you can excuse us from being excited about the group's next collaboration. According to Deadline, Shankman is now in talks with MGM to direct The Machine, a new family comedy that Lennon and Garant originally wrote (it has since been rewritten by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar) and that Diesel has been attached to since May of 2011. The plot description says the film is about a robot (Diesel) that was designed by the Pentagon to be the »
The story centers on a human-like robot (Vin Diesel) which the U.S. government created in hopes it would become the perfect weapon, although the project was ultimately buried. 20 years later, a young boy discovers the machine and reactivates it. When the government comes to shut The Machine down once and for all, the robot protects the family that took him in.
Deadline reports that Adam Shankman (Bringing Down The House, The Pacifier) is in talks with MGM to direct the action-comedy The Machine, scripted by Night at the Museum scribes and starring Vin Diesel.
Shankman and Diesel previously worked together on the 2005 film, The Pacifier.
The description for The Machine is described by Deadline:
Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him.
So if Diesel reteams with Shankman, it will be in an action-comedy inspired by The Terminator »
- Alex Corey
Adam Shankman is in talks to reteam with his The Pacifier star Vin Diesel for the action comedy The Machine. As we reported last July when Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) came on board to rewrite the script by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (The Pacifier), "the story centers on a human-like machine (Diesel) created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon. Twenty years after the project was buried and decommissioned for reasons unknown, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government learns it has been reactivated, the Machine must protect the family harboring him." Deadline also uses this synopsis in their report, so I assume Gough and Millar didn't make any radical changes. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make a terrible family film that's going to make a boatload of money. No one »
- Matt Goldberg
Exclusive: MGM is in talks with Adam Shankman to direct The Machine, the action comedy that will star Vin Diesel and was scripted by the Night At The Museum team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Diesel and his One Race Films banner is producing with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar did the most recent script draft. Shankman’s Offspring partner Jennifer Gibgot will be an exec producer. It is a reteam for Shankman and Diesel, who previously worked together on The Pacifier. Here, Diesel will star as a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon as the world’s first true ultimate weapon, before the project was decommissioned and buried. Two decades later, The Machine is discovered by a kid who befriends him. When the government discovers he has been reactivated, The Machine steps up to protect the family harboring him. UTA reps Shankman. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters died of natural causes in Montecito, California on Friday. He was 87 years old.Winters' career started in radio, and he was one of the first big television stars. One of his most beloved characters was Maude Frickert, a seemingly sweet old lady with a sharp tongue. He also played Mork and Mindy's son Mearth in the final season of the eponymous show.His humor and improv skills made him a popular guest on many shows, from "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Dean Martin Show," "Hee Haw," and "The Hollywood Squares."Winters' also voiced Papa Smurf in "The Smurfs" cartoon, and reprised the role in the recent movies.Stars took to twitter to pay their respects:Dick Van Dyke @iammrvandyThe first time I saw Jonathan Winters perform, I thought I might as well quit the business. Because, I could never be as brilliant.Dick Van Dyke »
- tooFab Staff
Anyone who has been waiting with baited breath for the reunion of The Pacifier director Adam Shankman with that hit family film's star Vin Diesel may finally get their wish, as it's being reported by Deadline that Shankman ( Hairspray , Rock of Ages ) is replacing Peter Segal ( Get Smart ) as the director of Diesel's action-comedy The Machine for MGM. Not to be confused with Caradog James' film The Machine , which is premiering at the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival next week, the movie has Diesel playing a "human-like machine" (i.e. a cyborg) created by the Pentagon as a weapon before being decommissioned and buried for twenty years. The Machine is then found by a kid who befriends him and he ends up having to protect the family once the government discovers »
Everybody prepare to get happy, because it looks like the team who made The Pacifier might be getting back together! No, wait… come back! It is true, however: MGM is talking to director Adam Shankman about taking over Vin Diesel family action comedy The Machine.Originally touted in 2011, the ‘80s-throwback-in-all-but-star finds Diesel as a humanoid robot developed as the ultimate weapon by the Us government. After the project was decommissioned, the Vin-bot was put into dusty storage for 20 years until accidentally reactivated by a young boy. The two become friends and Vin moves in with the family. But then the mean ol’ government decides that they need the weapon back and our hero must protect his new charges.Night At The Museum duo Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant dreamt up the concept and wrote the original script, which has since seen a polish from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. »
So You Think You Can Dance is boogying back to Fox in a big way this summer.
Season 10 of the network’s competition series is set to launch with a two-night event showcasing the audition rounds on both Tuesday, May 14 (8/7c) and Wednesday, May 15 (9 pm).
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Emmy nominee Cat Deeley will return to host, with Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy taking their traditional spots at the judges’ table. Guest judges this season, meanwhile, will include Minnie Driver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wayne Brady, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Adam Shankman.
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- Megan Masters
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