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Costume designer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Michael Kaplan, talks us through his choices and intentions for clothing in the film. Prepare to be disappointed if you want Tom Cruise’s blue silk suit worn in Dubai; it was custom made by Mr. Kaplan himself. At least Cruise’s Persol sunglasses are available to buy, however.
Michael Kaplan is a powerhouse force in costume design. He is guaranteed to have worked on at least one Hollywood movie you fondly remember from the last twenty years or so. If in doubt consider he designed Samuel L. Jackson’s pimp ensembles for The Long Kiss Good Night (1996) and Randy Quaid’s bad taste brilliance as Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). All of those beauteous stage outfits you saw in Burlesque? »
- Chris Laverty
Or, more importantly, is "Flashdance" ready for Broadway? The stage adaptation of the sexy '80s flick sunk in London, but it's headed to the Great White Way next fall after a considerable makeover.
The movie was directed by Adrian Lyne, who has quite a number of steamy films under his belt, like "Nine ½ Weeks," "Fatal Attraction," "Indecent Proposal" and "Lolita," while the script was written by Thomas Hedley Jr. and Joe Eszterhas, who is responsible for "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls," among other things. It's rated R all the way, and while the London stage production sounds like it didn't shy away from the more adult aspects of the story, it didn't quite work either.
The producers are rejiggering it so it's less about arc welding and stripping and more about the love story between the two leads, Alex and Nick. The movie was more about Alex (played by »
- Jenni Miller
Castle and Fillion Get a Visits from CIA Beals
You know her from Flashdance. You know her from Lie to Me. Get ready to see her in a whole new light as she circles Castle. We are talking about actress Jennifer Beals and her provocative upcoming guest role on the popular crime series.
Beals, who is also Teresa Colvin on The Chicago Code, is mixing it up with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic on the set of their series. TV Guide reports Beals will get extra comfy with the crew. She’s scheduled to act in a two-episode arc for the ABC drama. The pair of episodes will air this coming February. Wait until you hear who the lovely lady is playing.
Sophia Conrad is a very in control, very sharp and sultry CIA agent. Believe it or not, the character to be acted by Beals has got prior history with Mr. »
- Sasha Nova
Law enforcement must've struck a chord with Jennifer Beals, because the "Chicago Code" vet has signed on for a two-episode arc as a CIA operative on ABC's "Castle."
According to TV Guide, the "Flashdance" star will appear as Sophia Conrad, a woman from Castle's past, as she helps Castle and Beckett search for a rogue CIA agent-turned-suspect in Castle and Beckett's latest murder case.
Obviously, things will get complicated once we learn that Sophia and Rick have history together. Could this be yet another hiccup preventing our favorite author/detective team from getting together? We'll have to wait until February sweeps, when the episodes is scheduled to air, to find out.
"Castle" returns from the holiday hiatus on Monday, Jan. 9. »
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Flashdance and The Chicago Code star Jennifer Beals will join the cast of the ABC drama for a two-episode arc during February sweeps, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. She will play Sophia Conrad, a smart, commanding and sexy CIA operative.
Sophia joins Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) in the search for a fellow CIA agent who has gone rogue and is now the key suspect in Castle and Beckett's murder case. But Beckett soon becomes distracted by the fact that Castle and Sophia have quite a complicated history...
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- Adam Bryant
If Elizabeth Banks took a day off in the last year, we’re not aware of it. In the past 12 months, she’s wrapped the first installment of The Hunger Games (love the accent, Effie), shot a movie with the blue guy from Avatar (the Sam Worthington-starring Man on a Ledge), and snuck in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Speaking of which, she also had a baby. Now she’s hiding out in Baton Rouge, where she’s going behind-the-scenes, producing Pitch Perfect*, a big-screen comedy about, of all things, competitive collegiate a cappella groups, along with her husband, »
- Mickey Rapkin
Jersey Shore star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi has thrown her support behind X Factor USA contestant Drew Ryniewicz. Ryniewicz, who is being mentored by Simon Cowell, took to the stage for her first live performance on Tuesday night, performing a rendition of 'What A Feeling' by Irene Cara from Flashdance. Writing on her Twitter account, reality star Snooki said: "Omg Drew i cant. she legit makes me cry everytime Simon Cowell: 'Snooki and I are similar people'
> Simon Cowell: 'Jersey Shore is genius' Rynewicz wowed the judges during her initial audition with a soulful reworking of Bieber's hit track 'Baby', and recently said that she would love to team up with the teenager. In a video posted on the official X Factor website she was asked (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Honestly, a lot of the acts were good but this was our favorite by a mile. It was tender and heart-wrenching. Drew sounds so much beyond her 14 years and we are hoping to download this. She reminds us a lot of Brooke White, which is a huge compliment coming from us.
What did you think, "X Factor" fans? Was she one of your favorites? Can you believe how young the girls all are? »
Alexandre Desplat has been named film composer of the year at the World Soundtrack Awards 2011.
He has now won the top trophy for three years in a row.
Prior to that, he worked on films such as The King's Speech, for which he won a BAFTA (pictured right).
Best Original Song Written for Film was announced as Randy Newman's We Belong Together from Toy Story 3; Alex Heffes received the Discovery of the Year Award for The First Grader and The Rite; the Public Choice Award went to A.R. Rahman for the movie 127 Hours; and the Sabam Award for Best Young »
- David Bentley
Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis is a 1984 edition of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 science fiction epic Metropolis supervised by Academy Award-winning composer Moroder (Midnight Express, Flashdance) that made some some notable noise when it was issued theatrically back in the Eighties.
Working in collaboration with film archives around the world, Moroder supervised a special reconstruction of the silent movie featuring color tinting, fewer inter-titles, newly restored footage and a lively new score punctuated with Eighties-era pop songs by such artists as Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler and Loverboy.
Rather than substitute the digitally enhanced footage from one of the restorations that have occurred in the 27 years since the release of Moroder’s effort (restorations that can be seen in editions of Metropolis that Kino has issued prior to this release), Kino has chosen to present the film exactly as »
The top 10 groups on The Sing-Off will perform their favorite guilty pleasure tracks on tonight’s show (airing on NBC at 8pm). Here’s a sneak peek at the set list.
Yellowjackets: “Wannabe,” Spice Girls
North Shore: “Power of Love,” Huey Lewis & the News
Dartmouth Aires: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
Afro-Blue: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston
Pentatonix: “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Buggles
Deltones: “Listen to Your Heart,” Roxette
Urban Method: “Poison,” Bell Biv Devoe
Vocal Point: “Footloose, »
- Dave Karger
With the release of the remake "Footloose," we take a look back at 15 of the jazziest, coolest, hottest and smoothest dance movies ever released. Let's hit the dance floor!
15 All-Time Best Dance Movies"Dirty Dancing" (1987)
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner!" Spending the summer in the 1960s Catskills with her family, Baby (Jennifer Grey) learns a thing or two about dirty dancing and falls for the resort's dashing dancing teacher (Patrick Swayze).
"Strictly Ballroom" (1992)
Beyoncé has unveiled the music video for her single 'Countdown'. The video debuted on MTV in the Us and the entertainer's official website on Thursday night. Beyoncé offers a nod to Audrey Hepburn in the '60s-inspired clip, appearing in a series of pop-art and op-art inspired outfits. She teams a large black and white striped hat with a variety of brightly coloured leotards, and is also seen with a hairdo similar to that of Holly Golightly, Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's. A later scene bears some parallels to Alex Owens's (Jennifer Beals) audition scene in the original Flashdance movie as the singer performs an energetic dance routine in a large studio space. 'Countdown' is the third single from the multi-million-selling album 4, following 'Run the World (Girls)' and 'Best (more) »
- By Tara Fowler
Los Angeles - Mel Gibson is trying to put his past behind him. The action-movie actor and director, who has made past headlines with anti-Semitic rants, is to direct a movie based on the story of the ancient Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, who led a revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that conquered Judea in the second century BC and is commemorated in the festival of Hanukkah. According to trade website Deadline.com, Gibson has teamed with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct, Flashdance) to write the script for the yet-untitled drama, which will be made by Warner Bros. There was no indication of whether Gibson plans to star in the film or where the movie will be shot. Gibson had reportedly »
Mel Gibson will develop a film with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for Warner Bros. on Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.According to Variety, Gibson will produce through his Icon Productions shingle and has an option to direct and star in the film if he chooses.Eszterhas, who will write the script, is the screenwriter behind such sexually charged films as "Basic Instinct," "Flashdance" and "Showgirls" as well as the dramatic thrillers "Music Box" and "Betrayed."Maccabee was one of the legendary Jewish warriors who, along with his father and four brothers, led a revolt against the Greek-Syrian Seleucid Empire and King Antiochus IV, who had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. and had outlawed Jewish religious practices.The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabees »
- Adnan Tezer
Someone call Alanis Morissette and find out if this is officially ironic. Deadline Hollywood has the scoop that Mel Gibson will be collaborating with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Flashdance") on a Warner Bros. drama about the heroic exploits of Judah Maccabee, a legendary Jewish warrior.
The subject matter is of particular interest considering both Gibson and Eszterhas' checkered past in relation to Jewish culture. Gibson was crucified (pun intended) for his 2006 anti-Semitic rant following his arrest for drunk driving. Eszterhas has his own baggage to contend with; his 1989 film "Music Box" was chastised by the Hungarian Parliament for exploring the massacre of Jewish Hungarians at the end of World War II.
Judah Maccabee, along with his father and four brothers, led a revolt against the conquering armies of Greece and Syria in the second century B.C. Speaking of days of yore, both Gibson and Eszterhas were once among »
Well, this is your “holy shit” news item for the week. Mel “Sugar Tits” Gibson is teaming up with Showgirls scribe Joe Eszterhas on an untitled drama that will tell the story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. Yes, really. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has set Eszterhas to write the script, and Gibson will be collaborating with him. The Passion of the Christ director will definitely be producing the film, and has the first option to direct if he so chooses. Maccabee is one of the greatest Jewish warriors in history, as he led a revolt against the Seleucid Empire around 167 Bce in Judea. Gibson recently starred in Jodie Foster’s well-received The Beaver, but the film was still overshadowed by the actor’s personal woes. After being absent from Hollywood for a number of years, Eszterhas is set to return with the sexual thriller Lust. The screenwriter of Basic Instinct »
- Adam Chitwood
Mel Gibson will team with Joe Eszterhas for a biopic of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, Deadline reports. The pair will team for the screenplay and Gibson will possibly direct as well. Maccabee was the leader of a revolt that began in 167 BC and, after years of fighting, successfully drove his enemies from Jerusalem. It is for that effort that Hanukkah is observed in the Jewish religion. Gibson recently appeared in The Beaver and hasn't directed since 2006's Apocalypto , his follow-up to the The Passion of The Christ , which also dealt with a significant religious figure. Eszterhas, meanwhile, is best known for screenplays like Basic Instinct , Sliver and Flashdance . (Photo Credit: Ian Wilson / WENN.com) »
We reported back in April that screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who famously penned Basic Instinct, Flashdance and Showgirls, was returning to Hollywood with a new sexual thriller entitled Lust. Now Variety reports that Hype Williams will be taking the helm. Williams is most famous for directing music videos, but he made his feature debut with 1998’s Belly. Lust tells the story of a 30-year-old man who marries an older Miami magazine publisher. The wife is seduced by a younger playboy, who videotapes the two having sex which threatens to destroy the wife’s life. Not much else is known, but it's described as Basic Instinct in reverse. Judging from Eszterhas' previous material, and the logline for Lust, we're probably in for some borderline uncomfortable sex-scenes. Jack Olsen rewrote some scenes set in New York and Miami, and the film is said to have a big music-centric piece that will most likely »
- Adam Chitwood
"Annette had recently had difficulty breathing and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumor in one of her lungs," Charles' family member revealed to TMZ. Doctors had learned about her serious condition only a few months ago, and »
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