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Saigon Electric opens with a young man breaking in a shallow puddle. As he goes into some downrock moves it is undoubtedly an impressive display of both b-boy skills and photography. It is one of many flourishes of impressive dancing and filmmaking that dot an otherwise standard dance film that plays to type and offers little more than a cultural interpretation of popular American dance films like the Step Up series and You Got Served.The story of Saigon Electric is the very familiar theme of the girl who moves from the countryside to pursue her dream. Mai is sweet but naive. She has no formal training in dance, her mom taught her traditional ribbon dancing, and her insecurities get the better of her and her first audition »
D.E.B.S. was actually made twice. First as a short starring Tammy Lynn Michaels, and later as a feature length film with a larger budget and distribution. The latter version came out in 2004 and was just as gay — if not gayer — than the original.
So what happened to the ladies of the feature film D.E.B.S.?
Sara Foster as good girl Amy
D.E.B.S. was Sara's first feature film, and she was its star. Since then, she's had a few minor roles on TV shows and movies (Psych:9, Demoted) but most recently she's appeared in the recurring role of Jen Clark on 90210. She is often photographed watching the matches of her boyfriend, professional German tennis player Tommy Haas.
Jordana Brewster as bad girl Lucy
Jordana went on to star in Anapolis and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning before getting the role of Mia Torreto in Fast & The Furious, which turned into the »
- Trish Bendix
Steel punched up an estimated $16.3 million this weekend, marking a healthy 40 percent drop from its $27.3 million debut. As evidenced by the film’s impressive 64 percent boost on Saturday, it appears that Real Steel is playing as an outright family affair, and that sort of appeal will help it achieve small drops in the coming weeks. Still, the $110 million Dreamworks film, which is being distributed by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, has a very »
- Grady Smith
Director Craig Brewer has two critical hits to his name. Both Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan were exceptional works from a natural talent. Now, Brewer has taken on the challenge of remaking an 80s classic with Footloose, but the real challenge for him has been one of marketing a fantastic work that people are too ready to dismiss as a blasphemy without having even seen it. In fact, Brewer is perhaps the world's biggest fan of the 1984 movie that made Kevin Bacon a star. He has taken the film on the road, touring cities around the Us and stopped in Austin a couple of weeks before Fantastic Fest to present the movie along with star Kenny Wormald. (see photos here)
Brewer has realized an updated yet timeless version of the story about a city boy who brings dance back to a small town paralyzed with grief. Fans of the »
- Mike Saulters
Kenny Wormald is getting his first big leading role by recreating the character Ren MacCormack in Footloose. He's previously been featured in the MTV series Dancelife and films like Center Stage: Turn It Up and You Got Served. The remake opens up today in theaters, but not many know much more of the up and comer.
We Want More Though.
Well, not really. It is intriguing though to know who's portraying Kevin Bacon's iconic role for no reason.
Here's some other trivia about the actor:
- He's from Bahston, Massachusetts and was born in 1984.
- Stephanie Webber
Some days you just have to take a step back, look around you, and – if no one is watching, in my case – cut loose. At least that’s what Paramount is hoping audiences will want to do this weekend, as their Footloose remake hits theaters far and wide. It’s going to have an uphill dance, though, as another revisit to an ’80s classic, this one a prequel, hits and those fighting robots are still out their lurking in the trash yards. Those robots won’t stomp the yard, though. That’ll be left to the teens from Bomont, Georgia. And maybe the creature in The Thing. You think it dances? You think anyone cares if it can dance while it’s taking over their body? Probably not. On with the Reject Report. Big Hitters Footloose was an $80m hit back in 1984. It came in 7th that year just behind Police Academy at $81.1m, but »
- Jeremy Kirk
One of the most effective truisms to show up in an underdog triumph film comes at the tail end of Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile. B-Rabbit (Eminem) having won a crucial rap battle, celebrates briefly and then grabs his clothes and goes to work – he understands that his hardscrabble existence won’t be uplifted entirely by his talent. It’s a smart ending that is seemingly avoided by many films in the genre – especially dance films, the population of which exploded after You Got Served landed impressive box office ($48 mil worldwide) given its absolute critical pounding. Now that we’ve seen (or hopefully avoided) the likes of Dance Movie, it’s clear that the tropes are familiar to one and all – including the makers of Go For It!, who manage to spin something watchable out of boilerplate material.
- Mark Zhuravsky
We're also looking forward to 'Three Musketeers,' 'In Time' and 'Like Crazy' this month.
By Kara Warner
Photo: Paramount Pictures
As we while away the remaining days of September, there is a lot more than Halloween candy to look forward to in the month of October. We're talking about October movies, of course, when studios begin unveiling their heavy-hitting award contenders, as well as a few fun, fall-themed crowd-pleasers. In order of their release dates, here are a few of the films we're most looking forward to seeing on the big screen in October:
"The Ides of March": Really, what's not to like about this movie? You have George Clooney as director and star, alongside 2011 "it" guy Ryan Gosling in a film about corruption in politics. It's timely, smart and in addition to featuring two handsome leading men, boasts »
If for some ungodly reason there were lingering doubts about whether or not Mister Rodgers is the absolute best, this .Gif of him popping and locking should pretty much seal it: Yessssssss! “You got Served, neighbor” – A Thing Mister Rogers would never actually say because he is the nicest man ever and unquestionably the best. Speaking of which, can the next “Step Up” movie be this .Gif in 3-D just repeated for an hour and a half? I think we can all unanimously agree that this is a reasonable and borderline necessary request. (Thanks for the heads up, @ryeisenberg!) »
- Dan Hopper
In advance of their upcoming feature film Freak Dance premiering at the Austin Film Festival Oct. 21-23, the Upright Citizens Brigade is holding the world.s first official .Air Grinding. contest. Videos must be uploaded to You Tube with the title format: “Freak Dance-Your Name” (e.g. “Freak Dance — Slick Rick”) and the link to your video must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information. All entries must be uploaded and emailed by 11:59pm on Friday October 7th, 2011 when the contest concludes.
The Ucb believe that there is no greater scourge to the youth of America than the so-called dancing known as .grinding. or .freak dancing.. In an effort to prove how ridiculous (or even dangerous) this dance can be, the Ucb are asking contest participants to show the opposite sex how they look when they are freaking.
Contestants must be 18 or older »
- Melissa Howland
Filed under: Movie News, Video
Do you find yourself challenging complete strangers to 'You Got Served'-styled dance-offs? Do you break into disco moves any time you hear 'Saturday Night Fever'? Well, then we have found the perfect video for you.
Courtesy of Empire, here is a YouTube clip featuring the 100 greatest dance scenes in movie history. Yes, this may be the first and only mashup to ever include both 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'Step Up' but that only makes it more entertaining, not less.
You can check out all the toe-tapping fun in the video below, along with a full list of the films used.
Continue Reading »
- Alex Suskind
8:00 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 8:00 CSI: Miami (repeat) 9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (repeat) 10:00 48 Hours Mystery (new) 8:00 Cops (repeat) 8:30 Cops (repeat) 9:00 Family Guy (repeat) 9:30 Cleveland Show (repeat) 11:00 Fringe (repeat) 8:00 Who Is Simon Miller? (new) 10:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeat) 11:30 Saturday Night Live (repeat, with guests Ed Helms and Paul Simon) More to watch when you read more 9:00 The Princess Diaries 11:00 Step Up 2: The Streets 9:00 50 First Dates 11:00 Michael Ian Black: Very Famous (new) 10:30 House of Wax 9:00 The Notebook 8:00 17 Again 10:00 Drillbit Taylor 8:00 War of the Worlds 9:00 You Got Served 10:00 The Client »
8:00 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 9:00 NCIS (repeat) 10:00 48 Hours Mystery (new) 8:00 Cops (repeat) 8:30 Cops (repeat) 9:00 Family Guy (repeat) 9:30 Cleveland Show (repeat) 8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (repeat) 9:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (repeat) 10:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeat) 11:30 Saturday Night Live (repeat, with guests Amy Poehler and Katy Perry) More to watch when you read more. 8:00 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 11:00 Meet the Parents 8:00 The Shawshank Redemption 9:00 Elf 9:00 Year One 11:00 Beer Fest 8:00 You Got Served 9:00 Men in Black II 8:20 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 8:30 Ferris Bueller's Day Off 9:30 Romancing the Stone »
Though the 2004 film was never that impressive, You Got Served deserves the credit for making its title a catchphrase for shaming others. It’s since become something of a pop culture joke, but the franchise lives on seven years later in You Got Served: Beat the World. Though the direction, camera work, and acting could use a bit of work, there’s no denying that You Got Served: Beat the World has succeeded in the one area its audience cares about: dancing. Adding a little twist of parkour to the routines, the film offers some visually stunning sequences whose only detractors are the director’s inability to afford the dancers enough distance to capture their moves in a comprehensible fashion and the laughably bad actors working off a third-rate script.
- Lex Walker
The follow up to Universal’s film dance sensation, Honey 2 follows the spirited 17-year-old, street dancer Maria Bennett. After a brush with the law, Maria has returned to her gritty Bronx roots to rebuild her life with nothing but a talent for street dance and a burning ambition to prove herself.
To celebrate the release of Honey 2 in cinemas June 10th here are our Top 10 teen dance flicks:
10. Stomp The Yard
Depicting the conflict between two rival fraternities at a predominantly black American University and a promising dancer struggling to escape his troubled past, Stomp the Yard featured the debut big screen performances of some notable music stars, including Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. A day in the life at Kings College, Oxford, it isn’t.
9. Street Dance 3D
One of the only British teen dance films, Street Dance 3D was a commercial and critical success. Featuring some of »
Last week, I announced that this was definitely a go, with a summer shoot date scheduled. Read that post Here if you missed it. In it, producer Will Packer said that the details of the production, including its cast, will be announced tomorrow, during Steve Harvey’s radio show, so we’ll be listening for that.
In the meantime, I just received the below press release, announcing a competition search for 3 walk-on parts in the film that you, yes, You, can might qualify for.
The gist of it: They’re searching for 1 man and 1 woman, between 18 and 50 years old; to apply, you’re asked to videotape yourself essentially auditioning, using a script side that they provide. You’ll also have to upload a headshot, and a description of past credits, if you have any.
The site where you go to apply is www.FaceOfTheFan.com.
The deadline is May 13th. »
BrandChannel.com is a site that lists all product placement found within #1 studio feature films, going back to 2001.
Something to pay attention to next time you sit down to watch a movie, and to later discuss, when you and your pals go to Starbucks afterward and order cappuccinos, oblivious of the fact that you might be doing so because a character in the movie you just saw was drinking one
For example… Limitless, last week’s number 1 movie, featured brands that include: adidas, Apple, At&T, Bentley, BlackBerry, Bloomberg, Dell, Google, Ibm, Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Maserati, Mercedes, New York Post, Percocet, Red Bull, Smartwater, St. Regis Hotel, Trump, and Two Men and a Truck.
Several “high end” brands there. I haven’t seen the film however. But since you’re technically supposed to be able to tell who the target audience of the film is, by looking at the brands featured in the film, »
South by Southwest has come to an end, and now my list of “must see movies” has expanded to include ten more films. At the top of that list is one of the most buzzed about films from the festival titled The Fp. The movie is a sort of mash-up of The Wizard, The Warriors, You Got Served, Mad Max and the popular video game Dance Dance Revolution. In other words it looks awesome!
Here’s a synopsis of the film:
Accompanied by his brother Jtro, Beat-Beat Revelation champion Btro must compete for the pride of their hometown, Frazier Park (The Fp). His opponent: ruthless fighter and trash talker, L Dubba E. L Dub not only defeats Btro, he sends him to an early grave. L Dub’s instant climb to power has forced The Fp to fall into disarray. Crazed with anger, Jtro vows revenge. After a crash course »
One of the films getting some positive buzz out of SXSW is the goofy-looking The Fp. The film played as part of the SXFantastic lineup (1 of 5 midnight films programmed by Fantastic Fest). The definitely Nsfw trailer makes the movie look like a must-see mash-up of Rocky, The Warriors, You Got Served, and the popular video game Dance Dance Revolution. I don't know what to make of this film, but people I trust who saw it at SXSW dug it. Hopefully it will get picked up for distribution soon so I can see this madness. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Trailer via AICN. The Fp - Trailer from Trost Bros. on Vimeo. --- »
- Matt Goldberg
Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2163.
Arthur Rated PG-13 For alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references. Release Date: April 8, 2011 Cannon For Cordoba Rated PG-13 For violence and sexual content. Note: Re-rate. Previous "Gp" Rating, Bulletin No. 71 (4/6/70), Voided. Chawz Rated R For some creature violence and brief language. Escapee Rated R For violence and a brief sexual reference. Holiday Baggage Rated PG For thematic elements, language and brief smoking. House Of Fallen Rated R For violence and some language. Ice Quake Rated PG For disaster action and peril, and some mild language. Jackass 3.5 Rated R For crude and dangerous stunts, sexual content and language. Note: Edited Version. Content Is Different From "R" Rated Version, Bulletin No. 2140 (9/29/10). The King's Speech (Rated PG-13) Rated PG-13 For language. Note: Re-rate. Film Edited. Previous PG-13 Rated Version, Bulletin No. 2161 (3/2/11). Voided. Only This Edited Version Is Rated. Kung Fu Panda 2 »
- Brad Brevet
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