6 items from 2015
The awards fete and unite dancers and teachers to benefit Dancers Against Cancer and Circle of Hope Dance Foundation.
“West Side Story” actress Rita Moreno will receive a lifetime achievement award, presented by recent addition to the “So You Think You Can Dance” judging panel, Paula Abdul. Choreographers Mia Michaels and Vincent Paterson earned the innovator and dance icon awards respectively, and “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba will be presented with the role model award. Nigel Lythgoe will return as a presenter.
Other honorees include dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood who will take home the new media influence award, breakthrough performer Vanessa Hudgens for her work on Broadway in “Gigi” and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, who will receive the trailblazer award. »
- Seth Kelley
Tatum is one of several – white, male – actors parlaying their everyman charm into big-budget success (see also: Chris Evans and Chris Pratt). But isn’t it time the white male-dominated industry made room for all actors to do the same?
In 2006, Channing Tatum starred as Duke in She’s the Man, a movie based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In it, he played a soccer star who falls for Amanda Bynes’ character, Viola, who’s masquerading as her brother so she can play soccer. It’s funny, it’s smart, and it’s a pretty interesting teen film. (Especially since it depicts the fluidity of gender in a relatively mature way.)
That same year Tatum also starred in Step Up, and in 2008 he made a cameo in Step Up 2: The Streets, proving his can-do, up-for-anything attitude – mainly because we all know nobody from original dance movies tends to show up for lower-budgeted sequels, »
- Anne T Donahue
A dance drama that features 62 dancers from London, Paris and New York, “High Strung” stars Jane Seymour and introduces Keenan Kampa (the first and only American dancer at Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet) and Nicholas Galitzine (“The Beat Beneath My Feet”).
“High Strung”is written by Janeen and Michael Damian, who produced under their Riviera Films banner. Michael Damian directed. Dave Scott (“Step Up 2: The Streets,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) oversaw the choreography.
In “High Strung,” a girl from the Midwest (Kampa), who has had a disciplined classical music education, and Johnnie (Galitzine), a laid-back, improvisational British street musician, are thrown together and have to prepare for a competition that could change their lives. »
- John Hopewell
Ok so maybe I’m a sucker for films based on 80s pop culture properties, but not even I ever expected a Hollywood live-action remake of an Eighties cartoon primarily aimed at girls (although confession time, yes I did used to watch the show on Saturday mornings!). However with director Jon M. Chu at the helm I’m sure this new version of Jem and the Holograms will be a hit – after all, this is the man who directed my favourite “guilty pleasure” Step Up 2: The Streets And the fantastic G.I. Joe sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that »
- Phil Wheat
Director Jon M. Chu has been dancing back and forth between action adventures and music-infused dance films. On one side, the filmmaker has been at the helm of sequels like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the forthcoming Now You See Me: The Second Act. And on the other, he’s directed both Step Up 2: The Streets […]
- Ethan Anderton
Want to feel like a real sexy manly man? Then dash on a few droplets of Diddy's new cologne 3Am, and you, too, can have sex with Cassie, aka Sophie Donovan from Step Up 2: The Streets, in various positions. But if you think this is just about having raw, animalistic sex, you would be incorrect! “That whole interaction has nothing to do with sex as much as it has to do with love," Diddy told Style.com. "My concept is that love is the new sexy.” Sure, guy. Nsfw, unless you work at a cologne ad agency and/or sextape studio. »
- E. Alex Jung
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