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TV Review: ‘Center Stage: On Pointe’

TV Review: ‘Center Stage: On Pointe’
The 2000 film “Center Stage” — the source material for “Center Stage: On Pointe,” which is itself the third film in what we are now forced to call the “Center Stage” universe — is, for what it is, modestly brilliant. Written by Carol Heikkinen, who also wrote cult classic “Empire Records,” and directed by Nicholas Hytner, a theater director of some acclaim, the original “Center Stage” is a slightly too-cerebral melodrama about the pressures of professional dance meeting the pressures of being a teenager. It did not do notably well at the box office, but — like “Empire Records” — “Center Stage” found an audience after its theatrical release, due to some combination of home video sales and TV airings of the relatively family-friendly film.

Because the film is so easy to watch — this is a nice way of saying “mediocre” — it invites repeat viewings, to the point that what happens ceases to matter at all. Instead
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Here's Your First Look at Lifetime's Center Stage Sequel (Yes, Peter Gallagher Is Back!)

Here's Your First Look at Lifetime's Center Stage Sequel (Yes, Peter Gallagher Is Back!)
Attention, lovers of early '00s cinematic classic Center Stage: This is not a drill! Lifetime has made another sequel to the seminal dance movie and E! News has your first look at the new production, Center Stage: On Pointe. Before you start to worry, take a breath: Yes, Peter Gallagher is back as American Ballet Academy boss Jonathan Reeves, Sascha Radetsky is back as dancer (and now choreographer) Charlie, and Ethan Stiefel is back as cocky dancer-turned-choreographer Cooper Nielson (you know—great choreographer, sucky boyfriend). Kenny Wormald and Nicole Munoz are also returning as their Center Stage: Turn It Up characters Tommy Anderson and Bella Parker, who were introduced in the 2008 made-for-tv...
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‘Dance Moms’ Alum Chloe Lukasiak Joins ‘Center Stage’ Threequel On Lifetime

The Center Stage dance crew is reuniting for a third installment of the franchise, along with new addition, Dance Moms alum Chloe Lukasiak. Production is underway in Vancouver, Canada on Center Stage: Dance Camp for a yet-to-be announced premiere date on Lifetime. Reprising their original roles from the Center Stage teen drama films are Peter Gallagher (Center Stage, Center Stage: Turn It Up, Law & Order Svu), Ethan Stiefel (Center Stage), Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Tur…
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‘Step Up All In’ Trailer: All-Star Dance Crew

Though many dance flicks from the 2000s have gotten the sequel treatment – Save the Last Dance 2 and Center Stage: Turn it Up, for example – the 2006 film Step Up was the only one to launch a franchise. Summit Entertainment’s commercially successful film series saw a minor dip in box office success with Step Up: Revolution, but the newest installment Step Up All In returns to dancing for the sake of art rather than political protest.

The first trailer for Step Up All In brings together stars from previous films to form the ultimate dance crew in order to compete in a Las Vegas battle and, along the way, the dancers learn there is more to life than winning.

After the events of Step Up: Revolution, the flash mob dance crew heads to La looking for success. However, when the dancers can’t seem to ...

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Starz Ballet Drama Eyes Green Light With Castings, Choreographer Hire

Starz Ballet Drama Eyes Green Light With Castings, Choreographer Hire
Exclusive: Starz is fast-tracking its ballet drama project, now titled Flesh And Bone. No formal green light yet, but the show, from executive producers Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown and John Melfi and creator/exec producer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad), has been actively casting, locking in four accomplished dancers for supporting roles. Additionally, Ethan Stiefel, star of the movies Center Stage and Center Stage: Turn It Up, has joined the project as consultant and choreographer. He is the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre from 1997-2012. Nationwide search for the lead role, Claire Robbins, continues, with more than 1,000 dancers already auditioned. Described as a dark and gritty exploration of the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world, Flesh And Bone follows a young ballet dancer, Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.
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The Top 15 Reality TV Stars in Movies

The big finale of "American Idol"'s 11th season is finally upon us this week, and we noticed that this year's two finalists look as cut out for the camera as they do for the stage (hello Phillip Phillips!).

It certainly doesn't hurt that so many "Idol" alums before them have successfully launched from the show's giant platform into the world of film.

In fact, there have been a lot of reality stars in general who've made a name in the movie scene. Here are our top 15.

15. Carrie Underwood, 'American Idol'

Credits: "Soul Surfer"

For "Idol" Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, five Grammys, dozens of other accolades, four successful albums, and pretty hair just wasn't enough. She first gave her thespian itch a scratch on the small screen in 2010 with guest stints on "Sesame Street" and "How I Met Your Mother" before going full-blown Hollywood for 2011's "Soul Surfer,
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Who's This 'Footloose' Guy Kenny Wormald And Who Is He Dating?

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:

- Was a dancer in Kevin Smith's Clerks II. Don't remember for the life of me how dancers were involved. I'm still scarred from that donkey show.

- He's from Bahston, Massachusetts and was born in 1984.

- He used to date Ashley Roberts from the Pussycat Dolls for three years.

- According to our records, he has Not stolen Julianne Hough away from Ryan Seacrest yet.
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Meet the Fine Young Cast of 'Footloose'

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Updating a classic can be treacherous, like building a strip mall on hallowed ground; but director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") avoided the dreaded "High School Musical" route for his remake of "Footloose."

Fans will be relieved to hear that two of the original songs made the cut. Some other adjustments include having four very different dance sequences, and demolition derby buses instead of tractors. Brewer also anchored the script by fleshing out a backstory in which five Bomont teens were tragically killed after a night of dancing and loud music.

But the best upgrade to "Footloose" is the casting of professional dancers in the two lead roles. Everybody loves '80s dance movies, but come on, back then it was super-obvious whenever they swapped Kevin Bacon or Jennifer Beals with their wig-wearing dance doubles.

Also Check Out: "Footloose" Then and Now

The film, opening this Friday, is already catching some major buzz.
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Next Factor: 'Footloose' Star Kenny Wormald

How many degrees away from Kevin Bacon are you if you play his character almost 30 years later? Kenny Wormald, who is kicking off his Sunday shoes as Ren McCormack in the remake of 1984's "Footloose," is about to find out. The new "Footloose" opens this Friday and costars Julianne Hough from "Dancing With the Stars," Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.

Age: 27 (the exact same age as the original "Footloose")

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

What He's Done: Wormald danced his way into Paramount's hearts through nerve-wracking open auditions. Before this, he starred in 2008's "Center Stage: Turn It Up," shook his groove thang in a number of music videos, and even toured with Justin Timberlake and the Pussycat Dolls as a backup dancer.

What He's Doing Now: Wormald's Ren is a big-city boy with little-city blues in Bomont, where no one is allowed to dance or listen to rock 'n' roll or have any fun ever,
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Footloose review

Footloose gets the remake treatment, and the end result really isn't too bad at all. Here's our review...

Oh, Mr Bacon. It’s been so long. But I remember. That red tuxedo… That yellow Volkswagen Beetle… That warehouse dance sequence. Because that’s how easy it is to fuel a lifelong obsession with Kevin, with his chiseled cheeks and wayward, fuzzy hair indicative of a lifetime spent sticking errant fingers in wayward sockets. What good is Footloose without that monumental fox of eighties funkiness? Can a fresh-faced imposter do justice to those Sunday shoes? Heck, is it worth his while even fastening his shoelaces?

Footloosers everywhere will be jumpy. As well as making Bacon a poster boy, the original movie delivered an iconic soundtrack stuffed with fist-pumping cheese, turning Kenny Loggins into a legend and inspiring impressionable teens to do strange things on living room carpets. Anyone who rooted for
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Footloose Movie Review

Footloose Movie Review
Title: Footloose (2011) Directed by: Craig Brewer (‘Hustle & Flow,’ ‘Black Snake Moan’) Starring: Kenny Wormald ‘(‘Center Stage: Turn It Up’), Julianne Hough (‘Burlesque,’ TV’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’) and Dennis Quaid Some films so perfectly capture the voice of a generation that even the mention of remaking it brings criticisms by loyal fans. ‘Footloose,’ which helped launch Kevin Bacon’s career when it was released in 1984, is one such movie. Teens were able to relate to Bacon’s rebellious character, Ren MacCormack, who tirelessly questioned the authority of the adults running his town. The new ‘Footloose’ remake, which was directed and co-written by Craig Brewer and is being released by...
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'Footloose,' 'Ides Of March' Lead October Movies

We're also looking forward to 'Three Musketeers,' 'In Time' and 'Like Crazy' this month.

By Kara Warner

Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald in "Footloose"

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:

October 7

"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
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Kenny Wormald to (Possibly) Headline 'Dirty Dancing' Reboot

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Kenny Wormald may not be a household name… yet. His biggest films to date include "Clerks II" (in which he simply plays a character called "Dancer") and "Center Stage: Turn It Up" (yeah, we never heard of that one either).

But that's all about to change when "Footloose" sashays onto screens on October 14—and Wormald, who plays leading man Ren MacCormick, is already being coined as "star material" by the powers that be.

Which is why this 27-year-old triple threat has reportedly been tapped to play Johnny Castle in the upcoming "Dirty Dancing" reboot.

According to the Hollywood Insider, word around Tinseltown is that many of those involved in the remake have screened "Footlose" and like what they see.

Apparently the guy can sing, dance and, above all, make the ladies swoon.

While there are, in theory, a "couple" of young actors being considered for the part of Johnny, it
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36 Hi-Res Footloose Photos!

Here are 36 hi-res photos, of Craig Brewer’s upcoming remake Footloose, starring Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up) as rug-cutting bad boy Ren, the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original.

Hit the jump to check them out.

Julianne Hough as Ariel Moore in Footloose (2011)

Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack

Footloose follows the basic structure of the ’84 original, albeit transplanted to the South instead of the Midwest American setting. Ren McCormack, who arrives to stay with family in the small town of Bomont. But he soon runs afoul of the local reverend (Dennis Quaid) who, along with the town government, has pushed through measures to ban public dancing in the aftermath of a tragic accident that killed a carload of high school students.

Still, Ren decides to challenge the ruling and finds solid support from Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough), who just so happens to be the reverend’s rebellious,
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'Footloose' remake: Watch the trailer here!

'Footloose' remake: Watch the trailer here!
Step one: Kick off your Sunday shoes. (Seriously. It’s Wednesday. They’re starting to smell.) Step 2: Watch the brand-new trailer for Paramount’s Footloose remake (below), starring Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up) as rug-cutting bad boy Ren, the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. The basic story looks the same, with Ren falling for a preacher’s daughter (Dancing with the StarsJulianne Hough) while tussling with her overbearing dad (Dennis Quaid) over their town’s anti-dancing law. And there’s even a new version of the famous, high-flying warehouse dance scene. But crunk dancing?
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King
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Our 10 Favorite Shirtless Moments Of 2010

1. True Blood Rolling Stone Cover. The blood. The touching. The lack of shirts. Skarsgard, why so modest? Paquin’s thigh can support itself. Paquin, cover up. Show some decorum. Moyer, you’re good. 2. Mark Paul Gosselaar’s Sex Scene on Weeds. This is a personal favorite. A water shed moment in television history. Wherein Mark Paul Gosselaar, everyone’s favorite Preppy, takes Mary-Louise Parker and does her in/on a bar. I recommend watching it again. This still hardly does it justice. Nsfw. 3. Any photo of Benjamin Millepied shirtless. A star is born. A shirtless star. Sure, he’s been famous in his own right as a principal dancer at The New York City Ballet for quite some time, but when Natalie Portman deems you worthy to procreate and marry, it’s a whole new ball game. It’s like Millepied’s life went from the straight to DVD release
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"Footloose" remake, Kevin Bacon vs. Kenny Wormald

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Andie MacDowell just joined Dennis Quaid solidifying the line up of this "Footloose" remake that has been shedding cast members left and right since it began development. Two guys I purposely try to know nothing about, Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl") and Zac Efron ("High School Musical 3: Senior Year") have already dropped from the lead on this ill advised blast from the past.

MacDowell will play the wife of Quaid's rock and roll hating Reverend (or whatever passes as rowdy music in this remake), originally played by John Lithgow. Kenny Wormald (who was in a movie called "Center Stage: Turn It Up") plays the dancing rebel that Kevin Bacon once so memorably/hilariously portrayed.

I have to wonder if this Wormald kid has the chops or if he was just the guy they scraped up to resurrect this thing. He's a real professional dancer, but can he spaz out with style?
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'Footloose' exclusive: Andie MacDowell joins cast

'Footloose' exclusive: Andie MacDowell joins cast
Dennis Quaid has already landed the role of the righteous, rock-music hating reverend in the upcoming Footloose remake. Now, Andie MacDowell has signed on to play his patient wife Vi in writer-director Craig Brewer’s (Hustle and Flow) redo of the 1984 movie about a small town that bans dancing. MacDowell and Quaid have played husband and wife once before, when they co-starred in HBO’s Emmy-nominated 2001 movie Dinner with Friends. The acting vets should be a welcome addition to a cast that boasts relative newbies Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn it Up) and Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) as the teen leads.
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