No, really, she wasn't.
She really was performing Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics, without a net, while singing "Try." So, "Try" to believe that. And then maybe you'll get why she's amazing.
It's no secret that Pink has been training for years with L.A. based aerial trainer Dreya Weber and has repeatedly stated in interviews (like this one from 2010 with Access Hollywood) that she has never lip-synced, and she never would.
Sure, it's easy to believe she caved in this situation, because we can't fathom even trained circus performers being able to sing like she does while manipulating her own body weight in a complex contraption while doing spins, twists and turns in mid-air. And it's easy to dismiss Pink's Grammys performance as lip-syncing when every other pop singer out there does it just
Zac Efron fronts this Nicholas Sparks’ drama about a Marine who, upon returning from his tour of duty in Iraq, goes in search of the unknown woman he believes was his lucky charm. Taylor Schilling co-stars; Scott Hicks directs.
Craving more veteran-centered dramas:
A Marine Story (2010) Dreya Weber stars as a Marine forced to make sense of civilian life after being abruptly discharged. Initially lost, she finds new purpose mentoring a troubled teen girl with aims to enlist. Paris P. Pickard co-stars; Ned Farr directs.
The Messenger (2009) In this acclaimed indie drama Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play a pair of vets assigned the emotionally devastating duty of informing military family’s of a soldier’s death.
A Marine Story is a little like a TV movie of the week with a little more swearing and some unusually good cinematography. That said, there's a story here which needs to be told.
Dreya Weber stars as Alexandra Everett, a marine who is coming home to the Us from duty in Iraq, giving her reason as an 'honourable discharge'. People in her home town are surprised to see her as she was expected to hole up in the desert for...
Director: Ned Farr
Written by Ned Far
Like Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, A Marine Story casts a highly critical eye over the Us Military’s treatment of its own personnel during the Iraq War. Peirce’s film was about the practice of shipping soldiers back to Iraq against their will — forcing many to live as fugitives. Here the equally controversial “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy has the perverse effect of kicking a decorated officer out of the Marines on the grounds of her sexuality. Well, no one ever said war was fair.
Writer/director Ned Farr’s film stars his wife Dreya Weber as Major Alexandra Everett, who returns to her home town in California in the summer of 2008. Despite her long blonde hair, Alex has the tattoo, the muscle tone and the steely look of a woman who means business. There’s also a wedding ring,
"Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection"
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Fans of badass '70s cinema and the stoic Henry Silva rejoice! Underappreciated Italian crime master director Fernando Di Leo finally comes to the U.S. via this set of four films -- "Caliber 9," "The Italian Connection," "The Boss," and "Rulers of the City" -- that shows what made him an influence of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.
"The Absent" (2011)
Directed by Sage Bannick
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Twin brothers are bonded by the experience of having their parents try to kill them for insurance money, only to become killers themselves in this slasher film from Sage Bannick.
"Be My Teacher" (2011)
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A student's (Derek Lee Nixon) flirtations with his English teacher (Lateace Towns-Cuellar) has serious
Alexandra Everett (Dreya Weber) is a career marine who return to her rural, dusty California hometown after a log hitch in the Middle East. After getting off the train with no one to welcome her back , she walks through the streets and sees all the boarded up businesses. Stopping at a convenience store she forcibly detains a young man shoplifting while his girlfriend who was distracting the clerk takes off. The local sheriff chastises Alex for getting involved, although they are severely understaffed and can’t handle the
"Marine" also picked up the audience award for outstanding dramatic feature, and Dreya Weber was named outstanding actress in a feature as the fest handed out its prizes at its awards luncheon.
Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara's "Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields" took the jury prize for best documentary feature, and Michelle Lawler's "Forever's Gonna Start Tonight" copped the audience award for best feature doc.
An audience award also went to Jacob Chase's "The Four-Faced Liar," voted outstanding first U.S. dramatic feature film.
"Bearcity" earned two jury awards -- for outstanding feature actor Stephen Guarino and outstanding
HollywoodNews.com: With Dreya Weber as the star and a producer along with Jd Disalvatore and writer-director Ned Farr behind this film, I knew going in that A Marine Story was probably going to be a pretty good movie.
It turned out to be a superb movie and one that is sure to be one of the highlights of Outfest 2010, The 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which opens Thursday and runs through July 18.
Here’s a synopsis: A Marine Story is set against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy of the United States Military. A decorated Marine officer (Weber) unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen (Paris Pickard) prepare for boot camp. But when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them.
The movie features first-rate acting
The story of a tough ex-Marine (played by The Gymnast favorite Dreya Weber) kicked out under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and her difficult assimilation into civilian life, it deftly showcases the difficulties of women in the modern military, though the plot unfortunately goes Awol toward the end.
We first meet Alexandra (Weber) as she walks, military pack in tow, through a southwestern desert town. Every few moments, we see a flashback to her martial past – her deployments, her drills and her pride being an American soldier. She encounters old friends, buys a rusty car and stops a robbery at a tiny convenience store (badass Sarah Connor-style), prompting a few words from the town sheriff.
AfterEllen.com caught up with Weber to discuss the film — which is currently playing the Lgbt festival circuit — and why she and Farr are dedicated to making films for the lesbian audience.
AfterEllen.com: Is A Marine Story based on actual events?
Dreya Weber: We took pieces of stories that had been volunteered to us by either former serving Marines or currently serving Marines,
Before we dive into answering new questions, I have an update on another question I answered recently: In a previous edition of Ask AfterEllen.com, a reader asked about the upcoming film Les Passages, starring Mary-Louise Parker and Julie Delpy.
Mary-Louise Parker and Julie Delpy
In my response to the question, I indicated that the film didn't include lesbian content. Well I've never been more thrilled to be wrong.
Director Donna Vermeer recently sent me this message:
Just wanted to correct some misunderstandings in what you may have thought the storyline was. Mary-Louise Parker plays Catherine, a New York filmmaker, who falls in love with Anna,
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