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Fame (2009)

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An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Director:

Kevin Tancharoen

Writers:

Allison Burnett (screenplay), Christopher Gore
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Panabaker ... Jenny Garrison
Walter Perez ... Victor Tavares
Naturi Naughton ... Denise Dupree
Asher Monroe ... Marco (as Asher Book)
Kherington Payne ... Alice Ellerton
Collins Pennie ... Malik Washburn
Kristy Flores Kristy Flores ... Rosie Martinez
Paul McGill ... Kevin Barrett
Bebe Neuwirth ... Ms. Kraft
Paul Iacono ... Neil Baczynsky
Charles S. Dutton ... Mr. James Dowd
Kelsey Grammer ... Mr. Martin Cranston
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle ... Joy
Megan Mullally ... Ms. Fran Rowan
Debbie Allen ... Ms. Angela Simms
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Storyline

An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I'm Gonna Live Forever See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fama See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011,682, 27 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,455,510

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,227,619
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bebe Neuwirth once played a dance teacher in Fame: Stagefright (1986), a previous installment in the Fame (1980) franchise. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Cranston asks Denise to be the accompanist for the school's upcoming production of "Chicago". In the year 2009, this would not be possible since the licensing company which handles the theatrical rights for "Chicago" was restricting the show from being produced (even by amateur groups and schools) anywhere in the greater New York area while there was an open-ended Broadway production still running. See more »

Quotes

Malik Washburn: I have talent. I AM special.
Malik's Mom: And who on Earth told you that?
Malik Washburn: You did.
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Connections

Referenced in Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Hustlin'
Written by Raney Shockne
Performed by Raney Shockne featuring Stella Moon
Produced by Raney Shockne
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28 September 2009 | by starrybucks8See all my reviews

The movie had such a good vibe in the early stages before we actually started to shoot it. In fact, it had such good energy going on, that it was a pity it ended up being cut-up/chop-chopped and 'sanitized'. There were a lot of scenes that unfortunately did not make the final cut. These scenes showed stories about true friendship, love, passion, relationships, sexuality, disappointments and successes in detail thru character development. Though the locked version was 'tamed down' because of the PG rating, a DVD directors cut would probably show the actual stories of the 10 different characters.

It seemed that Mr. Tancharoen forgot (maybe intentionally?) that he had 10 characters to develop. It appeared that there was concentration on one, Ms. Panabaker (and how could her character pass such a rigid audition?), Mr. Book, Mr. Pennie, Ms. Naughton (who sang very well) and Ms. Payne. Whatever happened to Mr. Iacono, Mr. McGill, Ms. Perez de Tagle, Ms. Flores (Did you notice her? what character did she portray?) and Mr. Perez? What are their life stories or experiences? Being part of the crew, I witnessed a number of scenes where Joy (Anna Maria), Kevin (Paul McG, who plays a gay dancer…did you notice?) and Neil (Paul I, obsessed film maker) developed and established their friendship. There was a dramatic/touching scene where Joy and Kevin made the whole crew shed tears and I thought that would have been a clincher in the film. But sad to say, it ended up in the editors bin. Ms. Perez de Tagle should have been given more substantial scenes. She really is a "Joy" to watch. If I may add, Mr. McGill as handsome as he is, should have been given the same opportunity. In my opinion, these three characters would have been able to show the true color of FAME.

Needless to say, Mr. Tancharoen should have captured the true essence of the "New York PA youth" by utilizing and developing all of his characters evenly. In my opinion, he could have done that, if he had chosen to do so. However, it seems that Mr. Tancharoen concentrated on just one character's development……….Jenny (Ms. Panabaker)….whom he had 'captured' and "captivated" way before the filming was over. Sad, utterly sad, but true.

Give it a chance, view it in it's entirety. Maybe a PG-13 rating would have made the FAME re-invention……….'live forever' Thank you.

KW, Beverly Hills, CA


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