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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jenny Garrison
... Victor Tavares
... Denise Dupree
... Marco (as Asher Book)
... Alice Ellerton
... Malik Washburn
Kristy Flores ... Rosie Martinez
... Kevin Barrett
... Ms. Kraft
... Neil Baczynsky
... Mr. James Dowd
... Mr. Martin Cranston
... Joy
... Ms. Fran Rowan
... Ms. Angela Simms
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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.

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I Feel It Coming Together See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 September 2009 (USA)  »

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Fama  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Debbie Allen, who plays Principal Angela Simms, is the only cast member to have made the transition from Alan Parker's original film Fame (1980). Her small part in Parker's version led to her being cast in one of the lead roles in Fame (1982), where she plays dance tutor Lydia Grant. In a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television, Allen revealed that she considers the two characters to be the same. According to her, Lydia simply got married and uses her husband's name in the remake. See more »

Goofs

When Marco is playing the piano at his parent's restaurant, the song he is playing is filled with sustained chords and legato melodies; which would require the foot pedal to be used quite often in order to achieve the sound that is heard. However, when the camera pans back to show underneath the piano, the pedal is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Malik Washburn: [from trailer] Mom, I'm talented!
Malik's Mom: And who in the world told you you were so special?
Malik Washburn: You did.
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Connections

References The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) 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 See 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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