Bunheads has been tugging on our Gilmore-loving heartstrings all summer and last night’s finale was definitely no exception. From a Toe Terminator, to jukebox kisses, to a mace-accident, “A Nutcracker in Paradise” was one of the cutest finales we’ve seen in a while.
It’s sad to say we won’t be seeing our favorite ballerinas for at least four months, but don’t get your tutus in a twist just yet! We’ve got an exclusive video with the one and only Sutton Foster to help curb your taffeta cravings. But first let’s recap shall we?
Fanny (Kelly Bishop) is gearing up for her biggest production of the year, the grand performance of The Nutcracker—in July. Oh Paradise, you quirky little town! Although Fanny has reminded Michelle (Foster) 12,064 times that this performance is where most of her salary comes from, she is still worried that Michelle’s evil mice number will be sub-par.
But of course it’s not. Michelle put a modern spin on the number and traded in Wall Street bankers in lieu of mice. She also brought in a familiar face for their MIA Clara. Yup, it’s Sasha (Julia Goldani-Telles). The rebellious cheerleader traded in her pom-poms, laced up her slippers, gives a brilliant performance and everyone is absolutely overjoyed.
That is until “The Ringer” shows up. When Sasha quit, Fanny hired a replacement ballerina to fill her place. The only problem is this girl is good, like scary good. Michelle explains it best, “If Marvel comics had a crime-fighting ballerina, this ballerina would kick that ballerina’s ass.” And oddly terrified Fanny tells Sasha that she has to be the one reveal that robo-ballerina will no longer be playing Clara. The ringer literally dances circles around Sasha and says she’ll only stop after the curtain drops.
Meanwhile at the ballet fundraiser, Fanny is having a squabble with her boyfriend about Montana. Random we know. Earlier in the episode, Fanny had decided to rent a cabin in “The Treasure State” for a few months and asked a delighted Michelle to take over the studio while she was away. However, now she learned that Michael was planning on moving there all along, with or without Fanny. Once again it’s Michelle to the rescue and she tells Michael about Fanny’s Montana mission and all seems well at the end of the night. Oh and did we mention that Michelle has a full on, kinda random, make-out session in front of the jukebox with the cute bartender? No? Welp, that happened too.
Fast-forward to the night of the premiere, we finally get to see Fanny dance on stage, and although her performance wasn’t earth shattering, her cape was pretty fierce. The girls lined up backstage for a quick last minute hair spritz, but when Michelle reached into her “zombie-apocalypse-Vegas-slut bag” she accidently sprayed the tweens with mace. Not ideal. Now the girls are stumbling and fumbling onstage, and the ringer takes this opportunity to steal the spotlight.
In the hospital, an outraged Fanny informs Michelle that she had to cancel the next two weeks of performances and that Michael left that morning. After learning that Michelle was the reason for her boyfriend’s disappearance, Fanny blames all of her bad luck on her kinda/sorta daughter-in-law. Cue another dream sequence, in which Michelle is singing “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret in front of the director, aka Hubbell. She talks to Hubbell about all the problems she has caused and how much she misses him. She asks him if it would have worked out and he kisses her hand before she walks up.
Michelle walks into the hospital hallway to see an irate group of parents yelling at Fanny to fire the woman who maced their girls. As Michelle heads for the exit, Sasha stands on her chair in an act of loyalty exclaiming, “Oh captain, my captain!” Boo, Mel, Ginny and the other ballerinas follow suit and a very touched Michelle thanks them and then turns to leave. Now that you’re all caught up to speed, check out our exclusive chat below with Bunheads’ leading lady. Foster gushes about the fast-talking freshman drama saying, “I’ve just fallen in love with the show, I feel like I’m having the time of my life.” Plus find out who Foster “totally fan-girled” over when she signed on for the show. Bunheads will return to ABC Family this winter will brand-new episodes. Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera [Photo Credit: ABC Family] MORE: ABC Family Ups Original Series Cred: Keeps 'Bunheads' & More, Cancels 'Jane by Design' 'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Cabin in the Woods 'Pretty Little Liars' Premiere Recap: Pretty Little Haircuts
Born in Crieff, Scotland, drama school drop-out McGregor has been working steadily on the stage, in Hollywood and indie arthouse flicks ever since he wowed with his break-out role as a junkie in 1996's Trainspotting.
He's proved there's no part he can't tackle, portraying everything from a glam rock star to a priest and, of course, a Jedi Knight.
To salute Ewan on his special day, WENN has opened up the archives and dug up 10 facts about his life.
- Early on in his career, McGregor shared an apartment with another aspiring actor - Jude Law.
- He met his wife, French production designer Eve Mavrakis, after he was cast in an episode of the U.K. legal drama Kavanagh QC.
- In 2001, McGregor received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
- McGregor was nearly a superspy - he was approached to play James Bond in the 2006 blockbuster but turned down the job, which went to Daniel Craig.
- Before playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, McGregor was already a Star Wars fan - his uncle, actor/director Denis Lawson, played an X-wing pilot in all three original Star Wars movies.
- McGregor is Hollywood's go-to guy for full-frontal nudity - he's bared all in a number of his films, including Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, The Pillow Book, and Young Adam.
- He and Mavrakis have three daughters, including Clara Mathilde, Esther Rose and Jamiyan, who the couple adopted from Mongolia.
- He was the best man at Dougray Scott's 2000 wedding to casting director Sarah Trevis.
- A motorcycle enthusiast since his youth, McGregor and his pal Charley Boorman hit the road for four months in 2004 to travel from London to New York. The pair embarked on another international motorcycle marathon in 2007, biking from Scotland to South Africa, and they have plans for a third adventure later this year (11).
- He shares his birthday with stars including Christopher Walken, AC/DC rocker Angus Young and Rhea Perlman.
Top Story: Hilton's Sex Video To Be Released
Just when we thought this notorious scandal was put to bed, so to speak, Paris Hilton's infamous home video of her having sex with former boyfriend Rick Salomon is going to be released in adult film stores, Reuters reports. Red Light District Video, a suburban Los Angeles porn production company, said on Thursday it has acquired rights from Salomon to distribute the full 45-minute video under the title One Night in Paris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, Reuters reports. A spokeswoman for the company said the homemade tape, parts of which surfaced last year on Internet porn sites, will be released commercially in adult video stores on June 15.
Jackson's Defense Takes Stand
The recent grand jury indictment against Michael Jackson is likely to be challenged by the singer's defense team for being compromised by extraordinary secrecy precautions, The Associated Press reports. Jackson's attorney Mark Geragos, still on a mandatory gag order, has indicated in public hearings that he will argue on how authorities blocked sidewalks, hid and intimidated witnesses and delivered grand jurors to secret locations in buses with blacked-out windows to in order to keep the proceedings under wraps. "It's an interesting argument," Santa Clara Law School Professor Gerald Uelman told AP, who succeeded in getting a grand jury dismissed in the O.J. Simpson trial. "I think the courts are sensitive now to the criticism of the way grand juries are conducted." The indictment was to remain undisclosed until April 30 when Jackson is scheduled to be in court in Santa Maria for a pretrial hearing, where he could be arraigned.
"Idol" Voting Under Fire
Storms causing power outages in the Midwest may have been a contributing factor to the surprising turn of events on American Idol Wednesday, AP reports. Favorites LaToya London, Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson--or "The Three Divas" as they've become known--were in the bottom three, with Hudson being voted off. More than 15,000 people in Hudson's hometown of Chicago were unable to watch the show or dial in Tuesday night, when the vote turned out to be the closest in the show's three-year history, TV's Extra said. AP reports, however, that others, including many outraged voters, are claiming perhaps the voting has been rigged. "It simply seems inconceivable that the Idol results would turn out this way," Sam Rubin, an entertainment reporter with local station KTLA, said on the air. "You would almost expect (boxing promoter) Don King to replace Ryan [Seacrest], it looked so fixed." Idol executive producer Ken Warwick told AP, "You can never assume that any contestant is safe…that they have enough votes. It's imperative that viewers vote for their favorite idol every week."
Spacey's Quips About Mugging
Probably wishing he had never opened his mouth to begin with, Kevin Spacey was again asked about his alleged mugging-turned-con job in which his cell phone was stolen while walking his dog at 4 a.m. in a London park last week. Reuters reports the actor laughed off the incident Thursday at a news conference to announce the agenda for his first season as artistic director of London's Old Vic theater, joking it had all been a cunning plan to help the beleaguered soccer star David Beckham, whose face has been plastered on the tabloids due to his string of affairs. "Before I begin I would like to put to rest rumors that David Beckham offered 100,000 pounds to the Old Vic if I took him off the front pages for a few days," Spacey said. "After this news conference I am going to text him myself if someone can lend me a phone," he added.
Mr. Bean Settles With Newspapers
British actor Rowan Atkinson, best known as Mr. Bean and Johnny English, settled for undisclosed damages and a public apology Thursday from London newspapers Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail who had alleged he was suffering from depression and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, AP reports. Atkinson told reporters that such reports were "indicative of a continuing sensationalizing and stigmatizing of the issue of mental health, and of the condition of depression in particular--from which I am fortunate enough never to have suffered."
Eminem Prevails in Cybersquatting Case
Eminem won a cybersquatting case against a British firm found to be misusing the rap star's trademark on an Internet site selling mobile phone ring tones and picture messages, a United Nations agency told Reuters Thursday. The ruling was announced by the U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization, who had been named an arbitrator to examine the rapper's complaint against Tim Mcintosh and Visitair Ltd., which registered the domain name eminemmobile.com a year ago. Reuters reports Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, objected to his trademark name and hit songs including "Real Slim Shady" and "Stan" appearing on the site, which carries a disclaimer that it is unofficial and in no way connected with the five-time Grammy award winner, according to the ruling.
Role Call: Jackson Takes Over Lovely Bones, Weir Holds Pattern
Peter Jackson is in negotiations to take over the reins from exiting director Lynne Ramsay on the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling novel The Lovely Bones. The novel is a heartbreaking tale narrated by a 14-year old girl--after she has been raped and murdered. From heaven, she observes her shattered family's attempt to heal and acts as a detective to try to solve the case as her killer moves along his demented path…Master and Commander director Peter Weir is attached to direct the thriller Pattern Recognition, based on the novel by William Gibson. The story follows the adventures of a marketing expert who finds herself in a dangerous puzzle when she's hired to track down the source of a strange collection of video footage on the Internet. No cast has been set as yet.