September 06, 2012 5:00am EST
Actresses Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington are all expected to address attendees at America's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday (06Sep12). Eva Longoria is also scheduled to step up to the podium shortly before U.S. President Barack Obama takes the stage to officially accept his party's nomination for presidency in the November (12) elections.
September 05, 2012 8:18am EST
Does size matter? Significant others of the world may have varying answers, but in Hollywood, it doesn't hurt to have a long… list of credits. A rising star sparks with an audience in a handful of films, then quickly becomes the talk of the town. If they're lucky, they "attach" themselves to projects out the wazoo, hoarding potential vehicles that could be their next big hit if the stars eventually align.
That's the game Michael Fassbender is currently playing and thus far, it's serving him extremely well. Fassbender (who, as we learned in Shame, knows that size goes a long way) skillfully spun his success from breakout roles in indies like Hunger, Fish Tank, and Centurion into a hefty helping of starring roles both big and small. In the last two years, Fassbender rode the prestige wave to blockbuster parts in X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, with Shame earning him praise on the awards circuit. And the love for Fassbender hasn't cooled — along with the movies that have actually made it to screen, the actor has paired himself with a lengthy list of in-the-works projects.
This week, Variety recently announced his latest, Frank, an Irish comedy that sees the actor playing an eccentric rock star. The film is at the other end of the spectrum than something like X-Men, but that's Fassbender's style. He loves to work, and directors, producers, and everyone Hollywood loves to work with him. Even The Counselor and Twelve Years a Slave co-star — and one of the undeniable kings of Hollywood — Mr. Brad Pitt, who has leveraged his success into producing his own projects and is is highly selective of the material he tackles. Of course, he's still currently attached to 11 films in various stages of development.
And it seems Fassbender is taking a page from Pitt and his A-list contemporaries: Leonardo DiCaprio has eight acting projects in development, with two in the can (Django Unchained and 2013's The Great Gatsby) and one shooting (Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street); Pitt's wife, Angelina Jolie, is shooting Maleficent and has four could-be films on deck; Tom Cruise has four films, including the questionable Top Gun II (which he developed with the late Tony Scott); after Thor 2, Natalie Portman has five; and while Will Smith reportedly has 12 movies in development, admittedly, some seem implausible (a Flowers for Algernon remake?).
So where does Fassbender stand? With 11 projects in production, the actor's future is looking more and more like his Counselor and Twelve Years a Slave co-star's. Consider the projects he currently has in the works:
X-Men: Days of Future Past: A no-brainer sequel to the comic book movie success that's set for a July 18, 2014 release date.
Assassin's Creed: An adaptation of the popular video game would put Fassbender in the shoes of a legendary killer. The project was long-gestating but the recent announcement of Fassbender's involvement put the movie into high gear. Yes, he's making projects happen now.
At Swim-Two-Birds: Actor Brendan Gleeson's directorial debut that mixes Fassbender in with the likes of Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, and Gleeson himself.
Genius: From writer John Logan (Hugo, I Am Legend, Rango), the movie would star Colin Firth as editor Maxwell Perkins and chronicle his budding friendship with author Thomas Wolfe (played by Fassbender). Oscar-potential written all over it.
Jane Got a Gun: The producers of the movie couldn't confirm Fassbender's involvement when they sealed the deal for Natalie Portman to star in the Western, to be directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), but insiders say he's a near lock.
Londongrad: The real-life story of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, whose poisoning in 2006 spawned an international investigation. Fassbender would play Litvinenko, and it's the kind of dramatic material that, if it gets the go ahead from the studio, shows confidence in the actor's ability to draw audiences into less-than-marketable fare.
Mountains Between Us: Fassbender would team with Miss Bala director Gerardo Naranjo on a drama that follows man and woman attempting to survive in the wilderness after a plane crash.
Right as Rain: Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff adapted the George Pelecanos novel about a detective who investigates the murder of a black cop by a white cop only to discover an underbelly to the entire situation.
The Sycamores: Although stagnant for a few years, Fassbender remains attached to the project described as "a King Lear-esque murder mystery about an ill-fated family reunion set under the swirling skies of 1970s Northumberland."
An Unititled Celtic Warrior project: Fassbender will also act as a producer for the film, which will see the actor play a superhuman warrior who helps his tribe fight against a rival group.
Prometheus Sequel: Rumors peg a sequel to this summer's sci-fi movie for 2014/2015. Fassbender could theoretically return. Whether he'll have time….
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August 30, 2012 5:00am EST
The Black Swan star welcomed son Aleph with her husband Benjamin Millepied last year (11), forcing her to cut down on her early morning make-up routine.
She tells America's Ok! Magazine, "Everything needs to be a lot simpler now! And it needs to be faster because I have much less time for anything."
And the actress reveals she has grown more cautious of the lotions and items she puts on her skin - because the little boy constantly has her hands in his mouth.
She adds, "I really want to make sure that everything I use doesn't have chemicals in it. It has to be really clean, because you know that your child ends up eating whatever you have on your skin or on your hands. And nail polish is the big thing too, because nail polish can be very toxic."
Portman is not the only actress to worry about potentially hazardous materials coming in contact with her children - Jessica Alba founded eco-friendly baby firm The Honest Company after the birth of her first daughter out of similar concerns for the tot's health.
August 28, 2012 1:13pm EST
Prepare for huge, mind-bogglingly awesome news: word has it Michael Fassbender is in talks to star alongside Natalie Portman.
The film in question is in the in-development Black List script Jane Got a Gun, a Western about a woman whose outlaw husband shows up littered with bullets on her front porch. Portman, who is also producing, would star as the woman who seeks out an old flame to help defend her home. According to Vulture's sources, Fassy could be that old flame. However, nothing is certain because Hollywood.com has confirmed with backer Scott Pictures that a male lead has yet to be officially cast. But really, could anything else match the majesty of this potential pairing?
But if the pedigree of the script's Black List status, Portman's involvement, and the potential of Fassbender weren't enough. There's more. We Need to Talk About Kevin writer/director Lynne Ramsay is helming the flick, but for a change she's taking a backseat on the writing. Being that the script made the famous Black List last year, newcomer Brian Duffield remains the screenwriter. After all, if it ain't broke...
With the exception of Portman and (potentially) Fassbender, the film is perfectly situated in the world of Independent film, coming in with a budget under $20 million, and is being produced only by small companies, including Portman's own handsomecharlie films with Scott Steindorff's production company providing the financial base.
So, besides the potential of an on-screen match we thought only possible in our dreams, is the big deal? If this picture goes down without a hitch, it could be a serious awards contender. It's got all the right pieces, including an acclaimed Indie director and an Oscar winner. Not that the Fassbender-Portman combo wouldn't already have us enraptured, but this movie is going to be one to keep our eyes on, folks.
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August 25, 2012 5:15am EST
The Black Swan star will join political heavyweights Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz at the America-Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit.
Announcing her participation, Portman says, "President Obama fights for women every day, and I am proud to stand with him on behalf of women and girls across the country. The president has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families, from affordable health care to fair pay and quality public education."?
August 23, 2012 6:45am EST
If a resident of the Lost Island is going to go mano a mano with Thor, Asgard's greatest warrior, there's only one viable candidate for the job. Jack? Too whiny. Sawyer? Too self-obsessed. Kate? Too distracted by love triangles. Hurley? Too hungry.
No, the man for the job would be the Season Three standout Mr. Eko aka actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. According to Variety, Marvel Studios thinks the same thing: Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to star as a secondary villain in the sequel to 2011's Thor, Thor: The Dark World. After Lost, Akinnuoye-Agbaje found himself with a string of brutish roles, from the butt-kicking Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe to the muscled recruit of 2011's Thing remake. His character in The Dark World should return the performer to the spiritual deadliness of his Mr. Eko persona, with an extra dash of fantasy to fit him into the colorful world of Thor.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Algrim the Strong, a Dark Elf henchmen employed by the movie's lead villain, Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). His mission: face off and destroy Thor. An early battle leaves Algrim in shambles and without a memory — but as indicated in the report, Akinnuoye-Agbaje's warrior will be transformed by Malekith the Accursed into a second character: Kurse. Empowered by even more magic than before, Kurse becomes a deadlier opponent with an even bigger grudge against Thor. Already, The Dark World sounds like the nerdiest blockbuster of 2013. Not a bad thing.
Returning for the second installment of the stand alone Thor franchise is Chris Hemsworth as the titular God, Natalie Portman as his love interest Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Idris Elba as Heimdall. The film will be directed by Game of Thrones regular Alan Taylor and is already set for a November 8, 2013 release date. Yet to be confirmed: the appearance of a black smoke monster.
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August 23, 2012 5:54am EST
Last week, we endured the only shock-elimination of the season thus far. How would those vying for the titles of America’s Next Favorite Male and Female Dancers respond?
Ladies and gentlemen: This. Is So You Think You Can Dance.
Okay, so that was my best Ryan Seacrest.
This week’s show opened with a very strange number that featured Tyce Diorio for some unknown reason, and featured the dancers in sailors’ costumes, army costumes and a variety of other costumes that made little to no cohesive sense. Turns out, it was a tribute to Gene KellyCK, and Tyce was filling in for an injured Cole. This. Is So You Think You Can Dance.
It was almost as entertaining as the ad we saw for a movie called Oogieloves, which is rated G and yet boasts “Starships” by Nicki Minaj as its theme song.
Last week, we said goodbye to Amelia and Janelle, plus Matthew and Dareian (cue tears). That left us with just five – five! – pairs of dancers, and by the end of the episode, there would be a mere four. The finale is just three weeks away! Dun dun dun.
This week’s guest judge: Choreographer of Black Swan, Mr. Natalie Portman! Whaaaat? For serious, Benjamin Millepied finally gave us a relevant guest judge who had pertinent things to say. Man … they were pulling out all the stops this week.
Starting with—wait. Tiffany and Brandon? Oh, the top 10 teamed up with All-Stars for this episode! That would have been helpful to know ahead of time. And just to clear up the confusion that afflicted me the entirety of this routine, this is not the same Brandon that was eliminated earlier this season.
And Tiff didn’t do anything to help my confusion by dressing like J.Lo in a semi-sheer bodysuit and performing to Cobra Starship. Though releasing her inner J.Lo did allow her to show us a new, smoldering side of herself, her number (both the one she was wearing, and the one she was dancing) was unpleasantly seizure-inducing. Still, I had to hand it to her for bringing the energy. She has a future as a pop star’s backup dancer—and isn’t that the Holy Grail for the graduates of this show?
Nigel was excited that Tiffany was able to wear a castoff from Adam Shankman’s closet, and added that she brought the requisite amount of energy and excitement. Benji said they were a great pair, and he was also suitably impressed by their energy.
Personally, I worry that going first this week will be enough to banish Tiffany to SYTYCD purgatory next week.
Next up, Witney teamed up with Season 1 champ Nick Lazzarini to perform as ghosts in an abandoned lounge. Travis earnestly told the cameras that he choreographed the routine to enable our 18-year-old lady to be as sexy as possible. ‘Kay.
Wit cast off her inner ballroom dancer with gusto, alternating between partnering with Nick and her microphone stand. Admittedly, though, these two were so in rhythm—with the music, with each other—and the choreography was tailored so perfectly to each of them, that it was hard to believe they’d never danced together before. And as we’d learn throughout the duration of this episode: Chemistry was not something to be taken for granted.
My only complaint was that both Witney and Nick were inexplicably slathered in black makeup—on her lips, around his eyes—in a manner that made it seem as though they did their makeup in the dark.
Ben Portman started us off by telling Witney and Nick they did an excellent job seizing and then releasing the tension. Nigel told Witney she was even sexy while she was breathing, then added a “young lady” to make it sound less creepy. It didn’t work.
Mary: “Lord have mercy, you were smooooldering out there!”
To Witney’s credit, I’ll admit that although she’s never been my favorite, she’s been improving every single week. She’s not going anywhere any time soon. (Spoiler alert!...)
Cole and Anya took on the cha-cha next—and Cole’s mysterious injury, which we learned about during the intro, went mysteriously unmentioned. He tried to distract us from said injury by emerging onto the stage with his shirt fully unbuttoned. And then he and Anya cha-chaed to The Wanted, which was a strange marriage I’m not sure I ever wanted to see. Kind of like the marriage of Anya and Cole, who didn’t seem to have any chemistry at all.
It felt like both of them were just so focused on hitting the choreography and hitting their marks that they weren’t all too concerned with connecting with each another. And it didn’t seem like they were hitting all of their marks, either. Just saying.
Mary said the routine was amazing, then reminded us that Anya was the first-ever recipient of the Hot Tamale Train phrase. There was no need to remind me of that. I now hate Anya by association. In a more lucid moment, though, she pointed out that Cole’s footwork was off, and the connection between the two dancers was nonexistent.
Benny thought Cole was very engaging, but that his movement quality was just a tad off; he needed to think more about contrast. Nigel agreed with Mary: Normally, Cole has fantastic lines, but not this time. He was mugging for the audience too much, and his chemistry with his partner suffered, as a result.
For me for Cole, this was a big dropoff from last week, when he was so sinister and so creepy and put forth one of his best performances of the season. This week? A big old disappointment. I wonder why nobody tried to blame it on his phantom injury.
Lindsay, who just barely escaped the guillotine last week, paired up with Jacob to take on a Spencer Liff-masterminded Broadway routine. Here’s the catch: Jacob was behind a screen and was supposed to be Lindsay’s shadow, so above all, both of them had to be perfectly in perfect unison. Tricky, tricky.
Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I thought this little number was pretty spectacular. These two had more chemistry than Cole and Anya, and they couldn’t even see each other for most of the routine. Lindsay also seemed to be far more confident this week than I’ve ever seen her. I don’t know what it was; maybe she and Cole are just a bad pair. She really did flourish with Jacob; being forced to mimic his extension and lines—he was supposed to be her shadow, after all—really helped her thrive.
Nigel had to start off by pointing out Jacob’s magnificent feet (hope you’re not watching, Dareian), but he admitted that Lindsay was equally magnificent. Mary put Lindsay on the Hot Tamale Train, and Ben thought the lady executed the choreography perfectly and emphasized its natural crescendo.
Next up: How would Will fare without his personal quirky girl, Amelia? Just fine, apparently. He and Step Up: Revolution star Kathryn McCormick took on a Bollywood routine about a snake charmer trying to charm a snake-girl. ‘Kay. In the pre-routine package, Will called Kathryn the sexiest snake he’s ever seen and was excited to be all sensual and stuff with her.
The only criticism I have of this routine was that it revolved too heavily around Kathryn. She’s not the one who needs votes, y’all, and Will literally spent the first 20 seconds of this number prancing around in circles with a flute while she writhed in her snake cage. After that, though, things picked up. Again, Will displayed his unfortunate tendency to mug rather than let his dancing do the talking, but he was a really strong partner to Kathryn. Maybe his true strength is just that he’s a good partner, no matter whom he’s with.
Mary called Will an Energizer Bunny—but one with amazing control. Benny eyed Will suspiciously and then, in a dead monotone, told him he possesses a charming, unique style. Nigel told Will he struggles between wanting to tell Will to tone it down and wanting to tell himself to shut up. He’s right, though; Will does go overboard in a kind of obnoxious way sometimes, but he’s so darn likeable that you can’t really fault him.
Cyrus, paired with Jamie, was saddled with a routine that was, as Simon Cowell would put it, overindulgent and based upon the movie 2012. And by that I mean, based on the end of the world. A revolutionary concept! No matter the theme, though, this was bound to be a tough one for Cyrus to pull off; he’s always had trouble with anything outside of hip hop and animation, and for him, contemporary is always a big stretch.
Lucky for him, this routine seemed to be so centered on Jamie that it helped Cyrus disguise his weaknesses and shortcomings. I like Cyrus, so it didn’t really bother me, but he really just flat-out struggles when he’s not in his wheelhouse, and this show is all about pushing dancers beyond their comfort zones and finding out who’s excellent under pressure. There was one point where Cyrus leapt away from Jamie, and his extension was embarrassingly bad. Also, I didn’t really get “end of the world” from this rubbish.
Ben said he appreciated Cyrus’ raw energy and his ability to partner, thereby establishing that he had no plans to say anything critical of any dancer. Nigel, meanwhile, seems committed to overlooking the fact that Cyrus badly, badly struggles outside of hip hop and animation. Yes, he is passionate, and that’s admirable, but right now, he’s coasting on the fact that he’s a fan favorite. Even Mary said, “The feet, the legs, not the best right now”—but she reveled in his passion and his emotion.
To that, I say: WHY is The Exorcist not in the top 10. ANSWER ME THAT.
Next, ballet specialist Chehon took on hip hop for the first time with Season 3’s Lauren. This routine was based on Save The Last Dance. Or, “on two best friends who love to dance together.” Same difference.
The track was Maxwell. Blatantly Save the Last Dance.
I think the choreography may have even been borrowed from the movie (kidding), but really, I love Chehon and I’m glad he could pull this off. There is nobody remaining in this competition with better lines and better extension, and no, this wasn’t his best performance, but he can do smoldering! He can do sexy! He can do hip hop! Pick up the phone, people.
Nigel commended the choreographer for taking that stick … out of Chehon. (Nigel’s words, not mine.) He added that Chehon is too trained, but he’s finally starting to give himself into the music. (HELLO. He’s even stealing the Save the Last Dance SCRIPT.)
Benny sympathized with the fact that Chehon has dedicated his life to perfecting his technique, and he still felt the routine was spontaneous and exciting.
Next up, George—getting a break from Tiffany in order to join Allison for a Tyce-choreographed jazz routine—played a guy in Paris who risks missing a train because of a female distraction. A “raunchy night in Paris” then ensues. Oh, Tyce.
George is great, and so is Allison. They’re very similar in terms of style and demeanor, so this was a great pairing. His technique is spot-on, and he has some personality, but still, it was obvious that he wasn’t going to last much longer. Also, this track sounded like it came off The Jungle Book’s soundtrack. Not kidding.
Here’s the problem: George’s mechanics are spot-on and he’s clearly passionate, but it still feels like something’s missing when he’s dancing. That’s never a good sign. It’s like when a football team seems like it’s dominating, but it still is somehow losing. That always means a downfall is in store.
Mary was a big fan of George’s technique, and Ben agreed that he’s an amazing mover and communicator. He may have even thrown out the word “exceptional.”
Of course, Nigel had to rain on the parade a little: He, like everyone else, feels that George’s technique leaves nothing to be desired, but his character was just not believable at all. To Nigel, George was merely dancing and just didn’t get down. Sigh. The final dagger: “Allison wouldn’t have believed this was a raunchy night. Not with you.”
Eliana delivered the penultimate routine, partnering with All-Star Alex for a nice little number about an on-again, off-again couple that can’t just let go. Now this—this was a great partnership. Eliana can partner with anyone because she’s so talented and is very clearly willing to give herself over to her partner in order to make both of them look as good as possible. Unselfishness is not something we see a lot of in female dancers, and it takes a lot of confidence to be like her.
Hey, America: If you want someone who is believable in every character she plays, is excellent in every style she takes on and is mechanically perfect, this is your winner.
Nigel thinks so, too. He flat-out admitted that Eliana is proving to be his favorite girl this year. Hey, he’s here to judge, and that’s what he’s doing—and he’s chosen one of the very few ladies this season who is undeniably likeable. Wise choice. Mary called Eliana “delicious,” and Ben thought she had it all: passion and technique.
Those crafty producers then tried to save the best for last: Audrey, paired with … Twitch! WOO! As Aldous Snow would say, what an eccentric and confident young man!
There could not be a more random and strange pairing than this one, and honestly, it didn’t work as well as I wanted it to. Maybe it was the fact that theirs was a routine based on “a 400-year-old couple that loves to hate each other,” as choreographer Dave Scott explained. And by that, he clearly meant a routine based on True Blood. These two came out of a coffin to begin their routine.
As I feared, this routine starred Twitch a bit more than Audrey (and how could it not?), and Audrey seemed to get tripped up by her own insistence that she can’t do hip hop. The problem, though, isn’t that she can’t to hip hop; it’s that she isn’t Twitch, and there was no better way to emphasize that fact than by putting them side by side. It was the visual equivalent of any Glee duet featuring Lea Michele and Dianna Agron. One of these was not like the other.
Ben (of course) thought Audrey did very, very well, but it was unfair for her to have to dance with Twitch. Mary still felt that Audrey was engaging (what a generous lie), but Nigel wanted her to be more “Helena Bonham Carter in a Tim Burton movie,” and after that I stopped listening because I was thinking about how much better this routine would have been if Eliana had been Twitch’s partner. Sorry, Aud.
And then: Elimination time! Dim the lights.
Your Bottom Two Ladies:
Your Bottom Three Dudes:
My reaction to the ladies: Noooo! Mostly because I knew that this signaled Audrey’s demise. Nigel can insist all he wants that Eliana is his fave; we know it’s a lie.
My reaction to the dudes: Noooo!
Based on this week’s episode, Audrey deserved to be the one going home, as much as it pains me to say it. When you think about the fact that Witney has improved every week, it was impossible to believe the judges would send her home.
As far as the guys … George has been in the bottom for two straight weeks. That should lead to an insta-elimination. And I’m not just saying that because of Chehon’s abs.
The solos just affirmed what I already knew. Witney wore red and did a strip tease with her clothes on, complete with the requisite hairography. Meanwhile, Audrey chose to perform to one of my favorite songs ever (“And I Am Telling You”), just like my most recent favorite reality show contestant—right before getting the ax.
Chehon took off his shirt and balleted his way into another week of precious life. Meanwhile, George—whose facial expression was ridden with expletives from the moment Cat banished him to the bottom two—also took off his shirt and even attempted a back flip to save himself.
To no one’s surprise, Audrey was sent packing. Nigel tried to make it more palatable by saying that the decision wasn’t unanimous. I’m sorry; I’ll I heard was him calling Witney a sexy breather. Vom.
Nigel then stumbled through some convoluted explanation for keeping Chehon and sending home George; a simple, “We are allowing Witney to keep her partner” would have sufficed. Thank you, and goodnight.
So what did you think? Do you also believe that SYTYCD should be forced to ascribe to the unwritten rules of Project Runway, which state that if you’ve been in the bottom two before, you must be sent home before a first-time bottom-dweller? Or were you okay with this week’s eliminations?
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August 22, 2012 5:00am EST
Natalie Portman has stripped off for a new advertising campaign to promote Dior's Nude Lipcolor line. The star shows off her naked back in the sultry pose for the brand's latest marketing drive.
August 21, 2012 6:46pm EST
Kat Dennings is back for more quippy, punchy goodness to reprise her role in the sequel to Thor. According to Deadline, Dennings was one of the last few actors left to sign back on for the films. Admittedly, it's not so surprising that she did, though, considering the vice-like grip Marvel Studios have on the actors in their multi-movie productions.
The 2 Broke Girls star will continue in her role of Darcey Lewis, the comedic complement to Natalie Portman's Jane Foster. Best buds, really! Though we wouldn't be so surprised if Denning's role was beefed up a bit considering the mainstream success she's had on her CBS sitcom. We've reached out to a rep for Dennings for comment but had yet to hear back at the time of publication.
Are you excited to see Dennings return to the big screen? Are you a fan of hers and/or the Thor series? Let us know in the comments! Thor: The Dark World is slated for theatrical release on November 8, 2013.
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The Hollywood actress won an Oscar for her performance as a troubled prima ballerina in the 2010 movie and she credits her trainer, Mary Helen Bowers, with getting her into shape and helping her learn complicated dance moves.
Bowers has now written Ballet Beautiful to help others gain the grace of a ballerina and Portman has written a tribute to her friend in the book.
She writes, "My posture looked like I'd swallowed a broom... I had the same body since (I was) 14. With Mary Helen, it's completely transformed. I gained length, strength and tone. Arms and legs changed shape. In awe of dancers' bodies - definition in their arms, strong legs and beautiful line extending from fingertips to toes... (plus her) healthy diet in conjunction with the exercises achieved our fitness goals."