My eyes are still recovering after four hours (four hours!) of sparkle exposure. (I complain, but I love it.) Part I of the DWTS finale was pretty jam-packed: in addition to their judges' choice dances, the four finalists had to do a samba relay challenge and a freestyle challenge.
The judges' choice dances were interesting to watch: the judges chose something they wanted to the see the competitors work on improving. We got to see repeats of old dances – most contestants improved, even Bill, who managed all nines. Next came the Samba Relay. As with many challenges, Corbin and Karina reigned supreme, though Amber got points from Carrie Ann ("That was some nice undulation going on"), and Bill got an honorable mention for briefly shakin' it with Derek.
The freestyles, as it turned out, were the main event for finale part I: they were basically an invitation to go all out. Bill and Emma went first, doing a rousing rendition of the Indiana Jones theme song, complete with multiple whips. Then came Corbin and Karina, who did a crazy (crazy good) Michael Jackson-meets-Cirque du Soleil routine to "Smooth Criminal," which blew everyone's socks off, then Jack and Cheryl with did a "showstopping" (according to the judges) hat-and-cane number, and finally, Amber and Derek finished things up with a Western-inspired saloon number – Len called her "Class, fast, and built to last" (now imagine it in a British accent). Aside from Bill, perfect scores were to be had all around – the dancers really had fun with their freestyle, and it sure showed.
After the numerous challenges came the dreaded elimination. Corbin and Karina and Amber and Derek were predictably safe, leaving Jack and Cheryl and Bill and Emma sweating under the lights. This time around, the reign of Bill Engvall finally came to an end: he was sent home. I'm quite glad he stuck around for so long – he was so well-liked by, well, everyone; his levity and charm made him compelling. And he and Emma had an absolutely adorable relationship; at the start of the episode he admitted, "I have a new best friend and fake-daughter," and after his elimination he echoed the sentiment.
Now, without any further ado, on to part II...as a first time DWTS-watcher, I was completely unprepared for the bonanza that lay ahead of me. It was quite the event – all of the contestants came back to dance encores, and there were live performances about with huge names including Lady Antebellum, Enrique Iglesias, Ylvis (which brought about the resurrection the ever-excellent Team Foxing Awesome), and Colbie Caillat.
Though with all of the replays and encores, we never lost sight of the true challenge that lay ahead: the fusion dances. Corbin and Karina took the stage first, with a cha-cha/foxtrot combo – it looked perfect to me, but apparently he missed a step at the end that led to nines as opposed to tens. Next up, Jack and Cheryl performed a Paso Doble/Salsa dance. Upon finishing, they got some pretty high praise from Len: citing his improvement week to week, Len told him, that out of al the dancers, "You have given me the most pleasure to watch." Finally, Amber and Derek did a near-flawless samba/quickstep concoction. Fun and energetic, it earned them a perfect score.
And finally, after much ado...the moment we've all been waiting for: the bequeathal of the coveted mirror ball trophy. Jack ended up taking third (he tied with his sister!), while Amber took the lead and Corbin second. Not a surprise, I guess? We knew right out of the gate that Corbin and Amber were the ones to beat (though to be fair, it was fun to watch Jack, the dark horse, come so close to the top). Quibbles aside – I mean, who can blame a reality competition for being predictable? – Amber definitely deserved the win; and let's hope she keeps on dancing!
Actress Amber Riley battled through the pain from bruised knees to triumph on U.S. competition show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday (26Nov13). The Glee star waltzed her way to victory, beating out runner-up Corbin Bleu and third placed Jack Osbourne, and took home the mirrorball trophy with professional partner Derek Hough, who nabbed a fifth win on the show.
Riley sported bandages on her knees throughout the competition and she admits it was difficult to dance through the pain.
She tells Good Morning America, "They're just really bruised, the top of my tibia (shinbone) is bruised, so that's where the pain comes in and there's a little fluid on my knees. But, that will all be fixed with a little bit of rest and a little bit of ice."
Glee star Amber Riley has waltzed her way to victory to be crowned the champion of U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday (26Nov13). The actress saw off competition from runner-up Corbin Bleu and third placed Jack Osbourne to take home the mirrorball trophy with professional partner Derek Hough, who nabbed a historic fifth win.
During the two-hour finale, Riley wowed the judges one last time with her Samba-Quickstep fusion dance, which garnered a perfect score of 30.
Riley was left stunned at the result, saying, "I did this competition because I didn't know if I could do it. And anything that scares me, I wanna do. I want to let women of all sizes know - you can do whatever you put your mind to. It doesn't matter what size you are, what colour you are, you can do whatever whatever whatever you put your mind to."
The finale of the 17th season also featured musical performances by Enrique Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, Colbie Calliat, and What Does the Fox Say? hitmakers Ylvis.
Actress Kate Hudson showed off her dancing skills during a night out in Los Angeles by taking to the floor for an impromptu routine with professional Derek Hough. The Almost Famous beauty enlisted the help of the Dancing with the Stars regular earlier this year (13) to help incorporate ballroom skills into her workouts.
Hudson was keen to demonstrate what she has learned so far by hitting the dancefloor at a Cuban restaurant with Hough last Friday (15Nov13).
The pair span around the floor in front of cheering diners in a complex routine, before returning to their table.
Hudson previously displayed her talent during an appearance in Glee and in musical movie Nine.
Actress Julianne Hough is still devastated after sparking a storm of controversy over the weekend by dressing up as inmate character Crazy Eyes from TV show Orange Is The New Black for a Halloween costume party, according to her dancer brother. The Rock of Ages star has already issued a grovelling apology after stepping out wearing offensive 'blackface' make-up to the bash on Friday (25Oct13), but her brother Derek insists she's still "beside herself" for stepping out with the ill-advised look.
Critics slammed Hough for her appearance and some even accused her of racism, prompting Hough to take to Twitter in an attempt to explain herself, writing, "I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is The New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."
And she's still struggling with her costume choice.
Brother Derek, who is a regular on TV show Dancing With the Stars, says, "It wasn't the brightest moment in her life and hopefully it's a blip.
"She didn't mean anything by it... She's my sweet little sister, breaks my heart... She is so unbelievably sorry and so apologetic.
"She is just beside herself... Lesson learned."
Kate Hudson has teamed up with Emmy Award-winning choreographer/dancer Derek Hough in a bid to keep fit and stay toned. The health conscious actress loves to incorporate her love of dancing in her work-outs and she has hired Dancing With the Stars regular Hough as her partner.
She tells the new issue of Shape magazine, "I love to dance. It's my creative outlet. My heart is really in contemporary jazz, but lately I've been ballroom dancing with Derek Hough. It's been a real blast."
Hudson recently showed off her dancing and acting skills on Glee when she played a tough New York performing arts school teacher opposite the show's star Lea Michele.
British pop star Cheryl Cole has reportedly split from her U.S. dancer beau. The former Girls Aloud star decided to end her 14-month romance with Tre Holloway due to the pressure of maintaining a long-distance relationship.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Cheryl and Tre have tried to make it work but the long-distance relationship and work commitments got the better of them."
The publication claims the pair split over the summer (13), but have maintained a close friendship. Holloway turned out to celebrate Cole's 30th birthday in Las Vegas in June (13) and they were spotted enjoying a meal together in London last month (Sep13).
Cole was previously married to English soccer star Ashley Cole and has also dated U.S. professional dancer Derek Hough.
You're thrilled that will be a movie adaptation of your favorite book. You can't wait to see if what you imagined as you turned the pages translates onto the big screen. Then as you're viewing the film, your joy turns first to horror then to utter disgust as you realize that the entire book has been butchered worse than someone stuck in a room with Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees. You leave the theater with steam coming out of your ears.
Translating a book into a movie is tough, yes, because no one visualizes things the same way. That doesn't let Hollywood off the hook. since these following movies were ones where the creative decisions were truly terrible.
The Scarlet Letter
This movie took a classic novel and pretty much spat all over it. Demi Moore turns in a dull performance and not even the great Gary Oldman could save it. They took a situation that was supposed to be about the shame of adulturous sex and made it even more tawdry.What made matters worse was the fact that they changed the ending to a happier one. Moore even defended the movie by saying that not many people had read the book (I think every English teacher in the nation tore up the newspaper when they read that quote). Nathaniel Hawthorne was probably spinning fast enough in his grave to power Manhattan for 10,000 years.
Bonfire of the Vanities
If you want to look up the term 'surefire hit', this movie should have been in there. It had Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis. Admittedly, it was before they became TOM HANKS and BRUCE WILLIS, but they should have had the charisma to pull off this adaptation of the satirical Tom Wolfe novel. The problem was, they went with a comedy instead of making it a dramedy. Melanie Griffith was wasted, too. There were no Masters of The Universe here.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Nicolas Cage can act in a drama. Watch Leaving Las Vegas. He can do it. This was not a good drama for him. He especially can't convincingly play an Italian. There was no real chemistry between Penelope Cruz and Cage. It also deviated a lot from the book and the movie just seemed to set the stage for Cage to start taking weirder and weirder roles (with a couple of National Treasures sandwiched in between).
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp version)
I like how the Gene Wilder version did with the childhood classic book. Wilder played Willy Wonka as a whimsical sort who enjoyed confounding the people who entered his domain. Depp, an actor who has really embraced eccentric roles of late, made a high-strung pale ghoul who probably was nightmare fuel for every kid that saw the movie in the theater. It just changed the whole overall tone from the book and was a bad choice. I wonder if Depp's own children were like, "Um... Dad?" when they saw this.
The Great Gatsby (both versions)
I read "The Great Gatsby" a long time ago, but I had a fixed image of Jay Gatsby. It sure as heck wasn't Robert Redford, who played the titular character in the '70s version and I never saw Leo DiCaprio. For some reason, I also didn't have the music of Jay-Z blaring in my mind when I read the book either. The modern version actually did fairly well in the theater, but I didn't see it as a good adaptation, since it was too glittery.
Any live-action Dr. Seuss movie
I don't think Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, had Jim Carrey and Mike Myers (the SNL actor, not the homicidal slasher I mentioned in the introductory paragraph) in mind when he wrote "The Grinch Whole Stole Christmas" and "The Cat In The Hat" respectively. He might have had issues casting someone who thought high comedy was talking with his butt cheeks and another who devised a character who was morbidly obese and would scream things like, "GET..IN...MY...BELLY!!!!" I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
The dumbest decision in this movie was to remove the presence of the Greek Gods. You know, the ones that were a huge impetus behind the scenes for many of the events that took place during this epic? I think Zeus would have at least thrown a thunderbolt in the direction of Brad Pitt for making Achilles such a whiny, pouty prettyboy baby. There was such a big chance to make an epic movie and the creators punted on it; Such a shame.
I like Jack Black. I do. I loved School of Rock and found his turn in Tropic Thunder to be hilarious. When I saw that he was going to be doing a version of this classic tale, with several key points changed, my first, second and third instincts were, "Uh... no". Sure enough, it relied on kiddie humor and failed to carry anything from its original source.
Running With Scissors
This was a movie that I was actually looking forward to seeing, since I'm a big fan of Augusten Burroughs. Sadly, the movie took mental illness and had its characters act like cartoon characters. Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening and Joseph Fiennes all had their talent wasted in this movie. It was from a memoir too, which just made it worse. I found it a good opportunity vastly squandered.
I don't care that the Asimov estate approved of this movie, one that took only a couple of names from the book and made it a COMPLETELY different film. I think Isaac, if he were still alive, would have taken one look at the script and sneered at the writers, "You're kidding, right?" I don't think he pictured Will Smith sliding down a huge tower screaming at a sentient computer.
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The confirmation of Nina Dobrev and Derek Hough as a couple is cute for all of five seconds... then the awkwardness of the situation sets in. Dobrev's career, friendships, and future romances are all in jeoprady, and we're counting down the ways that this one relationship could pose a problem for the Vampire Diaries star...
Career: Dobrev spent the last three years dating her Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder. This union was beloved by fans who begged for a real life Damon-Elena romance. Unfortunately, their characters never hooked up in the show while the couple was together. Instead, The Vampire Diaries will have Dobrev and Somerhalder get together in the upcoming season. We expect filming will be a completely comfortable affair, except if Hough ever decides to visit the set....
Romantic Relationship: Dobrev fans loved her relationship with Somerhalder, and while it seems the two continue to be friends, the actress' public comments about both Hough and Somerhalder may cause tension in her new relationship, and stir up unflattering gossip. Dobrev recently instagrammed pictures of both men, one of Hough, congratulating him on his Emmy win, then another of Somerhalder, congratulationg him on his Visionaries Award (below). Dobrev seems to be paying both men equal public attention, and this may spell trouble for the Hough/Dobrev relationship.
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"@Derekhough !!!!!!!! #EMMYWINNER I cant express in 140 characters how unbelievably excited+incredibly proud I am of you. You deserve this :)"
"@iansomerhalder VISIONARIES Award?!? Thats amazing+in such good company. Frieda Pinto,President of Mexico Etc."
Public Image: Dobrev was the September covergirl of Cosmopolitan magazine. In her interview, which she most likely gave in July, Dobrev stated, "I've been a relationship girl, and I've been in long-term relationships my whole life until this point, so I think I'm looking forward to spending some time with myself and finding myself again… I'm just discovering different sides of me and growing and then I'll figure out what I like in a man when I see it." However, reports are claiming that Dobrev and Hough began dating in August, just a few weeks after she gave the interview, and just two months after she broke up with Somerhalder. Not exactly a role model for learning to live on your own.
Friendship: It has been widely understood that Dobrev and Julianne Hough, Derek's sister, are the best of friends. In fact, Julianne introduced Dobrev and Derek. But, if this relationship doesn't work out, it is very likely that Dobrev will lose both her boyfriend and her best friend, a fate that no girl wants to go through.
Good luck Nina, you're going to need it.
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Actress Nina Dobrev has moved on from her failed romance with Ian Somerhalder by reportedly dating professional dancer Derek Hough. The TV beauty was left heartbroken when her three-year relationship with her The Vampire Diaries co-star Somerhalder ended in May (13), but she appears to have bounced back with her best pal Julianne Hough's brother, Derek, according to multiple reports.
The new couple struck up a romance in August (13) and the stars are smitten with each other, according to Us Weekly magazine.
A source tells the publication the Dancing With the Stars choreographer, who won his first Emmy Award on Sunday (22Sep13), asked for a pair of shoes as a gift "for his girlfriend" at the Kari Feinstein Emmys Style Lounge last week (19Sep13), and then "texted Nina for her size".
Dobrev further fuelled the new romance rumours by sharing a photo of Hough following his Emmy on Twitter.com, alongside the caption, "@Derekhough !!!!!!!! EMMYWINNER I cant (sic) express in 140 characters how unbelievably excited+incredibly proud I am of you. You deserve this."
In another photo caption, she gushed, "@derekhough Those of us touched by your light got to watch you brighten up the rest of the world. Keep shining!"
Replying to the public compliments, Hough responded, "Your (sic) the best babe."