Jessica Biel is a star who you could arguably call "famous from the back." When Esquire magazine crowned her their Sexiest Woman Alive in 2005, her enviable rearview played a key role. "Those liquid lips, those pearly ankles, that sexy butt— Jessica Biel is a woman of many parts," the magazine extolled.
So it's not entirely surprising that Justin Timberlake's new bride would unhinge many a jaw at the LA premiere of her new film Hitchcock. From behind, her daring, skin-baring Gucci gown was the perfect frame for her ridiculously muscular back.
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From the front, some unfortunately-placed ruffles were like Kryptonite, weakening the actress' superpowers and transforming her into an average citizen. (OK, she's still gorgeous, but you get my point.)
Wonder if JT will take a page from the Kanye school of relationships and start styling his lady. Hey, it could happen. "He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design," Biel told In Style in August about her husband. "And I’ll be honest: He has better taste than I do!"
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The latest movie in the Step Up franchise aims for a politicized message behind all the flashy moves but it could do with a lot less plot and a lot more dancing. In Step Up Revolution the Miami dance group "The Mob" takes to the streets (and other random locations) to perform intricately choreographed routines with their own DJ a camera guy who uploads their videos to YouTube and a graffiti artist who leaves their signature behind. It takes at least that much effort just to get hipster New Yorkers to ride the subways without any pants on once a year; it's hard to believe that The Mob could pull off their elaborate schemes without getting caught but that's the magic of movies.
The Mob represents the more diverse working class side of Miami a young multiracial group of friends who create incredible works of art that disappear before they get shut down. One of the Mob's leaders Sean (Ryan Guzman) earnestly explains to newcomer Emily (Kathryn McCormick) that the group's reason is to give a voice to the voiceless or to be happy or to dance or something. It's not really clear but they have a lot of fun and look amazing doing it.
Once Sean and his friends find out that a greedy developer plans to raze their neighborhood to make way for another South Beach-style hotel monstrosity they have a reason to rally but until then they're just trying to win a cash prize by getting clicks on YouTube. The typical Step Up twist is that Emily is the developer's daughter. Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher) doesn't approve of Emily's love of dancing or other frippery and he certainly wouldn't approve of her hanging out with the people causing such mayhem in the streets of Miami.
Step Up Revolution biggest misstep is trying to give the movie more of a hook than the franchise's typical Romeo and Juliet-style love story and tap into "the Zeitgeist" (I swear that's from the studio-provided press notes) of flash mobs. The film could have cut out most of the plot and characters and still have a completely intact film insofar as the point of the film is its multimedia dance routines. The sort of productions The Mob pulls off are more akin to carefully planned art installations or music videos in terms of scope; it would have been better to at least make that somehow feasible in terms of the storyline. Yes we are here for a spectacle and we surely get a spectacle but it needs to have some roots in reality.
The dance scenes are fun sexy and occasionally a little sappy but overall quite enjoyable for people who enjoy "So You Think You Can Dance" type of shows. Kathryn McCormick and Stephen "tWitch" Boss both appeared on "SYTYCD" and their costar Misha Gabriel is a classically trained ballet dancer turned pro back-up dancer for folks like Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Guzman doesn't have a dance background but he is an MMA fighter who obviously took his training very seriously. The entire outfit is pretty damn entertaining to be honest.
As far as the 3D goes it makes most of Miami look overcast and grey. The extra zings added in to make sure we get our money's worth like sand flicking out at us or a breakdancer whose foot seems to be aiming for our face only serves to distract from the real show at hand. There is also an awful lot of ramping and generally spazzy editing tricks that look cheap. The screenplay by Amanda Brody is definitely not its strong suit.
Step Up Revolution is the cinematic equivalent of a trashy beach novel. It's embarrassing to be caught actually enjoying it and you'll forget about it almost immediately but it's a decent way to spend a summer afternoon.
The ending of the '70s was an emotional time for many. Not the real '70s, nobody cared about that, but the decade represented by Fox's That '70s Show. Since the sitcom's finale, we've seen most of its castmembers pop up in the spotlight here and there. Ashton Kutcher has not been hard-pressed for work. Mila Kunis is flourishing. Topher Grace has done reasonably well. Wilmer Valderrama had that show about insulting people. But one castmember we haven't seen much of is Danny Masterson, who played the rebellious, cynical, emotionally distant Steven Hyde. But Masterson is about to be reintroduced to TV audiences in a new comedy series, Men at Work. Created by Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, Rat Race, Franklin & Bash), the series will focus on a nice-guy (Masterson) who suffers a damaging breakup and must rely on his group of friends to reconstruct himself. Men at Work is in development for broadcast on TBS. -Deadline
Debi Mazar is probably most recognizable to contemporary audiences for playing Shauna on Entourage and the actress will soon enjoy a guest spot on the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey. Mazar will play a fast-talking political consultant hired by Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) when a story arc takes her character into the race for re-election for city council. Reportedly, Harper Quinn (Mazar) will be brought in after Mel is involved in a publicized, none-too-flattering event. Melissa and Joey's second season will begin its run in 2012 on ABC Family. -TVLine
This season of Grey's Anatomy has been missing one key component that has defined the show for so long: one of the Grey parts. Chyler Leigh, who plays Lexie Grey, has been largely absent from the first three episodes of the eighth season. Ordinarily, one would worry that this indicates producers' attempts to phase an actor out of a show. However, Leigh specifically requested the time off so that she could spend time with her husband and three children. She will, however, be back to her regular work schedule soon. The first episode to mark Leigh's full-time return will air Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine
Top Story: No Kutcher-Moore Wedding Planned
Ashton Kutcher has no plans to marry girlfriend Demi Moore in the immediate future, The Associated Press reports. Kutcher, who recently quit his successful MTV hidden-camera prank show, Punk'd, told Access Hollywood he and Moore are not planning a wedding. "I don't have any plans for it. I can check the datebook, but the last I looked, there wasn't anything in there like that." Kutcher currently stars on That '70's Show and will soon be seen in theaters in The Butterfly Effect.
Baldwin vs. Basinger Custody Case Set
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin are heading back to court to decide custody of daughter Ireland, Associated Press reports. The exact matter to be decided regarding custody of the couple's 8-year-old daughter is not clear since the case file is not available to the public. The high-profile couple was married for eight years before Basinger filed for divorce and physical custody of Ireland in 2001. At the time of the divorce Basinger allowed joint custody and visitation rights for Baldwin.
Ross Agrees to Plea Bargain
Diana Ross, arrested for drunk driving after driving the wrong way on a Tucson, Arizona, street late last year, has accepted a plea bargain rather than allow her case to be heard before a judge and jury. How the 59-year-old former Supremes singer would plead was not disclosed, only that she would appear at the hearing next month "telephonically."
Backstreet Boy Foils Robbery Attempt
A.J. McLean of the boy band Backstreet Boys helped stop a jewel thief as the man attempted to make off with a $40,000 diamond bracelet, Launch Radio Networks reports. McLean was trying on watches at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel's jewelry store Rocks when a man entered and asked to see several bracelets and rings. The man put on one of the rings and dashed for the exit. The counter clerk, in a panic, explained that she couldn't leave the store, so off McLean ran in hot pursuit. He and a hotel security guard apprehended the man in the hotel parking lot. McLean was in Las Vegas to appear at the Adult Entertainment Expo.
Spalding Gray Missing
Actor/writer Spalding Gray, who began his career as a teenager with a one-man show and starred in numerous Hollywood films over the years, has been reported missing, Reuters reports. His brother Rockwell described the 62-year-old Rhode Island native as being in "a fairly depressed condition for some time." Gray is perhaps best known for his 1987 one-man show Swimming to Cambodia, based on his experience working on the 1985 film, The Killing Fields. The New York Police Department is investigating the disappearance.
Fraiser To Sign Off After 11 Years
After 20 years of playing the fussy radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane, Kelsey Grammer looks ready to hang up his mic once and for all, Reuters reports. NBC executives revealed Monday that the show will end its 11-year run this May. It is unclear what exactly prompted the ending of the show, but concerns over slipping ratings and the cost of production due to the star's million-plus salary per episode are likely culprits. Grammer originated the character of Dr. Frasier Crane on the show Cheers which also ran for eleven seasons on NBC.
Disney Shuts Down Florida Studio
Walt Disney Studios, in a move towards phasing out hand-drawn animated films in favor of exclusively computer-generated features and shorts, is shutting down its studio at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., AP reports. Well over 200 jobs will be cut as the base of operations for the animation department of Disney moves to Burbank, Calif. Disney also recently shut down similar studios in Paris and Tokyo. Disney pioneered animation in its early days, producing the first sound cartoon Steamboat Willie, which also marked Mickey Mouse's debut.
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Lions Gate has snatched up the serial killer flick Saw at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, according to The Hollywood Reporter/. The film stars Cary Elwes and newcomer Leigh Whannell as two men who become trapped in a room at the mercy of a serial killer. Whannell also wrote the screenplay, If all goes as planned, you can see Saw at theaters sometime this year.
Behind Enemy Lines and Texas Rangers represent contrasting tales of the faith studios place in their films.
Soon after John Woo's World War II epic Windtalkers moved from Nov. 9 to June 14, 2002, Fox pushed up the Bosnia-set Behind Enemy Lines from Jan. 18 to Nov. 30 in the wake of successful test screenings. Audiences no doubt whooped and hollered at the sight of a stranded U.S. Navy aviator kicking enemy butt, in this case Serbian rebels.
Then there's Texas Rangers, a post-Civil War Western left to gather dust on the shelf for almost two years by Miramax's genre arm, Dimension. Originally scheduled for an April 2001 release, Texas Rangers will now ride into a mere 400 theaters for what seems like a hit-and-run release prior to being dumped quickly into video stores. Dimension also failed to screen Texas Rangers for critics, perhaps further evidence that it is worse than this summer's MTV-ish American Outlaws.
Texas Rangers almost serves as a who's who of today's hottest TV stars, considering Dylan McDermott (The Practice), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek), Ashton Kutcher (That '70s Show and Oded Fehr (UC: Undercover) climbed into their chaps to retell how the famous law enforcement agency came into existence. Rachael Leigh Cook rounds out the cast, but having endured such recent flops as Get Carter and Josie and the Pussycats, her presence isn't going to help that much. Expect Texas Rangers to rope in not even a quarter of American Outlaws' $4.8 million debut.
If Texas Rangers will leave all involved feeling saddle sore, Behind Enemy Lines should satisfy those in need of an adrenaline-charged jolt of mindless jingoism a la Rambo: First Blood Part II. Owen Wilson must fend for himself after Serbian rebels shoot down his plane. Commanding officer Gene Hackman defies orders--and threatens a potential peace accord--to rescue Wilson.
Hackman knows how it feels to be shot down and hunted by enemy troops, in his case by the Viet Cong. His Bat 21, however, flopped back in 1988.
Fox might be confident about Behind Enemy Lines, but Wilson needs to dodge more than a sniper's bullet. The post-Thanksgiving weekend chews up and spits out new releases without mercy. Sylvester Stallone's 1996 disaster epic Daylight opened to a catastrophic $10 million and ended up with just $32.9 million.
Such blatant patriotism doesn't always play well in a time of war. Flight of the Intruder opened on the eve of 1991's Allied attack against Iraq, but the Vietnam-era thriller made only $14.2 million total as audiences stayed glued to CNN to watch the Gulf War unfold.
Also, audiences might experience an overwhelming sense of déjà vu watching Behind Enemy Lines, which arrives one week after Spy Game. Tony Scott's political thriller, with retiring CIA operative Robert Redford trying to save protégé Brad Pitt from execution at the hands of the Chinese, plays more like the thinking-person's version of Behind Enemy Lines. What it will come down to is whether audiences want to see two major stars or watch all hell break loose in the wake of a downed U.S. Navy fighter plane.
Playing the Spy Game seems somewhat profitable for Redford and Pitt, having earned $34.5 million through Wednesday. That surpasses the $30 million that Pitt's Snatch made at the start of the year. It's even sweeter for Redford, whose The Last Castle crumbled at a mere $21.7 million. Behind Enemy Lines, though, will likely result in less people wanting to partake this weekend in Spy Game.
No matter its fate, Behind Enemy Lines does not pose a serious challenge to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. That honor will fall next week to the star-studded Ocean's Eleven remake.
After a record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday weekend haul of $57.4 million, the apprentice wizard should find his magical hold on audiences now on the wane. Last year's Thanksgiving champ Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas tumbled from $52.1 million to $27.1 million a weekend later. In 1999, Toy Story 2 earned $27.8 million the weekend after a Thanksgiving holiday that put $57.3 million in its coffers. A similar post-Thanksgiving weekend showing would allow Harry Potter to possibly surpass Rush Hour 2 as the year's second-highest grossing film. But it won't be enough to shatter Titanic's record third weekend of $33.3 million.
Harry Potter also has fallen behind Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, which had amassed $207 million through its 13th day in release. Harry Potter's total through Wednesday: $193.9 million.
Monsters, Inc. also will break $200 million this weekend. The Disney/Pixar animated gem continues to stand tall against Harry Potter, having enjoyed a $24 million Thanksgiving weekend. In 27 days in release, Monsters, Inc. has stored away $194.2 million through Wednesday. Shrek, the year's No. 1 film with $267.5 million, had made $182.1 million during the same period. Remaining competitive against Harry Potter would allow Monsters, Inc. to best Shrek at the box office.
Martin Lawrence's hopes for a hit after the summer flop What's the Worst That Could Happen? clearly do not lie with Black Knight. The time-travelling yarn, with Lawrence as an amusement park security guard zapped back to medieval England, took in just $11.4 million during the weekend. What's the Worst That Could Happen? opened in June with $13 million, on its way to a tepid $32.2 million. Black Knight has $16.8 million through Wednesday, which is just a little more than Lawrence received to star in this Chris Tucker reject. Black Knight looks set to tumble by at least 50 percent and end up making no more than What's the Worst That Could Happen?. With two consecutive flops under his belt, Lawrence must now look to next spring's National Security to halt his reversal of fortune.
Out Cold needs crutches after a disastrous weekend on the slopes. Pushed up from its original early 2002 release date without much fanfare, Disney's PG-rated teen ski comedy crashed last weekend with just $4.5 million. Its total through Wednesday is $7.3 million, with a chilly $12 million a possibility.
The unlikely romance between Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow continues to make audiences laugh. Shallow Hal dropped a respectable 30 percent in its third weekend, from $12.1 million to $8 million. Its total through Wednesday is $56.1 million, with $70 million a certainty. That should make directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly happy after their Osmosis Jones and Say It Isn't So came and went this year without so much as a peep.
Playing at 217 theaters, Amelie is quickly becoming the arthouse sensation it was predicted to be. The French smash has $5.6 million through Wednesday, with business likely to bloom come awards time. With the next few weeks light on wide releases, Amelie should remain a top attraction, at least until the Dec. 21 onslaught of holiday releases.
Also expanding this weekend is Edward Burns's Sidewalks of New York. Having collected $678,000 in its first five days, this romantic paean to the Big Apple has already earned more in one weekend in limited release than Burns' previous directorial effort, 1998's No Looking Back. But facing lukewarm reviews, Sidewalks of New York will surely struggle to surpass the totals of both The Brothers McMullen ($10.2 million) and She's the One ($9.4 million). Americans might have taken New York to heart following Sept. 11, but that doesn't mean they will embrace Burns' view of love and the city.