This week on Dancing with the Stars was classical week, which meant the orchestra doubled in size and rock violinist David Garrett and mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins performed, while the dancers and their celebrities continued to bear their midriffs and dress like mobsters and bobcats.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower danced the Paso Doble, which is a notably aggressive dance. And since Romeo’s biggest challenge on the dance floor is embodying the character of the dance, Chelsie asked him when in his life he has been particularly tough. Romeo answered that whenever he plays basketball he becomes “a beast,” and Chelsie explained that his passion for shoving his crotch in dudes’ faces in the name of obtaining two points was exactly what she wanted to see come out of him when he danced this week. Their dance was very good, even though it ended with Romeo taking his shirt open blazer off and pouncing on Chelsie’s body that lay on the floor. Len Goodman told Romeo to have a bit more decorum, and that even though the dance was passionate and aggressive, he needed to work on his precision. The judges gave them 23 points.
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff danced the Waltz to the theme of Romeo and Juliet, and Karina went into practice knowing she had to work harder at making Ralph sexier and helping him lose what the judges refer to as his “spatula” hands. Their dance wasn’t outstanding, but the judges commended them for the dance’s believability. The judges gave them 25 points.
Petra Nemcova and Dmitri Chaplin were assigned the Paso Doble as well, and again, the aggression in the dance proved to be difficult for Petra to convey. So to help her, Dmitri arranged a photo shoot for her, where she could practice some Paso poses with mean faces and develop a character to bring out during the dance. Their dance was pretty fun to watch, even though Petra looked pretty rigid throughout it. The judges gave them 23 points.
Chris Jericho’s wrestling background meant he had very little trouble portraying the dominance of the Paso Doble. Although during rehearsals, Cheryl Burke criticized his tiny steps and the fact that his chest wasn’t far out enough because it made him not look masculine enough. Thankfully by dance time, Chris had grown a mustache and found his courage to whip Cheryl around the way he needed to. Len was correct in pointing out, however, that the music conquered their routine. The judges gave them 23 points.
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel danced the Viennese Waltz to Conte Partiro. Louis explained their routine included three big tricks because he wanted to show the judges that Kendra was a really big contender. But upon hearing the song, Kendra said she was bored of these kinds of dances, but was only going to do a routine because the song reminded her of Al Capone, and she was excited to dress up like a guy in the mob. So clearly they’re equally dedicated to the competition. It was a bit sloppy, lacked elegance, and Kendra’s moves did not convey the heartbreak or lost love of the song. The judges gave them 18 points.
Hines Ward was assigned the Paso Doble this week, but was upset that he didn’t have as much time to practice as everyone else because he had several events to attend that week. As usual, their dance was great and Hines remains one of the male dancers in this season. The judges gave them 25 points.
Sugar Ray and Anna danced the Viennese Waltz, and Anna tried to prepare Sugar Ray for it by enrolling him in a ballet class. The dance didn’t require a lot from him, and there was no evidence that his dancing skills had improved since week one. The judges liked it anyway, because it was entertaining.
Kirstie Alley and Maks danced the Waltz, and they were determined to make it better than last week’s dance, where both of them fell to the floor. As they were rehearsing, Kirstie’s hip began giving her problems, but she remained determined to dance choreography that would be given to a 25 year-old. When it came time for their actual dance, Kirstie’s shoe fell off in the middle of the routine, and it’s confusing how in all 12 seasons of this show’s history (not including the British version or any other country’s version), she’s the only one to have experienced mishaps. The judges criticized her for not looking present throughout the choreography and gave her 22 points
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas danced the Viennese Waltz TO THE THEME FROM HARRY POTTER. They both moved very well and the dance was very youthful, which Len didn’t appreciate because the dance is 300 years old and their job was to interpret it, rather than make fun of it. Carrie Ann and Bruno, however appreciated their energy, but I have to agree with Len in that very little of what they did was waltz. The judges liked it anyway and gave them 26 points.
Bosses at Royal Mail have marked the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) by printing images of actors in classic William Shakespeare stage productions.
Lord of the Rings star McKellen is shown with Francesca Annis from when they played Romeo and Juliet in 1976, while Tennant is pictured during his stint as Hamlet in 2008.
RSC's artistic director Michael Boyd says, "I am delighted Royal Mail has chosen to celebrate our fiftieth birthday with this set of stamps. It has been an almost impossible job to sift through 50 years of performances to choose images which represent the extraordinary range of work we have produced."
Baz Luhrmann's on-again-off-again-on-again adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby may not have a set release date or a complete cast, but it does have every leading man in Hollywood chasing it. Leonardo DiCaprio has long been set to play Jay Gatsby in a much-anticipated reunion with his Romeo and Juliet director while his best friend and fellow A-lister Tobey Maguire will likely play Nick Carraway. Now, word comes in that Oscar winner Ben Affleck could join the production as well.
Affleck, who is coming into his own as a fantastic filmmaker, is interesting in taking on the role of the wealthy Tom Buchanan, who in the novel is married to Daisy (a role that Carey Mulligan is locked into), the object of Gatsby's desire. It'd be great to see all three of these modern movie heavyweights on screen together, but there's just one hitch: a film called Argo, which Affleck has targeted as his next directorial effort. A political thriller set up at Warner Bros. (where Affleck has an overall deal, and also the company which will distribute Gatsby), the film will likely shoot in September - directly conflicting with Gatsby's August start.
Since Ben is a big deal at Warner's, the studio is trying to work out the schedule to fit both high-priority productions into his calendar, but I'm not sure it'll be possible. Directing a film is a big commitment and I don't think that Affleck will compromise the integrity of one project for another. However, Buchanan's role is rather small compared to the other male parts, so it is possible that Luhrmann could film all of Affleck's scenes at the top of the shoot to ensure that he can send the burgeoning auteur off in time to helm his own picture.
The teenage actress, who was Oscar nominated for her role in the western, will be Italian director Carlo Carlie's leading lady in an indie production based on the tragic tale of forbidden love and suicide.
The film, which does not have a Romeo on board yet, will shoot in Italy, where the original play was set, later this year (11).
Hailee Steinfeld looks to make her first post-Oscar nod move one of the Shakespearean variety. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the young actress may take the role of Juliet in an upcoming indie spin on Romeo and Juliet from Italian director Carlo Carlie, best known for the 1992 foreign film Flight of the Innocent. Julian Fellowes (The Tourist) penned the adaptation and will produce alongside Gabriele Muccino (director of Seven Pounds). And for those of you who spent that part of school home "sick" with a "stomach ache," the story follows two lovers from enemy households which leads to their (spoiler alert) tragic deaths. In theory, it should be a good opportunity to show off more of her incredible 14-year-old talent, but then again, she won't have the support of guaranteed-to-be-loved-by-the-Academy scenes of Jeff Bridges holding a cigarette and drinking whiskey, so we'll see what happens.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
ORLANDO BLOOM, MALCOLM McDOWELL and ANIKA NONI ROSE gave the works of William Shakespeare a new spin in Los Angeles over the weekend when they joined conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a classical take on 'The Bard'. The three movie stars recited selections from Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest and Hamlet as Dudamel and his orchestra performed pieces from Tchaikovsky, inspired by the plays.
Since 1995’s Billy Madison, Adam Sandler has been as consistent a box office draw as any star working today and the stats prove the point: 11 films that have earned over $100 million at the domestic box office, 11 films that have opened at number one, five films that opened at number two and a lifetime domestic theatrical revenue total of over $2 billion. His relevance to audiences is clearly demonstrated by last year’s Grown Ups which became Sandler’s second highest grossing film domestically and the 14th highest grossing film of 2010 with $162 million. 12 of his films have been the result of a very fruitful collaboration with Sony Pictures and Just Go With It with a $31 million debut continues this success. Beyond the traditional weekend, the film will also see a solid Monday gross with Valentine couples making a date with Adam Sandler and co-star Jennifer Aniston for some romantic comedy fun.
An astonishing $30.260 million weekend gross proves that Bieber fever is in full swing as the music and life of the teen music sensation is profiled in Justin Bieber: Never Say Never which had teen girls swooning in the aisles and older audiences gaining a new appreciation for the diminutive crooner who has seemingly come out of nowhere to become the next big thing. Director Jon Chu is no stranger to the world of music having directed Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D and this documentary combines concert and behind-the-scenes footage in an attempt to provide insight into the meteoric rise of the charismatic performer. Teen girls have proven to be a powerful force at the box office in the past and this weekend was no exception as they come out to support their teen idol and made him a movie star.
Continuing a rare G-rated 3-D match up, Disney’s animated Gnomeo and Juliet with $25.5 million benefited from a dearth of family fare in the marketplace that has propelled Disney’s Tangled and Warner Bros.’ Yogi Bear to better-than-expected revenue totals. With a G-rating, music by Elton John, the director of Shrek 2 at the helm and a cute 3-D riff on the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet, this gnome stood tall in the weekend box office contest.
In a weekend filled with newcomers, The Eagle from Focus Features landed in just over 2,296 theatres and a weekend gross of $8.6 million. The period costume adventure set in Roman-ruled Britain stars Dear John’s Channing Tatum and puts him in a sandals and swords period piece drew fans of epics such as Gladiator, 300 and Clash of the Titans.
Completing the top 5 line-up was last weekend’s number one film Sony/Screen Gems The Roommate which banked $8.4 million for the Valentine’s weekend. Yet another profit-maker for Screen Gems, the film earned back its production budget in its first 3 days of release and has gathered a total domestic gross of $26 million through Sunday night.
The bad news for the overall box office picture continues with the revenue downtrend crashing headlong into its 14th consecutive week. The year ago super-strong extended President’s Day weekend (which falls a week later this year) was led by the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day with a $56.3 million 3-day haul and The Wolfman and Percy Jackson and the Olympians both debuting with over $31 million.
Weekend Box Office
Top 10 Movies - For Weekend of February 11, 2011 - Estimates
Movie Weekend Total
1 Just Go With It (PG-13) $31.0 M $31.0 M
2 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) $30.3 M $31.0 M
3 Gnomeo and Juliet (G) $25.5 M $25.5 M
4 The Eagle (PG-13) $8.6 M $8.6 M
5 The Roommate (PG-13) $8.4 M $26.0 M
6 The King's Speech (R) $7.4 M $93.8 M
7 No Strings Attached (R) $5.6 M $59.9 M
8 Sanctum (R) $5.1 M $17.5 M
9 True Grit (PG-13) $3.8 M $160.3 M
10 The Green Hornet (PG-13) $3.6 M $92.3 M
Joe Dante, the director of the beloved Gremlins, is set to bring about another monster movie that will undoubtedly change what it means to be rated PG again. Of course, this is also the guy that brought us Looney Tunes: Back in Action, so who knows.
Anyway, Monster Love follows a werewolf boy that falls in love with a vampire gal and their respective families hate each other so they look down on the relationship. Sound familiar? Kinda like Twilight? Or Underworld? Or Romeo and Juliet? Do we really need another star-crossed-lovers story...with fangs? I mean, I trust Dante (a little at least) but holy shit this story has been beaten, stabbed with a wooden stake and shot with a silver bullet more times than Romeo and Juliet has shitty re-imaginings. Which doesn’t really make sense if you think about it too hard, but come on, it’s Friday.
Source: Shock Till You Drop
Gnomeo & Juliet hits theaters today and is already generating plenty of negative buzz with parent groups over its conclusion. It appears that the film follows the Shakespeare story of Romeo and Juliet a little too closely and parents are worried about the message that sends to kids. Being the smart people they are, they have already created several fliers and we are glad to share them. Enjoy, but remember - talk to you kids about double suicide. Talk to your kids about Gnomeo and Juliet.
At some point during the Gnomeo & Juliet junket, I became fascinated with the idea of taking the lawn ornament-populated adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy to Broadway. After all, Disney managed the same feat with The Lion King, another Disney animated hit that Julie Taymor somehow turned into a blockbuster musical. And Gnomeo, like The Lion King, is bathed in the four-quadrant-friendly sounds of Sir Elton John. Why couldn’t it follow the same path? Never mind that the film isn’t all that great — visions of little people with conical hats on a grass-covered stage, surrounding by massive fountains and lawn-mowers, flickered in my head.
I sat down with John, who, along with his partner, David Furnish, produced Gnomeo & Juliet, to discuss his film’s Broadway prospects:
Gnomeo & Juliet is now playing in theaters everywhere.
The tragic story of the "star-crossed lovers," and perhaps the most popular of Shakespeare's plays. Two rival families of Verona -- the Capulets and the Montagues -- settle their differences only after the tragic deaths of Juliet, the young daughter of the Capulets, and her secret lover, Romeo, the son of the Montagues.