Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fab movie.. Burlesque (2010) or was it made in (1933)?

Burlesque(2010). Musical film directed and written by Steven Antin. This film was the debut of singer Aguilera as an actress and also starred Cher, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and Dianna Agron. Cher and Aguilera contributed to the soundtrack album, with Aguilera contributing eight out of the ten songs with Cher taking the remaining two. The album was released in the USA on November 22, 2010. The song "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", sung by Cher, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 2011.

The film starts with Ali Rose, working in a bar, wanting a new life.. packs up her things and performs one last song "Something's Got A Hold On Me".

After moving to Los Angeles, Ali begins looking for places to audition, with not much luck. One night while walking, she follows the sound of music into a burlesque club, where Tess and the dancers perform "Welcome to Burlesque."

Ali, loves what she sees and decides to do anything she can to stay. Her new friend Jack refers her to Tess for an audition, Ali is shown the door. Instead of leaving, Ali begins working as a waitress, while Tess and Sean look on in disbelieve with Jack asking Tess to give Ali a chance. Returning home to her apartment, she finds that it has been broken into and that her money has been stolen. She shows up at Jack's apartment and he allows her stay with him.

Later Ali, who does not like to lip-sing, tries to talk Tess into letting her singing, but.. Ali is told that the customers love the old classic songs. When Georgia becomes pregnant, auditions are held to replace her. Ali audition's after everyone leaves and talks Tess into allowing her to become one of the club's dancers. When dancer Nikki shows up drunk, Tess orders Ali to take her place.

Nikki, wanting to get even with Ali, takes the opportunity to turn off the music in the middle of her performance. Sean, is about to lower the curtain when... Ali, begins to sing the song live. Everyone is impressed by her beautiful voice. Tess, announces that she will create a new show around the new lead singer and dancer. Sean, tells Jack that he should make a move on Ali before it's too late.

Tess, worried  that she is going to have to shut down the club, sings "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me". A jealous Nikki shows up drunk and gets into a fight with Tess and falsely confessing that she slept with Vince after his and Tess' honeymoon. Angry, Tess throws something that breaks Nikki's car window as she drives away.

Ali and Jack, are always at each other throats as she begins dating Marcus. At Georgia's wedding, Jack calls off his engagement, after getting drunk. That night, Ali and Jack sleep together, but the following morning Jack's fiancee returns unexpectedly and tells Ali that the engagement is still on. Jack denies this and asks Ali to leave.

Back with Marcus, Ali finds out about air rights, an empty space above a building. Ali breaks things off with Marcus, soon after she finds out she was about to be used. She tells Tess everything. Will they be able to come up with a a plan to destroy Marcus's plans and make enough money to buy out Tess's partner's share?

The film Burlesque, has it all: glamour, awesome songs and dance numbers that look like they came straight out of a 1933 musical with a splash of sexy fun.

Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980), first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1994.

 Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection", the theme song for the animated film Mulan (1998). In 1999, Aguilera came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera, which was a commercial success spawning three number one singles : "Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." Her sophomore and her debut Latin-pop album, Mi Reflejo (2000), a Christmas third studio album, My Kind of Christmas (2000), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success.

After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). The album's second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success and helped the album's commercial performance amidst controversy over Aguilera's image. Aguilera followed up Stripped with the soul, jazz and blues inspired, Back to Basics (2006), released to positive critical acclaim. The album produced three hit singles "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Candyman".

 Four years later Aguilera released her sixth studio album, Bionic (2010), which incorporated aspects of R and B, electropop, and synthpop and was met with mixed reviews and low sales. Aguilera's seventh studio album is set to be released in 2012.

Aside from being known for her vocal ability, music videos and image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her childhood, and female empowerment in her music. Apart from her work in music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a philanthropist for charities, human rights and world issues which include her work as a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme.

She made her feature film debut in the musical Burlesque (2010), earning Aguilera a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Aguilera's work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award, amongst seventeen and three nominations respectively.

Rolling Stone ranked her number fifty-eight on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, ranking as the youngest and only artist on the list under the age of thirty. She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s behind Madonna.  Aguilera's albums sales are estimated at over 50 million units worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Aguilera is currently a coach and judge on The Voice.


  1. Burlesque is a guilty pleasure movie for sure. Great review.

  2. Dawn - while I can't say I loved the film, I love you enthusiasm for it. That's what the movies are all about. You go, girl! Plus, I must admit I do admire Christina.

  3. Kristen, Thank you.. I just happened to watch it for the first time yesterday.. and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

    Flickchick, What a voice Christina, has. She has a new fan.


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