Fan Art Fridays: Channing Tatum

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To say that the season 2 premiere of Lip Sync Battle on Spike was intense on Thursday night is an understatement.

Channing Tatum battled his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the show, Channing beating her out with a diva-licious lip syncing of Beyoncé’s “Who Run the World (Girls).”

Channing brought Beyoncé herself on stage towards the end of Channing’s performance, sealing his win and causing Jenna to faint dramatically as the audience cheered.

Channing, you most definitely earned your spot on this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

View the original fan art here, and watch Jenna and Channing go head-to-head below!

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Photo Diary: Danceworks Fall 2014 Concert

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Friday, November 7th, was a night of sexy, glamorous Hofstra Danceworks entertainment. The school dance club put on a show for us all at the John C. Adams Playhouse as part of their annual Fall Concert.

I still don’t understand how they pull off such amazing choreography. Some of the members, such Nicole Marinucci, are double majors at Hofstra.

When do they find time to rehearse?!

The program for Friday night included hip-hop, tap, contemporary and more.

I really wish I could have gone to Saturday’s show as well!

Anyway, I took a few photos at the show, so enjoy!

The first number was impeccably "***Flawless."

The first number was impeccably “***Flawless.”

 

Perfect sync.

Perfect sync.

Such a fun tap routine to Sylvan Esso's "Dress"

Such a fun tap routine to Sylvan Esso’s “Dress”

These girls need to go on tour with Michael Buble for "Feeling Good."

These girls need to go on tour with Michael Buble for “Feeling Good.”

Oh, they're definitely gonna be "Big Stars..."

More than just entertained! #awestruck

The guys did so well in this one!

The guys did so well in this one!

"Love Shack" never gets old.

“Love Shack” never gets old.

They danced to one of my favorite songs, "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap!

They danced to one of my favorite songs, “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap!

Danceworks delivered. Big time. Best dance entertainment I’ve seen since I started at Hofstra. I will definitely be attending the spring show in 2015!

A Sad Au Revoir to ‘Bunheads’

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The wait is over. ABC Family has decided to cancel Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads.

I cannot believe that after being in limbo for five months they’ve decided to drop the series.

With all the new shows being added to the lineup on the network, there really isn’t a spot for Bunheads. ABC Family has chosen to pick up shows such as The Fosters, Twisted, and the new Ravenswood this fall.

This isn’t the first time ABC Family dropped a show I’d grown attached to. Last year they dropped Jane by Design, a show about a high school girl named Jane who got a job as an assistant to fashion designer Grey Chandler. The only reason she was hired for the position was because she was mistaken for an adult.

I can see how a plot line for a show like that would fizzle out, but Bunheads? No. Bunheads was special.

The show Bunheads is about a Las Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) who gets swept off her feet by Hubbell Flowers, an admirer who frequents her shows. She marries and moves with him to Paradise, California where he dies in a car accident hours after the reception. Michelle is left with Hubbell’s mother, Madam Fanny and her ballet dance studio. Since Michelle was a former bunhead (ballerina) she ends up helping to teach the classes.

I’m really going to miss Michelle. She had a very sarcastic and witty sense of humor that will turn any bad day upside down.

I’ll also miss the students from Madam Fanny’s class, especially Ginny and Boo.

Also seeing one of my favorite contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, Jeanine Mason as Cozette, was very refreshing. I didn’t even know she could act. It’s great to see that her career is taking off.

However, this is the end. No more quirky ballerinas. No more Michelle’s hot surfer dude boyfriend with a PhD. No more cute Carl and Boo romance. No more ridiculous barista at the town coffee shop.

The saddest part is that the season 1 finale (now the series finale) ended with Ginny crying on Michelle’s shoulder. Now I’m crying with Ginny!

I hope the actors of Bunheads get picked up for other shows. I’ll be looking out for them.

And now for a few of the amazing ballet dance routines from Bunheads:

Movie Review: ‘Lovestruck: The Musical’

So last night I spent some time sitting on the couch in front of my beloved flat screen to watch Lovestruck: The Musical on ABC Family.

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The movie looked promising, featuring actors like Drew Seeley, Chelsea Kane (known as Chelsea Staub pre-2008; still not sure why she changed her stage name) and Jane Seymour.

This film contains high levels of singing, dancing, romance, and beautiful scenery. Those ingredients are all I need to be glued to the television screen for two hours!

The movie starts out with Mirabella (Sara Paxton) rushing to dance class to break the news to her mother, Harper (Jane Seymour), about her decision to quit the show in order to live in Italy with her husband-to-be, Marco. Harper trips on stage during the opening number, “Just Dance”, originally by Lady Gaga, due to her bad knee. She then sends her dancers to find her some aspirin as she goes off to the back room to deal with her daughter.

Here’s where the plot line becomes almost too predictable. Harper is now concerned (as most mothers would be) that her daughter is making a huge mistake. She therefore proceeds to threaten a lawsuit against Mirabella for deciding to quit the show. Mirabella then bans her mother from the wedding, and her mother decides to make it her business to show her that Marco is not the type of guy who will leave his “Playboy” lifestyle for her.

Meanwhile the dancers find Harper not only some aspirin, but a small bottle of Vitality Tonic as well.

We all know what happens next.

Harper gets on a flight to Italy, where the wedding is to take place, messed up knee and all, to then realize that she doesn’t have her aspirin. So what does she do? You guessed correctly: the woman resorts to drinking the Vitality Tonic. The potion turns Harper into her younger self (played by Chelsea Kane), and this gives her all the more advantage in seducing Marco.

The morning after successfully seducing Marco on the night of the bachelor and bachelorette parties, young Harper, who is at this point pretending to be a distant cousin so as not to blow her cover, goes to the bridal shop with Mirabella. After a while she notices that the potion is wearing off, so she rushes back to the house. On the way back, Harper overhears Marco telling his best man about the kiss he shared with her the night before. Unfortunately, Mirabella happens to be walking across the bridge as the conversation between Marco and his best man continues, and she is left to believe three things: her mother was right about Marco, she cannot marry Marco, and her maid of honor, Noelle (Adrienne Bailon), is the girl that turned her fiance unfaithful.

The events of this film are hilarious. The Vitality Tonic only lasts for a certain amount of time, and each time Harper takes a dose, her body reacts weirdly. The first time she drinks the stuff she faints, hyperventilates, and begins blowing into a little baggy, all while in the restroom at the airport in Italy.

I had a good laugh at this movie.

Ok. Now for the things I disliked about this movie:

1. When Mirabella sings “Like a Virgin” along with the rest of the bridesmaids during the bachelorette party, she sounds like a dying baby seal.  Did they forget to do the autotune or something for this girl’s voice?! Young Harper sings it again while seducing Marco and her voice was magical. My God. I don’t know what happened to Sara Paxton during that scene. The rest of her singing parts in other scenes were fantastic though. Just that one damn song! Ugh!

2. Speaking of young Harper seducing Marco, it all happened way too quickly for me. He was supposedly drunk, and just willingly went along with the whole kiss. It seemed a bit unreal.

3. There were not enough scenes where the Italian language was spoken. In fact, there was only one scene where the seamstress calls Mirabella back to have her dress fitted in Italian instead of English. I wanted to hear more of that beautiful language!

And now for the highlights of the film:

1. When Harper’s ex husband, Ryan, arrives, even though she is in younger form, he knows his ex wife is there because of the Chanel No. 5 perfume lingering in the halls. So romantic!

2. The moment I was waiting for: when Harper drugs Ryan with some of the Vitality Tonic so that he won’t blow her cover and he turns into young Ryan, played by Drew Seeley. I think my popcorn bowl was filled with drool at that point.

3. When Harper and Ryan dance to “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (originally by Usher and Pitbull) at the rehearsal dinner! MUST SEE MOVIE MUSICAL MOMENT!

4. The scenery. Italy is just pure beauty. I totally want to visit one day, and this film reminded me how much I want to go there for my honeymoon when, and if, I get married someday.

And can we all pause for a second just to appreciate how amazing Jane Seymour looks with that blonde bob?!

jane bob

All in all, I think this movie was a crowd-pleaser. The music selection was okay. They could have picked some better pieces, but the dances were definitely well choreographed. Dancing with the Stars surely taught Chelsea Kane a thing or two!

lovestruck soundtrack

Download the soundtrack on iTunes!

I do wish that they had played up the concept of immortality at the end of the film. When Harper is faced with the decision to drink one last dosage of the Vitality Tonic, an action that would turn her into a young adult forever, I began to realize that sometimes the aging process is a part of life that you might not want to give away. Mirabella would never have happened had she chosen to take that third dosage, and this is something I wished were emphasized to a greater degree in the movie.

Best quote from the movie:

“I know that ass, I fell in love with that ass. In fact, I spent the better part of the 80s worshiping that ass.” – Ryan, Harper’s ex husband

Wondering who catches the bouquet? Well I guess you’ll have to watch the movie whenever it airs again on ABC Family to find out!
Enjoy this dance featurette!

This Week in Music: Jonas Brother’s “Pom Poms” and Matthew Koma’s “One Night”

The first week of April 2013 has brought to us the music of the Jonas Brothers and Matthew Koma.

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Truth is, I miss the Jonas Brothers. Back in 2007 I was one of those thirteen year old girls who fangirled about anything and everything Jonas. But then they died out. And now they’re trying to come back. I worry that this comeback will be unsuccessful.

Matthew Koma is slowly becoming one of my favorites. I loved his voice in Zedd’s “Spectrum” and his song “Parachute” is amazing. I was really happy to find out he was releasing a new track this week.

And now for the assessment.

JoBros!! What happened?! I used to love these guys so much, with their heartfelt lyrics, sexy vocals and hair raising guitar rifts. “Pom Poms” lacks all three of these qualities!


The video, on the other hand, was quite entertaining. I loved the choreography (this is the first Jonas Brothers video with dancers I believe). Those female dancers have some serious skills! The kid in the milkshake scene was humorous. I also thought the choir was very interesting to see popping up every now and then. I’m kind of confused though, as to why that band player at the end does the bridge, hitting his hat smack down on the grassy field as a result. Weird.

There might be hope for these guys. Might.

And, Nick, please, please let your sexy curls grow back. You’re really starting to creep me out with that shorter cut you’ve been sporting around. I used to drool over Nick’s curls, hoping that one day I’d marry him and watch them turn gray. Sigh. Those days are long gone.

Matthew Koma does some interesting things with the lyrics for “One Night.” I love how he sings the chorus. He makes the song so fun with his cool vibrato and calm vocals. The play on words in the line “In a white Mercedes that bends me to the grave” is just brilliant. The bubble gum metaphor is also genius. I can’t stop myself from singing along when it goes “Chew my love under your tongue like it’s your bubblegum. Just spit me out when it becomes more than fun.”

The music video was a bit odd though. I wish there were better visuals of the carnival, because the bell sounds in the intro of the song remind me of carnival scenes. The part where Matthew Koma touches that guy’s mustache was hilarious. Those crazy teens with the ginormous bubble and the firework were just awkward.

 

Maybe I’m being a bit to harsh, but I think “One Night” won me over. I’m sorry Jonas Bros, but I will not be putting my pom poms down for you guys. Get it together JoBros!