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'Dancing With The Stars': Katherine Jenkins Hits High Note Again

‘Dancing With The Stars’: Katherine Jenkins Hits High Note Again

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 12:39pm

Gladys Knight earned the lowest scores on Motown night, while Jaleel White and Jenkins each earned a pair of 10s.
By Kelley L. Carter






Derek Hough and Maria Menounos


Photo: ABC

Monday night’s telecast of “Dancing With the Stars” opened with R&B legend Smokey Robinson crooning his Motown hit “Tears of a Clown.” Then Martha Reeves came in singing her hit with the Vandellas “Dancing in the Streets.” Then came the (current lineup of the) Temptations singing their classic hit “Get Ready.” And Motown founder Berry Gordy was in the audience, to boot.

It was the perfect way to intro Motown night — this week’s theme — for the popular ABC dance reality competition.

This week’s scores included bonus points for a group cha-cha dance marathon.

At the top of the pack this week were Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas. The opera singer once again impressed judges with her moves. She and Ballas danced to the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You,” and the judges thought she continued to deliver. Her prize? She earned a pair of 10s in her initial score for an almost perfect score. “Tonight, girlfriend, you let it loose. That was amazing!” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. 29/30 + 10 = 39.

Here’s how the others fared:

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
The former child actor jumped right back near the top of the leaderboard. He danced the cha-cha to “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and the judges found his movements to be sharp and filled with attitude “You’re back!” head judge Len Goodman told him. He also was rewarded with a pair of 10s from the judges. 29/30 + 8 = 37

William Levy and Cheryl Burke
The Latin soap opera star danced the rumba, and judges loved the steam that came from the pair. Their ending was over-the-top sexual (they were laid out on top of one another on the dance floor), and the judges — and the live audience, gauging from the screams and hooting and hollering — enjoyed it thoroughly. “William! Absolute and utter filth. And I loved every minute of it!” judge Bruno Tonioli said. “On behalf of all of the women out there, I thank you,” Inaba said. Goodman thought it was a bit on the raunchy side. 27/30 + 9 = 36

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
The football star danced the foxtrot to a Temptations track, and the judges were impressed by his showmanship. “Donald, you are a showman! Confidence! Power! Your performances get better and better. You should be in the theater,” Tonioli said. 27/30 + 7 = 34

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy
The actress danced the Viennese waltz to Robinson’s lush hit “Ooo Baby, Baby,” and judges thought her lines were beautiful. “I see poetry starting to happen in your movements. I see the artistry there,” Inaba told her. 24/30 + 6= 30.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
The TV journalist danced the foxtrot to a Reeves’ hit, and even though she made a few missteps, judges thought she pulled it off quite nicely. “You lost your footing, but you caught up quite brilliantly,” Tonioli told her. 26/30 + 4 = 30.

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
The Disney star danced to a Robinson hit, and the judges thought his moves were more suitable for a hip-hop dance — his specialty — than the ballroom. Goodman said that the execution of his routine was “clipped and jerky.” “In general, I thought your moments were a bit over-exaggerated tonight and it made it hard for me to watch,” Inaba said. 23/50 + 5= 28.

Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus
The soul legend took the stage first — kind of fitting, considering she recorded with the Detroit label — and she performed the rumba. Judges thought her routine was passionate and said her star quality was undeniable. They thought her rumba should have been a bit steamier and noted how she lost it a bit at the end. “You’re not the best dancer, but I’ll tell you what you are … Gladys, you are the most charismatic dancer, I’m telling you. It is so appealing,” head judge Len Goodman said. “It’s just easy like Sunday morning!” 21/30 + 3 = 24.

Justin Bieber Writes Song About Paternity Scandal

Justin Bieber Writes Song About Paternity Scandal

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 12:24pm

‘I wrote about that situation,’ singer admits during an album listening session Tuesday.
By James Dinh






Justin Bieber


Photo: Lester Cohen/ WireImage

Justin Bieber isn’t leaving behind last year’s paternity scandal until he shares his two cents on the allegation — musically, at least.

Just a day after his Twitter jab at 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, the pop superstar held a listening session for his new album, Believe, and revealed that the paternity case is just one of many subject matters he covered on the project.

According to the BBC, Bieber said his inspirations included “that girl — Mariah Yeater — who said she was going to have my baby,” adding: “I wrote about that situation.”

When asked to choose his favorite song on the June 19 release, Bieber struggled to answer. “Every song has a piece of me; it’s hard to pick,” he said. “I wrote almost all of them or co-wrote them.”

Yeater definitely played a big part in Bieber’s 2011. The California woman kept the singer at the top of the headlines when she alleged he was the father of her then-3-month-old child.

Bieber’s baby-mama-drama track is just one of 40 songs he’s recorded for the LP, which also reportedly features collaborations with Taylor Swift, Ludacris and Kanye West.

In another interview during his promotional blitz, the singer dished details about his duet with Drake, even revealing the title of the star-studded track. “The song’s called ‘Right Here’ and it’s a smash!” he told Capital FM. “People are gonna love it. It just rides so smoothly.”

Two acts Beliebers won’t see on the album are One Direction and the Wanted, as the star denied rumors of hitting the studio with the teen heartthrobs.

What do you think Justin’s album is going to sound like? Share your thoughts below!

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Whitney Houston 'Prepared' Monica For Her Life In Music

Whitney Houston ‘Prepared’ Monica For Her Life In Music

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 at 11:23am

‘My great-grandchildren will know exactly who Whitney Houston is,’ 31-year-old New Life singer tells MTV News.
By Rob Markman






Monica


Photo: MTV News

Monica and the late Whitney Houston shared a special bond. Not only did the fallen pop icon influence Monica, she also mentored her from a very young age.

“Losing somebody that you idolize is one thing, but losing a friend is another thing,” Monica told MTV News during an April 10 interview. “I look back over many, many years of my life, and Whitney wasn’t the type of person that would call and ask if I was OK; she would actually fly to me. She would come looking for me, she would sit with me.

“She prepared me and always reminded me to never lose sight of who I was, and I think she could be a testament to that because of what she experienced,” she continued. “It’s hard on a daily basis, especially when I’m thinking about her.”

It’s been almost three months since Houston passed away after accidentally drowning in a bathtub in her Los Angeles hotel room. While the wounds are still fresh, Monica marches on. The 31-year-old singer just dropped her seventh solo album, New Life, and has been singing Houston’s songs since the very beginning of her career.

In March, Monica partnered with Brandy in Atlanta, and together they sang touching Whitney covers. It was far from the first time they paid homage to her. “I guess I get through the tributes for Nippy because I knew how much she enjoyed them,” Monica explained. “I didn’t just start doing tributes to her: I was signed at 11 years old singing ‘The Greatest Love of All.’ ”

While on the road with Trey Songz during his 2010 Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour, Monica would honor her idol every night, and Houston was alive to see it. “I would put on a gown and do a full-out salute to her from top to bottom and sing,” she said. “She got a kick out of that.”

Though Whitney’s death has been difficult for Monica, the spirited singer takes comfort in knowing that her friend and teacher left a legacy that will transcend generations. “I really appreciate the fact that for almost three decades she gave us music that will last,” she said. “My grandchildren will know exactly who she is; my great-grandchildren will know exactly who Whitney Houston is.”

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Battle Of The Boy Bands: Voting Begins Now!

Battle Of The Boy Bands: Voting Begins Now!

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 at 10:53am

One Direction, Backstreet Boys, the Beatles among 32 crews competing for coveted title; round-one voting closes on Thursday at noon ET.
By Christina Garibaldi






One Direction


Photo: Getty Images

MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands is officially under way! On Monday (April 23), we opened first-round voting in our interactive bracket competition, where 32 bands, spanning all generations, will face off.

The fans determine who’ll continue, who gets eliminated and, eventually who earns the title of Greatest Boy Band of All Time. So start voting now to make sure your favorite group advances to round two and beyond. And the bands aren’t just going to stand by while you vote — they’re already campaigning for your support as the the Wanted did in their hilarious video. Voting in round one closes on Thursday at noon ET. The tourney is sure to heat up before the winner is announced on May 7.

All right, it’s time to reveal our list of the 32 competing boy bands. Read on as we break down a few key matchups in the first round of competition and sound off on our list on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB!


Vote for your favorite band, discuss and share on Facebook and Twitter in the MTV Battle of the Boy Bands interactive bracket!

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Backstreet Boys vs. Westlife: This will likely be an interesting first-round matchup since these two bands have one thing in particular on their side: longevity. Both groups have been around since the late 1990s, and while Westlife called it quits in 2011, the Backstreet Boys are still going strong, currently on a European tour with fellow boy-banders and tournament finalists, New Kids on the Block. Of course, BSB had worldwide success. Their 1999 album, Millennium, sold more 1 million copies in its first week. And Westlife, originally signed by Simon Cowell, had a hit song in the U.S, “Swear It Again,” and ruled the U.K. charts with 14 #1 singles. Here’s a fun fact: Westlife’s first big break came in 1998 when they opened for the Backstreet Boys at a concert in Dublin.

Additional Matchups:

O-Town vs. the Jackson 5

98 Degrees vs. the Beatles

New Kids on the Block vs. Take That

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‘NSYNC vs. 5ive: Yes, both of these groups consisted of five members, but they actually have more in common than that. In 1998, 5ive embarked on a U.S tour with ‘NSYNC, but soon after, left the tour due to exhaustion. Interestingly, both bands notably decided to call it quits at the peak time of their success. In 2001, 5ive had just released their third album when the lead single, “Let’s Dance,” became their third #1 in the U.K. They soon announced they were calling it a day. Similarly, in 2002, after ‘NSYNC’s second album, No Strings Attached became the best-selling album of the decade, the group released Celebrity, which gave the group three #1 singles. After a tour in support of their third album, they decided to go on a permanent break.

Additional Matchups:
LFO vs. 112

Jonas Brothers vs. Menudo

Hanson vs. BBMak

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The Wanted vs. Color Me Badd: It’s not only old versus new in this matchup, it’s pop versus R&B. British boy band the Wanted have had much success overseas and recently found fame Stateside with their hit single “Glad You Came.” The group’s first U.S. EP hits stores on Tuesday and they just released their next track, “Chasing the Sun.” But don’t count out Color Me Badd: Much like The Wanted, this group had success early on in their career. From 1991 to 1992, the group had five hit singles off their debut album, including the smash hit “I Wanna Sex You Up.”

Additional Matchups:
The Monkees vs. 2gether

Big Time Rush vs. All-4-One

Boyz II Men vs. Jodeci

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One Direction vs. Day 26:
This could be an exciting matchup since the two bands were assembled by two of the most influential minds in music: Simon Cowell and Diddy. British boy band One Direction got their start on the U.K. version of the “X Factor” and quickly took off from there. In March, their debut album, Up All Night, debuted at #1, the first time a U.K. group did so with a debut album . Day 26 also got their start on a television show, MTV’s “Making the Band 4.” In 2008, one year after their formation, the group released their self-titled album on Diddy’s Bad Boy records; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.

Additional Matchups:
IM5 vs. B2K

NKOTBSB vs. New Edition

Another Bad Creation vs. Mindless Behavior

Voting is under way in round one of MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands and closes at noon ET on Thursday, April 26. Winners are determined by fan ballots, so if your favorite band made the cut, keep voting. Tune in to AMTV and MTV Hits daily for boy-band video takeovers. And don’t forget to spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB and like us on Facebook for updates!

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Mac Miller To Make Return To 'RapFix Live'

Mac Miller To Make Return To ‘RapFix Live’

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 at 9:51am

The 20-year-old Pittsburgh MC is currently on tour for his Macadelic mixtape.
By Rob Markman






Mac Miller


Photo: MTV News

Mac is back, so you can expect a Most Dope “RapFix Live” when Mac Miller returns to the red couch on Wednesday.

It’s been a hell of a ride for the 20-year-old spitter, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. After landing the #1 album in the country last November with his debut LP Blue Slide Park, Mac has been moving at an accelerated pace. He concluded his 80-date, sold-out BSP tour in December and immediately hit the lab to cook up his Macadelic mixtape, which he dropped as a free Internet download in March.

“It’s like the story of someone who is growing up, trying to figure out who he is and trying to figure out what he’s supposed to do in the world and how he’s gonna change it,” Mac told Mixtape Daily of Macadelic. “I think it’s a great piece because it’s a great part of my career, it’s a great time right now and I feel like I been making mixtapes for five years, so this one is very special to me.”

The tape features contributions from Cam’ron, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne on the soul-bearing “The Question.” “This song is a real meaningful song to me, man, and I wanted to make sure I got Wayne on something that was heartfelt,” he said of “The Question.” “I got him on a record that I was saying something and not just talkin’ sh–, so this record right here really kinda deals with a question that I’ve been goin’ through in my own head.”

Mac is currently out on tour in support of Macadelic, but that didn’t stop him from announcing his next run: the with Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods. “It means everything, Mac’s my little homey. It’s good for his fans; it’s good for everybody who’ve been wanting to see us do what we do together,” Wiz told MTV News of the joint summer tour last week while on the set for Maroon 5′s “Payphones” video in L.A.

Catch Mac Miller on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com, and be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. Send your questions for the artists @MTVRapFix!

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Top 10 Must-See Summer Movies Of 2012

Top 10 Must-See Summer Movies Of 2012

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 1:58pm

‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ ‘Brave’ and ‘Bourne Legacy’ make our can’t-miss list.
By Kevin P. Sullivan






Andrew Garfield in “The Amazing Spider-Man”


Photo: Marvel / Columbia Pictures

As we wrap up our Summer Movie Preview Week, it feels like the best time to take a look at the big picture and see what movies we are dying to watch.

With so many films coming out this summer, we wanted to share with you our list of what’s going to be worth your time (and your money) during the upcoming season.

These are our top 10 most anticipated summer movies:

“The Amazing Spider-Man”
Marc Webb’s reboot of this superhero series earns a spot solely for the character and talent involved. The director made a name for himself with “(500) Days of Summer,” and the two leads, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, are among some of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. Though it may seem too soon for a new series, you can’t deny that the concept isn’t appealing.

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
After sitting through five lead-up movies, “The Avengers” better be worth a spot on our most anticipated list. By all accounts (i.e. those lucky enough to have seen it already), director Joss Whedon has pulled off the seemingly impossible by bringing together Earth’s mightiest heroes in a film that not only works, but surpasses the previous films in many ways. Here’s hoping that Marvel’s crazy/brilliant plan actually pays off.

“Bourne Legacy”
Director Tony Gilroy, speaking to MTV News as part of our Summer Movie Preview Week, explained that this is not the same old “Jason Bourne Show.” According to Gilroy, Jeremy Renner‘s character has the “opposite of amnesia” and has no confusion about what he’s doing for the government. The concept of a less sympathetic take on the formula was exactly what we needed to know that “Bourne” is at least worth one more go.

“Brave”
Pixar’s exploration of Scottish mythology has all the hallmarks of the animation studio. There are beautiful visuals, an unlikely but strong protagonist and the same vibrancy and sense of humor that have made so many of their films modern classics.

“The Dark Knight Rises”
The last time Christopher Nolan made a Batman film, it had the biggest weekend of all time, grossed over $1 billion worldwide and earned Heath Ledger an Academy Award. For the director’s final act, he promises to bring an end to his realistic version of the Batman legend. With so much of the world invested to see how it all turns out, “The Dark Knight Rises” is a guaranteed success. Will Batman make it out alive? There’s only one way to find out.

“Lawless”
Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf star in this true-life, Prohibition-era drama about a family of bootleggers in Virginia. “Lawless” touts a brilliant supporting cast, including Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. Plus, with director John Hillcoat (“The Proposition,” “The Road”), we’re almost guaranteed a beautiful-looking crime drama that doesn’t shy away from violence.

“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Moonrise Kingdom” is Wes Anderson at his most Wes Anderson. The director of visually stunning, quirky comedies like “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” is back with this film about young lovebirds who escape the confines of their summer camp and, as a result, have a cast of all-star Anderson regulars searching after them. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Jason Schwartzman.

“Prometheus”
Ridley Scott‘s return to the genre that made him a legend also boasts a screenplay co-written by “Lost” executive producer Damon Lindelof and enough mystery surrounding the plot to fill dozens of message boards. Aside from the handful of wonderfully crafted trailers, we’ve also had the cast list to fawn over. “Prometheus” stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Idris Elba.

“Savages”
After seeing the sexy teaser trailer for “Savages,” it would be difficult to not find it a spot on the list. The film, directed by Oliver Stone, follows two pot growers and dealers who have to rescue their shared girlfriend after she’s kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. The footage we’ve seen so far looks like a return to Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” and “U Turn” days.

“Snow White and the Huntsman”
What started out as just one of the two Snow White films this year turned out to be one of the most visually interesting films of the summer. This reimagined version of the Snow White tale casts Kristen Stewart as a warrior princess who must fight for her kingdom against the milk-bathing evil ways of the Queen, played by a frightening Charlize Theron.

It’s Summer Movie Preview Week, and MTV News will be bringing you exclusive interviews, clips and photos for the most anticipated summer movies. Get ready to gorge on inside looks at “The Avengers,” Robert Pattinson’s “Bel Ami,” Kristen Stewart’s “Snow White,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and more!

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'Bridget Jones 3' Script In The Works, Hugh Grant Confirms

‘Bridget Jones 3′ Script In The Works, Hugh Grant Confirms

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 10:51am

Leading man tells MTV News he expects ‘more fisticuffs’ with Colin Firth.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz






Hugh Grant


Photo: MTV News

The last time anyone heard about the third film in the “Bridget Jones” franchise, the script was still being reworked to suit lead actors Ren

Zac Efron Reveals Best Music For Setting The Mood

Zac Efron Reveals Best Music For Setting The Mood

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 9:37am

‘Phil Collins,’ ‘Lucky One’ star deadpans to MTV News.
By Kara Warner






Zac Efron


Photo: MTV News

In a discussion of the finer aspects of the recently released romantic drama “The Lucky One” with stars Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, one of the most entertaining subjects to come up revolved around prolific romance author Nicholas Sparks, author of the novel upon which the film is based. Specifically, we wondered whether Efron and Schilling had ever experienced any Sparks-like fantasy romance scenarios in real life.

“I’m sure I’ve said some of those lines,” Efron admitted to MTV News. “They’re probably worse — not as good as the ones written, but they were excellent in the moment.”

“I’m sure they were great,” Schilling offered. “I’m sure they worked in the moment.”

“I feel like they were good,” Efron said with a smile.

“It’s about the right moment,” Schilling added, referring to the fact that there’s a perfect time and place for romantic gestures. “There have been a few sweeping gestures but what means the most to me are the little things from the heart. There have been a few notes and well-timed flowers that mean more than anything else.”

“Every once in a while when you look into each other’s eyes and that music starts playing, I love that,” Efron joked, which prompted us to ask a follow-up question about which song you should play when trying to set the mood.

“That’s a good question. What would be your song that you would play?” Schilling asked Efron. “I have no answer.”

“Phil Collins,” Efron deadpanned, which sent his co-star into a fit of giggles.

“That’s great!” she said, laughing. “That’s a good blanket artist.
It’s a great answer.”

“I think so,” Efron said.

We can just picture it now, Efron and a very lucky lady about to lock lips with Collins’ classics “In the Air Tonight” or “Against All Odds” playing in the background.

Check out everything we’ve got on “The Lucky One.”

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Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows': Just How Dark Is It?

Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’: Just How Dark Is It?

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 8:43am

Early chatter indicates a film in the vein of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ with both farcical and ‘full-bodied horror’ elements.
By John Mitchell






Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dark Shadows”


Photo: Warner Bros.

The death of actor Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins, makes this a sad week in the “Dark Shadows”-verse. The 87-year-old, classically trained actor passed away at a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, on April 13 after a fall at his home. Frid cameos in Tim Burton’s big-screen adaptation of the ’60s soap opera, which hits theaters on May 11. It will be his final screen appearance.

“Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows,’ ” the film’s star, Johnny Depp, told the LA Times in an e-mail from the Arizona set of “The Lone Ranger.” “His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. When I had the honor to finally meet him … generously passed the torch of Barnabas.”

We hope Frid, who maintained a long, loving and appreciative relationship with “Shadows” fans, had a chance to see at least a rough cut of the anticipated flick. Some early reviews trickling out indicate it is quite different from what the trailers, TV commercials and print advertisements would have us think.

Two weeks back, after hearing Burton regular Danny Elfman’s menacing score and noting that it in no way lined up with the gonzo comedy the trailer seemed to be selling, we wondered if maybe the clip was cut to appeal to the broadest possible audience without much regard for the tone of the film itself. After all, a Gothic horror-comedy with a deep and dramatic back story is a much harder sell than a broad and cartoonish farce about an 18th Century vamp trying to get used to the electronic contraptions, female doctors and cars of the 1970s.

If the early buzz is any indication, we were right.

In a series of tweets (which have since been pulled down; lucky for us others cleverly snapped them up), Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican, who has seen the movie, shared his thoughts and they reveal a more complex and ambitious film that is alternately dark and absurd (in what sounds like a great way).

“I’ve seen final cut of ‘Dark Shadows.’ Tone similar to Burton and Depp’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ — lots of humor, but with menacing, atmospheric edge,” Breznican wrote. “In ‘Dark Shadows,’ there’s an absurdist bent to the monster element. The creatures of the night are adrift in the self-obsessed world of 1970s … In typical Burton fashion, humans are scarier than the fiends. If u want ‘Interview w the Vampire,’ that movie exists. This is a more wry take.”

Most telling though, Breznican wrote, “If you dig screenwriter style w Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter then ‘Dark Shadows’ will be to your liking, too.”

Grahame-Smith is a master of mixing comedy and drama with thrills and chills, as his books “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” display. It’s a fact seconded by an anonymous source from Hollywood Elsewhere, who’s also seen the film. “While it has ‘Beetlejuice’ elements, this is not a broad comedy. It’s a gothic romance with strong farcical elements, but the trailer makes it seem like ‘Love at First Bite’ and it definitely is not,” Hollywood Elsewhere wrote.

“The anachronism-based humor does work quite well. The film is funny, but it also has full-bodied horror elements,” the tipster continued. “In short, there’s more of the Burton ‘Sweeney Todd’ than the trailer implies. This is not Burton’s ‘Addams Family,’ but a successful amalgamation of his comedic and gothic horror styles.”

The tipster also adds that three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer is a standout, calling her performances as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard “her strongest work in years.”
So there you have it. Fans of the show can breathe a sigh of relief, because it’s sounding more and more like justice has been done to their beloved cult soap opera. Burton maniacs can go back to being excited for his return to the darker, more Gothic terrain where he’s done his best and most interesting work. My “The Fabulous Baker Boys,”"Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Age of Innocence,” “One Fine Day,” “White Oleander” and “Stardust” all-day Saturday marathon can proceed as scheduled.
And, of course, the talented Jonathan Frid’s final screen appearance will be a fitting and appropriate return to the story he seemed to love so much.

Fans of the show, does buzz that the film has a darker side than we’re seeing in the ads make you feel any better? Let us know in the comments below and tweet me at @JohnMitchell83 with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!
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Taylor Swift To Play Joni Mitchell?

Taylor Swift To Play Joni Mitchell?

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 8:19am

Country superstar is linked to the role in the film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book ‘Girls Like Us.’
By Fallon Prinzivalli






Taylor Swift


Photo: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic

It turns out voicing Audrey in “The Lorax” and playing a shallow, high school cheerleader in “Valentine’s Day” were just the opening roles in Taylor Swift‘s budding acting career. The Grammy-winning artist is linked to the role of Joni Mitchell in the film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book “Girls Like Us,” Variety reports.

The biography maps the lives of three of the most influential female musicians in America: Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell. In an attempt to capture the life of women in the 1970s, Weller tells these artists’ three unique stories. King is the daughter of a middle-class New York family, living in one of the city’s outer boroughs. Simon is the product of Manhattan’s intellectual elite. Mitchell’s grandparents were Canadian farmers.

When MTV News spoke to Swift in March, she told us acting has always “fascinated” her. The role of Mitchell sounds like a part she would want to take on.

“I love the idea that you can tell a story in that way,” the singer gushed. “I’ve been reading scripts for about five years. In my free time, that’s all I do is read scripts.”

But she isn’t in a rush to choose just any role. “I just want to make decisions really carefully. I think, with movies, it’s really important that you have to love something so much that you cannot think about anything else,” she continued. “If you’re going to become someone else, that’s a huge deal. That’s a huge commitment, and I would want to have the time and the ability and the love for something and the love for a character to where I could really make that commitment to it.”

Swift would certainly have some of the background knowledge it takes to play Mitchell, being a musician herself. While Sony Pictures has not made Swift an official offer, other actresses have already auditioned — including Alison Pill (“Midnight in Paris”) — for the role of King. Variety also reported that Katie Jacobs, executive producer of “House,” is directing the script penned by John Sayles, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is set to produce. The biopic is still waiting to be green-lit, but the tentative start of production is later this year.

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