1. It’s Christina Aguilera’s movie debut. The 29-year-old signed up for Burlesque last year, and I say it’s about time! She plays Ali, an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice. She tries to escape her hollow past by performing in a neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles. Here she is on the set getting glammed up between takes.
2. It’s Cher’s first movie in a long time. Her last film role was for Matt Damon’s Stuck On You in 2003. In the photo above, Cher is on the set for Burlesque in Hollywood in January. She plays Tess, the proprietor of the club. The other burlesque dancers may be 1/3 Cher’s age, but this 63-year-old diva can still work it on those killer stilettos and animal-print outfits.
3. It has an interesting story line. Think Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret. Here’s the plot synopsis from the movie’s IMDB page:
The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge’s troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman’s quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater’s crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali’s big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue.
4. The movie features a stellar cast. There’s red-haired Julianne Hough as Georgia, a brunette Kristen Bell as Nikki, the hunky Cam Gigandet as Jack, and Alan Cumming as Alexis, among other big names.
5. An awesome soundtrack is in the works. The movie’s writer/director/actor Steven Antin may get inspiration from his sister Robin who created the burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls in 1995. And with the likes of Cher and Christina Aguilera on the team, you know the soundtrack can’t go wrong.
Check out behind-the-scenes clips, courtesy of ET. Burlesque is coming out this Thanksgiving.
Posted by Kate Alvarez as Christina Aguilera at 9:00 AM UTC on Mar, 26 2010
Just when you thought that motherhood and family life has tamed her down, Christina Aguilera brings some naughtiness back to her career. Her “Dirrrty” days are long gone, but who said you can’t unleash some mischief?
On her official website, she unveiled the artwork for “Not Myself Tonight,” the first single of her upcoming album, Bionic. Like a page off Rihanna’s book, Christina’s wearing a sexy dominatrix outfit with drawn-on devil ears and a tail.
Wait, there’s more! She also put up a counter to count down the hours, minutes and seconds ‘til her next big announcement. That’s a cool way of keeping the fans in suspense.
Remember this talent show? It aired from 1983-2003, with its peak in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Back in the day when reality TV ceased to exist, viewers would sit on their couches to see which singers, dancers, and comedians would get the best ratings and win Star Search.
TV network ABC wants to revive the show and are looking modern-day judges to give the coveted 4-star ratings. They’ve approached former American Idol judge Paula Abdul to potentially join the show, but she reportedly demanded a hefty paycheck so no deal was made.
While we wait for ABC to cast talent show judges, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see some of today’s top performers who started off as big dreamers at Star Search.
Before he was a boy band hottie, Justin Timberlake was a cowboy wannabe on Star Search.
Britney Spears appeared in a 1991 episode of Star Search.
At 8, Christina Aguilera was already hitting the high notes.
Who do you think should judge Star Search?
Posted by Kate Alvarez as Christina Aguilera at 12:00 PM UTC on Feb, 05 2010
The year is starting out right for the popstar. She appears on the February cover of Marie Claire. The blurb “I’m a different person now” tells a lot about the mag’s juicy interview with the 29-year-old.
She talks about motherhood and maturing in the showbiz industry. “In this crazy business, it’s so easy to build up a lot of walls and a lot of bitterness,” she said. “And it’s just no way to be… “[I can now use softer tones] that maybe I’ve been afraid to do in the past, to allow myself to go to a place of ‘less singing.’ I’m more vulnerable and more strong at the same time.”
The cover shoot shows the petite singer hamming it up in front of a grand piano wearing spring’s must-have prints. Check Marie Claire’s behind-the-scenes photos here.
Christina also talks about her new album, Bionic, which will be released in March, and will be featuring collaborations with Goldfrapp, Ladytron, M.I.A, Linda Perry, Tricky Stewart, and The Neptunes. One of the singles is entitled “Glam,” a poppy, hip-hop inflected throwback to Madonna’s “Vogue.” Can’t wait.
Her promotional video for the album is bordering on artistic and disturbing. Check it out:
“Mature” is right. Remember her early days as a post-Mickey Mouse Club member?
A little rain (okay, it did pour heavily) didn’t stop the celebrities from strutting their gowns at yesterday’s Golden Globe Awards. Here are my top five choices for best dressed.
Those designers should’ve made matching couture umbrellas to match the stars’ ensembles!
View the highlights and complete list of winners here.
Posted by Kate Alvarez as Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Nicole Richie, Pamela Anderson, Performances / Events at 12:44 AM UTC on Jan, 04 2010
It’s the Year of the Tiger, according to Chinese astrology. “Rawr,” I say! We spied on Hollywood’s party animals to see how they unleashed their inner tigers (and tigresses) on New Year’s Eve.
Posted by Rachel as Christina Aguilera at 10:37 AM UTC on Jun, 07 2008
Christina Aguilera is being criticized for continuing to party despite having a young baby. She loves her child, Max, she says, but she also says she deserves to have a mommy-daddy night with her hubby. Especially since she spends the whole day with her son. “Everybody has an opinion and everybody sometimes wants to cause drama,” she said. “But it’s something that comes with what you do and I learned that very early on.”
Posted by Rachel as Christina Aguilera at 3:22 PM UTC on Feb, 15 2008
Get the first look of Christina Aguilera and her baby, Max. Such a happy, cute family.
How ironic that years ago, Christina was considered the “wild one” (complete with pink hair and trashy clothes) while arch rival Britney Spears was the “All-American girl.”
The stork has been working overtime in Hollywood it seems, as Christina Aguilera and hubby, music executive Jordan Bratman welcomed their baby boy in L.A. late Saturday evening.
The healthy 6 lbs. 2 o.z. boy was named Max Liron Bratman, and the happy couple were thrilled to bits with the new addition to the family.
To thank her fans and mark the special occasion, Christina posted a special message and downloadable video of “Save Me From Myself” on her website which includes real clips from her wedding to Bratman.
Word on the grapevine is that Christina is having her baby on Friday, January 11th by C-section or caesarean.Â The pop songstress had a somewhat secret pregnancy, not confirming that she was “with child” until November when she was already 7 months along.Â Something that one probably couldn’t get away with in a 2nd, 3rd or plus pregnancy, where you show almost immediately.
Why a C-section? Rumours abound, but the public are generally calling Miss A a ‘wuss’.Â But lets be fair, there are many medical reasons why a C-section is the best choice.Â So lets wish the Mom-to-be wellÂ and eagerly await the first photos of baby Aguilera.
Christina Aguilera finally admitted that sheâ€™s pregnant. Sheâ€™s not planning to give up her career, having told Glamour magazine that she wants to be a working mom, but letâ€™s hope she fares better than Britney Spears in the Mommy Department. “I want to get it right,â€ Christina said, gushing about her husbandâ€™s support in an interview with Glamour
Guess there will be a lot of â€œDirrtyâ€ diapers in the Aguilera household pretty soon.
And the baby shopping spree continues…. Not that soulstress Christina Aguilera is shopping for a baby exactly, but more like clothes & supplies for the baby in her soft belly.
Xtina & hubby Jordan Bratman hit Beverly Hills on Monday, searching for the perfect essentials for baby.Â The couple hit children’s boutique Petit Tresor before stopping forÂ a spot of lunch.Â I can’t wait for this babe to be born, Xtina is going to make a great mum, don’t you think?
While enjoying a party in Las Vegas on Sunday, Hilton publicly congratulated Xtina on her pregnancy, saying, â€œCongratulations to the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world, you’re gorgeous.”
Gee, thanks Paris.Â Christina preg rumors have been circulating for some time, while the saucy singer has never officially stated anything on the matter.Â Well, it looks like she might have to now!
Singing sensation Christina Aguilera has canceled herÂ last twoÂ concerts in Australia after her doctors diagnosed with “a viral upper respiratory tract infection with a high fever and abnormal coughing.”Â Well, that doesn’t seem like the best condition to be singing in, not to mention the pregnancy.
Xtina is in the land Down Under wrapping up her latest ginormous tour while being preggo.Â In a statement to her Aussie fans, Christina said, “I want to personally apologize to all of my fans for having to cancel my last two shows here in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I have fallen ill with a bad flu virus. This is one of the best cities in the world to perform in and I am truly disappointed that I won’t be able to share my show with you all. Thank you for all of the continued love and support and I hope to perform for you all again next time.”
Xtina’s doctors have ordered the singer to enjoy some bed rest.Â Wishing you a speedy recovery, Christina!
“Britney is a good person and a good mom.
“She’s been under so much pressure since she was a child. I don’t think any of us should judge her or jump to conclusions.
“She loves her boys (Sean Preston and Jayden James) and they’re turning out great.”
AtÂ her first Australian concert, Christina Aguilera didn’t even try to hide her pregnancy.
During the performance, Xtina smiled & pointed at her belly, making sure the yelling crowd knew what she was getting so excited about onstage.Â
TheÂ Christina Aguilera pregnant rumors continue.Â And it looks like thereÂ was a wee littleÂ bump showing at her recentÂ Â Bangkok, Thailand concert, but then again Xtina could have been bloated that day or something…
I’m not sure where Christina Aguilera is coming from with this trend, but the singer just doesn’t seem to fancy pants lately, which pleases most of her fans I assume.
Xtina was spotted recently celebrating hubby Jordan’s 30th birthday at Sky Studios in NYC.Â Maybe the fashion-gone-wrong outfit was her present to her man?Â Ahh well, who knows with Christina?