- We made the comparison back on November 5 ("Burlesque...the bastard child of Moulin Rouge and Showgirls"), and now The Daily Beast has taken the Burlesque vs. Showgirls concept to new heights. They say that while Burlesque is not a notorious train-wreck like Showgirls (Cher and Christina Aguilera also hold more clout than Elizabeth Berkley did in 1995), it "is not without issues, the script being a big one, but it embraces campiness in a more jovial way, striving to be an updated Chicago or Cabaret, sans the heavy undertone issues, like abortion and anti-Semitism."
They explore six specific points, including "2. The Casting Couch: Every dancer worth her fishnets will inevitably be tempted to trade in lap-dances, BJs, and plain old-fashioned sex for a shot at stardom…"; "3. The Tryout: The most pivotal scene in any dance movie is always the audition. Not just any audition, but the audition…"; and "5. Diva Aspirations: In Burlesque, the woman who encapsulates the dream is, of course, Cher. Part matron, part goddess, she is, as she croons, burlesque, and all of its sexy, cheeky implications. Watching, Ali is transfixed. The game is on…"
- Hailee Steinfeld, the young star of the Coens' "truly gritty, violent, wittier-than-you-might-think, and much-anticipated adaptation" of True Grit, as described by New York Magazine in their profile of the actress, beat 15,000 girls to get the part. The fact that she is a "very poised, clever girl…[with] unusually steely nerves," says producer Scott Rudin, didn't hurt. After Steinfeld researched the role by watching every film starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon (just in case they sparred in run-downs of their resumes), she spent half her time on set lying in the dirt. She was impressed by how the Coens were "so cool with each other," and says her goal in playing Mattie Ross (after seeing Kim Darby's performance in the original 1969 film) was "holding my own next to the Dude.” The movie doesn't open, sadly, until December 22.
- David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson had a mini X-Files reunion interview with Vulture during the after party for Duchovny's Off Broadway stint in Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon. Anderson took a break from shooting Johnny English 2 in London to see her old co-star. They mention a new X-Files script, Duchovny's levitation, and his favorite scene partner, iRehearsal. [Image courtesy of Vulture]