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    July 1, 2010


    Sony Screen Gems has yesterday released the first high resolution image stills from the upcoming live-action musical film Burlesque, directed by Steve Antin. There were eight featured photos to view for and things are getting at the right pave for us as this could be one of those contender for Academy Awards. The movie and the new photos (of course) feature singers Christina Aguilera and Cher, as well as casts like Stanley Tucci, Kirsten Bell, Cam Gigandet, Eric Dane and Alan Cumming. You can view those pictures below after the jump.

    Meanwhile, Sony has also revealed the plot story of Burlesque, as featured in a pull-out of USA Today:
    Aguilera’s Ali runs away from Iowa in search of fame and ends up waitressing at The Burlesque Lounge on the Sunset Strip. But not for long. “Christina really takes it all off in terms of makeup and hair for a lot of the movie,” says director/writer Steven Antin. “She looks like a girl right off the farm.” That is until Kristen Bell’s headliner, Nikki, shows up tipsy one night and Ali must fill in. Ali helps turn what once was a lip-sync club into a singing-and-dancing revue after she displays her vocal fireworks onstage in numbers like But I’m a Good Girl. Cher is Tess, owner of a retro club who has a modern-day problem: She can’t make the payments on her over-mortgaged property. Together, Ali and Tess manage to transform the Burlesque Lounge into a success. Stanley Tucci is Sean, the lounge’s stage manager, a go-to guy for the gals and best friend to Tess.
    USA Today

    According to the filmmaker, Steve Antin, he hoped that Burlesque will brings in a perfect crossover between Moulin Rogue and Cabaret - that is a great recipe for a movie to have some emotional riding story with great number of songs and actions. To make it even more eccentric, Christina Aguilera and Cher will debut and return to the musical big screen genre respectively, with the former composed four songs exclusively for the movie and performs an Etta James old classic.

    Director Steve Antin wrote the script for the film which is later revised by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Burlesque is scheduled to hit theaters on November 24 this year in the Stateside. Malaysians may get to expect the arrival of this movie on 13 January 2011. We hope nothing goes wrong with the release date because I know many are excited to watch Christina Aguilera singing her big voices out especially in a cinema movie!

    For more insight about the movie, especially the story of how director Steve Antin managed to persuade Cher three times to do the movie, head over to the article at USA Today.

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