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Aug 01st

Behind the Burly Q : “Revealing” documentary revisits golden age of burlesque

Behind the Burly Q : “Revealing” documentary revisits golden age of burlesqueWith roots in 19th Century vaudeville and minstrel shows, burlesque enjoyed its heyday in the United States in the 1930s when it emerged as the country’s most popular form of live entertainment until the advent of television, porno films and the women’s movement would signal its demise. The genre originally featured both comedians and dancers backed by a live band, although eventually the striptease acts came to be the only things the audiences wanted to see.

The curvaceous cutie pies who plied their trade as ecdysiasts are proud members of “America’s Greatest Generation,” that rapidly-disappearing set whose ranks are thinning at an alarming rate as they pass away due to old age. But thanks to actress-turned-director Leslie Zemeckis their contributions to the culture have been preserved for posterity, recounted in fascinating fashion in Behind the Burly Q, a revealing documentary cobbled from a combination of file footage and dozen of interviews with historians, surviving strippers and may of their offspring.

The Back-up Plan: J-Lo too old to play Ingenue in stock romantic comedy

The Back-up Plan: J-Lo too old to play Ingenue in stock romantic comedyBefore becoming a mommy in 2008, Jennifer Lopez had practically perfected the romantic comedy genre, always in the role of a damsel-in-distress waiting for a dashing knight in shining armor to rescue her from dire circumstances. Whether playing the lowly housekeeper in Maid in Manhattan, the underemployed temp worker in Monster-in-Law or the perennial bridesmaid in The Wedding Planner, J-Lo had a knack for generating the right combo of chemistry and vulnerability to be convincing opposite any leading man.
At 40, Lopez frankly looks a little long in the tooth to resurrect that innocent, coquettish character when there’s obviously a lot of maturity etched into her now middle-aged face. Nonetheless, she throws herself into The Back-up Plan with an admirable gusto, even if the flick ought to be featuring a considerably younger actress.

The Losers: Zoe Saldana back in the flesh for DC comics adaptation

The Losers: Zoe Saldana back in the flesh for DC comics adaptation Zoe Saldana was basically unrecognizable playing the lead role of Neytiri in Avatar because her character was covered from head-to-toe in gobs of blue makeup when not a completely computer-generated, digital creation. So, if you want to see Zoe in the flesh, she currently has two movies in theaters, the dreadful remake Death at a Funeral and this equally-disappointing screen version of a DC comic book series.

The ill-timed release of The Losers comes right on the heels of the surprise hit Kick-Ass, a groundbreaking Marvel Comics adaptation which opened up #1 at the box office only a week ago. On top of that, both pictures revolve around a female heroine, a coincidence certain to lead to further comparison.

Tasha’s back, Black and beautiful as ever

Tasha’s back, Black and beautiful as ever The “My Black Is Beautiful” Interview

Tasha Smith and her identical twin, Sidra, were born on February 28, 1971 in Camden, NJ. Being raised by a single-mom in a crime and drug infested neighborhood proved to be almost too much of a hurdle for Tasha to overcome as her life spiraled down a self-destructive path marked by promiscuity, Marijuana and cocaine addiction, chain-smoking and a stint as a stripper.

Fortunately, she eventually embraced Christianity, cleaned up her act and moved to L.A. where she tried her hand at standup comedy before settling on an acting career. The versatile scene-stealer has since appeared in such movies as Couples Retreat, The Longshots, Daddy’s Little Girls and Why Did I Get Married, to name a few.

Alice in Wonderland fashion show

Alice in Wonderland fashion showPhyllis Productions LTD will present The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company’s spring production of “Alice in Wonderland” May 22, 2 pm and May 23, 7:15 pm at the Parkway Theatre which is located in South Minneapolis at 4814 Chicago Avenue. The show, written and directed by Judy Cooper Lyle, and based on the story by Lewis Carroll, is billed as a “rap, hip hop, fashion, fantasy” version of the original tale. It features eight dance numbers, choreographed by Penny Masuku, who also plays the lead role.

Two fashion shows are incorporated into the heart of the production. Local fashion designers will be showcased in this unique new stage play, including Nyamel Both of BothDol Fashions, Ashley Lauren of Diva Rags, Maggie Schultz (the “Bodice Goddess”), Vivian Aronson, LeAnn Patterson, who also coordinates all of the designers along with Mary Vang; and Urban Rainment.

"In Living Color" stars: Where are they now?

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of FOX's hit comedy "In Living Color," "Extra" has the scoop on what all your favorite stars are up to now.

The sketch comedy series ran from 1990 to 1994 and featured Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey and "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba. 

Find out what the rest of the cast has been up to!

In Living Color Stars

Mo’Nique's “Spread the Love” Comedy Tour

Mo’Nique's “Spread the Love” Comedy TourMo’Nique brings her “Spread the Love” Comedy Tour
to the State Theatre, Friday, May 14, 2010

Mo’Nique, the Academy Award-winning actress and comedienne, brings her “Spread the Love” Comedy Tour to Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State Theatre on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8 p.m. A 2010 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for her role as the abusive mother Mary Jones in the film “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” Mo’Nique also has a top-rated BET late night talk show, “The Mo’Nique Show.” Joining Mo’Nique on tour is her BET counterpart, comedian and actor Rodney Perry, and comedian Tone-X and DJ Ant. Visit or call 1.800.982.2787 for tickets or more information.
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