So sweet! Doesn’t Sharna Burgess look fantastic? Last night, she represented Dancing With The Stars in fine form at the 25th Anniversary Of Lionsgate’s “Dirty Dancing” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Lots more fun photos of Sharna at Zimbio Pictures. You can also view some great takes of Jennifer Grey at the screening here.
For those dancing fans hoping for another “Dirty Dancing” remake to happen soon, don’t count on it as plans have been delayed for another year due to casting issues. Below is more from Deadline.com. Note the mention on Dancing With The Stars pro Derek Hough and how he screen tested for the movie as did Lea Michele, Liana Liberato, and Nikki Yanofsky.
The remake of the 1987 Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey film was scheduled to be released in July 2013, but now the movie is off the studio’s release dance card at least until 2014. Kenny Ortega, who was a choreographer on the original, is attached to direct the film. No cast had been announced. However Deadline has learned that Glee’s Lea Michele, Trespass’ Liana Liberato and Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky were screen tested as were Brothers & Sisters’ Luke Grime, Nashville Star’s Justin Gaston and Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough.
So, if they are seriously considering Derek Hough as the male lead (which I and many of you would love. He’d be perfect!), could they be waiting for him to be available until after the Dancing With The Stars All-star season happens? It makes a person wonder? I hope so as he just has to do the All-star season. It wouldn’t be right to do it without him. Let’s get Heidi’s thoughts…
Heidi: No, they aren’t going to wait for Derek. As big a fan as I am, that’s not the hold up. They would make him choose if that were the issue, or they would pick someone else. For one thing, I don’t really believe that Derek is still contractually tied to DWTS beyond a season to season basis – it’s been NINE seasons. Pretty sure he can go do something else if he wants to – Julianne did after what? Five? Anyway, another article I read from Variety said that Lionsgate bought another company (or was bought, can’t remember) and it said that they now have a very full slate of movies in the pipeline. It implied that was the reason for the delay. I think other articles assumed it was casting issues.
And I say NO to Lea Michele, although she has the right look for it.
Cross Posted from Pure Derek Hough – Derek and Julianne (and Ryan) at the Rock of Ages Premiere:
Julianne looks good, although that’s not my favorite color on her. Derek? There are no words. Thanks to @n_s_23_23 for these.
This weekend, Jennifer Grey is appearing on the UK version of the show as a stand-in judge for Len Goodman. She’s hopes to “bring honesty” to the panel. In a new promo interview with the BBC, Jennifer talks of what it was like to do Dirty Dancing and how Patrick Swayze got her the role. She also speaks about doing Dancing With The Stars in the US and a little of what she went through with her partner, Derek Hough. Great article. You can read more in a take from Film News below.
Jennifer says despite her starring role in Dirty Dancing, she is not a natural performer.
“Derek was frustrated because I’m not a dancer. I was only a weekend one. I put on Michael Jackson on my boom box,” she smiled. “I was a lover of dance.”
Jennifer confessed the show was hard work. The Golden Globe-nominated star says rehearsals were gruelling and often left her feeling vulnerable.
“It’s about embracing the opportunity and facing your fears. You have to dig so deep,” she recalled.
“Each week I didn’t feel ready. I could not get through a dress rehearsal without crying or some sort of drama. It’s very intense.”
Jennifer is appearing on the UK version of the show this weekend as a stand-in judge. The 51-year-old hopes to bring honesty to the panel of Strictly Come Dancing.
“I’m a really judgemental person!” she laughed.
“I have so much compassion, and I’m going to be really honest.”
Picture above is of Jennifer and Kenny Ortega at the 2011 Rising Stars Gala on Oct. 29th. You can view more pictures of her at this event at Zimbio.com.
Adding: Thanks to @ElmariL, here is the BBC interview;
DWTS Ricki Lake, Derek Hough, And Jennifer Grey Attend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. Rising Stars Gala
Below are new some pictures which show off Ricki Lake’s new figure courtesy of the Daily Mail. Ricki attended the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Annual Rising Stars Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California this week. Derek and Jennifer Grey were also at the event. Wouldn’t it have been fun to listen to the conversation these three had?
ADDING: People.com also have a new article up where Ricki talks about how losing weight has helped her sex life. Derek commented on it as well. LOL More below….
“When I get home [from rehearsals], I train horizontally,” she said. “[My fiancé] has noticed a difference in my stamina over the last couple of weeks.”
But a bashful Derek Hough, 26 – who stood by his partner’s side as she dished about her deets between the sheets – tried to cut the conversation short.
“Derek knows all about [my sex life],” Lake admitted unashamedly, as Hough turned his head. “He hears about it. Derek and I have gotten to know each other, so, you know, I share stuff with him.”
Hough, who stayed mostly mum on the taboo topic, would only say, “I guess that means I’m not working her hard enough during rehearsals. I want her to go home and collapse.”
Tom Bergeron was a hoot today as always on The Talk, but, he gets serious as well especially when he’s asked straight up on all the controversy on the show this past week. He defends Maks saying he was clumsy with his wording, but, that’s “LIVE TV for ya.” He had to be honest and say he thought Bruno was “rude” with his comments on Chaz and he understands why Chaz was offended. Tom avoided the question when asked who will win Dancing With The Stars Season 13. The person he is most inspired by on the show this season is J.R. Martinez. Though, the best part of the interview is when Tom spills on how he took the gig to host Dancing With The Stars. I won’t ruin it for you. Take a listen in the third segment of the show >>>>HERE
Ricki Lake tells the Miami Herald that doing Dancing With The Stars may be “like giving birth” these last 6 weeks, but, “the grind will all be worth it in the end.” She also discusses what the atmosphere is like behind the scenes this week. It may have a “little tension” in it since what happened Monday night with Maks and Len, but, they are use to it and everyone is rooting for each other. Ricky also dishes on what it’s like to work with Derek and how they got paired up which you can read on below. Be sure to read the link for the full interview.
How do you like working with pro partner Derek Hough?
All I can say is that he is so committed to doing the best and making me look my best. He’s tough sometimes, really hardcore, but you have to be to pull a performance from people who aren’t comfortable doing what we’re doing. There’s a reason he’s won three times. He really has these blinders on and is very focused. I’m just doing what he tells me to do to the best of my ability.
How did you guys get paired up?
I think they try to match personalities, but I don’t know what goes into it and how you get a certain partner. I was secretly hoping I would get Derek but didn’t say anything because I thought that would affect my chances of actually getting him.
You seem like you have a good chance of being the last one standing.
In the beginning, I played to win, whether it’s a poker tournament or playing my kids’ Monopoly. It’s definitely shifted. Now that we’re near the end I’m really just into making people think I’m a dancer. I would gladly come in second to a war hero [J.R.].
Ricki also did a new interview with US Weekly. She chats about how she has pushed her body when she took on dancing and more. There is new video at the link (for some reason it won’t embed).
Due to busy rehearsals, Maks wasn’t able to pen a new blog for TV Guide last week, but, he’s made up for it today tenfold. Maks writes of how he’s put his spat with Len behind him. He also writes how much he respects and loves all of his Dancing With The Stars “family” (including Derek). Below is what he writes for week 7 and the two dances he and Hope have….
Hope and I had fun doing the rumba, and I’m proud of her performance. It’s not new for Hope to be criticized and to have to prove herself. We had a long conversation. She called me and said, “This is our seventh week. That’s pretty crazy.” I realized that, and I always say during the show every season, “We should all embrace it.” We blinked and it’s Week 7. It’s a milestone of sorts. It’s not going unnoticed in my book. I’m very proud of her and how much she’s done. Even if she’s not good enough of a dancer to compete with some of the front-runners, I don’t look at it that way. It’s the fact that she was given the opportunity to dance. There won’t be another Olympic gold medalist, Golden Glove-winning goalkeeper that will also have an opportunity to learn how to dance. That’s something to be proud of. We’re focusing on the positive.
We have the samba next and a team paso doble with Ricki and Derek, and Rob and Cheryl. Rehearsals have been going great. We started our group rehearsal Tuesday after the show and now we mostly have to work on our solo spots in the routine. Our samba has a Halloween theme, of course, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s just another opportunity to dress up, so I think it will be a fun show.
Maks also writes of the Dance With Me showcase this weekend. I love what he says about what dancing is about….
One last thing: We have an incredible event on Sunday. It’s a Dance with Me showcase in Brooklyn at Grand Prospect Hall. Kirstie’s participating in it and it’s going to be great. Kirstie’s a dear, dear friend of mine and she’s just been incredible. She’s been phenomenal for everything dance. She hasn’t stopped dancing since we last danced in May. It’s an absolute honor to know I was part of her dance experience. She’s been traveling and raising money for charities, and for her to make a stop deliberately to participate in an event of ours is beyond any honor that I can even imagine. We’ll have all our dancers. Val is back, Dasha is back. It’s going to be beautiful. I’m really going to encourage people to come and enjoy dancing. It’s just dancing. No judging. No comparing. No confrontation. Just come and see somebody express emotions through movement. They’re putting their heart and soul into it, just like everyone on the show is. I want people to watch Dancing with the Stars for the dancing. It’s not Judging the Stars. People sometimes forget what dancing is. When I started teaching at 16 in my first studio, one thing I remember was from my first class of 33 students. Their parents came and some of the kids were older than me. I said to them: “Do you know what dance is? Dance is simply an interpretation of what you feel. It’s non-verbal communication. It’s how to communicate without speaking.” When Chaz, Carson, Kirstie, Brandy or Hope dance, they don’t try to be better than others, they’re dancing for themselves and are trying to convey their message through dance.
Much more at TV Guide!!
Note: Late last night, Maks posted he has a broken toe! Let’s hope this isn’t an issue come Monday night.
One thing that could make this Halloween weekend better—-NOT having a broken toe! Got @TeddyV & @BigMervLA helping out!
— Maksim Chmerkovskiy (@MaksimC) October 28, 2011
Picture above from DWTSSeason13 Facebook who has one of the most extensive Dancing With The Stars photo galleries on the internet.
Carrie Anne Inaba was interviewed by Access Hollywood today on the controversy surrounding the judges negative comments. She makes excuses for Bruno calling Chaz a penguin. I’m not sure I can watch all of this? Carrie Anne also dishes on her fiance and if there are babies in her future. More below…
Adding: More coverage of the Access Hollywood interviews with Len and Carrie Ann….
And I have a feeling he’s just made things worse? Oh, how I love Maks (and will always love him) and I do understand his frustrations with the judges, but, this is so out of control! Sadder yet is the hard feelings he’s building with Derek. Not good.
Adding: Cameron Mathison reports more on the controversy on GMA today. He interviews Maks’ Dad who says Maks should apologize….
Cameron Mathison from Good Morning America says J.R. “has charmed everyone on Dancing With The Stars” and isn’t that the truth. His “charisma, jest for life, and all of his dances have kept him at the top of the leader board for 5 weeks running.” Cameron is so proud to call him his “close friend” which you can see is apparent in this interview.
While they walk in a park discussing J.R.’s life, you can also see J.R.”s dog, Romeo, who has the same amazing “focus” as J.R.
The camera goes into rehearsals and Cameron gives J.R. advise on dancing as well.
Great personal interview!!!
ADDING: In this new touching video on Access Hollywood, J.R.’s former nurses and doctors send him good luck wishes for Dancing With The Stars. I can’t embed it, but, be sure to watch it at the link.