September 24th, 2009
09:58 AM ET

Vince Vaughn the relationship guru?

I recently had the chance to see the comedy "Couples Retreat" starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman and Kristen Bell.  A married couple, played by Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell, convince their friends to travel with them to a tropical island for a couples retreat vacation.

The movie is your typical relationship comedy with basically a few more laughs attached to it. But it wasn't the movie that caught my attention rather it was the interview I had with Vince Vaughn. You see, Vince is engaged to be married, so that fact that he co-wrote a screenplay about married folks with relationship problems is a tad bit ironic. When I pointed this out to him and asked him about his own relationship and how he balanced it with the pressures of Hollywood, he said it was easy: he simply put Hollywood first! Now that made everyone in the room laugh. He went on to say it's all about the junkets, movie premieres and movie shoots. He said that's what comes first for him while his personal relationship and family come second. Quite the consummate joker on and off camera. But after a few seconds of laughter, Vaughn got serious and said that it was all about being a real person and never losing sight of that. The soon to be married man said that you simply have to treat your mate with respect and kindness and put that person first!

Boy his fiancee sure has herself a winner!

September 24th, 2009
08:46 AM ET

'Bring It On: The Musical'

Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to hit Broadway for the first time. Justin Timberlake and "Zombieland" star Jesse Eisenberg connect to film the new movie "Facebook." And the cheerleader flick "Bring It On" is going musical. CNN's JD Cargill has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:


Filed under: movies • Music
September 24th, 2009
08:29 AM ET

Guys step up in 'Dance' auditions

Cat Deeley, Nigel Lythgoe and the rest of the crew headed to Boston, Massachusetts, for this week's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance." Unlike many audition episodes (such as last week), where one can usually expect a long line of female contemporary dancers to go through to Las Vegas, this time the men were a force to be reckoned with.

Judges

It all started with Teddy Tedholm... and his pants. He was quite a "unique" character as judges Mary Murphy and (recent Emmy winner) Tyce Diorio told us more than once, and he certainly dressed the part. Teddy's somewhat spastic, David Byrne-esque style of dance probably gained him quite a few fans as Nigel predicted, and it will be interesting to see if he can make it into the top 20.

The B-boys are certainly back with a vengeance this season, as Jean Lloret proved. Mary called his first jaw-dropping floor trick "the craziest thing I've ever seen." There's another one I'll be pulling for in Vegas.

As we saw in the season premiere, it could very well be the "year of the tappers" as well, but for 6'8" tap-dancer Ryan Casey, it was not to be, only getting through to choreogaphy.

Like tap, krump is another style that has never gotten into the top 20, but Russell Ferguson, whose routine was "filthy and dirty in the best ways," according to Tyce, might just make it in this year.

Last but not least, we have the married ballroom dancers Karen and Matthew Hauer (good but Pasha and Anya, they are not), contemporary "powerhouse" Channing Cook, the only solo woman to get much airtime this week (definitely talented but will she stand out?), and of course, hip-shaking Gene Bersten, who practically called himself God's gift to women (and probably won't make it past the first cut in Vegas).

Now it's your turn. Who was your favorite in Boston, and what do you think of the sixth season's talent so far?

September 24th, 2009
08:21 AM ET

Oh 'Brothers'! Athletes as actors

Michael Strahan was one of the NFL's most dominating defensive players of the last two decades. In a 15 season career that ended in 2007, Strahan garnered 141.5 quarterback sacks, was named first-team All-Pro four times and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001.

Brothers star

But such stats mean nothing when it comes to starring in a sitcom.

In "Brothers," which premieres September 25 on Fox, Strahan plays a retired athlete who comes home to help his family. Early reviews suggest the show could be a lot better, and the fact that it's the only new network series airing on Friday night this fall makes me wonder if the show is long for this world.

In fact, I wonder if this show is the 21st century version of "The Waverly Wonders."

Don't remember that show?  You're not alone.  The NBC sitcom, which starred a just-retired Joe Namath as a high school basketball coach and history teacher, came and went after just a few weeks on the air in 1978.

Is Strahan another Namath when it comes to acting?  Hard to tell, but Strahan's natural charisma, combined with some acting lessons, could make him a decent supporting player in TV or movies.

Strahan is yet another example of an athlete trying to make the switch to acting.  Some  achieved great success - Johnny Weismuller, Burt Reynolds and Jim Brown come to mind.   Others made you wonder why they made the transition in the first place - Howie Long in "Firestorm"?  Kurt Thomas in "Gymkata"?  Shaquille O'Neal in pretty much anything?

Do you think Strahan has a chance as an actor?  And what are your favorite and least favorite performances by actors-turned-athletes?

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