August 6th, 2009
08:19 AM ET

"A Perfect Getaway" - except for the bugs!

The upcoming thriller, "A Perfect Getaway," starring Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Kiele Sanchez, and Timothy Olyphant, centers on a honeymoon couple who face a multitude of dangers while on a remote hike in Hawaii. Oddly enough, the film wasn't shot there, but in Puerto Rico - and it was there that the film's two leading ladies encountered something in the wild that left their mark - bugs. I caught up with Sanchez and Jovovich at the movie's premiere at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood tonight and they told me the island's insects did not taking a liking to them.

Timothy Olyphant and Milla Jovovich attend the premiere of "A Perfect Getaway" on August 5.

"I did get attacked by something," Sanchez says. "The dermatologist came and I was covered in bites, so much so that they had to cover me in make-up every day. The dermatologist said it was –whatever the Spanish equivalent of this is - "gringa disease. " She laughed. "They were just basically making fun of me.  Oh yeah, put the cream on it, it'll be better. "

Jovovich had a similiar reaction while holding her baby daughter. "There was a point where I was holding my four month old daughter and I felt stings on my leg and I didn't understand what was happening until they really started stinging really hard and I looked down and saw that I was standing on a red ant hill. There were red ants all over me, stinging me and I started doing this crazy dance with my four month old daughter in my arms just trying to get away - and hold her so she doesn't fall. You do a film you think you're under control, but mother nature is."

For his part, Olyphant says shooting in the wild was a breeze. "It was not that demanding of a shoot," he says with a grin. "We might have been guilty of starting to drink early. There's the beach and the sun's going down and a little rum wouldn't hurt."

And Jovovich had the perfect calorie-conscious cocktail ready. It was her own tropical drink made with Splenda. She called it the “Mojita-vich” of course...

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August 6th, 2009
08:08 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment this morning:

  • Reaction to Paula Abdul's announcement to leave "American Idol" continues to come in: The Los Angeles Times reports that Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of "So You Think You Can Dance" (and former executive producer of "American Idol") is interested in hiring Abdul to be a judge on his show. Meanwhile, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is "shocked" and fellow judge Randy Jackson "couldn't believe it."
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and director Ridley Scott are teaming up to bring the literary classic "Brave New World" to the screen, says The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Jay Leno confirms: no desk for his new show, but of course, there will be a monologue.
  • "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" just surpassed "Finding Nemo" as the highest-grossing animated title ever overseas, according to Variety.
  • The Chicago Tribune reports that its own film critic Michael Phillips, and the New York Times' A.O. Scott will replace Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz as hosts of "At the Movies," one year after Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper were replaced as hosts of the program.
August 6th, 2009
08:05 AM ET

Jeanine steals the show on 'Dance'

Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" offered up plenty of surprises as the final four dancers performed for an audience of 3,000 in Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, the biggest of which was the emergence of a dark horse as a real contender.

dance wednesday

Here's a look at each of the remaining dancers and their chances of taking the big prize of "America's Favorite Dancer" Thursday night:

Brandon Bryant: He immediately became the front-runner after Janette was voted off two weeks ago, and hasn't missed a beat since. Last week's solo was probably his biggest moment so far, he did another exemplary solo this week and he was in two of the most memorable couples dances of the night: the extraordinary Broadway routine with Kayla and the smoking paso doble with Jeanine. Looking back on the season as a whole, there are just too many high points for him to count. Judge Mary Murphy warned him about his lack of confidence, and that may be the only thing standing between him and victory. Well, maybe not the only thing (see below)... Odds of winning: 3-to-2

Jeanine Mason: Not only did Jeanine seem to be a long shot to win this competition, she seemed unlikely to make the final four just two weeks ago. She has peaked at exactly the right time, delivering a pirouette-filled solo (in which she "tangoed" with herself) which had the judges and the audience on their feet. Solos always seemed to be her weakness but she really delivered this week. She held her own in the contemporary routine with Kayla, and continued to get high praise after dancing with Evan and Brandon. Of all of the dancers, she seems to "want it" the most this week. Odds of winning: 3-to-1

Evan Kasprzak: Well, this is the search for "America's Favorite Dancer," is it not? The judges acknowledged time and time again how popular and gosh-darn-likable the show's first Broadway dancer has been in his time on the show. But they made it very clear that he was far from their favorite to win. They were pretty harsh with Evan, and even his solo, which always wows them, was met with respectable comments at best. At one point, the thousands in the theater almost turned on the judges, chanting "Evan! Evan!" This certainly wasn't Evan's best night by any means, but don't count him out. Odds of winning: 2-to-1

Kayla Radomski: She finally came out of her shell tonight and gave us some personality, said executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. Of course, the dancers with a personality deficit have a history of coming in second, or worse, on this show ("Twitch" notwithstanding). There's no doubt that she gave it her all dancing to "Bye Bye Love" with Brandon, and just plain out-dancing Evan in the jive. But her solo didn't show off who she really is, according to Shankman, and that may have sealed "White Lightning's" fate. Odds of winning: 4-to-1

A few more observations:

– Kudos to Lythgoe for actually naming names when asked by host Cat Deeley who might win (Jeanine or Brandon), as opposed to his fellow judges.

– I'm not exactly sure what Wade Robson, creator of some of the most ingenious, yet twisted dances in the show's history, was thinking with that group routine, sorry. Are we sure that was actually a Robson routine? Just checking.

– Someone decided to overuse the spotlight in the Kodak Theatre and it was distracting. A little less of that during the live finale, okay?

– Does this mean we'll never get to see Mia Michaels choreographing Brandon (the group routine doesn't really count)? What a bummer.

Who are you pulling for in the finale?

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