Top 6 Best Dance Movies

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Photo courtesy of Paramount.

Photo courtesy of Paramount.

I have a confession to make: I love dance movies. I’m not a dancer myself (except in the privacy of my own home), but it’s one of those things I wished I’d started doing when I was really young so I could be really good at it now. In lieu of being a professional dancer at the age of 22, I settle for watching every dance movie I can get my hands on. I’ve seen all of the Step Up movies (things got a little bleak around the third one); Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which I really liked; and the pretty terrible—I swear I wanted to like it!—Center Stage sequel, Center Stage: Turn It Up. Recently, on an uneventful Sunday night, I even watched both the 1984 and 2011 versions of Footloose and I have to be honest, I liked the remake better. (I’ll discuss this later.)

Questionable sequels and remakes aside, there are a lot of things that make a great dance movie. There are the dance numbers, of course, but also everything else that makes for a great movie: the acting, the script, and the story. Now, I know I’m not an expert in dance or movies, but I’ve seen a lot of dance movies, enough that I can make a list of my favorites.

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Emily Owens Is Too Good For Cancellation

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'Emily Owens, M.D.' airs at 9PM ET on The CW. Photo courtesy of Collider.

‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ currently airs at 9PM ET on The CW. Photo courtesy of Collider.

I recently found out that The CW cancelled Emily Owens, M.D., the rookie medical drama starring Mamie Gummer. I know, I know I’m late to the party. I’ve been watching the show since it premiered on Oct. 16—I even watched the pilot when it premiered a week earlier on The CW’s website. But apparently the show was cancelled late in November and I’ve been watching it on borrowed time, completely blissful in my ignorance. Meanwhile The CW has been airing the rest of the show’s originally ordered 13 episodes. Although I’m fairly angry with myself for being so behind on this bit of TV news (insert face-palm gif), it was much worse to find out one of my new loves has been cut down before its prime. What will happen to Emily Owens? Will she ever get together with her dream guy? Or will she finally grow up and move on?

I suppose I should learn from this experience. Next time, I should do some research on new shows before I get too attached. Then I would have found out that Emily Owens, M.D. was The CW’s lowest rated new show, and had some of the lowest ratings on the entire network. Which isn’t hard to believe since it wasn’t publicized nearly as much as other new shows like Arrow and Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which isn’t doing well either but will still finish out its full season. (I’m not bitter; why would you think I’m bitter.) So in the spirit of learning from this incident and dealing with my grief in a healthy manner, I’ve assembled a list of reasons that this show was too good for cancellation.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Needs An Oscar

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Leonardo DiCaprio on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of the Golden Globes on Instagram.

Leonardo DiCaprio on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of the Golden Globes on Instagram.

Awards season has begun. The Golden Globes were this past Sunday; the People’s Choice Awards were last week. The Grammys and the Oscars are coming up. But there is one injustice that needs to be addressed—other than the obvious: that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don’t have their own show yet—and that is the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated for an Academy Award. This is not to say, of course, that Leo needs to be validated, and that he can only be considered a great actor once he has that stupid golden statue in his hand. I’m not saying that at all. Whether you like him or not, whether you like his films or not, that he is a great actor is not up for debate; it is a fact.

Leo's Golden Globes Good Sport face is heart breaking. Photo courtesy of Whatwouldoptimusdo on Tumblr.

Leo’s heart breaking expression of good sportsmanship at the 2013 Golden Globes. Photo courtesy of Whatwouldoptimusdo on Tumblr.

That being said, did you see Leo’s face when he lost the only Golden Globe he was nominated for this year (despite an outstanding performance in Django Unchained)? It was heartbreaking. There was a sad round of “Leooo”’s in my friend’s living room where we were watching the Golden Globes. It was not a good day. Especially after Leo hadn’t gotten a single Oscar nomination this year. It’s downright disgraceful. So I put together this list of reasons the Academy should give Leo his Oscar next year. (Even though he doesn’t need a stupid Oscar.)

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Badass Ladies of ‘Once Upon A Time’

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Photo courtesy of ABC.

Photo courtesy of ABC.

Princesses and other female protagonists in fairytales have been criticized for years for being dependent, poor role models, undeveloped characters and basically just bad for feminism. However, Once Upon A Time creates female characters in a fairytale world that are both fully developed and kick some major ass. You might argue that the show is sort of like a gender bent fairytale haven since the women are fighting (scandalous!) and saving their loved ones (outrageous!) while the men often bluster and flounder (shocking!), but it’s not. Of course, this is not to say that the men on this show are useless. Josh Dallas, Eion Bailey, Colin O’Donoghue, and Sebastian Stan provide a lot of nice eye candy and—occasionally—some plot development. Just Kidding!

In all seriousness, the entire cast of this show is fantastic and gorgeous. Once Upon A Time is an interpretation of classic fairytales where the writers take into account the fact that all characters should be fully developed people, even the women. So, I’m taking this opportunity to show my love for some of my favorite Once ladies. I should warn you, this post could probably be chalked up to a long love letter to the writers, directors and actresses who made these characters possible. And if you don’t want to read about my love for these characters, you can always check out the show and decide for yourself.

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Top 5 Songs from ABC’s ‘Nashville’

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'Nashville' airs at 10pm ET on ABC. Photo courtesy of ABC.

‘Nashville’ airs at 10pm ET on ABC. Photo courtesy of ABC.

Following in the footsteps of Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Smash, ABC’s Nashville premiered on Oct. 10, 2012 as the most recent musical drama on television. ABC Studios, in partnership with Big Machine Records, began releasing the music to Nashville on Oct. 9 but the official soundtrack was released on Dec. 11. By November, Nashville had already surpassed 500,000 digital downloads, dominated the iTunes country charts and Hayden Panettiere’s “Telescope” made it onto Billboard’s Country Songs chart.

Needless to say, Nashville’s music is fantastic. The songs are a mix of originals and covers—from Elvis Costello to The Civil Wars—that work well within the narrative of the show. Plus, “Telescope” is catchy as hell. Since I saw Nashville’s five most popular songs on iTunes (“Fade Into You,” “Wrong Song,” “When the Right One Comes Along” and both the radio and original versions of “Telescope”) I thought I’d list mine and see if they line up.

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