Fame

Fame

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Director: Kevin Tancharoen

Cast: Kevin Tancharoen, Kristy Flores, Asher Book, Paul Iacono

     
 

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This remake of the '80s classic focuses on a group of young students attending a high school for the performing arts. Classmates study various aspects of performance, from dance to songwriting to acting, all of them hoping for the chance to one day become stars. Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, See more details below

Overview

This remake of the '80s classic focuses on a group of young students attending a high school for the performing arts. Classmates study various aspects of performance, from dance to songwriting to acting, all of them hoping for the chance to one day become stars. Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, and Bebe Neuwirth portray the instructors, with a host of newcomers toplining the production as the students.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Director Kevin Tancharoen makes it clear right from the start that he wants his remake of Fame to be something like the anti-American Idol, a celebration of hard work and dedication to craft. This message gets hammered home early on by Principal Simms (Debbie Allen), the head of the High School for the Performing Arts (P.A. for short), in a forceful speech to incoming freshmen about how if they want fame they'll have to pay for it -- in sweat. And, for the first half-hour, the movie gets by on showing us just that. The opening montage of kids auditioning for the school has a seductive flow; the rapid editing gives the movie momentum, although it's a little too quick to let us fully appreciate the dancing. Sadly, as we get to know this new crop of students, the energy quickly dissipates because, when it comes to their lives, screenwriter Allison Burnett leaves no cliché behind. Troubled youth from a broken inner-city home? Check. Driven dance diva who has no time for a personal life? Check. Classical pianist who really wants to sing R&B? Check. Casting couch? Check. No supportive parents in the entire universe? Check, check, and check. The movie does try to overcome these stock situations. Early on, the handheld, vérité-inspired camerawork has a genuine novelty to it; you feel like you're getting to know the kids as they're getting to know each other. But eventually the restless camera -- and the ADHD editing rhythms -- makes it impossible to appreciate their dancing. Fame has its heart in the right place. The message it leaves about the perseverance required to become a superstar is certainly welcome in a world saturated with flash-in-the-pan reality TV "stars" -- and it's a lesson the teachers at P.A. certainly know how to deliver effectively. Ballet expert Lynn Kraft (Bebe Neuwirth) informs one kid he'll never make it because he can't partner; music instructor Joel Cranston (Kelsey Grammer) gravely expresses the importance of practice and technique; acting teacher Alvin Dowd (Charles S. Dutton) leads his charges though method-inspired psychological exercises that teach them how to be truthful; and singing coach Fran Rowan (Megan Mullally) serves up the lesson every young crooner gets in these kind of movies -- understand the words you're singing. The experienced actors playing the staff deliver their inspiring speeches with skill -- you'd probably want to have them as your own teachers -- but nothing about this movie teaches viewers what it actually takes to get better at any of these disciplines. Granted, it's probably asking too much for any movie to teach an audience how to dance and sing, but because it never pulls itself out of a sea of familiarity, Fame fails to make us feel the sheer joy and exuberance of the performers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
UPC:
0883904169024
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:50:00
Sales rank:
26,692

Special Features

Includes Both the Theatrical and Extended Edition of Fame; ; Deleted Scenes; "Fame" Music Video; Remember My Name Character Profiles; Fame National Talent Search Finalists Featurette; The Dancers of Fame Featurette; ; Closed Caption

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristy Flores Rosie Martinez
Asher Book Marco
Paul Iacono Neil Baczynsky
Paul McGill Kevin Barrett
Naturi Naughton Denise Dupree
Debbie Allen Principal Angela Simms
Charles S. Dutton Mr. James Dowd
Kelsey Grammer Mr. Martin Cranston
Megan Mullally Ms. Fran Rowan
Bebe Neuwirth Ms. Lynn Kraft
Kherington Payne Alice Ellerton
Collins Pennie Malik Washburn
Walter Perez Victor Tavares
Cody Longo Andy Matthews
Kay Panabaker Jenny Garrison
Anna Maria Perez De Tagle Joy
Julius Tennon Denise's Dad
April Grace Denise's Mom
Michael Hyatt Malik's Mom
Laura Johnson Alice's Mom
James Read Alice's Dad
Ryan Surratt Eddie
Howard Gutman Neil's Dad
Dale Godboldo Music Executive
J.T. Horenstein Dance Teacher
Stephanie Mace Mr. Cranston's Assistant
Patrick Censoplano Brooklyn Boy
Donte "Burger" Winston Hype Man
Marcus Hopson Senior Rapper
Krystle "Ak'sent" Johnson Female Rapper
Tynisha Keli Female Singer
Kate Mulligan Karaoke Singer
Donnie Smith Film Set PA
Earl Carroll Camera Shop Clerk
Oren Waters Singing Homeless Man
Tim Jo Korean Boy

Technical Credits
Kevin Tancharoen Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
George Bamber Asst. Director
Allison Burnett Screenwriter
Mark Canton Producer
Eric Craig Musical Direction/Supervision
Beth de Patie Executive Producer
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
Paul Bryan Eads Production Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
David Kern Executive Producer
Myron Kerstein Editor
Scott Kevan Cinematographer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Ron Mason Set Decoration/Design
Brian McNelis Co-producer
Scott Meehan Art Director
Steven A. Morrow Sound Mixer
Dayna Pink Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Harley Tannebaum Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fame
1. Audition Day (Main Titles) [:11]
2. You've Got Talent [:10]
3. Take a Deep Breath [:12]
4. Freshman Year [4:02]
5. Loosen Up [:45]
6. Jammin' [:34]
7. Secrets [1:31]
8. Unbelievable [1:44]
9. Generation Gap [2:07]
10. Sophomore Year [:49]
11. No Place for Cowards [3:25]
12. Something Different [1:16]
13. Halloween CarnEvil [:15]
14. Wasted [:32]
15. The Opposite of Boring [4:06]
16. Me, You and the Restaurant [1:33]
17. Junior Year [1:06]
18. Big Time Actor [3:47]
19. I'll Get Back To You [:04]
20. If Only [2:32]
21. Conned [:06]
22. Senior Year [:46]
23. Going Their Separate Ways [1:43]
24. Breaking Down Walls [2:28]
25. This Is Who I Am [:37]
26. What Is Success? [2:56]
27. Graduation! [1:22]
28. End Titles [:35]
1. Audition Day (Main Titles) [:11]
2. You've Got Talent [:10]
3. Take a Deep Breath [:12]
4. Freshman Year [4:02]
5. Loosen Up [:45]
6. Jammin' [:34]
7. Secrets [1:31]
8. Unbelievable [1:44]
9. Generation Gap [2:07]
10. Sophomore Year [:49]
11. No Place for Cowards [3:25]
12. Something Different [1:16]
13. Halloween CarnEvil [:15]
14. Wasted [:32]
15. The Opposite of Boring [4:06]
16. Me, You and the Restaurant [1:33]
17. Junior Year [1:06]
18. Big Time Actor [3:47]
19. I'll Get Back To You [:04]
20. If Only [2:32]
21. Conned [:06]
22. Senior Year [:46]
23. Going Their Separate Ways [1:43]
24. Breaking Down Walls [2:28]
25. This Is Who I Am [:37]
26. What Is Success? [2:56]
27. Graduation! [1:22]
28. End Titles [:35]

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