New book looks at Hollywood choreographer
Due to an oversight, Romero received no screen credit on that movie, so legend has it that Elvis himself choreographed the dance. While Elvis made some level of contribution, it was under heavy supervision. It was Romero who tapped into Elvis Presley’s very natural ability. Romero balks at the idea of his initially attempting to do a standard Hollywood musical number, only to be corrected by Elvis. In fact, Romero liked the rock and roll sound and had a keen enough vision to realize Elvis had a certain raw talent that could be cultivated. He patterned the song’s movements after Elvis Presley’s natural responses and the result was a harbinger for the MTV music videos that followed decades later. A dancer whose career dates back to vaudeville, Alex Romero’s recollections are filled with fascinating anecdotes about Elvis, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and others, from his experiences working on such classic movie musicals as “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” “On The Town,” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Among the many intersting stories Romero tells author Knowles, is his recollection of James Cagney whom he worked with on the movie “Love Me or Leave Me.” Playing a disabled person in this picture (whose nickname is “the Gimp”), Cagney does no dancing. But he attended every dance rehearsal, and tap danced with Romero just because he enjoyed it. “He was the first guy to ever call me Mr. Romero,” Alex recalls. The memories of people who worked with some of Hollywood history’s brightest stars can be alternately moving and disturbing. Throughout this book, Alex Romero comes off as skillful, friendly, talented, and hard working, and his memories of the great musical stars are enlightening and entertaining. Recommended to film buffs and those interested in dance and its history.
Hollywood Attorney Gloria Allred to Kanye West: ‘You Disgrace Your Profession’
Despite taking lumps for inaccuracy, Hollywood churns out real-life stories Post to Facebook Hollywood serves a dose of history, but is it true? on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1atyQVF Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela through the years Hollywood serves a dose of history, but is it true? Tom Hanks portrays a cargo ship captain whose ship is overtaken by Somali pirates in ‘Captain Phillips’. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips. VPC Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 12:39 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013 Hollywood begins its annual parade of true-life stories, despite claims the industry can’t get its facts straight Tom Hanks, right, stars in ‘Captain Phillips,’ the latest in a host of new films “inspired” by true events. (Photo: Hopper Stone, Columbia Pictures) Story Highlights Oscar season sees spate of real-life stories Filmmakers, academics split over importance of accuracy ‘Captain Phillips’ leads string of biopics and true dramas SHARE 7 CONNECT 11 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES The following is based on actual events. Of course, Hollywood staged those events, so season with a grain of salt. After dominating last year’s Oscars and generating a healthy dose of controversy, biopics and dramas based on true events will again rule the multiplex and revive the debate over whether the film industry needs to get its facts straight. Captain Phillips, the documentary-style feature about the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, opens Friday and already is generating headlines.
Allred represents Danny Ramos, the videographer/pap who sued West for alleging assault, battery, negligence and violation of civil rights. While speaking with RadarOnline.com , Allred said, Mr. West made it clear that he thinks that he has the right to attack anyone that antagonizes him by asking him a question that he does not like. He thinks that paparazzi are fair game. She added, aIn his televised appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show he sent a message that anyone that crosses him is not safe and that no one should forget that he is from Chicago. We have a message to you Mr. West in response. You will be held accountable for your actions both in the criminal justice system and in the civil justice system. This response from Allred was directly following Wests visit to Kimmel. aYour remarks are shameful and add further insult to the injuries that you inflicted upon my client.a She added: aYou say that you bring ajoy to the worlda. I say you disgrace your profession and bring shame to your hometown of Chicago when you make reference to being from Chicago as some sort of threat.a On July 19, West was seen on camera wresting Ramos to the ground at LAX. Court proceedings were held this week. Although the request was denied, the Los Angeles City Attorney asked for the judge to order West to attend anger management classes.The arraignment was postponed until November 7. Gloria Allred