So You Think You Can Dance, Season 12: Top 8, Two Eliminated

E: Summer, where have you gone?  Don’t leave me!  As if the school calendar weren’t creeping close enough, we see the turning of the seasons in the dwindling number of dancers on So You Think You Can Dance.  Only the very top are left now, as we chug closer and closer to the finale.  Even Cat is looking ready for fall with her long sleeved blousy top, black with tiny white or cream roses, and a glittery rose broach at her throat.

I love the opening number so much I’m kind of embarrassed to find out after that it was choreographed by Tyce DiOrio.  Blech!  It’s terrific, though — set in a library with the dancers dressed in Adams family garb.  All four girls wear the same black Wednesday Adams dress and the same black braided wigs, Megz the only one breaking slightly out of the mold with glasses.  The boys wear short pants and suspenders in a variety of black and white stripes, with Derek standing out the most in a v neck college sweater.  There’s lots of evil finger waving under mischievous chins,  and hopping on and off of wooden chairs to “Lillies of the Valley” from the Pina soundtrack.  For me, Jaja’s face and Gaby’s dancing are the highlights.

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So You Think You Can Dance, Season 12: Top Ten, Two Eliminated

E: Hey there, dance fans! Sorry to have been away for so long, and particularly for longer than I said I’d be.  It was a strange couple of weeks on the show, too – first an amazing top 16 episode featuring interesting pairings and a belated glut of personal information about the dancers, then a less satisfying (though still informative) top 14 episode topped by brutal cuts.

This week’s cuts were pretty hard to stomach too, weren’t they?  Not that any of them are easy, but as we close too quickly in on the finale, it’s only going to get more painful.  The good news, of course, is that the dancing was fabulous.

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August and Everything After: August 2015 Movie Preview

E: You know, I must be in an extra good mood.  Normally, August’s film slate depresses me.  No more tentpoles, scads of horror, nothing interesting.  For whatever weird reason, lots of this month’s trailers are making me laugh.  Or they look like the kind of dumb fun I might enjoy having.

C: With a new, possibly interesting Fantastic Four movie and a full-length feature appearance from Shaun the Sheep of Wallace and Gromit fame, I think there’s some reason for optimism about August here. Though if you haven’t seen Ant-Man or Inside Out yet, those should probably be at the top of your list.

M: Yeah, I don’t know if I’d say “No more tentpoles” applies to August any more, what with FF4 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which are both trying to be tentpoles. Late August, yes, but after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy last August, I think studios are realizing they can release things in the first week or two and still cash in on the summer money.

C: Right, why not?

M: I mean, after three to four weeks most movies have already taken in 90% or more of what they will at the box office, so it makes sense to keep early August as an option.

E: On the other hand, look at the last weekend of this month…

M: Seriously, there is nothing opening wide that weekend. Nothing. I don’t know if I can think of a week where nothing opened wide since we started doing this.

E: That’s the kind of barren wasteland we’ll see all through September.  But the rest of this month is surprisingly unshabby.

8/7 – Fantastic Four, Shaun the Sheep, Ricki and the Flash, Dark Places, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Runner, The Prophet

8/14 – The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Straight Outta Compton, Underdogs, She’s Funny That Way, Exeter, Mistress America

8/21 – Sinister 2, American Ultra, , Hitman: Agent 47, Grandma, Slow Learners, Learning to Drive, Being Evel

8/28 – Z for Zachariah, When Animals Dream, Regression, We Are Your Friends

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