The basic plot for this story is: (source: IMDb)
The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess (Cher), a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theatre's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue. Written by Bobby_JohnThough this may be the typical recipe for singing/dancing Hollywood films I believe this may be more lavish and exciting due to Aguilera's big husky voice and a 'hot' cast who can actually act! This is directed and co-wrote by Steve Antin who is also an actor, producer, screenwriter and stunt man. This is his first directed movie that will be shown in cinema's so hopefully this will be a hit. Christina Aguilera has had disappointing sales from her latest album Bionic even though I think it's amazing. One of her strongest albums yet.
I do hope this movie which is to be released in USA 24th Nov and the UK, 17th Dec 2010 up sales of Bionic and puts her back on the hot celebrities of 2010/11 even though she didn't go anywhere, many people have thought that she has 'copied' Lady Gaga which is absurd seeing that Aguilera has been around for a decade setting new trends/looks and always creating 'ear-exploding' albums, mind blowing shows and eye-catching videos such as Beautiful.
I think casting Aguilera is a great choice as she has portrayed the 'pin up/burlesque' image before in her 'Back to Basics' album in 2006, especially in her singles 'Ain't No Other Man' and 'Candyman' where 1940's influence featured heavily.
The storyline for Burlesque may sound cheesy for some where Ali Rose wants to make it in Hollywood, words in a club, becomes fascinated by Burlesque, makes it big in Hollywood, can't handle the fame, falls in love etc. However I think this could be a mix of 'Dreamgirls', 'Step Up', 'Make It Happen' and 'Fame'.
Here are some pin up shots that Christina Aguilera has done for magazines:
See more at the official film site: Burlesque