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 Post subject: Hip-Hop going mainstream
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 11:12 am 
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From the SJ Mercury News.

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Making a move on Hollywood
NEW MOVIES ARE REFLECTING INFLUENCE OF HIP-HOP DANCING ON CHOREOGRAPHY, CULTURE
By Marian Liu
Mercury News

Hip-hop dance is infusing pop culture as never before, moving from street corners and music videos to fitness centers, dance studios and television shows.

And now Hollywood has noticed.

``Right now dance is the key focus, the main focus of everything going on,'' says Shane Sparks, a choreographer from ``You Got Served,'' which opens Friday.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:44 am 
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Ill-'Served'

By JAY BOYAR
The Orlando Sentinel
January 30, 2004

Now that even the pope has discovered break dancing, can anyone really ignore a film like "You Got Served"?

Set in Los Angeles, the movie explores the world of street dancing, which, the production notes helpfully explain, is "an outgrowth of break dancing and hip-hop music."
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Great dance moves, no original movie moves...

By DAVID HILTBRAND
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 30, 2004

Rarely do you encounter a movie without a shred of originality. You Got Served is such a cinematic vacuum.

Welcome to the world of competitive dancing. Teen poster boys Omari Grandberry (also known as Omarion) and Marques "Batman" Houston of the R&B singing groups B2K and IMX, respectively, star as David and Elgin, the leaders of a street dance troupe.
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Omarion from B2K Discusses Group's Breakup

By ALICIA QUARLES,
The Associated Press on Yahoo
January 29, 2004

NEW YORK - This should be a time to celebrate for B2K.

The teen R&B sensations, coming off a hot year in which they had a No. 1 song and another best-selling album, were about to take their success up a notch with their debut in the dance-heavy, teen-oriented flick "You Got Served," which opens Friday.
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Film Review: You Got Served

By SHERI LINDEN
The Hollywood Reporter on Yahoo
January 29, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Assembling this vehicle for his young clients, music producer/manager/video director Christopher B. Stokes has attached an anemic plot to a series of dynamic hip-hop dance sequences.

The target audience of young MTV watchers, in particular fans of R&B acts B2K and IMx, might overlook the dramatic weaknesses of "You Got Served" and buy into the protagonists' dreams of fame, fortune and showbiz salvation.
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You Got Served

By DENNIS HARVEY
The Variety on Yahoo
January 29, 2004

If each decade must have its own "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," things could be worse than "You Got Served." Latest formula reheating of snotty (white) outsiders vs. plucky (black) homies is a serviceable youth pic that's marginally less dumb than November's urban quasi-musical "Honey."
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A Hip-Hop Dance Team Duels Some Menacing White Boys

By DAVE KEHR
The New York Times
January 30, 2004

The natural heir of 1960's dance-craze films like "Twist Around the Clock" (memorably parodied by John Waters in "Hairspray"), "You Got Served" showcases the latest development in street dance, which, much like rap music itself, seems to be a predominantly masculine affair.
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'You Got Served' light-footed and heavy-handed

By DAN NAILEN
The Salt Lake Tribune
January 30, 2004

The dancing is memorable but check your brain at the door for this glorified after-school special.
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Hip-hop dance misses a step in multiracial 'You Got Served'

By CLAUDIA PUIG
USA TODAY on Yahoo
January 30, 2004

Let's get one thing straight: You Got Served is not about the stressful world of process servers.

There's neither a summons nor a subpoena to be had in this movie. And dull as a film exploring the life of a legal clerk might be, it probably would be an improvement over what actually appears on the screen.
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'You Got Served' Surprise Winner at U.S. Box Office

By DEAN GOODMAN
Reuters on Yahoo
February 1, 2004

LOS ANGELES - In a weekend the Hollywood studios tend to write off because of Sunday's Super Bowl, the urban dance drama "You Got Served" broke from a lackluster pack to take the top slot at the North American box office with a surprisingly strong opening.
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B2K Flick Debuts At Top Spot

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February 2, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Recently split teen R&B band B2K put the moves on the box office as its dance flick ``You Got Served" debuted at No. 1 with $16 million.
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Marketing strategy 'Served' it well

By SCOTT BOWLES
USA Today on Yahoo
February 5, 2004

How you do you market a $7 million film with no marquee names on a traditionally dead weekend at theaters?

Hold a dance contest.

That was part of Sony's strategy in the campaign behind the film You Got Served, which stunned Hollywood by taking in $16.1 million last weekend, making it the biggest film debut on a Super Bowl weekend.
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Hip-hop dance garners mainstream acceptance

By Joe Rodriguez
Contra Costa Times

Yo, tap and ballet students, take off those funny shoes! <a href=http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/11243577.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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From the Contra Costa Times. My husband has decided that this is what he want's to be when he grows up too.

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Hip-hop dance garners mainstream acceptance

By Joe Rodriguez

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

Yo, tap and ballet students, take off those funny shoes! And you, jazz and modern dancers, ditch the skin-tights. Put on some room-for-two blue jeans and a balloon-size T-shirt. Then crank up the boombox and try out the new ticket to fame.

Hip-hop dance.

Desiree Wayne wants to be a professional at the once-lowly art of dancing to rap music. The 14-year-old wasn't even born when kids her age in the late 1970s took to scratching vinyl records on turntables and break-dancing on tattered sheets of cardboard.
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From the SJ Mercury News.

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The hip-hop troupe

DANCERS BREAK BARRIERS AT GAMES, BAR MITZVAHS

By Marian Liu

Mercury News

For two San Jose dancers, hip-hop is not only a way to entertain, but also a way to battle stereotypes.

Known as Jam Patrol, Reggie Currie, 40, and Grady Turner, 38, dance at everything from bar mitzvahs to baseball games.

``Some bar mitzvahs, they worry when they see two black men walking in,'' says Turner.
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